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You’ll always be in “the mood” to read these great books!

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. –Paul Sweeney

What’s the last book that moved you? Like, really moved you? That made you laugh or cry or completely reconsider your thoughts on life or love? Those are always the books that stick with me. When I come across a book that truly impacted me I can often remember the intricate details of where I bought it or who gave it to me.  Sometimes when I’m in a certain mood, reading a favorite book can help heighten the depth of emotion, whatever I may be feeling at that moment.

Just one of the many, many reasons why books are just all of the best.

Speaking of which, here are a few great books and the perfect kind of mood to read them in.

*This in by no means is a comprehensive list, and it was tres hard for me to just pick one (or a couple) for each mood, but it’s something to get you started 😉

1. When you want to feel all the feels.

Me Before You by: Jojo Moyes

Will and Louisa are two lost souls who are brought together under difficult circumstances.

Will was an adrenaline junkie (i.e., mountain climbing, paragliding, skiing) with a high-powered job. A terrible accident two years ago left him paralyzed from the chest down. He now requires round-the-clock care. He is broken and bitter and hates his life.Louisa (Lou) is a small-town girl who just lost her job at The Buttered Bun. With limited skills, she tries various jobs, but can’t find anything she likes. Her job counselor suggests she go to this interview for a care assistant. She gets the job, but immediately starts to regret her decision. Will is not an easy man to work for, but the money is good (and her family needs it) so she decides to stick it out. From there, a relationship builds slowly and believably and blossoms into a beautiful love story.

Yes, this is a romance but not in the normal typical sense. This is a romance in normal life terms, it is messy and confusing and doesn’t go the way you would think it would. JoJo Moyes brings her characters to life in a most believeable way and writes a book that can make you laugh out loud and ugly cry within a few chapters of itself. It wasn’t a fairytale, it didn’t involve any make believe; it was true to the story, a story that I think will stick with you long after you turn that last page.


2. When you want to buy a one-way ticket and never look back.

The Lost Girls by: Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett and Amanda Pressner

At age 28 and climbing the corporate ladder in the Big Apple, BFFs Jen, Holly, and Amanda decide to quit their jobs and travel around the world for a year. I enjoyed every minute of their trek to off-the-beaten path destinations and the friendships and hardships they had along the way. I also loved the fact that their journey did not wrap up tidy with a bow on top- they did not necessarily “find” themselves during this year, but instead got to know each other–and themselves–in a completely different and new way. Their friendship, dedication, and sacrificial love towards each other is beautiful and just all of the amazing. After having finished this book, the first thing I wanted to do was call my besties and plan the trip of a lifetime.


3. When you feel like no one understands you.

The Opposite of Lonely by: Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of fiction and non-fiction tales by Marina Keegan, a very promising young writer who tragically lost her life in a car accident. The title comes from an essay that she wrote where she talks about how all she wants in her life is to feel the opposite of lonely, a term which we really do not have a word for. That essay really helps to set the tone for this fantastic book.

This collection of stories, both fiction and non-fiction, (I never read short stories) is incredible! It’s definitely not for everyone, But, as a 20-something millennial who is still trying to figure out what the hell is life… it was perfect. Marina’s insights into what it’s like to be not know the direction your life is taking you, to feel as though no one truly understands you… it’s enough to make you stay up until 4am in deep, deep thought (which I did). She has this way of putting all of your inner emotions and thoughts, ones you didn’t even know you had, into words. It’s ironic then, that by the end of this book, you don’t feel so alone.


4. When you’re not sure if you’re doing that great at this whole adult thing.

Hyperbole and a Half by: Allie Brosh

I’ve been a fan of Allie’s blog for a long time which was why I was so super excited to hear that she published a book containing all of her zany and hil-ARious stories and anecdotes. These stories are funny and touching and are illustrated in a way that will make you LOL (which is why I recommend not reading it while at work). One story in particular which she titled This is Why I’ll Never be an Adult pretty much defines my adult experience. I don’t know about you, but I always start out with the best of intentions and just get thrown by the necessity of persisting with those boring chores in order to count as an “adult.” I’m not sure if this book answered whether or not I am in all actuality a full-fledged adult, but it did make me feel that there are other adults out there who are as confused and strange as I am.


5. When you’re waiting for that person to text you back but they haven’t texted back and now you’re re-examining everything.

Looking For Alaska by: John Green

Looking for Alaska is the debut novel of one of my (and everyone’s) favorite author, John Green. It’s not the most typical Young-Adult novel as it stays away from the usual Boy-Meets-Girl cliché. This is a book which will make you think about the difference between living and existing, and deepen your thoughts on love and life in general. Much like Green’s other books (The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns, I’m talking to you), this book will leave you jam-packed with emotions. I personally couldn’t love this book more, as it depicted young love and coming of age in the most honest and truthful way, and I really felt the emotional connection that this book was meant to achieve.


6. When you need a good pee-your-pants, ab-inducing laugh attack.

Yes Please by: Amy Poehler

All hail, Queen Poehler.

No. But seriously. Can someone make that happen?

