Beauty Blogger Book Club :: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Well we officially have one month down in our Beauty Blogger Book Club! For our inaugural book, Michelyn over at Brains, Beauty, & Basketball picked “A Mad, Wicked Folly” by Sharon Briggs Waller. This is actually Waller’s first fictional novel and I hope she writes more because it was zoo good. And bravo to Michelyn for picking this book for our first book to read!

Beauty Blogger Book Club

The story is set in London in 1909. Vicky Darling, the daughter of a wealthy family, is off at finishing school in France when she poses nude in an art class. When her family heard of this scandal, she was brought back to London for an arranged marriage. While back in London, Vicky wanted to make her dreams of becoming an artist a reality by applying to attend art school. She also got involved in the suffragette movement and started to fall in love with a middle class boy she met when she got in trouble with the law one day.

A Mad Wicked Folly

I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story for you but it boils down the age-old question in many books of who will she fall in love with and will she chase her dreams?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I’m not one to typically read stories set in historical times but that didn’t bother me at all. I always gravitate to the chick lit books about love and weddings so this storyline was right up my alley. There were so many things always going on during the book that you just wanted to know what came next. Would Vicky marry her parent’s choice for a husband? Would she get into art school? Would she get in trouble again with the law while being a part of the suffragette movement?  I prefer to do my reading while I’m on the treadmill each day and I was always looking forward to reading this each day when I got my daily run in.

For next month’s book, I got to choose what we were going to read. I have so many samples of books on my kindle app that it was hard to choose just one to read. After doing some research, I picked Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I have to say this cover really drew me in with just its cover because it reminded me of our trip to Italy. After reading the summary of the book and seeing that it follows multiple characters over time, this novel sounded really intriguing to me.

Beautiful Ruins

Head on over to our other book club member’s blogs to see what they had to say about this month’s book choice!

Michelyn at Brains, Beauty and Basketball

Heather at Love to be Busy

Jennifer at All Dressed Up In Love

If you love to read, then please join our book club! Email me for more information. And if you don’t have a blog, no worries, we welcome anyone to join the fun of being a bookworm :) Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members will choose a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month!

Question // Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

2015 Resolutions

Happy 2015 to you! I hope that all of you had a fabulous New Year’s Eve and a restful day off of work yesterday! We had a low-key evening at home on NYE. We made appetizers in our new deep fryer that we got for Christmas and followed that up with lounging on the couch all night. Husband played video games and watched football while I dozed in and out of sleep till midnight. I know, we’re party animals but we love spending time at home and relaxing so it was perfect for us!

With a new year always comes resolutions and goals. I debated about even making any this year as most of the time I forget about them after a month and don’t stick to them. I’m hoping that by writing them down it makes me more accountable to them. I may even do a monthly catch-up post to update you (and myself) on my progress.

1. Eat a little bit cleaner

While I don’t have the worse diet in the world, I know I can do better. One bad habit I have is always sneaking a dessert after lunch (and dinner..oops!). I always tell myself that since I work out 6 days a week that it’s ok I do that. While I’m not trying to lose weight, I know that stopping some of the sweets and treats will make myself feel a little bit better. I know that while I’m not packing on the pounds it’s obviously not good for me.

2. Focus on me a little bit more

I know this sounds totally selfish but I don’t mean it like that. Right now I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish both for my blog and another new exciting project that I can’t wait to tell you guys about. I want to grow my blog to something much bigger  and better and I know that it will take a lot of hard work and sacrifice for that to happen. I’m hoping that my focusing a little bit more on me, my blog and my new project it will lead to some better and exciting things in life :)

3. Go on more dates 

Seems a little odd of a goal when it’s just me and my husband and we have no kids yet. But, we often get stuck in the rut of going out to eat at the same places and not doing as many fun things like we used to when we first started dating. While I know this is what happens once you grow older, both my husband and I love to try new things and new restaurants. One thing we started late in the fall was every Sunday we go golfing and out to brunch afterwards. I’m hoping we can start more fun, monthly date-night traditions like this.

4. Unplug a little bit more

I’m notorious for always having my phone in my hand and constantly looking at social media or shopping on my phone. Many nights I will have the TV on but I never watch what’s on it because I’m too busy playing a game, watching Youtube or catching up on Facebook. It’s such a terrible habit and I need to take a step back from technology. While I love catching up on my friends latest photos on Instagram, I know that missing seeing of them won’t make me a worse person. I’m hoping to stop myself from always having an electronic in my hand and live a little bit more in the moment.

5. Read more

Along with unplugging from technology a little bit, I really want to get back into reading. Growing up I always had my head in a book when I had a free moment and it wasn’t uncommon for me to finish an entire Babysitter’s Club book in one day. Right now, my reading consists of whatever book I have downloaded on my kindle app that I read while on the treadmill. I want to make reading a part of my everyday life and read more than just a few minutes a day, which hopefully will help me to accomplish reading many more books this year.

Beauty Blogger Book Club

To help with this goal, I’ve teamed up with my friend Michelyn at Brains, Beauty & Basketball  and All Dressed Up in Love to launch a new series called Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC). Each month one of the BBBC members will select a book for the club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we’ll each post a review of the book and announce the next book in the series. I’m really looking forward to reading more books and also discovering books that are out of my normal reading comfort zone. This month, Michelyn selected “A Mad, Wicked Folly” by Sharon Biggs Walter for us to read :)

If you’d like to join our book club, just send me an email and I’ll pass along the information to you. Don’t worry about if you aren’t a blogger, anyone can participate!

QUESTION // Do you like to read? What kind of books do you normally read?