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A Deep Dive into Chatbooks with Co-Founder

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Sitting with the co-founder of Chatbooks, Vanessa, in a noisy, yet quaint coffee-shop in Union Square, my eyes were opened to a new world. Guilty, as many in my generation are, of snapping hundreds of photos in any given week, letting them pile up on my phone’s SD card and never sharing them outside of my phone – many of us have promised ourselves when we have time we will organize them. With the emergence of the Cloud, and other electronic back-up devices, many have learned the hard way that in this digital age, you must back-up! Especially if you use a digital camera that requires a compact flash or SD memory card.  The best Micro SD cards have every type of memory card you can think of at affordable prices.

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But what happens to all of those filtered selfies, vacation photos, and snaps of friends on a spontaneous night out? They often get lost in the cyber world. Never to be printed, and soon to be forgotten. A busy mom of seven, Vanessa contributes the idea to start her company to her family. “Scrapbooking was my hobby as a young mom, and my first three children have very well documented childhoods. But my seventh child didn’t even have one printed photo!” In this digital fast-paced world it becomes increasingly difficult to scrapbook, a tradition in her family for generations, so she needed a super simple way to translate all those iPhone photos to a tangible item to be shared with family and friends.

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Founded in June 2014, about 1 million books were sold in their first year. Understanding the millennial tendency to spend more time editing their Instagram posts than curating a family Scrapbook, Chatbooks makes it easy by connecting the App right to your social media accounts, and My Favorites on your phone. For only $8 for a 60 page 6×6 book filled with your favorite memories, the decision-making is almost erased. Everyone can be a contributor to the creation of the memories, allowing multiple people to add photos to a new edition.

Looking to document a whole summer in one book, or add some extra flair, Chatbooks has an option to create a Custom Book, with added photos and a hardcover. For mindless magic, setting up the Chatbooks Ongoing Series service, you are able to create amazing books automatically, receiving notifications as you get close to 60 so you can edit or add captions. If you want the book as is, you can just sit back and it will ship as soon as it is ready, with no shipping fee! It is almost too good to be true.

 

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While Vanessa attributes the business idea to being a mother, and not wanting to let the memories slip away, Chatbooks is the perfect solution to millennials and entrepreneurs everywhere. The ideal client is anyone with a smart phone, which according to PC Magazine, will be 70 percent of the global population by 2020. For small business owners, stylists, and artisans – it serves as the ideal solution to displaying your work to potential clients and employers.

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5 Horror Books That Will Put You in the Halloween Spirit

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Halloween is my favorite holiday: costumes, candy, and fright, what’s not to love? Aside from practicing my zombie makeup and watching D.I.Y. videos of jack-o-lantern displays, one of the best things to do in celebration of the festivities is read horror books. There’s something so nice and spooky about flipping—or scrolling if you have a Kindle—through the pages of a thriller in the crisp fall air with a cup of hot tea. The scarier the book the better. So, here are my top five recommended novels that will be sure to get you in the haunting spirit of Halloween.    

 

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris:

I know we’ve all seen Jonathan Demme’s cinematic masterpiece, however there is so much more terror in novel it was based on. Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs dives into FBI agent-in-training Clarice Starling’s experience as she helps track down a serial killer with the alias Buffalo Bill. Starling has to try and stop Buffalo Bill with the help of Hannibal Lecter, a famous serial killer, cannibal, psychiatrist. Harris writes from the perspective of Starling, Bill, and Lecter throughout this thriller novel, but Hannibal’s by far is the most chilling. Hannibal is disturbing, he’s a genius held behind bars, a straight jacket, and a muzzle to prevent his violent outbursts. When he speaks to Starling we can tell that he’s picking apart her psychological identity. He doesn’t want to help catch Buffalo Bill, he wants an opportunity to get inside someone else’s mind just for the fun of it. Hannibal is a true psychopath, and comes alive on the page unlike any character I’ve ever read before. The Silence of the Lambs will make you think about the complexity of the crimes within it for days, it’s utterly fascinating.  

