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    Book Review: Evvie Drake Starts Over

    Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes is a delight to read through and through. Although the target demographic for the novel would seem to be women a decade or two my senior (closer to the age of the protagonist, Evvie Drake), I still found Evvie to be an engaging, likable, and relatable character. I was rooting for her and Dean at every step of the way.  When I finished the book, I was left with warm and fuzzy feelings all over my body. This was truly a feel-good book. I think the best part of the book is the characters, not the plot which is fairly forgettable. Andy, Evvie’s…

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    Book Review: Meet the Frugalwoods

    I am really glad that I read this book. Seriously, I think it has reinforced the way I think about money - as a tool for comfort, but not happiness itself. Of course, it’s easy for me to say as a member of the upper-middle class, that money isn’t everything. I am blessed and fortunate, and I want to maintain financial stability and frugality as I get older and move into adulthood.

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    What I’ve Been Reading

    Hi! I’ve been MIA. I apologize. I’ve been a bit of a trainwreck lately. I am a living testament that people really should take their meds… Also, I did this thing called applying to college, and that in and of itself was borderline traumatic, but I’m here and alive (mostly).  Anyways, as always I’ve been reading. I’ll start with what I’m currently reading.  Currently Reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck What a classic? Look at me, being all cultured at what not? Who even is she? I find 20th century literature so much more approachable than literature from earlier time periods. I’ve been enjoying this book a ton,…

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    Book Review: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

    The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Can some please explain to me why everyone and their mom loves this book? I just don’t get it. Like, really, I just don’t get it.  This book felt unspecial and frankly boring. Honestly, I’m glad I read it, so I can say that I read it. But overall, I’m underwhelmed and unimpressed.  Some back story: When I was younger, I used to go to a camp called Great Books Summer Program. It’s truly one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and it’s where I met some of my closest and best friends. Hello, Eve and…

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    Book Review: The Year of Less

    The Year of Less by Cait Flanders Rating: ★★★★☆ This book convinced me to stop buying sh*t. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. Really. If you don’t believe me, you should see my amazon account … Yikes. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. One, I *love* memoirs that are narrated by the author. It just feel that authors know exactly where to put the emphasis and it just works. Ya know? I’m a big fan. Since lockdown, I’ve been doing a lot more chores. Normally, during the school year, I barely have time to sleep, so my parents are pretty lax about my not doing chores. In lockdown, my…

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    Book Review: The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo

    The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo Rating: ★★★☆☆ Francesco Cirillo reminds me of a really strict teacher. He has a very particular, inflexible way of doing things and expects everyone to follow. In essence, my way or the highway. I never really liked teachers like that, so I wasn’t crazy about this book. But, I do like the Pomodoro Technique as a method for time management. FYI: One Pomodoro is equal to 25 minutes of work and a 2-3 minute break afterwards. I didn’t like that Cirillo had so many strict rules. For example, A Pomodoro is indivisible. If a Pomodoro is interrupted by someone or something, that Pomodoro should be…