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A new week is already here. With the holidays closing in I keep expecting to wake up to snowflakes falling across my window but it has yet to happen. I am shocked at how warm it has been. By this time in Colorado we should have a least had a couple of snow storms by now. The nice thing is that because it has been so warm I have been able to do lots of walking and hiking. The lake by my parent’s house is perfect for an early morning jog with the dog (such a beautiful view as well!). I have been reading a lot lately so I included my current book in this week’s round up. Here is are my favorite articles and items from the past several weeks:

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Getting motivated, organized and following through: I have been spending lots of time planning and getting myself organized. I found several articles that have really stuck with me. This Career Girl Daily has got me thinking about 2018 goals and how dreaming can be translated into a goal no matter how much of a stretch it may be. I also found this article on being a more put-together person and it has been motivating me to stay on top of things even when I am not in a permanent or comfortable position (not at home/work).

Style & Life Inspiration: Carly the Prepster has been doing a series called 1 Women 5 Outfits, inspired by Cup of Jo and I was very struck by the most recent post. Caroline’s story just is so inspiring and reminded me that people are so incredibly dedicated and capable. So many people face very tough obstacles yet are so resilient and persistent.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living: I am in the middle of reading this book right now and I just keep loving it more and more. It has made me think so much about career/life changes throughout life and how your major and career choice right out of college in no way dictates the rest of your life. I have always had this idea that I have to stick to what I choose and while there are advantages to sticking to one path it is not a life requirement. For some reason this book particularly has been so interesting for me to read right now.

Yves Saint Laurent Lipstick: Number one on my wish list this week is this rouge YSL lipstick. I have heard great things about it and it is just an amazing color. It does come in so many different colors as well!

Plaid Wrap Skirt: I was in J. Crew Factory the other day and saw this skirt. It is so amazing and looks fantastic! Just so flattering and perfect for this holiday season.

Trader Joe’s Holiday Products: Last year someone gave us some Trader Joe’s Holiday tea and it has been my absolute favorite. I am so surprised I haven’t mentioned it before because drink it so much. The one I love is a chocolate mint black tea but I was able to find this candy cane tea this year and I am sure it will be delicious. I also am loving their white pine soaps and lotions.

Stacie Flinner’s Travel Stories: So I very recently discovered Stacie Flinner on Instagram and I am obsessed with her Instagram stories. I first saw the one she did on her Orient Express adventure and I was completely hooked. I just love her photographs and she has given me so much inspiration in planning my own Europe trip next summer. I have yet to explore her blog but I am sure it will be just as great.

Anthropologie’s Puffin Collection: I was doing some Christmas shopping with my mom last week and we popped into Anthropologie to check out their sale section. I found the cutest puffin mugs. I am seriously obsessed and can’t believe they are on sale.

Style Influencer’s, Kate Middleton and RepliKates: Kate Middleton is undoubtedly a style icon, who I very much look up to and am influenced by. I never new however just how far some people go with it. This article was fascinating to me because I never would have guessed the extent to which Kate has influenced fashion brands. It is just an overall interesting article on who has the most influence on fashion (throughout history).

Something else I did a lot this past week was go to thrift shops. My sister loves going and is really into converting old jeans into something new and exciting so we went a bunch this past week. I found some really great vintage items. I sometimes really struggle with thrift stores because they can be so big and just drain my energy really quickly but if you can spend the time there are often buried treasures!

Thanks for reading and have a lovely week.

Erin

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As much as I love writing a weekly post compiling all my favorites from around the web, I have decided to make it every other week and include ten favorites instead of five. I am going to still publish it on Mondays but now it will switch off with a style post. For example last week I did accessory essentials. Basically they will both be meatier but slightly less often.

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Anyways… here are my favorites from around the internet from the past several weeks. I hope you enjoy and I would love to hear about things you have found!

