How to Pack Like a Pro

Today, I wanted to discuss traveling and packing–something most of us hate. Most of us will do it and probably leave it to the last minute. With spring break and the start of summer right around the corner, it is likely that you may be taking a trip soon. Here are some of my tips and tricks to avoid one less stressful thing when on the go.

I’m an organizer. I make a list for every trip I go on. I used to handwrite every list and became flustered because I would inevitably forget something. Finally, I started a spreadsheet! There’s a running list of everything I always need to pack, such as contact solution, a phone charger, my toiletries, etc. These items permanently remain on my list and I leave spaces for the things that change like clothes, shoes, and makeup. This has become a life savor for me. This is where I suggest you start.

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This is what my running spreadsheet looks like. Each color is a different section to help myself ensure that I can keep everything organized. I also recommend planning out outfits if you have no idea what to pack. This will help you make sure that you have clothes for every day, and if you know there’s a special occasion–like a wedding or fancy dinner, you can plan for that as well.

If you’re not a list maker, I understand. But there are still a few things I have learned over the years.

Step one: Pick your bags. I use a small carryon-size suitcase for clothes and a small duffle bag for my toiletries and hair stuff when driving. While flying, I make sure that my suitcase and items strictly adhere to to the TSA and airline guidelines. This will help prevent additional fees to confiscated items. Make sure to know the weight and size of your luggage, that your liquid containers comply with limits, and all other airline rules. If you are not a frequent traveler or have not been to an airport in a while, I suggest checking the TSA’s and airline’s website while packing.

Step two: Gather your belongings. Whether neatly or thrown on your bed, you have everything you need to pack in one general area. This will keep you from running around and becoming flustered while packing. This can also help you eliminate items you may not actually use on your trip. Laying everything out will make you assess whether or not you need that item and whether you’ll use or wear it on your trip.

Step three: Pack your bags. Every packed bag is like a game of Tetris. You have to find a way to fit everything into your bag. If you’re anything like me, you will overpack but at least you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way.

Packing Tips:

  • Pack by outfit. Roll your outfits together. This will make it easier to pull out what you need for each day, but also rolling your clothes together helps to prevent wrinkles and folds.
  • Pack smart. Put socks inside shoes. For women, put your socks/underwear inside of your bras to keep their shape.
  • Wear your heaviest layers when you leave. Whether you’re flying or driving, I suggest wearing your heaviest layers. For example, if you have a bulky sweater of sweatshirt, travel in it. It’ll keep you warm while on your trip and it keeps the bulk out of your luggage.
  • Pack in layers. No matter where you’re going, the weather can be unpredictable. Use layers that are compatible with multiple outfits as well to keep the amount of clothes minimal.
  • Always keep your important documents and items on your person. Always make sure to keep your passport, ID, credit cards, cash, phone, and other valuables on you. Do not put them in your checked bags when flying and keep them within easy reach when driving. You do not want to have to dig through your luggage to find these things in a pinch.
  • Keep a change of clothes nearby. If you’re flying, put it in your carryon. Everyone’s fear is lost luggage. But sometimes, it happens. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere with only the clothes you’re wearing. Pack a small change of clothes in your carryon in case of lost luggage or spills on your trip.
  • Travel kits are your friend. Most stores have some form of travel kit-especially when it comes to toiletries. These items (more than likely) adhere to the liquid travel standards. If you’re not constrained by these, they are still convent to keep everything together and the little pouch they come in helps prevent spills in your luggage.

No matter where you’re going, use common sense while packing. And keep it minimal! You don’t need to overdo it. Try accessorizing to spruce up an outfit.

Safe travels!

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The Names They Gave Us

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

The only reason I gravitated towards this book was because Emery Lord wrote it. Initially, the premise did not sound interesting. This book is about a teenage girl, Lucy, who is afraid to lose her mother to cancer. Lucy goes to a camp for troubled kids and teens as a camp counselor. Lucy comes from a religious family and is the daughter of a pastor. Lucy quickly learns that her judgments about others are something she needs to let go of and that she can rely on people who she may not have known her entire life. This is a cute story, but I tend to shy away from religious tales. There are small tidbits of verses and vacation bible school songs, but the true lessons in this book are grounded in how we treat and perceive others, which is a message I wholeheartedly agree with.

Lucy is used to attending Camp Holyoke with her parents. She is used to having all of the answers form camp-goers and the routine that comes with being a pastor’s daughter. Lucy is hesitant to attend Camp Daybreak, but at her mother’s request she goes. Lucy is afraid of being away from her mother after receiving the news that her mother’s cancer has returned. What I like about this novel is that it is not a sob story. Lucy’s mother is strong-willed and determined. She is not grief-stricken and instead makes light of her situation. She will be pissed to miss Lucy growing up, not sad. While the chemo treatments are catching up to her, she is still a lively spirit. And instead of containing Lucy and forcing her to stay home, she pushes Lucy to make new friends and experience new things.

