Paperback Posse | Big Little Lies Book Club Discussion

Big Little Lies Book Club Discussion

FINALLY!

I’ve been dying to discuss this book in detail with you guys. Do not read through if you haven’t finished the book yet!

There was so much going on in this story, I can’t even begin to cover it all in five questions.

There was so much I liked about it. It dealt with some really heavy themes (a murder, abuse, bullying, family dynamics, body image), yet it managed to be really funny without making the issues at hand seem trivial.

I also really enjoyed that while there was a ton of cattiness and drama between the women in the book, at its core it was a book about female friendship. In the end, even women who didn’t see eye to eye came together and stood up for each other. Continue reading

Paperback Posse | November’s Book Club Pick

November virtual book club pick Mother, MotherBecause the messages I’ve been getting for the past week or so tell me that you guys are eager to know the results of next month’s book club vote, I thought I’d get it out of the way first thing this morning.

Mother, Mother it is!

I’ve read a lot of good things about this book and know it’s been adopted in a bunch of college lit courses. Also, I read Koren Zailckas’s memoir Smashed and was a big fan so I can’t wait!

For any of you social media junkies (like me), Koren Zailckas is on both Twitter and Instagram. I find it endlessly interesting to see a personal side to people whose work I enjoy (whether it’s writers, actors, or awesome handmade shop owners), so I’m already all over that.

And speaking of social media, don’t forget to post pictures of yourself reading this month’s pick with the hashtag #paperbackposse. I’ve got a $10 Amazon gift card for one of you that I’ll be giving away mid month!

Working Bitches | Pinch of Positivity

Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs: move forward

Free People

I have been so busy lately. And busy is good. Don’t get me wrong. Busy is really good. The problem is that I’ve been busy with freelance work that has nothing to do with the direction I want to move in. I’m totally fine with putting my nose to the ground and doing dirty work (or just, you know, thankless work). Momma’s gotta make some money. But when that work becomes my excuse for not getting to where I want to be, I need to reassess. Continue reading

Last Minute Halloween Costume | Fortune Teller

last minute costume| fortune teller makeup

Oh, hey. Nothing weird here. Just a grown woman dressed as a fortune teller making weird faces while having her eight year old take pictures of her. Totally normal.

And you know what? I did it for you.

If you’re anything at all like me, you do everything at the last minute. Especially if it’s something for yourself. I’m 90% sure that if I had a Halloween party to go to this weekend I still wouldn’t have a costume in my possession.

I mean, I would definitely have a completely elaborate idea in mind with Martha Stewart-level creativity going on. But my tendency to do things at the last possible second would force me to scrap my lofty idea. I would pace my house all wild eyed and irritable, trying to figure out what to do as if it was the most important decision of my life.

I’m here to save you the trauma. Continue reading

So I Won’t Be Running Off to Join the Circus…

Big Apple Circus

I went to the circus for the first time ever a couple of weekends ago. It was definitely a lot of fun. But I learned a valuable lesson: I am absolutely not cut out for life in the circus.

As soon as we walked into the Big Top at Lincoln Center, my stomach fluttered with nervousness. The tent is tiny. We had seats in the third row, but even if we had been seated all the way against the back row we would have been impressively close to the action. The girls were ecstatic and full of This. is. awesoooooomes. Continue reading