 

The Shining by Stephen King:

The Shining film directed by Stanley Kubrick is a great movie, however it doesn’t even hold a candle to the Stephen King novel it was based on. The Shining follows the Torrance family: Jack, father and aspiring playwright recovering from alcoholism, Wendy, mother who is overwhelmed with anxieties, and Danny, their five-year-old son with a sixth sense and a strange imaginary friend. Jack’s last hope at getting back on his feet after a number of career failures is working as the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. He and his family are trapped there in one of the harshest winter storms and all hell breaks loose. The Overlook Hotel is plagued with a massive amount of tragedies, and a lot of insane spirits which can only be seen by Danny. They possess Jack and put his family in grave danger. This is one of the scariest books I have ever read. The ghosts in the hotel actually have real histories and the entire novel, cover to back, holds this tension that becomes tighter and tighter until it ends with a bang. If you’re looking for a story that will make you jump at shadows and have you sweating bullets, this is the book for you.

 
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie:

If you want to read a real mystery, you need to get Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. This book follows ten people who have all been mysteriously invited to a house on an isolated island by unknown hosts. During their stay, they are accompanied by a gramophone accusing each one of them of murder and escaping the justice they deserved. One by one, each of the guests are dying and it’s up to the remaining visitors to find out who the murderer is before everyone dies. There is nothing straightforward about this novel, it is full of twists and turns that will puzzle you until the very end. It’s one hell of a mystery.  

     

 
Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw:

Hammers on Bone is full of magical creatures, demons, gods, and even aliens. It starts off with John Persons, a private investigator and ancient magical being, in present day London receiving an unusual request from an unusual client. A ten-year-old boy wants to hire Persons to kill his abusive stepfather. However, Persons discovers that the stepfather is not totally human. Khaw writes in a way that’s easy to read and very entertaining. This horror-fantasy is fast and monstrous, you’ll be gripping the pages until the very end.

 
The Missing by Sarah Langan:

This novel takes the zombie epidemic to a whole new level. The Missing takes place in Bedford, Maine where an inexplicable mill fire has created sulfuric clouds that have killed off the surrounding environment. Since then, the town has been abandoned until fourth grade teacher, Lois Larkin, decides to take her class on a field trip. They are exposed to a virus that causes all those infected to become flesh-eating monsters. Langan has masterfully created her own insane disease. The Missing has interesting characters, horrific details to describe the disturbing scenes of zombism, and frightening tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  

 

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Crazy Rich Asians—All The Glitter, Is In Fact Gold

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Crazy Rich Asians exceeded box office expectations and made $34 million on opening day. All summer we have been waiting for this best-selling book to come to life in the theaters. With the book being a best-seller, it was a no brainer that the movie exceeded almost $10 million more on opening day than expected.

 

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy about Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) and Nick Young (Henry Golding) . Nick invites Rachel to come to his hometown, Singapore, for his best friend’s wedding. Rachel is surprised to learn that Nick’s family is very wealthy and that Nick is considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Once they get to Singapore, Nick’s mom is quick to judge Rachel. Since Rachel does not come from the same background as Nick, his mom immediately disapproves of Rachel.

 

 

This movie was filled with drama, comedy and suspense. You will cry and laugh throughout the whole movie. The cast was perfectly selected and worked very well with each other. The ending of the movie was just the icing on the cake! If you think you know what is rich is, you don’t until you’ve seen this movie. All the glitter, is in fact gold for Crazy Rich Asians.

 

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Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet Slated to Star in Greta Gerwig’s Adaption of ‘Little Women’

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It is confirmed that Greta Gerwig, the director of “Lady Bird,” has signed an all-star cast of actors on for her upcoming film version of “Little Women,” which is based on the classic novel of the same name from Louisa May Alcott. Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet are all to star in Greta Gerwig’s Adaption of ‘Little Women’. Jo and Meg are, respectively, Saoirse Ronan and Emma Stone. Timothée Chalamet is playing Laurie and Meryl Streep is Aunt March. With a lineup of actors like this, it’s hard to feel anything but excited about the film. To make it even more interesting, Gerwig is making the brave decision to frame her version of “Little Women” from the second half of the novel. This is something no past director of “Little Women” has done. With this in mind, the film will focus on the March sisters becoming young adults, with less emphasis on the first half of the story.

