Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

Why I hate real people on book covers

I’m sure most readers have opinions about the appearance of the books they read. Some people complain about cover designs, quotes on the covers, those “permanent” stickers.

I have forceful opinions about beautiful titles, but I also feel strongly about something else: Photos of real people on book covers.

I will elaborate…

When I read a book that I love, it’s almost as if I’m seeing a movie in my mind. When the characters are speaking to each other, running for their lives, laughing, etc., I see it…

Why I hate real people on book covers @ Chocolate and Chapters

I love that while the same characters are described in books, the characters see are probably different than the characters you see. Even if we’re reading the exact same book.

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5 of My Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging

I have read so many good books lately. Of course, I’ve read some ehh or pure awful books, too. But the good ones have been really good. Here are some of them, for your TBR-adding pleasure!


5 of My Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging


1. The Last to See Me by M. Dressler

My Top 5 Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging @ Chocolate and Chapters

Ahh, this book was so good. It’s a story of a haunted house, but from the viewpoint of the ghost herself. So different and so interesting. And perfect for Halloween. Read it, I’m telling you!

Read my full review here.

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Personal thoughts · sunday post

The Sunday Post – September 10

The Sunday Post - September 10 @ Chocolate and Chapters

Happy Sunday, everyone! 

I’m merging “The Sunday Post,” hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer and “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” hosted by Book Date. Because I do what I want.

These handy little posts are a place to share what you’ve been reading and what’s coming up next. And to add books to your own TBR pile, of course!


First of all, in my real life… 

1. In the biggest news right now… Hurricane Irma is coming.

I am usually the person who sits back when natural disasters are forecasted, thinking, “Why is everyone freaking out…?” But I am not happy about this hurricane at all. They’re saying it’s the strongest hurricane in recorded history (which is insane) and it’s leaving “unprecedented” destruction behind. Ugh. It looks like it might be passing by us in Eastern North Carolina.

My thoughts are with those who are being affected. 😦


I recently binge-watched “The OA” on Netflix. It was really good, but I have so many questions??? And I have a feeling that my questions won’t be answered, even if there’s another season. Like, what was the deal with needing to leave the front doors open?

It was very interesting and good, though. Don’t let my confusion scare you away.


3. I often tag the authors and publishers of the books I post on Instagram. It’s always so cool when they see it and comment! 😀

i shallif the creek

4. This is teeny tiny potatoes for some (most?) of you, but I reached 100 followers on my blog last week! So 100+ people get an email every time I hit Publish. That’s an awesome feeling. Thank you to everyone who visits, comments, and remembers me enough to come back. You are majorly appreciated, my homies.

i love you


Onto the books!


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Book review

The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey book review

The Saturday Evening Girls Club: A NovelThe Saturday Evening Girls Club: A Novel by Jane Healey

My rating: 2 of 5 stars ★★
Genre: Historical
Source: Purchased, received in Once Upon a Book Club box

Caprice is the daughter of Italian immigrants who dreams of opening her own hat shop. She attends the Saturday Evening Girls Club with three of her best friends, all of whom also come from immigrant families. As the four girls try to make their way and discover who they are in an ever-changing America, they find that the tradition of their families is difficult to escape. They navigate love, education, family, and dreams, all while attending the Club and supporting each other through it all.

Sigh. This book is essentially the less-good version of what you’d get if you took a huge pot and mixed together the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the book The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

And if you’re like me, naming those two (My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) as “similar” might give you hope. But unfortunately, this book is missing all of the fun and relatability of those two stories. It’s actually quite dull.

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book box subscription review

Wonder Woman! – LitJoy box subscription review – August 2017

I have been excited for this box since they first announced it a few months ago. I mean, the book is basically a retelling of Wonder Woman. And then items to go with it? Count me in. 

Wonder Woman! - LitJoy box subscription review - August 2017 @ Chocolate and Chapters

Here is what the August 2017 LitJoy book box contained!

(Click away if you don’t want to see spoilers for the August box!)

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Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

Unpopular Opinions I Have About 5 Popular Books

I think there’s an unspoken idea in book blogging that if you really don’t like a popular book, you usually keep those feelings to yourself. (I know you all don’t do this, but bear with me here.)

We don’t want to be that person. We don’t want to complain about someone’s favorite book, resulting in that particular person (or many persons) huffily clicking away from your blog and never returning. As bloggers who want people to read our blogs. We want readers to stick around.

But since you’re here and this was kind of a prompt on Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going for it.

So this is…


Unpopular Opinions I Have About 5 Popular Books

Stick around, will ya?


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September 2017 New Release giveaway Hop

September 2017 New Release giveaway Hop @ Chocolate and Chapters

I will be giving away any September 2017 new release of your choice, up to $17 shipped. The giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships there free of charge (find that out here).

If you prefer, I can send a Kindle edition via Amazon gift. (Please note: You may only choose ONE of these options!)

The giveaway will close on September 30!

Previous Winner(s)
August winner:
Sinna from Finland
chose “Spellbook of The Lost and Found”

Here are the amazing options:


Click the link right below to take you to the giveaway!

Rafflecopter September 2017 new release giveaway

Make sure to hop on over to the other August giveaways! (Button below)

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