Welcome to my blog! My name is Hope, and this is going to be my place to talk about all things related to books, reading and maybe a little glimpse into my life.

I live in Texas, where I am a content editor for a business 2 business company. I work closely with trade associations to help them creIMG_2632ate email newsletters. I love this job for many reasons, but most of all it allows me to learn about different industries and their businesses.

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”   -Sylvia Plath

I just love learning – and that extends into all parts of my life. I like to understand the world and the people in it. This, along with the element of escapism, is why I love to read. There has never been a hobby for me as all consuming as reading. However, I do enjoy reading and sewing, and spending time in nature or with my husband and our pets.

While in high school and college, I was always too busy to do much reading but I’ve rediscovered this love since then. Since it’s been a while, I’m not sure what my favorites really are. I never limit myself to one genre or type of book, as you’ll see through my reading adventures. I love historical fiction (particularly Tracy Chevalier) and mysteries. I do have a few reading goals I’m working on however.

First, I have set out to read every book I own. I have obtained books over the years that I’ve never read or finished for various reasons. So intend to do that this year. This seems crazy to me. I don’t think I’ve ever read 100 books in a year, and currently my list is at 90. Yikes.

Another goal of mine is more long term. I want to read as many classics as possible. You’ll notice a lot of books that I own are considered ‘classics’. Even though I live in an apartment right now, I have these grandiose dreams of a library that rivals Belle’s from Beauty and the Beast. And that wouldn’t be complete without Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Dickens and the like (even if I’m not as fond of them).

I hope you’ll join me as I work on exploring every lifetime I can through books while completing my goals. Links for the books I’ve completed and reviewed are below. If they are crossed out – it means I’ve read it!

List of books I own that I haven’t read

These Happy Golden Years
Jane Eyre
Rest Now, Beloved
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The 1st 4 Years
Breaking The News
Purr M for Murder
Burial Rites
The Dry
Northhanger Abbey
Reader, I Married Him
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
4 Letters of Love
The Birth of Venus
Bright Star
Time Traveler’s Wife
The Paris Wife
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Antony and Cleopatra
Big Little Lies
The Book Thief
The Lost Eleven
Song of the Sparrow
Spindle’s End
The Gates of the Alamo
The Rules Do Not Apply
American Heiress
Other Side
All Creatures Great & Small
Sense & Sensibility -Opting out
The Devil’s Company -DNF
Z : Story of Zelda Fitzgerald
The Cement Garden
The Red Pyramid
Sisterhood Everlasting
Merchant of Venice
It’s Always The Husband
All Things Bright & Beautiful
Communication Revolution
Anne of the Windy Poplars
The Virgin Blue
The Goal Book
Much ado about nothing
The Wanderers
Volcano Lover – DNF
3 Weeks with my Brother
The Mermaid Chair
Devil in the White City
On Chesil Beach
As you like it
Cuckoo’s Calling
The Outer Cape
It Happens in the Hamptons
Early One Morning
Prodigal Summer
The Elephant Keeper
The Fifth Assassin
Life of Pi
The Interestings
In the Garden of Beasts
Last of the Mohicans
All Things Wild & Wonderful
Water for Elephants
The Last Runaway
East of Eden
My Antonia
Light in August – Delaying until next August
At The Edge of the Orchard
The Lord God Made Them All
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Red Rising
The White Queen
Revolutionary Road
The Red Queen
The Hobbit
The Last Town on Earth
The Alchemist
Lost Marbles
War of the Worlds
Gone Girl
The Gates of Evangeline
The Swan Thieves
King Lear
Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody
Mary, Queen of France
The Beautiful and the Damned
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Martian
Mansfield Park
The Book of Air & Shadows
Tess of the d’Ubervilles
The Other Queen
Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
Russian Winter
Oliver Twist