Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- Review

Posted July 19, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- Review

If Sarah Dessen is the Queen of the Contemporary Summer YA Novel, the Matson is hard at work becoming her successor. This is the second novel by Matson I’ve read and her ability to create an immersive summer experience for her characters seems to be her trademark. I read this on the beach while I was at Aulani, and it was the perfect beach read- a light surface story with heavier feelings cloaked beneath the surface. The plot of Second Chance Summer is two-pronged: Taylor’s dad is terminally ill and her family is spending the summer bonding and coming to […]


Stacking the Shelves [3]

Stacking the Shelves [3]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by  Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share the books that they’ve added to their shelves this week, whether borrowed, bought, virtual, physical, etc! So this summer I’ve been working quite a bit to put away money for (hopefully) graduate school, but I’ve also been treating myself occasionally! This week I got two packages from my two favorite places (Nordstrom & Amazon) so it was a good week thanks to UPS. Books I Bought: I was SO excited to order this because The Raven Boys was my first five star read in a few […]


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Review

Posted July 18, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 26 Comments
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- Review

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2011) Length: 466 pgs Series: Mara Dyer Trilogy, #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. My Review: Warning: This […]


Nancy Drew: The Sassy Sleuth is Still Relevant Today

Posted July 16, 2014 in Book Research/History, Books / 12 Comments
Nancy Drew: The Sassy Sleuth is Still Relevant Today

My Journey as a Reader with Nancy Drew  Growing up, I was always a voracious reader. Yet there was a pivotal moment in my reading journey that I clearly remember in elementary school. My mom cam home from work one day and gave me my first Nancy Drew book ever, The Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion. That moment fostered a long love for Nancy Drew mysteries that I still have to this day. After that fateful day, I would pester my parents every few weeks, begging them to take me to Costco, where the book section sold the original Nancy […]


Sunday Funday: Week in Review [7]

Sunday Funday: Week in Review [7]

Sunday Funday is a weekly(ish) post I’ve started to recap the bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) happenings in my life the past week! Feel free to participate, just link back! July 7-July 14, 2014 150 Followers! This week I reached 150 followers! I know that this isn’t a huge amount for many bloggers, but for me it’s an exciting milestone in my blogging progress. I’ve found the book blogging community to be so welcoming and supportive and I’m excited to keep growing. So thank you so much to everyone who reads and follows! I just received a copy of Allegiant today, […]


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- Review in Which I Rave About Everything in this Book

Posted July 12, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 15 Comments
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater- Review in Which I Rave About Everything in this Book

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 5/5 Stars! Publisher: Scholastic (2012) Length: 409 pgs Series: The Raven Cycle, #1 Format: Paperback, purchased from Amazon Goodreads Synopsis: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers […]


Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- Review

Posted July 9, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira- Review

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira My rating: 3.8(ish)/5 Stars Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)(April 2014) Length: 327 pgs Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about […]


Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog, The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Blogging Confessions,” a change from the usually more book-centric themes! Although my confessions will probably be more book oriented since it’s the inspiration for the blog…so read on and let me know if any of these apply to you! I set realistic reading goals for myself. Before I started blogging, I used to be proud that I read 30-40 books a year. Now I’ve seen that this is hardly a third of what many book bloggers […]


Sunday Funday: Week in Review [6]

Sunday Funday: Week in Review [6]

Sunday Funday is a weekly(ish) post I’ve started to recap the bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) happenings in my life the past week! Feel free to participate, just link back! June 30-July 6, 2014 As most of you know, I just got back from Hawaii this week! I got home in time to celebrate the fourth of July with my family and boyfriend, and yesterday we saw The Fault In Our Stars movie (which was quite faithful to the book, and I’ll give more of my thoughts on it later this week) and ate at my favorite Japanese restaurant (we have […]


Aloha, Aulani! Hawaiian Graduation Vacation Recap

Posted July 5, 2014 in Travel / 6 Comments
Aloha, Aulani! Hawaiian Graduation Vacation Recap

Hello lovely readers! This past week things have been quiet around here, but as most of you know, I had the amazing opportunity to spend most of this week in Hawaii! The trip was a graduation gift from my amazing Aunt (also the one who took me to the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale a few weeks ago- she’s great!) and it was truly an incredible experience, filled with history, relaxation, and of course, reading! Waikiki We started off our time on the island with a night in Waikiki, the first time I had ever been to the island of Oahu! […]