Romina Russell

What I Read: January 2017

I was feeling a little intimidated by my Goodreads goal of 60 books this year, but now I’m feeling like I undershot… it’s all my Kindle’s fault!  It just makes it so easy to read books!  So, guys, I read 15 books last month…

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I’m going to group these & point to some reviews I’ve already done to make this a little more manageable!

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Book Lover’s Day

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It’s Book Lover’s Day!  I’m not really sure what that means.  I assume this is a completely made up holiday, but!  I will take any chance I have to talk about books.  I started book-blogging here mostly with summer reading, but now I update you regularly on what I read each month and my Goodreads challenge progress.

Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my all-time favorite books.

I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block | Is there anything sweeter than remembering the first time you read your favorite author?  Francesca Lia Block weaves the most beautiful, magical, illustrious tales.  I’ve read many, many of her works since this teen novel, but this will always be my favorite.  I simply had never read anything like it before; it opened my eyes to the possibilities of the written word.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris | Another work that influenced me immediately, the book of humorous, personal essays was a style I’d never seen before.  It’s a style I read often these days, but Sedaris will always be my favorite essayist.  I’ve read all of his books and even got my copy of this one signed when I met him on my birthday a couple years ago!

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides | I’m not sure how to explain this haunting and tragic tale.  I read this book when I was 14, and it’s, I guess, the kind of sad you want to be as a teenager.  Written from the perspective of anonymous neighborhood boys, it’s a bit voyeuristic, but masterfully written.

Tithe by Holly Black | The first of the Modern Faerie Tale series was my introduction to Holly Black.  Reading her earlier this year, the same magic came back to me.  Dark, lovely, gritty fairy-filled stories transport you to a world that doesn’t feel far from fiction.  Fun fact: this is probably the first trilogy I ever read, and I had no idea it was a trilogy when I was reading it.

Zodiac by Romina Russell | This is the only book on this list that I haven’t read multiple times and the only book on this list that I didn’t originally read as a teenager… it’s only a year or so old!  This book reignited my love for YA.  I love the world Russell created using the zodiac signs and it’s started me voraciously making my way through books again!

What are your favorite books?

Holiday Season Madness

Is it just me, or is this a super stressful time of year?  I’ve been running around trying to complete my Christmas shopping, all while trying to get some reading done, and keep up with my new gym routine– spin Tuesday and Friday, body pump Wednesday and Saturday!

Although the season’s a bit crazy, I’m excited to show you Boston Public Market, my awesome Pokémon Gym t-shirts via weheartgeeks.com, the new Gwen Stefani Urban Decay palette, and my favorite YA series, Zodiac!

How’s everyone else doing lately?

5-Day Weekend Vlog

Hey guys!  I hope you all had lovely Thanksgiving holidays and got to enjoy some time off like I did.  I can’t believe it’s December already!  Even though it’s cold, and potentially very snowy here in New England, there’s a lot to look forward to in this magical season– more time off, spending time with family, and lots of delicious things to eat.  Stay tuned for that and more!

What are you guys looking forward to for December?!