A Friend’s Reading Challenge: 10 Books in a Week

One of my best friends is an avid reader and often reads voraciously in a very short period. She took a few days off of work with the goal to read 10 books. This sounded like fun, so I thought I'd join her in trying to read 10 books before my classes started a few … Continue reading A Friend’s Reading Challenge: 10 Books in a Week

Reading Challenge #20: A Book with Career Advice

Title: Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" Author: Lena Dunham How it fulfills the challenge: This book doesn't actually give all that much advice in the traditional sense, but the essays are written in such a way that you discover the career lessons for yourself. Namely, listening to your … Continue reading Reading Challenge #20: A Book with Career Advice

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Nonfiction Books to Sink Your Teeth Into

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to you by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. I think it's fairly easy to find good fiction books. There are so many out there, covering every topic and genre, and there are more all the time. But sometimes you want a book based on … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Nonfiction Books to Sink Your Teeth Into

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Finding Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature  brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish. I think my mom was heartbroken when I asked her if Santa was real in the second grade. She loved the magic of it. She told me that while Santa and fairies might not be real, the magic of … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Finding Under My Tree

Women Writers Reading Challenge #39: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

In 8th grade when the other group of kids (in the other English class) was reading this book, we read The Outsiders, which is a fine book, but it doesn't really hold a candle to Maya Angelou. I always felt that by not getting to read this book I was missing out, so I had to … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #39: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Women Writers Reading Challenge #24: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

If I could choose any cool older sister I wanted, it would definitely be Mindy Kaling. This outspoken, charming, witty woman totally won over my heart with her show The Mindy Project before I ever watched her in the show she's most famous for, The Office, in which she acted, produced, and wrote. Her tone … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #24: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling

Baking for Bookworms: Shirley Temples from Charlotte au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

Charlotte Silver's memoir has an extremely close relationship to food because it is the memoir of her childhood spent at her mother's restaurant in Boston. She was, in fact, named after the French dessert Charlotte au Chocolat. Her favorite drink as a child was a Shirley Temple, and while as an adult she lost her … Continue reading Baking for Bookworms: Shirley Temples from Charlotte au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

Women Writers Reading Challenge #23: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

I'm constantly intrigued, fascinated, and captivated by Italy. I have never been there, though I hope someday soon that will change, and yet I'm in love with the culture and the landscape. It's a place, in other words, that calls to me. Frances Mayes' memoir enabled me to deepen my understanding of the Tuscan landscape. … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #23: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Women Writers Reading Challenge #21: Charlotte Au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

I've been on something of a memoir kick lately. There's something about people looking back on their lives, interesting portions of their lives in particular, that makes me feel inspired and part of something bigger than myself--connected in a way with someone I have very little in common with. This book reminded me, somewhat inexplicably, … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #21: Charlotte Au Chocolat by Charlotte Silver

2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge–Book #7: If You Ask Me by Betty White

I thought it was time to talk about (and therefore read) some nonfiction. I've got them piling up on my shelf because I always promise myself I'm only going to take x amount of books out at the library at one time, and I always exceed that by a multiple of at least three. I … Continue reading 2015 Women Writers Reading Challenge–Book #7: If You Ask Me by Betty White