Something New...


Desperate to read anything but this, I've decided it's time to track down some new reading material. When it comes to books, I've never been a fiction kinda girl. I have never read any of the Harry Potters, Twilights, or 50 Shades of Grey, but I promise I do enjoy diving into a good book every few weeks, especially when I'm at the beach. Maybe it's because Justin writes screenplays that I've always turned to movies to get that fiction fix, but for me I've always been addicted to uplifting biographies. I'm obsessed with reading people's stories, whether it be their whole life or just a special moment that changed them forever. Their successes, failures, heartbreak, and triumphs inspire me to no end. But in the spirit of change and growth, I've begun the search for some new reading material and I think it's time to escape into the world of fiction. Do you guys have any suggestions? What was the last great book you read? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 




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146 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, looove the last one!

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  2. I'm a chick lit kinda girl so all the good books I've read recently have been very girly and vintage-inspired....which isn't everyone's thing.

    Some of my favourites though have been 'Rose Hopkins Sweetshop of Dreams' and 'The Secret Lives of Dresses'.

    50 Shades was ok but not as good as the hype said! :-)

    Em
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  3. cute outfit!!

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  4. Love your pictures Anna

    xoxo

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  5. My favorite book ever is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

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  6. I'm busy reading all the Lauren Conrad books and I am hooked! :)

    Thank you so much for following me!

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  7. Love your shoes !! I love to read book about personal development (I don't know if we say that in english... sorry) but yeah, I don't really H.P. too....

    nice post !

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  8. Beautiful ballerinas and cardigan!

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  9. love this outfit, and the beach looks amazing, and i love your shorts! i myself, am obsessed with biographies also, they're so interesting!
    X jane

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  10. Self help books 24:7. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

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  11. gorgeous beach photos! :)

    xo, Hanna
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  12. You look very cute. Love your outfit! Personally I hardly ever read biographies, I'm really more into fiction. I think it helps getting out of your own head every now and then. :)
    xo Andrea
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  13. love your look!!
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  14. I love reading and go thru a book a week on average. I loved the Hunger Games Series and all Jodi Picoult book!

    xx Amy

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  15. You look so stunning, Anna. I love these pictures.

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  16. I like biographies too! Gorgeous shots on the beach Anna!
    Happy Monday Hun xoxo
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  17. You look gorgeous girl! Reading is probably my favorite downtime hobby, I could spend hours laying on the beach with my nook!

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  18. I don't like fiction either, but good dramas or biographies are divine to read! Lately I've read 'Chanel life' for the second time and I really enjoyed it!looking great on that beach dear:) loving your blog!xxx

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  19. Lovely photos... divine outfit...:)

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  20. I want to be in these photos. I could read there all day. Beautiful.

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  21. This looks wonderful ^^

    xo, L
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  22. You look amazing, Anna. I just finished the Hunger Games, I know I'm the last person on earth, besides you I guess, lol. I'd recommend it though. It was fabulous.

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  23. I love books, to lose myself and take my mind else where is amazing. I love fiction books, and I can sometimes find 'real life' ones a bit too hard to deal with (the sad stories).

    Hope you had a lovely weekend Hun.

    Lou
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  24. Oh I really recommend reading '50 Shades Of Grey' :) xx

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  25. I agree. 50 shades all the way.

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  26. This outfit is so cute. Classic, comfy, and chic. That's what I'm all about. Hope you had a great weekend. xoxo

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  27. Very nice pics :)
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  28. i love that sweater! unfortunately, i'm like you, and love non-fiction. but a great fiction book i read (that still incorporates history and real-life characters) was"the alienist". it's a psychological thriller and so good - highly recommend it.

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  29. Gorgeous photos! It looks so relaxing just to sit on the beach and enjoy the warm sunshine.

    I really liked Portia de Rossi's Unbearable Lightness. It's uplifting in the end but it's about her dark past struggling with anorexia.

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  30. I'm a non-fiction junkie to. So, no help. lol

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  31. Without question the best book I have ever read is "The Help." Even if you've seen the movie, read the book.

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  32. You should try books that are loosely based on realty like Nicole Richies "The Truth about Diamonds" It's entertaining and still gives you an idea of what was going on behind the scenes with her and Paris.

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  33. Don't give up on Harry Potter.

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  34. Friends Forever by Danielle Steel. Just finished and already want to read it again.

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  35. Absolutely love your blog ^_^

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  36. How come no one else is on the beach? You are so lucky, whenever I go on the beach it is packed!
    Love the outfit, so casual and yet so stylish!!

