Hello everyone! I hope the new year has been great for you all. To start off the year, I have exciting news to share! I made some big changes to my blog during the holiday season. I changed the design, updated my branding colors, and finally created a logo! The entire project took about half a year. It was nerve-racking before releasing it because I want everything to be perfect. There are still a few things I plan to add like a portfolio section to showcase my web design works. My blog focused on fashion and lifestyle content in the past, but I hope to turn it into a business. I currently work as a freelancer/independent contractor and I want to establish myself as a business where I can take my own clients as Sharon My Styles. You can view my Services page for more updates and information on what I’m offering. So, that’s been happening the past couple of months, but I will keep updated on my progress.
On a side note, I am finding more time for reading! I have a few unread books lying around the house and during my holiday break, I took a chance to read them. This brings me to the topic of today’s post! I want to share my finished/current reads. Who else has been reading a lot more this year? Also, if you have any book recommendations, I would love to know.
California by Edan Lepucki
I bought this book about two years ago and never found the time to read it until now. This is a dystopian novel that is set in… you guessed it, California! It tells about a future where mankind’s darkest nature and resilience come into conflict. You are introduced to the two protagonists, Cal and Frida, who leave L.A. to make a living for themselves in the forest and face many hardships along the way. When Frida finds out she is pregnant, this leads them to realize that they cannot raise a child in their current circumstances, so they go out and try to find a settlement. When they finally find someplace to settle, they realize that this settlement holds darker secrets. That is all I will reveal about this book since I don’t want to spoil it. Now, I’m not really into the whole dystopian theme, so this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I think if you do enjoy the possibilities of a dystopian future, this book would be worth a read.
The book is available on Amazon.
Fangirl by rainbow rowell
I finished this book recently, and it was definitely a change of atmosphere from California. Fangirl is more light-hearted and if you enjoy innocent romance and coming of age stories, I recommend this book. It’s about a girl who enjoys writing fanfictions and when she goes to college, she has a hard time fitting in and uses fanfictions as a way to escape and navigate through college. Along the way, she makes new friends and finds love. I think this book is relatable in a way. Some moments made me cringe, but I felt like I could relate to the main character. A lot of us have probably felt like we didn’t fit in whether it’s school or work. We’ve all felt those experiences and I think this book portrays that in a light-hearted way.
Available on Amazon.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I love a good mystery book, and “The Guest List” is exactly that. Here we indulge in the lives of the characters who are invited to a wedding on a private island. Each character is related to the bride/groom in some way. During this trip, a murder takes place, and one of the protagonists is the culprit. I really enjoyed the style this book was written in. Each chapter tells the story from a different character’s perspective, giving a chance for the reader to piece together the parts and guess who the murderer could be. I enjoyed this book and it definitely kept me on my toes. The entire story kept me guessing who the killer could be and I definitely felt like a detective while reading this. Definitely recommend this book if you like a good mystery or thriller.
Available on Amazon.
Abroad by Katie Crouch
I am currently reading this book, so I can’t tell you my complete honest thoughts on this book yet, but to give you a quick synopsis. This book follows a girl who is studying abroad in Italy and during her time there, she meets a group of girls and becomes close to them. However, she comes to find out that these girls may be hiding some dark secrets. This is a thriller novel, and so far, I find the book to be pretty slow, but I can feel the suspense building up. If any of you have read this, let me know your thoughts on it. 🙂
Available on Amazon.
Let me know if you guys are interested in more posts like this. I always enjoy sharing stuff like this and hearing your thoughts. If you guys want more current reads, I plan to compile four or five books every month that I have read and share my thoughts about them. I would also love to hear any book suggestions you guys may have. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll see you on my next post.