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Book Review | The Clancy’s of Queens, by Tara Clancy

When I met Tara Clancy at Book Riot Live last fall, I could not stop laughing. Clancy is such a character. She’s a born storyteller, bravely narrating her own life in the boldest Queens accent you could imagine. She once told NPR:  “Unfortunately, people hear [my accent] and they don’t think, ‘Now there’s a person who popularized quantum electrodynamics,'” she says. “They hear it and they make judgments.” I immediately fell in love with Clancy. I knew this was a writer I needed to read. Clancy comes from a big, New York, Irish-Italian family. A former bartender, she considers...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 40

Hi y’all, Whenever spring hits, I start getting a little antsy. Of course, I hit the spring cleaning hard (don’t ask me about the bags of books sitting in the corner of my bedroom), but I also start wanting to shake other things up in my life. Whether it’s signing up for a ridiculous plan of running a 5K every Friday in April, to taking a class at my local small business development center, to cutting off half my hair – my brain is just in change mode! Are you doing anything to shift up your world coming into...

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Book Review | The Circle, by Dave Eggers

It was rather obvious what Dave Eggers was imagining when he began developing the novel The Circle. It’s something I think we all consider in this day and age. We’re living in an age of social media and public presence, in which people spend countless hours documenting their lives on the internet and observing the lives of others. What happens when you take that logic to the ultimate conclusion? What happens when privacy ceases to be a right? I initially heard of The Circle last summer when Austyn mentioned it briefly in her overview of Dave Eggers as one...

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Favorites | March 2017

Back in December, I said that if this was a truly truly honest monthly favorites, I would just post image after image of my nieces and nephew. Won’t, lie. Different month, same favorites. This month is different though, because I get to add a new little one to the mix! I’m a new friend-auntie, and, even better, it’s a new baby that’s less than ten minutes away. This is a happy change from most of my niblings, who are across the country and challenging to cuddle continuously. I’m looking forward to a whole month of newborn cuddles! March was...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 37

Hi there, I literally do not know what to do with this week. The Mid-Atlantic is having our last bout of “winter” this weekend. Why does it do this to me? Mid-week it was a sunny 68°F and today we can’t even hit 40? Genuinely rude. Fortunately, it means lots of indoor time. That means hunkering down with a giant tub of coffee (yes, I said tub), an extra cozy sweatshirt, and lighting a cozy candle before I pick up our current book club read. How are y’all enjoying Middlesex so far? This one is a re-read for me,...

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Bookish Musings | Polyamorous Reading?

I’m a monogamous reader. To a fault almost, I am the type of person who dedicates myself to reading one book at a time. I do the same thing with series! That’s how I plowed through at least 8 of Patricia Briggs’ novels over the course of one spring and summer, without bothering to pick up anything else. I know not everyone reads the way that I do. Lots of folks out there will find reading two, three, even four books at a time to be stimulating and manageable. I know that y’all are out there! I see it...

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