Category Archives: books

Half the Sky

June 19, 2017

ebb + flow :: half the sky

Are you on the hunt for a good book? If you want to feel equal parts inspired, empowered, grateful and in awe I recommend reading Half the Sky. The book was bought for me by a friend and I’ve been reading it every night, often sharing parts out loud with the Red Head. And, while camping this weekend, I read an entire chapter aloud to my pals. I’m about 2/3 of the way through and plan to watch the documentary next. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Source :: Half the Sky



September 8, 2016

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  –

Anyone else feeling this? September is the best.

More Reads

March 10, 2016

ebb + flow :: more reads

After two weekends of back-to-back travel and a busy week of life catch-up, I’m hoping to carve out some time this weekend for a good ol’ fashioned reading session. Seems like such a simple ask! I realized since I last updated you on my literary adventures I finished Modern Romance (gets a thumbs up from me!), Brooklyn (maybe the movie is better?) and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (not sure what to make of this one). I’m just about done with Why Not Me and powering through The Nightingale so send some new recommendations my way!

Source :: Amazon

Sit Down and Write

February 3, 2016

ebb + flow :: thoreau

For the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to grab sneak peeks into the works of Princeton Architectural Press and whenever a package from them arrives at my door I tear it open instantly! I imagine my friends and family have started to do the same when they see a letter from me (hopefully) because, more often than not, my sloppy handwriting is scrolled on a piece of Princeton Architectural Press’s stationery. The Thoreau set above (available March 1, pre-order here) arrived amongst the snow this week and has been the perfect excuse to sit down, clean up that handwriting and throw a little bit of love and beautifully-design paper into the world. Good work, PA Press, good work.

Source :: @elissa_erickson

Current Reads

January 25, 2016

ebb + flow :: current reads

I’ve really hit the ground running in the book department this year. My longer commute has become opportune time for audio books (thanks, Jillian!) and quiet winter nights are simply made for reading by the fire. I’ve added the four above to my completed list and am working on Brooklyn and Modern Romance currently. Because I have the attention span of a fly, I present you with very brief recaps and thoughts on the above works. Send any other book recommendations my way, please!

The Boys in the Boat – Very descriptive. Might have shed a tear at the end. Maybe.

China Rich Girlfriend – Better than the first one.

Paper Towns – No thank you. I can’t get into John Green books.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – A good laugh. Full of hilarious Texas anecdotes.

Clearly, I was never a book reviewer in a past life…


Up Next

October 12, 2015

ebb + flow :: three wishes

Yesterday, during the freak 80+ degree weather, I hunkered down with a book that’s been taking me way too long, a comfy patio chair and finally but it to rest. Onto the next, I say! Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty, it is. I’ll report back once it’s in the ‘complete’ column! Any other reads we should add to our book club potentials?

Source :: Amazon


September 14, 2015

ebb + flow :: snooze ebb + flow :: snooze

The Red Head and I are about to embark on a very snoozy three months. Those three months will include a rigorous exam prep course (goodbye Monday-Thursday nights), a licensing exam and shoulder surgery. Lucky for me all of these un-fun items on the Red Head’s plate but unlucky for me is the fact that my partner is crime is going to be MIA! Time to dive into the stack of books I’ve accumulated this year, finish some final painting around our house before the temp drops, sort every drawer, cabinet and nook of our home and de-clutter. If you know me, you know I’m actually pretty pumped about the de-clutter part but it’s going to be a long and quiet fall at the Erickson abode. Bring on some happy hours with girlfriends, please!

Source :: A Gentlewoman :: Modern Day Hemingway

Summer Reads

August 10, 2015

ebb + flow :: summer reading

This summer I’ve been doing my best to carve out some time for reading. Long road trips, lazy afternoons and a cuddly puppy are three perfect excuses to crack open a new book and looking back at the past months I’ve done pretty well with my reading list. I have three books requested at the library now (I keep it old school) so I’m hoping to add those to the repertoire before Fall sweeps in! Keep you posted on that one, of course but for now, here are the world’s shortest book reviews.

:: American Sniper ::
Read it from cover to cover in one day. Definitely one of my better airport bookstore purchases.

:: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ::
Once you grow accustomed to the writing style, the story and characters grow on you.

:: Yes, Please ::
A must-read, of course.

:: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? ::
A quick read and adorable cover (though, you never judge a book by its cover).

:: The Girl on the Train ::
Not as good as Gone Girl. Please stop the comparisons.

:: Me Before You ::
Absolutely delightful. Can’t wait to see the movie!

:: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ::
Meh. I’ll probably check out the movie, though.

Source :: Pikabu

Everything I Never Told You

March 2, 2015

ebb + flow :: book club

In a serious fit of power-reading this weekend I finished Everything I Never Told You (I give it 3 stars, out of five). Thank goodness for Wild hockey games for the Red Head and new glasses for me because my book club deadline (tonight!) was sneaking up in me at light speed. Tonight I look forward to chatting it out with pals and endless supplies of chips and dip. We do book club right.

Source :: Mrs Clark Kent