5 Things I Can't Live Without

Before I jump into this post (which I think was done by Kay a few months ago), I've gotta make good on a promise. Today, the Literary Ladies announce July's book. Usually the book of the month is announced with the previous book's review, but due to all this relaunch business, normal habits are thrown off. C'est la vie!


So July's book is:

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Review & Link-up: August 4th;

Twitter chat: July 30th

When your shining older brother is the center of attention, its hard to know where you belong. Couple that with said brother making a few serious mistakes that affect the entire family, and you get Sydney, who's world's been turned upside down. But when Sydney encounters a place where she can feel accepted and visible, that's where the story really begins.

I've been reading Sarah Dessen's books since high school. That's like 10 years. So it's safe to say that Sarah Dessen is an auto-buy (if not an an auto-love) author for me. I can't wait to start reading!

More info on the newly relaunched book club, Literary Ladies, can be found here

That's a misleading title. Because I mean, I can. Live, I mean. A better title would've been "5 Things I'd Rather Not Live Without", but it just doesn't sound as good. Go ahead; test it out yourself. ... See what I mean?

I could go the expected route, listing things either most people do or things you'd expect me to choose. But come on, where's the fun in that? So of course, I need my pizza and my cellphone and writing and my bookksss. Given. But I'm going to switch it up a bit and choose some things that are still necessities yet more unexpected. Yup, that's what I'll do. And go!


(1) Stories

Did you think I wouldn't find a way to sneak books in there? Oh, you don't know me at all :) But truly, it's more than just books. It's what I love about books and how that goes well beyond them. I'm addicted to stories. Stories in books, of course, but also stories in television shows and films and spoken word. Give me a fantasy novel with strong, dynamic characters. Or a movie with a charismatic, hot male lead. Hell, tell me about that time you peed your pants in 3rd grade. I don't care. I just eat stories like the boogie man eats nightmares. That is all. 

Excuse my fat arms :)

Excuse my fat arms :)

(2) Michael Jackson's music catalog 

He's controversial for a lot of people. But he's never been so for me. I love MJ, and I miss him like crazy. And his music, goodness, I don't think there's a song of his that I don't know or haven't heard. As a child, I'd wet my hair, throw on penny loafers and moonwalk across my living room. I played his Bad album so much the newborn baby next door began to squirm whenever she heard his voice. It's doubtful I could live without hearing his music ever again. That man was my damn childhood. Have you seen my childhood? (See what I did there?)

(3) Floral print skirt from Milli

When I was about 14 or 15, I walked into a Milli store in Bronxville on a whim, and I walked out with what has been my favorite piece of clothing for over 10 years! That is such a huge thing for me, someone who legit gets tired of things the moment I purchase them. Anytime I think I want to feel my most beautiful, I reach for this skirt.

(4) Pen & paper

Despite loving my gadgets, I'm a pen and paper kind of girl. There is just something about the way it feels as my hand slides across the page, and the familiar ache of writing too long but not being quite done. The looping of letters provide the rhythm and flourish that you just can't get from the staccato typing on a keyboard. I love searching for the smoothest stationery and color coding with handy dry-safe pens. Yes, I'm that weirdo fondling notebooks and scribbling with every pen in the Staples aisle. That is I.   

(5) Kisses

Kisses are probably my favoritest thing in the whole wide world. It's just so intimate and special to me. And kisses can tell so much. They can expressing love and longing, appreciation and thanks, habit and comfort. I've always found it so interesting how, in movies, people know if they work together as soon as their lips touch. Kisses are electric, at least good ones are, and I'm all for contact that incites passion.  


Have you ever thought about this? What are a few things you can't live without?