The End of the Beginning

If we never read the next chapter, we’ll never know how the story ends, and the only way to appreciate a book is to know its entire story. Continue reading


Exploring the World from the Comfort of my Chair

It’s a common trope among readers to compare reading to travel. We can read about countries we cannot (or simply have not) go to in person, and learn about other cultures, customs, and ideas. Even within the canon of English literature (meaning the theoretical collection of works written in English and deemed important, classic, or worth passing down), there are books set in nearly every country! Once blogger/author that I follow once undertook a project attempting to read a book from every country, with fascinating results. This, combined with some inspiration from the last book I read (Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold), has inspired me to keep track of the places featured in the books that I read in 2018. As someone who loves adventure but who always has to plan everything out, I think it will be interesting to see all the places that I visit in books this year.

Below is the map that I will be updating with every book that I finish. I will be coloring in countries in which part of the story takes place; that is, places that the characters actually go, not just places that are mentioned or referenced. I hope to see a lot of the countries filled in by the end of the year! The more important thing, however, is not where the book is set but what the reader learns from it. Perhaps, by reading about people in vastly different places and situations, I will end up learning more about myself, my beliefs, and my world throughout this year.

How many countries I have been to. Visited Countries Map Maker
Visited 4 UN countries (2.07%) out of 193.
Make your own visited countries map.

UPDATE! I’m starting one for US states that the books I read are set in, as well. I expect this to be a lot easier to fill up than the world map.

Create Your Own Visited States Map

What’s the most interesting or unique setting you have read this year? Has a book ever caused you to have such extreme wanderlust that you ended up visiting its setting? Tell me in comments section!

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

I should stop having expectations for books. Whether positive or negative, the books are never what I expect. Continue reading


Review: The Fragile Thread of Hope by Pankaj Giri

If you’re a fan of books that play on your emotions and deal with themes such as grief, family, friendship, and spirituality, then this is definitely an interesting read. Continue reading


Review: The Little Dog by Leslie W. P. Garland

This is the first of four novella-length stories collected in The Red Grouse Tales by Leslie W.P. Garland. Continue reading


Book Review: The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West

What a pleasant surprise this book is! I don’t even know where to start to explain all of the things that make this book such a pleasure to read.  Continue reading


Book Review: The Cherry Cola Book Club

The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee is a well-researched and light-hearted integration of classic Southern literature into modern conversation. Continue reading


Book Review: Isaac by Robert Karmon

A young Jewish man from Poland, seeks survival and peace after facing extreme trauma and oppression at the Nazi’s hands.  Continue reading


Book Review: Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Discovering this gem of a book has been a tremendous blessing. Lewis’ writing style is nostalgic; it just sounds like a very old, very kind gentleman is telling the story, and this easily trusted narrator drew me in so that I enjoyed hearing him speak as I read. Continue reading


Book Review: The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

A young journalist delves into the history of the famous Barbizon Hotel in New York City, with particular interest in the life of a woman who still lives there over fifty years later. This woman’s story is also told in alternating chapters alongside the modern character’s investigation. Continue reading