Thursday, August 29, 2013

Inspired By: August Best Selling Books

I got a lot of reading done this month!

I read The Fort by Aric Davis, which was an interesting murder mystery that was not only in the minds of three boys who saw the killer and the kidnapped girl in the woods, but also in the killer's mind. It was creepy and weirdly exhilarating. However, it was unbelievable that the parents would suspect that their children were lying about seeing the killer, but the suspense made up for it. (I won this book via a giveaway on Kristin's blog. Read her review here.)

I enjoyed reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I had to read this because I love everything about Mindy Kaling; her show, her humor, her awesome Instagram (it's like getting a peek into her life). The book was funny and poked fun at her childhood and love life without being depressing. 

I also read Matched by Ally Condie, which was surprisingly better than I expected. As a YA romance I thought it was going to be overly-cute, but the story actually made me think about what people are willing to do for each other, and the romance wasn't superficial (in fact I thought the relationship between Cassia and Ky felt realistic in the circumstances). Most of all I liked that Cassia wasn't a pining girly girl; her progression from girl who follows the Society to free-thinker was believable. 

I read Morning Light by Holland Kane (read review here) and Heirs & Spares by J.L. Spohr (review to come). 

The Cuckoo's Calling
Inspired By: The Cuckoo's Calling
Written by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK. Rowling), this novel is about Cormoran Strike, a man who fought in Afghanistan and who is now a private investigator in debt. When a man walks into his office, saying that his famous supermodel sister was actually murdered and didn't commit suicide, Strike can't turn it down. Soon he's plunged into a world of wealth, beautiful people, and enticement. 

For a party girl look, dance in a tight yellow dress, gold bracelets, and black ankle-strap heels. Or go for a daytime look that can be worn at work or in class: pair a brown moto jacket with a yellow dress, buckle booties, and bright pink clutch. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Orange Is The New Black
Inspired By: Orange is the New Black
Written by Piper Kerman, this non-fiction hilarious and heartbreaking book is now a popular Netflix series (it's so amazing go watch it!). Ten years ago, Piper delivered a suitcase of drug money, but now the past has caught up with her and she must face fifteen months in a federal correctional facility. She has to navigate a world of body searches and enforced rules.

For a comfy look, wear a lace orange sweater, black jeans, black flats, and a white necklace. Or wear a polka dot t-shirt, orange cut-off shorts, and black sandals. Don't forget your orange pencils for the letters you can write in prison. 

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

The Infatuations
Inspired By: The Infatuations
Written by Javier Marias, this novel follows Maria Dolz, who visits the same Madrid cafe every morning and sees this one couple there everyday, but on this day the man is fatally stabbed in the street and Maria goes home with the widow to console her. While at the woman's home, she falls in love with a man who sheds light on the crime. This murder mystery is told through Maria's eyes as a metaphysical tale that deals with love, death, chance, and coincidence. 

Wear a button up blouse, black pencil skirt, black peter pan collar blouse, beige belt, and black wedges to the office. Or don a pretty pale dress with black wedges (I have these and they're so comfy!), a black crossbody, and coral drop earrings.  

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Night Film
Inspired By: Night Film
Written by Marisha Pessl, this literary thriller begins on a damp October night when young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan. Veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath digs into Ashley's life, even though her death was ruled a suicide, and realizes that her father is a legendary horror film director who has been a recluse for other thirty years.

When the weather cools, wear a orange blazer, skull print tank, distressed jeans, black short boots, and camera earrings. Since it's still hot outside, try an orange sleeveless top, jean shorts, a blue ombre scarf, and cut-out booties.  

Buy the book: B&N | Amazon

Which book do you want to read?

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  1. Nice selections dear! love your picks for The Cuckoo's Calling and Night Film. You have great taste!

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  2. I love your inspiration for this post :-) Great collages.

  3. love your selections :)

  4. Always love when you talk about books so I can see what I should be reading haha LOVE the board for Night Film!


  5. amazing post! love it (:

  6. I think I would lilke to read Matched because it sounds really interesting! And regard the looks you have created - they are so inspiring as always, I like them <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  7. i love ll the orange and black and skulls. gets me excited for halloween!

  8. i love the cuckoos calling outfit

  9. I had no idea that orange is the new black was a book! Glad I didn't watch the show first, I hate watching a movie/show and finding out I could have read the book first. The last outfit is my favorite.

  10. I love all of these different looks and the concept behind the post. Very unique!

    My favorite of all is the Orange is the New Black compilation. Brights with the dark...could it be more perfect for the transition to fall?

    xoxo Jackie

  11. love those shoes Xo, Megan,

  12. Great post ! I'm writing all these down, thanks for the suggestions

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  13. I'm gonna echo everyone else and say Orange is the New Black is my favorite! Great series, and great looks here! I haven't read the memoir but I have read Piper's wikipedia page.. That counts right? Haha. Can't wait for season 2!

    -Nathy @ Earnestyle

  14. The show is amazing! I can't wait for season 2 also!

  15. I agree! I always like reading the book before seeing the show or movie!


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