Top Ten Tuesday: 12/1


Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels I’m Looking Forward To

  1. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp | This is about a school shooting—the entire book spans 54 minutes from four perspectives. I actually have this in my galley queue and am waiting until it gets a little closer to the release date to read and review.
  2. The Reader by Traci Chee | The whole “not allowed to read” thing seems to be popping up a lot lately, but this one sounds awesome!
  3. Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie | Sonya can feel what others can feel, a gift she’s kept secret. This sounds so good! It sounds like there is a possibility of a love triangle, which makes me nervous, but I’ll give it a shot.
  4. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor | I have a weakness for time travel novels. Love the concept of this and I love Scotland. Yes, please.
  5. Sword and Verse by MacMillian | This sounds like a mix of several different stories I love.

6. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye | Magic, competition, romance…my cup of tea.

7. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright | I’m a secret sucker for royal romance.

8. Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce | This sounds so cute! Elise is the anonymous author of a popular book series who gets a taste of fame who lives vicariously through the girl who poses as her on the back cover.

9. The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel | I love historical fiction, and this one looks amazing.

10. The Edge of Nowhere by CH Armstrong | The cover. The description. I need this.


Thursday Things 11/26


Today, since it’s Thanksgiving and all, instead of doing a link roundup of all the things that have caught my eye lately, I’m going to tell you about a few things that I’m super thankful for right now, in no particular order.

  1. Lauren. I cannot tell you enough how thankful I am to have her in my life, as my best friend, a work colleague, my partner in blogging, and my workout buddy. It’s incredible how much my life has changed since she came into and I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have someone that really, truly gets you. Also, we have so much fun together & push eachother to constantly be better. I love our friendship so much!
  2. Hubs. We have been through A LOT together & let’s just say that I wasn’t the nicest person when we first started dating. He has helped me grow up so much & become a much, much better person. I’m so thankful to have him in my life and couldn’t imagine growing old and grumpy with anyone else. ❤
  3. Family. We are a crazy bunch, but we love eachother no matter what and we have so much fun together! Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without all of them (and neither would Cards Against Humanity and my brothers & husband trying to get my mom to say the most horrible things they can lol).
  4. Friends. Obvs Lauren is already on this list, but I have a few other friends that I couldn’t live without. There are some I go to for their wisdom and advice, some I go to because I know I can count on them to lighten things up and just be goofy with, and others that I go to because I know they’ll always be there. I couldn’t imagine my life without any of them to be perfectly honest.

And with that, I shall resume my eating of all the Thanksgiving things and playing Cards Against Humanity with the entire family! Hope everyone has a great day!


Top Ten Tuesday: 11/24


Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

  1. Jessie’s Girls: Muscle Building Edition by Jessie Hilgenberg | This is an e-book, but it still counts. I discovered Jessie Hilgenberg on Instagram and saw the amazing progress her “followers” were experiencing on her programs. I bit the bullet and bought it, and I haven’t looked back. It has completely changed the way I look at training and nutrition. The road to emotional healing and loving myself is going to take a while, but this is a great start.
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling | Duh. I remember picking up The Sorcerer’s Stone at the Library, waaaay back in the day. I read it and made my parents read it. Then we read The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire. It took a while, as I was about 12, but I remember waiting at Barnes & Noble for the midnight release of The Order of the Phoenix. It completely transformed me into an avid reader and really brought my family together.
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden | I read this in high school, and it was my first historical fiction piece I’d ever read. Though fictional, I felt that it really opened my eyes to the cultural differences that women face around the world and ultimately made me much more open to picking up historical fiction in the future.
  4. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin | I read this my sophomore year of college, and it was truly (and embarrassingly) the first “adult” fiction I’d ever picked up. Prior to it, I’d been too scared to venture outside of the YA section at the library. Why? Because I felt I wasn’t “smart enough” to read adult fiction. Dumb, right? I’m over it now!
  5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer | This was my first venture in to the world of non-fiction, which I had always assumed would be boring as hell. Newsflash: it wasn’t. It did make me realize that my romanticized notions of being an outdoorsy girl were ludicrous, though.

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton | My first science fiction novel. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. Dare I say it’s my favorite?

7. Meg Cabot — the whole lot of them | I can’t choose just one Meg Cabot book to add to this list—really, it was all of them growing up that made me feel like I understood life in school (I was homeschooled). I definitely lived vicariously through her characters.

8. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler | This was an assigned reading in my Eastern Civilizations class, but it really opened my eyes to a new culture that fascinated me. Ever since reading it, China has been on my list of places I would love to travel to (it also made me desperately want to join the Peace Corps).

9. AP Style Guide | Never would have made it through school without it.

10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini | Another eye opener, another piece of art. There’s a definite theme in this post—books are portals to other worlds, sometimes fictitious, sometimes real life. These books have given me the gift learning about and understanding another culture different than my own until I can travel there myself.


