Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman | Simon & Schuster {Book Review}

Aminatou Sow

Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

Book Summary:

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that! But for all the rosy sentiments surrounding friendship, most people don’t talk much about what it really takes to stay close for the long haul.

Now two friends, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, tell the story of their equally messy and life-affirming Big Friendship in this honest and hilarious book that chronicles their first decade in one another’s lives. As the hosts of the hit podcast Call Your … Read more...

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein | Atria Books {Book Review}

Hannah Orenstein

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

Book Summary:

The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.

Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and Read more...

Five Things to Tell You | June 14th, 2020

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ONE: SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

2020-06-14_0004August 2019 vs. June 2020…first and last days of school!

It’s been pretty quiet on here as we wrapped up the last couple of weeks of “homeschooling”. While I don’t think we totally nailed the remote learning curriculum, we all survived and some days even thrived. It’s hard to believe we have 2nd and 5th graders now!

Our wonderful teachers were as supportive as they could be during such new and challenging circumstances and they taught me so much along the way too. The situation truly showed us how resilient kids are and we learned … Read more...

Currently Listening…Podcast Edition!

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Just like with my reading tastes, what I am listening to has changed a bit over the last few weeks. I have found that my ability to focus has shifted with my podcasts and I am seeing that I either need some small helpful bits of information, relatable banter, some inspiring messages, or maybe a quick distraction.

Fitting in Podcast Listening…

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Previously podcasts made up a good part of my workday whether it was when I was editing on the computer or during my commute. Photos above are back in the “good old days”.

Now that I don’t have either … Read more...

What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Stephenie @Reads.On.Wednesdays}

Nightstand Series

Welcome back to another edition of The Nightstand Series!

I am super excited to introduce you to my friend Stephenie AKA @reads.on.wednesdays today. She is a fellow boy mom and we have such a similar taste in books.

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 Her Instagram feed is just gorgeous, she always makes my TBR list grow when I read her reviews and she has the sweetest cat and pup duo!! I mean, how cute are they?!

Nightstand Series Introduction:

Hi, I’m Stephenie Freeman from @reads.on.wednesdays! I live in Southern California with my husband of almost 20 years, our two teenage boys, our dogs, and
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My First Time on a Podcast! | Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Mini Episode! {Podcast Episode}

Gen The Bookworm

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Podcast Interview

Sarah’s Bookshelves Live Podcast Guest!

It’s an exciting day! I mentioned a few weeks ago HERE that I had my very first podcast interview. At the beginning of this month, I chatted with Sarah from Sarah’s Bookshelves Live about all things reading and this morning it went live!

We are on vacation in Florida right now and the boys were super excited to listen along bright and early. Last summer we binge listened to all of her past episodes in my car on the way to swim practice and back and so the kids … Read more...

Coffee Talk | Currently Loving…Winter Blues, My First Podcast Interview, Cozy Must-Haves & Book Giveaway!

Currently Loving

Happy February & The Winter Blues…

Gen The Bookworm

I have been meaning to check in with a coffee talk blog post and now we are halfway through February! How is your month going?

It has been a more challenging winter for me personally. The weather has been particularly dark and gray and I know that adds to the overall feeling of sadness and increased anxiety for me personally (and also many other people…)

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While this is something I have been managing quite well for a while now (with medication, regular therapy, exercise, talking with close friends, time outside, etc), it doesn’t mean … Read more...

What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Katie @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf} 

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What’s On Your Nightstand Book Friend Series

Welcome to another edition of my reading list and book recommendations guest post series. I have a great lineup of reading friends and book professionals sharing their current reads the next few weeks and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Today I am excited to introduce you to my friend Katie AKA @katieneedsabiggerbookshelf

Katie and I are #bookstagram buddies and you might know her by book tree she featured this past holiday season that went totally viral in the online book community!

Katie posts daily book content which I am always super impressed by … Read more...

What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Michelle}

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First Guest Post of 2020!

Welcome to the first Nightstand Series post in 2020! I love being able to share book content with a wider range of perspectives and genres and I am so appreciative of all my reading friends who have helped make this happen by sharing their reading list and recommendations.

2019 Guest Posters!

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I started this book friends series last January and it has been so fun looking back at all the people and books that were shared. You can check out all of my 2019 Nightstand Series posts below…

Genevieve @genthebookworm

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Kristy @kristy.dooley.photography

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What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Tancy from @beyondbooked}

Guest Post

The In-Between

Hello! I hope you are enjoying this time between Christmas and the New Year. This week of the year always throws me off because the kids are home from school but Lucas is quite busy at work during this time of year, so he doesn’t have a lot of time off.

So while it is festive, it is also kind of like normal…except we have none of our regular routines or activities scheduled! We tend to thrive off of this stuff, so each day is kind of a mixed bag. 😉

Holiday Breaks Expectations vs. Reality

I always … Read more...