Review: Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

Review: Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

Happy new year! I’m glad to be starting a new year, and was glad when the first book of the year was a big hit! I actually came across Little Pretty Things through a BookBub list of award-winning books that might have been missed — and I’m so glad I did! It’s rare for a mystery/thriller to live up to the likes to Gillian Flynn or Tana French, but Lori Rader-Day is an under the radar writer who deserves more attention. Little Pretty Things looks at the way high school impacts us: before, during, and after the fact. Juliet was a second-place track star all through high school, always failing to beat her best friend and competitor Maddy Bell, the shining star of […]

Top 10 YA Novels of 2016

Top 10 YA Novels of 2016

For the first time ever, I read not only enough books to break down my favorites into separate posts, I think I have to split them out by YA/Adult. There were some I’ve been raving about all year, and some last minute surprises, so here they are – the best YA I read this year, though most weren’t necessarily published this year. Also, in putting this together, it’s hitting me how few books I actually reviewed this year, which is a huge change from last year when I reviewed nearly everything! 10. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella This introduced me to Sophie Kinsella, made me laugh out loud, and was a really great portrayal of mental illness. There is something to […]

Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hi and Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a great holiday season — I am more than ready for 2016 to make its final exit from our lives, but was able to pull out one more great book: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Another YA book in a sea of many this year but this is a rare one: a YA thriller that actually keeps you guessing. I love thrillers, and this year I’ve come to really love YA as well, but can never find anything that lives up to some of my adult thriller favorites — I don’t know if I’m reading the wrong things or if they just aren’t out there in abundance. Don’t Look Back opens with […]

A Month of Faves: 5 Books Worth The Hype

A Month of Faves: 5 Books Worth The Hype

Hello and happy December! This is my third (?) year doing the Month of Faves event hosted by Estella’s Revenge, Traveling With T, and GirlXOXO, and I love doing it because it’s the perfect way to wrap up everything I loved about the year, bookish or otherwise. I’m going back to the December 2nd topic though, because I completely missed it: Books Worth The Hype. There were only a few hyped up books that I read this year, but I think all of them deserved it. Here they are! The Mothers by Brit Bennett This book was everywhere this fall, and for good reason. I closed it feeling amazed, regretful for having finished it so fast, and just completely blown […]

All the Books I Haven’t Finished This Year

All the Books I Haven’t Finished This Year

Hi! It’s been a while. I’m taking a break from Gilmore Girls Revival binge watching to write something here for the first time in over a month. I didn’t even do an October wrap up, even though I wanted to, and I haven’t reviewed some of the amazing books I’ve been reading, even though I’ve wanted to. Somehow we’re back here in the realm of “best of” lists and top books of the year lists, and I’ve managed to read nearly 100 books this year (99 so far, in the middle of 100) which is insane, because this year has been insane. I’ve finished nearly 100 books, but I’ve left a lot of pages unturned during that same span of time. […]

The Mothers by Brit Bennett: Another Glowing Review

The Mothers by Brit Bennett: Another Glowing Review

Lately, everything I’ve picked up has been okay, but nothing special. There were a few books that were put down and never picked back up, which is also fine, whatever, no problem. But then, like I’m sure you’ve noticed, I started seeing this brightly colored book everywhere. Seriously, everywhere, everyone was reading it, and finally I had to know why. Brit Bennett’s debut, The Mothers is so far from “just okay.” It’s the exact opposite of “fine, okay, whatever.” It deserves all the hype it’s been getting, and then some. Also, Brit Bennett is 26. That’s only two years older than me, and she wrote a gorgeous book that feels like it will someday will be the kind of required reading you can’t believe […]