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If You Like That Book, You Might Like This Book || BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS pt. 4

Hi friends! Today, I’d like to offer you a few more book recommendations in the form of “if you liked this book, then you might like this other book.” I love when folks on Booktube, Bookstagram, and Goodreads include comparisons to other books in their reviews! It’s one of my favorite ways to find new reads! So, I started a bookish series here on the blog to do just that for YOU. (Here’s part 1! Here’s part 2! Here’s part 3!)

In each post, I recommend books that are similar to very popular books that are more well-known. Let’s get into it, shall we?!

If you liked The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware,
you might like The Winters by Lisa Gabriele.

If you loved Ruth Ware’s ability to concoct a setting so compelling it started to feel like it’s own character, you should check out The Winters which transports readers to the Asherley estate. The Winters is a creepy and spooky modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca set amongst the wealthy elite in the Hamptons. Much like The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Lisa Gabriele writes an enjoyable psychological thriller that plays out inside a grand house and includes all the twists and turns that go along with strange family dynamics, inheritances, and – of course – murder.

Synopsis: 

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.

If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you might like Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

If you tore your way through Suzanne Collins’s dystopian young adult novel about a group of teens representing their districts by fighting to the death on live TV, you should pick up Ryan Graudin’s historical reimagining in which the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan commemorate their Great Victory by hosting a motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. Wolf by Wolf includes everything you loved about The Hunger Games and throws in a dash of The Man in the High Castle for good measure — asking, “What if the Nazis won the war?”

Synopsis:

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the Axis Tour and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

If you liked All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr,
you might like Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Ok, if you’ve read both of these books you may think this is a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Anthony Doerr and Dane Huckelbridge are both incredible writers. The prose in both these books is so beautiful and breath-taking, without ever feeling heavy handed. While the plots are quite different, they are similar in that they constantly come up against odds — whether at the hands of war or a plane crash — and yet humanity flourishes. Not to mention there’s a lot of French language interwoven throughout Castle of Water, and that, combined with the writing style and haunting passages about a short-wave radio, made for a reading experience that gave me some serious All the Light We Cannot See vibes. If you liked one, I’m confident that you’d like the other!

Synopsis: 

For Sophie Ducel, her honeymoon in French Polynesia was intended as a celebration of life. For Barry Bleecker, the same trip was meant to mark a new beginning. Turning away from his dreary existence in Manhattan finance, Barry had set his sights on fine art, seeking creative inspiration on the other side of the world. But when their small plane is downed in the middle of the South Pacific, the sole survivors of the wreck are left with one common goal: to survive. Stranded hundreds of miles from civilization, on an island the size of a large city block, the two castaways must reconcile their differences and learn to draw on one another’s strengths if they are to have any hope of making it home.

If you liked The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins, you might like Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Both of these books are expertly researched, sociological looks at the lives of real teenagers in America. Robbins’s book covers popularity and psychology, while Younge explores gun violence. Quite different subject matter but the execution is similar in it’s careful reporting, meticulous interviews, and thought-provoking conclusions. If you are an educator of or advocate for teens, both of these books are must-reads.

Synopsis: 

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.

I hope you enjoyed these new recommendations and I’m excited to bring you more posts in this series in the future! Do you have any book recommendations for me based on the eight books above? POP ‘EM BELOW!! xoxo

P.S. 3 spooky book recommendations, if that’s your jam!

Book Club: Hunger by Roxane Gay Pt. 4

Welcome back, Finding Delight Book Club members! Today is my final post about Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body and I’m turning it over to you. While it is great to read other people’s thoughts about a book and learn a bit more about an author and dive deeper into a subject with extended reading/listening watching … what I love most about book clubs is that it allows a space for tapping into your own feelings about a book and what it brings up for YOU. Sometimes this can be difficult when reading books by yourself. You read for entertainment and enjoyment, maybe you underline a passage that speaks to you or remark YAS! to a sentence that really rings true. But in a book club? We can dig a little deeper. So, shall we?

1. Roxane Gay highlights the way society treats fat people in unfair ways. People are quick to voice opinions and make remarks with little regard for compassion. We are constantly bombarded with messaging that being fat cannot be synonymous with being happy.

Explore your own battle with body image. How has mainstream media had an effect on how you view yourself?

2. In Hunger, Gay bravely recounts her story of sexual assault which occurred at a very young age.

How does this trauma play into her relationship with food?

3. This memoir highlights a common paradox, seeking body acceptance AND a physical transformation.

In what ways can we show kindness to ourselves and others when these two truths coexist?

4. Hunger isn’t always about food…

What else does the author hunger for?

5. Gay writes, “People project assumed narratives onto your body and are not at all interested in the truth of your body, whatever that truth might be.”

How would you describe the truth of YOUR body?

6. There are a lot of references throughout the book to damaging portrayals of weight/weight loss/fat shaming — gossip magazines, Oprah, The Biggest Loser — and we can surely call to mind many more that exist in mainstream media.

