Books on Black Friday

I'm not much of a Black Friday shopper because I don't care for crowds and I usually shop for things only when I need them.  Therefore I usually end up staying home during the days following Thanksgiving to relax and let the simplicity of Thanksgiving linger in my soul for awhile. That said, there is no … Continue reading Books on Black Friday

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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

  I decided to read Arianna Huffington's Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder after listening to a discussion of it on a podcast, From the Front Porch (episode 1).  I started reading it by listening to the audio version, but I quickly realized that there … Continue reading Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

I heard about Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis from a couple of different people earlier this fall.  I guess a lot of other locals heard about it, too, because my library's waiting list was long and I waited for months before I was finally able to get my hands … Continue reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Babette’s Feast and Other Anecdotes of Destiny by Isak Dinesen

Karen Blixen was a Danish author whose pen name was Isak Dinesen.  She was born in Denmark in 1885, but she moved to Kenya (British East Africa at that time) in 1914 with her fiancee.  She began writing while she was there and her most well-known book is Out of Africa which is an account … Continue reading Babette’s Feast and Other Anecdotes of Destiny by Isak Dinesen

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

I have been racking my brain trying to remember which podcast, person, article or blog prompted me to read this book. I simply cannot remember.  I really need to start jotting down information like that in the future because now that I have finished reading this book, I would love to go back and read … Continue reading The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

Opening Round of Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

It's time to vote for your favorite books of 2016 on Goodreads! The opening round of voting is happening now and these are the nominees in my favorite categories: Best Fiction: Best Historical Fiction: Best Mystery and Thriller: Best Science Fiction: Best Graphic Novels and Comics: Best Middle Grade and Children's: Best Picture Books: Ida, … Continue reading Opening Round of Goodreads Choice Awards 2016