Reading and Watching


The rain has started in Seattle, which means there’s nothing I feel like doing more than curling up inside with a mug of hot apple cider and a book! I picked up Dark Places at our local bookstore over the weekend, and am excited to start reading it this week. It’s by the same author as Gone Girl, which I really enjoyed. I posted this Instagram yesterday, and got some great suggestions for what to read next. So today, I thought I’d do the same thing here. What have you guys been reading?? Any good books you’d recommend?

Books to read

Here are a few of the books I’ve read lately…plus a few movies for good measure. Cuz let’s be honest, I’ve watched a lot more things than I’ve read over the last few months.

Reading & Watching

1. The Fault In Our Stars: It was soooo good, you guys! Ben refused to watch it with me, so I was all by myself on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and tears streaming down my face. / 2. The Lost Symbol: I read this one mostly because I found it at the little free library by the beach near our house. Do you guys have those little free libraries where you live too? Theyre awesome. To be honest, I didnt love this book. It was interesting, but not nearly as good as The Da Vinci Code (although, to be fair, it’s been years since I read that). / 3. Blended: We randomly rented this from Redbox a few weeks ago and I didn’t expect much, but it turned out to be really cute and funny! I liked it a lot. / 4. On Mystic Lake: I love anything by Kristin Hannah! Don't be scared off by the cheesy covers. / 5. The Name of the Wind: I read this one after a friend recommended it and let me borrow her copy. I probably wouldn’t have picked it out on my own, so I’m glad she told me about it! I loved it, and already read the sequel The Wise Man's Fear, as well. It reminded me of a grown-up version of Harry Potter.

On my list: Books to read

And here are a few that are on my list: 1. #GIRLBOSS: I've been seeing this book over and over again in my Instagram feed. So I figure, if a bunch of women that I admire are reading it, it must be good, right? Plus I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. / 2. Sharp Objects: This is Gillian Flynn's first book--might as well read 'em all! / 3. Reconstructing Amelia: This book looks interesting, and it was recommended on Instagram. / 4. The Paris Wife: This was another recommendation from Instagram--about Ernest Hemingway and his wife.

SO, what have you been reading and what's on your list to read next? If you haven't had a lot of time for books lately, have you seen any good movies or shows?

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Monday, October 27th, 2014

    girl boss is on my list too!
    ladies in navy
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, October 27th, 2014

      Yay! We gotta read it.
  2. Posted by Amy @ Homey Oh My! on Monday, October 27th, 2014

    Sooo I'm a sucker for Adam Sandler movies, but avoided Blended because of the bad reviews and not a single person I know saw it. I should have followed my heart, haha! Glad to hear you enjoyed it- it's now on my list :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, October 27th, 2014

      Yeah, I did like it! But to be fair, I didn't go in with any expectations. I had never even heard of it until we saw it while perusing the Redbox kiosk :) So if you see it and hate it, don't be mad at me!
  3. Posted by Sydney on Monday, October 27th, 2014

    #GIRLBOSS for sure! I just read it and it was very inspiring! I've been thinking about it almost everyday since - just the little tips, tricks, and life lessons she has learned in her own life :)
  4. Posted by Kerry on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

    Blended is on hold at our library right this minute, can't wait...and Fault movie looks excellent.
    Reading: The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis (he is always a winner in my opinion!)

    side note -- no comment box is appearing in your latest post about your anniv and blogging. Anyone else having probs with that??
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

      Thanks, Kerry! And thanks for letting me know about the comments box on my other post :) I just fixed it! Would love to hear your thoughts.