It’s Not Me, It’s You: 2017 DNFs

Posted December 13, 2017 in Features / 8 Comments
It’s Not Me, It’s You: 2017 DNFs

Back during my first year of blogging, I decided to do a round up of the books that I ended up not finishing, and while I don’t like to dwell on the negative, it’s interesting to have a record of the books that didn’t work out, especially to see if I ever get around to finishing them later on. Like many bloggers, I do feel guilty when I neglect to finish a book, especially when it’s one I’ve received for review or purchased for my personal collection. At the same time, my life is crazy busy and I just don’t […]


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | Review

Posted December 11, 2017 in Reviews / 2 Comments
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez | Review

*Warning- this review will contain some mild spoilers.* I will be 100% honest and say that this book was not what I was expecting. With the Jane the Virgin reference in the synopsis and the “laugh out loud” funny claim, I was expecting something heavy but with moments of levity and a strong thread of self aware humor throughout, much like the 2018 release American Panda, which also focuses on a protagonist who is a child of immigrants navigating two cultures. However, I found I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter to actually be quite heavy, and at times hard […]


November 2017 Month In Review

Posted December 6, 2017 in Features, Month In Review / 16 Comments
November 2017 Month In Review

Books I Read This Month: Honestly I was SHOCKED when I was looking back to see how many books I read in November for this post!! I took the week of Thanksgiving off which I think helped boost my numbers, and I also read a lot of ebooks (4 of the 8 were on my Kindle) which always helps me to read faster! Books I Reviewed This Month: A Cure for the Common Breakup (3.5 Stars) New Uses for Old Boyfriends (2.5 Stars) Put a Ring On It (5 Stars) Once Upon a Wine (4 Stars) The Name of the […]


Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm | ARC Review

Posted December 4, 2017 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm | ARC Review

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with contemporary books that feature royalty (an obsession likely starting with my love of The Princess Diaries series and continued currently by the Netflix drama, The Crown). So when I saw this at the Disney-Hyperion booth at YallWest I KNEW I had to grab it despite knowing literally nothing about the plot or premise, but the cover and title were enough to know it would firmly fall into my modern day royal obsessed brain. Couple that with the recent news of Prince Harry’s engagement and I couldn’t have read Prince in […]


Calm Down 2018, I See You | End of 2017 Priority TBR

Calm Down 2018, I See You | End of 2017 Priority TBR

Last year I did a post rounding up all of the books I really hoped to read/finish before the year came to a close, and I found it a fun way to keep me on track for my TBR, so I decided to go ahead and do it again this year! Writing the post also coincided quite nicely with this week’s TTT prompt over at The Broke and the Bookish (Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR). I’ve divided up the books I have left to read into three main categories, and while there are 11 books in total, I […]


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Review

Posted November 27, 2017 in Reviews / 8 Comments
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu | Review

It seems like no matter what social media platform I was on at the beginning of fall this year, Moxie was everywhere- Instagram, Twitter, news articles, etc. The punchy hot pink and black cover screamed feminism! in a way that I haven’t seen a YA book do in such a headstrong way before. I was thrilled to see Moxie was taking the internet by storm, and it took me back to my college days where I took several Women’s Studies classes and, like Viv in the book, truly understood what feminism was for the first time and learned about its […]


How I’ve Increased My Reading in 2017

Posted November 24, 2017 in Features / 12 Comments
How I’ve Increased My Reading in 2017

It’s almost the end of November and I’ve hit a realization that’s pretty much astounded me: Not only have I surpassed my Goodreads goal, but I am on track to read more books than I EVER had in a calendar year (well, since I’ve been tracking the amount of books I’ve read via Goodreads, which I started doing back in 2011). My most ambitious Goodreads challenge was back in 2015 when I planned to read 70 books, and I barely surpassed it by reading 72. This year my goal was 60 books and as of today I’ve already read 70…and […]


My First Amazon Bookstore Experience

Posted November 22, 2017 in Features / 6 Comments
My First Amazon Bookstore Experience

This month the highly anticipated Amazon Bookstore opened up in our local area. Ever since I heard about Amazon opening bookstores in Seattle (I think in a news article a few years ago?) I have been READY to visit one. We’ve been passing buy it for MONTHS, seeing the “Coming Fall 2017!” signs around the construction and just waiting for it to open (Mid November is a little late in the “fall” if you ask me!) Max and I eagerly visited the store the first weekend it was open, and I have to say, I think we were both a […]


Shades of London by Maureen Johnson | Series Review

Posted November 20, 2017 in Reviews / 8 Comments
Shades of London by Maureen Johnson | Series Review

The first book of Maureen Johnson’s paranormal series had been collecting dust on my “shelf of shame”  for several years after I picked it up from a Scholastic warehouse book sale, not completely sure what it was about but remembering that the title sounded familiar. This fall I’ve been going through a bit of a “spooky” reading phase (spooky being a highly subjective term as I do not do horror) and decided to pick up The Name of the Star on a whim one October weekend. I was enthralled by the books and by this introduction to Maureen’s writing (which […]


What I’ve Been Watching Lately

Posted November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized / 20 Comments
What I’ve Been Watching Lately

Inspired by Lauren @ Bookmarklit, I’ve been wanting to incorporate some more non-bookish things into my blog. Since Netflix is practically a hobby in and of itself these days, I am tagging along on her feature on showcasing what I’ve been watching lately! So basically all of the shows we’re watching right now are CW shows, but Jane the Virgin is one I’ve been watching since it’s initial release that really resonates with me. I come from a Latin family, so Jane’s over the top family dynamic is honestly not too different from my own (minus the accidental artificial insemination […]