[Updated] — Things About Me

  1. I looooooove bread
  2. I love antique stores
  3. I also love old houses
  4. I love to read
  5. I really want to travel EVERYWHERE
  6. My dream is to see the Northern Lights
  7. I could eat breakfast for all 3 meals
  8. I love names and I’m always eager to hear different and unique names. I’m also bit of a nerd when it comes to the history behind surnames
  9. I’m a bit obsessed with weddings
  10. I really love fictional characters
  11. Currently, I make jewelry and embroider in my free time. I also have an Etsy shop called Nina Maria
  12. I like learning about different architecture styles
  13. My favorite food is cinnamon rolls
  14. I’m slightly obsessed with Joanna Newsom
  15. I spend too much time on Pinterest
  16. I drive a ’98 Camry and I love my car to pieces
  17. I really, really love cats
  18. I like to make lists, can you tell?

7 Books That Destroyed Me in 2016

I read 69 books in 2016. In addition to 2016 being the worst year, like ever, I read some extremely gut wrenching books. Please prepare yourself for this is why I sometimes consider myself an emotional wreck.


7. The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder – read in July


Wendy Wunder’s second novel follows high school seniors Hannah and Zoe as they travel from their New Jersey town to however far west the road will take them. Zoe, whose struggle with bipolar disorder led them on this trip, teaches Hannah all about the “intangible things” in life. Filled with romance, drama and even aliens (sort-of), this quick read didn’t quite capture my full attention but the ending did leave me unsettled.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭 (out of 5)


6. The Boys on the Boat by Daniel James Brown – read in March


The unbelievable true story about the University of Washington’s rowing team and their journey to the 1936 Olympics was one of the best books I have ever read. The majority of the book tells the story of Joe Rantz, whose hardships shaped him into the man he became. After witnessing his mother’s death and being kicked out of the house by his new stepmother, Joe had to fend for himself for most of his life. When he started at college at UW he took a chance and tried out for rowing. This last minute read of mine turned out to be one of the most inspirational book I’ve ever read. Joe Rantz truly was an unknown hero.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭😭 (out of 5)


5. Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley – read in July


A last minute choice of mine at the library, this book is about a group of teenagers who flee their small town after one of them kills their abusive father. Haunted by the memory of her dead mother, Olivia is desperately trying to not have history repeat itself as she goes to the ends of the earth to help her fugitive best friend, Jamie. Written beautifully, this surprising book had me in tears by the end as Olivia and Jamie’s story came to a close.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭😭😭 (out of 5)


4. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams – read in July


Three years after reading my first Beatriz Williams book, I finally picked up her pivotal novel. Not sure what I was expecting, I went into the book hoping for a simple summer romance. Nope. Like her other novels, Williams tells the story in two different periods in time. One half was set in 1931 as Lily Danes falls in love with the handsome Nick Greenwald. In 1938 though, Lily is forced to relive her past with the return of Nick and his new bride-Budgie-who was also once Lily’s volatile best friend. All of this leads up to the climax of the story: the 1938 hurricane that left Rhode Island in shambles. While not as heartbreaking as some of the other books on this list, what really killed me was the drama. Oh the drama. I’ve never wanted to reach into the pages of a book and throttle each character as much as this one. While it did end on a much happier note than one might expect, the emotional roller coaster I experienced while reading it greatly overshadowed the book’s final chapters.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭😭😭 (out of 5)


3. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (also known as Jellicoe Road) – read in March


Technically this was the second time I’ve read this book but it will always hit me right in the feels. Jellicoe Road was written by Australian author Melina Marchetta and is her most popular book. It follows a teenager Taylor Markham who has just become a house leader at her school. While simultaneously waging a “war” against two other rival groups in town, she attempts to uncover the mystery surrounding her friend’s disappearance. What I love most about this book is the characters and how well they were written. The relationships Taylor forges throughout the book are what make it so unbelievably real and even heartbreaking.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭😭😭 (out of 5)


2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – read in April


Jojo Moyes’s most popular novel, which was later turned into a movie, was put on my to-read list after seeing the trailer for the upcoming film. Without giving too much away, the story is about Lou Clark, who accepts a job as a caretaker for paralyzed Will. Lou suddenly finds herself part of a bigger plan in the eyes of Will’s parents as he continues to derail in his mental and physical condition. Full of heartache, family, morality and of course, pain, this book shouldn’t be overlooked because of its hype (or controversy).

