Book Banter February 2018

My reading game has been pretty on point for 2018. Audiobooks are helping me get to a ton of books on my “To Be Read,” or TBR list, and thanks to the Overdrive app they are free from the library. In February I listened to 3 audiobooks. Two of them were excellent and one of them had me wondering if I would have like the book better if I had read it in print.

If you find that the books I read this month need to be added to your TBR list then go ahead a click my affiliate links throughout the post to snatch them up. Each purchase you make gives me a tiny commission, so thank you!

Here is what I read in February:

1. Collected Sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Milay


I must admit I have not picked up much poetry since college but my friend suggested we read this collection for a reading challenge we are doing together. I really enjoyed this collection and found myself very impressed with Millay’s knack for putting unusual words at the end of the lines. I really loved the sonnet on p. 153 about chaos. I have revisited it a few times since finishing the collection. If you want to try picking up a collection of poems I recommend taking it slow. I think I would have been able to enjoy the poems more if I had read 1 poem a few times before moving on to the next.

2. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare


I got this middle grade book for Christmas and could not wait to read it. I love Speare’s other work and had somehow managed to have never read this book. This is historical fiction set during the Roman Empire and Jesus’s life. While Jesus does appear as a character in the story most of the things he does and says are in the Bible and inform the choices of the main character who is struggling under the Roman rule. Since I work at a Christian school I read this book through the eyes of a teacher and determined this would be a great book for our 5th-6th graders to read and discuss. It really captures what it may have been like for the Jewish people waiting for the Messiah while paying taxes to a foreign government.

3. Dead Wake: The: The Lost Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson


Since reading The Devil in the White City, also by Larson, I have had all of his other books in my TBR. I figured I better start with the one about WWI since I am pretty obsessed with that time period. I knew a little about the sinking of this ship by a German U-boat from my WWI history classes in college but I had never given a thought to who was on the Lusitania or U-20 the sub that sank her. Larson does such a good job of memorializing the people aboard both vessels. I was riveted by this book and spent a great deal of the last part crying, especially over the captain on the Lusitania who survived the sinking because -yikes- I would not want to be him. Also, I was saddened to learn their were some very special Dickens and Thackery works lost in the sea. This is a great nonfiction read if you like WWI.   I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it.

4. This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell


I read this book for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club and thought it was interesting. It tells the story of how a reclusive actress and a college professor found each other and what has happened to lead them to where they are now. It is told from many different points of view and while I did not listen to it on audio I bet it would be good. I wasn’t sold on all of the characters (particularly the main ones) but did enjoy a few of the side characters.

5. Joyland by Stephen King


I have a readerly confession to make; my comfort reads often contain a murder. When I am looking to jump-start my reading or to just want that feeling you get when you can’t turn the pages fast enough I often pick up thrillers or mysteries. This King book has been sitting on my kindle for quite awhile and we had been getting random little snow flurries  here in the Pacific Northwest so I thought it seemed like the perfect time to curl up with a creepy book. I enjoyed the pace and the characters a good deal. The book is set in an amusement park which makes it creepy and nostalgic at the same time (of course King can pull that off). There was one scene I could have done without so if you are sensitive to “love making” scenes sit this one out, or just skip that part.

6. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


This was my favorite book in February. I came across it when looking for a new audiobook to listen to after Dead Wake and the description caught my eye. The main character dies in the first scene and then in the next scene she is born again on the same snowy night over and over again.  Each time her life gets a little longer and her feeling that she knows what might happen next grows stronger. She is born right before the start of WWI so her time as a young adult happens during WWII. I loved the historical backdrop (of course) but I also loved how Atkinson successfully kept me interested in the same story with minor details that change the outcomes drastically. I can’t stop thinking about this book. I think it would make an excellent book club pick.

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


I own four copies of this book but had never read it, until now. I really enjoyed the beginning as Jane describes her childhood. It was very vivid and melancholy. I’m not going to lie, I was a little underwhelmed with Mr. Rochester and was kind of glad when she peaced-out of that situation. I listened to this book on audio and think I would have liked to better if I had read a physical copy instead. I loved the style and the tone and was pretty upset about some of the happenings, but there was just something about hearing the story that made it seem juvenille…I think. I am still processing my feelings on this one and definitely think it is worth a reread and a discussion.

What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books. Let’s banter about books in the comments.

