• Books,  Weekly Wraps

    Looking at the Weekly Reading Mill

    Welcome to the first Weekly Wrap of the revived Sitting in the Stacks! As in the past, these posts will include a large infographic highlighting what I’m currently reading, recently read, and what’s next. I also highly recommend looking at the bottom of the infographics each time as I try to incorporate interesting quotations. First, let’s look at recent…

  • Books,  Reviews

    An American Holocaust, The Story of the Cherokee Displacement

    Jacksonland By Steve Inskeep Jacksonland is an American story, a tragedy. It is about greed, white man’s destiny, struggle and death. It is a story not well known and one everyone should hear. As the title suggests, Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” writes about the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Yet the book is more than your traditional presidential biography. Jacksonland is a narrative about the plight of the Native American. It is a story focused on the Cherokee Tribe and how the American government purloined Cherokee lands and removed the tribal citizens westward en masse. Jacksonland is a story of how one population was forcefully cordoned off from…

  • Books,  Musings,  News,  Writings

    Want to write for Sitting in the Stacks?

    Have you dragged your friends and family into another bookstore promising them it was the last one? Do you consider your books to be your most prized possession? Are you a fan of book humor that no one else seems to get? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you are clearly passionate about all things books and should consider writing for Sitting in the Stacks. Sitting in the Stacks is now accepting submissions for three categories:

  • Books,  Findings

    Ebooks, Free Books

    Maybe not totally free books, but definitely very inexpensive books. This week’s Friday Findings highlights the insane discounts one can find by perusing the ebook shelves. I initially learned about the practice of discounting ebooks for a limited time when I was contacted to review The House on Seventh Street. The price of Williams’ ebook was lowered to $0.99 to celebrate the release of the audiobook. That struck me as amazing! Turns out, drastically cutting the prices of an ebook is common practice. 

  • Books,  Fiction

    Murder in Paris: Aimee Leduc Investigations

    Earlier this summer a fellow book blogger shared that she was reading Murder on the Quai (the most recent release in the series). I was instantly intrigued as I had recently finished all the books in the Tana French Dublin Murder Squad series and was aching for a new mystery. It didn’t hurt that the scene for Murder on the Quai was Paris. My interest in all things francophone was piqued. Months later and three books down, I have become smitten with Cara Black’s mystery series.

  • Books,  Bookstores of the World

    M. Judson Bookstore

    During a long-weekend visit to Greenville, South Carolina, I visited the M. Judson bookstore on South Main Street. Like all independent bookstores I’ve come across, M. Judson has its own personality that comes through from the moment you walk in the store. From the cashier counter made out of repurposed books to themed shelving, M. Judson clearly prioritizes creativity. This creativity follows you through the store as you meander from the quirky children’s section marked by chalkboard paint and a row of school chairs to the geographically themed shelves denoted by various maps.

  • Books,  Weekly Wraps

    A move, A Ph.D. and one blog revival

    Wow — it’s been almost two months since Sitting in the Stacks has been updated. Why is that? Well, there are lots of reasons, but the main one is that I moved across the country. For those of you familiar with the process, moving takes forever even if it’s just down the block! I’m back now and there are a few interesting posts coming your way soon.

  • Books,  Weekly Wraps

    The Hunt for a South Carolina Book

    One month later and Sitting in the Stacks reappears! My one week off turned into a month, because I became swamped with a new job, planning a move, and other projects. I recently came back from South Carolina where I visited a super cute bookstore. Stay tuned for a Bookstores of the World post! Oh – and there should be a book review of Murder in the Marais soon, too. What has everyone else in the book blog world been up to? What are you all reading?

  • 20 in your 20s Challenge,  Books,  Reviews

    Girl Dating to a New Best Friend

    Reading challenges: 20 In Your 20s Rachel Bertsche’s memoir about her innovative approach to finding a new best friend will keep you laughing, cringing with sympathy embarrassment, and nodding along in recognition of your own thoughts put to paper. Having moved to Chicago to be with her husband, Bertsche left her two childhood best friends in New York City. After three years of work, mild acquaintances, and loneliness, Bertsche decides to do something about her lack of a local best friend. Reading this book contributed to these challenges:20 In Your 20s