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Tales & Tiger Lily: January 2021

Feb 19, 2021


My sister recently joined bookstagram as @talesandtigerlily. Her name is Caroline, and Tiger Lily is her adorable sidekick (pictured above). Since she's discovered a love of reading, I've had the best time talking about books with her. Be sure to check out her introduction post to get to know her better. Once a month, you get a new installment of Tales & Tiger Lily. In each post, she reviews three of her favorite reads from the previous month and ends with a list of everything she read with ratings (and links to reviews, if applicable). 

Recapping the Rest of Caroline's January Reads:
Memories by Lang Leav | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
Home Body by Rupi Kaur | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
Outlawed by Anna North  | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5 • Review
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ
The Ruin of Kings and The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ • Review
Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ (not pictured)

Her top three from the month:


CROSSINGS BY ALEX LANDRAGIN
“Character is destiny, according to Shakespeare. And yet our bodies, above all our faces, are so bound up with how others perceive us, one might say that, especially for a woman, they are just as powerful an influence over our destinies. Our faces influence the perceptions others hold of us, and those perceptions influence, in turn, our character.” 

I picked up this book months ago because I loved the cover. After sampling it, I really wasn’t sure and decided to put it back. However, my sister listened to From the Front Porch podcast, and someone highly recommended it. So, of course, I bought Crossings last week at the store. 

This novel is genre-bending and has a little bit of everything. It is historical (on the brink of Nazi occupation in France), with fantasy, romance, and mystery. Crossings tells the story of a German-Jewish bookbinder tasked with binding a manuscript called Crossings. He reads the manuscript against his client’s wishes, and uncovers a story consisting of three narratives. As the stories merge, it really becomes a tale of how two lovers were separated by ancient law. 

Crossings is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. The book can be read in two ways: conventionally (from first to last page) or by following the Baroness sequence, which begins on page 150. I bought the audio (with multiple narrators) as well, wanting to have more of an experience while I read. I chose to read by following the Baroness sequence, jumping around the book. This made it so much fun. I was sucked into the story immediately, wondering how the characters and events would come together. 

If you are looking for something completely unique, I highly suggest reading Crossings. As a debut novel, I am blown away by Landragin’s prose and creativity. I can’t wait to see what he writes next. | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

THE REMOVED BY BRANDON HOBSON
“In the mirror I saw my reflection, a face marked by lines and age. A face marked by the persistence of hope, tragedy, abandonment, and grief. I reminded myself I was a woman who maintained strength through everything.” (This quote though. A mantra for all of us.) 

The Removed tells the story of the Echota family—a Cherokee family dealing with grief. Their son, Ray-Ray, was killed 15 years ago in a police shooting. What the reader sees is the devastating aftermath of loss. Each family member has their own set of struggles. The book leads up to the final event of their annual bonfire, marking the Cherokee National Holiday and Ray-Ray’s death. 

The story is told from multiple POVs, and we uncover each family member’s present day struggles. The mother, Maria, struggles with grief and taking care of her husband, Ernest, who has Alzheimer’s. Their daughter, Sonja, lives a life of solitude and has romantic obsessions. Finally, their youngest son, Edgar, turns to drugs to deal with the pain. I loved all of the characters, and I found myself excited to turn the page to hear more from each of them. The pain they experienced was raw and emotional. 

The book contains a lot of Cherokee folklore, and much of the story blends the real and the spiritual. I can see how this may not be every reader’s taste, but I personally loved it. The Cherokee traditions and beliefs passed down through generations brought the book to life. This is a story of racism, devastating loss, and grief. But to me, the most important aspect—it is story of what it means to come home. It also offers hope and redemption. I felt for each character, and I truly adored hearing their stories. 

Hobson blends the harsh truths and struggles of a modern day Cherokee family with beautiful legends and beliefs. Parts will feel real, other parts will lead your mind to into an imaginative, dreamlike state. In my opinion, it was masterfully done. I loved it, and I will definitely buy a regular copy of this book when it is released in February (yes, I know that is extra). If I really love a BOTM pick, I want the real copy. | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

THE PUSH BY ASHLEY AUDRAIN
“You know, there’s a lot about ourselves that we can’t change—it’s just the way we’re born. But some parts of us are shaped by what we see. And how we’re treated by other people. How we’re made to feel.” 

