Books,  Recommendations

    September Book Haul

    Round two of talking about books I bought! I told y’all I went a little crazy last month during the Barnes and Noble sale. Let’s jump right into the rest of the books I bought for this book haul! Image from Amazon 1. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Truth be told, I picked this one up because I’ve heard great things about it, and I loved the cover. Ask Again, Yes is about two families whose lives are intertwined because of their proximity and children. Francis and Lena live with their daughter Kate, and Brian and Anne live next door with their son Peter. A tragedy blossoms from Lena’s loneliness and…

    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 6 Fall Book Releases 2019

    I know it’s not quite yet fall in Nashville, but I already want to pull out my sweaters and sip on some piping hot apple cider at a coffee shop all day long. The mornings have been a lot cooler here, which brings a smile to my face every time I walk out the door, so I figured I might as well pull the trigger and share some of the fall book releases I’m excited for in 2019. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — October Galaxy (Alex) Stern is the sole survivor of an unsolved multi-homicide, so when she’s in her hospital bed…

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    August 2019 Book Haul

    I have been heavily utilizing the library this year, which has been great for my wallet, but Barnes and Noble finally had a sale, and I went crazy. Truthfully, this is only the first part of my haul since I also ordered about seven books online, but these are the ones I picked up in-store. I didn’t mean to pick out a specific set of books, but I think I was subconsciously drawn to historical fiction. I took advantage of the buy two, get the third free deal and 30 percent off deals. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed…

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    August Reading Wrap Up

    You may have noticed, but I skipped out on doing a July reading wrap up since I read so little that month. Between moving and being out of town, I really hit a reading slump last month and only read two books. And even though I only read three books this month, I got half-way through two others, and I feel like I’m back in the reading game. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs A well-written auto-biography from Steve Jobs’ “forgotten” daughter, Small Fry is an eye-opening read. Brennan-Jobs shares stories of her childhood and the strange way she and her estranged father used to interact. I’ve never been…

    Books,  Reviews

    Daisy Jones & The Six | A Review

    Daisy Jones is a force to be reckoned with, and The Six had no idea what it was getting into when they asked her to join the band. It all started out as an innocent co-writing session, and it ended in the best band of the era. Daisy Jones & The Six is the oral history of the greatest band there ever was. Their time together was short, but their impact lasted for generations. The story begins with Billy and his brother starting a band. They go through the regular crap a band does (members that quit, writing woes, etc), but eventually, they end up as The Six — Billy, Graham,…

    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 5 Books to Turn into Movies

    This past weekend was so much more relaxing than anticipated. I was house/dog sitting about 30 minutes out of Nashville, so I spent most of my weekend up there watching movies on the couch. It reminded me of how much I actually enjoy movies, and it got me thinking about what books I would like to see turned into movies. Typically, I’m in the camp of “the book is better than the movie,” but sometimes, sometimes they are both great in their own way, and I think these books could land in that camp if they were made into movies. I read all of these books (or parts of the…

    Books,  Recommendations

    Favorite Book Quotes

    I’ve always loved a good quote. I feel like if I’m going through something, whether it’s good or bad, I can always find a quote that perfectly encapsulates how I’m feeling. I’ve gotten into the habit of adding to my notes in my phone every time I come across a quote in a book I like, so I thought I would share a few. Each quote means something different to me and reminds me to make the most of what I have. Let’s get started! 1. “I’m under absolutely no obligation to make sense to you.” — Evelyn Hugo, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 2. “Happiness can be found, even…

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    Top 5 Booker Prize Longlist Nominees

    The Booker Prize Longlist was announced two weeks ago, and I’m here to give my top five picks from the lot. The Booker Prize is an award given to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. It’s a life-changing award that’s been given out for over 50 years. I try to read at least one winner every year, but there are seriously so many amazing novels from these lists that it’s hard to get to all of them. Here are my top five Booker Prize nominees from the 2019 longlist. Let’s get started. Image from Amazon 1. My Sister, the Serial…

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    Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win: A Book Review

    Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win. It’s a book title and a powerful statement in one. Charlotte Walsh is on the ride of her life. She’s running for a Senate seat in her home state of Pennslyvania, and she’s running against an old, white, incumbent, male. Nothing about this race is going to be easy for her, but she wants to fix what she believes to be past mistakes. I can relate a lot to Charlotte, and I think a lot of other women can as well. She’s responsible for taking care of everything — her career, her employees, her kids, her spouse, and herself when she has the time. She’s got…

    Books,  Lifestyle

    10 Reading Habits You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of

    I believe everyone appreciates books in a different way. I also believe we can all enjoy books in a variety of ways, and that’s okay. There is no one right way to read a book. There is no one right type of book to read. And there is no one in this world that should make you feel guilty about what or how you like to read. Let’s get started with the 10 reading habits you shouldn’t be ashamed of. 1. Reading more than one book at a time. I used to have a friend that would shame me for reading more than one book at a time. It’s something…