Until next time,

I love you more than reincarnation and U-boat devastation,



Stitch Fix Review March 2018

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I am so excited to share this fix with you! Not only did my stylist, Jason, send some adorable things but Stitch Fix has started offering “Extras.” The Extras Stitch Fix is offering are bras, camisoles, shape-wear, underwear, bralettes, tights, and socks. Some are Stitch Fix‘s in house brand and some are from well known brands. I am pretty excited about this because I really don’t like going in to stores to try on and/or buy many of these things.


So how do you get in on this goodness? This is what the Stitch Fix team says,

1. Schedule your Fix and choose the Extras you love. Add them to your Fix and they’ll be sent to you along with your 5 Stylist Picks.
3. Add or remove Extras. You can edit your selection any time before your Fix is
4. Check out as usual. Only pay for the Extras you want to keep and send back the
• Shipping is free both ways, always, with our prepaid shipping envelope.
• Your $20 styling fee can go towards any Extras you purchase.
• The 25% discount only applies to your 5 Stylist Picks.
Extras will be available women’s sizes XS – 3X, in a variety of colors and fabrications.

I decided to add a Wacoal nude bra (ordered wrong size), and nude and black camisoles by Stitch Fix to my order.  The quality was outstanding and I am wearing the nude cami under everything in this post. The camis have a silky spandex feel and I am looking for a more cottony feel so I will be sending them back. I am definitely going to be adding more Extras to my next Fix!

So now that you know what extras I picked for this Fix, let’s see what Jason sent to meet my requests of pants for work, jeans with interesting details at the hem, pink knit tops, and tops with front ties.



Jason always looks at my Pinterest board to find out what I have my eye on. I try to keep it to 30 pins or less and put my favorite looks at the top. I also have a board that keeps track of all of the things Jason has sent me. Check that one out here.

1. Onzie Jagger Printed Performance Legging- Size Large

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These leggings are pretty fierce. Since they are athletic leggings (which I did not know when I pinned them) I styled them for an athleisure look first. The cargo jacket I am wearing is also from Stitch Fix and I love it so much I have it in Khaki too. I couldn’t resist styling them  a little dressier with the Rd Style dress I got back in my August Fix. I really wish I had added a black vest, but love these colors together. The leggings are a silky smooth fabric and have a high enough waist that I think they would stand up to working out in them. For all of you pattern mixing fans out there, I totally tried these on with the floral shirt in this Fix and it looked cute, but showing that much leg was waaaay out of my comfort zone so the look did not make the blog. I really like these leggings so they are going in the maybe pile.

2. Level 99 Keanan Wide Leg Pant-Size 12

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These pants are so soft and comfortable. I love that they are long enough to wear with a little heeled bootie, but not too long to wear with flats. I am 5’7″ and have very long legs so petite girls you should mention you’d like these in petite or short length. These are perfect for work because they are comfy, but not as casual as jeans. I think they might be a hair too big. I like them enough to ask for a size exchange to see if the next size down fits.

4. Seven Hills Adriana Mini Satchel

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I did not know mini satchels were a thing, but dang this one is cuuuuuute! It is pretty petite and I don’t know how practical it is. It would be perfect for a member of a bridal party, or to take to a special event. I like that it comes with a crossbody strap too. What are your thoughts on mini satchels? Look close in the pictures below to see it with my other items from this Fix.

4. On The Road… Sandspur Tie Front Knit Top-Size XL

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My awesome stylist sized up in this top because he noticed it ran small and the one he sent was a perfect fit! I love the soft colors in this shirt and the print is so fun for spring and summer. It is a very thin, soft material. Even though I wore a nude cami under it I think you’d be fine with just a nude bra. I loved styling this shirt with my faux leather Lularoe Jill skirt. It was such a fun look to wear. I also styled them with the Level 99 pants from this Fix and it looks adorable with them too. It will also look great with jeans too! This is another piece I am considering adding to my closet.

5. Truly Poppy Sidney Silk Dress-Size Large

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I love polka dots and adding a floral print to the hem just made this sweet polka dot dress pop! I had to wear shapewear with the dress to make the midsection fit properly. If I were going to keep this I would definitely ask for a size up to see if it fits little more comfortably on my midsection and to get some added length. I kept it simple and classy for my first look with some red wedges and a pearl statement necklace. Then I changed into flats and added a jean jacket to dress it down. This dress is totally adorable. It is just not in my budget this month.

