12 December 2012

Nose Deep

Through my school years, I was a total bookworm. I devoured books of all kinds like it was my job and carried around my library card like a badge of honor. My fave authors through school were Anne Rice (obsessed with the original Vampire Chronicles trilogy), F. Scott Fitzgerald (still a fave) and Sweet Valley High / Nancy Drew anything.

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I majored in English lit in college and even took a brief go at trying to make a career out of being a bookworm by aspiring to become a book editor .... until I realized that book editors make like no money, and this chick's got student loans and expenses, y'know what I mean.

Joining the workforce kind of killed it for me for a while. Reading got relegated to magazines and newspapers for a really long time. Then reality TV got real popular - yes, I blame you, Real Housewives, for my increased reading (in)comprehension.

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And then I got my Kindle Fire last Christmas and my inner bookworm rejoiced. The convenience of the Internet to bring books instantaneously to me and a treasure trove of free downloads so I can breeze through a ton of goodies and a load of crap. Amazon has probably made a ton of Kindle money off of me but I've always got three-four books in rotation now and I love it. My recent faves on my carousel?

Born Round by Frank Bruni - about an addiction to food, but written with a ton of humor and light
Maman's Homesick Pie by Donia Bijana - I adore novels where authors weave together a story through food - partly because I love food
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - one of my faves of all time
The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler - the third in a trilogy - one of the few medieval fantasy novels I've read and I seriously have not been able to put it now. I've devoured the first two books back-to-back.
Run by Blake Crouch - imagine every doomsday preppers' worst nightmare ... though those guys would be prepared for this type of shiz, so would that be like their dream come true then ...?

What's on your current reading list? Are there any good books that you'd recommend to others?

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Vest: J.Crew excursion herringbone (worn here - same in solid, sim)
Top: LE striped boatneck (worn here - sim, pricey, as dress)
Shirt: Gap chambray (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Pants: ON rockstar pop-color cords (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Necklace: gift (worn here - sim, sim, silver)
Bracelets: Glitterbox Jewelry via Etsy (worn here - sim), ON, Asos, F21 (sim, sim, sim)
Bag: Holding Horses via Anthropologie tasseled leather (worn here - sim, sim, simpler)
Boots: Type Z (worn here - sim, luxe, simpler)

88 comments:

  1. I've resisted venturing into Kindle world as I love the feel (and smell) of a new book. However, Elodie being 15 months old doesn't quite appreciate the sanctity of the written word and has taken to trashing all the books on the bookshelf just waiting to be read (waiting and waiting as I have NO time now I have her). So for Christmas I am getting the cheapest, most basic Kindle they offer and will slowly but surely read and lend on the poor, slightly battered books on my shelf. Alas, no recommendations here, I'd love to get to the end of one right now!

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    1. Oh no, my pup in high school had a habit of destroying my library books - made for some expensive reading!

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  2. Internet, TV, my iPhone and iPad have totally killed the reader in me. It's sad. I also majored in English lit in university (B.A. and M.A., in fact), but not like it's doing me any good now...

    I'm definitely going to pick up "Born Round" and you got some of my picks from my blog...how about that food-related book club we talked about? :) I also recommend "Yes Chef" by Marcus Samuelsson.

    Love the red jeans with the blue accessories!

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  3. As always Lisa, you look great in this outfit. I love the entire look and I'm obsessed with your vest. I used to be a bookworm too and I've definitely slacked off over the years. I'm still in the middle of the second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and I'm reading Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea. I haven't gotten very far in reading either of them. Maybe the Kindle would help me out a little and bring out my inner bookworm again. I hope Santa's reading this :)

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  4. I was always such a book worm growing up but now that I am on college I haven't read for pleasure for like 2 years. I miss it so much!

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    1. I think my being an English Lit major kind of beat the book worm out of me for a while. Having to read books that I normally would not was a blessing and a BLEH too! ;o)

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  5. The only time I have to read non-work related things is when I travel. Ugh...it's so sad. And of course the last thing I read was that Eragon book about dragons. Any part of me that was an intellectual has slipped away...haha. I love all the pattern and texture mixing in this outfit.
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    1. Well, I also love reading US Weekly and watching Shahs of Sunset. Can't say that I'm that intellectual either, hehe - but try turning to the History Channel or Nat Geo nowadays and all you get are Pawn shop people and Doomsday preppers!

