Recommended Reading: 5 Picks for Spring

Spring officially arrives in three days and I CAN NOT wait! We are barreling towards the summer!!!

I’m a big believer that weather affects our mood. As a mood reader, my book picks of the month tend to coincide with the season.

Spring reading for me means a mix between classics and contemporaries. For this recommended reading list, I chose authors that have beautiful writing styles.

I’ve chosen five of my favorite spring books, ranging from historical fiction, classics, and non-fiction.

Covers are linked to their Goodreads profile, summaries are excerpted from Goodreads profiles

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn

For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared.

Whoever designed the cover got the story’s aesthetic down PAT. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy April weekend in preparation for the summer weather. This is a beautifully lyrical read that is pretty short but not entirely linear. Read More »


Down the TBR Hole #09: Books 81-90

This is my ninth installment of Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” and I can’t believe I’m about to hit my 100th book mark! The objective of the challenge is to get rid of the books you are no longer interested in reading by going to your Goodreads”to-read” shelf, order the books with the oldest books first, and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading.

Whenever I complete a round, I feel so good about myself! Then I go and add on a couple dozen new books in between each round. I’m hoping that by completing these weekly I’ll be able to keep up with the newer additions.Read More »

Review: In the Fall They Come Back (spoilers)

General Information

In the Fall They Come Back
Page Count: 398 pages
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Age Range: Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: In the Fall They Come Back

CW: mentions of physical, sexual abuse; suicide

Official Summary

Ben Jameson begins his teaching career in a small private school in Northern Virginia. He is idealistic, happy to have his first job after graduate school, and hoping some day to figure out what he really wants out of life. And in his two years teaching English at Glenn Acres Preparatory School, he comes to believe this really is his life’s work, his calling. He wants to change lives.

But his desire to “save” his students leads him into complicated territory, as he becomes more and more deeply involved with three students in particular: an abused boy, a mute and damaged girl, and a dangerous eighteen-year-old who has come back to school for one more chance to graduate.

In the Fall They Come Back is a book about human relationships, as played out in that most fraught of settings, a school. But it is not only a book about teaching. It is about the limits and complexities of even our most benevolent urges–what we can give to others and how we lose ourselves. (Source)


You know that episode of Friends, “The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS,” where Phoebe tries to convince Joey there’s no such thing as a selfish good deed? Yeah, that’s pretty much the basis for this book.Read More »

Discussion: Collecting Different Versions of the Same Book

Hello, I’m having a problem and I need some advice.

It feels like EVERYONE I’m following over on Goodreads are reading the beautiful new collector’s editions of Fruits Basket. I’m loving seeing everyone’s reactions as they’re reading it for the first time.

I own all 23 of the original books, bought back when I was fifteen reading the series for the first time. Every few years I binge through the entire series, and the last time I read them was in 2015 after college.

Anyway, seeing all the beautiful covers floating around got me feeling like I needed to get my hands on a copy!!!


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The On My Shelf Tag

I came across the On My Shelf tag through Syd at Reading and Rambles and I had to do it! I’ve been searching for a fun tag to do and none of them really gravitated towards me like this one did.

You have five rounds of choosing a random number, and counting the books on your bookshelf until you get to that number. I did something similar to this on bookstagram, except the person who tagged me got to choose the number! This time, I used a random number generator to pick my five books.

Book covers are linked to their Goodreads profile, summaries excerpted from Goodreads profiles.

The Books:

#36: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realises just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take fate into her own hands.

I bought this book used years ago but I don’t remember the exact book sale. It’s just so large and intimidating! It has some high ratings and maybe one day with a long flight or something.Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #8: Books 71-80

If you’re caught up with my last Down the TBR Hole post then you’ve witnessed my struggle with how to continue drafting these TBR Holes because honestly, that’s where I’ve been heading: down a deep dark hole.

I started doing Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” many months ago, and I’ve decided to continue them. At first they were fun because it felt like a game to try and see if I could beat how many I removed from the previous post. It quickly became more of a chore; I was thinking too hard, spending too much time on tedious graphics or boring explanations on why I’m keeping or getting rid of the book.

To be honest, if I was reading my own posts as a stranger, I would probably just skim through it. That’s not exactly the type of content I’d like to be creating.

Moving forward, I’m formatting my TBR Holes more simply. A photo of the book, the title, author, date I added it (because it’s funny for me to see how long some of these books hovered in my mind!) and if I’m keeping it or tossing it. Maybe I’ll add some commentary to the end, who knows!!!! #YOLO

My decisions to keep or remove a book follow Marie Kondo’s decluttering technique: hold it in your hands and if it brings you joy, keep it; if it doesn’t get it out of your life.

Because I’m eager to get through my Goodreads shelf, I’m going to be posting these once a week every Thursday.

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Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

General Information

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
Series: The Diviners, Book 2
Page Count: 624 pages
Audio Length: 20 hours 13 minutes
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Audiobook
Goodreads: Lair of Dreams


Official Summary

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? [Source]


(May contain The Diviners spoilers, but won’t spoil plot points for Lair of Dreams)

If you’ve suffered through my entire Diviners review (which if you did: 1) I’m sorry and 2) how did you manage to read that whole thing???) then you know exactly how in-depth I went into the different elements. Since many of them are the same, I just going to focus on the plot and characters.Read More »

February Reading Wrap-Up: Basically just rambling about my new favorites

Books Bought:

  • How I Resist edited by Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson (ARC)
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White (ARC)
  • The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller
  • The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel (ARC)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (ARC)
  • Margaret Goes Modern by Frances O’Roark Dowell

Books Read:

  • Beartown by Fredrick Backman
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay
  • Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Writer’s Diary #01: Beginning to Revise My NaNoWriMo Draft

I did something scary yesterday for the first time: I finished reading over my manuscript from NaNoWriMo.

This was the first time I’ve printed out a longer story I’ve written to edit it; usually I’m able to edit and revise on the soft copy. However, my NaNoWriMo novel ended up being about 140 unstructured pages of a ginormous mess!

I went into NaNo with literally only some characters names and an inciting incident. I spent most of the month feeling like I was writing just writing to fulfill the 50k word count goal. Since I was still in the early stages of drafting (and brainstorming), much of it was fleshing out the world and characters.

I wrote the scenes out of order, sometimes going back up to an earlier scene and writing from there, or inserting a scene before or in between other scenes I’d written if it felt like it fit. Read More »

Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

General Information

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
Series: The Diviners, Book 1
Page Count: 608 pages
Audio Length: 18 hours 18 minutes
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Audiobook
Goodreads: The Diviners


Official Summary

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first. [Source]


There is so much to unpack here that I’m breaking up this review into fictional elements (characters, setting, plot, diversity, audio narration, and of course, the ending) in order to accurately address my feelings towards this brilliant work of art. (I couldn’t decide how to order them so alas they are alphabetical!)Read More »