2014 book club

It's that time of year when I reveal my reading list from the past 365 days. I enjoyed some incredible new novels year, and I dusted off some old goodies as well. Above are my top picks from what I read this year. Looking forward to more reading and rereading in 2015! (See my previous lists: 2013 & 2012)


Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson
Red Rising - Pierce Brown
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Congo - Michael Crichton
Burned - Carol Higgins Clark
Cursed - Carol Higgins Clark
Gypped - Carol Higgins Clark
Laced - Carol Higgins Clark
Mobbed - Carol Higgins Clark
Wrecked - Carol Higgins Clark
Zapped - Carol Higgins Clark
Dashing Through the Snow - Mary Higgins Clark
I'll Be Seeing You - Mary Higgins Clark
I'll Walk Alone - Mary Higgins Clark
Where Are You Now? - Mary Higgins Clark
On Such a Full Sea - Chang-Rae Lee
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Help For the Haunted - John Searles
Grasshopper Jungle: A History - Andrew Smith
The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
Blue Bay Mystery - Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Lighthouse Mystery - Gertrude Chandler Warner
Mike's Mystery - Gertrude Chandler Warner
Mystery Ranch - Gertrude Chandler Warner
Surprise Island - Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Woodshed Mystery - Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Yellow House Mystery - Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (and Other Lessons from the Crematorium) - Caitlin Doughty
Love Does: Discovery a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World - Bob Goff
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison - Piper Kerman
The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity - Margaret J. Meeker
The Mister Rogers Parenting Book: Helping to Understand Your Young Child - Fred Rogers
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - Linda Tirado


Uncommon Women and Others - Wendy Wasserstein

baby it's cool outside

My girlies and I enjoyed playing outside in the lovely crisp fall weather this year!

Isn't it pretty when the trees change color in the autumn?

prima ballerina

I thought it was finally time to share the cuteness of Violet in her ballet classes, so here is an assortment of pics from the past few months! (Sorry about the bad quality pix... most are taken on my phone and the light there is pretty rough)

a tale of two sisters

#tbt + #mc

Throwback Thursday and Merry Christmas all in one!

you're welcome

baby it's cold outside

Just because I wanted to rewatch it.

up close & personal

Just visiting the zoo...


...They really let you interact with the animals.

Even B joined in on the fun! (Okay so soon after I realized it was too tight so don't hate on me too much)

my name is karen

and here you will find things that i make and see.

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