The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

I've always been drawn to historical fiction that takes place during World War II.  Two of my favorites are The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  I raved about Lilac Girls a few months ago; it will definitely be one of my top ten books this year.  So I was … Continue reading The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

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Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Over the years I've been fortunate to learn from experience that the only healthy way to manage difficult life experiences is to go through all the tough feelings, like pain or grief, and really feel everything.  It's not easy, that's for sure, but for me it's always been the only way.  Unless you get real … Continue reading Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Steve Martin's memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life tells the story of how he got started in comedy as a young boy, how his career progressed during the 1970s, and why he stopped doing stand up comedy in the early 1980s.  It is a really fascinating look into his journey from selling guidebooks at … Continue reading Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Columbine by Dave Cullen

If you want to learn more about the Columbine school shooting that took place in 1999, Columbine is definitely the book for you.  Journalist Dave Cullen spent ten years researching every angle and it really is a complete account of the tragedy.  His book covers an enormous amount of material, including the childhood years of … Continue reading Columbine by Dave Cullen

Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady by Louis Bromfield

Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady by Louis Bromfield tells the story of the very wealthy Pentland family that is settled in New England and what happens when a member of their family, Sabine Callendar, returns to town after a long absence. Sabine grew up in the Pentland family, conforming to all of their … Continue reading Early Autumn: A Story of a Lady by Louis Bromfield

Clean Your Home and Make It Cozy: 2 Books to Inspire You

I don't know about you, but keeping my home clean, organized and decluttered while raising a bunch of kids takes considerable effort.  Keeping life simple also seems to be a bit of a struggle at times.  So I was really inspired by these two great little books. I bought How to Manage Your Home Without … Continue reading Clean Your Home and Make It Cozy: 2 Books to Inspire You

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio

I just finished reading Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye to my boys.  This book is so cool.  Not only is the story engaging, mysterious and well-written, but the many illustrations by Will Staehle are so interesting and unique.  They fit the story perfectly.  The book is considered middle-grade fiction, but my five year … Continue reading Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

I don't buy a lot of books; most of the books I read are borrowed from my local library.  If I'm going to purchase one, it has to be pretty special.  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of those special books that found a permanent place on my bookshelf about … Continue reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown