About Me/Projects and Clubs

I am a voracious reader who loves to talk about books. This site is devoted to reviews of books I have just finished reading or have read in the past. A few years ago, I moved from Austin, Texas, to the countryside of Southwest Washington.

I have a Masters in English Literature from the University of Michigan, but really, I just like to read for fun.


I am currently engaged in several reading projects:

Other Blogs

To read about my struggles in moving to Washington with a hoarder husband and getting settled in an entirely new environment, see my other blog Moving to Washington.

To read my brand new blog about hiking trails in Southern Washington and Northern Washington, written for hikers who are out of shape, see The Fat Girl’s Guide to Hiking.

27 thoughts on “About Me/Projects and Clubs

  1. Hi Kay!!! Blast from the past. John and I are having dinner in NYC and talking about – BOOKS!!

    Put me on your email list!!

    — David

    1. Hey, David, I was wondering what was going on with you just a little while ago. Do you live in New York now? I have an email list that I send out once a week, or you can go on my page and Follow me, and get email every time I write an entry. I don’t have your email address to send you the weekly update, but if that’s what you want, I can get it from John. Nice to hear from you!

      1. John and I were both here for a conference. I live in Southern California – since 1976! Now managing a performing arts center at Soka University.

    1. Well, it isn’t really. It just looks like it is. I tried coffeespew’s code, but it looks like it doesn’t update, so I’m probably going to remove it. I tried pretending I wasn’t reading The Lowlands anymore, and it didn’t take the book off my list. When I look at the code, instead of something that will go retried my newest book information, it seems to be hard-coded. So, I’m probably going to remove it. I was just playing with it now to see if I could get it to work.

      1. Yes, it was nice while it worked. WordPress is aware of the problem, but I have also told Goodreads that it looks like most bloggers who were using their widget have the same problem, so it must be something they did. I’m hoping that will make them pay attention, as so far I understand that they have just been telling people to talk to their blog sites.

      1. Washintgon state from Austin! What’s prompting you to go there?

        I’m in Chicago at the moment. Went to school here and got a little stuck after graduation. 🙂 But hoping to move somewhere warmer soon.

      2. Ah, see, I’m doing the opposite. I moved down to Texas from Michigan for work more than 30 years ago, and I’ve always hated the heat, especially the last few summers, which have been horrendous. In either two or three years, I’m retiring, and we’re moving to Washington. Yippee!

  2. Steve (the one you know!) put me on to this since I’m always going on about my latest books. Happy to find you.

  3. Unusual coincidence that my sister, an author and voracious reader, is also named Kay. Both of us have lived in the Lone Star State and have been in Washington for too many years. Ready for a return to dry heat.

  4. Hi Kay,

    I saw your excellent Classics Club post on Emilio Salgari from December 2018. Just wanted to bring our latest translation to your attention: Captain Tempesta, a historical adventure with a strong female protagonist.

    Best wishes for the holidays and a fabulous 2020!

      1. Yes, I do. A request for a book review. I was wondering if I could just send you the synopsis/details in an email so that you could take a look at decide if it interested you. Please let me know..

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