In the Books: This Week’s Best Bookish Links

  amzn_assoc_ad_type = "banner"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_placement = "assoc_banner_placement_default"; amzn_assoc_campaigns = "kindlerotating"; amzn_assoc_banner_type = "rotating"; amzn_assoc_p = "48"; amzn_assoc_width = "728"; amzn_assoc_height = "90"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "astevensrana-20"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "f701133dbfc167b37a320dc9c3d1d1b6"; This morning, I woke to several inches of freshly fallen snow. My husband was out of town, so it was up to me to free our family from our winter fortress of solitude. I started shoveling until everyone woke up, the kids starting fighting with each other and the baby started screaming bloody murder. I made breakfast, then bundled everyone up, strapped the baby in the stroller and resumed shoveling. I gave every car that passed the best guilt trip I could as I toiled away in the driveway with a baby and two kids who kept getting stuck in the Keep Reading

African American Authors You Should Read in 2018

February is Black History month. While it's great to dedicate one month to celebrate African American history and culture, it's something we should be doing all year long. While everyone should read Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin and other classic African American authors, there are so many Black authors that are publishing books now. This really is a testament to many people recognizing that we need more authors and characters of color in American culture. The first step is acceptance people. BookTuber Denise D. Cooper started #readingblackout, where she challenged herself and others to read only African American authors for all of 2018. #readsoullit also challenges readers to read only Black authors for the month of February. These are wonderful opportunities to support Black authors and intentionally incorporate diversity into our literary lives. Here are some African American authors you need to read in 2018: Jesmyn Ward Ward's most recent novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing: Keep Reading

Whats on my Nightstand: January’s Reads

Whenever you're in a job interview, they always ask you what is your biggest weakness. The prospective employer basically wants to know your worst character trait. One thing always comes to my mind when asked that question: organization. Now, I'm not dumb. I don't say that in an interview. I say something that sounds like it could be a negative character trait, but it's really not; like I care too much about my job or something like that. However, organization has always been my biggest weakness. At any given moment, I have about a million thoughts swimming around in my head. It doesn't matter what's going on in my life, it always feels like I have a ton of things I could or should be doing at any given moment. I've tried various organizational strategies over the years, but nothing has ever really worked for me. I've tried using planners, but I never use them and I end up losing them after a month or so. With a new year comes the hope of improvement; choosing areas to do things Keep Reading

Beating Winter: What’s Saving My Life Right Now

Congratulations! You've made it to February! We are officially at the half-way point of winter. Yes, I know, it feels muuuuuch longer than just half way. But don't worry, if you live anywhere besides Minnesota, spring is just around the corner. If you do live in Minnesota, I suggest a vacation to someplace tropical, because you still have about four months left of winter. Every year, Modern Mrs. Darcy commemorates this milestone by celebrating the little things in life that make us happy right now. In the midst of winter, it's easy to get caught up in all the things that make life difficult. Seldom do I stop and think about all of the little things that make life fabulous. Of course, I have some big things in life that really keep me going; baby snuggles are at the top of the list. However, there are a lot of little things that put the pep in my step as I shovel the driveway for the third time this week in -3 degree weather. Here's what's saving my life this winter... New Keep Reading
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