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5 Easy Summer Reads | The July Book List

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It’s that time again, to share my latest reads. I’m thrilled to know you all are enjoying these posts. I was very impressed by this group of books. And I’m sure Caspida from the Forbidden Wish and Elisa from The Girls of Fire and Thorns are my new favorite characters.The waterworks were full on while reading Vianne and Isabelle’s stories in The Nightingale. If you follow me on snapchat then you know how much I talked about this book.

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a discussion video on my youtube channel to go along with each month’s book list. That way we can talk more in depth about the books. So it’s sorta like a book club. Let know if that’s something you’d enjoy.  Also, let me know what you’re reading this month.

Past Book Lists

July Book List
The Rose and the Dagger (Wrath and the Dawn Series #2),july book list, reading list, summer reading1| The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: This is the second book in the Wrath & the Dawn Duology. We continue on with Shahrzad, Khalid and Tariq’s stories as they try to stave off a war and break a dark curse.

My Thoughts: I’ve come to the conclusion that this duology is just not for me. I just didn’t connect with the characters and the story. I did rate it 3 stars because of Renée’s writing, she really is an amazing writer. Her words flow so easily and are beautifully woven together. I also enjoyed the world building, I want to eat the food, wear the clothes and take rides on a magic carpet. Tariq, Irsa, and Artan are also why I gave it three stars, I enjoyed these secondary characters so much.


The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Girl of Fire and Thorns Series #1),july book list, reading list, summer reading2| The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Rating: 4 Stars

Genre: High Fantasy

Summary: This is the first book of a trilogy that follows Elisa, a young princess, as she navigates her new marriage, becoming queen of a foreign nation and the dangers that come along with understanding her destiny.

My Thoughts: This was a little gem of a book. I the really loved the main character, Elisa, she was great. She really learns from her mistakes and experiences to become a leader and more confident young woman. There were a few plot twists that I didn’t expect so I’m very curious to see how the story plays out over the next two books. Rae Carson really impressed me with the diversity and body positive images she portrayed in her characters.


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3| The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: The tale of two estranged sisters who embark on dangerous but important missions during War II and the Nazi’s occupation. It is during these trying time that they rekindle their sisterhood, find love and test their own strength.

My Thoughts: This was such a hauntingly beautiful story and it made me cry a few times. Kristin Hannah paints such heart-wrenching scenes with short but impactful sentences. You can feel the emotion of the characters bleeding off the page. Just read this book. Gosh, I really loved Vianne and Isabelle, they are everything you could ask for in a character. Their stories are heartbreaking, courageous and daring. It was nice to see a light shined on the women and their contributions during the war effort but also painful. There were so many moments I had to pause my reading to really think about the implications and consequences when we have leaders with hateful agendas. I did love being able to escape back into the world of France and the beautiful moments Kristin Hannah was able to create even in the midst of a war torn country.


The Forbidden Wish, july book list, reading list, summer reading 4| The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Rating: 4 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: A Jinni and a boy from the streets cross paths and the most unlikely friendship and love story ensues.

My Thoughts: Aladdin is one of my all time favorite stories. I love retellings of it. Therefore, The Forbidden Wish was on my radar immediately.  Jessica Khoury did a really nice job with it, it’s the perfect read for lounging on a Sunday. Her writing is easy, quick and entertaining. Aladdin was so charming, I loved how she wrote him and Caspida is my new favorite heroine. She’s such a badass.


The Archived (Archived Series #1), july book list, reading list, summer reading5| The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Rating: 4 Stars

Genre: Fantasy/Mystery

Summary: Mackenzie is a keeper in the Archive. A mystery world where the memories of the dead known as histories are shelved and the past protected. When Mackenzie discovers that someone is altering these histories she goes on a hunt to discover who and why.

