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February 16, 2020

The reluctant hero. It's a tale as old as time and one of my favorites, although I prefer to frame it as a hero of circumstance. This theme is extremely common in comic books and fantasy literature, feel-good news stories, and war-time movies. But I find it such an interesting contemplation for life: are great people drawn into extraordinary circumstances or do...

February 7, 2020

Well, on the plus side, instead of not blogging for two years I just took a quaint little 7 month break this time. I'll save you (and me, mostly because I don't know how many "you's" are out there) the time of explaining that my life, like so many of our lives, is busy and complicated. But can we talk for a second about the power of reading?

I find, and this is ...

June 22, 2019

Hi. Again.

You know how sometimes you start a blog because your freelance career, and your full-time painting job, and you volunteer leadership position with a storefront theatre company, and being a Company Member with two other theatre companies, and having a social life just don't seem like enough so you think "sure, why not, let's set lofty book reading and...

March 5, 2017

There's a very touching back story to this book: the author, Jane Lotter, was a very successful humorist writing for the Seattle Sun and winning awards for doing it. Critical acclaim aside, she could not find a publisher for her only novel, The Bette Davis Club, and so decided to take matters into her own hands and self-publish. Then she passed away, and only a...

February 2, 2017

Unconventional. Raw. Honest. Discomforting. Truly beautiful.

I can say with confidence that Eileen is unlike anything I have ever read. It debunks and subverts stereotypes at every turn of the page while presenting you with what should be an entirely unlikable cast of characters who you can't help but be completely fascinated with. The story thrives in an uncomf...

January 23, 2017

A short review because this book is a must-read, but it doesn't feature a strong female fictional character. It's an auto-biography of a strong female person and the subject matter is too important not to talk about. 

Carolyn Maull McKinstry was attending the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church when a bomb went off inside on September 15, 1963. Four of her fr...

January 13, 2017

Little aesthetic upgrade to the blog this evening. Because, IT'S A NEW YEAR!

Anyone who knows me knows I absolutely love the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years, it's just joy and excitement emanating from my entire person. And I've always credited that primarily to the Christmas season, but here's the thing: I really, really love New Years. The idea...

January 11, 2017

From the voice of Lorelei Gilmore (literally, if you’re listening on audiobook) is this fun and fulfilling book about a young(ish) actress in New York working and striving to find success and happiness in both a business and city often characterized by a certain harshness.

Francis Banks is approaching her late twenties and her self-imposed deadline to “be succes...

December 11, 2016

This book is a powerhouse. I think it knocked the wind out of me a half dozen times.

A black woman named Dana lives in 1976 California until one day she is pulled from her world into the pre-Civil War Antebellum South and intervenes to save the life of a small white boy and son of a plantation owner, Rufus Weyland. In a period that is roughly two weeks in her co...

December 10, 2016

The first time I read Emma, I was 22 and I very much did not enjoy it. I thought Emma was insufferable* and the story was too melodramatic. Fast forward: reread at the age of 30 and I freaking love this book!

Recently, you may have noticed an uptick in the number of Austen books on this blog. That's because I am a part of a Jane Austen book club. So, there’s tha...

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Favorite Book of 2020 So Far

This mailing list is ONLY to get updates on the latest books I've read. My promise to you is to never use this for promotional purposes. Just better female characters delivered to your inbox. 

Tales of a Female Nomad is the story of Rita Golden Gelman, an ordinary woman who is living an extraordinary existence. At the age of 48, on the verge of divorce, Rita left an elegant life in LA to follow her dream of connecting with people in cultures all over the world. This book encourages us to dust off our dreams and rediscover the joy so many of us bury when we become adults.

The Bookshop

 by Penelope Fitzgerald


The year is 1959 and the kind-hearted widow Florence Green risks everything to open the only bookshop in the seaside town of Hardborough. What follows can only be described as the quaint, strange, and often sad happenings of a small, isolated community. The plot is not filled with grand parties, unlikely lovers, or a shocking penultimate event. But somehow, because the world of this story seems to fit in a snow globe, each small shake builds on the one before until those same every day situations are riddled with dramatic tension. I was truly amazed at how invested I was in the life of Florence's small bookshop.

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