Stranger Things: My number one for this week is definitely Stranger Things 2. It came out October 27th with 9 episodes and it took less than a week for me to watch the whole thing. I loved it, maybe even more than the first season. I won’t spoil anything but it is pretty amazing, with a bigger story line and some great new characters. I also enjoyed some of the new relationships between characters that I didn’t expect. Along with Stranger Things is Beyond Stranger Things which is also on Netflix. Definitely watch the show first but I really am enjoying hearing what the actors, producers and creators have to say.

Glamour’s Women of the Year: This is such a great list and beautiful article. It is so worth taking the time read about these women because they are pretty amazing. True role models with amazing drive, style and ethic.

Inside Chanel: I am not sure why I just discovered this but Chanel’s short films of previous iconic products in incredible. Each film is a couple minutes but well done and succeeds in giving you a glimpse into the history of Chanel. For any fashionista they are a must watch.

Fall Movies: I wasn’t going to include this one at first but I ended up spending quite a bit of time on Saturday going through this list and watching trailers. I actually got pretty excited about some, including Murder on the Orient Express (one of my absolute favorite books). I am also intrigued by The Mountain Between Us and Wonder (which came out this weekend).

iPhone Photo Improvement: This short list of things to improve iPhone photographs is super helpful in upping your Instagram game. The app VSCO is one I highly recommend for editing photos especially for stories and for posts.

The New Lion King Cast: Remaking beloved classics can be especially tough and often remakes fall far short. However the cast for The Lion King was announce and it is the perfect casts. It includes Beyoncé so how could it not be amazing!

Winter Velvet: So I know it is still pretty early but of all the holiday and winter trends, velvet is probably my favorite. I am psyched to find my perfect holiday dress and I am sure it will be some kind of velvet. The linked Madewell pieces are some fun inspiration to get you excited!

Après-Ski Sweater: This Talbots sweater is number on on my wishlist right now. It would be perfect for this winter’s many ski trips. I seriously think it is amazing and hopefully cozy enough for the snowy slopes.

Texas Mass Shooting: I debating sharing this one, seeing as most people have heard about it in the news but I decided that I needed to since I have spent lots of time thinking about the tragedies that have been brought upon our country this year. It is horrifying and scary. My own thoughts on humanity have become much more depressing. Holding these people in the light is one of the best things we can do, as we have seen we never know what will happen or where it will happen.

The Internet & Social Media: If anything this is just an interesting article to read regarding how internet search has gone from looking for something very specific to finding news. It also inspiring me to pick up a book and get reading!

Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful week!

Erin

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Happy Monday! The October weeks are passing so quickly. This past weekend was homecoming weekend at my college so it was filled with lots of amazing friends, a concert and good food. I really needed that time with some of my close friends and it has motivated me to plan some time in the coming year to spend with them.

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Revisionist History: I am really surprised that I haven’t shared this one in an earlier ATW post because I started listening to this podcast about a month ago and I absolutely love it. I went through the whole first season in about a week and now I am working through the second. Every episode is about something different, a small part of history that was either largely neglected or misinterpreted in some way. It is amazing! I could really write an entire post on this podcast alone. I do really want to do a post dedicated to great podcasts that I have listened to in the past year, as I have mention in a previous Around the Web post, but I just couldn’t help but share this one. I think my favorite episode is still the very first one of the first season, The Lady Vanishes, because it touches on some big problems women have dealt with. Every episode is very worth the 30-40 minutes.

Lupita Nyong’o on Harvey Weinstein: The news has been filled with harassment cases against Harvey Weinstein and sexism in Hollywood (eg. James Toback). In this article Lupita accounts her own encounters with Weinstein. Even though she was able to get out before it turned even worse, the conversations made me shudder. I get very worked up knowing that women need to be nervous (for good reason) in conversations with many men in power.  We are no where close to equality for women especially in the work force and that can be a very scary thought.

National Geographic’s Jane Goodall: As a lover of animals and science Jane Goodall was definitely a hero throughout my childhood. I am very excited to see this new film on her life and revisit some of her work as a woman in a male dominated field. Her persistence and drive to do what she wanted is incredibly inspiring. It is such a great reminder for me right now since I definitely feel like lots of people are telling me I should do certain things or I can’t do certain things.

