Melissa Firman

Melissa Firman
A newsletter featuring book reviews and recommendations, personal essays, political commentary and whatever else I feel is worth sharing.
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  • Sunday Salon: 10/3
    04 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 0 1
    Greetings on this rainy Sunday. I’m having quite the lazy, unfocused day as a couch potato. All I seem to be doing is flitting from reading blogs to watching Booktube, then reading some of Matrix by L...
  • What I Read in September
    03 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Image by Gosia K. from Pixabay You can tell we’re getting into spookytimes based on my September reads. ‘Tis the season for R.I.P. (Readers Imbibing Peril) and finishing up challenge prompts. Septembe...
  • Sunday Salon: Gettysburg, Currently Reading
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    I didn’t write a Sunday Salon post last week because we were in Gettysburg visiting our College Boy. Overall, it was a good trip. We spent Saturday at the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center, at whi...
  • What I Read This Summer, Part 2
    22 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    If you missed my recap of What I Read This Summer, Part 1 featuring the 14 books I read in May and June, you can find it here. This post will cover the five books I read in July, to be followed by Par...
  • Sunday Salon: 9/11, College Update, and Some Seasonal Reading
    12 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville, PA ~ October 2011 (photo taken by me) This weekend has been focused on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, rightfully so. I wrote some reflections about that day in...
  • 20 Years
    11 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    For those of us old enough to recall that fateful September morning when the world changed forever, this will always be a somber day marked by remembrance and honor for those who were lost. Everyone w...
  • What I Read This Summer, Part 1
    24 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    It’s been a good summer for reading. To date, I’ve read 25 books — and with one week still to go before the unofficial end of the season, I’ll likely add a few more. I thought I’d recap them for you i...
  • Sunday Salon: New Glasses, Reverse Readathon, Currently Reading
    09 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    This week's big news was that I got new glasses! You can see the results above in a quick selfie sans makeup taken Thursday evening after I picked them up. They are my first new pair of glasses in 10 ...
  • Sunday Salon: I'm on Substack; A Rant Against the Unvaxxed; Currently Reading
    02 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    Happy August, beautiful blog readers. We’ll start with a public service announcement. A few of you have kindly mentioned that there have been some tech issues here on the blog — slow loading times, co...
  • Book Review: The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here by Hope Jahren
    30 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    “…most of the want and suffering that we see in our world today originates not from Earth’s inability to provide but from our inability to share. It is because so many of us consume far beyond our nee...
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