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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Dawn

Road Reveals: The Books I Read on Vacation

I love to read, but I really haven't had the time to read lately. When I was packing for Cuba, I kept putting books in my bag and removing them, eventually I settled on five books and I read them all! Beach vacations mean I ignore everyone while I read. Sometimes you just need to read. So before I ramble on, here are the books I brought on vacation.


The first book I brought was "Crazy Rich Asians" by Kevin Kwan. This is a fiction novel that was released in 2013. I read this on the first day of the vacation, it's super addicting and I didn't put it down. I especially loved the story line, but also how easy it was to follow all the characters. There are a lot! It was such a good read, I was sad when I finished it.

I read "Molly's Game" by Molly Bloom on day two. I didn't get to see it in theatres when it came out and I was super disappointed. When I saw it at Chapters for $15, I picked it up and placed it in my "to read" pile. Molly's story is so interesting and it is a non-fiction book that came out in 2014. It's really well written and is so good, I thought it was fiction for a bit.

Then I read "The Goddess Revolution" by Mel Wells. This is a personal development book that came out in 2016. I do have some struggles with my body image, food, and my weight (where is the rock to hide under, I just said that on my blog). I wanted to read this because I wanted to see what someone else was saying about the same struggles I have. My biggest take-away was that as long as I am eating whatever makes my body feel amazing, I should be fine. I also took that it's super important not to listen to everyone talking about their bodies because it is not my own. As long as I am doing what makes my body feel good, I should be fine for food consumption, I shouldn't feel bad for what I eat. I really liked the book, I felt way better about my body after reading this.

I bought "Trainwreck" by Sady Doyle this past summer and it came out in 2017. I never read it because I thought it would be a heavy read. It was, but it gave me a huge perspective about how we treat women (and men, but mostly women) in the media industry. It truly was insightful and really well written. I love how she dissected how we treat women when they become famous, when we lead them to a breakdown how we turn agains't them, and how when some of them die of suicide; we then regale of all the times they changed our lives. It is a social and cultural studies book.

I finished off my week with "I Am That Girl" by Alexis Jones. This is also a personal development book that came out in 2014. This is definitely more of a book that sides on entrepreneurship, but I loved the overall theme which was to go for what you want. It is a very inspirational book that left me feeling really motivated to remove excuses from my life and do the things I keep saying I will do.


Well, that's it, I read five books in six days. I should have brought one for the plane rides, but oh well.

Thanks for reading,



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