I’m so glad I’ve gotten into reading, and making the time to enjoy a good novel. Reading is a great way to unwind after a long day, and my reading pile keeps on growing. This year my goal is to read 30 books (I think it’s attainable with a one year old). January is about to be over, and I’ve already read two books: We Met in December by Rosie Curtis & Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I’m onto my third book: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I’ve heard such amazing things about this novel- as it is a VERY popular read! I’m only on the first chapter and hope to finish by the first week of February. Would anyone be interested in book reviews?


Some books on my reading for the next few months include:

















What books are on your reading list & if you have any good book recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments!

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I hope 2020 has started off great for you all!




Barnes & Noble had their huge #bookhaul blowout sale & I jumped at the opportunity to splurge! I’ve been reading all summer- whenever I’m not occupied by E. I recently finished The Editor & it was SO good! I’m currently reading In the Country (couldn’t link it from B&N, but I found on Amazon) and it’s VERY good (it’s a series of short stories, based on Filipino characters). I highly recommend both books!

Now onto my mini book haul:


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides



Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane



Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson



Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman



Have you read any of these books listed? Also- if you have any good book recommendations for me, feel free to leave them in a comment below! I’m always looking for new things to read.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! I cannot believe we are in September… it’s my birthday month! I’m just ready for this weather to cool down, as we are still melting down here in Southern California! Ahhh… off to go read, bye!



current reading list:

As many of you know, I love to read. Over summer, I read about 5 books. Although I’m  super busy with school, I still want to have time for myself. Here are a few books on my wishlist:

  1. Lily and the Octopus- This is actually something I’m CURRENTLY reading. I’m not very far, but I’m HOOKED. I won’t lie, I started bawling my eyes out on page 7 or something ridiculous. It’s so good. I can’t wait to finish this!lily-and-the-octopus-9781501126222_hr
  2. Christmas in Paris- I actually JUST ordered this from Barnes & Noble… so it should be arriving in my mailbox by the end of this week. So exciting. I have a new found love for Anita Hughes and read two of her books over summer vacation. I cannot wait to read this book during Christmas time. christmas-in-paris-by-anita-hughes
  3. Today Will Be Different- I have heard such positive things from this novel! I read “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” during summer break & loved it. So I think Maria Semple won’t disappoint with this book! 28449270
  4. The Woman in Cabin 10- This is a thriller/mystery book that people have been raving about. I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy! I heard a lot of people read it for hours on end, not being able to put it down. (i love books like that) the-woman-in-cabin-10-9781508217749_hr

What are some books you’re dying to read? Have you read any on my list?



book review: what remains: a memoir of fate, friendship & love.

Hey everyone,

Today I wanted to do a book review on a book I finished reading a few weeks ago. I read almost three books over winter break, and this was one of the books I enjoyed SO much.

So a little bit about the author, her name is Carole Radziwill. The first time I heard about her, was watching her on one of my favorite t.v. shows- The Real Housewives of New York. My first impression of her, was I thought she was beautiful, mysterious and really laid back. She mentions on the show that she is a journalist, and worked for ABC News in the past, met her husband working and he passed away to cancer- leaving her a widow, I didn’t know much more about her. But this book changed that.

CYEMfceW8AUmsqdThis is a memoir about her life- her childhood, meeting her husband during a work trip to Los Angeles, marrying her husband, her friendships, the battle it was to taking care of her sick husband and ultimately losing her husband to cancer. I won’t give away it all, especially if you want to read the book, but I cried my eyes out at the end. She is definitely an inspiration. Her book is gold, she is a very talented writer. Learning about her life and everything she went through was so interesting. She is a great example of coming from a small town, and achieving massive success by working hard for it! Radziwill is a gifted writer, able to tell her story without holding back.

I look up to her, and would love to be at least half the writer she is. This is such a great read, you won’t regret it! Have you read any good books lately? Any recommendations for me? I would love to know!