Lucy’s friends at Camp Daybreak are an eclectic bunch. They grew up in came together, knowing each other since at least middle school. They know each other’s ups and downs and are a tight-knit bunch. As one counselor, Anna, puts it—everyone at camp comes with his or her own baggage. From being in the foster system, to teen pregnancy, to transitioning from male to female, and much more. Everyone has some secret or reason to be at Camp Daybreak.

Anna quickly becomes Lucy’s closest friend at camp. She gives Lucy the grand tour and the pair help each other through tough times over the summer months. Jones seems a little more upbeat than the rest of his counselor friends. He plays the harmonica, dances well, and always has something up his sleeve that seems to impress Lucy. But just because someone seems carefree at Camp Daybreak, does not mean that they don’t have a darker side. Lucy’s bunkmate, Simmons, is a little rougher around the edges. But she is protective of her friends and does not want to see a newcomer hurt them. Finally, Mohan rounds out the bunch. He and Anna are glued to each other for most of the summer. We learn the least about him, but he is still a vital part of the five-some.

As with all Emery Lord books I have read, this novel is well written. You will feel Lucy’s emotional turmoil. You will laugh and maybe shed a few tears along the way. This is a good-hearted story, but maybe not as light as some of Lord’s other novels. This is not as much of a fast-pace read of some of her other novels—but that has to do with the heavier subject matter of the book. This is still a wonderful read and I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4/5

Total Read Time: About 4 hours

DIY Sugar Scrub

Total Prep Time: 5 minuets

DIY skincare has been taking off. We’re tired of overpaying for simple products. But if you’re anything like me, when you search for DIY skincare you come up with a list of ingredients that you don’t have. Most of the tutorials claim that the scrub is made from things you find at home. But, who has a case of essential oils just laying around? Or specialized ingredients that you have to track down. If I cannot find it at Target or my local grocery store, I’m not going to get it.

This DIY is easy and takes minimal time to put together. I am all about simple things, so I made a scrub with just three ingredients I had at home. But if you don’t have these, you can find them at any grocery store.

All you will need is three ingredients and some kind of container to hold your scrub.

Mason jars are usually what is recommended for your sugar scrub. I found these at target for 4.99. Each jar is 8 ounces, which is the perfect size for a single batch of sugar scrub.

Your ingredients are: sugar, coconut oil, and lemons. You will also need a bowl to mix everything in and measuring cups.

One 8oz batch includes:

⁃ 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar

⁃ 1/4 Cup of melted Coconut Oil

⁃ 1 Lemon

Directions:

1. Pour 1 cup of sugar into the bowl

2. Add 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil*

3. Squeeze the juice of one whole lemon into the bowl

4. Mix until all ingredients are combined, I just mix by hand

5. Once combined, put your mixture into jars

*As a tip for melting your coconut oil, I submerge the jar of oil in a container of hot water. It will take about 5 minuets to melt. This way, you don’t have to worry about dealing with hot oil

That’s it! I love that this scrub is easy and you can genuinely use what is in your home or at your local store. You can get as creative as you’d like to be-I’ve added cucumber juice, or if you do have any essential oils laying around you can add those too.

Every Day Book Review

Every Day by David Levithan

The storyline of this book is both simple and complicated. A wakes up every day in a new body. A is a different person every day but there are parts of A that remain the same. A is grounded in their self but also does not want to disrupt the life of the body they have taken over. The story follows sixteen-year-old A as they move from new body to new body each day. Every midnight, A is ripped from one body and put into another, ever inhabiting the same body twice. But as A develops feelings for one girl; A realizes that there may be complications in their life that others are not prepared to handle.

There are two main characters of this book: A and Rhiannon. Because A is in a new body each day, A does not have any defining physical characteristics. But, A is still their own person. A is kind, in that A does not want to disrupt the life of the person’s body A is on for the day. A can access memories to recall that body’s normal routine and who each person interacts with regularly to remember names and places. But A is also determined and adventurous—constantly trying to return to Rhiannon and connect with Rhiannon whenever A can.

Rhiannon on the other hand, initially comes off as timid and shy. She is cautious of her words and does what she thinks will please other people. She is especially careful around her boyfriend, Justin. Rhiannon loves Justin and has been with him for over a year. She feels safe with him. At the same time, she notices something different the day A takes over Justin’s body, but she doesn’t question it. She thinks Justin is reverting back to his old self. As the story unfolds, Rhiannon discovers who A is and what A does. She has to decide if a life with A is worth it, when she can never go to sleep and wake up next to the same person.

