July 2018 archive

Currently July

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I can’t believe it’s the end of July already! This summer has just flown by.

Watching: Sharp Objects. HBO produced a miniseries based on Gillian Flynn’s novel starring Amy Adams. I’ve only watched the first episode, but it’s so so good. HBO did an amazing job with Big Little Lies, and it looks like they have with this one too.

Reading: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’ve pretty much just started reading this so I don’t have an opinion on it yet. The movie is coming out next week so I wanted to read the book first. And the book has rave reviews on Goodreads.

Listening: My Favorite Murder. I’ve discovered recently that I really love listening to podcasts during the day. It helps the day go by faster when I have something to listen to in the background. I’ve been getting through 2 or 3 episodes of My Favorite Murder a day lately. They describe themselves as a true crime comedy, and they discuss two true crime stories an episode. I love everything true crime, and this is right up my alley.

Wearing: Jeans. I used to live for warmer weather because I loved wearing skirts and dresses, but lately I’ve been gravitating more towards jeans. I think it’s partly because I have more tops that I like wearing than I used to and partly because I’ve found that jeans that actually fit me and are comfortable. I always wore American Eagle jeans because I thought that’s what fit me, but it turns out jeans are really comfortable when they actually fit you.

Eating: Tacos. Seriously, it’s like I can’t get enough. I think what I really love about tacos is that there’s so much variety, you can eat them for every meal and always have something different.

What have you been up to this month?

Recent Reads Volume 2

recent reads vol 2

Royals by Rachel Hawkins ★★★★☆

16-year-old Daisy Winters is just trying to live a normal life with her family in Florida. That gets harder for her when her older sister gets engaged to the prince of Scotland. After her ex-boyfriend sells her out to the press, the royal family has her spend the summer in Scotland so that they can better control the media.

Royals is exactly the predictable, cheesy love story that you’d expect it to be, but I loved it. The character development is great. This is a perfect light summer read when you need to take a break.

Would I recommend? If you’re looking for a light beach read, yes

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier ★★★★☆

I received this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Angela Wong disappeared 14 years ago. When her remains are finally discovered, evidence points to her best friend Georgina (Geo) Shaw. Geo loses her job and fiance when she is sentenced to 5 years in jail. Jar of Hearts slowly reveals bits and pieces of Angela’s murder while following Geo and her childhood friend/the officer who arrested her, Kaiser.

I absolutely loved Jar of Hearts. Every piece of information is revealed at just the right moment, and it has just the right amount of suspense and foreshadowing. The murder details do a get a bit gory and graphic, so it might not be the best read for anyone sensitive to that, but it’s evened out with the perfect psychological thriller.

Would I recommend? Definitely!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan ★★★★☆

American Bex Porter meets Prince Nicholas when she spends a semester abroad at Oxford. The Royal We follows Bex and Nick through their relationship from their initial meeting to their royal wedding. It’s basically Kate Middleton fan fiction, so if you love following the royal family in real life, you’ll love this book.

I wouldn’t have typically chosen to read two royal books so close together, but I read this one for the Bad on Paper podcast. It’s a very long book, and I had a trouble getting through it because it’s not a fast paced story. But the actually story itself is very good, the character development is phenomenal, and it’s a beautiful love story

Would I recommend? If you love love, this one is definitely for you

The Power by Naomi Alderman ★★★☆☆

The Power shows us what the world could look like if women had the power. Teenage girls start discovering that they can produce electricity from their fingers, and they start using against boys. As the story goes on, all women develop this power and it’s a role reversal of female oppression.

From a human rights perspective, this story is actually a little terrifying. It shows the very slow oppression of men over a time span of 10 years where women slowly gain all of the power and men eventually have almost none. It’s an intriguing story that kept my attention until the very end, but it was a little too creepy for me.

Would I recommend? Maybe. Not a must read, but a good read.

What have you read recently?

Shopping Ban

I’ve been on serious spending spree lately for absolutely no reason. I wanted a new bathing suit to go to the beach with this week, and one thing lead to another I guess. Regardless of the why, it’s time for a little bit of a spending freeze. I’ve seen a lot of talk lately about doing a year long shopping ban from bloggers like Britt from Tiny Ambitions and Cait Flanders, and even author Ann Patchett. I’m at a point in my life where that’s something that I’d like to experiment with myself. Putting money towards things like a wedding and a house are things that are in my semi-near future so I’d really prefer to be saving my money instead of buying frivolous things.

I debated delaying the full on shopping ban until later in the year. My boyfriend and I will be moving in the next couple months, and we’re going to be starting over with a lot of our furniture. Our last place had a couch that was on its last leg and a lot of my parents’ old furniture so it’s time to start from scratch and really find our own style together as a couple, but that also requires shopping. But I didn’t want to keep making excuses and delaying it so I’m allowing furniture purchases in my rules.

My Shopping Ban Timeline

July 2, 2018 – July 2, 2019

The Goal

To save more money to put towards big purchases, and keep my closet from overflowing.

The Rules

What I’m allowed to shop for:

  • groceries and basic kitchen supplies
  • toiletries and cosmetics like toothpaste, shampoo, mascara, etc. (but only after I run out)
  • cleaning and household products (again, only after I run out of our current stock)
  • gifts for others
  • dress rentals for attending weddings (we have one coming up in August)
  • furniture for our new place

What I’m NOT allowed to shop for:

  • clothes
  • shoes
  • accessories (jewelry, scarves, bags, etc.)
  • books and notebooks
  • nail polish or any toiletries/cosmetics that I won’t use on a regular basis

What Now?

I’ll post an update at the beginning of each month with my thoughts and progress. And I’ll add any additional rules as questionable issues come up throughout the next year.

Have you ever done a shopping ban? What were your experiences like?