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭😭😭😭 (out of 5)


1. Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams – read in November


This was the third Beatriz Williams book I had read in 2016. I don’t even know where to begin. The final book in the Schuyler Sisters trilogy is about the lives of two women whose lives intersect in 1966 when Pepper Schuyler decides to sell an antique car to Annabelle Dommerich. The same car that helped Annabelle escape Nazi Germany so many years before. Half of the story is about Annabelle’s early years in Europe at the height of World War II. After a shocking discovery tears her apart from the love of her life, a Jewish man named Stefan, she rushes into a marriage with a Nazi 19 years her senior after learning she is pregnant with Stefan’s child. As the years go by and the war escalates, Annabelle learns more about her first love and her Nazi husband. The other half of the book is set in 1966 as Pepper Schuyler, who got pregnant by a married senator, is pretty much taken under Annabelle’s wing. As the book progresses, Annabelle’s past is slowly revealed, first by breaking our hearts, then putting them back together only to tear them apart once again and then kinda-of-sort-of stitching them back together haphazardly at the end. With nods to Williams’s first novel A Hundred Summers and continuing with the stories told in the first two books of the series, Infinite Sea left me utterly destroyed. Even after 3 months I am still recovering from this one. I don’t know whether to be mad at Williams for writing such a heart-wrenching book or to applaud her.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

Cry Factor: 😭😭😭😭😭 (out of 5) – but seriously, DESTROYED me.


If you want to follow my adventures in reading this coming year you can find me on Goodreads

33 YA Ships

I’ve been reading YA since I was in junior high and to be honest, I still read YA books. Over the years I’ve amassed an impressive read shelf on Goodreads. Here are 33 of my favorite YA ships.

  1. Rachel and Isaiah in crashing into you

Katie McGarry knows how to write delicious romance novels. Rachel and Isaiah may be my all-time favorite ship in the YA genre. Not only is Isaiah total #goals but his star-crossed love for Rachel melts my heart.

2. Jay and Violet in the body finder series

In this series, Jay and Violet are the perfect example of the friends-to-lovers trope. I love how their relationship deepened throughout the series.

3. Kylie and Lucas in shadow falls series

While Kylie was embroiled in an “epic” love triangle at her camp for supernatural teens, I was rooting for Lucas, the steamy werewolf from her past.

4. Aria Montgomery and Noel Kahn in pretty little liars

It’s always interesting when someone you’re crushing on ends up liking you hardcore years later-when you could be not be more interested. That’s exactly what happened with Aria and Noel. But thankfully this cute couple was introduced to us in the last few books.

5. Spencer Hastings and Andrew Campbell in pretty little liars

While Spencer felt like an adversary to Andrew, she eventually warmed up to his geeky charm. And oh am I thankful for that…

6. Emily Fields and Maya St. Germain in pretty little liars

Ah, young love. Maya and Emily’s short-lived romance at the start of the series is what everyone dreams of. Falling for a cute neighbor who you know, gets you. While things did go south, I always loved their connection.

7. Hanna Marin and Lucas Beattie in pretty little liars

Oh what could’ve been! I loved Lucas and Hanna. He stood up for her and stood by her through the worst months of her life. Not to mention, Hanna was able to be herself around him!

8. Burnett and Holiday in shadow falls series

No, these two are technically not teenagers, but they do appear alongside many of them! What happens when you get a cold-as-ice, I-mean-business FRU agent/vampire (FRU is the FBI for the supernatural world) and a snarky, red-headed fae running a camp? So. Much. Sexual. Tension. I love Burnett. But I love their romance even more.

