Good Reads & Tunes


Hey loves! I hope you’re welcoming 2015 the best way you know how.

So, to state the obvious: I fell into a major reading drought during the end of last year. I’ve gone without reading before, but nothing like that. I think it was the combination of reading at work and a shortened subway ride and the fact that nothing really caught my eye. The thing that always pulls me out of it is an amazing can’t-put-it-down book, and I’m so happy to say that I’ve gotten back into it. (For now, at least–fingers crossed.) The book that saved me this season is Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I’ve never bookmarked so many pages before. Guys, it is so right on and she gives the most beautiful advice on every subject from financial issues to love to family to friendship. Even though I don’t usually enjoy reading advice columns (it’s a collection of her Dear Sugar columns from The Rumpus), the letters published in this book are thoughtful and human and raw, and I can’t help but see myself in every one of them. This is one I’ll read again and again, and I haven’t even finished it yet. Go buy it now, please!

Next on my list are two YA books that caught my eye: Althea & Oliver and All the Bright Places. Well-written YA is my fave and I can’t wait to dive into these.

And two songs that I can’t get out of my head . . .

Oh, and this recipe is delicious heaven. A little bit of everything for ya. :) Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than later this time around. Peace and love ya’ll.


Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

2 thoughts on “Good Reads & Tunes

  1. Hey Rachael! Happy New Year to you! ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ is on my winter reading list. I can’t wait to get to it! I finished ‘Reconstructing Amelia’ last week. Soooooo good. And I am almost done ‘A House in the Sky’. You need to run out and get this one if you haven’t already. I know you will enjoy it! Have you read ‘Belzhar’ or ‘Dear Daughter’ yet? I am considering picking those up eventually.

    Feel free to check out my winter reading list:

    Thanks for the recommendations and happy reading!



  2. tiny beautiful things is one of my fav books, and its one of those books that you can pick up and read over and over again. it never gets old. i lent my copy to a friend, and then she moved across the country. i’m still kicking myself!

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