Book Recommendations

We have books that we just want to throw at people’s faces, the books we want the entire world to read and love just as much. I have a couple of books I simply adored and are now some of my favorites, I hope you read some of these and love them as much as me!


Historical Fiction:

1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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I read Salt to the Sea last year and boy did I fall in love with the writing and the characters. She doesn’t write in normal chapter form, every couple of pages some one page, two, or three one of the main characters tells what’s going on from their point of view, which so AMAZING. I fell head over heels in love with  Florian. As thousands of scared and desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom and new a life out of war and tragedy. It’s a beautiful tale that I wish I knew about. If you love realistic and charming characters, beautiful writing, amazing detailing and historical fiction, this is the book for you.

Classics:

2. Lolita by Vladaimir Nobokov

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I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. It has since become a favorite of mine on my top ten reads of all time. It’s unlike anything I have read before. I know this book is a topic of massive discussion, you either love in with all your heart or you hate it with a burning passion. I have never met anymore in-between or torn in the middle with this book. It’s not for everyone, I will say that. But I think more people should give it a try. Humbert Humbert (that name right!) is a scholar, aesthete and romantic, he has fallen utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. He marries her mother to get closer to Lolita. There is love, heartbreak, friendship and a road trip adventure in this one hell of a story. Plus the writing is poetic and artistic, this is what books sound like when they are written as art.

High Fantasy/Adult:

3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
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Completely and utterly in L O V E with this book, Nevernight takes number 1 on my list of my favorite books, alongside The Book Theif! Oh my goodness, I know. THIS IS NOT A YA BOOK. It is marketed as such but believe it is not for teens under 14-15, I think 16 or 17 is alright to read this, and older of course. There is magic, dark magic, a super neat school, a hot dude, a kick ass girl, fighting, a sassy shadow cat, a in-depth magical world, sex, bad language, and all around a good time. Mia Covere is such a character, she has faults, she’s not like other girl characters in fantasy books have everything going for her, she’s messy and realistic and messes up and falls in love when she doesn’t want to and kicks herself for it, she has a mouth on her, she knows how fight and nothing will stop her. She actually amazing and I want to hang out with her. Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death, this is where her story starts. Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. She a killing machine. But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. RIGHT, I DON’T THINK I WILL EVER STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS BOOK, book 2 comes out this year! OH MY YES.

YA/ Fantasy-Sci fi/ Romance:

4. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Oh boy, oh boy. This book is a mess of different genres. That’s a fact. It’s a wonderful book25467698, it really is. Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. She can see things, and so can this boy, it’s a crazy ride when they first meet each other.  Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists.


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How I Edit My Instagram Photos

I have been getting a ton of questions on how I edit my photos over on my Instagram, it really is the most simplest thing ever. I will share some of my tips for good pictures as well.


1. The App

When it comes to editing pictures, people have different ideas and that calls for a mix of different apps you can pick from. I love L O V E Vsco, I have been using it for three years. Simply perfect. Gets better with every update.

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2. Editing Process

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My one and only filter is A6 by Vsco. It gives my photos a nice polished look, makes whites brighter, and works wonders with my theme colors and bedroom.
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Just to brighten it abit, I add some exposure, not to much.

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Contrast separates some of the whites and darker colors. Again not to much of this, unless you want to.

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I always add just a touch of Saturation.


Tips:

  •  • BE YOURSELF, coping others pictures to a T is never okay. Instagram is about being creative, finding new intrests and making new friends. It’s not a compition of who has the most followers, better pictures, or anything like that.
  •  • Use natural light, it’s the only light I use. Everything becomes SO much more crisp and overall better.
  •  • Test everything out! Take multiple pictures, different angles, different filters, play around! That’s the fun of taking pictures.

 

If you have any questions! Let me know!