Why Gerwig’s Version of ‘Little Women’ Will Be Different

As one of the film’s producers, Robin Swicord, put it, Gerwig’s adaption will “really [take] a look at what it is for a young woman to enter the adult world.” The fact that Gerwig has made the decision to focus on the sisters becoming young women is pretty revolutionary, as past adaptations of the film were based upon the whole novel, rather than the second half of the book. According to the Los Angeles Times, the film will include scenes from the sisters’ childhood, as the story jumps “back and forth in time” and “past memories [illuminate] themes of identity, the search for self-esteem, and the deep, complex bonds among sisters.” So Gerwig’s version will indeed make references to important moments, but in such a way that is unique from past adaptions of the novel. 

 

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Amy Adams Stars in ‘The Woman in the Window’ Set for 2019 Release: A Thriller You Won’t Want to Miss

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Who doesn’t love suspense? Fans of Hitchcockian-style psychological thrillers will want to mark this on their calendars! The film,”The Woman in the Window,” based on A.J. Finn’s New York Times’ best-selling novel of the same title, will hit theaters on October 4, 2019. The story centers around the title character Anna Fox, a child psychologist who lives reclusively in her New York home. As an agoraphobic, Fox’s character is a nod to Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” spying on neighbors in her isolation and witnessing a terrible crime. Amy Adams stars in ‘The Woman in the Window’ and Joe Wright directs, which means this movie already has incredible promise.

Could ‘Woman in the Window’ Win Best Actress or Best Director in 2020? It’s Very Possible.

With Amy Adams as the lead and Joe Wright directing, there is a great chance this film could end up on the list of Oscar contenders. With five Oscar nominations already, Adams is a formidable contender. In the past, Adams has snagged four noms for Best Supporting Actress. These films were 2005’s “Junebug,” 2008’s “Doubt,” 2010’s “The Fighter,” and 2012’s “The Master.” She also scored a Best Actress nomination for her role in 2013’s “American Hustle.”

Director Joe Wright has an impressive list of films under his belt, such as 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice,” 2007’s “Atonement,” 2009’s “The Soloist,” and 2017’s “Darkest Hour,” yet Wright has never snagged a Best Director nomination from the Academy. His films have, however, performed well at award ceremonies and received great recognition. For instance, Wright’s “Pride & Prejudice” received four Oscar nominations: Best Actress for Keira Knightly, Best Art Direction for Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, Best Achievement in Costume Design for Jacqueline Durran, and Best Original Score for Dario Marianelli. “Atonement” was nominated for seven Oscars, winning Best Original Score. And more recently, 2017’s “Darkest Hour” took two Oscar wins, with six total nominations. How Wright has yet to be nominated remains a mystery, because it isn’t due to poor films and poor direction!

With all this in mind, it’s very possible we will be seeing “The Woman in the Window” during 2020’s Oscars. Whatever the case, with Adams and Wright involved in the project, this film is certain to be one to watch! 

 

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Why You Should Add Octavia E. Butler’s Science Fiction Novels to Your Summer Reading List

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If you’re in the process of creating that summer reading list, then you’d better pay attention. You probably saw that Google doodle of Octavia E. Butler on June 22nd, without even realizing who she was or why. How many of us actually take the time to stop and click on Google’s featured doodles? Octavia E. Butler, a science fiction writer, would have celebrated her 71st birthday on Friday, June 22nd. Google chose to honor this pioneering lady on her would-be birthday— and rightfully so. Butler was born in the city of Pasadena, California in the year 1947. She battled dyslexia, but she didn’t let that stop her from achieving her dream of becoming a writer. Why should you add some of Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction novels to your summer reading list? Because she was a game-changer!

Why Octavia E. Butler’s Science Fiction Novels Deserve Your Attention This Summer

Octavia E. Butler wasn’t a published novelist until 1976, with her work Patternmaster. This novel was the first of four in the Patternist series. Goodreads details the series as “a secret history continuing from the Ancient Egyptian period to the far future that involves telepathic mind control and an extraterrestrial plague.” However, Butler didn’t really gain the recognition that she deserved until she published her novel Kindred in 1979. The African American female protagonist is able to time travel back and forth between 1970s Los Angeles and a 19th-century Maryland plantation. Not only did Butler contribute to the genre of science fiction, but she personally pushed the boundaries of societal norms and offered a broader expanse of character perspectives. During Butler’s time, the genre of science fiction was dominated by white males. Luckily, Butler was able to extend the audience of science fiction by including African Americans, feminists, and general fans of science fiction. She’s just as important now as her contributions were then. Plus, you’ll love her dystopian themes.  Even though some years have passed, her literary works are still as relevant as they were when they were published.

