Monday, March 2, 2015

Choosing Your Next Book (Spring Break Edition)

The other day I blogged about several things I plan to bring on my Spring Break trip, but I forgot one of the most important items...reading materials! I mean how else are you going to survive the airport and plane? Plus I know I'm not the only one who enjoys a good book on the beach. Well, I have been skimming various websites, lists, and asking friends for recommendations of books to read. Maybe it is because I spend so much time reading for class in college, or maybe it was that bad spell of books I went through over the summer, but I really want to make sure I have some reassurance going into reading a book. That being said, I will really read almost anything you throw at me. I wanted to be able to give you several options for what to read over vacation so my list has books for all moods and preferences. I hope you find at least one that you enjoy! Also, don't forget to add me on GoodReads because I keep it updated with my reading list and I would love to know what you are reading!
If you enjoyed...

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book came out at the beginning of the year and has absolutely taken off in popularity. Many of the reviews related it to Gone Girl so you know you can't go wrong with this book.

Jodi Picoult novels, read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. She has several popular books published, and her latest did not disappoint critics. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down, but you won't be lost if you have to stop reading to board a plane or take a break for a couple of days.

anything, read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Okay, that was vague, but this book has something for everyone. It is well-written, interesting, and tells an incredible story. I really can see any of my friends and family enjoying this book so you should definitely give it a read.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, read The Charm School by Nelson DeMille. DeMille is one of my favorite authors and I have read a bunch of the John Corey books he writes. This book is not related to any of his other books, but I wish it would because it was so good. The ending is incredible and DeMille's sarcastic characters add a nice element to this thriller.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, read North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I wish I had read this book before seeing the BBC miniseries on Netflix because I love it that much. The plot has some similarities to Austen's classic, but this less well-known novel takes place in a cotton industrial town which introduces several different factors that I really think add to the characters' complexity and make the plot a bit more relatable to a woman today.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling, read Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay. This collection of essays should be easy to read through and it has good reviews on Amazon as being a nice combination of satire and an important message on feminism.

historical fiction, read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book was named one of the top books of 2014 and with it's historical context, it's easy to see why. After looking at reviews, I can't wait to read this book!

Eat, Pray, Love by _, read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Reese Witherspoon portrayed Strayed in the Oscar-nominated film based on the memoir. This book is about the evolution of changing and discovering oneself in a bit of an unconventional way.

What books are you reading this Spring Break?


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Working in retail means that I am surrounded by Spring lines well before it is time to wear them in Virginia. I mean, we still have snow on the ground. Today I decided to wear a Spring-y outfit because I am just so excited to head to Florida for a week and because it is now March!