Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday | Books Set in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted for years by The Broke and the Bookish, and now by That Artsy Reader Girl – 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: Books That Take Place in Another Country True to #booknip form, I went through my books and decided to do this with all historical fiction war novels! I was actually surprised I was able to find ten different countries, even though it took me going through 3-4 wars to find one for each country. The Woman Who Heard Color ★★★★★    The War That Saved My Life ★★★★★ Between Shades of Gray ★★★★★ For Freedom ★★★★★ Uprooted ★★★★ At The Water’s Edge ★★★★ Villa Triste ★★★★★ The Girl on the Cliff ★★★★ The Kitchen Boy ★★★★★ The Perfume Garden ★★★ Have you read any of these books? What country is the favorite setting for you to read about? Let’s […]

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That *Shocked* Me!

Top Ten Tuesday | Books That *Shocked* Me!

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: I decided to interpret this a little loosely (just a little!) because books can shock us in all kinds of ways. I mentioned ten books that legitimately shocked me plot-wise, and three that shocked me because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them as much as I did! (Also, just as a side note: Normally, if there’s a twist, I’m so completely sucked into the story and the characters and the plot that I completely miss it until it’s already happened – both with movies and with books. For that reason, any book that promises a crazy twist almost always gets me .. but some definitely more than others!) Edenbrooke | Kingdom of Ash and Briars | Summers at Castle Auburn Two of these books were recommended […]

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 3

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 3

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has these great posts on her blog called, “If We Were Having Coffee,” where she talks a little bit about the things going on in her life, the things behind the blogger. She got the inspiration from a life coach and has been doing them ever since 2013! I’ve loved every one I’ve read, and after seeing some other people do their take on this great idea (like Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust), I decided to do my own version. Except my version is “If we were having Mexican & Margaritas,” because I kid you not, some of the most important conversations of my life have happened at my local Mexican restaurant. (Also, I love tacos.) If we were having Mexican and Margaritas, I would tell you … that I’m currently rereading one of my all-time favorite series: The War That Saved My Life and its sequel, The War I Finally Won. It follows the story of Ada Smith over the course of about 3 years during World War II, after she is evacuated from London with her brother and ends up in Kent with a guardian that, at first, doesn’t really think she can cope with taking care of […]

Mini ARC Reviews | The Ones That I Read Way Back in 2016

Mini ARC Reviews | The Ones That I Read Way Back in 2016

This Sophie Kinsella novel hasd all of the things I loved about her earlier books, plus really great, relatable characters and a hilarious plot. Some of the antics that the MC gets up to in this book had me grinning like a fool, and while trying to explain one particular part of the story to my boyfriend I was doubled up in laughter. (I think a lack of sleep and excess of caffeine might have had something to do with that, but it really was hilarious!) My only …critique? (I don’t even know if I want to call it that!) is that the message of the book (essentially, appearances can be deceiving, even more so now that we have instagram filters) occasionally came off a bit heavy handed – but I honestly wouldn’t even knock off half a star for it. It’s just worth mentioning, I suppose? All in all, if you loved Sophie Kinsella’s earlier standalone novels, or if you’re looking for a quick, fun, heartfelt, hilarious story about finding yourself in a #nofilter kind of world, this is absolutely the book for you! Read: 12/06/2016 – 12/10/2016 I’m very happy that this turned out to be exactly what it was marketed as […]

2017 End of  Year Book Survey!

2017 End of Year Book Survey!

IT IS MARCH 1ST AND I AM JUST NOW PUBLISHING THIS OMG LOLOLOL ALSO I DELETED LIKE 6 QUESTIONS BECAUSE OTHERWISE THIS SURVEY WOULD HAVE SAT IN DRAFT PURGATORY FOREVER SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CERTAIN QUESTIONS AND DON’T SEE THEM THAT’S WHY ALSO MY CAPS LOCK IS BROKEN jk I just wanted to yell a bit to somehow make it more dramatic that it took me 2 1/2 months to publish this. Number Of Books You Read: 53! Same as last year, averaging one book a week! With working 3 jobs and trying to be, you know, social and everything, I’m totally down for this number. Number of Re-Reads: Seven! One full series, and two of my all time favorites (The War That Saved My Life and Sorcery & Cecelia) Genre You Read The Most From: By an incredibly long shot, Historical Fiction! It’s not surprising that I read a lot of hist fic, because that’s always one of my top genres – but I was surprised to see how great the disparity was between this genre and others this year. Historical Fiction reads? 27. Next genre? 17. 1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Ok, like always – this […]

Bring My Thoughts: Slacking Off on Your Favs

Bring My Thoughts: Slacking Off on Your Favs

This is a new feature I’m trying out in which I take a few seconds to chat about things that are on my mind – typically of the bookish variety, but sometimes other things about just life in general. Today’s topic: Slacking Off on Your Favs Most of us have these things called “jobs;” some of us have one, others have two, others have three, others four (*sobs* why am I like this?!). Others have these equally different responsibilities called being a mother, being a wife, being a caregiver. We all have responsibilities that take up a good portion of every single one of our days, Sunday-Saturday. Whether it’s retail, food service, housework, meal planning, corporate, call centers, etc – we all have responsibilities. But. BUT.  We all have these other things that we love to do that have nothing to do with what we do for a living. These other things that we try to make special time for, because they bring comfort or joy or relaxation or laughter or peace. These other things can take on so many different forms (but I’ll list a few here so you can get a feel for what I’m trying to convey). Knitting. […]

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 […]