Recent Reads

Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of people have started talking more about their recent reads than doing monthly wrap ups and I love the idea so much that I’m going to do it as well! Like a lot of those people have pointed out, it’s hard to remember everything you want to say about a book at the end of the month when you read the book at the beginning of the month!

25330541Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It by Grace Helbig. I was really excited for this book because I love Grace. I really liked how this book felt more personal than her first book did. She talked about her eating disorder and how it affected her relationship with clothing and how that developed into her own personal style. As for the actual style aspect of the book, I thought it was a little inconsistent. There were some parts that I really loved, but others fell flat for me (the sweatpants diaries, the advice column responses).★★½ out of five stars.

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London. I get why it’s a classic, I really do. It’s a story about loyalty, adaptation, and animal instincts, but man, I really didn’t like it. It was probably due to the fact that I really don’t handle violence towards animals very well; regardless of whether or not that violence is caused by humans or other animals. I’m going to keep this on my shelf because I have the beautiful penguin classics edition (as pictured), but I won’t pick it up again.★

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Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho. While this book is marketed as a novel, it really doesn’t read like one; it reads more like a sermon. I’m not a religious person, so there are some things in this book that don’t apply to me, but there is some incredible insight offered in this book. Coelho touches on courage, loyalty, anxiety, solitude, and loss. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I feel like I read it at the right time. ★★★

Wrap Up: December 2015

I had a pretty good reading month in December; I read 11 books! It’s mainly because I found out that I can listen to audiobooks at work!! Amazing, I know. The best part though, I owned every one of these books except one. Anyways! Here’s what I read in the month of December (links lead to Goodreads):

My favorites of the month were definitely Harry Potter, Between the World and Me, and Not My Father’s Son. Harry Potter is a given and is no surprise, but I usually don’t love nonfiction as much as I did in December. It excites me though, because I feel like I’ll be open to reading more nonfiction in the future! It’s definitely progress since I really want to read more broadly this year.

What did you guys read in December? Did you read any of the same books? Let’s discuss!

A New Beginning

Hello fellow book lovers!

We’re entering the new year (in my time zone) in five hours and one of the things that I really want to do in 2016 is blog. I do currently blog on tumblr, but on tumblr it’s so easy to fall into the habit of just reblogging things instead of creating or posting original content. There is nothing wrong with that, and I’ll still remain active on tumblr, but in the book community, it’s hard to feel included without voicing your opinion on what you’re reading.

This blog is going to be an experiment of sorts. I really, really, really want this to work out and to become a thing that I love to do, but if I don’t feel more involved in the book community because of it, then it’s moot. That’s not to say that I need to have a lot of followers or comments or whatever, but I want to make connections. I want to have actual discussions about what I’m reading, what I’m excited about reading, etc.

That being said, I’m really excited to give this a try and I’m looking forward to a fun, happy, book-filled 2016.