Book Tours

The countdown to school is ticking loudly. Months have dwindled to weeks, and now days are becoming hours. Soon, the house will be quieter, at least for several hours a week. They've become little puppies lately: running, yelling, tumbling together in piggyback-ride-dance-move-cartwheels that inevitably turn to squabbling and elbow throwing and tears. I attempt separation, but [...]

The weather climbed to the mid-thirties today, and the kids started talking about summer. My rain boots were sufficient to keep my feet warm, even sliding across the slushy piles of snow, but I had to warn them to watch their footing. Ice lingered near the crosswalks, masquerading as water. I was reminded of the [...]

I used to have the kind of memory that made spelling tests a cinch and memorizing the periodic table something to be done with a small stack of index cards and a free afternoon. Things aren't always so crystalized in my mind anymore, but, like most people, I have moments in my life I wish [...]

Snow fell throughout the day, blanketing the ground with glittery whiteness. I could feel my tires fighting for traction on the way to the gym, and I wondered when the plows would clear the roads. Abbey and Dylan relished the snow and played until their cheeks burned and noses ran, and still flakes swirled to [...]

I have moments in my life, memories, against which I close my eyes tightly. Regret is a word I don't take lightly, but I think everyone has a few sore spots they'd love to change — if only they could keep the rest of their lives intact. In Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson, [...]

Modern architecture fascinates me — lines and space and light all neatly arranged in a marriage of function and aesthetics. Would I feel more organized in such a home? Less encumbered? Or would I just feel cold? In Jojo Moyes's The Girl You Left Behind, Liv Halston lives in such a home: a concrete and [...]

Each morning, he is surprised by the dew on the grass, the way it dampens the rainboots he wears anytime he chooses his own shoes. I hold his hand and explain the way the fresh teardrops of dew will hug the slim blades each morning until frost arrives. His hand is small in mine as [...]

Secrets. Everyone has one or two or seventeen tucked away, though most of ours aren't as monumental as the one Cecilia Fitzpatrick discovers in The Husband's Secret. Liane Moriarty has a gift of introducing a cast of characters twisted together in unexpected ways without making the reader feel manipulated or contrived, much like she did [...]

Love Gone Mad was at the top of my reading pile one Thursday in July when I was able to take Abbey to gymnastics class by myself. I started it with one eye on her class, found myself engrossed after a chapter, read through dinner, and finished it while Ryan gave the kids a bath. [...]

Ryan and I have joked that we chose Abbey's name because Abigail Adams is our favorite First Lady. After reading The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard I might have to consider learning even more about Mrs. John Adams in order to see if she does, in fact, deserve the title of "favorite First Lady." The [...]