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Book Review: Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Allegiant by Veronica Roth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A maudlin ending to a pretty maudlin series. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book, but it just never managed to soar, always weighed down by a dark, hopeless world filled with damaged, dreary characters.

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Book Review: Insurgent

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually really enjoyed this one, definitely much more than the first one. I still find the main character fairly unlikable, but she’s starting to win me over. I love the idea of doing away with the factions, but I also always suspected there was still a greater world outside of those walls. Plenty of heart, and more than enough action; this was a fun read.

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Book Review: Yes Please

Yes PleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another audiobook, read by the author, a comedian. I really feel that is the way to go. Poehler had guest voices throughout and read the final chapter live before an adoring audience.

This book has heart, humor, and just the right amount of crude anecdotes. Insights into her time at SNL and a behind the scenes glance at the great Parks & Recreation.

There’s nothing life changing here, it’s just fun.

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Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best in the series. Reading these for the first time as an adult made the first few books in the series a bit of a struggle, but this one was a blast.

Having seen the movies and finding the movie based on the first half of this book a completely boring, never-ending camping trip, I was pleasantly surprised that the book did not suffer from the same.

There’s nothing else to be said about these books that hasn’t already been said, I was just late to the party.

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A Second Wind

Today marked my 7th year in a row participating in the Second Wind Fund Walk/Run. I walked by myself the first two or three years but have had friends join me as team “Beau’s Beauties” ever since. This year I was joined by my awesome friends Jamie, Dennis, and Anais. Sadly, the list of people we walk in memory of has grown over the years, but the money we raise goes directly toward paying for counseling for struggling youth.

Beau's Beauties: Dennis, Anais, Jamie

Beau’s Beauties: Dennis, Anais, Jamie

My heart is heavy thinking about Dustin, Jesse, and the others we’ve lost over the last few years. It’s a mostly upbeat, festive event but there always comes that period when my friends leave and I’m left alone with my thoughts, my memories, and a giant pit in my stomach. I miss them desperately.

It was all brought back pretty abruptly last month with the death of Robin Williams, but the truth is it’s never very far from my mind. I think of Dustin and Jesse at least weekly; sometimes it makes me smile and sometimes it’s completely out of left field and knocks the wind out of me. It’s pretty awful having to re-realize that someone is gone, I do wonder why our brains do that. I’ve had dreams of both of them, and in the dream was so relieved that I was mistaken and they weren’t really dead, only to wake up and find that it was all fiction.

I miss them, but we walk in their memory and do our best to provide support to those who need it most. If you’d like to contribute to the Second Wind Fund, fundraising is still open for my team.

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