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Top Book Recommendations

People ask me for book recommendations quite a bit. I usually find the books I read by watching youtube videos of things like ‘top 10 fantasy books’ or ‘best books of 2016’. The youtubers usually give you a brief description of what its about so you can tell if you might be interested. I will either order the books from Amazon or Book Outlet or I will download them for free from my local library. I want to go ahead and share my top books in each of these categories so maybe you guys can get some new recommendations and see if you like any of them. If you read any of the books listed please comment and let me know what you think!

Thrillers:    

You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Valley of Chaya by Tracey Hoffmann

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Classics:

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Fantasy:

An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

For Fall:

Dark Witch Series by Nora Roberts

All the Feels:

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

A Paperbag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne

Moral Motivated:

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

For Christmas:

Let it Snow by John Green, etc.

My True Love Gave to Me/ Twelve Holiday Stories by various authors

Humor:

Lets Pretend this Never Happened and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

For Singles:

Single Woman by Mandy Hale

My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock

Topics of Mental Disorders:

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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Adulting is Overrated

I remember being younger and thinking, wow, those thirty year olds are really grown up. Then I hit my late twenties and I keep thinking, am I an adult now? I mean I pay bills, keep a dog alive, and have a spouse, and that sounds pretty adult to me. However, I feel like you should have to pass some sort of test to be a full fledged adult, and I for one refuse to take that test. Being a kid was much more fun.

Example A: My husband and I helped watch my friend’s one a half year old (no, I don’t age children by months. I think it’s crazy. When I ask someone how old their kid is and they tell me 57 months I’m like, “what the heck?!” now I have to do math in my head to even figure that out. And also, I’m not sure when people stop counting by months and switch to years. My example may be a little off, but you know what I’m talking about. People would be pissed if I started telling them I was 340 months old. (Yes, I had to do the math to see how old I am in months which only further proves my point that we need to stop doing that.)) Back to the story, I watched her child play in a plastic tub for 20 minutes and it made me think…. When is the last time anything that simple kept my attention that long?

As children we were so easily pleased and enjoyed the little moments in life, but then we grow up and start taking things for granted, worrying more about our careers than our families, and we lose sight of what’s really important. When you start worrying about the future of the company you work for, when this or that bill is due, about insurance policies, vehicle warranties, home repairs, daycares, the health of your relationships, and everything else adulting entails it can be utterly exhausting. That is when you need an adult cheat day.

  1. I recommend going down the toy isle at the store. This may sound stupid to you or make you feel really old when you see some of the things kids play with, but I assure you that you will find something to remind you of your childhood and give you the distraction you need even if its a bouncy ball.
  2. Refuse to adult and pretend you’re on summer break for a day. Yep, stay in your pajamas watching daytime tv and eat pop tarts. Sometimes it’s exactly what your body needs.
  3. Invest in a kiddie pool, coloring book, mini trampoline, or anything else you can find that could keep you distracted for a while.
  4. Find an actual kid to play with. It doesn’t matter what kid. A cousin, niece, friend’s child, kid from church. Any kid will do. (Don’t kidnap one though. I hear that’s illegal even if you have good intentions) It will wear you out if you aren’t used to being around a child, but it will also help remind you of the way children see things with innocence and joy.

Seriously, I know some of you are thinking ‘oh that’s so childish and stupid. You know what, I agree that it’s childish, but what’s stupid is stressing out over things as an adult that you can’t control and letting it effect you and those around you. TAKE A BREAK.

Well that’s my advice when being an adult gets too stressful. You don’t have to take it, but I assure you it will make you smile. If you need me or have any questions feel free to comment below. I’ll try to respond when I get out of my kiddie pool….. I just got a pair of goggles though so it may be a while.

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Booktubeathon 2017

For those of you who don’t know what booktube is just sit back and prepare to have your mind blown. It just so happens there is an entire community of people who obsess over books just like I do. (What? Other people are just as crazy and can’t stop buying books even though they have tons of books they haven’t read, and they will all most likely die next to a pile of unfinished books…. YEP. There are tons of us out there. It’s an addiction.)

Booktube is a community that shares what their bookshelves look like, what books they have bought recently, reviews, bookish décor, and so many other wonderful things that bring my soul true joy. (Not over exaggerating.) These book addicts can be found on youtube. Simply go to youtube and type ‘book haul’ in the search bar, and you are on your way to getting involved in this community. It’s essentially a special place on the internet where people who love books and love to read can come together and share their thoughts, recommendations, and opinions freely. Not to mention they can totally geek out over new releases and certain book covers and people won’t make fun of them, but will most likely totally agree because we ALL love it!!!

These are people that when you say ,’I know I didn’t need the books. I don’t even know what any of them are about, but the cover on this one, oh, and the reviews on that one….. and I had to buy them. It’s like the universe wanted me to have them, and before I knew it my wallet was on the counter and I was giving all my money to the scared looking teenage kid behind the register. Please don’t tell my husband.’ They will respond with, ‘I’ve been there too.” And you know that they truly have. It is a one of a kind connection!!!

So this year, Ariel Bissett, a well know booktuber is hosting the 7 day reading challenge that brings all of the reading community together, and IT IS SO AWESOME. Not only are you, along with so many others around the world, reading as much as possible within these 7 days, but there are also challenges on instagram and different social media outlets to keep people connected. You don’t have to participate in the other challenges such as take a picture of the reflection of a book, or read an entire book outside. You can just read, which is what I’m doing this year. This is my first year actually participating, and I have finished one book and already started a second.

So now that you know about it, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t end until July 30th at midnight. You still have plenty of time.

Grab a book. Grab a coffee. And READ. There is absolutely nothing better you could do with your spare time this week. Plus, it’s too damn hot to be outside so you might as well stay in. Oh, and you can drink coffee while you read. Any hobby that allows me to drink coffee during it is definitely an ok hobby in my book. The books I’m trying to read this week are below.

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

2. Under the Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornoll

3. A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

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