Review: The Circle

December 12, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Review: The CircleTitle: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: Really strange – predictable plot, tech use pushed to the point of absurdity, unbelievably naive and selfish protagonist, and awkward sex scenes to top if all off.

“When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public …” Read more »


#AMonthofFaves – The Blogger Love Edition

December 11, 2017 Uncategorized 22

Today, as part of the Month of Faves event hosted by Andi, Tamara, and Tanya, I’m excited to share with you a list of some of my favorite bloggers. I hope you check them out and find a new favorite to add to your list too! But first, here’s the prompt for today:

#AMonthofFaves [The Blogger Love Edition] – Recommend some bloggers for us to check out and tell us what you like about each blog, e.g. bookish, food, fashion, travel, lifestyle, money, mom blogs, productivity etc. Read more »


Doing Dewey Turns Six!

December 8, 2017 Uncategorized 32

It’s been a great year of blogging and I’m excited to celebrate my sixth blog birthday as we’re wrapping it up. As always, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who takes the time to read and comment on my blog or to participate in events. Most recently, I had a ton of fun with Nonfiction November and discovered a ton of new bloggers to follow. To celebrate this year, instead of doing a giveaway, I’ll be sending a giftcard to each of my top six commentors, cutoff arbitrarily chosen because wordpress shows me the top 7 commentors, including me 🙂 So, a particular thank you to the following bloggers for keeping fun conversations going in my comments:

Kim at Time 2 Read

Naomi at Consumed By Ink

Jenny at Reading the End

Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves

Shay at Required Reading

Lory at Emerald City Book Review



Heartwarming Books in Mini-Reviews

December 6, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Heartwarming Books in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Seven Days of Us
Author: Francesca Hornak
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

This novel, about a family quarantined with only each other and their secrets, was precisely the sort of cozy holiday read I was looking for. I loved that it was predictable; it made for a nice mix of anticipation of what was to come and a relaxed belief everything would end happily. With the exception of the spoiled younger sister, the characters felt unique and their interactions were believable. A sudden reveal towards the end made me knock a star off. I didn’t feel like the author gave this last change enough time to properly unfold. Instead, if felt like a contrived opportunity for each character to show whether they’d changed. Read more »


#AMonthOfFaves: This is How We Read

December 4, 2017 Uncategorized 16

I’m excited to share a little bit of a preview of my reading stats for the year today as part of the #AMonthofFaves event, hosted by AndiTanya and Tamara.  Here’s today’s discussion prompt:

This Is How We Read #AMonthofFaves2016 – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least) Read more »


November Wrap-Up

December 3, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Happy holidays everyone! Even though we’re not getting winter weather here in sunny California (and I’m not missing it!), I am enjoying getting into the holiday spirit. This past month, I loved having friends over for Thanksgiving; cuddling up with warm drinks and good books; and reading lots of nonfiction for Nonfiction November. And in the coming month, I’m excited to take some time to read my own books while visiting family. Here’s what I’m looking back on in November and what I’m looking forward too this month…
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