Welcome To Summer – 2017 Edition

Dear Hardback Hollowers,

Ah, a new summer, a new season of reading. Welcome to summer and let’s enjoy! I hope you find yourself loving this summer’s books as much as I will, and that you are thankful for this time off. I certainly am; not that I don’t love academics, but everyone needs a reprieve. This summer has already started off wonderfully. I have a stack of 18 books waiting by my desk to be read, and I’ve already finished one tonight (so make that 17). Maybe this stack will last me a week.

When I’m not reading, I will be learning French, Italian, and Hindi, while brushing up on my Spanish. I’ll also be painting, sketching, running, working on strength, reading, reading, reading, (*eh hem*), and… drum roll please… taking a trip to FRANCE, ENGLAND, and IRELAND. And what will I be doing there, you might be wondering? Well, when I’m not taking classes at Oxford and walking through Paris, I’ll be reading more books. Suprising, no?

If anyone has any recommendations for stops on my European tour, please let me know! And as always, I’m eager to hear your book recommendations and comments. I hope you all have a fantastic summer!

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake


There’s a New Countdown in Town

That’s right. Now that the Always and Forever Lara Jean countdown has passed, it’s time for another to take it’s place. The chosen book for this honor is…. (drum roll please)

Sarah J. Mass’ untitled 7th book of the Throne Of Glass series expected May 2018!

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(This image belongs to http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590260-untitled)

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

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)


December Has Come!

(I know this post is a little late… About 15 days too late, but it’s here!)

Welcome to December! My favorite month! It’s busy, but also carries a sense of winding down. Christmas cookies, egg nog, peppermint, the Nutcracker, snow, Christmas trees, Christmas itself, and New Year’s Eve (some of my favorite things). For me, all of these things bring calm, soothing, and slow thoughts that say “hey, let’s take a deep breath (and drink some egg nog). I’ve come this far. It was a great year! Chill, read some books, and listen to Antonín Dvorák!”. On the other hand, with December comes shopping for gifts, studying for midterms *eesh*, and preparing for the new year. This month is both an ending and an anticipation. A reprieve and a time to hustle.

With this being said, Winter Break is approaching! What does this mean? Well, sleep first of all. Lots of it. But most importantly (and relevant), BOOKS! I promise there will be a gazillion posts coming soon, all about my last reads of the year. Thank you for the patience!

With Smiles and Christmas Cheer,

Ivy B. Lake

Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?

These are some very interesting answers to this famously-unanswerable riddle.

“Because both can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and are nevar put with the wrong end in front!”

“Both have quills dipped in ink.”

“Because a writing desk is a rest for pens and a raven is a pest for wrens.”

“Poe wrote on both.”

“Because one is good for writing books and the other is good for biting rooks.”

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake


New Additions to the Hardback Hollow

All new!

I’ve added Author Tags and Catagories! Woo! By clicking on an Author Tag you’ll be directed to every post ever made about the books by that author! Also, every post falls under a catagory now! (“Book Review”, “Character Quote”, “Currently Reading”, “Dream Cast”, “Fangirling”, “Personality Quiz”, or “Random”). This organization makes me happy 😀

Author Tags and Catagories are columned on the right hand side of the site, and if you’re on a mobile device they’ll be at the bottom.

Have fun!

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Ivy League for Ivy

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Pennsylvania, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Brown. Often recognized as 8 of the most elite and prestigious universities in America, these schools are the places I most consider. After all, they’re called the Ivy League Schools for a reason. Harvard holds a special place in my heart ever since I toured it last year, but I’m open to all of them.

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(These images belong to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivy_League)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

P.S.- Harvard has the largest academic library in the world!

City of Bones

I tried. I really did. I made an honest effort to finish this book for the second time and continue with the series but I just couldn’t. It’s really just not my type of reading and to force myself through every single book in the Mortal Instruments would have been pretty close to torture. Sooo, sorry Cassandra Clare, you did GREAT with the Infernal Devices but not so much with this series in my opinion. Still love ya.

So since I really didn’t love this book I won’t be writing a review for it. I mean, if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all, right? Yeah. I’m sorry if this sounds sort of harsh, but I’m always honest about books.

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake


Kiera Cass’ Blog

Though it’s been said many times, I’ll say it again, The Selection Series is my favorite collection of books in the entire universe. The author of these magnificent novels is Kiera Cass and she has a blog too. So yeah, just throwing that out there because she’s amazing. Here it is: http://www.kieracass.com/

P.S.- She is the creator of Prince Maxon Calix Shreave so we all owe her undying gratitude

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake