Nonfiction November is Coming Back!

October 9, 2014 Communities

Last year, my dear book blogging friend Leslie (Regular Rumination) asked me if I’d be interested in joining her in a personal challenge to read and write exclusively about nonfiction in November. After we talked a little more, we decided that it would be fun to open up the project to host a low-key celebration of […]

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On Paying Attention to Reading Diversely

October 7, 2014 Musings

Since 2010, I’ve been very intentional about keeping track of all the books I read, along with some basic statistics about them. In addition to things like genre and format, I also tracked, primarily out of curiosity, author gender. As it turns out, without much intentional effort, I tend to read about equal or slightly […]

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Currently | Kicking Off the Season with a Big Book

October 5, 2014 Currently

Time and Place | 9 a.m. at my dad’s computer in the Twin Cities Eating and Drinking | Just water for the moment, but my Grandma is coming over for brunch a bit later so I’m sure we’ll have something delicious. Reading | This week has been all about The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. This book, you […]

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September 2014 Wrap-Up and a Look to October

October 3, 2014 Monthly Review

I feel like I started to get some of my reading groove back near the end of September. I’m not sure what clicked, but something must have because I finished eight pretty great books (and only one of them was a comic book!). I’m still struggling a bit with reviews, but getting over slumps is a […]

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Do You Know ‘How Star Wars Conquered the Universe’?

October 1, 2014 Book Review

I would describe myself as, at best, a casual fan of the Star Wars universe. I’ve seen the original trilogy a couple of times and I fondly remember going to each of the prequel movies with my family when I was a kid, but that’s about as far as my familiarity with the franchise actually […]

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Currently | The Monday After a Night on the Town

September 29, 2014 Currently

Time and Place | I’m writing this at about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, but it’s scheduled to go up Monday morning. I’m interpreting “currently” a little lose this week. Eating and Drinking | After a month of super clean eating (thanks, Whole30) I went a little bit off the rails this week, first with pizza for lunch with […]

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My Experience with the Whole30 Program

September 25, 2014 Musings

One of the things that has stuck with me from Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project is the idea of moderators versus abstainers. Rubin posits that some people are happiest when they moderate their behavior by allowing small indulgences every once in awhile. Other people, however, are happier when they abstain entirely from certain things […]

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In My Mailbox: September 2014

September 23, 2014 Book List

I really love to hear when people get new books, so I decided I’m going to try to do more posts sharing some of the books that arrive at my house — here’s some of what I found in my mailbox in September. The News Sorority by Sheila Weller (Sept. 30 from Penguin Press) – […]

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Currently | Being a Homebody

September 21, 2014 Currently

Time and Place | 8 a.m. at my desk, enjoying an obligation-free weekend at home. Eating and Drinking |  Black tea, with plans to make scrambled eggs and sausage in a little bit. Reading | I finished two books this week! The first book was a memoir, Without You There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Oct. 14 from Crown), […]

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Reviewletts: ‘The High Divide’ and ‘Broken Monsters’

September 19, 2014 Book Review

Today I am going to share some thoughts on two books that pushed me out of my reading comfort zone in two entirely different directions. The High Divide, a historical novel about the great American west, let me explore the history of the region that I call home. Broken Monsters, a contemporary murder mystery, played around with […]

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