It’s not all fika and Ikea

As you know, I tend to be pretty hard on thrillers. So what does it take for me to really love one, besides You? I guess it just has to be well written, have multiple compelling storylines, seamlessly blend fact and fiction, have a great setting, and a kickass redhead heroine. Easy!

I am stoked to be sharing Florence Wetzel's The Grand Man with you. This book will take you on a ride. At its core,...

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What goes through my mind during a hot yoga class

I joined a hot yoga studio a year ago and this is all I do now.

Pranayama deep breathing 

Literally on the second breath: I can't do this I want to go home I just don't have it today.

Half moon pose

Is class over? This posture has been going on for like an hour.

Hands to feet pose

Oh man, I am really killing this one today. I think I have my legs all the way straight this time, I can feel it, they are a ruler! Glances...

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The week in review

This week has been a whirlwind. I'm still kind of in a Thanksgiving food coma, and recovering from two days at Great Wolf Lodge, but you only turn eight once. Happy birthday Dash! Can't wait to play Killer Queen with you again soon.

Kind of a rough week for reading. I start to wonder, is it me? But no, it's not me. Boomer1 was a great premise but not well executed at all. I can't get enough of the boomers vs. millennials discourse, so it's really saying something that I got sick of...

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The week in review

So hi, I kind of forgot about this. I'm going to try to get back on track to posting every Friday. I forget to post but I never forget to read. I also didn't forget to go to San Francisco for the Napa Ragnar. Gotta say, that race was pretty disorganized and the course was ridiculous, but I've never had so much fun at a running event before.

I'm really intrigued by Patrick DeWitt. I loved his first book, and I also loved French Exit, and they are so different. I can't wait to see what...

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Quick takes- October 2018

Suicide Club. 2 stars. Fine premise, bad execution. The prologue was so good, but it went straight downhill from there. So, just read the prologue I guess.

Lake Success. 5 stars. Rich people in distress, and complicated, hard to love characters, both very relevant to my interests. I'm sure I liked Barry much more than most readers will, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still read it. Just don't expect to like Barry.

Putney. 5 stars. I could not put this one down. So...

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The week in review- Halloween edition

This was a crazy fun jam packed weekend and I'm leaving town tomorrow so I've been extra busy. Not too busy to read, of course, and not too busy to dress up as Enid Coleslaw on a date with Mr Pink.

It seems very very fitting to say that a lot of Motherhood was a tough hang, but it was sort of maybe probably worth it in the end. Well played with that title then. I don't know why this is so long; very very little happens in this book. Like basically nothing. It could have been a long...

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The week in review

Last night we went to this 80s themed Homecoming dance thing. It was fun. I may have forgotten about the theme, or I may have not cared about the theme, who can really say? The point is, while I am aware that Harley Quinn first appeared in 1992,  sometimes your strong personal brand comes first.


I really wanted to love The Caregiver, but in the end, I only liked it as a friend. This had dual storylines, one in the main character's childhood and one in adulthood, and that's...

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The week in review

So we had a houseguest this week, and at one point he observed, "You sure have a lot of pictures of Oscar Isaac in your house." And I don't know about you, but what I hear there is, "You need more pictures of Oscar Isaac in your house."

Lake Success is one of those books that I absolutely loved, but I don't know how many people I'd recommend it to. Or maybe I'd recommend it, but I won't expect people to like it for the same reasons I did. The biggest thing is that I assume most...

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The week in review- Saturday morning edition

Well this week has been a dumpster fire in a lot of ways, but on the upside, Lucy is reading my favorite book of all time. So that's something.

One book I will not be passing on to Lucy is Confessions of the Fox. Dude, I tried so hard with this book. I always want to support books with trans characters, but that is literally the only interesting thing about this book. I like historical crime fiction, but I think the story this is based on wasn't all that exciting, then it's...

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Quick takes- September 2018

The Bed Moved. 2 stars. You can barely call this a collection. There is some decent stuff buried here but most of it feels like writing exercises than actual work.

The Golden State. 3 stars. So many mixed feelings about this. The deliberate run-on stream of consciousness style ultimately didn't do it for me, but I seem to be in the minority.

Confessions of the Fox. 3 stars. A very rare DNF for me. I wanted to like this one so much, and I kept with it for 250 pages, but this was just so...

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