    Lauren,
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  37. So pretty!

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  38. Great Pics! :-)
    ~Sarah
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  39. Amazing pictures, love your outfit! ♥
    I bought 50 Shades of Grey the day before yesterday because I'm pretty curious... ;)
    xx

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  40. Bloom, by Kelle Hampton! She is so inspiring!

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  41. I'm reading 50 shaders of grey and I like it. What's kind of special because I'm normal not that much of a reader! Love your outfit btw, what a great cardigan!

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  42. I refuse to read 50 Shades for some reason...idk. The last books I read were the Hunger Games trilogy, which I really enjoyed.

    Amberly D'Anna
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  43. You should try the Sarah Dessen books! I love them!

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  44. great photos, you look gorgeous!

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  45. Great pics!!

    Read the bio of Eric Clapton it's unbelievable!!

    Toodleoo
    Gian
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  46. Love the beachy pics...and I hear Joan Rivers new biography is actually pretty good, and funny!

    xoxo
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  47. I love any book by Janet Evanovich. She writes quirky mysteries with a splash of romance here and there. They always make me laugh out loud!

    Tristan
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  48. the Secret Daughter was amazing. I also loved The Help, Dear John, and Memoirs of a Giesha is one of my all time faves. Emily Griffin just released new one too.
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  49. I love reading! Some interesting books you could try: memoirs of a geisha, heaven is for real, and estee lauder's bio.

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  50. Beautiful pictures! You look amazing! :D
    The last book I read was Don't sweat over the small stuff. It's a good self help book. :D

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  51. loving your look! the shorts are super cute! xx

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  52. You look so cute! Love the color of the lifeguard house!

    Vanessa

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  53. This looks ideal! I would love to be on the beach!
    Don't read 50 Shades, I can't even finish it!
    I'm reading 'The Paris wife' by Paula Mclain at the moment which is good

    Thanks for dropping by my blog

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  54. I just read bright shiny morning by james frey which I liked!

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  55. You look so pretty, love that gray sweater! I love reading anything by Jodi Picoult!

    xo, Yi-chia
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  56. I love these beach pictures! I am currently reading a book about constant battles between the houses of Lancaster and York. I have about 40 books (all by different authors) that span between Henry VI and Elizabeth I. That time period of history is fascinating to me!

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  57. You should definitely read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand if you're into inspirational biographies. It's about a WWII airman who gets lost at sea in the Pacific after his plane is shot down. It's an incredible true store! Cute outfit!

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  58. great pics, love your shoes.
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  59. Model: A Memoir,by Cheryl Diamond, is a very good book. It is older and I read it a couple of years ago but I still remember it and think about it often. It is about Cheryl Diamond at the age of fourteen in NYC living on her own trying to make it into the business.

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  60. oh my god, so fresh photos! you look very beautiful!

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  61. First of all, love those shorts! I have to tell you, Harry Potter is a great read. I've read them all, and love them. But if that's not your thing, another great book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It's a fantastic love story, based on a book in the Bible, but it is fictional. It's really wonderful, a great read. I highly recommend it!
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  62. Being an "OCD" Bookworm_let me help you out!I'm also an Audrey Hepburn style person_searched the web for those famous sunglasses+scarf,done & done...I'm so Audrey!Anyway..check my review on the story behind "Breakfast at Tiffany's"+any & everything to do w/this movie! NOTE**MY ANNUAL READING LIST IS AT THE BOTTOM OF MY BLOG PAGE.Here's the link to the Book Review_
    http://sagebookwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/06/little-black-dresssings-moon-river.html
    Plus,I think you'll like the photogs on "The Little Black Dress"...excellent read!

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  63. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers! It is my all time favorite book! It is a fictional take on the true story of Hosea from the Bible. It is a love story that is unlike any other

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  64. I completely agree with you - I've never read Harry Potter, Twilight, or 50 Shades! Good luck finding one that inspires you!

    xx-MC
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  65. Lovely pics! Great beach.
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  66. your pictures are seriously making me miss cali! ha
    i'm currently reading bossy pants by tina fey! its good!

    XO

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  67. P.S..You might like this one_just finished_"Scandalous Women,The Lives & Loves of History's Most Notorious Women" by E.Mahon.It's #16 under History on my Blog Reading List.Wow!Amazing to read about the lives of these famous or infamous women!!...5-Stars!

