Target | Tee: Target | Custom Initial Choker: c/o The Fringe Studio | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Boots: Lucky Brand | Bag: Tory Burch (Option)
This jacket was a Target in-store impulse buy, after I just said in a recent post that I should slow my roll on olive jackets. They are my favorite color of jacket, and I'm telling myself this one is different because it's a soft and kind of silky fabric, unlike any others I have. And it's under $30, making it easier to justify! I'm wearing an XS here. I often wear a Small in Target Junior's sizing, but this fits more like Express sizing.
I posted a few more details on these boots in this post, but in short they run true-to-size for me and I like them so much I ordered them in black!
This leather choker is another great piece from The Fringe Studio! It's a perfect completer piece with the fun custom initial detail. I've found that when I'm wearing a crossbody bag like this I prefer not to wear a longer necklace. Otherwise the strap from my bag and my necklace get tangled up and I'm afraid of breaking one or both of those things in trying to separate them.
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What to Read After The Couple Next Door:
Last month I recommended the book The Couple Next Door to anyone and everyone, and a few of you followed up with me that you read it and couldn't put it down either! I have my monthly book recap coming up next Wednesday for What's Up Wednesday, but in the meantime I wanted to share some good follow-up books for anyone having withdrawals from The Couple Next Door. I don't think these are similar in terms of characters, plot lines or the number of twists and turns (nothing comes to mind that tops The Couple Next Door for that!), but all of them grabbed my interest right away and held it to the end, which is exactly what I want after a book like that. I don't have the patience for, "it takes awhile to get into but it's worth it in the end!" books immediately after something so juicy.
I'll try to give a very high-level synopsis here without any major spoilers.
Basic plot: A reporter becomes fascinated with a woman who has been in a coma for over a decade, and decides to investigate her story since some things don't add up.
What I liked: The mystery and suspense.
What I didn't like: The main character overlooked some obvious suspects, when she was otherwise very smart and intuitive. (I suppose that's how they keep the story going, though!)
The Sound of Rain
Basic plot: A police detective is unsettled by a kidnapping/murder case that was "solved" by her department, but she doesn't agree with their findings.
What I liked: I might be biased because this takes place in my old neighborhood (e.g. the kidnapping took place at Factoria Target in Bellevue, WA where I used to shop) so there were a lot of local nuances that connected with me. Aside from that, the case was very intriguing and kept me guessing until the end. I've made a mental note that I need to read more by this author because I'd never heard of him prior to this book (the book came up on Amazon under "other people also bought..."), and so far I like his style.
What I didn't like: The ending got a little confusing. (I can't say more than that without spoiling but I'd definitely love to chat with anyone else who reads this!)
The Kind Worth Killing
Basic Plot: A man and woman meet by chance in an airport bar and make a plot to kill someone who (maybe?) deserves to die.
What I liked: I loved the TV show Dexter and how thought provoking it was about whether life (and taking a life) is as black and white as we'd like it to be. This book had similar themes and elements.
What I didn't like: I can't really think of anything I didn't like. Maybe my memory is just fading since I read this back in June/July. But I think this book is really underrated since I never hear anyone talk about it and I really liked it.
These last two books are a different genre than The Couple Next Door. They aren't really mystery/suspense and there's no murder/kidnapping etc. That said, I do think most of my real life/blog friends would like these a lot! They are page-turners that hook you quickly and have some really good surprises and twists.
It Ends With Us
Basic Plot: Girl meets boy who seems too good to be true and they share some secrets with each other because they think won't see each other again. Well...they do. (Sorry, teeny spoiler but not really.)
What I liked: The well developed, complex characters and complicated choices.
What I didn't like: Some characters were a little too perfect (or had just one major flaw), making it a little harder to relate.
Basic Plot: Girl meets boy as she's getting ready to move across country. But since they have such good chemistry they decide to meet every year on November 9 to stay in touch and see if life leads them back to each other when the timing is better.
What I liked: Major, unexpected plot twist!
What I didn't like: Up until the major plot twist, I was thinking this story was a little too cheesy.
Hope this helps some of you all pick your next book! If you've read any of these, let me know what you thought or if you have suggestions for others you loved, I'm always looking for those. Have a great weekend!