Category: Books & Life

Review: The Wheel of Time (Spoilers)

I wanted to love Amazon’s Wheel of Time TV Series. The previews made the show look so exciting. Magic, great cast, adventure – it had me counting down the days. So much so, I picked up the first book, “Eye of the World,” in preparation. Having only read the...

Write Better, Read More

The most commonly accepted writing advice is reading more will help you become a better writer. Most writers are naturally drawn to reading. For a lot of us, it’s why we want to be writers. Just like people in the film industry like to watch movies, we love to...

Book Review: The Sanatorium

Suspense/Mystery/Thriller The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse 380 pages. Penguin Random House The setup for The Sanatorium was so promising. British detective Elin and her boyfriend, Will, travel to the Swiss Alps for her estranged brother’s engagement party. Her goal is to confront him about their little brother’s mysterious death...

Book Review: Anxious People

Fiction Anxious People by Fredrik Backman 353 pages. Atria Books. A bank robbery turns into a hostage situation. Told in the witty way Backman wrote A Man Called Ove, Anxious People tells the story of two cops, a bank robber, a real estate agent and seven hostages. All of...

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Nonfiction/True Crime Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann 338 pages. Doubleday I can’t believe there was a time in my life when I wouldn’t read nonfiction. If I still thought nonfiction was boring, I would have missed out...

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Fiction The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 400 pp. Atria Books $22.49 This is my second Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and I’m adding her to my favorite author list. In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo the eponymous Evelyn, a former A-list Hollywood actress, gives...

Simplify your Goals for 2021

Does planning goals for 2021 seem overwhelming? It was to me. That’s why this year I decided to simplify. I don’t make traditional New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to work towards some sort of resolution. The difference is that instead of just naming my resolution at midnight...

Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

Psychology Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone By Brené Brown 194 pp. Random House $18.00 In Braving the Wilderness, Brené talks about how we struggle with wanting to belong with the in-crowd, but we find true belonging when we are true...

Feeling overwhelmed? Make a decision.

Does uncertainty have you feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is crawl in bed? It does me. Especially, because it’s been rainy here. I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time. I’m making a slipcover. I’ve learned new things from watching marketing and...

Dear Baby, Don’t Abandon an Idea out of Fear of Failure

Dear Baby, You got your first bike, a pink radio flyer tricycle, for Christmas when you were about 3. It was an adjustable one that would grow as you got bigger. You had no idea how to use the pedals to make it go. But that didn’t stop you...