September 2018 archive

Recent Reads Vol 3

I’ve been reading a good bit, but life really has been a little crazy lately, and I haven’t had a chance to post a recent reads update. I’ll have another update ready in the next couple weeks. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my favorite batch of books, but I did get a great one in there.

She Was The Quiet One by Michelle Campbell ★★☆☆☆

I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Twin sisters Bel and Rose Enright start their sophomore year of high school at a prestigious boarding school in New England after losing their mother and moving in with their grandmother. While the sisters had never been the best of friends, boarding school tears them apart in ways they didn’t imagine.

I requested this novel because I really enjoyed Campbell’s last novel, It’s Always the Husband. Unfortunately, this one didn’t deliver. The dialogue was unrealistic. The characters were extremely unlikable. And the writing overall was honestly just bad. I would’ve put it down after a couple chapters had the plot not sucked me in.

Would I recommend? No. Skip this one, I suffered through the bad writing to find out what happened. It’s not worth it for you to do the same.

Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★★

Joana, Emilia, and Florian come together on their journey to East Prussia in the hopes of finding freedom at the end of World War II. They make their way onto the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German military ship headed to Kiel.

I always think that I don’t like reading historical fiction. But then it’s always the World War II novels that I get completely wrapped up in and can’t put down. I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t heard about the tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff before. The novel was very well written, the character development was well done, and each element fell perfectly into place.

Would I recommend? Absolutely! It’s heartbreaking and beautifully written.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon ★★★☆☆

Christopher Boone, an autistic teenager, sets out to write a book based on the murder of his neighbor’s dog. He numbers his chapters using only prime numbers, and thinks about everything overly logically.

This book really takes you through the process of thinking of an autistic person. And if I’m being honest, being in the mind of an autistic person is exhausting so I can only imagine how it really feels to be in that person’s shoes. I felt like I was reading a lot of it just to get through it more than I was actually enjoying it.

Would I recommend? Yes. Even though I didn’t love it, I do think it’s important for everyone to see the world from another perspective and be able to better understand other people.

 

What have you read recently?

Shopping Ban Update: Month Two

I’m two months into my shopping ban, and I haven’t had any real slip ups since I caved during the CJLA warehouse sale in July.

My skin has been all kinds of a mess, so I needed to invest in some new skincare products to take better care of my face. Since it wasn’t skincare that I was currently using, I didn’t have to wait until I was out of something. I spent about $12 total on a set of 12 sheet masks and a pack of 30 eye masks. I’ve been using the eye masks 1-2 times a week and the sheet masks once a week, and I’ve seen such an improvement in my skin. My face looks brighter, and no more bags under my eyes.

Wins

This month was not without temptation. J. Crew and Jack Rogers both had major sales. I went as far as adding items to my cart and going back and forth between colors before eventually closing out of the web page before checking out. Because as cute as they were, I really don’t NEED another pair of booties.

Losses

We’ve recently moved into a new apartment so there’s been a lot of furniture buying. I know furniture was on the approved list because I knew it was going to be a need in the near-ish future, but it still feels like a loss because even buying cheaper furniture isn’t cheap. Even though I’m on a pretty tight budget, I still feel like I’ve been picking quality pieces that will last.

Thoughts

Avoiding temptation is getting easier. Even if I find myself window shopping and adding items to my cart, I’ve been able to talk myself out of hitting purchase because at the end of the day, I know it’s not stuff that I really need. I’ve been a lot more conscious about my spending habit, which resulted in me saving a lot of money this month.