When you’re home sick, there’s only one thing to do. Go to your bookshelf and pick  out those feel-good books.

Well I had the flu this past week, and among the books that I read was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (…again). 

After now reading it for a total of 4 times, I really truly love it. It might just be one of my favorite books of all time. It’s short, unbelievably sweet, and insanely romantic. It’s just such a good love story; one that makes you sort of tear up every time you get to the last page. 

So thank you Rainbow Rowell, for writing this spectacular book that I’ll never get tired of and that made the flu seem less terrible.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Too Late

As you already know, I started Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard and had some trouble finishing it because of… Well, boredom.

I hate to say it, but I really didn’t find myself interested in the book’s story. The concept introduced in Red Queen was intriguing, but it seems to have lost its flare. I regretfully put it off so much that my renewal period ended with the library. Thus, it had to be returned. Am I distraught? No. But I do wish I had finished it, if only to have found out the ending.

Maybe one day when I have loads of time I’ll try it again, but for now I’m saying goodbye to Glass Sword. 

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

I’m reading so many things at once!

Another book I’m starting is Othello by William Shakespeare. I have to read it for school anyway, so why not get a head start over Winter Break?

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With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Currently Reading

I saw someone review this book and I had to find it right away. Only 50 pages in, I’m already entranced by the moving stories in this novel. Angels on Earth by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski is my next book.

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With Smiles,
Ivy B. Lake

P.S.- I finished Fangirl, but there won’t be a repeat review 🙂

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

Happy New Year!

What a relief! After a long year, we’re here! 2017…

So, naturally I have some ‘New Years Resolutions’. Here they are:

  • Read More Books! (Specifically some Poe, more Shakespeare, SeabiscutThe Scarlet Letter, and a book by a new favorite author of mine [more info on that coming soon]). Hopefully 2017 will bring 50+ more reviews to the HH!
  • Love more, smile more, be kinder
  • Stand taller in the face of exhaustion
  • Enjoy life

That’s it. Fairly simple, right?

On a more reflective note, the Hardback Hollow has now officially spanned across 2015, 2016, and 2017, and my hope is that it will exist for many more years to come. Not only is the HH a place for book reviews, it’s an outlet for my thoughts that aren’t always spoken. Amid the hectic happenings of every day life, it’s rare to find time to chat about my favorite books, to appreciate characters, and to really consider what a novel means to me. It’s a special sense of bliss that is given when you’re able to put all of that into an archive like this. I may not be able to update as frequently as I want, and there may be some reviews that are shorter than others because of time constraints, but I truly am grateful for the opportunity to have the Hardback Hollow. It lets me open the floodgates to the part of my mind constantly thinking about books, and it allows those thoughts to be heard.

Thank you to the Hardback Hollowers out there who read and support the HH! You’re all fantastic!

With Smiles and Hope,

Ivy B. Lake

P.S.- To anyone who cares to share their New Years Resolutions as well, please do so! (Leave a comment on any post at any time that you’d like)


Meredith and Anna Quote

“Why aren’t the two of you together?”

“We’ve missed our chance.”

“Anna. That is the dumbest I’ve ever heard.”


“But what? You love him, he loves you, and you live in the most romantic city in the world.”

“It’s not that simple.”

“Then let me put it another way. A gorgeous boy in in love with you, and you’re not even gonna try to make it work?”

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake