Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
alysonwrites

alysonwrites

Joined May 2016

MG/YA reader who delves into grownup stuff🧚‍♀️ SFF writer🦄 Ravenclaw🦅 Daughter of Athena🦉Multipotentialite🎨 Texan-Japanese🎌 Cat lover😻
blurb
alysonwrites
Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
post image

Woo-hoo! Made it to the 25% mark. 🙌 I am really enjoying the experience of reading this in manageable daily issues via the Serial Reader app. Tackling Dickens 15 minutes at a time! (And not completely unlike the way his original readers would have experienced the book in serial print issues.)

review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

Do you have a plethora of interests that don‘t fit neatly into one job or hobby? Still not sure what you want to be when you grow up because choosing one thing feels like the kiss of death? You may be a multipotentialite! And you don‘t have to choose just one thing. Emilie Wapnick is a fantastic guide who walks the reader through many possible paths to building a life of meaning and variety that also pays the bills. Read this and set yo‘self free!

wanderinglynn I‘m a multipotentialite. 🙋🏼‍♀️ I saw a Ted talk on it & realized that was me. 3d
alysonwrites @wanderinglynn 🙌 Woo-hoo! Multipotentialites unite! 🙌 I first heard Emilie Wapnick in a podcast interview a few years ago and watched her TED talk not long after that. She has also built a wonderful blog at https://puttylike.com and a fabulous community called the Puttytribe that I just joined this year and am really enjoying. (edited) 3d
wanderinglynn 🙌🏻 I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! 3d
10 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

I 🖤 this book so hard! Never read a biography of any of the Brontes before, and their story is even more enchanting and tragic than I could have imagined. It‘s delightful to know the Bronte sisters often wrote and read their work to each other at home, and heartbreaking that all their lives ended so soon. Claire Harman tells the story of my fave Bronte with such sparkle and poignancy that it reads like a novel. More wonder that it‘s all true.

alysonwrites @MellieAntoinette Thanks for encouraging me to ditch my TBR for this gem! 💎 (And it took me much less than a month to read, I‘m just slow to post my review.) 4d
MellieAntoinette @alysonwrites So good, right! And the book design is beautiful! So glad you enjoyed it!! 🤗 🤗 ♥️ 4d
alysonwrites @MellieAntoinette Yes, it‘s beautifully written and beautifully designed! Speaking of the Brontes, have you seen the PBS miniseries, To Walk Invisible? I finally finished watching it yesterday. I ❤️ the cast, especially the sisters, and the acting is great. But I‘m glad I read this book first, because the miniseries doesn‘t tell the whole story. 3d
7 likes3 comments
blurb
alysonwrites
Slippery Art of Book Reviewing | Mayra Calvani, Anne K Edwards
post image

Yikes! I am about a month behind on book reviews. Just lots of life happening lately. But at least I have been reading. I would not survive for a month without sticking my nose in a book! So I will be playing catch up for a while...better late than never. 🐢📚

blurb
alysonwrites
The Callender Papers | Cynthia Voigt
post image

The nice thing about having my books on actual bookshelves again (instead of buried in plastic bins in my closet) is that I‘m picking up titles I haven‘t read in years, like this old favorite. I chose this for a quick binge read yesterday and really enjoyed it. Such a simple yet captivating YA mystery, and it‘s got a touch of Jane Eyre gothic, if Jane Eyre were 12 and went to work for a moody employer in the Berkshires instead of Thornfield Hall.

blurb
alysonwrites
My Ideal Bookshelf | Thessaly La Force
post image

Hooray, my first #shelfie!!! As of last night, I finally have bookshelves in my room for the first time in approximately a million years! I know it might sound crazy to other book nerds that I‘ve gone so long without them, but I used to move every few years and I just got used to hauling my books around in giant plastic bins. It‘s so nice being able to see my books on display and not have to dig through bins in my closet anymore! More below...👇

alysonwrites I absolutely love these Container Store shelves—no assembly, just unfold, and they look fantastic! (My photo doesn‘t really do them justice.) This shelf is in my reading nook; I have another shelf by my bed and one in my closet. I want to stack a fourth shelf on top of the one by my bed but will need some help with the wall brackets, so that‘s a project for later. (edited) 2w
alysonwrites @BookishMarginalia Why thank you! ☺️ 2w
SarahHarts_books Looks great!! 😍 2w
13 likes5 comments
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