What media portrayals have you encountered recently that speak to body positivity and acceptance? Are you following any toxic social media accounts that you can remove in order to create a more loving feed/timeline for yourself?

Have you read Hunger yet? Pop any answers or thoughts that come up out of the exercises above in the comments. I’d love to continue the conversation. If you haven’t read it yet, but your interest is sparked, you can order it HERE or check it out from your local library. These posts will be here for you at any time — 

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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week? I’m in full hibernation mode this week with these cooler temperatures. I truly look a vision at my desk each morning with blanket, huge cup of coffee, and a space heater on full blast about 2 feet from my feet. God bless working from home! Hope you’re enjoying your October, and here are some things that have caught my eye lately…

Elizabeth Gilbert on writing, grief and her toughest creative challenge yet.

Related: I just finished City of Girls!

The world’s top economists say we need more storytellers.

 Ikea and H&M ran a study on recyclable fabrics to figure out what chemicals are in them.

Stop treating parenting as mom’s burden and dad’s adorable hobby.

This coffee mug is very much my vibe.

Welp, never taking a ride share again.

Bleeps and bloops.

I, too, loved working in a grocery store.

The impact of ICE raids on a community in Mississippi.

Librarians are pretty dang funny.

Halloween costume ideas (and you can buy them on Amazon).

Is the sick day dead?

P.S. I finally took the plunge and joined Goodreads! Wanna be friends? 

mid-week round-up

What’s new on this Wednesday, friends? It’s a beautiful day where I am and I’d love to be spending the day outdoors but ALAS…too much work to be done. The weekend can’t come soon enough. Honestly not much to report at the moment. My cat is meowing incessantly so I better go see what he’s up to and I’m starting to get hungry for lunch, so let’s do this link thing…

Talking with the songsmiths of Sesame Street.

Newest addition to my reading list.

[Related: Sign up HERE for my book club reading list!]

A berry crumble recipe (made with frozen fruit!).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus explains 9 looks from Seinfeld to Veep.

How did James Holzhauer turn Jeopardy into his own A.T.M.?

A glimpse inside the lives of asylum-seekers, new couples, prisoners, and pen pals through their letters, texts, WhatsApp messages, and Facebook posts.

Do memes change how we remember history?

What one woman learned about hunger in America after volunteering at 200 food banks.

[Related: Good and Cheap — How to Eat on a Shoestring Budget]

Take a moment to tell your mom what she means to you with a FREE customized Mother’s Day photo card from Artifact Uprising.

This story about a roomba made me laugh.

A sweet tribute to Notre Dame.

The death of the hippies.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Kicking off SEASON TWO of Uncovered the Podcast and 5 Ways to Cultivate a More Meaningful Life.

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mid-week round-up

Hello friends! What are you up to this week? Yesterday, I full on stopped work in the middle of the day to listen to this emergency episode of the Britneysgram podcast. What started as a comedy podcast about Britney Spears’s magical and ridiculous Instagram has become a  true crime podcast and I. am. here for it! Highly recommend checking it out. Anywho, this weekend we’re planning on getting our yard ready for the summer months. We don’t have a covered porch in the back and bugs are pretty bad where we’re at, so we’re thinking of getting one of those pop-up gazebo things. Have you ever used one? Hope you have a great day, and here’s the latest links for your enjoyment…

What changes when the presidential field is full of mothers.

[Related: The Truths We Hold Pt. 2]

Simple steps to cut your food budget by 50%.

Made me laugh.

The sweetest sunnies.

Such a cute RV!

Something about eggs benedict just reminds me of springtime.

Kim K is taking the bar exam in 2022.

Shout out to this book being right up my alley and only $1.99 on Kindle.

[Related: On the rooftop of the world.]

School district turns unused cafeteria food into take-home meals.

Tacos are life.

Why you need to diversify your happiness.

Get a dose of Vitamin C.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — How To Remember To Take Your Vitamins and Can Using Crystals Really Boost Your Happiness and Well-Being?

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mid-week round-up

Got any fun plans this week? We’ve been on a massive campaign to upgrade our overall sleeping situation, and our new mattress arrives tomorrow! It will hopefully prove life changing. Just a few more items to check off the list before we’re at sleep-baller status. ; ) Hope you have a great rest of your day, and here’s what I found interesting on the internet this week…

This 50-year old book club is #goals. (H/t Adam!)

A table runner perfect for the new season.

The must-read books of Spring 2019.

A website to help you stay away from sad dog plots.

We’ve learned nothing from Election 2016.

Itching to add this scrapbook paper to my collection.

[Related: My Pocket Letter Box]

Abigail Disney has more money than she’ll ever spend.

Obsessed with this house tour of a 1920s-era bungalow!

How Northern Ireland’s doctors and nurses coped with the Troubles.

Kamala Harris says a woman running mate would be “fabulous.”

