Books and Writing

The Best Books I Read In the First Half of 2019

I know it's too early to do a full reading wrap up for 2019, but I've already started recommending books to people as "the best I've read this year." So I thought I'd put together a long list of the best books I read between January and June of 2019. There's a mixture here -… Continue reading The Best Books I Read In the First Half of 2019

What I Read This Month

What I Read This Month: October 2019

Wow - it has been a while. In the unpredictable way that life tends to go, this blog had to take a back seat to a lot of personal family stuff that happened this time last year. But I'm really happy to be trying to get back into it. So here is everything I read… Continue reading What I Read This Month: October 2019

Books and Writing

5 Books That Made Me Think Differently (#2)

I won't be so dramatic as to say that these books completely changed my life. That's high praise that I bestow rarely - thus far only on Harry Potter, but with a couple of close runners up. So no, I'm not a changed human for having read these books, but some of my thoughts, opinions,… Continue reading 5 Books That Made Me Think Differently (#2)

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5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)

This round-up of books with excellent mental health components tackle suicide, depression, grief, self-harm, institutionalization, illness/mortality, and PTSD. Some of the books are for young adults, some are memoir or part-memoir, and some are commonly assigned in high school English classes. Books dealing with mental health are rarely easy to read, but they are so,… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Mental Health (#3)

Books and Writing

5 Great Books About Self Image (#2)

I'm not a big fan of traditional self-help books, but I love a novel or memoir with a strong undercurrent of self-discovery. Whether the author/main character comes to terms with a personal loss, their body image, finds their confidence, or reconciles a key piece of their identity, I always find that those books engender the… Continue reading 5 Great Books About Self Image (#2)

Books and Writing

5 Books That Made Me Think Differently

Have you ever read a book that just blew your mind? That kept you up at night? That stuck with you for days after you closed it? That changed the way you think about something? These books can be few and far between, the truly life-changing ones even more so. I'm grateful to be able… Continue reading 5 Books That Made Me Think Differently

What I Read This Month

What I Read This Month (September)

Hello hello lovelies! It has been a month. Some months that's the kindest think I can say. It was exhausting - courtesy of both insomnia and the Kavanaugh hearings. I was also a little jealous of all those going back to school. I know, I'm a nerd, but few things made me as happy as… Continue reading What I Read This Month (September)