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October Book Wrap Up 

What’s up readers? We’re already past half of November and I think it’s a bit late to post a wrap up of books I’ve read last month but anyway, here are the books I’ve read last October with my thoughts and reviews about it. 😊📚❤

1. Find Your Awesome by Judy Clement

In a perfect world, maybe you wouldn’t need a 30-day challenge to find and fall in love with your most playful, imaginative, and colorful self, but we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a fast-paced, high-octane society where feeling lost in the jostling crowd is the norm and finding our own significance is oftentimes the biggest challenge of all.

-My review here.

2. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do But You Could Have Done Better by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

-My book review here.

3. Sea Trials by Wendy Hindman

In 1973, the Wilcox family sets off to sail around the world aboard the 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef, with surf tearing a huge hole in the side of their boat. After years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?

-Very inspirational. A must read to those who love travelling. While reading, it made me feel like I was voyaging together with them. It’s a true story and I’m very awed by how a family of four has managed to successfully sail around the world despite the countless trials they faced while at sea. Their resilience and perseverance has been tested again and again in this unforgettable journey of the Wilcoxes.

4. Why LA Pourquoi Paris? by Diane Ratican

Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? represents a visionary approach to a comparative study of two major, contemporary metropolises. As a long-time resident of both cities and a successful entrepreneur, author Diane Ratican curates visual pairings of Los Angeles and Paris with a newfound appreciation for their similarities, differences, and eccentricities.

-My book review here.

5. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

With people having to “cut back,” Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source–and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.

Sophie Kinsella is my favorite chick lit author and as always, she never disappoints me with every shopaholic series book I pick up. Becky Brandon neé Bloomwood is a likeable character because in spite of debilitating circumstance after another, she always has a solution to everything despite how crazy and unique her ideas are. Becky’s no ordinary character and that’s what I like about her. I love love love Luke Brandon’s charcter as well. I mean, who can not be attracted to him?  And Minnie! OMG! She’s kind of spoiled but very adorable. Oh God, I can’t imagine how Minnie will turn out as a teenager but I’m sure Becky will figure out how to raise Minnie to be a proper lady. Haha All in all, a very hilarious and sassy read! 😄

6. That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka

It all begins when Sabre is assigned to an autistic, non-verbal, boy who seems to have an adventurous streak. One sunny summer afternoon, the usual swim in the pool leads to an under water trap door opening a passage to a secret city. There, time seems to have stood still since Ancient Greece. Sabre is right at his side as Philip encounters the philosopher Aristotle. Their conversations centre on a shared desire to seek knowledge, learning and happiness. Philip’s questions incite deep revelations, not only about himself but also about life in general. He gains insight and knowledge from Aristotle and it is clear that the philosopher also quite enjoys the company of his new friends.

-So many lessons within a short book. Wonderfully and skillfully written. Short and precise with his storytelling, author, Philip Alan Shalka takes you to that place called knowledge where he gets you thinking and the mysteries of life.

7. The Time And The Place by Donna K. Drago

During her inaugural trip to France in 2012, the American author experiences her first case of “love at first sight,” but it’s not a man that turns her head–it’s a country. She falls in love with the villages, the décor, food, wine and the lifestyle. Once back at home she becomes obsessed with the idea of owning her own place in France and begins her own vigilant search for a dream cottage. She allows herself to be drawn in and charmed by the clock tower’s wonky and sporadic clanging. Pour a glass of rose’ and sip along as she signs the contract and spends five whirlwind days making the house her own. Then relish the moments when she finally sits down and blissfully savors the first glass of wine on her new French balcony.

-Most of the time, I read fiction to get out of everyday stress by escaping from reality for a while but reading non-fiction every once in a while is something I try to do. When I finished reading Beginning French, I was scrolling through Amazon and “The Time and The Place by Donna K. Drago” popped up as one of the recommended books. Realizing that it is another book about France, specifically buying a house in France, it got my attention (I don’t plan buying a house there but it’s fun to know about how people buy houses in another country – all the preparations and whatnot). It was a very short but insightful read and I had fun reading along how the author shopped and

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on these books? Let me know in the comment section below. 👇😊

More Book Wrap Ups:

September Book Wrap Up

August Book Wrap Up

July Monthly Book Wrap Up 

2017 Half Year Book Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up for the 2nd Week of June 2017

Weekly Wrap Up: First Week of June 2017 

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