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10 Must Read Books For The Summer

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Whether you’re spending your summer days relaxing on the beach or enjoying a rainy day inside, a good book is a must have essential for the summer! Here are 10 must read books for the summer.

 

 

 

How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

This is a tale of self-loathing, self-sabotage, and yes, self-tanner. It begins at a posh New England prep school—with a prescription for Ritalin. It continues to New York, where we follow Marnell’s amphetamine-fueled rise from intern to editor through the beauty departments of NYLONTeen VogueGlamour, and Lucky. We see her fight between ambition and addiction and how, inevitably, her disease threatens everything she worked so hard to achieve. “The bald Britney Spears of the literary world.” – Cat Marnell on herself.

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The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

George Woodbury is a teacher at a prestigious Connecticut prep school. He is voted Teacher of the Year every year, after he rescued the school from a gunman attack. George is arrested for sexual impropriety with teenage girls on a school skiing trip. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular overachieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. With George awaiting trial, how do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

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I’m Fine… And Other Lies by Whitney Cummings

This book contains some delicious schadenfreude in which Whitney Cummings recalls such humiliating debacles as breaking her shoulder while trying to impress a guy, coming very close to spending her life in a Guatemalan prison, and having her lacerated ear sewn back on by a deaf guy after losing it in a torrid love affair.Whitney Cummings states,” Think of this book as everything you’d want from the Internet all in one place, except without the constant distractions of ads, online shopping, and porn. ”

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

A former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner describes how her years inside the Playboy Mansion went from a fairytale of A-list celebrity parties to an oppressive regime of strict rules, scheduled sex, and a total loss of identity, so much so that she even contemplated suicide. All the glitter clearly isn’t gold in the world of a Playboy Bunny…

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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane & Neil Martinez- Belkin

For the first time, Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past. “As wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. ” – Complex

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

An outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. Read the book before the movie premiers in August!

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Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler

Get ready for big laughs as Chelsea Handler lets loose with more comic personal essays. In this no-holds-barred account of life on the ridiculous side, Chelsea mines the wealth of material that is her family, her sex life, her career, and her distinctively outrageous worldview. 

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Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl—A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship by Sherry Argov

Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov’s Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a “yes woman” who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask.

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The Third Hotel by Laura Van Den Berg

Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. (To be released August 7th)

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Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up and a journalist, former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realizing that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man she’s ever been able to rely on, and finding out that her mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends andabove all elserecognizing that you and you alone are enough.

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Laura Laine’s Iconic Bags Postcard Book

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Laura Laine, one of the fashion world’s top illustrators, teamed up with Fashionary, a company that created the first sketchbook dedicated to fashion, to bring us the Iconic Bags Postcard Book. This collection of postcards displays 16 of the most iconic bags the fashion industry has ever seen.

 

Ranging from Fendi to Dior, Laine’s postcard book offers a variety of the most popular brands that are sure to appeal to any fashionista. In a book comprised of beautiful sketches as well as backstories about each bag, Laine has captured the very essence of what makes these accessories so stylish.

“I wanted to create a story for each image that would be inspired by the look and feeling of each bag,” Laine says. “I wanted the girls to have a strong interaction with the bags and not just embellish them, but rather the illustrations play with the unique characteristics of each bag.”

She uses her illustrations to create connections and reinforce that there are real-life stories behind the naming of each bag. To Laine, the most important aspect of sketching is “doing justice to each bag design while making the illustrations work smoothly as a series.”

Laine has always been inspired by the fashion industry. It’s a creative outlet for her and her work, especially when it comes to the Iconic Bags Postcard Book. “Fashion for my work is both an endless supply of ideas, as well as a challenge to existing ideas,” Laine says. “It’s always been a huge inspiration for me.” Most importantly, the world of fashion allows Laine to make ties between fantasy and reality so that she can experience both. Her favorite element of the fashion industry is that “it’s not total fantasy, but the element of fashion usually ties it, to some extent, to the real world,” she says.