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  6. Love the layering on top and those pants are such a fun color! You look so cute :)

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  7. I haven't had the time to read a good book in months, but I'm looking forward to reading over the holidays. I'm definitely going to check out some of your suggestions!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  8. When they first came out, I didn't think I'd like having an e-reader, but it turns out I love my Nook. The convenience is unbeatable. Maman's Homesick Pie sounds good, I love a food-related book too. My food-related recommendation: The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. It's about a cooking class and the relationships of the people taking it. Beautiful, beautiful book.

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    1. Thanks for your rec - I def have a thing for food-related books. I would also recommend Life in Paris, My Homemade Life and Cooking for Mr. Latte!

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  9. I use the Kindle app on my iPad but sometimes I think it's just not the same as reading a regular book. It's been forever since I sat down and read though...I just have so much going on that I just haven't had the time! I read more during the summer when I can sit on the beach with a book :)

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    1. I prefer real books too honestly, but e-books sure take up less room, hehe.

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  10. YESSSS on being a bookworm and an English Lit major in college! Also, pretty sure I have every book Anne Rice has ever written, and I love Fitzgerald too!

    Loving the red skinnies. You totally rock them.

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    1. Did you like her later work? I kind of lost interest after Memnoch the Devil, her prose got a little tedious to read for me after a while. But the original Vampire trilogy plus Ramses and the Mayfair Witches - awesome!

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  11. that necklace is very beautiful! and stripes always look great with red:)
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  12. You don't have enough room in your comment section for my book recs--I am a HUGE bookworm, too! I love my Kindle, even though it's time for a new one--I let it go completely dead last year and it's never been the same since (restarting for no apparent reason, sometimes not coming on, etc.) I would advise keeping it as charged as possible, which is sometimes hard to remember since it has such an amazing battery life.

    T

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    1. I know, I get to the little warning beeps all the time, but thanks for the warning, especially considering there's ONE button to the Kindle, good, bag or other.

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  13. I used to be a bookworm too, but now I'm not really. I feel like I never have time to read! I blame reality tv too, haha.

    Love your layering, you look so cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
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    1. Yeah, darn you, Real Housewives and Shahs of Sunset, hehe!

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  14. I'm a paper-and-ink book girl and have read over 60 so far this year. A few of my favorites from this year are "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, "Lost City of Z" by David Grann, and "My Name is Asher Lev" by Chaim Potok.

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    1. Oh you are awesome, girl. Thanks for your book recs!

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  15. Hey another Anne Rice fan! So few people like to admit to liking her work anymore...I knew I liked you. :P

    I used to be a voracious reader as a child ( I read every single Newberry and Caldecott award listed book) but mandatory reading in college took up most of my time and as an adult and I am just now getting back into reading again.

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    1. I have to admit I lost interest in Anne's later works ... all her other vampire books and her progressively weirder historical fantasy works. I loved her in her popularity hey day though - the original trilogy Vampire Chronicles, Ramses, the Mayfair Witches, Feast of all Saints, etc.

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  16. i used to love reading when i was younger but not anymore. I cant stay focused long enough to finish reading anything. Its like I have ADD. I would love to regaing my past love for reading. any tips?
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    1. I do a lot of reading before bed. It helps me unwind. Maybe take it slow and just plan to read a chapter at a time?

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  17. I was a major reader when I was younger. I would actually get in trouble during class because I would hide a book underneath my desk and read, lol. Unfortunately, the most I read these days are magazines and I would love to read a fabulously good book. I'm hoping to make a little field trip to the library in my new neighborhood this weekend to stock up on something to flip through.

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    1. Is it not sad that I couldn't even tell you where my local library is nowadays?

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  18. i love my kindle. it makes traveling so much easier!
    i got sucked into the emperor's edge series - if you are into that kind of stuff it's awesome.
    my all time favorites are hemingway and fitzgerald. i also love dickens. wuthering heights is one of my favorite books, too.
    love in the time of cholera is amazing.
    i also love your vest. ;) thanks for the book recs, i'm always looking for more to read!

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    1. I'll look into Emperor's Edge, thanks for the info! And oh, Wuthering Heights! It totally spoke to high school age emo Lisa, hehe.

