February Reading Wrap Up

While February was a short month, it was a productive one for me in terms of reading. This month, I’ve read a grand total of nine books. What is extremely awesome is that some of the books that I’ve read were actually on my Mashed Potato reading list, which makes me extremely proud of myself.

Without further adue, here are the books that I read this month:

  1. Heartstopper, Vol. 2 by Alice Osman: Five out of Five Stars
  2. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: Four out of Five Stars
  3. Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith: Five out of Five Stars
  4. Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds: Five out of Five Stars
  5. Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Four out of Five Stars
  6. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: Five out of Five Stars
  7. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory: Five out of Five Stars
  8. The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory: Five out of Five Stars
  9. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio: Five out of Five Stars

11 Books I Loved Reading This Summer

Monday is Labor Day, so you know what that means. It’s the end of summer. Well, the unofficial one, anyways, as the summer extends until September 21st.

One of the best parts about summer is reading lazily on a beach with waves rustling in the background. This summer was no exception. So, as we head into the last true weekend of the summer, here’s some of my favorite books I read this summer:

  • Educated by Tara Westover

The critically acclaimed novel is worth 100 percent of the hype. This novel is a powerful and shocking read about Westover’s childhood as she grew up with survivalist parents.

  • Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center

Katherine Center’s latest read talks about starting over and forgiveness. Cassie is an award winning firefighter who is up for a promotion. One act of revenge sends her down a path to Massachusetts, where she becomes the only woman on the fire station — despite her abilities. Oh, and she’s enlisted to take care of her sick mother. Soon, Cassie learns to forgive and to move on.

  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

New York in the 1940s. An interesting time. Elizabeth Gilbert tells the story of Vassar dropout Vivian, who uses her seamstress skills as a costume maker to the play, City of Girls. However, one mistake unravels all of that.

  • How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Margaret has it all — a dream job, a wonderful condo and has just gotten engaged. However, right after the ring is slipped on her finger, they are in a tragic plane accident, where Margaret loses the ability to walk.

With that being said, Margaret’s life is changed forever — especially when her long lost sister comes back into the picture, and she loses that perfect life. As she begins to heal, she soon learns to adapt into her new normal.

  • Say You Still Love Me by KA Tucker

Ahh, nothing like a second chance at love, right? Piper Calloway was dragged to Camp WaWA by her mother. She never guessed that she would fall in love with Kyle. However, 13 years later, the two are forced apart — only to be bought together. KA Tucker tells an amazing Romeo-Juliet style story of two lovers who come from different worlds, who despite all odds, find their way back to each other.

  • After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What happens after the wedding cake was eaten, and after the house was bought? Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of Lauren and Ryan, college lovers who decide to take a year off from the marriage to figure out if they still want to be with each other. Spoiler: you’ll need tissues.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson

I’ve been on a self help kick this summer. This book explores ways to live the life you live — and not feel guilty about it.

  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Annie Cassidy is obsessed with Tom Hanks. Not just any Tom Hanks — the Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s hit movies. However, she’s in a funk. It takes a movie set coming to town to realize that she’s the one who is holding herself back — professionally and romantically.

  • Girl Stop Apologizing, and Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

A must read for anyone unhappy or wanting to reach your goals. These two books were so inspiring and can send you down a rabbit-hole of learning how to change your behavior.

  • Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Sarah falls in love with Eddie, and the two share a beautiful romance that lasted a week. Then, he disappears. Sarah becomes obssesed and looks for him. I loved this book, because it has so many twists and turns that you question what is going to happen next.

  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Emma Saylor has an entire family that she doesn’t know — her mother’s side. That same mom who passed away when she was in her pre-teens. However, one summer she is sent to the lake, where she is deemed the rich cousin. She becomes a maid at the family hotel, and soon learns more about her roots.

  • When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandha Menon

Dimple wants to be her own woman, but her parents want her to be tied to her Indian roots. Rishi is the perfect Indian son. Needless to say, Dimple is surprised that her parents let her go to a camp for young and aspiring technology hopefuls. However, she soon learns to meet Rishi — her Indian husband to be.

Both When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie tell the story of Indian tradition and first love. Definitely a great read to bring to the beach this weekend.

So, what did you read this summer? Let me know in the comments below.

The Best Books I Read In 2018 . . . So Far!

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is drawing to a close. This year, I was blessed to be able to exceed my Goodreads reading challenge goals by reading over 60 books (my challenge was to read 52). Here are some of the highlights of this year — in no particular order:


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Chocolate Please by Lisa Lampenelli

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

The Nerdy and The Dirty by B.T. Gotfried

Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Save The Date by Morgan Matson

Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of the Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle