There are many things I wish I had done better in 2018, but the beauty of the new year is that we get to make fresh, new promises to ourselves and dream about what could be in the coming months. As I reflected on 2018, I thought about this little blog and how much more… Read More Not So Far From the Tree
From O’Fallon to Jimmy Fallon By now, you probably know that Jimmy Fallon picked Children of Blood and Bone for the Tonight Show’s Summer Reads book club. And how cool is it that his audience helped choose a book with strong, diverse characters, the first from crazy-talented twenty-something author Tomi Adeyemi?! My summer YA book club… Read More Regurgitated Frog
Heroes in a Half-Shell! Were you a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles junkie like me as a kid? I spent many an afternoon in front of the tv in the 1990’s, totally absorbed with these “heroes in a half-shell” with “turtle power!” As I reflect on this completely ridiculous show (and now movie franchise) as an… Read More Turtle Takeover
Rewind a Minute Well, it’s been entirely too long since I last shared a new #plotdrivenlife adventure, but I hope that this update to a post I wrote in 2017 will absolutely blow your mind and prove to you that books change lives! In August 2017, I wrote a post entitled Family Ties, where I… Read More Stranger than Fiction
Podcast Driven Life I have to admit that I’ve been living more of a Podcast Driven Life lately, and I’m cringing at how far behind I am on my Goodreads Challenge for the year. However, I think the lessons I’m learning from the podcasts I’m currently addicted to are worth sharing in an upcoming post.… Read More Moxie, #metoo & MacGyver
If the title of this week’s blog post made you think I’m dying, don’t worry. I’m completely healthy. But this week’s book certainly has me thinking about how I’ll use the rest of my time on Earth, especially after experiencing the death calculator! Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned While Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip… Read More Countdown to My Death
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Happy holidays, everybody! My gift to you this week is a recommendation to read one of the best books I read in 2017: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Historical fiction doesn’t get any better than this, and I highly recommend… Read More Puzzle Mania!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon I love a good romance, and I took the recommendation of Emily Hall, owner of a local indie bookshop called Main Street books, when I picked up this week’s book: When Dimple Met Rishi. Dimple Shah yearns to make a name for herself as a computer coder. As… Read More Will Roadtrip for Books
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis If you’re looking for a spooky book to read this Halloween, may I suggest The Female of the Species? Author Mindy McGinnis is also responsible for one of my favorite 2017-18 Gateway nominees called A Madness So Discreet; the girl knows how to write an edge-of-your-seat thriller. The Female of the… Read More This Blog Goes to the Dogs
It’s been a while since I lasted posted, but I hope to have several posts for you over the next few weeks! North of Happy by Adi Alsaid We are fast approaching the season of food. Thanksgiving is a month away, and if you celebrate Christmas like I do, you might already be searching for… Read More Get in My Belly!