9. Emily and Oz in nowhere but here

This couple had me when Oz’s protective mode came on. Not to mention the public declarations of love. Swoon.

10. Harper Price and David Stark in miss mayhem series

Harper Price: Class President and David Stark: aspiring journalist and total nerd make one cute, yearbook worthy couple (who have achieved more in their fictional lives than I have in my 20 years).

11. Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs in Jellicoe road

Taylor and Jonah manage to have an extremely steamy romance with all the bells and whistles, despite being “enemies” and coming with tons of baggage. Talk about character development.

12. Hannah (Narnie) Schroeder and Jude in Jellicoe road

Again, not teenagers but Narnie and Jude’s long-lost love wins for the ages. Not only that but Jude aka the Brigadier is my favorite kind of character.

13. Elyse d’Abreau and Christian Kane in the summer of chasing mermaids

Elyse and Christian manage to defy the standards  of the typical rich poster boy falls for less than “popular” girl next door by maintaining a real and honest relationship. Also not to mention the interracial and disabilities aspect make them a refreshing find in the YA genre.

14. Amy and Roger in amy and roger’s epic detour

What happens when two kinda strangers go on a devious cross country road trip? A lot actually. But you’ll fall in love with Amy and Roger as they cross over state lines.

15. Simon Spier and Blue in simon versus the homosapien agenda

“So hold it.” Enough said.

16. Beth and Ryan in dare you to

Another star-crossed love from Katie McGarry that never fails to keep the pages turning.

17. Francesca Spinelli and Will Trombal in saving Francesca

What it’s like when someone you’ve never really liked kisses you? You may just start to fall for the most obnoxiously clean-cut guy in school.

18. Ryan Dean West and Annie Altman in winger

It’s not something we see in YA fairly often when the boy is younger than the girl. But Annie and Ryan’s romance went from puppy love to soulmates in a really great way.

19. Amy Goodnight and Ben in texas gothic

You know you’re in for an interesting couple when they first meet each other while one is basically naked and frantic about lost goats.

20. Claire and Tate in emily’s dress and other missing things

I’m going to get in so much trouble for this one. Despite the obvious barrier to their relationship (student teacher, I know right?) these two manage to take the awkward out of their relationship by treading into  humorous sorts of adventures involving a mystery and Emily Dickinson.

21. Fred Oday and Ryan Berenger in hooked

Golden boy and Native American tomboy on the same golf team. What could go wrong?

22. Riley Berenger and Sam Tracy in played

In this “continuation” of #21, we’re introduced to a new romance of sorts. This time with this genders reversed.

23. Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky in to all the boys I’ve loved before series

Talk about an unexpected romance. But that’s what makes their romance so charming and so fun.

24. Belly and Conrad in the summer series

These two and their slow-burning romance will forever be the death of me.

25. Bianca Piper and Wesley Rush in the duff

Enemies to lovers doesn’t normally happen, right? Well, if there’s no strings attached sex involved.

26. Ellie and Tuck in Valkyrie rising

Every girl has fantasized about their older brother’s friends at some point, right?

27. Whitley and Nathan in a midsummer’s nightmare

Life with Derek in book form! Kidding! Sort of…

28. Finley Sinclair and Beckett Rush in there you’ll find me

An Irish celebrity falls for a normal teen. Don’t worry, these two are create an interesting romance despite the cliched storyline.

29. Emma and Bennett in haunting emma series

Another dose of brother’s-best-friend from this unexpectedly fun trilogy.

30. Samantha Reed and Jase Garrett in my life next door

The only thing I can say about these two is that they are truly the most real characters in YA. Huntley Fitzpatrick does not skirt around awkward first sexual encounters to the ups and downs of your first love.

