Girl in the Blue Coat: Not so dusty after all?

Hey guys! Sorry about the unannounced hiatus… again. I’ve been gone for ages! I slipped into a simultaneous reading and blogging slump, and then read a book which ALSO simultaneously got me out of and into a slump. It was an ARC of a book by an AMAZING author who I actually met on Twitter. 🙂 I’ll definitely try to get in a review of that pretty soon here! Anyhoo, let’s get on with it, shall we?

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

Wow. Girl in the Blue Coat has completely wrecked me emotionally. Whew. Where to start?

First off, I just want to take a minute to mention the historical accuracy of this book! In the back, the author has a few pages detailing where she got her information, and it’s clear she went to great lengths to make it as accurate as possible. All of the characters are fictional, but they feel as real as ever. Continue reading

Storytime: My Experience with Scoliosis

Scoliosis Storytime

Hey guys! I missed you all! Apologies for the random disappearance… For three weeks. If I do go on hiatus, I’d like to at least notify you all! Anyway, this is just a post to explain what’s been happening with me and get my story out there. I’m not looking for pity (and no, I’m not dying, don’t worry), I simply want to share my experiences, and I’d love to hear about yours!

It all started when I went to the doctor to get my sports physical for track and tennis.

(I say all as if it’s really that complicated, ha!) My doctor went through all the usual motions for my physical, obviously, and then my mom mentioned that last year the PA that had done my physical said that my spine was shaped a little different, and we should check on it next year. My doctor checked it out and immediately said I had scoliosis (if you don’t know what that means, my spine is curved) and should get it x-rayed to see how bad it was. Before I left, I even became the “what not to do” example for a student- he brought said student in and showed her the curve in my back. AKA if you see this = BAD. So… Off to a rocky start. Anyway, his office told us (my mom and I) to get my back x-rayed on Friday, no appointment necessary. Continue reading

The First Nano-notes: Retellings (and many stars!)


Hey guys! As most of you know, I’ve been posting rather sporadically for the past couple of months. However, I most definitely did not stop reading, and as a result, I’m EXTREMELY behind on my reviews. Since many of the books I read at the time were for the COYER challenge, a lot of them were also review requests and ARCs, so it’s definitely important to me that I do review them. However, even if I reviewed a book every day, it would still take me ages to catch up. And thus, Nano-notes is born! I want to write mini reviews for a group of books in some kind of category, and keep it around 250 words! Today’s topic is….

Retellings: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle, Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer Continue reading

All the Bright Places: More accurately, me being a giant mess!

I was here.

~Theodore Finch, All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven collageSee on Loupe

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. (Goodreads)

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I’M SO EXCITED!!!! Why? Wouldn’t you like to know!

Fortunately, I’m, ah, not evil??? AND I WANT TO SHARE THE EXCITEMENT.

YOU GUYS. I GOT A DOMAIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m not sure if I ever really talked about it, but for my birthday, my aunt BOUGHT ME A DOMAIN. (If you’re massively confused, it’s the URL at the top of your screen. Yeah, that thing!) And therefore, if you’re reading this, I hope you can easily see all of the changes! My URL has changed from to, and I’ve changed the header and background of the site to match! I’m working on making all of my social media, etc., match it, but if you’re just used to typing in, don’t worry; the old URL will automatically redirect to! Continue reading

I Am More Happy Than Not Tag!

More Happy Than Not 01

Thank you so much to Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks for tagging me! Way back in 2015, when I was actually tagged, I had not read this book. I have now though, and- I have no words. I NEED HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME. I NEED IT NOW. Moving along from that craziness…

This tag is incredibly old and outdated because I’m super behind is super awesome and was created by Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome!


  • Answer the question of: “What makes you more happy than not?”
  • Link back to the original post 
  • Link back to the person who tagged you
  • Have FUN!

And here goes nothing…

I am more happy than not because Continue reading

The things people search for on the internet!

Hello out there!

I know I’ve been doing a lot of reviews (and very sporadically, I might add), so I thought I’d liven things up a bit…. With some search terms! I’ve seen quite a few people do this (particularly Cait @ Paper Fury comes to mind), and it’s always funny. There are a lot, and some of them are fairly practical, so these are just the best I’ve seen so far!


Um, yes. We do quite a lot of that here.

thank you for listening-

Awe, I’m glad I turned up in this one! I don’t say it enough, but I always try to thank you guys for everything. You’re all so amazing. The book blogosphere wouldn’t be the same without you!


I think there was ONE gif on this. ONE.

ya books guaranteed to bring you joy-

None of those here. No, we tend to lean towards the ones with lots of death. And pain. And sobbing. It’s glorious. Continue reading