Years ago, in 2011, I started this blog as a high school senior. I was about to embark on the great college adventure and had all kinds of ideas about how my life would or could go.

None of them happened.

As it often does, life took some twists and turns, things started looking up then came crashing down, and plans rarely materialized as I visualized, if at all. But that’s how things go.

Now, instead of having my bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and working as a journalist for some big-name newspaper, traveling the world to cover all the hardest hitting stories, I ended up leaving a small private school close to home just short of graduation and work at a local property management company, while simultaneously taking classes at a community college. My path took a goofy loop somewhere along the way.

But I must say, I’ve learned a lot about the world and myself, and some of the little trails I wandered down have started me thinking about different goals, better priorities, and how I interact with the world around me. And I realized something a little crazy.

Books were a driving force behind all of it.

I was always an avid reader through grade school. Books were some of the best friends I had growing up.

I was an English major at Baldwin Wallace University. Books were my focus and passion.

When I left BW and started figuring out where to go, I picked up a book. Then another. Then lots of books. They helped me start over.

And now, I’m using books to set up a better plan, to broaden my perspectives, and sometimes, occasionally, when I need a break from all the adulting, I use them to relax.

So that is what my blog has turned into. A book review. Of any and every book that happens to spend some time in front of my face. And I’m going to run with it.

I hope that you find something here. Maybe a new favorite piece of writing, or the deciding recommendation for a book you were thinking of reading. Or maybe it will be something deeper, something more powerful– a new perspective or the inspiration to go after something. Even if it’s just a go to quick read while… Ahem… indisposed– I’ll take it. Because I want books and reading to help you just like they helped me.

Happy reading! ~~ Caelie