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Monthly Reading Wrap Up: What I Read in May

May called for tons of traveling for both our wedding & honeymoon which in turn, allowed me to have tons of reading time [ because reading on planes & in airports just hits different]. This month especially, I branched out to new genres & even started a much hyped fantasy series. Let me know if you have read any of these listed & whether you liked them or not.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now, but when I saw they were making it into a motion picture, I figured I should read the book first. I love the setting of this book & the concept but I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a top tier read for me. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Kya & Tate as well as the story of her childhood & growing up. I think for me, the beginning was a very slow burn & didn’t get going until 100 pages in. But overall I give it a solid 3.5 stars & I feel like as a movie, it will be very good.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

This was one of those reads where, if it hadn’t of been free on the book app, I don’t think I would have chosen to read it. But a lot of people rave about the off campus series & so I decided to see what the hype was all about. It definitely wasn’t one of those books with a lot of depth to it but it kept my attention in a “college drama & smut sort of way.” It’s tough to say if I’ll ever get around to read the entire series, but it was a great option if you are looking for a quick & easy read in between those more lengthy favorites.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

TJR is probably one of my favorite authors at the moment. Her writing & creativity is phenomenal & I honestly felt like I was reading about a REAL band in the 70’s. This is an easy read for it’s dialogue written style. It realistically tells the struggles of rock & roll, drug use, alcohol abuse & the tension that builds among bandmates. I also really enjoyed the stylistic twist at the end. I did find this novel to be sad a times & is filled with triggers [ so check the warnings]. But I truly believe TJR has a way of telling a story to really make the point of such struggles known to the world. I highly recommend it.

The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This was such a fun light read for my honeymoon travels. The story is based in Maui [ which is the main reason I decided to read it this month] & it’s an enemies to lovers trope of them being forced to go on a trip to Maui [ her sister’s honeymoon] after her sister & entire wedding guests get food poisoning besides her & her enemy, Ethan. I definitely recommend this one for a summer read & can’t wait to read more from this author, including her ever so popular book, “Love & Other Words”.

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas Book #1

We are ending off the month with a strong one. I finally decided to start the ever so popular fantasy series ACOTR. When I say I can already tell I’m going to love a series after reading simply the first chapter, you KNOW it’s going to be good! Please, no spoilers. I haven’t felt this drawn to a story since highschool & the Twilight series. At first, I was hesitant to read this series because it seemed too YA for my taste. But it definetely fits closer to an adult audience than I realized. I felt like I was watching a movie, the story was so good! I’m sure they plan to make this series into a Netflix series of some kind in the future. Or rather, I seriously hope they do! I can’t wait to get to the second book & read the entire series.

What books should I add to my June TBR?

-B

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My Current Fall Obsessions

Fall is definitely my favorite time of year. Actually – more so the Halloween season & then it can go back to being summer again. LOL I just love all the fun activities surrounding this time of year, the fashion, the tasty beverages & spooky entertainment. Today, I wanted to chat about some of my current fall obsessions & things I’ve been loving lately.

Bonfires With Friends

When the temperatures cool down & the bugs start to go away, I love spending my evenings by the fire & roast s’mores with good company. I love sitting around the fire reminiscing on stories, sharing new ones & just laughing away at inside jokes. Over the summer, we fixed up the backyard & purchased a new gas powered firepit & a few adirondack chairs. It’s definitely an upgrade from sitting on fold out camping chairs in mud like before. We even strung a few lights around the deck railings to add more lighting & ambiance during the night. And maybe since it’s spooky season, we will share a few ghost stories next time we are out there.

Claw Clips

As a 90’s baby, I rocked the claw clip look all the time & I’m so happy the hairstyle is back! I recently caved & bought the ever so popular claw clips off Amazon that every basic bitch is wearing on Tiktok. As a writer, I find this hairstyle to be so helpful. It gets my hair out of the way as I type & it doesn’t create ugly bumps if I want to wear my hair down later.

