Category: Books

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Women of Substance, Part 1: CIRCE

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. All this while, I have been a weaver without wool, a ship without a sea. Yet now look where I sail.” –Madeline Miller, Circe Welcome to Part One … Read More Women of Substance, Part 1: CIRCE

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Book Review: “The Enlightenment of Bees”

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. In my ongoing battle with insomnia, I’ve been reading for at least 20 minutes before bed. Most nights it helps: I know I’m ready to go to … Read More Book Review: “The Enlightenment of Bees”

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Book Review: “Becoming Mrs. Lewis”

Disclaimer: This review deals with some adult subject matter, so if your kiddos are reading my blog or if you’d rather not hear me complain about One Particular Quoted Passage, feel free to ignore this post. Just ignore it entirely. It’s okay, we’re good! 🙂 “The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable–and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story … Read More Book Review: “Becoming Mrs. Lewis”

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Book Review: “Dear Mr. Knightley”

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. I found a new character. Me. She’s bold and fairly feisty, with serious timidity issues at times. Every step she takes forward, she glances back and … Read More Book Review: “Dear Mr. Knightley”

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2019: A Year in Review

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning that I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through my links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. It’s that time of year again when I look back on the past twelve months before ringing in the new year! And this time … Read More 2019: A Year in Review

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Book Review: The Silmarillion

Disclosure: This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links, meaning that I receive a small commission if you make any purchase through my links marked clearly with an asterisk, at no cost to you. Please read my full disclosure for more info. I heard someone say recently that for J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings* was a happy accident. For decades Tolkien had been working on the … Read More Book Review: The Silmarillion

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The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

“Every writer should make an effort to attend writers’ conferences,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Boy howdy, were they right!  Caroline (of Cosmos and a Cuppa) and I set out with her husband Daniel and their 15-month-old on Tuesday morning, bound for the Art of Writing Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Before I go any further with this story, allow me to say … Read More The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

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Book Review: “The Secret Garden”

When I was very little, a distant teenage cousin from the East Coast sent me some of her old books. One of them was a copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden*, illustrated by Tasha Tudor. I still have this copy, which is a bit amazing, considering that it has a copyright of 1962! My mom even taped it up at some point just … Read More Book Review: “The Secret Garden”

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Long Weekend, Quick Post

I didn’t really have much time to craft a long, involved post this weekend. We spent all of Friday “in town” (and when you live in a rural area, that’s a big deal); on Saturday we helped Emily and Forrest move into their new apartment (which is ADORABLE), and on Sunday Anna and I went to church before coming home for much-needed haircuts. It … Read More Long Weekend, Quick Post

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Becoming a Book Girl Again: A Journey Back into the Reading Life

I was a voracious reader when I was little. I remember once instance where, after I’d been naughty, my mom disciplined me by forbidding me to read anything for an hour or so. It was a very effective punishment. I also remember coming home from the library with a stack of books one afternoon, then crying my eyes out that evening because I’d read them all … Read More Becoming a Book Girl Again: A Journey Back into the Reading Life

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Book Review/Shout-Out: “How Easy Company Became a Band of Brothers”

Last year, not long after I read and watched Band of Brothers for the first time, I found out about a Kickstarter project run by a descendant of one of Easy Company’s most beloved medics. Chris Langlois, the grandson of Eugene “Doc” Roe, had an idea for a children’s book about Easy Company and had started a fundraising campaign so he could have the book … Read More Book Review/Shout-Out: “How Easy Company Became a Band of Brothers”

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“The Greatest Showman” Book Tag

Eva, author of the delightful Coffee, Classics, & Craziness blog, recently tagged me in this fun blogging challenge! Each query is based on a song from The Greatest Showman. Thanks so much, Eva! ~’The Greatest Show’: Name a book that’s as entertaining as a circus I know this sounds crazy, but The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh* by A.A. Milne remains one of the most entertaining books our family … Read More “The Greatest Showman” Book Tag