Enthralled and Appalled

Dear Reader, Do you have a favorite book? I never really did. I used to think I had favorite books, but, honestly, I just relished the task of choosing a favorite. What does it mean to have a favorite book anyway? Must you have read your favorite book more than once? Does having a favorite... Continue Reading →

[Review] The One

Dear Reader, Have you ever had the (dis-)pleasure of swiping left and right through Tinder? Dating apps — what a revolution! Even after cutting out your friends, the matchmaker, and loads of opportunities for chance encounters, dating online can still be a chore. But what if we had a better dating app? And, I’m not... Continue Reading →

[Review] Humble Pi

Dear Reader, Are phone numbers numbers? This question and many more are answered in the book Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors by Matt Parker. Can a book all about numbers really be a comedy? I too was skeptical, but I assure you that the answer is a big, fat YES! Australian Matt Parker... Continue Reading →

[Review] Unorthodox

Dear Reader, While the freedom of religion is a founding tenet of the United States, not all religious communities respect this choice. Several weeks ago, I read Educated by Tara Westover (review here) and learned about the author’s strict Mormon upbringing in rural Idaho and eventual escape from her cloistered lifestyle. More recently, I read... Continue Reading →

[Review] It Was Me All Along

Dear Reader, We’ve all seen before and after pictures of extreme weight loss. These moments in time, however, only present you with a tiny fragment of the incredible journey. I recently finished reading It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell, in which she details her struggle to lose weight and keep it off. Mitchell’s... Continue Reading →

[Review] Too Much and Never Enough

Dear Reader, Just yesterday, Mary Trump’s highly-anticipated tell-all Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man hit the shelves. The title alone is just too much to pass up and the audiobook enthusiast that I am, I just could not pass up the opportunity to listen to all six... Continue Reading →

[Review] We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Dear Reader, Sometimes things get stressful and our minds just crave unadulterated entertainment. For me, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays by Samantha Irby unexpectedly became exactly what I was looking for. This memoir is too funny for words. It’s so hilarious, in fact, I hardly even want to write about it at... Continue Reading →

[Review] How To Murder Your Life

We all know that drugs are bad, however, unless we ourselves have struggled with addiction or have seen what addiction looks like up close, it can be hard to truly understand just how dangerous these temptations really are. I recently finished reading How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell and although the... Continue Reading →

[Review] Educated

Dear Reader, In August 1992, a brutal 11-day FBI siege on a private family home near Naples, Idaho, leaving 3 dead and two wounded, shocked the country. This incident, now known as Ruby Ridge, resulted from a failed ambush that was intended to facilitate the arrest of Randy Weaver for a variety of offenses including... Continue Reading →

[Review] Eat, Pray, Love

Dear Reader, Have you ever dissuaded yourself from reading a book because you found it to be too popular? For me, this is where my hesitancy lie when I was considering Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. Despite near universal praise for this story, the premise of a... Continue Reading →

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