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August 2016: What I bought, watched and read

WHAT I READ

MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME

(Even the title is funny but sadly, true.)

This is an excellent, must-read, essay-style book for both men and women.

(Enlightened men that is.)

This is quite a funny book that is also factual. It is scary how much we women do to avoid getting assaulted and I myself am not immune to having been sexually assaulted in the past, which is scary because I am the opposite of a victim.

It starts off lighthearted about how men tend to explain the way the world is to women in a patronizing manner instead of assuming they have an equal voice and just as valid as theirs even if it is not the same.

Then it gets dark. Really deep and dark, so be prepared. That’s why it’s a good read.

RACHEL ROY: DESIGN YOUR LIFE

What a good style book and memoir all rolled into one.

Rachel Roy dispenses some excellent style tips intertwined with anecdotes about style, confidence and life.. and her philosophy to clothes very much matches mine (masculine + feminine meets minimalism with statement pieces), yet we dress completely differently.


For instance, her statement ring is from this designer Mesi Jilly, but I find it looks strange to me, but it seems to match her personality, same with her statement necklaces by Bea Valdes here, here and here.

I really recommend it. It’s a great book.

TERRY CREWS: MANHOOD

Terry Crews is THE MAN. Of course it took him a while to get to who he is today, but I really enjoyed this candid, simple, plain-talking memoir on his life and his mistakes.

An excellent book to read, and to understand why taking care of your sons and your daughters properly makes a big impact and difference in their life and choices.

I really recommend these parenting books.

THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD

What. A. Writer.

I LOVE mystery novels and have devoured pretty much every single one of them written except Agatha Christie’s (why? I have no idea why and how I missed this classic author).

I DID NOT SEE IT COMING.

This is an excellent, amazing, fantabulous first book in the Hercule Poirot series and I have all the rest of them Borrowed or On Hold to devour.

BLACK COFFEE

An excellent short mystery as usual. She really is the Queen of Murder.

DEAD MAN’S FOLLY

Another great book by Christie. I did not see that twist coming as usual.

HERCULE POIROT’S CHRISTMAS

I did not enjoy this one as much as the others. I think it was just oddly written.. so many mini stories and it was of course still surprising who the murderer was, but not as interesting as the others, in my opinion.

PARKER PYNE INVESTIGATES

I LOVE these little short stories of Christie! Pyne is a great investigator and I like unravelling these little 10 minute things.

THE MYSTERIOUS MR. QUIN


More mini mysteries, with another twist. I really enjoyed all of the mini stories, the one with the lady in the villa made me cry though.

THEY CAME TO BAGHDAD

I again, did not see any of it coming. So well written that through my haze of toddleritis, I persevered and could not put down this book until it was done and all the ends were tied up (which they were).

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

I think I prefer her short stories the best, although any of her writing is fabulous, no matter who she writes about and what the subject is. That is a sign of a gifted author, definitely.

THE LISTERDALE MYSTERY

Quite a lovely short story. I liked it because of the happy ending, which I always enjoy.

WHILE THE LIGHT LASTS

Sad. Very beautifully written but sad and very telling of human nature.

TODDLER OWNER’S MANUAL

Quick gimmick for comedy and humour, and it worked for the first few pages but then I got bored.

The only relevant and useful pages for me was the baby CPR and life saving ones.

Yawn. Pass.

HOW TO WEAR JEWELRY

I did not like this as an e-book. I need it in an actual book format in full colour because it is too boring otherwise. Too many images to be in an e-book but the ideas are excellent and I really enjoyed it.

HOW NOT TO DIE

This was recommended by a great friend of mine and she is now thinking and trying the vegetarian/vegan diet after reading this.

Basically, your body benefits and can heal itself from within from eating vegan, then vegetarian, then flexitarian (very little meat).

I hate to say it but there is overwhelming evidence that animal products, no matter how little you eat of it, is not doing your body any favours. It damages it inside, and if you switch to a vegan diet it begins the healing process but it is then negated if you eat meat again.

I love animal products, I am a flexitarian and I eat meat once a week and milk daily, so I UNDERSTAND that it is hard to give it up. I can’t even do it.

But even so, I am trying harder after reading this book. It’s like I need to read this stuff every 3 weeks or else my idiot brain forgets.

I also really recommend watching Forks over Knives:

WHAT I BOUGHT

Oh hai.

You mean aside from thrifting all this gorgeousness for $168?

https://www.savespendsplurge.com/thrift-store-finds-in-my-two-weeks-of-shopping/

Of course I have to factor in $150 for tailoring, but *googly eyes*

VINTAGE TEAL 1940S FLOWER BROOCH – $40.25

I saw this and had to buy it. Don’t even ask me how or why but the flowers are individually attached, individually mobile and are

DAGNE DOVER 15″ TOTE IN ONYX STINGRAY – $184

http://curebit.com/x/E7KnEs

It’s embossed black leather to look like stingray but why I really wanted it was because it is all black hardware, which to me, looks super chic.

SQUEE!!!

I am so excited.

SO EXCITED.

No way you can find this thrifted, so I’m pleased.

I got it 45% off and with a $25 referral credit (THANK YOU!), it ended up being $184.

If you’re interested, my Dagne Dover referral link is here.

You have no idea.

I’ve been waiting for over 2 years for a major sale in a style and colour I really wanted, and this is it.

I’ve been hunting down a structured black bag that was organized and chic without being ridonkulously (yes that’s a word) expensive and large enough to go over my shoulders and be used for work.

I obviously have a ton of neutral bags, but they’re mostly in cognac brown, blush neutral and other such tones, but not black… a definite hole in my purse wardrobe.

I also love that it has all black hardware. Can’t wait. I also wanted leather rather than coated canvas, I’m a fan of leather.

Once it get it in my hot little sweaty paws, I’ll review it, and contrast it with the Lo & Sons O.M.G., Matt & Nat Kintla, my LUGG tote and whatever else I use for work.

I PROMISE.

WHEEEEEEE!


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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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6 Comments

  1. Sarah Li Cain

    I’m trying audio books. I need to read to get my brain to take a break too. Will look at your fiction suggestions.

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    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      I am considering audio books with a wireless Beats headset to be able to play with Baby Bun and not have him yank the cords out.

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    Sylvie

    What a long book lists! I thought summer would be the time to catch up on good reads, but I’ve found it really difficult to read for pleasure. I think smart phones have lessened my attention span, even for books that I want to read.

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    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      Oh I read voraciously. I read while feeding Baby Bun, I read while he plays with me… I need it for my brain to take a break and to be able to feel like an adult again.

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    Taylor Lee @ Yuppie Millennial

    Looks like you had a fun reading month. Also, fabulous brooch!

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    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      Oh that brooch, I am dying to wear it. I need the right outfit.

      Reply

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