Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July Book Club + Share the Love + August's Book!

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?

A Little Glitter

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.

34 comments:

  1. Umm how did I not know Judy Blume had a new book out? Yup, totally need to read that. Saint Anything has me intrigued but without any siblings I probably won't relate much. And Taylor... perfection!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Loving the nostalgia with a new Judy Blume book - yes please! And of course loving the woman motivation quote. So true, and I wish more women would channel it <3

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  3. I can't wait to read Judy Blume's new book! "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was one of my favorite's when I was a kid.
    I also have a brother similar to your brother. When I get a phone call from my parent's telling me the latest thing he's done, I'm hurt and angry, but never surprised.

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  4. You rocked this post!! I love that you related to the story on a personal level and sorry about your brother and whatever hes going through - if you need to talk Ill always lend an ear :)

    Also thanks for the link love. I wanted to join this link up but didnt know two to do two posts in one. You killed it.

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  5. the judy blume book is on my list to listen to! i haven't heard about this link up, but it's a great idea!

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  6. I read this book and thought it was pretty good. I probably wouldn't have read it if you Ladies didn't suggest it. All of you have encouraged me to read more and I'm really trying hard to do so. I didn't get to read as many books as I hoped but I'm trying. I'm just finished Sea of Tranquility and really enjoyed it.. Who knew Judy Blume had a new book out!? So need to get that.

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  7. It's always easier to like a book when you can relate to it - whether good or bad...the new one you guys have for this month sounds really good! Just read the preview of it! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  8. I thought it was pretty good. It was quick. A little more dramatic than I usually choose to go, but like you said not heavy. :) XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  9. Oh! I'm excited to see the Judy Blume book for next month. I have almost started it a few times this summer then went with another book instead, but now I will obviously choose that next! On to Saint Anything. It seems like forever since I read it! I had no expectations since I'd never heard of it or the author. Although knowing that it was YA my expectations were low for relating to the character. But I was pleasantly surprised. The story held my interest and the characters weren't overly immature. I was a little bothered by the male friend-of-family (already forgot his name!!) storyline, but that's the only thing that stands out to me as a "problem" with the book. Otherwise I'd recommend it to someone who wants an easy/light summer read! Good choice!

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  10. Judy Blume has a new book out?! Say what?! 'Scuse me while I go grab that bad boy.

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  11. I need to get my hands on Judy Blume's book - my childhood best friend :)
    Tiger Woods & Matt Lauer have the same birthday as me :)

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  12. Ahhhhhhhhh! I totally slacked on sharing today but I AM reading my book club books and I will post about them tomorrow! Thank you so much for linking up! I really appreciate the support! I am going to check out your shares right now! xoxo

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  13. I love when a book is relate-able, no matter the reason. I enjoyed Saint Anything...even though I think a few things could have been expanded on. I am not sure how I feel about the Judy Blume book yet. I loved her as an author but not sure I love the description of the book. I guess I need to give it a shot though. I am learning my library sucks and hardly has any books. Why did I move to a small city that doesn't read????

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  14. Oh! A new Judy Blume book! I'm so there. Can't wait to check out all the links from fellow bloggers, too.

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  15. A derr, I should've read blogs today before asking when the Judy book was the book of the month. LOL

    Thanks for sharing my post, I hope we can all come from a place of encouragement! Life will be much better for all of us.

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  16. I have two Sarah Dessen books sitting on my shelf untouched for past 3 years. I somehow have this feeling Sarah Dessen isn't for me. But I do want to give her a shot and see. I thought I would pick Saint Anything but not anymore.

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  17. i am drowning in books and trying to get through them asap! do you think i'll like audio books? maybe i can listen to them when i run on the treadmill? are they hard to "get into"? i like listening to interviews (ie. howard stern) and stand up comedy while running or driving so maybe i'll like audio books?

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  18. Agh! Great timing, totally got that Judy Blume book in my Popsugar box! :D Now i'll have a great reason to pick it up! :)

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  19. Yaya now I have an excuse to read the Judy Blume book - as if I needed one!

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  20. This is unrelated to your post, but for some reason you showed up in my dream. hahaha. I have to lay off the red wine, but I will tell you through email what happened. (Basically I know about your double life, according to what happened in my dream, lol).

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  21. I've had that book sitting on my shelf for months! So glad that this is the next book in your club because I finally have the motivation to read it :) Definitely joining in next time!

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  22. I haven't read Saint Anything yet but I want to so I'm fully admitting I skipped the top half of your post. I do have In the Unlikely Event on my list right now for the reading challenge so I will be joining in next time! And thank you for the sweet shoutout <3

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  23. So I stayed up late last night to finish Saint Anything, but I still haven't written my blog post! Oops. I have a bit of a similar connection to the book like you do. My brother (younger than me and my only sibling) caused my parents a lot of grief for a lot of years. Fortunately, he matured and became close again with our parents before they died. Even though he never did anything quite as bad as Peyton in the book, I could identify with Sydney on some level.

    I'm so excited that Judy Blume is the next book! I knew I wanted to read it but didn't know when I'd get to it with everything else I'm trying to read and now I have a "reason" to push it up the list!

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  24. Thank you for the excuse to read the new Judy Blume book! I've been eager to read it since I got it in that PopSugar box! :)

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  25. I didn't know what Saint Anything was about but reading your review, I feel like I would relate to it a lot. I have similar feelings about my brother that you have about yours.
    Thanks for the shoutout! :)

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  26. For lack of a better word, I think it's really "cool" that you related to this novel in that way. I don't have any siblings so I don't know what it's like to have a sibling that effs up all the time, but I do remember that feeling of invisibility when I was younger and how completely unspectacular that felt, so I like this book for that.
    Good choice we made this month! Can't wait for our next book!

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  27. I'll have to pick one of these up for my trip next week!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  28. I just finished the Blume book yesterday!

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  29. "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?" - NO, you are not a bad person. I can relate, my friend. Have I ever mentioned that I respect your honesty when it comes to your family? Rarely, like, never, is there a "perfect" family anymore. So, someone's honesty about not having a father, or liking one brother more than another is actually more relatable to a lot of people...in my opinion.

    I'm feeling quite special that you shared my post. And, scared...because it's yet another medium for others to read about a time in my life that I am not thrilled with, but I hope my vulnerability can help someone else.

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  30. I quit reading a book that was actually really pretty good because a conversation in it mirrored real life so well at that moment and it made me angry at the real life situation all over again. I finished reading the book later and enjoyed it, but I definitely understand how you can relate to works of fiction.

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  31. I seriously could have said the exact same thing about my brothers! Love them both, but love one more. Both have made some pretty interesting mistakes, one worse than the other. The two of them don't talk or see each other at all despite living in the same city. Sometimes it's so hard to live away and other times it is a blessing! Anyway, I feel ya on this!

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  32. I didn't read this because I never finished this one either! When I started it, it was right after I reread one of my favorites by her so i think I was feeling a bit lackluster about it, so I want to give it a fair shot again! Hopefully soon :)

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  33. I've been seeing that book everywhere. Will have to give it a try. Loved Steph's post!

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