What I'm Reading Monday, Aug. 3

What I’m Reading Monday, Aug. 3

August 3, 2015 Miscellaneous (4) Comments

Happy Monday, darlings! I just got home from a week at the lake with my family, and it was exactly what I needed. The weather was perfect, and I got in some good quality swimming, water skiing, tubing, kayaking, twilight boat rides, sunset gazing, chats with family members, and hammock reading. It was a much-needed distraction from some […]

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What I'm Reading Monday, July 27

What I’m Reading Monday, July 27

July 27, 2015 Miscellaneous (8) Comments

Hello lovelies! I’m writing today from a cottage tucked away in the trees by one of the Finger Lakes in Central New York. It’s only my second full day here, but I’ve already been kayaking, swimming, tubing, hammock reading, and sunset gazing. (I may have also gotten a bit of a sunburn.) I’m so looking forward […]

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The Books in My Beach Bag

The Books in My Beach Bag

July 24, 2015 Literary Lists (20) Comments

Tomorrow I’m headed to Keuka Lake for a week with my parents, dog, and myriad aunts, uncles, and cousins. After the roller coaster month I’ve been having, it will be lovely to spend some time tubing, swimming, kayaking, wine tasting, and lounging in the hammock with a book and a gin & tonic. I’ve pretty […]

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The Artful Mandala Coloring Book by Cher Kauffman

Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

July 23, 2015 Reviews (16) Comments

Few things are better for relieving stress than coloring. I’m not talking about creating beautiful art; I mean putting Crayola colored pencils to paper and trying to stay within the lines (or not) of a design that has already been drawn. Whether you like to color in silence or while watching TV or listening to […]

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Ten Diverse Reading Recommendations

July 21, 2015 Literary Lists (18) Comments

As a straight, cis-gendered, white American woman who has never been affected by a disability or mental illness, my cultural experience is pretty well represented in the media. And when you belong to the majority, it can be easy to blind yourself to the experiences of people with less privilege and to internalize the prejudicial messages our […]

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What I'm Reading Monday, July 20

What I’m Reading Monday, July 20

July 20, 2015 Miscellaneous (29) Comments

Well, this week has been all over the place. The breakup is still rough and messy and sad, but I’ve been keeping busy with some wonderful friends. Although I spent most of the week moping around my apartment, I barely set foot inside the building this weekend; drinks with friends, an evening at the beach, […]

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Book Review: Speak by Louisa Hall

Book Review: Speak by Louisa Hall

July 17, 2015 Reviews (12) Comments

Speak, Louisa Hall’s richly imagined and beautifully written sophomore novel, tells the story of the rise and fall of artificial intelligence through six intertwined narratives that span centuries. In 1663, thirteen-year-old Mary Bradford writes a diary about her sea crossing from England to America with her Puritan family, her trusty dog, and her unwanted new […]

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sweet savory & sometimes boozy cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes: Recipe & Cookbook Review

July 15, 2015 Reviews (11) Comments

I’m not much of a cook, but I LOVE baking tasty treats, and I was beyond excited to receive a copy of Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes by Alison Riede, winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. This cookbook has recipes to fit any event or craving, running the range of cupcakes that are tart citrusy, and light; fruity […]

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What I'm Reading Monday, June 13

What I’m Reading Monday, June 13

July 13, 2015 Miscellaneous (31) Comments

Oomph, it has been a roller coaster of a week. My car has a broken exhaust system, and the first quote I got for the repairs costs more than my car is actually worth. I took a lightning-fast trip down to NYC, where I got to see one of my best college friends. And then […]

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Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

Book Review: Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell

July 7, 2015 Reviews (5) Comments

The summer Lois and Carly May were 12 years old, they were abducted by a charismatic stranger and held in a remote cabin in the mountains of upstate New York for six weeks before being rescued. Twenty years later, Lois is a literature professor at a small college and the author of a thriller based […]

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