As fall is approaching, I can't help but to think about how exciting the next season up ahead will be. Summer has not always been my favorite season, and I am especially excited to say goodbye to hotter temps and hello to cozy knits.
As I am putting away my garments from summer and transitioning into fall, I couldn't help but to think that there are so many other things I've been loving these past few months besides the clothes hanging in my closet. Since each new month brings forth a fresh start, I figure at the beginning of each month I will share what I have been loving. My life revolves so much around fashion, and for that I am thankful, but there are other aspects of my life I would love to share with you. Music is a huge part of my life and what I tend to turn to when I'm feeling lost or misunderstood. Below are a few of my favorite tracks that I've been relating to the most, and I hope they give you some joy like they have for me.
Also, if music isn't your jam, below are a few books I have been especially loving. When I read I read for myself, so even though it may be childish that I still read most of my books from the young adult section, at the end of the day those quick reads are what gets my mind off the big things. Below I have attached the picture of the book along with my own personal synopsis.
Before I Fall is a great read no matter the season. This book takes you through the main character’s life as she relives her last day over and over again for seven days straight. While this book may have had lighthearted moments at times, the underlying motif was haunting. As the days dwindle closer and closer to her end, she ultimately realizes what mattered to her all along, and how easy it can be to discredit life’s most precious moments, all in exchange for a less than satisfying reality.
Sweethearts was a book that made me bawl my eyes out. Only one other book has ever made me feel this way, and no it wasn’t The Fault in Our Stars. That book doesn’t count because it is, by definition, a tragedy. However, now that I have distracted you with that, back to the main point. Sweethearts is a book that is not about cancer, but rather about how life can take away someone due to pure circumstance. When I read this book, I was going through a few goodbyes myself with some people that I hold very close to my heart. This book is not satisfying and it does not have a resolution that allows you to walk away from it feeling like “yes, I can live with that.” It plays with your emotions and heartstrings while all parlaying into the notion life, and those in it, are truly precious. Even if we know them for but a short time, their time in our life was in no way less important, nor will they be soon forgotten.
The Revenge Playbook took me all of a day-and-a-half to read. Now, maybe this isn’t the best measurement of time since I can literally devour books like water, however, this book was nonetheless a page turner. When I first decided to read it I thought it would be cute, but I thought the story would mostly revolve around sports and play into the whole a female vs. male dynamic. Surprisingly, this book exceeded my expectations and dispelled any preconceptions I had going into it. The book was fun and really brought a new perspective to the idea of “girl-power.” The book was whimsical and witty while still being anchored down to a real message. The girls in the book that teamed up to work together to prove how over exalted their hometown football team is came from all different social standings. The comradery felt between the characters is palpable, and the story the author tells takes you back to a fun time where anything goes when you have your best friends by your side.
The last and final book I have to talk about is called Those Girls. This book was not at ALL what I thought it was going to be. Growing up in the private school system, I have my own preconceived notions on what a school revolving around preppy princess would entail, but this blew whatever thoughts I had on that out of the water. This book was shocking, thrilling and heart-warming just as much as it was heart-chilling. It brought attention to the ideas tacked on to how girl world is run, and all the trials we face when we loose sight of who we are in exchange for a social standing. This book was unlike any other read. Basically if you loved the movie Cruel Intentions, you’re going to love this.
These are a few of my favorite things, and I am so excited to share them with you! I hope you are all looking forward o the fall season as much as I am! Leave below any favorites you've been loving this month, and let me know if you've heard of any of these books and your thoughts on them. Until next time.