H&M Outerwear: I am not sure why this has been on my radar this week but I am loving the H&M outwear selection right now. Having some great jackets for fall and winter can really bring an outfit to the next level, however they are ofter pricier. H&M has some pretty affordable options right now. I love this biker jacket and this khaki green parka as lighter weight options. Also this wool blend and this felted coat are classy options for both work and nights on the town. This faux fur hooded jacket is another great one plus it is a statement piece and looks very warm.

Shawn Johnson’s Word On Miscarriages: This video of Shawn Johnson’s experience with a miscarriage has been trending since it was posted. It is pretty long but I think the point of including it in the roundup for me is that although it can be an incredibly difficult and emotional experience, miscarrying is actually very common. Also most of the time it is because something was not developing how it should and it is not anyone’s fault. I guess the message is that some things are out of our control and learning to accept that can be hard but it is important.

Have a great week!

Erin

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Good morning! I hope you are having a good start to your week. I just spent half the weekend watching Harry Potter films on Freeform and the other half watching Broadchurch (my first ATW pick). I guess its a strange sort of mix but both are amazing and for some reason Harry Potter always reminds me of the holiday season. I love it! Here are my picks from around the web this week.

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Broadchurch: This show is on Netflix right now and it is amazing. My friend kept recommending I watch it so I finally got the chance to watch it this weekend and I am totally hooked. We binged the first season (luckily its only eight episodes) and the second is already so good. The characters are all so intriguing and relatable plus the mystery just keeps on coming. The premise is basically the journey of two detectives trying to solve the murder of an eleven year old boy in a very small coastal town, where everyone knows each other and everyone has something to hide.

Eco-Friendly Brands: I am always looking for lists like this because I love supporting brands that are conscious of the environmental impact humans have, especially the fashion industry. I have been really into Reformation for a while but they can be a little bit pricey. I hadn’t heard of some of these brands before but I will definitely be using them in the future.

Fall Photographs: This photos on the National Geographic website are very beautiful. They are depictions of fall in different places. I felt that they are different than your typical fall foliage photo but really inspirational and gorgeous. I think upstate New York will be my goal destination for next fall. Such gorgeous photos.

On Just Being You: I really respect this stylish woman’s take on being you regardless of age. Society puts such a huge pressure on everyone to look very young and youthful but she makes the point of saying she just wants to be herself, to look her age and a very positive way. I enjoyed looking at the posts in general on Advanced Style because it is such a different aspect then a lot of what is out there, a different generations take on current style. It also reminds me of my grandmother who had a major influence on my life, especially on my love for style.

Stranger Things Season 2: Yes this one has been seriously anticipated and I am so excited. It official comes out on Netflix on October 27th. The trailer has me hyped and I am sure it won’t disappoint. The timing around halloween is perfect (although I know very planned).

Erin

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It is once again Monday and time for a web round-up. It is grey and rainy out this morning, making it slightly more difficult to start the week off right. The following are the things I have been reading on the internet this week:

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21 Things for When Your Feeling Lost/Burnt Out: I know I am very much in a position of transition but I have honestly been feeling pretty lost lately. Towards the end of last week I was getting very discouraged in regard to many things and needed to take a step back. The weekend was good because I did some stuff for myself like baking, reading and catching up with friends. This list was a great thing for me to stumble on this morning because I am still needing to do what I can to stay in that creative and motivated mindset. I similar lines, I found this New York Times article to be very insightful on creating healthy habits.

L.L. Bean Sale: So L.L. Bean is having an a amazing sale right now with 20% off pretty much anything with the code FALL20. I bought this Anorak and some classic Bean Boots but there are so many other amazing items (the shearling-lined Bean Boots look so cozy). I love this vest and this pullover. I also have several of their Scotch Plaid flannels and they are amazing! It is the perfect sale for fall and winter.

Traveling Like a Local: When I travel I always want to find the great restaurants and activities of the town, usually the most authentic accounts of city life is through the people that live there. I always try to ask people I know who live where I am going to give me the lowdown on the places places to go and eat. This app could be super useful if you do not know much about where you are going (or you do not know anyone there). Basically it take reviews from locals and compiles them into a user friendly app for your convenience while traveling. The one downside is that it costs per city for the major cities.

Finding Great Books: This one is PopSugars fall reading list and it has some great recommendations. I have about six book recommendation tabs open on my computer right now. I am really trying to read a lot again now that I have the time to do it. In trying to amp up my Halloween feels I found this thriller book list which steers readers toward great books for Halloween. I also found this Autumn list to go along with that seasonal theme, this list includes Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which is one of my favorite books. This John Green video is also fun for some book recommendations.

Cup of Jo: Cup of Jo shared several interesting things this week, two of which really caught my eye. The first is The Florida Project which is a movie playing in cities across the US. The trailer just really caught my eye and I started thinking a lot about childhood and circumstance. The second thing that caught my eye was Ballet Rotoscope, which is just a beautiful and a very intriguing video. It is hard to explain, I recommend just watching it (its only a few minutes).

Erin

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Happy October! It is now truly fall and I can really get into my halloween movies and pull out my favorite sweaters. I can’t wait for some pumpkin carving, cider making and walks on those crunchy leaves.

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With all the fall excitement however I do want to acknowledge the tragedy that struck Las Vegas. There is so much injustice across the world and I could never cover them all largely because I do not understand much of the conflict and its history. What happened in Las Vegas is tragic and I cry for those effected as I do for those all around the world. When it happens so close to home it really wakes me up and reminds of how far away we are from being a great country full of freedom and justice. So many people are not free, not even close. The biggest realization for me is how much we should work to help and support those who are in need, all across the world, because there is so much hate. Love is the best way to fight hate. I needed to address this because it has all I have thought about since it happened, by no means is this event more important or tragic than many others in the United States and across the world. A Cup of Jo did a short post inviting people to comment and share their feelings, they also linked How to Help which lists things you can do right now to help if you feel like you need to be active about it now (eg. donating, writing to senators etc…).

I also included the above statement because it is much of what is flooding the news here (rightly so) and therefore seemed appropriate for this Around the Web post. Now I will move on to some lighter topics. The following are the internet reads which caught my eye over the last week:

The College Prepster’s 20 Fall Outfits: Carly chooses her favorite fall outfits over the years and they are fantastic classic looks with many pieces that really bring the prep. I definitely got lots of inspiration by browsing her looks.

Friend Dates on the Cheap: Coming up with fun things to do with friends that are within budget can be a challenge. This article gives some great ideas of things to do with friends that won’t break the bank.

Events Through the Eyes of Trees: This New York Times article (and photography) highlights trees is significant locations throughout human history. Trees don’t speak for themselves so understanding there story is incredibly difficult, they have ‘witnessed’ many human stories unfold. I had not really though of this before so it is a very interesting read and the photographs are beautiful.

Podcasts for that Commute: This list of 10 podcasts for your commute gave me some great ideas for new podcasts that might intrigue me. I have got into podcasts recently and am trying to come up with my list of favorite podcast. I still feel like I don’t really know what is out there though because there are so many great ones. I had not heard of any on this list so it was a really useful one for me.

A few travel articles: So now is definitely not prime travel time but it is the off season which means it is possible to do trips for significantly cheaper. I found this article on traveling on a $1000 budget which can definitely be a stretch but reading it did give me some ideas on saving money on future trips. I also found this one which is just a fun post on Instagram poses and pictures for traveling. It is a great read if you are looking to up your Insta game.

Fall Centerpieces: I wanted to end with something that circles back to our gorgeous fall inspiration. I have been trying to come up with some easy ways to decorate for the season without spending much. I couldn’t find the article I was looking at earlier in the week but this one also has some great fall decor.  From simple to extravagant these photos are sure to give plenty of ideas on spicing up your home and table decor for the season.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks internet round up! Please feel free to share any other thoughts and ideas. Once again, happy October.

