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Currently Reading

Currently Reading

I’m not usually juggling multiple reads at once, but because of my busy school year and traveling, I currently have multiple books on my shelf, so to speak. Here are the books that I’m currently reading. Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge: […]

My Ranking of Jane Austen’s Novels

My Ranking of Jane Austen’s Novels

Last semester, I took a single-author course for my English major on Jane Austen. I’ve read most every page Austen has written (okay, that might be an exaggeration, but I studied a whole lot of her works, even some obscure ones and partial drafts.) They’re […]

The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland (Book Review)

The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland (Book Review)

The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland was a random read for me. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble because it was on sale. There are so many great books for tiny sums on sale at B&N, and this one caught my eye. I’ve […]

Why I Love Bridget Jones’s Diary

Why I Love Bridget Jones’s Diary

Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of my favorite books of all time. It stands out on my bookshelf as a novel guaranteed to make me laugh-out-loud. Like many people, I saw the movie adaptation of Bridget Jones’s Diary before I read the book. I love the […]

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

I mentioned how much I was loving Robert Galbraith’s mystery novels in my August favorites, but it took me all of September (and most of October) to get through The Silkworm. That’s not to say that this book isn’t engaging: in fact, it’s a page-turner. […]

Revisiting Pride and Prejudice

Revisiting Pride and Prejudice

The first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I was fifteen. I carefully selected the title from a reading list for school, curled up in my favorite reading spot, and immersed myself in Jane Austen. This month, I re-read Pride and Prejudice for a class […]

August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]

10 Reasons to Read Outlander

10 Reasons to Read Outlander

Outlander was published in 1991, so while it isn’t a brand new book, it is currently enjoying a resurgence due to the TV adaptation of the series. The historical fiction novel is adventure, romance, and even science fiction all in one. My mom liked it, […]

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith’s debut novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is among my favorite books of 2016. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a detective novel; it isn’t a thriller, so it doesn’t rely on scare tactics to advance the plot. Galbraith builds suspense instead of fear, creating compelling characters […]

10 Reasons to Read #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

10 Reasons to Read #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso, founder the fashion phenomenon www.nastygal.com, lends advice and inspiration to young women in her book #Girlboss. The book chronicles Nasty Gal’s journey from ebay store to independent enterprise, as well as Sophia’s journey from renegade to CEO. The book is full of anecdotes […]