That is it for this Fix! What should I keep? How would you have styled these pieces? Don’t forget to schedule your Fix soon! I’d love if you would click through my links to  sign up as it helps support this blog. Stitch Fix has styles for men, women, ever stage of maternity wear, petites, plus size, and those looking for premium brands.

Until next time,

I love you more than petite purses and polka dot dresses,


Check out more of my reviews below:

February 2018

January 2018

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

April 2017


What a week. My students turned in their President Projects and I was very impressed with their work: a Donald Trump paper mache bust, John Quincy Adams mosaic portrait, a Lego Air Force One,  and a 6 minute speech about Theodore Roosevelt; does it get any better? I think not.

Then Thursday we had a late start due to snow. Since the students were itching to be out in the snow playing we got our business out of the way (science review, lesson, and quiz) and then I put the kids in to teams to design a new seating arrangement for our classroom (the classroom was a disaster from rearranging the furniture to make it easy for parents and other CVCS students to come see the student’s President Projects). We picked a design from the 3 they came up with and then they had to work together to move the desks into the new arrangement. I am always amazed by how well they work together. You see, some of these students have been in my class for 3 years now, which means they have been in this tiny room with the same kids day after day for 3 years! There are some days when I feel more like their mom and less like their teacher because they are fighting like siblings. So doing this out of the ordinary activity on a day where they were already going a little stir-crazy was risky. But when I was walking around listening to their conversations I didn’t hear fighting, or one voice monopolizing the conversation, I heard love, compromise, and respect.


We have been talking and praying about cultivating the fruit of the spirit of “goodness” every day in February. The students have a sticky note in their desk reminding them to be good in their actions, good in their words, and good in their attitudes. Some of them even took the time to arrange them in order; the one the struggle with the most was on top so they could easily see it. As I watched them come together for this activity I saw the roots of goodness taking hold. These students are learning to be rooted in God’s word and to understand His goodness. They are learning who God is and how to be more like Him and I just love that. I never imagined that watching my students rearrange desks would make me a little teary eyed, but getting a glimpse of the light shining through them was just so beautiful.

It is funny to think that many of my students will never know how profoundly they impact my life and my faith. Something so big and so personal is tied to these little souls without them knowing it. They inspire me to be good in my actions, good in my words, and good in my attitudes.

What little moments have impacted you in a big way lately?

Until next time,

I love you more than new seating arrangements and snow,



Stitch Fix Review February 2018

My February Stitch Fix is here! After seeing some gorgeous Valentine’s Day looks from Stitch Fix I asked my stylist to send me both casual and date night looks for the upcoming holiday. You can sign up for a romantic Fix for yourself by clicking any of the affiliate links (links that give me a small commission) in this post.


I updated my Style Profile (the questionnaire you fill out when you create your profile) to include black, red, pink, purple, white, and navy apparel items. I love changing up my profile for every Fix to give my stylist a more focused idea of what I want to get in my box. I also upped my price points a little (also in my Style Profile) because Stitch Fix now offers luxe brands like Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Equipment, Theory, Michael Starrs, Free People, Paige and many more premium brands. I figured since I am not worried about losing my styling fee thanks to the $49 flat fee I paid for my “Style Pass” I could try out some higher priced items.

With these changes to my Style Profile in place I was excited to see what Jason, my long time stylist, would send. Let me tell you, he did not disappoint.  IMG_4432


1. Calvin Klein Suzetta Dress-Size 12, $88





I love to wear leopard print so when I saw this swing dress in my Fix I was pretty excited. Since I carry my weight in my midsection swing style dresses like this one look best on me with a cardigan or vest to help cinch my waist in. I definitely prefer this dress with the black ponte jacket like my stylist suggested. This leopard print is a little bit lighter in color than I usually wear and my winter complexion was blending in to the print a little more than I would like. My husband lovingly called this my “cave girl look.” I think I would have liked this dress a little better if the neckline was a bit lower and the color was a bit darker. This one will be going back to Stitch Fix.

2. Generation Love Hugo Linen Lace-Up Detail Tee-Size Large, $110




Remember how I said I upped my price points? Well my stylist obviously took notice of that when he sent this shirt. True red is one of my favorite colors to wear because it looks good with my very pale skin. As soon as I saw this shirt I was obsessed with the details on the sleeves. The shirt is made of 100% linen and is dry-clean only. It is very lightweight and sheer, which would be perfect for the summer. The lace up in the front is a little too low cut for my taste. My husband liked this one, but when he found out the price the look on his face was priceless. This too will be headed back.

