Very Specific Playlist #2

Friday, June 30, 2017

Here is a playlist I've designed specifically for a casual summer afternoon vibe. Think: sitting on a porch, cold iced tea in hand, chatting with a friend or reading the newspaper and just generally being nostalgic and casual. I strongly recommend that you listen to these.

1. Wild Sun by The Strumbellas

 2. For Real by Mallrat

3. Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka

4. She Got Your Love by Sam Burchfield

5. River by Leon Bridges

6. lovers' carvings by Bibio

7. I Will by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

8. James by Sam Brookes

9. Shiver by Lucy Rose

10. Ready (Intro) by Raelee Nikole (but all of her songs are perfect for this list)

11. Bones by Fire Chief Charlie

12. Home Again by Michael Kiwanuka

13. Poppin' by Angela Moyra

14. Pillow Talk by Wild Child

15. Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles

16. Changes by Langhorne Slim

17. Lou Lou by Albin Lee Meldau

18. Bloom - Bonus Track by The Paper Kites

19. All The Time by Bahamas

20. The Summer - Live at the Sydney Opera House by Josh Pyke

June Wrap-Up

I read some amazing things this month. Here they all are. (If you buy any of these by clicking the attached photo I make a small percentage as an Amazon affiliate)

1. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Genre: Sci-fi, suspense, mystery
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2. Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
Genre: Memoir, women's studies, feminism
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3. Into the Light by Aleatha Romig
Genre: Mystery, suspense, fiction
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4. Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig
Genre: Suspense, action, fiction
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5. The Blue Fox by Sjon
Genre: Literary fiction
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6. Grayson by Lynne Cox
Genre: Memoir, nature
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7. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Short featured story, contemporary
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8. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: long form essay, feminism
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Book Review: Weird in a World That's Not

Weird in a World That's Not by Jennifer Romolini

From the publisher:

An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want—from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world.

Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss—an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president—all within little more than a decade. Her book, Weird In A World That’s Not, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward.

Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Romolini helps you face down your fears, find a career that’s right for you, and get and keep a job. She tackles practical issues and offers empathetic, clear-cut answers to important questions:

How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
How do I deal with intense office politics?
How do I leave my crappy job?
How do I learn how to be a boss not just a #boss?
And, most importantly: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
Authentic, funny, and moving, Weird in a World That’s Not will help you tap into your inner tenacity and find your path, no matter how offbeat you are.

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I have never read a more self aware book than this one. This book's synopsis and introduction tell you exactly what to expect. It's a guide for people who feel out of place, who describe themselves as outsiders, oddities, or failures. If you think of yourself this way, you will get something out of this. It will speak to you. If you think of yourself as successful, thriving, and competent, this book clearly won't have much to offer you in the way of guidance! It's that simple. 

Romolini's voice is sharp, witty, and engaging. She speaks directly to an audience of millennials and those who feel lost in the career world. This book answers some of the big questions twenty-somethings like myself might be too afraid to ask elsewhere. She offers honest and refreshing advice about the world of business that once eluded her and now applauds her. Romolini is a true success story for those who have felt like they would never amount to anything. 

In the beginning, the author encourages readers to use the book in the way they'd like. Meaning, skip around, focus on chapters that interest you, skip the memoir portions, or perhaps read exclusively the memoir sections. Any way you choose to read the book will offer you something, and it's all meant to allow you some freedom and creative inspiration as a reader and future success story. 

So, if you relate to the title or description here, pick this up. She absolutely has something to offer you. 

Purchase links: Amazon | Harper Collins | Goodreads
I received this copy through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. See the rest of the tour here

Book Review: White Fur

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

From the publisher:
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn't graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. The attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey's family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love but also for their lives.

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The writing in this book is undeniably beautiful. Some books are focused on plot and action, some on characters, some on setting. And some, like this one, are just beautifully written and every sentence feels like a descriptive explosion. Her descriptions in here are some of the strangest and most lovely and enhancing ones I've read. That being said, there are some instances where I was a bit overwhelmed by heavy and unnecessary descriptions. In some cases I couldn't really even make sense of why a certain metaphor was being used, and some felt overdone or excessive. Still, the lovely descriptions outweighed those that felt non essential. 

This book is also character driven. It's not so much about the plot as it is about discovering who these two people are as they discover each other. They're not always likable, they don't always make the right decision. But they are genuine, and in pain, and in love, and feel fully real. The second half of the book captivated me much more than the first and kept me emotionally attached to Elise and Jamey. 

This is also a very sensual book. It's very mature and exposed and raw. It's a non traditional romance story. Things don't always work out. They might not be "meant for each other," but by the end they prove that that expression doesn't always have to mean the same thing. It might be better that way. It's worth reading if you like heavily descriptive and character focused writing. It's truly captivating. 

Links: Author Website, Goodreads, full tour
Buy it on Amazon:White Fur: A Novel

I received this book through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.