Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inspired By: September's Best Selling Books + Sponsor: Ten Penny Dreams

Hey guys! This month I read two books: Delirium by Lauren Oliver and Cinder by Marissa Meyer, both of which are the first book in a trilogy. I read Delirium, which is about a dystopian society where love is considered a disease, but it was meh. The character Lena is depressing and the story didn't surprise me or keep me interested. I won't be reading the next two books in the series. 

Cinder on the hand was absolutely amazing! Based on the fairy tale Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg in the future, where a deadly disease is rampant and the lunar people wait to start a war with the people of Earth. When Prince Kai's needs a robot repaired, he turns to the best mechanic in New Beijing: Cinder, which is how she gets caught up in an intergalactic struggle. It sounds super sci-fi, but it all feels so real and has so much heart. I couldn't put it down, fell in love with all the characters, and I never knew what was going to happen next. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

The Facade
Inspired By: The Facades
Written by Eric Lundgren, The Facades is a novel about the disappearance of an opera singer. The singer's husband, legal clerk Sven Norberg, must find her on his own through the streets of Trude, a once-great Midwestern city that now lies in ruin. He descends into the city's underworld and meets bizarre and menacing citizens, like an insane modernist architect. 

For a cute office look, wear a denim dress, red cardigan, a rustic necklace, studded belt, and ankle-strap flats. Or if you're meeting interesting people, you could wear a striped top, boyfriend jeans, a red watch, and red canvas sneakers.

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Bleeding Edge
Inspired By: Bleeding Edge
Written by Thomas Pynchon, this novel takes place in 2001, after the dot-com bubble has burst and before 9/11. Maxine Tarnow runs a fraud investigation business in the Upper West Side chasing down con artists. Between two boys in elementary school and an off-and-on relationship with her ex, Maxine looks into the finances of a computer security firm and it's billionaire CEO. As people begin turning up dead, she finds herself in both dangerous and bizarre situations that only Pynchon could concoct. 

If you find yourself investigating criminals, wear a quilted black jacket, polka dot dress, teal stone necklace, boots, and a bag big enough to carry your Beretta. Or go for a striped turquoise top, black jeans, buckle booties, and a cross body bag. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
Inspired By: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
Written by Maria Semple, this novel follows 15-year-old Bee after her mom has disappeared the day before her family was about to depart for Antarctica. Since Bee's architect mother, Bernadette, is agoraphobic traveling to the end of the planet would be a problem. To find her mother, Bee compiles emails, official documents, and a secret correspondence. 

For the mother's outfit, I went for an office look: navy blazer, white blouse, light blue pencil skirt, circular sunglasses, and color-blocked wedges. For Bee's outfit, I put together a look that's perfect for class: a striped sweater, high-low blue skirt, blue sunglasses, and white Converse sneakers. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Burial Rites
Inspired By: Burial Rites
Written by Hannah Kent, Burial Rites is a novel based on a true story. In Iceland in 1929, Agnes, an accused witch, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution for the brutal murder of her master. At first the family housing her avoids Agnes; only Toti, a priest, want to understand her before her death, but soon they all hear a different side to the story. 

Keep warm by wearing a knit gray cardigan, gray and mint dress, skull ring, and buckle boots. Or wear a long-sleeve floral dress, gray scarf, star earrings (since she's an accused witch), and heeled booties. Also, I added a hint of red for the murders. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

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What books did you read this month?

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  1. Thanks for the mention, excited to be sponsoring! I read Delirium a while ago but I'm not going to read the follow up either!

  2. Both of those books are on my radar, but Delirium, now not so much. But include "intergalactic" and it's music to my ears! :)

    Amy is such a doll - I discovered her blog a few months ago and have loved reading it ever since!

  3. Oh man, these are so gorgeous as always! You are right into point!

  4. Карина СимоноваSeptember 26, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Amazing items!!)

  5. Cinder intrests me the most... And i loved the blue skirts
    Keep in touch,

  6. Yes, I think I need to dress like a Thomas Pynchon book. This needs to happen.

  7. I love when you put together looks based on novels! I'd love to wear the look based on The Facade - the combination of red and stripes is just lovely. But I must admit that the touches of Tiffany blue in the Where'd You Go, Bernadette? look really caught my eye, too :)

  8. Oh I love that you were inspired by fictional characters! I've been wanting to read Cinder for awhile now- I think this just confirmed it for me. Thanks for a great post! xx Kat

    Love and Ace

  9. Congrats for your new sponsor! And as already mentioned I like your post when you put books and the fitting outfits together. It´s always so inspring and special <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  10. Loving all of these outfit collections!! The burial rites is my favorite!


  11. wow - 2 books in a month puts me to shame...i've only just cracked 1 open and passed through several chapters. gotta pick the pace up for sure! Bee's outfit is awesome and so's your choice for her mom, i adore that book cover's off the charts awesome!

    so great you're connecting with more literary minded girls, yah to your new sponsor and friend!

  12. I need that Live Love Laugh shirt in my life.

  13. Cinder sounds awesome, I think i might have to read it!

  14. I think you would really like it!!


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