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Crushing It!

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk In his 2009 international bestseller Crush It, Gary insisted that a vibrant personal brand was crucial to entrepreneurial success, In Crushing It!, Gary explains why that’s even more true today, offering his unique perspective on what has changed and what principles remain timeless. He also shares stories from other entrepreneurs who … Read More Crushing It!

Changes Coming to Isle of Books

I started Isle of Books back in December of 2011. I needed a hobby after a break-up and people were always asking me for book reviews so it seemed a natural fit to start a blog of book reviews. I found myself recommending the same books over and over without being really certain if those were the best books I could be recommending or … Read More Changes Coming to Isle of Books


2017 in Review

2017 IN REVIEW: I think I echo the sentiments of many when I say this year just hurtled by. Seriously, I think 2017 was in a race to see how quickly it could get to 2018. Which is maybe just as well. 2017 was the kind of year that (continuing the trainwreck of 2016) made you really wonder about the fate of humanity and … Read More 2017 in Review


The Books I’m Most Excited to Buy in 2018

Okay so the book situation at my house is a little out of control. I say a little, because really, I do have it under control. It’s not a hoarders situation, there’s just twenty, maybe thirty, okay, fifty, books that don’t fit on any of my bookshelves. But it’s fine. I’ve totally got this. So while I’m once again technically on a book-buying moratorium (moment … Read More The Books I’m Most Excited to Buy in 2018


Reading Spaces: Even More Holiday Homes

Squeezing in one more holiday themed Reading Spaces before Christmas! All images via Houzz


Reading Spaces: More Holiday Homes

I found so many great holiday reading spaces, I’m continuing the holiday theme this week! All images via Houzz


Reading Spaces: Holiday Homes

The holidays are here! My house has been decorated since the day after Thanksgiving and I am loving the extra sparkles, pillows, and twinkle lights that have temporary taken over my living room. It makes my reading space feel extra cozy! In this week’s Reading Spaces, I’m sharing some of my favorite festive ideas! All images via Houzz


9 Books on My 2017 Holiday Wishlist

For those of you who don’t know, my birthday falls less than month after Christmas, on January 17th. Every year I make a combo Christmas/Birthday list in case anyone wants to get me anything. If you actually asked me what I wanted, I would probably stare at you like a deer in the headlights. It’s the same sort of syndrome that motivated me to … Read More 9 Books on My 2017 Holiday Wishlist


Reading Spaces: More Traditional Home Libraries

As a rule, I’m not really into dark wood. However, even I have to admit there’s something charming about a gleaming wood-paneled library with real hardwood floors and shelves and shelves of books! These Reading Spaces are the very definition of handsome, don’t you think? All images via Houzz


Writing Project Wednesday: Gibson Girls

On my last Writing Project Wednesday, I said I was going to talk about one of Colorado Springs’ creepiest unsolved murders. Which I will do, but while working on my book last weekend, I found myself researching women’s hairstyles form the 1890’s and stumbled across the Gibson Girl. I’d heard the term Gibson Girl before, but I never knew what it meant or what … Read More Writing Project Wednesday: Gibson Girls


Writing Project Wednesday: Tesla, Edison, and The War of Currents

While the feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison predates my novel-in-progress, it’s still a fascinating story that few people are familiar with in present day. If you’re a younger person, you’ve probably seen The Oatmeal’s lengthy comic which summarizes Tesla’s life and also mentions the famous feud. You can see that full comic here. I’m going to summarize the issues and introduce you … Read More Writing Project Wednesday: Tesla, Edison, and The War of Currents


Featured Poem: Beyond That

By Ghassan Zaqtan I have a wish to see the land a wish to retrieve recitation from the wisdom of lectors and to think like a falcon I have a wish to see the land whole return song to poetry, call strange mountains my brothers and release my heart from the corpse of longing and from the thick honey of prophets Perhaps there still remains … Read More Featured Poem: Beyond That