UNPLUGGED

As a girl, it was impossible to get me to read for leisure and I reluctantly read for school assignments.

I was forced to complete my summer reading books. I only loved when my teacher would read to us “A Series of Unfortunate Events” in the 4th grade. ANDDDD I was 10 years late to the Harry Potter bandwagon, no joke.

It took me awhile to appreciate books but somewhere along the way, I found that I loved to read…books of my choice, obviously. But once I came to this realization, I truly learned to admire and appreciate the authors that are capable of removing me from my world and place me into the story. I find it intriguing and absolutely remarkable that printed words can make my reality temporarily disappear.

Over the years I have tried to immerse myself in a variety of books and authors. I have read some great ones and not so great ones. Then as suddenly as I picked up books, I put them down.  I traded books for reality T.V., browsing on my phone and Netflix.

When I came to this realization after finding a stack of unread books in my room, enough was enough. I decided that 2017 was the year that I would become unplugged.


2017 is the year I find a balance between technology and books. Gone are the days where I binge watch Netflix series day after day! Binge watching Netflix is not a bad thing, trust me, but find a balance. Take the time to immerse yourself in a whole new world and pick up a book, and when you finish that one, do it all over again.

My first book of 2017 was Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger – she also wrote The Devil Wears Prada! I copied the excerpt from the book below so you can get a sneak peek!

 

The book is about three best friends who vow to change their entire lives…and change them fast.

Emmy is newly single, and not by choice. She was this close to the ring and the baby she’s wanted her whole life when her boyfriend left her for his twenty-three-year-old personal trainer – whose fees are paid by Emmy. With her plans for the perfect white wedding in the trash, Emmy is now ordering takeout for one. Her friends insist an around-the-world sex-fueled adventure will solve all her problems – could they be right?

Leigh, a young star in the publishing business, is within striking distance of landing her dream job as senior editor and marrying her dream guy. And to top it all off, she has just purchased her dream apartment. Only when Leigh begins to edit the enfant terrible of the literary world, the brilliant and brooding Jesse Chapman, does she start to notice some cracks in her perfect life…

Adriana is the drop-dead-gorgeous daughter of a famous supermodel. She possesses the kind of feminine wiles made only in Brazil, and she never hesitates to use them. But she’s about to turn thirty and – as her other keeps reminding her – she won’t have her pick of the men forever. Everyone knows beauty is ephemeral and there’s always someone younger and prettier right around the corner. Suddenly she’s wondering…does Mother know best?

These three very different girls have been best friends for a decade int he greatest city on earth. As they near thirty, they’re looking toward their future…but despite all they’ve earned – first-class travel, career promotions, invites to all the right parties, and luxuries small and large – they’re not quite sure they like what they see…

One Saturday night at the Waverly Inn, Adriana and Emmy make a pact: within a single year, each will drastically change her life. Leigh watches from the sidelines, not making any promises, but she’ll soon discover she has the most to lose. Their friendship is forever but everything else is on the table. Three best friends. Two resolutions. One year to pull it off.


Once I started the book, I was immediately hooked. I was expecting to connect the most with one of the women but soon realized that I had something in common with each one. As the story developed, I appreciated where the women had been, who they were right then and who they wanted to be. This is something I continually remind myself – appreciate the past, be proud of the present and look forward to the future. 

This is a great #ChickLit – similar to a chick flick but a chick literature – I got this phrase from the book and it has definitely stuck! I highly recommend that everyone picks a copy of this up and immerse yourself in the lives of Emmy, Leigh and Adriana. Laugh with them, cry with them and cheer them on in Chasing Harry Winston!

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Special thanks to my PIC (photographer in crime), Amberley Masa! Happy reading everyone!

 

Xo Bee

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