Xoxo,

Kaley

Vegan Questions

As a vegan for almost two years, I have come across some questions that I sometimes get daily. By family, friends, and non vegans aka strangers at Olive Garden. Some comments I get out in public or at parties; “Don’t you miss cheese?” “What about ice cream, or cookies, oh my, what about brownies?” “Do you only eat lettuce?” “Cheese?”.
There are vegan ice cream, cookies, brownies, cheese, and no I don’t only eat lettuce.

Without further a do here are some vegan related questions I gathered from my Instagram! Which is @bonjour.kaley, if you want to follow!

  1. Don’t you miss yogurt? 

    When I was a kid and before I went vegan, I was already a super healthy lady. At 6 Ii was eating granola like candy, eating brand cereal when the house had Fruit Loops, I ate all the healthy breads, yogurt, and some of my grandmother’s “healthy” food. But yogurt was a miss of mine, it was my one food love. And one day at Walmart I found them, Silk’s Vanilla Yogurt, and So Delicous’s Strawberry Coconut. THANK YOU YOGURT PEOPLE.

  2. Favorite dish?

    Something simple, pasta perhaps. Whole wheat shell pasta, a nice chunky sauce, tomatoes, spinach, and veggies on the side with two pieces of rye bread with vegan butter.

  3. How did you transition?

    Going into a vegan diet can always be hard, even more so when you live with a non vegan family, or simply because you find it harder than you thought it would be. I did my transition slowly, cutting off meat and fish of course was number one. After that I cut out milk and cheese, I now eat vegan cheddar cheese and drink almond and coconut milk, it’s so good. Plus when I found vegan ice cream, vegan baking cookbooks, and vegan yogurt I was set in the department. When you have alternatives it helps a bit more, than going from eating say mac and cheese, yogurt, ice cream, burgers, to eating all of those foods now just vegan, it helps A TON. Just take it one day at a time if doing it all in one day is hard, it’s completely normal to take it slow.

  4. What’s the easy way to start for someone who has been eating meat for years?

    Finding meat alternatives, tons of stores have vegan meatballs, veggie burgers, tofu, vegan chicken tenders, vegan bacon… you get the idea. I grew up in a house hold full of big meat eaters, so finding meat that they would also enjoy and was vegan was a goal of mine. But they all love when I make vegan meatballs, vegan meatloaf, and veggie burgers. Than you can start taking out dairy, and eggs, and all that jazz. The above questions explains more.

  5. Quick & easy recipes?

    PASTA AND RICE WILL BE YOUR BESTFRIENDS. I am in love with pasta, any kind really. There are so many different kinds of tomato based sauces you can play with, or make your own with tomatoes, herbs and spices and peppers, oh so good. Soup is also a real easy one, I love the lentil soup from The First Mess, Link. Plus you make vegan pancakes, which is just flour, sugar, water or almond milk, baking powder and a dash of salt. You can also make baked fries! There are ton of vegan recipes out there! I’ll post some of mine as the year goes on!

  6. Eating outside?

    The only time I felt weird about being vegan or found it hard was when I went to certain places with my family, eating dinner or any meal outside of my own vegan kitchen. Some places these days are adding vegan options, but if you are going to a restaurant that you know you can’t eat anything, eat before, that’s all I can say. But most of the time you can get a small side salad(I know), french fries, maybe some toast or steamed veggies, some places have pasta that is all vegan friendly, just ask first! PS: Olive Garden has a vegan soup, and the bread sticks are vegan!!!

  7. What effects have you seen on your health?

    I have noticed an increase of energy and focus 100%, my skin has cleared a bit, my skin feels softer and nicer, honestly. I also wake up feeling better, lighter. When you eat fatty animal foods, you sometimes go to sleep feeling full and wake up feeling heavy because of it.

  8. Do you use vegan cosmetics? Which ones are your favorite?

    I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but my favorite brand is Elf, everything is so cheap but work beautifully. I use their cream eyeshadow, it is so silky and stays on forever!

