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March TBR Jane Austen // Weekly Vlog

I’m reading Jane Austen this month! Join me!

I’ll be reading in publication order and following each book with its adaptations (linked below)…and vlogging it all. Follow on Instagram Stories for daily updates:

I realized after I recorded that this qualifies for the Backlist Readathon too!


My set of cloth bound Austen’s complete works:
Jane Austen: a Life by Claire Tomalin:
Publication order of Jane Austen:
Jane Austen fandom:


Sense & Sensibility (movie with Emma Thompson)
Sense & Sensibility (BBC mini-series)
Pride & Prejudice BBC mini series (aka, the best thing ever)
Northanger Abby:
Mansfield Park (2011 movie)
The brand-new Emma:
Emma (with Gwyneth Paltrow)
Persuasion (BBC)
Persuasion (movie)

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Contemporary-a-thon and #blacklitchallenge TBR // Weekly Vlog

This week I’m joining the #contemporaryathon & the #blacklitchallenge!

Here’s the announcement and challenges for #blacklitchallenge:

Announcement for Contemporaryathon:
My beloved BookTuber, BooksandLala:…

What are you reading this week?


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2020 reading plans #readingwomen // Weekly Vlog

I'm participating in the Read Harder Challenge and the Reading Women Challenge. I also want to read my new collection of every Jane Austen novel.
Wanna join me? When should we do it?

Also thinking about re-reading my childhood favorites, like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie…and Jeanette Oke.
Want to join me? What would be on your list?

Read Harder Challenge video here:…
Reading Women Challenge:
Women's Prize for Fiction:
Jane Austen biography:
Booksandlala Reading Childhood favorites:…
Love Comes Softly, by Jeannette Oke:
Brock and Bodie Theone – these are the books I remember reading as a teenager, I don't know if Adult Tara can endorse them:

Note: I mispronounced Jeannete Oke! (it's “oak”) and I said “Brodie” when it's BODIE.


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Fave Books of 2019 // Weekly Vlog

My fave books of 2019 in no particular order:

The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor:
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb:
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo:
The Inspector Gamache series by Louis Penny:
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager:
Stolen Things by R.H. Herron: (@Rachael Herron )
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire:
Illuminae by Aime Kaufman:
Station Eleven by Hilary St John Mandel:

My stats:
Total books: 137 books
Total pages: 36, 666
Shortest: The Gruffulo
longest: Illuminae by Aime Kauffman

What genre:
Thriller/Mystery – 49
Non-fiction/memoir/crafting – 35
Sci-fi/Fantasy – 14
Parenting – 7

See all of the books here:

What did you love in 2019?

2020 Five Planner Line Up // Weekly Vlog

2019 Planner Flip-Through // Weekly Vlog

I’ve been using a Happy Planner to plan my business and foster mom life for nearly a year! Here’s a look at every single week (including my slip-ups and skipped weeks)!

I started with a vertical Big Happy Planner, changed to the Dashboard layout then changed to the Classic Vertical Happy Planner and found my flow!


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Read Harder 2020 Recommendations and my Reading Plans // Weekly Vlog

Here are my plans for the 2020 Read Harder Challenge.

** I'm likely to read this book.
+ I read it and loved it.

1. Read a YA nonfiction book
**The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by John Hendrix:

2. Read a retelling of a classic by an author of color
+Beloved by Toni Morrison:
-Blade so Black, by LL McKinney:
-Pride Prejudice and other flavors by Sonali Dev:
-Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaludin:

3. Read a mystery where the victims not a woman
+Brutal Telling by Louis Penny:
+The Better Sister by Alastair Burke :
+Witch Elm by Tana French:
**Murder of Roger Akroyd by Agatha Christie:

4. Read a graphic memoir

5. Read a book about a natural disaster
+Station Eleven by Emily St John-Mandel:
-Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward:
**Broken Earth Series by NK Jemisin:

6. Read a play by an author of color and/or queer author
**Tennessee Williams:

7. Read a historical fiction novel not set in WWII
+Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel:
+Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead:
+Circe by Madeline Miller:
-Water Dancer, by Ta-Nahisi Coates:
-A Woman is No Man, Etaf Rum:

8. Read an audiobook of poetry
**Dog Songs by Mary Oliver:

9. Read the LAST book in a series
+Louis Penny:
* Broken Earth Trilogy:

10. Read a book that takes place in a rural setting
+Foe, by Ian Reid:
+Turn of the Key, Ruth Ware :
-Book Woman of Troublesome Creek:

11. Read a debut novel by a queer author
+An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon:
**On Earth Were Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong:

12. Read a memoir by someone from a religious tradition that is not your own
+TroubleMaker by Leah Remini:
+Leaving The Saints by Martha Beck:
-Unfollow, by MeganRoper:

13. Read a food book about a cuisine you’ve never tried before
-Notes from a Young Black Chef, by Kwami Onwuachi:
-Eating Korea, by Graham Holliday:
-Days of Honey:

14. Read a romance starring a single parent
+Friday night knitting club by Kate Jacobs:
-Fumbled by Alexa Martin:

-Would like to meet, by Rachel Winters
-Tempest by Beverly Jenkins (also historical fiction) :
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15. Read a book about climate change
+Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver:
**Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimerer:

16. Read a door-stopper published after 1950, written by a woman
+Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver:
+Harry Potter, 4-7:
+Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel:

+Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:
+Witch Elm by Tana French:

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire:
**Life After Life Kate Atkinson:

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17. Read a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages)
+Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire:
**Space Invaders by Nona Fernandez:

18. Read a picture book with a human from a marginalized community
+Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love:
-When Charley met Emma:


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