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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True Tales of Murder and Madness for Every Reader

September 17, 2014 News and Notes

This post originally appeared on Book Riot.  I’m already on the record over over at Book Riot as being a fan of the subtitle – the longer and more absurd the better. Two words that I cannot resist in a subtitle are “murder” and “madness,” especially when they’re used together. Usually you find “murder” and “madness” […]

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Currently | Mormons and Football, Monsters and Flowers

September 14, 2014 Currently

Time and Place // 8:25 a.m. at my desk working on my laptop, since I still haven’t managed to get a new wireless card for my desktop computer. #procrastinator Eating and Drinking // I’ve got my usual Whole30 (day 22!) breakfast again this morning: three fried eggs, an apple, Trader Joe’s almond butter, and some cranberry […]

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What Margaret Atwood’s ‘Stone Mattress’ Showed Me About Short Stories

September 10, 2014 Book Review

Until I read Margaret Atwood’s newest short story collection, Stone Mattress, I didn’t think that I was a reader who could love short stories. (This, despite being a fan of B.J. Novak’s collection, One More Thing. I am a slow learner) While I adore reading novels built as a collection of interconnected short stories like Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists or […]

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Four Factors in a Fantastically Terrible Reading Slump

September 5, 2014 Musings

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been in a wicked reading and blogging slump. It started at the beginning of August, held on through the entire month, and doesn’t seem to be letting up now that September has arrived. It’s been rough. Although I hate being in slumps like these, I don’t let myself feel bad […]

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