  9. Do you have any good packed lunch recipes?

    One of my favorite packed lunches are Spiralized Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing. It’s a perfect lunch, plus you get those veggies in, and the longer the noodles sit in the peanut dressing the better it gets, which is perfect. You can make it on a monday and have some the rest of the week! Another good one is a Vegan Loaded Baked Potato, I love to use sweet potato, just steam it pack it in a container with some veggies, beans, rice, with a side of fruit. Best lunch ever!

  10. Why is veganism important to you personally?

    I had never heard of vegan before I discovered it, I knew what vegetarian was, never knew anyone who was either. I discovered veganism when I stumbled across an article about four-years ago, about McDonald’s chicken, and how much they were hurting this animals, physically and mentally. I was heart-broken. But it wouldn’t be until two years later that I went vegan. After seeing documentaries about veganism and what’s happening to the animals in factory farms, petting zoos, circuses, normal zoos, and everything in between, I realized I had to be apart of the change. I couldn’t keep talking about these issues without doing something about it, and going vegan was my way of helping, than sharing the message was another way I feel like I’m helping. I went vegan for the animals first, the planet second, and me third. I am so happy with my choice.


I will do more of these vegan help posts! If you have any vegan related questions, direct message me on Instagram or head over to me contact page and send me a message.

 

 

 

 

 

2017 To Be Read List

When it comes to hardcore book readers it seems that are TBR pile is never short but huge, even when it looks like you are making a tiny bit of progress, five more books arrive at your house. So why not add more? Shall we.

Each new year brings brand new books you want to read, here are some of mine!


  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
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    I along with millions of people, was heart-broken by the loss of Carrie Fisher, it was a hard blow to Star Wars fans and Carrie Fisher fans as well. She was a true one of kind lady, outspoken and extremely funny. Her newest book The Princess Diarist is a huge priority this year, hoping to pick this up in the next month.

Goodreads: The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

  • The Widow by Fiona Barton
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    I love a good mystery thriller, plus if you look closely on the cover, YEP that’s Stephen King’s name. Anything that man recommends is good enough for me.

    Goodreads: Following the twists and turns of an unimaginable crime, The Widow is an electrifying debut thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife. There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.
    Now her husband is dead, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.
    The truth that s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything.

  • Edgar and Lucy: A Novel by Victor Lodato
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    Goodreads: Edgar and Lucy is a page-turning literary masterpiece—a stunning examination of family love and betrayal.

    Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear—not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.

    Profound, shocking, and beautiful, Edgar and Lucy is a thrilling adventure and the unlikeliest of love stories.

 

  • Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie
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    I am really excited for this read, I VERY rarely read YA anymore, I found other genres that I seem to gravitate towards more as I got a little older, (older than some of the characters…weird feelings…) But I was first attracted to the cover, its beautiful. This book honestly doesn’t sound like a YA at all, I’m hoping this is as good as I’m hyping it up. We shall see…hopefully.

Goodreads: Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.

But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…

  • Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain
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THIS COVER, ARE YOU KIDDING ME. IT’S STUNNING. AH BEAUTIFUL. I know, I know. Kaley don’t judge a book on its cover, I know. I truly do know. But when you see a book with such a stunning and I mean S T U N N I N G cover you can’t help it. Don’t lie, we’ve all been there.

Goodreads: Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the anxieties of the middle class: loneliness, relationships, death. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to fall in love again. Meanwhile, April is struggling through her own directionless life; Lawrence’s reckless past decisions are catching up with him; and Ester and April’s mother, Hilary, is about to make a choice that will profoundly affect them all.

Taking place largely over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a celebration of the best in all of us — our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous tribute to the beauty of being alive.

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
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I have been wanting to read this book for so long, I don’t know what took me so long to pick this one up. I saw the movie with the lovely Keria Knightly a couple of years ago, and absolutely adored it. Plus the actual story is so sad but beautiful at the same time. Plus I am a sucker for a story set in the 30’s.

Goodreads: Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.


 

Read any of these? Plan to? Tell me in the comments!