Thursday Things 11/19


If you’re in the market for some new ink & you’d like some literary inspiration, definitely take a look over here – there are a lot of really cute options. I say take an idea to your artist & let them run with it!

Um. Have you seen this yet? I’m not sure how I feel about it… I loved the first movie but the second wasn’t as good and now… 😦

I love that so many people want Veronica Roth as their survival buddy – but my favorite was Bardugo & Aveyard choosing eachother because of their jewelry.

I LOVE this idea that Uppercase came up with – be sure to give your thanks! You can even link your social media in your thank you, which I love.

The Rock is one of my most favorite people to be perfectly honest (follow him on Instagram if you don’t already), and this made me love him even more. Depression is real and affects EVERYONE.



Thursday Things 11/12


Look! My Harry Potter tattoo was featured on Mel Reads Comics last week. My leg is famous. 🙂

I haven’t been quiet about my distaste for all things Twilight, but I saw this post about Stephenie Meyer’s picks for a Life and Death movie… and I kind of like it?! I love Emma Stone & I’d watch anything with her in it.

Personally, I feel like all of the drama over the Starbucks red cup is stupid, and Buzzfeed perfectly summarizes my feelings with this post. Seriously people – plain red “ombre” cups does not equal a war on Christmas!!

Disney princesses + Hogwarts!!!! It’s like someone went into my head and published my dreams on paper (or the internet, same difference). Ursula as Umbridge is GENIUS.

I actually already received The Grownup from this list, and Leah Remini’s book Troublemaker as well as Shonda’s Year of Yes were on my TBR list already, but Khloe Kardashian wrote a book and Richelle Mead’s new one sounds good too so I guess my TBR list will never end. Also, did anyone else have no idea that Mariah Carey came out with a book?! No? Just me? Oh well. #bookbloggerfail


ALL OF THE YES TO THIS POST!!! You should NEVER EVER feel bad or embarrassed about what you’re reading.


Okay… so I’ve taken over Top Ten Tuesday (because I love it) and Kiesha has taken over Thursday Things (because she loves it)…but I’m butting here and sharing these super cute book page pumpkin DIYs for Thanksgiving!


Thursday Things 10/29


Kimberly McCreight is coming out with a new book! & it’ll be released just in time for my birthday – 27 will definitely be a good year for me!

I LOVE this and it literally made me laugh out loud (awkward when you’re in the middle of a bunch of strangers…) and it made me think of Lauren & her love of Goosebumps.

This list of things only true book lovers understand is ON POINT. It’s long, but so worth the read! The only thing I disagree with is dog-earing pages.. I dog-ear all my (physical) books & there’s nothing wrong with that!

Um, thank GOODNESS for this, and let the binge-watching begin! But really, I’ve seen every single episode of Law & Order: SVU and I’m sure it’s affected my outlook on sexual violence (among other issues) and I will forever love the show. On that same note, I’m totally reading the books on this list – and I’m sad I didn’t see it last year when it was first released!



Totally not book related, but I’ve been a little bit obsessed with James Bay’s Let It Go.

Does fiction based on fact have a responsibility to the truth? This New Yorker article discusses historical fiction and whether or not writers should keep facts in mind. I’m on the fence. I just finished Tiger Queens and some subtle things were changed and some characters were mashed together in order to make the story flow. If it makes a story make sense and flow better, I say stray from fact. I’m not reading historical fiction to learn history, I’m reading it to experience a story.

I’ve been so worn out lately—I just want to stay home and introvert.

Life is short, date a book nerd.


Thursday Things 10/15


Okay, first of all, here are a bunch of pictures that only Harry Potter fans will find funny. And a bunch of two-person HP Halloween costumes (Kiesha said no, she would not be the Nimbus 2000 to my Harry Potter and carry me around. Rude.)

Hah! I totally feel these social anxieties about books all of the time. Kiesha is the only person who understands when I say, “Hey…I’d love to hang out later but I’d also really like to finish my book.”

I was just approved for The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood on Netgalley, so I was pretty excited to read this on Huffington.

Is it Christmas yet? I need this.


If you’ve got a friend that’s going through a quarter-life crisis (& let’s be serious, it’s a real thing!), you should definitely check out this list of books from Popsugar – I’m going to read a lot of them myself (& I actually already own a couple).

I know these are from last year, but I just found them & couldn’t quit laughing. Just what I needed today!

I saw this over the weekend & completely agree – I was obsessed with the O.C., Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars & One Tree Hill so I’m happy they made the list!

I turned 26 in May, and this list really hit home for me – yes, I’m closer to 30 than I am to 20 now, and yes this season of life is vastly different than the one I was in 5 years ago (I mean, I’m married now… and kids are on the horizon), but I’m finally starting to feel like myself & know who I am, I’ve finally found what I want out of life &  I’ve finally stopped caring so much about what everyone else thinks of that.