The characters and scenes she uses are often real people or places she encounters, which helps her illustrations come alive. “Many times I might not be so conscious about being inspired by something until I see it in my finished work,” Laine says. For her designs to grow from rough sketches on paper to intricate, unique illustrations, Laine pulls her inspiration from a variety of places. Fashion is a major contributor in this innovative thinking, but it is not her only muse. If ever in need, Laine turns to people, places, and other works of art, but inspiration often comes to her, rather than being something she is constantly searching for.

Thus far, she has worked with several top clients, such as Vogue, Elle, The New York Times, and Marie Claire. She has also showcased her illustrations in many major cities, including New York, London, and Los Angeles.

The Iconic Bags Postcard Book is now available for purchase at Fashionary.org, online, and in select stores for only $12.90. This postcard book is one of this season’s hottest items, a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in high-end fashion.

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5 Uplifting Books to Nourish Your Soul

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The time right after the holidays can feel slightly lackluster after all of the festivities filled with champagne, loved ones visiting from all over, and magical moments that have passed. Jumping straight back into the grind of our everyday lifestyles can be quite trying, and we understand the lack of inspiration that you might be going through. Whether you have experienced writer’s block, have swayed from your usual exercise routine, or have found it hard to motivate yourself after a long week—we’ve been there. Shaking out of such ruts isn’t easy; however, we know that surrounding yourself with positivity and good vibes is the best cure for anything! Fill your world with daily affirmations and kind words that will help you bloom right back into a lively and inspirational life with these five uplifting books that have captured our souls. Made for the bookworms at heart and even the not-so-regular readers, these books will spark that extra boost you’ve been striving for. Choose your favorite one, open it up, and begin. We are certain that your joie de vivre  will start to grow like a wildfire once again. Happy reading!

The 52 Lists Project, $16.95, www.mooreaseal.com

Whether it’s your life’s playlist, favorite movies, goals for the year, or little things that always make you happy, there is something satisfying about writing it all out and listing your thoughts down. With 52 lists, one for each week of the year, you’ll be able to personally express yourself through the words you write and reflect on them as much as you wish.

The Year Of Cozy, $15.81, www.barnesandnoble.com

You’ll find recipes of comfort food, sweet words, DIY home crafts, and warm, lovely photographs within each page in The Year of Cozy. From the blogging world of A Cozy Kitchen by Adrianna Adarme, you’ll be smitten with the simple delights that you can create and share with others throughout the year.

52 Lists for Happiness, $16.95, www.mooreaseal.com

A sister book to The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal, 52 Lists for Happiness is focused all on you. It’s about cultivating self-joy through the pages that you will fill with what makes you uniquely happy in life.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, $8.99, www.amazon.com

Learn how to shake off stress and any unnecessary worries that may cross your mind with a read that can nurture you into a more positive mindset. Author Richard Carlson shares an effortless and relatable perspective with readers by teaching them how to live life more peacefully and carefree by “making peace with imperfection.”

Milk and Honey, $7.99, www.barnesandnoble.com

From the soulful and poetic thoughts of Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey unfolds a journey filled with heartache, pain, and the art of healing. You will find yourself smiling and crying with each word carefully chosen by Kaur to create this literary work of art.

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“5 Uplifting Books to Nourish Your Soul” originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Feb/March 2017 issue. Featured image courtesy of Alessandro Borgia

The 5 Books You Should Be Reading This Summer

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With just a few weeks left of the glorious sun before real life comes back with a vengeance this fall, I’ve put together the 5 books that you should be reading this summer to achieve optimal relaxation while you take advantage of the dwindling beach days! Happy reading!

The Summer I Turned Pretty Series – Jenny Han
Okay, so I guess technically speaking, this isn’t really a list of five because my first suggestion is actually a trilogy. But, who doesn’t love some good, coming-of-age young adult literature to break your heart during the summer? The Summer Trilogy tells the story of Belly and her summers at the beach house with the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. It’s a story about unrequited love, growing up, and loss through warm and realistic characters that you can’t help but grow attached to. I’ve genuinely read this series every single summer since I was 15 and I still swoon over Conrad and cry at the end–it’s that good.

