Category: Book Recommendations & Lists

YA Books Featuring Grandparents

YA Books Featuring Grandparents

It seems like years ago there were hardly any YA books that featured parents, let along grandparents. Remember the good old days of Gossip Girl and paranormal romance where the protagonists just ran wild/amok with supernatural creatures and their parents were none the wiser (if they were given any page time at all)? I feel like in the past 5 years we’ve seen so much more representation of parents and family systems in YA which is fantastic, but I feel like it’s still somewhat rare to find a YA book that prominently features grandparents. As someone who’s grandparents played a […]


Eight Highly Rated Books I Was Underwhelmed By

Eight Highly Rated Books I Was Underwhelmed By

I recently hopped on the “Low Rated Books I Loved” post bandwagon and had TONS of fun doing it, and was always curious as to how the inverse would work. What books are really hyped on Goodreads that I felt more “meh” about? I followed the same method as last time- I went to my Goodreads “read” shelf, sorted it by average rating (this time from highest to lowest), and chose the first eight books that popped up that received below four star ratings from me (only including books that popped up that I’ve read since I began blogging back […]


Eight Low Rated Books That I Loved

Eight Low Rated Books That I Loved

After seeing Madalyn do this post a while ago (and since then a few other bloggers too!) I knew I wanted to jump in and do it myself! I followed Madalyn’s method: I went to my Goodreads “read” shelf, sorted it by average rating from lowest to highest, and chose the first eight (rather than ten- I wanted to choose relevant titles) books that popped up that received four- or five-star ratings from me. I’m only including books that I’ve read since I started blogging back in 2014. This post was actually a lot of fun to put together, and […]


YA Set In College | A Growing (& Needed) Trend

YA Set In College | A Growing (& Needed) Trend

One thing that ALWAYS thrills me as a reader and blogger is coming across a YA books set in college. There’s just really not enough, and it’s such an important, formative time in the young adult experience. I’ve seen a lot of NA books set in college however they’re usually super romance focused and not as focused on the actual college transition. I decided to round up some of my favorite YA books with college settings and note some of the elements of the college experience they include. American Panda | Just One Day | Frat Girl | Fangirl While […]


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

Posted December 28, 2017 in Book Recommendations & Lists, 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 & Lists, 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 […]


Falling Into Fantasy

Posted September 13, 2017 in Book Recommendations & Lists, Features / 21 Comments
Falling Into Fantasy

I have the bad habit of buying fantasy books and taking ages to get around to actually reading them. I think this is due to my recent commitment-phobia when it comes to longer books, coupled with the exhaustion with “keeping up” with how many books other bloggers are reading. It’s a real shame too, since fantasy used to be one of my all time favorite genres. I’ve made huge strides on my reading goal this summer thanks to rereading some old series, and coupled with the changing seasons, I think I’ll be more motivated come fall to dive into some […]


Recommendations Requested [2]: From Normal to Royal

Recommendations Requested [2]: From Normal to Royal

Inspired by Lauren at Bookmark Lit’s latest Book Blog Ideas post, I decided to channel her fabulous Read-Bait feature into a post where I feature a theme in a book that I’m obsessed with, and offer my own recommendations along with collecting recommendations of other readers who might have similar suggestions! One of my all-time favorite tropes in the contemporary genre is seemingly normal characters finding out that they’re royal. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s also the ultimate wish-fulfillment plot line, imagining that something so extraordinary can happen to someone so ordinary. My love for this theme also […]


Recommendations Requested: Quaint, Small Towns

Recommendations Requested: Quaint, Small Towns

Inspired by Lauren at Bookmark Lit’s latest Book Blog Ideas post, I decided to channel her fabulous Read-Bait feature into a post where I feature a theme in a book that I’m obsessed with, and offer my own recommendations along with collecting recommendations of other readers who might have similar suggestions! As many of you who read my blog probably already know, I am currently in the process of re-watching all of the seasons of Gilmore Girls before I watch the special Netflix revival (no spoilers, please!). I’m currently nearing the end of Season 3, and I’ve been reminded throughout […]