3. Andrew Marc Performance Ellery Track Pant-Size Large, $50




When I pulled these out of the box I was not so sure that I was going to like them. The wide white waistband really threw me off. When I put them on it was immediately clear that my decision would not be that easy. They are so soft and the material is not too thin. I love the hem at the ankle and the wide waist band really helps them feel like they will stay up. I decided to style them with a dressy edge by adding a blazer over a fuchsia t-shirt and throwing on my black heels. Don’t worry, I also styled them in a more traditionally casual,way which you can scroll down to see. I am undecided on these pants. Should I keep them?

4. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Maredo Paris Graphic Knit Tee-Size Large, $38



This Eiffel Tower Tee is super cute and extremely comfy. I love that the fabric has stretch, but is not too clingy. I decided to dress the t-shirt up a bit and ended up with my favorite look of the day. If you do not have a denim vest I suggest you get one ASAP. I got this one for Christmas and I have worn it every week since. While I really loved this shirt I just do not need it to fill a hole in my wardrobe right now.

5. Lemon Tart Damion Ribbed Duster Cardigan-Size Large, $64




I have been wanting a grey or black duster cardigan for awhile. I have forest green and burgundy dusters in my closet already and I have found myself curling up in them all winter long. I really need a more neutral color duster to carry me into spring so when I saw this one I was very happy. This duster is soft and stretchy. It has a cute side slit at the bottom that was fun with stripe on the side of the track pants from this Fix. Because this cardigan is meant to be stretchy it was a little tight around my hips. If I were to keep this I would definitely size up so that it was not as form fitting. I’m just not sure if this is the duster for me so it will be going back.

What do you think of the pieces I got in my Valentine’s Day fix? Should I keep anything? Let me know in the comments. If you are still looking for a gift for Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day it is never too late for a Stitch Fix Gift Card.


With their luxe, plus-size, petites, and men’s styling, Stitch Fix has something for everyone. Plus you can have the gift card emailed straight to your loved one. Don’t forget to remind them to sign up for their first Fix using my affiliate links to help support this blog.

Until next time,

I love you more than jean vests and a leopard dress,




Book Banter January 2018

I am pretty excited about the reading in store for me this year. My friend and I are trying to read 12 books for the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge.  We love talking books, so it will be fun to have specific books to discuss all year long. We picked up a collection of poetry for January and I am not quite finished with it yet. This year I am also planning on reading as many books as I can that I already own. It is crazy how unread books can pile up (or queue up on my kindle). I mean how many copies of Jane Eyre can one own without having ever read it (apparently 4)?

Here are the books I read this month. If you want to check them out for yourself click the titles and you will be redirected to Amazon through my affiliate links.

1. Love Anthony by Lisa Genova


This book gives some insight into what it might be like to parent an autistic child. I really appreciated the real emotion the author captured in this book but I did not like the story within a story (one of the characters is a budding author and we get to read excerpts of her work). Warning: this story includes infidelity and the death of a child

2. School-wide Discipline Plan Without Loopholes by Jim Fay


This was the perfect book to read at the end of my break from school. The more I work with middle school kids (hello, detention supervising) the more I recognize that they love to look for loopholes and like you a bit better if you don’t give them any. There were some important observations in this book that I will be passing on to my colleagues.

3. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate


I was expecting to really love this book because middle grade fiction is my jam. Wishtree just didn’t make my heart sing. Even though this book was not my favorite it helped me realize what kind of middle grade fiction I love. I love middle grade books that are timeless and this book felt a little too specific to modern day issues. I think that many kids would enjoy it, but it wasn’t for me.

4. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig


I have been reading Willig’s books for a decade. She writes what I like to call “Girly Historical Fiction.” Her books are about strong female characters (who are usually English) and she can really paint a picture. Since I am a sucker for setting, her books are always easy for me to pick up. I enjoyed this one.

5. J’s Everyday Fashion and Faith by Jeanette Johnson


If you have read my blog before you know I enjoy fashion. I have often wondered if writing about fashion is shallow and where it fits into my Christian faith. I did not need this book to tell me liking fashion is ok, but I did appreciate reading about the author’s experiences and her perspective. She has an excellent blog you can check out too.

6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Another guilty pleasure read, this Russian fantasy world is right up my alley. This is the second book in a series and while it was not as enjoyable as the first book I still read it pretty darn quickly.


