Books

Hello Blooming Worlders!
Inspo Monday is back. Today is an uninspiring day. Not only for being a Monday itself, but also because it’s raining. This day is craving for a sofa and a good book.

However, I believe that most of us (including me), can’t have the privilege to enjoy this moment e have to spend it on our working place. But don’t be sad. June is just around the corner and beach days are just about to become an escape from a boring daily routine. What’s better way to chill, than grabbing a book and just relaxing under a sunshade and listening to the sound of waves? Yet, do not forget that Lisbon’s Book Fair (87ª Feira do Livro de Lisboa) is about to open its door and beside finding millions of titles at your disposal, it’s a great opportunity to go for a walk around (I confess that one of my most preferred routes in Lisbon is going down the Avenida da Liberdade) and  saver some money buying new books.

So, here are my suggestions:

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1.Into the water, Paula Hawkins

For whom is a fan of “The Girl on the Train”, will certainly love this new thriller from Paula Hawkins. The story of a woman named Nel who lives obsessed with the deaths at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

2.The Girl With Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schummer

Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.

3.A Window Opens, Elizabeth Egan

Glamour magazine Elisabeth Egan brings us Alice Pearse, a compulsively honest, longing-to-have-it-all, sandwich generation heroine for our social-media-obsessed, lean in (or opt out) age. Like her fictional forebears Kate Reddy and Bridget Jones, Alice plays many roles (which she never refers to as “wearing many hats” and wishes you wouldn’t, either). She is a mostly-happily married mother of three, an attentive daughter, an ambivalent dog-owner, a part-time editor, a loyal neighbor and a Zen commuter. She is not: a cook, a craftswoman, a decorator, an active PTA member, a natural caretaker or the breadwinner. But when her husband makes a radical career change, Alice is ready to lean in—and she knows exactly how lucky she is to land a job at Scroll, a hip young start-up which promises to be the future of reading, with its chain of chic literary lounges and dedication to beloved classics. The Holy Grail of working mothers―an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life―seems suddenly within reach.

Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up and her work takes an unexpected turn. Readers will cheer as Alice realizes the question is not whether it’s possible to have it all, but what does she―Alice Pearse―really want?

4.Ser Blogger – Como Criar, Comunicar e Rentabilizar um Blog, Carolina Afonso e Sandra Cruz (Portuguese only)

This books is a crucial tool for who’s already got a blog or is about to enter into this world, because this book talks about everything you need to communicate, monetize and how to get the attention of the millions of people that are frequently visiting blogs. Seriously, who wouldn’t love to have this modernly and stylishly designed book in their library?

5. Capture Your Style, Aimee Song

Aimee Song knows a thing or two about taking the perfect Instagram photo. In Capture Your Style, Song reveals the secrets behind creating the ultimate feed and breaks down the technical and editorial essentials for creating an account that will draw thousands of followers to earn you likes and brand attention. Organised by lifestyle categories, including fashion, travel, food, decor and more, the book presents the best apps and filters for processing photos, improving your voice and capturing your story on Instagram. There is also how-to information for propping and styling food and fashion photos. Whether you re launching a career or simply sharing a gorgeous meal with your friends, Capture Your Style empowers you to become a master mobile photographer and shows you how to turn everyday moments into Instagold.

Good reading to everyone!

Lots of love,
Blooming Blonde

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