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Yes, I know, I am all over the place…

14 Jun

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Guess what..here is a big shock! I, Erin, am starting yet another endeavor. I know, I know…I hardly post here at all anymore and when I do I always seem to be announcing something I don’t follow through with.

More than anything, I think this past year has really been one about growth and strength for me. I have done more soul-searching since last summer than I think I have in year. I truly know what my direction is in life now, and I am working hard to make that happen.

In my bio, it says “devouring books at breakneck speed” which is so true. I am not me if I am not traveling somewhere with a book (or my Kindle). So, as a result, I am relaunching a book-review blog. Ironically, when I decided to get back into blogging about a year and a half ago, it was the first thing I did.

I just don’t think I have been really committed to any sort of blogging lately. But, half-way through this year of self discovery, I am trying to get in the habit of blogging more often, being more honest and really sharing myself with you. I have been lucky enough to make some really amazing connections from this blogging world. I truly believe some of the people I have met just through stumbling across their sites and leaving comments are growing into the people I want to be friends with forever. This community is truly amazing and its something I want to be apart of. 

So, like other things I am realizing are priorities these days, I need to put blogging back on this list.  Maybe it seems sort of counter intuitive to announce a new blogging venture as I sit and say I need to devote more time to this one, but for me it makes sense.  I always did have to do everything backward.

I have some new and exciting things in the works, stuff I really can’t wait to share with everyone, but I need to devote some more time to “making it work” before I can launch into another announcement. So, for now… I leave you with my new book review blog: Chick Lit: Those Are Dirty Words.

I hope to update there at least once a week, though it may be every two weeks if it takes me awhile to finish my next book. I am always on the look out for something great, so please send me your recommendations, or leave me comments. Comments are always appreciated! 

XOXO,

Erin

Erin Likes to Read: The Man of My Dreams Edition

20 Dec

So, it’s that time again. I have finished another book I was just dying to share with you. Since I truly loved Prep, I found myself plucking another book by Curtis Sittenfeld off the library shelf.

The Man of My Dreams follows Hannah, who is a mere teenager when we first meet her. Like other adolescent girls, she finds herself obsessing over her self image, interaction with boys and celebrity weddings.

The idea of love follows Hannah through college, where she meets and falls for Henry, who happens to be her cousin’s boyfriend. After graduation, the search for the perfect man continues, as Hannah grows into a professional, young woman.

The same things I loved about Prep remained true with The Man of My Dreams. Mostly, this story was so passionate. Sittenfeld writes in a way that brings you inside her main character’s head. You understand Hannah, her strengths, her thoughts, her passions. So often, a story’s heroine is presented in a way that is all shiny and happy.

Hannah is not a shiny, happy character. She’s complicated, layered and at moment’s in the story, her behavior is borderline ugly. She’s all of us, that scared insecure girl we carry around inside. She’s beautiful.

Though I don’t want to spoil it, I absolutely adored the way this story ended. I literally stayed up until 2 am (on a night when my alarm was set for 6:45) to finish the final chapters.

I will definitely be checking out more by the talented Ms. Sittenfeld.

(In other news…I have started a new book that captivated me from page one and I CANNOT wait to finish and share)

Enjoy, my fellow book worms.

Erin Likes to Read: The Prep Edition

29 Nov

After a recent trip to my local library, I picked up the book Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. This book, published in 2005, was something I remember seeing a lot on the bus and train during my corporate commutes a few weeks ago, and made it to the New York Times Book Review list of 10 Best Books of the Year

The book follows the life of Lee Fiora through her four years at the Ault Prep School in Massachusetts. Lee, the daughter of a middle class family from South Bend, Indiana finds herself ill prepared for life among the “bank boys” and daughters of affluent families.

One of the things that impressed me most about this story was Sittenfeld’s ability to truly capture the emotion of a young, high school aged girl in a voice that was both intelligent and respectable. The book is written in Lee’s voice, looking back on her time at Ault, and every word rings true. High school certainly is not an easy time for Lee–from her painfully, lonely freshman, building friendships with Martha and discovering passion with Cross Sugarman.

