Why I’m taking a November reading hiatus

I can’t believe that another November has rolled around—it’s here—it’s…tomorrow. It’s time for NaNoWriMo, or National Write a Novel Month, if you aren’t familiar with it. Basically it’s a month of wreckless abandon writing, all in a feverish attempt to reach the finish line: 50,000 words. It’s month filled with coffee, too many dollar billsContinue reading “Why I’m taking a November reading hiatus”

Throwback Thursday: Goosebumps Series

Happy (almost!) Halloween! In honor of Halloween, I’d like to throwback to one of my favorite childhood series: Goosebumps. As a kid, I was proud of how many books I read in a series. I read nearly all of the Junie B. Jones books, all of the American Girl Books, 16 Dear America books, eightContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Goosebumps Series”

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

It’s been a while since I’ve been so wrapped up in a magical/fantasy world. It was a pleasant surprise to crack open The Burning Sky and within several chapters, become completely enamored with the characters, story, and world. Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her time—or so she is told, by Prince Titus,Continue reading “The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10/28

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween 1. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series 2. The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland 3. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone 4. Glenda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz 5. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games 6. ClaireContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 10/28”

Throwback Thursday: Stay by Allie Larkin

In a post-breakup grab-the-chocolate-and-chick-lit stupor, I picked up Stay by Allie Larkin at my local Hastings. It was the spring of 2011, and to be honest, I was being dramatic—I didn’t even like the guy (incidentally, I met my now-husband several months after—but that’s a different story). It was the dog on the cover thatContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Stay by Allie Larkin”

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

I’m not sure what you would consider this—a novella? A collection of poems? Non-fiction? Whatever it is, I really enjoyed it. The book (it’s not really a story, and I’ll explain why in a moment) details the lives of a group of young Japanese women who are on their way to San Francisco. Called pictureContinue reading “The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka”

Listened to: Eragon by Christopher Paolini

For as long as I can remember, we never listened to music on long car rides. Nope, we were that homeschooled family who listened to YA fiction audiobooks on family vacation. I’m 23 now, and I actually look forward to long car trips…so I can pick out an audiobook. It’s the epitome of multitasking—driving andContinue reading “Listened to: Eragon by Christopher Paolini”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10/21

Ten New Series I Want to Start 1. Mark my words, I will start the Lorien Legacies (I Am Number Four) this year! There are so many books in the series, which is exciting to me. I loved the movie, so hopefully I love the books more. 2. I recently stumbled across the Once UponContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 10/21”

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I read this on vacation, lazily choosing it from my Nook library when I realized it had gone unnoticed for the past few months. Though a good story for an escape while nestled in the hotel sheets, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. At 188 pages, it was a quick read. It’s Clarke’sContinue reading “The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke”

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I bought this on impulse walking by a Bargain Books rack in my local Hastings…after all, is it really possible to walk past a Bargain Books rack and not purchase something? I digress. This book was terrible. The first few chapters were about getting reacquainted with Andy, the protagonist from the Devil Wears Prada (oneContinue reading “Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger”