Favorite Books of 2017

IMG_5298

I can’t believe this year is already coming to an end! It feels like it went by so fast, yet so much has happened. I decided in early December that I wanted to do a post on my favorite books from this year.

I am going to jump right into my favorites. I will say that most of the books I read for fun were in the past six months because in college it was so hard for me to find the time to read for pleasure. I have absolutely loved getting back into that reading swing. Not all of my pick’s were released in 2017, however most were 2016 or 2017 releases.

2e00900e5e0bb371c790241f65fe9fce

A City Baker’s Guide to Country Living: This book seriously blew me away. I knew it would be good but I definitely did not expect to love it as much as I did. They whole baking aspect was so fun and there were lots of great characters with complicated pasts and intriguing personalities. It is tough to chose a favorite from this list but this book and Along the Infinite Sea are probably tied for number one.

8c23c92e5ed5dbde2d39a00640988d5f

Magpie Murders: A modern Agatha Christie. It is a story about an editor and her interaction with a particular murder mystery author. I was surprisingly intrigued from the very beginning despite how long it took to introduce all the characters and their stories. It is a book within a book that is filled to the brim with mystery. This is the kind of book that holds my attention through the entire thing.

60071ada420b57e36df36ddecef122d3

Ready Player One: I definitely had a harder time relating to this story but I am a lover of dystopian fiction and this one made me think about things a little differently. I suppose that is why I love dystopian fiction. Most books I read in the genre seriously make me look at things in a different light. Some aspect of humanity gets turned on its side and dissected. I just found out that the movie is coming out next year and I am pretty bummed out. I saw the trailer and the characters just weren’t what I pictured and the whole thing is portrayed so much darker than I had imagined (literally darker).

e65816e2084c952f33b104572ad04d76

Along the Infinite Sea: I was worried that that era of war and tragedy would be glorified and made to sound almost idyllic. However the portrayal of the war itself and Nazi terror was terrifying and brought the book back to the reality of those times. Despite the historical context this novel depicts the great love stories of several people trying to find their places in a complicated and conflicted world. It is truly an amazing novel with fantastical characters.

8bab4b8002fe7eaa80c2399fa86a3be8

Party Girls Die in Pearls: This mystery is a Plum Sykes novel and I am obsessed. Its all about the adventures of two Oxford girls and a murder. It was such a quick read for me and the characters really enticed me. As goes with most murder mysteries there are lost of unexpected twists thrown in there.

1cd1d4957007e895d5d1f7d86dc08f13

Classic Style by Kate Schelter: These is the best non-fiction read if this year for me. I related to so much of it way more than I expected and just loved her take on life and style. Her illustrations are also so on point. I actually read this during the summer and it was the perfect time. I had the time and energy to really focus on the content and think about how my own life and views relate.

I would love to hear what some of your favorite reads have been this year. I am all for recommendations and am going to start including some more book related posts next year. A big part of that will be a bran new monthly series that will break down a book I read that month. I couldn’t be more excited! I also wanted to include a short list of books that have been either highly recommended or that I am very excited about but didn’t get a chance to read this year.

Turtles All the Way Down (John Green)

Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur)

The Bookshop on the Corner (Jenny Colgan)

Happy reading!

Erin

10 Favorite Outfits: November

It is once again the end of another month! I rounded up my favorite outfits from November. The weather has been a little crazy and I was doing some traveling this month so I had a lot to work around. I am really starting to pull out the wool skirts and sweaters though!

img_2483

Trench ASOS, Sweater similar, Jeans similar, Necklace Rocksbox, Sneakers Old Navy (very similar), Bag Nordstrom

img_2591

Dress ASOS, Blazer similar, Booties Sole Society, Necklace vintage

Dress Zara, Tights similar, Boots L.L. Bean, Coat J. Crew Factory, Bag Kate Spade, Ring similar

a3ede40f-9efe-4a35-a690-ab622ce5cdc7

Sweater ASOS, Jeans similar, Booties similar, Bag Kate Spade

img_2786

Coat J. Crew Factory, Sweater similar, Scarf Nordstrom, Leggings similar, Socks L.L. Bean, Shoes L.L. Bean

img_2905

Sweater similar (I am still looking for something closer), Leggings similar, Socks Hunter, Boots Hunter

IMG_2334.jpg

Sweater similar, Skirt similar (love this flared one), Boots Hunter, Scarf Tilo, Bracelet vintage, Glasses Oliver Peoples

IMG_3131.jpg

Top similar, Jeans similar, Loafers G. H. Bass & Co, Belt Talbots

IMG_3155.jpg

Sweater vintage J. Crew (check out Etsy, Ebay and Vinted; I also like this one from J. Crew), Skirt Reformation, Boots L.L. Bean, Socks L.L. Bean

IMG_3141.jpg

Top Macy’s, Skirt similar, Boots similar, Bag similar, Necklace vintage

Erin

Seersucker & A Red Barn

It has been incredibly hot lately but today it finally cooled down! Perfect weather though for a seersucker skirt. I actually received this skirt for my birthday and it is my favorite. Seersucker is the best and I love the length and the white buttons down the front are such a great touch. This has been a go to outfit this summer and it is great to wear to work as well!

While in Cambridge City a few weeks ago I found this old farm which I discovered is actually a historical marker. It is called Huddleston Farmhouse and it is so beautifully preserved. It a nice place to visit and you can request tours. Finding it though just gave me one more reason to visit this little town. I just can’t get enough! So many cute little shops and the ice cream is delicious.

DSC_0058DSC_0002DSC_0018DSC_0030DSC_0065DSC_0073DSC_0077DSC_0088IMG_8410

Skirt H&M, Blouse similar (this one is from Buffalo Exchange), Sandals American Eagle (on sale and so comfortable!), Bag Longaberger

Erin