Summer ’17 Reading List

If you like reading, then good for you. If you don’t, well then I don’t like you good for you too. If you guys didn’t already know, I’m in love with books. Books never fail to make me feel better or to satisfy my need for exploration and adventure. I’ve been reading since a little before I turned 4; I read books that were way more advanced for my age. I was always the kid that had her nose stuck in a book (and I believe I still am that person). As a kid in elementary school, I would spend every free moment in the library. And bear in mind, our school library was huge. Or at least to 8 year old me it was. Sometimes I’d read the same books all over, yet each time felt like a completely different journey. I love reading so much, but lately, I haven’t read as much as I used to. So to make up for all those missed hours, I’m going to read all summer long. How amazing does that sound? Here’s my reading list for this summer.

Summer 2017 Reading List

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain
  2. Beautiful Thoughts (1892) – Henry Drummond
  3. Black Beauty (1877) – Anna Sewell
  4. David Copperfield (1850) – Charles Dickens
  5. Emma (1815) – Jane Austen
  6. Frankenstein (1818) – Mary Shelley
  7. Great Expectations (1861) – Charles Dickens
  8. The Great Gatsby (1925) – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Gulliver’s Travels (1726) – Jonathan Swift
  10. Hamlet (1604) – William Shakespeare
  11. Jane Eyre (1847) – Charlotte Brontë 
  12. A Lover’s Complaint (1609) – William Shakespeare
  13. Macbeth (1623) – William Shakespeare
  14. Middlemarch (1871-2) – George Elliot
  15. Oliver Twist (1837) – Charles Dickens
  16. Persuasion (1817) – Jane Austen
  17. Pride and Prejudice (1813) – Jane Austen
  18. The Professor (1857) – Charlotte Brontë 
  19. The Refugees (1893) – Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. Romeo and Juliet (1597) – William Shakespeare
  21. The Scarlet Letter (1850) – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  22. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) – Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) – Charles Dickens
  24. To Be Read at Dusk (1852) – Charles Dickens
  25. Wuthering Heights (1847) – Emily Brontë 

“Boooooring” is what you might think but shhh. These are a very very interesting collection of books. Of course, I have more that I want to add but I think I’ll end it there. Also, the present day books are for another time.

Almira x

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When you finally get out of your comfort zone

What exactly is this so-called comfort zone? Well, a comfort zone is a state of mind, you could say; a situation that you would feel the most relaxed and comfortable being in. Whether it be in bed all snuggled up, watching your favorite series, or sitting in your reading nook surrounded by books, everyone has a comfort zone.

Let me tell you a thing or two that I’ve learned about the comfort zone from experience. Although you may feel safe being in your comfort zone, it’s not exactly your friend. Of course, it may seem like a beautiful place – and I’m not saying it isn’t – but by staying inside your comfort zone, you’re not allowing yourself to grow as a person.

Now though it may sound scary to some, you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone. Preferably sooner than later. By doing so, you’re allowing yourself to be more productive and bring about positive changes in your life. You’ll discover new things, learn stuff about yourself that you didn’t already know, and you’ll find yourself happier than ever. You just need to believe in yourself and take that leap of faith. When you get out of your comfort zone, it enables you to feel more confident, boosts your self-esteem, and it also helps you to overcome fears. You’ll feel proud of yourself, believe me.

That’s all I have to say, for now at least. Just thought I’d put it out there.


Allie x

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