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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~George R.R. Martin
Reading is essential to sharpening the mind and broadening perspectives. For me, reading also provides an escape from my anxiety and depression. If I’m feeling too anxious or depressed, I grab a book and instantly dive into another world.
The summer season is the perfect time to venture off and crack open a few good reads. With the end of summer quickly approaching, I thought I’d share my summer 2017 reading list.
SUMMER 2017 READING LIST
The following list includes highly recommended books I’ve read or want to read this summer.
~ This book came out about five years ago and was converted into a movie last year starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. It’s a historical fiction book about a married couple torn between a major moral decision and then later dealing with the consequences of their decision. If you enjoy WWI era stories then give this book a chance. Also, definitely read this one before you go and see the movie.
~ By the best-selling author of Big Little Lies (now a HBO miniseries starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon) and the Husband’s Secret, Truly Madly Guilty is the latest novel by Liane Moriarty. It describes the story of a normal married couple who get invited to a party by an old friend, the scandalous events that take place during it, and the after effects. Take this book to the beach and indulge in the exposure of guilt while soaking up some sun!
~ This Sci-Fi novel came out in 2011, and the movie adaption (directed by Steven Spielberg) is set to come out next year in 2018. The story’s about a dystopian future where a young man tries to unlock the key to a fortune in a virtual reality game. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to try something different and branch out from romance or drama this summer. It might even open a new interest to books in the Sci-Fi genre.
~ This book is hot off the presses! Released a little over a month ago by the famed author of the Outlander series, this fiction compilation comprises of seven short stories in the Outlander universe. If you’ve read all of the other Outlander books, you need to add this one to your collection. If you haven’t read any of the Outlander books, then I suggest you start now because there’s only one month left this summer to read all eight books!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
~ A fellow blogger and entrepreneur, Mark Manson uses his own experiences to show how struggling gives life more significance in this atypical self-help book. If you’re looking for a non-traditional self-help guide, this is the right book for you. Or if you’re just looking for some laughs mixed in with a dose of reality, this is the right book for you. Either way you’ll get a kick out of it, but read with caution if you’re not a fan of profanity or bluntness.
**If you have any other recommendations, leave a comment below!**
Hope you enjoyed this list and Happy Summer Reading!
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- Struggling with Anxiety and Depression: My Story
- Seven Tips on Managing Anxiety While in a Relationship
*This is a non-sponsored post. The picture above was taken by me in my kitchen with the Bai beverages I drank.*
While grocery shopping in the beverages aisle a few days ago, I noticed a deal on Bai Antioxidant Infusion beverages.
I’d seen a few commercials recently on these drinks and decided to take a closer look. I picked one up and peaked at the nutrition label. From what I could tell, it looked okay. Not the best source of vitamins and nutrients, but it seemed to be a suitable drink to indulge in occasionally.
I bought three flavors: strawberry lemonade, clementine, and mango.
I got home, put away my groceries, and tried a few sips of the strawberry lemonade flavor. Sour flavors are some of my favorites, so naturally I saw the strawberry lemonade flavor and had to try it first.
It was different than I expected, but in a good way. I thought the flavor would be too bitter and not sweet enough, but surprisingly it turned out to be just bitter enough. It definitely tasted like strawberry lemonade. I ended up drinking about half of the bottle (around 9 fl. oz.) in one sitting while I ate my dinner.
My boyfriend, Slade, drank the clementine flavor. I had a few sips of this one, too. As soon as I took the cap off, it radiated with the smell of clementines which made it more appealing to drink. The clementine flavor was stronger than I anticipated. It exuded the same amount of bitterness as the strawberry lemonade. I enjoyed it about as much as the strawberry lemonade. Maybe just a little less because it was missing the sour component of the strawberry lemonade which I really liked.
The last flavor I tried was the mango. This flavor exhibits more of a bitter aftertaste. Since mangoes aren’t citrus or sour flavored, it didn’t quite emanate the same bitterness as the other two. I loved the mango flavor overall though. It definitely blew clementine out as a second contender.
I’ll rate these flavors in descending order of best taste as strawberry lemonade, mango, and clementine.
