This review is long past due. I’ve referred hundreds of people to Erin Condren, but never wrote a review on my Life Planner (I did write one about my old planner, a Plum Paper, if you wanted to check that out). Well, it’s time to change that!
I cannot even imagine what State of the Unions were like before social media. Last night, I spent the duration of the SOTU on Twitter, following along with the hashtag, of course, to keep up with the public’s reaction throughout the live broadcast.
Although I’m definitely not Obama’s biggest fan, I will admit that he’s a top-notch public speaker. However, despite the level of confidence he displays while speaking, I always struggle to believe the promises he makes. This is because of his lack of support and rationality behind his promises.
It was suggested by the Twitter community that the theme of the 2015 SOTU was supposed to be helping rebuild the stability of the middle class. I quickly realized that rumor was false. I say this because President Obama delivered a lot of promises to make things “free” for Americans, such as two years of community college, childcare and more.
Now let’s take a step back and think. When was the last time anything was ever truly free? Probably never. Basic necessities we need to survive, such as water, aren’t even free — hell, at movie theaters, they charge about $4.50 for a bottle of water — so how can our president promise to provide a two-year community college education for free? Here’s the answer, he can’t.
Let’s rationalize this by looking at one of the biggest issues here: who is going to pay the professors if tuition is free? Hmm… maybe tax-paying citizens? Ding, ding, ding! How is giving people even more free handouts helping the middle class? It isn’t. Raising our taxes is building even more debt and putting more stress on our economy.
I wasn’t the only person who thought this way and tried to rationalize.
Senator of the United States Rand Paul, in his video response to the State of the Union, stated, “As a physician, I was taught to, first, do no harm. To think before you act. To analyze the unintended consequences of your actions. I think America would be better off if all politicians took the same approach.” Rand also Tweeted throughout the SOTU:
Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, put out a news release three hours prior to the president’s address. In the release, Huckabee stated, “There are two things certain about the Obama administration—debt and taxes. I’m not surprised that in this State of the Union address, President Obama will introduce another plan for more taxes. After growing our national debt by $7.5 trillion dollars since taking office, it’s ridiculous for the president to propose $320 billion dollars in new taxes.”
Mr. Huckabee, your predictions were true.
Now, I’m no politician. I’m simply a college-aged American citizen hoping to share some of my thoughts. However, I believe we, as a nation, need to take a step back and rationalize before believing these promises our president made will be beneficial to our country as a whole.
I also want to leave you with a few Tweets I found particularly enjoyable:
L ast year, I did a review of all the books I read in 2013. I got a lot of good feedback, so I figured I would do a review of all the books I read in 2014. I was seriously slacking this past year when it came to reading because I can only remember 12 books I read. So either I only read 12 books, which is depressing, or I have an awful memory.
Anyway, if you’re like me and you love to read, check out my list below of all the books I read this year and what I thought of them. I hope you’ll discover a new favorite book after you check these ones out. These are all fiction novels, ranging from romance to mystery (I was on a mystery kick this year), and are great books for a young adult or college-aged reader.
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I read both Gone Girl and Sharp Objects in 2013 and decided I needed to read the third and final book by Gillian Flynn. I’m so glad I did because I enjoyed this one the most! In case you can’t guess based on its name, the book is a little dark so be aware there are some parts that are difficult to read. However, the storyline is brilliant and keeps you hooked all the way through to the last page. Seriously, add this to your to-read list right now!
Don’t judge the book by the title, this is definitely not a romance novel. James Patterson’s books are so enjoyable to read. The chapters are super short and you fly through the book. I read this entire book in just a few hours, then raved about it to my mom until she decided to read it. My roommate was the one who recommended this book to me. She doesn’t read books often but said she loved this one, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad.
Another James Patterson book I flew through. This one was a fun read and I’d recommend it as a spring break or summer read. And once again, not a romance (despite the title).
“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?” This book was incredible. It is very similar to the Amanda Knox trial. A group of friends go on vacation together, one friend is murdered and her best friend is accused of the crime. Mind-blowing book. Even more mind-blowing ending. I was literally sitting in my room speechless and in shock after I finished. Read this one.
