The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I started reading The Historian in January when my mother-in-law suggested it to me. She told me it was about Dracula, and I had heard great reviews, so I was very eager. It fit with my 2017 reading challenge for quite a few categories including : “A book that is a story within a story,” “A book involving travel,” and “A book about an interesting woman.” Continue reading


Don’t Hate, Communicate

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The memorial for Heather Heyer on Charlottesville’s Free Speech wall. I do not know the artist, but I would love to give them credit. Photo taken by myself on 8/21.

If you’ve been following the news this past weekend I’m sure you’ve heard about the rallies and terrorist attack that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia; my current home. You’ve heard about the white supremacists marching across the UVA Lawn, throwing the Nazi salute at statues of Thomas Jefferson, and shouting cries of blood and soil, and white lives matter. Continue reading

Dare Me by Megan Abbot

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

At the beginning of the year, before I had started my reading challenge, I read Dare Me by Megan Abbott. I hadn’t planned my books yet or even found the reading challenge, so it doesn’t have a category, but it was a really energizing read. When I found this novel, I was looking for a mystery or intrigue story that was similar to The Lying Game by Sara Shepard. Abbott did not disappoint.

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Set goals, keep quiet and crush them

IMG_20161207_090908847_picmonkeyedThis is part four of Finding Your Happy. See part 1 part 2 part 3

We’ve been talking about finding your happiness for a while now. If you’ve been following along you will have dropped your expectations of where your life should be and how the people in your life should act. You will have been seeking new experiences and finding ways to broaden your horizons and to challenge yourself. The next step, once you starting to find things you enjoy, or even as an effort to get you trying more new things, is to set goals and crush them. Continue reading

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

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I chose this book before I started the category challenge. I was looking for something available as an audiobook from my library’s digital files, and I loved The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, so I wanted to give this series a try. Continue reading

Seek Novel Experiences

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This is part two of my series called Finding Your Happy. Part One   Part Two

Hey Guys! Sorry for the break in posts, I was out working on my goals. Over the last few weekends I have been taking the time to enjoy the weather and those closest to me. This past weekend marks the 2 year anniversary of the passing of my horse Cody. He had been a great companion throughout my childhood and his passing, along with a few other losses really marked that moment in my life where I feel I lost my sense of self. Loss hits people in different ways, but also in many of the same ways. So the last few weekends, instead of sitting home and ruminating on loss and grief and change and the future, I went kayaking with my best friend and helped her paint her kitchen. Spending time on her helped me to feel renewed. It was a great reminder to invest in those people and activities that bring you happiness and satisfaction.

On that note, I promised a post about truly seeking happiness, particularly through novel experiences, so here it is.

In an effort to build a life where I am happy and satisfied, I have had to take a hard look at the places in my life where I am dissatisfied, and imagine what my ideal life would look like. Continue reading