“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.”
Annie Dillard from The Writing Life
a blog about
how they meld, clash, and astonish
This is a gathering place. Where reading and writing and life come together. Words from the notebook I keep in my purse linked to a favorite passage or book…Looking up from a passage and attaching it to a moment… This blog is a net for catching days.
—Catching Days is one of Powell’s Books “Lit Blogs We Love”—
My Book Review Policy:
- My challenge to myself is to find the good thing in every book I read.
- I write on this blog as if I were sharing with friends. As Toni Morrison writes, “It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.”
- I read mostly literary fiction and books on the craft of writing. Please take a look at my Reading List for more details.
- It should go without stating that my reviews are honest.
- On this blog, I don’t generally do book reviews in the traditional sense. I write about what strikes me—either from a reading perspective or a writing perspective or both. Little sparks.
- When I read, I underline like crazy, and I enjoy sharing lines I love—hence the inordinate number of quotes.
- I accept requests, but I never guarantee that I’ll write a review. Because one thing often leads to another, I can’t promise a specific time frame.
- If you’ve written a review of a book that I’ve mentioned, I hope you’ll post a comment with the link to your review.
- Finally, Catching Days is about more than just book reviews.