Monday, July 21, 2014

The Walk-In Closet by Abdi Nazemian {Summer Reading Challenge Review}

This post is sponsored by BookSparksPR in honor of their 
4th annual Summer Reading Challenge. Check out all the details here.


Title : The Walk-In Closet
Author: Abdi Nazemian
Publisher: Curtis Brown Digital
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Summary from GoodReads:

Kara Walker has never found much glamour in her own life, especially not when compared to the life of her best friend Bobby Ebadi. Bobby, along with his sophisticated parents Leila and Hossein, is everything Kara always wanted to be. The trio provides the perfect antidote to what Kara views as the more mundane problems of her girlfriends and her divorced parents. And so when the Ebadis assume that Kara is Bobby’s girlfriend, she willingly steps into the role. She enjoys the perks of life in this closet, not only Leila’s designer hand-me-downs and free rent, but also the excitement of living life as an Ebadi.

As Kara’s 30th birthday approaches, Leila and Hossein up the pressure. They are ready for Kara to assume the mantle of the next Mrs. Ebadi, and Bobby seems prepared to give them what they want: the illusion of a traditional home and grandchildren. How far will Kara be willing to go? And will she be willing to pull the Persian rug out from under them when she discovers that her own secret is just one of many lurking inside the Ebadi closet?


My Take:
While I was reading the book, I thought I was watching a TV show. You the ones that your don't want to admit you watch, your guilty pleasure shows, that you can't  miss. I liked it. It kinda reminded me of the Shahs of Sunset, anyone else watch it? It was such a fun read. 

I really enjoyed reading it mostly because of the characters. They were each intriguing, and I was wanting to know what was going to happen with them. Kara Walker gets swept off her feet by the lavish lifestyle that her friend's family live. She gets so swept up by it, that when her friend's family assumes they are boyfriend and girlfriend neither of them contradicts it. Kara likes being Bobby's "girlfriend" because she gets to go to lavish parties, and gets pricey hand-me downs from Bobby's mom. Bobby, uses the so-called relationship to his advantage, and uses it to hide one of the biggest secrets from his conservative, wealthy Persian parents. 

I really enjoyed reading it, and it's a great book for the summer. It was wit, and humor, an inside peek of cultures you might not otherwise read about, fun characters, and great plot twists. 

Rating 4 out 5 

My other Summer Reading Challenge reviews:
Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Cure for the Common Breakup by Beth Kendrick
The One and Only by Emily Giffin
The Witch of Belladonna Bay by Suzanne Palmeiri
The Revealed by Jessica Hickman

Find my other reviews here: Book Thoughts

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

1. What is the most difficult thing you have been through?
I think one of my most difficult things I've been through would be my anxiety. During college I was so overwhelmed and stressed out that I struggled with anxiety. I had a few panic attacks during college, which were horrible and scary, and I would not wish that on anybody. You just feel so helpless, at least I did. After graduating, I'm happy to say that I haven't had any more panic attacks, nor have I felt much anxiety. But it was one of the worst time of my life so far. 

2. What was your best birthday?
My birthday is on Christmas, and although I used to hate it when I was younger, as I got older, it became my favorite day ever. All of my mom and dad's siblings get together at my house and we celebrate Christmas, and sometimes we have a birthday cake, so I'm able to say that my birthday's have all been awesome. 
One of the one's that I do remember is my Quincenera party. Oooooh that was almost 10 years ago. I feel old.  It was fun!! Lots of people and dancing!!

3. What has been your favorite thing you’ve done in your own city?
I'm so bad at exploring the city. I've lived in Southern California my whole life, but have not gone to any of the touristy places that people think of when they think about LA. 

4. What is your idea of the perfect date night?
My perfect date would be a nice dinner,  with some wine Talking about everything! With the sun setting in the background.. a girl can dream right?

5. Have you ever been to a blogging conference? 
No I have not. But ever since blogging became a serious thing for me, I've been wanting to go to one. I've heard they are amazing places to network with other bloggers, to meet new people, to get great tips. I want to go to one. Any good ones, that you would suggest?

What did you do this weekend?
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Literary Junkies {July Edition}

It's time for Literary Junkies!!! wooot!! I haven't done one of these in a long time!! :) I totally missed it yesterday. :) 
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1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
I'm reading a couple of books right now.. *cough cough* Totally guilty of #5. eeek. But one of them is Elly in Love, which I will be reviewing on Friday!! :) 

The much anticipated sequel to the bestselling novel, Elly in Bloom, is finally here!

