Love List: 15 Things I’m Obsessed With On The Internet Right Now

The internet is a wonderful place (most of the time). So wonderful that I admittedly tend to spend a lot — okay, too much — of my time here.

Between the numerous blogs I read, podcasts I binge-listen and newsletters I love, there’s always something creative, insightful and entertaining to consume. 

SO. MUCH. CONTENT.

And lately, there’s been a lot of good stuff I want to talk about and share — of course, I do that on the daily on Twitter and Instagram stories, but every once in awhile, I’ll pop in here with a little love list — a roundup of all the Internet-y things making me smile or think.

Here are 15 things I’m obsessed with on the internet right now. 

Podcasts I can’t stop listening to

Even though I shared 50+ podcasts I listen to back in the summer, somehow since then I’ve managed to stumble upon a whole bunch more I adore. I’d even venture to say a few of these have become absolute must-listens in my weekly rotation.

Why’d You Push That Button?

Why’d You Push That Button? “asks the hard, weird, occasionally dumb questions about how your tiny tech decisions impact your social life.” Hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany (from The Verge) must be inside my mind because they dive into seemingly weird topics I’ve definitely thought about before like why we watch our own Instagram stories (guilty!) and why we save text threads

Whine With Kelly

Do you love to complain about everything? Me too, and that’s why this podcast’s tagline (and name) had me from the start. Can host Kelly Keegs be my new BFF? Please, and thank you.

Forkin’ Bullshirt: The Good Place Podcast

So I’ve recently become totally obsessed with the show The Good Place — if you haven’t seen it, season one is on Netflix and you should stop reading this blog post to start watching it right this minute. This podcast dives DEEP into each episode (I mean, a 90-minute pod for a 22-minute episode?) and I love every moment of analysis and theories about the show.

Wine & Spirits with Monica the Medium

Grab a box of tissues — no joke. You may recognize Monica the Medium from her show on Freeform a few years ago, and now she’s back with a podcast where she does live mini-readings for people looking to connect with their lost loved ones. I pretty much cry my way through every episode.

The Morning Breath

This is the morning show we truly deserve. If you start listening or watching the livestream, you’ll pick up a whole new vocabulary AND be up-to-date on all the latest entertainment news and gossip. This show, brought to you by the Oshry sisters, delivers “the fast five stories you need to know before you wake up and smell your own morning breath.” 

Email newsletters I actually want to open

After my annual new year’s purge of my digital subscriptions (ah, a clean inbox is a happy inbox), I’ve cleared some space for these daily/weekly newsletters I’m actually excited to open. 

Girls’ Night In

Delivered each Friday, the Girls’ Night In newsletter is filled with “all the best reads and self-care recommendations for your night in.” I usually find at least one or two awesome long reads to keep me busy, and I also discovered the Why’d You Push That Button podcast (see above!) from this email.

theSkimm

Well, duh. If you’re not already reading the Skimm, you’re missing out, and where have you been? I don’t get out of bed in the morning until I’ve read my daily Skimm, so I can be up-to-date on the latest news.

Internet Brunch

If you love the internet too, this newsletter is for you. Compiled by Big Spaceship, Internet Brunch is filled with “the best stuff on the Internet.” This email hits my inbox around noon, and often provides at least one or two posts I click for my lunchtime reading.

Muck Rack Daily

*Bias alert!* Muck Rack is a client, but I’m not involved in the writing of the Muck Rack Daily, so I’m allowed to count it among my favorites. The Daily is a digest of journalism on Twitter, so you can see which news stories are trending on social media. If you’re a journalist or PR pro, this one’s a must-read.

Apps

I try to be a minimalist when it comes to apps on my phone (forever running out of storage!) but these three apps have proven quite handy.

Reddit

I am so late to the Reddit game. For years, I knew it existed, but I didn’t understand this strange-to-me internet subculture. Until my boyfriend really explained it to me and I discovered subreddits devoted to fan discussion around some of my favorite guilty pleasure TV shows — now, I’m hooked. 

Bumble BFF

Hey! Bumble found me a man, why can’t it find me a new BFF? One of my goals in 2018 is to make new friends, so I’m using this app to try to meet women in the Philly area who love wine, brunch and The Bachelor as much as me.

Preview

If you’re looking to up your Instagram game, this free planner app is a must, and lets you arrange your feed so that it has that perfect aesthetic you’re looking for before you hit publish.

Pins I did

Every Sunday, I get positively LOST down the Pinterest rabbit hole. Since moving into my apartment last year, and discovering my love for cooking, I’m obsessed with meal planning and trying out new Pinterest recipes. Here are some of my favorites, as of late.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

My sister shared this recipe with me when I got my first crockpot, and let me tell you, it does not disappoint (it’s now my go-to for when I need to bring food somewhere). I usually add a jalapeño pepper to spice it up a bit.

Sweet Sriracha Chicken Breasts

Sweet and spicy, my absolute favorite combination! The sauce perfectly bakes into the chicken in this recipe without drying it out.

One Pan Potatoes, Sausage and Peppers

This has become one of me and Tim’s most-cooked meals. I use apple sausages my parents pick up for me when they visit the Poconos, so the sausage slightly differs from this recipe, but the same idea applies. Delicious.

