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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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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 43

Why hello! It’s May, which means spring may have sprung where you live! It also means that I turn the big 3-0 this month. That’s crazy! It feels like only yesterday I was in my early 20’s, broke and trying to figure out life. Now I’m less broke, but still working on figuring out life! I started a new job this week and so far it is wonderful! Yay for positive change! If your spring is not feeling so happy, check out Girlboss on Netflix. I love it, and I know Whitney does too. It’s wonderful 🙂 I’m excited...

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What’s your favorite independent bookstore?

Independent Bookstore Day is here, hooray! The last Saturday in April, Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is celebrated nationwide, often with fun events and readings planned. Why do indie bookstores deserve their own day of recognition? Because as indiebookstoreday.com states, “Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.” In the Tri-Cities, Washington where I was born and raised, both Bookworm Books and Adventures Underground offer more than just books to buy. They have author events, sell book art and accessories, and Adventures Underground also carries records and board games. They regularly have...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 41

Why hello there, Happy spring! Between house-hunting and preparing to start my new job, my life has been in full transition mode lately. The housing market here is insane: one of the houses we loved had 19 other offers on it! To deal with the stress, I have been reading like crazy. I absolutely loved The Hate U Give. Have y’all read it yet?? I stayed up until 2am one night because I was so engrossed! What’s keeping you up at night? Are there crazy changes in your life, or a compelling book you just can’t put down? Best,...

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Book Review | Arsenic With Austen, by Katherine Bolger Hyde

Have you ever read the premise of a book, gotten super excited, read it, and then been terribly disappointed? That was my exact experience with Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde. My dad actually pre-ordered this book for me because he knows I love cozy mysteries and Jane Austen, and it is set in Portland and the Oregon Coast. When he told me I was really excited! Anytime a cozy can throw in literary references I am in. The book started off slow, but I wasn’t too worried. Emily Cavanaugh is a widowed professor who teaches at Reed...

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