Thursday, June 15, 2017

Let's Talk Novellas


Contrary to what my brother thinks, a novella is not a fancy term for a romance novel (sorry, Tom).

Nor is it a Spanish vampire book.

In short, a novella is, well... a short novel. Maybe that doesn't sound as exciting as a Spanish romance novel; however, novellas are pretty exciting in the literary world.

Today we're going to talk about novellas and hopefully, together we will learn something new about them! (: 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Sunday Review #3


The Details:
Author: Sara Bareilles
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year Released: 2015
Number of Pages: 208
My Rating: ★★★★★

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Additions to My (Overflowing) Bookshelf



It's been at least 6 months since the last time I went on a book spending spree, which is a huge accomplishment for me. Scrolling through Amazon late a night and walking the aisles of Barnes and Nobel used to be a weekly thing for me. Now, I'm trying to make the most out of the free resources I have i.e. the library and dozens of books I already own but have never read.

This time it wasn't a Barnes and Nobel that broke my spending ban. Rather, it was a Books a Million that did me in. To be more specific, it was the bargain section at Books a Million that did it. Who can turn down a new book for $3.97?!

You know how at parties you try really hard not to break the seal because once you do you'll be running to the bathroom every five minutes? Well, when I picked up that first hardback, my book seal was broken. Every single book in the place caught me eye. They told me, "Leah, Leah, buy me. Take me home. Let me see what is beyond these cement walls." As I picked up book after book, I knew I was giving them a better life. I was going to set them all free!

Luckily, my sister was there to stop me from buying everything in sight.

However, she wasn't there later that night or the next day or a few weeks ago when I found myself scrolling through Amazon. A large dent to my bank account was made that day. But man, it felt good.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beneath The Canopy of Trees



When I was younger, the tops of the poplars acted as a roof over my head. The moss was the welcome mat that tickled my toes upon my entrance. The honeysuckle was my perfume. Its sweet floral scent drifting in the air as I doused myself in its nectar. The fallen pine tree was my balancing beam. My chance for a gold medal for my made-up Olympics.  The other trees watched as I walked across its dead trunk. My heart raced. My palms sweated. My feet would be suspended in the air for a second before coming in connect with the ground. The trees cheered.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Recipes & Reading: Orangeade Sunsets & Melissa Kantor




A few weeks ago, I updated my usual reading spot on the couch to the deck where I'm not only soaking up words but the sun too. (:
When I'm reading, my go-to drink is usually hot tea, but since the weather is heating up, I'm craving something cooler. I made this Orangeade Sunset recipe a few weeks ago, and let me tell you, it was delicious. What I love about this drink is that you can easily change up the ingredients to include whatever citrus you have at home, which is what I did.
These Orangeade Sunsets are the perfect mocktail for a nice spring day, plus you can easily change that "m" to a capital, boldfaced "C" with your choice of alcohol after a rough day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

April Discoveries



I'm officially back after my break from the internet! While my break was not entirely successful, I still checked my social media accounts a lot, but I did find more time to brainstorm blog post ideas. In fact, I have enough content to post twice a week during May! I've mentioned before that I would like to post more often, so the month of May will act as my trial run. How do every Tuesday and Thursday sound? Thursdays are when I will do book-related posts, and Tuesdays will be anything else that strikes my fancy.

Let's jump into the 5 things I discovered in April, shall we?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Headed (Further) Down South to New Orleans


It's been a while since I've last filmed anything. To be honest, being behind a camera freaks me out but not as much as being in front of one! I prefer to be to the right of the camera, out of frame, with a script in hand feeding people their lines.