ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han | Review

I finally did it! I finished the Lara Jean trilogy by Jenny Han! It's been quite a while since I finished a series, and I credit audiobooks with this recent development of mine. I listened to all three of these books, and you can check out my reviews of To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. …

The Best Books to Get You Through a Break-Up

At the very beginning of the summer, I went through a very sudden, very emotional break up. No matter what side of a break up you're on--I was actually the one who initiated mine--there's no getting around the harsh reality that ending a relationship sucks. I felt lonely and sad and even a little lost, in ways …

Top Ten Tuesday: A Break from Romance

Happy Tuesday!! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, meaning it's time for a Top Ten Tuesday love-themed freebie. Instead of talking about my favorite fictional relationships or how I hate love triangles when used as a major plot point, today I'd like to highlight ten books with little to no romance in them. It's unsettling-- though not very …

Is there more to Jane Austen than romance? (YES) | Discussion

Jane Austen's works are often lauded as masterpieces of romantic fiction, and with good reason: her winding plots of courtships, engagements, and marriages have managed to captivate readers for centuries. Take the famous Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, for example, who seems to have been placed upon a pedestal as the ideal male love …

EMMA by Jane Austen | Review

Last year I saw the movie Clueless, a comedy based on Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma, for the first time. My immediate reaction was: I need to read this book. Set in Austen’s Victorian England, this novel follows Emma as she attempts to set her new friend Harriet up with a suitable man to marry. …

ON THE OTHER SIDE by Carrie Hope Fletcher | Review

I've been a fan of Carrie Hope Fletcher's Youtube channel since middle school, back in the days of wearing crocs and starting stories I would never finish writing and pretending that I could run fast enough to be on the cross-country team (fun fact: I could not). Not only have we both grown older since …

Top Ten Tuesday: The Traveling Romantic

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you're all having a lovely day regardless of how you feel about this rather polarizing holiday. In keeping with a romantic theme, today's Top Ten Tuesday list revolves around beloved or dreaded romantic tropes. I've decided to stay in a positive direction and share ten fun, lighthearted romance novels that …

More Than “Just” Love Stories | Discussion

It often seems as though the romance genre has gotten a bad reputation as being merely "fluff" and lacking substance. Many romance novels are considered pure entertainment reading only; in other words, there is nothing between the book's covers that could possibly educate, enlighten, or challenge the reader in any way. Don't get me wrong-- …

Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like/Dislike About Fictional Romances

Hello there, everyone! Tuesday has rolled around yet again, which means it's time for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. In honor of Valentine's Day this upcoming weekend, the theme this week is Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Fictional Romances. I don't read books solely about romance very often, but …

Book Review: THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE

Author: Jennifer E. Smith Number of Pages: 416 Publisher: Poppy Release Date: April 2, 2013 "If fate sent you an email, would you answer? When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything …