Christmas Time Is Almost Here!

It's hard to believe that it's already December 4th, but we're only a few short weeks away from my favorite holiday...Christmas! Over the past couple of weeks, I've been thinking a lot about my family's holiday traditions and what they mean to me. There are so many things that my family really looks forward to…

Reading in Public

As someone who is always carrying around a book, I find myself reading in public on a frequent basis. Some of the places I have been caught reading include, but are not limited to: restaurants, public transportation, doctor's offices, grocery stores, sporting arenas, movie theaters, and work. But while reading in public can be a…

Quit Telling Me How To Decorate!

Does anyone else get annoyed by all of those Internet lists telling you what you should and should not have in your home? It seems like I'm always coming across these things, and the vast majority of them only serve to make me mad. All of them attempt to tell you how best to create…

Book Fair Nostalgia

Yesterday morning, while I was out running errands, I ran across something that made me super nostalgic. One of the local elementary schools had a sign out in front of the building advertising the Scholastic Book Fair. Do you remember getting books from Scholastic as an elementary student? I certainly do! Scholastic was a big…

Fall Colors, and Hockey, and Horror…Oh My!

October is one of my favorite months of the year. It's a time when the temperature finally begins to drop, hockey season officially starts, and the leaves turn beautiful colors...at least in theory. (Today's forecast was decidedly more consistent with summer than fall.) And of course, there's also pumpkin-flavored/scented stuff everywhere... I don't know if…

Books + Art = Life is Good

October is finally here! Not only is it the month in which we celebrate of one my three favorite holidays, Halloween, but it's the perfect time to enjoy both books and art...with National Book Month and InkTober. National Book Month is a great opportunity to celebrate your love of reading; either by yourself, or with…

The Power of Books

When I think about all the books I have read over the course of my lifetime, the ones I remember the most vividly are the stories that challenged me in some way. Many of them are novels (or nonfiction texts) that helped to shape my values and sparked interests, caused me to pursue certain career…

The Little Book of Hygge

There are times when we can all use a little more peace and coziness in our lives, and this week has been one of them. Yesterday morning I discovered that one of the pipes beneath my kitchen sink has been leaking for the past couple of weeks (quite possibly longer), forming a lake in the…

Returning From An Unexpected Hiatus…

My family would tell you that it's a rare event when I find myself at a loss for words, and yet that's the state in which I have spent the past few weeks. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've opened my computer to write this post, only to find myself completely…