Books in My Beach Bag

My husband and I are going on an ACTUAL beach vacation. We haven't been on a week-long vacation...well, ever. Not together anyway ....more

The Pros and Cons of The Tattoo Coloring Book

The Tattoo Coloring Book by Oliver Munden and Jo Waterhouse was the second coloring book I bought. I love tattoo art, so this is probably the book I was most excited to pick up...initially.The artwork in this book is stunning and leans toward a traditional style of tattoo. Lots of animals: roaring tigers, leaping sharks, snakes wrapped around skulls and whatnot.The cover art is beautiful, and there's a pull-out section in the middle wherein the images are beautifully filled in ....more

Sunday Brain Dump: 7.26.15

Happy Sunday, friends. I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend. I know I did.Last weekend was a lot of fun with Greyson home and some excellent pool time and crisping in the sun ....more

Recent Additions to the TBR

Top Ten Tuesday recently did a day of "most recent books on the TBR." I missed it then, so I'm jumping in now! I'm really excited about all of these books, as you might imagine. What have you read and loved? ...more

Go Set a Watchman: A Bitter Pill

I picked up Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman on the night it was released and read a quick 150 pages before I put it down and didn't pick it back up for four days. The hype surrounding this one got to me a bit, especially the negative reactions. For a bit, I considered not finishing it at all, which in hindsight makes me feel like a bit of a jerk ....more

The Power of THE SHORE

I like books that are willing to deliver a gut punch. That push the boundaries of storytelling in some way. That "go there" when other books might choose not to ....more

Monday Reading and a Readathon Wrap!

This was great. As I mentioned in my previous post, Saturday and Sunday were the #24in48 Readathon. I did a lot of listening on Saturday ....more

Headed into #24in48!

It's a readathon weekend! If you haven't already heard, Saturday and Sunday (July 11 and 12) are Rachel's 24 in 48 Readathon. The goal is to read 24 hours out of the 48, and HAVE FUN, of course.This is always a really fun event, and I'm taking a slightly different tack this time around ....more

Mini Reviews: Vacation, Gender Constructs, and Desire in Paris

You'd think I had a really exciting weekend from the title of this post, but it's really just a sneak peek at the books I'm mini-reviewing. Reviewletting (?) today. I'm way behind on reviews, so I figured I would start with these in an attempt to whittle down my stack o'shame ....more

It's Monday! Back to Books

Since my last update, I've managed to clear my head a bit, mostly by reading great books and coloring. Not to mention some time in the pool and some great food. But right now...just the books ....more