Monday, September 26, 2016

Love is the Goal

"Love is the ultimate goal. "
--Elle Kennedy, The Goal

Genre
: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Elle Kennedy
Pages: 350
Publication Date: September 26th, 2016
Source: ARC provided by publicist
Previous Books in Series:  The Deal & The Mistake & The Score
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon


My Thoughts on The Goal
The Belle
The Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy is hands down one of the best New Adult series out there. This series is smart, well-written, and not to mention absolutely hilarious. One of my favorite parts of this series as a whole is the quick wit banter and dialogue. The Goal was no exception.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Packing a Purse or Personal Item

One week from today I'll be touching down in London! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am! I thought I would talk about my tips on packing a personal item as my last travel post before I leave the the blog is quiet. This was a huge trial and error for me to get to this and I hope I can save you some time and stress. I wasn't so fortunate and made a lot of annoying, not to mention heavy, mistakes but I digress.

So this is my final post in regards to packing tips is the personal item. (If you want to check out my checked bag post and carry on packing tips check out the links.) Listen, I have had a different purse/tote on every trip I've taken. I have yet to find an airplane purse/personal item that works for me. One day I will, it is my solemn vow. Until then I will tell you what I found the be essential in the overall packing process and planning your personal item. I finally figured out on my last trip that less really is more and by that I mean pack your carry-on backpack with all your 'must-needs to survive' essentials like we talked about and use a medium sized cross-body purse or tote to keep with you that has all your plane ride must-haves. Make it light. No joke, guys. Do not make your purse heavy or carry a huge tote with you. I've made this mistake and not only does it cut down on leg room because you have to shove it under the seat but it gets awkward to carry on your shoulder or elbow. A cross-body bag leave you hands free to find your passport, take out essential documents, and grab your luggage.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Pasta With A Side of Love

"It wasn’t love or lust
but something we both recognized as a possibility of something. 
It was so pure, so uninhibited."
--Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton, Roman Crazy

Genre
: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 336
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts
The Belle

If you've been here before you know how deep my love of travel goes. When I heard about this book I knew I wanted to read it. It takes place in Italy. It's about a woman trying to pick herself back up. It has an old foreign love in it. Did I mention it takes place in Italy? Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world and that's saying a lot. But I digress. Let's talk about the book.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Travel Quotes

In a less than two weeks I'll be leaving for another adventure! I'm so incredibly excited to be off to London, Scotland, and Wales I could explode just thinking about it! Seriously, I cannot wait. With that said, I wanted to share my favorite travel quotes with y'all today. I think about these all the time and they are the inspiration to me for everything I do. And a fun fact is that all the photos the quotes are on are my own personal photos I've taken while traveling. I mean, I'm in a lot of them if you couldn't tell but this project is one I'm especially proud of so I hope you enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Foreign Affairs with Aelin // Empire of Storms Blog Tour


Welcome to my stop on the Maas Thirteen's Empire of Storms blog tour!! I'm so excited to continue to be a part of this amazing group of women who love and support Sarah and the Throne of Glass series. (You can catch up on my Heir of Fire blog stop and Queen of Shadows stop if you'd like!) For my tour stop I'm taking my character doppleganger (personality not looks obviously) and homegirl Aelin with me on a trip around the world. I want to show her all my favorite places and a few I haven't had the pleasure of going yet Aelin has said she longs to see far-off places and unknown lands and who else to be a travel buddy than moi? That's right, nobody. And let's be real, most of this is gonna be a tour of hot foreign guys. Just don't tell Rowan and Aedion. We'll behave...mostly...

