The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Mini Review

Posted December 5, 2016 in Reviews / 1 Comment
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Mini Review

The thing about thrillers is that it’s usually best to write a review right after finishing it, because all of the twists, turns, and plot reveals and emotions they evoked as so fresh in your mind. However, with The Girl on the Train, I was so tired of it by the time I finally finished that I wasn’t motivated to jot down my thoughts. My expectations were let down and I had no desire to relive the experience anytime soon. So now, a little over a month later, I’m catching up on reviews and struggling to remember the emotions that […]


All I Want for Christmas is You | 2016 Holiday Book Wishlist

Posted December 1, 2016 in Features / 12 Comments
All I Want for Christmas is You | 2016 Holiday Book Wishlist

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the Christmas season is finally here! (Not that Thanksgiving has ever stopped me, I’m a firm believer that Christmas music season starts promptly on November 1st). My family is big on Christmas lists so we know exactly what to gift each other, and with a winter birthday as well this time of year is when a lot celebrating is crammed into a two week period. Therefore, I have to put some thought into my bookish wish list as it’s the only time of year I am usually gifted books. My #firstworldproblem with this is that […]


Gilmore Girls Series Re-Watch Recap: Season 1

Posted November 30, 2016 in Features, TV / 4 Comments
Gilmore Girls Series Re-Watch Recap: Season 1

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revival that came to Netflix this past Black Friday. When I heard about it a few months ago, I was equal parts excited and anxious. Excited because I adored the show in middle school/high school (my mom went through a phase when she bought all of the seasons on DVD so I watched them a bit behind schedule) but also anxious because it had literally been probably 10 years since I had last seen an episode and I was afraid if […]


Mini Review Round-Up: The Boy is Back, These Shallow Graves, & Afterward

Posted November 28, 2016 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Mini Review Round-Up: The Boy is Back, These Shallow Graves, & Afterward

The Boy is Back was one of my most highlight anticipated books of the year. I loved the other installments in Meg Cabot’s Boy companion series, back when email was still a novelty, and I was excited to see her return to the technology format for this book (the story is told entirely through texts/emails/online news sources/etc.) While this book was a quick, light read, it seemed to be missing some of the charm of Meg’s older books. The romance felt sort of flimsy and the premise of the whole book was sort of strange and wacky in a way […]


How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather | Review

Posted November 16, 2016 in Reviews / 12 Comments
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather | Review

I have a confession to make: I love all things witch-y. Whether fantasy wizards or modern day sorceresses or just basic witch Halloween costumes with the pointy hat, I am all about the witch theme. Somehow How to Hang a Witch sort of slipped my radar when it first came out, but I came across it a few weeks from Halloween and used the magic of the library hold system to acquire it into my greedy hands right before Halloween. How to Hang a Witch not only dabbles in the paranormal, but in historical fiction as well, which endeared the […]


October 2016 Month in Review

Posted November 13, 2016 in Monthly Recap / 8 Comments
October 2016 Month in Review

Books I Read This Month: Wow, I have to say I read a LOT of books this month, considering October is the busiest month of the year for me at work! I think I was using reading as a way to relax quite a bit. I’d come home from work, exercise, read, sleep, repeat. I’ve found myself reading quite a few contemporaries lately, so I’m hoping to squeeze in more thrillers before the end of the year! Books I Reviewed This Month: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4 Stars) Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie […]


2017, is that you…? | Priority TBR before 2016 comes to an end!

Posted November 9, 2016 in Features / 19 Comments
2017, is that you…? | Priority TBR before 2016 comes to an end!

Can you believe that it’s already November? NOVEMBER. As in the start of the winter holiday season, the sixty day countdown to the end of the year, and the last minute scramble to get the essentials marked off your TBR lists before we’re hit with a slew of amazing 2017 releases! I’ve seen a lot of bloggers making end of 2016 TBRs and I think it’s a great way to prioritize what books to grab for over the next few weeks. Luckily, I’m almost done with my Goodreads 2016 Challenge (48/50 books completed so far!) and my reading tends to […]


The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia | Review

Posted November 7, 2016 in Reviews / 1 Comment
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia | Review

Technically, you owe my grandmother. She says people can learn everything they need to learn from life from a good telenovella. -pg 171 Oh gosh. For some reason I went into this book thinking I was going to 100% love it because of diversity! Hype! Pretty Cover! Beautiful Creatures! Sadly, The Lovely Reckless was, while still overall an OK read, a bit of a letdown in a lot of areas. This is what I get, once again, for impulse buying books off of Amazon (I’ve been burned before recently). The Good: Undercover cops: I thought the plotline with Frankie’s father […]


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ARC Review

Posted October 31, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ARC Review

Nicola Yoon’s writing contains a grace that I haven’t ever seen another author capture in quite the same way. She takes difficult, heavy, and at times overwhelming topics and manages to have her prose dance through them, keeping her characters challenged by not bogged down by them. Everything, Everything was a beautiful story of trust, deceit, illness, and physical and mental strength, and Yoon’s sophomore novel build upon its the expectations set by its predecessor with an even stronger delivery. First and foremost, the thing I adored above all else in The Sun is Also a Star was the narrative […]


How Could You Be So Heartless?

Posted October 24, 2016 in ARCs, Reviews / 6 Comments
How Could You Be So Heartless?

Heartless is one of the most fantastic ARCs I have ever been privileged enough to receive. I waited two hours in line at YALLWest and it was a hot mess getting it (it was pretty much a swarm) but I can’t be more thankful that I acquired it, because it’s a haunting tale that really shows the range of Marissa Meyer’s writing capabilities. Set from the perspective of the Queen of Hearts before she was royalty, Heartless follows Catherine, the daughter of a Marquess in the land of Hearts who wants nothing more than to open a bakery. Baking is […]