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The Book We've Always Needed

Becoming by Michelle Obama is so worth the hype, y’all. Listening to it on audio felt like I was having coffee with Michelle herself (she narrates!), learning just what her love and her husband’s love for our country cost her. How it changed her. And how she took that love and forged a path with it—a path for women. A path for people of color. Her passion and love made a way for people to dream big.

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Books I Can't Read Soon Enough

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*

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New Year, New Reading Priorities

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).

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Books to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

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.

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Life Lately: Falling into Fall

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.

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Five "Non-Spooky" Books to Read in Autumn

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.

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What I Read in September

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.

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Annotating My Books

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.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ll try to trace the hold the book has on me, but what can I really say? Reading Station Eleven is like slowly peeling an orange, tearing it bit by bit until you’re at the sticky center. It’s sweet and it lingers, but oh, it stings, that little sun in your hands.

It’s a story about nostalgia: not only for what could have been but for what still exists buried underneath—like fingers on an out-of-tune cello playing a hollow song from muscle memory. Or maybe it’s always there, buzzing above our skin, like light moving over the surface of the waters, over the darkness of the undersea.

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Books I Plan to Read in August

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.

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Oh, I devoured this summer contemporary like candy. Or maybe honey is the right word; the prose is so smooth and draws you in instantly.

There's no better feeling than picking up the perfect book for your season of life—the perfect read you're craving. Ghosted was sweet, heartwarming, heartbreaking, gushworthy, swoonworthy, and a story I will always look back on fondly.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Oh, I adore this book. Kelly is a masterful storyteller, and I feel this one was brewing in her for a while. Lovers of middle grade—no matter their age—will come away with their own kind of sticky-sweet starlight: more joy, inspiration to forgive and cling to hope, and love multiplied.

This is a story about magic, how lies and sorrow and fear can rule and ruin, but how even the brokenness of the mad can be repaired with strength and hope.

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On Bookish Community IRL

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!

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