31. Sophie Mercer and Archer Cross in hex hall series

These two just might be the funniest couple in YA

32. Aristotle and Dante in Aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe

Here’s what friends-to-lovers should look like and sound like and act like and be like…

33. Jordan Woods and Sam Henry catching Jordan

To end the list, Jordan and Sam are a perfect example of someone who’s been there for you all along…

Some Insanely Cute Baby Girl Names

I love names. After I did some heavy research for my dorm, I discovered many names from the early 1900s that I hadn’t heard before.  A lot of vintage baby names are also coming back in style, so keep your ears peeled.

Anyway, here goes!


A short from of this name could by Addy/Addie but I love the diminutive Della.



A short form of this name could be Aggie.





While this name is mostly shortened to Ana/Anna, diminutives like Tasia or Stacia could be used.


An interesting diminutive of this name is Nannie.


Upon my research, I found that Birdie is a diminutive of Bertha or Bridget.



A diminutive of this name could be Wren.


The diminutives of this name are some of my favorites: Lottie or Lotta.





A short form of this name could be Elea and a diminutive could be Nell.


Elizabeth has a lot of short forms and diminutives. We all know Eliza, Beth and even Lizzie. But some other diminutives are Busy, Bessie, Elsie, Elspeth and Elspet.



Also a diminutive of Elizabeth, Ellie is also a common diminutive of other El- names such as Eleanor.




This name is a diminutive of Estelle and Esther.


A diminutive of this could be Esta.



I have seen Fay/Faye used as a diminutive for this name.





Diminutives of this name include other favorites of mine: Florrie/Florry and Flossie.


Georgia, Georgie and Georgiana

A cute diminutive of this name that I definitely did not hear from Gilmore Girls 😉 is GiGi.


A common diminutive of this name is Gertie.




Heidi is actually a German diminutive of the name Adelheid.


Shortened forms like Etta and Ettie are equally cute as the diminutive Hettie. If you like the idea of boy names for girls one could use the nickname Henry/Henri.


While this name screams old fashioned, the diminutive Hilde/Hildie is not.



Pronounced Honor-ria, I first heard this name on the Vampire Diaries. Three points if you can name the reference Nina Dobrev needed to pronounce it (as was evident in the season 1 blooper reel.)


This is a Hungarian name I stumbled upon by accident.




A diminutive of this unique name is Nonie.



A shortened form of this name could be Belly/Bellie.




While the shortened form Hannah/Hanna is pretty obvious how about the diminutives Jonna or Hannie?



An interesting diminutive of this name is Posey/Posie/Posy.










Margo can be a diminutive of names Marjory/Marjorie and Margaret.


Matilda was actually my great grandmother’s name and can be shortened to Tilda. Diminutives can be Mattie and Tilly/Tillie.




This name is actually a diminutive of Geneva and Genevieve.





If you are tuned into the royal family you know a diminutive of this name is Pippa.



Rosemarie or Rosemary

A diminutive of this name is Romy/Romey.



Pronounced Stay-sha


A diminutive of this name can be Sosie. Along with this name, Susanna/Susannah can have the diminutive Sookie.


A diminutive of this name can be Tibby/Tibbie.



This name is a diminutive of the name Wilhelmina.


6 People You Might Not Have Noticed in Man of Steel

  1. Julian Richings

Julian plays Lor-Em, one of the Kryptonian council members but viewers may recognize him as one of the four horsemen in Supernatural.

2. Tahmoh Penikett

According to IMDb, Tahmok plays Jed Eubanks, a former fellow employee of Clark Kent who was interviewed by Lois Lane. You also may know him from Supernatural as Gadreel and Paul Ballard in Dollhouse.

3. Doug Abrahams

I almost missed this one. Doug Abrahams played Heraldson the ship captain in Man of Steel. He also, memorably, played possessed bus driver, Eddie, in a season 4 episode of Supernatural and Detective Howard in season 10, episode 6.

4. Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro plays Officer Sekowsky in Man of Steel but I know him most as Sinclair in the CW’s The 100.

