My Favorite Books of 2021

I read 24 books last year and wow, there were so many good ones, but these were the top picks!

I absolutely loved One to Watch! Think Bachelorette with a plus size bach! So many of the experiences our main character experiences are relatable for me. I need this to be made into a movie stat, and honestly I would love to play Bea. Witty, funny, shocking at times, this was a great read!
Elin Hildebrand has to be one of my favorite authors, and 28 Summers has to be one of my favorite novels of all time. This book follows the same time, next year type of romantic relationship over 28 years. I read this one on a plane and SOBBED. Definitely a bittersweet ending.
The Guest List is a mystery up until the very end! This is a who-done-it that keeps you turning the page. Set on an island off the Ireland coast for a wedding weekend where everyone has a secret!
I read The Last Thing He Told Me in two days! Think Enron but in The Silicon Valley. Hannah think she’s met the love of her life, widowed Dad, Owen. Things turn into an absolute nightmare when Owen takes off but leaves a note to Hannah to protect his daughter! This was a gripping read!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a true story of one man’s harrowing journey to survive the Holocaust and make it out with the love of his life. This is a hard read at times, but it is our responsibility to know these stories of endurance, survival, and hope.
How to Find Love in a Bookshop is tale of one British town’s people and it’s central spot, the bookshop. There’s multiple character story lines and bittersweet moment. I absolutely loved this book!

Unpopular Opinion: I don’t watch reality TV anymore

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I know this may come as a shock, but I’m not watching reality television anymore.

Bachelor, Kardashian’s, Housewives. No more.

Here’s why:

Let me start by saying that there is absolutely no judgement coming from me if you enjoy watching these shows! These shows were just bringing too much anxiety and drama into my life. I didn’t really experience drama with friends until I was out of college. And it was enough to last a lifetime. The drama and false sense of reality these shows envoke is just not good for my mental health.

Every time Ramona and Sonja got in a drunken brawl, my anxiety would start to creep up. Picking to be on Team Vanderpump or Team Rinna perpetuates the act of women turning on other women instead of lifting each other up. Does this sound preachy? I don’t mean for it to be. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, if women would just stop tearing each other down, we’d be absolutely unstoppable.

Being in the dating game, it’s actually hard for me to watch shows like The Bachelor. You love him on night one? Bless. It’s funny, yes. But concerning? Also yes. I gave up after Ari’s season. It’s once again perpetuating the idea that women need to compete with each other for a man’s attention.

And the Kardashian’s treat each other terribly, promote products like flat tummy tea, and aren’t honest about the work they’ve had done (remember that Kyle lip challenge?). Are they a family and do they love each other? Absolutely. Are they savvy businesswomen? 100%. But I can’t do this anymore. It’s too much.

So what am I doing instead? I’m committed to reading more! I’m currently readying Crazy Rich Girlfriend and these are the next ones on my list: Where the Crawdads Sing, Educated, The Light We lost, My Oxford Year

Anything you’re trying to give up and replacing with something else instead?

Have a great Thursday. Thanks for reading!

Polka Dots and Summer Reading

Happy Thursday!

I’ve currently got three books on my nightstand and I wanted to share with y’all. Plus, polka dots are on trend for summer and I’ve linked three of my fave styles!

Summer Reading List

Crazy Rich Asians – shop here

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – shop here 

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Everybody Always – shop here

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Polka Dot Prettiness

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Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo, Liza