Author: Cristina (Girl in the Pages)

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

There are so many things I loved about Loveboat, Taipei. It was like a crazy summer camp book yet set in a breathtaking, international setting with a backdrop of constant, amazing cultural experiences. Yet at the same time, there are some elements that didn’t always sit the best with me personally as a reader. I’m extremely glad I read it (it was a lot of fun!) and am looking forward to the sequel, but there were some elements I personally wish had been handled a bit differently. Loveboat, Taipei follows Ever Wong, an American-Chinese 18 year old living in Ohio […]


Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | Review

One of my goals for 2020 is for at least 10% of the books I read to be by Latinx authors, and I’m thrilled I was able to start off the year with a cute and charming Latinx story. Don’t Date Rosa Santos was as charming, quirky and colorful as the gorgeous cover suggests, and also had threads of magical realism, self-discovery and travel that I wasn’t expecting. The story takes place in the charming Florida town of Port Coral, where Rosa lives with her abuela Mimi, who’s raised her from a young age while her wanderlust mother travels across […]


What’s On My Library List [4]: Social Distancing Edition

Posted March 25, 2020 in Features / 3 Comments
What’s On My Library List [4]: Social Distancing Edition

What’s On My Library List is an original feature I started to highlight some of my most anticipated reads I have on hold through my local library that I am eagerly waiting for! As many are experiencing in the US and around the world, my state is under a “shelter in place” status until further notice (which I am 100% supportive of! We need to flatten the curve!) I’m hopeful that this will encourage me to read more, although to be 100% honest I’ve been distracted with everything going on that I haven’t gotten as much reading done as I […]


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren | ARC Review

Posted March 23, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren | ARC Review

Recently Christina Lauren books seem to have taken a turn from predominantly romance focused stories to stories focused more on the career and self-exploration of their 20-something protagonists- and I am here for it! I still love their original stand-alone romance stories (Roomies, Love and Other Words, etc) however there’s something refreshing and original about their new perspective, and I truly enjoyed The Honey Don’t List, zipping through it in just a few days when my previous read had left me in a little bit of a slump! The Honey Don’t List plays on the popularity of home renovation shows […]


Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young | ARC Review

Posted March 16, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young | ARC Review

It’s no secret that Girls with Sharp Sticks was one of my favorite books of 2019. I was absolutely thrilled when I was offered an ARC of the sequel, Girls with Razor Hearts and could not wait to dive into this sci-fi/dystpopian story again (which is a true testament to how well written this series is, as those are genres not typically in my reading wheelhouse!) While I found Girls with Razor Hearts to have an overall different vibe than its predecessor, I still very much enjoyed this story of feminism, strength and resilience. *Note, this review will contain spoilers […]


What I’ve Been Watching Lately [3]

Posted March 11, 2020 in Features / 0 Comments
What I’ve Been Watching Lately [3]

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! It’s been a while since I featured that I’ve been watching lately, and now that spring is here I thought it would be fun to feature the shows I’ve added to my tv rotation this season. I’m still watching the shows from my last post (Dynasty, Jane the Virgin, and Riverdale) so I’m only going to be […]


Month in Review: February 2020

Posted March 6, 2020 in Features, Month In Review / 2 Comments
Month in Review: February 2020

I can’t believe February has already come and gone! Even with the extra day it truly feels like it flew by. February was a weird month for me, busy with work yet weirdly spring-like, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Max and I have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and have been exploring new areas to walk. We found a neat Wetlands Preserve trial in our neighborhood that we’ve been walking down quite a bit, and have been exploring local lakes too- some of them have beaches that you can just drive right onto and sit in […]


Monthly TBR Plan: March 2020

Posted March 4, 2020 in Features, TBR / 2 Comments
Monthly TBR Plan: March 2020

I’ve made a lot of reading resolutions, and one of them is to be better about cultivating a monthly TBR. I know so many bloggers do beginning of the month TBR posts and I always LOVE reading them, so I’ve decided to post my own as well! I will include my physical, e-book, and ARC TBRs as well as a status update of where I am prior to starting my upcoming month’s TBR. Reading Progress Prior To This Month: 12/100* Books Read *Wish me luck as I try to read more books in 2020 than ever before! I am already […]


A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

Posted March 2, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

***Warning, this book will include spoilers for the first book in the series, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and some spoilers for A Heart So Fierce and Broken. You’ve been warned!*** I enjoyed this book much more than it’s predecessor. It’s not that I disliked A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I was ultimately underwhelmed and didn’t love the romance between Harper and Rhen. This book, however focuses on my (and many other’s) favorite characters of the series, Captain Grey who’s on the run and trying to hide his identity after the events of the previous novel. The […]


This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

Posted February 24, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more novels with Latinx characters by Latinx authors, and I was thrilled to find that This Train Is Being Held featured not one but two Latinx protagonists, I was thrilled! The story follows Isa, a white passing, half Cuban ballerina, who meets Alex, a Dominican-American aspiring pro-baseball player, on New York public transit. Existing in different classes, social circles, and areas of New York, they keep running into each other on various trains until they realize there is definitely a spark between them that they both can’t deny. While this is […]