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Oscar-winning actress and Emmy-winning producer Reese Witherspoon already leads a popular book club on Instagram, so it seems a natural next step for her to write a book. The title, Whiskey in a Teacup, refers …

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Nerdy Special List January 2013

January 7, 2013 – 10:02 pm | 5 Comments

I went away for the holidays, but didn’t intend to go undeground and disappear from my blog and social media for two weeks. It was a good thing, though. Unplugging allows me to just be …

Merry, Happy, Joyous Everything

December 23, 2012 – 8:04 pm | 6 Comments

I’m getting ready to get on a bus to the airport, where I’ll board a plane for the East Coast, where I’ll rent a car to drive to my brother’s place for the holidays. I …

Movie Review: THIS IS 40

December 19, 2012 – 1:31 pm | 4 Comments
this is 40 family

I went to a screening of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy because I needed a few laughs, and This Is 40 provided a few, but it’s also much more dramatic than I anticipated. Which isn’t a …

Winner of Robert Crais’s SUSPECT

December 17, 2012 – 12:18 am | 2 Comments
Suspect cover

The randomly selected winner is:

Shell Sherree

Congrats, Shell! Please email me by Wednesday, Dec. 19 noon PST with the address where you’d like the ARC sent.
Thank you to everyone who shared amazing dog tales. If you …

Movie Review: LES MISERABLES + Notes from Q&A with Cast and Director

December 16, 2012 – 11:50 pm | 5 Comments
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Full disclosure: I dislike musicals. I know Victor Hugo’s story, and liked the 1978 Les Miserables movie with Anthony Perkins as Javert and Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean, but the one time I saw the musical live, …

Winners of Jojo Moyes’s ME BEFORE YOU

December 11, 2012 – 10:13 pm | 3 Comments
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Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You is one of my top 5 reads this year, so I’m really excited to share it with the following randomly selected winners. I think you all will enjoy it. After …

Giveaway: SUSPECT by Robert Crais

December 10, 2012 – 1:27 pm | 9 Comments
Suspect cover

Wow, it’s good to be back. If you visited this site over the past several days, you probably saw a “suspected malware” warning, which was extremely upsetting to me. I hired a company to scan …

Nerdy Special List December 2012 + Giveaway

December 3, 2012 – 8:45 pm | 10 Comments

Here’s what my blogging pals and I recommend this month, just in time for your holiday shopping!
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
Invisible (Bantam, Dec. 11) is Carla Buckley’s sophomore novel, and like her debut, The …

Nerdy Mad Libs Results

December 1, 2012 – 11:33 am | 20 Comments

Yesterday we played Mad Libs™, and below are the results, with your words inserted into a fake book review I wrote.
I thought the game would be open for at least a day, but you gave me …

Nerdy Mad Libs!

November 30, 2012 – 1:56 pm | 24 Comments

Over Thanksgiving, I played Mad Libs™ with some friends and laughed my stuffing off at the results. I’d forgotten how fun it is, how much I enjoyed it as a child, playing with my siblings. …

Seussian Thanksgiving

November 23, 2012 – 11:12 pm | 10 Comments
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For the past two decades, I’ve most often spent Thanksgiving with my dear friend Mari, who hosts a theme dinner every year. She never fails to make my jaw drop in wonderment at her creativity …

Thank You, Universe

November 21, 2012 – 11:35 pm | 2 Comments
night sky by Sarah G

I have so many reasons to be thankful—the most loving family, friends more generous than I deserve—but luckily those have been true my whole life. This year, I thought I’d mention my thanks to the …