Reading Rush 2019 Wrap-Up

The Reading Rush has officially come and gone, and I had the best time! I've participated in the Booktubeathon (what it used to be called) several times before, but I have to say that this year has been my favorite yet. The website fostered a real sense of community and I was asked to host … Continue reading Reading Rush 2019 Wrap-Up

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Remind Me of Summers as a Teenager

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is a FREEBIE, which means we can make a list about any topic! Since we're in the midst of a beautiful summer, I thought I would share ten books that remind me of summers as a teenager. Back in the day … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Remind Me of Summers as a Teenager

I finally went to Persephone Books and it was amazing | Holly Goes Abroad

Persephone Books first appeared on my bookish radar years ago when I started watching Booktube. I remember watching London-based booktubers visit this gorgeous shop, jealous that they had so many local independent bookshops to choose from. Back in high school I never imagined I would someday spend a year studying abroad in England, much less … Continue reading I finally went to Persephone Books and it was amazing | Holly Goes Abroad

THE SILMARILLION by J.R.R. Tolkien | Review

I did it: after of years of it taunting me from my bookshelf, I finally got around to reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had the pleasure of buddy reading it with Mary Drover, which was a lot of fun. To be honest, I was a little intimidated by this book at first, so reading it alongside another … Continue reading THE SILMARILLION by J.R.R. Tolkien | Review

BECOMING by Michelle Obama | Review

Becoming by Michelle Obama has gotten so much buzz in the past few months that I knew I had to put it on my summer TBR. I also can’t resist a good memoir, especially one written by such a talented, strong, high-profile professional woman. I’ve got a soft spot for presidential biographies, but it occurred to … Continue reading BECOMING by Michelle Obama | Review

Book Haul! | Holly Goes Abroad

Word of advice: travel with bookish friends. While in England my friend and I spent a day visiting bookshops in London, and it was such a fun day. Not only did we visit some beautiful bookshops, but it was also a great way to see many different parts of the city without going to the … Continue reading Book Haul! | Holly Goes Abroad

Reading Rush 2019 TBR

I don’t often participate in read-a-thons, but when I do, it’s usually the Booktubeathon! This year the Booktubeathon has been given a face lift and a new brand: it is now known as the Reading Rush and even has its own website where you can create a profile, add friends, chat on forums, etc. (If … Continue reading Reading Rush 2019 TBR

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2019

*looks at calendar* *backs away slowly* How is it already July?!?! HALF WAY through 2019?!?! Every summer when the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag rolls around I find it hard to believe that the mid-way point is already here... time is a sneaky one! Anyways, enough of my existential ramblings. I was luckily nominated for … Continue reading Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2019

MARY POPPINS OPENS THE DOOR by P.L. Travers | Review

Although I know I watched Mary Poppins (1964) at least once as a child, my only vivid memories of it were scenes of the penguins dancing at that garden restaurant and the chimney sweeps dancing on rooftops (a coincidence that these scenes both involve tap dancing?!). However, after recently watching the film with Wheaton's Film Club this … Continue reading MARY POPPINS OPENS THE DOOR by P.L. Travers | Review

My flight to England was cancelled?!?! | Holly Goes Abroad

I'm back with my Holly Goes Abroad feature! This summer I'm sharing some adventures from my recent trip to Oxford. Most of these experiences are incredibly positive; however, it's safe to say that this trip definitely started on the wrong foot. At first everything seemed fine. I was flying over with one of my American … Continue reading My flight to England was cancelled?!?! | Holly Goes Abroad