What are you loving on the internet lately? Leave me your favorite pods, pins and posts in the comments below!

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20 Books I Want To Read This Year: A Peek Inside My Ever-Growing TBR List

Fun fact: Seven years ago, this very website used to be a book review blog.

I diligently read and reviewed books, in total, reviewing more than 150 books throughout my tenure as a book blogger. 

Back then, I read all the time. I commuted to college, so I read on the train to and from school. I read in between classes. I read during lunch at my internships. I read before bed (the days before endlessly scrolling through Instagram before falling asleep).

And now, reading is something that pretty much exclusively happens when I’m on vacation. 

Though it shouldn’t be. And thus why I’ve made it one of my 2018 goals to read at least 12 books this year.

I’m participating in the Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge to hold myself accountable (If you don’t have a Goodreads account, I highly recommend creating one to track your reading and the books you want to read in the future!)

From beach reads to historical fiction, take a peek inside my TBR (to-be-read) list. These 20 books are at the top of my reading list this year.

Take a peek inside my ever-growing TBR list. From beach reads to historical fiction, here are 20 recommended books to read in 2018.

Fiction everyone’s buzzing about

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This book appeared on almost every “favorite books of 2017” post I read from bloggers I love and admire, so it got added to the list, no question. 

The Paris Effect by K.S.R. Burns: I love books that transport me to a new place, so this title immediately caught my attention. Then when I read the description of a woman grieving the loss of her best friend, but still taking the dream trip to Paris they’d always planned, I knew this book was a must-read for me.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: This is another book that landed on lots of best books lists, including my friend and fellow blogger Stephany whose opinion on books I trust wholeheartedly. 

Beach reads

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (Out June 5, 2018): Remember The Devil Wears Prada? YESSSSSSS, Lauren Weisberger has a new book coming out in 2018, and it features Emily Charlton who you may remember was the first assistant of Miranda Priestly in Devil. I love spinoffs!

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: A girlfriend travels to Singapore to visit her boyfriend’s family…only she has no clue they are SUPER rich. My friend Emily from Her Philly recommended this read, and I think it may be the perfect beach read for my upcoming vacation!

It Happens in the Hamptons by Holly Peterson: I’m a sucker for a “fish out of water” story where someone finds themselves in a place they don’t really belong and how they adjust and cope. That’s exactly how this sounds.

Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave: A culinary star’s deep, dark secrets are exposed when she’s hacked — and she loses everything. Color me intrigued.

According to a Source by Abby Stern: I’m a little (OK, a lot) celebrity-gossip obsessed, so this title appealed to me right away. Plus, it has a bit of a Devil Wears Prada vibe, and I am definitely into that (as evidenced by the above!).

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner (Out April 24, 2018): A young widow is met with a surprise visitor in a quiet beach town? Count me in. From the description, this book seems to be part mystery/part romance and that I can definitely get behind.

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (Out February 13, 2018): I find myself going back again and again to the authors I loved when I was a teenager (Hello Sophie and Shopaholic!) so this was a no-brainer to add to my list. Plus, the plot is just too cute — a husband and wife find out how much longer they have left to live and be together, so they set out to add some surprise and zest to their relationship.

Mysterious Reads

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins: I’ll admit, I didn’t make it all the way through Hawkins’ Girl on the Train (though I did see the movie), but I’m pumped about her newest novel, and it was ranked the #1 book of 2017 on Goodreads Mystery & Thriller list.

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin: I don’t know where I discovered this book, but I apparently took a screenshot of it last month on my phone and added it to my TBR list! This book is described as very dark — let’s see!

Memoirs

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton: Well, this is a no-brainer. I’ve only heard good things about this book, and now that we’re a year out from the election, I’m ready to read what went down behind the scenes. 

This is Really Happening by Erin Chack: Essays by a writer at Buzzfeed? Yes, please. Plus, this title also made a popular Goodreads list and has some excellent reviews about the book being both hilarious and heartwarming.

Voice Lessons by Cara Mentzel: As a self-proclaimed Broadway lover, I can’t believe I didn’t know this book was published. Written by Idina Menzel’s  sister (yes, different last name spellings) and described as a real-life “Anna and Elsa” story, this book explores the dynamic between sisters.  

The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell: Ever hear that Denmark is home to the happiest people in the world? Author Helen Russell set out to find out if this is true — and what we can learn from the Danish. I am all about this book!

Young Adult Reads

By Your Side by Kasie West: A high school student locked in the school library for a weekend with the town’s notorious bad boy? I absolutely adore books that take place over the course of a day or a few days, so I know I’m going to be into this one.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando: Ah, take me back to the summer before college — the anticipation of discovering your new roomie! I love books written primarily through email and other forms of communication, and to make this book even better, it’s written by two different authors, playing the role of the two roommates. 

Historical Fiction

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter: I am not normally into historical fiction, but the reviews praising this book are so intense, I had to add it to my list!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkins: I saw this book on so many lists for favorite books of 2017, and I’ve always enjoyed Reid Jenkins as an author. This one makes the list!

For more books on my to-be-read list, check out my Goodreads shelf…there are nearly 300 books on my list! 

Help me add to this list! What books are on your 2018 TBR list? Share in the comments below.

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