9 Authors And/Or Books I’ve Struggled To Get Into:

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9 Authors And/Or Books I’ve Struggled To Get Into: (Note: All works listed below were marketed for adult readers as opposed to the YA market.)   Years ago, I had a teacher, one of my favorite English teachers ever actually, who said that she gave a book fifty pages before she decided to continue or […]

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Books I Surprisingly Never Read Before: The Hunger Games

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I’ve never read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, that is until last weekend. When the original Hunger Games mania took over, I dodged reading the dystopian series. Even my younger brother’s obsession could not coax me to pick up the book. Recently though, the students at the school I work in started reading The […]

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1 Year Anniversary for Paperback Beaches: Party Time!

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Today is a special day on Paperback Beaches. It’s officially the one year anniversary of Paperback Beaches. Ok, at least for the domain name. So I might be off a day or two when I was originally setting up. For the one year anniversary, I’m going to take a look back at the last year […]

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Books I Read This Month: March/April 2018

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As an avid Star Wars fan, I could not pass the opportunity to start this article off with a gif: Secondly, I’m digging the weather outside except for the fact where I lived it kind of skipped spring and went straight to summer. Spring/summer has been a long time coming weather wise. If you recall […]

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Down a Dark Hall


boarding schools, book reviews, down a dark hall, ghosts, gothic fiction, kathryn gordon, lois duncan, spookathon, supernatural, suspense thriller, teen

Last on my Spookathon reading list was Lois Duncan’s Down a Dark Hall. This novel is a supernatural. suspense thriller and Duncan’s only work of Gothic fiction. By the time I started reading Down a Dark Hall, I was already about a week over the Spookathon (October 17-23). Eh, I’ve been a busy gal. *shrugs […]

November 24, 2017

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova


anna akmatova, bolshevik revolution, book reviews, poet, poetry, russia, russian poetry, the october revolution, world war I

  While I was composing this post, I happened to have some free time and discovered a newspaper article reminding me October marked the 100th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution, otherwise known as the Bolshevik Revolution. The Russian October Revolution emerged when an alliance of far-left political parties led by the Bolsheviks overthrew the […]

November 20, 2017

The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career Book Review


Alexandra Cavoulacos, books about finding jobs, Kathryn Minshew, the new rules of work: the modern playbook for navigating your career, TheMuse.com

Lately, I’ve been going through a phrase. Actually, I don’t know if you can call this a “phase,” but I’ve been searching for a new job. So far I’ve applied for quite a few jobs with no luck. Like most people on the job hunt, it seems sometimes it’s like a never ending cycle of […]

November 13, 2017

8 Autobiography/Memoirs I Read in 2017 (By Order that I Read Them)


#Girlboss, bossypants, carrie fisher, creativity inc., ed catmull, i am malala, liz prince, malala yousafazai, marjane satrapi, mindy kaling, sophia amoruso, the princess diarist, tina fey

Last week had me contemplating my life. It seems birthday’s tend to make me very contemplative. One of my main concerns is contemplating where have I been, and where I am going with my life. Now that I finished writing some of the lyrics of “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” from Evita, all of my […]

November 11, 2017

Don’t Forget to Follow: An Obvious Plug for All My Social Media Accounts


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Taking a break from our regular schedule book shenanigans, I’m going to take a moment to plug all of my social media outlets just in case you forgot. I would greatly appreciate if you can follow at least one of them! Thanks! Twitter-@CourtVansBooks -my bad sense of humor-a lot of me hashtaging Pinterest-/paperbackbeaches -articles-Inspirational quotes-Questioning […]

November 9, 2017

My (Not So) Scary Reading List


articles, Coraline, cornelia funke, eva ibbotson, ghost knight, graveyard book, halloween, Neil Gaiman, pride and prejudice and zombies

For the last few weeks, I’ve been psyching up for Halloween. However, this is the first year where my Halloween spirit is sinking into the books I’ve been currently reading. I just finished Dawn of the Dreadfuls by today as matter of fact. Even a few bloggers I follow have suggested some awesome Halloween-centric reads. The […]

October 30, 2017