Another great book by Colleen Hoover, author of Hopeless (my favorite book). Like always, Hoover throws in a bunch of twists you don’t see coming. This book shows that love isn’t always pretty. It can be complicated, confusing, difficult. I cried a few times while reading this book, but when a book makes you cry then you know it’s good!
Over the summer, my friend Alzira was reading this one and told me about it. Usually I don’t read too many romance books, but I’m glad I did because immediately after beginning the book, I fell in love. She and I read it at the same time and discussed it as we went along. The characters are very dynamic and easy to relate to, which is what distinguishes a good book from a great book. This is definitely a good beach/poolside read.
When my sister moved into school, we had to drive all her stuff down. It was an eight hour car ride so, naturally, I read. I chose this one for the ride back. So imagine me, in the back seat of a truck with my eyes glued to this book for eight hours. Actually, you don’t need to imagine it because my mom took a picture:
Considering I read it all in one sitting and never got bored of the story, I would say that’s a good sign I enjoyed it!
I’ve read this book many times in the past and have seen the movie as well. However, I decided I wanted to read it again. This is my ultimate favorite mystery novel. There’s a reason Mary Higgins Clark is the “queen of suspense.”
My mom read this first and loved it. However, I had a hard time getting through it. The storyline was very slow and I kept starting another book and coming back to this one. Once I finally got into it (about half way through the book), I enjoyed it. So if you’re one of the few people who have the motivation to get through a few boring chapters, try this book out because in the end, I’m glad I read it.
This is a young-adult book, but had a gripping plot. My sister read it a few years ago and suggested it to me and I finally got around to reading it in 2014 while away for a few days in North Carolina. It was an enjoyable read, but I wouldn’t say it’s anything special. If the plot sounds interesting, then I suggest reading it. Otherwise, you’re not really missing out on anything.
This was the final book in the Burn for Burn trilogy. I loved the first book and liked the second book, but the third one didn’t do the series justice. It was a little corny.
This is the first Colleen Hoover book I disliked. The plot was kind of dull. I kept waiting for something big to happen, which motivated me to keep reading, but then the book ended without anything interesting happening. I know a few people who enjoyed this one, so maybe it was just me. But since this is my review, I’m only giving it a three out of ten.
Now it’s your turn to recommend a book to me. Let me know if you have any books in mind that you think I’d enjoy. I’m always open to new book recommendations!
Thanks everyone, and have another year of happy reading 🙂
N ormally I would wait until I’ve read a bunch of books so I can review them all at once, but I need to make an exception.
I don’t know how I came upon this book, but I am so glad I did! I started it last night and couldn’t put it down all day until I finally finished. Now that it’s over, I wish I could erase it from my mind just so I can start over and re-read it. Yeah, it’s that good. Actually, it’s very likely I will be reading it again very soon.
For starters, the book cover is beautiful.
The book was released on February 17, just two weeks ago, and already has 1,168 ratings on Goodreads. It currently has a 4.23 stars out of 5. However, my rating upon completion was a well-deserved 5 stars!
The plot itself cannot be described in detail because anything I say would give it away. It is best to go into this book knowing very little and allowing your brain to string everything together. Once it all clicks, you’ll be in shock. But don’t be too shocked, because as soon as you think you know everything, it all changes and your mind gets blown all over again.
The main character is relatable and the men in her life are both attractive and wonderful in different ways. I think I related to the main character well because she was a 20-year-old girl, and it’s always nice reading a book where the narrator is the same age as you. In case you couldn’t tell from my previous book reviews, I enjoy young adult novels and also love mystery. This was the perfect balance between young adult and mature, and had the perfect amount of mystery.
Like I said, I can’t give too much away. But here is the blurb on the back of the book:
“Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine. One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward. Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind. Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help. A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past. And now… everyone thinks I’m insane. But I know he’s real, and I know he needs me.
Do you believe me?”
