I have been interested in essential oils for a while and wondered if I would be able to use them in my every day life. I have heard great things about how essential oils can help in so many ways. I was interested in how I could make my house smell better without burning chemicals (AKA candles). I hoped to make healthier beauty products and cleaning products and hoped I could find natural ways to help growing pains and soothe muscle aches. When we came up with our 2018 Reading Challenge, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I did a lot of research into which book to buy, which oils to buy and how I wanted to use my oils.
This month, our book challenge is to read a book from #OWNvoices. In case you are not familiar with this movement, #OWNvoices is a hashtag that was created by Corine Duyvis to recognize books with authors and protagonists that share the same marginalized identity. So for example, if a person who is autistic writes a book about someone who is autistic, that is #OWNvoices. Originally, the hashtag only referred to children’s/ middle grade books but it has since been used for adult books as well. We live is such a multicultural society that I am happy to see more diverse books become available.
I loved the book The Underground Railroad. I read it before it won the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize! It is an eye-opening, profound, and wonderful book that I feel should be compulsory reading in every high school across the country. The events depicted are so pertinent to today’s society and are a reminder of the brutal history of this country.
Welcome to the supersized December and January Novel Ideas, 2018 edition. Novel Ideas is a roundup of mini-reviews for books we read this month, as well as snippets of future posts and other bookish news. Continue reading “January Novel Ideas – 17 Quick Reviews”
Valentine’s Day is a holiday that perpetuates the sales of cards and chocolate. The chocolate that nobody wants and forces you to negate your entire new year’s resolution to eat fewer sweets. In honor of this holiday, we have something that is entirely less fattening and much better for your health- reading. You can even go so far as to read while exercising but don’t worry, we won’t judge if you do. Continue reading “Greatest Love Stories of All Time”