June TBR

I can’t believe it’s already June! It seems like just yesterday I was fretting about packing my house and moving. Even in summers I’m not moving (if I can remember such a time), I don’t read as much because I would

Book Review – We're All Damaged

One of the perks of working downtown is proximity to the public library. A couple days a week I venture down there for lunch. I didn’t have anything to return or holds to pick up, I just needed to escape

Book Review – The Art of Being Normal

Last week I finished The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I was motivated to read it to gain a better perspective on the transgender community, specifically trans* youth. There were some solid moments…and then there were clear reminders it’s young

Book Review – The More of Less

I like the philosophy of minimalism. In the spirit of my recent garage sale, I decided to read The More of Less by Joshua Becker. It definitely motivated me to de-clutter! However, that motivation was short-lived. After my garage sale

Book Review – The Gratitude Diaries

In April I had the privilege of attending the Iowa Women Lead Change conference. The organization works to promote women in leadership across the state. It was so inspiring to be in a room with 1100 professional, like-minded women! The

Review – Look Me in the Eye

Look Me in the Eye is not just another memoir; it explores the inner workings of a man with Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s is part of the larger cluster of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). John Robison’s story weaves

Books I Won't Read – My DNR

Recently I started reading fellow bloggers “Books I Won’t Read” lists. Here’s a lovely example: https://thebookiemonsters.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/books-i-wont-read/ On an average day, I add at least 1-2 books to my TBR. The list gets longer, more daunting, and I know I will

Add Hate List to your TBR NOW

Maybe it’s because I work in education, am a mom, or gun violence and mental health are issues close to my heart. Or maybe it’s just because I’m human and remember the pains of adolescence. Either way, Hate List hit

Book Review – "Upside Down"

After reading some prior reviews, Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana soared to the top of my TBR. Two glasses of wine and an evening later, the YA read left me reflecting on my own