Top Shelf

Here you’ll find all my book reviews, recommendations, and books I’m adding to my neverending TBR! I hope you find something that piques your interest.

  • In a world of villains, who are the real heroes?
    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The book in one sentence: A freelancer pays her bills doing short gigs as a hench for villains,…
  • Heroines, dragons, witches? All in this gripping high fantasy novel
    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The book in one sentence: A world divided by obstinate religious differences is forced to unite their kingdoms…
  • All the books I’ve read to kick off the new year
    And we’re back! January was a good reading month, I enjoyed every book. There wasn’t a title I truly hated….
  • Start your character growth journey with these five books
    In honor of my birth month, I am sharing five books that helped me reflect, heal, and grow over the…
  • Here are five books you should read to kickstart Autumn
    You know a season is global regardless of hemisphere when it is heralded by the arrival of overpriced coffee beverages…
  • Book Review: Acts of Desperation is a Sad Girl book
    Read Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan if you’re wondering what it feels like to be in an addictive, toxic relationship, akin to that of what I imagine would be Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s disastrous marriage.
  • Books I want to read (and finish) this August
    Today I’m sharing five books that I want to read and finish for the month of August. I’m back to throwing some nonfiction in there, just as an attempt to anchor myself back to the real world and learn some applicable knowledge.
  • You need to read this mystery book next: The Cartographers
    I found this book in the beginning stages of my quest for more mystery novels. After reading Lucy Foley’s The Apartment, I felt unfulfilled. I needed something with heightened tension and a more satisfying ending. Peng Shepherd understood the assignment. Read on for a short, sweet, and spoiler-free review.
  • Books I read in June to escape from reality
    I can’t believe we are halfway through 2022 already. I know we all say that just about every year, but…
  • Three Takeaways from piercing book, Like Streams to the Ocean

    Read this book if you have weathered some storms. I think people particularly coming out of their twenties and been through some shit; those of us now at an age with a certain level of detachment and self-compassion. Some people may call that lack of ambition. I think it is becoming comfortable with who you are and are becoming. I honestly don’t know if I would have appreciated this book as much as I do now if I had read it five or more years ago.

    Here are my Three Takeaways on Jedidiah Jenkins’ Like Streams To The Ocean

  • Book review: Arsenic and Adobo
    Arsenic and Adobo is a Scooby-Doo vibe murder mystery embroiling a millennial in her annoying ex-boyfriend’s mess amid attempts to get her life together back in her small Chicago hometown. Read if you want something fun and light-hearted, with a mix of mystery, comedy, and romance.
  • Three Takeaways: A Single Revolution by Shani Silver

    Read this book if you’re single, dating, seeking partnership, “not looking for a relationship”, or just really tired of dating in general. Every single and non-single person would benefit from this. I think well-meaning friends who are coupled and have single friends should read this, too. The more that coupled people understand that singlehood is not some chronic illness, the better off our social gatherings will be.

    Here are my Three Takeaways on Shani Silver’s A Single Revolution.

  • Book review: A Certain Hunger
    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The book in one sentence: A raw and deeply personal confession from an unhinged serial killer food writer…
  • Books I’m excited to read this May
    It’s a new month, which means another opportunity to tackle a never-ending backlog of books to read! For May, here…
  • Nonfiction books that were surprisingly good
    As much as I enjoy reading nonfiction, they’re often a hit or miss. They’re either too technical, too slow, or too excessive (when it could easily be concise). If you’re looking to break up your fictional streak (why though?) or learn something new, I’ve rounded up three books that balance storytelling and information delivery that had me until the last page.
  • Three Takeaways: The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
    Read this book if you’re looking for a heartwarming, well-paced, humorous novel with lively characters. This book would translate so well into a film. Here are my Three Takeaways on TJ Klune’s The House on the Cerulean Sea!
  • 5 more books to add to your 2022 TBR
    If we’re anything alike, your list of books to read is a behemoth that just does not. Stop. Growing. I…
  • Should you read this next? A book review on Loveless by Alice Oseman
    The book in one sentence: A young person’s search for love in the wrong places and people leads her to…
  • 12 amazing books everyone can read this February
    It probably comes as no surprise that I still have a bunch of books from 2021 that I wasn’t able…