Giveaway on My Bookstagram!

**CLOSED*** I have officially reached 500 followers on my bookstagram, @samsaraparchment, and I am so, so, so excited! Bookstagram is honestly a wonderful community, I’ve met so many amazing people there, and made some awesome friends! I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of my […]

Ridiculous Questions People Ask Writers

Being a writer is kind of like being a unicorn—no one really knows what it’s like and a lot of people don’t even think you’re real. On the upside, you are magical, and now and then, you find the select few people—the really amazing ones—who actually believe in you. But along the way, you do […]

10 Common Stereotypes About Bookworms (& Which Ones Actually Apply to Me???)

Find a group of people with something in common, and you will find stereotypes about that group of people. It never fails. There are stereotypes about cheerleaders, stereotypes about bikers, stereotypes about stay-at-home moms. It doesn’t matter the group, there will be people assuming things about that group, and us bookworms are not exempt. There’s […]

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Hey, bookwormies! So I usually post once a day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and rest assured this is a book and writing blog (mostly), but I wanted to go ahead and address something major happening in my state and nation over the past few days. As some of y’all know, I’m currently located in […]

Get to Know Me Tag

So, it’s been a couple of months now that I’ve had my site up and running, and I post a lot about books and writing (which, to be fair, are very much a part of me), but one thing I don’t post about quite as often is myself. Since I am the one writing the […]

How to Read More While Traveling

I’ve been thinking a lot about traveling lately. I traveled to Austin last month, and I’ve been tossing around the idea of a longer trip later this year. I love to travel and explore and of course, a vacation is always nice—who doesn’t want to get away now and then? But one of the drawbacks […]

3 Easy Reading Snack Recipes

Let’s all just agree on something right here and now: reading. Snacks. Are. AWESOME. There are few things better than snuggling in with a good book, a super cozy blanket, and a delicious SNACK. The only thing that could make it better is if you also toss in an iced coffee. Or, you know, whatever […]

Book People in Austin, TX

This past weekend, my husband and I celebrated five years of marriage (five!) by taking a little weekend trip to Austin, Texas. Despite having lived in Texas for (almost) three years, it was our first time visiting the capital city. We had a great time visiting the Capitol Building, walking around downtown to check out […]

Samsara & Bodhisattva

 In Buddhism, samsara is the ongoing cycle of existence; the infinite loop of being born, living a mundane life, and then dying. It can also mean “wandering” or “world”, with the implication of a constant cycle of change. Buddhists essentially believe that this cycle of a life is an illusion we live within. Reaching enlightenment […]