Monthly Rewind: November 2015



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1. We had some issues with the pup:  Early in November we noticed Finn having a limp (w/ no apparent pain or slowing down of activity) when he would run (well not a full run but when he would more so trot) and we took him to the vet, they put him on anti-inflammatory meds and then he was still limping so we took him back for x-rays (which saddest thing ever..he was crying for me and scratching to get to me when she led him out) and found out that he has hip dysplasia. She didn’t recommend surgery yet so I don’t think it’s awful yet but we have to give him supplements to help with his joints and really just monitor the limp/everything he’s doing. He doesn’t act like he’s in pain at all but he probably is a little bit. Hoping we follow the vet’s plans and that it never gets too bad. Feel so bad for the little guy :(

2. I saw Mockingjay Part 2 with my book club — I really enjoyed it!! I cried quite a bit, not going to lie. So bittersweet for this franchise to be over but I truly enjoyed these movies just as much as I enjoyed the books.

3. Will and I booked our trip to Madrid and London: SO SO SO SO excited to return to London (Will has never been though) and visit Madrid for the first time (plus visit some friends who recently moved there AND had a baby last week!!). If you’ve got recs for either of those cities of MUST DO’S/SEES/EATS/DRINKS let me have them! Also maybe some of your favorite books set in either place?

4. I had two separate dates with a new group of lady friends– I got to try two new local places — one for brunch and one for an Italian dinner and both times were so fun! It’s always so hard to make new friends at this age and I’m so happy to find people again who I click with. I’m looking forward to more shenanigans with them next month.

5. I started culling my “to read” list on Goodreads: It was out of control at around 1300 books — due to being on Goodreads since 2008 and also my habit to had ANYTHING that I am even remotely interested in or want to remember or want to check out to that list. It’s been a tedious process but I feel really good about taking a first stab at weeding out books I’m not interested in anymore — whether it’s that my interests are different than from when I added it years ago or trusted friends have all disliked it or I’m just not SUPER excited about it like I was when I added it (or some I’m like WHY THE HECK DID I ADD THIS?!). There still are probably way too many books on there…more than I’ll ever read..but it’s a start to get out the obvious ones I know I’ll never get to or am 100% not interested in anymore.




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. We Were Here — BOY

2. Arm’s Length — Kacy Hill

3. Avalanche — Kalle Mattson

4. Skin — Kyla La Grange

5. West Coast — Hey Marseilles

6. Into the Night — Madeline Juno


Honorable Mentions: The Dreamer by Anna of the North, Half The World Away by AURORA, Water by Ra Ra Riot, Memoir by Villagers, Making All Things New by Aaron Espe

Check out the rest of my November playlist



I read a total of 7 books this month — okay one was a dog training book but whatever.



1. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler: What a great book about friendship! So excited for my upcoming book talk about this one!!

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: This book reminded me how much I love time travel books!

3. Friday Never Leaving by Vikki Wakefield: AUSSIE YA WOOOO!





An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Not surprising since An Ember in Ashes was a huge hyped up book this year!



“When a friendship crumbles, there are only really two things that can bring it back: a shitload of time, or a sincere apology.” — Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Seriously so true. I’ve seen both scenarios unfold in my own life. Sometimes time has brought us back and realizing how silly it was or realizing we missed the friendship or forgetting what we had even let our friendship fall away. I’ve reconnected recently with the best friend I had in 8th-10th grade. I don’t remember why we let differences of opinions in regards to certain high school things get in the way of our friendship (we started to be pulled in different directions) but it all seems so silly now. I know we’ll likely never be close again but I have hope we might be in each other’s lives. She was my first real friend when I moved in 8th grade and she was so important to me. And likewise with the apology….I’ve been on both sides of the giving and receiving a sincere apology and man it can do wonders. Like literally feel the hurt and anger melting away.


Ummm I really didn’t post much this month (I slow down a lot in November and December) so not much to wade through but here’s

1. The Tale of Two Warring Bookworms Within Me Bookworm problems, man!

2. Recommendations Needs From YOU: It was nice to turn the tables and ask you all for book recs — in this case I was looking for comic books and graphic novels! AND BOY DID YOU ALL HELP. I am still wading through suggestions!! Thank you!

3. Ten Book To Movie Adaptions I Want To See: Already got to check Mockingjay off that list yay!

4. Whatcha In The Mood For? Happy to provide some recs for different moods! Hope you guys found some!

5. Beyond the Pages: Insecurities Then vs Now : It was nice to reflect on insecurities as a teen vs. now at 30 — “I think one of the things I’m learning about adulthood is that certain things that you experience as a young person don’t simply disappear as you get older…you just learn to deal with them differently/better and your tools for handling it are sharper. It could also be that you just simply run out of shits to give –you only have so much you can worry or care about and something has to give. ONLY A FINITE AMOUNT OF SHITS TO BE GIVEN.”


mr12Any book talks honestly! I just want to talk about booooks with you all.

mr7NOTHING.  Will Jamie ever return? WE SHALL SEE. Maybe in the new year.


1. How To Hygge (or 29 Ways To Actually Enjoy Winter)Winter is the pits for me, guys. I get sad that the sun is out. I get miserable that the cold air assaults me as I leave my apartment. I kick my car when the door gets frozen with ice. I just miss the nice weather. Sure I love snuggling in my blankets with some hot cocoa and a book but BLAH winter just gives me major blues. SOOO I will be trying this list and forcing myself to change my attitude towards winter!

2. Now What? 5 Steps To Figuring Out What You Want To Do Next When You Don’t Have A Goddamn Clue: I just entered my 30’s in October and I feel like I *AM* at this crossroads where I’m like I don’t know at all where I want to go next. I feel like certain doors are closing and I need to rally and make a new game plan for life. Going to try some of her tips!

3. 30 Simple Ways To Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays: I’m already looking at my calendar for December and I’m half tempted to just go curl in bed until the month is over. I’m EXCITED for all my plans and things to do but also…wow lots of peopling and being on the go. Need to remember to take care of myself — particularly because the holidays always have the tendency of making me sad (without me even really being aware that’s what it is going on) because I miss my mom.

4. Smoky Maple Chipotle Brussel Sprouts: Hey don’t judge me…brussel sprouts are DELICIOUS, YO. And these look amazing and Will is totally going to make them for us. Maybe next month I’ll get back to sharing desserts or yummy drinks…but BRUSSEL SPROUTS.

5. No emojis necessary from Write Meg!: I’ve enjoyed Meg’s blog for years and this experience she shared with connecting with a friend IRL and her reflection of friendship in the age of social media.


1. Jessica Jones: I loooooove it. Twitter is always on point with new show recs. I’m only a few episodes in but I’m so digging it.
2. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe Joe’s Ice Cream– I’ve been enjoying it a liiiiittle too much this month.
3. Planning our trip to Spain and England: it’s also probably why I haven’t blogged much because I just keep going down rabbit holes of SO MANY THINGS WE ARE GOING TO DO.




1. All the Christmas parties: Will’s work Christmas party, family Christmas party, book club Christmas party, Christmas party with new lady friends. ALL THE CHRISTMAS PARTIES.

 2. Slowing things down on the blog: For the past couple years I’ve slowed down on the blog to help rejuvenate before the new year, plan for what I want to do blog-wise, enjoy the time with friends and family and to conserve my energy because let’s be real…blogs have a slow time in December. It’s going to be so nice to not post very much…though I already kind of accidentally did that this past month.
3. My A Very Handmade Holiday giveaways + End of Year Survey: The 6th Annual End of Year Survey will go up this coming week and I will be back with the second year of week long giveaways from amazing bookish Etsy shops/small businesses!



What book do you hope Santa brings you this year? And what NON-book item do you hope he brings you this year? (seriously though why can’t Santa be actually real though quite alarming to have someone slinking around your house when you sleep I suppose.)




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Monthly Rewind: October 2015


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1. I turned 30!!! I kind of had a meltdown about it but I’ve had about a little over 2 weeks of settling into my 30’s and I’m so okay with it. It’s been nice thus far. My actual birthday was nice — spent the day hiking with Will and Finn and then went out for dinner with family! Not quite the crazy bash I had planned initially but it was lovely.

