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Happy Mother’s Day – Books for my Mom

Happy Mother’s Day – Books for my Mom

Growing up our home was always filled with books. My mom was always a reader and cultivated a love for reading in us. From Brown Bear, Brown Bear to Anne of Green Gables to the Wizard of Oz. She took us to the library, to used book stores, filled out our Scholastic Book Fair forms our reading lives were off to a good start. Now, from time to time my mom will mention a book she is interested in or…

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Chicago Reads

Chicago Reads

I just had my 6 year anniversary since moving to Chicago. Here are some book selections that take place in Chicago. Fantastical Dark Matter by Blake Crouch  I just finished reading this; and wow, it’s fast paced and something you can devour in a couple sittings. This is a sci-fi thriller about a physicist who creates a box that can pull him into parallel realities. This is also about another version the same physicist who is pulled from the reality he was…

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Birthday Wish List

Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up and I thought I’d share some items that are on my wish list. I’m still tackling my to-be-read list and I have put myself on a a little book buying ban. I make some exceptions, a super kindle deals for something I have had on my list for awhile, books for book club and my audible credit. But here are 4 books that I want to read and acquire. (I tried to match them to…

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New Releases for Spring

New Releases for Spring

The clocks have flipped and we are getting closer to the green of spring that will appear in a few weeks. The greenery isn’t the only thing to look forward to this March; I want to share with you a handful of my anticipated reads for 2019. I haven’t read any of these just yet – so I’ll include either quotes from reviews or the book blurb as listed from the publishers. Historical Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War…

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Finding Time to Read

Finding Time to Read

Every bookworm faces challenges.  These include finding the perfect book, staying within a book budget and most importantly; carving out time to read all the books you collect on your to-be-read shelves. This week the focus is finding the time to read.   Conquer Your Free Time: Read Books instead of Social Media I recently upgraded phones, and it had been awhile. I was pleased to discover that in 5 years since my last phone; technology has made some improvements. A…

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Winter Reading Suggestions

Winter Reading Suggestions

It’s so cold outside; & all I want to do is curl up under a mountain of blankets and read. Do like to read books about warm places when it’s cold outside? Or alternatively, do you like it when your reading world resonates with the forecast and the view from your window? I’m hoping the rest of winter isn’t as brutal as it is today – but in case it is, here are 5 recommendations to get you through the…

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The Paperfruit Challenge: January Suggestions

The Paperfruit Challenge: January Suggestions

As promised here are monthly suggestions for The Paperfruit Reading Challenge Have you read any of these, what books are you reading in January? Fantastical:  Another World, Magic or Invented Reality Dark Matter by Blake Crouch From Goodreads: “Are you happy with your life?”  Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met…

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February Reading Suggestions: The Paperfruit Reading Challenge

February Reading Suggestions: The Paperfruit Reading Challenge

As we wrap up February here are some suggestions that fit into The 2019 Paperfruit Reading Challenge. Feel free to join me on The Paperfruit Facebook group or on Twitter to share what you are reading. I’d love to hear from you. Historical America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie I love well researched fiction based on history and this book has been sitting on my shelf for too long. Seriously though, I love finishing a book set…

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Books about Hygge and the Cozy Quotient

Books about Hygge and the Cozy Quotient

Here in Chicago we are in the midst of a cold-snap and I am reminded how hygge it is to be inside with fluffy socks on my feet and cuddled up with my little cat Gus nearby. If you haven’t heard of Hygge, or you are still on a Marie Kondo blur from purging last weekend, that’s okay. Hygge allows you to carve time out of your day to enjoy life, be mindful and love your down time and home….

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The 2019 Paperfruit Reading Challenge

The 2019 Paperfruit Reading Challenge

Last year I created my first reading challenge in order to expand my reading world. However, somewhere along the way I lost focus on the challenge itself. Surprisingly, after February I stopped trying to read books because it was something I could check off of the list. Once I removed the constraint of the challenge list, I was just reading an interesting variety of books on my own accord. How did I find the books I read? I had them…

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