• Books to Give as Gifts
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    Top 10 Books to Give as Gifts

    Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you still have some people on your list to shop for. Last year I finished my Christmas shopping weeks ahead of time, but this year, like most other things, Christmas presents were not coming to me as easily as usual. Here are some books I think would make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Let’s get started! one | The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Every city has a soul. The soul can be a beautiful thing or a destructive element. New York City has five souls. Five people that feel like a part of…

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    Books to Buy as Gifts this Black Friday

    It’s no secret that I love giving books to my friends and family during the holiday season. Sometimes I gift them something that fits their personality (like a coffee table book) or I find a perfect, evergreen book to gift them. I’m going to breakdown the best books to give this holiday season for anyone in your life. Let’s get started! one | for the person who loves working on themselves… Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. We all know Shonda Rhimes as the truly amazing screenwriter for shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, but aside from her writing skills, Rhimes usually liked to stay behind the scenes. She passed up opportunity after opportunity…

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    Top 10 Books to Read this Holiday Season

    It is time to cozy down with some books! As COVID numbers continue to rise and temperatures continue to drop, I am planning to spend more and more time inside. And you know what that means? More books! Here are my top 10 books to read this holiday season to get you in the spirit, distract you from family drama, or entertain you while you wait for turkeys to cook or Santa to arrive! Let’s get started! one | One Day in December by Josie Silver Laurie and Jack lock eyes through a bus window on a snowy December day. Before she can make a move, he’s gone. Laurie spends…

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    Top 10 Books To Recommend To Non-Readers

    As a book lover, I love sharing my library with friends. Believe it or not, not all of my friends like reading. It breaks my heart a little bit, but I do have a few books I always recommend because they are a guaranteed hit, even with non-readers. Let’s get started! one | The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Monique lives in modern-day New York and is writing about the life of the 50s movie starlet Evelyn Hugo. Evelyn chronicles her life to Monique, so much of the story actually taking place in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. As Evelyn tells Monique about the trials and tribulations…

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    15 Spooky Season Book Recommendations

    Spooky season is in full swing at my house! My roommate and I have already started watching Halloween-themed movies (check out Wednesday’s post for my recommendations/to-watch list), and we carved pumpkins this weekend. Even though the pandemic is still very much a part of our lives, I’m really glad this season is upon us, and we can still do fun things while staying safe. As we all know, my favorite thing to do in any season is read. So here are my spooky season book recommendations that I have already read and loved. Let’s get started! one | A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab Follow me to a…

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    Top TV Shows to Watch Based on Books

    I promise this post isn’t sponsored by Netflix. I don’t watch a ton of TV because most of my free time is spent reading, but when I do, I’m a big binge-watcher. During quarantine, my boyfriend and I have been watching shows together, switching off who gets to pick what we are watching next, and it got me thinking about all of the amazing TV shows based on books. There are so many out there, but these are the ones I’ve personally watched. Let’s get started! one | Gossip Girl Gossip Girl is such a classic television series, and it’s the perfect time to binge the series. The television series is…

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    Top 10 Fall Book Releases of 2020

    As a nation, we are all embracing fall like we never have before. Bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes, autumn-scented candles, cozy blankets, and sunflower decor. We have arrived, and we are thriving. I feel like we all need a change, and since fall is arguably the best season, we are soaking it up for all it is worth. That being said, obviously, my favorite thing about fall is all the amazing new books being released. Let’s get started… one | The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton I recently read and loved The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, so I knew I had to read Stuart Turton’s latest release. Samuel…

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    Best Books from Female Authors

    Happy Women’s Equality Day! Today celebrates the adoption of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. Now, it would be remiss if I didn’t mention that not all women were granted the right to vote on this day 100 years ago, but it was a small step in the right direction. Small steps turn into giant leaps eventually (I hope). I wanted to celebrate some of my favorite female authors and authors I hope to read more from. I have so many female authors I love, so I left a little list of honorable mentions at the bottom of this post. Let’s get started… Books I’ve Read one | The Great Believers by…

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    The Best Books to Satisfy Wanderlust

    We all had big plans for 2020. We were going to travel, get in shape, read that book that’s been sitting on our shelf for years. Instead, a lot of us are eating to cope with our emotions, staring out our windows longingly at the outside world, and just praying for 2020 to come to a close. While we may not be able to do a lot of the things we planned on, especially travel, we can still make the best of 2020. Personally, I’ve never worked out more in my life or read as many books. If you’re yearning for a trip around the world, might I recommend these…

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    Top 5 Books of 2020 Thus Far

    I’ve read a total of 44 books so far this year. That is an insane amount of books for me, so at least COVID was good for something, right? While I’ve read a lot of books, I haven’t read a lot of 5 star reads this year — I’ve mostly been looking for an escape, which isn’t a bad thing, but it hasn’t brought me many jaw-dropping books, unfortunately. I thought I’d round up the top five books I’ve read this year, in hopes that I add some more amazing reads to the list before the end of the year. 1// The Arc of a Sythe Series by Neil Schusterman…