Book #12

December 9, 2013

It’s the end of the year already! I hope everyone enjoyed the books that they read this year; I know I did! I think any sort of book that puts you in the holiday spirit will do for this month :) I hope you all have a great holiday and a happy new year !

Happy Reading!

Book #11

November 6, 2013

We actually had a book picked out, but because I’m the only one in this book club anymore, I’m switching it up. I’m not going to choose and book title, just what the book will be! I am choosing an ebook because I actually bought one that was recommended to me, and though I prefer reading actual books, I’m challenging myself.

Happy Reading!

Book #10

October 15, 2013

So I read October’s book in two days. I have grown up enough that when I read a book and the movie comes out, I can respect the movie individually given that it is directed well; even though the book is NORMALLY better…anyways! I saw the trailer for this book and was instantly drawn to it. Which I thought was strange since I haven’t really picked up a sci-fi book ever, really. So it was a huge step out of my comfort zone for me, which has really been what I’ve wanted to accomplish with the books I’ve been reading this year. Sorry to leave you in suspense…here is October’s book of the month:

Enders Game by Orson Scott Card

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Happy Reading…and Happy Halloween!

Book #9

September 10, 2013

September, September…..where has the year gone? My friend picked this book (she’s the more realistic reader, versus my floaty type of reading) and I’m interested to see what it’s about. The Holocaust and World War II were always one of my favorite things to learn and read about in school, so I’m hoping that I can complete it; then again, I have been good and finished all my book club books so far this year! But, here is September’s book:


In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

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Happy Reading!

Book #8

August 14, 2013

Hi readers! Sorry I’m a little late…I’m currently entranced by Percy Jackson…sigh. Books really do take us places and let our imaginations run free, don’t they? Anyways, before I get side tracked with my swooning over the Demi Gods, let me introduce August’s book to you:

Summer At Tiffany by Marjorie Hart

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I found this book while searching through Pinterest (my other addiction) and hopefully I stumbled upon a good read! Happy Reading!!

Book #7

July 6, 2013

Don’t quite remember how I got around to choosing this book for July. I’m hoping it is a good read (apparently Oprah is a fan of it, so it has to be good, right?) Where has this year gone to? Only a few more months left guys! Here is July’s book:

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

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Happy Reading!

Book #6

June 13, 2013

My friend picked this book, hoping it would be a good summer book to read. I’m excited to see how it unfolds. (Sorry this posting is so late in the month! I am willingly admitting to slacking off) Anyways, here is our book for June:


The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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Happy Reading!

Book #5

May 8, 2013

Our fifth book! I wanted to take the time out to thank my followers because you guys really keep these posts coming. I can read the books but knowing that people follow and care about what I read is what makes this blog happen.

Anyways! Mays book is by one of our favorite authors.I’ve already read two of his other books (one happens to be January’s book!) and will continue to pick up his books in the future. So here it is:

Paper Towns by John Green

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Happy Reading!

“Robert, there’s a creature inside you that I’m not good enough to bring out, not strong enough to reach. I sometimes have the feeling you’ve been here a long time, more than one lifetime, and that you’ve dwelt in private places none of the rest of us has even dreamed about. You frighten me, even though you’re gentle with me. If I didn’t fight to control myself with you, I feel like I might lose my center and never get back.”

My mom has told me time and time again to read this book. This book being, The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller. With only 200 pages, this is one of the shortest books I’ve read so far this year. But size doesn’t matter; this book really opened my heart and eyes in ways that scared me. With a love like Robert and Francesca’s, one so intense and short lived, it hurt my heart; made me truly rethink and ponder endlessly on love.

 

Would I find a love like that in my lifetime?

Am I waiting around for someone who maybe isn’t the exact fit for me?

What responsibilities are holding me back from truly living life?

 

I’m a naive, hopeless romantic that always finds herself loving the wrong people. I relate to Francesca more than I should probably admit. But I’m admitting it. Because I’m young and I should be a free spirit and living my dreams out but I’m not. I’m growing up and it’s scary.

This book really got to me. I related a lot to dreaming about a future with new dreams and about growing up. It had images of a true and intense love that only lasted of four days; but resulted in a lifetime of heartache, yearning, and secret. It taught me that we are all living life with day to day responsibilities and that no matter how you may feel about someone, no matter how much it breaks your heart for them to leave…sometimes it’s the only thing you can do.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read this book. It’s about covered bridges, photography, and finding your soul mate in the strangest of circumstances.

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Wait…What?

April 26, 2013

I’ve turned into an avid reader. It has gotten so bad, that the people closest to me will post countless reading related pictures on a Pinterest board for me…along with the occasional postings of Belle and Cats (they are also very relative when describing myself, I assure you…) 

Let’s not let me get too far off topic though!

This year, my friend and I created a book club. For those of you following me, you’ve seen my updates throughout the months. I post on my blog the books we chose for the month to read. I’m not sure if anyone is actually reading the books, aside from us. It’s more of a two person book club. (Or really one, since I’m the only one who has read ALL of the four books so far this year.) We shouldn’t have been as excited or hopeful as we were, since it wasn’t a great turn out of people apparently. BUT I believe it set in motion what I was really supposed to be doing in 2013.

A few months back, I was scrolling through the feed of blogs that I follow and stumbled across one that caught my attention. On Whimsey Pie’s blog, she had done a challenge last year called “50/50″. The jest of it is is that you read 50 books you’ve never read and watch 50 movies you’ve never seen. I found this to be absolutely incredible. I mean FIFTY BOOKS AND MOVIES? How does one have time for that?

I have tweaked that challenge just a tad bit: I’m going to see just how many books I can read this year. I’m sticking with the fact that it has to be books I have never read before though. I’ll already have 12 books under my belt because of the book club…but the rest is up to me! I’ve already read quite a few books so far this year and I’m trying to read outside of my “comfort zone.” I will admit to having come across some pretty great books doing it too.

My friend and book club partner did decide to join me in this challenge. Between our schedules, me with full time work and her with classes, it’s sometimes hard to always be reading (Not to mention we need to actually be “social” some days or nights, ha ha) but irregardless, I always manage to squeeze in reading or have a book in my bag at all times, otherwise I just feel naked or lost. I’ve been keeping track of our progress and it’s hard to believe I’ve read so much (and sometimes it feels like so little) in such a short time.

Do feel free to join in on the challenge or just find a good book to read. I’ve got plenty to recommend, don’t be shy! Just ask :) 

(And I’m ALWAYS taking recommendations myself)Image

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