The Push tells the story of Blythe Connor, a new mother to her baby girl Violet. She wants to be the type of mother she didn’t have—one who will nurture and care for her. However, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter. Her husband dismisses her concerns and says she is imagining things. As her son is born and she develops a wonderful connection with him, she feels like things could be better—that maybe they can be a happy family. But something devastating changes Blythe’s life in an instant. 

I could. not. put. it. down. I was hooked, I and felt so invested in Blythe. There is a lot of great character development in that we see what Blythe went through in the past with her own mother. I love stories involving how our past shapes us and how people deal with trauma. 

I could fully enjoy this book because I am not a mother. I’m not sure I would have liked it if I had children of my own. The Push is a lot darker than I thought it would be. I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and at times, this book made me question that desire. Lol. Just kidding. But kinda not. 

If you like dark dramas that are bit disturbing, this book is for you. I don’t usually give any content warnings because I like to go in blind. If you’re a sensitive reader, I’d check out Goodreads for more specifics. | ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ.5

2021 Family Bucket List

Feb 15, 2021


Similar to 2020, one of my goals for this year is to cherish the people I love. I know the common recommendation is to set goals that are specific and measurable, but not everything that I want to do in my life has an end date. Some of the things I want to cultivate are things that will always be a little bit in progress. Now, the broad goal does have plenty of specific mini goals associated with it. But I rather than do those tasks in isolation, I like to think about them in terms of the bigger picture. That's how I'm able to stay motivated and make progress!

My cleaning routine isn't just for the sake of having it – it's a way to cherish the people I love by making sure the space we live in is inviting and cared for. I'm not planning a birthday party because I have to do it or want to impress others. Instead, I'm asking myself, "What will make my boys feel seen and cherished on their special day?" Tying the smaller, more specific goals into the bigger one helps me tap into the purpose behind it all and to see some less-desirable things as an act of love rather than a chore to complete. And it helps me rein in the "shoulds" that can sometimes make me feel like I've failed or forgotten something.

One of the things we did last year, for the first time, was make a family bucket list of 20 things we wanted to do in 2020. The list had to be tweaked a bit due to COVID-19, but we did complete our updated list. It worked so well for us, and we wanted to do it again. Having a plan made for better adventures and wonderful memories. I loved what we did in 2020, what we postponed, and what we talked about wanting to do to make this year's list: 

1. TRY: a pick-your-own fruit farm. 
2. PLAY: mini golf. 
3. READ: a family devotional.
4. EAT: rainbow popsicles. 
5. MAKE: a home project list. 
6. CREATE: a family photo album.
7. RIDE: on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
8. SEND: happy mail to a friend.
9. TEACH: our boys something new.
10. TAKE: family photos for our baby's first birthday.
11. CELEBRATE: our 10th anniversary.
12. ENJOY: a New School Year's Eve celebration.
13. EXPLORE: a botanical garden.
14. WATCH: a movie at a drive-in theater.
15. SEE: animals -- at the zoo, an animal sanctuary, etc.
16. TRAVEL: somewhere new.
17. SPONSOR: a child through Compassion International.
18. VISIT: LEGOLAND in Atlanta.
19. GO: on a hike. 
20. HAVE: a water gun fight.

My criteria were basically identical to last year – 1) mostly free things with a few expenses that will be worth it, 2) relatively easy to do with a one-year-old, and 3) specific but still flexible. The items we had the most difficulty completing last year were the ones that required us to go somewhere specific (particularly if they were only an option in a certain season). And with COVID-19 in mind, I tried to focus on things that can be done at home or outdoors. We'll see how 2021 pans out, but I'm excited about the memories our family will make.

What are you hoping to do this year?

