A Week In Review!

Hey friends! In case you missed me this week, here is a list  of the posts I made this week!

Sunday: I started a new feature post called “If you like.” It’s basically where I give a recommendation based on if you enjoyed another book. Here is my first one for If you liked My Life Next Door.

Monday: Unfortunately, I had a ton to do on Monday, so I didn’t get around to posting anything! 😦

Tuesday: I posted a short little review for As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Because it’s not YA, I just kept it simple

Wednesday: Another new type of feature post called “Outfits Inspired By Books.” This one is for the Great Gatsby. I also posted the first post in my new genre series, this one is talking about my top chick-lit books!

Thursday: My first quotables post for adversity!

Friday: Check out my links of the week!


Coming up this week~

There should be a review coming for Twenties Girl. Also, I will be posting another feature for my genre series! This week will be my top three classics, with mini reviews for each.


XO, Ashley



Links of the Week 3/27

Hey everyone! Sorry this is a little late, I was too caught up with playing plants vs. zombies….#noshame

Have an amazing weekend everyone!




Quotables: Adversity

Hey everyone! If you haven’t already noticed, I’m kind of obsessed with quotes. I’m constantly writing down ones that I find and I thought that I would share some of them with you! Today I’ll be sharing my favorite quotes having to do with adversity.

  1. “You may encounter many defeats but must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it” ~ Maya Angelou
  2. “For most of the universe’s life is not all about gummy wads and tarty tarts; is a struggle against hardship, unfairness, corruption, abuse, and adversity in all its guises, where even to survive–let alone survive with dignity–is heroic. To a solider through the days in the wake of failure is the courageous act of many.” ~ Frank Beddor, The Looking Glass Wars
  3. “I think adversity magnifies behavior. Tend to be a control freak? You’ll become more controlling. Eat for comfort? You’ll eat more. And on the positive, if you tend to focus on solutions and celebrate small success, that’s what you’ll do in adversity.” ~Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

And another from Pinterest…


Have a great day! Enjoy the warm weather if you got it!

If you have any awesome quotes, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

The Genre Series: My Favorite Chick-Lit Books

Hello everyone! To get more of a feel for what I like, I just figured I would start posting my favorite books from different genres and giving a little snapshot of them and what I liked about them (kind of like a mini review). This week I’ll be talking about my favorite Chick Lit Books!

Chick lit is actually one of my favorite genres to read, so this category was pretty difficult to narrow down…but I think I got a good selection.

Pick #1: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

the princess diaries

Let me just first start off by saying that I absolutely adore Meg Cabot (I actually follow her on twitter). This book is actually probably one of my favorites of all time. I’ve reread it at least four times. Mia is so funny and real. I even enjoyed the movie a lot too! Even though it’s written in a diary form, I think that Mia’s humor and wild spirit give it an edge against other YA diary formatted books. She’s not perfect by any means and I think that makes her easy to relate to. You see Mia grow and begin to love her geeky self. I recommend reading it, even if you have seen the movie, because there are some pretty funny parts that the movie leaves out. It’s short and sweet, and definitely bound to make you smile (or in my case laugh hysterically).


Pick #2: 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

52 reasons to hate my fatherWhen I saw this book, I immediately thought, Oh boy, another book about some teenage celebrity going through “the real world.” Then I started reading some of the reviews, and I thought that I might as well give it a shot! At first I hated Lexi, the main character, but slowly I began to like her sassy attitude (her whining and complaining is actually quite hilarious). By the end of the book, she had really changed. Lexi has to take on 52 jobs after causing one disaster after another. She meets some different people throughout her jobs and slowly she begins to change. Some parts of it were pretty cheesy, but isn’t all chick lit? It also has to do a lot with the importance of family, which is something I can strongly relate to.

Pick #3: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

first comes loveIf you are looking for a short, sweet read, this is one for you! Dylan is so crazy, spirited, and wild that you can’t help but fall in love with her odd quirks. The attraction between her and Gray is one you would not expect, but in the end you are breathless. It’s not your “typical” romance in any way. Both of the characters are believable and pretty hilarious sometimes. Each of them change each other in completely different ways. I ended it wishing it was longer (but do not fear, there is a sequel). Kacvinsky’s writing is so phenomenal, it left me so dreamy! I highly recommend for a quick, spring read (it’s under 300 pages I believe, so you can get through it fast if you are a fast reader like me!).


Whew! That’s it for my genre series this week, but next week I’ll post my top three favorite classics!


Outfits Inspired by Books: Great Gatsby Inspired Set

Great Gatsby Inspired SetHey Everyone! I’ve Started this new thing where I do little “sets” Inspired by books! Enjoy!

1920s dress

T strap shoes

Rhinestone purse

Marc Jacobs fragrance

Paul Joe nail polish

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
$14 – beginningboutique.com.au

Review: As I lay Dying by William Faulkner

as I lay dying

“It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end”

Author: William Faulkner

Summary (Goodreads)

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.

My Thoughts

This book as been on my TBR list forever now, and I finally got around to it. It was a pretty challenging read to say the least!

Faulkner was influenced by the work of Sigmund Freud, which is shown throughout the novel. The stream of consciousness writing style allows for complex paragraphs. The multiple characters allow for different, and sometimes conflicting, interpretations of events. I was completely left at Faulkner’s mercy, and I sometimes had to look up Sparknotes just to understand exactly what had happened.

My Rating: 3 Stars

If you like…

Hey everyone! This is a new type of post I’m going to try! Basically what I’ll do is give recommendations based on today’s popular books. Lets see how I do

If you liked…

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


Then you’ll like…

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler


They are both love stories (obviously), but both of them also focus a lot on friendship, and family. I absolutely adore each of these books, and they are perfect for the swiftly approaching warm weather. You can actually see both of the characters fully develop and grow. Ockler and Fitzpatrick’s writing keeps you fully engaged, and I’m not even normally one for romances! I definitely recommend both!