Best of 2018


I know, by now you’ve probably exhausted yourself on the “Best of 2018” blogs and you are probably thinking... “Girl, it is 2019, January is halfway over... there is no one out there interested in what were your favorite books & tunes of 2018!”. But, because I’m a rebel and do things on my own schedule... here you go.... My best of 2018! 


“Heart Talk” by Cleo Wade

”I Am Her Tribe” by Danielle Doby

”Becoming” by Michelle Obama

”A Place For Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza

“It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” by Lynsey Addario

”The Dirtly Life: On Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball

Because I’ve already posted about each of these extensively I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here. What I am going to make note of is that once upon a time, I not only said, but I actually believed with all of my heart and soul that men wrote the best books. That their stories were meatier, that they were more bold, that they said things that a woman never would.  My how my outlook has changed. I actually feel embarrassed admitting that I once held that view. But like everything, I am unlearning. 

I am unlearning so much.

We all are, I hope. 

There are some things that I need to admit.  Mostly that just because when I held that belief I had never read a woman that shook me to the core, doesn’t mean that there weren’t ones out there. Women who had probably risked everything to write what was on their heart. Or the fact that “chick lit” is even a thing- could it be because no one would want to hear from a woman that had ugly stuff to say? Real truths? 

Anyway, this past year my favorite books I read were written by women and they are all each uniquely their own. What were some of your favorite books of 2018?



Some of you might not know that I used to LOVE music. As I’ve gotten older I’ve traded in tunes for news & podcasts... and that does cause me some sadness. I’d like to get into music as much as I used to be... but it just feels like it has changed. And that’s what all old people say. Maybe it’s a rite of passage that we get boxed into a time period where we loved music the most and we rarely leave it. When we do it takes something really special, something miraculous... and when that happens we feel compelled to share. So, without further adieu here are the two albums that shook my soul in 2018: 

”Tearing at the Seams” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

”Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monae

These two albums were everything! 

I can honestly say that prior to these two albums I had never listened to either of these artists, and man have I been missing out! For a good couple of months I cruised around listening to that Janelle Monae album and I felt so young! That’s right, it appealed to 90’s Karstee- the girl who loved little rap cameos and it appealed to feminist Karstee, and it appealed to Karstee who is waking up. God, it was a good album! Back in the day I would watch award shows and root my favorites, and I don’t do that anymore... but if people are paying attention then I imagine this one racked up all the awards. Who knows? 

And as for Nathaniel Rateliff, it’s like every moment that led to growth was to this album. Drives home from Yoga Teacher Training, writing pieces that I was going to submit, chopping veggies and dancing! This album seems like it’s from another time. It’s such good music. Real music. Listen now if you haven’t already!

That’s it peeps, my final bow to 2018. Peace!