The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I don’t know why I read books like The Little Stranger. I am a total chicken but I love scary books! This was the scariest that I’ve read in a long time and I’m very happy that I read most of this by the light of day and not at night. There are some truly …

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In Which Real Life Gets In The Way

In Which Real Life Gets In The Way

A co-worker recently asked me how I managed to read so much, which made me laugh out loud. I laughed because 1) I don’t read as much as many others or as much as I’d like; and 2) I currently have a room full of yellow jacket carcasses and a basement floor covered in laundry …

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

I bought Rules of Civility as an Amazon Daily Deal over winter and have been looking forward to diving into it for a while. Set in the late 30s, Katey Kontent (pronounced like the state of being, not the things included in something) is a young, single woman working in New York City and making it …

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I’m Committing to Tome Topple!

I’m Committing to Tome Topple!

Thanks to Zezee at Zezee with Books, I just learned about Tome Topple. This challenge was started last year and it looks pretty straightforward. During the given two week period, you just try to read a book that is over 500 pages. Don’t finish during that time period? No problem – you still participated! Finished …

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July 2017 Hobonichi Flip Through

July 2017 Hobonichi Flip Through

Yesterday I shared my July 2017 Morning Pages and today I’m sharing the second part of my morning ritual: my hobonichi. Soon I’ll write about how I use each section of my planner, which changes based on need, like any good bullet journal. But today is just a quick flip through of my July 2017 …

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July 2017 Morning Pages

July 2017 Morning Pages

I don’t want to shock you, but today is the last day of July. Summer is almost over and I couldn’t be happier. Last night I had snickerdoodle ice cream and it was full of cinnamon – delicious! Which only made me think of apple pie, and then my heart ached for Fall. Tell me that’s …

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What’s the Purpose of Blogging Again?

What’s the Purpose of Blogging Again?

I’ve been having quite a difficult time with this blog over the last few weeks. I’ve been in the process of switching to a self-hosted blog, and I did everything wrong on my first go round. That meant that I had to re-do everything and I still don’t think it’s quite right. And on top …

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the seventh Flavia de Luce novel and I think this might be my favorite yet! All of these novels build off of each other and it’s difficult to write a review without giving anything away, which is why I’ve chosen to be sparse with plot descriptions. But it feels …

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“Blackberries need the rain AND sun” — on writing and its fuel

“Blackberries need the rain AND sun” — on writing and its fuel

When we moved into our house, we started planting berry bushes almost right away. Our blueberry bushes have exploded in the last few weeks, and we’ve already picked all of our raspberries and strawberries. We were lucky to find some wild blackberry bushes all over the bluff down to the river behind our house. My …

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is my second novel by Ishiguro. I was so pleased with my first that I couldn’t wait to find another by him. I think I tried to read this one at least five years ago but didn’t make it very far.  I’m glad that I returned to it because this might be a …

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