Monday, February 27, 2017

The Notes of Rebellion

"Never allow yourself to believe you should be silent."
--Samantha Shannon, The Song Rising

: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 374
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Previous Books in Series: The Bone Season & The Mime Order 
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My Thoughts

The Belle
I am a huge fan of this series and have bene eagerly anticipating the next novel since it's predecessor came out. This book did not disappoint. I'll try and stay vague as it is the third book in the series and if you haven't read this yet--why haven't you read this yet?!--I don't want to spoil anything so I'll do my best.

Monday, February 20, 2017

For Love of Family

"I did it only for him actually"
--Penny Vincenzi, No Angel

: Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Pages: 626
Publication Date: October 5th, 2004
Source: Gifted by Hannah--thanks, love!
Previous Books in Series: First in trilogy
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My Thoughts

The Belle
This sat on my shelf for way too long after being gifted to me by Hannah about 2 years ago. Its a tome. 600+ pages, tiny print, and even knowing this book was right up my alley based on thy synopsis I still dragged my feet on committing to it. I regret this decision.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love Me Hard

"I am Athena. 
Before that I was Thea, singer and slave and lover of gladiators. 
Before that I was Leah, daughter of Benjamin and Rachael of Masada. 
I am as mortal as you, you common little man. 
And I fear no one."
--Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome

: Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 470
Publication Date: April 6th, 2010
Source: Borrowed
Previous Books in Series: First in series of 4 companion novels
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My Thoughts

The Belle
This book sat on my Goodreads TBR shelf for quite awhile. I had inspiration one day to purge my TBR there because it's so unused and I wanted to either read these books or delete them. I've been on a historical fiction binge and a lot of books on there were of that genre so Mistress of Rome immediately jumped out. And wow. This was one of those unexpected and wonderful experiences while reading that made me so happy I finally picked up this book.

Friday, February 10, 2017

30 Things I Learned By 30

As cliche as it is I couldn't resist reflecting on my life when I was approaching 30 and writing about all the things I've learned thus far. The big day was Tuesday and it was such a great day! Thank you all for the birthday wishes and tweets and messages, it means so much to me! When I was thinking of what I wanted to write it was almost impossible not to feel a little emo. I tried to include some funny ones as well but for the most part I felt really introspective and it felt very cathartic writing these and thinking on all the things I truly have learned over the past 30 years. So here it is, the good, the bad, and the foody, I mean, funny.  

1. Love yourself.
It took me almost 26 years to truly learn to love myself. We are all unique and beautiful and bring something special to the table. Know your worth.

2. Have no regrets.
This one is hard because there are so many places our path could have diverged but I also believe everything happens for a reason. Own your choices, even when you're wrong. Especially when you're wrong so you can learn and grow from your mistakes.

3. Quality not quantity.
With friends, purses, books, anything. I'm definitely a less is more kind of person and really love eliminating unnecessary extras in my life. Y'all know how I treat my TBR :)

4. Travel.
To the next town, next state, next country, next continent. See as much as you can, the world is full of beautiful places. One of my favorite quotes is from One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it says, "I had predicated my life on the idea that I wanted to see everywhere extraordinary, but I’d come to realize that extraordinary is everywhere." We all know I love to travel but I love the small moments in everyday life just as much.

5. Be open minded.
About other people, their lifestyles, their cultures, life's too short to be a bigoted asshole.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kiss List {Best Books of January}

As I said in my post on Friday, I read so many amazing books in January that I just could not decided which book to highlight! So I decided to make a Kiss List specifically devoted to books. Shocker. But it's really rare to LOVE so many books in such a short period of time. It was like book hangover hair of the dog, I just kept picking up incredible books, lucky me! I was going to post this yesterday but decided to postpone it until today because it's my birthday SO I figured I'd flail about some of my new favorite books!

"Try looking with your soul, instead. The soul sees what truly matters."

MARIANA  by Susanna Kearsley was a book that completely transported me to it's location and time. The present day story molds into the past with ancestor memories bringing a fascinating edge to this story. The romance was heart-breaking and beautiful, the location tangible, and I just DO NOT understand why I don't live in an old house in the English countryside.
Pick This Book Up If...You love historical fiction with a breathtaking love story and a perfectly complemented present day story. Also, if you love any and all stories set in England!

Monday, February 6, 2017


"When they expect you to give up,
that's when you should put your foot down and double your speed."
--Sophie Kinsella, My Not So Perfect Life

: Adult Contemporary
Publisher: The Dial Press
Pages: 448
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Source: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Previous Books in Series: Standalone
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

The Belle
I've read a few Sophie Kinsella novels a few years ago and loved them but for whatever reason, I haven't read a novel of hers since. Thanks to Hannah, I requested My Not So Perfect Life and SO glad I did! I loved reading this book. The setting, the characters, the story arc, the theme of perspective, it all combined to create a fantastic book.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Kiss List {January 2017}

*Token sentence about how I can't believe the first month of 2017 is already gone* I personally feel like the month hasn't flown by! Probably because I started my new job and sitting in 8 hours of orientation for 7 days will make any month seem long. With that said, with the month feeling a bit longer it was PACKED with AMAZING books! Because of that, I'm going to be doing a special Kiss List post on Monday highlighting all the incredible reads of January. The purpose for Kiss List 2.0 came about because I wanted a post to gush about my favorite book of the month that really stood out to me but this month I honestly could not choose. Once you see my pics, you'll understand if you've read any of them. But that's Monday, TODAY is about all the rest...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Led By A Bishop | Take Me To Church

"I am stronger than my fear."
--Katie Ashley, The Last Mile

: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Signet
Pages: 336
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Previous Books in Series: Vicious Cycle & Redemption Road 
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My Thoughts

The Belle
I fell for the Vicious Cycle series after the first book and this final installment completely fits in with the previous books. This relationship was a bit more complicated than the previous books and I really had no idea how Katie Ashley was going to make this work...but she did.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Why I Love Traveling {1}

This is a serial post I've been wanting to do for awhile. I love to talk about travel--obviously--and I'd love to be able to expand and talk a bit more in-depth of what it is about traveling that speaks to me on a deeper level. So I thought the perfect first topic would the reason I keep booking plane ticket after plane ticket. That reason? The feeling.

Monday, January 23, 2017

For Queen and Country

Books: The Lion's Lady | Guardian Angel | The Gift | Castles
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publication Date: Early 90's--There's so many editions it's hard to tell to be honest
Source: Gifted from Alexa and Bought
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