This story will have you questioning what you believe about love. Is it all of the little things? The moments we spend with the same person day in and day out. Or is it the overall feeling that we have when connected to another soul? Young love blossoms in ways you do not quite expect in this book, but it also comes face to face with typical problems we face on a daily basis.

Overall, I did enjoy this story but sometimes it fell short. The cliffhanger ending is a little annoying, but I can see how it sets up the next book perfectly. The writing style is not perfect either—at times it feels a little juvenile and it is difficult to tell whether the authori intentionally did it because we’re dealing with teenagers or if this is Levithan’s style. I have not read any other books by him so I can’t make an accurate guess. But, this is a quick read and I wanted to finish the book before seeing the movie this month. If the topic interests you, I do suggest picking up this book!

Rating: 3/5

Total Read Time: 3 hours

Warcross

Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross is a virtual reality game that has taken the world by storm. In the game, people can create avatars of themselves and become immersed into a virtual world. The game has many levels and some levels have power-ups or rewards. Others, are less interested in the game play itself and focus on the rewards-such as virtual pets, clothes, and other items.

Emika Chen is a bounty hunter living in the US. When she causes a glitch in the opening game of Warcross, she becomes an overnight sensation. Everyone knows her name and her rainbow hair. She’s jetted to Tokyo, the center of the Warcross games and home to its creator, Hideo Tanka. Hideo built the Warcross lenses people wear to immerse themselves into the game when he was just a teenager. He uses the human brain to build the perfect reality world by overlaying real-life places and objects with a virtual map.

Hideo notices Emika when she glitches into the game and instead of facing repercussions, invites her to join the Warcross tournament as a wildcard and help him snuff out another hacker. This hacker, Zero, is causing problems for Hideo and the game world of Warcross. It becomes a race against time as Emika discovers more about Warcross, Hideo personal life, and Zero’s plans.

Overall, the storyline of the book was interesting but I feel like it was rushed and that the romantic aspect was a little forced.

The first 2/3 of the book was a slow build up. We’re introduced to minimal characters, mainly the rest of Emika’s teammates and a few of her enemies. We’re also vaguely introduced to sites in Tokyo and I feel like having such a culturally diverse city as your backdrop leaves a lot of things to explore. But this fell short.

The relationship between Hideo and Emika makes me roll my eyes every time there is a scene with the two of them together. They are very different and it feels forced. Sure, both are a little brooding and determined, but that’s all the qualities they share. Hideo is not who he seems at face value. Emika is warned from the start not to pry into his personal life, but she does. It just feels like a kid pushing boundaries.

The true action comes in the final pages of the book as we realize what Zero’s plans were and what Hideo has been hiding from Emika. I won’t say that the entire storyline is predictable, but I figured out who Zero truly was very early on.

My advice while reading this book is to trust your gut instinct about the characters and to take time to digest this book a little. It can be a little dense at times—I found myself skimming quite a few passages because I felt bored too. This is not a book I could finish in one night because I would read maybe 30-45 minutes of it at a time. The premise is interesting, but virtual reality games are not rare in science fiction. Many have compared this book to Ready, Player One, which I have not read, so I’ll leave you to make your own assumptions.

If you’re interested in the plotline and have time to spare, I would suggest reading this book. Marie Lu is a fantastic author and I do enjoy her writing style. I was just left wanting a little more after finishing this book.

Rating 3.5/5

DIY Galaxy Shoes

This project is by no means new or innovative. I originally saw this youtube video back in 2016 and forgot about it.  I stumbled across this DIY galaxy shoes project recently again on Pinterest and thought it was time to make my own version. It is a simple project to complete, with a lot of drying time in between steps. If you love galaxy or space themed things and have a couple of hours to spare, this is the perfect project for you.

Supplies:

  • White Shoes (Make sure they’re canvas shoes)
  • Permanent Markers (blue, light blue, black, purple, and pink are the colors I used)
  • Rubbing Alcohol (91% works best)
  • Dropper
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Toothbrush
  • Thumb Tack

Total time: about 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

First of all, canvas shoes are the best to use because of the fabric. It is absorbent and will take both the ink and the rubbing alcohol better than some other fabrics. Second, I know rubbing alcohol is not widely known or attainable. As a substitute, I suggest using hydrogen peroxide. But note, the higher the alcohol content the better the outcome-the colors will blend better.

