New Year, New Books!

This post will serve as a few things,

A: an update on my book club now that the seasons have passed…

B: a list of the new books I am excited to dive in for the new year!

But FIRST, may I say I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and may 2o17 be a positive step forward for us all! ❤ 

Below are the pictures of my Autumn book club choices and a small review of each. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed most of them, high ratings all around!

Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your fancy!

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  • Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

An interesting perspective on life from a girl who is stuck permanently inside due to a life threatening illness… until of course, she’s not… do I even need to mention the brooding bad boy? 😉 Still with a unique voice and twist in the end, I give this an 8.5/10Image result

  • A Madness So Discrete – Mindy McGinnis

A fascinating look at institutional life in the 19th century- the setting of a dark plot that pushes the main character to look deep into herself for courage and strength. 9/10

  • My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

Image result for my lady jane Such a creative and fun concept to mix fantasy and fairy tales with loosely based historical events to the point that it’s created something new!? IDK just give it a chance- it has so many references tucked away that will make you smile along the journey   9/10

  • Flawed– Cecelia AhemImage result for flawed

Another sci-fi dystopian that I expected to fall flat based on the synopsis but it hooked me pretty quickly. Seriously, I stayed up until 2 in the morning just to finish this book . It was surprisingly a little more graphic (violence) than I expected or preferred… but it kept me thinking about questions of what’s really right and wrong for DAYS but *spoiler alert* the ending was just cruel to readers when the sequel is still a few months away. 8.5/10

  • Night Circus– Erin MorgensternImage result for night circus

SO MAGICAL and gorgeously written. The plot is a little slow at times but it’s worth it to see the protags relationship bloom. There’s not much I can say to explain this premise, you just need to immerse yourself in this world and let your imagination take over. 8/10

  • Cinder (Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer

Image resultI love when I can get hooked in a series and I ate this one up within a year but I’ll just settle with reviewing the first one. I got ahead of myself at times because I thought I was smart enough to see through the story lines but I can honestly say, the series kept me on my toes.



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  • Althea and Oliver – Cristina Moracho
  • Mosquitoland – David Arnold

I am going to review these two together because I actually never finished them… It’s not that it was bad writing- they both have that quirky vibe that I Really wanted to like but I just couldn’t get into them and it actually ended up feeling more like a chore to read them. So I decided not to be too hard on myself and take a break from them. IMO, both had similar issues. The characters were not likable and the plots were a little too unrealistic for my tastes. I give both a 6.5/10 but hey, I don’t want to turn off anyone who is interested in giving them a try. If you do, let me know if the endings are worth giving them another chance!

And now, my “one person book club” picks for the next few months are: 

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This year, I’m looking to continue to push my genre boundaries and I always enjoy a good comedic autobio 🙂

  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  • We Are Still Tornadoes – Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
  • Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
  • Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
  • One More Thing – B.J. Novak

I look forward to reading and reviewing these books, hopefully to spread the word and get people reading more!! Comment if you have read any of these yet and what you would rate them! Much love in 2017! #newyear

x emily.


For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne

As we begin to count down the hours and minutes until the new year, what better time than now to reflect on times past. In honor of auld lang syne, (my favorite song to ring in the new year) I would like to post the few songs that have stood the test of time and gotten me through the challenges of this year. New and old; a variety of genres, music is what calms my soul and brings me strength.  I hope that it can speak to you as it does to me.


I know there are probably more but these are the ones I can remember as of right now. I will leave you with my favorite rendition of Auld Lang Syne and I hope you are blessed with the best 2016 you can ask for.

x Emily.

New Year. New Me?

I haven’t posted in a while mostly because I haven’t been inspired to write anything lately as well as the madness of finishing up the semester and properly enjoying the holidays. But now that its officially 2015 I am ready to turn a new page and hope to post more regularly for my handful of followers. x When I consider the new year, of course I am tempted to make resolutions and promises to myself of changes I will make but I know I will inevitably fall short of my own expectations because I mean really… Has one day really made that much a difference? Probably not. I don’t feel much different than I did yesterday…

But I do feel inspired. And I guess that’s all that really matters. No I probably won’t exercise everyday or be super organized, never procrastinate or stress, or completely rid myself of a boring wardrobe or the negative influences in my life but I will try my best. I will try to look forward with a positive attitude, with grace and drive. To make a difference or at least do something a little different. I begin the new year, keeping in mind a mantra that I have adapted from an Amy Poehler quote: I want to be someone who does things. I don’t want to be someone anymore who judges or talks about what people do. I want to be someone and be around people who dream and support and do things…

And whether or not I accomplish everything I set out to or I make mistakes along the way, I must remember to cherish these moments and take them in stride because these times too will pass and one day I’ll look back and think, “I made it through”.

x emily.

Best Feelings

It is the start  of a whole new year and although I’d like to claim that it means a whole new me, I know that is not realistic and I’m all about keeping it real. But I have to admit it is one of the best feelings in the world knowing that the new year brings a symbolic fresh start and you can make this year anything you want it to be. With that in mind I started to compile a list of other things that give the best warm fuzzies. (I like lists). Of course there are plenty but I will supply you with the best ones that I could come up with at two in the morning.

1. cute puppies/babies

2. more than 10 likes on your profile pic/ selfie (this is a large # when considering my # of FB Friends, i promise)

3. the tightness in your face after you thoroughly cleanse it.

4. the warm shiver when you are sun-bathing

5. a clearance rack with cute clothes actually in your size (keep dreaming)

6. little kids that tell you you’re pretty

7. watching an animated movie meant for children that you inexplicably and shamelessly love. (ICE AGE 4, anybody…. anybody?)

8. everything New Girl

9. Jennifer Lawrence. period.

10. being able to write anything you want on a blog b/c you know nobody is actually reading it.

😉 emily out x