Curvy wedding florist Elly Jordan has had quite a year. First, she had to design her ex-husband’s wedding to the mistress who split them up, and then she broke up with the hottest musician this side of St. Louis. Three months have passed since then, and now Elly is primed for what promises to be the best wedding season of her life.

Helped by her loyal friends, Elly is on the verge of opening a chic flower boutique uptown when BlissBride, a popular wedding reality show, asks her to design the wedding of a famous—make that infamous--celebrity. Elly is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, when a stranger shows up at her store with a request that changes every aspect of her life--including her budding relationship with deli owner Keith. As she struggles to stay calm in the midst of growing chaos, Elly will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice. 

Filled with the heart, humor, and horticulture that made Elly in Bloom a bestseller, Elly in Love welcomes readers back to Elly’s big, beautiful, and messy life. - from GoodReads

2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer?
I do find myself reading more during the summer, but as for a particular genre, no. I just like any books that are super easy to read, and that I can devour in a couple of hours. hehe

3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)
Gahhh.. I don't think I have a favorite villan, even though I  might not like villans in most books, at the same time I love the idea of them. It makes the plot so much interesting.

4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
Soo many amazing authors, how can I just choose one!!! gaaahhh.. I think if I would choose one, it would be F. Scott Fitzegerald. I loved the Great Gatsby, and just the way he wrote that books, the scenes, the emotions, it was awesome. One of my all time-favorite books. 

5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
Yes I'm definitely guilty of reading multiple books at once. I really try my hardest not to do it, but sometimes there are those books that catch your attention at the exact same time, that your have to read them both. 

6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?
Gahh, I'm not a big non-fiction reader at all. I think the only non-fiction books I've read would be the textbooks throughout my school years.. eeeek. :/

What are you currently reading?
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Social {Family Edition}

Gahhh.. Sunday is almost over!!! Here is my post!! better late than never right? I hope everyone had an amazing weekend. :) 
Sunday Social
1. Tell us about the family you grew up in, parents, siblings, grandparents.
I grew up with my parents and my two younger brothers. One of my brothers is 1 year younger than me and the other one is 4 years younger than me. 

My grandparents, my mom's parents, also lived with us ever since I could remember until a 7-8 years ago when my grandpa retired, and they back to Mexico to live. 

2. Tell us about your husband, fiancé, boyfriend, significant other.
I'm still looking for that man in my life. I'm single and ready to mingle. ;)

3. Tell us about your children. If you don’t have children, talk about your fur children.
I don't have kids or any fur children. But my kids are my nieces and nephews!! I love them!!

4. Tell us about your best friends. How long have you known them? How did you meet?
My besties are the best!! I have one best friend that has been in my life since high school. And since moving back home after college we have become closer. 

And then I have my college friends. Deborah, Gina, and Brenda. The girls that have been there through thick and thin since college. We met in college, all separately, and then just somehow we all came together and everyone just fit together, like a puzzle. We have all lived with each other at some point throughout college, whether it was on the couch or in the next room. We've had a couple of arguments, but what group of friends don't, but we have bounced back from them, and I think it has made our bond stronger. After college, we each went our separate ways, and now we try too plan an annual trip to just be together, and have fun. They are all amazing, beautiful, strong women, and I admire them for always following their dreams. 

5. Tell us about any other special people in your life.
I'm very lucky to have a big family, when it comes to cousins and uncles and aunts. Some people might see negative things of having a big family. But I love it!! I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. There is always someone there I can talk to, someone I can relate to, someone I can look up to, and someone I try to be the best role model for. My dad had 9 siblings, and I have about 30 cousins, and now 10 nieces and nephews, and we have grown up as siblings, always getting together. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Pinterest's funnies...

It's FRIDAY!!!! wooot!!!!
And today's Blog Everyday in July prompt is: Pinterest Funnies.
 
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I became an expert on Pinterest Funnies last night and by that I meant I de-stressed myself by spending hours looking through the humor page.  There are some pretty good ones there. Here are some of the ones I like the best. 


This is exactly how I feel like this morning!!! :) Can't wait to get out of work already. 



Another good representation of how I have been feeling like lately!! hahahaha.. Where's the pool?


Is this for real?? This is awesome, I want to try!!! lol


I've been obsessed with Jenna Marbles forever!!! 


This would be awesome!!!! :) 


And finally this GIF which lead me to this article, which is hilarious!!! boys!!
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