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I’ve been busy…

I have not blogged in a long time. My main excuse? Work has been insanely busy. I’ve been working 50-75 hour weeks for the last few months and by the time I get home at night I want to do nothing but crash on the couch, and lazily watch TV until I fall asleep.

Here is a general glance at my post-work priorities:

  1. Relaxation
  2. Family time
  3. Work outs
  4. Paying bills
  5. Reading
  6. Friend time
  7. Walking my dog
  8. Enjoying spring weather
  9. a bunch of other stuff…
  10. Blogging

You see blogging is at the bottom of the list. I’m proud to say that I have a lot of hobbies in life and when life gets crazy, blogging will get pushed to the bottom.

Long story short, work is slightly less crazy now and I’m expecting a slow summer which means my regular blogging will resume shortly! 🙂

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

TheMagiciansHarry Potter sets exceptionally high standards for all magician stories from here on out. It’s unfair to compare anything to Harry Potter but along with that, all the hype I’d been hearing about this novel set high expectations, and the novel sourly let me down.

The Magicians is about an 18-year-old boy from Brooklyn, Quentin Coldwater, who gets accepted into a secret, elite magic school called Brakebills. Quentin learns magic is very difficult and tedious. The learning process is intense and demanding.


**Slight Spoilers ahead**  The novel spans Quentin’s entire 4 years at Brakebills as well as the year after. Large periods of time are summarized or skipped over.

Very little happened while Quentin was at school. He made friends, he learned magic (which was shockingly boring to hear about), and he lacked a plan for after graduation.

It wasn’t until Quentin and his friends graduated (3/4 of the way into the novel) that the plot takes an interesting twist. But by that time it was too late. I was already bored.

I certainly don’t need loads of action to enjoy a story but the main characters in The Magicians had no long-term goals or ambitions to keep me interested.

As a reader, this timeline made me feel very out of touch with the characters.

2 Stars

I didn’t connect with the characters. The plot was uneventful and I had no idea where the characters were headed or what they wanted.

AWP Conference starts today!

The AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference begins TODAY in Minneapolis!! The build-up has been unreal here in the Twin Cities and I feel very lucky to be attending the conference Friday and Saturday.

Check back in the following weeks for recaps of the best panels, readings, and events I attend during the conference.

AWP Website 

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14 Books to Give As Valentine’s Day Gifts

Its a little late but still a fun article from Bustle. 

14 Books to Give As Valentine’s Day Gifts This Year


24 Books You Should Read, Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

Hey TV lovers! Looking for a change of pace? A way to strengthen the brain, empower the imagination, settle the chaos of life? Read a book! Here’s a great list to get you to help you find a novel you’ll enjoy based on your TV tastes. Thanks to BuzzFeed for putting this list together!

24 Books You Should Read, Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

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20 Opening Lines from Christmas and Winter-Themed Books

Here is a fun article from


I think the title explains it all. All I have to add is…..



The Art of Cover Design

Below is the link to a fascinating video from Random House about the process of cover design. Check it out!

Inside Random House:
“The Art of Cover Design”


I was surprised to see one of my favorite book covers of the year featured in the video. Check out my previous book review, with a special section about the cover, on The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus here! 

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The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library

You heard me right… its a floating library that drifts around one of Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes. The librarian and creator of the Floating Library sits at the center, surrounded by unique art books for rent or purchase.

Thank you to the Star Tribune for sharing this story! Check out The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library here. 

All photo rights go to the Star Tribune.

All photo rights go to the Star Tribune.

Shake yourself out of a creative brain freeze by taking a walk

An excellent post! Sometimes we all just need a little fresh air!


I have a love/hate relationship with my computer. I love it for the way it connects me with people and makes it easier to do research and write. I hate it for how fried I am after sitting in front of it for hours at a time. And as much as I can accomplish with a computer, I find that sitting in front of it isn’t the best place to find those epiphanies that can change everything.

Some of my best ideas come when I’m taking a shower, going for a swim, driving my car,  and going for a walk. As it turns out, scientists have proven that people generate more creative ideas when they walk than when they sit.

Santa Clara professor of psychology Marily Oppezzo was the lead author on a study that measured creativity among participants based on if they were walking or sitting. Oppezzo and professor…

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“Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore”

“Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore” a great story from The Daily Beast.

My favorite quote from the article about an independent bookstore in North Carolina: “…the place is buzzing with life, a magnet not only for book buyers, but also for meditation sessions, children’s story hours, talent shows, young writers’ groups, and readings by everyone from seasoned novelists to poets to homeless people.”

Photo taken from The Daily Beast article

Photo taken from The Daily Beast article

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