One-Liners: Downton Abbey season 1

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After much hullabaloo from almost everyone I know, I finally started watching this highly acclaimed PBS show. I do like that it’s a shorter season so it’s not as daunting to catch up with than U.S. shows with their 22-24 episodes per season! As I did with my binge-watching of Supernatural s1 & 2, I […]

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Review: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

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Best known for his role as Ryan on NBC’s The Office, B.J. Novak pens his first novel of short stories. The stories vary greatly in voice, subject, tone and length, some featuring cameos by familiar names such as Tony Robbins, Confucius, and Nelson Mandela. I am not generally one for short stories but Novak has […]

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Top 10 Tuesday 96

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It’s been a while since I last did a Top 10 Tuesday, but given my state of mind lately about both the blogging world and my own blogging in general, I thought this would be an appropriate week to find some time and reflect upon what I do enjoy about it all. Top Ten Reasons […]

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Brunch Book Club: January Wrap-Up!

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Not since our brunch last March to discuss John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines have we had this many people join Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) & I for brunch, and had so much to say about that month’s read! We originally wanted to check out another brunch spot, but given the large crowd, […]

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Recap: An Evening with Wake’s Anna Hope

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I not only had the pleasure of being part of the blog tour for Anna Hope’s debut novel Wake, I also had the opportunity to attend an evening at the Random House office to meet the lovely UK author. There were some light refreshments and we all had a chance to chat and mingle before […]

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Blog Tour Review: Wake by Anna Hope

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In the days leading up to the 2nd anniversary of Armistice Day in London, three women leading three separate lives go about their days while the horrific memories of the war are still very fresh. Hettie, a young dance instructor at the Palais becomes enamoured with a charming, yet distant, man she meets while out […]

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Harry Potter (re)read: Book 1

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Every month, I’m going to do a little write-up post with my thoughts on reading that month’s book again, plus maybe some additional fun things. I know a bunch of you had also already written up your own posts, so I’ll add a linky down below for you to link up your posts! Please put […]

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Review: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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Nao, a Japanese girl planning to commit suicide, sits at a cafe writing in a journal about the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Across the ocean in British Columbia on a remote island, Ruth finds the journal, among other things, wash up on shore. She wonders if it is debris washed over […]

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Bloggers Are Not All Aspiring Writers

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The other night a debut author, with a fairly high-profile newly released book, publicly snarked on one blogger’s negative comment in their review of her book. This lead to the statement that “these bloggers are aspiring novelists anyway” so it made her feel better. I have been mulling over what I wanted to say about this […]

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The 56th Grammy Awards

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I don’t usually post about the Grammys since the past few years I’ve felt very out of touch with the catchy big hits. However, this year there have been a ton of songs that I’ve loved and happen to be nominated and/or performances at the awards so while I didn’t pre-post my choices, I have […]

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Mini Reviews: Graphic Novels (belated 2013 edition)

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I meant to post the mini reviews of these graphic novels earlier since I read them in 2013 but the month of December just zipped by and I never got a chance to post it… hence this belated 2013 edition of Mini Reviews with releases from October, November and December. The Cage | Hawkeye, Volume […]

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Review: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

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Katie is decked out in cosplay as she waits in line for the midnight release of a highly anticipated video game when she gets into an argument with a guy trying to take the one in her hand. Thus begins an awkward and sweet friendship/relationship that builds both online and in person, with no help […]

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Blog Tour Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

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After a seemingly scandalous moment in art class, Vicky is expelled from her French boarding school and sent home to her family in England. Her parents, disgraced, forbid her to pursue drawing and arrange a marriage for her to clean up her reputation. However, Vicky is drawn to the excitement around the city with the […]

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The 71st Golden Globe Awards

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I was totally behind on posting my picks this year, having only shared them a few days ago, but here is the recap/thoughts/results of this year’s Golden Globe Awards. Amy & Tina killed it again in the opener. Last year, their best zinger was probably at James Cameron. This year’s was probably the one at […]

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