Who reads crime thrillers anymore? Oh, that's right, everyone but me. I did give it an honest go earlier this summer, though, when I picked up Lola, a fast-paced crime thriller, by Melissa Scrivner Love. Did I fall in love with the book? Not exactly. But I did enjoy it, and I think people who … Continue reading Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
How often do you pick up a book from one of your favorite authors and hope and wish and pray it's as good as the last? I do it every time, but truth be told, only about half the books I read live up to my expectations. Lucky for me, Samuel Snoek-Brown's Hagridden did, in … Continue reading Local Book Review: Hagridden by Samuel Snoek-Brown
What drives people to cheat? What are we looking for when we step outside our relationships and commit adultery? Is it that we're lacking something in our current relationship, or that we're truly unhappy with our spouse? Or maybe it's more animalistic than that: maybe we're acting on a biological instinct to increase the chances … Continue reading The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, is a compilation of not-so-pushy-or-preachy essays focused on living a happier, more self-aware life. It doesn't suggest making drastic life changes or overhauling your approach to people or problems, it simply calls for being more 'awake' to your own wants and needs, to participating in a little self reflection in order to build a better life.
Some books grab your attention the minute you start reading them, and some don’t. It’s a simple fact of being a bibliophile that every now and then, no matter how much careful attention you put into researching and selecting a book, learning about an author’s background, or reading a few pages between the aisles at … Continue reading Nonsense by Jamie Holmes
Let’s talk about mindfulness, my friends, and the beauty of directing our appreciation and awareness of beauty toward the moments left unnoticed throughout our day. Extraordinary Ordinary Moments, a journal written and illustrated by Jorey Hurley, will help you do exactly that. This little journal is a wonderful addition to the desk of anyone in … Continue reading Extraordinary Ordinary Moments by Jorey Hurley
As an aspiring writer with a lot of writer friends (some who’ve published their long awaited first books and even more, like me, who haven’t), the topic of crafting a riveting story comes up all the time. We’re constantly chatting about what makes a good story, what makes characters not only believable, but memorable and … Continue reading Story Genius by Lisa Cron