I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much was because the main character is my age and that’s rare for me. Typically, the books I read have a protagonist in either high school or significantly older than I am. So this is perfect for those like me who can’t resist young adult novels even though you’re too old to be browsing through the teen section at Barnes and Noble.
I know this is a terrible book review because I’m not exactly explaining anything in elaborate detail, but I don’t want to spoil even a single aspect of the book. (And I’m usually a sucker for spilling the beans with spoilers to all my friends and family). Just take my word for it and grab this next time you are at the bookstore (or just download it on your iPad like I did).
I’d love to hear feedback from my readers after they finish the book. So drop a comment below and let me know what you thought.
Side note: this book contains some mature content and sensitive subject matters.
I love to read, especially fiction! I am always in the middle of a book, so I figured I should start keeping a log of which books I read and what my opinions are of them. One of my guilty pleasures is reading books about teenagers, regardless of my age. I find them more entertaining and relatable. Maybe it’s because I’m only 20, so my teenage years weren’t very long ago. On the other hand, I enjoy reading books that are Fifty Shades of Grey-like. So if you like those, you’ll find them in here as well! Basically, I have an open mind when it comes to reading.
Anyway, I want to build an online reading list of memorable books I read in 2013 so my readers can discover new and exciting books to add to their reading lists! I can’t count how many times friends and family members have asked me for new books I can recommend for them to read, and I always love sharing my thoughts on previous reads. So here I am to share these recommendations to the world!
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I found this in a magazine which said, “if you like the show Revenge, check out this book.” Since Revenge is one of my favorite shows, I went ahead and bought this. The cover captured my attention as well. The storyline was fun to read and kept my attention. I was able to relate to the characters in multiple ways, regardless of the differences among them.
This is the second book in the Burn for Burn trilogy (the third one doesn’t come out until September 2014 and I already pre-ordered it). I liked it slightly more than the first one because the plot was deeper and was able to progress forward more quickly because we already have been introduced to all the characters and their backgrounds. However, this book was obnoxiously long. I don’t mind the length, but it wasn’t necessary to make it so long. Overall, I would recommend this book series to my friends and family.
I’m sure most of you read this book already. I love mysteries. I grew up reading Mary Higgins Clark‘s books all the time (check out All Around the Town and Loves Music, Loves to Dance), so this book was wonderful because it had both drama and mystery embedded throughout the storyline. The first chapter was slow, but after I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. Funny story: I bought this book on my Kindle for my trip to Europe this summer. I visited five countries with a group of students and we spent a lot of time driving. I was so into this book that while everyone else looked out the window to see everything we passed (or sleeping, because we woke up at 6 AM every morning), I was busy reading. The chaperone even yelled at me and said something along the lines of, “It’s a shame that you’re in a beautiful new country and you’re busy reading.” So yeah, I don’t know if it’s that funny of a story, but it shows how enjoyable this was to read. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already done so.
This is my absolute favorite book! It starts off as a typical teenager book with a girl and a boy and romance. However, the craziest twists get thrown into the story. I was like, “holy shit, I didn’t see that one coming!” at least six different times throughout the span of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, because not knowing that the twists in the story are coming makes it more of a shock while you read it. Put this one at the top of your reading list.
Imagine the excitement you’d get if you found out they were making a different version of your favorite book. That’s what Losing Hope gave me. It’s the same storyline as Hopeless but from the boy’s perspective. At first I thought it wouldn’t be as fun to read because I knew what was coming. Boy was I wrong. There’s a reason I gave it a 10/10. My mom and sister actually ended up preferring this book over the original.
I chose to read this because it was written by the same woman who wrote Hopeless, Colleen Hoover. It isn’t as crazy and wonderful as Hopeless, but it was pretty damn good!
I took a shot in the dark with this book. It was $1.99 for the Kindle version on Amazon so I figured I’d read it since I don’t have much to lose. I ended up loving it and raving about it to my family. They read it after I did, and they loved it as well. It’s like a toned down Fifty Shades-type book, but less corny. The main character is easy to relate to I finished this book within a couple of days because I refused to put it down.
