Friday, February 21, 2020

Review: is Ninth House Leigh Bardugo's Worst Book?

In October of 2019, beloved YA author Leigh Bardugo released her first adult novel, titled Ninth House in reference to its occultist themes. Like many other fans of Bardugo's Grisha and Six of Crows series, I was very excited for its release. However, some readers found themselves disappointed by the new book and its dark, disturbing contents. I, on the other hand, loved it. Spoiler alert: this is going to be a (mostly) positive review. 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Books I Want to Read in 2020

2020 is here, which means the start of a new reading year. Although I do not create a goal of a certain amount of books to read, I do have a list of a few select novels that I would like to squeeze in between studying and traveling. I brought most of these with me to Scotland, as I am studying abroad in Edinburgh for the first half of the year. But some, I'll sadly have to wait until I return home. 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Studying Abroad in Edinburgh

Surprise, surprise, I am currently not in the USA, but in Scotland! I applied to study abroad at the University of Edinburgh for a semester last fall and was incredibly excited to find out I had been accepted. By the time this post goes up, I will have been in Scotland for a fair couple of weeks already. It has been a blast and although I miss home, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Cozy Winter Reading Recommendations

Perhaps this is an unpopular opinion, but winter is one of my favorite seasons. I adore snow, sweaters, and all things that come with this time of the year. The mood is just so...cozy. I want to go ice skating, drink hot chocolate, and bake cookies. Thanks to winter break from university, I have more time to actually read. But right now I am recommending books for you to pick up this winter.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Best Books of 2019

Every year seems to slip by even more quickly than the last, with this one having disappeared in the blink of an eye. Somehow I am a college sophomore and will be turning twenty years old in 2020. Maybe it's just because I have been watching so much Peaky Blinders lately, but I am definitely hoping for a roaring '20s repeat. I have a lot of good things awaiting me in this new year and new decade, including some fantastic books. But for now, let's talk about the nine best books I read in 2019.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Secret History is Amazing and You Should Read It

Donna Tartt's The Secret History is a beloved classic and a tale of dark academia, secrets, and murder. To be perfectly honest, a hundred pages into this book had me convinced I hated it. I found the characters to be strange, the pacing to be slow, and the writing to go off on one too many tangents. So how did I end up loving it by the end?

Friday, November 8, 2019

Popular Books I'll Never Read

There have always been popular books or series that people go through a craze of reading. But with the modern age and today's internet and social media platforms, it becomes much easier to see which novels are the current trend. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, even Fifty Shades of Gray have made made their way not only onto the book scene, but into even the most book-hating people's shelves. These books tend to rise and fall in popularity over the years like any trend. Some of them catch my fancy and I end up picking them up. However, there are some popular books that I just know I will never read.