On Twitter, where brevity reigns supreme, I sum myself up as: Writer, educator, yogi, runner, general nerd & wearer of many metaphorical hats.

While that’s great place to start, a list of labels only gets you so far in learning about someone. In addition to the above, I…

  1. Work a…


This isn’t just a romantic love story

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From its cover, Love, Chai, and Other…


A browse through the online bookshelves

Confession: I have an ever-growing stack of unread physical books heaped in a stack in our bedroom.

Additional confession: These aren’t even all the unread books in my possession, since I also read digitally.

When I first started writing about books online back in [redacted], I learned about the joy…


Mutants in petticoats? Yes, please!

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Happy Throwback Thursday, book friends! We’re nearly halfway through the month of October and I hope it’s been treating you well. …


Our weekly space to check in about books and reading

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Here we are once again, my friends — it’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time to check in on those current and recent reads.

What a whirlwind October has been for me thus far, with work picking up speed and my social life following along with it. As much as…


Book club dreams versus buddy read reality

It may be obvious from the title of this publication that one of my favorite parts of reading is chatting about books with friends.

Truth be told, though, I don’t get as much IRL book chat time as you’d expect. Between social anxiety, being an introvert, and working a job…


This exploration of language and cult-mentality is relevant to our times

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When I decided to read Amanda Montell’s Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, I didn’t really expect to see myself in its (audio) pages. …


Bookish ways to relax before the start of a new week

In an ideal world, I would always have exactly zero plans on Sunday. The day would be for relaxing, reading, laundry, and meal prep to ensure my week gets off to a good start.

In reality, that’s rarely the case, as life has a way of creeping into the nooks…


Don’t expect it to feel like going back to Hogwarts

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Because October and Halloween are generally synonymous with witches, I decided to read all the witchy books on my TBR this month…


One full week of writing & publishing once per day

Have you ever taken on a month-long challenge on a whim? No? Why would any person would do this?

Well, I have. Kind of frequently, to be honest. And this month, that challenge-on-a-whim has been Blogtober2021. …

Amanda Kay Oaks

Pittsburgh-based writer & wearer of many metaphorical hats. Making words about self, health, books, travel, and more! She/her.

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