• Travel,  U.S. Travel

    Family Road Trip: Erie, PA, Niagara Falls, and Cedar Point

    I LOVE road trips. The snacks, the open road, the snacks, uninterrupted crochet or reading time, and did I mention the snacks? What's not to love!? HBW Hubby and I packed up the van and the kids and hit the road! A little bit of nostalgia, a lot of natural wonder, and two days of thrills, this was such a great trip!

  • Books,  Reviews

    A Little Life

    NYT bestseller, Kirkus Prize winner, National Book Award finalist, and Man Booker Prize finalist, A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

  • Camping,  Travel,  U.S. Travel

    Camping at Washington State Park

    Petroglyphs, quaint hiking shelters and incredible Ozark overlooks define the Washington State Park experience. Easy access to the Big River makes the park great for swimming or fishing. Hikers can choose from three rugged hiking trails. Buildings constructed by African American Civilian Conservation Corps stonemasons complement the park and add to its sense of history.

  • Books,  Reviews

    Humor Me

    Presley Fry is not amused. She’s been an assistant at the Late Night Show for way too long, she’s adopted a “business casual” approach to dating to save herself from the embarrassment of seeking genuine connection, and she’s content to allow her gregarious roommate, Isabelle, to orchestrate her entire social life. And yet, Presley is absolutely enamored with her job and the world of stand-up comedy. The joy she finds in discovering up-and-coming comedians, the beauty and connection in their shared humor?it’s enough for now. As Presley grapples with the loss of her mother and finds her people among those who seek out comedy to make the world a bit…

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Summer of Yes

    Workaholic Kelsey Worthington always dreamed of being a writer, but she's settled for stability instead, and then the accident. After a near-death experience lands her in the hospital with the glass-ceiling-shattering Georgina Tate, who achieved greatness at great personal cost and who has many regrets, Kelsey begins to ask herself, what if? and the Yes Plan is born. Convincing Georgina to go along with this plan sets the two women down a road to courageousness, forgiveness and hope.

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Berlin Letters

    Near the end of the Cold War, a CIA code breaker discovers a symbol she recognizes from her childhood, which launches her across the world to the heart of Berlin just before the wall comes tumbling down.

  • Books,  Books, WIPs, + Sips,  Reviews

    From Blood and Ash

    The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. when Hawke enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. A fallen kingdom is rising once more and as the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred, Poppy is on the verge of losing her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Nature of Disappearing

    Emlyn doesn’t let herself think about the past. How she and her best friend, Janessa, barely speak anymore. How Tyler, the man she thought was the love of her life, left her freezing and half-dead on the side of the road three years ago. Her new life is simple and safe. She works as a fishing and hunting guide, spending her days in Idaho’s endless woods and scenic rivers. But when Tyler shows up with the news that Janessa is missing, Emlyn is propelled back into the world she worked so hard to forget. As the two trace Janessa’s path through miles of wild country, Emlyn can’t deny there’s still…

  • Books,  Reviews

    A Certain Kind of Starlight

    Everyone knows that Addie Fullbright can’t keep a secret. Yet, twelve years ago, as her best friend lay dying, she entrusted Addie with the biggest secret of all. One so shattering that Addie felt she had to leave her hometown of Starlight, Alabama, to keep from revealing a devastating truth to someone she cares for deeply. But when her beloved aunt, the woman who helped raise her, gets a shocking diagnosis and asks her to come back to Starlight to help run the family bakery, Addie knows it’s finally time to go home again. Tessa Jane Wingrove-Fullbright feels like she’s failing. She’s always been able to see the lighter side…

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Rule Book

    Nora Mackenzie’s entire career lies in the hands of famous NFL tight end Derek Pender who also happens to be her extremely hot college ex-boyfriend. Derek is her first client as an official full-time sports agent and he’s holding a grudge. Derek has set his sights on a little friendly revenge. The plan is make Nora’s life absolutely miserable. But then a wild night in Vegas leads to Nora and Derek in bed the next morning married. With their rule book out the window, could this new relationship be the thing to save their careers?