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Author: Austyn


Hello! It’s been a crazy heat wave over here in Portland. We have a small but mighty air conditioner in our bedroom, so we can sleep, but the rest of our apartment is unbearable. I’m so sweaty and sticky, and my poor cat hates the heat too. He lays on his back with all his belly fur in the air, trying to get cool, and when the A/C is on he sits directly in front of it, with his fur blowing majestically. The heat, combined with the smoke from the Canada wildfires (Canada, so much of you is on...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 50

Hello! Time is flying, the sun is shining, and I am heading to the Coast for the weekend! You’ve got to love summer. I’m planning to curl up with a book and spend some quality time with my adorable nephew. Do you have any fun summer trips planned? What’s your go-to summer read? Here’s to more fun in the sun! Peace out, Austyn Current Reads 5 Great Books for Exploring Our National Parks On August 25th, America’s National Parks celebrate their birthday, and as a celebration entry fees are waived! It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of some...

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Authors in the Wild: Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman is unable to give a short answer. He knows this, and I appreciate that! When his publicist said he had time for one last quick questions, and specified “one quick question, Fredrik,” he replied that no matter how quick the question, he could easily come up with a very long answer! This self-awareness made for a very entertaining author event at Powell’s on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The event began with Backman engaging in discussion with Emily Chenoweth, author of Hello Goodbye. What I heard of that part I enjoyed, but both Backman and Chenoweth started off...

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Hello there, How is it already July? Time is flying over here! I got to see my first Drum Corps show tonight and holy cow…it was awesome! The Blue Devils were by far the best on the field: I don’t know how they manage to march, run, and dance with instruments without missing a beat, but it was freaking impressive! Last month was crazy, so I’m totally behind on reading Rubyfruit Jungle, but I read Everything I Never Told You in a day and a half, so I am ready this time! I loved how even though the characters...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 47

Hello! First off, love is love is love. Happy Pride month!! Father’s Day is on Sunday. It’s a great time to tell the father-figures in your life that you appreciate them! I’m lucky to have a dad who has always believed I was destined for great things, and who backs up my decisions, even the super hard ones. Love you dad! (Did I mention that his favorite IBC post by yours-truly was my withering review of Wuthering Heights?? The man has good taste!) Now, as you may recall, I love Archie comics! New, old, remakes, spin-offs…I can’t get enough! Enter Riverdale, a...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 46

Happy June! May was a crazy month for me. I started a new job, turned 30, and got an offer accepted on a house! (Don’t get too excited though, we haven’t had our inspection yet so the house could still fall through). So I’ve been falling asleep on my couch every night at 9pm, sitting up, with my mouth open. Like the classy adult woman I am. May was a tough month for the world at large. The terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s concert was horrible. And here in the Portland area we had three men stand up to...

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