Author Archives: Amanda

About Amanda

Writing. Family. Books. Crochet. Fitness. Fashion. Fun. Not necessarily in that order. Note: agender (she/her).

Two Short Nonfiction Books

I read both of these over the weekend – two short little nonfiction books that I’ve decided to mini-review because I don’t have much to say about either of them. Community Cats – Anne Beall Subtitled: A Journey Into the … Continue reading

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Darling Girl, by Liz Michalski

From Goodreads: Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy–yes, that Wendy. She’s running a successful skincare company; her son, Jack, is happy and healthy; and the tragedy of her past is well behind her…until she gets a call … Continue reading

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In the Air Force now

On June 13, we dropped Ambrose off for basic training. Air Force BMT takes place at a base here in San Antonio, which was a double-edged sword. On one hand, he had to go through that training in brutal heat. … Continue reading

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July 2022 in Review

Does anyone else feel like it’s still May? I don’t know if I’m stuck in that traditional caught-in-time, always-behind feeling of adulthood, or if this is worse than usual because I’ve literally avoided being outside as much as possible for … Continue reading

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The Gifts That Bind Us, by Caroline O’Donoghue

After the traumas of spring, life is meant to go on as normal. Except now, Maeve and her friends are filled with burdening magic, stressed by separations and worries of the future, and suspicious of new activity from the extremist … Continue reading

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A True Feral

This is a hard situation to write about, and it was even harder (and more traumatizing) to live through. In my last post, I mentioned that I would be picking up a mama cat and her three babies to foster. … Continue reading

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Sunday Coffee – Taking Some Time Off

I know I haven’t been on here very much anyway, not since April – posting less, rarely getting on my feedly to see others’ posts, etc. I’m not reading much, I’m not writing much, and I’m in a personal funk … Continue reading

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You’re Invited, by Amanda Jayatissa

Amaya hasn’t spoken to her ex-boyfriend or ex-best-friend in five years, but when she sees they’ve suddenly gotten engaged, she knows she must stop the wedding at all costs. Book TW (contains spoilers so highlight to read): fatphobia, self-harm, BDSM, … Continue reading

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Updated Goals for 2022

With my current 2022 goals mostly in shambles, I’ve decided to update them for the second half of 2022. Physical Health Complications, side effects, and new medical conditions made former goals unachievable in the time remaining, so I’ve scrapped them … Continue reading

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Books on My Rest-of-2022 TBR Pile

Every year, I make a list of books to read or cull throughout that year, a list of book priorities, so to speak. They consist both of books that will be published during the year that I’m really looking forward … Continue reading

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