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Often All We Have

Often All We Have

Stephen Dunn is a celebrity in my house. I quote him all the time on this blog. If I write a passive aggressive this is meant to burn someone Facebook post, I do it with poetry — usually, that means Dunn’s poetry. He’s as famous to me as David Sedaris or Stephen King, which means he’s as notorious as James Cameron or Peter Jackson to a normal person who doesn’t douse their life with literature. I started reading his work in…

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Reading Round Up – March

Reading Round Up – March

One day I will have a month full of light hearted, super engaging books for you… but that month is not this month. Instead, I’m still knee deep in literary memoir and am taking y’all along for the ride with me! Not many people have had as much bad luck as I have, but not many people have had as much good luck, either. – Tig Notaro I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro Tig, a stand-up comic and comedy…

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Reading Round Up – February

Reading Round Up – February

If I could best describe my reading pattern lately, it’d be horribly tragic memoir followed by something I hope will make me laugh. February was no exception. I ended January’s round up with telling y’all about “The Kiss”, which disturbed me to the point that I had to immediately jump to something light. “We all accept too easily that life has to be hard and forget to make sure we have the most fun we can.” – Amy Schumer The Girl…

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Reading Round Up – January

Reading Round Up – January

I want to start a new segment on the blog called “Reading Roundup” where I’ll do a brief review/recommendation of the books I’ve read in the past month. Half the reason is that I want to keep myself on track with reading, and half is it’s easy content in a boring life without a million horse shows… win-win! Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read Mary-Louise Parker’s memoir. I’d seen her as an…

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Equestrian Book Review – Making the Running

Equestrian Book Review – Making the Running

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review, but lately I’ve been asked to read some equestrian novels from some folks and then review. Truth be told, I love equestrian lit. It doesn’t have to be high literature, but if it has horses and a decent plot… I’m sold. So that being said, today’s book was sent to me to review but the opinions are quite my own. Honestly, I’m not a romance book fan so when I read…

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Marguerite Henry Readalong – King of the Wind

Marguerite Henry Readalong – King of the Wind

Bel Joeor had this great idea to do a Marguerite Henry readalong blog hop, which I am 100% down for.  MH books are basically synonymous with my childhood, so I was eager to participate in the first choice – King of the Wind. First though, let me give you some background.  I like Marguerite Henry.  She almost exclusively wrote horse books, and horse books are my jam.  I literally cannot count how many equestrian young adult fiction novels I have read……

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Kindle Killed My English Major Prestige

Kindle Killed My English Major Prestige

Here’s a story about Lauren in college: I went to a large land grant university where being an English major was not the desired department of cool kids.  There were the Greek life students in the business school, the nerds in Computer Science & Engineering, and the farmer boys in Agriculture Science. Small aside – my husband, brother, and sister in law are in each of those three categories.  I’ll let you guess which. Back to the main story –…

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