This past Saturday, the 15th I went to the Boston Book Festival, and it was so much fun.  It was also the first book festival that I ever attended and it definitely will not be the last.  I’m already looking forward to the 2017 festival.  I went to two keynotes, the first was the YA Keynote with Kami Garcia and was hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, it was very nice to meet one of my favorite BookTubers.  Kami Garcia had a lot of really good advice about life and writing, in general, one of the things that have really stuck with me is how she said something along the lines of  it doesn’t matter what you write, you are still a writer.  As a blogger, I never really considered myself a writer and hearing her say that, made me realize, that I am in fact a writer. She was also signing her newest book The Lovely Reckless, seeing as how I am on a book buying ban, I did not purchase the book to get it signed.

The other keynote that I went to was Turning Classics Inside Out which was hosted by Henriette Lazaridis and featured the authors Alison Case author of Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights, Kat Howard author of Roses and Rot, which is a retelling of Tam Lin, and Elizabeth Nunez author of Even In Paradise, a retelling of King Lear by William Shakespeare.  In one of my college classes I had read the original Wuthering Heights, and I didn’t realize this until Alison Case mentioned it, but, some of the characters have names that start with the same letter, which makes it easy to mix the characters up.  She had this very good piece of advice if you are writing a novel, don’t make the names of your characters start with the same letter.  Kat Howard asked the audience if we were familiar with Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and the majority raised their hands, she had a very good reason for doing this.  If you have read Grimm’s, you know that fairy tales have an ugly side to them, but they are also about changing.  Elizabeth Nunez told the audience that the entire premise of King Lear is told in Act I Scene I.  This keynote was really interesting and had a more academic feel to it.  However, I definitely want to read the retellings, along with the originals.

While I didn’t buy any books, I didn’t leave empty handed.  I picked up some Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them swag, a free poster and a very well written poem written by Allison Adair.  I also ventured to the Boston Public Library to check out the Shakespeare Unauthorized exhibit which was unbelievable.  Below you will find some pictures from the Shakespeare exhibit.


Also, don’t forget to ask me questions by Saturday at 8pm EST.


No, I am not a lifestyle blogger, and this isn’t a lifestyle blog. However, I do enjoy writing a favorites/essentials post every once in a while. I have nothing against lifestyle blogs, lifestyle blogging isn’t for me. Without further ado here are my fall favorites:

Reading- There is nothing better than cozying up with a good book in the fall, or an entire list of  books.

Baseball- If I could watch baseball all year, I would, it’s definitely my favorite sport to watch. I love watching baseball in the spring and summer, but there’s just more excitement in the fall because of the post season.

Tea- Some of my favorites are Pumpkin Chai, and Honeycrisp Apple from David’s tea and Teavana’s Rooibos Chai is always a staple.

Leggings/yoga pants/skinny jeans- These are definite fall staples, all three can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

Sweaters and hoodies- there is nothing better than a cozy sweater or sweatshirt

Footwear- Due to where I live, there are times when I can still wear flip flops late into October, but when it is time for the flip flops to be put away, I turn to my Chuck Taylor’s, Uggs and Beans (those are the classic LL Bean Bean Boots for non-New Englanders).

Flannels- The ultimate fall wardrobe staple

Pumpkin- Like I mentioned above, I love pumpkin tea, pumpkin spice scented oil, and I recently made Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yoghurt and it is delicious. You can find the recipe below.

To make the frozen yoghurt I used the following recipe from the Cuisinart Recipe Booklet:
Simple Vanilla Ice Cream
*1 cup whole milk- I used Fairlife 2% lactose-free milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch salt
*2 cups heavy cream- I used 2 cups of Chobani Plain Vanilla Greek Yoghurt
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

For the pumpkin, I used one can of pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin pie spice. You don’t have to use a full can, you can use as much or as little as you like.

1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed or whisk to combine the milk, sugar, and salt until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the yoghurt and vanilla, pumpkin pie filling and pumpkin pie spice. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.

2. Turn on the Cuisinart® ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Sweater Weather Tag

I’ve seen this on youtube a bunch of times, and while I do have a youtube channel (I’ve been neglecting it)  I thought it would be fun to do it in a blog post.

!. Favorite candle scent?

I don’t do candles, however I do have an oil burner and my favorite scent for the fall is spiced pumpkin from Yankee Candle!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Definitely tea and hot chocolate.  In the fall I love spicy chai type teas, right now I’m drinking and loving Pumpkin Chai from David’s Tea.

3. What’s the best fall memory you have?

Going to the apple orchard with my YiaYia (grandmother in Greek) to buy apples, apple cider donuts and apple cider.  We would buy a bunch of apples to make apple pie and homemade apple sauce.

4. What’s your favorite book you’re reading (or have read) this fall?

Right now I’m reading Pedro by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman.  I’m really loving it!

5. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?


6. Best fragrance for fall?

I don’t wear any fragrance.

7. Favorite Thanksgiving food?

I’m gonna go with a desert on this one and I have to say apple pie and pumpkin pie.

8. What is autumn weather like where you live?

Weird, I live in New England where the weather is extremely bipolar.

9. Most worn sweater?

Probably my navy blue old navy kids uniform v-neck sweater.

10. Must-have nail polish this fall?

A classic red, and a navy blue.

11. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?


12. Skinny jeans or leggings?


13. What is something that nobody knows about you?

I never do my hair, I’m fortunate to have wash and go hair.  I just put some product in it and go.

14. Combat boots or Uggs?

Definitely Uggs, they’re warm and cozy.

15. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Yes, I love pumpkin spice.

16. Favorite fall TV show?

I have too many favorites!

17. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Probably something by Lana Del Rey, her music is a little dark and moody.