| Checked Out: April Book Review II- Eleanor & Park |

“Eleanor & Park,” by Rainbow Rowell, was another book that was not originally on my 2019 TBR list. In cleaning out my childhood home last week, I came across my sister’s small stack of library donations and recognized the title and whimsical illustrations. I have long seen the below quote sprinkled across my Tumbler, Pinterest, […]

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| Checked Out: April Book Review- Circe |

“Circe,” by Madeline Miller, was recommended to me by my fellow bookworm sister-in-law; While I was in Florida last month, sitting poolside while slowly but surely inching toward the end of “Romanovs,” she was devouring page after page of this mythological tale. She rattled off the premise of the book and I had my doubts […]

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| Checked Out: March Book Review II- Girl, Stop Apologizing |

I had the most miserable ride into work today. No, it was not the traffic or the weather or the fact that my car still smelled like puppy after our weekend road trip. I had to pee. I know that this is a strange way to begin a blog entry, but I speak the truth. […]

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| Checked Out: March Book Review- The Romanovs, The Final Chapter |

My favorite childhood movie, without a doubt, was the animated tale of Anastasia, released in 1997 by 20th Century Fox. My sister and I watched the VHS on a monthly basis for years- we knew all of the songs, adored all of the characters (with the exception of Rasputin) and appreciated the whimsical storyline once […]

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| Checked Out: January Book Review- A Gentleman In Moscow |

My goal was to read twelve books in 2018, a feat that I have not been able to accomplish for several years. Although I am disappointed that I didn’t quite cross the finish line, I am still proud of the strides that I made in not only reading, but reviewing and recommending ten books over […]

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| Checked Out: May Book Review- Little Fires Everywhere |

I read Celeste Ng’s “All The Things I Never Told You” in 2016 and loved it: After ten years of reading nothing but Nicholas Sparks, Jodie Picoult and Luanne Rice I finally got my hands on a book that didn’t involve wholesome lovers and happy endings. I suddenly craved something a little more thematic, diverse, […]

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| Checked Out: April Book Review- The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto |

I brought “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” on my trip to Italy, thinking that my days would be spent in our private villa, sipping Chianti, nibbling on prosciutto and provolone roll ups while combing through this 512-page book. Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors, so even though the weight of the hardcover […]

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