Great Summer Reads

Hey y’all, it’s summer. After the whirlwind that is commonly referred to as May-hem, I am in need of some serious R&R. You too? It’s been a while since I have written a book review so this is the mother-of-all reviews with 8 great books I have read in recent months. And I also included… read more

Two Great Reads

I am 4 books into a “great read chain”, having just finished two really different but both excellent books. I first read Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown, after a chaotic month of September where I felt like I was a whirling dervish, trying to get too many things done at once…. read more

Favorite Place: Christ Church Books and Gifts

Tucked away under the main building at Christ Church on the Post Road is Christ Church Books and Gifts. I stumbled upon it one day, and to say that it was more than I expected is an understatement. Becky Ford, who has run the store for the last four years, is spectacular. Knowledgable, charming, and pure… read more

Great App: Audible

As you all know, I’ve been listening to podcasts while I walk and drive for a few years now. I blogged about some of my favorites here. There is literally not a topic you can’t find in podcast form – from the history of how chimneys work to mastering self love. I still love podcasts, but I… read more

Best Books: The Handmaid’s Tale, Commonwealth, Little Fires Everywhere

Looking for a good book? I’ve got three great reads to share. All very different, but each excellent in its own way. In the last two months I had fun reading a really well written award winner, an 80s cult classic, and a current best-seller soon-to-be tv series. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett was so complicated…. read more

Winter Reads

I’ve just gotten through a few great books. They were deeper reads, so as winter moves in, I decided I wanted a much lighter book next. I just picked up Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants. After reading the first chapter I am convinced it’ll be just what I need. Below are the books I think are… read more

Best Books: Memoirs of a Goldfish

This book, Memoirs of a Goldfish, by Devin Scillian, was our favorite read of the summer. Parts of this cheeky tale remind me of The Day the Crayons Quit which I blogged about here. In this story Goldfish lives a relatively mundane life, swimming circles around his simple fish bowl. Things take a turn for… read more

Great Read: Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, was on my nightstand for months before I got to it. After a handful of people insisted it was a “must read”, I finally took it off the shelf last week. This book offers up a fascinating look at what it means to be truly poor and living in America…. read more

Great Read: The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead recently won the Pultizer Prize for his novel The Underground Railroad, and after finishing the book I can tell you it was well deserved. It had been some time since I read a book about slavery in the United States. This book immediately made me realize that while I understood all the horrors we… read more

Great Read: An Abbreviated Life

I was recently talking to a friend about the challenges of parenthood – how very hard it is to find that balance between boundaries and indulgence. We concluded that the perfect equation was equal parts rules, structure, love, and acceptance. If we keep the leash too tight, requiring our children to strive towards perfectionism under… read more