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book club: january edition

January 27, 2013


We resurrected our book club this year, setting the slightly ambitious goal to read 10 books over the course of the year. We also nearly doubled the number of people in the club, diversifying beyond just our immediate group of friends. I’m so excited about the group of girls and I’m really looking forward to […]

gifts i bought myself

August 15, 2012


Well, it’s my birthday week and these are the gifts I bought myself. This post was inspired by The Hairpin’s “Friday Bargain Bin: What to Do With Your Allowance This Week“, which I get a kick out of. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream cookbook – on sale at Anthropologie for only $10! Sorry to see it […]

book review: a visit from the goon squad

November 4, 2011


Always one to judge a book by it’s cover, I was immediately drawn to A Visit from the Goon Squad’s colorful mashup of bodies that vaguely resemble iPod ads of the past or maybe even bodies falling from the sky. It took me awhile to purchase the book, but I finally did (at a 25% discount – […]

birthday wish list item #1: kindle (or nook or iPad)

June 30, 2011


I have decided that I will not purchase a Kindle myself but I WILL accept one as a gift. Just so we’re clear, I would prefer the plain old regular Kindle – not the one with WiFi, not the one with ads and not the super-large DX one either. Just the basic Kindle that costs […]

summer reading list

June 21, 2011


Summer is here and Seattle is celebrating with a sunny, 77 degree day. I drank a giant Americano yesterday at 2pm which resulted in a terrible night of sleep, but at least I am up early and ready to enjoy a busy busy day. I have been building my summer reading list over the past […]

book review: black water rising

April 20, 2011


I love talking about books with people who really KNOW books – like my mom, Elizabeth’s mom, the progressive ladies happy hour group and most recently, Karen from Elliott Bay Book Company. SHE really knows books. Elliott Bay provided two giant tables of books for sale at the Pacific NW Global Donors Conference a few […]

book review: strength in what remains

March 14, 2011


Ohhhh, how I regret reading this book at the airport and on the airplane. It took so much effort not to cry during all the painful parts or to properly rejoice  during the hopeful ones. I saw Tracy Kidder speak at Benaroya Hall a few weeks ago, and I didn’t really know much about him. […]

book review: little bee

January 11, 2011


I lied. This is not a book review. I’m not supposed to tell you what happens in Little Bee, so it’s probably better if I just don’t tell you anything at all besides the fact that I loved it. It haunted my dreams last night and I couldn’t stop replaying the story in my head […]

2011 reading list

December 30, 2010


The two best books I read in 2010 were Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I have them both if you need to borrow them. In fact, I have so many amazing books on my shelf right now, I should ask Melogna for her library-making kit and set up shop. Here’s […]

CHRISTMAS wish list: black heels to tractor wheels!

November 30, 2010


One of my absolute favorite blogs is The Pioneer Woman, who I first discovered when we had a mountain of blackberries and I needed a recipe for cobbler. She is a city-girl-turned-ranchers-wife and she takes great photos, shares great stories, has the greatest dog, and I really want to give up my city life and […]

summer reading list

August 24, 2010


I can’t decide if reading 13 books in one summer is a lot or a little. I also can’t believe that I’ve spent the summer reading about serial killers, disease, and maids. “Genre” #1: Serial Killers Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris – I picked this up because Eliz had loaned it to me, saying she […]

reading this

May 19, 2010


I’m reading And the Band Played On. It’s scaring the crap out of me and I can’t put it down. I’m only 200 pages in and I don’t know if I’m going to make it all the way through, but it’s a pretty horrifying account of the discovery and spread of AIDS. Truly horrifying. Amazing.

monday night at Benaroya

May 11, 2010


I scored four patron-level tickets to see Laila Lalami speak at Benaroya Hall last night, courtesy of Seattle Arts & Lectures. Though unfamiliar with the author at the time I got the tickets, I did my research this time around and scoured the shelves of Capitol Hill’s used bookstores until I found Secret Son. I […]

day 10 of 30-day challenge: it’s raining in Seattle

May 10, 2010


The weather is so changeable, it’s driving me insane. The weekend was so beautiful, I felt like I was wasting it by spending 180 minutes in a 105 degree room. On the flip side, this morning was so gray and rainy, nothing would have felt better than simply staying in bed all day. But because […]


March 11, 2010


I came home from seeing Michael Chabon speak at Benaroya Hall last night, and was so inspired by his reading that I raced right into my room and pulled my Edgar Allan Poe anthology off my bottom bookshelf and flipped through it to make sure that it included The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of […]


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