Our Wild Magic by Amanda Linsmeier

In Our Wild Magic, the soon to be released book of poetry and prose by Amanda Linsmeier, we are again taken on a journey of deep feeling- which is the sign of a great compilation- one that invokes raw emotion from the reader. I found myself reminiscing feelings which haven’t been stoked in years.  Like Waves by the author was a book overwhelmingly wrought with feelings of despair and real pain; Our Wild Magic is a book displaying self-reflection and a fire lit from within attitude.  Continue reading Our Wild Magic by Amanda Linsmeier

Release Day! The River House by Carla Neggers

Synopsis 

Felicity MacGregor loves organizing social events for others but her own personal life is a different story. After a brief but failed attempt at a career as a financial analyst, she returned to Knights Bridge where she enjoys running a thriving party-planning business. Continue reading Release Day! The River House by Carla Neggers

Book Break! My Most Loved Make-up!

Let me begin by admitting that I have a problem with make-up like I do with books. OK, not that bad, but I do love make-up! I remember sitting on my mom’s bed as a little girl and watching her precisely place color on her cheeks and lips at her vanity.  She was so beautiful. It’s some of my best memories, watching and adoring her. I remember her taking me to the store for the first time to get blush (suitable for a tween) and her specifically saying to always get peach. Peach flatters all you know! Anyway, I love make-up! I’m no expert and I could list 100 items I like, but I’ve narrowed it down to my most used and most loved! Continue reading Book Break! My Most Loved Make-up!

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Summary (Amazon) 

“A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month and that she can never know who he is. Judy’s life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’, or wondering who her mysterious benefactor is…” Continue reading Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Putinism: Russia and its Future with the West by Walter Laqueur

Summary

“There is no question that tensions between Russia and America are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government’s treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. In America, much of the blame for Russia’s recent hostility has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin and many have begun to wonder if they we are witnessing the rebirth of Cold War-style dictatorship.

Not so fast, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur.
For two decades, Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology-a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian “manifest destiny,” and a fear of foreign enemies-continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populous. In fact, today’s Russians have more in common with their counterparts from 1904 than 1954 and Putin is much more a servant of his people than we might think.
Topical and provocative, Putinism contains much more than historical analysis. Looking to the future, Laqueur explains how America’s tendency to see Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature. Russia can and will challenge the West and it is in our best interest to figure out exactly who we are facing-and what they want-before it is too late.” Continue reading Putinism: Russia and its Future with the West by Walter Laqueur

To those who inspire me-You fabulous, fearless Women

I’ve known for a few weeks I wanted to write a post for International Women’s Day, sharing with you all some lovely women from the Bookstagram community who inspire me, who make me think, and those who are authentic. Of course, this list is no where close to complete. I could name 100 of you who have made my time on IG something to look forward to, and I have immense gratitude for your support and friendships! The relationships I have formed, the conversations I’ve had- each make this experience worthwhile. So without further ado, here are  just a few of the many women who have made an impact on me! CELEBRATE ONE ANOTHER!

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