• Cover of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
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    Book Review: Big Magic

    Courage. Enchantment. Permission. Persistence. Trust. Divinity. The six components of creativity according to Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic.  Big Magic is one of those books you read, and it changes or affirms your perspective on everything. Gilbert has a unique approach to creativity and inspiration that I think most people can benefit from reading. Rather than viewing creativity as this painful, elusive entity, Gilbert thinks of it as a gift that flits in and out of your life only if you let it. I’ve always struggled with calling myself a creative person, and the way Gilbert approaches the topic makes it possible for anyone to live creatively as long as they give…

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    5 Books to Read this Valentine’s Day

    When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you either love it or hate it — there is no one in the world that is just “meh” about this day of love. Whether you think its lame or adorable, it’s still a good reason to develop a themed list! I’m here with some classic rom-coms as well as some more unconventional picks for you to read during this season of love. Let’s get started! one | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Monique lives in modern-day New York and is writing about the life of the 50s movie starlet Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn chronicles her life to Monique, so much of…

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    10 Books to Read to Celebrate Black History Month

    Happy Black History Month! To celebrate this important month, I compiled a list of potential books to read both for education and enjoyment! This is nowhere close to an exhaustive list, so please check out these additional lists of potential books to read to support Black authors now and during the rest of the year. Shondaland Oprah Magazine Glamour Let’s get started! Fiction one | Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Children of Blood and Bone takes place in a fictional land that used to be ripe with magic but was purged of it when the king became scared of the power the Magi held. Zélie must go on a dangerous…

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    Books I Read in January

    Happy February! I kicked off January with a reading rush. I read nine books in the first 31 days of 2021, and I am so proud of myself. From a mediocre murder mystery to a few rom-com love stories, let’s get started! one | Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb The King-in-Waiting of the Six Duchies has fathered a bastard child, and that child has come to town after having nowhere left to turn. Fitz, as the child is named, grows up in the stables learning from various helping hands including not on the stablemaster but the King himself. While his father is absent having abandoned his city out of shame, Fitz…

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    10 Tips on How to Read More

    Almost every new year I hear from my friends that they want to read more. I love that for them! I think reading is one of the most joyful experiences, and as long as you’re reading things you love, I am all for reading more! Here are some of my tips on how I read so many books in a year. Let’s get started! one | set intentional time It’s really hard to get things done if you don’t have time set aside to actually do it. I specifically set aside time in the morning because I never know what my nights are going to look like. If I can…

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    Best Books to Kick Off the New Year

    There’s no better way to kick off the new year than with some inspirational books, right? Here are a few recommendations to help you start your year off on the right foot. Let’s get started! one | Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert Get your creative juices flowing for 2021 with Elizabeth Gilbert’s inspiring book, Big Magic. Gilbert explores the nuance of creativity and inspiration in this non-fiction book, and it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Gilbert approaches conversations about creativity by talking about how to face your fears and tackle your passions. This book is now in my rotation of annual reads, and I highly recommend picking it…

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    Top 10 Anticipated Book Releases in 2021

    Despite having made a highly curated TBR list for 2021 I am obviously still very excited for all the new releases coming out this year. I always make a list of new releases I’m looking forward to each season — rarely do I ever read all of the books, but it’s nice to add to the TBR isn’t it? Here are only some of my most anticipated releases of 2021. Let’s get started! one | Bride of the Sea by Eman Quotah Muneer and Saeedah have settled into their life in America and are expecting their first child, but everything is not as lovely it seems. Soon, the pair are…

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    2021 TBR List

    I participate in POPSUGAR’s reading challenges every year, but this is the first year I planned it all out. I picked a book for (almost) every prompt, and I have a stack of those books that I already own sitting on my dresser, easy for the picking when it comes time to choose my next read. I didn’t want this post to be 800 pages long, so I left off the description of the books, but I linked everything, so you can still read more about it. Let’s get started! one | a book published in 2021 TBD. I’ll probably instinctively pick up a new publication, so I don’t want…

  • Books I Read in 2020
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    Books I Read in 2020

    2020 was both my best and worst year yet for reading! I read more books than I ever have before, but most books were of a lesser quality in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I still read some awe-inspiring books, but I was mainly reading for escape, so while a lot of stories were entertaining, they didn’t have that 5-star pow I usually expect. I made a heavily curated 2021 TBR list (look out for that next week), so I’m hoping to read some more amazing books next year. In 2020, I read… Seventy books 28.5% audiobooks 35.7% e-books 35.7% physical books 30% non-fiction 70% fiction Five anti-racist education…

  • Books I read in December
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    Books I Read in December

    Happy last book wrap up of 2020! I can’t believe we made it y’all. As of this post, I read SEVENTY books in 2020! That’s an insane amount of reading, and I definitely have Libby to thank for that. I’ll be posting a full list of ALL the books I read in 2020 in the new year with a full breakdown including what format I read the most of, BIPOC, and more. But for now, here’s what I read in December. Let’s get started! one | The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware — E-Book Not all is as it seems at Heatherbrae House, and Rowan has stepped right…