The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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Browsing Barnes and Noble last year, I spotted The Girl He Used to Know on the shelves. The cover held a certain familiarity because I’d seen it filling up my Instagram feed for months. The cover, a watercolor of a woman facing away, is pretty and captivating. Alas, I bought the book and then it gathered dust on my shelves. I wanted to pick it up, but I just never did. Using the Libby app, I got the audiobook and listened to it on my commute. The story was captivating, and I immediately felt bad that I had never picked up the book. This seems to be a theme lately, so I’m glad audiobooks force me to get through books I’ve wanted to read but haven’t picked up. Continue reading “The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves”

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

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Nonfiction is having a moment in my life. With Nonfiction November over, I’m a bit sad to report I only read one nonfiction book. However, seeing as November was a terribly slow reading month (I only read two books!), I’m happy that I at least read one nonfiction book. I used to read exclusively fiction, warding off nonfiction like it was an evil spirit. Still, I find myself gravitating toward nonfiction more than I ever have, and I wanted to share my thoughts about Wild Game, the memoir I finished over the weekend. Continue reading “Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur”

Book Buying Freeze: Why I’m Doing It & Exceptions

Book Buying Freeze: Why I’m Doing It & Exceptions

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Over on Instagram, I’ve mentioned many times that I am currently on a book buying freeze. I am not buying new books for the foreseeable future because, quite frankly, my TBR stacks in my apartment are out of control. I wanted to write this post for a few reasons, but mostly I was inspired to share why I’m on a buying freeze even though I recently started a bookstagram recently. I also wanted to share why I think it’s important to stop buying books periodically and read what you already have. I also want to transform my book buying habits and stopping all purchases for a period of time gives me the space to come up with more thoughtful goals. Continue reading “Book Buying Freeze: Why I’m Doing It & Exceptions”

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

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Attraction is illogical and is not always reasonable or controllable. Sometimes we encounter people who, for inexplicable reasons, create a sort of stirring in our gut, one that gets us excited and, sometimes, makes us a little crazy. When you find someone who makes you feel like the only person in the room, who generates a flutter of butterflies deep within you every time they say your name or their name appears on your phone, it’s sometimes hard to let them go. Continue reading “Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering”

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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You know the books whose covers you recognize because they pop up everywhere for a period of time? Well, Katherine Center’s How to Walk Away was that book for me. When it came out, it seemed like everyone I followed was posting about it—raving about it! I wanted to read it but seeing as I was in the midst of finishing law school, I didn’t get to it. This summer, while studying for the bar exam, I noticed Center’s new book, Things You Save in a Fire, was a Book of the Month pick. I knew I wouldn’t get to it immediately but chose it anyway. Well, three months later and after receiving news I passed the bar exam, I got through this book and I’m so glad I did. Continue reading “Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center”

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

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Sometimes I think romance novels peaked with Austen and Bronte. The After series, a beloved romance series, references Pride and Prejudice almost religiously and Wuthering Heights acts as the model for the main relationship. Other modern romances often harken back to the Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy scenario. A man aching for a woman but utterly incapable of showing it; a strong-willed woman who mistakes his lack of game for pompous superiority. The story is one we’ve come to know well as a society, and yet it’s one that, when executed well, never disappoints. Continue reading “Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore”

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl

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Breaking bread, family meal before dinner service, indulging in the buttery goodness of a rich dessert–they are all moments in time that carry flavor triggers. When we smell the aroma of bacon grease from bed in the morning, when we sniff the hearty smell of cheese melted into a relative’s signature dip, when a cloud of the unique scent of smoke that comes from a brisket slow cooking all day hits our noses. Food connects people and great food is sensual. When we taste something decadent, we tend to inhale sharply, close our eyes, enjoying a moment of sensory pleasure unique to dining. Continue reading “Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl”

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note

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Today I’m excited to discuss Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. This book popped up all over my Instagram feed sometime around May and continued to be a consistent sighting. The book was featured as a July Book of the Month option, so I selected it as my choice and I’m glad I did. Initially, I disliked the book. I felt it was a bit overdone, overhyped, and too flowery at times. While I have reservations (discussed below), I’m thankful I read this book. Continue reading “Three Women by Lisa Taddeo | Personal Note”

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

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I’m writing this post roughly two hours after finishing Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. I have to tell you: I love this book so much. I gravitate toward books about college-aged people, and I’ve read some great books about this age range over the years, but this book captures college in way palpable, honest, raw way that I haven’t encountered. A lot of books have glimmers of my college experience, but this one just blew it out of the water. Brockman went to a small liberal arts college, which inspired Hawthorne, the college in the novel. While my small liberal arts college was on the west coast and Hawthorne is in Maine, some of the small liberal arts college quirks were so authentic. Continue reading “Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman”