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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Books That Are Worth the Struggle

Books That Are Worth the Struggle

Hi, friends! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that you struggled to get into but ended up loving. This one was difficult for me because I don’t typically push through a book if I’m not loving it. Life is short and there are …

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August 2017 Hobonichi Flip Through

August 2017 Hobonichi Flip Through

I went on an on about my excitement over September in my post on Friday, so I won’t put you through that again. Just kidding – yes, I will! I LOVE September in New Hampshire! Yesterday we drove up to the mountains to see if the trees were changing, and they are. We had the …

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August 2017 Morning Pages Flip Through

August 2017 Morning Pages Flip Through

It is September! How did that happen??! I hope you and your family have escaped the floods in Texas unscathed. You might know that I grew up in Southeast Texas, near Beaumont. Don’t worry — my family and friends are all okay and have managed to make it through without a ton of damage. It’s …

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus was published in 2011, but somehow I am only just getting the memo about it. And I’m a little annoyed about that, to be honest! As I wrote in an earlier post, I listened to this on audio and it was narrated by Jim Dale, which made this an even more magical …

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