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Book Explorer Vol. 6 | My Reading Mojo is Back!

Happy almost Spring, happy March, happy Tuesday! Ladies and gents, it’s a new month and I’m feeling so ready for it. Especially with my reading, believe it or not. I read two books in February (Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing and The Vanishing Half) and I’m really proud of that. It’s taken a while for me to get my reading speed back up, so having that drive back feels really good. Ya girl got her reading mojo back!

Coming into Spring also has me itching for more home improvements including building a Free Little Library. I love seeing Carly Riordan’s little library, it’s adorable! I’ve been eyeing this set on Etsy, it looks great and it’s made by the family of Todd Bol, who is the original creator of the free little library. I always loved these, and I’m super excited to put one in this spring. 


Becoming by Michelle Obama


Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch

5/5 Stars

Absolutely loved Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing. If you didn’t know, I’m very big into politics. I started out my college career as a Political Science major and my first career goal was to be a campaign manager. Love politics. So finding a great book that give a pretty realistic view of politics, from a unique female perspective, gives me women in power, and still takes time to value the perspective of other, diverse characters was fantastic. And, and it was still a really enjoyable nonfiction story.
I’ll be honest, the plot isn’t groundbreaking, this isn’t going to rock your world with a wild perspective, but it’s a really enjoyable book, by a woman, about a woman. If you liked American Royals and are looking for a book to scratch that itch while waiting for the unconfirmed third book, Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing absolutely does it. 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

5/5 Stars

The Vanishing Half covers the lives of two light skinned Black twin sisters living fascinatingly parallel lives. The two girls run away from their Louisiana hometown and eventually lead entirely separate, different lives. Brit Bennett provides every character with a grounded, real feeling existence, with varying stakes and challenges for each. No one view felt more or less cared for by the author. I truly enjoyed the story and the views from so many perspectives, all of which were different than my own. Absolutely loved it, would fully recommend The Vanishing Half to anyone to read.


Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi


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Hi and welcome to the blog! My name is Moira, like Dora with an M. My passion is writing to share my experiences from the perspective of a full-time working millennial living my best and brightest life while staying on budget. I love sharing my advice and experience around budgeting, books, affordable travel, and modern homemaking.

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