Moleskin Journal

I love a good notebook. I think that’s just the writer in me. I’m always jotting something down whether it’s to-do lists of some kind or random thoughts & reflections. I actually started a new gratitude journal this year & decided to purchase this brand of notebook again because of its plain cover. Very minimalistic of me, i know. Reflecting on my life & focusing on the positives especially when life has its tough moments has been something I do to maintain a better wellbeing. I’ve been enjoying spending my evenings just jotting a few thoughts & blessings down before I go to bed. That way, those negative thoughts don’t fester while I’m trying to get my beauty rest.

Oversized Graphic T’s

I’ve been changing up my style lately & fall fashion has got to be my favorite time of year to experiment. I found a few oversized graphic t’s from Target & PacSun & I love pairing them with black leggings & boots or even my Sam Edelman sneakers I purchased during the Nordstrom anniversary sale. Sometimes I’ll layer a jean jacket or puffer for warmth. But it’s a nice casual go-to look when I’m opting for comfort. I know I’ve said in a few decluttering posts, that graphic t shirts are something you should probably cut back on because they are a bit juvenile at times; but I feel like if you find the right one & pair it correctly, it can really make an outfit more unique. This month, I’ve been doing a complete wardrobe transformation / declutter so let me know if you’d be interested in a decluttering series in November.

“You’re Not Special” by Meghan Reinks

This is my kind of self help book. It’s one I had in my nightstand drawer for months, I would read a few pages & quickly find something else to do. I just have bad attention span when it comes to reading lately & I’m trying to be better. Nevertheless, I finally finished the damn book & I loved it. It has wit & humor mixed with relatable topics. I’ve been watching her Youtube channel for years so when I found out she wrote a book, I knew I was totally buying it. Her paperback version is finally available if you are interested!

You're Not Special: A (Sort-of) Memoir: Rienks, Meghan: 9781982110109:  Amazon.com: Books

The Nintendo Switch Light

Remember in my 30th birthday post, I mentioned I will always be a kid at heart? Well, I’ve been playing games on my nintendo switch light a lot lately. My favorite games are Animal Crossing & Mario Kart. Whenever I’m looking to have some downtime, I always opt to play one of these games for a few hours. Do you have one? What are some of your favorite games to play?

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Another book I finished last month that I want to mention now is Verity. This novel definitely got me back into reading more frequently. It is a romantic thriller [my favorite genre] & about a freelance writer who is given the opportunity to finish a series by a world renowned author. This author’s real life story just becomes far more interesting than the fiction. Check out this Instagram reel where I talk about this book & a few others: fall books i love

My New Reading Nook

Speaking of books, I actually added a new addition to my blogging office. Let me just say, this space has become by own little sanctuary at home. Recently, I decided to bite the bullet & purchase a chair for this corner by the window. Before, I had my fiance’s old black leather couch & then an ottoman that just seemed out of place. But now, it is the perfect little corner for getting lost in some good books. The chair is from Amazon if you are curious. We actually have the same one [ just different color ] in our living room. It’s the perfect size for the space & super comfortable. All I need now is a small ottoman & possibly a small table where I can place a warm beverage.

Sneakers

I’ve been trying to add a few new pairs of shoes in my wardrobe. Most of my shoes are very worn & old. But I’ve been expanding my style a bit, specifically my sneaker game. I usually stick to boots in the fall & winter but I wanted a different type of shoe for those casual days. I purchased these Sam Edelman sneakers a few months ago & I’ve been wearing them a ton this month. So many people have been rocking the sneakers with midi dresses but I’ve been pairing them mostly with leggings or jeans. I love the tan & white color of them – very minimalistic.

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Those are a few of my fall obsessions lately. Let me know if I should continue this type of blog post in the future. I love sharing lifestyle favorites with you all. Let me know in the comments what you’ve been into lately?

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-B