Category: Features

First Half of 2018 Releases I Haven’t Read Yet

Posted July 18, 2018 in Features / 5 Comments
First Half of 2018 Releases I Haven’t Read Yet

After reading Lauren’s post on January-June 2018 releases she’s surprised she hasn’t read yet, I knew I had to do my own! I specifically have a “2018 Releases” shelf on Goodreads that I use to keep track of my most anticipated new releases, and I was just scrolling through it to other day to see which ones I’ve missed so far. I’m including below the reads I was most excited for that I haven’t gotten around to yet…ideally they will make it onto some upcoming TBR posts! January-February Releases Reign of the Fallen // Honestly I feel like I don’t […]


Disneyland Summer 2018 | Blogging Besties Unite

Posted July 11, 2018 in Features, Travel / 1 Comment
Disneyland Summer 2018 | Blogging Besties Unite

If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you’ll know that Max and I make every effort to visit a Disney park at least once per year. Generally we go around Halloweentime (we love the decorations!) but when I heard that Lauren was going to be in SoCal this summer I could not pass up the opportunity to finally meet her in person, and I suggested that her and Chris meet us at the happiest place on earth since they’d never been! What ensued was basically one of the best days EVER. Day 0 Max and I drove down […]


Monthly TBR Plan: July 2018

Posted July 5, 2018 in Features, TBR / 7 Comments
Monthly TBR Plan: July 2018

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: 47/80 Books Read So I think I totally jinxed myself in June because I was SO proud of reading 10 books […]


YA Books Featuring Grandparents

Posted June 27, 2018 in Features / 14 Comments
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 […]


Top Ten A Song of Ice and Fire Characters Who Were Cut From the Game of Thrones Show

Posted June 20, 2018 in Features / 2 Comments
Top Ten A Song of Ice and Fire Characters Who Were Cut From the Game of Thrones Show

I’ve got another confession to make. I’m your fool. Nah, just kidding fam. My confession is this: I love A Song of Ice and Fire. Notice how I call it A Song of Ice and Fire. Because that’s what the book series is called. Game of Thrones, in the eyes of myself and many other fans, is a completely different animal. A completely different story with a skin of our favorite story. Don’t mistake me; Game of Thrones has some great moments. But we’re all book people here. The books are always better. The plot, at this point, has almost […]


May 2018 Month in Review

Posted June 7, 2018 in Features, Month In Review / 12 Comments
May 2018 Month in Review

Hello! I am back with a monthly recap for the first time since February and I’m so excited to share with you that I read TEN books in the month of May. I think this must be a personal record for me for most books read in a month, or close to it at least! Personally, this month was super busy and exciting, starting with YALLWEST the first weekend, followed by out of town visitors, my little brother’s college graduation, and ending with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Perhaps the BEST part of the month was finally trying Salt & […]


Monthly TBR Plan: June 2018

Posted June 1, 2018 in Features, TBR / 14 Comments
Monthly TBR Plan: June 2018

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: 41/80 Books Read Can we all marvel at the fact that 2018 IS ALMOST HALFWAY OVER?! WHERE HAS THE YEAR GONE??? […]


Giving Scribd Another Shot

Posted May 23, 2018 in Features / 11 Comments
Giving Scribd Another Shot

So if you’ve been around the blog recently, you’ll notice that I’ve recently (as in, since 2018) become a fan of audio books. I talked about my struggles with them years ago, and then recently shared my revelations about how I’ve gotten them to work for me (listening to them through my bluetooth portable speaker while I do chores around the house has been a godsend). While I love Overdrive and have been using that as the source for most of my audio books, I find that the selections available through my local library can be slow to update and […]


Beyond the Books: Yoga

Posted May 16, 2018 in Beyond the Books, Features / 13 Comments
Beyond the Books: Yoga

As much as I love reading and book blogging, I have a variety of interests outside of those hobbies that I love to chat about and share with others. I started Beyond the Books as a way to take a break from bookish content and feature some of my other favorite things! I really owe this whole post to Kristin from Super Space Chick, because after stumbling upon her own yoga related blog post one day, I discovered Yoga with Adriene, the Youtube channel that I can safely say is changing my life. After reading Kristin’s post about how Adriene’s […]


YALLWEST Round 4: Senior Year

YALLWEST Round 4: Senior Year

I’ve been blessed enough to be able to attend YALLWEST since its inaugural year in 2015, and returned again this month for its fourth year (“senior year,” if you will) in sunny Santa Monica. The festival was a bit more hectic that usual for me due to work commitments as it happened a bit later than it usually does, however we still ended up making it and catching up with our book squad from last year and having a fantastic time! Each year more and more publishers and vendors come out for the west coast event and it was great […]