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Summer Reading | July’s List of books (hits & misses)

This month…

I was disappointed with the number of books I read, mostly due to my own boredom. I kept picking up books and after a few pages in, I kept changing my mind and picking up another. Only to find that it was beginning to feel like a never ending cycle. I mean life’s too short to read books you’re just not into right?

Originally, I planned on reading 9 books a month, but I fell behind this month by one book! I can’t make excuses, although I will say that some of these books, I had to put down multiple times and force myself to pick them back up. That said here are my lists of hits and misses. AND, remember these are just my personal opinions, so don’t mind me.

Hits

  1. The art of Racing in the rain by Garth Stein. This book was originally given to me like 7 yrs ago by a dear friend. They promised that this was their favorite book and that it would become my favorite book too! I put it on my shelf with the hope I’d find time to read it and folks, here I am 7 yrs later kicking myself for not reading it sooner. It has become one of my favorites. The story is told through the eyes of mans best friend, and it moves you in ways you didn’t know it could. I cried and I felt joy all at the same time. When I was done, I cuddled with my pug so hard and then sent the long awaited text to my friend that read “I finally read it, and you were SO RIGHT.” To which he replied: “It’s about damn time.” #happyending
  2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Folks, let’s face it, I like to be outdoors for short periods of time, I like to hike, but mostly I really like to go GLAMPING. When I picked up Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I had already seen the movie with Reese Witherspoon and had enjoyed it thoroughly. But, I thought reading the ACTUAL book would fill me in without all the Hollywood extraness. YOU GUYS, READ THE BOOK FIRST! Cheryl has this extraordinary way of creating her world with her words so vividly it’s like being on the PCT alongside her. When she ached, I swear my body ached. When she talked about desperately wanting a Snapple lemonade, my cravings hit hard. I cried with her and laughed with her. It was such an incredible soul searching adventure.
  3. Hello Glow by Stephanie Gerber. These days I am all about natural health and wellness. You know me and my EO’s. So naturally, I wanted to find a book that would aid me in all things DIY natural beauty. When I first came across this book I was like YES PLEASE. Once it arrived on my doorstep I read it cover to cover, soaking up all the recipes and making a list of what I needed. The only downfall? The price tag from my Amazon cart, but it’s going to be totally worth it. The pictures are drool worthy and most of the ingredients are things you probably already have at home. So if you’re wanting to go all-natural, get this book and hit up your girl for all your essential oils needs. #shamelesspromotion

Misses

  1. In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. Guys, I wanted to love this book so much, I really did. I got emotionally invested in ALL the characters (and there were a lot.) I felt the hurt from the multiple devastations that shook them all throughout their lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey. BUT and this is a big but… the ending came too quick and it felt like it was rushed. I didn’t really feel like I got the closure from the characters that I had anticipated. All the questions I had got answered in one big swoop and then boom end of the story. I wanted more, I needed more, the perfectly well-groomed characters deserved more too.
  2. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham.  Although I DID enjoy the book, I felt like overall it had too much fluff and therefore could have been shorter. I really enjoyed Franny the character and I LOVE Lauren Graham. BUT, overall the book just didn’t do it for me. It had its sweet moments of redemption and a good ending but honestly, it just took too long to get there.

Honorable Mentions

  1. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This book made me so much more aware of the fight for education that is going on in the world. It was so great to read the first-hand account of such an incredible life, Malala. I felt so many things and although I enjoyed the book, I still prefer watching Malala give her powerful speeches. And researching all the ways she’s changing the world.
  2. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book was almost a Hit for me, but when it came down to practicing some of the things Miss Marie Kondo suggested when tidying up, I felt a tad bit silly. So I opted to pick and choose from her suggestions and I’m so glad I did. I started tidying up the first week of July and I’m happy to report I’m still tidy. It was a PROCESS but totally worth it! Like I told my friends who wanted to read the book, stick with it, find what works for you and just go do it, you’ll be glad you did.
  3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik  Backman. Ok, listen I was not one of those people who instantly fell in love with OVE and the book. If we are being completely honest, it took me like 120 pages in to really become invested in the book. I’m not going to lie to you, it started off slow and I questioned multiple times whether or not I wanted to finish the book. Once I was emotionally invested it was HARD to put down. It broke my heart and gave me hope all at the same time. So I say this my friends, it’s worth the read, even if it’s hard and slow at first.

There you have it…

I hope you enjoyed my hits & misses. Let me know your thoughts on the books and send any recommendations my way. Until then…I’ll be seeing you on Goodreads.

Modern Printmaking by Sylvie Covey: Book Review

DAPPER ESSENTIALS

A few weeks ago, my art education classmates introduced a high school printmaking lesson plan to us. It was SO much fun. We learned about relief printing, and all the cool supplies and tools we could use to make beautiful prints with our future students. So…when I had to chance to scope out my next book, I figured why not embark on some more printmaking fun!? Plus, I am always looking to add books to my art collection bookshelf, because my students deserve to have the very best resources!

When Modern Printmaking arrived, the picture didn’t do it justice. The book is HUGE and so PRETTY to look at and touch. I immediately did some page diving and was impressed to say the least. Here’s the thing guys, Sylvie Covey, the author of this book is an established artist and has her very own printmaking studio in Manhattan.  She’s the real deal. She walks you through the art history of printmaking, and then she walks you through about 15 different techniques, showcasing some AMAZING artists along the way.

The only thing the book is lacking? A few more detailed explanations. Since I’ve dabbled in the world of printmaking before, this book is perfect for me, especially in the field that I’m in (art education). But, for people who are trying out printmaking for the first time, might find that some of the techniques could perhaps be hard to understand.

However, the takeaway is huge! This book is inspiring and the step-by-step guides will ensure you create a wonderful masterpiece. Regardless if you’re a newbie or an art teacher like myself, this book will inspire you to make. So bust out those printmaking tools… get ready to get messy, and most importantly have fun!

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P.S. “I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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