I had a set reading list this month, books I definitely wanted to get through before tackling anything new. Of course, that absolutely did not happen! This time of year I turn into a mood reader. Even though Florida is still blazing hot during day light hours, the evenings are slowly cooling down and the usual seasonal thunderstorms leave the air crisp and cool more often than not. I read quite a few really great books this monthand finally start Empire of Storms!
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It is finally here! After the bomb dropped earlier this year that Jenny Han was working on a third installment to the popular duology, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You, I have been waiting and waiting for the cover of Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
Fall is my favourite time of year! I can’t resist the layers, new season in fashion and the crisp, clean air that comes with cooler evenings and starry nights. I am also very much a mood reader this time of year. I love books that inspire snuggling up in a cozy blanket with a cup of something hot to drink. With all the various trends and classics making the rounds this season (anyone else really digging the Pantone Fall 2016 palette?), I decided to make my own inspiration board on Pinterest here covering all my favourite aspects of the season and things I am looking forward too!
The Serpent King by Jeff Zetner (5 out of 5 Stars)
People live quiet lives and that’s okay. There’s dignity in that, no matter what you may think.
This book is both beautiful and haunting. It was part of the March Writer’s Block Box from OwlCrate. I honestly cannot believe it took me so long to read it. I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish this since I simply could not stop reading.
It is hard to believe this is a debut novel. The writing is powerful and the characters are so real it hurts. This coming of age story is set in small town Forrestville, Tennessee, population 4,237. It alternates views among three main characters. We have sassmaster Lydia, a blogger and “internet-famous” girl who is set on leaving behind Forrestville after graduation. Travis, the gentle giant with a love of Bloodfall (a high fantasy book series) who wears black and his dragon pendant all day, everyday. Then there is Dill, Dillard Early Jr., the son of a signs preacher who has been in jail for the past 3 years after getting caught with child pornography. An unlikely group of friends bonded in their outcast status.
I, personally have been through a lot this year (I live in Orlando, FL and we have seen some horrendous things this summer), and the timing of this book is perfection. It deals with so many issues, and handles them well. Dill’s struggle with faith and his family’s expectations for him resonate with me so much. I choose to walk a different path than what my parents set for me and the fall out was hard to come to terms with for awhile. I simply adore Travis’s fierce loyalty to his friends and his completely amazing sense of self. He finally learns to not be afraid of who he is and embraces that fully. Lydia’s drive and ambition is beautiful, her love and desire to see her friends happy and have only the best is what I wish for my daughter.
I fell in love with these kids. Their personal struggles with depression, school, family and faith made them all the more tangible. I couldn’t help but hope they escaped Forrestville and the small town oppression. It was amazing to see them learn from each other and celebrate each other’s strengths in a place that offered nothing but people who are there to tear you down. It was a nice change to read about friends who believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself.
This book also broke my heart. I was moved to tears. I never expected to love these characters as I do. It reminds me to be brave in the face of adversity, to have hope and believe in the strength of my friendships, as Lydia would quote “If you do not like the road you’re walking, pave another one.”
Overall a beautiful debut book. This is one of my favourite reads for 2016 and I highly recommend it! I cannot wait to dig into his next novel Goodbye Days, set for release in Spring 2017.
I have always associated the season of Autumn as a time of new beginnings. The start of the new academic year definitely influences this nostalgia. It’s also my favourite time of year for many reasons; Halloween, book releases a plenty and Potter movie releases just to name a few (Fanstastic Beasts here we come!) It’s also that time of year I reevaluate everything in my closet and replenish the basics! It’s a great time to shop and try something new. Here are some of my favourite Autumn basics, great for school or work.