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  19. I am crushing hard on your vest! It's been one I've been arguing with myself on. ;)

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    1. I know what you mean - I eyeballed this vest literally for months before biting on it!

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  20. what a cute outfit! I love that vest!

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  21. Again, adorable layering, and the vest is amazing. I'm hoping I may actually have time to read a book over winter break!

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  22. Oh my gosh, Sweet Valley High!! That used to be one of my favorites too!! I love this outfit...the vest, the red denim!! You look amazing!!

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  23. Thanks for sharing this story! I know I am deviating from the topic a little, but what you said about entering the workforce for practical reasons instead of following one of your passions really resonates with me. I'm just out of college and am about to enter the workforce with a job I don't forsee myself being totally fulfilled with. It seems like everything worked out for you though, so I have hope for myself.

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    1. I totally fell into my current career on accident. It wasn't what I dreamt of when I was in college, but I'm good at my job and I make good money. So no, my job may not be "all my life's passions" but I still feel fulfilled by it and it gives me the means to do whatever else I want in life!

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  24. To be honest, I didn't even remember when was the last time I turn on my Kindle! I still read but only work related stuff. I hate not be able to find the time to read (I blame blogger, facebook, and all social network). I love your outfit and your accessories though; very cute:)

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    1. I know what you mean, girl. I really only read when I travel and a bit before bed, but it's been good to get back into it. Only problem is when I get into a really interesting book, there goes precious sleep time!

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  25. I just finished Stiff. The book is like 8 years old, but new to me. It's about donating your body to science - super interesting!

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    1. I never heard of that book but it sounds really interesting - thanks for the info!

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    2. Actually, if I may correct the previous statement just a bit, respectfully, Stiff is a book about what happens to the human body after death. Yes, a lot of the research is done on bodies donated to science, but the book covers more than that. Mary Roach has an awesome approach to otherwise not so cute subjects: Stiff (death), Spook (afterlife), Bonk (sex) and she does a great job at keeping the reader engaged. I just love her books :)

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  26. Hello! I just came across your blog, and I love it! Your vest is darling- and I absolutely love books too! I majored in English lit in college as well, but instead of pursuing the editing career I became a teacher :) haha not paying those student loans off for a while on a teacher's salary! ;) anyway, love, I’ve decided to follow you! If you get a minute, I’d love to know what you think of my latest outfit post! While you’re visiting, follow along so we can keep in touch! :)
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

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    1. Thanks so much, Elle! Yay, for English majors - those classes certainly helped us to build our libraries, eh. ;o)

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  27. I've been so bad about reading these days. I loved Ann Rice too.

    Sadly, the last books I read were the Hunger Games trilogy. Sigh. I guess I am still a pre-teen, not wanting to grow up!

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    1. The Hunger Games were so good though! I reread the first two books again right after I finished the third!

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  28. OMG, Kindle is my X'mas wish this year! I have no more space for my books and I refuse to get rid of my old ones, so Kindle is the answer! I just finished reading the 50 Shades Trilogy and it was a waste of my time.. for me books should contain some form of literature and these books have none. reading the Dragon Tattoo trilogy next!

    Great outfit by the way :)

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    1. I only read one of the 50 Shades books and though I got why it's so popular, I found it repetitive and - dare I say - boring?

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  29. great accessories ^^
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  30. I was a bookworm too in my school days but mine was restricted to fictions and I hated text books by all means!:)) Nancy Drew was my fav too and still I love all sorts of detective novels! I still prefer going old school and read a paperback or hard cover rather than reading on my IPad, but I'm sure reading on a Kindle is a better experience!!
    BTW, love this combo of red and blue, Lisa and the accessories are all so fab!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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    1. I'm with you - I honestly prefer a read book, but an E-reader is just so convenient for traveling. No packing along a bunch of books, plus I can amuse myself with other things when I'm sick of reading ... like Angry Birds.

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  31. Love your necklace! And great reading choices! I'm currently reading Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters remix.

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    1. I'll look into that - the title sounds awesome!

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  32. Having time to read again is probably the thing I'm most excited about this winter break. Got a bunch of books on my list! The Once and Future King, JKR's new book, Love in the Time of Cholera...anything I can get my hands on really...

