Next Read!

Hi, all! Happy (or as happy as it can be?) Monday! Just wanted to send an update along with some new info on my next read that I’d super excited for.

It’s the debut novel by author Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World. You can read the description below, or click *here* to view the novel on Goodreads.

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

It will be available everywhere on January 26th, but if you’re like me and can’t wait that long, Entertainment Weekly posted the first two chapters a few weeks back! You can read along with me *here.*

It’s not the type of book I typically gravitate toward, but somehow that’s making me all the more excited. If you happen to read the first two chapters and want to leave your nine cents in the comments, any and all are welcome and appreciated. I’m very eager to share my thoughts with you in the beginning of February. 🙂



Nicole xoxo

Discussing Mental Illness in YA Fiction

Hi, all! I hope you’re all having a grand start to your week.

I recently wrote guest post on my friend’s blog that was published today! I discuss the overwhelming presence of mental illness in YA lit, and whether or not I think it’s a good or bad thing. It can be found my clicking *here* or at the link below…

If you stop by to read my post (and don’t forget to leave your nine cents in the comments), make sure you also check out Mariam and Ashley’s blog! They’re great 🙂


Nicole xoxo


Blogging on a Budget: (Regretfully) Giving into the Digital Takeover

There is nothing nothing nothing NOTHING in this world that beats buying physical books. The smell, the uncracked spine, and my personal favorite, watching your bookshelf fill up. (Because bookshelf porn is TRULY a thing.) But more recently, I’ve found myself buying less and less physical books, and more and more digital ones.

I have one of the earliest models of the Kindle; upgrading was never something I considered, because early on all it did was collect dust. The satisfaction of getting a new read at the click of a button was far less euphoric than going to the book store and getting my hands on it. Needless to say, this past year or so, much to my deep seated moral resistance, I’ve become increasingly dependent on my Kindle for nearly every book I read. It’s just so easy. I can figuratively go to the book store without ever leaving my bed or even putting on pants. I can carry my entire bookshelf with me–although it’s obviously less NSFW. The most important aspect to me, though, is how significantly cheaper Kindle books are from physical books. This makes sense of course, seeing as the reduction in the publishing process length is significant–printers and distributees are cut out entirely. As a BCK (Broke College Kid, cause ya know) I can’t justify paying twice as much to read something just to feel the pages in my hands, or metaphorically get off on how sexy my bookshelf looks.

Seeing as I’m so intrigued by the publishing process, and it is my intended future career path, I want to know: is the ease and price worth it? Do you purchase more digital or physical books? The deterioration of the spirit of literature aside (because in my heart I know ebooks are the bane of traditional lit’s existence), you can’t deny the perks. It’s simply where we place our care that will will determine the future.