January 13, 2020

New Years Book Haul in New York City : Booksellers' Favorites of 2019

I had such a blast running into 2020 in New York City! During my visit, I hunted down some favorite independent bookstores to ask booksellers for their favorite reads of 2019. I borrowed this idea from @illiterate_cats on bookstagram!

Bookstores mentioned:
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar :
The Mysterious Bookshop :
^^they shared by photos on their instagram! how cool? ^^
Books are Magic :

Books mentioned:
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Her Daughter's Mother by Daniela Petrova
Lesser Evils by Joe Flanagham
Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington
All Happy Families by Herve Le Tellier
Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli
Bookstagram Bonus Book: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2020? I'm excited to see how I can grow my booktube and bookstagram accounts, with the implicit goals of reading more and being my most authentic self on both platforms. Plus, I've got some running and money-saving goals! Let me know any of yours in the comments below!

December 24, 2019

Librarian Explains Free Apps and Resources: Can Libby Replace Your Audible Subscription?

I have found that even some of the most active library users aren't aware of all the awesome e-resources available to them! In order to help fight this, I'm starting a video series highlighting some of my favorite free apps and the amazing resources they contain! Today's app: Libby!

Libby is an awesome app created by OverDrive that features books, audiobooks, and magazines. All materials are hosted through your public library!

Find the apple and android apps here:
You can also access Libby through a web browser here:

In any of the above situations, Libby will walk you through the setup of your account with your home library and library card number (have it handy!) and other information like your name and email address.

Books mentioned:
Winter Street Series by Elin Hilderbrand
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
The Westing Game byEllen Raskin
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

This series is going to aim to give you alternatives to streaming apps. By the end, you may be able to replace Audible, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple Music, and others! Stay tuned for part 2, coming soon.

Come find me on bookstagram! @randomlibrarians

December 09, 2019

Is it Too Late for an End of Fall Outfit Post?

Though fall doesn't technically end until later this month, it is starting to feel like cozy season for sure! We've had a couple of snows in Boston this month, which I am extremely here for, but the snow on the ground feels a bit like a pointed reminder of my procrastination with this post. Therefore, without any further ado, I present my favorite look from this fall!

I love this look so much because it mixes many of my favorite pieces! This J.Crew suede number is a hand-me-down from forever ago (thanks, mom!) and the tops are layers of softest Negative tank and comfiest oversized Aritzia linen.  

Plus, these accessories? Love. I think Madewell makes the most perfect bandana headbands. This same yellow one wraps very well around a messy bun to look just a biiiiit more pulled together while giving a pop of color! I wear my Mood Hoops every single day, changing out the charms or wearing them as-is. This bag was my first purchased backpack-purse, holding 3-4 books and therefore winning my heart

I call ^this^ one, "looking at my sneakers in the hopes that you will too." They are extremely comfortable and have insane traction! I originally bought them for my trip to LA, hoping to do some hiking, a lot of walking, and to look cute while doing so. They're a curated brand in one of my favorite shops, Outdoor Voices, so I knew I would love them even before I got my pair on sale!

Despite the snow, we have had some gorgeous, bright, warm days these past few weeks. I'm going to have to take advantage of any further such days to wear the bottom half of this outfit with some thick tights and water-proof boots! How do you transition your wardrobe from fall to winter?

High five? High five!