Lit Chicks December Read | The Duke’s Holiday by Maggie Fenton ­čĺĽ

Hi Friends! 

I hope your December is magical and peaceful. If you celebrate Christmas, then Merry Christmas! If you celebrate anything else then I wish you a joyous season! Woo!

Carla and I are back with a Regency-era romance this month and we must say it was uniquely entertaining. It’s an old-timey romance with all the trimmings: an uber smart heroine, a stuck up duke (he changes we promise), a creepy villain, and endless hijinx.

Enjoy friends!

xoxo

Merry Bookmas!

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Hello my wonderful bookish friends!

I hope you are all having a magical holiday that is hopefully stress-free. For myself, it’s been a bit of both; juggling multiple responsibilities like work (but why?), finding the perfect thoughtful gifts for the special someones in my life while dodging everyone in the mall (thank goodness for the internet), and making time to read all the books!

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*phew* *wipes sweat*

I have to admit, I’ve been a little MIA the past few weeks with all of that and more going on, but never fear you are all (whoever you are out there) still in my heart! I have a bunch of wonderful projects, reviews, and trips planned for 2019 and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Stay tuned next week for:

­čôÜ┬áBook Reviews (a lot of them)

­čĺĽ┬áLit Chicks December Pick Video (If you haven’t started reading go go go! A Duke’s Holiday!)

­čÄç┬á2018 Top Books!

ԝƴŞĆ┬áAnd perhaps an article or two!

Thank you to all who have read the books I’ve reviewed and recommended! As always reach out if you want to book gossip with me!

Have a beautiful, magical, and miraculous season my friends.

xoxo,

Gisela

Lit Chicks November Read | Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid ­čĺĽ

Hi Friends!

We hope your Thanksgiving was full of love, gratefulness, and food! And if none of those are up your alley (we totally get it), we hope that it was filled with tons of good books (or Netflix)!

Carla and I know that some of you are probably running around getting started on your Christmas shopping and others might still be in a state of stupor after eating tons of food. Whatever state you are in, how about you take a break and have some fun with us while we discuss Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Enjoy!

xoxo

Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse. I am not a muse. I am the somebody.”

If I wasn’t convinced before (which I was from the very first book) I am absolutely convinced that Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favorite authors. Each book I read teaches me something new, makes me feel something I haven’t before, and forces me to empathize with characters I will probably never meet. Daisy Jones and The Six is no exception.

Just like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (if you haven’t read it yet, please do so – it is phenomenal) I had a hard time remembering that this book is fiction because┬áTaylor makes it so damn real! I kept wanting to look up on Google “The Six” and “Daisy Jones,” while listening toa healthy dose 70’s rock. In this book, we get Daisy Jones, a girl born of the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, and the band The Six which is composed of Billy, Graham, Karen, Eddie, Warren, and Pete. It is evident in the book that although it is The Six, the stars of the show are Daisy and Billy and how the band falls apart in 1979.

The book is told in an interview style, with each of the band members having their say of what happened, now, in the present. That, right there, this telling of past events is what got to me. You can’t help but take notice that the past happened, yes, but it gets so convoluted the more time passes and the more people were involved. Everyone sees events differently, and it goes to show that the way you experienced something, will never be the same to another person, even if you are both looking at the same damn thing.

“You have these lines you won’t cross. But then you cross them. And suddenly you possess the very danger information that you can break the rule and the world won’t instantly come to an end. You’ve taken a big, black, bold line and you’ve made it a little bit gray. And now every time you cross it again, it gets grayer and grayer until one day you look around and you think,

There was a line here once. I think.”

There are a few specific events that happen, which I won’t go into extreme detail because:

  1. This book doesn’t come out until next year.
  2. This is a book you really should experience without knowing too much. The summary on Goodreads is excellent because it just gives you the general gist of the book. No spoilers. Well except that you know they split up, just not how.

But what I will say is thank you, Taylor, for not being afraid to write about things that most authors don’t like to write about. She writes human emotions in a way that the feelings become visceral. I cried, guys. I cried and I raged with every member of the band. I wasn’t just a reader, I was a participant┬áreliving the emotions of fictional┬ácharacters.

Daisy Jones and The Six comes out on March 3, 2019. Mark it on your calendar because the band will take you on a tour down memories filled with sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.*

Also, I vote to have all the song lyrics turned into actual songs by a singer!┬á­čÖő

“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”

 

*I might update my review once the book comes out so I can gush about all the things Taylor made me feel while reading it.*

 

 

Lit Chicks October Read | Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson ­čĺĽ

Hi Friends,

Welcome back to another Lit Chick post! From the bottom of our hearts (mine’s and Carla’s) we are so grateful for everyone who watched our first video and gave us such kind words. This really is a fun thing for us to and we love sharing our love of books with you!

