3 Things I’ve Learned About “Bookstagram” Since I’ve Joined

  1. Y’all are SO nice! Seriously though. Let me tell you a story about a little Instagram community called “dogstagram.” We did this for a while (if you can tell by my posts that have Hank in them, he’s very talented and I thought the world needed to see it) and it is RUTHLESS. People are so mean. They would never DM you out of niceness. Unless your picture was the most perfect thing you’ve ever seen, you could forget about getting anyone to like it. But on Bookstagram, people are ridiculously welcoming and friendly. The minute I put up my first post, I got tons of “Welcome to Bookstagram” messages. Within the first hour, I had people DM-ing me to start buddy reads (thanks @roaming_pages) and just chat about books and random things (that’s you @keepitkassual). I kept thinking to myself, “What is this? People can not possible be this nice.” It’s true though, they are.
  2. It’s every book loving introverts greatest dream. Look, I don’t actually “classify” myself as an introvert however, for my job I have to be on 100% of the time. Sometimes, I come home on Friday after work and just tell my boyfriend I can’t talk to him because I just can’t be “on” anymore. When the last thing you want to do is go out, you don’t have to because you can just chat about books with the people you’ve met on Instagram. Ever heard of a digital book club? If you haven’t, they’re real! Ever been apart of a book club that doesn’t actually talk about the book? I have (not that I don’t love this too because usually I’m just chatting with my friends). Well, on Bookstagram, you can talk with as many of your closest instagram friends without even getting out of your bed! Who doesn’t want that?
  3. It is possible to step up your reading game. First of all, how the heck do some of you read 17 books in a month?! I definitely don’t have time for that but I can get in 8-10, maybe. You all have inspired me to read more. You’ve inspired me to put down a book I’m not enjoying. This is important because while you might think, this is just a waste and won’t count towards your monthly book count, what’s worse is getting into a reading slump because you’re uninspired by what you just read.

The Bookstagram community is incredible and I’m so happy to be apart of it. I honestly never thought I needed this in my life but after about a month, I know it’s exactly what I needed. Keep being you Bookstagram!

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That’s a Wrap | August 2019

This is a series of posts I will write at the end of each month to give you a quick sum up of all the books I read. August pulled me out of my reading slump. I re-read the Harry Potter series at the beginning of the year and was just having a really hard time getting back into anything else.

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The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs – Patricia B. McConnell

★★★★★

Y’all are probably laughing about this one but we got our German Shepherd mix, Remy, at the end of June and our trainer recommended this book. Honestly, every dog owner should be forced to read it.

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

★★★★

I read Sharp Objects last year and shortly after bought Dark Places but it took me this long to read it. I love Gillian Flynn but this was a little slow to start. Great twist and kept me hooked once I got into it.

City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert

★★★★

I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone who asks. The only reason it got 4 stars is because I just wanted more out of the ending

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn

★★★★★

This was a joy to read from start to finish. A story of true heroism. I wanted to befriend every woman in this book. If you haven’t read it already, do it now.

The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas

★★★★★

Can someone help me understand why it took me so long to read this one? It was absolutely INCREDIBLE. It made me laugh, cry, and want to dance. What a well written piece of art. To be able to talk about such hard topics in a positive light, especially with what’s going on in our world right now, is truly inspiring.

Final Girls – Riley Sager

★★★★★

This book blew my mind. So many twists and turns. I thought I had it all figured out and then, BAM, no you don’t. If you like psychological thrillers, I highly recommend this one.


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The Girl Behind the Book

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Hi there! Thanks for visiting my site full of bookish things. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life and wanted share my love of books with the world. My personal favorite way to learn about someone new I meet is through facts. So here you go!

  1. When I travel I bring both a Kindle and real books so I never run out of material.
  2. I have a pretty eclectic reading taste.
  3. Football season really means reading season.
  4. I love buying used books because I think they tell a story.
  5. I’ve lived in the Denver Metro Area since 2008.
  6. I have two dogs. A Lab mix named Hank and a German Shepherd mix named Remy.
  7. I’m a plant mom too 
  8. I’ve been to 6 continents.
  9. Don’t ask me what my favorite book is because I can never pick one.
  10. Give me a book, some sunshine, and my dogs and I’m happy.