Preparing for Dewey's Readathon

Preparing for Dewey’s Readathon: My Book Stack, Snacks, and Tips

April 22, 2015 Blogging & Challenges (18) Comments

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is coming up on Saturday, and I could not be more excited. I only wound up reading for 10 hours during the last readathon, staying up until hour 19, but I learned a few things that I think will help me get more reading in this time around. Today I’m sharing my […]

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Monday April 20

It’s Monday, April 20! What Are You Reading?

April 20, 2015 Miscellaneous (30) Comments

Happy Monday, booklings! And happy birthday to me! (Is it okay to wish myself a happy birthday?) I’m 25 today, and I’m pretty excited to have survived an entire quarter century. I haven’t fallen off a cliff or gotten run over by a car or ANYTHING. I celebrated with some friends on Saturday night, and the […]

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DIY Necklace Rack

Speaking of: A DIY Necklace Rack

April 10, 2015 Miscellaneous (20) Comments

I mentioned in my March wrap-up post that I want to write the occasional non-bookish post. I’m a reader, but like most well-rounded people, it isn’t my only interest. I’m also interested in style, organization (see my nerdily in-depth reading graph and blog planner), and DIY, among other things. I love to knit and cross-stitch […]

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Five Characters I'd Like to Check In With

Five Characters I’d Like to Check In With

April 7, 2015 Literary Lists (22) Comments

Because sometimes you finish a book but you aren’t finished with the characters, here are five* characters I would like to check in with: (Warning: Vague spoilers ahead.) 1. Naoko from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I loved getting to know Nao through her diary, and I really want to know what she did […]

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Monday April 6

It’s Monday, April 6! What Are You Reading?

April 6, 2015 Miscellaneous (10) Comments

Happy Monday, booklings! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. My Easter was anything but low-key. We made a huge Buffalo Polish breakfast complete with kielbasa, placek (coffee cake), and a butter lamb; had a late brunch with a group of friends; and had dinner with the boyfriend’s extended family. I don’t think I need […]

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April Releases

Five Awesome April Releases

April 3, 2015 Literary Lists (7) Comments

After overbooking myself like crazy for March, I have a little bit of a reading lull in April. That said, there are some really interesting books coming up that I’m excited to read! 1. The Given World by Marian Palaia (Simon & Schuster | April 14) In 1968, thirteen-year-old Riley’s brother Mick goes missing in Vietnam. Devastated, […]

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Book Review: The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

Book Review: The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

April 2, 2015 Reviews (7) Comments

In one fleeting moment, fifteen-year-old Jane’s life changes forever. While on a walk through the woods of northern England with the girl she is babysitting, she loses her young charge. The child, Lucy, is never found, and that fateful day has a profound impact on the course of Jane’s life. Twenty years later, Jane is working […]

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March Reads

March Reads

March 31, 2015 Miscellaneous (26) Comments

You know how they say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? Well, whoever coined that phrase wasn’t from Buffalo. It snowed yesterday. And snow is in the forecast again next week. The best I can say for this March is that most of the snow on the ground has melted. […]

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Monday March 30

It’s Monday, March 30! What Are You Reading?

March 30, 2015 Miscellaneous (19) Comments

Happy Monday! The last week has felt like a busy one. I participated in Bloggiesta, but I didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. I also made the 2.5-hour drive home to visit my parents and my sister for a few days. It was a nice visit, but it made for a pretty […]

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Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed by Meghan Daum

Three Great Perspectives from Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed by Meghan Daum

March 27, 2015 Reviews (23) Comments

In Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, Meghan Daum collects essays from sixteen childless (or childfree, depending on how you spin it) writers on the decision not to have kids. The vast array of perspectives represented in this book is wonderful. Some contributors have always known they didn’t want kids, others struggled for years to decide, and some made it […]

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