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 – […]

So I Finished a Book! … Now What?

So I Finished a Book! … Now What?

At the end of last year, I was having a pretty tough time with reading. I had been in on and off slumps since mid summer (what even goes ON, y’all?!?), and I didn’t post a single thing to my blog from the end of October to December. It was weird – I wanted to read, I wanted to blog, but I just couldn’t find the motivation. I wanted to talk to people about books, I wanted to share my opinions, I wanted to book flail and have epic twitter conversations and all the things that I used to do … but it was just the furthest thing from my mind (except for those times where it was at the forefront of my mind and making me absolutely sad eyed miserable). At the beginning of this year, I started to think about a lot of things: what I used my blog for, what I used Goodreads for, how my reviews could be most beneficial to the authors whose books I loved, what I wanted this year to look like with my books. And also what kind of memories I wanted to preserve about my late 20s/early 30s bookish life – Goodreads is all […]

2017 Reading Challenge Sign Ups

2017 Reading Challenge Sign Ups

Goodreads Reading Challenge My Goal: 52 Books Hosted By: Goodreads This is been my longest standing challenge, and I know how some people feel about it, but I love it. I really get a thrill out of challenging myself to read a certain number of books each year, and pushing to meet that goal. (This is also why you see, from previous years, my # go up and then back down…) I’ve said this numerous times to numerous people, but I stand by it – averaging one book a week a week for an entire year feels completely valid to me! Previous Participation: 2016: 52/52 books 2015: 53/52 books 2014: 72/70 books 2013: 88/85 books 2012: 50/50 books Flights of Fantasy My Goal: 20 books Hosted By: Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly Fantasy Adventure is one of my forever favorite genres, and I love pushing myself to read even more of this genre – especially with how many amazing YA Fantasy books have been published recently!! (PS: Am I the only one that prefers YA Fantasy to Adult Fantasy? Is this just because i haven’t found the right Adult Fantasy books/author?) Previous Participation: 2016: 18/20 books 2015: 21/20 books Historical […]

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. […]

Blogger Collab: The Year of Recommended Reading

Blogger Collab: The Year of Recommended Reading

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 ended up coming up with The Year of Recommended Reads to solve a few conundrums: 1) Having books that we’re “going to get to someday” that just sit forever on our Goodreads TBRs 2) Wanting the other to read a book but not being able to find a suitable reason/form of coercion 😉 3) Finally finding a reason to FORCE EACH OTHER TO READ All the Light We Cannot See (no, seriously, we’ve been planning that buddy read going on 9 months. For real.) So what exactly does this mean?  Basically, it means this: We’ve already chosen a book for each month – we’ll each read it during that month, and at the end of the month we’ll post our reviews on the same day. Here’s an idea of what you’ll see in each post: The reason we wanted to read that book (or why we wanted […]