Book review: ‘Be Frank With Me’

'Be Frank With Me' is charming, but it also suffers from an excess of quirk.I’ve been looking through my old Goodreads reviews and I’ve noticed that my qualifications for a three-star read seem to fluctuate wildly. Some books are really nicely planned out but slower to read, and others are really fun but kind of fluffy, and then others are hard to put down but don’t seem all that great in hindsight.

It’s just so hard sometimes to say why two books could both be three-star reads when they have such different reasons for landing there, but that’s how it is! Especially lately, I’ve been feeling extra dissatisfied with lots of the books I’ve picked up, and Be Frank With Me was no exception.

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Music Monday: No Good

My new work jam…

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while…I meant to put up some scheduled posts back in June before I went on vacay, and then I didn’t get it done. Then I came back and meant to post, but it’s been a tumbled couple of weeks: I’ve been sick, two of the cats were sick and one went missing, and I’ve been working extra hours. So somehow or another, blogging has falled to the bottom of my priority list every day. But I do have some posts lined up and I’m going to try to get back in a habit of blogging at least twice a week!

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Book review: ‘Terrible Virtue’

'Terrible Virtue' is a fictionalized autobiography of Margaret Sanger, the birth control pioneer who founded what would become Planned Parenthood.“Fictional autobiography” is a weird term, but it’s the best way to describe Terrible Virtue. It’s a fictionalized account of Margaret Sanger’s life, written from her POV, from her childhood through her work as a birth control advocate. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I knew very little about Sanger before reading this book, so it was interesting to use this book as a jumping-off point for further research. Unfortunately, while this book was an enjoyable way to ease into biography (never one of my favorite genres), it was lacking in a lot of ways.

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Music Monday: Past Lives

I’ve been listening to Dopamine nonstop for weeks now, and this is one of my favorite tracks. I’m always excited to see an artist that can pull off a live acoustic set and sound just as amazing as their studio tracks. (You can hear the studio version below to compare. I think both versions are great in their own way.)

I know I’ve been AWOL for a while because of my birthday and vacation…I meant to schedule out a round of posts to go live while I was gone, and then I just didn’t feel like stressing to get it all done before my trip. But I’ll have new posts going up later this week. :)

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My June 2016 Birchbox!

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We had a fairly chilly weekend (at least for June), so to keep me in a summer mood I curled up on the couch with some bright new lipsticks, a pint of my favorite ice cream, and my latest Birchbox! I feel like my June 2016 Birchbox was kind of a mixed bag (box?), especially after a few really good ones in the past few months. There were a couple of products I liked, a couple of “meh” items, and one that just made me scrunch my nose in puzzlement! Read on for full details and mini product reviews.

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