I give strawberry lemonade 4.5 out of 5 stars. Mango gets 4 out of 5 stars, and clementine receives 3 out of 5 stars.
- Strawberry lemonade ingredients: filtered water, Bai Proprietary Sweetener Blend (erythritol, stevia leaf extract), lemon juice concentrate, natural flavors, strawberry juice concentrate, citric acid, coffee fruit extract, white tea extract, vegetable juice (for color), malic acid, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), sodium citrate
- Clementine ingredients: filtered water, Bai Proprietary Sweetener Blend (erythritol, stevia extract), orange juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, coffee fruit extract, beta carotene and vegetable juice (for color), white tea extract, ascorbic acid, malic acid, sodium citrate
- Mango ingredients: filtered water, Bai Proprietary Sweetener Blend (erythritol, stevia extract), mango juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, coffee fruit extract, white tea extract, ascorbic acid, malic acid, beta carotene (for color), sodium citrate
- Antioxidants per bottle: The clementine and mango flavors consist of 35mg of vitamin C, 100mg polyphenols and chlorogenic acid from coffee fruit and white tea extract. The strawberry lemonade flavor consists of 13.5mg of vitamin C, 100mg polyphenols and chlorogenic acid from coffee fruit extract and white tea extract.
- The strawberry lemonade flavor contains 4% juice. The mango and clementine flavors both contain 3% juice.
- Each flavor has 5 calories per serving (8 fl. oz.). This equates to a little over 10 calories per bottle (serving size 18 fl. oz.).
- All three flavors are gluten free, low glycemic, non-GMO, kosher, vegan, and soy free.
- All of this information was provided by the nutrition facts on the bottles of Bai Antioxidant Infusion beverages.
- For more information, you can check out Bai’s website linked here.
*Disclaimer: This is a non-sponsored post. The above picture was taken by me in my kitchen with the pint I shamelessly ate in one sitting. Now I know this is a healthier living blog, and this review is about a frozen dessert. But I am a vegetarian, and this is a new vegan product I wanted to try. Plus part of being healthier is being happier. There’s nothing wrong with occasionally eating bad foods as long as it’s in moderation.*
Ben & Jerry’s finally created non-dairy frozen desserts! And I’m LOVING them. Well, the Coffee Caramel Fudge flavor anyway.
Ben & Jerry’s recently came out with seven new non-dairy flavor creations (as quoted by their website). As soon as I heard about them, I knew I had to immediately try one.
The first pint I attempted was the Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor.
I was not impressed with this frozen dessert at all. The flavor itself wasn’t terrible, but the texture was a little weird. Every time I scooped it out, it came off hard and shaved in small portions. It had no creamy consistency, which is expected of the Ben & Jerry’s brand. It could have possibly been old or expired, but it deterred me from trying that flavor again.
The next time I visited the grocery store, I checked the frozen foods section again and found the Coffee Caramel Fudge flavored pint. I love all three of those flavors individually, so it had my name written all over it!
And it was fantastically delicious! I’m so happy I decided to give Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy frozen desserts another shot.
It had all of the elements I was looking for which were missing in the Chocolate Fudge Brownie. Creaminess, perfect texture, and tons of delectable coffee-based flavor encompass non-dairy flavor.
If you’re searching for a non-dairy frozen dessert to start with, I highly recommend this one. Even if you’re not a fan of coffee, caramel, and fudge flavors, still give it a fair chance. I definitely think you’ll at least be impressed with the quality of it.
I would rate it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
- The ingredients include the following: almond milk, liquid sugar, coconut oil, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, dried cane syrup, coffee extract, cocoa, pea protein, sugar, sunflower lecithin, corn starch, natural flavor of coconut and sesame, molasses, soy lecithin, dry malt extract, guar gum, vanilla extract, locust bean gum, caramel color, salt, and carrageenan. Also, it may contain other tree nuts.
- There are 250 calories per 1/2 cup measurement in one pint.
- This is a certified vegan product.
- Ben & Jerry’s sources non-GMO ingredients. The sugar, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and a portion of their almonds are Fairtrade.
- All of this information was provided from a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Caramel Fudge Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert.
- For more information on Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy flavors, go to their website linked here.