    #22_Land's End by Michael Cunningham_(finished June 2012)_was based on Cunningham's most interesting story about Provincetown,Cape Cod,Ma.of which I've visited.Kinda rough around the edges but good_I love that area_relatives live nearby in Dennisport,Cape Cod.

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  68. I love it!
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  69. You look soooo pretty in this outfit!! Hhmm, when it comes to fictional books I would recommend the Chronicals of Narnia series. I find them to be very well written and interesting! They were one of my favorites as a child.

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  70. anything by Kristin Hannah is great, Jodi Picoult is my fav!

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  71. Love your outfit.. you look so comfy yet chic. I have recently read "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey and "Sarah's Key".. both were awesome. Bossy Pants was hilarious and Sarah's Key was a bit somber so both VERY different. I got a recommendation from one of my readers for "Let's Pretend This Never Happened".. she said it is hysterical. I downloaded it to my kindle immediately and can't wait to read it. Happy reading!!

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  72. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain; kinda half fiction. Based on Ernest Hemingway and his wife.
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
    How to clean wooden floors, can't remember who it's by but it's SO funny!

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  73. Great photos! Have you read The Help? I quite enjoyed it.

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  74. Nice photos! Lovely post!

    Love to know your blog, I'm your new follower :)

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  75. Loving everything about this outfit!!! So beach chic!!

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  76. Awesome outfit! And I just started reading the Steve Jobs book and I have to say it's pretty amazing to read!!

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  77. Fiction: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
    Non-Fiction: Love is a mixed tape by Rob Sheffield

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  78. I loved The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. It was an amazing story of four women. I thing it is a historical fiction. I highly recommend it! -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  79. Jane Eyre....Best book ever.

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  80. I love your nail polish.

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  81. Very cute look! You've probably already read this but Eat, Pray, Love is one of my favourites :)

    Im following you now! If you like, check out my blog and maybe we could follow each other?

    Jess xo

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  82. a bit of an oldie, but a goody...the lovely bones. I finished it a couple of months ago. try it!

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  83. Nice pics! A goog book can be better than anything ealse! Your imagination travels an others places!

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  84. love your outfit; casual yet chic!

    i mostly read fiction.....it's a great way to leave the real world for a few hours!

    but a recently i read the autobigraphical series by maya angelou; my goodness can she write! it consists of 6 books; it's a great read. check it out if you can x

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  85. Nonfiction "memoir-like" novel (even thought you're trying to steer away from them)
    -"Ghostbread" by Sonja Livingston (about a girl growing up in poverty in Western New York)
    Fiction
    -"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver (the story of a Baptist missionary family that moves from Georgia to the Congo in the 1960s, told from the point-of-view of the four sisters in the family)
    Sci-fi
    -"Sabriel" by Garth Nix (involves magic, spirits and lots of adventure in a fictional world)
    Young Adult
    -"A Ring of Endless Light" by Madeleine L'Engle (the coming-of-age story of a girl who must cope with her dying grandfather while falling in love for the first time)

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  86. Love the combination of all those rings. A big sweater on the beach plus those shorts looks great too.

    XoXo Brenna

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  87. Love this look on you--the sweater is so cozy and seems perfect for the cool beach breeze!

    I just finished "The Art of Fielding" on my most recently vacation. I'm far from an avid baseball fan, but I still found it fantastic. I definitely suggest picking it up!

    -Alyssa
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  88. Of course you may already know this- but the Lauren Conrad series L.A. Candy is amazing! I flipped right through
    them. Another great trilogy is "Stork," which has the sequel "Frost" out already. The third and final book by Wendy Delsol is coming out soon-ish. I am such a bookworm! If you want any inspirational autobiographies, try James Blake: Breaking Back or Andre Agassi: Open. Even if you don't play tennis, they are still super motivating and great books. Hope this helped! : )

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  89. you always look amaizing!!How you do this?;)
    shoes<3

    xoxo

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  90. Such a cute outfit! And I don't have any reading material for you right now... sorry :) Waiting on Lauren Conrad's next book and have been reading old journals from traveling in my spare time!

    xoxo,
    Rachel

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  91. I've heard amazing things about Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I just put my name on the waiting list at my library!

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  92. I just finished reading 50 Shades of Grey trilogy this weekend(nerd alert) so good!! Love the outfit too!

