Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

After a month and a half of feeling like everything I read was just okay, I am so happy to have picked up this cute romance. It was what I needed. The Bride Test is technically the second in a romance series by Helen Hoang, but each book can be read as a standalone and…… Continue reading Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

How To Read More Diverse

As readers in a world filled with so much uniqueness, I think it’s important to learn about experiences and cultures different from our own. Not the least because doing so builds empathy and helps us understand others. But, we also live in a world that loves to celebrate the priviliged: typically white straight men. It…… Continue reading How To Read More Diverse

Book List: Bad Boy Romance

Everyone loves a bit of a bad boy. (Descriptions from Goodreads) Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Genre: Romance Average Goodreads Rating: 4.05 No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth…… Continue reading Book List: Bad Boy Romance

Book List: Musician Romance

Everybody loves a rockstar. Hasn’t everyone read those fanfictions where a member of One Direction falls in love with the girl reading a book in the audience? Or where the parent sells their daughter to a pop star? Now, those are truly wild, and not sure these books can live up to that, but they…… Continue reading Book List: Musician Romance

Book List: Man in Uniform Romance

A lot of people love romance novels. And a lot of people also love a man in uniform. These then are your perfect combination. Descriptions from goodreads. If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher Genre: Romance Average Goodreads Rating: 3.55 Violet Covington pens Dear Sweetie, the most popular advice column in the state of North…… Continue reading Book List: Man in Uniform Romance

Bookstagram Tips

In quite a few of my posts, I’ve referenced bookstagram–an instagram dedicated to books and book lovers. My bookstagram is living_for_literature (and that’s my shameless plug) and I thought it was about time I share some tips I’ve found over the last year and a half. Whether you’re thinking about making a book instagram account…… Continue reading Bookstagram Tips

Book List: Brainwashing

One more day to Halloween! One more book list for the month. To me, one of the scariest things is the possibility of being brainwashed/mind controlled into doing or believing something. These are books that deal with that. The Program by Suzanne Young Genre: YA Average Goodreads Rating: 4.5 Suicide is an epidemic. If Sloane…… Continue reading Book List: Brainwashing

Book List: Frankenstein Retellings

It’s a monster! Or is the true monster the man? In honor of Halloween coming up, let’s look at some retellings of Mary Shelley’s (perhaps the inventor of the horror genre) most famous work. Book descriptions come from Goodreads. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi Genre: Horror Average Goodreads Rating: 3.57 From the rubble-strewn streets…… Continue reading Book List: Frankenstein Retellings

Do Protagonists Need to be Likable?

Let’s settle this age-old question. I’ve had a lot of people tell me they didn’t like a book because they didn’t like the main character, which is fair. I tend to dislike a book if I dislike the protagonist, but it depends. If I dislike a character because of personality traits that I don’t personally…… Continue reading Do Protagonists Need to be Likable?

Book List: Enemies to Lovers

Today’s list is dedicated to a trope that is scary good. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Genre: Fantasy Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09 Jude grew up in the faerie land with her adoptive father–a red cap who killed her parents. Being a mortal in the land is hard when everyone looks down on her–especially evil…… Continue reading Book List: Enemies to Lovers