My name is Ariel. I write about growing up with a facial disfigurement, as a result of Crouzon syndrome. I'm also interested in issues related to beauty, equality, human connection, and trauma. Thank you so much for reading!

Book Club: What I'm Reading — March 2017

Book Club: What I'm Reading — March 2017

I love books. I always have. I love reading them and smelling them and just having them around me. I love the stories they hold and the possibilities they represent. 

I got my love of reading and collecting books from my mother. She reads more than anyone I've ever met and has enough books to open her own library. While I don't have as many books as my mother, my boyfriend and I have shelves and shelves filled with them. What doesn't fit on a shelf is stacked in the corner of our bedroom. (I've been meaning to buy another bookshelf.)

Though I love reading and collecting books, being a graduate student means I don't have time to read as much as I'd like to. Still, I've made a conscious effort this year to at least try reading one new book each month. To do this, I've signed up for Book of the Month— a really great company that mails you a new book each month. (You get to pick from a list of five.)

I've been a BOTM member for while now, but after reading The Broken Girls by Simone St. James last month (my February BOTM pick), I'm hooked all over again.

The Broken Girls was part ghost story and part murder mystery/ thriller. While the book didn't finish as strong as I'd hoped (I wanted more of the ghost story!), it was still an excellent read. I didn't want to put it down! The writing was excellent and the story was spooky and had me on the edge of my seat. After I finished it, I immediately went to Barnes and Noble and bought every book by the author that was in stock. That's how fun it was to read.

This month, I'm onto Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman. This "tale of four families in a tight-knit suburban community gets real about love, love affairs, and what's really going on inside your neighbor's house." I haven't finished this one yet, but I'm really loving it so far. It's gotten awesome reviews, and from what I've read, I can see why. 

For the month of April, I've selected Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, which BOTM summarized as: “The missing daughter, the devastated mom, the new boyfriend, and the shock they never saw coming.” 

I also cheated and got a second book for April, because it sounded too good to pass up: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall. The BOTM website described this one as "the creepy, chilling tale of a twisted sex game and what happens when obsession goes too far." 

What can I say, I've been really enjoying thrilling and suspenseful books lately.


What's on your reading list? Any recommendations? 

Dear Sugars Guest Appearance — The Ugly Truth

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