I honestly loved Lee’s story and Prep became one of those books I was unable to put down. Sittenfeld tackles a topic that could easily be dismissed as “chick lit,” but she writes with such authenticity that this book bridges the gap between fluff and literature. I found myself rushing through my to-do list in order to pick it up and finish reading. Definitely scores a solid recommendation for me.

What’s on your reading list?

Erin Likes To Read: Volume 2

16 Oct

I have to admit, sometimes I like a little fluff on my reading shelf. A few weeks ago I was hanging out at a friend’s house when I spotted these lovely, shiny, tiny hardcover books on her shelf. The bright colors just made me want to reach out and touch them. Hmm….I guess a book’s cover does make a difference.

My good friend kindly lent me all 12 books in the Daughters of the Moon series. So far I have read the first 4 and I am definitely hooked.

The Info:

Daughters of the Moon Series
by: Lynne Ewing

The Series:

The Daughters of the Moon series follows  4 Los Angeles teenagers with less-than-normal powers. Vanessa makes herself invisible, occasionally at inappropriate times like when kissing her boyfriend. Catty can travel back and forth in time. Serena can read your mind. Jimena gets premonitions.

With the help of kind, retired school teacher Maggie, the girls find each other and learn they are the chosen Daughters of the Moon. These girls were selected by the moon goddess Selene to help protect humanity from the evil Atrox and his followers.

The catch…at 17, the girls have to choose to give back their powers and loose all memories of them, or disappear.

Dramatic stuff, y’all.

Book #1:

The Goddess of the Night

Vanessa’s too busy dealing with her feelings for Michael, trying to control her invisibility and dealing with her time-skipping best friend Catty to really focus on being a Daughter of the Moon. Slowly, she’s drawn into a battle against the Atrox’s followers in order to protect her power and save the missing Catty.

Book #2:

Into the Cold Fire

Not only does Serena have to try to disprove Jimena’s premonition that she walks into the Atrox’s cold fire and betrays the Daughters of the Moon, she’s losing things. Time, her memories….things just aren’t adding up for Serena. Neither does her developing feelings for Atrox follower, Stanton.

Book #3:

Night Shade

Jimena’s afraid she’s seeing ghosts, but if goddesses are real, ghosts could be too right? She’s been seeing her dead-boyfriend Veto everywhere. Also, the world is full of earthquake thunder, which signifies the coming of the Atrox, according to Maggie. Can she keep Veto in her life without inviting evil?

Book #4:

The Secret Scroll

Catty was found by her adoptive mom at age 6, walking along a desert highway. So why is the medical examiner’s office calling her to come identify her birth mother’s body? More importantly, Catty finds out some secrets about her life and comes into possession of the key to defeating the Atrox. Is is possible for her to protect a kidnapped Vanessa and defeat evil?

Are they worth it?

These books are cheesy for sure, but I am definitely  a fan thus far. They are quick, easy reads and a definite guilty pleasure. While it’s long pass summer beach reading season, these are great for curling up with a cup of tea.

Erin Likes to Read: Volume 1

3 Oct

One of these days I promise I am going to get into the habit of blogging several times per week. I truly want to do so, however work has been kicking my little behind this week, so I am very far behind.

For now, I bring you this simply splendid new features here at Makes it Work, Erin Likes to Read, where I will be reviewing things randomly selected from my book shelf.

Resurrection in May by: Lisa Samson (Fiction)

Resurrection In May is the story of May Seymour, a young girl who graduates from college and heads to Africa on a missions trip, which is more a mission to find herself.  Caught in the middle of a country fighting a brutal Civil War, May begins to find her voice until she’s left in conditions that break her spirit.

Returning to Kentucky, May seeks the love and support of the sweetest old man–Claudius Borne. Claudius runs the Borne’s Last Chance farm, where he offers refuge to a shattered May. Here she learns about the power of the earth, the pull of the heart and how to come alive again.

Author, Lisa Samson, writes with such beauty that this book literally brought me to tears a time or two. The first few chapters, were admittedly hard to get into, but after finishing the book, it makes sense. Ms. Samson brings forth some major characters, the kind who stick with you, and it take awhile to build that up.

For anyone looking for a story that reflects the human spirit, I recommend this story with two major thumbs up! While the themes are tough, this book is ideal for anyone from high-school age to 101.

For more great book reviews and even a book giveaway check out:

The Adventures of a Page Turner

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