Florida beach vacation reading list 🌴

No trip to the coast is complete without a good vacation book.  I’m heading down to Florida this week and can’t wait to soak up some sun and dive into some stories.  Here’s my Florida beach vacation reading list: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid I finally got my hands on bookstagram’s summer darling!  TJR…

What to read this June 💌

Every month, I send out my monthly wrap-up newsletter, which ties together all of my favorite posts, products, and more from that month. My favorite section to write for the newsletter is the “required” reading: a list of articles that I read and loved that month. The "required" reading is a guide to what to…

Summer thrillers: six book recommendations

I normally reach for thrillers in the winter, but I’ve had such a hankering for a fast-paced story these days.  Summer thrillers hit a little different!  Here are some summer thrillers that I read and loved, and some I’ve got my eye on: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave Hannah and her…

Palm Springs and Las Vegas road trip diary 🏜

If you and your girl gang are heading Southwest, I can’t recommend this itinerary enough!  My college friends and I celebrated our graduation with a six-day trip to Palm Springs and Las Vegas and it was the absolute perfect location.  Here’s what we did, ate, and loved: DAY 1: get settled We started in Palm…

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…