Reading List Check In: The Heir, Night Circus, and #GIRLBOSS

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Hello bookworms! Back in January I shared my 2016 Reading List with you, and I have actually made a (small) bit of progress! I thought I would take some time today to highlight some of the books I have completed, and let you know where I will be heading next.

The first book I finished from the list was #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso…

While I had heard of Amoruso before, mainly due to our good friend social media, I had never really heard of Nasty Gal before, and certainly hadn’t visited the website or shopped her company before. And while  I probably won’t become a Nasty Gal shopper after reading this book, overall, I did enjoy her story. I thought her style of writing was fun and easy to read, and it was cool to see how her background and childhood influenced her career. I loved reading about the early days of her company, when it was just her working her butt off to hustle and make something happen. Given that I am about to be a girlboss myself here in a couple of months, I found it inspiring to hear about her unexpected journey. While this is not the kind of book I am going to go back and read over and over again, it was a solid read.

The next book I checked off my list was Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern…

Okay, the prose in this novel is absolutely gorgeous. I love the concept of the Night Circus, and the images Morgenstern paints with her words are stunning. My main complaint about Night Circus is that the summary on the back of the book makes it seem like this is going to be a love story, and while it becomes that in the end, that’s not really what the book is about. The love story doesn’t become a thing until 2/3 of the way into the book, so I feel like the back cover was misleading. I also wish I would have paid more attention to the dates listed at the beginning of each chapter as the books jumps around timeline wise, and that sometimes made it confusing. However, I for sure will be reading this book again and I think I will enjoy it even more the second time around. This is one I would recommend to any serious readers.

I just recently (as in two days ago) started and then quickly finished The Heir by Kiera Cass…

Of the three books I have read so far, The Heir was my favorite. I had previously read the first three books in The Selection series, but you don’t need to have read the series in order to enjoy The Heir. This one is definitely a quick and easy read, which was nice for me since my reading time is limited (cough toddler mom cough).  The Heir focuses on the daughter of the couple in The Selection series as she is dealing with the pressures of becoming a ruler, and the first female one at that. I think Cass does a really nice job creating relatable characters placed in some pretty crazy situations. Even though Eadlyn, the main character, is faced with some unique problems, she is still experiencing the normal thoughts and feelings of your typical teenage girl. This is one I would recommend to anyone who is into young adult literature. I already placed my pre-order for the final book in the series.

So those are the three books I have completed so far. I am also a large chunk of the way through the first book in the Game of Thrones series, however, I am putting GoT on the back burner as we are currently rewatching all of the first five seasons of the show in preparation for the premiere of season six and it is getting a little confusing reading book one and watching later seasons at the same time. So I will likely pick it up again after season six concludes. Next up is The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory. Stay tuned for my thoughts on it and the rest of the titles on my 2016 Reading List!

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