Saturday, September 23, 2017

Booktube Channel Recommendations

As much as I love blogging about books  - the quiet moments of typing up a review and reading other blogs - I also love talking about books. I started engaging with a "book community" on Instagram, which grew to this blog, which grew to my Youtube channel. If you're new to watching other people talk about books on Youtube, or even if you are not, click below where I chat about seven bookish channels on Youtube that I think you need to check out!

Fall Bookshelf Tour

It's that time of the year, yay! I one of those annoying people who loves the change of season to Fall and Winter. Unfortunately for me, I also live in a place where the seasons don't change a whole lot ( South Texas). So I compensate by decorating! Click the video below for a quick tour of my fall bookshelf decor.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall - Book Review

Something I run into frequently reading adult fiction, are books with a really cool premise. Those ideas and topics that I am so excited to see the author explore, and for me to explore myself- that I scoop the book up as soon as I read the back cover- unfortunately, sometimes those books don't live up to the hype I've created in my mind. Keep reading to find out where I feel "The Best Kind of People" fell short.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The I Suck At Readathons... Readathon

Sometimes it is helpful to take a step back and acknowledge the things that we are not so great at in this world of books, a little constructive criticism, per se. Well I suck at readathons - I am absolutely terrible at them, but I think I've found one that I can do! Keep reading to find out what readthon may break my curse.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

One of the most popular books of the summer, "When Dimple Met Rishi" by Sandhya Menon was everywhere this August - and I scooped up a copy as soon as my library had it available. Keep reading to find out if I enjoyed this summers must read YA contemporary.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Book Review

When I started blogging and making videos on Youtube, I knew that I would probably start adding more YA books into my TBR- and I was definitely not mad about it- but I maybe wasn't that excited either? YA lit is, not exaggerating,*everywhere* in the online book community! Generally, I don't tend to enjoy YA( sorry)- which is a bummer. I'll hear about a YA book and think- wow, the premise sounds great - but once I am actually reading the book- the voice of the narrator, or the YA tropes, or the fact that I am a middle aged woman, hits me, and I don't end up enjoying the book. "The Upside of Unrequited" is one of the few YA books I have read recently that defied those terrible odds. Keep reading to see what I loved so much about "The Upside of Unrequited" by Becky Albertalli

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September 2017 TBR

I'm trying for a really good reading month, guys! How about you!?! I am trying my hardest to set myself up for success. Keep reading to see what books I will be reading ( I'm super excited for them!) and some tricks I am using to have a good reading month!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

August Reading Wrap Up + Giveaway

Holy moly - August was a seriously insane month for me. But nothing compares to the craziness of the last week. My little family and I live about 30 minutes away from where the eye of Hurricane Harvey first landed. We evacuated on Thursday, and sat watching the TV, hoping that our home would still be here when we returned. I feel so incredibly blessed that our home was somehow miraculously unscathed besides minor fence damage. My heart and prayers go out to all of the people who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey #Texasforever.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ten Hidden Gem Books in (gasp) Non Fiction

Ah - non fiction. Non fiction books are often given the bad rap of being old, boring, grandpa books- and certainly those non fiction books are out there ( snore)! But, I feel like, as readers, we have a much more developed appreciation for non fiction and all of the amazing benefits there are to reading this genre. I weeded through all of the non fiction books I have read in the last few year ( A LOT) and found ten books that I felt like were excellent examples of why I *love* non fiction books as much as I do. Keep reading to see the list as well as some video reviews for the books I chose.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Experience with Havenly : free, online design help from a professional

Raise your hand if you feel like you have zero decorating knowledge- yep, me too. I love my house and its current style, but if I'm being the least bit honest with myself- I'm not responsible for it. I am incredibly blessed to have ridiculously helpful family, who are incredibly skilled at decorating. Outside help is a must for me. I know what I like but I am terrible at implementing it, and finding products to match --- enter Havenly. Keep reading to see the awesome design ideas they suggested and how I plan on implementing to totally update my style!

The Thicket by Joe R Lansdale - Book Review

" To some extent I find sin like coffee. When I was young and had my first taste of it I found it bitter and nasty, but later on I learned to like it by putting a little milk in it, and then I learned to like it black. Sin is like that. You sweeten it a little with lies, and then you get so you can take it straight." - The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

You know those books that pop up on your TBR list and leave you racking your brain trying to figure out how the world it landed on your list? That is totally this book for me! I have no earthly idea where I got the recommendation to read this book, but it made it not just onto my TBR list, but all the way onto my library holds list ( a competitive place to be!)- and so, here we are! "The Thicket" was definitely unlike any book I have read lately, and reminded me of "True Grit" meets "The Wizard of Oz" - kind of? Keep reading to learn more about my experience reading "The Thicket" by Joe R. Lansdale.