Brown Dog Book Review :: January Wrap-Up

So, as far as reading goals for 2020 – I made myself a promise NOT TO STRESS. I set my Goodreads goal at (52) so that I could sit back at a healthy distance, once a week, and remind myself: As long as I’m reading, it’s okay. Right? Right. 

January was, all around, a pretty decent reading month. I was excited about several of the six I finished but *sadly* was let down more than not (five of the six). It’s all good though, they were still enjoyable.

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Journal: Coffee Can + Grief

The neatest thing happened today. 

I’d like to start off with a thought: Isn’t it amazing how you can know someone your entire life and, even after their passing, you continue to learn new things about them? Sometimes it almost feels like they’re reaching out, giving you a gentle nudge – as cliche’ as that sounds. Read More

Journal: “The Fly By”

There’s very little outside (1) a good dog, (2) a good song, and (3) a good book that I feel “finds us” quickest when we need them most.

There we are: all static energy, inside this BINGO-ball-cage of life, wondering what our next move is or how we’re going to pay that bill or questioning why we’re so angry all the time. And, for just a single heartbeat, this tiny ripple tosses some soul-medicine into our laps and we’re left standing there thinking- “Okay, where have you been this whole time?

Maybe it’s a guitar chord in an old Merle Haggard song or the quiet laughter of your children in the next room. Maybe it’s a first kiss or your first banded goose. Maybe it’s your momma’s voice on the phone. Maybe it’s a warm-night-gravel-roadtrip with the dog hanging out the window.

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Brown Dog Book Review: “W” – White Stag

7EBA82E8-C452-48B9-A572-38FE273D0CB5“W” – White Stag by Kara Barbieri

Published: January 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

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This Wattpad sensation and I failed to connect on a “deeper” level but I still enjoyed most of the journey. Read More

Brown Dog Book Review: “S” – Skyward

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“S” – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Published: November 2018

Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy

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Well, here I go, kicking off 2020 in the minority.

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Brown Dog Book Review: A to Z Challenge

So, for a week or so I’ve been debating between several different reading challenges for 2020 on the booksphere (Popsugar, Modern Mrs. Darcy, etc.). All in all, however, today I decided to just create my own hybrid and roll with the punches.

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Journal: 1-1-2020 | WRP Frost

Snagged a few moments of quiet this morning before setting the dogs loose into the frost. With each turning of the season and the ever-revolving door of the years, I am continually grateful for my three constants: my family, my home, and my Labrador-children. Read More

Journal: 12-22-2019 | “Finer Details”

“Our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides, but they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history, to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.” Engineering and Conservation, The River of the Mother of God (Aldo Leopold)

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Brown Dog Book Review :: Reading Journal

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So, in 2019 I did a “thing” I’d wanted to do for several years and finally started a Reading-Journal. compos4 Read More