Erin

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Happy Monday! The weather is finally supposed to cool down by the end of this week and I am really looking forward to it. This week has been all over the place but there were a couple things that I was intrigued by, like this blog I linked, and several things that I think will be super useful, like the tips and tricks in this travel hack video. Here are my findings from around the internet!

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Travel Hacks Video: I don’t usually watch a ton of YouTube but I have found myself on there quite a bit more recently and this video popped up for me. It was actually incredibly useful, I am sure I will be using some of these hacks next time I travel. It definitely inspired me and I went straight to Skyscanner to check out flights around the world. I am really wanting to travel more right now but I am definitely on a budget since I just graduated from college.

Town & Country’s Fall Movies: So one of my goals for the month of October is to watch lots of halloween movies, or halloween related movies which would included anything autumn. I know of a few greats that I watch almost every year but my hope is that by making this a goal I will find some movies I’ve never seen before. This list was a great addition for me because I had not thought of any of them and I decided that really including anything fall is a great way to go.

Penny Loafers: Watching Nancy Drew again really sparked my love of penny loafers again. I linked the Everlane website because I just love so many of their shoes but there are lots of great options out there. I recently bought ones from Nordstrom which I will be sharing in a post later this week but I also am loving these Talbots loafers (they also have the cutest equestrian embellished flats). The amazing thing about loafers is that they look so classy but are very comfortable and great for walking around.

A Clothes Horse: I found this blog while just browsing on Bloglovin and I was struck by the gorgeous photographs. I just love the colors and vibe. It is the essence of fall and I can’t wait to read more of her posts.

iNaturalist: This website has been around for a little while but I recently discovered it and it is a pretty cool resource. If you are going on a trip or spot some creature and would like to know what it is this website is a great way to find out. It crowd sources species identification and lets you contribute to science. I would definitely recommend checking it out, especially if you are going somewhere you know you will see lots of wildlife.

Erin

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I decided to change when I am posting and which posts I am posting when. I am going to try to do an Around the Web post every Monday. I really enjoy writing them and researching for these posts because I feel like I learn so much in the process and it gives me a chance to really catch up with the world on Sunday afternoons. Today New York Fashion Week is definitely at the top of the line when it comes to fashion news. The hurricanes that have been hitting the south coast are also top news and deserve time, attention and care! Enjoy!

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Motivation inspiration: This booklist came at a great time for me. I have been in a bit of a funk partially because I have been under the weather and I am in a major transitional period of my life. I have in general really wanted to read more lately and I think reading something that might help me in other parts of life would be really healthy for me right now.

Reviewing NY Fashion Week: Yes one of the greatest times of the year happens to be fashion week and NY Fashion week brought lots of exciting spring styles. I highly enjoyed browsing through Pop Sugar’s pics from fashion week. It is a great summary of trends from the shows. I loved the Rosie Assoulin collection and Man Repeller did a great little post on her spring collection.

Motherhood Around the World: Cup of Jo does this series on motherhood around the world. It definitely gives a new perspective on many aspects of childhood. Motherhood is not something I have thought much about but this series has given me a new perspective on what it is to grow up and learn about the world around you as a child. There are lots of ways to teach and bring up children, no one right way.

Hurricane help: It is very humbling and uplifting to see even those who have been displaced themselves helping hurricane evacuees. With so much hype about the storms and the devastations that followed it is great to see a bit of humanity’s positive side. We never know when we ourselves will be in need of help. I most definitely believe that taking care of each other makes such a better world, although we have such a long way to go as there are many people suffering around the world!

A Beautiful Fall Floral: Blair Eadie wore this gorgeous jacket in an August post and I just couldn’t help but fall in love with it. It is such a beautiful statement piece, I just wish it were more affordable! Although I do love florals I wasn’t so sure about the fall floral trend until I saw this jacket.

Erin

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Although it was hard to pare it down I rounded up those article/things etc… that have been open on my browser all week. I also signed up for The Skimm which has been an amazing way to get my daily dose of news! Enjoy!