”The energy of book titles and the words inside them are very powerful. In Japan, we say that ‘words make our reality.‘ The words we see and with which we come into contact tend to bring about events of the same nature. In that sense, you will become the person who matches the books you have kept.” Came across this advice while waiting for my new bookshelves at the Container Store. Never thought about this, but there might be some truth to it. 🤔

blurb
alysonwrites
All about Owls | Jim Arnosky
post image

Look how cute this tumbler is! I love the logo. 🦉📚

blurb
alysonwrites
All about Owls | Jim Arnosky
post image

Special limited edition tote for Independent Bookstore Day, and a Lark & Owl tumbler. (From Lark & Owl Booksellers, Georgetown, TX.)

blurb
alysonwrites
All about Owls | Jim Arnosky
post image

Lark & Owl Booksellers, a brand-new, woman-owned bookstore in Georgetown, TX. Ok, the letters of this gorgeous sign are made from upcycled books, y‘all! And do you see the owl on the far right? Too cute! 🦉📚

blurb
alysonwrites
All about Owls | Jim Arnosky
post image

I ❤️ this! On the storefront of Lark & Owl Booksellers, a brand-new, woman-owned bookstore in Georgetown, TX.

blurb
alysonwrites
All about Owls | Jim Arnosky
post image

BFF and I took a field trip to the brand new, woman-owned Lark & Owl Booksellers in Georgetown, TX for Independent Bookstore Day! It‘s gorgeous—beautiful interior design, nice bookshelves and displays, and a great selection of bookish gift items, both sweet and snarky. We enjoyed exploring the space and meeting and talking to some of the store co-owners. Definitely worth the drive from Austin, and we want to visit again!
🦉📚🦉📚🦉📚🦉📚🦉📚

quote
alysonwrites
Our Mutual Friend | Charles Dickens
post image

Truth! I‘m so grateful I can read. ❤️📚

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Is it just me, or do these resemble a modern version of the moving staircases at Hogwarts? 😂🧙‍♂️ (Taken yesterday at the Austin Central Library.)

quote
alysonwrites
post image

“The dining room at the Parsonage had been turned into something like a book factory, as the sisters paced round the table, reading, listening and discussing each other‘s work, and sat bent over their portable desks for hours, writing.” ⬅️This is so much better than my wildest dreams about the Bronte sisters! 💜💜💜

blurb
alysonwrites
The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
post image

Yep. 👊📖💥

bookandbedandtea Ooooh! Where did you get that? 1mo
alysonwrites @bookandbedandtea The Book Riot Store (https://store.bookriot.com/products/star-wars-princess-leia-read-womens-relaxed-...). Or you can order direct from Out of Print (https://outofprint.com/collections/star-wars/products/star-wars-princess-leia-re...). They have Yoda and Darth Vader tees too, but this one is my fave! 1mo
17 likes2 comments
quote
alysonwrites
post image

Yep! I can go deep and shallow in the same convo. 😂

quote
alysonwrites
post image

Good advice. 🤔

quote
alysonwrites
post image

I think this is my favorite newspaper blackout poem from this book. 🖤

review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

I loved Austin Kleon‘s Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, so I had to read his latest. Each of his books tackles a different aspect of creativity, and this one addresses the timely dilemma of how to keep making art when you “feel as if the world had gotten dumber and meaner overnight.” A pep talk both inspiring and practical, illustrated with Kleon‘s newspaper blackout poems and other art, plus lots of great quotes.

10 likes2 stack adds
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

What a beautiful spring day! I think I‘ll go to Half Price Books. 😂🌼📚 #bookhaul

alysonwrites TL;DR: I‘ve read “The Lottery” but none of Shirley Jackson‘s other stories, so I was excited to find the tagged book. Haven‘t read much Stephen King at all (because I‘m a scaredy-cat 🙀), but been curious about Under the Dome for a while and there‘s something appealing about a giant book for $9.99. Also appealing is snagging an expensive literary mag for over 60% off—this Granta issue is all about Japan so yay cool! 🎌 1mo
13 likes1 comment
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

I ❤️ the endpapers of this book. 19th century correspondence with postmarks? Yes please! 💌🖋

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Decided to go to Book People on my lunch break this beautiful spring day and look what I found in the clearance section! Charlotte Bronte helped me survive adolescence, so I had to give this book a good home. 🖤 Now when will I squeeze this into my overbooked TBR? 😂📚📚📚

