Category: Personal

Epic Recs: April 2014

Posted April 7, 2014 by Jana in Personal / 1 Comment

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Last month Racquel recommended I read What I Did for a Duke by Julie Anne Long because she felt I needed a little historical romance in my life. She was SO right! I really, really loved this incredibly romantic romance, and cannot wait to get my hands on the other books in the Pennyroyal Green series. Check out my review of What I Did for a Duke here for a more in depth discussion on what I loved! My recommendation for Racquel was Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett, which she really enjoyed! I was so happy to hear that. :) March was a success! I’m excited to move on to April’s recommendation, which I am really excited about!

EpicRecsApril2014Just the Sexiest Man Alive has been on my wishlist for a very long time! When it went on sale for a few days last month, I snatched it up. Just a couple days later, Racquel posed the idea to me, and I was so excited that she loves this book! Based on her other recommendations, I have a feeling I will love this one too. I can’t wait!

When I found out Racquel had not read Incarnate by Jodi Meadows yet, I squealed with excitement and recommended it immediately. I love, love, love this series so much and am so excited to see what she thinks of it! I hope she loves it, even though she’s not the biggest fan of books with fantasy elements.

Have you read Just the Sexiest Man Alive? Will I like it?What about my rec for Racquel? I don’t know about you, but I am SO excited for her to read it!

Epic Recs: March 2014

Posted March 6, 2014 by Jana in Personal / 2 Comments

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Last month Racquel recommended I read Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell because she said this book is great for fans of Lola and the Boy Next Door. I could not agree more! Chloe is a quirky fashionista just like Lola, and I think they would be great friends. I also loved the emphasis on friendship in Welcome, Caller. Chloe is a former popular girl who makes her friends mad and becomes the school’s biggest outcast. She ends up latching on to a group of really unique people who run the school’s radio station. She also kind of falls for a certain boy in this group. But the story is about so much more than the romance. It’s about change, growing, struggling to find yourself, and friendship. I loved that the book was sweet and funny, but at the same time it tackled some heavier issues. I’ll be posting my review soon!

So! February was a success, and I’m excited for what Racquel and I are going to be reading this month!


EpicRecsMarch2014Racquel has decided that I’m in need of expanding my love of historical romances, which I am super excited about! I love historical romances, but there are MILLIONS of them, and I have no idea where to even start! Luckily, historical romance is one of Racquel’s favorite genres, so she has a list of great ones for me. She said that What I Did for a Duke is “really character driven and the dialogue is AWESOME.” I’m so excited!

I suggested Racquel try Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlet because she enjoys adult romance and also enjoys sci-fi/dystopia. This book combines both! The book takes place on an undersea warship, and the heroine is a doctor who has to find a cure for a deadly virus. There’s suspense, romance, and a lot of snark. I adore this book, and am so excited to be introducing Racquel to a book she’s never heard of before! This should be fun for both of us. :)

Ok, so that’s our month! Have you read either of these books? Will we like them?

Epic Recs: February 2014

Posted February 13, 2014 by Jana in Personal / 4 Comments


I am so excited to be a part of Epic Recs, hosted and dreamed up by Judith at Paper Riot. I’ve been paired up with Racquel at The Book Barbies. It’s a pretty simple and fun concept. After learning about our reading habits, likes, and dislikes, Racquel and I each picked a book for the other person to read. If you’re interested in participating, head over to Paper Riot and sign up to get a partner!




Racquel chose Welcome, Caller, this is Chole by Shelley Coriell for me because of my love of Stephanie Perkins. She said that Chloe is a lot like Lola, especially regarding her love for fashion. This book is also a fun balance of fun and serious, which I love. I’m so excited to read it!

When I found out that Racquel loves YA contemporary, I immediately went to see if she had read Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. This book is the one I push on everyone I know. It got me into YA contemporary! It blends traveling, self discovery, coming of age, and a sweet romance. I hope she loves it as much as I did!

I will report back with my review, and also re-cap thoughts when I post about next months Epic Recs. I think this is going to be so much fun!

So, what do you think? Will I enjoy Welcome, Caller, this is Chloe?
Do you think Racquel will love Wanderlove like I did?

