Best Contemporary Romances

I am a sucker for these modern rom com novels. Contemporary romance is the genre I go to when I want something easy, fun and heartwarming to read.  This list ranges from gentle heart warming reads to steamy romances, so take your pic and happy reading! Previous Next Best Contemporary Romance The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory  4/5 Find on Goodreads Jasmine Guillory is your go to girl for contemporary multi-racial romances! This book is the most recent I've read from her. Like a lot of novels in this genre, her characters in every novel are all part of…

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Best Books of 2021: List of Lists

There are so many "best of" lists out there, I thought I would put them all into one article for this list of lists, best books of 2021! It's interesting to see the overlap between the lists and what books pop up on some lists and not others. Check them out for yourself and tell me your favorites!  Best Books of 2021 Lists 1. Book Riot A well known blog of all things related to books! A trusted source for book recommendations. 2. The New Yorker A trusted magazine for over 90 years, they released their book recommendations for the…

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My Favorite Books of 2021

Everyone came out with their "best of" lists, so I decided to write up my own list for my favorite books of 2021. This is based on what I read this year, so it's definitely not all inclusive.  I am including older titles that I first read this year and loved as well, so those are separate from the books published in 2021. Enjoy! Previous Next Published in... 2021 The Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray  5/5 Find on Goodreads This novel is based off of and follows the real life story of J.P. Morgan's personal…

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Gifts for Book Lovers: The Ultimate List

It's time for the Christmas shopping, so here's the ultimate list of gifts for books lovers in your life. That is, gifts that are not books themselves! I know I could always use a little more bookish gear in my life. I'm trying to support more small businesses on this list, but there's also some Amazon and big box stores too, depending on your time constraints and preferences. Enjoy this giant list!  1. Bookish Stickers $3.50 Cute waterproof bookish stickers to decorate anything you want. Full disclosure these are new stickers in my own Etsy Shop With Love, Melissa! 2.…

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Start Your Own Cookbook Club

Starting a cookbook club is one of the best things I ever did. In this post, I'll go into what a cookbook club is, how to start your own, and why you should.  Good food, good friends, and good talks. That's it in a nutshell, but let's dig in!  What is a Cookbook Club? A cookbook club is kind of a combination of a lot of good things. It's kind of like a book club. It's kind of like a potluck dinner. But together. The simple concept is this. You have a group of friends that you meet with regularly…

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Gifts for CookBook Lovers

Here's a one stop list of great gifts for cookbook lovers! Perfect for holiday gift shopping for all the foodies in your life.  Like the bookish holiday shopping guide, I have a range of small businesses, and some amazon purchases on here. Choose who you want to support and find the perfect gift for your loved one.  This list is organized in price order!  1. Cookbook Earrings $3.20 Help them display their love for cookbooks on their ears!  2. Bookish Tea Towel $8.00 The tea towel says it all.   3. Cookbook Wall Hanging $8.50 This rustic wall hanging can add…

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Books about Books for Book Lovers

It definitely seems a bit funny, but if you're in on the amazingness that is books about books you'll know what I mean! Bookish subjects like libraries, bookstores, librarians, academia and researchers all have a place in my heart.  If you haven't read a book in this genre yet, I firmly believe I can turn you to the dark side if you read one of the books I have listed here. These books transcend genres like fantasy, scifi and mystery. You might find all three in some!  There's something for everyone here so pick what speaks most to you and…

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The Best Self Help Books for Everyone

I've read my fair share of self-help books! I tend to go back to the ones I love again and again for advice or positive words.  Need a little pick me up? Self Help. Feeling lost? Self Help. Trying to make a hard decision? Self Help. Creative or writer's block? Self Help!!  So without further ado, here are my favorite self help books for you! Previous Next Best Self-Help Books for Everyone Daring Greatly, By Brene Brown  5/5 Find on Goodreads Let me tell you, I haven't read all of Brene's books yet, but I sure plan to! Her…

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Animal Behavior: A Reading List

Something many people don't know about it me is that I'm fascinated with animal behavior. Books on how animals operate, their emotions and motivators really interests me.  I double majored in English and Anthropology for my undergrad college years. For my Anthropology major, I took classes like Primate Behavior, Comparative Anatomy, and Human Evolution and Behavior. My interest branched off from there.  I've read quite a few books on the topic of animal behavior, their thoughts and feelings, and a book on some great primatologists of our time. If you're interested too, I have quite a few recommendations. I loved…

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Christmas Reading List to Keep the Cheer Alive

If you still want to stay in the Christmasy mood like I do, I suggest reading some Christmasy books while listening to Christmas music. I hate that the radios stop playing Christmas music the minute the holiday ends. I would leave my Christmas tree around year up if I could!  Hopefully these books will bring a little extra Christmas cheer into your life.  Previous Next Here's Some Christmas Reading: One Day in December, by Josie Silver  5/5 Find on Goodreads Laurie experiences love at first sight when her bus stops and she makes eye contact with a man sitting…

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