22 Favorite Books on my 22nd Birthday!

Today is your birthday? False. Today is the anniversary of your birthday. - Schrute Facts (Dwight Schrute from The Office)

As cheesy as this type of post may be…I just hope it’s MOZZARELLA! ba-dum-tis! Turning 22 or any birthday within my twenties thus far has simply been anxiety and nerves and OMG I-haven’t-done-anything-with-my-life. So just to slow my roll a little bit, I’ve decided to share my favorite books so far in this physical life. Here we go!

Hunted Geekerella The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)  The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)  The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2) Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) Heartless Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)  Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) We Were Liars Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1) Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy, #2) Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)  Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1) Eleanor & Park Attachments The Hating Game A Man Called Ove

I tried to think of the books that I may have most likely gushed over and I think I did pretty good though in actuality, I may have a much smaller and closer to my heart list but anyways, for any of you who wants to know me, these are a few of my favorite things.

Thanks for coming along this far with me, to those who might actually read my posts… I appreciate the support!

 

I arrived at 22! All thanks to the Lord who saw it fit to keep me here as long as this.

 

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Summer 2017: Books to Read

So much can happen by the middle of the year. Some of us are nursing our broken hearts from Valentines day past.Some  are holding on tightly to long distance relationships as the summer separates us with mini vacations, Summer jobs,Camps and so much more.The summer heat can be frustrating but the bustle of energy, the sound of the ocean waves and the echo of laughter in the air can be a refreshing atmosphere for a broken heart or just as painful memory.

There is one guaranteed method however, a remedy that we have been using even without realising it. Between the pages of books we find worlds and people that we would never have imagined to meet. We are transported to any place in the world and our hearts are healed through daring adventures and sweet romances. There’s no other place to be than buried in a book to give your heart the much-needed time that it needs to heal. Here are a few of my absolute favourites that I believe can work for just about anyone, young , old, boy or girl.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne  – The Hating Gamebrings the sizzle of summer into the work place. These rivals compete for the same promotion never missing an opportunity to sneak in passive-aggressive word battles toward each other. Their petty war is simply hilarious and as the temperature rises Lucy and Joshua are faced with undeniable feelings that they can’t seem to shake off.

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AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell is also set in the work place environment.Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner are the absolute best friends you need right now. These women continue to share their personal emails at work ignoring the fact that they might be monitored by the new internet security in the building. Lincoln O’Neil has just been hired to monitor emails and he can’t believe these women’s complete dismissal of office rules.Before he realizes, he is drawn into their comical conversations and even more crazy… he find himself falling in love with Beth!

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman is definitely not a hot summer romance, but not all of us like to be reminded of these first cute and sparkly moments we once shared. Instead, I introduce you to Ove, the seemingly grumpy old man next door who you can’t help but avert your eyes when he approaches. Ove is a man of principle and strict routines and so he is greatly annoyed when the new neighbors arrive filled with horrible parking and life. As you get to know Ove you will realise that beneath his layers is a man fully aware and knowledgable of life and loss. This book shows importance of being surrounded by family and loved ones in tackling pain that might be 10 years deep.

Here is more of what I thought of A Man Called Ove!

If you’re the type of person who re-watches Under the Tuscan Sun then you definitely need these two books below. WARNING: Keep your suitcase, your passport and that tempting, teasing savings book, very far away from you.

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. If the cute cover hasn’t convinced you already then allow me to try. Lina is not so thrilled to be under the Tuscan sun as many of us would most likely be. Who would want to spend time away from the friends for a no-show dad anyway? When she is given her mother’s journal, Lina is suddenly ignited with purpose and anticipation in uncovering all the juicy secrets of her parents and even…herself.

Here is more of what I thought on this juicy read, Love&Gelato!

 

One Night in ItalyOne Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond (because every great chick needs a great chick-lit). This book introduces you to three different women Anna,Sophie and Catherine who are united by an Italian cooking class. As they deal with the different issues in their lives, they find support in each other and solace in the enticing world of Italian cuisine and of course, gelato.

 

Book Thoughts : Hunted

HuntedHunted by Meagan Spooner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Competed 1:56 am (couldn’t put it down). I wish this book never ended!!!! I am transformed! Where are the words to describe it! The writing ,the pace, it was perfection. I fell in love so many times that I may have sprained a heart muscle. I lived within every snowfall and breathed the forest. Oh the beast! I can’t imagine moving on from the feels I grew ,I don’t want to! I enjoyed this book so much ! oh my goodness

This Fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast is hands down my absolute favorite so far! I never thought a day would come where I would have been able to state this. It was original enough and did not move too far from the traditional.It was as if I was  reading one of those secret histories, never-been-told about beauty and beast. I was so sad when I got to the end of this tale, so beautifully woven and so relate able. The feeling of constant wanting and never finding contentment is definitely something that I too have struggled with and it was easy to understand that feeling of having nearly everything but still missing something. Highly recommended!

