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The books of the year (eh, well the books I'm reading this year.) I'll update as time goes on 🤓
- •Wild - Cheryl StrayedLoved it. I love how she talks about the trail, and then finds a way to connect it to the life she had before she started walking. Imagine walking over 1,100 miles in the woods. 😱 I could not do that. Also, the meaning behind her last name is cool.
- •The Couple Next Door - Shari LapenaI was so invested in this book. A baby is kidnapped in the middle of the night while her parents are at a dinner party next door. The whole time I'm trying to figure out who did it and how it was possible given the evidence. Things get a little crazy the last 100 pages, but finding out characters' secrets along the ways really builds to a jaw-dropping conclusion.
- •The Princess Diarist - Carrie FisherWhat's cool about this bio compared to others I've read is that is was more focused on her time as one character and who she was during that time. Carrie gives a real and honest look into her life as Leia, plus she provides a handful of photos to take you back in time. I'm very interested in reading her other books.
Woo so much is happening this week and I just relate to so many fictional characters right now (aka my best and only friends 😂)
- •MondayI was just not in the mood. Look at me the wrong way and I wanted to cry. Yay for hormones. Also, I really did want a pretzel.
- •TuesdayRelated to Mia in a few ways: had an interview, worked a lot, slept a little, watched a movie (I watched La La Land. 10/10 would recommend). Though I don't sing or dance, I still choose her for this day.
- •WednesdayI stayed up until 3 a.m. working on a work project and am barely functioning currently. Maybe if I didn't stay out watching a movie so late I wouldn't need coffee in an IV?
- •Talking as Fast as I Can — Lauren GrahamI LOVE Lauren. I couldn't help but read it at a Lorelei pace, but this book was wonderful. It was encouraging, funny, smart, and personal. If you enjoy Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, or women killing it at life, read this now
- •Adulting: How to become a grownup in 468 easy(ish) steps — Kelly Williams BrownThis book made me deep clean my apartment and got me back into writing. This advice/self-help book was funny and honest, while making me want to be a better version of myself.
- •The Sun is Also a Star — Nicola YoonThis was my first (good) fictional book in a while. I love when an author transitions character perspectives throughout the book, provided a well-rounded view of events. This story takes place in one day and shows how fate can lead two people together to change life's plans. Also, I love thinking about alternate universes (like on the ep of Community)
- •Fates and Furies - Lauren GroffI was not a fan, but when I start a book, I need to see it through until the end. The book is divided in two sections, the first from the husband's perspective and the second from the wife's. The husband was just so boring. If that section was smaller, it might've been better. The wife's section was better and things really started to pick up with her, especially the last 40 pages. I'm just glad it's over.
- •Wildflower - Drew BarrymoreI now want to watch every movie she has a hand in making. This autobiography is sweet and inspiring, because it's all about a well-traveled woman who is just trying to find her place in the world after coming from an unusual home. I couldn't imagine working from the time I was a baby and still manage to find my way and not be burnt out. She did slip and fall some (those stories weren't included) but she picked herself up and she's remarkable. The wedding chapter broke my heart knowing the end.
Gotta listen to each new ep immediately
- •Gilmore GuysI stumbled across these two back in October 2014 and life has been great because of it. They performed live in Nashville two weeks ago and I was there, loving every minute. **the "unplayed" eps it claims I have are ones I'm relistening to. I have a problem.
- •Best of FriendsGilmore Guys was the gateway drug to podcasts. They often have Jamie on their show and that's how I learned about the podcast he co-hosts. Now it's just him and Erin Mallory Long, who is so cool. I just want her for an older sister.
- •Anna Farris is UnqualifiedBefore I listened, I thought Anna was a good actress, but now that I've been downloading for almost a year, I can easily tell she's one of the best people. If you're interested in starting, choose the Dax Shepherd eps to get running.
Each app has its own place in my heart
- •Twitter - TV, Podcasts, occasional bad jokeInteracting with TV show accounts ran by possible interns and telling podcast hosts how cool they are is what I've turned this app into
- •Instagram - occasional travel, nostalgia, running progressI'm currently running a "Week #" MapMyRun screenshot entry every Monday until my half marathon, plus race photos. Otherwise, it's things I'm doing with my life that others might care about. Oh, and I do a "book of the month" entry each month
- •Facebook - letting people know I'm aliveI've cut down on a lot of posts here, but I'm always "liking" things or whatever. I'm really just here to check my "On this day" feature every morning
- •Truly, Madly, Guilty — Lianne MoriartyLove this book. This author is so great at writing books that I refuse to put down. It centers on a BBQ that changes the lives of three separate couples, but the events at the BBQ are carefully unfolding along the way. It honestly isn't until chapter 80+ that the full story is revealed, but guessing throughout is always entertaining. I'm so excited to see how Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will turn this into a movie.
- •Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack ThorneI could NOT put this down. It's written like a play, which I absolutely love. I haven't read any Harry Potter in maybe 15 years, because a friend at the time spoiled the end of the fifth book, so I quit reading. I'm not a huge "Potterhead" like everyone else, but I did love this story. It focuses on Harry's son Albus and their relationship. Growing up Potter ain't easy, and time turners don't make it easier.
- •Modern Romance - Aziz AnsariLove this book. It took me a bit to finish it because I was moving and adjusting to a new life schedule, but it was so great. He finds a way to make research and comedy work together to inform an audience about the dating evolution. I also noticed parallels between this and his show "Master of None."
- •Case Histories by Kate AtkinsonThis was a really great book. It opens up with three separate stories: 1. A child is abducted. 2. A daughter is murdered. 3. A husband is killed. All three of these are brought together by the investigator who has his own personal issues he's dealing with. I enjoy mystery novels, and I'm glad my coworker offered to let me read it. Thankfully I finished before her last day earlier this month. 🤓
- •The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane MoriartyI'm obsessed with this author. This is my fourth book of her's to read this year, and it was hard to put down. I would probably rank this as my second favorite (Big Little Lies is first). It's a story about a woman named Ellen having to deal with the baggage her new boyfriend brings to the table. I really don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't give more details than that. I do love how she tells the story through two characters' perspectives, defining them as individuals.