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"The idea of writing prose about deeply personal topics opens a can of worms. Does writing about our trauma help heal it, or is it simply what Hemingway referred to as 'public whining?' Is it appropriate for the author to send their deep thoughts into the stratosphere, and potentially profit from them? And what if - God forbid - the subject matter discovers the poem?"

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"Probably the first word that comes to mind when you think of Rory Gilmore is bookworm. Over the course of the series, it's estimated that Rory read and referenced around 339 books! Today, I've picked a few of my favorite books on the Rory Gilmore reading list, along with what Rory said about them. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll probably end up eating copious amounts of take-out, like a true Gilmore girl."
 

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"Are you stuck in a reading rut and needing some fresh books on your shelves? You need these six 2021 book releases on your shelf! With punchy storylines, important messages, and gripping dialogue, you've got to order these new books right away."

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The Best Books I Read in 2020

"Whether you watched the ball drop or fell asleep a little too early, we're now in a brand-new year. Either way, you can't do 2021 without books! In this post, I'm recapping some of my top reads of 2020. These picks are the perfect way to start out your new Goodreads Reading Challenge or work on your New Year's resolution."

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8 Mouth-Watering Cookbooks That Belong on Your Shelf

"This week, I've rounded up nine of my top cookbooks, from Filipino food to fries. These are filled with tried-and-true recipes anyone can attempt. Whether you're an aspiring chef or trying to spice up weeknight dinners, there's something for you."

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8 Times Rory Gilmore Was Your Role Model

"Rory Gilmore stole our hearts in the sepia-toned series Gilmore Girls. If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's full of mother-daughter relationships, funny moments, and fast talking. We got to see Rory study her way through high school (and first kisses) and get into Yale. She was best friends with her mom, knew every book ever written, and could banter with the best of them. It's pretty safe to say that if you watched the show, you wanted to be her at some point."

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Apple Oatmeal Smoothie

"This week's honey-apple oatmeal smoothie isn't the flashiest of smoothies, but trust me: it's a winner. With the coconut flakes, oats, apple, milk, and honey, this smoothie tastes exactly like a bowl of sweet honey-and-apple oatmeal."

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London Fog Cake

"This London Fog cake is perfect for afternoon tea, with Earl Grey-infused cake layers and milk and honey buttercream. Earl Grey is my favorite type of tea, so I've experimented with lots of different drinks. One of my favorites is called the London Fog, an Earl Grey latte with milk, honey, and vanilla. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I wanted to make it into a cake."

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Girls' Weekend in Chicago

"Last year, my sister, my mom, and I went on a girls' weekend to Chicago. It's only a few hours from where we live in Indiana, which makes it the perfect weekend getaway. Today, I've decided to show you our top ten spots in Chicago. That covers transport, food, sights, and activities. Enjoy!"

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"Alyson Gerber is the critically acclaimed author of books BRACED, FOCUSED, and now TAKING UP SPACE. Her novels follow middle-grade heroines adapting to scoliosis, ADHD, disordered eating, and more. Her books have created a safe haven for millions of readers - young and old - who see reflections of themselves within the pages. Alyson Gerber's newest book, TAKING UP SPACE, is a powerful novel about Sarah, a middle school girl, and Sarah's experiences with disordered eating."

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"Need a closet refresh? These five small clothing brands have enough classy, on-trend styles to rejuvenate your wardrobe. Keep scrolling to see my favorite fresh new styles from these five online clothing companies. Best of all, every store listed has an affordable price range, so get ready to go shop-crazy!"

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12 Spring Dresses You Won't Believe Are From Amazon

"The first day of spring is in twelve days, which means it's time to break out the dresses! It's time to refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank. These twelve light, colorful dresses are all from Amazon and under forty dollars...which means cheap and fast delivery."

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Christian Teen Girl Gift Guide

"Are you shopping to get everyone gifts under the tree by December 25th? I got you. This gift guide has thirteen adorable and useful gifts for the Christian teen girl in your life. Items for Bible study, jewelry, and even comfy clothes...Stay tuned until the end for a freebie that doubles as a free gift for a Christian in your life!"

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Creamy 4-Fruit Smoothie

"This week's smoothie has a creamy consistency that's perfect for a smoothie bowl. Filled with colorful fruits, this smoothie is rich in antioxidants, reduces your risk of certain cancers, and protects against wrinkles. Yep, you read that right!"

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Author Spotlight: Joanna Rakoff

"Joanna Rakoff is the award-winning novelist, poet, and freelance journalist who penned the memoir My Salinger Year that has readers and critics alike raving. Her beautifully written memoir is not of the trashy tell-all material. Instead, she has given us an artful coming-of-age tale that appeals to all generations."

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Author Spotlight: Susan Maupin Schmid

"This month's spotlighted author loves libraries, magical books, and dresses. Need I say more? Susan Maupin Schmid is the author of the 100 Dresses series. The first book, If The Magic Fits, follows Darling Dimple, a worker in the palace who discovers a closet full of magical dresses..."

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5 Easy and Delicious Mug Recipes

"Today, I've put together a list of five of my favorite mug recipes. Each of these has been taste-tested by yours truly and I can guarantee that they'll make your mouth water. Whether it's a meal for one or a way that each family member can pick their favorite dessert, you're going to love these easy mug recipes."

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Chocolate Magic Energy Bites