Stir by Jessica Fechtor

At 28, Jessica Fechtor was happily immersed in graduate school and her young marriage, and thinking about starting a family. Then one day, she went for a run and an aneurysm burst in her brain. She nearly died. She lost her sense of smell, the sight in her left eye, and was forced to theContinue reading “Stir by Jessica Fechtor”

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Stalling for Time by Gary Noesner

An enraged man abducts his estranged wife and child, holes up in a secluded mountain cabin, threatening to kill them both. A right wing survivalist amasses a cache of weapons and resists calls to surrender. A drug trafficker barricades himself and his family in a railroad car, and begins shooting. A cult leader in Waco,Continue reading “Stalling for Time by Gary Noesner”

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Can you believe that 2015 is nearly upon us? I can’t! This year flew by and was full of awesome things (getting engaged, getting married, fun trips, etc.) but I’m pretty excited for the new year. If I had to choose a favorite holiday, it would be New Year’s. I love how it feels likeContinue reading “The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin”

The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been a little MIA lately and it’s been all about Lauren and her vast amount of reading (and our first giveaway!!!) but I ACED MY FINALS, so I have good reason. I’ve gotten a little reading under my belt though, and now winter break has commenced, so hopefully you’ll beContinue reading “The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen”

Columbine by Dave Cullen

As an avid reader of fantasy fiction (and someone who is no longer a student), I have a policy: for 20 minutes every day, I must read non-fiction. I try not to impose any rules beside that—as long as it’s non-fiction and I’m learning something, it fits the criteria. Six months ago, I chose ColumbineContinue reading “Columbine by Dave Cullen”

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

I’m not sure what you would consider this—a novella? A collection of poems? Non-fiction? Whatever it is, I really enjoyed it. The book (it’s not really a story, and I’ll explain why in a moment) details the lives of a group of young Japanese women who are on their way to San Francisco. Called pictureContinue reading “The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka”

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After slogging through this (much like the author trudged across the PCT), I was left with mixed feelings. Did I love it? Hate it? Neither. I would say that I occasionally enjoyed it, but really found myself squinting my eyes at another extremely long rant/paragraph about a topic the author had already talked about ten times.Continue reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed”

Throwback Thursday: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

I picked up this book during my senior year English class. We had to write a book report each quarter, and I picked this one because it was short. I didn’t choose the short book because I hated reading—I chose it so I could finish it in a few class periods and get on withContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer”