Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I haven’t done a book review in awhile, but Salt to the Sea deserves one. What follows will be spoiler-free, so fear not, friends, and read on.

salt to the sea

I’ve talked several times on here about why reading is a great pastime, and why you should read more books. But if you only read one book this summer, it should be this one. And should you survive the journey, there are always other books to continue on with.

6 Ways Reading Fiction Will Inspire You to Live Bigger

In this culture, we’re okay with living small. We don’t like risks—especially if those risks may end up costing or hurting us. It’s scary to step out too far, so we rarely do. Living small is comfortable.


It’s difficult to break out of the mediocrity of small living: the comfort zone. Yet deep down, we long for more. For adventure. We thirst for a bigger purpose, and so we turn to stories.

7 Books to Put on Your Reading List in 2017

“Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction.” That’s how author David L. Ulin put it, and I quite agree. In our culture, distractions hold a tyrannical reign, and unless we learn to resist them, they will devour our time.


There’s something special about reading—something you can’t achieve by watching a movie or listening to an audiobook. Reading a magic all its own. It draws your mind to focus; challenges your imagination to spin into gear. If you aren’t making time to read, you’re missing a lot of extraordinary benefits.

5 Must-Read Books for Your Summer Reading List

Books are soul-food. Life to the creative spirit. If you want to be inspired daily, reading is a good habit to develop. And what better way to spend hot, summer weekends than by the side of the pool with a good book?

must read books

We live in an era of distraction where time for reading seems scarce. We’re busy and our focus is drawn elsewhere. But the truth is, if you have time to scroll through your Facebook feed, you have time to read a chapter of a book. Maybe even two. So what are you waiting for? Now’s a good time to start building your summer reading list, and I’ve got a few must-read suggestions to get you started!

4 Relationship Myths YA Has Taught Girls to Believe

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of romance stories—especially YA. Even as a teenager, I rarely took pleasure in excessive shipping and romantic subplots. Sure, thoughts of cute boys and relationships were attractive and all, but I couldn’t help feeling something was missing.


As I grew up, watched friends start dating, and eventually met my own boyfriend, I realized what it was—that void: truth; realism. Almost every YA novel I’d read had set me up with completely false expectations for what a relationship was really like.

The #1 Book You Need to Read Before Graduating College

What are you going to do?

If you’re a college student, that question is probably as familiar to you as the air you breathe. Even if you’re still in high school, you’ve likely heard the same thing. What direction are you going to take your life?

The Art of Work Review

Maybe you’ve got a clear vision of what you want out of life. But maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re a sophomore or junior and nothing is looking like you hoped it would. Maybe you have no clue what you want for a career, but regardless of what boat you find yourself in, I have something to share with you that will change your life.