Books

A book titled How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope sits on a wood bookstand in a garden. The flowers and plants in the background are somewhat blurred but make for a nice backdrop for the book.

Book Review: How to Love the World

By Myrna CG Mibus / July 10, 2022

HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD: POEMS OF GRATITUDE AND HOPE is a delightful collection of poems that is perfect for when I need a pick-me-up.

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A copy of a book titled Love & Saffron by Kim Fay sits on a book shelf surrounded by many other books.

Book Review: Love & Saffron

By Myrna CG Mibus / June 3, 2022

I love a good book about friendships. I love books about food. And books that give me a glimpse of history. And books about love. So it’s no surprise that I absolutely adore the wonderful new novel, Love & Saffron by Kim Fay. This book came out in February of this year and was my…

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a book lover named Myrna wearing red glasses and a red shirt holds a book titled Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year in front of bookshelves

Book Review: Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year

By Myrna CG Mibus / May 31, 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, All through the month, Content Bookstore, the bookstore where I work, featured staff picks from our favorite Asian American and Pacific Islander authors. I had the fun of reading an excellent Children’s Midgrade novel by a Minnesota author, Nina Hamza. I don’t know Nina but she…

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Green Olympia typewriter with paper in carriage and the word "Goals" typed on the page

Writing and Reading – Goals for 2022

By Myrna CG Mibus / May 2, 2022

Oh my! We’re well into 2022 but I haven’t posted about my Writing and Reading Goals for 2022. I set writing goals back at a writing retreat in February (led by my wonderful friend, writing mentor and coach, Kate Hopper) and I got to work on them. But I didn’t formally announce what they are…

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a drawing of a bookshelf with my favorite books read in 2021

Books Read in 2021

By Myrna CG Mibus / February 18, 2022

I read a total of 40 books in 2021, up 10 from last year with more memoir and romances than in years past. The upswing in my romance reading is largely due to the fatigue of living in a pandemic resulting in a desire to read books with happy endings. That and the fact that…

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a yellow and blue book titled London's Number One Dog Walking Agency: A Memoir by Kate MAcDougall sits on a white bookshelf surrounded by other memoirs

Book Review: London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency

By Myrna CG Mibus / January 25, 2022

2021 was a good year for me for reading books. I read more books than in years past, which was quite nice. Soon I’ll be writing up my Books Read of 2021 blog post but since I don’t have that done quite yet, I will share a review of one of my favorite books of…

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A hand drawn picture from a journal showing books on a bookcase. Titles of the books are written on the spines. At the top, there is a banner that reads Books Read 2020. To the right is the start of another drawn bookshelf with Books Read 2021 on a banner at the top of the page

Books Read in 2020

By Myrna CG Mibus / June 21, 2021

I can’t believe we’re already over halfway through 2020 and I haven’t posted my listing of the books I read in the past year. I guess time got away with me, as it has for most people in this last year of COVID life, but it’s not too late to post my list so here…

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Miss Benson's Beetle novel on a bookshelf

Miss Benson’s Beetle Book Review

By Myrna CG Mibus / May 6, 2021

The Indie Bookstore where I work, Content Bookstore in Northfield, Minnesota, has started a Staff Picks Saturday feature on our social media sites. I’ve had four of my favorite books featured thus far and am going to share many of my staff picks here on my blog. First to feature? Well it’s Miss Benson’s Beetle,…

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World of Wonders

By Myrna CG Mibus / November 14, 2020

Several months ago, I received an advanced copy of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, a book written by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and published by Milkweed Editions. The book is one of those that is hard categorize because it covers so many topics and fits into several genres. I could…

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The Book of Delights

A Delightful Diversion

By Myrna CG Mibus / March 25, 2020

  In my last post, in which I listed the books I read in 2019, I promised that I would post reviews of some of my favorite reads of 2019. Well, here is my first book recommendation – a collection of essays titled The Book of Delights by Ross Gay. In addition to being a…

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