We may be most of the way through summer already, but I’m sneaking this post in anyways. Plus, I live in Florida so it’s basically summer all year long here!
No trip is complete without a bag full of books you won’t end up getting through more than just a few chapters of during vacation.
I already had two books packed away for my two week hiking trip in Switzerland, but I’m also an impulse buyer. When I saw the most recently recommended book by theSkimm in the airport I instantly paid the crazy price and bought it!
Ever since I was a child, I was not great with long car trips. I would ask “Are we there yet??” every 30-minutes, fight in the backseat with my sister about whether or not her cabbage patch doll fell over onto my side of the car, and get super super car sick. How my parents didn’t throw us out on the side of the road, I’ll never understand.
Of course as I grew up the car sickness got better (since I’m the driver now and not trying to read Nancy Drew in the backseat under my blanket) and clearly the cabbage patch doll debacle ended as well. But let me tell you, by antsy-ness about “Are we there yet??” has not gone away what so ever.
Nothing’s better than laying out by the pool on the weekends reading while you soak up the sun. Or curled up in bed on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and a page-turner in the other. There’s just something about summer that makes me want to read!
If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I’m a bit of a bookworm. Ok… a LOT of a bookworm. An a-lister of the bookworm society, if you will.
I thought long and hard before posting this because if I tell you… I have to actually stick to it.
I’m now officially “one of those people” who is going to start giving up on books I don’t enjoy and move onto the next one!
Relaxing. Enjoyable. And so needed.
My wonderful sister picked up The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain for me at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL. I was beyond jealous she went to this restaurant/bookstore, but thrilled to have a book hand-selected by her! Little did she know how much of a winner she had plucked off the shelf.
I will admit, I’m sometimes a bit cynical… not always believing the kindness of others or fate. But this book made me rethink it all.
After a bit of a lull during vacation two weeks ago, I’m back on my reading binge!
My poor bookshelf has been overflowing for months, begging me to ditch the audio book and pick up a real book instead.
This month, I’m finally giving in to those neglected paperback/hardback books and trying to stick to actually reading (instead of listening) to all 4 of these … we’ll see how that goes…
Here are the 4 books I have lined up to read:
Warning: I’m going to gush about this book for a moment. But no spoilers, don’t worry!
This book truly made me happy! It made me smile. Put me in a good mood. Restored my faith in humanity. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows was just all around a beautiful book to read!
I must admit though, my father bought this book for me three Christmas ago (yes, over three years ago) but I’ve held onto it through every bookshelf cleansing and my move to DC. For some reason I just couldn’t get rid of it… now I’m kicking myself for allowing it to take me so long to read.
This book made me want to board a boat to Guernsey and join the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society!
Ain’t nobody got time for a bad book!
With my hatred of snow and any temperatures under 70 degrees (thanks to my Florida upbringing), I’ve gotten a lot of reading in this winter as I hid out in my DC apartment.
I’ve read some amazing books, like this and this, but also I’ve read a number of complete duds! Nothing makes me more upset than struggling my way through a bad book (because as I shared, I’m not one to abandon mid-read), so I thought I’d share my warning list with you.
Hello! I’m Michelle from Blogs Like a Girl. I write about such hot topics like life, media and of course, cats. I’m also an avid book reader and love talking about them. I also cohost a monthly link-up called Reading Lately; our next one is Feb. 26 – you should join up!
Today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite memoirs written by women. As a feminist, I feel like the market is flowing with a lot of male written memoirs but not a lot of women written memoirs on female subjects. Thus, this post! I hope you like it.
Ahhhh theSkimm… my favorite email I get every day in my inbox (except Saturday and Sunday of course, a girl’s gotta take a break for weekend brunching and naps).
Let me set the scene for you…. I wake up to my four back-to-back alarms, all one minute apart with annoying ringtones to snap me out of whatever work dream (nightmare?) I’m having. I throw myself out of bed towards the kitchen to get the coffee started. With my cup of heaven (aka Nespresso) in hand, I shuffle back to my room and crawl back into bed. Turning the brightness allllll the way down on my phone, I open up my email. Squinting at it with one eye, I take a sip (more like gulp) of my coffee and instantly giggle at theSkimm’s email headline for the day (hehe “My Humps”). I open it up and dive in, saying a silent prayer there will be a book recommendation at the bottom :)
Disclaimer: If you don’t know what theSkimm is, click HERE and sign up immediately. Trust me, you will thank me. Your brain will thank me. Your future husband (or current husband) will thank me. Your career will thank me.
Was your New Year’s resolution to read more? My best friend has started a monthly book subscription box that will help you stick to it! (When you have amazing friends you can’t help but brag about them, so here I go)
I’m lucky enough to have met my best friend on our first day of high school. She had the locker next to mine and we were both equally as nervous and nerdy, which meant we instantly became lifelong friends.
We share many hobbies; the love of blogging, wine drinking, carb binging, and especially reading! To this day, even though we are states apart, we exchange books and recommendations so we can discuss them together. A long distance book club of two, if you will :)
So when she told me a few months ago about a business she was starting with her sister, I instantly knew it was going to be amazing. I’m so excited and proud of her I just have to share it with you! I present to you, Hello Book Lover!
I had high hopes for How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits. Maybe it was the pretty cover or maybe it was the word “Parisian” in the title (hey, we all want to be Parisian, don’t we?). I wasn’t expecting it to be the next Pulitzer Prize winner, but was looking for to a light and entertaining read.
Assumption: it would be like French Women Don’t Get Fat
Reality: it was like Nice is Just a Place in France
I have a confession – not only do I judge books by their cover, I also buy books without reading the summary just because I’ve heard great reviews about them.
All I had to know was that Gillian Flynn wrote a new book and I immediately went online to Audible to download it! If this book is anything like the others from her, I knew I would be in for a treat.