One of my favorite settings to read about is Paris and the French countryside, so today I’m giving you all a list of my favorite Francophile books, a few from my TBr, and two to skip!Read More
Have you read your fair share of thrillers that disappointed? Well, so have I, so I am saving you from that terror. Here are 10 thrillers that are actually worth the read!Read More
Come join me as I answer the most asked question I get on the ‘gram: How do you balance your life, your 9-5 job, and your Instagram/ blog?Read More
Do you still remember the goals you set for yourself in January? If not, here is the perfect opportunity to set new ones, and if you do, let’s do a check-in and see where we could improve! There are definitely some things I’ll be changing to accomplish my 2019 goals.Read More
Book cover deigns that have become trendy this year and that we will be seeing everywhere in the following months!Read More
Say it with me friends. What do we want? SPRING! When do we want it? Four weeks ago, thanks for nothing February!!!!
As a Chicagoan, I truly couldn’t hate the month of February more. I know that’s so dramatic of me, but the -20 windchill gets very old once we don’t have Christmas to look forward to and spring weather is within grasp. So yeah, I’m pretty happy to be ushering in a new season. And with new seasons come new books!
Here is a little list of all the books I’m looking forward to hearing about, reading, and discussing with you all in the coming four months! I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to as well. Leave me a comment below! :)
Publishing: March 5, 2019 (Ballantine Books)
Genre: Music Fiction
Must Read Rationale: Taylor Jenkins Reid is nothing short of book-famous at this point for her iconic book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. That book is spectacularly written and so touching, so I am pretty much ready to pick up anything of hers nowadays. This book has also been praised widely and happens to be a Reese Witherspoon book club pick. Im in!
Publishing: March 5, 2019 (Penguin Random House)
Genre: Fantasy / Modern Fairy Tale
Must Read Rationale: I love an interesting take on a very old idea, so a modern look at one of the darkest fairytales is very up my alley. Gingerbread is already getting a lot of critical attention and a few point out the strong female power that radiates through the book, which is my jam. The cover is also very beautiful, which I know shouldn’t change my opinions, but it does make me gravitate towards it!
Publishing: March 12, 2019 (Random House)
Must Read Rationale: With this kind of book, I never want to know to much. But what I do know is that this book explores all the possible versions of ourselves (Ala Dark Matter perhaps?) and I love a metaphorical, dystopian, mind-bending look into what could have been. Very excited to pick this up soon!
Publishing: March 26, 2019 (Berkeley)
Must Read Rationale: I am incredibly particular about thrillers because I have been disappointed TOO MANY TIMES by shit endings or problematic characters. Yet, I persevere because when I love a thriller, I LOVE that thriller. My Lovely Wife seems very promising, as it’s a bit of a Mr. and Mrs. Smith pairing, combined with two completely psychotic and murderous personalities. Will I sleep after I read this? Unlikely. Will I enjoy it? Let’s hope so.
Publishing: April 9, 2019 (Catapult)
Genre: Literary Fiction
Must Read Rationale: This book sounds utterly mysterious, completely engrossing, and so unusually written and I can’t wait to read it. The narrator lives in Buenos Aires by her study of art takes her far away, both mentally and physically. I love a city-set tale and this one just sounds so odd I can’t pass it up!
Lie With Me: A Novel by Phillippe Besson, translated by Molly Ringwald
Publishing: April 30, 2019
Genre: LGBTQ Lit
Must Read Rationale: I read Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman last year and have essentially been on a journey to find a similar book ever since. I’m not saying these two are twins, but the vibe and the coming of age themes feel similar and I’m very excited to read it. I also have been trying to seek out more translated books since being exposed to the world of translation via book club earlier this year, so this fits the bill for that as well. The added randomness of Molly Ringwald as translator should be interesting!
Publishing: May 7, 2019
Genre: Memoir (Equestrian)
Must Read Rationale: On first glance, this may seem oddly specific, but I love that kind of book. Anything than can look at something as random as a solo horse race and extrapolate out to a subject that can touch a city-dwelling person who hasn’t seen a horse up close in 10 years is my kind of book. It also seems to have some awesome themes of female power and perseverance, which I am always here for!
The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Publishing: May 2019 (NYU Press)
Genre: Literary Criticism
Must-Read Rationale: Let me give you the one single line that made me add this to my most-anticipated list: “Reveals the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media as not only a lack of representation, but a lack of imagination.” !!!! Are you so sold?? This sounds absolutely awesome and also like a much needed discussion we are already having and need to continue having in our bookish circles.
