Month: December 2017

How I Used My Kindle the First Year (2017)

Posted December 31, 2017 in Features / 20 Comments
How I Used My Kindle the First Year (2017)

I can’t believe that it was just last Christmas that I received my first ever Kindle. I was a staunchly physical book person for years, and in 2016 had only just started branching out into E-Books via Overdrive on my phone (or occasionally my iPad). I was frustrated by how hard it sometimes was to read e-galleys if you didn’t have a Kindle, so I finally caved and asked for one for Christmas, and my dad gifted me the Kindle Paperwhite in White (the no-ad version). It’s safe to say that adding a Kindle to my bookish life was a […]


Whose Books Am I Reading? | A Discussion Inspired by Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

Posted December 30, 2017 in Discussions, Features / 7 Comments
Whose Books Am I Reading? | A Discussion Inspired by Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

This post has went through a bit of an evolution, as I’m making my own version of Lauren’s post that she in turn made after being inspired by a conversation that we had with each other about where we’re getting our books lately. Since I’ve read 80 books this year (more than I can ever remember reading), I wanted to dive a little deeper, as Lauren did, into where I am acquiring my books, especially as there are SO MANY new releases these days and there’s always the struggle of wanting to keep up vs. wanting to save money. When […]


2017 End of Year Book Survey | Hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner

Posted December 29, 2017 in Features / 14 Comments
2017 End of Year Book Survey | Hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner

Hosted and created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner, the Annual End of Year Book Survey is a really fun way to look back at your year in reading and think through some of your favorites! 2017 Reading Stats   Number Of Books You Read: 80 (As of 12/29/18) Number of Re-Reads: 15 Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Best in Books 1. Best Book You Read In 2017? All of my 5 star review books were so different and great in their own way, but this is the one that left me with the biggest book […]


Girl in the Pages Best of 2017 | Best Backlist Books Read in 2017

Posted December 28, 2017 in Book Recommendations, Features / 18 Comments
Girl in the Pages Best of 2017 | Best Backlist Books Read in 2017

As we close out 2017, I’m rounding up all of my favorite books and recommending them by category throughout the last week of December! Everything from best releases, debuts, and back list books read will be featured! 2017 was the year that I really decided to read what I wanted to read, when I wanted to read it. I ended up reading more backlist than new releases, and it was an AMAZING feeling to feel like I was reading for me instead of to keep up with the never ending cycle of new releases. I read so many phenomenal backlist […]


Girl in the Pages Best of 2017 | Best 2017 Releases I Read

Posted December 27, 2017 in Book Recommendations, Features / 12 Comments
Girl in the Pages Best of 2017 | Best 2017 Releases I Read

As we close out 2017, I’m rounding up all of my favorite books and recommending them by category throughout the last week of December! Everything from best releases, debuts, and back list books read will be featured! 2017 was an AMAZING year for me personally, despite it being sort of a dumpster fire of a year for a lot of other things (politics, natural disasters, etc). I’ve read more books that I ever have before, got promoted, bought a house, managed to keep up with this blog, and generally went through a whole lot of life changes. I also read […]


2018 Reads on My Radar | A Top Ten Tuesday Post

2018 Reads on My Radar | A Top Ten Tuesday Post

One of my FAVORITE posts to write and read are posts highlighting new upcoming releases! I feel like I say this every year but 2018 looks like it’s going to have some really phenomenal releases! I’m linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for this week’s prompt “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018,” however I am likely going to be doing a series of posts on 2018 releases on my radar because there are just so many! This week I’m going to be focusing on 2018 releases that are on the top of my priority list that are […]


Far From the Tree by Robin Benway | Review

Posted December 22, 2017 in Reviews / 8 Comments
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway | Review

There’s a reason Robin Benway seems to be winning ALL THE AWARDS this fall for Far From the Tree– it’s a brilliant, emotional, evocative novel that takes a simple yet vast question from its dust jacket- “What does it mean to be a family,” and builds such a beautiful and layered world around exploring the answer, or many different answers between siblings Maya, Joaquin, and Grace. The novel begins with a brilliant parallel foundation of protagonist Grace following the fate of her family pattern and giving birth to her daughter as a teenager. As Grace struggles with the cascade of […]


All I Want for Christmas Is You! | 2017 Edition

All I Want for Christmas Is You! | 2017 Edition

What’s better than finding new books under the Chirstmas tree? For me, books (or gift cards to purchase books) are usually a huge staple in my wish list, although in recent years I’ve really pared down my bookish wishlist in an effort to cultivate a more purposeful home library (and I’m running out of space, let’s be honest). There’s usually not a ton of new releases in December, so Christmas usually serves as a time for me to ask for books I can’t get from the library to try out and didn’t pre-order throughout the year (which is largely how […]


Book Buddies Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Posted December 18, 2017 in Book Buddies Reviews, Reviews / 4 Comments
Book Buddies Review: Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Book Buddies is a fun, collaborative review feature that I participate in once a season with my friend Lauren who runs the blog Bookmarklit. We choose a themed book for the season, read it, and then answer fun questions that pertain to the book’s themes and each feature the book in our own way! Check out the second part of our feature on Lauren’s blog! Check out Lauren’s post here! Mini Review While I enjoy Sarah Ockler’s writing, I once again seem unable to truly find my groove with them. I was enticed by Bittersweet from the gorgeous cover, the […]


It’s Not Me, It’s You: 2017 DNFs

Posted December 13, 2017 in Features / 13 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 […]