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Explore Oregon: Astoria Column and Wet Dog Cafe

Explore Oregon: Astoria Column and Wet Dog Cafe

We love to visit Astoria, Oregon, and it’s not terribly far from our home, so I’m not sure why we don’t visit more often. Last weekend, we had the opportunity to make a quick afternoon/evening trip and we were able to do a bit of […]

Book Review: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Book Review: Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Another fast-paced psychological suspense novel I completed recently is Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake. It is the intriguing story of friendship and lies, and how far those friends are willing to to cover something up in the name of friendship loyalty. This post contains […]

Book Review: The Woman in the Window, a Psychological Suspense Novel by A.J. Finn

Book Review: The Woman in the Window, a Psychological Suspense Novel by A.J. Finn

Next up on my psychological suspense list is this debut novel by A.J. Finn (Actual name Dan Mallory, former editor at William Morrow–check out a great interview in BookPage Magazine ) I was captivated from the first page, and although I was able to work out some […]

Book Review: Pretty, Nasty, Lovely, a Psychological Suspense Novel by Rosalind Noonan

Book Review: Pretty, Nasty, Lovely, a Psychological Suspense Novel by Rosalind Noonan

I was in a sorority in college, and I was even in one in Oregon (like the book depicts, but the college and sorority in the book are completely fictional), but mine never had such drama (or death, eep!). This was the next book in […]

Book Review: Psychological Suspense Novel Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah

Book Review: Psychological Suspense Novel Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah

I’ve been on a psychological suspense/thriller kick lately. I’ve read quite a few and they’ve all been fairly engaging. I’ve read many books by Sophie Hannah in the past, she’s written a large number of books and they generally entertain me with their twists and […]

Top 10 Favorite Books from 2017

Top 10 Favorite Books from 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, I looked back at the books I read this year (nearly 200 of them!) in order to choose my favorites. I sorted out the books I had given 5 stars to on GoodReads, and there weren’t very many. I’m […]

Tips to Improve Your Score on the SAT Essay

Tips to Improve Your Score on the SAT Essay

So you or your student is getting ready to take or retake the SAT with Essay. There are some important things to remember when preparing and taking this test that will greatly improve your chances at garnering a good score. I have been grading SAT […]

Book Review: You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book Review: You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher is well-known for her sweet, insightful and touching Christian romance and women’s fiction books. The first book of Robin’s that I read was The Forgiving Hour , a powerful tale about the difficulty and ultimate power of forgiveness. From that moment forward, I became […]

How to Read More Books–Tips to Fit More Reading Into Your Life

How to Read More Books–Tips to Fit More Reading Into Your Life

One question I get asked fairly frequently is–“How do you read so much? I want to read more, but I can’t seem to fit it into my schedule!” Here are some tips that help me to read (and enjoy!) over 200 books each year, and […]

Explore Portland: Brewcycle Old Town Brewery Tour

Explore Portland: Brewcycle Old Town Brewery Tour

A chilly, damp November evening is not particularly a time one would think of when booking a brewery tour around Portland, Oregon on a bicycle built for 15. Yet that’s just the time our group chose and it turned out to be an incredibly fun […]