October Reading Wrap up and favorites

So I’ve tried to do something different with this blog post, along with the books I’ve read I also include my favorites that I’ve been using and raving about to people in my life offline. I thought it would be fun to combine books with other essentials. Book related posts will still be 90% of my blog, I just wanted to change things a little. Please provide feedback in the comments section or any of my other social media (I am most active on Instagram)

Coming to the books I read, for some reason I thought I read 8 books in October, but I read only 7. But I did enjoy most of the books and felt good because I could read so much. It is possible that a vacation towards the end of September helped me get over my reading slump. I already want to take another vacation. Do you also sometimes get bored with routine and also crave routine when there isn’t any routine? Or do these conflicts exist only in my head? This is probably one of the reason why I decided to switch things a little with this blog post.

The books I read in the order that I read them,

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

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This book was a gateway to the Chinese traditions and culture to me. Foot-binding, Nu Shu (the secret language of women) and laotong  (Sister or assigned best friends to support each other) were all new concepts to me which I didn’t know in depth about. I only heard about foot binding before. The central theme of the book was about the status of women in 19th century China and their relationships with other family members. Although I didn’t enjoy every aspect of the book I found it quiet enjoyable to read and the felt like I knew a little bit more about the ancient Chinese traditions.

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Should you read? – Yes

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

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This was another book I adored. I am not sure if this can be referred to as a “classic”, but I did enjoy the book a lot. I loved all the characters each one was so unique yet this fit in place perfectly. Reading this book reminded me of Little Women by Lousia May Alcott. Both these stories were about family bonding and the relationship between sisters. However, I enjoyed this book a lot more than Little Women. The characters in this book felt more real and imaginative. Cassandra’s description of the castle was funny and I really enjoyed the fact that the girls were not portrayed as perfect. It is a coming of age book which is more suited towards younger audience but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

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Should you read? – Hell, yes.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

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I am person who dumps my brain in a book, always. There is a to-do list on my refrigerator which has the tasks for the day/coming days. I rely heavily on throwing everything out there and do not rely on my memory. My memory is too tiny and I forget the things that I need to take care of almost always. Like this month, we didn’t pay for parking and we will be charged a late fee. This happens like almost every other month. Now, coming to the book. It was a collection of examples related to why checklists are important and how they can help in improving accuracy and productivity for almost any tasks. Atul Gawande was from a medical background and a lot of these examples were related to hospitals which I struggled to relate to sometimes. But the overall I agreed with the intent of the book and enjoyed some of the examples.

Should you read? – I feel like most of us today are already use checklists, but if you don’t then you should read this book.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I absolutely loved this book, it was a 5-star read for me. More thoughts here

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

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If you are a woman who is thinking about starting on your own or already in the starting phases of running your own business then this is a good book for you. If you don’t fall into one of the buckets mentioned above then you might not relate to this book as much. It is like a good to know story which reassures you that you should take the risk of doing something on your own and be committed to it. But the content is very specific to fashion and online business.

Should you read? – Depends on you

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

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This is a short book about a family who moves from India to USA. The story is narrated from the perspective of the youngest of the 2 sons in the family. While they are getting used the new life an incident happens which changes all the dynamics and peace within the family. The book is about the journey of how the family adjusts and copes with the new reality.

Should you read? – There are better books you can read

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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This can easily fall into the category of the best books I’ve read this year. Full review here.

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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

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I didn’t understand the point of this book. I love Gilmore Girls and I love Lorelai. This book was entertaining in some aspects. But at the end of it I didn’t feel like I gained anything out of it.

Should you read? – Maybe not

Now coming to the fun part,

    1. Pumpkin Cupcake Cocoa Body Scrub, Buy here
    2. Imagine Dragons – Thunder and Believer, Listen here
    3. My new bullet journal technique (it is far from perfect or good looking but the weekly layout is working for me)IMG_0131.jpg
    4. Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray with Aloe,Cucumber And Green Tea, Buy here
    5. My favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs. Brighton is one of my favorite bloggers. Her posts are so much fun and her Instagram stories are bomb too. Her content is genuine and fun. Check her blog here (I’ve linked one of my favorite new post here)
Do you want recommendations on lifestyle bloggers whose content is freaking awesome? Let me know and I can totally add a ton of recommendations for you.

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