I thought it would be fun to whip up a little quiz for you to see what book YOU should read this summer! Answer a quick 5 questions and find out!Read More
A week on a beach, 4 flights, and a brand new Kindle sure help you plow through books... check out the TWELVE I read in August!Read More
I've never been much for the beach, but this one changed my ways. Here's a little recap of my trip!Read More
I'm on a beach in the Caribbean, but that doesn't mean coffee dates can't still happen, friends.Read More
See you next week, friends! I'm off to relax (finally) on a white sandy beach!Read More
I totally forgot to share this playlist in July, but here's what I was jamming to! Enjoy!Read More
I tried on 5 awesome Warby Parker sunglasses with their home try-on program and was inspired to share summer outfit ideas I would wear with each one. Here's to a stylish summer!Read More
Here's what I'm jamming to this June!Read More
These are all books that are sitting on my bookshelf and have been for some time, which means I really need to buckle down and dive in or they'll just keep sitting there while others cycle through.Read More
If you are new to the whole #Collaboreads deal, here's the short summary: for the month of August, Amber and I decided the topic would be "a book set in the summertime," and anyone who was interested could choose one, read it throughout August, and then today, they'll publish their review (we gave an acrostic of R.E.A.D.S. that everyone can use for this!) and link-up with us at the very bottom of this post or on Amber's. WOO! It's so fun. Join us any month or every month!
This month, we even have a GIVEAWAY. Just head on down to the bottom of this post to enter!
This month, I finally read something by Barbara Kingsolver. I have had her books on my to-read list for ages, and was so excited to finally get into this one. It's not her most famous book by any means, but I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more of her work.
Here's a brief intro to Prodigal Summer: "Barbara Kingsolver's fifth novel is a hymn to wildness that celebrates the prodigal spirit of human nature, and of nature itself. It weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives amid the mountains and farms of southern Appalachia. Over the course of one humid summer, this novel's intriguing protagonists face disparate predicaments but find connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with which they necessarily share a place."
And now, here's my review:
What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? These characters live a life that is SO incredibly different than mine, and I absolutely loved that. I can't imagine living totally on my own in the Appalachian mountains, without any power or connection to the outside world like one of the characters. I can't imagine marrying into a huge farming family. I can't imagine having my livelihood based on bringing an extinct species back to life. I couldn't get enough of their lives and everything that was part of them!
How did you relate to/care for the characters? I surprisingly loved these characters. The three main characters are strikingly different and nothing like me or anyone I've ever known, but I was so intrigued by each of them and how interesting and unique their lives were.
What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? This book kept me reading and reading and reading. It switched between characters smoothly and not too much or too little. The plot kept moving at a perfect speed without too much drama or suspense but enough to keep me engrossed. Basically, Kingsolver is a master novelist and this book was just incredibly well-written.
What other books are like this one? This questions stumps me every time. I honestly have no idea. The content matter was unlike any other book I've read, but the structure of switching character POVs was similar to other novels.
What did you think of it? It was simple but evocative of the storyline, with the setting being the wild nature of Appalachia. I loved it and picked it out from the crowded shelves of my favorite used bookstore, so that says something.
How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? This book gets all five stars from me. I was so enamored with it, so interested in each character, so engrossed in the plot and progression, and just couldn't stop reading it. I've already recommended it to several friends!
WE HAVE A GIVEAWAY JUST FOR YOU.
This is SO much fun. You've probably seen me post all over social media about the beautiful things that come from Amber's Etsy shop...but I'm just obsessed with all of it. And YOU COULD WIN SOME. That is the most exciting news! All you have to do is enter right here and we'll pick a winner next week!
LET'S LINK UP NOW.
Share your post here, and go leave love in the comments for everyone else!
And finally, for NEXT MONTH:
The topic for September is "Back to School" and we hope you'll find a book, read it throughout September, and link up with us again on September 28! (Ps-- take this theme however you want-- a fiction book about college, a story that has some element of a school in it, a book about education (here's a list of those!), WHATEVER.)
If you follow me on any form of social media, you've been inundated with pictures from my travels over the last two weeks...and I can't even really apologize for that! Every day, I struggled to choose just a few images to share-- there were SO MANY.
In just two weeks, my dad and I drove all the way across the country, from VA to CA and then all the way back. It was a whirlwind. It was awesome. I saw a LOT and I learned SO MUCH.
Here's what I learned on our great #RADnDadventure:
- Good road trip tunes make even the most boring desert drives more exciting and bearable. When you find a North Pole radio station playing only Christmas music when you're in 100+ degree weather, CRANK IT UP and jam. It's the best. Needtobreathe's live album and the Les Miserables soundtrack are also great choices.
- There is SO much open land in this country. It's refreshing to be reminded of that.
- Every big city has a street named Broadway.
- LOTS of road construction happens in the summertime.
- New Mexico has the prettiest wild sunflowers on the side of their highways.
- Nap whenever possible. Drink coffee whenever possible. Pee every time you stop.
- We live in such a vast, diverse, beautiful, wild country. Seeing so much of it in such a short amount of time blew my mind. I'm so grateful for the freedom to travel like that without any restrictions. I'm grateful for how easy it is to cross state lines. I'm grateful for kind, welcoming people almost everywhere we went. I'm thankful for the chance to see so much of this land the Lord has made.
- There are attractive, bearded, tattooed, hipster men in EVERY city. It's a beautiful thing. There is hope for me yet!
- Being in the car for so many hours will make you feel crazy. You will get delirious. You will desperately need alone time. Laugh it off. Find time to recharge, even if it's just a few minutes in a quiet room or an evening with no plans to just journal in the hotel room. You need it.
- You really can't ever go home again. (More on this later.)
- Moving so much and covering so much ground so quickly is both exciting and exhausting.
- Family is everything. Make time to see the people you love. Cherish it. These are the people who love you endlessly, support you relentlessly, and care about you deeply, and that makes them the very best of people.
- Live music is always a good idea. When you're in Nashville, find live country/folk/acoustic music. When you're in New Orleans, find live jazz music. When you're in Flagstaff, go to The State Bar and hope that a singer-songwriter is there playing his music for you to fall in love with.
- You can go so far when you just decide to do it. My dad said this one point during our trip, and it's so true. We just went for it, and it was awesome. It has made me want to just make plans and make trips happen way more in my life. Find some time, find some money, and just do it.
This was a once in a lifetime trip. It was awesome. I'll remember this adventure forever.