What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

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Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with running.

This tumultuous affair began in elementary school, where all dramas begin: P.E. class.  I was never what someone would call the “athletic” type; I much preferred fulfilling my Oldest Child stereotype of bossing my classmates around and forcing them to play House or Baby-sitter’s Club or some other imaginary scenario. I usually kind of ignored whatever my elementary school coach told us to do and did my own thing, much to her chagrin.

However, there were two P.E. activities I was always pumped for: dodgeball and the Runner of the Week mile. My obsession with the first game would probably be be attributed to some sort of repressed aggression or anger issues by a psychologist, but really I think I just loved to throw things. However, my love of Runner of the Week is even more mysterious, because I usually didn’t even win.

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Mini-Review: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

It’s New Release Tuesday! What books have y’all been reading on these chilly winter days?

This past weekend, Charlie Boy and I headed to Kentucky for a weekend of meetings for him and a weekend of sightseeing (for me) – however, between the snow storm and a cold I seemed to have caught, I wasn’t up for adventuring in sub-zero weather and opted to stay in the hotel enjoying their amenities and READING IN BED ALL DAY!! What a perfect weekend, right? I’ll post a review of the hotel later this week (The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY if you’re interested), but in the mean time let’s talk about my first read of 2017, and out as of TODAY, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson!

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Top Ten 2017 Books I’m Excited For/Books I want to Read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check it out here to see other top ten lists and bookish blogs! You can also check out some of my own personal Top Ten Tuesdays here, here, and here

I decided the first half of this list would be books specifically released in 2017, and the other half would be books on my TBR list for this upcoming year, regardless of when they’ve been published. Without further ado:

  1. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson – I have been reading the ARC version of this novel and have loved the drama and high school angst in this book!
  2.  Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’ve mentioned my excitement for this book a couple of times before (see here), but again, I am incredibly excited for this book. Two sisters on a mysterious island and a legendary once-a-year performance? Yes please!
  3. A Separation by Katie Kitamura – This book is described as a searing character study, of a couple whose marriage is falling apart. Character driven novels settles right into my wheelhouse.
  4. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – I loved Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, so I’m beyond excited for her to have a new release.
  5. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller – another ARC I’m in the middle of right now. Her prose is beyond beautiful, y’all.
  6. Evicted by Matthew Desmond – A study of the housing crisis in America.
  7. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I’m ashamed to admit this, but I read an entire half of this book and then DROPPED IT last year! Not on purpose, but I got distracted by a slew of ARC’s that I needed to read by a deadline, and they never seemed to end…and the months went by and I never got any further with Tolstoy, though I genuinely enjoyed the portion I read. I won’t let this happen again!!!
  8. Diary of a Provincial Lady By E.M. Delafield –  everyone keeps telling me I’ll adore this story, so I’ve nabbed a copy.
  9. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – I love all his shows, and after reading a couple of writing samples of his I have to read this book ASAP.
  10. Swing Time by Zadie Smith – I received a copy for Christmas and can’t wait to dive into the world of dance!

What are you most excited to read this year? I want to know! Happy reading, y’all!

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2016

The Broke and the Bookish host weekly Top Ten Tuesday themed posts. This week is focused on holiday gifts! Check out their website for more reading inspiration, and check out some of my other Top Ten Tuesdays here and here

 

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors in 2016

I’ve read mostly new or new-to-me authors this year, so this was a tough pick! Here’s my best effort at picking a top ten:

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Double Dose of Queen Victoria! (Book Reviews)

Confession: I absolutely love reading stories and biographies about strong, independent women from history. I especially love to research royal characters (can’t help it, I have a natural love of sparkly jewelry and diplomacy). This month was a special treat for me as I had the pleasure of reading not one, but TWO excellent books centered around the life of Queen Victoria, one of my favorite women in history! I definitely have a lot to be thankful for in my reading life this Thanksgiving, even if this US election was a complete fail.

One book was fiction, while the other was a biography, and both were released last week and are available in your local bookstore or online. Read ahead for my thoughts on each!

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Halloween Reads: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Happy Halloween, y’all! Got any fun parties to attend tonight? What’s your costume going to be?

As a kid, I didn’t care that much for Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I always loved an excuse for free candy and a stylish princess costume, but it just wasn’t something I obsessed over either. However, over the past couple of years I’ve had a lot of fun at Halloween parties, or even evenings spent at home watching Halloween TV episodes while handing out candy to the kids that come by our neighborhood. Tonight we’re gonna have Hocus Pocus in the background while we celebrate :).

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Review: “My Brilliant Friend”

This weekend was pure magic, y’all. We finally got a little chill in the air down here in Georgia, so I can actually say it fees like fall! I got to spend my Friday with old friends, my Saturday with family in a scenic college town, and my Sunday doing nothing but READING. I truly couldn’t ask for more.

Although I didn’t get to participate in the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon this year, I still finished a couple of books, including the first in the now-infamous Neapolitan novels, My Brilliant Friend. Let’s discuss:  Continue reading