TBR Tackle Thursday #6

I just feel like it’s the same thing, week after week. Scroll through my TBR, screenshot the covers of books, think about whether or not I want to keep them or delete them. Let’s be honest — It’s a little meh, or at least that’s my mood today. This week I want to try something a little bit different for my TBR deletion. I am only going to list out books that I want to delete off of my TBR.  I want to know your opinion!  If you see any books on my deleting list that you think deserve to be read, and loved, please let me know!

With this approach, I am hoping to get through the rest of my TBR list by the last Thursday of 2018. I like a fresh start in the New Year 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #24

Happy Monday after Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoyed their time off work, and time with your families (if you were lucky enough to see them). I love the holiday season because there is nothing better than seeing loved ones and the delicious scents that come with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. I spent the last six days out in Phoenix, Arizona which is very different from my usual day to day in the DMV area. For some of my readers, I’ve mentioned Phoenix before (it was one of my first posts!) I hadn’t been out here since I was one years old, and now I’ve been back twice in a 12 month period. WILD. Anyway, I spent a lot of time reading this week. And even though I’m heading back to the DMV this afternoon, I’ll have even more plane time later this week when I set off to Nebraska.

In other news: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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TBR Tackle Thursday #5

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! I hope your day is filled with silly family time, delicious foods and a limited amount of watching football. I love the Thanksgiving holiday because I feel so thankful and grateful for so much going on in my life. So enjoy the little break (if you are lucky enough to have one) and reflect on the wonderful joys that have come from the last 12 months.


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10 Things I Am Thankful For || Top Ten Tuesday

We’ve hit the holidays where people begin to remind themselves of what they’re thankful for. I’ve focused a lot this year on being thankful + grateful for the opportunities that I’ve worked towards. As a young adult, I feel that I have grown immensely in the last 12 months. I finally feel like an adult, which is something that I couldn’t say this time last year.  It’s becoming more apparent to me that people figure out ~adulthood~ at their own pace and that social media doesn’t show the truth of life. I am thankful to be figuring out this life with my best friend and our kitkat, Harper. I am thankful for life itself, and all of the bits + pieces that come with it (like books, good food and loving families)

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #23


I feel like when you fall into a rhythm, sometimes you begin to lose the purpose of the work you’re doing. In my office I am constantly trying to find new projects + ideas while finishing up prior work. The same thing happens quite often when I’m working on Arguably Alexis. I brainstorm a lot + spend time thinking about topics to write about. I think about photography and writing short stories. Sometimes I think about movies and cooking. There is a never ending supply of content soaring through my brain waves that I would like to include on the site.

In other news: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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TBR Tackle Thursday #4

There are eight* Thursdays left in 2018. So far I have taken a look at 105 books. Between now and January 3, 2019, I am hoping to have my TBR list broken down into the books I actually feel like I am going to read. While I am working on whittling down my list, I also keep adding a book here or there.

*How is it possible that we only have eight Thursdays/weeks left this year? Where has the year gone? (insert panicked scream)

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean || Book Review

the library book

Release date: October 16, 2018

Publisher: Simon Schuster

Genre: Non-Fiction

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Premise: On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present—from Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as “The Human Encyclopedia” who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.

Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist’s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever. Continue reading