5. David Paetkau

David played Northcom Threat Analyst in Man of Steel. He also played Sam Braddock in Flashpoint and played Dean and Sam’s distant cousin Mark Campbell in 2 episodes of season 6.

6. Joe Minoso

Here’s one I didn’t know. Joe Minoso played a Metropolis police officer but we all know and love him as Cruz in Chicago Fire!

Best in Books: Non Fiction

Non-fiction may not be everyone’s cup of tea and to be honest, they were not really mine either. Here are my favorite non-fiction books.

  1. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan 13547180

Brain on Fire is Cahalan’s memoir of her descent into madness from an auto-immune disease. The book reads like a novel as it is filled with intrigue and suspense as she navigates her time in hospital through records and interviews with her family, friends and doctors. A movie of the same name is currently in production and will star Chloe Grace Moretz as Susannah.

2. Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor


Signs of Life is Natalie Taylor’s memoir of her incredible journey as a widow after her husband dies in a freak accident-all while she’s 6 months pregnant. Taylor tells her story from a series of journals she wrote in the months after her husband’s death and the birth of their son Kai. It is a haunting and depressing account that seems to capture the true spirit of family and friendship.Recently I learned that Natalie recently remarried and just had another baby. Congrats!

3. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This historic account of the University of Washington’s rowing team is a non-fiction book that really can’t be beat. It follows the lives of the team as they experience ups and downs as rowers in the early 1900s. Set against the Great Depression and the second World War, the story is an inspiration. The main focus of the story, Joe Rantz, is a heroine of his own kind. Abandoned by his family during his teen years, his determination to make something great out of his life is contagious, leaving readers with a new appreciation for the finer things in their lives.

4. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi


Satrapi’s graphic novel depicts her childhood in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and her teenage years spent in Vienna away from her family. In a modern day world of biases coverage of the Middle East, Persepolis is a stunning account of what it really is like to grow up in Iran.

You Should Really Watch Vegas-And Here’s Why

You may remember CBS’s primetime period drama Vegas when it first premiered in 2012. It’s set in 1960 in the early rise of Las Vegas’s gambling scene when mobster Vincent Savino rolls into town to take over a casino called The Savoy. Around the same time, rancher Ralph Lamb, a former MP for the US Army is deputized after the current sheriff is found dead. He then deputizes his brother Jack and son Dixon.

You may be asking, why should I care about a show that CBS cancelled 3 years ago? Well here’s why:

  1. First of all, it’s based on a true story. Ralph Lamb really was the sheriff in Clark County during the early 60s. He even tussled with a few mobsters himself.
  2. It has an awesome (and talented) cast: Dennis Quaid, Jason O’Mara, Michael Chiklis and Carrie Anne Moss.
  3. The show had some of the most viewers for primetime television.
  4. It two characters that are women in a position of power: Assistant to the DA Catherine O’Connell and Mia Rizzo, a manager at the Savoy. mv5bmtu1nji0otmyov5bml5banbnxkftztcwntyxmtywoq-_v1_sx640_sy720_
  5. It has an incredible storyline filled with great dialogue and great character development.
  6. The Lambs have a great relationship and part of what really makes it great is the relationship between Jack and his nephew Dixon.
  7. Also Ralph Lamb is witty and is the epitome of a tough, no-nonsense rancher.
  8. It is also jam-packed with action (hello, it’s a mob show!), humor, mystery and of course romance!



8. It has great music! The late 50s and early 60s had some great hits. You’ll hear Bobby Darin, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley.

9. The outfits were on point.

10. Also, did I mention Jason O’Mara?


Even though it was cancelled prematurely, Vegas is a show that deserves to be watched by more. Seriously, just watch it. You’ll be blown away! Vegas is available on Amazon Prime and of course on DVD.




42 Favorite Albums

If you know me, you know my music is this intricate, mysterious pasttime. For me music has always been an experience. I was never one to shout from the rooftops what I am listening to. Okay I admit. Sometimes I do post what songs I’m listening to on Instagram. But normally, not even my closest friends could name my favorite artists. Weird, isn’t it?

