The Year of Recommended Reading: Sorcery & Cecelia

The Year of Recommended Reading: Sorcery & Cecelia

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: For this month, this question is almost more of “Why I wanted Alexa to read this book:” and it’s a pretty simple answer: BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. But no, really – this was one of my absolute favorite books/series as a teenager, and I was actually pretty surprised that Alexa hadn’t yet read it; it seemed totally up her alley! One of the great things […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tracking Down Tunes: Pump It Up

Tracking Down Tunes: Pump It Up

For this project, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and I have decided to expand our musical interests, while also recommending to each other some of our favorite songs! Each month Alexa and I will be creating and sharing a themed Spotify playlist at the beginning of the month (for the songs we listened to/found the month prior). The idea is that out of the 10 songs that we add to the playlist, at least 5 of them have to be brand new to us – the others are allowed to be songs that we’ve listened to and loved (but should fall under recommendations to each other.) The whole idea here is to find bands and artists that we fall in love with that we may never have looked for if not for us actively Tracking Down Tunes! This month we’re talking about the songs we listen to when we need to get energized, motivated, or just need a jump in our day! (Head over to Alexa’s post to see which 10 songs she added to the playlist, and why!) Good Times | INXS with Jimmy Barnes The first time I heard this song was when I saw the movie The Lost Boys, and I […]

Book People Talk Movies: Lauren talks The Room & Wet Hot American Summer

Book People Talk Movies: Lauren talks The Room & Wet Hot American Summer

For info on Book People Talk Movies, (or to submit a guest-post-recommendation!), click here! This month’s Book People Talk Movies theme is: Sometimes you watch a movie and you know it’s not going to win all the awards. You know it’s gots plot holes, you know some of the acting is subpar. But you know what else? You love it anyway. 😉 Thank you so much to Lauren @ Bookmark Lit for her guest post today!! Read on to find out why bad movies are totally her jam, and which two she thinks you need in your life ASAP! Lauren @ Bookmark Lit blog | instagram | twitter | goodreads | tumblr When I saw that Lindsey was putting together a post for August’s theme – It’s So Bad It’s Good – I knew I needed to jump on that train as soon as humanly possible. Bad movies are my FAVORITE THING. My boyfriend and I are addicted to watching bad movies, making fun of them a little bit, and also enjoying them at the same time. In a recent blog post including facts about me, I said: I definitely love movies in general, but there’s just something about bad movies that draws us […]

Tracking Down Tunes: Soundtrack Songs

Tracking Down Tunes: Soundtrack Songs

For this project, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and I have decided to expand our musical interests, while also recommending to each other some of our favorite songs! Each month Alexa and I will be creating and sharing a themed Spotify playlist at the beginning of the month (for the songs we listened to/found the month prior). The idea is that out of the 10 songs that we add to the playlist, at least 5 of them have to be brand new to us – the others are allowed to be songs that we’ve listened to and loved (but should fall under recommendations to each other.) The whole idea here is to find bands and artists that we fall in love with that we may never have looked for if not for us actively Tracking Down Tunes! This month we’re doing things a bit different – we’re sharing some of our favorite soundtrack songs! We’ll be sharing 5 instrumental songs, and 5 lyrical songs that so perfectly fit the scene and/or movie we can’t help but LOVE them! I’m really excited to share these because I have always been a huge fan of movie soundtracks and love love love moments in film that […]

Tracking Down Tunes: Happy Making Songs!

Tracking Down Tunes: Happy Making Songs!

For this project, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and I have decided to expand our musical interests, while also recommending to each other some of our favorite songs! Each month Alexa and I will be creating and sharing a themed Spotify playlist at the beginning of the month (for the songs we listened to/found the month prior). The idea is that out of the 10 songs that we add to the playlist, at least 5 of them have to be brand new to us – the others are allowed to be songs that we’ve listened to and loved (but should fall under recommendations to each other.) The whole idea here is to find bands and artists that we fall in love with that we may never have looked for if not for us actively Tracking Down Tunes! This month we are doing our Happy Making Songs – those songs that we listen to when we need a little extra pep in our step, a little extra happiness in our lives, a little something to make us smile and make the day a little less hard to get through! (Head over to Alexa’s post to see which 10 songs she added to the playlist, […]