7. The Radium Girls by Kate Moore


I would highly recommend The Radium Girls. It was such an interesting and heartbreaking story about real life strong women. I cried a lot while reading it. It is hard not to appreciate the true stories of the women who painted watch dials with radium in order to aid in the war effort and paid for it with their lives. It was very, very good and thought provoking.

What have you been reading? What is the best book you have read in the last month? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

I love you more than  fantasy and history,


Stitch Fix Review January 2018

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I was so excited to find a familiar box from Stitch Fix on my doorstep this week. I have not ordered a Fix since August because I have been trying to be more mindful of my spending. Last week I received a special offer from Stitch Fix saying I was eligible for “Style Pass” a program where you pay a one time fee of  $49 and you can order fixes whenever you want without an additional styling fee for a whole year. Just as the $20 styling fee is credited towards your purchase, the $49 will apply to your first purchase. Not everyone is eligible for Style Pass yet, but it seems like they are inviting more people every day. I love the idea of Style Pass because that means I can order a Fix whenever I want and not have to worry about buying something every time. This will help me pick only my favorite things to keep in my closet and try out some more expensive brands I normally wouldn’t want my stylist to send.

As soon as I signed up for Style Pass I ordered a Fix and crossed my fingers that my long time stylist, Jason, was still working for Stitch Fix. I asked him for black or grey pants, and mentioned my favorite color to wear is evergreen. When I read the note from my stylist I was glad to see it was Jason who styled me! I was so excited to see the pieces he had picked for me.



Vero Moda Caris Step Hem Skinny Jean- Grey, size 10, $64


I loved these pants as soon as I pulled them out of the box. The hem around the ankle is so cute and looks great with booties. The fabric was soft and the acid wash look was pretty cool. I love the back pockets and the stripe down the side was my absolute favorite detail. I have long legs and wish these jeans were just a little longer. Also, while these are my regular size they were waaaaaaaay too small. I could not even button them. Stitch Fixoffers size exchanges and they have these in a size 14 (the size I think I would need) but I just don’t think the wash is right for work, and if the items aren’t versatile, or necessary, I just can’t justify putting them in my closet. Sadly, these will go back. I will definitely be asking for pants with details like this in the future.

Sophie Rue Danea Tie Back Top- Dark Green, Size Large, $40



I love the dark green of the fabric and the cut of the sleeves! The blouse is cut in a flattering way and since I carry all my weight in my stomach I was happy this wasn’t too flowy or too tight. I love that the print changes slightly at the sleeves. I do not like the back cutout at all. The ties were so hard to get even and the underside of the fabric is white and kept peeking out. Plus no one needs to see what rolls will develop when I sit down in that top. Yes, I could wear a cami under it, but if I am not comfortable in the garment without the aid of more clothes it might not be for me. I also didn’t love the copper brown on the print. I’d definitely like to try another top cut like this one, but I will be sending this one back.

Coffeeshop Clover Faux Fur Jacket- Black, Large, $78



This jacket is not in my comfort zone and I love when Jason sends me things I would not pick out for myself. This jacket is so soft and very comfortable. It was pretty cold when we were taking these pictures and I did not feel cold in this. It is definitely not a winter coat, and I am guessing not rain friendly. which is not good for Willamette Valley winters. I think this is the perfect jacket to wear if you are going out or for a special occasion/date night. I liked it styled with my distressed jeans best. While I liked this jacket more than I thought I would, it was not flattering from the back or across my broad shoulders. This will be going back.

Street Level Heidi Drawstring Tote-Dark Green, $64


This bag is gorgeous. I love the color and the inside pocket makes me feel confident my lip gloss and cell phone would not get lost in the bottom. You can scroll up to see the bag with some of my outfits. I think this bag would look great with many different outfits and would be a good bag to take to work. I could fit a lot of papers to grade in this one! This is one item I am considering keeping, but I am leaning towards sending it back because I have a green fashion backpack already.

41 Hawthorn Sharon Thumb Hole Detail Pullover-Light Grey, Large, $78


This sweater is gloriously cozy. The knit is soft and not itchy at all. I was surprised that I liked the cowl neck. It surprised me because it was not too floppy and kept my neck sooo warm. And then there are the thumb holes. I am a sucker for thumb holes. Plus the detail at the wrist adds a little something extra to the sweater. The only thing holding me back on this one is the color. Had this been navy or evergreen it would already be in my closet. I am worried that the grey might be too light for my winter complexion. Also, I have a very thin, drab (think more like active wear) top in the exact same color, with thumb holes, in my closet already. But man is this snuggly.

