Spent my vacation in a cabin in the woods and read A LOT. Here's my vacation in books.
How to Get Away: Finding Balance in Our Overworked, Overcrowded, Always-On World by Jon Staff and Pete Davis This book is by the two guys who created Getaway, tiny cabin rentals in the woods, where I went for my vacation. They had a copy in the cabin and I decided to read and I loved it. It was about disconnecting from technology, the need for green spaces, separating work life from home life, and the effects all this has on us. I took a lot of notes and I'm looking forward to implementing them into my daily life.
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London If you're a fan of The Bachelor or Bachelorette, you'll love this. I stopped watching it because I got tired of their lack of any kind of diversity. It's addressed in this book as plus-sized fashion blogger Bea gets a call from the show Main Squeeze to find the love of her life. There were a couple mini issues I had with the book but I don't want to spoil anything. It was a great, fun, summer read though.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid This book tells the story of a young black woman, 25-year-old Emira, who is wrongly accused of kidnapping while she's babysitting a young white child. There were some things that made me cringe, but overall it was a page-turner that I couldn't put down.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson This book opens the evening of 16-year-old Melody's coming-of-age ceremony at her grandparent's house. Pay attention because it moves back and forth in time telling the story of how a teenage pregnancy affects three generations. Again, pay attention because there were times that I was a little lost, but it was beautifully written and a great story.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett I've heard such great things about this book, and it did not disappoint. It was my favorite of all the books I read. The Vanishing Half follows the Vignes twins, who are black, and grow up in a southern black community. They run away at 16, one leaves the other, and secretly passes for white. She then marries a white man who knows nothing about her past. Years later, their daughter's lives intersect. Couldn't put this one down. Loved it.
Besides reading, I did a lot of writing as well. I'm a little obsessed with my camping composition book., and the other was a gift from a friend where you fill in lists of favorite types of books, authors, etc.
Besides reading, I decided I was going to try my hand at watercolor painting. It was fun and while I'm no Georgia O'Keeffe, I did make some pretty cool bookmarks.
A couple of my early attempts at watercolor.
This one is pretty decent. I guess. Lol
My watercolor bookmark. Proud of this one!