2. We helped my sister move — They are about the same distance away but they bought their first house and I’m so happy for them! Was bittersweet because we had so many great memories there (like pre-babies & pre her and her husband being together romantically) but can’t wait to make new ones in their new house!!

3. We went to a beer fest: It was a little chilly but we had SUCH a great time trying new beers and OMG THEY HAD SO MANY PUMPKIN BEERS I WAS IN HEAVEN. We took the train and had a nice drunk walk home eating pizza like we were some college students or something — particularly great since I had just turned 30 so I was feeling all young and spunky and not like I was halfway to my grave. I mean, the next day I felt not so old and spunky but YA KNOW.

4. Will & I got involved in some volunteering with the local animal shelter– I talked about this in my If We Were Having Coffee post but after adopting Finn I just felt like I wanted to do something to help the shelter and the rescue we got Finn from so we did our first run of transporting a pit puppy from the shelter to an adoption center. Most of the transporting at the shelter is done solely by volunteers at this high kill shelter in Philly so when a dog gets rescued from the shelter or needs to be taken to receive medical treatment they need people to do that. Ever since I found the girl who gave Finn his freedom ride from the high kill shelter to the rescue we got him from, I’ve wanted to take part in giving those freedom rides.


5. My reading mojo came back PLUS I got a new Kindle: I had talked about how I barely read anything last month but this month I read almost as much as I normally do so YAY. AND my Kindle broke so Will got me a new one for my birthday. Love my new Kindle Paperwhite!




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Hello — Adele

2. Kamikaze — MO

3. Dug My Heart — BORNS


5. Refuse — Kevin Garrett

6. Pressure — Milk & Bone


Honorable Mentions: Wild Child by Alessia Cara (if you follow my music stuff on this blog you know how much I love her and this would have gotten a top spot had it been released more than 3 days before the end of this month), Come Alive by FMLYBND, Love Me by The 1975, Wild by Troye Sivan, Prey by The Neighborhood, I Care by Frances, Pomo

Check out the rest of my October playlist



I read 6 books this month.

A Madness So Discreet Mindy McGinnisVengeance Road by Erin Bowman coverBrightly Woven



  1. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: Really enjoyed this historical fiction with a twist of mystery.
  2.  Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken: Was really craving a standalone fantasy and this totally fit the bill!
  3. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: WILD WILD WEST Y’ALL!




Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman cover

I know lots of people were interested in this Wild West YA!



“May we live impossibly,” Sebby said when he opened his eyes. “Against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life.”  — Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa



1. Whatcha In the Mood For?I’m glad that you guys like when I do these! I love having a way to rec books for specific reading moods but also a way to share books I read years ago!

2. I Value My Time: This was fun to talk through!! Bookworm problems FO SHO.

3. Ten Wishes I’d Ask A Book Genie To Grant: This one was so fun. STILL WAITING FOR THAT GENIE TO COME THROUGH.

4. What Is My Problem Lately?? Also another bookworm type problem that was nice to talk out with y’all!

5. Beyond the Pages: Musings On Internet Life : I had some feelings about internet life.


mr12My latest If We Were Having Coffee post — those are always my most popular posts which I’m always so grateful for because I LOVE catching up and also sharing what’s been on my mind lately. I felt like this time I really did have a lot on my mind, too!

mr7NOTHING. hahahha ONE DAY. There is no way Finn would let me film without sitting on my lap and I’ve had no motivation anyways.


1. Maple Cardamom Latte recipe Yo this looks delish!

2. Why You Should Stop Saying SHOULD: I’m so guilty of this.

3. Why We Are Lonelier Than Ever: This was a super interesting read and I would *LOVE* to know what you think. To get candid, my marriage is not failing by any means but both Will and I have expressed missing having lots of people in our lives like we used to and I know it definitely causes me to have the sads. We love hanging out together and truthfully most of the time we do PREFER each other’s company but I can tell we do get a little antsy if we don’t go out and do our own thing with friends or connect with other people together. I’m so all about us having our own things and people in addition to the shared things. We used to have a big group of friends years ago and it’s been hard on us these past few years to have only a couple people that we spend time with. Do YOU have 50 people? So very interested to hear what y’all think!

4. What If Your Job Didn’t Exist?: Alex always posts stuff I need to hear or think about at the right time!

5. How Blogging Taught Me To Be Creative Again: YAS starting my blog and maintaining it since 2010 has done a lot for me as well — including bring back some creativity to my life after I graduated college in 2008.


1. Our new spiralizer: I feel like such a boring old lady saying this but IT IS TRUE. Will makes zoodles a lot but he used something else but now we have this fancy spiralizer and it is SO COOL. We meet SWEET POTATO NOODLES in addition to our normal zucchini noodles.
2. My new lipstick– It’s a pretty raspberry pink color from Zuzu Luxe and I’m really digging the color on me. I didn’t want straight up pink and I already have a bright red and a dark reddish brown so this was perfect for something less red but not fully pink! The color is called Beso Beso in case you are wondering!
3. This recipe for thai chicken spicy peanut zucchini noodles: Definitely going into our rotation often!!




1. Thanksgiving: I loooove getting together with my family! And eating….soooo VAIR VAIR EXCITED.

 2. Leigh Bardugo coming back to Philly: Always so nice to see Leigh and can’t wait to buy Six of Crows!!! Will be fun because I haven’t been to the bookstore yet that it is at and it’s a very popular indie around the area!
3. Fun plans with new group of girl friends: Brunch and Italian dinner on the calendar!! Also fun because both are new-to-me places! And yayyyyy new girl friends. Very excited because I’ve talked about how hard it is to make friends as an adult!!!



What book were you really excited about releasing this year but STILL haven’t read?  (Am I the only one who is awful about this?? I get so stoked and then my TBR is out of control and I never end up reading even most anticipated books)




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Monthly Rewind: September 2015


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1. Will and I got a dog!!! If you read last month’s recap or this post you know we had been looking to rescue a dog and some things fell through but OMG WE GOT A DOG AND HE IS PERFECT. His name is Finnikin (named from Finnikin of the Rock, Finn for short) and he’s so great — he’s fun and loves to play but also he is literally your perfect dog to nap next to you while you watch 7 hours of Game of Thrones (I’m not proud that happened. It was necessary though).


2. I barely read or blogged this month — No really, I read 2 books (plus parts of a dog book lol) which is the smallest amount I’ve read in a month in the past 5-6 years. And I’ve been pretty sparse here. It was half the fact we got Finn and we’ve been spending time with him and also half my binge watching seasons 2/3/most of 4 of Game of Thrones. I tried to blame my MIA-ness on solely the dog but I’m like lols okay maybe at first that was it but then the rest of the month the dog was my GoT watching buddy. I’m honestly happy I took some time off blogging and just the book community in general. I’m not a person who has to blog every day and I frequently take days off when I don’t feel like it but I don’t know…it was just a much needed break.

3. We took a trip up to my dad’s house that didn’t go so well: Finn LOVES other dogs — dogs at the dog park and dogs we see walking at our apartment complex or the walking trail we like so we didn’t think we’d have any issues with my dad’s new pup. BUUUUT they hated each other from the first second and it didn’t get any better so we ended up leaving early because it was so stressful to work to keep these dogs away from each other because they were going to kill each other. Was really bummed because I wanted to spend time up there but just too stressful and I didn’t want anyone to get hurt.

4. My stepdad got remarried– It was a really hard day (because of how we feel about her which is super complicated and also because it was just another reminder my mom is not alive…and her birthday fell on the wedding weekend) but we were supportive and tried to put on good faces (okay so some day drinking happened before the wedding to survive). The reception was really fun though and it was SOOOO nice to see family and family friends we hadn’t seen in a while.

5. I started to try running again but HAHAHA: I took Finn with me a couple times but mostly it was a fail. I really need to start running again because I’m doing a 5K on Thanksgiving and HAVE to do better than last time!! I’m suuuuch a self conscious runner which is part of the problem. The other problem is just that I hate running.