So there we have it. A handful of the books I’m looking forward to through May! I already cheated and started looking at summer books I can’t wait for, too, but we will save that for another time. ;)
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I’ve listened to a lot of average podcasts, I’ve listened to a handful of bad podcasts, and now I’m going to recommend to you all the best podcast episodes that have really stuck with me.Read More
The perfect time to read love stories is February! Here are some of my favorites.Read More
Want to step up your IG game? Today I’m teaching you exactly how I take my own photos for the ‘gram!Read More
Hi friends! So, here we are, the third day of the year. Around this time, we are bombarded with everyone’s “new year, new me” proclamations and also lots and lots of “resolutions are pointless” commentary. I think either approach is totally fine, but I personally love any reason to take a look at life and consider what I can improve. January 1st is just a day, but it also usually comes after a much needed period of rest, relaxation, and connection with family and friends, which lays the groundwork for renewed motivation, goal-setting, and introspection. In a deeper way than just the beginning of a new calendar year, this period of energy is a really good time to assess life.
I did just that over the last week and was able to pick out a bunch of things I loved about 2018 by going through lots and LOTS of photos! I also considered all the main factors of my life and considered what was going well and what needed some work. From there, I came up with a few things I’d like to achieve in the upcoming year:
Be conversational in Turkish by December 31, 2019.
On day three of the year, I’m so excited about this one. However, I’ve started and stopped learning Turkish about 10 times by now, so I’m being realistic here and assuming I will be less excited in about three weeks. With that in mind, I am putting this one out in the universe so that I can be kept accountable! As many of you know, my husband was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, so his first language and family’s language is Turkish. I’ve always loved the idea of being bilingual, but I haven’t put in the work to get there, so this is going to my year! Please send tips if you’ve learned a language, I need all the help I can get …. 😊
Steps to get there:
Daily Duolingo (a free app that gives daily lessons!)
Outside studying twice a week
Eventually, one English-free hour daily
2. Read 65 books
This number goal is less of a hard deadline, and more of a bar to make sure I’m still keeping my reading habit sharp and also as an assessment to make sure I’m still pursuing and enjoying my hobbies. I have a tendency to be a bit of a workaholic, so gotta have those checks. 😊 This year I read 60, so 65 seems like a worthy challenge.
3. Keep growing on Instagram
A year ago I would never guess that this would be a 2019 goal, but here we are! I’ve decided it’s best to shoot for the stars here and hope more book lovers come into my life this year. Still left to find on IG, there are many, many new friends, creative fulfillment, career opportunities, financial freedom, and LOTS more books to be read!
4. Take one real vacation with Murat
In my life assessment, I realized two things. One, we haven’t taken a real vacation since Paris / Germany etc. in the summer of 2016 and, two, if we want to travel, we have to do some serious planning. At this point in our lives, there are a LOT of hurdles to jump and I don’t know if this goal is realistic. Immigration takes a lot of time and resources, so we will see where this year takes us!
Steps to get there:
-Save from every paycheck, and know that in the end, that savings may need to be spent elsewhere
5. Continue finding passion and creativity in my career.
This last one doesn’t really warrant elaboration here, but I think we all have this goal in some way. Cheers to us for pursuing it!
That’s it! I’m not trying to change my whole life over here, I’m just trying to improve on the life I already love. Time to kick some 2019 booty. 😊 What are your goals for this year?
This is my very favorite list to make, so I’m very excited to present my Top 10 books of 2018!Read More
Book lovers gift and receive all the books for Christmas, so here are the books I gave and received!Read More
All about my book club, how I started it, and how you can start or find your own!Read More
A book plus a present for every person on your list!Read More
All the holiday gifts, but inexpensive and made with love by you! <3Read More
Hi my sweet friends! I hop you all had the most wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrated, full of turkey and time with loved ones. Mine was fabulous and I hate too much food and lost way too many games. As we speak I am considering going down to the kitchen for a midnight leftover snack ….
But, more importantly, it is now the legendary shopping day: Black Friday. I have compiled all the deals I’m eyeing and two of the deals I already went in on for all of you! I love shopping and it’s the best time to buy Christmas gifts that might be a litttttle bit out of your price range. I’d love to not care about BF, but I love shopping. So you could say Capitalism: 1, Megan: 0. I’m comfortable with this reality. Anyway, here are the deals! Tell me what you’re buying below. :)
Barnes & Noble - 20% online (use BLKFRIDAY) or 25% off any one item in stores
I fully intend to hit my local B&N tomorrow to pick up some books both as gifts to my loved ones and POSSIBLY one or two as a gift to myself … ;)
Planners + books + home decor from Ban.do - 30% (use THIRTYOFF)
I used a Ban.Do planner for a full year and absolutely loved it in 2017. These planners are fun, as they come with stickers and cute reminders, but also are structured in a very productive, helpful way. Definitely recommend if you need a new one for 2019.