MellieAntoinette Loved this one! 1mo
alysonwrites @MellieAntoinette Nice! Charlotte keeps staring intensely at me from the cover and now I‘m trying to decide if I‘ll interrupt my scheduled TBR to dive into her story sooner rather than later. 😅 1mo
MellieAntoinette I vote Do It!! 😉 1mo
alysonwrites @MellieAntoinette Lol I couldn‘t resist any longer—delayed my bedtime last night and tore through the prologue. I‘m in! 😍 (edited) 1mo
MellieAntoinette @alysonwrites Yaaasss, girl! This is nicely written, easy reading for non-fiction! 1mo
10 likes5 comments
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

My #bookhaul from the Blanton Museum of Art‘s Block Party yesterday. This is my kind of block party: free museum admission, free live music, delicious food, AND free art books. Yes, that‘s right: these hardcover coffee table beauties were totally FREE. People were snatching them up like piranhas! (Myself included.) 😂📚📚📚

Eyelit That‘s awesome! I almost went to that yesterday (ended up seeing Us instead 😆) do you follow @Soubhiville - she‘s putting together an Austin Litsy get together/book club 2mo
Soubhiville Oh wow! That‘s really cool! Hi! Let me know if you‘re interested in an Austin meetup! 2mo
alysonwrites @Eyelit No way! 😂 I didn‘t know you lived in Austin too. Cool cool! 2mo
See All 10 Comments
alysonwrites @Soubhiville Ooh yes, I‘d love to meet other Austin Littens! 😄 2mo
Soubhiville @alysonwrites if you‘d like to take the survey to help me plan, email me. Magicbelly @gmail. 😊. 2mo
alysonwrites @Soubhiville Thanks, will do! 2mo
alysonwrites And thanks @Eyelit for connecting me with @Soubhiville! Hope to meet you both in the near future. 2mo
Eyelit Yay! 😃 2mo
jpmcwisemorgan Another Austin Litten!!! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
alysonwrites @jpmcwisemorgan Woo hoo! So delighted I finally stumbled into the Austin crowd. Yay for local Littens! 😄🙌 1mo
14 likes10 comments
review
alysonwrites
The Power | Naomi Alderman
post image
Pickpick

This book is high voltage. Naomi Alderman portrays a world very much like the real one with a cataclysmic twist: women are stronger than men, awakening the ability to generate shocks from an organ in their bodies. Although some aspects felt like poetic justice to me as a woman, this is still a dark dystopia. As long as any people group is oppressed, justice cannot be complete. Most terrifying are the parallels this book points to in our own world.

review
alysonwrites
The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
post image
Pickpick

I finally pushed myself to read this, and I‘m glad I did. What I expected: a terrifying dystopia. Check. What surprised me: how beautifully Margaret Atwood paints this dark world. It‘s like reading a novel-length prose poem. The language Atwood uses is painfully exquisite, as if the MC sees for the first time the beauty of life and love that has been stolen from her—which makes the dystopia she lives in more bleak and horrifying in contrast.

blurb
alysonwrites
The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
post image

I decided to start Women‘s History Month 2019 with two powerful women authors who portray fictional histories that point to real injustices and oppression in our world: a #bookpairing of The Handmaid‘s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Power by Naomi Alderman. Two very different worlds, both terrifying dystopias at opposite ends of the spectrum. Separate book reviews to follow...

blurb
alysonwrites
The Power | Naomi Alderman
post image

Happy International Women‘s Day to all you lovely Littens! I‘m reading the tagged book right now, which is kinda fitting I think. 👸🏻💋👊💕

review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

My one-word review: Wow. This was my first time reading N.K. Jemisin, and I‘m glad I started here. Short stories are a great way to get a feel for an author‘s range of genres, styles, and themes. And Jemisin‘s got serious range! I love the mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and even foodie fic (is that a thing?). Her strong narrative voice pulls me in, and her haunting, thought-provoking stories stay with me.

#keepingitshort #readBlackwomen @TheNextBook

Bklover Well, I‘m convinced! Stacked! (And I‘ve already read The Fifth Season, which was wonderful!) 3mo
alysonwrites Yay! I haven‘t read The Fifth Season yet, but it‘s definitely on my TBR. 3mo
11 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
alysonwrites
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image
Pickpick

Angie Thomas‘s sophomore novel is a hit! Sixteen-year-old Bri wants more than anything to be a rapper, and she also wants more than anything to fix her family‘s financial struggles. But is she willing to do whatever it takes to succeed—even play into the hoodlum stereotype that everyone at school and online has slapped her with? Powerful story, and I have new respect for freestyle rapping—that takes some mad skills I do *not* have!

