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T5W: Favorite Romance Novels

  Why is it that only women read romance novels? I never took psychology so I can’t even begin to answer the question. My husband wants to do the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge,...

Review: L’Appart

L’Appart By David Lebovitz Paris is such a beautiful city that fascinates so many Americans. We romanticize it and fantasize about living there. David Lebovitz is one American who has done so and been...

Book Review: How to Break Up with Your Phone

Book Review: How to Break Up with Your Phone Catherine Price A 30-day plan to break the addiction to your phone, focusing on positive outcomes and with a funny, chatty vibe. I just read...

Review: Our Native Bees

Our Native Bees By Paige Embry   A nonfiction account of North American native bee species that reads like a series of great long-form journalism pieces from National Geographic, this book covers interesting stories...

Review: The Yes Brain

The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child By Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson “…[B]ehavior is communication. And problematic behavior is actually a message, where our kids...

#T5W: Forgettable Books

Honestly, my memory for books is not very good. I know people, for instance I’m married to one of them, who can remember character names and plot details long after finishing a book. I’m...

#T5W: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017

There are a lot of books I didn’t get to in 2017. Here are 5 that I will be prioritizing in 2018! Yes, mostly as part of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Great...

50 things in 2017

  Inspired by Austin Kleon’s 100 Things that made my year, just a quick summary of the year as I look forward to 2018. I can already see that we are long overdue for...

2017 End of Year Book Survey

    I came across this survey on Book.Blog.Bake, and I thought I’d give it a try. The survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner. I love a good survey. Reading other book...