Wrap Up: August 2016

August was full of great reads!

August was insane! We traveled to Rio to watch my brother compete in the Olympics, we came home and bought a house. Now we’re in the process of boxing up our house in Denver and getting ready for the big move to Nevada. I really thought I would have read more this past month, but I can see why I didn’t… I did manage to read 3 books and 2 comics. What I did read was fantastic! I highly recommend them all and here you’ll get a glimpse into each read, but for full reviews you can click below! This past weekend we boxed up my entire office and it makes me sad to see the empty bookshelf, but I did pull a few out. Stay tuned for my September TBR!

Buy your copies of my August reads on Amazon:

Perfectly Good Crime | FULL REVIEW

It Ends With Us | FULL REVIEW

Southern Solstice | FULL REVIEW

Rat Queens Vol 2

Lumberjanes Vol 4

Book Haul: August 2016

A book haul FULL of amazing reads just begging to be read!

Some of you may know, my husband and I are making a big life change… we’re boxing up our home in Denver and heading to Reno to be closer to our families. So over the past week I’ve had the task of boxing up some things. The first to go were my books. My husband brought a box up into my office and said hey start packing. I was like yeah okay it should be easy right well it set off an anxiety attack… I couldn’t stand the thought of an empty bookshelf for the month. Turns out though, the TBR stack sitting on the floor… it fills up my almost empty shelf ha! And I thought I’d only need a few boxes. I’m already at two and I have a good feeling I’m going to need a LOT more!

Anyways, over the month of August I’ve been able to add more great reads to the TBR shelf! I’m so excited for these reads. Have you read any of them?

Order your copies of the August reads from Amazon:

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

Keep Her by Leora Krygier

After You by Jojo Moyes

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The Writers Room by Justen Davila

Favorites: Halfway through 2016

A collection of my favorite reads so far this year.

June has come and gone and so far I’ve read 39 books. They have all been great too which is why I wanted to share my favorite reads so far this year. I’m also really interested in looking back at the end of the year and seeing which of these makes the final cut for the end of the year favorites. I’m sure the list will change, but for now, I’m extremely happy with the lineup. I hope that you’ll find at least one you haven’t read yet and give it a go!!

Today, I’m dressed head to toe Americana and ready to celebrate! Sadly, Zach has to work so I’ll just be chilling at home. There will be sunshine, bbq foods, and of course a good book! Later, I’ll most likely stay home with our pup and watch the fireworks from upstairs. I love this time of year. I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

Happy Fourth of July!

My favorite books so far this year in no particular order:

  1. milk and honey | FULL REVIEW
  2. Before We Were Strangers | FULL REVIEW
  3. The House of Bradbury | FULL REVIEW
  4. Me Before You | FULL REVIEW
  5. Salt to the Sea | FULL REVIEW
  6. Fangirl | FULL REVIEW
  7. Hidden Bodies | FULL REVIEW
  8. He Will Be My Ruin | FULL REVIEW
  9. The 5th Wave | FULL REVIEW
  10. Confess | FULL REVIEW

My favorite comics/graphic novels. Again, in no particular order:

  1. Soppy
  2. Lady Killer
  3. Rat Queens
  4. Sweet Tooth Volumes 1-6
  5. Lumberjanes Volumes 1-3

Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

In this retelling, Holmes and Watson are suspected of murder…

Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of A Study in Charlotte

A Study in Charlotte is a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes novels except in this one, Sherlock is a girl! Charlotte and Jamie knew of each other, but it wasn’t until they wound up at the same school that they got to meet face to face. While neither of them was overly fond of the other, a friendship was formed when they were forced to work together to solve the murder and clear their names.

What I loved: 
A great teenage retelling from Watson’s perspective, kept me guessing, entertaining and fun! Looking forward to continuing on with this series.

What I didn’t: Wished there was more distance between them and the traits of their grandfathers.

If you liked Sherlock Holmes (the books, movies, or tv show): pick up this series!

For my full review of A Study in Charlotte, click play!

Wrap Up: March 2016

My favorite read this month would be…

March was a crazy month and while I didn’t get to every book I had hoped, I’m happy with what I was able to read. My favorite read during March would have to be Me Before You. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it and the movie was pretty great too!

