Reading Challenge

Aileen attempts to read a book a week. Follow along as she loses her mind. We used the PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge as inspiration, then went off on our own, as you’ll find we do a lot around here. Join in by reading the books Aileen reads, or by choosing your own.



There are books that have been calling to me to read them for years and Persepolis is one of them. Written and drawn by Marjean Satrapi, Persepolis is the autobiography of a young girl who grows into a young woman  while witnessing the changes in Iran beginning in the 70’s and how those changes shaped the life not only of Satrapi and her friends and family but the entire world. Read more

The Madwoman in the volvo

The Madwoman in the Volvo

This morning, when another mom cut in front of me in the drop off line, I honked at her. When she glared at me in her mirror, I mouthed a foul word back at her. This seems the perfect week to talk about perimenopause. Read more



Reset by Ellen Pao is a good first of the year read. It will get you fired up to start that business you have always wanted to get off the ground. Why? If Pao’s book is anything to go by, and I believe it is, the business world needs you! It needs people who are not intimidated by the idea of diversity  in positions of influence. Read more

The Index Card

The Index Card

The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack gives solid advice to people who worry about their financial life but have very little time and money to spend on it. That’s pretty much everyone I know.

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The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient

Women have autism. The medical community often seems unaware of this fact. Valerie Paradiz says in her excellent article about females with autism, “reports published this year have uncovered a long-standing male bias in research and in diagnostic methods of autism that has gravely influenced the detection and understanding of girls and women.”

Well hell. Read more

Queen Victorias Matchmaking

Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking

Originally, I was a history major in college. History is an endlessly depressing subject. Most every major historical event ends with, “and they all died horribly.” The flu pandemic of 1918. London in 1666. The East India Company. The Roman Empire. Plague. Wars. Dynastic marriages.

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Word by Word

Word by Word

Word by Word by Kory Stamper offers an interesting and entertaining look inside one of the processes we humans use in our ongoing attempt to communicate with each other. I am talking about dictionaries. The books and now websites and apps we go to in an effort to understand not only what we want to say but what others mean.

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The Jane Austen Project

The Jane Austen Project is a perfect book for this time of year. At least for me it is. My brain is so filled with lists and half-baked hopes for a fun and festive holiday season that facts and figures can’t fit in. So I generally set aside my heavier reading and pick up lighter fare. On a side note, I am still attempting to get through The Calculus Diaries. It is slow going and I tend to read it when I feel anxious that I’ll have trouble getting to sleep. My confusion regarding the subject matter calms my anxiety and I am usually asleep within 10 minutes. Read more


Poverty in America takes many forms. In Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, Sarah Smarsh reveals her personal experience of growing up poor in rural Kansas. Growing up as Americans moved away from farming and the midwest, Smarsh watched as support for her family’s way of life dried up, leaving very little left to tie a fifth generation farmer to the land. Read more

So you want to talk about race reading challenge

So You Want to Talk About Race

Given the abysmal voting practice of white women in the midterm election, it was clear to me that I needed to brush up on my talking points around race. There is obviously so much work to be done.  I was frankly floored that white women voted for conservative white men at rates higher than in the 2016 Presidential election. Shocking considering the garbage pulled by the current administration. Read more