"Whether you watched the ball drop or fell asleep a little too early, we're now in a brand-new year. Either way, you can't do 2021 without books! In this post, I'm recapping some of my top reads of 2020. These picks are the perfect way to start out your new Goodreads Reading Challenge or work on your New Year's resolution."

8 Mouth-Watering Cookbooks That Belong on Your Shelf

"This week, I've rounded up nine of my top cookbooks, from Filipino food to fries. These are filled with tried-and-true recipes anyone can attempt. Whether you're an aspiring chef or trying to spice up weeknight dinners, there's something for you."

8 Times Rory Gilmore Was Your Role Model

"Rory Gilmore stole our hearts in the sepia-toned series Gilmore Girls. If you're unfamiliar with the series, it's full of mother-daughter relationships, funny moments, and fast talking. We got to see Rory study her way through high school (and first kisses) and get into Yale. She was best friends with her mom, knew every book ever written, and could banter with the best of them. It's pretty safe to say that if you watched the show, you wanted to be her at some point."

Apple Oatmeal Smoothie

"This week's honey-apple oatmeal smoothie isn't the flashiest of smoothies, but trust me: it's a winner. With the coconut flakes, oats, apple, milk, and honey, this smoothie tastes exactly like a bowl of sweet honey-and-apple oatmeal."

London Fog Cake

"This London Fog cake is perfect for afternoon tea, with Earl Grey-infused cake layers and milk and honey buttercream. Earl Grey is my favorite type of tea, so I've experimented with lots of different drinks. One of my favorites is called the London Fog, an Earl Grey latte with milk, honey, and vanilla. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I wanted to make it into a cake."

Girls' Weekend in Chicago

"Last year, my sister, my mom, and I went on a girls' weekend to Chicago. It's only a few hours from where we live in Indiana, which makes it the perfect weekend getaway. Today, I've decided to show you our top ten spots in Chicago. That covers transport, food, sights, and activities. Enjoy!"

The Best GIFs, Filters, and Hacks For Instagram Stories

"Who else loves Instagram stories? IGS is the way to connect with your audience, share what you're doing on a day-to-day basis, and let Instagram know that you're engaged, boosting your other posts. Today I've compiled a list of GIFs, filters, and hacks to make your stories look amazing. Enjoy!"

Your Favorite Authors' Favorite Books

"Ever wondered what books your favorite authors love? Read all the books by your favorite writer and can't figure out what to read next? This week, I've teamed up with four different authors of best-selling books to come up with an epic list of book recommendations. Each author contributed one title that they love and explained what they love about it and how it impacted their life."

A Step-By-Step Plan For Getting Over Rejection

"When you face rejection or maybe even multiple rejections in a row, it's easy to feel disappointed, get cranky, and doubt your writing. That's why I've put together this step-by-step game plan for you. It'll help you pick yourself back up, look at your writing honestly, feel better, and became a greater writer."

Christian Teen Girl Gift Guide

"Are you shopping to get everyone gifts under the tree by December 25th? I got you. This gift guide has thirteen adorable and useful gifts for the Christian teen girl in your life. Items for Bible study, jewelry, and even comfy clothes...Stay tuned until the end for a freebie that doubles as a free gift for a Christian in your life!"

Creamy 4-Fruit Smoothie

"This week's smoothie has a creamy consistency that's perfect for a smoothie bowl. Filled with colorful fruits, this smoothie is rich in antioxidants, reduces your risk of certain cancers, and protects against wrinkles. Yep, you read that right!"

Author Spotlight: Joanna Rakoff

"Joanna Rakoff is the award-winning novelist, poet, and freelance journalist who penned the memoir My Salinger Year that has readers and critics alike raving. Her beautifully written memoir is not of the trashy tell-all material. Instead, she has given us an artful coming-of-age tale that appeals to all generations."

Author Spotlight: Susan Maupin Schmid

"This month's spotlighted author loves libraries, magical books, and dresses. Need I say more? Susan Maupin Schmid is the author of the 100 Dresses series. The first book, If The Magic Fits, follows Darling Dimple, a worker in the palace who discovers a closet full of magical dresses..."

5 Easy and Delicious Mug Recipes

"Today, I've put together a list of five of my favorite mug recipes. Each of these has been taste-tested by yours truly and I can guarantee that they'll make your mouth water. Whether it's a meal for one or a way that each family member can pick their favorite dessert, you're going to love these easy mug recipes."

Chocolate Magic Energy Bites

"Today's recipe is perfect for when you're craving a sweet and filling snack, but you're trying not to reach for those mini M&Ms. These chocolate magic energy balls are bite-sized, easy to take on-the-go, delicious, and surprisingly healthy!"

6 Mouth-Watering Recipes to Make This Summer

"Summer is full of delicious fruits and vegetables, which means fresh and filling foods. And I'm not afraid to sneak a little dessert in there sometimes either! This list will make sure you're never stuck with what to make for dinner. Without further ado, here are six mouth-watering recipes you have to make this summer."

2020 Releases We Can't Wait to Read

"What's more fun than getting a book hot off the presses? These titles are all being released sometime in 2020. Pre-order these books by your favorite author, one you haven't heard of, or a fascinating new debut. Whoever they're by, these books will intrigue you, pull on your heartstrings, teach you something new, and have you waiting by the mailbox for the day they'll arrive."

Everything I Learned From Gilmore Girls

"Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows and there's lots of lessons to be learned from it. Rory and Lorelai's relationship, the quirky characters of Stars Hollow, Rory's determination . . . Here's a list of all the important life lessons we've learned from Gilmore Girls!"

Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

"For a lot of people, the holiday season is about receiving. But we know from the Bible that it's even more important to give back. This week, I've put together a list of twelve different ways you can donate, volunteer, and bless others this holiday season."

25 Fun Ways to Learn Italian

"One thing I've learned about daily language practice is that you get tired of the same practices and sites over and over. But if you're serious about learning a foreign language, you can't let it kill your buzz. That includes reading, writing, meeting people, cooking, and some other fun activities. While I've included links to the Italian resources, you can use these tips for any language."

8 of Our Favorite Literary Bookworms

"There's nothing more perfect than finding a fictional best friend who loves to read just as much as you do. Without further ado, I'll introduce you to (or help you re-visit) eight literary bookworms who are sure to quickly become your new fictional best friends."

9 Pieces of Advice For Beginning Bloggers

"Today, I'm going to share with you nine pieces of advice every blogger needs to know. This post will be especially helpful to bloggers just starting out, but if you're more experienced, you can definitely still learn something."

50 Questions to Ask Your Characters

"These 50 questions will help you get a clear idea of your character's appearance, morals, quirks, and motives. Basically, by the end of your sleepover, you're going to know everything about your main character...which will really help improve your writing!"

5 Mitch Albom Books That Will Make You Cry

"No matter where you've heard his name, Mitch Albom's raw writing style and powerful stories have captured millions of readers. Today, I'm going to share with you my top five books by him. They'll make you laugh, think, and probably even cry."