This month we decided to read Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson. We thought this was the perfect read for the beginning of the holiday season. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Love you all and enjoy!

xoxo

Book Review: The Lines We Leave Behind by Eliza Graham

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“I am only twenty. How can someone like me really help anyone?”

Hello Friends.

There are very few times when a book leaves me completely speechless. Or at least vocabulary escapes me and I can’t seem to put together a coherent thought on what I just read because I have been so affected by what I just read. I also feel like I get this way everytime I read a historical fiction novel that takes place during World War II. Just when you think you know most of what happened, there is something new to discover, and I think that is what calls to me from this particular type of genre.

For those of you who do not know, and it may seem odd, I absolutely adore historical fiction, but I especially love historical fiction that takes place during World War II. I know there are plenty of time periods, events, cultures in other times of the world that are very much important and I love reading about them as well, but I do not know what it is about WW2 that completely captures my attention, my fascination. Perhaps it is because how wide this war’s reach was and how many lives it altered – to the most important political leader, to the smallest soldier or child or sister or spy. Everyone was involved and I think this is why I find it fascinating – there are thousands of stories of resilience┬áno matter what class, race, gender… so many stories we have yet to discover… and I want to read them all.

I’m sorry I have yet to speak about the book friends, but The Lines We Leave Behind in lamest terms… messed me up. I’m a mess. It was an extraordinary┬ástory about an extraordinary woman who finds herself in incredibly difficult circumstances. And although her story is fiction, it is rooted in fact – there are those, real people who probably had similar experiences and are in fact real. This book is historical fiction, but also mystery, thriller, suspense. Our main player, Maud or Amber (since she goes back and forth) finds herself in an unbearable situation (in an insane asylum) after the war and deals with what I can imagine many after the war experienced as PSTD. But because she was also a woman, it was handled horrendously different from her male counterparts.

Guys, again, this book left me shaking. I could not believe what I was reading and I was filled with hope and rage and hope and rage and oh my goodness this roller coaster of emotions was a lot, but so worth it. Read it. I highly recommend it.

Book Review | Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren

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“I think I”m only now starting to realize how hard it must be to be a woman. Too thin or not thin enough. Do your job flawlessly, but don’t show up any of the men. Speak up, but don’t be bitchy. Smile.”

Somehow they always do it. Christina Lauren – they are always able to┬áwrite a completely hilarious, fun, and sexy story while still weaving an important lesson or situation that people should be aware of. In Dating You Hating You, our players are Evelyn and Carter both who work for talent agencies in Los Angeles. They both meet a mutual friends costume party (obviously have been set up) and really feel their connection. They have the same sense of humor, are both really kind and civil to each other, so of course, they are attracted to each other and end up going on a date and well… hooking up.­čśë

Hijinx ensues when the agency that Evelyn works for takes over Carter’s agency and they now find themselves not only working together but competing for the same position thanks to their seriously horrendous and misogynist of a boss, Brad (yuck).­čĄ« Anything that can go wrong, goes wrong and they resort to old school pranks on each other through the book, which I found absolutely hilarious! Don’t get the pranks wrong though, they are also in the deep in with their feelings for each other and have to grapple without to work out their chemistry and still be focused on the competitive nature of their job.

Friends, I laughed out loud with this book. Carter is super cute and funny and I know that if I met a guy like him in person, I would totally fall as hard as Evelyn did. He has flaws though and I like that about him because it doesn’t make him the perfect guy. And Evelyn is what I aspire to be in a workplace – cool, focused, and brilliant BUT she doesn’t shy away from her insecurities either, she makes her insecurities work for her and she totally excels.

Now the real issue that the book showcases (which I think is very important) just how unfair it can be for women in the workplace when compared to men. Christina Lauren point this issue out many times by showing that some men do get paid more than women, even if they have been there less time. Or how their horrible boss, Brad clearly favors the men in the company and gives them perks that he doesn’t dole out to the women. Even the language that is used to describe Carter’s work persona (confident) is different then when they describe Evie (intimidating), and THAT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME PEOPLE. We naturally perceive a woman and man’s confidence differently.

I can probably go on and on about that subject, Friends but I won’t. There are plenty of studies and statistics out there for those who wish to research more on the subject. For now, if you want a funny and relatable book to read, try picking up Dating You Hating! If you already read it, let me know! ÔŁĄ