This week is Holy Week throughout the Christian world. It’s the week where we are reminded just how much God loves us. It’s the week that the past several weeks of Lent have been leading up to–the crescendo in the opus of God’s masterpiece about love. How remarkable that it was late in Lent when I was given the beautiful gift of realizing why what I do is so special, why my writing is so meaningful to me and to many others, and why it’s all about love. Read more
As I sit here this morning looking out over our backyard, a heavy mist shrouds the landscape. The snow and grass seem to be in a struggle over which parts of the yard belong to whom. Across our property lies a patchwork of white, brown, and green bordered by trees that actually seem to be looking down upon the earth wondering when it will be time to awaken from their long, cold slumber. And as if the East Coast hasn’t already had more than its share of winter, more snow is heading our way. The good news for those of us in the Mid-Atlantic is that at least we’ve been able to thaw a little in between each storm. Not so for Boston, Buffalo, and many other cities and towns north of here!
I’ve already accepted the fact that there will be four people in the kitchen tomorrow baking Katie’s sweet sixteen cake rather than just one, and I might just have many more hands available to decorate for her party on Friday. However, I so long for an entire week of writing without interruption! I understand that many people are just itching to get into their gardens and out in their boats. I would just love to have a five-day stretch where I can sit in quiet and complete a chapter or so per day in my next novel. Alas, that doesn’t seem to be in the forecast for me this week, but perhaps a good read is in your future. So I’ve decided to share with you my list of my all time favorite books. Like all good librarians, I will categorize the list. I hope there is something here that you will enjoy reading. I believe that you will find a few hidden gems amongst some of the more well-known titles. So pick a book, sit by the fire, and remember that spring is just 15 days away!
Amy’s All Time Favorite Books: Read more
Over the last couple of weeks, I have heard and been a part of many conversations about sex in literature. These conversations have taken place at conferences, in public, and within chats among friends. I find it interesting to hear how others view this topic, what they find appropriate or inappropriate, or whether or not they enjoy reading this type of work or are simply made uncomfortable by it. I still stick to the belief I have held for all of my adult life, and as this is my blog, I’m going to share that with you now. Read more