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Night Vision — Transviolet

2. Tired Of Talking — LÈON

3. Take It Or Leave It — Great Good Fine Okay

4. Bad Blood – Ryan Adams (Tay’s 1989 is still way better to me but I’ve been digging Ryan Adam’s interpretation of her songs!)

5. Shine A Light — Banners

6. Weak – Wet



Check out the rest of my September playlist



I only actually READ 2 books this month so I’ll just share what I read!

The Status Of All ThingsAll The Light We Cannot See

1. The Status Of All Things by Liz Fenton: Liked this oneinteresting look at social media and also marriage!
2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr:
This was as good as everyone said it was!!!




Queen of Shadows Sarah J. Maas

My spoiler-tastic (all spoilers are marked so have no fears!) discussion of one of my most anticipated books — Queen of Shadows!




“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever.”All The Light We Cannot See

I loved this sentence so much. NEW MANTRA.


Heh well since I didn’t blog very much this month I didn’t have that much going on but here are a few good posts:

1. Exciting Thing Is Exciting My Finn story!!

2. Ten series I need to finish: This was fun to go through my series that I need to finish (which is a lot because I’m awful at finishing series) and I LOVED your feedback about which ones I definitely should get to.

3. Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read This Year: Yay quotes!

4. Books To Read If You Like These Super Popular Books/Authors: Nice to give maybe less well known readalikes for popular books!

5. Books I’m Planning To Read This Fall : My Fall TBR has not gone so well clearly with only reading 2 books this month!


mr12Maybe Throne of Glass Retail Therapy post?



1. Why Snapchat MattersI have been loooooving Snapchat so much in these past couple months! Such a fun way to add content in a VERY different way than other places I am on the interwebs. A more behind the scenes way where I don’t have to proofread or use a filter or have a perfect picture or even feel pressured to do ANYTHING other than add stuff. SO STRESS FREE. I’m brokeandbookish if you are on there.

2. Let’s Stop Pretending It’s “SO EASY” To Be Healthy: Love this!! I would say I eat healthy about 80% of the time and I *try* to work out and be active but it is a struggle every day. Not easy but worth it. I just wanted to slow clap reading this.

3. No Regrets: I read this in the midst of my lack of blogging this month and I was like YEP this is exactly how I feel. NO REGRETS. I love blogging but sometimes I push myself to devote more time to it than I truly know I want to. It’s not like I FEEL like I have to but sometimes I feel this pressure, in addition to writing posts and stuff, like I have to reply to ALL the things and I have to comment on other blogs or keep up enough on Twitter or people will think I’m rude. I’m not. AT ALL. I want to community-oriented and appreciative to my readers…but I also want to have a life outside this computer and this online world. It’s a hard balance to find for me — being part of the community in the way that I want to but also not spending MORE time than I want to devote to this. It’s only a sliver of my life and sometimes I think I give it too much of my time. I’ve definitely reevaluated my Twitter usage and I have zero regrets about spending less time. Just need to find a time allotment to this hobby that makes me happy and makes me have NO REGRETS.

4. How To Love Your Work….Even When You Don’t Love Your Work: I feel like I have struggled with this a lot so definitely keeping these tips!

5. Why Experience Still Matters: Found this really interesting and mirroring some of my own thoughts lately.


1. GAMES OF THRONES: I know that was my obsession last month but I had only watched the first season. This month I watched the second, third and more than half of the fourth (I’m on episode 8 in that season right now) sooooo the obsession is real right now. I am devastated about some things that happened and OMG THE RED WEDDING WHY DID SOMEBODY NOT WARN ME I WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER THAT. Some of my faves: my Khaleesi, Tyrion, Arya and Jon Snow! Pretty much love all the Starks though! SO HAPPY THAT A CERTAIN AWFUL CHARACTER IS DEAD NOW THO. LOLS ALL AROUND.
2. PUMPKIN PIE COOKIE BUTTER FROM TRADER JOE’S– Oh my god you have no idea! I love the regular
3. My sister’s new puppy: Really I am just obsessed with ALL OF THE DOGS (my own very much included) but my sister’s puppy is just darling. Speaking of dogs I’ve been looking at volunteer options at the local rescue.

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1. My birthday: Soooo I am half looking forward to it and half not. I’m turning 30. I’m having a slight breakdown about this even though logically I know it’s just a number but OMG I AM GOING TO BE 30. I feel like I enjoyed my 20’s as up and down as they were. I KNOW 30 IS NOT OLD BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT WHEN I WAS 30 I WOULD BE A LEGIT ADULT.

 2. FALL THINGS: As much as I cry every time summer ends, Fall is my 2nd favorite season and I love all the things about fall minus the dropping temperatures.
3. New Børns album: Very very excited for their new album!!



What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Also, do you like to read certain types of books or *a* certain book in the fall?




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Monthly Rewind: August 2015



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1. Will and I started looking for a dog One day I’m just like LET’S JUST GO VISIT THE PUPPIES and the next day we are seriously looking for one. We put in an application for a 3 month old Staffordshire puppy at the shelter and then they called our leasing office (we thought the dog met the weight requirements and all) and they denied us and said we couldn’t have a Staffordshire because of breed restrictions and apparently they have some pit bull blood in them. I was so upset. We loved this dog. He was so sweet. I think breed restrictions are such crap and of course all the sweet dogs we fall in love with are that breed. So we are still looking..hoping we will find a dog to come home with us!

2. Will and I celebrated 3 years of marriage — I can’t believe it’s been 3 years but also it feels like we’ve been married way longer because we’ve been together since January 2007. We ate in Center City at one of our favorite places and indulged in donuts and ice cream and just generally walked around enjoying the beautiful weather.

3. We saw Matt and Kim, Atlas Genius, Saint Motel and Wolf Alice.: Another fun concert series!!

4. We tried a new local brewery– We went to a brewery that is basically right in our backyard (Conshhocken Brewery) and we loved it! I can’t believe it took us this long to go. It was really cool though because a bike trail is right behind it and soooo many people riding on the trail would stop for beers. MY KIND OF PEOPLE. Exercise followed by beer.

5. Will and I are starting the process of looking at houses: We are in the very very early looking stages and starting to figure out our range, what we want/where we want and need to inquire about loans and mortgages and all that crap BUT it’s starting. Any tips are welcome!!!




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Alive Tonight — Grace Potter (super super love her stuff she does as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals but loving this new stuff!)

2. Deadwater — Wet

3. Never Ending Circles — CHVRCHES

4. Colors — Halsey (you know I’ve been obsessed with Halsey for awhile…MOAR MOAR MOAR PLS I JUST WANT MOAR)

5. Drive — Oh Wonder

6. Falling Faster — Andrew Ripp


Honorable mentions:

Sorry by Meg Myers
A Perfect End by Atlas Genius
Mr. Rodriguez by Rayland Baxter
Night Swimmers by Foals
Space Song by Beach House

Check out the rest of my August playlist



I read 8 book this month!

1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler — I really enjoyed this one so much which made me happy because I’ve enjoyed this author’s past books but didn’t have good success with her most recent one before this.
2. Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center: I read this book at just the right time when I needed to! It’s an adult fiction book and I highly recommend.
3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas: Best book I read all month and probably all year to be honest. Everything I had been hoping for and more.




Yes Please Amy Poehler

My review of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please




“When one dream burns to ash, you don’t crumble beneath it. You get on your hands and knees, and you sift through those ashes until you find the very last ember, the very last spark. Then you breathe. You breathe. You fucking breathe. And you make a new fire.” — The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I loved this and it is kind of my new mantra when things aren’t working out.


1. Perception, Reality & Our Super Reader CommunityI really really loved hearing your thoughts on this!! It was also really nice to hear from authors on Twitter and for them to (sadly) confirm a lot of what I’ve been thinking.

