How to Eat a Cupcake ~ Book Review

How to eat a cupcake

Recently I opened Facebook and found a note from a friend. She’d just finished a book, thought I’d like it, and wanted to send it to me. Two of my favorite things… a book recommendation from a friend, and free books. As we were pulling out of the driveway to head to Tulsa for a spring break visit I stopped by the mailbox, and the envelope inside made me smile. I love when books arrive … Continue reading

Thirteen Reasons Why ~ Book Review

thirteen reasons why by jay asher

This is only the second young adult book I’ve ever read. I picked up Paper Towns and this book at the library. I wanted to do a little research into young adult fiction, thinking it might be the best way to write the ideas floating around in my head. While I enjoyed the story of Paper Towns, I was not a huge fan of the tone of it. I was a little put off, feeling … Continue reading

The Rest of Her Life: Book Review

the rest of her life by laura moriarty

The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty was our book club book this month. One thing I love and kind of hate about book club is I end up reading books I normally wouldn’t read. This is one of those books. I started The Rest of Her Life a couple weeks before our book club meeting. It happened to be during a week my kiddo and I were struggling. Struggling to understand, listen and be … Continue reading

The One Thing I Learned to Stop Yelling

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Throughout Hanna’s life I’ve always tried to remember to direct her towards want I want her to do, instead of away from what I don’t want her to do. Walking feet… instead of don’t run. Lower your voice… instead of stop yelling. Bottoms on the couch… instead of don’t stand. Because I know, what we focus on grows, the mind doesn’t hear “don’t”. It was a little funny when I stopped for a moment and … Continue reading

The Girl on the Train Review

the girl on the train

Everyone’s talking about it, not just talking about it, raving about it, so when our librarian held it up at book club I jumped at the chance to be the first one to check it out. I took it home and opened it right up. The premise of the book is really intriguing. A girl rides the train every day, and creates stories in her mind about the people she sees in the houses along … Continue reading

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love

the dirty life on farming food and love

I came across this book while trying to find memoirs to add to my 25/25 challenge.  I knew it was going to be right up my alley for a few reasons. 1. I’m a transplanted NYer. 2. I now live in farm country. 3. I dream of having a milk cow. 4. I don’t really believe I’m capable of milking a cow twice a day every.single.day.even.when.it’s.snowing. The book started off with a New York City writer, living … Continue reading

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Review

guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

I’m going to be honest, right up front. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, or books set in the 1940s. I find them dreary and a bit depressing for some reason. I’ve had Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society recommended to me a few times and hadn’t read it for just that reason. However, it was the chosen book for our book club this month, so I gave it a go. Delightful. … Continue reading

The Kindness of Strangers… Penniless Across America

kindness of strangers penniless across america

Is it possible to travel from California to North Carolina without a penny to your name, simply relying on the kindness of strangers for your food, shelter and transportation? That’s the question Mike McIntyre asked himself.  Mike was a guy with a great job as a journalist, a nice place to live, and a loving girlfriend. Problem was… he was afraid. All.the.time. He’d let fear control his life and decided it was time to snap … Continue reading

A Single Sentence That Makes You Gasp

Gray Mountain by John Grisham Book Review

  The other day my mom stopped by on the way to the library. She had Gray Mountain by John Grisham under her arm. We got to talking about the book and the 25/25 challenge and she ended up leaving the book for me to read.  ** I am enjoying so much how books are just showing up for me to read these days! It’s absolute magic.  I haven’t read many of Grisham’s books, I’m … Continue reading

What Kitchen Confidential Taught Me About Judgement and Assholes

every single person on the planet has a story

I’ve never been a fan of Anthony Bourdain. He’s brash, and arrogant, quite frankly I think he’s an ass. You can imagine my surprise when I became so captivated by his show Parts Unknown, I ended up, on Netflix, binge watching almost every episode in a weekend. My opinion of him didn’t really change from watching his show… he was still brash, and arrogant, and quite frankly an ass… what I did begin to see as … Continue reading