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    Embracing BOOKS as a twenty-something

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    Throughout my Middle School and High School years I was always that student that LOVED getting reading assignments. Of course I would moan and groan with the rest of my class mates when our teacher assigned readings (it’s all about fitting in people), but secretly really enjoyed these days! Reading has always been an escape for me, and there is nothing better than getting lost in your own world reading a fantastic novel!

    Your 20’s are such an important decade – This is the time where your decisions matter more than ever and will be with you the rest of your life (intimidating much?), so whether you read to relieve stress, or read for advice and comfort, either way it is a win-win. I have compiled a short list (I have to keep it short or this blog will be 500 million pages) of my favorite books for my twenty-somethings (creative, right? *insert wink face*), that helped me through difficult times in my 20s, made me laugh, gave me hope, motivated me, and kept me on track. What else can you ask for in life?! I have left descriptions, my favorite quote from each of the books. and a link to purchase each book at the lowest price below! – Any books that you have enjoyed that are not on this list, PLEASE leave in the comments below. There is nothing better than getting recommendations for amazing books :)

    *Cheesy quote about reading that is actually spot on* – “I found comfort through literature, I loved getting lost in things as marvelous and as wonderful as books. They made me forget about my own troubles, like a submarine and the sea, they submerged me so perfectly.” – Author Unknown 

     

    1 – “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak // First off, the point of view throughout the book is unlike any other! It is hard to say much without giving a lot away,but trust me when I say this is a great read. It is one of those books that you will read and keep telling yourself, “I’ll read 5 more pages than go to bed,” and all of the sudden you’ve read 50 pages and you make another bargain with yourself… “Okay, just until I finish this chapter…” It is set smack in the middle of WWII in Germany, so although dark and at times depressing, it is an astounding book that is graciously inspiring. If I read this book in high school, I don’t think the message would have been as powerful. However, being twenty-something with a thrill for the unknown and the desire to be well-cultured and educated, this book came to me at the perfect age.

    Favorite quote from book: “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

    Link to purchase book @ lowest price: http://www.amazon.com/The-Book-Thief-Markus-Zusak/dp/0375842209

     

    2 – “Girls in White Dresses” by Jennifer Close // One of my all-time favorites this last year! It is a hilarious and frighteningly accurate portrayal of twenty-somethings going through all the ups and downs in their life’s. Going through heart break, career changes, and feeling like outsiders while everyone around them is falling in love and getting married. No people, I did not just read off my “about me” – But, it’s quite similar isn’t it? 😉

    Favorite quote from book: “I just think you can’t be so quick to be so sure of other people’s situations. Examine your own situation. You also have a lot of choices. It’s not always easier for other people. It doesn’t work like that.”

    Link to purchase book @ lowest price: http://www.amazon.com/Girls-White-Dresses-Vintage-Contemporaries/dp/0307743691

     

    3 – “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn // As much as I wish Ben Affleck would pop out of my book when reading, unfortunately that is just the movie version! However, this book version is still FANTASTIC – Even without Ben Affleck (I know what you are all thinking – NOT POSSIBLE!). But trust me on this – With the dark and chilling twists, this book draws you in right from the first page. Failed marriages are something we hear about way too often, but this takes failed marriage to a different level. For my twenty-somethings wishing they were married, read this, maybe you will rethink it all together 😉 *muahahahahaha*

    Favorite quote from book: “It’s a very difficult era which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless automat of characters.”

    Link to purchase book @ lowest price: http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Girl-Gillian-Flynn/dp/030758836X

     

    4- “Bossypants” by Tina Fey // You know that saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” … Well, I totally did just that and SO glad I did! Front and center is Comedian Tina Fey with the hairiest of hairiest man arms and it totally caught my attention. How can it not, right? #goodmarketing. Although extremely witty and very “Tina Fey-like”, there are some real moments throughout the book that really spoke to me. It is an autobiography, hilariously written I might add, but something completely relate able for us twenty-somethings with big dreams and aspirations. A girl with a dream, struggles and all, finding her way in this world in the funniest way possible!

    Favorite quote from book: “If someone is between you and something you want to do, I suggest you model your strategy after the old Sesame Street film piece, “Over! Under! Around! Through!”

    Link to purchase book @ lowest price: http://www.amazon.com/Bossypants-Tina-Fey/dp/0316056898

     

    Hope you enjoy my ambitious, twenty-something friends! :)

    XO Kelsey

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    Embracing INSPIRATION

    Embracing Twenty-Something

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    This past month I turned twenty-five years old – Milestone, right? I have to say I have a pretty amazing life; great family, the best of friends, stable job, and loving school! However, the first thought I got in my head when this birthday was approaching was, OHMYGOSH I am in a quarter-life crisis.

    Friends and family thought I was crazy for thinking like this. I got a lot of, “you are still so young” or, “You know you are crazy right? 25 is a great year.” After taking it all in, thoroughly enjoying my 25th birthday celebration, and thinking about the big picture, I finally found ways to start #embracingtwentysomething.

    This blog is geared for all of my twenty-somethings in similar situations! Life in your 20’s is all about finding yourself. This is truly the decade to be selfish for yourself, figure out what you want to do/be in life, what really makes you happy, and just GO for it. In between finding your passion and making the most out of your life, the 20’s can also be super intimidating for some. In the last few years I have noticed my Facebook News feed has been bombarded with engagement and baby announcements from my fellow high school class. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy for them! But at the same time, I get worried for myself. Should I be in a serious relationship at this point of my life? Am I missing out? The majority of the generation before us were married with kids at this age, so being intimidated is definitely a normal reaction.

    Instead of constantly worrying about my relationship and life status, I have found ways to really embrace (I love this word, can you tell?), this age and want to share them with all of you. Apartment and home DIYS for every season, the best books to read while living in your 20’s, and tips and tricks for staying busy and motivated, are just a few of the topics I will be discussing.

    If this at all sparks an interest for you, WELCOME! I am so excited to start this new adventure with my twenty-somethings and make this the best decade yet :)

    XO Kelsey

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