13 Books To Read This Summer & Why

13 Books To Read This Summer & Why

No, 13 Reasons Why isn't one of them...
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1. The Girls in the Garden - Lisa Jewel

It's a mystery thriller story that has 3.56 stars on Goodreads. You can go check out the full description here.

2. One True Loves - Taylor Jenkins Reid

It's a love triangle. She has to choose between her husband who has been lost for years and her new fiancé. Which will she choose? It has 4.1 star on Goodreads so check it out here.

3. My Not So Perfect Life - Sophia Kinstella

This sounds like such a good read because it shows that even though Katie (the main character) seems to have the perfect life on her Instagram account and everything, it sheds light on the fact that life is not perfect. It sounds interesting and fun. It has 3.8 stars on Goodreads, so it has to be good. Check it out here.

4. The Roanoke Girls - Amy Engel

This one is a mystery thriller where two cousins come together after both losing someone who was close to them. It sounds interesting enough so I can't wait to read it. The Goodreads rating on it is 3.7 and check it out here.

5. The Second Mrs. Hockaday - Susan Rivers

This one is probably near the top of my list. It's about a newly wed couple during the Civil War in America and he has to go off to be a Major in the war. While he is away, rumor has it that his new wife has relations with another man and has that mans child then murdering it! She's then put in jail when he returns two years later. Oh, did I mention that she's only 17? Go check it out here if you love Historical Fiction like I do.

6. The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff

A sixteen year old girl has a child in Nazi Germany but is forced to give it up. Later she can't get over her lost child and she sees a train full of Jewish children and she can't help herself. She grabs one and runs away to a circus where she has to learn to become a trapeze artist. This book has 4 stars and you can check it out right here.

7. The Shadow Land - Elizabeth Kostova

An American woman goes to Bulgaria to heal after losing her brother and an elderly couple leaves their suitcase in a taxi after she helps them out. The suitcase contain an urn with human ashes and she knows that she must return them. It's a mystery and historical fiction mixed into one. Perfect to keep me on my toes this summer, with 3.7 stars, so check it out on Goodreads here.

8. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins

From the author of The Girl on the Train, here comes yet another creepy murder mystery book. I know that it doesn't seem like reading this type on a beach with a cool drink in your hand would be perfect, yet it is. This one is about a 15-year old girl whose mother is found at the bottom of a lake, and now she is orphaned in the world. That already sounds like a whirlwind. Go check it out on Goodreads here if you are still wanting more info on it!

9. The Wonder - Emma Donoghue

I've been wanting to read this one since it came out this past fall. It sounded so intriguing, but alas, I just didn't have the time to read it. So now it's sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. It's about a nurse who is brought to a village in Ireland to witness a miracle child who can go days without food or water. It turns into a big media sensation and I can't wait to crack this book open. Check it out here on Goodreads.

10. The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Girl sees boy, boy sees girl, and it's love at first sight. Except her life is a mess because her family is being deported back to Jamaica and he realizes that he doesn't want to be the perfect son that his parents want him to be. Young love, is there nothing better to read while sitting on the beach? Check it out on Goodreads here.

11. Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

She has a rare diesease and has only seen her mom and her nurse for her entire life until she meets a charming boy her age. He moves into the house next to hers and she falls in love with the future he offers her. Read the rest of it on Goodreads here.

12. Roses of May - Dot Hutchison

First of all, if you haven't read The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison, stop whatever you're doing and go read it right now. It's so amazing and mind glowingly creepy that you're going to reach for this book next. It's a sequel that I'm on the edge of my seat anticipating after I finished reading The Butterfly Garden the night that I got it. Here's the actual description to the book on Goodreads, but I just like mine so much more.

13. Goodnight From London - Jennifer Robson

If you can't tell from the cover, this book is a love story about a couple in London during WW2. Aren't these books always the best though? The girl is a young American journalist who finds her big break for writing about the war while located in London. During this gripping story, she finds out what it means to love a man who has so many secrets and burdens. Oh! Ah! Let's grab a copy and some coffee and read it right away. Here's the Goodreads link for more information on the book.

Cover Image Credit: Jonathon Sturgeon

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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