Both remnants of Thanksgiving and hints of Christmas are present in this post, as I burn my pumpkin candle whilst drinking from a red Starbucks holiday cup. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I definitely ate more than I would ever want to admit, but hey, that’s why high-waisted leggings are so handy around this time of year. All I can say is that my aunt’s homemade green bean casserole is totally worth it!
Anyways, today I wanted to share with y’all a couple of books I’ve been reading recently. I plan on doing these book posts every once in a while, which will help motivate me to read faster (because it usually takes me forever to finish a book, haha), as well as read more in general. I hope y’all enjoy!
Caffeine & Quality Reads, vol. 1
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
This book was not quite what I was expecting, but I still ended up enjoying it by the end. Gods in Alabama tells the story of Arlene Fleet traveling down to Alabama to reconnect with the family and past she tried so hard so leave behind. Crime, romance, southern charm, and the strength of familial bonds are all woven through this novel, carried by various plot twists will leave you on the edge of your seat. I personally found myself psychologically analyzing the characters based on their strange behaviors as the plot unravels, overall making for a very interesting story. Blood really is thicker than water, especially in Gods in Alabama.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I cannot say enough about this book. I’m about to finish it and it is just packed full with wisdom, encouragement, and insight to this crazy beautiful thing we call creativity. Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, highlights why it is so important to put artistic ability to use, and explains how to keep fears and insecurities in check whilst pursuing your creative aspirations. Below, I’ve attached a photo of one of the pages in my copy, complete with all of my underlines, highlights, and annotations. I love to write in all my books, and Big Magic has definitely spawned a lot of creative thoughts and revelations that I like to jot own as I read. If you’re considering a career in the arts but are unsure of how to approach it, or if you simply wish to live a more creative life outside the bearings of fear, I highly recommend giving Big Magic a read!
What have y’all been reading recently? Let me know by leaving a comment below – I always want to find new recommendations!
Happy holidays, y’all! Much love.
READ MORE: keep your eyes on the wide open spaces (for some encouragement!)