• Books,  Personal

    The Southern Festival of Books

    This past weekend Humanities Tennessee hosted the 31st annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. The festival featured around 50 booths of independent booksellers, book stores, writing workshops, writing societies, and more. In addition to the booths, there were sessions upon sessions throughout the three days that featured authors from across the spectrum of writing. I spent almost my entire day on Saturday at the festival, and it was heaven to me. I started with a session called “Coffee with Authors” which featured Alexi Zentner, author of Copperhead; Anissa Gray, author of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls; Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers; and Taylor Jenkins Read, author of Daisy Jones &…

  • Books,  Wrap Ups

    September Reading Wrap Up 2019

    Happy October! It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like fall here in Nashville, and I am SO ready for sweaters season. I bought a few new pieces from Target over the weekend, and I can’t wait to wear them this season. September was a pretty good month of reading with four books under my belt. I absolutely loved one book and really didn’t enjoy another, so it was a pretty balanced month of reading. Let’s get into my September reading wrap up! Image from Amazon 1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass is a story about a young assassin who must compete to become the King’s…

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    Books,  Reviews

    Educated: A Review

    Educated is the story of what happens when you have nothing to rely on but yourself, a book, and some very willing loved ones to get you out of a tough situation. Tara Westover was raised in a strict Mormon household in the mountains of Idaho. In addition to being conservative, traditional parents, Tara’s parents were also survivalists. Tara, along with her six other siblings, was homeschooled for the majority of her life, worked either in the junkyard with their father or in the kitchen putting together homeopathic remedies with her mother, and was always prepared for the second-coming. At 17, Tara was convinced by her older brother, Tyler, to leave…

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    Books,  TBRs

    Fall TBR List

    I think it’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Nashville, and I could not be more excited. This summer has been nothing short of amazing, but I’m ready for cooler days and for it to be more acceptable for me to stay at home and read on the weekends. Fall is the perfect time to read some creepy thrillers, magical mysteries, and cozy love stories. Let’s get into my fall TBR list… Image from Amazon 1. It by Stephen King I’ve been trying to finish this book since last year. It’s such a monster of a book, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I hope to finish it this year around…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    September Book Haul

    Round two of talking about books I bought! I told y’all I went a little crazy last month during the Barnes and Noble sale. Let’s jump right into the rest of the books I bought for this book haul! Image from Amazon 1. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Truth be told, I picked this one up because I’ve heard great things about it, and I loved the cover. Ask Again, Yes is about two families whose lives are intertwined because of their proximity and children. Francis and Lena live with their daughter Kate, and Brian and Anne live next door with their son Peter. A tragedy blossoms from Lena’s loneliness and…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 6 Fall Book Releases 2019

    I know it’s not quite yet fall in Nashville, but I already want to pull out my sweaters and sip on some piping hot apple cider at a coffee shop all day long. The mornings have been a lot cooler here, which brings a smile to my face every time I walk out the door, so I figured I might as well pull the trigger and share some of the fall book releases I’m excited for in 2019. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo — October Galaxy (Alex) Stern is the sole survivor of an unsolved multi-homicide, so when she’s in her hospital bed…

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    August 2019 Book Haul

    I have been heavily utilizing the library this year, which has been great for my wallet, but Barnes and Noble finally had a sale, and I went crazy. Truthfully, this is only the first part of my haul since I also ordered about seven books online, but these are the ones I picked up in-store. I didn’t mean to pick out a specific set of books, but I think I was subconsciously drawn to historical fiction. I took advantage of the buy two, get the third free deal and 30 percent off deals. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed…

  • Books,  Wrap Ups

    August Reading Wrap Up

    You may have noticed, but I skipped out on doing a July reading wrap up since I read so little that month. Between moving and being out of town, I really hit a reading slump last month and only read two books. And even though I only read three books this month, I got half-way through two others, and I feel like I’m back in the reading game. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon 1. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs A well-written auto-biography from Steve Jobs’ “forgotten” daughter, Small Fry is an eye-opening read. Brennan-Jobs shares stories of her childhood and the strange way she and her estranged father used to interact. I’ve never been…

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    Books,  Reviews

    Daisy Jones & The Six | A Review

    Daisy Jones is a force to be reckoned with, and The Six had no idea what it was getting into when they asked her to join the band. It all started out as an innocent co-writing session, and it ended in the best band of the era. Daisy Jones & The Six is the oral history of the greatest band there ever was. Their time together was short, but their impact lasted for generations. The story begins with Billy and his brother starting a band. They go through the regular crap a band does (members that quit, writing woes, etc), but eventually, they end up as The Six — Billy, Graham,…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 5 Books to Turn into Movies

    This past weekend was so much more relaxing than anticipated. I was house/dog sitting about 30 minutes out of Nashville, so I spent most of my weekend up there watching movies on the couch. It reminded me of how much I actually enjoy movies, and it got me thinking about what books I would like to see turned into movies. Typically, I’m in the camp of “the book is better than the movie,” but sometimes, sometimes they are both great in their own way, and I think these books could land in that camp if they were made into movies. I read all of these books (or parts of the…