Author: Katie

Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates (a #RIPXII finish)

Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates (a #RIPXII finish)

I checked out Carthage from the library because I wanted an audiobook that would qualify for the RIPXII challenge. I found this one hiding in the suspense category and was excited to pick up another Joyce Carol Oates novel because it’s been a while! To be honest, I’m trying to decide how I feel about it. And …

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Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind; Edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind; Edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

I can’t get enough of these books lately. Whether it’s because I’m itching to get to work on something or because I want to feel some control over my life, I’m not sure. I recently wrote about how I’m trying to set writing priorities, but am not sure what those priorities should be. These books …

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My Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging

My Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging

Happy Tuesday! I’m linking up with the Broke and the Bookish again to share my ten favorite books since I started blogging. I started this blog about a year and a half ago, so it was easy to pore over my bullet journals to find the books that qualify for this category. What wasn’t easy was …

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

This has been one of the hardest posts I’ve written since starting my blog. This book has stalled my reading and blogging, so I’m glad to click “publish” today! I have to admit – I was relieved when I finished Swing Time. I usually love Zadie Smith and kept waiting for things come together, but …

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Finding a Sense of Humor

Finding a Sense of Humor

This has been a hard week for my family. It started off great! Last Sunday we took a drove into the mountains and it was cool, cloudy, and rainy thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. It was the first time we’ve driven to the mountains since the boys were born that didn’t result in …

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Thornyhold by Mary Stewart, a #RIPXII finish!

Thornyhold by Mary Stewart, a #RIPXII finish!

Yes, dear readers, I’ve reread Thornyhold— my favorite fall read is finished for the year. I actually want to read it again this year, but I’ll hold back and wait for next year. Gilly Ramsey is a lonely child growing up in England. After the death of her parents as a young adult, she receives …

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Inspiration From This Week

Inspiration From This Week

It’s Saturday morning and I’m so happy to be sitting at my keyboard, getting this post ready to share. The sun is rising behind me and I can see its reflection on the wall just to my left. Sometimes this is a bad place for the computer because of glare issues, but in this moment …

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Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge (#RIPXII)

Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge (#RIPXII)

Thanks to a recent foray on Twitter, I saw a post from Laila about the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge (RIPXII). WHAT?! I clicked over immediately and got so excited. The idea is for readers to indulge in the fall season and read cozy (or frightful!) books in any of the following genres: mystery, suspense, thriller, …

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Writing Priorities

Writing Priorities

I always start these posts thinking I’m going to be wise and insightful, but come off sounding whiny. I apologize in advance, but please know that I am using my very serious and very thoughtful voice and not my but life is so unfair! voice. I want to do more. I want to create something fantastic and …

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I believe that Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is technically Young Adult, but the topics it broaches are painful and relevant to nearly every one. This is a beautiful book – only made better with an audiobook narration by Lin-Manuel Miranda – that stopped me in my tracks and took my …

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