February 2021 Goals

Feb 9, 2021

February is a special month in our house because it's full of birthdays: mine, our baby's, my bestie's, and Nick's! I'm sharing my monthly goals a little later in February than I typically would, so we've technically already celebrated three of those fourth birthdays. But no matter! It's still one of my favorite months in the year, despite the fact that it's usually full of gloomy weather. It snowed in Georgia on Saturday night, and the last time it did that was the day our second was born. We celebrated his birthday on Sunday, so it was a sweet little moment of dรฉjร  vu.

I made good progress on my January goals! While I didn't check everything off my list, I saw results and that's the biggest motivation for me. I've got good momentum going into February, and I'm excited to tackle the two things I missed + introduce a few new mini goals into the mix. Introducing change a little at a time works for me. 


On My Calendar:
– My 32nd birthday
– Celebrating our baby's first birthday
– Valentine's Day with my boys
– Nick's birthday
– A few doctor's appointments

Currently Obsessing Over:
– The 1 Second Everyday app is such a delightful way to record our days. I can't wait to do this entire year!
– I'm currently re-reading the ACOTAR series on audio before the next book, A Court of Silver Flames, comes out on February 16 and remembering just how much I love this world and these characters. *sigh*
– I will now be ordering all my masks from Ann Taylor LOFT because they're the most comfortable ones I've worn. 
– My husband and bestie gifted me this Pride and Prejudice and this Anne of Green Gables for my collection. 

Yearly Goals:
(These should stay the same all year, so I'll just do month-to-month progress reports!)
– Read a devotional every morning.
– Do Soulspace meditation every night.
– Blog 2x per week.
– Complete the Contentment Challenge (Q1). 
– Maintain monthly photo organization + daily delete.
– Use the 1 Second Everyday app.

January progress:
– I'm reading Jesus Calling for 2021 and only missed four days in January.
– I did Soulspace for 60% of January. But it is a brand-new habit, so inconsistency is to be expected!
– Yes, I blogged at least 2 times every week.
– I'm doing good with my no-spend challenge!
– Done! I love the daily delete, and Miss Freddy's class (see below) made monthly organization even easier.
– I recorded a video for every day in January, and we already love watching it back.

Revisiting My January Goals: 
– Watch church online every Sunday. / I only watched the online service one Sunday. I think I may try listening to the podcast version of the message every week? I'm not sure, but I'll figure it out.
Only drink one Diet Coke per day. / This is part of my goal to make healthy choices. While I didn't have perfect progress in January, I'm so proud of myself for succeeding for 70% of January. My track record was stronger at the end of the month than the beginning, so I hope to continue to see improvements here in February. 
Complete Eleven Months in the baby's journal + take monthly photo. / Done. I'm so happy there's only one monthly photo left to take + only yearly updates in his journal from this point forward!
– Complete Eleven Months in the big boy's journal. / I procrastinated on this goal, so I'll carry it into February. 
Cull 2020 photos and videos from my phone. / I can access my entire photo/video library from the OneDrive app on my phone, so I culled everything prior to 2021 on my camera roll down to about 300 favorites.
Make our 2021 family bucket list. / Done! I'll share this year's list in a blog post later this month.
Prepare for the baby's first birthday in February! / Everything that was on my list got checked off.
Watch Backup Bootcamp course. / I watched the entire course, making notes on what I needed to do. 
– Break down my meal planning goal into action steps. / I forgot about this goal, so it's on February's list.
Blog about my 2021 personal and bookish goals. / I shared my personal goals and my bookish goals.

My February Goals:
– Walk 3x per week.
– Complete Eleven Months in the big boy's journal.
– Celebrate our family's February birthdays.
– Break down meal planning goal into action steps.
– Read a cookbook (Dinner: A Love Story). 
– Make a list of pantry staples and go-to meals.
– Complete Backup Bootcamp course.
– Watch Family Yearbook course. 
– Write a discussion post.
– Send happy mail to a friend.
– Start journaling weekly.

Do you have any goals for February?

'I knew that I had her in my corner.'

Feb 8, 2021


Yesterday was my best friend's birthday and my baby's first birthday! What could be more perfect than celebrating two of my favorite people in the entire world on the same day? When I first told Kelly I was pregnant and due in February, she immediately said, "That baby is going to be born on my birthday!" I was due on the 12th – right in between my own birthday (the 1st) and Nick's (the 29th). I figured the baby would arrive on a day all his own, but she always he would arrive on the 7th. And she was right. (She always is. Except when I am.)

