Where in the World?
About Me / April 17, 2016

As you might have noticed, I was on a brief hiatus from updating my blog. Never fear! I did not abandon you, nor did I abandon my reading. I just returned from a 9-day vacation to the Caribbean islands where they had remarkably poor wireless when I had downtime, and fantastic wireless when I did not. C’est la vie. Don’t worry, I made good use of my time, as my photo evidence suggests. On my trip, I completed reading 4 books and I am in the middle of another two. Strangely, this is less than I expected. Silly ocean distracted me. Read: The Little Lady Agency, Red Rising, How To Be A Woman, Golden Son Currently Reading: Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths, All About Love The first book of my trip was a no brainer. Super fluffy chick-lit. Perfect for the beach. The next two books were for different book clubs. I traveled with my roommate, who also participates in the Our Shared Shelf book club, and we were both reading. It was great to have someone to talk to about How To Be A Woman while I was mid-reading it. Not having anyone to talk to about the Red Rising books was a challenge…

February in Review
Month in Review / March 2, 2016

Newsworthy We are at the end of month two and I feel like I’ve got a rhythm to my blogging. Death by Tsundoku feels much more like home. I’ve developed standards for the aesthetic which really help with flow. I haven’t received a lot of feedback yet, though. Any thoughts? What do you like? What can I improve? The hardest part of blogging to me relates to media in posts. Writing the review itself is fairly smooth, but adding media can add another 40-60 minutes to post writing. I will be focusing on how to improve my use of media this month. Also, thanks to rescheduling needs, I only ended up having two official book club meetings in February. That was really disheartening to me. Thankfully, I have some great friends! A shout out of Rebecca and Emma for meeting separately with me to talk books. I definitely have great friends. I feel like I’m finally getting into a blogging groove. Let’s keep up the momentum!   List of Reads February just flew by this year! Even though we had a leap year, that extra day didn’t really help at all. I spent a lot of time with my friends, which…

January in Review
Month in Review / February 3, 2016

Newsworthy Wow! It’s hard to believe Death by Tsundoku has been running for a month already! It’s been a wild ride, for sure, but the momentum isn’t slowing down at all, thankfully. I’ve learned a lot in the last month. I have started to understand WordPress and CSS templates. I’ve done research and made new friends in the blogisphere. I’ve started to understand social media and its place in the world. Blogging is a time consuming process– but it’s incredibly rewarding! Can’t stop, won’t stop, as they say. I hope this momentum keeps pushing long into 2016. Blogging aside, most of my free time this month has gone to reading… Are we surprised? No. List of Reads I read quite a bit in January. Not all the books I read end up getting a blog post, actually. Part of that is due to completion dates for reading. Some are due to a lack of content. Others are because I’d like to keep a whole series in order and I don’t want to start in the middle. January Books: Read – 15 total books Currently reading – 4 books The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness Illuminae by Amie…

The Opening Line
About Me / December 30, 2015

“Call me Ishmael.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick … … Or, uh, well, don’t. Call me Jackie. “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground   Actually, I’m neither of those things. I am a female bibliophile with a passion for sharing my opinions and discussing literature. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” -J.D. Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye What really matters is that I understand we share a passion. An addiction, perhaps. We both love books. Reading, debating, discussing– we just love books. And I recognize the struggle one has with the pile of unread books at your disposal. After all, how is one to choose a book from the piles and piles? Tsundoku is a Japanese slang word. It means “the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with…

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