Here are 42 of my favorite albums.


Honorable Mentions:

2AM Club – What Did You Think Was Going to Happen?

Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface

Switchfoot – Learning to Breathe

Sara Watkins – Sara Watkins

Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animal

Nickel Creek – This Side

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Bat For Lashes – Two Suns


21 #YA Quotes

Here are some of my favorite YA quotes. If you’re looking for deep & meaningful quotes that will open doors to the true meaning of life, stop after #1!

To see more of my favorite quotes, add me on Goodreads!

1.Joey told me nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was, that things expand and contract- like breathing, but you could never fill your lungs up with the same air twice.”
Andrew Smith, Winger
First off, I adore this book. Secondly, I fucking love Joey Cosentino.
2. . . . Mind if I take the flamingo?”
It’s $2.89.”
Whoa, Darren, you drive a hard bargain. How about I’m just going to take it?”
Wendy Wunder, The Probability of Miracles
Wendy Wunder’s Probability of Miracles is downright one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. Just be forewarned, it’s also very sad.
3. “It just seems like overkill when you already have a dagger and I have superpowerful magic at my disposal.”
Superpowerful?”He stood up, a gold chain dangling from his fingers. “Let me remind you of two words, Mercer: Bad. Dog.
Rachel Hawkins, Demonglass
Another absolutely hilarious series. I’m serious. I should really devote an entire post to the Hex Hall series. On Sophie’s first day of school she managed to yell “Bad dog!” at a werewolf.
4. “You were in the equipment shed with Corn Fritter?”
Corndog,” Will, Dr. Salter, and I say simultaneously.”
Miranda Kenneally, Stealing Parker
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I love deadpan humor.
5. “You fuck – you ate my cat!
Kendare Blake, Anna Dressed in Blood
6. “Amy, honey.” He rubbed my arm gently, as if telling me bad news. “You shouldn’t listen to me. I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.
Rosemary Clement-Moore, Texas Gothic
Rosemary Clement-Moore also writes incredibly hilarious books.
7. “We have to make a human pyramid displaying the foundations of the Catholic Church and the most frightening aspect, according to Brother Louis, is that Thomas Mackee is holding up the pyramid which makes the whole future of the church incredibly shaky.
Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca
Think of every immature high school boy you’ve ever met. That’s Thomas Mackee. P.S. I don’t know how Melina Marchetta perfectly blends humor with every sad feeling you’ve ever felt into one book, but she continually does it!
8. “I Spy with my little eye a hero’s heart, a heart that beats not for itself but for all humanity.
John Green, Paper Towns
When you accidentally save a van full of people…
9. “Please stop,” I said. “You’re upsetting the black Santas.”
John Green, Paper Towns
Okay I couldn’t help myself. (I don’t know how to explain this one).
10. “I had to stop sneaking around girls’ houses like some kind of dumb-ass cat burglar. Clearly it got me nowhere good.
Kieran Scott, This Is So Not Happening
There are some really great quotes in these books.
11. “God, I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.
Oh yes. Since Kansas. At least.
Morgan Matson, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour
Cross country road trip? Yes! A kiss at least 5 states overdue? Oh yes.
P.S. this is one of my all-time faves.
12. “So now you’ve met my mother,” I say to Jase that night, leaning back on the roof.
I sure have. That was awesome. And completely uncomfortable.”
Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door
Another book chalk full of humor and slightly frustrating characters.
13. “My feet are always cold. I’m a vampire,” he said in a teasing voice, almost as if he was trying to chase away Holiday’s somberness. “And if I remember correctly, you complained about that last night.He slowed down and slipped his arm around Holiday.Marrying you doesn’t scare me a bit. It’s the best thing that could ever happen to me. I’d never run out on you. I’ll be the first one to the church.”
C.C. Hunter, Chosen at Nightfall
I just finished re-reading this series and is it possible for me to love Burnett Bankhead James even more?? (And sorry Burnett, but your middle name is too great not to include).
14. “You’re not hurt, are you?”
Only my delicate sensibilities.”
Rosemary Clement-Moore, Texas Gothic
15. “And I’m pretty sure that everyone in the Pacific Northwest heard Ryan Dean West shout, “YOUSTEPPEDONMYFUCKINGNUTSYOUSONOFABITCH!”
Andrew Smith, Winger
Ryan Dean West (insert heart eyed emoji here).
16. “I have friends there,” she said.
Dead friends,” he said, not happy.
Let’s not be choosy right now.”
C.C. Hunter, Chosen at Nightfall
17. “I know it looks vaguely unsanitary and potentially scandalous, Nana, but I promise that Izzy and I are only pursuing noble…pursuits. We’ve even got a chaperone! Izzy, who was that woman who went into the cave?’
I blanked, not sure how to describe Maya. I settled on, “My…also my Nana.”
Rachel Hawkins, School Spirits
18. “Whatever shall you wear?” Torin observed, propping his chin in his hand. “Let’s see, there’s the black T-shirt with black jeans. Or perhaps, if you’re going for elegance over function, you could wear the black T-shirt with black jeans. Ooh!He sat up, widening his eyes. “Do you know what would be particularly fetching? The black-
T-shirt with black jeans,” I finished for him.Hilarious.”
Rachel Hawkins, School Spirits
19. “Sophie’s here, but Elodie’s possessing her right now.”
In that case, I’ll wait out here,” he said.”
Rachel Hawkins, Spell Bound
Archer, whose ex-girlfriend Elodie, now haunts his current girlfriend Sophie. Quite the interesting development, huh?
20. “I don’t really do friends,” I told him.
Good,” he said. “I don’t want you to “do” me. We’ve established the flaws in that plan already…
Kody Keplinger, A Midsummer’s Nightmare
Two teenagers have a one night stand at a party but there’s a catch…they’re about to become step-siblings.
21. “Mom. He didn’t do drugs. I’ve told you that before. He was just weird.”
Huntley Fitzpatrick, My Life Next Door
I apologize if a lot of these were from the same book (or author) and that they’re probably all out of context. Ever the more reason to read these! If you recognized any of these let me know!

