The Well

I know a lot of random information, and I have the blessing-curse combo of being able to see every side of a problem. I figured I could put all this to good use. So I’ve introduced “the Well,” my contribution of knowledge to the world. Ask me anything–advice on a relationship problem, how to make your own jewelry, what book you should read next, how to properly use punctuation, whether the moon is made of cheese, etc. The world is your oyster, and I want nothing more than to help you harvest the pearl. So ask away!

Double Book Review: The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction

Both of these YA novels by Robin Constantine feature some of the same characters, and I read them one right after the other, so I’m just going to review them together, The Promise of Amazing first.

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Wren Caswell is an academically and socially average girl getting over a breakup and working at her parents’ medieval-times-type restaurant. Grayson Barrett was a star athlete and top of his class—until he got kicked out of his prep school for pimping term papers. Their paths cross one night when Wren saves Grayson from choking at a wedding, and they can’t seem to stay away from each other since. But will both their pasts (and the threat of their futures) let them be who they want to be? (more…)

Best Film or Television Adaptation

Heeeere’s Fandom Friday! (Bet you think I’m going to talk about The Shining. I’m not. I’ve never read the book nor seen the movie. I know, I know. It’s on my list.) Anyway, Fandom Friday is a linkup hosted by The Fangirl Initiative that provides some kind of fandom prompt every Friday. This week’s is the best film or television adaptation, which is going to be harder than I thought it was to choose just one. (more…)

Atticus Finch Americano

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”  —Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

Equal parts sweet and strong, with a kick. Hot or cold, just like Atticus, this coffee gets shit done.

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Book Review: Tell Me Three Things

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After moving from Chicago to L.A. when her dad gets remarried, Jessie gets an anonymous email on the first day of school from someone claiming to be her Wood Valley High spirit guide. After deciding (mostly) that it’s not just an elaborate hoax, Jessie and her anonymous emailer (calling himself Somebody Nobody, or SN for short) develop a bond, and Jessie becomes obsessed with discovering his identity. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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Book Review: Alex, Approximately

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Expert evader Bailey Rydell just moved across the country to live with her father in California. Her only consolation is her online best friend and fellow film buff, Alex, who not only serves as emotional support, but happens to live in the same coastal town she just moved to. Scared that he’s not all he seems online, she sets out to find him before telling him she’s there, instead meeting Porter Roth, a.k.a. her archnemesis. Porter works at the museum where she got a summer job, and makes her life miserable. He mocks her, argues with her… and makes her completely unable to concentrate on anything else. But as the summer unfolds, Bailey has to decide whether to keep chasing a potential online romance or to go with the one that’s right in front of her, in all his sarcastic, scarred glory. But Porter has a secret of his own: He’s Alex… approximately. (more…)

Top 5 Children’s Books

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted over at this goodreads group, and involves, obviously, listing the top five… something. This week’s topic is children’s and middle-grade books, which I’m super excited for. It’s been too long since I’ve returned to my favorite childhood books. And I’ve recently come to appreciate some children’s books that I didn’t get to read as a child. So, here goes. (more…)

Free Printable Bridal Shower Bingo

So, not too long ago, I was put in charge of games for a friend’s bridal shower. When I went to do a search for bridal shower bingo boards, all of them either cost money (seriously, why?) or were some kind of hokey, hot pink eyesore. So, at midnight the night before the shower, I made my own board. Because why not?

And rather than just leave it to rot in my files until the next bridal shower, I figured I would share it on here in the hopes that maybe I can save some poor bridesmaid or aunt the trouble I went through of making a bingo board at ungodly hours of the night. Enjoy! (more…)