Summer Reading List

I have been reading a ton this summer and loving every minute of it. I’ve been really fortunate to discover some wonderful books and new-to-me authors that embody everything I love about reading. And, after taking a little hiatus, I’ve resumed reading non-fiction in the morning, saving fiction for before

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Books and Reading

Six Historical Fiction Audiobooks I’ve Listened to and Loved

Lately, I’ve been using audiobooks as a way to motivate myself to take long walks after work. Listening to a good book while walking on the bike trails in our neighborhood makes an hour go by in what seems like a few minutes. It’s a wonderful way to escape and unwind

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately and My 2016 Reading Goals

Last year, I had a pretty ambitious goal to read 100 books. Around halfway through the year, I realized that this goal was somewhat silly because I was reading more for quantity than for comprehension. I was also avoiding re-reading books because I had arbitrarily decided that they “didn’t count”

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Book Review: Styled by Emily Henderson

My interior design mentors have all espoused the necessity of building a strong design library, and over the past few years, I’ve been making a conscious effort to invest in growing my personal design library with books by my favorite designers. I especially love when I can support a designer, like

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Books I’ve Read in 2015 – Fall Update

It’s been quite a while since I posted about what I’ve been reading this year. Truthfully, the amount I’ve been reading slowed quite a bit over the summer, and I haven’t been reading quite as much as I had been before. I spent most of July re-reading the Kent Family

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Books I’ve Read in 2015 – June

I averaged a book a week during June, which wasn’t too bad considering I went on vacation for a week and didn’t read at all while I was gone. I decided to revisit some old favorites and relied heavily on Amazon recommendations. The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Ashford I

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Books I’ve Read in 2015 – March through May

I’m a little behind in updating this series on books I’ve read so far this year. One reason is that I really haven’t been reading as many new books. Instead, I’ve been rereading books that I wanted to further absorb, and I wasn’t sure if they really should count or not. I’ve

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Books I Read – February 2015

In 2015, I will be sharing monthly the books I’ve read in the past month as well as the books I’m planning to read in the current month. My goal is to read or listen to 100 books in 2015. In 2014, I listened to and read approximately 60 books,

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Books I Read – January 2015

In 2015, I will be sharing monthly the books I’ve read in the past month as well as the books I’m planning to read in the current month. My goal is to read or listen to 100 books in 2015. In 2014, I listened to and read approximately 60 books,

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Welcome! I’m a Des Moines based interior designer, boy mom to one, avid reader and always aspiring artist. I started this blog when I moved to Iowa in 2008. Currently, I write about life in Iowa, personal development, and my creative journey.

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