The New Yorker subscription — 12 weeks for $6 + a free tote
This is another thing on my Christmas wish list this year. I love reading The New Yorker when I find a copy at the dentist’s office or anywhere else I might be waiting, but I’d love to actually receive them to my home and set aside time to read the issues. Also, love that cartoon section. Judge me. This is a good time to sign up because it’s inexpensive (this deal is run regularly) but you also get the cute lil tote bag! (as if we all don’t have enough of those … ;) )
Christmas trees - 40% off at Target
Murat and I haven’t totally decided on artificial tree vs. real tree, but these are a great deal if you are firmly in the fake tree department! I’m very suspicious that they will go back to being very expensive for us procrastinators next week.
Google Home mini - From $50 to $25
I really want my house to be a Smart house, mostly because we have no ceiling lighting in our bedroom and telling a tiny baby computer to turn my lights off sounds GREAT. BF is a great time to invest in starting your Smart home collection.
Also, if you’re like me and like to do research on these things, here’s an article I read about the Google Home vs. Amazon Alexa. :)
Kajo earrings - 50% off
I have been following Kajo Jewels on Instagram for months and lusting over their adorable, trendy earrings. The tortoiseshell resin styles and the insane line art-style faces are my personal favorites.
Levi Jeans - 40% off (use the code INDIGO)
I have needed a pair of black jeans for … practically as long as I can remember at this point, so I finally pulled the trigger. I own two pairs of Levis and I love them to death!I went for the Wedgie Fit Straight Leg in Black Heart.
Artistic Bae Co. - 50% off everything
I’m mad about this one because this is one of those companies I found because Instagram is ALWAYS advertising this sweater to me. Well, it worked. Are you happy now IG?!? But, I do think this sweater is so fun and that price made me finally pull the trigger on it. (This company also has similar line art earrings as Kajo!)
H & M home section - 30% off
I looooove H&M’s homeware. This is a more recent addition to this massive store’s range and they’ve really been nailing it. I think if you’re dcorating a home and looking for details, this is the move for you. Some things I’m looking at:
Alright, that’s a wrap! I did lots of my Christmas shopping outside of Black Friday, which I don’t always do, but there are a few small things I picked up form this list. With that in mind, though, no more looking at sales for me this year before my wallet revolts. ;)
There’s hardly anything I like more than reading seasonally, so I am very excited to share with you my holiday reading list!!Read More
A review of the three-month subscription box from Page One Books. Mine is called “For the Foodie,” aka my dream sub box!Read More
A wrap-up of all my favorites, all the fun activities I did this month, and lots of fall-related things!Read More
I hate to pile-on to the fall obsession taking over the world, but, who are we kidding, no I don’t. Autumn is my favorite time of year and this time presents ideal moments to whip out all my favorite books with lots of ambiance, spooky weather, witches, and magic of all kinds!! This stack of books changes every year because, of course, I have an entire list of books that contain those tropes and tones to test out for the new year in hopes that some of them make it onto my favorites for the next fall.
I know it can be hard to decide what to read, especially since fall is tragically fleeting, so I mixed up my favorite books to read in the autumn and my TBR for this fall and made a reading map for you. Follow the lines, and leave me a comment with which book you landed on! (Don’t be shy, click it to enlarge!)
Here are my favorite books + explanations for the autumn categorization, in case you’re a skeptic and need a few more words on the subject. Click to read full reviews!
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
This book was one of my favorite reads of 2017. The familial connection is so powerful, as is being in the heads of each sibling in their own right. They have their own earthly-type of powers, which keeps the magic in this book grounded. Perhaps most importantly, Hoffman’s writing really sweeps you up and away into the 1960’s NYC.
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
This was a very recent read for me and I was so impressed. It takes a very classical approach to the genre and actually aligns more closely to the long-abandoned mystery style. I appreciated that the anticipation was consistent throughout, but much of the gore so popular in today’s thrillers was left behind.
The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye
This book is so autumn to me because of it’s tone. The book itself spans across an entire year, but the eerie, “somethings-not-right” ambiance of the entire book never leaves. I loved this book, but it may not be for everyone so check out the full description or my review!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Hardly any classics grab me like this one does. In high school, when I first read this book, I related to it in the lamest possible way. But it certainly made an impact and when fall comes around each year, I think about Heathcliff and Catherine and their many, many weather-filled journies between their estates. If you’re trying to read more classics, this is perfect for autumn!
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I am due for a re-read of this awesome classic. I read this Christie book for the first time as required summer reading in middle school and I completely fell in love. No one does “who-done-it” better than Agatha Christie, and if you’ve never dabbled I highly recommend you start here this Halloween season!
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to expound on this. Rowling does fall and winter better than anyone else.
Now, for the books I’m hoping to fit in this year! There are TONS and many of these I don’t even own, so you could say I have my work cut out for me. ;)
And that’s that! All my favorite autumn books + all the books I’d love to read this autumn. What’s on your list? I’d love to know what you’re reading and, of course, what the map brought you!