Cut to the Chase #5: A Very Brief Book Review

The Lending Library by Aliza Fogelson

I can only assume this story takes place in an alternate universe, one free of war, famine, or plague. A world in which a teacher has time to bake elaborate pastries and run a small library out of her home, and a sexy construction worker enjoys reading Don Quixote in his spare time. There is of course some conflict–there wouldn’t be a story without it. But it feels cloaked in naivete.

Despite this world being annoyingly perfect, I kept reading because I found something endearing about the story. It gave me a chance to escape this rotten universe. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters and the small town they live in. And even though I’m a cynic, I’m also a hopeless romantic. And as soon as the story hinted at a potential romance, I was hooked.

3/5 ♥


Cut to the Chase #4: A Very Brief Craft Tool Review


The Bead Buddy Pinnacle Series Side Cutter

I’ve been looking for a heavy duty wire cutter to cut the stainless steel findings I use in my jewelry-making projects. I ruined several pairs of wire cutters before finding this particular one. The stainless steel findings I use are about 22 gauge. This side cutter is made from carbon steel. It’s very durable and features a comfortable, no-slip grip. It works great on my iron-based findings too; I don’t have to apply too much pressure to cut through the pieces. It retails for $9.99. I bough it at Joann Fabrics and because they always have coupons, I got 50% off. Great quality, great price. I highly recommend these side cutters for any jewelry-making projects.

5/5 ♥

Cut to the Chase #3: A Very Brief TV Review

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The stars of Downward Dog, Martin and Nan.

Downward Dog is a delightful new sitcom on ABC, which stars a talking dog. But it isn’t gimmicky. It’s actually quite touching and insightful. Each episode plays with the parallels of Martin’s and Nan’s stories. This narrative tool adds a lot of depth to the show. Also important to  note is the chemistry of the cast, who seem to be great friends in real life, as they have viewing parties and live tweet the show each week. It’s a great way for the fans to interact with the cast and crew. Downward Dog, like a lot of my favorite shows, is the perfect combination of funny and touching.

5/5 ♥



Cut to the Chase #2: A Very Brief Book Review

Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Rabbit Cake by Annie  Hartnett

This is a very unique and lovely novel.  Animals play an important role in this book, they’re characters, not props. There were moments that made me cry. Oh man, I love a book that makes me cry. The narrator is young but it’s more of a retrospective narrative with a very clear voice. I really enjoyed this book. I just loved it.

5/5 ♥

If you like this, you might also like: The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Cut to the Chase

I’m going to start a series called “Cut to the Chase,” in which I write very brief reviews of books, TV shows, movies, and whatever else catches my fancy. When I read reviews, I’m not looking for a synopsis. I can find that anywhere. I just want a few lines about why you like it–or don’t like it. Cut to the chase!

I’m going to play catch up and post some old reviews.

Jewelry-Making 101

Step 1.
Drop a bunch of beads on the floor. If you don’t drop at least one thing on the floor, it won’t be a very productive day.

Step 2.
Draft a design by laying materials out on your desk. Take it apart because it’s terrible. Draft another design. Take it apart because it’s terrible. Draft another design. Approve it and start making it. Get halfway through then take it apart because it’s terrible.

Step 3.
When piece is complete, sit back and admire it for at least one hour. Sigh with satisfaction.

Step 4.
Go to the craft store to replenish your stock of supplies. Write a list so you don’t go over your budget. Discover a sale. Throw out your list. Buy twice as much as you planned.

Step 5.
Repeat steps 1-4 until you’ve made enough pieces to open a shop on Etsy. Harass your friends to buy your stuff and leave 5-star reviews.

Step 6.
Sit back and admire your shop several times a day. Check stats every hour.

Step 7.
Repeat steps 1-6 until you find a new creative interest.

And that’s how you do it! Wasn’t that easy?