As you may already know, I've been experimenting with Rhonda Pods About Books, a podcast version of my blog. I haven't done very much with it yet, as I'm still sort of finding my footing, but I think I like the direction I'm going with it so far. But while I've been figuring out the … Continue reading I’m Trying BookTube!
You may recall my 2019 Reading Challenge, which I pretty much abandoned around mid-April last year. I think I was a little too ambitious in my criteria. But I still really like the idea of challenging and stretching myself with my reading, so this year I was looking for a way to do that without having … Continue reading Reading Challenges for 2020
Now, before you leave a long, impassioned comment (which I welcome, by the way) or just skip this post altogether, let me just say upfront that I fully support every reader's right to read and love what they want to read and love. I recognize that Harry Potter has a very special place in many … Continue reading I Am Not On Board with “Harry Potter”
It's been a week since I saw Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. There were things I loved about it, and things I wasn't so on board with, and things that I was simply baffled by. I've now had some time to process and sort out my emotions regarding the conclusion of this … Continue reading Book Recommendations Based on Your “The Rise of Skywalker” Opinions
And now for something completely different... Here is where I break the fourth wall and acknowledge that, yes, I have branded this site as a "book blog." I originally started it as a culmination of my gradually- and organically-narrowing focus in my writing--I've had two other blogs that were much more broad in focus (or … Continue reading A Coffee Tour of San Jose, California (and This Blog’s Existential Crisis)
Guys, this is my first book tag! I've seen people do them before and I was always intrigued, but wasn't sure exactly what it was all about. After asking #BookTwitter, I now feel confident participating in my first book tag. This one originated from BookTuber Fred Weasley Died Laughing in 2015, and I first saw … Continue reading Book Tag: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
My mom is challenging herself to read one nonfiction book a month in 2019, and last I heard, she's still going strong at it. (Hi, Mom!) When she first told me what she was trying to do, I of course gave her several recommendations, because that's what I do. But I also started thinking about … Continue reading 10 Nonfiction Audiobooks for a Long Road Trip
I've written a little before about my peeve of authors trying to closely control readers' perceptions of their work. *cough* Tolkien *cough* And of course there have been ongoing discussions of Authorial Intent and "Death of the Author" from experts much more highly qualified than I for centuries. But today, I had a very personal … Continue reading I Am Not On Board: Let’s Talk About Authorial Intent
The first trailer for the upcoming Emma adaptation dropped today, and I have thoughts! If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here: So right off the bat, spot-on casting of Miss Bates. Miranda Hart, 100%, absolutely, done and done. I also love the casting of Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse. I do wonder if he's … Continue reading Let’s Dissect the New “Emma” Trailer!
This post is part of a Rhonda Pods About Books podcast episode, which you can listen to on your favorite podcatcher, or right here: What I brought from my experience as a filmmaker is that I write in a very cinematic, visual style... it's basically like seeing a movie in your head. I actually … Continue reading A Conversation with “Shadow City” Author Anna Mocikat