2. If We Were Having Coffee: Love getting to catch up with you guys!!

3. Retail Therapy: In Need of Cute Mugs: OMG I AM GOING MUG CRAZY.

4. Aussie YA 101: I love talking about the Australian books I love and I’m glad so many of you found recs!

5. Authors On My Auto-Buy list: I’ve realized I have a lot of auto-buy authors…good thing they don’t all publish books at the same time!! EEP.


mr12My Whatcha In The Mood For? post! The first one of these I ever did got a lot of great feedback and I LOVED that people were posting their own recommendations for the categories because I thought it might be helpful! But each month it’s gotten less and less and this month was really sad! I LOVE doing these posts so I won’t stop but I really was hopeful it could be interactive where people could help others out with recommendations in the comments as well.


I actually DID get my butt in gear this month! I filmed a video about what I’ve been reading, a tag video and a book haul (which you can also find here if you don’t do videos).


1. Why I Do Not Use Social Media AnymoreI thought this was interesting! While I definitely am not to the point where I want to give it up, because it DOES (well Twitter at least) add to my life in positive ways, I have cut back A LOT for the same reasons she talks about. Social media is great but I’ve realized being on it as much as I used to is not how I want to spend my days. I also loved her post The Phone People…something I’ve noticed before as well and found equally as distressing.

2. The Answer To Where Do You Get Your Time: Love this! I feel like people ask me a lot about where I get the time to read so much as well as blog about it and this is how I feel, too!

3. Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken Burritos: Made them since bookmarking that post and YUM. And YES….Will cooks 99% of the time but your girl actuaaaaally made these. Heh well the slow cooker did but DETAILS.

4. 32 and growing up; what I know so far: I really enjoy this blog and I just liked the lessons she shared and found myself really agreeing with them as I’m approaching 30 this fall.

5. Why I Scrapped My Bucket List: I am a big fan of the bucket list but I REALLY liked this post. I liked her question: “If I truly only had 6-12 months left of my life, how do I want to spend that time? What could I realistically achieve in that time, that I would totally regret not doing? If I had one wild, final fling with life, how could I life it to the fullest?”


1. Looking for dogs at the shelter: No like it has turned into an obsession. I can’t start my day without looking at all the dogs on the website to search for shelter dogs. Will and I send new arrivals to each other all the time. ONE OF THESE DOGS WILL WORK OUT.
2. Bookworm Boutique – This shop….TAKE ALL MY MONEY.
3. Game of Thrones: I started finally watching the show and I’m pretty addicted. I still can’t decide if I should read the books. GAH.



1. The last block party concert of the year: Panic! At the Disco, Joywave, The Wombats, The Front Bottoms + Good Old War.

 2. Visiting my dad: Will and I are taking a few days to go stay at my dad’s and I’m REALLY looking forward to it!
3. New album from CHVRCHES: Very very excited!



Favorite memory you made this summer?




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Monthly Rewind: July 2015



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1. I went on a road trip to Michigan: I was so happy that it worked out that Will and I could road trip to see my girl Tara, one of my original book blogging buddies from back when I started, and I got to see my other bffs I met through blogging Anna and Ginger (who I actually have never met in these 5 years since we’ve known each other!!). Tara was a beautiful bride and it was a super fun wedding. Will and I explored Grand Rapids a bit (lots of foodie adventures) and it was soooo nice to spend time with some of my favorite people and have Will FINALLY meet people who are so important to me.

2. Went on a week long vacation to the beach with my family — My stepdad’s family is HUGE and every other year we rent 3 beach houses and hang out together all week and eat soooo much food. I’m typing this the day we got back from vacation and I have to tell you I cannot fit into my clothes the way I did pre-vacation. We end the week with a crab feast with even more extended family and it’s just a really fun week!

3. I found a Little Free Library really close to me: I was so excited to find a nearby Little Free Library but I got talking to the lady who owns that particular one and the experience really reminded me why I do all this.

4. I had a really big reading slump in the beginning to half of the month– I just didn’t feel like reading at ALL so I didn’t but then I got so busy I didn’t HAVE time to read and that was annoying. Luckily the second half of the month I made up for it.

5. I started a major purge of my closet & bookshelves: I still have a LONG way to go but I’m working on paring down on a lot of things. I’m planning on getting that KonMari book to try that method.




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Flame by Sundara Karma

2. Leave A Trace – CHVRCHES

3. Silhouettes — Colony House

4. Back of the Car — RAC, Nate Henricks

5. Forever Mine — Andra Day

6. Revolution — Catey Shaw


Honorable mentions:

New Americana by Halsey
Number One by Tove Styrke
Molecules by Atlas Genius
Wasn’t Expecting That by Jamie Lawson
Avalanche by Hana
Gorgeous by X Ambassadors
Sparks by Beach House
Clap Snap by Icona Pop

Check out the rest of my July playlist



I read 9 book this month!

1. God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo — Oh man this book was soooooo good! Made me sob. (And no, it’s not religious…you’ll see what the “god-shaped hole” is)
2. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: This book was so delightful!!
3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler: Really enjoyed this one! If you love Amy, it’s a must!



City Love Susane Colasanti

My review of City Love

Was kind of surprised that a more negative review was most popular this month! Was super disappointed by this one :(



‘The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” — Yes Please by Amy Poehler

It was in a section about technology and living in the moment and I just loved it! Lots of quoteable lines from this book!


1. In Memory Ofin which I reflect on memories and remembering on the 9th anniversary of my mom’s passing.

2. Why I Am the Way I Am: a bittersweet story + how it reminded me of why I do what I do when it comes to blogging.

3. Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read: This was fun to confess those major hyped books I’ve still not read and hear your shouts of “READ THIS OMG”

4. Podcasts I’m Listening To: I’ve gotten into podcasts and shared what I’ve been listening to! Love your recs as well!

5. Status: Fatigued & Overwhelmed: I think I have a case of internet/social media fatigue



My post on friend breakups or maybe my Whatcha In the Mood For post?


NADA. Too busy to film.



1. In Five YearsReally loved this post from my friend Ginger — it had some great reflections and reminded me that it’s never too late!

2. How To Get Back On Track When You Are Backsliding On A Goal: Really relevant to my life right now haha

3. How Giving Away 1000 Books Made Me Love Reading Again: This was an interesting read that I found on a minimalist blog I follow! Curious what all my fellow book nerds think about it!

4. When Information Becomes Clutter & Noise: I was checking my Feedly and came across this not too long after I wrote about my internet fatigue I was feeling and this was PERFECT!

5. 15 Lessons from Turning My Travel Blog Into A Career: I have followed Kate for quite a few years and there’s a reason she is one of my faves! Loved her lessons!


1. So many new beers but especially Founders Rubaeus: I tried so many different beers this month but my new favorite is Founders Rubaeus that I tried when I was out in Michigan. We visited the brewery which was really nice and had good food!
2. True Detective & Wayward Pines – I’m on the first season of both of these but I’m obsessed!
3. Snapchat: I got it in June and got addicted but I’d July it became an obsession. I’m brokeandbookish on there if you want to be friends on there!



1. Will’s birthday: He will be 27! He likes to remind me every birthday that he’s still not as old as me. Especially this year as I freak out about the big 3-0.
2. Another block party concert: This time we will see Matt and Kim, Atlas Genius, Saint Motel and Wolf Alice.
3. Relaxing & also enjoying the last month of our pool : July was pretty crazy but August is wide open for us so I see some good pool days in addition to other spontaneous things.



The last book you read that made you cry?




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Monthly Rewind: June 2015


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1. I saw Taylor Swift on the 1989 Tour: Oh my gosh. I wrote all about it here but it was SO FUN and I hadn’t seen her since 2007 at a tiny little venue so it was so cool to see her where she is NOW. Had such a good time!

2. Lots of pool days!! — The one thing I love about our apartment is the pool. I’ve had some really nice and relaxing days at the pool reading! ULTIMATE RELAXATION.

3. I decided to start tinkering again with the story idea I started last year: I really have never wanted to write fiction before but I had this really personally inspired story idea and I finally wrote a paragraph last year, cried and was done with it. Meanwhile scenes have been popping up in my head and I can’t stop thinking about it. So I randomly found myself opening on a Friday night and wrote a couple more sentences.

