The Secret Language of Cats (Spoiler-Free)

2ADF48B4-9CA8-4194-8B39-F520800B86D3

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a free copy of Susanne Schötz’s novel The Secret Language of Cats to read and review! This was a fascinating read and it’s reinforced my confidence in communicating with our fur baby Minuit. Read on for my spoiler-free thoughts!

Continue reading

Advertisements
Posted in Spoiler-Free Review | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Instagram Giveaway!

A1F01099-91D3-42D4-B1DE-62EBF7B18DA4

Happy Book Birthday to @rydercarroll’s The Bullet Journal Method!! A big thank you to @Portfolio_Books for sending me not only The Bullet Journal Method and the Bullet Journal itself, but also an EXTRA set to GIVE AWAY! How awesome is that, guys??? I’m sure you can imagine my excitement upon opening the box to find these beauties, and finding a second set beneath my own just took me to another level 😆 Thanks for the free books, Portfolio Books!

Head on over to Instagram if you’d like to participate in this giveaway ☺️❤️ May the odds be ever in your favor.

Posted in Giveaway | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

How I Edit My Photos

2EF2B86F-C182-43AA-A8E1-E75B7766EDF0

Hey everyone! A while ago someone asked me how I edit my photos, so I wanted to do a quick blog post about it in case anyone else had the same question. It’s a bit of a lengthy process in the sense that I use a bunch of different applications, but the amount of time total really depends on the extent to which I’m trying to alter a photo. If it’s just minor color and lighting edits (which is what this post is about), the whole process is relatively quick. If I’m trying to drastically alter a photo to create, for example, a Mini-Me photo or some other type of “magic” shot (which is not what this post is about), the whole process is substantially longer. If you’re interested in the former, read on!

Continue reading

Posted in Bookstagram/Blog Tidbit | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uppercase September Box Review

F6FC8D83-B232-4955-9482-8D1EBEBB7573

Thank you to Uppercase Box for sending me the September box in exchange for a review!!! ❤️ #sponsored

If you’re unfamiliar with Uppercase, here’s a bit of background info for you:

Uppercase is a monthly YA book subscription box. Each box has a signed first edition YA book and also includes a couple of bookish items. Each box also comes with several codes, corresponding to pages in the novel, that subscribers can use to access exclusive content!  Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Boy at the Keyhole (Spoiler-Free)

791E2098-60B6-45A7-BAA9-DD084DDF7BA6

A big thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a free copy of Stephen Giles’s debut novel The Boy at the Keyhole to review and help spread the word!

Read on for my spoiler-free thoughts!

Continue reading

Posted in Spoiler-Free Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

TLC Book Tours – The Boy at the Keyhole

E475547C-7558-4DC4-9040-69677666F434

Hey guys! I’m super excited to partner with TLC Book Tours (@tlcbooktours) to help spread the word about Stephen Giles’s debut novel, The Boy at the Keyhole 🙌  I’m also hosting a GIVEAWAY over on INSTAGRAM – so check out my post at @booksbeforebedtime. A big thank you to @tlcbooktours, @hanoversquarepress, and @harlequinbooks for sending me a free copy to read ❤️ Review coming soon!

Synopsis:

Nine-year-old Samuel lives alone in a once-great estate in Surrey with the family’s housekeeper, Ruth. His father is dead and his mother has been abroad for months, purportedly tending to her late husband’s faltering business. She left in a hurry one night while Samuel was sleeping and did not say goodbye.

Beyond her sporadic postcards, Samuel hears nothing from his mother. He misses her dearly and maps her journey in an atlas he finds in her study. Samuel’s life is otherwise regulated by Ruth, who runs the house with an iron fist. Only she and Samuel know how brutally she enforces order.

As rumors in town begin to swirl, Samuel wonders whether something more sinister is afoot. Perhaps his mother did not leave but was murdered—by Ruth.

Artful, haunting and hurtling toward a psychological showdown, The Boy at the Keyhole is an incandescent debut about the precarious dance between truth and perception, and the shocking acts that occur behind closed doors.

Posted in Giveaway | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uppercase August Box Review

259E7E1D-45E9-457C-A60E-8E24784226E3

If you recall, Uppercase offered to send me a few boxes to review and August’s box officially marks my second review! Thank you, Uppercase Team!!!

In case you’re not familiar with Uppercase, here’s some background info for you:

They are a monthly YA book subscription box. Each box has a signed first edition YA book and also includes a couple of bookish items. In addition to all that, each box comes with several codes, corresponding to pages in the novel, that subscribers can use to access exclusive content!

Keep reading to see what items were included in this month’s box!

Continue reading

Posted in Bookish Goodies, Young Adult | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (Spoiler-Free)

4ABA4774-A2B0-48F4-9FB0-AEC79793A77D

First of all, let me just say, finding this book was an act of fate. Let me set the scene for you. (But feel free to skip ahead to the actual review.)

Ian and I were shopping at University Bookstore in Seattle, because I had two gift cards and I was dead set on an August thru October book haul to be completed all in one shopping trip. (“But, D, if you bought them all in August, then it’s not really a September or October book haul…” You’d be right, but that’s beside the point. Focus.) Haphazardly carrying a stack of books, I stopped next to a shelf to readjust said-stack and mentally estimate the cost-to-gift-card balance. After calculating the amount leftover on the gift cards, I decided to take a breather (don’t fault me – those books were heavy) while waiting for Ian to get back from trying to track down a book I was looking for. Bad news: book was unavailable. Good news: that meant I had room for another book! 

I’m gathering my things, prepared to wander through the store yet again, when Ian goes “Hey, isn’t that Felicia Day?” I’m more confused than excited, because I know Felicia Day can’t possibly be in the bookstore. (That would be too good to be true and would probably have caused me to drop all my books.) Sure enough, Ian’s pointing at the shelf I’m leaning against. And that’s when I see Felicia Day’s memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Fate I tell you.

…Okay, I’ve read that recap about four times so far and it comes across as anticlimactic, but trust me – it was exciting! …Maybe you had to be there.

Anyway… Read on for my spoiler-free review!

Continue reading

Posted in Spoiler-Free Review | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What Your Soul Already Knows (Spoiler-Free)

6BD97F16-2F05-44FA-A69A-1B10BBE6B6C2

A big thank you to Dr. Salma Farook for offering to send me her ebook in exchange for an honest review! What Your Soul Already Knows – A-Z: The Complete Guide to Intuitive Happiness and Powerful Resilience, is a collection of themed, thought-provoking essays, aimed toward helping you realize what your soul already knows ☺️ This was the perfect way to end July and begin August ❤️ Read on for my spoiler-free review! (This was a pretty quick read, so the review will be a bit short.)  Continue reading

Posted in Spoiler-Free Review | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uppercase July Box Review

5FB78A9A-D414-4013-8673-1E34665C78F5

Uppercase recently reached out to me and offered to send me a few of their boxes to review – thank you, Uppercase Team!!! I received my first box earlier this week and was extremely excited to dive in.

In case you’re not familiar with Uppercase, here’s a bit of info for you: 

They are a monthly YA book subscription box. Each box has a signed first edition YA book, which is chosen by Lisa (founder of Uppercase), and also includes a couple of bookish items. In addition to all that, Uppercase has another super cool feature. Each box comes with several codes, corresponding to pages in the novel, that subscribers can use to access exclusive content like author videos, extra character backstories, etc.

Check out the rest of my review to see the July box!  Continue reading

Posted in Bookish Goodies, Young Adult | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment