Book Review: The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

The Ramblers, by Aidan Donnelley Rowley, is a book I’ve been eager to read. Aidan blogs regularly at Ivy League Insecurities, which is how I first came to know her (and you can read more about that in yesterday’s Books of My Life post). She blogged a lot about the writing of this book, but very little about the details. I had no idea what the book was going to be about, which was genius, because it stoked my curiosity.

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Books of My Life: Aidan Donnelley Rowley

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One of the first bloggers I discovered after diving into this wild and crazy world of blogging was Aidan Donnelley Rowley, from Ivy League Insecurities. I visited her site after reading an essay she penned for the Huffington Post series, “This is Childhood.” Aidan wrote a breathtakingly beautiful piece about her daughter. If you didn’t catch that series, Brain Child published all ten essays in a book, This is Childhood. Aidan’s blog hooked me on my first visit. Her writing style is unique and inspiring.  The honestly in her blogging gives Aidan the ability to connect to readers in a way that makes you feel like she’s talking to just you. She has no pretense, she writes from her heart and from her soul. I really like her and want to write like her! Continue reading Books of My Life: Aidan Donnelley Rowley

What’s in a Word?

 November and December were tough on me. Despite good intentions and a true attempt at planning, my holiday efforts were hurried and sloppy and I won’t bore you with details. I know I’m not alone. As Allison Carter so perfectly wrote about in her blog, I Failed at Christmas, the holiday is no longer about me. My responsibility now is to be the person who’s creating memories for my family and I’m honored to do it – even if it literally kicks me in the ass. On December 26th, I woke up a new person. Quite literally, I felt lighter. Continue reading What’s in a Word?

My Favorite Books of 2015

 

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By now, I’m certain that you’re bored by all of the “best books of 2015” posts. There seem to be a lot of them this year (or I’m friends with more bloggers than I was last year). This is the fourth year I’ve compiled my list – and I don’t label my choices as the BEST, because it’s obviously subjective. I haven’t read every book published this year. My reading tastes are varied, but my favorite reads tend to be women’s fiction, which some literary readers poo-poo. I’m more than willing to go down the rabbit hole of war, famine, disease, and grief for the sake of a good story, but for the most part, I like to spend my time in the Shangri-La of happily ever-after. But I also love inspiring nonfiction, American history, and funny and interesting memoirs of people whom I admire or are curious about. Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2015