August TBR

August TBR

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I am so excited to announce my August TBR. Honestly, reading so much this summer has reminded me how much I revel in a good story, how excited I get when I read the last paragraph of a book I loved, and how fulfilling reading stories can be. As an English major, reading became sort of rote. I did the reading, took the notes, participated in the discussion, and moved on. But after two years of law school, reading just to read and enjoy a good story feels so right. Continue reading “August TBR”

Reflecting on 23 and Hopes for 24

Reflecting on 23 and Hopes for 24

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I’m saying goodbye to my 23rd year and hello to 24! I feel like my 23rd year was my fastest year yet. I blinked and it was over. With law school, job searches, working in D.C., and traveling home to California, it was over so quickly. So, what can I say about 23? It was an odd one, honestly. BUT, I had some incredible experiences. I had my D.C. summer, which really was my first truly independent experience. I came to love my body more and focus more on myself. I struggled with law school, but I solidified friendships and banished some negativity from my life. I think going into 24 I feel more like an adult and while I struggled a lot over the last two years, I’m finally gaining some clarity and trying to put my best foot forward. Continue reading “Reflecting on 23 and Hopes for 24”

Euphoria by Lily King

Euphoria by Lily King

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For the first time all summer, I’m actually ahead on my to-be-read! I just finished up Euphoria and I’m glad I read it. It’s a good book with insightful passages and honestly, a book I probably wouldn’t normally read. I like to challenge myself with narratives outside my norm. I think having no TV helps me push through a book I’m hesitant about. I knew I was having reservations about this story when I started it, so I pushed through the first fifty pages pretty quickly. I’m glad I did because it ended up being a worthwhile read. Continue reading “Euphoria by Lily King”

My Experience with Soul Cycle (aka a love letter)

My Experience with Soul Cycle (aka a love letter)

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I’m sad this post is going live simply because it means my time of going to Soul Cycle (regularly) is coming to an end. I haven’t been someone who enjoys working out. It’s a struggle to get to the gym and while, once I”m there, I enjoy it, I’m not the gym rat some people are. But when I got to D.C. this summer I decided to give Soul Cycle a try. I’d seen people raving about it all over social media for a long time, and I was curious to see what all the hype was about. Just to be clear: a few years ago the idea of group fitness would have given me way too much anxiety and I never would have gone. But, over the last few years, I’ve gotten more confident and working out in a gym regularly has made me get over the gym anxiety. Continue reading “My Experience with Soul Cycle (aka a love letter)”

A Podcast: No Thanks We’re Booked

A Podcast: No Thanks We’re Booked

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Today I wanted to share a podcast I’m currently listening to with all of you. I recently shared Bad on Paper (name changed from Young Adulting after a trademark infringement claim), which I’m still loving. I love a good book-ish podcast, and I recently discovered No Thanks We’re Booked, a podcast from YouTubers Mollie (@molliereads) and Katie (@lifebetweenwords). This podcast is ultra book-focused, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! I really enjoy both Mollie and Katie’s YouTube channels and their podcast is even better. They’re great friends, who met through YouTube, and they discuss everything book-ish for an hour. Whether it’s reading ruts, internet friends, favorite books, mid-year favorites, mood reading, etc. they got it covered. They are funny, insightful, and caring and it feels like you’re suddenly part of a book club with really great people. If you’re looking for a new podcast and are a book lover like me, this one is for you!

Truly,
Callie Leigh

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

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I am so excited for my review of this book. I actually finished this book in Starbucks and had to try very hard to not tear up. As you know, I’ve been trying to read as much as possible this summer, and I’m really proud of myself for actually accomplishing that goal. It’s been so refreshing to reach for a novel rather than a TV show (though I still watch The Bold Type each week because it’s amazing). Anyway, I’ve read seven books (!!) this summer so far. Of the seven, I think The Lost Vintage may be my favorite. This book was a perfect blend of historical fiction, contemporary fiction, coziness, intrigue, and romance. Honestly, it’s the total package. Also, wine snob that I am, I was so happy with the wine component of this book. I now kind of want to read up on the Master of Wine test… *begins thinking about taking the exam someday* Continue reading “The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah”

My Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

My Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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So, I know social media is going crazy about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Usually, I do a good amount of shopping during the sale, but this year I’m going purchase-free! I don’t need anything and I didn’t find anything I had to have. What is the sale, you may ask? With this sale, the items are all pre-season and hit the sale before they are marked up to join other fall merchandise. Therefore, you can snag upcoming trends at a reduced price! This sale works great if you’re looking for great fall essentials or pieces that will last a long time. I will say some people go WAY overboard and buy things that they may not ordinarily buy purely because of the allure of the price. Continue reading “My Top Picks: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale”

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop

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I am so excited about this review because this book was a bit lighter than some of the previous reading I’ve done this summer. She Regrets Nothing is Andrea Dunlop’s second novel, and now I’m hoping to pick up a copy of her first soon. Her writing is captivating and fun and kept me turning pages so quickly. Usually I’m a slow reader, I like to absorb a story slowly, really enjoy the words, but this book kept me guessing I wanted so badly to know where the story was headed, that I blew through 20 or 40 pages during my morning reading session and 60 or 80 pages during my after work reading session. Continue reading “She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop”

An Update: My 101 Things in 1001 Days List

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I wanted to give an update on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list! It’s going along nicely. I ended up changing a few things because of certain changes in my life. I think that may be cheating, but life happens and I think this list should be what’s on my bucket list right now. I wrote this list in September 2016 and some things have changed. Continue reading “An Update: My 101 Things in 1001 Days List”

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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I usually wait a day or two to write a review after finishing a book, but after finishing An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, I have so many emotions that I wanted the feeling I have to be reflected in my review. Honestly, few books leave me with a physical reaction to a book. But this book has my chest tight, my eyes watery, and my heart heavy. To be perfectly honest, I’m a bit surprised by my final reaction to this read because initially, I was having trouble getting into the story. I was lukewarm on the characters. I didn’t dislike them, but I was also having trouble liking them. However, the struggle with whether I liked them or not was fitting by the end because the story doesn’t have a “happy” ending, but it has closure, which I think is better. I will say this book is beautifully written. I found myself loving the language, loving the similes, the comparisons, and the unraveling of complex human relationships that are sometimes beautiful, often messy, and seldom perfect. Continue reading “An American Marriage by Tayari Jones”