What I Read: April 2014

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About- An unremarkable, Irish-American girl growing up in Brooklyn.

Why I picked it– Recommended to me by my friend Babe.

Grade A- In most cases, I probably wouldn’t like a book like this. It’s slow and quiet, and not really plot-driven. In fact, when Babe was describing the book to me, she said something along the lines of, “It sounds really boring, but I promise, it’s good!” She was right. In this novel, we follow the life of Marie as she grows up and navigates various obstacles in life. While I was reading this, I felt like I was peeking through a window into Marie’s life. That’s a strange way to describe it, but it did feel a little voyeuristic. The story flashes back and forth in time (sometimes she’s reflecting back on her life) but I didn’t find it too difficult to follow along. I definitely enjoyed the writing as well- simple and quiet doesn’t necessarily mean boring.


About- A young woman named Diana tries to resist her heritage, but can’t ignore it any longer when a mysterious manuscript threatens to upset the magical balance of power.

Why I picked it– I think one of you lovely readers recommended it to me, so I added it to my to-read list. I can’t remember who it was, but thank you!

Grade A About 10 pages in I knew I was going to love this book. I’ve always enjoyed fiction about witchcraft, I think in part because it was sort of banned from me as a kid and it’s always felt a little forbidden. Once I started this book, I could not stop. It’s not short (500+) but it was so interesting that I felt like I was flying through it. This book has vampires, witches, magic, history, and a love story. What can I say?! I’m a sucker for this stuff.


About- This is the second book in the series, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches.

Why I picked it– Since I loved the first one, I had to read the second one. In fact, I had to wait a few days for the library copy of this book, but I wouldn’t let myself finish the first book until the second one was available so that I could start it immediately.

Grade B It pains me to say it, but I don’t think this one was as good as the first. A couple problems that stood out to me:

1. The main characters travel back in time and suddenly we get bogged down in all this history. Don’t get me wrong- I generally enjoy historical fiction and history has an important role in the novels since Diana is a historian, but in this book I felt that the historical details weighed down the plot.

2. While I felt like the action was racing forward in book one, there are large chunks in book two where nothing happens. I think part of the problem was that there were so many new characters. It felt like the author wanted to squeeze in some historical figures that really did nothing to advance the plot.

3. I think I wanted a bit more character evolution. The two main characters began to morph people that I liked less than I did in the first book (no bueno).

Overall it was still enjoyable, but not nearly as much as the first one was. You know me- I can’t leave a series unfinished- so I’m hoping that the third book gets back to the excitement and pacing of the first book.

Tell me: Have you read anything good lately?

Fresh in White

white outfit, white jeans, wearing white in spring, how to wear white jeans It finally happened- I got my very own pair of white jeans! Actually, I picked these up a few weeks ago when I was adding a few spring pieces to my wardrobe, but I wore them for the first time this weekend. I had so many ideas for styling them, but the first look I wanted to try was an all-white one. Well, my sweater is more cream than white, but the general goal was to keep the look very neutral and simple.

fossil erin satchel black, black everyday bag, black leather bag, affordable black leather purse Are you tired of seeing my leopard slip-ons yet? As you know, they’ve been my go-to weekend shoe since I bought them. I always like to have some color on my nails and in these pictures I’m wearing the Revlon Parfumerie polish in Apricot Nectar. I was really excited to try these because of the pretty packaging and the fact that they’re scented. It did smell pretty nice and fruity while I was painting my nails, but that faded after a couple of hours. The color wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for either- it looks more like a pale peach in the bottle, but on my nails it’s much brighter than I thought it would be. In sum, this didn’t quite meet my expectations, but I still think it’s a fun color that I’ll reach for from time to time.

neutral tops, white cabled sweater, white on top, white clothing I feel like all I do is talk about the weather, but after a long, long winter, I feel like it’s ok if I gush a bit over spring. I walked around for a while on Saturday and I couldn’t get over how nice it was outside. It felt like it everyone was out with their sunnies and dogs and I saw many people brunching al fresco. I walked around in the East Village for a bit, which is probably my favorite neighborhood in New York.

I stopped by the Muji in Cooper Square, which is so big and spacious. I didn’t really need anything, but of course I picked up a few little bits and bobs anyway. I also went to The Strand (aka paradise) and bought a few books. I was kind of in a spendy mood and had a large stack of books in my hand, but I reminded myself to be practical and narrowed it down three books to take home with me. Finally, I met up with Sarah for a fun little project I’m working on for the blog. I’m trying something new and I’m pretty excited about it. Hopefully it will be up here in the next couple of weeks!

white outfit, white jeans, wearing white in spring, how to wear white jeans Outfit Details: Sweater- Forever 21 // White Jegging– American Eagle // Sneakers and Sunglasses- H&M // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // Lips- Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout // photos of me- my godsister Sarah

Tell me: How would you wear white jeans?