I have not decided if I am keeping anything yet. What do you think? Should I keep anything or send it all back and schedule another Fix ASAP?

If you have not tried Stitch Fixyet click any of the links in this post to get started. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the process, or you could read some of my previous posts (linked below) to see what the process looks like. Let me know what you think of my Fix in the comments.

Until next time,

I love you more than evergreen and cozy things,



Check out more of my Reviews below:

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017


Top 10 Reads of 2017: Part 2

I am counting down my favorite books of 2017. Today we are going from #5 to #1. To see #10 through #6 click here. This post contains affiliate links to all of the books mentioned.

5. Abigal Adams by Woody Holton 

6558145I am a history junky. I love learning about the past but usually read books about war, or major events. Recently I have begun to enjoy biographies and hope to read more in 2018. I loved this book about Abigail Adams. It was funny, informative, and surprising.  Much of the book was made up of letters Adams exchanged with her husband (John Adams), Thomas Jefferson, and her other friends and family. Through the letters and other biographical information it became evident  that Adams was quite the woman. She started and kept a business going through the Revolutionary War and was a big contributing factor to why her husband was not in debt, as many other men of the age were, when he died. She had strong faith in God, was self-educated, and endured crippling loss with grace. I was very inspired by her story.


4. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

11250053If you have been reading my blog for awhile you will know I am a Little House in the Big Woods fan, and the setting of this book reminded me a bit of my Laura Ingalls Wilder fave. The Snow Child is set in Alaska in the 1920s. The main characters Mabel and Jacob have left their family and the tragic loss of their child behind them to move to the last frontier to farm. The winters are tough and the growing season is just long enough to get what you need to done with no room for error. They grow lonely and further away from each other while trying to make their farm flourish. Then one night they build a little snow girl, complete with mittens and a hat, in their yard. The next day it has been wrecked and they see something running through the trees that looks like it might be wearing their hat and mittens. This is a story of new beginnings and allowing happiness to take root in your life, even in uncertain times.


3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9361589I don’t know if this classifies as magical realism (I mean magic could be real right?) or just plain fantasy, but I loved it. The backbone of the story is a competition between two young magicians that has spilled into their lives by way of an old feud. The real magic begins to happen when the circus comes to town. The circus only happens at night and it is full of wonders that would seem impossible in the light of day. As the story progresses you begin to see how the dual and the circus are connected. The odd, but wonderful, cast of characters makes this a delightful read. I listened to this book on audio because my favorite audiobook narrator, Jim Dale of Harry Potter audiobook fame, reads this one. He does not disappoint and as the suspense builds, and the fate of your favorite characters lies in the balance, you might find yourself sitting in the car listening to just one more chapter before you step back into the real world.


2. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner 

9820This is one of those books that is about nothing and everything at the same time. It follows the lives of two couples who become close friends when they meet during The Great Depression. This is definitely a character driven novel; the excitement is in the gorgeous writing and exquisite relationships Stegner has woven together. He is able to take you to all of the places the characters spend time together; from Wisconsin, to Vermont, and a trip to Italy, you feel like you have gone with them. Stegner deftly explores love and friendship. As the reader, I developed strong opinions on each of the main characters, almost as if I had known them for decades. If you love a good quote get your highlighter out when reading this book. There are so many gorgeous turns of phrase and poignant observations that your book will become well marked.


1. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

18132465Since I read 98 books this year it is probably obvious that I am a voracious reader. I would not say I am a fast reader, but I get through books quickly. This book was so good it slowed me down. In fact, I reread so much of it I would say I got close to reading it twice. The words and feeling of nostalgia were worth savoring. I cried when reading the introduction. Never have I read a book that so strongly made me remember the last days of childhood; the moments spent dreaming of being older with innocence and childlike curiosity still driving you. I cannot even describe what I mean, but I felt it when reading Bradbury’s words. This was my first book by him (weird, right?) and it will not be my last. If he can make me feel even a quarter of what this book made me feel then it will be worth it.While many of the books on my top 10 list make great winter reads Dandelion Wine is summer in a book.  Read it. Please.


2017 was a wonderful reading year for me and I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. What was your favorite book of 2017? What are you looking forward to reading in 2018? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

I love you more than reading fast and feelings of the past,