Merry Christmas!

Posted December 25, 2013 by Jana in Personal / 3 Comments


Merry Christmas, my wonderful friends! I hope you have an amazing day with your loved ones! I hope today is filled with yummy food, music, giving, receiving, relaxing, laughing, and love. I hope you got everything you wished for! I will be spending my day with my family, opening presents and making memories.

Thank you so much for celebrating this amazing season with me on the blog this month! Thank you to the publishers who provided Christmas books and giveaways. Thank you to my guest posters who talked all about Christmas in their countries! Thanks for all your comments, recommendations, and discussions. It has been so much fun! I hope you have a very merry bookish little Christmas. :) Things will be a bit sparse on the blog as I recover from this crazy month, but I’ll still be around!

How was your day? What did you get? What did you do? Tell me, tell me!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 28, 2013 by Jana in Personal / 4 Comments


If you live in the USA, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy eating and celebrating with your loved ones. I’m so thankful for all of you, for where I am in my life, and for this amazing holiday!

How are you celebrating?

Happy Halloween!

Posted October 31, 2013 by Jana in Personal / 2 Comments

Happy Halloween to my beloved reading friends! I hope you have so much fun celebrating in whatever way you choose to do. Me? I’m going to eat candy, catch up on my DVR shows, and read Another Little Piece. I hear it’s super creepy! That’s about as much as I can do to celebrate. I’m a bit of a chicken.

Oh, just so you know… today is the last day to enter my Spooktacular giveaway for a book of choice ($12 USD and under)! It ends at midnight, and you know you want to win! The link is in my sidebar.

So, what are you planning to do to celebrate? Reading any scary books? What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Happy 4th of July!

Posted July 4, 2013 by Jana in Personal / 1 Comment


If you live in the USA, happy birthday! I hope you’re spending your day reading, eating strawberries, watching fireworks, and enjoying time with your family! I’ll be back soon with more bookish shenanigans!

What are you reading right now?
Any upcoming releases this month you’re dying to get your hands on?

Happy 2013 from That Artsy Reader Girl

Posted January 1, 2013 by Jana in Personal / 2 Comments


Happy new year to you, my dear friends! Thank you for all the support in 2012, during my blog’s first year. I have enjoyed getting to know all of you, making new friends, discussing books with you, and following all the wonderful book tours and events we participated in. I’m hopeful that 2013 will be even better. :) There are lots of fun things in store for you here at the blog, and I can’t wait to dive in to all the excitement of great books with you this year!


  • Check out all the challenges I’ll be participating in this year. Will I see you there? Let me know in the comments!
  • Also, skim through my best of 2012, and my goals for the coming year.


I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s, and wish you all the best 2013 has to offer!

My Condolences

Posted December 14, 2012 by Jana in Personal / 1 Comment

I’m taking a moment to interrupt my Christmas event and express my deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut a few hours ago. 18 precious children, between the ages of 5 and 10, and 8 school personnel died in this tragic mass-shooting, and my heart is broken.

As many of you know, I spent several years working in an elementary school teaching children how to read and write. As I read about the shooting, I thought of my sweet students with so much life left to live. My mom works in a school, and my younger sister is in college to be a preschool teacher. This is a very personal story for me and my family, and I only can only express my deepest sympathies to the victims, families, students, and teachers. I know nothing can be said or done to alleviate the pain they are going through, but I certainly hope that peace will fall over all affected.

Happy 4th of July!

Posted July 4, 2012 by Jana in Personal / 4 Comments


To all my readers from the USA, happy 4th! I really love the 4th of July because of what it represents: our freedom. I’m free to worship the way I want, read what I want, and voice my opinions. I live in an awesome country.

I’m going to a Beach Boys concert tonight, followed by a spectacular fireworks display, which I can’t wait for. I’m also going to have a delish dinner from one of the best local Mexican grills. It’s going to be a wonderful day, and I hope yours will be too. Be safe in all your activities, and eat lots of food! Oh, and don’t burn your state down. We’ve been hit by a lot of fires over here in the West lately, so please be careful!(

So, what are you doing today? :)