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    1. I've got a strange way of thinking, but I didn't like Once and Future King because it didn't represent Arthur the way I wanted to see him. Now Arthur in the movie "Excalibur" - that's about right. ;o)

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  33. I love all your blues with the pop of complementary orange.

    I have always been a voracious reader, and have read everything Anne Rice has ever written. My iPad with its wonderful backlighting makes reading even easier, and books more accessible via iTunes or Amazon. I get a lot of great book recommendations via GoodReads. Recently I devoured The Hangman's Daughter series, The Passage and The Twelve, and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Will be checking out your recommendations, too :)

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    1. Ooh, I didn't know that there was a second book to Hangman's Daughter - I read the first one and enjoyed it. I'll check the second out - thanks!

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  34. awesome vest dear! you look so chic and stunning xx

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  35. Love your outfit and totally hear you about the Real Housewives (Im slightly addicted) and feel guilty afterwards.
    I just gave in and started reading Shades of Grey...heard so much had to give it a shot.

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  36. Love the outfit - especially the pop of colour in your pants!

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  37. I love your outfit and how you layered things!! I love anything by Isabel Illande!
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    Zhanna
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  38. I love that vest in the herringbone!! So cute!
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  39. omg, these pants. You look stunning. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my new post and latest style column for LaurenConrad.com. xo

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  40. omgosh lisa i'm totally OBSESSSSSED with your vest! i love it!!!! you look fabulous in red hon!

    omgosh i was a bookworm growing up too! even as a child my parents would yell at me at night to turn off my flashlight and go to sleep already haha.

    but i'm sad to admit i feel like lately the only time i really turn on my nook is when i'm traveling and then i can't get enough of books. but it's only while traveling.. must rectify that hahah! totes going to check out some of the books on your reading list :)!

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  41. Love your red pants. So so so cute.

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  42. I love how you've styled the herringbone vest Lisa!!

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  43. I am obsessed with that vest! And I totally feel you on the book worm thing, my mom would always threaten to burn my books because I would never go out to parties and just stay at home and read

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  44. i'm almost done with the six books in the farseer and tawny man trilogies and really liked them. some of my favorites are the name of the wind series (2/3 out) and mistborn. brandson sanderson is a great author, imo. i'll have to look into these other ones soon, only a few pages left to go and 6 more flights this week!

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  45. I love my Kindle!!! :) Some of my favorite books are by Michael Pollan and I loved Scott Orsen Card's Ender's Game! :) I love finding other bloggers that love to read too! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :) Hope to see you again soon!

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    Evani

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  46. I love this outfit dear and the accessories are all so fab!!!

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  47. Great layers! I love that vest!

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  48. OK, I'm going to have to check out some of these books! Because I've always been a bookworm. AND to be honest, I can't switch over to a kindle or other electronic reader. I just can't! There is something about holding a book that I need...so I spend way too much money on new hardback books (but I always donate them afterwards so I feel like it's OK!)
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  49. I love love love that vest - such a cute look!

    Annie
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  50. CUTENESS alert.....love this cold weather but still cheery look!!!!

    REBECCA
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  51. loving how you styled this vest in, the herringbone works so well with the stripes! i will have to look into the books you're reading. i am just finishing up 'never me let me go'. =) -xo.melody

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  52. I love this outfit! Every piece is so different yet it looks lovely together!!


    xx

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  53. i am so late with this but i just finish fifty shades of grey. have you read that?

    i love your outfit btw. red with chambray! great mix.

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  54. I have just started Janet Evanovich Notorious Nineteen (and I read all the eighteen in the series).

    I also enjoyed immensely Carl Hiaasen's books as well (Tourist Season, Sick Puppy, Star Island, Skinny Dip, Lucky You, Nature Girl, Double Whammy). If you start to read him, start with Tourist Season. All the others have some reference to one character from that particular one.

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  55. I used to read everything in sight and now I hardly ever do. Will be putting books in my 2013 plans.

    I should just check your posts for OOTD ideas. You are looking super cute.

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  56. I remember Sweet Valley High! HaHaHa Awesome series. I would recommend Sarah's Key.
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  57. Ha Ha we were all book worms growing up. i still love reading paper books but having a smart phone has definitely taken me away from my reading list. Maybe it will be my New Years resolution.

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  58. Wow! you look fabulous. Nice outfit. I love the shoes too.

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