The Homing Instinct

The Homing Instinct by Bernd Heinrich is a collection of essays on animal migration and home-building and what it means to be at home. Today’s blog post is the third in my bibliotherapy/self-development series. The idea of home resonated with me when I saw this book at the library because I have moved a fairContinue reading “The Homing Instinct”

Amish Grace

Hi, fellow readers! Today’s book blog post is about the non-fiction book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy. I first heard of this book when watching a Badger Talks presentation entitled “Who are the Amish?” It was hosted by the Augusta Memorial Public Library and presented by University of Wisconsin Professor Mark Louden (who isContinue reading “Amish Grace”

The Truth About Grief

This book discussion/review about The Truth About Grief is the second blog post in my bibliotherapy and self-development series. In this series of blog posts, I will post about some non-fiction works I’m reading and what I get out of them, as well as how I think they are helpful and useful. Fiction books areContinue reading “The Truth About Grief”

The Secret Power of Middle Children

The Secret Power of Middle Children: How Middleborns Can Harness Their Unexpected and Remarkable Abilities by Catherine Salmon, PhD, and Katrin Schumann is the first book I’m exploring in my bibliotherapy and self-development series. It is a research-backed exploration of the feelings and actions that middleborns make in the world. With regards to relationships amongContinue reading “The Secret Power of Middle Children”

Bibliotherapy and Me (and You)

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Do not take medical advice from this post or any Oak & River Books content. Please reach out to a medical professional if you have questions, need advice, or want help. This is for entertainment purposes only. I encourage you to do your own search into any topicContinue reading “Bibliotherapy and Me (and You)”

“Black Like Me” – Mickey Guyton and John Howard Griffin

While watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my son, a new episode came on featuring country music star Mickey Guyton as the Wanderin’ Warbler. I remember seeing on social media that Mickey Gutyon was going to be a new character, and was excited to see it for myself! Mickey Guyton’s voice is so beautiful and sheContinue reading ““Black Like Me” – Mickey Guyton and John Howard Griffin”

Ricochet Day & Q+A with Noel Silvia

Everything we do, even the smallest of things, matters.” With Ricochet Day, author Noel Silvia delivers another sweeping tale of the interconnectedness of humankind. The stories we tell, the memories we collect, and the encounters we share with others reach farther than we can imagine. The further you delve into Ricochet Day, the more theContinue reading “Ricochet Day & Q+A with Noel Silvia”

Viaticum by Patrick Morgan

“Paradise has a price. It isn’t just a job, it’s his dream job. This is everything he’s worked for and everything he deserves. One job offer, and Ethan Birch’s life changes forever. Given immense creative control, power, and perks, Ethan falls deeply under the company’s spell. His Beverly Hills office is a modern mecca, completeContinue reading “Viaticum by Patrick Morgan”

Author Q+A with Alma Gray

Alma Gray is the pseudonym of Serenity Brame and the author behind Lucid Lies, a self-described collection of dark and passionate poetry. Released in 2020, Lucid Lies was a work years in the making and explores the rawest parts of ourselves. Poetry can be used to both escape and explore reality. I like to thinkContinue reading “Author Q+A with Alma Gray”

Are Book Club Picks the New #1 Bestseller?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin What’s more important – being a bestseller or being lauded as the latest celebrity book club selection? On the one hand, your book sales have satisfied – if not exceeded – the requirements to be added to a prestigious list. On the other hand, your book was preciously hand-selected andContinue reading “Are Book Club Picks the New #1 Bestseller?”