Brown Dog Book Review :: Three Mini-Reviews

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In the spirit of “less is more” during this self-quarantine, I thought I’d do a quick mini-review of three books I’ve finished in the last week. It’s been cold and rainy in mid-Missouri = perfect reading weather, so here’s to looking at the bright side of things.

Here’s a fast recap of my thoughts on: Lovely War by Julie Berry, The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young, and The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. (FYI: Each title below is linked to the book’s synopsis on, if you’d like to know more!)

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Brown Dog Book Review :: Figuring Out a Bookstagram Style

Narrowing down a particular aesthetic for my #bookstagram felt more like choosing a favorite type of pie.

I mean, I love so many different pies vibes. And I know for a fact I’m not the only one. So, how do you choose your look when establishing a #bookstagram? Read More

Brown Dog Book Review :: February Wrap-Up

January left me wanting, with five of my six completions eliciting lukewarm appraisals. They weren’t bad reads but they weren’t anything to write home about, you know? Surprisingly, February answered the call. (*High five, February.*) The answer might’ve been a bit…dirtier than my usual reads but, hey, I’m cool with it. Read More

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.

Or maybe it’s someone else’s words on a page. Read More

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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