What I'm Reading

April 1, 2018

Books have always been my first love. Ever since I was a child reading has been my favorite past time. The public library has been my favorite place and not much has changed since then. Nancy Drew is still my #1, the Great Gatsby makes my heart ache, and I'm always going to have a soft spot for Holden Caulfield no matter where I'm at in life. I don't spend as much time getting lost in books as I'd like, but I am always reading.

Since my freshman year of college I have been doing a GoodReads challenge to read a certain amount of books a year. I started at my then age 19 and this year I'm all the way up to 23 books a year. Although I tend to  read 3-5 books over my challenge give or take a graphic novel or two helps up my reading list, but still!

This year I have really been mixing it up with reading, and listening to e-books on my walks.

So far I've read 10 books. Out of these seven the most thrilling has been Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Its about a woman named Nel who is obsessed with a place called the drowning pool in her town where many woman have drowned themselves. Suddenly a local is found in the drowning pool. Soon Nel is found in it too. Nel's sister Jules has to return home and take care of Nel's confused, cold, and hurt daughter. The novel follows many of the characters on the journey to uncover the truth about the women of the drowning pool.

 I also loved Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes, it was the first book I had read by her. About a woman named Nell who plans a trip to Paris for her and her boyfriend, and her boyfriend doesn't show up. She has to decide whether to stay in Paris and find a new version of herself or return back home.

Reading Lauren Graham's Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between) was so fascinating. Its basically a book about Lauren Graham's career as an actress, wisdom, and lots of Gilmore Girls thrown in. I found myself just soaking up all there was to learn about the WB lot and the famous Star's Hollow. It was good to know that Lauren Graham didn't take any of her time as an actress for granted.

I don't usually read a series during my challenge but a friend of mine recommended the Shopaholic series. They are about a British woman named Becky Bloomwood and her brief career in finance and also her shopaholic tendencies. They are utterly ridiculous and after one book I was ready to call it quits. Not a huge fan of chick lit and the movie is just so much better, I'm sorry! I found the second book to be the best so far, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan.

I also read Lauren Graham's novel Someday Someday Maybe. Its about a young actress named Franny Banks trying to make it as an actress in New York City. At first it was hard to get into but after listening to Lauren Graham's Talking as Fast as I Can and understanding her diction and syntax it was much easier to get into. It was also interesting to listen to Lauren Graham's life and see how her main character in the novel Franny was inspired.

Recently, I finished Grace Kelly Dream Girl. This was one of the best books I've read so far about her early life, career, and life as a member of royalty. I also finished I Love Your Style How to Define and Redefine your Personal Style although I really didn't learn much about my personal style making me feel a little frazzled it was still a fun read.

Currently I am reading Annihilation! Its about a group of women who explore an unknown territory called Area X. I saw the movie in theaters and was fascinated by it! Its very different from the movie but not in a bad way. I actually like both the book and the movie despite their differences. The book is a pretty short read only about 191 pages.
Here's a picture of me cheesing at the cute MIKC cafe in one of my favorite tops. This blouse from Anna Sui for Anthropologie is so pretty. Its 100% silk and I love the print. Its so whimsical! I wear it all the time! 

What are you reading?

Wearing: Top - Anna Sui for Anthropologie (old), jeans - Urban Outfitters, watch - Baker by Marc by Marc Jacobs
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31 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your recommendations! I've been trying to read more lately, I feel much better if I can sit and read in bed for a little before going to sleep. It's been hard to keep up with it much this year but I'm wanting to get back to it! :)

    Hope you had a happy Easter! We have really enjoyed the long weekend, with beach time and family time and some long naps from the boys letting me catch up with blogging!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks for stoping by Mica! Reading can be so therapeutic sometime. A good book is life changing. My Easter was good, thanks! Glad to hear yours was good. Hope you're having a great week!

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  2. oh amazing!! Thanks for sharing
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
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  3. Very pretty blouse! Have a great day!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  4. YOu are such an avid reader! It's so inspiring - I need to start reading more for sure. I am writing down these titles you've mentioned!

    xx www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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    1. I try to be Quinn, then I binge watch Gilmore Girls haha! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I always love to hear about what others are reading. Great post!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  6. I used to read a lot actually but just somehow gave it up. I really have to get back reading again, because it's so relaxing.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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    1. It is Simone! You should read Big Little Lies!

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  7. thanks for sharing your recommendations. I really need to find some spare time to read books. It seems impossible with a full time job, gym sessions and blog urghhhh

    |Elegant Duchess|

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  8. I definitely need to spend more time getting lost in books, I'm definitely doing something wrong in my life haha! I really want to read In to the Water, you have me gripped already :D so many great reads I need to try! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (PS I’d love to invite you to come and win a lovely bundle of Disney goodies and I’m following back on bloglovin too :D)

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    1. It was definitely different from Girl on the Train but I enjoyed it. The audiobook is really good too! I hope you find some time to read more soon!

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  9. I just loooooove reading! Right now I'm reading "The Girl You Left Behind" by the same author of "Me Before You". Have you read it before? I can't put it down!

    xox Kirsten // http://www.kirstenwendlandt.com

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    1. I haven't but I've heard good things! I loved Paris for One!

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  10. That's such nice recommendation
    I love it

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  11. Congrats on your reading! I had a goal of 3 books this year and so far have only managed 1 and a little self help book, which I don't count, so I'm still looking for 2, ha ha.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  13. You got me at Holden! That book is my number one favourite, easily out of all books I've read in my life. I don't know why, but I can relate to him on so many levels, it often feels as if I'm reading about myself! I think you should give Francoise Sagan a go; I will recommend Hello Sadness and Aimez-Vous Brahms? I have a feeling you will really like these; especially the latter one xx

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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    1. Me too Naya! Its written so well too. I would love to get a tattoo of the horse someday. I will definitely check those out!

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  14. I'm amazed you've already read 10 books this year - how lovely! I really need to start reading a little more, I've stopped making time for it before going to sleep which is a real shame. Have a fabulous week ahead!

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! I know you can do it! Likewise!

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  15. I love a good reads challenge! I'm on my second one after (somehow!) managing 50 last year! If you like thrillers, I definitely recommend The Girl Before, The Other Woman and all of BA Paris' work! I've got Into The Water on my reading list so I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Musings & More

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    1. Good job Emily! That's incredible. I'll check those out, thanks for the suggestions.

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  16. I've actually not heard of many of these before, with the exception of great gatsby of course! I'm currently reading Les Miserables vol 1 but because it's made up of smaller stories, I must admit it's hard to really get into it and read a lot in one go x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Totally understandable! Some books are so overwhelming! You have to ease into them

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