 

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Step One: Gather your supplies. I picked up white canvas shoes from Target on sale for less than $8. The permanent markers I also found at Target, they came in a pack with the light blue, dark blue, pink, and purple markers. The black marker I already had at home. I thought this color combination would work perfectly for a galaxy print. But you can use whatever colors you’d like for your shoes. You do not need to use the Sharpie brand, but your markers need to be permanent in order to do this project. I had some issue finding the dropper, the one I found is called an ear/eye dropper. I suggest checking the baby isle or the medication isle of your local drug store. If all else fails, you can use a straw. You do not want to pour the alcohol on your shoes, just use small drops.

Step Two: I suggest stuffing either a plastic bag or tissue paper into the front of your shoes in order to maintain their shape. This will make it easier to color the front of your shoes. Remove the shoe laces from your shoes and begin coloring.

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Step Three: Color small sections at a time. It is best to do small sections to control the bleeding of the colors. You also want tomato sure you’re not drawing in straight lines. It’s okay if the colors overlap because it will make the blending easier. It also doesn’t need to be perfect. I am a horrible drawer, but there is no need to worry about coloring in the lines or making any fancy designs on the shoes. I also suggest not coloring right to the sole of the shoe, once you use the rubbing alcohol the colors will spread to that area. Color about a centimeter or two away from the sole.

Pro tip: you can either tape around the should of the shoes with painters tape or regular tape to avoid getting sharpie on the soles. OR, the sharpie wipes off immediately with a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a paper towel

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Step Four: Take your dropper and fill it with rubbing alcohol. Then, release the drops over your colored areas. The more alcohol you add, the more your colors will blend and spread out.

Step Five: Repeat this process all over the shoe. Note that you may have to wait for parts of the shoe to dry before coloring over them. You can cover every available white space on your shoe, or leave as much of it as you’d like. This project is completely customizable. Don’t forget to color the tongue as well! Repeat this process on your other shoe.

Step Six: Once your shoe is covered in color and alcohol, you may need to let your shoes dry. I left my shoes to dry for about 15-20 minutes before moving onto the second phase of this project. Once your shoes feel dry, this part of your project is complete.

Step Seven: This part is completely optional. I have seen the shoes with and without painted stars, and both look amazing. Gather your acrylic paint, thumb tack, and toothbrush. When your shoes are dry, you can begin painting stars on your shoes.

Step Eight: Dip your toothbrush in white acrylic paint and begin splattering it all over your shoes in a random pattern. You can add as much paint as you would like until you have achieved your desired effect.

Step Nine: Take your thumb tack and dip it in paint. Use the small tack to paint on stars and moons. My final product looked something like this

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Step Ten: Once your shoes are dry, put the shoe laces back in. I found these purple laces on amazon. You could also weave ribbon in similar galaxy colors in with your laces for a unique look.

There you have it, your own set of galaxy shoes!

 

 

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato is not a typical teenage love story. Sixteen-year-old Carolina (Lina) has experienced a lot of ups and downs in her life. But there is one event that she characterizes as a defining moment—losing her mother, Hadley, to cancer. A few months before her Hadley’s death, her mother starts telling Lina stories about her friend Howard and some of their adventures in Italy. Her mother makes Lina promise to visit Italy and give it a chance. Now, Lina is in a new country with people she barely knows. Lina tries to connect with her mother through her mother’s journal and quickly learns that her mother had a lot of secrets when she was younger. Through her time in Italy, Lina learns the true meaning of love and friendship and what it means to be a family.

Lina is quiet but charismatic. She is hesitant about going to Italy, living in a strange place, and meeting new people. She’s so determined to get back home, that she doesn’t even unpack her suitcase. She constantly complains to her best friend, Addie, about wanting to come home or how weird it is to live in a cemetery. But the longer she spends in Italy and the more she learns about her mother, Lina comes face to face with some difficult decisions that will change her life.

Howard is the caretaker for a WWII American soldier memorial right outside of Florence, Italy. He is thrilled at the prospect of Lina coming to visit him because he was in love with her mother. He tries hard to make Lina like him but is also protective of her.

Lorenzo (Ren) is a quirky half-Italian, half-American teenager living in Florence. Ren quickly becomes Lina’s best friend in Italy and accompanies her on her outings to elarn more about Hadley and her past. Ren goes without question and wants to help Lina solve the mystery of her mother. Ren makes Lina laugh and feel like she’s one of the gang of international students.

Starting out, we don’t know much about Hadley. But once Lina gets her mother’s journal, we start to learn about Hadley’s past. Hadley had always been carefree and upbeat with Lina. Hadley had a passion for photography and art and explored that passion during her time in Italy. Hadley fell in love and got her heart broken by Lina’s father and she kept that secret from her daughter for sixteen years.

