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Inauguration Day, 2021

I moved to Washington, DC in September 1996.  I’ll never forget the first time I visited, and how excited and awed I was by the city.  I still am, even though I’ve come to know this region as much more than just the seat… Continue Reading “Inauguration Day, 2021”

What I’m Thankful For

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about the things I’m thankful for. I’ll be honest– I’m struggling to feel good about the world these days, as much as I’m grateful for the many things I have. A good friend just found out… Continue Reading “What I’m Thankful For”

It’s the Tenth Anniversary of The Book Stop!

May 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of The Book Stop.  This kind of caught me by surprise, even though a year ago I was thinking what I might do to mark the big ten. What can I say, life is a little strange right… Continue Reading “It’s the Tenth Anniversary of The Book Stop!”

My April Reading Wrap-up

How was your April?  This month moved a lot quicker than March — life at home is feeling more normal.  I guess I like having a routine, and we’ve been keeping virtually busy, actually (online wine tasting, book clubs, zooming with family).  Our cat,… Continue Reading “My April Reading Wrap-up”

My March Reading Wrap-up

How is everyone? This was a strange and terrifying month, one that seems to have lasted forever.  Which is scary in itself, because we have at least a couple of months of this ahead.  There are things I’m liking about staying home.  In some… Continue Reading “My March Reading Wrap-up”

Staying In, Week One

I started teleworking last Friday, and like many of you I’ll be home for the foreseeable future.  I’m bouncing back and forth between serious anxiety about the virus and reminding myself how much I have to be grateful for.  I’m fortunate that my work… Continue Reading “Staying In, Week One”

Nonfiction November: Books about the U.S. Immigration System

This week’s Nonfiction November topic is hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey, and the subject is to talk about nonfiction books on a specific topic (“Be the Expert/Ask the Experts/Become the Expert”).  I’ve been reading a lot this year about immigration, because it’s such… Continue Reading “Nonfiction November: Books about the U.S. Immigration System”

My July Reading Wrap-up

July was a fantastic reading month, much better than June.  Here’s what I read: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (audio) Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (audio) The Calculating Stars… Continue Reading “My July Reading Wrap-up”

Our Travels in South America

Last month my husband and I traveled to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil.  Instead of writing book reviews, which I’m not really feeling at the moment, I thought I’d share our trip instead (this also gives me an opportunity to weed through our many photos).… Continue Reading “Our Travels in South America”

Review: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

This book about a series of murders on the Osage reservation in the 1920’s was incredibly powerful.  At first you may wonder why this particular murder of a woman in Oklahoma matters.  And by the end of the book (as in Just Mercy) you… Continue Reading “Review: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann”

Feeling slumpish…

I’ve been distracted lately.  Instead of writing reviews, I sit down at my computer and read The Mary Sue, or update my Goodreads lists, or obsessively check my hold lists on Overdrive.  These are things that should take a few minutes, but somehow keep… Continue Reading “Feeling slumpish…”

My January Reading Wrap-Up

January was a pretty quiet month, with lots of time for reading.  I spent a lot of time working on one of my blogging resolutions, which is to learn how to improve the look of my blog.  I signed up for PicMonkey, changed my… Continue Reading “My January Reading Wrap-Up”

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