 

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Book Thoughts: Geekerella

GeekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was ssoooooo charming! I am a sucker for a simple ,beautifully written fairy tale retelling. It took me a while to get into this book, I did not feel part of the fandom as I have not done that level of fangirling as I know most people might have but as soon as I picked it up again and got to know these darlings, I was in for the Past midnight reading. I am always impressed with a book when the romance is filled with tummy butterflies and sweet blushes without the characters getting heated in the haystack (not saying I haven’t read my fair share).It was lovely and refreshing how they strolled into love and I definitely appreciated that.

*Not in Goodreads review*

Every time I get started on a fairy-tale retelling I usually expect the cliché  “guy gets with girl” ending. Some people always want a twist or turn or unique but to be honest the cliche IS WHAT I ENJOY THE MOST about it. I don’t know why I just – goodness – I just freaking enjoy simple and cute and sweet. I definitely like  a bit of newness to the plot of course, but  I like knowing what I expect in the end. That same swoon feeling that I get every time I watch Sam and Austen Ames !!! (I suppose I do know a bit about fan girling after-all) a cinderella story

I enjoyed this book ladies and gents. I know you will too.
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Fee-fi-fo- Flan!

I tasted and cooked my first Flan!

I prefer to call it Crème Caramel and pretend that I am not me, but a renowned French chef who for this moment made a very over cooked Flan.

It always looks so extravagant and rich and smooth. I wondered if it was only the desert of higher class. The ingredients made it seem oh so easy but no, the anticipation is the true killer. Waiting and wonder If the hour plus more that you spend waiting for it to cook and set will be worth it in the end.

I enjoyed the taste of the center portion which seemed to be the proper identity of what crème caramel should be.  The rest was eggy and mushy. So if you did not know before,  my photos have now taught you what over cooked flan/ crème caramel looks like. Well at least I think it was over cooked, I also did not have the right set up for a water bath.

Note well, Flan tastes like a jello textured cheese cake, at least to me anyway.

 

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HEY, It may not be the world’s pettiest Flan , but it’s mine and now I feel like Mademoiselle Quelque chose!

Anyway this was random, just trying to get back into the groove of writing down anything and everything.Hope you all enjoyed and have fun experimenting with life.

Book Thoughts: Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes, it was wonderful just as I knew it would be! I could smell the earth from the forest and feel the cool air every time I turned a page. I was pleasantly surprised at the twists this book took and I could not believe the giant question mark this book ended with. I enjoyed the character development although some things were left unknown which I hope to find in the second book. I fell in love with more people than one. However, I couldn’t help but feel like the main character was overly praised. She seemed to always rattle someone in more ways than one.

Yes, she was a very good and strong character but I felt that if she was in front of me I would first think that she was all talk. I was always waiting for her to back up all the bravado. In the end she did prove to be useful. I anticipate what choices she will make in the future.

The writing style Is beautiful as usual for this author. Poetic and well paced. I enjoyed being transported with the characters in their world and seeing what they saw.

*Fan girl moment*

From the moment I met Shazi and Khalid in the Wrath and the Dawn I had no hesitation coming into this book. OH HOW I MISS THEM. But trust me ladies the love interest in  Flame and the Mist is just as Mysterious and sizzling! Let your imagination go wild darlings! It was a wonderful journey that I would definitely recommend and hope that you all experience it too.

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Book Thoughts: The Heirs

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I rarely read the synopsis of a book so that I am sprung into a surprising world on my own. The first chapter dragged for me. I was not used to reading books like this one in a very long time.  I have only been reading YA madness for the past year. When I arrived at chapter two it was safe to say that I was definitely enjoying The Heirs by Susan Reiger. I was unable to rush this book. The pace was comfortable and not excruciatingly slow. I found myself taking time to read it but not feeling the need to rush.
This book reminded me of a classy gossip tale. We are literally experiencing every secret as it unfolds. The thing is that the more you know, the more you want to find out. We are shown the present and past of the characters which enables you to assess each person individually. I was guilty of judging them by their past forgetting my thoughts of who they were presently and I could imagine Eleanor chastising me for it
The stories and characters were beautifully written. Family life was the heaviest theme. From different perspectives we learned each person’s personality both the good and the bad. We saw how they each reacted to the secrets that were being revealed not just about their deceased father, but among themselves.
This book raises many interesting questions on love in marriage, it’s importance, it’s presence or lack there of and the ability of a marriage to either survive or fail on the simple assumption of love’s existence.  To me the subject of marriage in this book was bitter and apologetically realistic. However, Eleanor and Rupert never let the question of love stop them from having what appeared to have been a successful marriage.I enjoyed the reminder that the past should not rewrite the present.
Eleanor was  my favorite. Her mysterious air seemed to bind everything and everyone together. She was sophisticated and classy and witty in handling situations and we learned about her naughty side as well! I enjoyed how the author was able to connect everything together in the end.  Although I do not ever think that I would be able to keep up at a dinner with the Falkes.
 All in all it was a very interesting read hard to get into on the first chapter but i was in for the ride by the second. It was a good break from my usual YA  and a wonderful opportunity to learn new vocabulary!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. So exciting!

Author Website:http://susanregier.com/