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(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Dessen Recommendations and Similar Stories

Posted June 15, 2017 in Features / 10 Comments
(Re)Reading Sarah Dessen | Dessen Recommendations and Similar Stories

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


California, Here We Come | YA Books Set in the Golden State

Posted May 29, 2017 in California Here We Come, Features / 20 Comments
California, Here We Come | YA Books Set in the Golden State

It’s probably no secret by now that I am a beloved West Coast native and I LIVE for books set in California. I’m thrilled to see that a golden state setting is becoming more and more common, and will 100% prioritize books set in California on my TBR. I’ve decided to start compiling lists of the top YA books set in California and chronicling them on my blog. Today’s post features all books set in Northern California, and it’s completely coincidental that they are all beautiful shades of sunset orange. Have you read any of the above books? Do you […]


Pre-Order Priorities [3]: First Picks of 2017!

Posted January 4, 2017 in Features, Pre-Order Priorities / 12 Comments
Pre-Order Priorities [3]: First Picks of 2017!

Pre-Order Priorities is a feature that highlights all of the books that I’ve recently pre-ordered and am anxiously awaiting to arrive at my door! This post I’m highlighting all of the 2017 releases that I’ve pre-ordered so far! I’m tyring to be more responsible about my book buying this year, so having some of my most anticipated reads already ordered (and knowing they’ll be en route to me ASAP) keeps me (somewhat) satisfied! Release Date: January 10th, 2017 I’m currently reading Windwitch and loving it, so I knew I’d want it’s sequel in my hands ASAP! I’m also seeing Susan […]


Pre-Order Priorities [2]

Posted July 27, 2016 in Features, Pre-Order Priorities / 14 Comments
Pre-Order Priorities [2]

Pre-Order Priorities is a feature that highlights all of the books that I’ve recently pre-ordered and am anxiously awaiting to arrive at my door! Release Date: August 2nd, 2016 I haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book yet, but there’s something about the buzz surrounding this one and the cover is really visually pleasing to me, so I decided to take a risk and pre-order it! Release Date: September 6th, 2016 I don’t think anything really needs to be said about this one. ROWAN+AELINE 4 LYFE. Release Date: October 4th, 2016 I missed this one at YALLWest, but I’ve heard great […]


My Current Obsession with E-Books

Posted June 6, 2016 in Features / 36 Comments
My Current Obsession with E-Books

A few months ago I talked about how I was having trouble finding my groove with audio books, and it was frustrating me since I spend 15+ hours a week just commuting, and I needed a way to work reading into my weekdays without having to physically carry a book around. My backpack is already heavy enough, and it’s a hassle to pull a add carrying a physical book around throughout my commute that includes driving, riding a train, and then walking to my office. Add in the fact that I can barely read in a moving vehicle without getting […]


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

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 […]


Second Time’s the Charm…?

Posted February 15, 2016 in Features / 28 Comments
Second Time’s the Charm…?

Sometimes, reading a less popular book by a new-to-you author can be a great strategy, as you won’t be ruined by the “hype” that surrounds they’re most popular works. However, I’ve been burned by this strategy a few times, as it’s led me to be underwhelmed by an author who I’ve heard nothing but great things about. I still have faith in these authors though, and really want to try out their writing again, so I’ve done some research into what I should try next by them to be sure to have a better experience! I Was Here by Gayle […]


The Gift of Fear: Non-fiction that can save your life

Posted November 18, 2015 in Features, Guy in the Pages / 7 Comments
The Gift of Fear: Non-fiction that can save your life

Since graduating from college, I don’t read nearly as much nonfiction as I used to. While the break from monotonous texts in exchange for all of the fiction I want has been great, it also means I’ve been missing out on critical, thought provoking reads that I was often exposed to in college. Max is a recent college graduate in psychology and for his birthday earlier this year asked me to gift him with a non-fiction book that he had read excerpts from in his upper level psychology classes: The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. This text is […]


Finding My Groove with Audio Books

Posted September 30, 2015 in Features / 27 Comments
Finding My Groove with Audio Books

Despite the fact that I’ve been reading since before I could actually “read” (when I was a toddler I was quite fond of carrying around picture books and “reading aloud” to anyone who would listen, which is to say I would make up stories I thought went with the picture) I haven’t actually listened to an audio book until the last month. I started a new job which requires a 1.5 hour commute each way, and I cannot for the life of me read without getting motion sick. It was the perfect opportunity to start venturing into the world of […]