I haven’t bought any books for a long time, but when I stopped by my local bookstore to get a new journal, I decided I was more than due for a splurge. Here’s what I ended up with.
I liked the cover design and size of this journal. I also love the little designs on all the pages that you can color in if you wanted to. However, I didn’t realize it was unlined until I brought it home, and I usually go for lined journals. I think I can make it work though. Let me know if you have any tips for creatively using an unlined journal so it doesn’t look messy.
No one can ever have enough notebooks, right? I thought these tiny moleskines were cute and practical for tracking small things. I plan to use one to write the solid foods my son has tried so far. I am running out of room on the whiteboard I’ve been using for that. The other notebook is for writing down what I’m grateful for every day. A reminder to count my blessings and focus on the positive.
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz:
From the front flap description: Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history. -1777. Albany, New York- As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about, preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters- Angelica , with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza whose beauty and charm rival those of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.
Still, Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck-as an orphan, and a bastard one at that-to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet on that fateful night so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.
I absolutely love the the Hamilton soundtrack and hope to see the musical in person some day. I’ve always loved history, and American Revolution era history in particular, so I’m looking forward to reading this. I have wanted to learn more about Alexander Hamilton’s wife Eliza, and while I believe this is a fictional novel, I think it will be an interesting read.
My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
From the back cover description: Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle-from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts , especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet- not to mention a possible new romance- the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, she retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away-until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships are rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future gets higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
I bought this simply because it’s by Sophie Kinsella, and it’s one of her books I haven’t read before. There is something about Kinsella’s books that I find so fun and hilarious. The first book I ever read by her was Twenties Girl, and I recall laughing out loud so many times while reading it. It’s pretty rare that a book can have that kind of effect on me, but Kinsella’s books are like a dose of happy sunshine to my reading routine.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
Description from back cover: In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, an elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen in years. And because a strange mist has caused amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him.
As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice, slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share.
The Remains of the Day by Ishiguro is one of my favorite books, and I have been wanting to read something else by him for a long time. This seems like it will be a much different book than The Remains of the Day, but it sounds interesting and unique. I am hoping to love the writing and story just as much.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Description from back cover: If anyone asks you how it ends, just lie. We are Sinclairs. We live, at least in the summertime on a private island off the coat of Massachusetts. Perhaps that is all you need to know. Except that some of us are liars.
I honestly have no idea what to expect with this book. I picked this up on a whim, and I have heard that it’s supposed to be good. If anything, it sounds like it should be a good summer read.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I am skipping sharing the description of this one, because I would like to go into this book as blind to the details as possible. I can’t believe I have never read this book! I think it’s regained popularity with the Hulu TV show out that’s based on the book, but I haven’t seen the show. I have been trying to avoid anything on the show so I won’t spoil the book for myself.
That’s all I picked up other than a few Father’s Day cards. I will update with reviews once I read the books I bought. I hope this post inspired you to go to your own favorite bookstore or check a big stack of books out of the library. Happy summer reading!