Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Spring TBR!

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? My Spring TBR Oof. The dreaded TBR. For some, it’s a great way to categorize their books and keep themselves organized when it comes to the massive influx of books they have coming in to their homes. For others, it’s this thing looming in the background of their lives every day, just waiting to topple over and crush them with words and feelings and the knowledge that we are just never ever ever going to be able to get to all the books they want to read. For me, it’s kind of a mix between the two. I’ve learned to really let the pressure of a TO BE READ shelf drop off my shoulders a lot, and that’s been great – do I want […]

The Year of Recommended Reading: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

The Year of Recommended Reading: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We came up with The Year of Recommended Reads to work on getting through some of the books that have been sitting on our TBR piles forever, as well as to have a reason to force each other to read books that we think the other would like! 😉 Without further ado, the book for this month was …. Make sure you stop by Alexa’s blog to check out her experience reading Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms! Why I wanted to read this book: In December of 2014, I was going through the Young Readers section of the bookstore at the end of the night (hello recovery during holiday, EEK) and my eye caught on this gorgeous faced out book called Rooftoppers. I had never seen it before, and the author (Katherine Rundell) was unfamiliar to me. I picked up the book, checked out the synopsis, and made a mental […]

Top Ten Tues(Thurs)day: My Favorite Picture Books + One Bookish Video

Top Ten Tues(Thurs)day: My Favorite Picture Books + One Bookish Video

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 Favorite Visual Books (Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Comics, etc) I had such a fun trip down memory lane with this post – these might not be the actual best drawings that are in picture books (and I’m sure that they aren’t), but these were some of my favorite and bring back the happiest memories. I know that it’s only natural that so many of them are from the late 80s and early 90s, as that’s when I was a young child – but what’s so interesting to me is that in looking at those compared to (most) picture books today, I still prefer those drawings! I wonder if it’s because that’s what I grew up on; that I have a natural predisposition […]

The Year of Recommended Reading: All The Light We Cannot See

The Year of Recommended Reading: All The Light We Cannot See

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We came up with The Year of Recommended Reads to work on getting through some of the books that have been sitting on our TBR piles forever, as well as to have a reason to force each other to read books that we think the other would like! 😉 Without further ado, the book for this month was …. Make sure you visit Alexa’s post about her experience with this book over at Alexa Loves Books! Why I wanted to read this book: Two things that will always, always, always make me pick up a book to check out the synopsis? Hearing “historical fiction” and “WWII.” Add in the amazingly awesome praise that this book received right off the bat, and the praise is continued to get in the years since, and this is one book that was always always very near the top of my TBR pile. […]

Signature Dish Saturday: Why I Wildtree!

Signature Dish Saturday: Why I Wildtree!

There is definitely something to be said about blogging and tweeting and flailing in this beautiful and wonderful interweb. It’s how we find some of our most favorite things – for me, it’s how I found The Great Britsh Bake Off (See my post on why this show is basically the best thing you’ve ever seen, ever). The idea for Signature Dish Saturday is that we’ll be sharing some of our favorite signature recipes with each other – something that we think represents us, or the one thing that we can make really well so it basically represents us because we can’t make anything else! (If you’re interested in sharing your signature recipe, click here!) So, in theory, this is about sharing one recipe – but today I’m going to be talking about something that I found last year and that has seriously changed my life. As some of you know, I started a pretty huge life change in March of 2016. I downloaded a Calorie Counting app called “Lose It!” (which I definitely recommend, btw!) and set my weight loss goal – resulting in a goal of no more than 1324 calories a day for about the next 6-7 months. It was really […]

Book Tag Time! | The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

Book Tag Time! | The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

[Thank you to Ashley for this image!] One of my favorite things that I’ve found within the book blogging community are the absolutely awesome and unique book tags that bloggers create, and I *love* answering the questions that people come up with!! I had a ton of fun filling out book tags during the summer of 2016 – so much so that I’m always on the lookout for more (…whether I’m tagged or not, haha!) Anytime I fill out a book tag, I’ll post it on a Thursday and share the post on social media with #booktagthursday – so if you would like to find book tags of your own, please join in! They are seriously so much fun, and I love being able to share some of my favorite books in such fun and unique ways. (PS: IF YOU ARE READING THIS, ALWAYS AND FOREVER CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED.) I was tagged for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger by Ashley @ Must Love Books, who found this tag on Lizzy’s blog, My Little Book Blog! How long have you been a blogger? I started to have ruminations of starting a book blog in the summer of 2013 – […]

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I … Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I … Still Haven’t Read

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 2016 Releases I Meant To Read… But Didn’t Get To… (But TOTALLY plan to Read!) Starflight by Melissa Landers Published January 2016 I have heard SO. MANY. GOOD. THINGS. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Published February 2016 Who doesn’t want to be destroyed by a Ruta Sepetys book? A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab Published February 2016 But okay – how is this still unread on my shelf? At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole Published May 2016 Another hist fic novel from the author of Letters From Skye? YES PLEASE. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, etc Published June 2016 So many good reviews. So much peer pressure. So much need to read this book already. […]