Overall, I adored this book. I may have a slight bias because I LOVE Italy and Florence is probably my favorite city in the world. But, I love that Lina gets a chance to explore Italy both on her own and through her mother’s eyes. Lina gets to learn a new country, meet new friends and start new relationships, try new things, and simultaneously grow closer with her mother.

Rating 5/5

Love, Simon Movie Review

I had high expectations going into this move. I fell in love with Albertalli’s characters and writing style. I was a little afraid of what the movie would portray, but all of those fears were put to bed.

For those unfamiliar with the novel, Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is an average seventeen-year old boy with a big secret. Simon loves his friends and his life, but he feels like something is missing until he starts talking to Blue. Simon and Blue share the same secret. Simon must come to terms with who he is and what he wants in life, and of course there are speed bumps along the way.

Love, Simon is an uplifting movie. It is laugh-out-loud funny with snarky banter, pop culture jokes, and teenage humor. But the movie is also an emotional one. Simon’s secret is revealed and the fall out is devastating at times.

There are plenty of teenage “right of passage” scenes, from parties to relationships, to classic lunchroom conversations. But this is not a typical movie. This is the best movie I have seen in quite some time. You can truly connect with the characters. You feel Simon’s highs and lows. You experience heartbreak, falling in love, shame, laughter, and everything in between along with the characters. Even if you are unfamiliar with the book, this is a great movie to see.

Love, Simon is based off of Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The film is set to release in theatres on March 16.

Rating: 5/5

March TBR

This month, I do not have much of a plan for what I want to read. Instead, I want to use this month to finish a few books that I have started or checked out from the library and need to soon return. The books this month may seem a little random, but I am hoping that such a wide range of books will keep me interested and occupied in March.

The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental Wisdom of Joe Biden) by Jeff Wilser

Synopsis: “The aviators. The Amtrak. The ice cream cones. The memes. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Now, in The Book of Joe, Biden fans will finally have the definitive look at America’s favorite vice president—and what he can teach us. Structured around key moments in Biden’s life and career—and filled with Biden-isms like “That’s a bunch of malarkey” and “I may be Irish, but I’m not stupid”—this blend of biography, advice, and humor will reveal the experiences that forged Joe Biden, and the lessons we can use in our own lives. Along the way, readers will also encounter fun sidebars on his love of muscle cars, his most endearing gaffes, his bromance with President Obama, and much more. Yet beneath the memorable Biden-isms, the book will reveal an inspirational story of a man who keeps “getting back up.” We need this right now. Much as Biden has come back from both professional missteps and personal heartbreaks, sometimes we all have to get back up and fight. Given Biden’s reputation as a decent, plainspoken, patriotic statesman of integrity, this entertaining and practical book will be both a celebration of great political figure and an essential guide to creating the America he believes in so dearly.” —Amazon

This is a book a received from Blogging for Books last month and never got around to reading. Because I’m going to read to review this book, it is at the top of my list for this month.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Synopsis: “Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”–Goodreads

This book has been everywhere! I have seen mostly amazing reviews about this book and I feel like everyone is talking about it and I am tired of being left out of this narrative!

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Synopsis: “Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.”–Barnes & Noble

I have mixed feelings about Melissa Landers. She is a great person and I felt honored to meet her, but I go back and forth about whether or not I love her writing style. Her other series, Starflight, had me hooked on the first book and then I was just so “meh” about the second book. But I figured I should give this series a shot. Who knows, maybe I’ll love it.

Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton 

Synopsis: “It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to their home. He is appalled by their customs—the gratuitous sexuality of their women, their disregard for cleanliness, and their cold-blooded sacrifices. As they enter the frozen, forbidden landscape of the North—where the day’s length does not equal the night’s, where after sunset the sky burns in streaks of color—Fadlan soon discovers that he has been unwillingly enlisted to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings, the monsters of the mist that devour human flesh. But just how he will do it, Fadlan has no idea.”–Amazon

This book was recommended to me by a dear friend after we had a conversation about Norse Gods and Vikings. He recommended this book without much discussion on it, because he “didn’t want to spoil anything” for me. I’m still up in the air about this one, but given that it is written by the author of one of my favorite books of all time, I think I’ll enjoy it.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 

Synopsis: “Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.”–Goodreads

I am listening to Norse Mythology on audiobook currently, and I am loving every minute of it. The book itself is only about 6 hours long and I’m about 1/3 of the way finished with it. So far, this is the perfect book to listen to. I cannot wait to hear more stories.

What are you reading this month?

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