The Best Books I Read In 2014

Book Reviews, Just for Fun

Books make excellent hostess gifts, gifts for coworkers, and even gifts for a boss. The question remains: how do you choose which book to gift to someone else? I’m big on word-of-mouth, if someone I know says that they loved a certain book, I’m probably going to buy it. So, in the spirit of helping others, I went through my reviews from 2014 and picked out eight of my absolute favourites. With various genres and storylines I’m sure they’ll be perfect for anyone on your list! Click the titles below the photos to read my reviews!

Us — The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry — The Bear — The Queen of Tearling — Not That Kind of Girl — The Opposite of Loneliness — Thrive — Wild 

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”
― Neil Gaiman

– Vanessa

2014: this is my year

Just for Fun, Lifestyle/Personal, Uncategorized


I love the beginning of a new year because it drips with possibilities and hope. Just think, you have 365 blank pages to write on. A new year is a new story, a new chapter, and you can make it whatever you want it to be. As part of my resolutions I promised myself I would read different things! So for day one of 2014 I read through the January edition of FLARE Magazine (confession: I’ve never read an entire magazine). My favorite article was their interview with Zoe Saldana. She’s an actress I’ve always liked but the beautifully written article made me respect her. I respect her attitude when it comes to women working hard, staying motivated, and standing up for what they believe in. I admire her honesty when she says that she can’t stand whiny women who complain about everything. How she cannot deal with lazy unmotivated women – it’s one thing to be scared and timid, it’s another thing to be LAZY. I vow to not be one of those women this year, not because Zoe said so but because my mom taught me better. I vow to be stronger, to work harder, and to sit back and learn from my vulnerabilities.

“I am tough, but I’m also a very vulnerable person. I trust everyone. For many year I thought, I need to stop being this way, but no, I just need to learn from it.” — Zoe Saldana FLARE Magazine

Hello 2014, you’re mine and I love you already.

Talk soon,

Vanessa Xo

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