The things that fill me with joy.

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At one of my favorite reading spots: Bluff Point State Park, Groton, Connecticut

Welcome to my quiet little corner of the internet! Whether you found me through Instagram, Goodreads, or know me personally (hi, Mom!), I’m really glad you’re visiting. Here you’ll find my thoughts on all things bookish with a touch of lifestyle and the occasional pet sitting adventure (more on those creatures in a different post).

My first foray into the online world of book lovers was through bookstagram. I started my account during a pretty rough part of my life. Somewhere between my 20s and my 30s, I forgot how to important it is to take care of your mental health. Thanks to increasing stress and anxiety and poor self-care, I found myself teetering on the edge of what some may call “a breakdown.” I needed several things to help pull me out: family, friends, exercise, sunshine, therapy, and BOOKS!

I have always been an avid reader, but between my dissertation and my wonderful job, I lost sight of that making time for that passion. Bookstagram was my way back. I found a community of people who not only wanted to chat books, but people who wanted to celebrate each others. I started reading more, of course, but I also started smiling and laughing more. Soon, those feelings began to permeate to the rest of my life. I was back.

Everyone has their ups and downs throughout life. I’m certain my life won’t be perfect from here on out, but at the very least I’ve found a hobby that makes me happy and takes my mind off of those down times. Which is what lead me here to this blog. One more way to share the things that fill me with joy. I hope it makes you smile, too.

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