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

I spent a chunk of my winter reading the Mortal Engines Quartet, and it was worth the time. The post-apocalyptic world of Traction Cities (cities on wheels) is a fascinating place to explore. The characters are sometimes likeable, sometimes despicable, but always relatable. And the vivid descriptions are cinematic—I felt like I was experiencing it all. Plus, airships! I highly recommend this series for your next armchair adventure. 🛋📚👍

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Price break! So excited I got to snag a Kindle copy of this for $4.99 USD. (Although I would have happily paid full price.) Just read the first story and already—Wow.

#keepingitshort #readBlackwomen @TheNextBook

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Fun field trip today! Went to the new Kinokuniya bookstore in Austin with a friend. And yes, they have loooots of Totoro merch! Also Pusheen plushies. 😻 Oh and of course books—Japanese and English language books about Japan as well as bestsellers, manga, and kids‘ books.

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Just put some magical Neil Gaiman inspiration on the flyleaf of my Moleskine. Leaving it here in case you‘d like some, too. 🌈🦄🌟

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

I love my new Paperwhite‘s origami case that stands, so I can read hands-free while enjoying a grilled cheese sandwich hot off my BFF‘s new panini press. 😋#itsthelittlethings

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

A recent spike in screen time (most of it is involuntary, work-related 😕) has been straining my eyes and stressing my brain, so I decided to trade in my 1st Gen Kindle Paperwhite for the newest one. And wow, I‘m rediscovering a lost love! I got in the habit of reading all my ebooks on my phone for a long time, but the e-ink experience is so much closer to reading a real book. Plus no annoying notifications! My eyes are much happier already. 😊

julesG Is it really such a big difference between the early Kindle Paperwhite and the most recent one? Mine's still working, and I cannot afford a new one right now, but am wondering how much better the resolution might be. 4mo
WhatThePuck I have the first generation Kindle Fire and I was just thinking about switching to a Paperwhite. I don't need it for the apps any more. I didn't have a smart phone when I first bought the Fire. Lol. I just need it for reading now. 4mo
WhatThePuck @julesG I just looked on Amazon to price a new Paperwhite and I see they have an option for monthly payments of $26. I'm almost tempted. Lol. 4mo
See All 9 Comments
julesG @WhatThePuck Probably not available here. That incremental payment. 4mo
alysonwrites @julesG I compared the two side by side after I got the new one. I did see a difference in resolution, but I don‘t think it‘s huge. Honestly I wanted the new one for other reasons, like more font selections, a flush front screen, and new navigation options. But if your current Paperwhite still works, I think it holds up quite well against the new version. That‘s the beauty of these simple e-readers: all they have to do is be a good page turner. (edited) 4mo
alysonwrites @WhatThePuck I also have a Kindle Fire, which I bought mainly for watching videos and movies. I never use it for reading unless it‘s a book with lots of images or color. If you just want a device for dedicated reading, the Paperwhite is great. It‘s more like reading a real book than reading on a phone or tablet, and it doesn‘t have any of the distractions that other devices carry. 4mo
julesG Thanks! 4mo
WhatThePuck @alysonwrites I think mine just needs a factory reset. It's having some technical difficulties. 4mo
alysonwrites @WhatThePuck Oh no! Hope you can get the technical issues resolved. 4mo
8 likes9 comments
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

From the Moleskine pamphlet: “the Moleskine notebook is a battery that stores ideas and feelings, releasing its energy over time.” Mind blown! 😮

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Although I‘m a writer, weirdly I‘ve struggled to find a good journaling habit. It‘s hard to maintain regularly b/c I am long-winded. 😳 Tried a diary app for a while but it didn‘t work out. So I got my very first Moleskine! This one is a weekly planner. Borrowing some bullet journal techniques to keep a simplified diary/gratitude journal. I‘ve forgotten how therapeutic and calming it is to write by hand on actual paper. #analogisstillcool

review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

I can understand why my friend, who gifted this to me, enjoyed reading it with her son. Peter Nimble has all the elements of a great bedtime story, with an unusual twist: the main character is blind. When Peter stumbles on three pairs of magical eyes, they don‘t give him sight the way you would think. They do take him to other worlds and fantastical adventures, where Peter proves he‘s more than what he seems, and yet all he needs to be is himself.

MrBook Great review! 4mo
alysonwrites @MrBook Thanks! 😊 (edited) 4mo
8 likes2 comments
review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

I wish I could have read this book so many years ago—I‘ve had to learn most of the wisdom in it the hard way, by being really naive and making lots of spectacular mistakes. But it was a gentle reminder that I don‘t have to have everything figured out—not then, not now. All I have to do is be fully present and focus on the next step. This isn‘t a secrets to success guide; it‘s a friendly pep talk on how to make the most of where you are now.

