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Fashionistas Read Too: Recent Reads…

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I really would like to start a book club…I read and listen to books so much it is a serious addiction. So last week I finished Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, which was a pretty good read. I tried to solicit some friends to read it with me but, as far as I know, only my sister (shout out to Keisha!) finished it.

Kidd is a feminist to the core, so naturally her narrative focused on two female protagonists, Sarah Grimke and Handful. Sarah was the slaveholder’s daughter and Handful was her personal slave. What I found most interesting about Kidd’s story is that it is told from both perspectives. Each chapter alternates from Handful to Sarah revealing how both women felt trapped in the antebellum South in the last 1800s. Rarely are we able to hear the perspective of a Caucasian woman from that era who was against slavery. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story just in case you plan to read it, but it was an interesting read…Not quite as good as The Secret Life of Bees, but very close…

I also just finished John Grisham’s Sycamore Row the other day, which is much more fast paced than The Invention of Wings. Sycamore Row is a narrative about Seth Hubbard, a rich old man who commits suicide, and leaves the majority of his estate to his maid in a handwritten will. It takes place in a small Mississippi town in the 1980s, and no one can understand why he would do such a thing. Basically, the debate is whether or not Hubbard was in his right mind at the time that he wrote the will, and whether or not his maid influenced him to do so. What I loved about this book was that it was packed with suspense. I could not stop listening…Loved it!

I know I am such a NERD, but I embrace it! I hope that you all are having a blessed week. Don’t let the snow and gloomy skies bog you down too much! If you find yourself idle or super bored, pick up a book and escape reality for a little while! xx

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Fashionistas Read Too: Inferno

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The other day I was sitting outside on my lunch break enjoying the sunshine, and I decided to post this picture on Instagram (follow me @Alwayzkel). The caption read: Some of My Favorite Things: Fashion, Fiction and Fantasy…Outside of flipping through fashion magazines and reading other blogs, I really enjoy reading and writing.  Both are such a relaxing pass time for me.

I wanted to tell you all about a book I am reading right now, which is Dan Brown’s Inferno. The main thing that I love about it is that it keeps me on the edge of my seat, and every time I complete a chapter I am PRESSED to get to the next one. Every chapter drives the plot forward. The other thing that I love about this book is that the chapters are super short. Kudos to Dan Brown for that!

Basically, the protagonist, Robert Langdon, wakes up in a hospital and has no recollection of the previous day. He quickly learns that an organizations/group of people are after him and he is forced to go on a wild goose chase of sorts in order to preserve his life while, simultaneously, cracking a secret code. On his journey through Florence, Italy, he finds clues that help him to figure out what’s really going on. He also has a side kick, Sienna, who adds an interesting twist to things.

Although the book is sometimes daunting because of all the Italian words, it is definitely a page turner, ladies! I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think about it once I am done reading it, but for now I am just enjoying this fictional ride.

Have you all read any of Dan Brown’s books before? If so, I am curious to know what you think about Robert Langdon’s character? Are you reading any other books? Please share! I am always looking for books to read or listen to…

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! xx

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