Girl On A Train – Paula Hawkins
This is one of those books that came out of nowhere but everyone is talking about. It’s even being turned into a movie starring Emily Blunt, out later this fall, so that’s even more reason to read it now. I plan on seeing it, but, as we all know, the books are always better than the movies. Girl On A Train is the best psychological thriller since Gone Girl. It’s crazy, unpredictable, and heart-stopping to the point where you won’t be able to put it down.

Billy and Me – Giovanna Fletcher
Gi Fletcher has been one of my favorite authors for years now. Finally, the good people at Penguin have decided to take her talents across the pond and have published this incredible book to be sold in US stores. Can I hear a “Hallelujah”? This book will appeal to anyone who identifies as a fangirl and tells the story of Sophie May, a quiet girl from the British countryside, and her relationship with world famous actor and heartthrob Billy. Although a bit melodramatic at times, this story made me laugh out loud and cry on multiple occasions and it’s a fun look into the life of dating an uber celebrity–and Gi would know; she did marry Tom from McFly after all!

Is It Evil Not To Be Sure – Lena Dunham
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I essentially worship the ground that Lena Dunham walks on. So, when I found out that she was publishing a year’s worth of her journals from college, I practically set an alarm for when they would be released. As an avid journaler myself, I was eager to see how she documented the ramblings of her mind. I quickly found that the best part of this collection is that she kept all of the wacky punctuation and run-on sentences so that they still feel authentic and like a genuine look into the way she thinks and how she experiences life. These entries are endearing, enlightening, and really relatable for anyone who has ever been 20 years old and a reminder that your experiences, big or small, are worth preserving.

Just One Day Gayle Forman
From the author that broke our hearts with
If I Stay comes this next novel about a sheltered American girl named Allyson who goes on a Euro trip and meets the charming and adventurous Wilem. Together, the two share an incredible 24 hours before they are forced to separate.  Although their short-lived relationship is exciting and romantic, this story is really a look into the grief of a lost connection that nobody really ever talks about. It’s genuinely a beautiful story to get lost in this summer.

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‘Baby Doll’ by Hollie Overton Book Giveaway

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Cliché Magazine is partnering with Redhook for a Baby Doll by Hollie Overton Book giveaway you won’t want to miss! Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Baby Doll, in stores July 12, and more!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the following:
– A copy of Baby Doll
– A throw blanket
– A corkscrew + wine-stopper

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BabyDollCoverABOUT THE BOOK
“What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page.” — Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again 

Escape was just the beginning.

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next… to Lily, to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter—and to her captor.

For fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, BABY DOLL is the most tense thriller you will read this year.

HollIieOvertonPhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
A tense, unique psychological thriller, Baby Doll is a remarkable first novel from TV writer Hollie Overton, who has worked Cold Case, The Client List, and the new Shadowhunters on ABC Family.

Debut author Hollie Overton was raised by her single mother, and Hollie—an identical twin herself—draws on her unique childhood experiences for her first novel, Baby Doll. Overton’s father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, Texas, and spent several years in prison for manslaughter. Hollie is a television writer and resides in Los Angeles.

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Celebrity Books You Must Read

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I love TV and I love reading, so memoirs or books written by some of my favorite celebrities make for the best of both worlds. I’ve devoured Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, and both of Mindy Kaling’s books—among others—but I have plenty that are still on my to-read list. Here are four that I want to get through this year. 

Love Life by Rob Lowe
Lowe released his second memoir in 2014, and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since. He’s literally (get it?) one of my favorite actors. Here, he reveals more about his life and family, and I’m just already smitten.

Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
This is less of a memoir and more of a collection of interviews, but I love it. Funny man and director Judd Apatow compiled interviews with some of the biggest and best names in comedy, so I know this book will make me laugh out loud.

Life by Keith Richards
This book was published six years ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. However, as a fan of the Rolling Stones, I know Keith Richards has amazing stories to tell. This autobiography is still dominating the bestseller list.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari is a comedic genius and this novel mixes his humor with an investigation into how people find love in a modern world. As someone who has been single her whole life and refuses to resort to Internet dating services, I’m interested in what Aziz has to say.

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