• Books,  Reviews

    The Martian: A Review

    Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Genre: Science Fiction Quotation: “Everything went great right up to the explosion.” Rating: 5/5 Stars Who knew so much heart and passion could be conveyed through such scientific thought processes? Andy Weir’s The Martian takes place almost entirely with one character alone on a deserted planet. When Mark Watney and his crew find themselves in the midst of a life-threatening dust storm on day six of their 31 day mission on Mars, they decide to evacuate. Unfortunately, Watney is struck by a satellite that was ripped loose from the storms winds, and the crew is forced to leave without him. To everyone’s dismay, especially Watney’s, he survived being impaled by a…

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    Books,  TBRs

    2019 TBR List

    Time to set some reading intentions for 2019! I’ve already started this year off strong by finishing two books in the first 14 days (that’s a big deal for me believe it or not), and I’m hoping to keep the momentum going through the next 11 months. I’ve compiled this list of books that are high on my reading list, but I know I’ll probably add a ton more before the year is up. Keep in mind this list is highly aspirational. I’ve listed 24 books in this post, and it’s not likely I’ll actually read every book on this list, but I’m going to try. Since I’m already listing out so…

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    Books,  Recommendations

    Top 10 Books Read in 2018

    Another year has come and gone, just like that. While I still haven’t hit my goal of reading 50 books in a year, I definitely feel like 2019 is my year. I’ve read, and finished, 47 books by the time this post is going live, so I still had quite a few books to wade through to find my favorites. I’ve come up with my top 10 books read in 2018. Let’s get started!

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    Top 10 2019 Book Releases

    I’ve definitely jumped the gun on the new year, but I’m so excited for 2019. I couldn’t wait to share the book releases I’m looking forward to in the next 12 months! Obviously, there are so many books coming out in the new year that seem wonderful and captivating, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top ten 2019 book releases that I’m looking forward to. Let’s get started!

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    Top 5 Books To Read To Get In The Christmas Spirit

    I have a bit of a confession to make. I think I’m a bit of a Scrooge! My friend asked me the other day what my favorite Christmas songs and movies were, and I didn’t really have an answer. I honestly dislike Christmas music a lot (it’s too repetitive for me), and I haven’t watched nearly enough cheesy Christmas movies in my lifetime. I think as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to appreciate the cheesy cheer and romantic plotlines, and I even have plans this weekend (with myself) to watch all the new Netflix originals including, but not limited to, The Princess Switch, but in the past, it’s never really been my…

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    Top 6 Books To Give As Christmas Presents

    Christmas is just around the corner (Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate!), and my favorite gift to give is, of course, books. There are a myriad of reasons as to why I love giving books to my friends and family: 1) It’s easy. 2) There’s something for everyone. 3) I get to share my passion with others. 4) Books. Do I need any other reasons? I’m not sure exactly what I’m getting everyone on my list this year, but I’m sure a few books will be thrown in to the mix. This week, I’ve cultivated a list of the top books to give as Christmas presents. Let’s get started!

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    Top 5 Books I’m Thankful For

    I have so much in my life to be thankful for, so I figured I would continue the trend of sharing what I’m thankful for into this week. I had a lovely Thanksgiving last week with friends and family, and I’m still working my way through leftovers as I write this post. Is there anything better than Thanksgiving leftovers? I don’t think so. I have so many books to be thankful for because of what they taught me about the world and about myself, but I narrowed this weeks post down to the top 5 books I’m thankful for. Let’s get started!

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    Salt to the Sea: A Book Review

    Over 9,000 innocent lives lost. Over 9,000 lives that ended too soon. Over 9,000 people who didn’t get to continue their story. And I only knew about it because of a book. I was never taught about it in any classes, but the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff was one of the largest civilian casualties in World War II, and I didn’t learn about it until I picked up a book from a local bookstore. Told from four different perspectives, Salt to the Sea combines the unique journies of Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred as they attempt to escape dangerous lands during World War II. Each character brings their own baggage to…

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    Six Reasons to Use Your Local Library

    If you haven’t heard, I absolutely love my local library. It’s the perfect place to go on a rainy Sunday, you get access to thousands of books, and people aren’t asking you every five minutes if you need help finding anything. I used to be very against going to the library — I wanted to own the things I read. But, now that I have to be a little more savvy with my money, I am all about my library card. This week I’m giving you SIX reasons to fall in love with your local library. Let’s get started!