Thursday, February 4, 2016

On My Bookshelf: February

I read way more books that I thought I was going to during January. I had three books originally planned (Anne of Green Gables, Carry On, and The Jane Austen Book Club), but I read three additional books as well (The Prophet, The Martian, and I'll Give You the Sun). I don't know why, but I just couldn't stop reading last month. I think it has partially to do with the fact that I recently joined the Chicago Public Library, and books that I had on hold became available all within the span of a few days, so I only had three weeks to read them before I lost my chance. I guess that's a pretty good problem to have :)

This month, I hope to read the following books:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Okay, so I actually already finished this book. I devoured the last 50% last night because I couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened next and how it was going to end. And I definitely enjoyed it. It is a fast-moving book, so if I could do it all again, this would definitely be the perfect beach read.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
You might have heard of this book before because Marina Keegan tragically died just days after her graduation from Yale. This book is a collection of some of her essays, short stories, and poems that were published posthumously.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I love Elizabeth Gilbert for her extremely famous book, Eat, Pray, Love, and I'm so glad to dive into her newest book which is all about creative living and being empowered by the creative person within each of us.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
David and I have taken the 5 Love Languages test online, but I'm excited to read this book just to continue to learn to love better. David and I have been engaged since June, and we're working everyday towards our lives as a married couple, and this book is a perfect tool to learn to love in ways that the other person responds best :) I'm actually listening to this one on audiobook, so it will be coming along on the train with me on my way to work and school.

After You by Jojo Moyes
So this book is actually still on hold at the library, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it will come in before the end of the month. After You is the sequel to Me Before You which I read this past summer. I loved the first in the series so much, and it's actually been made into a movie that will be coming out in June. I anticipate some ugly crying in the theater over this one. But anyways, clearly I'm excited to now read the sequel even though I don't think anything could ever compare to the first one.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)


Nothing like having a new project on the needles! This is going to be a variation of Purl Soho's Classic Cuffed Hat, and I'm knitting it in KnitPicks Capra yarn which is so yummy and soft.

And that's all for today! Hope your Wednesday is wonderful :) 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cats in Paris // A Blogging for Books Review


Adult coloring books have really exploded recently, and I'd be lying if I said that I haven't gotten sucked into the trend too. Although I like to just use a coloring app on my phone, I also like reverting to my childhood days of pulling out my colored pencils and deliberately filling in the lines on physical pages.

Another thing I love?

Cats.

Therefore, this coloring book is really perfect for me. It combines my old love of coloring with the adorableness of sweet felines in all their quirkiness.

There are a lot of new adult coloring books floating around out there, but I'm really happy with this one because it has a level of sophistication without being too hard. I hate getting halfway through a coloring page and losing steam because it's too tedious or boring, so this particular book is a perfect balance of staying interesting and cute without taking forever to finish.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.