Gorgeous Weddings You Need to See (Part 2!)

  1. Matt and Maddi’s Beautiful & Heartwarming Wedding in New South Wales




No amount of words will describe this wedding. Just look at the groom’s face when she walks down the aisle.

2. Sigrid and Ben’s Fun Byron Bay Wedding



3. Jesse and Melissa’s Rustic Pennsylvania Wedding

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4. Cara and Luke’s Intimate Winter Wedding




5. Amy and Eriach’s Garden Wedding in Philadelphia

bartram's garden, wedding

bartram's garden, wedding


6. Desirae and Taylor’s Flower Farm Wedding




The greens in this wedding are absolutely stunning!

7. Danielle and Jesse’s Colorful Bohemian Wedding in Maryland




Awesome photographer and an equally awesome wedding venue!

8. John Mulaney and Annamarie Tendler’s Picture Perfect Wedding in the Catskills

John Mulaney wedding

John Mulaney wedding


Gorgeous backdrop for this comedian’s wedding! Plus I don’t think I’ve mentioned how much I love Green Wedding Shoes…

9. Caitlin and Scott’s New York Vineyard Wedding




New York has got to be one of my favorite locations for weddings now!

10. Brianne and Alex’s Modern NYC Wedding

brooklyn wedding

indoor Brooklyn ceremony


Such a simple and beautiful gown from Houghton NYC!

11. Danielle and Mike’s Charming Hudson Valley Wedding




New York + Historic Place + Autumn = PERFECTION

12. Meghan and Patrick’s Eclectic Camp Wedding


Pat Furey captured this wedding beautifully! Camp weddings are my favorite!


…Which one was your favorite?