My friendship with Kelly has been one of the very best things to come out of blogging. I will always be glad that talking about books on the Internet led me to her. I have been lucky in my life to have wonderful friendships. Some have lasted for only a season and a few ended dramatically, but I have learned something from each and every one. While I didn't love everything about Big Friendship by Ann Friedman and Amintou Sow, this quote stood out to me:
If you prioritize only your romantic relationships, who is going to hold your hand through a breakup? Relying on your spouse to be your everything will definitely undo your marriage. No one human can meet your every single emotional need. If you only prioritize your kids, what happens when they’re grown and living far away, wrapped up in their own lives? Or if you only prioritize work? Wow, that’s too sad to even contemplate.
In honor of my bestie's birthday, I decided to share my favorite female friendships in books and what they taught me about friendship. And since her birthday is the 7th, I've naturally got seven besties to highlight:

1. Lily and Trix in Pretty Face and Making Up
“Whenever I need help, you're there. It was one really shitty page in what I hope is a very long book for both of us.”

The Lesson: Celebrate the friend who can forgive you and "stretch" with you as life brings changes that shift the foundation of your friendship. Whether it's a bad boyfriend, a new job, or a big move, the best friend sticks around for all of it. Find someone who, like Lily, says, “We're forever, you and me.” And means it.

2. Kristin and Sloan in The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist
“My job is to help you with your crazy. Make you the best, most magnificent crazy you can be.”

The Lesson: Never let go of the friend who knows exactly what to say to make you flustered, joins in your crazy scheme, gives you a pep talk, and isn't afraid of a hard conversation or a little tough love. The friend who's been licking the inside of a chip bag with you since sixth grade and is willing to put on a disguise to spy on your ex.

3. Laurie and Emily in If I Never Met You
“Laurie had thought Dan was the source of unconditional love in her life, but actually it was Emily: she wasn't going to turn round and say sorry, she'd found a new Laurie.

The Lesson: A good friend will tell you it's a bad idea to fake a relationship with a co-worker, but a best friend will approve of the plan once she vets his attractiveness. And if your friend confesses that she's afraid a man won't love her if gets to know the real her, it's a great time to remind her: “But I got to know you, and only loved you more.”

4. Anne and Diana in Anne of Green Gables
A bosom friend — an intimate friend, you know — a really kindred spirit to whom I can confide my inmost soul. I’ve dreamed of meeting her all my life. I never really supposed I would, but so many of my loveliest dreams have come true all at once that perhaps this one will, too. Do you think it’s possible?”

The Lesson: The best friends balance each other out. Sometimes a daydreamer needs the grounding of someone more practical – and someone more steady needs some spice brought into their life. Also, if you (accidentally) get your underage friend drunk, you'll need to save her baby sister's life to get back in her mom's good graces.

5. January and Shadi in Beach Read
“[Falling's] the part when you can't believe the person standing in front of you both exists and happened to wander into your path. It's supposed to make you feel lucky to be alive, exactly when and where you are.
“You're wrong that you never saw that with me. [...] That's how I felt when I found you.”

The Lesson: If your friend texts you "I need you," get there immediately. And when you get there, read the room. Does she need a shoulder to cry on? Distracting small talk? Shit-talking the person who hurt her? Show up when it matters. Also, make sure you tell your friend how much she means to you. Don't take her for granted!

“Zuzana was the best friend she'd ever had, and she didn't want to lose her.”

The Lesson: You have to be willing to open up and tell your story if you want to take a friendship from "we have fun together" to "I'd follow you into another world." Even if sharing involves confessing, in all its unbelievable detail, that an angel tried to kill you in Morocco. And when someone opens up to you? Be ready to listen. 

7. Bryce and Danika in House of Earth and Blood
“But she was the one person I could be myself around and never feel judged. The one person that I knew would always pick up the phone, or call me back. She was the one person who made me feel brave because no matter what happened, no matter how bad or embarrassing or shitty it was, I knew that I had her in my corner.”

