Book Review: Packing Light

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When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. I’d meet a guy; we’d plan a beautiful wedding and buy a nice house-not necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted. I might work, or I might not, but whatever we decided, I would be happy. When I got out of college and my life didn’t look like that, I floundered around, trying to figure out how to get the life I had always dreamed of. I went down so many different paths for it. Career. Travel. Friends. Relationships. But none of them were as satisfying as I hoped they would be.  Like many twenty-somethings, I tried desperately to discover the life of my dreams after college, but instead of finding it, I just kept accumulating baggage. I had school loans, car payments, electronics I couldn’t afford, a house full of mismatched furniture I didn’t love but that had become my own, hurt from broken relationships, and unmet expectations for what life was “supposed to be” like. Just when I had given up all hope of finding the “life I’d always dreamed about,” I decided to take a trip to all fifty states…because when you go on a trip, you can’t take your baggage. What I found was that “packing light” wasn’t as easy as I thought it was.

This is the story of that trip and learning to live life with less baggage.

-Goodreads Summery

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Book Review: Furiously Happy

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In LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED, Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist. In her new book, FURIOUSLY HAPPY, Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

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Southern Authors: S.A.A

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I was in Barnes and Noble one day and my mom handed me a book and said “I don’t know it just looks like you.” and I flipped over and read the back and agreed, it sounded a lot like something I’d read. It was The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and not only did I love the title but I loved the book itself. I was taken into a small southern town with a lot of history and magic, and that goes well to say about all of Allen’s books. South. Magic. Legacy.

I actually have more of her books than the three above, sadly the other ones are still in the “to be read” pile which seems to be growing and growing by the day. These three though are enough for me to say that Sarah Addison Allen is my favorite author, because she mixes the south with magic in a way that doesn’t at all read like fantasy. You except the magic as real, with no questions asked. And that my friend, is a very magical quality in itself.

Allen is actually from my home/current state of North Carolina, which makes me relate to the books even more. She’s from Asheville up in the mountains and I’m more in the middle bit, but I relate whole heartily to the setting. I swear that The Girl Who Chased the Moon was set in a town modeled after Lexington NC, where both my grandparents live. BBQ capital of the world.

Here is Allen’s Twitter and Website.