List: Pivotal Books for Me


Reading didn’t come naturally to me. When I look at my nieces and nephews with their noses in a book since the moment they could read (some even before then) I regret that I wasn’t more like that as a kid. When I discussed this with one of my sisters recently, she observed that reading seems more popular for kids and teens today than it ever did when we were kids and teens ourselves. It’s hard to objectively comment on that idea since I clearly wasn’t in a circle that read often, so I decided to do a little research on the topic. I have discovered that reading was on a decline among children and teens throughout the 80s and 90s, which sort of makes sense when I think back to all of the reading programs in school and the amazingness that was Reading Rainbow (created in 1983). It wasn’t until a certain wizard appeared on the scene in the late 90s that this trend started to move in a positive direction making reading more prevalent again. It’s pretty amazing to think the impact a book or a series of books can have on the world. This has had me thinking about books that have changed my own reading trends and trajectory. What are those books that made me turn a corner, or summit a mountain on my reading journey and shaped me into the reader I am today?  Continue reading

List: Favorite Movies Adapted From Books


In honor of the movie Glass Castle coming out today, I thought I would make a list of some of my very favorite movies that were adapted from books. Making a movie from a book is a tumultuous endeavor on the part of the filmmakers, particularly for beloved books. Not every book has made a successful transformation to the silver screen. When I read a book I develop the author’s world into my head and assign faces to characters. I essentially make the movie my way, in my head. Nothing thrills me quite like finding out a book I love is becoming a movie. My expectations are great, perhaps unreasonably so, but in the end, here are a few books who have lived up to my hopes.  Continue reading

List: Series I Love



When I began compiling this list, I was surprised how hard it was for me to muster up a group of series that I have loved. I realized that I have started a lot of series (hmm maybe that could be a future list), but there are very few that I have finished, or stuck with throughout its publishing. Series so often fail to maintain quality and meet my expectations throughout each book, but the following are series that I have enjoyed through completion or to where it stands as of now. I also didn’t include the Harry Potter series here not because it isn’t a favorite series, but rather I find it to be obvious and doesn’t need a shout out. I hope this list grows and would love to hear if you have any series recommendations! Continue reading

List: 6 Swoon-Worthy Reads


Above all topics, love is my favorite. I am a complete addict when it comes to all things romantic in the realm of books and movies. I used to play this addiction down because I thought a respected book guru would spend most of their reading time on the New York Times bestsellers list, which rarely leaves space for cotton-candy, feel-good, love stories. I have decided that life is too short to read books I’m just not that into, and so I am embracing my romantic, sentimental side and putting forth a list of some of my very favorite swoon-worthy love stories. Enjoy! Continue reading