Friday, October 13, 2017

Creating a Capsule Library


When Hannah asked me if I thought a post about what books or authors would make our own personal time capsule would be a good idea, I jumped on the YES! wagon. How does it work, you ask? WELL! The idea is similar to a capsule wardrobe. Staple clothes and accessories that you cannot live without that make up your core wardrobe. For this project you have 10 spots; 5-7 authors (clothes) and 3-5 individual books (accessories). You can pick and choose how many of each but you cannot have more than 10.

She wanted to make it a little hard for us all--because she's evil--because she was curious to know at the end of the day, house on fire, apocalypse has occurred, what is your short list of books and/or authors that make up your shelves. In addition to that, we paired each book or author with an article of clothing or accessory that fits that book or author.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rich With the Spoils of Time

Something Dangerous // Into Temptation
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 736 // 675
Source: Gifted by Hannah--thanks, love!
Publisher : Overlook Press

Monday, August 7, 2017

Do You Believe in Fairies?

"You don't need anybody's permission to live the life you desire, Olivia.
You need only the permission of your heart."
--Hazel Gaynor
Genre: Adult Contemporary & Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 364168
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

The Belle
This being my first Hazel Gaynor novel, I didn't know what to expect. But when I started reading the prologue I knew I was in for a captivating story of fairies, magic, and growing up. This story is a dual timeline with the past component taking place from 1917-1920 and is about an actual historical event known as the Cottingley Fairies when two young girls seemed to capture real fairies while playing in the beck behind their house. The present day story is about a woman who inherits her grandfather's bookshop after his death and finds one of the little girl's from 1917 story about those events.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Deal With the Devil

"The devil doesn’t smile...The devil smirks."
--Tiffany Reisz, The Red
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fantasy Erotica
Publisher: 8th Circle Press
Pages: 249
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Find on: Goodreads | Amazon

My Thoughts

The Belle 
When I heard Tiffany Reisz was writing an erotica I immediately added it to my TBR. Her Original Sinners series changed my life in so many ways that I'll be here all day if I had to list them. The Red is an erotic fantasy which is something I had never read before. I don't even know if there are any books in this sub-sub genre (heh, sub, get it?) but I digress. This Erotic Fantasy is about a woman whose art gallery is way in the red...that is named The Red. A man comes to her and offers to save the gallery by paying her in expensive paintings and in return she will give him one night a month with her in the biblical sense. She agrees.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Devil Needs His Share

"If this isn't heaven...I don't know what is."
--JR Ward, The Devil's Cut

My Thoughts
When it comes to JR Ward this woman can do no wrong in terms of her writing and books. I have yet to meet a Ward book I do not fall head over heels in love with...The Devil's Cut is no exception. I was nervous to start this because I have come to love these unlikeable characters and root for them so hard that if they all didn't end up in a happy place after so much pain and turmoil, I would be so sad. I wanted a satisfying conclusion to this series...but what I got was so much more.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bestie Beatriz Binge // The Book Most Likely To

Hannah and I decided to read all of Beatriz Williams books together after my incessant text messaging to her while I was reading my first book. I read 80% of her entire collected works in about a week and a half. I'm seriously smitten. Utterly obsessed. I wanted to read nothing else and re-read until my hearts content. Hannah was also so obsessed--see what I did there?--and we had the best time reading them together and then discussing. We had a standing phone call date the morning after every book we finished. They're that good. And what better way to share our overwhelming love than with a book event all this week showcasing what we love about Beatriz William. We give you...the Bestie Beatriz Binge!

