A Quarter in Review: July – September 2017

A Quarter in Review: July – September 2017

Um, wow, so I actually have pictures of myself now? It’s very weird but also very wonderful – I probably have more pictures taken of me in the last year than I have in the last 5 years combined. It’s been a long road to get comfortable with my shape and weight and all of that, and I’m loving getting to feel this comfort in my skin that I’ve never had before!  Beach Day ¤ Harry Potter Party ¤ One Year Post Appendectomy ¤ Date Night ¤ Meet Cute Dinner! New Bookshelves ¤ The Beau Moves In! ¤ My first book sleeve! (The Cozy Life) ¤ Meal Planning!  Beach Day ¤ Taking Back Sunday Concert ¤ BANGS ¤ Psychedelic Furs Concert ¤ Beau & Books July A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck | ★★★★ Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | ★★★★ That Summer by Sarah Dessen | ★★★ August Pax by Sara Pennypacker | ★★★ Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk | ★★★★ Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet | ★★★ Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk | ★★★★★ Disenchanted by Megan Morrison | ★★★★★ The Half-True Lies of Cricket Cohen by Catherine Lloyd Burns | ★★★ September The Girl in the Blue Coat by […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic: Top Ten Book Boyfriends Ok, so *insert laughter here*, I actually thought this prompt would be difficult … and then I started going through my Goodreads and realized there were actually quite a few fictional beaus I could hitch my wagon to, if you catch my drift. Here goes nothing – my top *cough* ten *cough* book boyfriends!    Angus. Jamie. Red. These are the MEN of my dreams – strong, capable, loyal, swoon-worthy to a fault. Generous of mind and spirit, fiercely protective, and oh, did I mention devilishly handsome? Mycroft. Jack. Lane. Porter. Jared. Honestly, give me a bad boy any day of the week – most of the time that bad boy exterior is hiding some serious near-perfection and let’s be real – […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems of Both HistFic and YA

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems of Both HistFic and YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Hidden Gems (Five of Which Are Historical Fiction) (Five of Which are YA/MG) (& Two of Which Are Series) Ok, so let’s start by getting one thing out of the way. Each and every one of these books (and for the series, every book within said series) has less than TWO THOUSAND ratings on Goodreads. This, to me, is a travesty upon travesties. Each one of these books got at least 4 stars from me, if not FIVE GLOWING stars. I mean, FIVE GLOWING STARS and not even 2,000 ratings?! What even goes on, amirite?! If this post can get even one person to add even one of these books to their TBR, I will consider it a massive success … if I can […]

A Quarter in Review: April – June 2017

A Quarter in Review: April – June 2017

I had such a great three months, it was unbelievable!! These are only a small representation of how epic April – June was <3 <3 <3 *Photo booth pictures from my 30th birthday extravaganza – these are some of my favorite people! *Took care of my BFFs pup while she vacationed this summer & Chris snapped this pic <3 *I got to see Alexa during BEA this year, and we had so much fun catching up!!! *LOOK AT THIS PUPPERS!!! (Best part is she is totally stuck in those covers in that pic hahaha) *I went to my very first broadway show this year, and it was ANASTASIA. Epic & beautiful <3 *Reunited with one of my blogging BFFs, Laura! We barely saw each other, but it was still lovely! *I got my 10 year pin from B&N this year! I can’t believe I’ve been there for so long already … *Went to a local wine festival with Ashley @ Must Love Books – so. much. wine. SO. MUCH. FUN. April Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | ★★★★★ Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl | ★★★ I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios | ★★★★ Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood | ★★★ After I Do by […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start (…but haven’t) Just one small precursory thing before y’all start reading this … I really have no good excuse for any of this. *hangs head* Okay, so I’ve owned Finnikin of the Rock for about, oh, um, three years now?? I really have no good excuse for why I haven’t started this series yet, especially considering it has (wonderfully) wrecked so many of my friends’ lives!! I have read two of Susanna Keasley’s books and they were both SO. DAMN. GOOD. I own 4 (FOUR!) of her other books, but have yet to read them (two of which are from this series, The Slains). The best reason I can come up with is that her books are very […]

ARC Review | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

ARC Review | The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

  “All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.” This was a enjoyable read; lush and atmospheric. It took me a while to get into it, but once things really start happening you find yourself swept away with the story. One thing though, this novel is definitely not meant to be read in one burst, it works best to savor this book in little pieces as you go along. I loved the main character, Vasilisa Petrovna – her fierceness, her stubbornness, her love and loyalty to her family and the world around her. The different familial relationships were all complicated, interesting, and (at times) rather lovely. I loved how nuanced the characters were – they were not […]

A Quarter in Review: Jan – Mar 2017

A Quarter in Review: Jan – Mar 2017

Such a good start to 2017!! After months of talking about it, my former roommate and I decided to go play bingo! (The bingo hall I work at supports the Jewish preschool for her congregation, that’s how I got into it!) We had a ton of fun, even though it was waaaayyyy more stressful than the ladies at our bingo hall make it look. How they manage to play a computer, two paper cards, smoke, drink, and buy instants from me all at the same time makes my head spin! We both ended up winning some money and we’re really trying to do it again someday soon 🙂 I met Belle!! We had this killer Beauty and the Beast release party and it was so much fun to see all the little girls all dressed up and how over the moon they were to see a real live princess! ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE was an absolutely fantastic book and I honestly cannot believe it took me so long to read it! It was a read along with Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, and our first read for our Year of Recommended Reading series! I unexpectedly went up to […]