First off, we wanted to congratulate the 3 winners of the Summer Reading Challenge - Olya, Steph & Amy. But don't give up just yet, there is still an opportunity for the wildcard prize, which is a surprise. All you need to do is finish the challenge by Sept 21st, and link up with us then.
Now, onto book club!
July's book club pick was Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen.
Before this book, I had only read one other Sarah Dessen book. I didn't have high expectations like I imagine a lot of her fans might have. Overall, I enjoyed this book.
Basically, the story is about a girl and her brother. Her brother used to be really awesome and amazing but then he did something terrible and now the girl has to live with it and try to continue living her life while dealing with the guilt and confusion that comes with being related to someone who does something stupid.
The way I felt about the book was less about the book and more about my personal experience. I won't go into it here, but I have 2 brothers and they are.. well, they were never the amazing brothers that just happened to make a mistake or two. All their lives, they have given my mum strife and made her life hell. I love my brothers. I love one of them more than the other. They are not completely horrible people, don't misunderstand me. But they are the kind of people that when you hear they have done something stupid, you are not necessarily surprised. You are hurt, scared, ashamed, sad - but not surprised. The one I love more did something really stupid recently and is probably going to suffer some pretty serious consequences.
It's times like these I hate being an expat, because I can't be there. It's times like these I love being an expat, because I'm not there. Does that make me a bad person?
But anyway. That's really got nothing to do with the book except that it really did affect how I felt about it. I could understand where the main character was coming from. It's a good book, interesting and well written. It's light, easy, fun. It does deal with some darker things but it's still a YA book. I enjoyed it, and I do recommend it.
Now that we've got that out of the way, we're happy to announce the next book club pick - An Unlikely Event by none other than the person who helped me through my childhood and 'tween' years, Judy Blume. We hope you'll join us!
Side Note: Thanks to Kelli for sharing this literary calendar, I discovered not only did Judy Blume help me through my awkward years, we share a birthday. She's a wee bit older than me, but who cares. Birthday buddies. You should check it out, see what's on your birthday.
I also really wanted to join Pamela in her first Share The Love link up because it's such a good idea - who doesn't want to support other women and bloggers?
Here are a few posts from fellow bloggers that I have loved recently and hope you will too! I might have gone a bit overboard and I honestly could have kept going because there are a lot of fabulous bloggers and posts out there, right?
Erin shared a post that I can't imagine was easy to share. It was a good reminder to not judge people and empathise with others.
I loved Paige's post about social media and parenting, even though I am not a parent, I love how Paige is always so honest about everything parenting related.
Alyssa spoke about why your budget doesn't work. I might be biased because Alyssa has helped me a ton with my own budget and debt, but you should check it out.
Lisa cracked me up with her post about people you meet at shows. Check it out!
Kay shared how she saves money shopping online and even I learned something new.
I've never had a garage sale, but if I ever do I know I'll rock it thanks to Helene's how to post.
Loved Tracy's post on running gear and what items you should save or splurge on.
Amanda totally made me want to try Blue Apron.
In the spirit of this link up, I loved Steph's Good for you. I mean it post and you should definitely check it out.
If you'd like to link up with us for to chat about Saint Anything, please do so below. Hope to see you next month as well.