Nine Women, One Dress (Book Review) 


Book: Nine Women, One Dress 

Author: Jane L. Rosen

Pages: 257

Almost a year ago I picked this book up in L.A.X Airport on my way to a summer vacation in Chicago. It was cover love at first sight, and if you must know I’m a sucker for a cute cover and this one being light pink with a dress and pretty typography definitely caught my eye! Then I read the description and knew I had to have it even at the airport price. 

It’s been sitting on my cute little TBR cart ever since looking pretty with all of my other pretty unread books (I sort of have a book buying problem). Finally I picked it up this week and devoured it in about three days. To be honest I’m annoyed that I took me this long to read it but I also feel like I was meant to read it right now. I’ve had a bad couple of days and this book has really helped to cheer me up. 

Enough backstory… here’s what the books actually about! 

“Natalie is a Bloomingdale’s salesgirl mooning over her ex-boyfriend; Felicia has been quitely in love with her boss for seventeen years; and Andre is a cynical private detective who specializes in cheating husbands. 

For these three women, as well as many others- a young model fresh from Alabama, a Hollywood star making her Brodway debut, an unemployed Brown grad who’s been faking a fabulous life on social media- everything is about to change… and all thanks to the power of one perfect little black dress.”  (Taken from the description on the back of the book.


I absolutely loved this book and have to say that it’s my favorite read of the year so far! It beautifully wove the stories of different characters together that were all connected by one little black dress. I was eager to turn each page and see where the dress would lead us next in the story and sad when I had to put it down. But by the end of the book I felt happy and my day was brightened by the thought that we’re all connected in some way even by something as small as a dress. 

If you love stories told in multiple viewpoints and looking for a great new read pick this one up! Also it’s great for fans of movies like Valentine’s Day

Until next time… 

Kendra 

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2k Followers Instagram Giveaway!

Hello everyone,

Long time no blog! Just to let you know I am way more active on my Instagram account! If you don’t follow me over there and would like to check it out my name is:  @TheFashionable_Reader

Currently on Instagram I have reached 2,000 followers and am doing a giveaway to say thank you. If you’d like to participate its super easy to enter! Go check out my page and look for the giveaway post which I posted today May 1st, 2018. It will end on May 8th, 2018! So go check it out while theres still time!


Here are the items I’m giving away! 
Until next time…

Kendra 

Favorite Reads of 2017

2017 has come and gone along with the appropriate time to share your favorite books of the year. Oops. I’d still like to share mine with you if your interested.

It’s safe to say that 2017 wasn’t my best reading year. I did terrible on my Goodreads reading challenge. There were plenty of lulls and months were I only really read one book.

This year I want to get back in touch with my reading roots and dedicate more time to my books. Definitely spend less time mindlessly doing nothing on my cell phone.

Although I didn’t have the greatest reading year I still read some really good books! And I’d like to share my top 3 favorites and some honroble mentions.

Top 3 Favorite Reads

1. Faithful by Alice Hoffman


This book was amazing and helped to get me out of a mid year reading slump. Faithful is about a girl who let an awful tragedy define her life and how she worked her way out of it to rediscover what it means to live, love, and have passion. Alice Hoffman tells beautiful stories and I can’t wait to read more of her works this year.

Also this book probably wins my favorite cover of the year! The colors and the design equal absolute perfection. Swoon.

2. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton


This was a book at the beginning of the year and absolutely fell in love with! I like to describe this book as “strangely and enchantingly beautiful” or “beautifully mystical and haunting”. For fans of magical realsim, Ava Lavender, was born with a set of wings. She navigates the waters between the mystical being that her wings give her and the life of an ordinary girl. Please please please pick this one up if you haven’t already!

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling


Do I even need to give an explanation for this book?! I would say probably not since I’m the last person on the planet to have finally dove in to the world of Harry Potter. So I’ve had this book since I was probably six or seven years old. I remember my mom and I would read some of it together but for some reason we never finished. And growing up I was never very interested in fantasy books. So that’s why it took me almost a decade later to finally finish it! Ugh why did I wait so long! I’m kicking myself now for it but hopefully plan on reading the rest of the series this year.


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Honorable Mentions 

I got really into audiobooks last year because of the amount of time I spend in the car now driving to work and I had a few favorites of those!

1. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

This audiobook was great! It always takes me a couple chapters to get used to the voice reading to me but after that I was hooked! Sweetbitter tells the story of a girl moving to New York City and how she comes of age and finds herself by working at  a popular restaurant where the staff is like one big messed up family. The details are described so well you feel like you are submerged into the book. Definitely worth and listen or read!

2. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

My anticipation for a new E. Lockhart novel was off the charts! I loved We Were Liars, I was absolutely glued to the book. This audio book made me excited for the drive to work and sad when I had to leave my car! We follow Jule a smart as a whip and masterful young lady who knows how to use everything to her advantage. She gets what she wants and will stop at nothing to deceive you. A real page turner!

3. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

If your looking for a good book or audiobook then check out this one! The audiobook told by the author herself is especially wonderful. Jeannette Walls gives us her life as a child with everything she’s got. This is a book where you actually can’t believe this happened to a real life person. Her childhood was crazy she suffered a lot of hardship but was able to get out and make a name for herself. I truly admire the love she had for her family despite how erratic they especially her parents could be.

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Well I hope I was able to give you some new Reads for the year if you haven’t already read some of these. I’d love to hear what some of your favorites of last year were or if you too also loved any of my picks!
Until next time,

Kendra

Coloring a Garden

“It was like the way you wanted sunshine on Saturdays, or pancakes for breakfast. They just made you feel good.”

My favorite author of the past year has been Sarah Addison Allen. She has enchanted me into her writing world of charming magical realism! Especially through the book Garden Spells, which tells the story of the mysterious women of the Waverly family, who all possess a certain gift.

Garden Spells combines the art of cooking and flowers. Claire Waverly uses her special gift of cooking to help out her small town in catering events, but she is no ordinary caterer! The town depends on her creations when they want help in their love life, professional life, or social life. A bite of Claire’s flower infused food can be life changing.


This book paired beautifully with my Secret Garden coloring book by Johanna Bradford!



Don’t you think there’s something a bit magical about coloring? Transforming a blank page into splashes of thoughtfully placed color is so satisfying to me!

“She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened.”


Here is my favorite page out of the whole coloring book! It reminds me a lot of what the Waverly’s Garden must look like! I’ve been working on it for months, as I’ve learned coloring is a very meticulous job. Although at the same time it’s a wonderful stress reliever! I will sit down and start coloring a section until my hands start to ache. Then put it away for next time.


For someone such as myself, whose artistic abilities as far as drawing goes is embarrassingly bad, this is an awesome creative outlet. I definitely recommend checking out Johanna Basfords line of coloring books, they extend from secret gardens to enchanted forests to lost oceans.

“Some people don’t know how to fall in love, like not knowing how to swim. They panic first when they jump in. Then they figure it out.”


Look out for another post featuring my coloring book collection, because there’s a lot more where that came from!

Until Next Time…

Kendra

P.S. Make sure to check out my Instagram! That is where I’m on the most, sharing pictures of my current and favorite reads. @Thefashionable_reader

Pink Books

Today’s post is going to be super girly, so beware if you don’t like the color pink!

I happen to love the color pink. If it comes in pink I want it! But honestly I’m more of a pastel baby pink lover than a hot pink lover. Pink is just fun, it takes me back to my carefree days as a little girl when I thought princess or ballerina would be my occupation. 

Girly or not, here is a post about some of the pink books in my collection.


1. Wives and Daughters by Eliabeth Gaskell

  • This was my first read by Elizabeth Gaskell. I was excited to discover another 19th century women author I had never heard about. This story follows Molly Gibson a seventeen year old girl who is adjusting to life after her father remarries. We meet her worldly and refined new stepsister Cynthia. The two girls form a bond, but end up competing for the attention of two brothers. Wives and Daughters was Gaskells last work and she unfortunately died before completeing the novel. I was weary going into it, thinking it might end up being a cliff hanger. Although thank goodness theres a BBC adaptation that wrote an alternate ending, and it includes Rosamund Pike! I’ve yet to watch it but am so very eager to! 

2. The Story of Us by Deb Caletti 

  • This book follows a teenage girl with an unusual name, Cricket. She is in for a crazy weekend at the beach where she will be attending the marriage of her mother and her latest husband. Although things don’t go exactly as planned. Cricket has more love interests than she knows what to do with. Her family chooses to reveal big secrets and her soon to be stepsisters aren’t so happy with the impending marriage. I am a big Deb Caletti fan, her stories are always so full of charm. She is definitely one of my favorite YA authors. 

3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

  • Here is a classic that I’ve yet to read. I loved The Secret Garden as a child, but never got around to reading this one. Although I have seen the film adaptation featuring Shirley Temple! This is about a young girl growing up in a boarding school, who becomes orphaned. After her father dies she is forced to leave her privlaged life as a student and become a servant of the school. 

4. I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron 

  • Now this is a special pick, because today would have been Nora Ephrons 75th birthday! This book is full of short stories that are candid, witty, and very entertaining. She is the creator of some of my favorite films, in particular You’ve Got Mail. How perfect are Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks?! I just want thank Nora Ephron for giving me something to love and be inspired by. 

5. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann 

  • In this vintage book, three woman living in New York journey through the ups and downs of friendship and womanhood. The “dolls” are little pills that lead the ladies into unfortunate scandalous places. Definitely a must read for those who are fans of drama and scandal. I’ve seen the movie and while I adore the actresses who play the girls, it wasn’t my favorite adaptation. 

6. It by Alexa Chung 

  • I’ve recently purchased this pretty little book. I am a huge Alexa Chung fan, her style is perfect! In this book we see what inspires her as a person and take a deeper look into her personal life. 


I hope you enjoyed my Pink books post and found some new reads! 


Until Next Time….
Kendra

Music Monday featuring: Time Between Us

So it’s been an embarrassing amount of time since I’ve posted, and I feel like I start every blog post with that same sentence! Oopsies. I’ve just been more interested in Instagram lately where I have finally read over a THOUSAND followers! So if you enjoy lots of bookish pictures, feel free to look me up! My insta name is: @thefashionable_reader 

My Instagram post from today actually inspired to get back on here! 


I am currently reading this book called Time Between Us by Tamara Island Stone. The story is about sixteen year old Anna from 1995 and sixteen year old Bennett from 2012. The two meet, because Bennett has the ability to time travel and is currently in the year of his birth 1995 which is Anna’s time. Bennett is visiting 1995 looking for someone. Anna, who has never been outside the country let alone outside the Midwest is fascinated by Bennett and his ability to travel anywhere he sets his mind too. Also an obvious attraction is brewing between the two. 

Now I am only about half way through the book so I won’t give out any other spoilers. One of the things that I have read so far that really interests me about Bennett, is that he uses his time travel abilities to go back in time to different concerts! How awesome would it be to be able to go back and see amazing concerts you missed out on?! 

Now the real question is, who would you go see? 

I would definitely go see: 

  • Hole. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the band, they are an early 90s grunge alternative band with Courtney Love as the lead singer. I watched the music video for Doll Parts and Violet, about five years ago and I was completely entranced. Courtney has these amazing grungey volcals, and this rock worthy stage presence. I would go back in time to see them right after they released Live Through This. I just want to jump around and singalong with Courtney!

Also I wanted to include my current music favorites. These songs have been on nonstop in my car: 

1.Trouble, by Cage the Elephant. 

  • This is off their latest album, Tell Me I’m Pretty. This is definitely a standout song from the album. I love how it starts out soft but goes into the great CTE Rock sound. I’m definitely always singing along to this one. 

2. Irene, by Twin Peaks 

  • This song is just pure pleasure. You definitely want to nod your head along with the beat. I really want to get more into this band. 

3. Easy, by Hinds

  • I’ve recently discovered this band, and they are pretty cool. For starters they are an all girl band from Spain! Can I join please?! Their Spanish accents give their music a cool vibe. Definitely check them out! 

4. D’You Have a Car?, by SWMRS 

  • I love it when I find young bands with that fun garage rock sound. This song is playful and definitely one you can bop around to and sing along. 

5. Mental Case, by SKATERS 

  • Another great song I’ve added to my playlist recently. SKATERS is another cool garage rock alternative band! 

Honestly I’m not great at describing songs, I’m certainly no music critic. So if you like alternative/indie rock just go give these songs a listen! Maybe you will find some new favorites too.

Maybe music Monday will become a regular thing.

Please feel free to comment! I am curious to know, what are your current favorite songs?? Also, if you could time travel who would you want to see in concert?! 

Until Next Time,

Kendra

    Jane Eyre (Book Review)

    I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.

     

    Book: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

    Pages: 533

    Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars


    Synopsis: The story follows an orphaned girl, Jane Eyre,throughout her life trials and tribulations. We start with Jane as young girl, living with a family who treats her poorly and wishes to have no claim to her. Eventually she is shipped off to boarding school, which starts out as a horrifying experience. The place is rundown and many of the people are cold and mean. Luckily she meets a kind friend, Helen, who shows Jane love and friendship that she has never felt before. Throughout Jane’s stay at the school, she discovers a love of art. When she comes of age, she decides to venture out and leave the school to pursue a career as a governess. Having never been on her own before Jane is weary as she travels to her new home. When she arrives at the estate of Thornfield Hall, she is greeted into the mysterious house. Jane settles into life as a governess, with her lively young french student. Then things begin to turn upside down when Mr. Rochester, master of the estate, shows up. He is an intense man who is often brash with his opinions. Although him and Jane are inexplicably drawn to each other. Thus Jane’s life really starts to begin. There is romance, mysterious secrets, and self discovery.

