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Audible’s New Romance Package

I have jumped on the romance genre bandwagon. There seems to have been a cultural shift for the genre away from the “guilty pleasure” or even “deep and hidden shame” to being taken more...

Book Review: The Displaced

The Displaced by Viet Thanh Nguyen is a book of essays by refugee writers. These essays give a voice to the individuals in the burgeoning refugee crisis, specifically in reaction to Trump’s anti-refugee policies....

Vacation Reading

We spent Spring Break in New Mexico! I didn’t get to sit on a beach or by a pool like in my daydreams, but it was pretty satisfying. It has been over a year...

T5W: Childrens Books to Read as an Adult

It’s Top 5 Wednesday! Today the topic is children’s books to read as an adult. As a parent I have lots of time to think about this topic, though at this point my oldest...

Welcome to Austin!

It’s that time again, SXSW is here and people are flooding into town. Even if you’re here for SXSW film or music or interactive or wellness, if you’re a bibliophile you will want to...

International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day

I want to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! Have you joined any feminist book clubs? Today I am featuring three feminist book clubs. Check them out! Book Riot just announced PERSIST, a...

Link roundup

Here is a Friday link roundup for your enjoyment. I can’t believe it’s March already! It is starting to look like Spring in Austin! I know I’ve been hard on the social media sites...

Should I delete my Facebook account?

I want to delete my Facebook account but I just can’t pull the trigger I’ve been listening to podcasts and reading about the evils of social media. I started asking myself: should I delete...

Friday Nonsense

I just really love this Photoshop fail. And what’s up with the glasses? Yes, I bought this product.