2018 Book Review- Part one ~ Roses and Rain Boots .

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Book Review- Part one

In today's post, I wanted to share a 2018 'check-in.' Research says, the average person gives up on their New Year's resolution by the end of January. As part of my New Year's resolutions, I set a goal to read a book a week. So far... we are 10 weeks into the new year and I'm currently reading my 10th book. Although I'm on track, there has been a week or two, where I spent my evenings doing other things (TV is such a distractor) and I had to play catch up on the weekend.  At this point in the year, I've had to make some adjustments to enforcing a better nighttime routine, technology free, to help me stay true to fulfilling my New Year's resolution. 

Additionally, I thought it would be fun to share with y'all some book reviews. I LOVE hearing what books you've read and enjoyed trying out some new books; all 5 books reviewed in today's post were recommendations! So, on that note, if you have a recommendation be sure to comment on my latest Instagram post or send me a quick message! 

Continue reading to see the first 5 books on my 2018 reading list:

Written by the same author of the infamous A Man Called Ove, this book had my hooked from the first chapter "Late one evening a teenage picked up a shotgun and entered the forest..." then the book brings you back in time to rewind and basically replay the events leading up to that night in the forest. In those first few chapters that follow, the book can be really dry, discussing in depth about the town’s love of hockey, however; about a third of the way into the book the town is greeted with a scandal, which ultimately leads you to the event in the woods. Furthermore, I was really impressed with the way the story naturally embedded some serious social issues into what may first presents itself as a thriller. 

Turtles All The Way Down

As a lover of John Green's book, I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I read this book, but it definitely wasn't that. The main character has severe anxiety about germs, health, etc. and basically the book goes into depth all about how this illness controls her life. I think in a way it shows some of the insecurities a lot of high schoolers feel.What makes this book, like most of John Green's texts, are the endings. Spoiler alert: John Green is known for his sad, but realistic endings. 

The Art Forger-

Again, this is not the typical style of book I read; for starters, it wasn’t a romance novel or a thriller. But my coworker recommended it to me and it was free for amazon prime members through the kindle app, so I figured, why not? The book was definitely an easy read, about a young artist trying desperately to make it in the industry who is presented with the opportunity to forge a masterpiece that was previously stolen from a museum. Will she do it? Will she get caught? Read to find out. 

A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style-

My mom recommended this book to my for obvious reasons. And for even more obvious reasons, I really enjoyed this book! Over the past couple months, I have been revisiting my style, as well as, sorting through old clothes. Since reading this book, I donated numerous bags of clothes that no longer bring joy to my heart or match the style I hope to convey. The author, a style legend, shares some closet staples every girl should have, i.e.: ballet flats, a cashmere sweater (J.Crew Factory has some great options available), and a classic peacoat. Additionally, this book highlights the importance of seasonal storage, in order to avoid closet burnout and how to properly care and store your clothes. I recommend this book for fashion lovers, or for anyone trying to redefine their style. 

The Untethered Soul-

Another recommendation, this book was really grounding. This book took me a while to read as I would often be daydreaming and thinking about my personal experiences that were referenced throughout the book. The Untethered Soul, reinforces the power of positive vs. negative thinking. For example, if something negative happens in your life, you tend to closer your heart off to that event/topic. Then later, when something reminds you of that instance, your heart immediately begins to close again. This book provides strategies on how you can move past those negative experiences and keep your heart open. I loved it, because after all we only get one life to live, I want to spend mine happy! 



  1. Beartown was such a unique read, I don't even know what kind of genre I would put it in. I liked it, I can't identify why, but I through it was written so interestingly.

    1. Yes! Beartown was SO good! Glad to hear you enjoyed it too! xx

  2. Love Tim Gunn and The Untethered Soul was recommended to me years ago and is a favorite. I highly recommend anything by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose, and The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav, to name a few. I just picked up The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist, I'll let you know how it is.

    1. Okay... as soon as I'm done writing this comment, I'm off to check out all those titles!! Thanks for the recommendations girlie!

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