Friday, September 9, 2016

A Court to Change the World

"The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers"
--Sarah J Maas, Empire of Storm

Genre
: YA/NA Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 693
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Source: Bought
Previous Books in SeriesThe Assassin's Blade & Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight & Heir of Fire & Queen of Shadows
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts
The Belle

Per usual, my words have escaped me. My heart is so full after reading this that it's really hard to put into words my depth of love for this series so this is--probably--gonna be short and sweet.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Adventures in the Great Wide Somwhere // Travel by Page to England

It's no surprise that I would try and find a way to combine reading and traveling. A huge motivator in all my travels has always been books. Guaranteed, any trip I take if you ask me why I wanted to go there it's 98% of the time going to start with this sentence, "Well I read this book..." Because I didn't start really traveling until my 20's, I still think that reading is the best and most cost effective form of travel. That feeling of being transported to another time, another place can always be found within the pages of books. That's why I wanted to start doing book recs based on countries. This first edition of this will, of course, be England. Most likely the book will take place in London but a lot of them travel throughout the country especially the historical ones.

So without further ado, here are my book recs for England. Whether you're planning a trip or looking to travel within the confines of your living room, these books will take you there. Note: I had SO many England recs that I divided them up between Setting, Historical, and Swoon. So no matter what you're looking for, I'm hoping you can find something here. Also note: No other country will be this extensive. As I've said a thousand times, London is my soul mate city. I read a lot about it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Madrid, Spain

Seville may have stolen my heart but Madrid is a close second. Prior to leaving for this trip I was most excited to see Madrid. Again, I was not disappointed. Madrid is beautiful and while I only got to see a few key locations, I loved spending my time leisurely wandering around the Palace and Cathedral...see below.

Monday, August 29, 2016

I Just Finished The Most Wonderful Story...

"We women all have the capacity to carry magic."
--Kristen Ashley, Broken Dove

Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Bought
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon 

My Thoughts
OK guys. It's time we had a serious discussion. The title of this post is LITERALLY  (and I hate using this word, let me tell you) is what I said to myself after finishing book 2, The Golden Dynasty. I actually hugged my Kindle to my chest, rocked back and forth, and announced to my very surprised Mom and sisters my declaration of love. They obviously didn't care because they didn't just read what I read. We all know I read a lot, I'm sure if you're reading this you read a lot too so you know...you KNOW and understand that special moment when a book or series hits you right in the face and heart and feels and soul and you didn't expect it. This is how I feel about this series. I didn't think I would be able to do a formal, typical review for each book because there are no adequate words to verbalize my soul-deep love I have for this series. So I decided to do a top reasons to read and add in a few gifs for good measure which I usually don't do but it felt compeltely appropriate for this series because IT CHANGED AND RUINED MY LIFE IN ALL THE BEST WAYS, YOU GUYS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Friday, August 26, 2016

InstaLife {2}

As I said in my recent Itinerary Update, it's been a busy few weeks and my Instagram has been busy documenting! I've really gotten into the Insta Stories, as well. I know it's super similar to Snap Chat but I missed the train on that one and I don't really get it so Insta Stories was perfect for me. I totally love it for pics I want to post that just aren't cute enough to stay on the feed permanently (LOL) and I never want my feed to be book after book I'm currently reading or hey check out my Starbucks cup...again. Anywho, this is what me and my Instagram have been up to. Would love you all to follow along @xoxokellynina :)


Row 1
I started my reread of The Queen of the Tearling series! It's amazing if you haven't read  // I went to Milwaukee's Irish Fest over the weekend to eat some great food and listen to some great music. A piece of my heart is always in Ireland // #WanderlustWednesday in Rio at Christ the Redeemer

Row 2
Finally got some blogging motivation! // My first view of Wisconsin farmland after my 22 hour road trip home *tear* // One of my new FAVORITE books EVER! Seriously! The Fantasyland series by Kristen Ashely took over my life! Read that series you guys!

Row 3
Trip to Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame // Meghan Trainor concert in Nashville! SO much fun! I love her and her music! // Trying to take cool pictures while stuck in the car for 8 hours :/

Row 4
Pitstop in Hershey, Pennsylvania and the Hershey Chocolate Factory. I love Reese's. Favorite candy! // My last day at Dartmouth ended with a great dinner with my two favorite friends and coworkers. Gonna seriously miss them. // Ended one of my last off days hanging out at Starbucks and planning out fun trip stuff!!

Hope y'all enjoyed my recent Instagram adventures! Make sure to follow xoxokellynina if you can :)

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