Take Me Back: Three Years of Favorites

Take Me Back: Three Years of Favorites

March 3, 2015 Literary Lists (18) Comments

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is kind of perfect. This week, the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish are asking bloggers to list their favorite books from the last three years. Why is this perfect? Because I started blogging just over three years ago! This week’s list is a fun way for me to look […]

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Monday, March 2

It’s Monday, Mar. 2! What Are You Reading?

March 2, 2015 Miscellaneous (19) Comments

Happy Monday, booklings! I am so happy that February is finally over. It is the worst month of the year, in my opinion. Although winter is still far from over, I am taking SO much comfort in knowing (hoping?) that the weather will finally start to thaw this month. The temperature is actually supposed to […]

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February Reads

February Reads

February 28, 2015 Miscellaneous (15) Comments

Although I started 2015 with a bang in January, my reading kind of fell by the wayside in February. I had a pretty busy month job searching and networking (which has actually been less painful than I anticipated), and I joined the marketing committee of the association that strives to improve the quality of life […]

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Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

February 27, 2015 Reviews (10) Comments

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans were just like any other animal. They lived in small groups, foraged for food, hunted, and were prayed upon by larger animals. When homo sapiens was born 200,000 years ago, there was nothing to separate them from other species of humans like neanderthals and homo floresiensis or from our cousins […]

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Book Review: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

Book Review: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

February 25, 2015 Reviews (24) Comments

One night during the sweltering summer of 1989, 15-year-old Lindy Simpson was raped just down the street from her suburban home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her assault rocked the idyllic neighborhood as Lindy, her family, her classmates, and her neighbors dealt with the fallout. Decades later, her childhood neighbor reflects on the summer that changed all […]

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Monday Feb. 23

It’s Monday, Feb. 23! What Are You Reading?

February 23, 2015 Miscellaneous (21) Comments

Woof. That’s all I have to say about the last week. A lot of emotionally draining things happened, and I really didn’t get much reading done. I started The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman but gave up on it pretty quickly. I don’t usually have trouble reading dialects, but when 40 pages […]

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Six Ways to Reduce Blogging Stress

Six Ways to Reduce Blogging Stress

February 22, 2015 Discussions (22) Comments

There has been a lot of talk lately about the pressures all bloggers feel at one time or another. In addition to commitments like work and family, we feel like we have to read all the new releases, publish posts regularly, reply to comments, read and comment on other people’s blogs, and be active on […]

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Book Review: The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib

Book Review: The Hidden Light of Objects by Mai Al-Nakib

February 20, 2015 Reviews (4) Comments

A misfit Palestinian boy is pressured into a suicide bombing by intimidating classmates. A woman is returned to her family in Kuwait after being held captive in Iraq for ten years. Among these ripped-from-the-headlines tales are stories and vignettes about everyday life in the Middle East. A pair of young twins echo each other’s speech, their […]

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Top Ten Readerly Woes

My Top Ten Readerly Woes

February 17, 2015 Miscellaneous (22) Comments

As much as it pains me to admit, reading isn’t just snuggling up under blankets and devouring a life-changing story while sipping on a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine, or insert your favorite beverage here). It has its dark side! There are paper cuts and cramped hands from holding heavy tomes, troubles getting […]

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Monday Feb. 16: What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday Feb. 16! What Are You Reading?

February 16, 2015 Miscellaneous (11) Comments

It’s been a rough week here in Buffalo. A head cold has been kicking my ass since last Monday; one of the windshield wipers snapped off my car, and a few days later the car battery died right when I needed to leave for an informational interview; the snow is piling up into four foot […]

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