4. We went to our second Block Party concert of the Summer– We saw A Silent Film, Misterwives, Big Data, New Politics + Foxtrot and the Get Down! Was super fun and I LOVED seeing Misterwives because they have become faves since I first heard them last year! Also we went to an AMAZING burger joint in Philly before the concert (PYT) and I got a cheese steak burger on A GLAZED DONUT BUN. It was incredible.

5. I discovered some new local foodie spots I love: I found a new Korean food stall at a local farmer’s market and it was SO GOOD and while I was there I saw the Brunettes Bookshop Bakery!! THE TWO THINGS I LOVE THE MOST — dessert and books!

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I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Seventeen — Sjowgren

2. Back to the Ordinary — Kid Astray

3. Astronaut — Paris Carney

4. Cliff’s Edge — Hayley Kiyoko

5. Alligator Years — Twinsmith

6. Could Have Been Me – The Struts


Honorable mentions:

Hold Me Down by Halsey
You’re Mine by Lola Marsh
Make you Mine by Family of the Year
Slip by Elliot Moss
Winter is for Kierkegaard by Tyler Lyle
No No No by Beirut

Check out the rest of my June playlist



I read 12 book this month!

1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard — OMG I had no self control after I got it at BEA. Will be reread MULTIPLE times before it comes out in 2016 I’m sure. SO GOOD.
2. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta: WHAT A GOOD SERIES ENDING. THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING.
3. PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han: What a delightful book and conclusion to Lara Jean’s story as we know it!



Saint AnythingI’m not at all surprised it’s a NEW SARAH DESSEN. Read my thoughts on Saint Anything!




‘Me. I determine my own worth. If I had to rely on others I’d have lain down and died waiting.” — Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

Quintana once again proving why she is so BADASS. When I read this line I was like PREACH MY QUEEN.


1. My 5th year blogoversary postI didn’t set out to write a post talking about those things to celebrate my 5th blog birthday but WHATEVS.

2. If We Were Having Coffee: These are my favorite posts to write if I’m honest and I love catching up with you guys!!

3. Ten Books I’d Love To See As TV Shows/Movies: Thanks for letting me ramble and be a bit sentimental and nostalgic but also for letting me share 4 blogs I’ve really been digging lately.

4. A Sentimental Value: Loved talking about some books that are special to me!

5. I’m Not Too Old For That: Another post inspired by a conversation I had with a non-YA reader that caused me to reflect!



Are We Out of the Woods Yet?
or maybe my two mini review roundups (here and here)


Eh only one video this month:

My Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda book talk



1. The Status of All Things: It’s ComplicatedI loved this post from Estelle and she totally sold me on this book. I loved how she reflected on social media and the things on her mind have been A LOT of what have been on my own lately.

2. 7 Places To Pause For More Peace In Your Life Courtney’s blog is a new-ish add to my blog reader and I’ve really been enjoying her posts! This one REALLY was one I’m glad I read. They were all so spot on in places I really should pause more often. Except for #4. If I pause when I wake up I’ll fall back asleep haha. I also have to say I loved Courtney’s post How A Devastating Diagnosis Taught Me To Really Live

3.When You Die You Won’t Care About Emails: If you read these recaps of mine every month you pretty much know Alexandra is always on here because her posts always resonate with me so much. I have been thinking about a lot of things in the “when I die I won’t care about this” so maybe I shouldn’t obsess over it.

4. How To Find Balance Between Self Improvement vs. Self Acceptance: I swear I’m like a self help/self improvement junkie. I NEEDS THE BALANCE.

5. Welcome to the Present Moment: Nice, short little reminder from Jess about living in the present. When I think about what I’m thinking about all day it’s either worry about something I can’t go back and undo or ALL THE FUTURE THINGS. I’m rarely in the moment.


1. Litographs! I got my Throne of Glass litographs shirt and I just want sooo many of them! It is made up from THE TEXT of Throne of Glass (and other books…mostly classics!)

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2. Podcasts – So I had asked for podcast recs in this post and you guys came in clutch! My friend Ellie suggested the Happier podcast with Gretchin Rubin (who I have previously read) and a few of you recommended that so I started that one and another recommended one which was Stuff You Missed In History Class. Any and all recs welcome!!
3. Sun Cups: I’m always looking for new food if you haven’t noticed by now that every month my new obsession is always food or drink related. Will grabbed these for me on a whim when I was PMSing and OMG SUNFLOWER BUTTER YOU ARE BAE. Like a Reese’s but not as sweet and it’s dark chocolate.



1. Our roadtrip to Michigan for my girl Tara’s wedding: I met Tara about 5 years through book blogging (she has since quit..SAD) and I’m so happy to be able to go to Michigan for her special day. Will and I are pretty excited for a road trip!
2. Our beach vacation with my family: I AM SO READY FOR MY VACATION. My family rents houses in Fenwick Island, DE and it’s lots of beach and pool and eating and family time. I am excited!
3. Starting my Throne of Glass series reread : I’m pretty sure Bloomsbury is hosting one that I’ll join but either way I’m starting my reread next month either way.



In honor of my road trip in July, tell me:

One song that would DEFINITELY be on your roadtrip mix!




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

May 2015 Recap: A Very Non-stop, GO GO GO, Crazy Month

Truthwitch Susan Dennard
Happy my darling friend Christina gave me her ticket for Truthwitch because it was my top book to get at BEA. So so happy for Susan that it was the IT book to get at YA…minus the fact it caused a stampede and crazy behavior. BUT SHE DESERVES IT. AND I AM SO HAPPY TO READ IT.

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1. I went to BEA!!: BEA #5 is officially in the books! Always a good time to see bloggers, readers, authors and publishing buddies. The week went by so fast! Expect a recap soon!

2. First beach trip happened –I went to the beach for Memorial Day weekend. It was a bit cold for my liking but got one okay beach day in before I was too cold.

3. I WENT TO ALL OF THE BOOK THINGS: May was EPIC for bookish stuff. I feel so so fortunate for the opportunities I got this month. CAN YOU BE EXCITED WITH ME? Because the husband was not as excited as I would have liked haha. I got to moderate Sarah J. Maas’s release party for ACOTAR and Tiffany Schmidt’s release party for Hold Me Like A Breath! Yay local authors! Then Sarah Dessen and Sabaa Tahir came into town and I feel fortunate to have been able to sit down and interview them before the event. I feel like we barely had any book events locally lately and then ALL OF THEM. And there was more but I wasn’t even able to go to all of them.

4. I read less this month than I have in a long time– I don’t know what it was — maybe being a busy month? Maybe the fact I was reading Froi of the Exiles which is a monster sized book? Maybe I was just in need of less reading time this month?

5.Will and I went to our first concert of the summer: Our local alt station puts on the best free concerts in the summer — Summer Block Parties– and WE LOVE THEM. We snagged tickets and got to see Banks, The Airbourne Toxic Event, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Bad Suns. SO MUCH FUN.



I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Come Home — Cattle & Cane

2. My Love — Kopecky

3. Portland, Maine — Donovan Woods

4. Back Back Back — Anthony D’Amato

5. Black & White — The Staves

6. For You — Rae Morris



Check out the rest of my May playlist




Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta: OMG WHAT AN EPIC SECOND BOOK. DYING.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: I loved this one so much! Classic Dessen yet not.

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen: LOVED this one.  <333 ALSO, JAMIE AND CORA <33





99 Days Katie Cotugno

Not surprising it’s 99 Days as this one has had very polarizing reviews thus far! I loved it though!!




“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn’t expect them to be. You can’t make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.”Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

Loved this so much.


1. A Release Day Guest Post From Sarah J. MaasOh my goodness I loved this post so much. TEARS. TEARS. EVERYWHERE.

2. My May TBR List: I think I’d like to make this a regular thing. Though I super failed this month. I love sharing what I’m planning on reading!

3. 4 Bookish Blogs I’ve Added To My Reader Lately: Thanks for letting me ramble and be a bit sentimental and nostalgic but also for letting me share 4 blogs I’ve really been digging lately.

