New Additions To My Bookshelf: 3 Books Worth Reading


I'm here to rescue you all from the depths of having nothing to read! These three books are the newest additions to my collection, and I actually finished each book in only a day because I was so engrossed. If that's not a testament to the fact that they're worth reading, I don't know what is!

Almost Adulting by Arden Rose

Like the title suggests, this book is for all of us who are transitioning into adulthood. What a strange, strange time. Arden captures the essence of this stage of life so well. Her writing style is very conversational, which I love. I sat on my bed reading it like "YAS, Arden!" and "Ugh, preach!" I'm really not exaggerating. Those were both said, out loud, by yours truly.

She talks about her experiences with moving out, paying (or not paying) bills on time, dating in a digital world, and everything in between. The best part is how unfiltered it is. She tells the story of how she met her current boyfriend in all its awkward glory. I couldn't stop laughing because I'm so awkward at heart that I was like wow that's me in a nutshell. But seriously, I think it's easy to feel alone when you're trying to find your path in life, and this book makes you realize we all go through it. Almost Adulting is especially perfect for any new grads like myself. That being said, my mom read it and enjoyed it just as much!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

I've never met a Colleen Hoover book I didn't love! She writes brilliant romance novels. That's exactly why when I needed a new book to read, I searched directly for more of her books on Goodreads. I saw It Ends with Us had an average rating of 4.45 out of 5 and was impressed. Not because her books don't deserve high ratings -- in fact, almost all of her books have above a 4 out of 5 -- but because the Goodreads community is critical.

The first review is by "Aestas Book Blog" and it's spoiler free. She mentions she's normally the type of reader that likes to know what to expect before starting a book, but she went into this one without knowing anything at all -- simply trusting Colleen's writing. I'm the exact same way. I'm ashamed to admit I've skipped to the end of a book (on more than a few occasions) just to make sure I liked the ending before going back and reading the whole thing through. But I decided to take this reviewers advice and dive in blindly, and I'M SO GLAD I DID! It's one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time, and not knowing what to expect makes it that much better.

To give you the bare minimum of what It Ends With Us is about, here's a bit of the Goodreads blurb:

"With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price."

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

I visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the first time during my last week in Boston. To be honest, I don't know why it took so long. I was in the area often enough visiting the MFA, but somehow the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was always pushed off to a later date. All my friends had the same reaction: "What?! I can't believe you've never been. You'd love it there, it's so your aesthetic." And of course, they were right! I was mesmerized from the minute I got there. One of my friends recommended I read The Art Forger --  a novel about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

This wasn't necessarily a "can't put down" type of book, but I really enjoyed it (and like I said, I finished it in a day). It was something different for me because I'd never read a book about art before. The author uses a lot of historically factual details in her novel, which was great because I learned new information from the storyline. There's a section at the end that explains her research -- what's factual and what's courtesy of her imagination. Also, I obviously have a soft spot for The Art Forger because it's set in Boston.

What have you been reading lately?

With love,