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Title: The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller Pages: 400 Genres: contemporary, literary fiction Publisher: Riverhead Books (July 6th, 2021) Summary “This house, this place, knows all my secrets.”  It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at “The Paper Palace”–the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest… Read More

Well, it’s been about nine months since I last wrote on this blog. It’s not that I ever intentionally stopped writing, it’s just life got in the way – as life usually does – and I got distracted. That being said, I’ve missed it on here. It’s almost my 7 year blogaversary! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I started The Calico Books. So much has changed in my life… Read More

Title: At the Table with Jesus by Louie Giglio Pages: 224 Genres: nonfiction, Christian, Devotional Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Mar. 29th, 2022) Summary At the Table with Jesus invites readers to sixty-six days of rich engagements with the Good Shepherd, providing deeper truths, power, and connection to walk through life’s troubles.   Through practical daily devotions, At the Table with Jesus invites readers to sit at the table with the Good Shepherd, building a… Read More

*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own!* Filled with wisdom and wit, Undistracted by Bob Goff, takes an honest and thoughtful look at how to combat the busyness and distracted lifestyle that so many of us are living.

*I received a free copy of this book and journal. All thoughts and opinions are my own!* I always enjoy Sadie Robertson Huff’s books, so when I was asked to read and review her latest, I was thrilled. This might be my favorite book of hers yet!

*I received a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Title: Practically Divine by Becca Stevens Pages: 224 Genres: Nonfiction, Spirituality, Christian Publisher: Harper Horizon (Sept. 14, 2021) Summary: There is no secret formula to experiencing the sacred in our lives–it just takes practice and practicality. No matter where we are—on a walk in the woods, in a sacred building, or in a dusty refugee camp—signs of love abound. When we allow ourselves to embrace both ordinary and extraordinary experiences, we can… Read More

Yesterday was Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! With this readathon, I never know if I’m going to do well or end up hardly reading anything, lol. This time around, however, I’m happy to say that I actually got a ton of reading done! 🎉 First, I finally finished There’s Someone in Your House! This was such a fast-paced and spooky read. After that, I listened to (and finished) Slasher Girls and Monster Boys… Read More

Hi! So last night I decided to take part in Dewey’s 24 Hour readathon, which is today! I’m sure a lot of you are already familiar with this readathon, but just in case you don’t know, basically the goal is to read as much as you can from 8 AM est, today, to 8 AM est, tomorrow. I’ve participated in this readathon a couple of times before and have always had so… Read More

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through October! October is always one of my favorite months. From the changing leaves to the cozy clothing to the spooky books, there’s so much to love! The fall months also always remind me of change and new beginnings. This also had me thinking about my blog. I’ve been kind of quiet on here this summer but I thought I’d update you all on… Read More