4. On Books That Change Your Life: Thanks for letting me share this with you and for sharing with ME! <3

5. Ten Books I Hope To Bring Home From BEA With Me: 9/10 books acquired! GO ME.



 Hmm maybe my New To The Queue or Whatcha In The Mood For post? (I AM SO TRYING NOT TO SAY ANY AND ALL BOOK TALKS LIKE I DO EVERY TIME HAHA)


Oh HEY I posted 2 videos this month:

May TBR List
May Book Haul (Pre-BEA)



1. When You’re Scrappy You Don’t Give A Sh*t: Needed this real talk, man!

2. A Life Worth Waking Up For: I think I needed this question to be posed to me to really think about it: “Am I living a life that energizes and motivates me to even sharpen the saw in the first place?” You’ll have to read the post to understand the analogy! 😛

3.How I Make My Morning Routine Work For Me: I liked this! Sometimes I’m really on point with a morning routine — I wake up at 5:30 and am all energized and get shit done — and other times I roll out of bed and run around like a crazy person as I try to eat my fried eggs off a paper towel while driving.

4. Trying Is Always Worth It: I’ve been in this little rut where I just have a defeatist attitude before I even TRY. Good reminder!

5. How To Cleanse Your Calendar Part 1 & Part 2: This was helpful in general but actually helped me a lot when thinking about my blogging “calendar”…we know I pretend to have one of these but mostly it’s just draft roulette in which I have a bajillion half written posts in drafts and I say I PICK YOU and that’s what goes up the next day. I’m always one to reevaluate what I do on the blog but these posts gave me some focus.


1. New hair products I bought: Acure Leave In Conditioner, John Masters Sea Salt Spray and Kinky Curly Hair Custard — I use the Acure shampoo and conditioner and decided that my hair was in need of a leave-in and I started using this and love it. The smell is great too! And the sea salt spray is so great for texture and bringing out that beachy hair. And I’m super digging the kinky curly custard because I’ve been in need of something new to deal with my curls.
2. Trader Joe Organic Peppermint mints – I wanted to get mints for BEA because yeah…LOTS of interacting so since TJ is like my GO TO for all the things I got them and it’s bad because I just want to eat them all day.
3. ORPHAN BLACK!!!: FREAKING HELL THIS SHOW YOU GUYS. I binge watched season 1 & 2 in like a week and now I’m almost caught up with the current season. IF YOU ARE NOT WATCHING YOU NEED TO. TATIANA MASLANY IS MY QUEEN. CLONE CLUB FOREVER.



1. Taylor Swift concert!: AHHH I CANNOT WAIT. I saw Taylor when her first (country) album came out in a small venue when I was like 21 and now I’m leaving my 20’s this year and I’ll be seeing here…which is kinda of cool to see her journey in this decade basically. My own journey through the decade has been less impressive than hers obvi but I FEEL LIKE I HAVE GROWN ALONGSIDE OF HER.
2. Second Summer Block Party concert of the year: This time it’s A Silent Film, Misterwives, Big Data, New Politics + Foxtrot and the Get Down.
3. ENJOYING MY POOL: I’m so happy my pool is open now!! It is basically the only thing I like about my apartment if I’m being honest.



Last month I did karaoke and so I decided that for my 30th this year I want to have a big karaoke party! In light of that:


(Songs I picked this past weekend: Sk8r Boi by Avril Lavigne, Bitch by Meredith Brooks, Your Love Is My Drug by Ke$ha & Hold On by Wilson Phillips)







Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

April 2015 Recap: My Life in Photos, Music, Books & MORE!


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1. I got sunburned: I’m not particularly excited about THAT but I’m excited about the fact we had a beautiful 80 degree day in which Will and I went to our favorite brew pub, sat out on the deck and the walked around that part of the city. And I got the most amazing cookie ice cream sandwich EXCEPT  for the fact that moment was tainted by a guy who came INTO the store with a very big snake wrapped around his neck and I had a panic attack. COULD NOT GET OUT OF THERE FAST ENOUGH. But yay cute outfit weather?? Unleashing my pasty legs on the world!!!

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2. I had a walk down memory lane that was kind of hard — So, my stepdad is getting remarried (my mom passed away in 2006 for those of you who don’t know that). My sister and I are still very close to my stepdad and we both still have stuff there at his house in our rooms. BUT the new wife and her kids are moving in soon and so we had to go clean out our stuff and also go through some of my mom’s stuff. It was really, really hard to clean out my mom’s stuff and watch all the things that still made me think of my mom in the house basically be taken down. It feels like another part of the grieving process. Another piece I’m losing of her and it was hard. Going through my stuff made me all nostalgic but I found some childhood books and stuff. It’s a weird feeling to realize you won’t have a room in your childhood home anymore. I will go there and basically be a visitor.

3. I have been consistently working out this month: I had gotten out of habit this year but April was definitely the month of getting back on the wagon and I feel GREAT. It takes a lot for me to motivate myself to do it but once I’m doing it and after I feel great (even if I’m dying and sore).

4. I got to see my dad TWICE in one month– My dad lives 4 hours away and Will & I went up and visited him for Easter but then he and my stepmom just came down this past week for my niece’s 18th birthday party.

5. I officially decided I’m going to BEA: I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen this year — money-wise and just if I WANTED to go but over Easter weekend I officially decided that I would especially since next year is in Chicago and that will be way harder for me to go if I’m still blogging and interested in going.



I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Let Me Down Easy — Max Frost

2. Bros — Wolf Alice

3. Still Want You — Brandon Flowers

4. Carried Away — Dionysia

5. What’s Real — Waters

6. Painted — MS MR


Until We Can’t (Let’s Go) by Passion Pit, Shame by Young Fathers, Wild Eyes by Matthew Mayfield, 1999 by Active Child, Change Is Everything by Son Lux


Check out the rest of my April playlist



I read 11 books this month (2 of them being via audiobooks)


99 Days by Katie Cotugno: I LOVED Katie’s debut How To Love and I seriously enjoyed this one as well as HARD it is to read. The character is uber flawed and makes mistakes and does shitty things and I loved it. Katie is the queen of writing uber messy and complicated stuff. Especially in this case to make me like a character who does things I am so not down with. Post to come on this one!

All the Rage by Courtney Summers: SUCH AN IMPORTANT BOOK. I vote it should be required reading for all teenagers (and adults obviously).

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby: What a sweet and heartfelt book this was! Post to come on this one!





Something real by heather demetrios

I really enjoyed my second Heather Demetrios book, Something Real, (I was backwards and read her debut after I read I’ll Meet You There). Such a good discussion starter!!




“The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.” — All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I was really thinking about this one. It’s SO true.


1. If We Were Having CoffeeI love this chats with you all. Thanks for letting me talk and thanks for sharing stuff with me!

2. Whatcha In The Mood For: I’m so excited for my new series on this blog and I’m glad you loved it too!

3. I Need A Recommendation: Audiobooks: You guys are CLUTCH! Thank you for all your suggestions. STILL going through them all weeks later!!!

4. 10 Inspiring Quotes From Books: LOVE THESE QUOTES SO MUCH.

5. My 3 Part Series Trying to Explain Where My Head Has Been At Lately With Reading: I’m glad I broke this into 3 parts rather than the mess of a post it was before. Post 1, Post 2, Post 3!


mr12ANY of my book talks! I keep trying to figure out if it’s that people don’t care about things that resemble reviews (my book talks) in general or if it’s me.



Oh HEY I posted a video this month:

April Book Haul



1.  Notes On Authenticity: This blogger has been one of my favorite travel blogs for years because she always writes such thought-provoking posts.

2. Because I Don’t Want To: I really loved this post. So many times I feel like I need to come up with good reasons not to do something and, you know what, sometimes the fact that I just don’t want to is a good enough reason. Also, the idea of doing things just because you HAVE been really resonated with me. “Just because you’ve been doing something a certain way for a month or a year or 10 years doesn’t mean you have to keep doing it that way. If you want to stop, you can stop. If you want to change, you can change.”   Especially in relation to my blog. It’s given me motivation to take a step back and look at the things I’ve been doing “just because it’s the way I’ve done things for 5 years” rather than because I actually still desire to.

