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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.

Summer Reading | June’s List of books

Happy Summer!

I don’t know about you, but I have been BUSY living the best life yet. My days have been filled with so much joy, family, friends, art (both teaching it and making it) and of course, reading! I’m not going to lie, I’m actually surprised with just how much reading I’ve been able to get done over the last month, mainly because it feels like there is never enough time in the day, am I right?!

But yet, here I am sharing with you the 9 books I was able to squeeze out during the hot summer month of June! Woo… you name it, poolside, break-time, before bed, an hour a day, I’ve been squeezing in the time to get these books knocked out and I’m so glad I did.

June’s List

  1. Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall: This book is considered a biography and it gave me all the feels. I cried, I laughed but mostly I felt a deep change from the inside out. This book moved me in more ways than I can describe.
  2.  Wildflower by Drew Barrymore:Another biography in a collection of essays by the lovely Drew herself. To be honest, I am a HUGE Drew Barrymore fan and I was so glad to sink my teeth into this book. I loved reading about her life, and her journey to womanhood, adulthood and all that in between. It honestly made me love her even more.
  3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari: Humorous Self-help book? Honestly I’m not sure what the genre is, but either way, it was super smart and insightful. What’s my reason for picking up this book? I have way too many single girlfriends and I wanted to get an insight of the stuff they deal with on the daily. #theresstillhope
  4. The Girl with the Lower Back Tatoo by Amy Schumer: A hilarious biography/memoir written by Amy herself. Honestly, this one was pretty entertaining, it definitely had a lot of the crudeness we’ve come to expect from Amy. But, with a big scoop of sincerity and honesty. I give Amy kudos for opening up to the reader and letting us get to know a different side than she normally portrays.
  5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert: This one is totally a self-help book all about learning to live with fear, becoming in-tune with ideas and learning ways to foster our own creativity. A great read to inspire you on your next project! It’s helped me become more aware of the opportunities around me.
  6. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: A great librarian recommended this sci-fi read to me. It was a quick read, filled with enough action to make it well worth it. In true novella form, it was a great introduction to the world of science fiction.
  7. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick: Biography and laugh out loud funny. Anna doesn’t hold back and boy, she tells it like it is. Worth the read? 100% yes. So go read it!
  8. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero: Another rad self-help book, mostly because she’s like “You’re a f*%&ing Bad Ass!” and I totally believe her. She makes you believe all things are possible. My take away from this book? Stop sitting on your bum and go do that thing, change the world, live your best damn life.
  9. A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham: Biogoraphy/Memoirish that’s full of self-love. I admire Ashley, she says the things that I’m afraid to say out loud and she’s happy with who she is. She oozes self-confidence and that’s a sexy and amazing quality. When I finished reading the book, I felt good in my skin. I no longer felt like I had to conform to societies beauty standards. It was a good mixture of life, love and owning your womanhood by slaying with self-confidence.

Let’s be friends

I’ve already started on my July list and my first book is almost complete, yes! If you want to follow along, come hang with me on Goodreads. I try my hardest to rate and review the books as soon as I’m finished with them. Leave comments and share with me your summer reads and any recommendations. Clearly, from the list, you can see I’m a HUGE fan of memoirs and biographies but really I’m open to anything! Until next time…see you on Goodreads!

 

 

 

 

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