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The August Book List + Introducing the Book Club

The August Book ListAugust was a slow reading month for me. I only read one book even though I had intended to read more. The month just became so busy for me and I didn’t set aside any time for reading. It happens. However, I’m back on my regular reading schedule for September. I have so many books series I want to finish plus there are new books coming out in September that I’ve been waiting months for.

A few of you mentioned to me that you want to start reading more. However, it’s hard to find the time or be accountable. I had been toying with the idea of doing a book club. Therefore, I decided to share a few books that I plan on reading the next month with each new book list. That way you all can check them out too and read along with me. Then each month along with the newest book list post I’ll do a book discussion video on my youtube channel. I hope this allows us to discuss the books in more detail and help you all with your reading goals.

The first book club list is below for what I’ll be reading in September. Let me know what you all think and if you have any suggestions to make this more valuable to you. I always love hearing from you.


August Book List
White Cat (Curse Workers Series #1), The August Book ListWhite Cat by Holly Black

Rating: 3 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Magical Realism

Summary: Cassels comes from a family of magical criminals. They have the abilities to control emotions, memories, and luck. When one night he almost sleepwalks off the roof of his dorm he starts to realize he’s part of a much bigger game and begins searching for the truth.

My Thoughts: I was really excited to read this book. Holly Black has a book called the Cruel Prince coming out in 2018 that I’m dying to read. To pass the time I decided to check out some of her other books. I was intrigued to read this book because it has a male protagonist and the premise for the story was really interesting. I mean magical criminals, does it get better? I did enjoy the story but the writing was a little juvenile. I wanted the characters to develop a little more and even go darker. Some parts of the story dragged on a little too long and right when things were getting interesting the story ended. I got to the end of the book thinking, that’s it? Which left me feeling unsatisfied.

Granted this is a part of a trilogy so the story may go the direction I was hoping in later books. I do plan to finish the series at some point. Holly Black has really creative concepts and I’m still excited to read her future books.


The Book Club – September List

 

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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