Review: Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

Dreamer's Pool
Good books are like good food – not only do you need the right ingredients, but you also need some technique and flair. Dreamer’s Pool has magic, romance, and mystery, as well as some great narratives and foreshadowing (albeit sometimes a little too much of the latter). It seems like I’ve been reading a lot of books about evil woods these days (with Uprooted and Messenger), but I really enjoyed the fairy tale/folklore elements in this one.
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Review: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

This book made me fall in love with snails and I was so ready to get a pet snail… until I looked up pictures of snails and realized that they’re icky and slimy. Any book that can make me see snails as beautiful and sophisticated creatures is an amazing book! Elisabeth Tova Bailey weaves a poignant and touching tale of a rough period in her life and how a snail helped her through it. 🐌Read More »

Mini Reviews: Mile Markers & Faster, Higher, Stronger

My (somewhat short-lived) obsession with running has led to the desire to read more books about running and fitness. These two books are ones I’ve read during the highest peak of my obsession, so I think back on them with a lot of positive feelings. 🙂 (And just to clarify, I’m no longer obsessed with running in that I’m not constantly looking up running shoes I want to buy, but I still enjoy running very much! Yay for habit-formation!)

Mile Markers


Kristin Armstrong, a contributing editor for Runner’s World shows off a collection of stories that highlights why women run. She tackles a number of themes, such as confidence, fear, kids, gratitude, and friendship. This collection is very similar to her Runner’s World column (also called “Mile Markers”) which I had been reading already, but I still admire Armstrong’s writing style a lot – it borders right between the material and the spiritual in a way that flows effortlessly, and really fills a void in the running mindset. The way she talks about running is the way I would’ve thought about yoga, and it’s interesting to gain such a new perspective on running.

By the time I finish, my head and heart are clear. I am sweaty. I am awake. I am grateful. I am re-centered. I have a plan and the energy to enact it. I am now ready to start my day.

Thank God for running — for the endurance to keep up with our lives.

Faster, Higher, Stronger


This is the book that I lent my dad and he wouldn’t give it back to me, so that’s why it took me so long to finish reading it, haha. 😅 Higher, Faster, Strong is a great mix of science, technology, history, and sports, and it’s super understandable (although that doesn’t mean simple – my dad started talking about anaerobic metabolism and the lactate threshold in great detail after reading it!). I really enjoyed learning about the newest advances in sports science and sports medicine, as well as getting exposure to the physiologic needs of different types of sports and the top researchers and athletes in each sport. Great read for anyone wanting to learn about what makes athletes great and how our bodies work.

Review: True Stories, Well Told by Lee Gutkind & Hattie Fletcher

True Stories, Well Told

Sometimes I have a hard time reading memoirs because either the writing style doesn’t work for me, or the author’s identity and personality clashes strongly with my own. True Stories, Well Told contains works that made me overjoyed, made me want to cry, and made me able to empathize and connect with the writers themselves. The stories are just short enough that I want to go off and look for more of the authors’ works afterwards, and this collection has made memoirs and creative nonfiction all the more appealing for me.Read More »

Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins

My True Love Gave to Me
Happy 107-days-until-Christmas! 🎅🎄⛄❄ I read this anthology last Christmas, and finally got the chance to review it. Anthology stories are always hit or miss, and this one is no different. These young adult stories were amusing and likable at best, and the good thing is that if a story is boring, it’s not that long anyway. My True Love Gave to Me is a nice little collection of short stories that are more or less holiday-ish, and has some unique characters and plots that did capture my attention.Read More »

Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater


I was heartbroken forever UNTIL THIS BOOK CAME OUT. MAGGIE STIEFVATER, WHY YOU GOTTA DO THIS TO ME. 😭 Okay okay, Sinner wasn’t as heart-wrenching as I expected it to be (even though it did make my heart ache several times, but you must know, I expected to die from brokenheartedness after reading this!). This book was edgy and gritty and full of sharp words and angsty feels, and something about damaged characters just pull me in, hook, line, and sinker.Read More »

Review: Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof

Small Blessings

Small Blessings was such a feel-good read. It made me feel like I was floating on a piece of fluffy cloud, just drifting across the sky and looking down yonder on the mountains and the forests and with little birds flying around me. It made me feel content. There are some weird things that happen in this story, all of which I kind of took in stride. I was scared that the OTP ship would not sail, but it did, after much goading and pushing from the supporting characters. ⛵Read More »

Review: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Bitter Greens

Bitter Greens was everything I’d wished for in a fairy tale: engrossing, dazzling, and truly magical. Beneath the grit and drama of this Rapunzel retelling for adults lay hints of that same fairy tale I loved as a child. Kate Forsyth wove together an intricate story that spanned three different time periods with three beautifully written protagonists, and both the plot and the characters make this an engrossing read.
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Review: Hungry by H.A. Swain


I love food-related books, so I thought I was going to be blown away by Hungry after reading the premise. But even though the protagonist was likable and the adventures were exciting, the plot is too convoluted and the insta-love was annoying. I’m actually in awe at how unexpected some of the plot twists are (yes, there are multiple!), and I wish this book was more focused.
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Review: The Tastemakers by David Sax

The Tastemakers
The Tastemakers is a breath of fresh air after all the food non-fiction books we’ve been bombarded with over the last few years. Sax takes a different spin on what we know about food by exploring current and past food trends, and his humorous narrative and mouthwatering food descriptions are just outstanding. This is such a relevant topic for today’s society, as we continue to opt to eat out rather than in, and even if you’re not a foodie, this book of food trends is great at making you think about why we eat what we eat.Read More »