3. 9 Life Lessons From Kimmy Schmidt: I just bingewatched and LOVED The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt so I loved this post!

4. Always One More Time: I needed this little reminder!

5. Remove One Word From Your Vocab & It Will Change Your Life: Oh my gosh I say this ALL the time. I’m trying to experiment with banning this from my vocab.


1. Ginger Pear tea from Trader Joe’sI feel like my picks are always new teas but I LOVE MY TEA, OKAY? This one was new in the store and UM YEAH I had to have it.
2. My Crafted Van bookmark collection – I was NOT a bookmark user before these really. I would dogear or use makeshift bookmarks. But I LOVE THESE. Except RIP I lost my unicorn bookmark already.
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 3. Audiobooks: I used to be obsessed with audiobooks but really stopped listening to them. This was the month I FINALLY got back into them and I listen to them A LOT — while I’m driving, on the treadmill, while I’m cleaning, while I’m getting ready and Will isn’t here.



1. ALL THE LOCAL BOOK EVENTS: Sarah J. Maas release party for ACOTAR (in which I am moderating), Sabaa Tahir, Sarah Dessen, Tiffany Schmidt’s release party and the Openly YA tour. If you are in the Philly area and want info about these events let me know!!
2. Our first Block Party concert: I’ve talked about how our local alt/indie station puts on free concerts in the summer (you have to just be fast enough to get the free tickets that are released). Will and I got tickets and will be seeing Banks, The Airborne Toxic Event, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Bad Suns.
3. BOOK EXPO OF AMERICA: EEEEE so excited. This is year #5 for me and I can’t wait to see friends and do ALL THE FUN THINGS. I’m planning to do a meetup again like I did last year (we crossed Momufuku and Macbar off my bucket list) so stay tuned if you are going to BEA and want in. Gotta figure my schedule out but then will decide.



I ‘ve got two questions this month because one is definitely more blogger specific:

Are you going to BEA this year???


Who is one author you wish you could meet?






Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Hey Spring, Is That Really You? (A March 2015 Recap)


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1. Saw Gayle Forman, Libba Bray & AS King: What a FUN night! Such interesting conversation about feminism, diversity, friendship and more! They reenacted a scene in I Was Here and it was hilarious. I’m always thankful when I get to see Gayle — she’s so fantastic to talk to and just somebody you want to be bffs with basically.

10989646_10102231968658715_1372333546296726158_oWith Gayle and my pal Frankie

2. We actually got a significant snowfall amount — I was already over Winter but we really hadn’t gotten a REAL good snow. Just like tiny snowfall amounts that are more annoying than anything. Love a GOOD snowfall!

3. I was sick 3 out of 4 weeks of this month: Basically March = MISERABLE. KIDS ARE GERM MAGNETS. BOTTOM LINE. Nannying kind of sucks in that way. I’d be sick all week and then get a day or two of being healthy and then BOOOM sick again. OH and then this past weekend I was in bed because I had the worst pain of my life and thought I had appendicitis. GOOD TIMES.

4. Will and I took Genevieve out for a little date– There are so many kids in my sister’s family and we decided to take Genevieve out for a little alone time with us. We did lunch and then took her to this big indoor playground. She had a blast. Her little face was red and she was sweating a little as we dragged her out haha

5. I did a little retail therapy: I was feeling so blue all month because I was sick ALMOST EVERY WEEK so I decided to buy a cute skirt and dress! THANK GOD FOR ONLINE SHOPPING.



I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now ! SERIOUSLY I think my March playlist is one of my most favorites in a while!! It’s going to be so hard for me to pick. Lots of new loves and lots of new stuff from old faves.

1. Dead – Phoebe Ryan

2. The Balance — Royal Tongues

3. Knocking On Heaven’s Door – RAIGN (I like their other stuff too but this cover is EVERYTHING. And it was on The 100 season 2 finale!!!)

4. Vamala – Champs

5. Hey Now — Matt & Kim

6. We Won’t Sleep — Handsome Ghosts


So many  favorites released singles so I figured I’d just round those up down here but I listened to all these A LOT:

No Room in Frame – Death Cab For Cutie
Believe – Mumford and Sons (suuuuch a different sound for them but I LOVE!)
Crystals – Of Monsters & Men
Hollow Moon – AWOLNATION

Also, I can’t leave Busy Earnin’ by Jungle off my list! Been my jam all month!

Check out the rest of my March playlist




Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: MY QUEEN. Loved all her contemporary and SO glad to have started her fantasy trilogy.

The Start Of Me & You by Emery Lord: Emery’s sophomore novel was just as amazing as her debut!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: Oh this fantasy was so fun! Espionage! Taking back the kingdom! Vigilante justice!




Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda

I was so glad to finallyyyyy share my review of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I was sitting on this review for quite a few months to wait til closer to the release date and I’m so happy so many of you loved it too or are SUPER excited about it!



“In friendship, we are all debtors. We all owe each other for a thousand small kindnesses, for little moments of grace in the chaos.”  And then a couple of lines after: “Because with true friends, no one is keeping score. But it still feels good to repay them — even in the tiniest of increments.”  – Emery Lord’s The Start Of Me & You

These two lines are pretty much what I think about friendship in a nutshell!


1. My Review of Two YA Monthly Subscription BoxesI’ve been curious about these and I’m glad my review was so helpful to so many of you who were also super curious!

2. Is It The Author’s Job?: Oh my goodness. This was one of my favorite discussions I’ve had with y’all in a while. Thanks for being so thoughtful and making me think!

3. Books For Readers Who Like Not-So-Easy-To-Like Characters: I had fun putting this list together and loved chatting about the topic of unlikeable characters with you!

4. Books From My Childhood/Teen Years I Want To Revisit: Oh the nostalgia!!

5. That Thing I Regret Not Having: I love doing these Beyond the Pages posts and chatting with you guys about real life things that books make me think of!


mr12ANY of my book talks! Always haha
I also really had a good time writing about the joy of a good album! Music lovers, where were ya?! :) Or maybe it was just me being super nostalgic and weird and nobody could relate haha



STILLL NADA. Womp womp.  I should probably leave this section off until I get my crap together.



1. Even more organization awesomeness from HannahI’m dreadfully behind on book blog reading. Like really embarrassingly. So thankful for the Twitters for being all abuzz about Hannah’s post! Hannah is the most organized person EVER and always shares great tips and now she’s got me pining for all these things — THAT FOXY DORI!

2. The People We Don’t Get the Chance To Thank: What a beautiful post from Jess! Definitely made me start making a list of people I’d be remiss if I never got to thank!

3. Email Guidelines for the World: YASSSS. THIS.

4. Hard Is Not A Reason:  Oh man did I need this post right now! I feel like I’ve been chalking a lot of things up to being “too hard.” Needed this post to call me out!

5. Authenticity Online: If you read my Monthly Rewinds every month you know I always seem to share a post Shannon writes. Her posts are always so thought-provoking and timely and RELEVANT to me. Also really loved “What Compels Us To Share?”  and “Your Perspective Is Important At Any Age” that she wrote in March as well!


1. SherlockOKAY OKAY. So I listed this a couple months ago when I watched the first season but like OBSESSION does not even cover it now that I’ve finished season 2 & 3 this month. I’m just basically non-stop thinking about this show (and Benedict because YEAH). WHY THE LONG WAIT?! (You can find out what else I’ve been watching lately movie/tv-wise)
2. My new skirt I bought – I’d also post a pic of the dress I bought but I’m too lazy. But yeah, this skirt is going to be a staple FOR SURE. I’ve already come up with a few outfits with it. I need it in every color ever.
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3. 2 new teas: I’m always getting new tea. Up this month is the Echinacea with elderberry from Traditional Medicinals and Trader Joe’s Rooibos & Honeybush Tea!



1. Going to visit my dad for Easter: As I’ve mentioned before my dad lives 4 hours away so I don’t see him often. BUT Will and I are heading up in a couple days for the Easter weekend.
2. MAYBE FUN OUTSIDE THINGS?!: Spring so far has been COLD. Very winter-like. I’d like to ummm play outside THANKS.
3. New Mountain Goats album and a new Passion Pit album: WAHOO. Excited. Been a fan of TMG for a long time and same with Passion Pit so YAYS.



