September 2022 Book Update

Wow, September has been a busy month… but not for book reading apparently. Oh well. I haven’t read too many books this month and none of them were real standouts for being amazing. My favorite was The Atlas Six. I really fell into that one and finished it quickly. Otherwise, I’ve been in a bit… Continue Reading →

Not Reading, Not Feeling Guilty

As you’ll see in a few days when my September book update comes out…I haven’t been reading very much this past month. Like, ‘I only managed to finish 4 books’ this month not reading. Half of the usual amount. And they were all at the beginning of the month. But…turns out I’m ok with that…. Continue Reading →

Banned Books Week

I guess there will always be people out there who don’t like to read. Those you don’t want others to access information. Those people that don’t like free speech and education. Those that don’t understand the value of books. But it is becoming increasingly disheartening to hear about the latest wave of attempts to ban… Continue Reading →

Reading by the Season: Fall

Welcome to a new Spine & Leaf Books segment: Reading by the Season! Four times a year I’ll be releasing a new list of 12 books inspired by the season. Sometimes the setting will take place in a particular month or time of year, other times it’s just a vibe. Some are based on the title… Continue Reading →

Words I Learned Reading

One of the joys of reading is that you constantly learn new things. But it’s not just what the author is intentionally trying to teach you. Sometimes you walk away from a book with bonus knowledge in the form of a new word. A new piece of language that you never knew existed before. And… Continue Reading →

7 Ways to Spice Up Your Book Club

I love book clubs because of the books and the friends, but sometimes things get a little stale at the monthly meeting. There are a lot of easy ways to jazz things up and encourage your club members to keep coming back for more. After all, with everyone’s schedule so busy, a dull hour talking… Continue Reading →

The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager

There aren’t many books out there that mix science and history so well. And as far as I can tell, there’s only one that can make a story about fertilizer sound interesting. The Alchemy of Air was published in 2008 but tells a story that started soon after the invention of agriculture. The story of… Continue Reading →

Coming Soon: New Fall Releases 2022

Fall is almost here and so are some great new books! Get ready for these hot new releases coming soon. I’ve picked a few books that I’m personally looking forward to reading when they come out (ok I might have to wait until Christmas to get to all of them, but I’m still excited). Most… Continue Reading →

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

A lost button. A forgotten hair clip. An umbrella in a park. Are these things hopelessly lost forever? Will their owners want them back? Who will keep them until they can be reunited? Anthony Peardew, author of short stories, will become the Keeper of Lost Things. He will collect the forgotten and give them a… Continue Reading →

August 2022 Book Update

Summer is almost over and school has started once again! I’ve been enjoying the fantastic weather and spending a lot of time hiking, running, biking, and swimming. But that means not so much time for reading. I read only a few books at the start of this month and then picked up more toward the… Continue Reading →


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