    Thoughts: I gave this book 5/5 stars, needless to say I loved it! I don’t know why it took me so long finally read this. The copy of the book I read was actually my grandmas, she gave it to me years ago and told me to read it. I should have listened to her when she first gave it to me! I loved that we grew with Jane, throughout the novel. She eventually found her voice and a sense of who she is. I really enjoyed that she didn’t waste much time feeling sorry for herself. Jane had great struggles in her life, but thats what they were, they didn’t take over her ability to function. Also, I liked that she strived for herself to be independent. There were many mysterious secrets woven into the story, and it added to the drama.

    ***SPOILERS***

    • Helen Burns: I was so grateful to this character, she showed Jane kindness and friendship when she needed it most. It broke my heart when she died, the girls were a comfort to each other even in Helens last breath. When Helen died, it was said that a single word adorned her gravestone, resurgam. I had to look this word up to find out the meaning. Resurgam is latin for “I shall rise again”. I fell in love with this saying, I find myself repeating this word to myself at random times when I need reassurance. Also it hit soft spot in my personal life. This book was given to me by my late grandmother. Helens kind and gentle soul reminded me of my grandma. I spent much of the book thinking of my grandma, wishing she was still here so I can discuss the story with her.
    • Mr.Rochester the Gypsy: Remember the part where Mr.Rochester is conveniently out away on business for the day, while his company of friends are staying over? And an old gypsy lady comes, wishing to tell the fortunes of the women. When Jane goes into to have her fortune told, this gypsy knows a little too much about her. Then the gypsy throws off the disguise and reveals himself to be Mr.Rochester… WHAT WAS THAT? Haha, I was so shocked by that scene! I wasn’t expecting that to happen at all! I mean how could the other ladies not tell that this old gypsy was really a man, and their friend at that! Are they just idiots? Was Mr. Rochester’s voice really that good at imitating an old lady?! Just had to include this. That part of the book made me laugh.
    • Mr.Rochester: Okay, not that I got the gypsy part of the story out of my system, let me explain my other feelings for this man. I understand that this character can sometimes be controversial, and I saw those points. He was gruff and brash. He could come off as mean or even creepy. He was kind enough to take care of his maybe illegitimate child, but he wasn’t exactly opening his arms to her as a father figure. Also he locked up his mentally ill wife. That was very interesting. If he had all this money why didn’t he just put her up somewhere in the country in a place of her own? Besides his obvious not so great traits, he saw Jane as someone he could love. And he really loved her, besides the fact of where she came from and who she was. I enjoyed that he wasn’t a cookie cutter character, he was complex.
    • Jane’s Independence: I liked that Jane wasn’t willing to be reliant on just one person. When she found out that Mr.Rochester loved her and wanted to marry her, she wasn’t about to jump right in. She wasn’t blinded by the lifestyle he was willing to give her, she didn’t an abundance of jewels and dresses. She was content with who she was. Also you could tell she was passionate about teaching and helping others. I especially loved that when she found out of her fortune from her uncle, and her relations, that she didn’t care about the money. All she wanted was a family and she finally got that.
    • Janes creepy cousin: St. John Eyre Rivers, sorry he was a little creepy. I get that marrying your cousin was a more common practice back then, but even Jane was weary of it. He wanted her not for real love and marriage but for his profession and lifestyle. I am glad Jane wasn’t willing to settle for a lifestyle where she knew she couldn’t really be happy. That is another example of Jane’s independence. Although I am glad at the end, that they found a “brotherly-sisterly” relationship with each other.

    ***SPOILERS OVER***

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    Movie adaptations: I watched two of the Jane Eyre movie adaptations, from 1996 & 2011(pictured above). I did enjoy both of them, but I think I liked the 2011 one slightly more. The 2011 adaptation stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane, and Michael Fassbender as a very handsome Mr.Rochester. Honestly while reading the book I didn’t picture Mr.Rochester to be that handsome of a character. Of course in both adaptations there were parts of the book that were left out or changed slightly. It didn’t bother me too much. The only thing that bothered me was the fact that Jane was portrayed as this timid little thing. In my opinion she came off as more of a stronger character who wasn’t as easily intimidated. But that was just my interpretation. So honestly I wasn’t completely satisfied with either Jane. This could also be related to me being a reader never fully satisfied with the movie (aka the book is always better!). But besides that I did enjoy both of the movies, and would recommend them. Also they are both on Netflix! 

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it and loves the classics. Or even to people looking to get into classics. This is definitely a must read, and for a good reason!

    Carpe Librum

    Until next time…

    Kendra