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Experiences Inspired by Books

Love Letter to a Bookstore

Love Letter to a Bookstore

Unfortunately, I haven't been living a very #plotdrivenlife lately. Mike and I bought a new house last month, and with the incredible support of my parents who flew in from Canada, we've been madly unpacking, cleaning and renovating the house to make it our own. We...

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Tea for Three

Family Ties

Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers If you were a fan of the 39 Clues book series, this 2017-18 Gateway Nominee might be a perfect choice for you. Avery VanDemere should want for nothing as she's the granddaughter of a wealthy business owner with a million-dollar...

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Take Me to The Muny

Take Me to The Muny

One of the best parts about leading a #plotdrivenlife is that it has provided the ideal kick-in-the-pants to get out me of my house to enjoy some of the amazing attractions and experiences Missouri has to offer with some lovely people. This past week, I took an...

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Tea for Three

Finding Joy

Hamilton Frenzy Have you succumbed to the Alexander Hamilton frenzy? Do you belt out the show tunes in the shower, and are you willing to give a left arm for a ticket to the Broadway show? I'd like to keep my left arm, but this week's book crush may have me calling in...

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Tea for Three

The Sweet Smell of. . . Fish?

Since I started this blog a couple of months ago, I've been so much more attuned to similar themes or topics in the books I read, and fishing was a thread I connected in two of the books I recently thoroughly enjoyed. The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue...

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RAKtivists Unite

RAKtivists Unite

This Raging Light by Estelle Laure I finished seven books on my recent vacation, and several of them were really stellar. One of the books I ate right up was This Raging Light by Estelle Laure. This book is a 2017-18 Gateway Nominee, and if this doesn't sound familiar...

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Challah at Me!

Like No Other by Una LaMarche One of the ways I'm able to read so many books is because I discovered the awesomeness of the audiobook. Both my school library and our local public library have audiobooks a-plenty via Overdrive that I can download to my phone. When I...

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Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye

Last month, two cooler-than-cool young adult authors-- Julie Buxbaum and Jeff Zentner-- stopped by one of our local library branches on a tour, and I totally fangirled it. Julie wrote one of the most heartfelt books I read last year called, Tell Me Three Things, and...

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A Blue Coat and a Typewriter

A Blue Coat and a Typewriter

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse I've read a lot of buzz in recent months on social media about Monica Hesse's novel, Girl in the Blue Coat, set in Amsterdam in World War II. I downloaded the MP3 audio-book version to my phone from our public library's free...

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Boxing Beasts

Boxing Beasts

My first official plot driven experience can only be described as "bad-ass." After unintentionally reading two books in two months about characters who box, I knew I had to try out a boxing class at a local gym. It was no walk in the park, people. Two days later, I...

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Inspired by Books

Inspired by Books

In April 2017, I was reading a (cry your eyes out) young adult book called Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter that referenced "lemon chess pie." This pie is central to one of the "Goodbye Day" celebrations featured in the story-- one of three days the main character...

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