Hannah and I thought it would be fun to pick out the unique qualities of each book and make it a 'If You're Looking for This Try This' situation AND then we decided it would be fun to make a superlative for each book. This is all for your benefit to help you decide which book to start with. They're all incredible but everyone has to start somewhere.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bestie Beatriz Binge // Quotes and Insta-Moments

Hannah and I decided to read all of Beatriz Williams books together after my incessant text messaging to her while I was reading my first book. I read 80% of her entire collected works in about a week and a half. I'm seriously smitten. Utterly obsessed. I wanted to read nothing else and re-read until my hearts content. Hannah was also so obsessed--see what I did there?--and we had the best time reading them together and then discussing. We had a standing phone call date the morning after every book we finished. They're that good. And what better way to share our overwhelming love than with a book event all this week showcasing what we love about Beatriz William. We give you...the Bestie Beatriz Binge!

Today our love for Beatriz continues! Today we're telling you our favorite quote from each book and sharing photos we took. If you've seen my Instagram lately you'll have seen my kickass photos of Beatriz's books! It was totally unintentional at first that I ended up taking a photo and posting every book by her I was reading. It happened because I loved them so much I had to share! I'm sharing them again today along with my favorite quote from the book.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bestie Beatriz Binge // The Collected Works

Hannah and I decided to read all of Beatriz Williams books together after my incessant text messaging to her while I was reading my first book. I read 80% of her entire collected works in about a week and a half. I'm seriously smitten. Utterly obsessed. I wanted to read nothing else and re-read until my hearts content. Hannah was also so obsessed--see what I did there?--and we had the best time reading them together and then discussing. We had a standing phone call date the morning after every book we finished. They're that good. And what better way to share our overwhelming love than with a book event all this week showcasing what we love about Beatriz William. We give you...the Bestie Beatriz Binge!

Today we're doing a breakdown of all her books and what we thought! I'm giving you a Quick and Dirty summary and What Hooked Me because every.single.book. made me obsessed! So I wanted to tell you what exactly it was that made me obsessed.


OVERSEAS
Quick and Dirty: A woman from Wisconsin (have to plug that, sorry not sorry) working in 2007 NYC in finance meets an uber billionaire who seems to fall in love with her on the spot. Secrets are everywhere, the connection is instant but feels ancient, time travel to WWI is legit.

You Had Me At: One of my triggers for books that will make me add to my TBR instantly is time travel romances or love that transcends time and centuries. While there was instant love, it didn't bother me because this is one of my favorite sub-genres. I loved that these two people had a connection for a secret reason and getting all the pieces over the course of the book was so fun and romantic!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bestie Beatriz Binge // Five Reasons To Read Beatriz Williams


Once in a while, somebody special comes along that makes you forget all the times you've been hurt. That helps you remember love. For the second time in the past year I found that person.

I am very clearly talking about authors and books right now so don't get your romantic panties in a twist. I'm talking about Beatriz Williams. When I visited Hannah in Atlanta a few months ago she told me about a historical fiction author she met at a signing and how she loved the book she read by her. I read the synopses and was pretty intrigued. A few weeks later when my TBR was basically zero I decided to get them from the library (and subsequently bought all of them after reading).

Hannah and I decided to read all of Beatriz Williams books together after my incessant text messaging to her while I was reading my first book. I read 80% of her entire collected works in about a week and a half. I'm seriously smitten. Utterly obsessed. I wanted to read nothing else and re-read until my hearts content. Hannah was also so obsessed--see what I did there?--and we had the best time reading them together and then discussing. We had a standing phone call date the morning after every book we finished. They're that good. And what better way to share our overwhelming love than with a book event all this week showcasing what we love about Beatriz William. We give you...the Bestie Beatriz Binge! First up in our week of love is my Top Five Reasons You Should Read Beatriz Williams...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Vancouver, British Columbia



A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Vancouver, British Columbia! I've been to Canada before, Toronto, Quebec City, and Montreal, and loved it! (Minus Montreal but that's another post and story). I fell in love with Vancouver! I love when cities have the juxtaposition of urban downtown style AND nature; Vancouver has this and so much more. Canada is so incredibly beautiful and I could spend months wandering around this gorgeous --and massive!--country! But alas, I only had 4 days. These were my favorite parts.
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