If you liked Fifty Shades, read this. Just do it. You will not regret it, I promise. I wish they’d make this into a movie instead of Fifty Shades because the characters have so much more depth and the backstory between them is clever and creative of the author.
I’m so glad they’re making this into a movie. I read this and made all my friends do the same as well. I think you get what I’m trying to tell you. I gave it a 9/10, so add it to your list.
This movie was incredible, so of course the book was even more mind-blowing.
This isn’t a fiction story. It’s just a companion to the show, Revenge. It goes into the storylines and characters in the show and gives you a behind-the-scenes feel.
This isn’t a fiction story either. If you’re a girl, buy this. I saw it at Barnes and Noble and immediately bought it on my Kindle when I got home. I devoured this book and highlighted and bookmarked so many pages. It’s like the bible for women, covering topics such as: organizing, makeup, work, decor, fashion, love, hair, nails, health, recipes, working out, travel and more.
I read this because it’s by the same author as Gone Girl. It was a little darker, so be cautious when reading this. The storyline itself is creative and original. I definitely haven’t read anything similar to this before.
This is the second book of the Slammed series so if you decided to read that, there is a pretty good chance you didn’t stop at book one.
Similar to how Losing Hope was Hopeless but from the boy’s perspective, this is Beautiful Disaster but from the boy’s perspective. Once again, my sister and mom preferred this one over the original. I guess it is personal preference of whether you want to hear the story from a girl’s or boy’s perspective.
The book, Forgotten is written by the same author as Revived. I give Forgotten an 8/10, but I didn’t read that this year so it’s not included in this review. Both books were a good read though.
If you watched the show don’t say, “oh I watched the show so there’s no point in reading the books.” Guess what? They have almost nothing in common aside from character’s names. Oh, here’s the first difference: In the show, Sutton is alive. In the book, Sutton is dead. Yeah, nothing like the show. Read the series!
I read these years ago, I think during my Sophomore year of high school, but decided to read them again because it’s my favorite show. These are good for teenagers, but I don’t recommend it to anyone over the age of 20.
I was expecting this to be great, so maybe that’s why it ended up with a low rating from me. It is a trilogy and it was kind of, for lack of a better word, boring.
I don’t know why I bought the second book, since I felt that the first was boring. But it had a cliffhanger and I wanted to know what happened next. I never even finished it because I was so bored by lack of any of my questions being answered.
This was okay. Not terrible, not awesome. I don’t think I finished the entire thing though. Maybe I’d like it better if I finished it.
This is third book of the Slammed series. They should’ve left it at two books.
Wreck Me was great from start to finish. Restore Me was good from the beginning of the last chapter to the end of the last chapter. I bought the third one since it just came out last week, I’ll probably read it eventually.
Now it’s your turn to recommend a book to me. Let me know if you have any books in mind that you think I’d enjoy. I’m always open to new book recommendations!
Thanks everyone, and happy reading 🙂
As promised, I am here to share my thoughts with you on my new planner for 2014.
I ordered it from Etsy.com from a company called Plum Paper Designs. They have a ton of choices for the cover so you’re able to find one that best suits you. They also have different types of planners: daily planners, family planners, student planners, wedding planners and more. I chose the regular daily planner because even though I’m a student, I use my planner to keep track of everything I need to get done that week, not just work for classes. It took a decent amount of time to arrive, but it was worth the wait. If you want to get to the point and not read the full review, just know this is a great alternative to the Erin Condren Life Planners. The Life Planners cost between $50 – $75, which is crazy, especially for a college student. The Plum Paper Planner only costs $30. Alright, so let’s take it section by section.
When it arrived, it was packaged very well in order to maintain its quality. It came in a foil to protect it from any scuff marks that could possibly occur throughout the delivery process. My face lit up when I saw how beautiful it was, as well as the fact that it’s my first planner I ever owned that was customized uniquely for me.
Here it is without the foil around it. Isn’t it beautiful? It also matches my laptop case I also purchased from Etsy so I’m excited about that.