Tag: book recommendations

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 […]


Religious Recommendations: Books with Religious Themes and Topics

Posted September 7, 2016 in Book Recommendations / 17 Comments
Religious Recommendations: Books with Religious Themes and Topics

No matter how you feel about religion, it’s a pervasive theme in most forms of media, and it lends itself to evocative storytelling. As I’ve mentioned before on my blog, I was a Religious Studies major (as well as an English major) in college. Most people confused Religious Studies with theology, but it couldn’t be more different. Religious Studies is a major comprised of sociology, anthropology, history, humanities and more. You can think of it as comparative world religion- I was able to customize my classes and take classes about all different kinds of religions and theorists, and study how […]


Summer Reads with Substance

Posted June 16, 2016 in Book Recommendations / 22 Comments
Summer Reads with Substance

As summer is upon us, many bloggers and readers will gravitate toward certain types of books to keep in their beach bag. Personally, summer usually leads me to craving contemporary reads with a summer or warm weather setting. While summer is the perfect season to get lost in a fluffy, feel-good novel, there’s also some amazing summer reads out there that contain plot lines and themes with a lot of substance. Below are four of my recommendations of both newer and back list titles that will satisfy your summer reading cravings while also bringing more substance to your reading experience. […]


Let’s Get Political: YA Book Recs For the Politically Inclined

Posted April 21, 2016 in Book Recommendations, Features / 13 Comments
Let’s Get Political: YA Book Recs For the Politically Inclined

This year is an election year in the United States, which means politics are even more in the limelight than usual and campaigns stickers can be found everywhere from backpacks to car bumpers. While this year’s election is arguably the biggest media circus in recent history (and it proves to be somewhat slim pickings, just saying) the focus on politics has reminded me of how much I love contemporary YA with political undertones. I’ve read a few great ones, and the political thread that runs through these novels impacts so many aspects of the story dynamics, from family tension to […]


Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Older-Skewing YA

Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Older-Skewing YA

As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic was a fill in the blank “Top Ten Books If You Like ____.” Personally I love to read YA that focuses on older teens, struggling with issues such as college, relationships, jobs, etc. that are problems that are very real for young adults but generally get ignored in favor of the high school age range in YA fiction. A lot of these themes I have yet to encounter in the New Adult genre, so I try to find YA novels that […]


Top Ten Underrated Books in YA (In My Humble Opinion)

Posted September 8, 2014 in Top Ten Tuesday, Weekly Features/Memes / 30 Comments
Top Ten Underrated Books in YA (In My Humble Opinion)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic was “Top Ten Underrated Books or Authors” so I chose to focus on YA. They’re in no particular order! 1) Obsidian (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout- Aliens, people, aliens! I feel like this concept is still vastly under-written compared to all of the over-done concepts in paranormal YA fiction. Plus there’s very swoon-worthy aliens and a book-blogging heroine! 2) Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick- I KNOW this book receives so much hate by many readers and bloggers alike, but […]