Order your copies from Amazon here:

Lumberjanes Volume 1

Hidden Bodies | FULL REVIEW

Between Shades of Gray | FULL REVIEW

He Will Be My Ruin | FULL REVIEW

Me Before You | FULL REVIEW

The One That Got Away | FULL REVIEW


Book Haul: March 2016

Another ridiculously large book haul…

Another fantastic book haul… I’m collecting books faster than I can read them at this point! Again, I can’t pinpoint just one that I’m most excited for, but here are a few that really have my attention – A Study in Charlotte, Jane Steele (especially after attending the author event at The Tattered Cover – Colfax), Salt to the Sea, Pretty Happy, Fool Me Once, and Find Her.

Have you read any of these?

Order your copies here:

Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson – Still on my TBR

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – TBR, soon though!

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben – TBR

The Widow by Fiona Barton – TBR

*Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – LOVED!

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – TBR

Find Her by Lisa Gardner – TBR

*A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – Good!

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan – TBR

Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck – TBR

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – TBR, hopefully this summer!

I Was Here by Gayle Forman – TBR

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – TBR

*Perfect Imperfections by Puja Mohan – not bad for a debut!

Sweet Tooth Volume 1 by Jeff Lemire – Awesome!

* Full reviews coming soon!

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

“And it was a kiss that felt like it could stop time.”

A great Summer read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of Since You’ve Been Gone

Overview: Emily returns home from a vacation to find her best friend, Sloane, has disappeared. When a letter arrives from Sloane, Emily immediately opens it. Inside is a list of 13 things she must do over Summer. Emily sets out to complete the list in hopes that it will lead her to more clues or the whereabouts of her best friend.

What I loved: Watching Emily’s character develop, the real and relatable relationships between the characters, a love interest that started with a solid friendship, the playlists!

What I didn’t: Not getting closure with Collins and Dawn, slightly annoyed with Sloane.

If you liked Paper Towns then: this one is for you! All the vibes of Paper Towns 😉

For my full review of Since You’ve Been Gone, click play!

Wrap Up: February 2016

My favorite read of the month was…

Today’s video shares my reads during the month of February. I read 6 books – one of which was an Advanced Reader Copy (aka an ARC)! I enjoyed every book I read during the month and highly recommend them all. Fangirl though, has got to be my favorite! Full reviews will be linked below as they get blogged! Are any of these one of your favorites?

Order your copies here:
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

*Soppy by Philippa Rice |

You by Caroline Kepnes | FULL REVIEW

*Nimona by Noelle Stevenson |

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | FULL REVIEW

The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj | FULL REVIEW

*Full review coming soon!

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“Cather…” Back up to his eyes. “You know that I’m falling in love with you, right?”

Read this right now | 5/5 stars | Buy your copy of Fangirl

Twin sisters, Cather and Wren, have been inseparable up until their freshman year of college. Wren decides she wants her independence and Cath is left all alone. Over the course of the year, Cath begins to come out of her shell, learns to stand up for herself, creates friendships, and even falls in love.

What I loved: 
It felt so REAL. Easily connected with the characters, especially Cath. The Fan Fiction was interesting and fun. Levi and Cath!! Adorable, can’t wait to reread this again!

What I didn’t: 
not a thing.

If you liked We Were Liars, Before We Were Strangers, or If I Stay: binge read this!

For my full review of Fangirl, click play!

Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Don’t always judge the book by the hype friends!

Read | 4/5 stars | Buy your copy of The Infinite Sea

Overview: Camp Haven just came crashing down. The group of survivors that escaped the death camp is now on the run and we’re left wondering how will they survive knowing they’re being hunted by The Others.

What I loved: Getting to read things from The Others perspective, but what surprised me the most is how much better this was than I expected (don’t always judge by the hype friends!)

What I didn’t: The action was spread further out, it didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat.

If you liked The 5th Wave, Hunger Games, or Divergent: this series is great too! Grab your copy of the final book in the trilogy, The Last Star!

For my full review of The Infinite Sea, click play! Oh boy… I just realized months later that it didn’t upload the edited video, it uploaded the entire unedited video. That’s fun hahaha And Butters doesn’t like when I make videos. Can you tell that she wants ALL the attention? Sorry for her rudeness 😉