GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read.
She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle.
They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together.
The boys go to school, join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell.
But soon the little missteps—the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters—become sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then violent.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven – but the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.
A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them.
A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other.
A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer.
A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind.
From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – never has. She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great-aunt left to her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a ‘changeling’ who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there. ‘I need a big wind that could turn into a cyclone because today I’m going to visit Yellow Road and Emerald Street. I
n The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the cyclone carried Dorothy to Oz, and she followed the Yellowbrick Road to the Emerald Palace to find her way home.’ It doesn’t work. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic.
And so Vivian sets off on a new quest: to find a friend. A very specific kind of friend. ‘WANTED: Friend Called Penelope. Must Enjoy Talking Because I Don’t Have Much to Say. Good Sense of Humour Not Required Because My Laugh Is A Work in Progress. Must Answer to Penelope: Pennies Need Not Apply.’ A Penelope replies, but will the two women become friends?
Will she make a connection with another person in this world so she can stop searching for a portal to another one? She sets off for their first meeting. ‘I huddle and tighten myself against the wind and think up ways to describe it to Penelope. Is a “rape” of a wind too strong for the first sentence of a first meeting?’ Rooted in Dublin’s Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness and friendship and hope.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund.
When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.
If you have read any of the above books, let me know!
Every once in a while, there comes a time in your life where you don’t know what to watch next – especially after a few good movies. You may have just completed a 2-week binge on a series, and now you do not know what to do.
The summer months put a lot of college students in this predicament. Luckily for you all, I have watched so many things, so I can recommend you my favorites.
This is my summer must watch list on Netflix! I tried to include very summer-feeling movies, but some are just good it doesn’t matter!
Check out the questions below, find the one that applies to you, and watch it on Netflix! GO!
Do you want to feel like a whimsical child again with one of the new Disney movies?
Do you want feel slightly creeped out until all of sudden your head spins and your jaw hits the floor?
Do you want to watch some history in television that will make you Google to make sure it’s based on a real story?
Do you want to watch a cult classic movie that’s a little messed up?
Do you want to cry for the next week straight and go through a couple of boxes of Kleenex?
Do you want to see a ugly part of society that doesn’t get to feature in movies very often?
We Need to Talk about Kevin
Do you want some good ole sci-fi with a classic love triangle?
Do you want to watch a feel-good girly movie that will make you feel like going out?
For a Good Time Call…
Do you want to watch a mystery/or are a fan of Shailene Woodley?
White Bird in a Blizzard
Do you want to scream, “Oh My God Kristen Bell, Dont! Just Dont!”?
So this is the list! Let me know which ones you have watched or if you watched any of these! Plus, send me any recommendations! I challenge you to recommend something I have not seen!
I am sure you are tired of hearing this, but guys I bought a house… 6 months ago.
In the time that I have had the house, I have painted the living room, bedroom, hallways and removed some wallpaper.
However, I have not touched the two extra rooms. My sisters just graduated high school, and they are moving in with me in August.
This weekend, my mom and I tackled their closets.
We weren’t looking to spend too much money on closets, and we were luck to only have to spend $30. Most of the supplies we needed we already had!
The closets were very dingy, and the paper sealer in the corners was peeling off. We ripped all of that out, and we used spray texture to make it look less noticeable. We had the spray texture on hand, so that cost $0.
As for the closets, we had some leftover white paint, and we repainted the whole thing. When it came to the shelves, we were puzzled on how to make them more modern.
We considered painting them, but we were afraid the old wood would make it look cheap and old. My mom came up with the idea of using wallpaper instead of contact paper because it is sturdier.
In the past, we had also modge-podged stone gift wrap to furniture, so we also thought that could be an option.
So we went on a search for wallpaper, and folks, it was not easy.
The Hunt for Wallpaper
We went to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, Tuesday Morning and Target in our search. Home Depot and Lowe’s did not have wallpaper, and Sherwin Williams requires you to order the wallpaper ahead of time.
Since this was a weekend project, we continued hunting for something to use that day.
We found the stone gift wrap at Tuesday morning, but we weren’t fans of any of the prints.
Our last hope was Target. Thankfully, they have a great selection of wallpaper! We ended up going with this one!
If you have more time for this project, there are plenty of places to go online! If you are in a pinch, Target has a great selection, and I suggest you start there! This roll was $30.
What You Need
My mother and I decided that we didn’t want to wrap the shelf. We thought this left more room for the paper to get unstuck and flip up.
What we decided to do was to paint the edges with the same white that we paint the closets with.
After the paint dried, we sanded and washed the surfaces of the shelves. When applying wallpaper, it is so important to make sure your surface is flawless!
While the shelves were drying, we cut the wallpaper for them. We got lucky, and the width of the shelves was 10 inches, and the wallpaper width was 20 inches. This allowed us to get two pieces in one cut!
Once you are done prepping, it is time to apply the wallpaper! We peeled back half of the plastic from the sticky side of the wallpaper, and then we peeled it completely off once it was situated.
Once you have the wallpaper on the shelf, use the squeegee to get out all of the bubbles. If you have any wallpaper falling off the edges, use the XACTO knife to cut it off.
I already had all of the other materials, so this project only cost $30 for both closets!
If you try this project, let me know in the comments below!
I am not going to lie, when the Fitbit first came out, I was not a fan. It was just an expensive pedometer, and shortly after its release, the iPhone began to track steps.
What was the point of another expensive devise?
Recently, I have been really focusing on exercise. I decided it was time for me to start living a consistent active life if I want to be healthy and happy.
But, I have the motivation of a couch. I had been shopping around for the right Fit-Bit when my sister messaged me because she found the Fitbit Surge at a resale shop for $90.
To me, this was a sign. I originally was going to go for the Fitbit Alta because it was cheaper and did more or less the same thing. – but even that was $130!
I jumped on the deal, and I have been in love ever since!
It is amazing that I can tell you exactly when I fall asleep, and exactly when I wake up. I can tell you what my heart rate is, and I can tell you how many calories I burnt just by sitting at my desk.
Plus, I know how many calories I burnt when I do pilates or any strength training, plus how many calories I burn from walking around my neighborhood.
The data even shows if I was in fat burning mode, cardio mode or peak! I can constantly push myself harder to get better results, and I can’t hide from a watch that monitors me all day.
Before Fitbit, I would tell myself, “Oh, you worked out last week for three days, you can have a break.” But now, I look at my stats, and I just want to do better and better. I want to prove to myself that I can do it.
I love looking at my steps for the last week, and only seeing one day where I didn’t push myself! Also – two miles is about 6,000 steps.
With Fitbit, I have been trying to sleep better yet. You just get a star for sleeping 8 hours, but I really, really want that star! As I a writing this, it is 11 p.m., and I am so worried I am not going to get my star for sleeping well.
You can also track your water and food in the app! I personally still love to use Lifesum, but you could just have one app that includes food tracking. I still use Runkeeper along with my Fitbit as well! SO MANY MOTIVATIONAL APPS!
You can also put in your weight, and it will tell you how many pounds you have left to lose.
I have been so motivated that I also bought a scale that connects to an app for more motivation. I am still testing that, but let me know if you want a review.
So, if your question is should I buy a Fitbit – my answer is yes. Unless this type of thing doesn’t motivate you, there is no reason to not have all of this data for your health! I love it so much, and I cannot recommend it enough.
You can take a test on Fitbit to find the right one for you! This is not sponsored, this is genuinely just me falling in love with a product after so much skepticism! I have never ate my words so much!