Do you ever have that feeling that a stack of books is just calling to you, but you already have a “set” TBR or a list of books you’ve already “committed” to read before you can get to that stack? This is why I’m notoriously terrible with TBRs. I’m a mood reader who is always longing for the next book I can read (which is usually a brand-new release that just arrived on my doorstep). *Sigh*Read More
Even though it’s only been a three-day weekend and I’ve been absent from my work for a good bit because of the holidays, it’s felt like a looooooong week. But I’m thankful to be home, and I’m ready to sink back into a good routine.Read More
Hi lovely readers!
Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s already 2019? I’m hoping you’ll see a lot more of me in this space this year—and a lot more of my reading life. I didn’t write a lot of “reviews” last year (I use this word loosely because I tend to be pretty casual/ramble-y on this blog and share musings here and there instead of formal book reviews).Read More
I don’t know about you, but I like to read a lot of different kinds of books leading up to the Christmas season . . . light-hearted, fluffy romance books to match the hallmark movie vibes; beloved favorites for nostalgia (Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, etc.); classic Christmas stories; harder-hitting, warmhearted reads to cozy up with by the tree; and of course my favorite Advent books.Read More
I cannot believe it’s almost November. Truly, I’m shocked how quickly time has gone by. The leaves are beginning to change here in Raleigh, life is settling into a new rhythm, and I find myself craving—more or less—time to curl up on the couch with a good book and some peppermint tea.
But my days are full. Full of good things, nonetheless, but still full. Prioritizing reading has been hard, but I’ve been trying to cut myself some slack about that.Read More
October is the one month I actually feel pressure to read certain kinds of books, and most of the time, that pressure is welcome.
I love the idea of reading spooky or creepy books in the fall, but sometimes I just can't decide which thriller to pick up, and I end up not reading any spooky books. It's like a weird kind of reading paralysis, and it's just plain silly.Read More
September was such a full month y'all. As summer winds down and the fall routines begin, that familiar, cozy feeling is creeping in. The days are getting shorter, the house smells like delicious soup, my wardrobe is full of chunky sweaters again . . . it's all happening.
The beginning of autumn means my schedule is full, too. I'm doing something almost every night of the week.Read More
I'm finally sharing why and how I annotate my books, and you guys, it has enriched my reading so much. I've been full-on annotating books for about two or three months now, and I can't imagine doing it any other way.
I'll admit, I used to be one of those people who would practically hyperventilate when even thinking about writing in books, but that "stage" of my reading life only lasted about two years.Read More
Recently, I posted an Instagram story about how I like to use Post-It notes to get the most out of my reading. People seemed to like that tip, and then my story disappeared.
I've never received so many DMs from people wanting to learn what all the fuss was about! So I decided to share this trick—and more advice on how to get more reading done—in a blog series.Read More
I've spent several days now wondering about people who read for rest and self-care—how it would be lovely to unwind at the end of a hard day with a book or spend a Saturday tucked away between blankets and pages of captivating books, maybe with a face mask on and a glass of wine.Read More
I've decided to give the old book blog a little bit of a facelift. I've always been quite inconsistent with blogging content, but since I'd started the NTWB podcast, I really haven't had much time for my BookTube channel. To be honest, I'm not sure what will become of it, but I know it's just too much work to keep up with both.Read More
Hi readers, I'm finally posting my August TBR! I may be too ambitious—it is August 9 and I haven't picked up a book yet—but I need to commit, prioritize, refocus. Life is crazy, and I don't want my reading to fall by the wayside.
I decided last month I want to try to read at least one book a month that's been on my shelf for more than six months. Lately, I've been checking books out at the library, getting new books from publishers, buying new books, et cetera.Read More
It's been quite a busy season these past few months! I haven't done as much reading as I hoped, but I have been enjoying the bookish community quite a bit! I just got back from a trip to Chicago with some of my favorite bookish friends and BookTubers: Katie, Julie, and Jess. It was so fun to hang out with them for a long weekend in a huge city—especially because this was Jess's first time in the United States!Read More
It's been a while! I promise I haven't completely fallen off the map; I've been making videos and reading and such, but I have to admit, I haven't had the itch to write in quite a while.
Today, however, I'm inspired by the Twittersphere because it happens to be twenty years since J. K. Rowling first publishing the Philosopher's Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series. #HarryPotter20 has been trending all morning, and I have to say, I've been a bit weepy thinking about the world's love for this particular Wizarding World.Read More
I'm joining in (last minute, of course) with thousands of readers today for Dewey's Read-a-thon! I won't be able to read all day, but I do have quite a few books I want to finish before May 1st (and the Do-a-thon!).
I'm treating today as a "wrap-up day" for all the books I've either (1) been reading forever and can't seem to finish or (2) put down at the beginning of the month and neglected to pick back up. Strangely, I've been enjoying all of the books on this list; life has just been in the way a lot lately.Read More
I haven't shared my thoughts on what I've been reading lately because, quite frankly, I haven't been reading a lot. I've been reading a ton for my job, and I think that's part of the problem. I edit stories all day (and sometimes night) long—and by the end of the day, my eyes are usually killing me and the last thing I want to do is read.
But lately, I haven't exactly been in a reading slump. In fact, I desperately want to read so many of the books on my shelves; I just don't have the time or eye muscle strength (that's a thing, right?).Read More
I said on my BookTube channel that I didn't have any resolutions or goals for 2017, but I've changed my mind in, oh, a day? I'm just a sucker for resolutions, you guys.
I wasn't always this way, but I'm finally coming around to the truth that I am a goal-oriented person. My downfall, however, is always my all-or-nothing goals. I tell myself I'm going all in or there's no point to it all, which is just silly. Thankfully, I don't feel that way about readathons or monthly TBRs, and reading in general.Read More
Redemptive narratives are a lot like falling in love.
Sometimes you are here with me, and I dream you up out of my conscious mind, as if the gears are turning to put together old bones. Nothing makes sense until it does, and then we're flying, together, promising never to leave anything behind. And sometimes you return slowly, seamlessly making yourself known beyond the sleep and hum of everyday life.Read More