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  93. You never fail to amaze me with your amazing style! Such a cute outfit!
    Xo

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  94. Cute pics :)
    xx
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  95. gorgeous photos <3 you look beautiful as usual! Love this super cute look

    Alexa <3
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  96. First, I love the outfit. Second, this book may not be fiction but I'm currently reading Stuff Parisians Like by Olivier Magny. He was my oenology teacher while I was studying in Paris this summer and it is hilarious. You will definitely be entertained so check it out if you get a chance.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog so come by and enter if you can!
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  97. Hi! I am doing features on some of my fav bloggers! I was wondering if I could do one on you? :)

    My blog is still new, but I would love your support! I will be posting it Friday if that is okay! Multiple links will lead back to your blog :)

    Thanks!!

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  98. I recently read the book by Portia de rossi about her struggles with anorexia and being gay. I thought it was a really good book.

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  99. I am so behind on reading. 3 kids does that to you.ha! I am currently reading The Help and loving it!! I love your sweater! Beyond happy that it's affordable:)
    If you get a minute, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog.
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  100. I love your beach photos! I would take a guess that you're in Malibu? I was there this weekend and the weather was gorgeous too. In terms of books, I'm an animal lover so I'm reading All Pets go to Heaven by Syliva Browne and I can't put it down!

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  101. Hey! You need to try Cecila Ahearn books, she has written some lovely stories and there quite thought provoking at times which is nice! I especially love 'if you could see me now' and 'the time of my life.'
    I also want to add I'm pleased you won the Lauren Conrad competition, you were my favourite blogger and still are! Keep up the good work and inspiring others with your great styling tips!
    Sending smiles, Lauren from England x

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  102. I'm definitely more of a fiction girl myself. The last book I read and loved was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It was amazing. I would definitely recommend it. :)

    -Mary @ stylethatmoves.blogspot.com

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  103. Wow! Gorgeous pictures! Love the outfit and the setting... makes me wish I was at the beach :)

    Sarah
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  104. I don't like reading books just because they are "popular" but the Twilight books were WAY better than the movie anything Nicholas Sparks is good as well. Love your pictures and your nail polish color! GORGEOUS! Check out my lastest blog post and the one I posted before were I copied a look by Audrina from the Hills. http://www.fashionatabargain.blogspot.com/

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  105. So simple and effortlessly elegant! Even for the beach! I love it. :)

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  106. The Time Traveler's Wife, Life of Pi, or The Kite Runner are my three favorites of all time!
    Enjoy :)

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  108. The pink nail polish is so pretty. Enjoy the beach!!

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  109. Lovely view and lovely ensemble you have there! You're so luck to be so close to the beach.. :)

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  110. YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!
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  111. gorgeous outfit, the sweater looks so comfy :)

    i've read all the "popular" books you've listed and have enjoyed all of them thoroughly! i highly suggest them - except twilight lol after reading other books, that one's not as good as it's hyped up to be. but i'm with you on hearing real stories! hope you share what you end up picking!

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  112. I love this outfit! The shoes are my favorite. I'll definitely have to find something like them!

    I'm a new follower, so if you'd like, check out my blog! It would mean a lot to me. (: Thanks!

    ~ Gina

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  113. beautiful photos!!
    and i love your rings!!!

    xo
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  114. is this in santa barbara!?!? my hometown! love this beach vibe! too cute my dear :) Hugs from California! xx,
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  116. love the shoes. You look super relaxed jealous

    Tash

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  117. sweetie thanks for your lovely comment. Btw, next week I'll be in LA and if you want, I'd like to make a blogger meeting with you. Let me know... :)
    These photos are amazing!

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  118. These photos are beautiful! I'm trying to think of any books I did not see named. There is always The Great Gatsby, one of my favorite books and the movie is coming out with Leonardo DiCaprio! swoon.. And I've read a few by Emily Giffin like Love the One You're With. Hope these help! :) xo Sara

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  119. You should read "One Day" by David Nicholls. It's a lovely, inspiring and tragic story. They made a film of it starring Anne Hathaway, but it's certainly not as good as the book...

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  120. I love the books by Salman Rushdie.

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  121. Those flats are incredible! I love the pretty details. Your photos are beautiful :)

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  122. Hi Anna,

    Here are a few of my favorite fiction books: "Water for Elephants", "The Shack", "Memoirs of a Geisha", "The Kite Runner", "A Thousand Splendid Suns", and "The Da Vinci Code". They all have something to do with history, so you might enjoy them. :)

    Lovely pictures, as always!

    -Kelby

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  124. sucks when you leave a comment and it shows as your hubs. Shanghai Girls - it's historical fiction and very sad, good, and quick!

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