1. 2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas
I started out October with this little gem that I found on the bargain table at B & N. Check out my review in this prior blog post on My Favorite Things.
2. Zodiac (Zodiac #1)
I'm kind of an astrology buff. In the past year I've gone past sun signs and started to explore moon signs, rising signs, and full natal charts. It's a lot of fun to have astrology in mind when talking to people, although asking them, "What's your sign?" still comes off as a 70s pickup line.
I saw this book on the YA table at B & N and the title obviously caught my eye. It's a sci-fi novel about a young woman who is unexpectedly asked to lead her people. It was a really fun and engaging read. I love the storyline and the way that the author weaves the Zodiac signs into the story adds another layer. This is the first book in what I thought was a trilogy but that I've since learned is a tetralogy (four books).
3. The Wonder
I haven't read Donoghue's popular Room because the premise is just too intense for me. But this cover and story drew me in. The book centers around a nurse who is called to rural Ireland to look after a young girl who hasn't eaten in months. Is she a miracle or a fraud? Beautiful, atmospheric writing with a plot that pulled me along until a satisfying ending.
4. Today Will Be Different
Okay I need a major disclaimer before I write this. I think Maria Semple is brilliant and fabulous and I liked this book. I finished it in less than a day. But. Oh I'm so sorry that there's a but. BUT...there were things missing for me. I couldn't help but compare this to Where'd You Go, Bernadette, a book that I absolutely adored. I never felt myself rooting for the main character in Today Will Be Different like I did with Bernadette. I hope you'll give both a try and decide for yourself.
5. It Ends with Us
I saw this book on Mix and Match Mama's October Book Review and her description really piqued my interest. I've never read Colleen Hoover before but I know she's wildly popular. I'm glad I gave this a try. What first appeared to be a light romance turned into something really profound and complex. There's an important story here that needs to be told and talked about.
6. The Perfect Girl
I am such a sucker for suspense in the vein of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. One of my favorite things in the world is to get sucked into a book and nothing else does that quite like a suspense novel. I can definitely recommend this to anyone who likes this genre. The story centers around a teenage girl prodigy with a complicated past. Her mother is murdered and everyone's a suspect. It's a good whodunit with some nuance and a nice twist at the end.
7. Wandering Star (Zodiac #2)
Since I'm late to the party on the Zodiac series I was able to start the second installment soon after finishing the first. I liked this just as much as Zodiac. I'm more attached to these characters and feeling like December 6th, the release date for Black Moon, can't come soon enough. If you like sci-fi, definitely check this one out.
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I have missed my blog and wanted to write something fun, so here are a few of my favorite things!
1. Tulsi Tea
It's Vata season. Vata, is a concept from the science of life, Ayurveda. My dosha, or constitution, is a Vata type. This time of year, when the weather cools off and the winds start to blow, is Vata time. That means my Vata can get a little...spinny, for lack of a better word.
Tulsi Tea is a great way to balance Vata. Right now I'm drinking the Ginger (decaf) and the Pomegranate (caf) that I purchased at my local health food store. I drink a few cups a day and it helps to pacify my Vata and slow down the spin.
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I read a ton of non-fiction around higher education and spirituality, but there's nothing like finding a novel that you can't put down.
A couple of months ago I sat down with all of my journals, notebooks, and post-it notes and realized I needed a new system. I have a great planner where I keep tasks and goals, but I was in need of something to write down ideas, great quotes, or any other thoughts that I didn't want to lose track of. Several of my students had recommended Workflowy so I decided to give it a try.
Workflowy is a free list-making system. You can use it on your computer at www.workflowy.com or download the app. Right now, I'm taking an online course on stress management and I use Workflowy to keep all of my notes on the course. It's a great resource to keep everything in one place, yet separate. And did I mention that it's free?
4. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
This is my current solo binge. My husband and I are watching Quantico at night but I need my girl time too. This show is the total package: hilarious, smart, bittersweet, and relevant. I love it. When you watch "The Sexy Gettin' Ready" song, please let me know.
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