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Read with Tracie Marie Please Vol. 5

It’s a lovely Saturday morning which means it’s the perfect time to start your day with a new book! I caught up on my reading list over spring break so I’m excited to share with you some of the different books and different genres I’ve been reading lately. Continue Reading

Friday Five: Guilty Pleasures

Happy Friday! Today I’m mainly talking about two very important things: shoes and cookies. You know you love them! But sadly, my wallet and my healthy diet does not. Whatever! Life is too short to not buy the shoes and to not eat that second delicious chocolate chip cookie. “Treat yo’ self!”

1. Shoes. My parents say I have too many, but I don’t think I’ll ever have enough. Boots, flats, over-the-knee shoes, pumps, stilettos; I love them all. My dream is to get married in the Manolo Blahnik blue pumps that Carrie Bradshaw wore for her own big day in the Sex and the City movie. My other smaller dream is to have a gorgeous walk in closet with a huge wall shelf full of my beautiful shoes. 

2. Cheryl’s. Guys. Cookies. Do I really need to even say anything about these? I could probably eat 20 of their cutout cookies in one sitting and their chocolate caramel brownie is one of my favorite things on the planet. Other favorites include the Cocoa Sugar cookie, Mocha Latte cookie, and the Salty Caramel cookie.

3. Books. I also probably have too many of these, but reading will forever be a favorite pastime of mine. I grew up having a mother who was an English teacher, so naturally it has always been a big part of my life. When I’m reading I can completely transport myself into the world of the book, and that is a powerful wonderful thing. My favorite authors are Sarah Dessen (check out my book review of Saint Anything here), Kiera Cass, Jenny Han, and Rainbow Rowell.

4. Nancy Drew Her Interactive games. Okay, this is the only thing in my life I can be a total nerd about; and I love it. I have been playing these computer games for as long as I can remember (and I have played all 32, thank you very much).  I have grown up with Nancy Drew, and she has grown up with me! I also really love reading the classic Nancy Drew books, but playing each new computer game as they have come out has always been a big deal. In the game you get to play as Nancy Drew and help her solve mysteries in fun locations. My favorite games are Warnings at Waverly Academy, The Captive Curse, The Haunting of Castle Malloy, The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, and Danger by Design.  So if you’re looking for something to do this summer that’s a little different, check out these games! I promise you won’t be disappointed. You can check out all the games here.

5. Candles. I am a self-proclaimed candle hoarder. Up at school we can’t have candles in the apartment or dorms so any time I’m home (like now during the summer) I almost always have a candle lit in my room.  The two candles pictured above are both from Target: Bamboo Jasmine and Sweet Sangria. They both smell so good and also make for fab decor.  I also adore Bath and Body Works candles, especially when it gets closer to fall and winter—they have the best scents! My favorites from Bath and Body Works are Fresh Balsam, Winter, Honeysuckle Bouquet, and Cinnamon Sugared Doughnut.

What are your guilty pleasures?!
XxTracie

Summer Reads: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

One of my favorite parts of the summer is being able to read. As a college student I don’t really have time during the school year to read for “fun”. I’m always just stuck reading textbooks! This summer I hope I can share my love of reading with you all and hopefully give you some suggestions of books you can read yourself!
First Thoughts: 
  Sarah Dessen just published another book? Finally! Cue running to Target and finding the very last copy.  Dessen has honestly been my favorite author for years, so I have high expectations for this book, just like I had high expectations for all of her other books.  One of my favorite things about Dessen is that all of her stories take place in the same town/area that Dessen herself created, so all the stories have the same setting. I love that she is dedicating this book: 
“For all the invisible girls and for my readers, for seeing me”.
After Reading: 
   The characters of this book are super relatable. The family drama in this story ranges from incarceration to sickness and Dessen covers it all realistically. Sydney has been in the shadow of her older brother her entire life, and has always just been in the background.  Sydney feels invisible to everyone including her parents, which I think we can all relate to at times.  I love the vibrance and strength of the Chatham family and how they take Sydney under their wing. It was really cool to get to see how Sydney herself changes during the course of the story and how she finally finds her voice.  Amidst all the suspense of the tough times with her family, there is also the elements of friendship and even a little romance! This book also really made me want pizza, because in the book the restaurant Seaside apparently makes the best pizza and garlic knots ever. 
Favorite Quotes:
“You get used to people being a certain way; you depend on it. And when they surprise you, for better or worse, it can shake you to your core.” 
“The first time you came into Seaside,” he said. “You weren’t invisible, not to me. Just so you know.”
The book in three words: engrossing, touching, relatable

Now I just have to wait another 1-2 years for the next Dessen book!
Xx Tracie