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| Checked Out: July Book Review |

Confession: I purchased nearly 15 books in July. Between my local 2nd & Charles having a clearance sale, travels to my favorite Salt Lake City bookstore, and an impulse buy at Target, I’ve got enough books to last me the next two years. I’m at the point of having to sneak them into the house… Continue reading | Checked Out: July Book Review |

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| Checked Out: May Book Review |

I didn’t think that I would dive into another Madeline Miller novel so soon, but “Song of Achilles” was listed as a free book with Amazon Unlimited and I did not want to pass up the opportunity for a complimentary read.  A few Instagram book bloggers also raved about the storyline so I eagerly pursued… Continue reading | Checked Out: May Book Review |

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| Checked Out: April Book Review III |

I first heard of Deepak Chopra when Oprah Winfrey interviewed him on her Spotify podcast, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.” A bestselling author, public speaker, Ayurveda and alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement, Chopra first established a career in the medical field and witnessed lives transform through the power of positive… Continue reading | Checked Out: April Book Review III |

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| Checked Out: April Book Review II |

“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,… Continue reading | Checked Out: April Book Review II |

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| Checked Out: April Book Review |

“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… Continue reading | Checked Out: April Book Review |

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| Checked Out: March Book Review II |

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.… Continue reading | Checked Out: March Book Review II |

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| Checked Out: March Book Review |

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… Continue reading | Checked Out: March Book Review |

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| Checked Out: February Book Review |

If you haven’t been able to tell by my previous blog post, New Orleans was a place that left me spellbound, captivated by the surrounding sights and intrigued to learn more about the history of such an eclectic, eccentric world. I picked up Gary Krist’s “Empire of Sin” at the “Librairie Bookshop” on Chartres Street;… Continue reading | Checked Out: February Book Review |

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| Checked Out: January Book Review |

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… Continue reading | Checked Out: January Book Review |

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| Checked Out: October Book Review |

“Best. Day. Ever.” I sent those three words and a picture of Mitch Albom’s book, “The Next Person You Meet In Heaven” to my best friend, just two days after the novel arrived on bookshelves. We exchanged words of giddy elation, sent a few dozen exclamation points back and forth before I put my phone… Continue reading | Checked Out: October Book Review |

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| Checked Out: September Book Review |

After I fell in love with “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho at the beginning of the year, his name caught my eye while scanning library shelves on my last visit. I picked up “Brida” and the back cover sounded interesting enough to check the book out: It foreshadowed, according to the summary, “a tale of… Continue reading | Checked Out: September Book Review |