What we wanted was an afternoon with our best friend and we got that and so much more. Amy Poehler is witty and honest. She admits her faults and is humble when she talks about her good doings. She hit the ground running in comedy and she never looked back and I love being able to take a peek, not only into her career, but into her life. Queen Poehler is basically my spirit animal. She was raised in a supportive family, found her calling in life early and worked her ass off to get to where she is today. She is the perfect feminist mentor without even trying to be one. You will definitely laugh your socks off while reading this poignant look into miss Poehler’s life and career, but you will also be moved and inspired.


7. When you need a reminder of how awesome your gal pals are.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by: Ann Brashares

I first read these books when I was rocking the scrunchies and stirrup leggings back in middle school, but I still love them to all end. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants follows a group of friends Carmen, Lena, Tibby and Bridget as they spend their summers apart. The day before they part ways, they find a pair of pants that fit them all perfectly. What is this madness, you say? Thus begins the journey of the Pants from D.C to Santorini, Greece, Charleston, Baja, California and back. The girls experience an unforgettable summer and only the Pants know everything.

This is my sort of YA book. It’s messy and complicated and funny and smart and honest and real. It’s about friendship and family and love. It’s about deciding what’s important to you and never losing sight of that, no matter how much other things get in the way. It’s about life.This is something like my tenth time rereading (I recommend starting with the first book of the series and finishing off with the last one, The Last Summer of You and Me). This book proves that real life isn’t boring, but joyous and painful and mistake-prone and beautiful and achingly real.


10. When it’s a Tuesday. Or a Sunday. When you’re wearing pants. Or not. Pretty much classified as an all-the-frickin-time read.

Harry Potter by: J.K. Rowling

Because, duh.


With a list like this, you most definitely cannot tell me that you’re not “in the mood” to read 😉

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10 Things You Won’t Ever Hear a Book Nerd Say

10 Things You Won’t Ever Hear a Book Nerd Say


1. “I don’t know what I want for Christmas/birthday/insert random holiday here.”

Because obviously the answer is books. Books, books, and more books. Or at least some sweet gift cards to a bookstore.

2. “I really thought the movie was better than the book.”

This isn’t a thing that happens. Ever. And it does, I will personally bake and send you some of my world famous (I’ve got lots of references, mostly me) chocolate-chip cookies.

3. “Ugh. I’m so bored. There’s like, nothing to do.”

There really is no such thing as boredom when you’re a book nerd because every good book nerd knows to take a book with them wherever they go. At any one time I’ve got at least one five in my purse (who needs crossfit when you’re lugging around hard covers all day?), in my car, and of course in every room of my apartment.

4. “I just really don’t like to read.”

This isn’t an actual thing people say, right? WHO ARE THESE MADMEN?!

5. “Nope, I don’t have any plans this weekend.”

The plan is there is no plan. Weekends are for reading all of the things.

6. “Nah, I don’t need to go into that bookstore. I already have enough books.”

Ha! Hahahahahahahahahaha!

7. “I don’t have anything to read.”


8. “I think I’m going to call it a night and just go to sleep. That next chapter can wait until tomorrow.”

If you think I am going to be able to sleep without finding out what happens next, you’re absolutely bonkers. Bonkers, I tell you! There is always time to read one more chapter.

9. “We should totally build a snowfort!”

Everyone knows that booksforts > snowforts.

10. “Oh you are too sweet but I don’t think I’ll need help moving.”

Of course I need help moving. Who’s going to help me carry all these giant boxes of books!?

15 Books That Are So Ridiculously Bad, They’re Good

I am probably the biggest book nerd.

Like, ever.

I collect books like most women collect shoes. I carry a book in every purse, bag and piece of luggage, just in case I get a hankering for a quick trip to Hogwarts. I am always on the lookout for the newest page-turner that will leave me up until all hours of the AM, hidden under my blankets with a flashlight and a bag of M&M’s (because who reads a book, in the middle of the night, without an ample supply of chocolate?).

I love to read.

LOVE it!

Books have the ability to take you to other worlds, to inspire you, to make you think, and to make your heart smile. They are honest, vulnerable, exciting, and sometimes, life-changing.

They are also absotively, posotutley, RIDICULOUS.

Case in point: The following 15 books that are so oddball, so out there, so completely and utterly crazy sauce that you just have to pull up a chair, a giant cup of coffee, and dive right in.

#15. Is this really necessary? b15

Chapter 1: If you see a huge ship, get the #!*&# out of the way! The end.

#14. This is going too far.b14

We know it’s meant to be satirical, but it’s really in terrible taste. And terrible smell.

#13. Still shuddering.b13

Still shuddering 25 minutes after looking at this book cover.

#12. Seems legit.b12

Remember all the old schoolyard bully tricks? The wedgie, the noogie, the Indian burn, the groin-to-groin full body mount??

#11. Does not compute.b11

I’m thankful I don’t remember a time when computers or food looked like that. Thankful.

#10. Bold flavors.b10

It would be pretty bold to eat whatever’s on the cover of this book; think I’d probably rather eat that glob of gum on the bottom of my shoe.

#9. Is this an adult title?b9

Seriously, couldn’t this guy have come up with a better name for his action hero? Come on Chet Cunningham, we expected so much more from you . . .

