Friday, April 7, 2017

March 2017 Reads

On The Fence by Kasie West
Another adorable YA romance from Kasie West, one of my favs! This one is about a tomboy in a family of brothers, including a brother-type from next door that grew up as part of the family. The main character goes through some emotional growth over the loss of her mom, and evolving into more of herself, while noticing that her relationship with her neighbor is changing. Loved it!

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
This book makes a perfect beach read - its flowy, descriptive prose has a pace perfect for sitting by the pool or lying under an umbrella by the shore. It's a little more slow moving than most YA books, but it's done in a gorgeous way as you get pulled into the magic and beauty of scent and plants and aromatherapy. It has just a slight hint of fantasy woven through real world struggles - parent/child, first love, high school hierarchy. It's a beautiful book!

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
I had no idea how artistic this book would be (duh, the cover should have been more of a clue), but the creative way this book presented the choice between passion and responsibility was fun, inspiring, and pretty. I loved it! It was entertaining, but also made me think without tying my mind up in complicated questioning. It's a quick must-read for creatives and not-so-creatives alike.

My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
I expected this book to be a little more fun, but it was veeery cheesy. I gave it three starts, and it only earned its third star for a few passing moments in the love story part of the plot. I mean, it's YA...always a bit of a lottery. I can't blame it too much. If you're interested, though, it's about a girl who gets a job on a movie set that came to her small town for the summer and finds herself tangled up in a bit of a love triangle.

What Falls From the Sky by Esther Emery
I really really wanted to explore the path that this author took through this story - a year without the Internet. She took it to the extreme: canceling her internet service, ditching her smart phone. I don't think I could go that far, but I've been craving distance from our endless connectivity, so it was fascinating to study her experience. She described a life that was rich in creative, domestic, and social pursuits, the ways she grew as a result, and the hardships she faced as she navigated the uncharted waters of living somewhat off the grid. It was a beautiful, inspiring story that I can see myself turning to again.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This. Was. Perfect. Toootally totally perfect. She completely spoke my language in regards to creativity, passion, and intentional living. It was a gorgeous and comforting read, and it was a perfect thing to take on vacation with me to push along the inspiration of a break from reality. I had this one from the library, but may need to add this to my library of creative wisdom!

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