8 books that feel like summer ☀️

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid “Malibu: August 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored…

Spring 2021 book reviews

She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard This book requires some suspension of belief, but once you’re safely in that YA thriller mindset, it’s a wild ride.  The story is set in an image-obsessed San Diego where two young girls find themselves tangled up with disaster and tragedy while also exploring their attraction to…

2021 summer vacation reads: Palm Springs, CA

After a loooooong drought, I’m finally hopping back on a plane tomorrow and heading off to explore a new place!  My friends and I are celebrating our college graduation with a quick trip to Palm Springs and Las Vegas. One of my absolute requirements when vacationing like this is a pool!  I love to swim…

reflections and rejections | Q1 wrap-up

Ever since I started healing my relationship with rejection, I’ve been keeping track of how many times I get rejected.  Whether it’s an ARC on NetGalley, an internship, or a freelance project, it’s important to me that I keep stats on what opportunities didn’t come my way. I think of this practice as data collection. …

february & march book reviews

February and March were all over the map in terms of reading.  I read a handful of books that I adored and some that weren’t my taste.  Here’s what I’ve been pulling off my shelves lately. the song of achilles by madeline miller I ended up reading this book after doing a fun book bracket…

what to read this spring

I’m beyond ready for spring.  After a lot of inside time this winter, I’m ready to open up the windows and feel the sun on my skin. One of my favorite springtime activities is lounging outside with a good book.  I’ve been in the mood for uplifting nonfiction, powerful literary fiction, and of course a…

Why do you read?

why do you read? I’ve been asking myself this question lately because, like many of us, I’ve found myself in a reading slump.  I’d rather lie on my floor and stare at the ceiling than pick up any of the dynamic, interesting books I’ve got lying around my apartment. Reading slumps are a common phenomenon. …

bright burning stars blog tour & review

Y’all I’m SO excited to share this post today!  I’ve partnered with Algonquin Young Readers as part of their blog tour to tell y’all about Bright Burning Stars by A. K. Small, a novel about two young ballerinas who learn just how far they’ll go to win the ultimate prize.  This dynamic, engaging novel is…

Black history month reading list

It’s Black History Month and I’m excited to share a list of content and creators that I’ve found inspirational, educational, and celebratory. I’ll continue to update this page throughout Black History Month, so comment your favorite resources and I’m happy to add them to the list! Articles Incredible Black Canadian women you need to know…

the bridgerton reading list

Y’all I’m obsessed with Bridgerton.  I love the costumes, the intrigue, and the amazingly talented cast. I’m slowly working through the first season, but am totally anticipating a Bridgerton hangover when I’m done with the first season.  If you’re in the same boat, here are some books to satisfy your Bridgerton addiction. Anna K by…