• Fresh Reads Friday– Crooked Kingdom

    For the past week I’ve been slowly making my way through the sequel of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom, in every way possible, is exceeding the beauty and hype that the first one left me (and millions of others) with. At this point, my husband knows that whenever I’m talking about a book, I’m raving about this one. Warning: This blog post is filled with LIGHT spoilers, mild literary talk, and a truck load of fangirling. The first thing any reader will notice about these books is their stunning beauty. I will admit that I judged this book by it’s cover, and the cover was gooooood. It presents…

  • Dear 2017

    Dear 2017, I went through the photo gallery on my phone to get an idea for what 2016 looked like, and I was surprised by all I had done. I figured most of the photos would be forests, my cats, and food. While I was mostly right, there were a few pleasant surprises. Last year started with some major hair changes. I went with bangs and long hair and ended up with an asymmetrical pixie. (That’s what it’s called… Right?) The haircut isn’t the important part, it’s the fact that I tried something drastically new with the idea of, “What the hell. It’s just hair.” Realizing that most things in…

  • Fresh Read Friday– Tiny Pretty Things

    Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton features three¬† students at a highly competitive ballet school in Manhattan. You have the free-spirited Gigi, competitive and ruthless Bette, and perfectionist June. All three have their eye on the lead roles and will do anything to get them. And I mean anything. For the last two months I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this book. It’s not the type I usually pick up, but I wanted to give contemporary young adult a shot. One big piece of advice in the writing world is to read. Read outside your genre. Read non-fiction. Read fiction. Read science notes. Read dossiers. Read. Read.…

  • Progress

    I belong in the percentage of the population that believes a new year is a time to recreate, redefine, and restructure. It’s not a time to start from scratch, but it’s definitely a time to attach a re- to most verbs. I have a lot of aspects in my life I want to re- this year. Revitalize my energy for hobbies I enjoy (writing, reading, and hiking). Recalculate what I want in life and reevaluate how to get there. Someone on my Facebook mentioned her family has a tradition of picking a word that will help define their year. It seemed like a great way to mold myself toward a…

  • Where I’ve Been

    If you’ve never been friends, married, dated, or had any interaction with a teacher, you probably have no idea what the first month of school does to them. I didn’t know until this year. I guess that’s because I haven’t done as much with my school, writing, and evening time as I have these past 30+ days. I’ve some revitalization in being a teacher this year and it mostly has to do with the fact that my school departmentalized. It’s been nice working with three other Language Arts teachers and sharing lesson plans, ideas, and thoughtful approaches to every day problems. I’ve been more on point with my lessons and…

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