Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from the foothills of Boulder, Colorado! happy easter

There wasn’t much reading done this past week, because I am in the process of writing final papers. After two years of not finishing the spring term until June, I can’t believe the semester will be over in 5 weeks!

Even though this week was dedicated to working, I did finish one book on the plane out to Colorado AND get a new book to add to the shelf.

Keep reading to find out more! Read more

5 Reading Nooks

reading nooksHappy Friday!! How was your week? Do you have exciting weekend plans?

This week’s Finding come from Pintrest. Did you know that Sitting in the Stacks has a Pintrest board? The board gets updated regularly with a myriad of finds from across the Internet. Check it out for photos of reading nooks, thoughts of book lovers, and so much more!

The very first Writing Wednesday covered writing spots and the quirky habits of authors. But readers have special spots and interesting quirks, too!

So this week… Read more

Love to Brussels

Love to Brussels

At this time of tragedy in Brussels, I want to send all of my thoughts and love to the people of this fantastic city.

During college I was privileged to spend a semester studying and exploring in Brussels, Belgium. I maintained a blog, entitled Apocrypha of Brussels, during those six months. Brussels quickly became like a second home to me and I sincerely believe that part of my heart remained there. As a goodbye, I wrote a love letter to the city.

Below you will find a re-post of that love letter from 2011. Read more

Technology makes foreign literature accessible

Technology makes foreign literature accessible

My interest in foreign language books began when my parents took me, as a young boy, to visit Europe not long after World War II. Witnessing the devastation that still existed in Hamburg, Germany frightened me. Being unable to understand people’s speech or read road signs was equally frightening and isolating. The bombed out buildings and the inability to communicate made me acutely aware that my own culture differed radically from what I was experiencing. Read more

Ingredients of a book review

Someone asked me the other day how do I write a book review?

Sitting in the Stacks has been publishing since 2009, so writing a review now feels like second nature. It took me a reviewmoment to think of my reviewing process. How do I write a review?

The reviews on Sitting in the Stacks that I would label my “best” all have two things in common – an emotional connection to the book and discussing more than the book’s content. Read more