9 likes1 stack add
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

My domain this weekend—and just about every weekend. With all the hustle and bustle of our 24/7 world, someone has to do it. I gladly accept this responsibility. 👑📚☕️

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Every year for the past several years, I have chosen one word to focus my intention. For 2019 my word is FLOW, because I want to be open to the natural flow of life as it happens and be able to let go when life doesn‘t happen according to my plans (which is almost never, haha, because that‘s life!).

WhatThePuck First year choosing a word. I chose Cultivate. My family has so many plans for the future but we forget to lay the ground work for most of them. 4mo
alysonwrites @WhatThePuck Ooh that‘s a really good word! There are many ways you can cultivate and many areas for cultivation. I love words that have a lot of meaning and possibility packed into them. Best wishes for your 2019 and happy cultivating! 4mo
WhatThePuck @alysonwrites my high school Lit teacher is now a life coach. I had some help. 😁😁 Thanks! I hope your year Flows easily. 4mo
alysonwrites @WhatThePuck Nice! Great to have a lit teacher-turned-life coach in your corner. Haha, thanks! I am going to go with the Flow as best I can. 4mo
13 likes4 comments
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Gmorning! As Lin-Manuel Miranda would say. I started with an ebook copy but finally folded and got myself a genuine hardcover. This is one of those books I just want to keep at my bedside table and hold in my hands and turn the pages. ❤️❤️❤️

WanderingBookaneer I agree! I borrowed it from the library and decided to buy my own. 4mo
alysonwrites @WanderingBookaneer Yay! 😊 It‘s the perfect book to start the new year and I think it will be a constant companion of mine. You can‘t just read it once. 4mo
12 likes2 comments
blurb
alysonwrites
Mary Poppins Comes Back | P. L. Travers
post image

Happy Friyay! Look who blew into my cubicle on the East Wind! 😄🌂 #marypoppinsreturns #funkorockcandy

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Happy World Introvert Day! I plan to spend some time in my cozy reading nook to celebrate. Introverts, you know the drill: let‘s all unite...separately in our homes! ☺️📚☕️

blurb
alysonwrites
Mary Poppins Comes Back | P. L. Travers
post image

Saw the new Mary Poppins Returns movie today. Started my new year off practically perfect in every way! I love the original movie and you can‘t touch it, but this sequel really keeps true to the spirit of the original. The casting, the storyline, the music, and the animation are all a nod to the Disney classic. And I love the song “A Cover Is Not the Book”! My book nerdy heart and inner child were so touched. ❤️💙❤️

quote
alysonwrites
post image

Happy 2019! This is my absolute favorite pep talk of the whole book, and it‘s a perfect start to the new year. 🌟

lahousewyfe When I heard this book was coming out, I got so excited! Hope you're enjoying it. 5mo
alysonwrites @lahousewyfe Thanks! I already devoured the whole thing on ebook, but I loved it so much that I ordered a hardcover copy today. This is one I want to reread and savor every year throughout the year and carry around with me and keep at my bedside table (hmm maybe I need more than one copy!). 🥰 5mo
15 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
alysonwrites
post image
Pickpick

Like millions of others I have enjoyed following Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s offbeat and upbeat tweets, so this book had me at hello. LMM‘s words are pithy, punchy, wise, warm, and just the shot in the arm you need to keep striving one more day. Jonny Sun‘s quirky illustrations (many of them delightful visual puns) are the perfect companion to LMM‘s one-on-one go get ‘em rallies. I want to buy this in hardcover and carry it with me everywhere I go.

7 likes1 stack add
blurb
alysonwrites
post image

Listening to the centennial King‘s College Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols...while snuggled under the covers in my cozy bed. It‘s an annual tradition I look forward to every year. I love traditional carols. Happy Christmas Eve! ☺️🎄

blurb
alysonwrites
post image

I did not know there is a special hygge word for comfy pants! 🥰❤️❤️❤️ And of course I have a favorite ratty pair that I would never wear in public. Otherwise they‘re not hyggebukser.

Bklover Yes!! Love my comfy pants! (edited) 5mo
Tamra Couch pants are a must have. Not to be confused with Coach pants. 😆 5mo
alysonwrites @Bklover Comfy pants are the best pants. ☺️ 5mo
alysonwrites @Tamra I like that—couch pants! 😂 5mo
13 likes4 comments