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The Skimm: So I am probably pretty late to the game on this one but I recently discovered The Skimm and it has been such an incredible way for me to always stay updated on current news. I always found it pretty daunting and hard to find the important parts of whats going on in the world. It is definitely subjective but the daily email has really helped me keep up. It just makes the whole news thing super easy!

Lace dress from Nordstrom: I desperately wish I had a fall wedding to go to this year. I fell in love with this dress but just don’t have a good excuse to buy it right now! It is so pretty though and would be perfect for a fall wedding or any event in the coming months.

Bullet Journaling: I always wish I could journal more. It is almost always I time thing, I don’t feel like I have the time during the day to do a full on journal entry for myself. When I do get to it though it helps me sort through things so much. I am hoping that bullet journaling will be an easier way to go about this. I am psyched to try it out! Throughout the day I do the whole jotting down quick notes to myself about a variety of things but I am hoping the intentionality of bullet journaling helps to organize my thoughts a little.

DACA: Yes this is one of those things that is all over the news right now. This article lays out what is currently happening with DACA and gives the lowdown on some DACA replacements that could give those effected by the removal of DACA some protection. For those of you who don’t know DACA is the executive order placed by Obama which allows illegal immigrants brought over as children to work and study in the US and it protects them from deportation.

Guide to September’s Fashion Magazines: This is an article on Man Repeller that lays out all of the September fashion magazine issues. It was super helpful for me because it highlights what that issue covers and makes choosing much easier (I never have time to read everything I want!).

Erin

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Happy Saturday morning! Here is my round up of interesting articles I have been reading this month. I did include a book that I am reading now as well, Classic Style, which is amazing! Just a warning this Around the Web is definitely mostly fashion.

Rodarte spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear: Rodarte and Proenza Schouler debuted their 2018 ready-to-wear collections at the fall 2018 haute couture week in Paris. This is impressively a whole season ahead of most designers. Although this is so far ahead considering most people are just focusing on the fall season, it is definitely an interesting move on the designer’s parts. There were lots of florals, texture and blush (not going anywhere!), there was also some black in the Rodarte collection.

Lucinda Chambers interview: This fired vogue editor goes at the fashion industry in a way you would not expect. Yes this news is from the beginning of July but it was just such an interesting perspective to me especially because she is really wasn’t afraid to say what she wants about the industry. It is definitely worth the read.

Classic Style by Kate Schelter: This book is definitely changing my perspective on how I create and define my style. I am not finished reading but it has been so great so far, I can’t rave about it enough. She addresses how classic style is not about having tons and tons of clothes but quality pieces that really define who you are what you stand for. Her illustrations are also beautiful!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: I am sure everyone has heard that one of the biggest and best sales of the year is underway. This sale is amazing because it is basically a pre-sale with many of their fall items on major sale. Here are a couple of my favorites. My shoe picks: Blush MulesTory Burch boots (on major sale), Vince Camuto over the knee boot. Dresses: pink ruffle mini and this wrap maxi. Outerwear: Patagonia fleece vestquilted Patagonia pullover, Pendleton rain jacket, Barbour navy vest. Accessories: plaid scarf (comes in several color patterns I ordered two), Rebecca Minkoff embroidered crossbody (sold out right now). So some of these items are sold out but they update fairly often with returns and the occasional restock so check back frequently if there is something you really want.

Misty Copeland poses as Edgar Degas paintings: This is such a cool project, putting a twist on classic paintings. I love Misty Copeland and these photographs are incredible and definitely help to redefine a part of our culture.

Walking Dead season 8: Strange as it might be, I am such a huge Walking Dead fan and I am so excited for the next season. I have been waiting for a while and it is set to premiere on October 22nd.

Goop Summer Reading Guide: This has been pulled up on my computer for at least a week because it has given me such great ideas for reading right now and really inspired me to get into a more regular reading routine. I am really excited to read several of their new picks and their classics list definitely gave me some ideas.

Erin