Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia


I don’t remember why I picked up this book – I think I became a little more interested in mystery-type novels after going on a huge Gillian Flynn kick last year. Speaking of whom, I only found out after I read this book that it was being called “the next Gone Girl,” and I have to say, I’m really glad I didn’t know that before I started reading. Dear reader, my best advice to you if you’re going to read this book is to put this comparison aside. I don’t think it’s fair to either book to compare them.

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Bookstores Aren’t Dead!

A child reading in Brookline Booksmith, an ind...

A child reading in Brookline Booksmith, an independent bookstore in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just came across this article in The Atlantic about a woman who opened an independent bookstore in the age of Amazon.

While I admit to loving my Kindle and buying books from Amazon specifically to read on my digital devices, I am not about to give up my love for the (physically) printed word. And I know I’m not alone.

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Summer Reading With Baby I – Recap

Remember this post where I was all excited about doing a summer reading program with Baby I? Good news! She loves me to read to her, and she recently learned how to turn a page. Aww 🙂

We read a lot of books, but here were some highlights (complete with Baby I’s critiques):

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Book Review – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

First of all, I would like to share that I was reading this book on my Kindle on my lunch break when a co-worker asked me what I was reading. I told him the title of the book, and he said, “Yeah, I guess we are, but we’re going to lunch at [totally forgot where he said, because I was laughing at this point] but you can come if you want.” Therefore, the title of this book is absolutely perfect. Well played, Mindy Kaling, well played.

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It’s Time for a Little American Girl Nostalgia.


The other day, I got thinking about the American Girl dolls and how much I loved them growing up. I read all the books, and loved the history and the spunky, spirited girls that the American Girl series created. They were so cool! And those few Christmases when I peeled back wrapping paper to find An American Girl Doll peering up at me…holy cow. Excitement ensued. So now that I have a daughter (and I know this is premature, but these things are expensive, so don’t judge me too much) I started poking around online to revisit my old pals.

Only my old pals weren’t there.

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