So this question isn’t like my typical ones nor is it really an exciting one or too thought-provoking one BUT I’ve been wondering:

Do you like that I just tell my top THREE books I read in my Monthly Rewind or would you prefer I listed ALL the books I read each month and denote my favorite 3? I’ve always just done top but I was curious what you all found most helpful!






Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

February 2015 Rewind – Music Recs, Inspiring Posts & More!


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1. Went to Apollycon: Had such a fun time at Apollycon in Philly to celebrate the release of Jennifer Armentrout’s newest release with 20+ other authors. Was so nice to hang with friends and chat with authors I love!

2. Will and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with pizza and chocolate cake — That’s how we roll. We were going to go out for dinner and then it was snowy/icy so we decided to just ditch those plans. Plus restaurants are more annoying on Valentine’s Day.

3. We took our older niece and nephews for lunch & bowling: This was our belated Christmas present to them — a day to just do something fun without the little ones. We had such a fun time and it was nice to spend some quality time with them. Will kicked our butts in bowling.

4. Changed my hair up a little bit– I get so BLAH in the winter and I just wanted a little something different so I changed my hair color up from the typical reddish color I do to something more purpley-red. It’s fun and made me happy.

5. I’ve been in a weird reading/blogging space: I’m simply not reading as much as I usually do so far this year. I’m just trying to ride it out and do what I feel like. I think it’s related to blogging to be honest. Feeling like I have to PROVE/GIVE REASONS why I liked or did not like a book. Sometimes I just do or do not. It’s just hard to feel like I have to put my critical hat on every time I read something. That’s not who I am as a reader which is why I said I’m no longer a book reviewer. But, even with declaring that, I still feel self conscious because of what other people still expect this place to be because I’m a book blogger. I’m not a reader who picks apart things. I read and I talk about what I liked/disliked, how it made me feel, what it made me think about, etc. I don’t want to be a book reviewer. I just want to talk about books. However I feel like. Focusing on what IIIII want to about the book. *repeats to self, ignores all the other crap*



I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here now !

1. Falling Short — Lapsley

2. Dangerous — Big Data (ft. Joywave)

3. Strange Enough — VERITE

4. What Kind of Man — Florence + the Machine

5. Show Me Emotion — The Dunwells

6. Under Stars — AURORA


Can’t See the Light by Reuben and the Dark, Lifted Up by Passion Pit, Shots by Imagine Dragons, Reconfiguration by Other Lives

Check out the rest of my February playlist




Again, this month I only read 6 books so I’m just going to give my top book of February!

Mosquitoland David Arnold

 Mosquitoland by David Arnold — My review will happen this week but this book is so unlike anything I’ve ever read.


A Court of Thorns & roses

 My Save the Date for Sarah J. Maas’s ACOTAR. I know it’s a most anticipated book so I wasn’t surprised at all! WORTHY OF THE ANTICIPATION! :)


” Forgiveness is tricky, Alexis, because in the end it’s more about you than it’s about the person who’s being forgiven” ” — The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

I thought A LOT about this sentence and forgiveness after reading this.



1. Ten Fantasy Novels This Newb Needs To ReadI loved all your recs and input! Your love for fantasy books makes me even more excited to be into this genre!

2. My favorite things when it comes to romance in books: THIS WAS SO FUN. So many LoVe fans. I knew you were my people!

3. On second chances: This is one of my favorite discussions I’ve had in a while SOLELY for the fact that I loved all your thoughtful responses and how varied they were!

4. I Recognize The Insanity, I DO!: Another session of bookworm therapy where bookworms enable bookworms. LOVED IT.

5. Ten Bookish Problems In My Life: This was so fun! We bookworms sure do have some “problems”! Lack of shelf space seems to be a big one!!


mr12ANY of my book talks! I was so excited to talk about some of these books!



STILLL NADA. Womp womp. Youtube is so much harder for me because I need good lighting and to look decent and for Will not to be here making noise. Never can find a good time these days!



1. Does Your Opinion Need To Be Heard?In an online world full of hot takes on the latest issues, I do not want to live my life constantly in a reactionary status”  SO MUCH THIS. I am always so cautious in my online life to think before I spout my opinion on something that has happened — whether in the community or a current event. It’s easy to see something online, feel your blood boil and tweet out an angry 140 character rant before you’ve had the time to do your research/take a breather and ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish/wonder if your opinion could be more helpful if you step back and wait for you emotions to settle. I’ve seen the knee-jerk emotional reactions in full force (I’m not judging) and I’ve just always known that reaction isn’t for me which is why I stay silent on a lot of things when the bullets are flying so to speak. Not because I don’t care or HAVE an opinion but because I carefully weigh how I want to present my opinion, if it’s something that ACTUALLY needs to be said, if I have the time/energy to facilitate a discussion about that opinion, what I hope to accomplish by saying it (is it to start a dialogue or to slam something I don’t like?) etc. I have opinions but I’m not sure every single one of them needs to be heard. (And I’m sure others feel differently and that’s okay!)

2. A Reverse To-Do List: I’ve unintentionally done this when it comes to blogging. I started saying no to a lot of things when I realized how unhappy it was making me to do TOO much. It feels bad saying no sometimes but it is empowering and Jess’s post really explains this well!

3. The Awesome Power of Tiny Triumphs: “That’s the thing with forward progress. It’s made up of lots of small steps, and we have to take an awful lot of them on our own, in the dark and away from the fanfare, before we can get to those big moments that really do merit recognition and applause.”  LOVED & desperately needed this post for the reminder that the tiny triumphs are important to remember!

4. Why Am I Not Doing The One Thing I Want to Do?:  It’s funny because I always have these couple things that remain on my to-do list daily and I never seem to do. Soooo this was very relevant!!

5. Five Surprising Things You Learn As A Female Solo Traveler: Interesting post! I’m a woman that truthfully has had to work A LOT to be okay with doing things alone (it’s so hard for me) and become more independent. Hell, I could cry thinking about eating at a restaurant alone. But I work on it and I’ve gotten out of my comfort zone A LOT in the past 5 years…especially BECAUSE of this blog.


1. Better Call Saul on AMCWill and I were huge fans of Breaking Bad and Saul was one of my faaaavorite characters so I’ve been excited every since I heard about this show! I AM SO OBSESSED ALREADY. The actor who plays Saul is brilliant and it is bringing even more depth and to a character I didn’t think I could love more. Learning about Saul BEFORE Breaking Bad? AMAZING. This whole new Saul we are seeing!!
2. Fresh Off the BoatWill and I don’t watch a lot of comedies but we watched this one and it gets me rolling!
3. My “College Jamie’s Favorites” playlist: I’ve been having some major nostalgia issues lately. So I’ve been putting this playlist on and it just seems to transport me. And also I remember how much awesome music I loved back then. SOME OF MY FAVORITE ALBUMS I HAVEN’T LISTENED TO IN A WHILE.



1. Gayle Forman!!: I’m going to get to see Gayle Forman twice in one month and THAT IS EXCITING. She’s coming to a bookstore in Princeton and then my favorite local indie, Children’s Book World. ALL THE EXCITE. (Gotta get all this out so I can act ~normal when I see her). I’ve met/talked with her quite a few times but I CANNOT HELP FEELING EXCITED LIKE IT IS THE FIRST TIME.
2. Maybe more spring-like temperatures?: A GIRL CAN HOPE RIGHT??
3. NYC Teen Author Fest: I’m not CERTAIN that I’m going but I’d really like to go at least for a day!



Who is one author you would love to chat with over a cup of coffee? Why?

(For me it’s Gayle Forman, OBVIOUSLY. Every time I talk to her I just could talk for even longer. She’s so interesting, smart and funny and always has great stories to tell (esp her travel stories) and she cares and thinks deeply about life! And maaaaybe she could tell me what Allyson and Willem are up to right now. 😛 )





Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

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