San Francisco: A Photo Essay – Part One

A couple of weeks ago I was in San Francisco for my cousin’s wedding. We did a ton of sightseeing, and it was a truly incredible and memorable trip. It was sooo hard to pick just a few photos for each place I visited, but I think I settled on the ones that best represent that location: Disclaimer: All… Continue reading San Francisco: A Photo Essay – Part One


Review: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Catching Up on the Classics is a new feature on the blog where I’ll be doing some much needed catching up on classic novels.  Summary:   Dr. Jekyll has lived a life of high-minded respectability and scientific aspiration among friends for many years, so when, gradually and inexplicably, he begins to withdraw from society and… Continue reading Review: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bookmarked Thoughts

Bookmarked Thoughts: Finally, a Scientific Excuse to Read!

Most readers, when asked why they love to read will say that they enjoy learning, exploring other worlds, escaping reality, or expanding their minds.

When asked why its so important, you may reference studies proving books increase empathy, say that it helps you understand the world, or that reading is the fastest way to learn. But these are all benefits gained from reading books, what of the physical act of reading itself? Turns out, the effect is literally life changing:

So there you go: a scientific reason to spend as much time reading as you possibly can!


Review: The Crimson Skew (The Mapmaker’s Trilogy #3)

The final volume in S.E. Grove’s stunning, bestselling Mapmakers trilogy. At the end of The Golden Specific, Sophia was on her way home to Boston, anticipating her reunion with Theo. But he has been conscripted to fight in the Western War—Prime Minister Broadgirdle’s twisted vision of Manifest Destiny. Shadrack is in his thrall as War… Continue reading Review: The Crimson Skew (The Mapmaker’s Trilogy #3)


Movie Review: Only Yesterday

It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of… Continue reading Movie Review: Only Yesterday


Review: George by Alex Gino

BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY… Continue reading Review: George by Alex Gino