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  • How to Fall in Love
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    Book Preview: How to Fall in Love – A Novel

    Valentine’s Day is a week and a day away and I have the perfect book for you to read. How to Fall in Love – A Novel was sent to me and unfortunately, I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. I’m currently buried under a pile of books. But, this one is one I wish I was able to have read by now because it sounds so good especially for the holiday of love. So why am I sharing this today instead of doing a marathon reading session this weekend and sharing it next week? I wanted to share it now because it is being released tomorrow! So,…

  • Books,  Home Decor

    Book Review: Rock Stars at Home

    Remember MTV Cribs? Is that still on? Anyway, I remember watching when I was younger and getting a glimpse inside the homes of celebrities. The tour, usually given by the star themselves, showed their giant houses and almost always showed off some fancy pool out back. Sometimes the houses were super classy and sometimes they were really over the top or eccentric, but it was always interesting to see. Rock Stars at Home gives readers a glimpse inside the homes of famous rock stars like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Elvis, and others. I think rock stars always have the most eccentric homes! The book details these stars’ homes like Freddie Mercury’s…

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    Books,  Entertainment,  Fashion,  Food,  TV

    January 2019 Favorites

    This month has both felt like it’s flown by and dragged on. I can’t believe it’s the last day of January, but at the same time the holidays and winter break feels like ages ago. Anyone else feel that way? As with the end of every month, I’m sharing my monthly favorites today. Let’s get started! First off, Outlander came back for season 4 back in November, but I didn’t catch up until this month. I’m still 3 episodes behind, but the season finale has just aired over the weekend. Now I need to decide if I want to hurry and watch those 3 episodes or if I want to savor…

  • Becoming
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    Book Review: Becoming

    One of the things I wished for on my Secret Santa wishlist was Becoming – Michelle Obama’s book. My Secret Santa got it for me and as soon as I felt that the gift was in the shape of a book I knew what it was and I was so excited! I spent the past week reading the 400+ page book and I was enthralled and obsessed with the entire book. Every page of it! I won’t give anything away, because you should read it for yourself, but I’ll tell you a little about it and why I love it. In Becoming, Michelle Obama talks about her life starting from her humble beginnings…

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    Book Review: Death in a Mudflat

    For today’s book review I’m talking about Death in a Mudflat and I have mixed feelings about it. It is part of the Rhe Brewster mystery series. When I first received the book I didn’t realize this was a series (or I just didn’t remember them telling me that once I got around to reading it because it was sent to me a few months ago) or that this wasn’t the first book of the series. It’s okay though because you don’t really need to know what happened before this book. Although there are returning characters from previous books you don’t really need to have read those to read this one. Any…

  • 365 Days of Happiness
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    365 Days of Happiness

    “New year, new me” is something a lot of people say every new year. It’s a time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. You can technically make the decision to start fresh any time, but the first of the year always seems like a good time. For about half of 2018, I was mindful of myself. Trying to work towards being the best version of myself, being more mindful of putting positive energy out in hopes of positive energy coming back to me. All that jazz. I’m still trying to do those things, but it is hard! Sometimes, you just feel like life is trying to keep you…

  • The Enchanted Sonata
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    Book Review: The Enchanted Sonata

    The book I’m talking about today is extremely fitting for the holiday season. When I was asked if I wanted to read The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork and was given a synopsis, I immediately said yes. I like a wide range of books, but this kind of book really has a special place in my heart. The Enchanted Sonata is described as a retelling cross between The Nutcracker and The Pied Piper. It’s about a 16 year old girl named Clara who has been studying for years to become a famous pianist who is magically transported to another world where there are rats trying to invade cities and kill people and the candies are…

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    Book Review: The Hate U Give

    Full disclosure – I didn’t have very high expectations for The Hate U Give. My students in my book club chose it to read and I thought it was going to be just a typical teenage book that was turned in to a movie. I knew the premise of the book and that it was a best seller – but that still didn’t really give me high hopes. But, I ended up really liking it and halfway through I was really hooked and couldn’t stop reading. The Hate U Give follows teenager, Starr Carter, who lives in a rough neighborhood. Her father is a former gang member who left the gang…

  • Discovery
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    Book Review: Discovery

    I’m back with another book review for you this Monday afternoon. Discovery by Leslie Schweitzer Miller does some jumping back and forth between time periods and focuses on three main characters: Giselle – a French biblical scholar; David – an American archaeologist; and Abbé Francois Bérenger Sauniere – a French priest in the late 1800s. Giselle and David live in present day (well 2012-2013) and the bulk of the novel follows them, but it occasionally jumps back in time to give us more insight in to what Sauniere was doing and the secrets he uncovered. How are they all connected? Giselle is related to one of Sauniere’s colleagues and confidante, Antoine…

  • Warm Transfer
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    Book Review: Warm Transfer

    It’s been a while since my last real book review. I’ve been so busy that it’s been hard to finish a book lately and the last book I tried to read I just could not get in to. I got less than halfway through and I just had to give up because it was going to take me forever since I wasn’t that interested in it. But, the book I’m sharing today, Warm Transfer , was one that I got really in to and couldn’t put down! Tamsen is a stay-at-home mom of 2 in her mid 40s. She grew up in a working-class Irish family in Chicago. After a successful 10…