[Related: Book Club: The Truths We Hold Pt. 1]

A button to let others know you’re grieving.

I’ve been in the mood to read a good thriller.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 4 Creepy Movies and Grief, Facebook and Ambient Awareness.

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mid-week round-up

What are you up to today? We’re having chicken & barley soup for dinner tonight, and I’m hoping to be done with work in time for a late afternoon stroll around the neighborhood. Later, we’ll try to cram in a few episodes of The Soprano’s which I’ve never seen but am quickly becoming obsessed with. Are you watching anything good lately? Hope the rest of your week is divine, and here are the latest links I’ve got for ya…

Kale Caesar Salad + Sweet Potato Fries would make such a delicious luteal dinner.

[Related: More meal ideas for your monthly cycle!]

Officially obsessed with this piece of furniture.

The Catherine O’Hara montage we all needed.

Maybe men should use more exclamation points!

[Related: 5 tips for writing killer emails.]

From ADHD to endometriosis, women are often misdiagnosed.

[Related: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez]

It was just a kayaking trip.

Inside the largest family-detention center in the United States.

Good work, Hulu!

A small-town stylist who does makeovers for trans women and cross-dressing men.

Sweet Dee was a vulgar female narcissist before it was cool.

Can’t resist picking up a memoir whenever possible.

Use code HEALTH10 for 10% off Native Deodorant orders.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 5 Ways Health and Traveling Abroad Go Hand in Hand and The 365 Sentence Memoir Project.

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mid-week round-up

What’s new in your world? I am absolutely loving these lengthening days, aren’t you? It’s like every year I forget and every year I’m delighted that it is happening again. (Although, the changing weather is not working any wonders on my work-time motivation…I just want to be outside!) Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week, and here are a few links for your enjoyment…

A cheeky DIY banner.

On moving back to the midwest.

Master the art of loving your bedroom. (h/t Katie!)

[Related: A Palm Leaf Print Inspired Bedroom]

A fossil first!

Isabella Cruise comes out as a top Scientology recruiter.

How to work with an irregular cycle.

[Related: WomanCode Pt. 1]

For when you need to embrace the witch within.

Thinking about Britney Spears’s 2001 VMA performance.

5 sleeping tips used by real-life astronauts.

A #MeToo nightmare in the world of competitive college speech.

Keanu Reeves on a bus.

Find the others.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Putting My 2019 Goals Into Action and Thoughts on Public Transportation.

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mid-week round-up

What have you been up to, loves? Chet and I saw this movie on Saturday — highly recommend! And tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…squee!! Any plans? (Ours involve margaritas.) Hope you have a love-filled rest of your week, and here are some entertaining links I’ve gathered from my favorite corners of the internet…

Slopeside shenanigans, gallons of sprayed champagne…all in a day’s work at Aspen.

Academy unveils the 4 Oscar categories to be presented during commercial breaks. 😦

Pret a Manger is opening a hostel for homeless people in London.

How to spend 48 hours in Cusco.

I weirdly love these sneakers (in camel). Yes or no?

These women want the right to compete in big-wave contests – and get paid as much as men do.

Do you have a Ko-fi page? Here’s mine.

13 date night dinner ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond!

Germany’s real-life “Swing Kids.”

Many of the most enduring 20th century children’s book titles share a secret language of queer compassion.

The top trends for 2019 according to Pinterest.

[Related: Follow me on Pinterest!]

Next book club book is this one. Get the whole list HERE.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — A Pocket Letter Inspired by Children’s Book Illustrations and 50 Facts About Me.

mid-week round-up

What’s new in your lives, loves? Are you in the POLAR VORTEX? I was secretly very excited to get snow yesterday (all the businesses and schools closed the night before!) but it was a false alarm and we only got the cold. My Whole30 and 30 days of Yoga with Adriene are winding down and I’ll be sad to see these January routines go. Any ideas for fun challenges to undertake in February? Also, I finished this book (book club posts coming SOON) and am diving head first into Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Have you ever read anything by Kingsolver? She’s my absolute favorite. Stay warm out there today, and enjoy a little reading material on me…

BuzzFeed’s top traffic came from a teen making quizzes for free.

6 storage solutions for small spaces.

[Related: Tips & tricks for tiny kitchens.]

Endangered animals sing “I Dreamed a Dream” in this powerful animation.

Who do you really want at your wedding?

How the Silicon Valley set fell in love with sourdough.

Perfect Valentine’s Day gift. *wink, wink*

[Related: The Wine Lover’s Apprentice by Kathleen Bershad]

Tina Sharkey on unbranding your pantry.

A fun indoor activity for the doldrums of winter.

5 lessons about how and why people push buttons.

Think science proves men take more risks than women? Think again.

How restaurants got so loud!

An East Berlin meets West Berlin love story (currently FREE on Kindle Unlimited!).

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Restaurants are not Food Culture and Girl Crush: Amy Poehler.