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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life was the final installment of the All Souls Trilogy, which follows Diana and Matthew back to present day to finally put their hands on that dang Ashmole book. They travel the world – they spend time in Diana’s ancestral home in the States, they visit England, and stay in Paris. They …

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network is a WWII novel that takes place in France, which is my favorite time period and location, so this one was bound to be a winner for me. But please bear with me – I am playing catch up with my posts, so they won’t be as detailed as some of my …

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Happy News!

Happy News!

Dear Friends, I apologize for my extended absence! Whew – what a couple of months! I wish I could tell you that I’ve been in a writing nook for the last few months and banged out a manuscript. Or that I read eleventy-billion books and reached nirvana. The truth is: I’m about 15 weeks pregnant …

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Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me was a different sort of book for me, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it! We follow Joan, an aspiring ballet dancer turned teacher, from the 70s through a post 9/11 world. Jacob fell in love with Joan when they were children, but Joan’s true love was ballet. She met Arslan, a remarkable Russian …

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Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

I told you that I have an addiction to these books! Maximize Your Potential is another volume in the 99U series about tailoring your life and career to your own aspirations. This one didn’t feel as relevant to me as Manage Your Day to Day, but I still did a ton of highlighting and pulled …

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid is a terrific storyteller. I read The Reluctant Fundamentalist several years ago and remember being captivated by it. As I listened to Exit West on audiobook, I was just as taken in! Saeed and Nadiya are the main characters in this story. They are living in a country that has been taken over …

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Third Quarter Reading Update

Third Quarter Reading Update

I was planning to write this at the beginning of October, but it seemed apt to do it now because I’ve met my yearly reading goal! Here’s a quick recap of my reading goals this year: Read 50 books: Completed on September 18! A fun little note is that of the 50 books that I’ve …

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Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

“Don’t worry about your talent or capability: that will grow as you practice. Katagiri Roshi said, ‘Capability is like a water table below the surface of the earth.’ No one owns it, but you can tap it. You can tap it with your effort and it will come through you. So just practice writing, and …

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My Fall Reading List – Top Ten Tuesday

My Fall Reading List – Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Tuesday! I’m linking up with the Broke and the Bookish today to share what I’m planning to read this fall! Fall is the perfect reading weather – everything starts to get so cozy and my hibernation mode kicks in. Plus, I want to read creepy books because of the Halloween season, which makes the …

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