A friend and I was discussing our high school summer reading list mandated for English class and how I never read the books until a few days before school started. It got me thinking of creating a short summer reading list of my own and encouraging others to join. This summer, I will read 3 books with different genres, cultures and each set in different times. I think this will be a fun challenge along with finishing up graduate school and having Sunday brunch.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong – Goodreads
A breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them –Goodreads
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.- Goodreads
I will start with The Wife Between Us, make sure you follow my instagram for updates.
Do you have any books you’ll be reading this summer?
If you’d like to join for all three or any of them, please comment or email.
Exactly 2 years ago, I was graduating from undergrad and worrying about PA school. When I woke up that morning, I felt like sh!t because the last school who had me on a waiting list was hosting the incoming class orientation the same day I was getting my B.A. On my way to the ceremony, I got a call from the Administrator asking if I still wanted to be on the wait list. I was shocked cause I thought the class was completed. Ofcourse I accepted and she promised to get back to me later that day. I checked and rechecked my phone all day. This was worse than waiting for a reply after sending a guy a lengthy or risky message. By the end of the day no phone call came. That night, after beating myself up mentally, I opened up CASPA and started entering my data for another application cycle.
2 days later – spongebob voice
On June 1, I got another phone call. The person asked if I still wanted to join the class. I thought someone was playing a cruel joke on me. I was a few seconds from cussing someone out! After he explained that he was part of admissions committee, he asked the question again. My initial thought was to say “No”. I had chucked up the cycle as a lesson and that I’ll do better the next time around. I asked my cousin who was laying next to me, what she thought and she looked at me as if I was crazy!!
Maybe I was…
I mean who turns down what they had been praying for?? I almost did because I was scared. I was scared that just maybe, I wasn’t ready, or that if they took that long to get to me, it wasn’t meant for me yet. I know you’re probably like “girl are you mad?”. Obviously you know I ended up accepting because I’ve shared the journey over the last two years with everyone who will listen but I wanted to share that the road to your dream may not happen as you imagined it. I surely never imagined that I’d be starting PA school 2 days after the whole class started but it happened. Your journey will be different from mine, at your own allotted time stamp according to God. And when that time comes, don’t let fear or doubt win.
Before you go Marie Antoinette on me, I love flowers and chocolate , especially the chocolate part BUT when it becomes repetitive, you want something new. So I have compiled a list that’s suitable for both men and women that will bring a smile to your partner’s face.
-Edible Arrangements : delicious, and kind of like flowers and chocolate together !
-Books! Lots of Books! Go to the bookstore, read while browsing, spend time with each other while lost in another world 💛💛
-Sephora or Ulta’s gift card: you can thank me later. Makeup, skincare & perfumes/cologne?? Yep!
-Indoor Sky diving; something your partner will remember without actually wanting to kill you for taking him/her for the REAL skydiving
-Jewelry: Alex and Ani bracelets are amazing. The new Apple watch? maybe even a RING? **wink wink**
-Private Chef for the evening if you want to wine and dine
Woke up this morning, and after two days of staying indoors, I had to get out today. (Well I have to be at work, so that will require my “staycation” to be over). The snow was depressing and as I waited for my ride, I started dreaming of what summer would feel like right now.
Here is my impromptu ode to summer 🌞🌻🌴
Ode to Summer 2017
I’m absolutely imagining what the summer sun will feel like on my skin,
How my feet will be happy to step into some open toe sandals,
How I’d wear a romper and grab a light jacket for that full blast NYC bus AC,
How I’d quickly wipe down the sweat running along my laid baby hair as I wait for the S52 bus,
How the salty cool ocean breeze will blow around me as I frolic in my bathing suit,
How the mango flavored Popsicle will taste as I kick up my leg and read as the sun goes down,
How the girls and I will gather after a full meal of BBQ & Jerk chicken and play cards,
How much I’m missing you, summer. I’m anxiously awaiting your return
Rationally, I know as a small start up-ex: blogs, freelance mua, designer, photographer-self promo is vital but it also takes a lot of guts to do. I would consider myself outgoing and real. I’ll tell it like I see it because life is too short to beat around the bushes. But as bold as I’m, one would assume that I mimic that attitude when promoting my blog.
Nope, I don’t.
Often times, I’m just telling my very small cirlce of close friends about my blog and my future plans for it. I get excited to announce the new camera I bought, the new books I want to buy, the YouTube channel I’m starting soon, and so on. You get the idea that I don’t let any details slip away. I’ll let them know everything about a book and the blog even though they don’t read for leisure as much as I do. But I still do not let others know.
I have asked myself why do I hold back on self promotion? Why don’t I shout to all my 300+ “friends” on Facebook that I have a book blog and want their ‘follow-ship’ (totally just made that up) ? Why don’t I post more often on my personal Instagram and give myself a shout out? And why don’t I tell some of the new people I’ve met since the blog opened up in June 2016 about my lovely blog??
I dont know.
I don’t have one particular earth shattering, philosophical answer that will make me sound deep. But I know that I’m shy about my work. In nervous about what others think of my type of art. I’m shy about the blog because it won’t be my first blog. It is my first blog with full on focus about books and my longest running blog (I believe). I think maybe I’m afraid of failing. I didn’t keep up with my previous blog because I lost interest in posting and made excuses. So my subconscious mind believes that if many people who knows me doesn’t know about the blog, then I won’t have to explain when I stop blogging. With that mindset, I’ve already started thinking this blog will fail. I’m creating a fluffly cushion to fall into if this blog doesn’t succeed and that’s the worst mindset I can have for something I want so bad.
I’m taking a step to stop myself from standing in my own way. I recently posted a picture of my blog on my a Snapchat story. I am going to revive my Facebook and reach out to my audience there and see if they want to support the blog. I’m going to open up to outsiders about the blog and how they can find a book for themselves or others on it. No more hiding from the crowd and limiting my chances.
I’m also writing this post because now I must do what I say. Its on the internet and it stays forever!
Seriously, I’m happy that I can question myself and make plans. So here is a shout out:
Please FOLLOW the blog here On WordPress, on IG (@booksblog) and Twitter (@bookysblogtwitt).
First, I need to apologize for my lack of updating the blog throughout November but I swear, November was just a different kind of busy. I just want to let my Pals know that you can keep up with the blog on Instagram, because I try to update that atleast on a daily basis.
Second, I finally updated and began using my NetGalley account!! NetGalley is a place for authors to send and have their book, which is yet to be released, reviewed by “professional readers” (like myself 😁) and some editors also use it as well. It is a great system to have and it helps both the reviewers as well as the review-ee, (Totally doubt if that’s an actual word).
Why I’m using it again: I’ve been so busy with school work and figured to start putting some things in place for the blog with school break coming up. NetGalley is something I’ve wanted to continue doing and this will be the perfect time to start. It would safe me lots of money on books I’d have to buy because I’ll be sending requests for books that I have interest in and if I’m approved, that’s a free book right there! I’ve already been approved to review 4 out of the 7 books that I requested for. Another reason is that it’s a great way to influence what books are getting released and giving honest feedback on why something works or not in the book.
NetGalley is very easy to navigate for anyone who is interested. The copies you’ll receive are e-copy. I use my Kindle account to receive mine but there are other sources if you don’t use Kindle.
I also have many things I want to implement on the blog to make sure I’m reaching my goals in regards to the blog. So, be on the look out for more updates and changes real soon!
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