The Best Books I Read in 2019

    *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on a product link or use one of my codes, I may receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love or use myself!

    I’ve done posts like this in the past but haven’t blogged about books in almost two years. Crazy considering how much I love reading. Like I read 65 books this year? That’s the most I’ve ever read in a year before! I may have read a lot of books this year, but there were not a lot of five or even four stars.

    Previously I’ve shared 5 to 12 books on these lists, and this time I have nine books. And for once, most of them were actually published in 2019 (or 2018).

    One more note before we get started, these are not in any ranking order! So the first one is not necessarily the best and the last is not necessarily the worst.

    Edinburgh Twilight

    Not going to lie, I picked up this book just because it had ‘Edinburgh’ in the title. You can make the girl leave Scotland, but you can never kill her study abroad obsession.

    I was actually so impressed with this book! The author was perfectly able to capture how it feels to walk around in Edinburgh and really did their research on Scotland in the early 1800s. I haven’t read historical fiction in forever, but this book made me want to start doing that again.

    And did I mention it was a murder mystery as well? Sign me up! I was actually so impressed with this storyline, the characters, and the author’s writing in general that I stalked her up and down GoodReads to see what else she had written.

    Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

    Description from GoodReads:

    As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

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    Gift Ideas for the Environmentally Conscious

    *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on a product link or use one of my codes, I may receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products I love or use myself!

    This year has been the year I’ve tried so hard to be more environmentally conscious. It started small and has grown slowly, but I am still so proud. Every person’s effort counts!!

    Also, let me just say I am not one to usually do gift guides. I find them so generic and never actually helpful, which is why I’ve only done a post about stores to buy unique gifts. And I think a lot of people just do them to get the affiliate money, and while there are affiliate links in this post, my main purpose of this post is to get more people excited about helping the earth and to show you how easy it is.

    The holidays, in general, generate a lot of waste. Between wasted food, packaging, and bad gifts that go straight in the trash, Americans throw away 25 million tons of garbage every holiday season. That’s 25% more than during the rest of the year.

    So you have to get gifts that aren’t going straight to the trash, and gifts without a lot of waste. Even better if you get gifts that help reduce waste all year round! So let’s get started with these environmentally friendly gift ideas!

    Reusable Cotton Rounds

    reusable cotton rounds for removing makeup

    Get these for the makeup lover! Instead of having to always drop money on makeup wipes they can use these reusable cotton rounds with coconut oil or micellar water to remove their makeup with absolutely zero waste. And they are much gentler on the skin than those popular makeup remover wipes!

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    How to Be Happy Again and Combat Loneliness

    It’s time to be happy again.

    I am a very positive person. I smile easily and always try to find the good in a situation. But the past few months I have been extremely unhappy, lonely, and just sad. Spending time alone was no longer fun and I just wanted attention all the time. I started to become clingy to my significant other and cried all the time. Basically, I became a different person and for the past three or four months I didn’t self identify as the positive happy person, I self-identified as the lonely depressed girl.

    Even thinking about it now I have no idea what caused this shift. But I don’t think that’s too important right now. What’s important is finding ways to get back to being happy again. And these past weeks I’ve found how to be happy again, and how to love being alone with myself again.

    street style photo taken by myself

    All the photos in this post are ones I took by myself! I thought it was super fitting since it was time I spent alone to take them and photography is one thing I always really enjoy.

    Morning Routine

    My biggest tip is to take the time to enjoy your mornings. I had gotten into the habit of staying in bed until the very last minute and then throwing on clothes and going to work still feeling tired and crappy.

    Now, I set my alarm for ten minutes earlier to give myself more time alone in the mornings. I use those ten minutes to read the news, something I’ve always wanted to stay on top of. And then I get out of bed and make breakfast and do my makeup while watching YouTube videos.

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    Spooky but Sweet: Skeleton Tights at the Apple Orchard

    Styling skeleton tights may seem like something for only emo, gothic, or Halloween obsessed people, but that is simply closed-minded! Skeleton tights can easily be made into something actually quite adorable and wearable! And to prove it, I have this outfit I wore to an apple orchard.

    I gave up on trying to dress completely girly or completely emo a long time ago, and have come to terms with my sweet spot being somewhere in between. Thus the “school-girl who could also maybe be a demon?” look was born.

    Or if you’re a Taylor Swift fan, I like to say my style is like her lyrics from Blank Space: “Darling I’m a nightmare, dressed like a daydream.” Except, the nightmare comes out a little more in October.

    What I’m trying to say is, I actually don’t dress super “goth” or “Halloween.” Not even during spooky season. And I never dress super girly. So if you’re the same, or fall more on the feminine side or the dark demon side of the spectrum, incorporating skeleton tights into your outfit is really quite easy.

    posing in the apple trees
    Skeleton tights, black booties, black cami dress, and white cardigan
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