WWW Wednesday – 11/1/17


Happy November, friends! And Happy NaNoWriMo to whoever is participating this year. I won’t, but I will be finishing up my first project I tried out during this month. I got to turn it into my grad school thesis.

I haven’t done a WWW Wednesday in a while. But I’ve done so much reading for school that I think it’s time I share.

What are you currently reading?

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – oh my gosh. This book is perfect. I love the movie so much and the book just expands on what I already enjoy. Plus, you can’t go wrong with magic.

What did you just finish reading?

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – I don’t read much literary fiction. But books like Little Fires make me question why. It’s so thought provoking and timely, not to mention well written. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for her first novel.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – this is one of those books that everyone should read. But I can’t tell you why until you’ve finished. I’m so glad I read it.

Broken Bay by Andrea Dunlop – this was a cute novella that was perfect for October. Not as long or fleshed out as I would have liked, but worth getting into.

Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop – Dunlop’s actual novel, though – amazing. Full of heart and sex and life.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I finally started getting Book of the Month boxes! So I have Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emile Lang to read. And since I get a new box soon, I’ll probably add The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. Because the publishing of Practical Magic’s prequel is the very reason I started to read the first.

So what have you all been reading lately? I’d love to hear.

Lastly, a public service announcement: today is November 1st and officially Scorpio Races day. If you haven’t yet read Maggie Stiefvater’s book about wild and deadly horses and the people who love them (and each other) today is the perfect day to start.

Happy reading.

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Books to Read When Your SO is Deployed

…or at bootcamp, or living in another place, or super busy with military life.

These are the books that I read during long stretches of absence, when I need to find comfort in something small. Some of them are fiction, some are not. Some are self help, some are not. I figure it’s good to read a little bit of everything. Because military SO’s need all the help we can get.

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1. How to be Married by Jo Piazza
You don’t have to be married to get the fruits of Piazza’s bare-it-all narrative, but it doesn’t hurt. She goes into the nitty gritty of what it means to choose one person, and then she explores what that means to different cultures. Ultimately, How to be Married shows that there’s no One Way to be together, just do do your best. I’m currently reading this one.

2. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Communication is Hard when your SO isn’t there to talk to face to face. Palmer is an expert at asking for what she wants, and she’s very keen to teach you how in this touching memoir about the music business and art for arts sake. “I trust you this much. Should I? Show me.”

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3. Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Brene Brown has her PhD in vulnerability. Okay, not literally. But she should. This book is super important because it shows us how to rumble with the stories we make up for ourselves, especially the ones based on fear and distance. It’ll teach you how to communicate the stories to your significant other.

4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Historical, unbelievable, and a true hero’s journey. Sometimes, it’s nice to read about those who came before our SO’s and survived. Admittedly, this one is a bit harrowing, so maybe try it when you know your SO is home and safe if you’re concerned for their safety.

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5. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This one I think is particularly great for Navy SO’s. It’s got time travel, sailing, action, romance. Mostly, it’s a great escape from missing someone. But as someone who loves a sailor, that aspect was really fun for me.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Do you remember how you fell in love with your SO? All the butterflies in your stomach, the wondering if they felt the same. Those first kisses… This book is sure to remind you of that. Rainbow Rowell is queen of romance in my eyes, and she’s really great at conjuring that “falling in love” feeling.

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

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Book Review: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Hello friends! I have had Better Than Before sitting on my shelf for over a year and I haven’t been able to bring myself to pick it back up. I thought it would be interesting to learn about habits, but I am unfortunately in a point in my life where habits are just what they are, and reading a book about it won’t do much good.

I highly recommend this book to those who genuinely want to learn more about what guides their life. Gretchen Rubin is one of my Linkedin influencers and she’s so insightful. I wish I was in to it more, for self help reasons.

Hopefully I’ll pick it up again someday. Until then, unfortunately I have to mark it as DNF.

Onto the next read.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Title: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

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