Good Reads : Dear Sugar


A couple months ago, I was in Oregon. Every time I visit a new city, I try to bring something home that reminds me of that place. Not like a keychain or a shot glass, but something that feels like me…just from somewhere else. As I roamed the aisles of a book and craft store, I found this stamp and knew it was mine. I can’t wait to stamp the inside covers of my books like the librarian I always dreamed of becoming.

Why, yes, I want to stake claim to books…oooh, before this post gets any longer and I intimidate you with my uber coolness, I’ll get into my recent Good Reads

*Gold by Chris Cleave. Now before you roll your eyes at the fact I’m bringing up the Olympics YET AGAIN (but, really, I can talk about my dream floor routine for hours), this book’s plot is rooted in rivalry, pain, and the struggle of true friendship. And the 2012 Olympics in London. This is Cleave’s newest book and after reading Little Bee, I’m pretty sure I’ll read anything he writes. Including his grocery list. I adore the way he tells stories, colors my imagination, and forces me to think about my friendships in relation to truth. And competition. I really liked this book!

*The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. I picked up this book on a recommendation and it was supposed to resemble the tonality and voice of The Paris Wife (which I loved and can read about here). It was an enjoyable read and something that’s perfect for the beach, traveling, or a night to escape. I enjoyed the story, its progression, and transported me to a time when alcohol was established and knee-length skirts were considered improper. I love historical fiction, so this book was right up my alley, though it wasn’t quite as strong as The Paris Wife.

**I read another book, but I really don’t have anything nice to say about it…so I’ll refrain from criticizing it. My mama said if I don’t have anything nice to say, it’s best to but my tongue. So that’s what I’m doing.

*Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. Oh, where do I begin with this book? Probably with a disclaimer: this book isn’t for everyone and while I don’t share the same sentiments as Strayed in many aspects, her writing and advice brought me to tears. Real, hot, streaming tears. This book is a compilation of Strayed’s advice column Dear Sugar and seeing how I love advice columns, this was a gem. Beyond the beautiful writing and words that reach down in your gut and make you feel simultaneously free and weighted, I love that she made me see the world differently. From a new perspective, even if I may not agree. For this, I’m a stronger–and more thankful–person. Loved it. Truly.

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. ashley barnett

    August 8th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I seriously have visions of my Olympic Gold Medal gymnastics routines. I can’t decide if I want the gold on the floor or on balance beam though… it’s a really tough decision.

  2. Lesslie

    August 8th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Jas, I love all the books you write about reading. My list is getting longer by the minute. Guess, I need to take a class in speed reading!

  3. Alicia

    August 8th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Always love your book recommendations! I just finished Gone Girl this morning and could not put it down. I love diving into a good book but am left empty when I’m finished and looking for the next one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Brittany Hayes

    August 8th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I could seriously read your blogs ALL day! you are sooo funny! I have to admit you have made me late on several occasions because I can not peel myself away from your posts! Keep up the good work and stay funny!

  5. Jenn Kelly

    August 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks, I’ve now got three new books to add to my already jam packed list of books to read! They all sound good though 🙂

  6. Larrah

    August 8th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Thank you for posting these..I love new books:)

  7. Sabrina

    August 8th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    *sigh* I would love to know how you find time to read!! I miss reading good books that I could get lost in for days. And historical fiction? I love it. You should check out The Mark of the Lion series. The first book take a while to get into it, but oh my heavens… after that, you won’t be able to put it down.

  8. Pam

    August 8th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I still have to read Littl Bee! I highly recommend The Fault in Our Stars’

  9. Michelle Norton

    August 8th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Just wanted to send a recommendation. If you love Historical Fiction. You Have to read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"? I know it’s a long weird title, but it is sooooooo good.

  10. Jackelyn

    August 8th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    How do you find time to read when you are so crazy busy? I’ve been trying to get through the Game of Thrones series for about a year, as embarrassing as that is. 🙂

  11. Tamara @ Fishy Face Studios

    August 8th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    love the new fancy stamp!

  12. Michelle

    August 8th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    I always love your recommendations! I recently read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. (It chronicled her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.) Your comments on Tiny Beautiful Things mirrored my own thoughts on Wild. While I didn’t share her "sentiments in many aspects," everything she went through to persevere and reach the trail’s end was inspirational. Thanks for the reviews!


    August 8th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Lived in Oregon for 6 years. Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe it. The Pacific Northwest is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

  14. LEOLAK

    August 9th, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Awesome find on the stamp! I love your Good Reads posts!!! Thanks for the recommendations!

  15. Hannes Uys

    August 10th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Always enjoy your book recommendations! Will finish one of these soon!

  16. Mikaela

    August 11th, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I read Little Bee at your recommendation & LOVED it so I’m definitely going to have to pick up Gold. Finished Paris Wife a couple weeks ago and it’s still pulling at my heart…Have you read The Island by Victoria Hislop? I enjoyed that one recently too! xo!

  17. Jennifer Rice

    August 11th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    With three kids, hubby, home school and the photog business, my "read for ME" time is so limited. I’m glad to have some suggestions for when I get my other 5 books that I’m working on, fully read, teehee. Jasmine, I don’t know if you have ever read this, but "Letters to Emily," by Cameron Wright is FANTASTIC!!! *hugs*

  18. David

    August 27th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    On your recommendation I read Gold, by Chris Cleave. Great story! He writes so beautifully. The imagery and emotion was so engaging I finished it in just a few sittings. Thanks!