The Lesson: Best friends will leave a mark on your life, even after they're gone. Loving someone means you might get hurt – there's no guarantee they'll always be there. The bond between friends is a choice, a heart connection, but the reward of a best friend is always worth the risk whether they're in your life forever or for a season.

And, just for kicks, here are seven things Kelly has taught me during our friendship:
1. There's probably a movie or TV quote for every moment in life.
2. Sometimes you need to be assertive and say what's on your mind. 
3. The library exists; not every book needs to be purchased.
4. You can do hard things... like trek up a muddy hill on a cold, windy day.
5. England is so much better with your best friend.
6. Be thoughtful – get on the plane, send the care package. People remember.
7. A best friend will let you ramble and go with you on every Journey.

I'm so thankful for her and for all the books out there that remind me of how to be a friend and what a joy it is to have one. There's no one I'd rather drive in Atlanta traffic to get, and I can't wait for our 2021 reunion! 

What's your favorite fictional female friendship?

January 2021: Recap + On My Shelves

Feb 5, 2021


The first month of 2021 didn't feel all that different than our recent new normal, though I did experience a renewed burst of blogging energy and bought a lot of exciting new books. I can't wait to see wait to see what February holds.


1. Book Dates with My Sister – My sister, @talesandtigerlily, and I went on several bookstore dates in January. We hit the jackpot on one trip and found stuff on the shelves that hadn't released yet. We came home with a pretty big haul that night! But my favorite part is spending time with my sister and bonding over nerdy stuff.

2. Quiet Days at Home – Most of my photos from January are from our normal, daily life. There wasn't a lot of excitement, but still plenty of sweet memories. We went on a few walks in the neighborhood, read some books, ate some snacks, made some messes, and soaked up big brother making his baby brother belly laugh.

3. A Week at My Parents – Nick had to travel for work in January, the first time he's had to go somewhere in several months. And while I'm quite capable of being home alone with the boys, I couldn't pass up my mom's invitation to stay with her and my dad. Best week ever! I was so thankful for help and loved being there.

4. Visiting The Story Shop – My mom and I drove the boys to our favorite children's bookstore, The Story Shop. It's just far enough away to make regular visits difficult, but close enough for a spontaneous adventure. We had the best time and came home with so many excellent books, including Thesauraus Has a Secret by Anya Glazer.


Read 20 Books | Favorites:
The Searcher by Tana French
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George
The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

“Life is change – if nothing's changing, you aren't living.” 
This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

“People ask how you’re doing, but they don’t really want to know if you’re struggling or not; 
they want the answer that enables them to go about their day without feeling guilty.”
The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton

“It’s hard to persuade anyone, especially a man, 
that your regard is worth having if you have none for yourself.”
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow

“We have seasons when we flourish and seasons when the leaves fall from us, 
revealing our bare bones. Given time, they grow again.” 
Wintering by Katherine May

“A great deal of life will always suck. There will be moments when we’re riding high 
and moments when we can’t bear to get out of bed. Both are normal. 
Both in fact require a little perspective.” 
Wintering by Katherine May

“But they both knew that words were weapons too, 
and when fashioned into a story their power was almost limitless.” 
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

“I think in life you can know you're loved without peering too closely at the edges of it.
It's almost scary, seeing that there aren't any – it doesn't have a beginning or end.
It just kind of is.”
You Have a Match by Emma Lord

“Those who cannot win hearts with love often control people with fear.” 
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

“We are all of us more complicated than the roles we are assigned in the stories other people tell.” 
Educated by Tara Westover

“Truth hides in fissures and hollows, in broken places and empty parts. 
It can be buried, crushed, or burnt, but the truth will alway rise.”
Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton

“You're so wrapped up in your preconceived notions about my motives 
you've never stopped to consider that maybe I'm different. 
You can't know what I think because you don't know me.”
Shipped by Angie Hockman


January was a great month for the blog! The content may have felt repetitive, since a lot of it focuses on my goals + recapping 2020. But they were all posts I wanted to share, so I'm glad I felt inspired to write. I kicked off the month with my December 2020 recap and most anticipated 2021 releases. Then, I shared my 2021 goals, got specific about my January 2021 goals, and shared my ten 2021 bookish goals. I spent a little time looking back after that with my 2020 bookish goal recap and my sister's favorite books of 2020. I reviewed my December 2020 reads and my sister's top three from the month. And finally, I wrapped up all my 2020 reflections by highlighting my top ten new-to-me authors in 2020 and completing the 2020 End of Year Survey. Whew! I had a lot to say.