My Thoughts: Growing up mystery novels were my favorite. I couldn’t get enough of Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie which is definitely why I enjoyed this book. It’s not the most complex mystery but the world is so interesting and Victoria’s writing is beautiful. The magical element lent to the mystery story makes it such a perfect weekend read. Wesley is the most charming leading a girl could ask for. I really appreciated how Victoria shined a light on grief and loss and how it affects each of us so differently. This is what makes the story so rich and Mackenzie relatable as a character.


 

Introducing The Book List

am so excited to finally be introducing this new addition to the blog. I’ve wanted to share my love for reading with you all for so long. I used to post my summer reading lists but stopped because it felt disconnected to my content at the time but it’s been really nagging me not to share.  Occasionally I would mention the books I was reading in a blog post but it wasn’t enough. All my spare time is spent reading and my love of books is a huge part of who I am. So let me finally introduce you to the Book List.

What’s the Book List?

It’s a series where I will share what I’m reading, what I want to read and my opinions on the books I read every month.

What type of books do I enjoy reading?

My favorite genre by far is fantasy. I read a lot of fantasy, it’s the only genre that matches my imagination. I love getting to explore new worlds, magic, and supernatural elements. Reading fantasy always spurs my creative juices.

I also really love reading historical and literary fiction. Of course, I also love the literary classics. I have minor in literature after all not to mention I took an entire course on Jane Austen in college. It’s still one of my most favorite classes I’ve ever taken, I mean Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I swoon.

I also enjoy reading memoirs and non – fiction. Occasionally I will also read contemporary.The only thing I don’t read is horror. Not touching that genre with a ten-foot pole. But all in all, you can expect my book list to contain quite a bit of variety.

Will there be reviews on the books?

There won’t be a review for each individual book I read. At least not on the blog. If you want a more in-depth review you can follow me on my Goodreads or Tumblr.For the blog, I will do a mini review for each book that is on my end of the month wrap up post. You’ll get more details in future posts.

This is all I wanted to get out for now. I hope you all really enjoy this new segment to the blog and don’t worry there will still be plenty of fashion.  Check out what I read in May below and check back next week for a new Book List.

My May Reads

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Wrath & Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Ruined by Amy Tintera

Avenged by Amy Tintera

A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J Maas

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

 

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A Winter Reading List for Becoming the best you in 2015

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Self awareness and self-improvement are two areas I really want to focus on in the beginning of 2015. I always believe books are a great place to start whenever you are looking to have personal growth in different aspects of your life. I chose four books to read this winter that I believe will help me to achieve the visions I have for my career, my relationships with others and my relationship with myself. I want these books to help me question and self evaluate my strengths and identify areas were I can improve. I’m starting off with The Lean Startup, if you’ve read any of these books let me know your thoughts in a comment or email.

1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries : Learn how to prevent your startup from failing. A fresh perspective on starting and launching new companies/products that are more capital efficient and managing employee creativity effectively.

2. The Art of Persuasion by Bob Burg : Get what you want by getting others to agree with your point of view.

3. All of Our Yesterdays by Christin Terrill : Time travel, love , sacrifice and the consequences our actions have on others. Need I say more?  I love a good sci-fi romance novel that gives a new way to look at the world.

4. The Woman I Wanted to be by Diane Von Furstenberg: The autobiography of a princess, designer and Fashion icon’s journey to creating her own identity and live by her own rules.

 

Summer Reading 2014

Ever since I was a young girl I’ve been an avid reader. Sinking into a good book has always been my escape, they cultivated my imagination and fed my creativity. My mom always tells me how she used to have to pry books from me to force me to shower and get ready bed which is a reason I always loved summer, no bedtime. In the summer months I would devour books all day and night into the wee hours of the morning before finally dozing off. I read a range of genres but my favorite period of literature is the Victorian Era, so I always throw a few of my favorite classics on my list.  Keeping a summer reading list is a tradition I’ve had since I’ve learned to read, one which I will like to share with you.  So here is my list so far for summer 2014:

  1.  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  3. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  4. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  6. Growing a Business by Paul Hawken
  7. The End of Illness by David B. Agus
  8. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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