#8. Believe it or notb8

Yes, this is a real book that really got published. Aren’t you glad you weren’t alive during the ‘good old days’?

#7. How do you define style?b7

I suppose ‘style’ is a subjective term, as this book seems to illustrate. Judging on my childhood Christmas gifts, my grandmother probably read this book, or wrote it.

#6. Pray to the God of gym lockersb6

You can’t get your locker open because you are a spazz and you’re spending your high school years having an existential religious crisis instead of playing football and hooking up with girls.

#5. A Prequel to Timecop?b5

This sounds terrible. Wonder of Jean Claude Van Damme is the ghostwriter?

#4. So you’re looking to take up a new hobby?b4

I guess fancy coffin-making is a hobby for someone somewhere . . .

#3. Probably only other elderly peopleb3

Reading about the lives of old people sounds about as interesting as talking about the lives of fungus.

#2. Not with that attitudeb2

Seriously, look at the look of woe on that kid’s face, who wants to hear what this sad-sack has to say?

#1. Things can get lonely for a farmer…b1

This is a book of grown men who admit to loving old tractors. The cover says “how to keep your family running”, sounds about right!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am getting a serious whiff of New York Times best sellers right here!

Happy reading (or coffin-making, if you’re into that sort of thing).

Giving Thanks to Our Favorite Page-Turners

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Can you all believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday?! Seriously, where has the time gone?! Before you know it, it will be Christmas and then we’ll be ushering in the new year (which is crazy-sauce! I just started getting used to writing/typing/signing the date as 2014!)

But before we (or I) get too ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to Thanksgiving shall we?

I love Thanksgiving.

I really do.

Of course there’s the delicious food (hellllllo stretchy pants!), the football, and the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But what I love most about this holiday is getting together with family and friends, spending time together, and taking a moment (or five) to reflect and celebrate what it is that we’re truly thankful for, the things that give us joy and make our hearts smile.

It goes without saying that we’re all a little quirky on Turkey Day. Or maybe that’s just my family.

Nonetheless, it’s a holiday that while steeped in tradition, can take on many forms.

For example, some of us are Tofurkey enthusiasts, while others are devotees of the deep-fried turducken. Some of us are Turkey Trot running champs and other live for a little pigskin on the flatscreen. Thanksgiving is one of the few traditional holidays that really celebrates our diversity as a cultural melting pot, which basically means you can take the holiday and run with it however you like. Harry Potter-themed Friendsgiving? Go for it! Around the World in 80 Turkey Dishes Potluck? Sure, why not!

However we choose to spend it, our Thanksgiving celebrations are about the same thing–showing gratitude for what we have.

Well, that and pie.

So in honor of this day, I’ve decided to spend this week focusing on what I am most thankful for. Up first, I’m gonna let my book nerd flag fly as I give thanks for all the literary gold in the world. Here are 15 reasons why I am thankful for books:

1. Books keep you sane during your awful rush-hour commute.

2. Books have saved you from going on countless awful, no good, very bad dates. You’ve had many a perfect evening at home cuddled up with Mr. Darcy.

3. Books make soaking in the bathtub all the more fun (as long as you don’t accidentally drop said book in said bathtub. I’ve been there, done that and am still having nightmares over wrinkly pages and smeared ink.)

4. Books don’t care if you can’t pronounce the big words in them or if you don’t even finish them. Books don’t judge you for anything (except for maybe when you accidentally drop them in a bathtub.)

5. Books have the remarkable power to put even the rowdiest of children to sleep.

6. Books have the remarkable power to put you to sleep too, especially when you’re up late worrying if the turkey brine you used was “gluten free.”

7. Books teach you to empathize with people you’ve never met and help you tolerate the people you have, like your cousin’s boyfriend who is a DJ and is also a Cub’s fan.

8. Books remind us that sentences can have more than 140 characters, they don’t have to start with “OMG,” and they don’t always need to be accompanied by photos.

9. Books make you smarter. I have no idea why. I think it has something to do with pheromones in the paper?

10. When you need to put the world on a time out, books are there for you.

11. Books allow us to vicariously experience a range of gif-worthy emotions, from heartbreak, to terror, to despair to jealousy. All while maintaining our effortlessly cool, intellectual composure in public.

12. Reading is one of the few things you can do in sweatpants on the couch that qualifies as “constructive.”

13. Books show you that you are not alone in the world, even if all of your relatives thing you are and keep asking if you’ll ever get married.

14. Books teach you that your parents, your teachers, and your friends aren’t right about everything, but then neither are you.

15. And lastly, books teach you to think for yourself, so you can ponder things like, “pumpkin or pecan pie?”

Why are you thankful for books?

I put up my "Christmas Tree" this weekend and I've got to say, Rockefeller ain't got nothing on my tree! ;)

I put up my “Christmas Tree” this weekend and I’ve got to say, Rockefeller ain’t got nothing on my tree! 😉

This holiday season, consider giving/donating a book to children in need, giving them the gift of literacy and the magic that only a great book can give. For more information, please check out the awesome program Barnes & Noble is currently running!

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