Favorite Albums: Sing: Remembering Songs by Ellie Holcomb
This album of children's worship music was on repeat in our household in January.
I love these lyrics! And one song in particular inspired my word of the year.


Bridgerton, Season 1, starring Phoebe Dynevor and Regรฉ-Jean Page – Watching this show was a little bit like my experience watching Emily in Paris. I was absolutely addicted... but I'm not sure how much I actually liked it. I loved the drama of it, but I'm not a fan of the casting or styling. Honestly, most of the characters got on my nerves, and I hated all the sexual content. But will I watch the second season? Ugh, yes. You know I will.


Book of the Month: The Survivors by Jane Harper and The Heiress Gets a Duke by Harper St. George

Barnes & Noble: The Next Right Thing Guided Journal by Emily P. Freeman, The House of Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell, and The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Gifted: The Anne of Green Gables Devotional by Rachel Dodge (from Kelly), Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Pride and Prejudice (Lit for Little Hands) by Brooke Jorden, The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon, Shipped by Angie Hockman, Everything Beautiful in Its Time by Jenna Bush Hager, Good Apple by Elizabeth Passarella, The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman, The War Widow by Tara Moss, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (all from my parents), Storm from the East by Joanna Hathaway and The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg (from my sister)

Audible: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas and None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney (not pictured)

32 Facts About Me

Feb 3, 2021


On Monday, I celebrated my 32nd birthday. When I turned 30, I shared one of my favorite blog posts – 30 things I'd learned by 30. While today's post isn't nearly as exciting, I did think it would be fun to share 32 facts about myself in honor of my birthday. So, here are a few things you may or may not know about me:

1. I'm the oldest of four children.
2. Horseback riding is the only sport I love.
3. Being tall is the best. I'm just shy of 6 ft.
4. When I tell stories, I always give too many details.
5. Jeans are my favorite item of clothing, even in the summer.
6. A skill I want to learn: how to use my DSLR camera.
7. Being a stay-at-home mom to my two boys is a dream come true.
8. Five years ago, I found out I had thyroid cancer.
9. Georgia has always been my home.
10. I failed my first driver's license test because I couldn't reverse into a space.
11. Every morning, I make my bed.
12. Go Dawgs! I graduated from The University of Georgia.
13. My best friend and I met through blogging. 
14. Instrumental movie soundtracks give me life, especially Pride and Prejudice (2005).
15. I have a fake tooth. After the baby tooth fell out, there was no adult one to replace it.
16. One summer in college, I studied abroad at Oxford.
17. This July, I'll celebrate 10 years of marriage.
18. I have a freckle in the corner of my eye that people often mistake for dirt.
19. All of my favorite movies are costume dramas. 
20. The best gift I've ever received: the bookshelves my husband built for me.
21. I used to say I'd never have a dog or an iPhone... Hahaha!
22. Felicity is my favorite American Girl.
23. I was in a sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, in college.
24. My husband and I met on a trip to South Africa.
25. A scene in the movie A Little Princess always makes me cry.
26. I love buying cookbooks but don't love to cook.
27. Even though my kids wake up early, I'm still a night owl.
28. Eddie Redmayne and James McAvoy are my celebrity crushes.
29. I am definitely an overthinker. 
30. The sound of nails scratching tights/pantyhose makes me want to gag.
31. Birds make me irrationally nervous. 
32. My love for Jesus and my faith informs everything I do.

When I was making my list, many of the facts I initially typed were related to books. Since I talk about books in this space all the time, I decided to stick to things you're less likely to know about me. However, I will probably share another list in a week or two with some nerdy facts about my reading life. 
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