Bookish in the ‘Burgh

My initial plan was to have a Flirtation Friday recommendation for you but that didn’t happen because of time. I decided that I will create a blog for you on Saturday on three sexy men in suits. However, I couldn’t connect to the internet. So today, I have something better for you…

On this beautiful Spring morning, I took my niece Julianna and her friend Hannah to Bookish in the ‘Burgh. It is the first book festival in Pittsburgh for teenagers. It was so much fun and what a rush!


Julianna and Hannah

There were a list of events, but we only attended one; Squad Goals: A Conversation with Morgan Matson. Guess who asked her questions?? The one and only Rachael Lippincott, the author of Five Feet Apart. 


Racheal asking Morgan a list of fun questions about her new book- Save the Date 

This event only lasted an hour. They discussed many different topics; what they both studied in college before becoming authors, Morgan’s first 700 page draft of Save the Date (and her second 720 page draft), and Rachael writing Five Feet Apart. I could have listened to them talk all day.

The best part is when we were able to go buy Bookish in the ‘Burgh merchandise and books! And of course meet the authors!! What an adrenaline rush! Especially for me. These were the first two authors that I have ever met since starting my Book Adventure!


Waiting in line to meet Rachael and Morgan.


These ladies were so sweet!


As a total Book Nerd.. I was so happy to meet these two! So of course, I had to take a selfie with them!


Thank you to these amazing authors who created and wrote beautiful books. This day was so much fun!

If you haven’t already, go check out Morgan Matson’s new book Save the Date. As she was discussing it at the festival, I couldn’t wait to run and buy a copy. Especially because it is about a wedding weekend and I am getting married in less than four months. I added the synopsis down below and it sounds like such a fun read!


Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future. 

If you haven’t already seen the trailer for Five Feet Apart, check it out and the book that is written by Rachael Lippincott. Plus, I can’t get over how beautiful the cover is. Don’t forget the tissues!


Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Overall, it was such an enjoyable event. Yes, it’s an event for teenagers but I am 33 years old and still had a pleasant time. I can’t wait till next year.


Tomorrow, I will post a blog/review for The Story of Home by Krista Sandor. It releases tomorrow!

Have a great Sunday friends!





2 thoughts on “Bookish in the ‘Burgh

  1. I’m so glad you went to the book event and had such a great time! I enjoyed reading about it. Looks like Juls and Hannah enjoyed it too!


    1. Thank you Sarah! It was so much fun!


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