Review: Happiness For Beginners by Katherine Center & GIVEAWAY!

happiness for beginners katherine center

Happiness for Beginners
by Katherine Center

Received from the publisher, thank you St Martins Press!

A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can’t imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen’s well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen’s own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found. 

Order Your Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Continue reading

Our Love Story: Cassie & Jon

Our Love Story: Cassie & JonEvery couple has a story.  Love stories are my favorite stories.  I love hearing how people met, how they fell in love, and how they came to be as a unit, a couple, a form of proof that life is better when you’ve met your match.  And so today, I will share mine and Jon’s story with you.  Here’s a HINT: it is nothing crazy!  But, it started with two mere strangers and ended with two people who depend on one another, appreciate each other, and love each other more than words can ever say.  And so, let’s hop to!

Continue reading

Audio Roundup: The Contemporary Edition

audio adventures 

WOW.  I have had a hell of a month with audiobooks!  All of the above were between 4.5 and 5 star reads for me, and I am going to BRIEFLY tell you why you should read them!  So, I give you, Audio Roundup: The Contemporary Edition.  Soon you will be getting a thriller edition, and then a beach bag edition!


Continue reading

The Dish: Doing What You Love

thecasseroledishfeature2doing what you love

This discussion is stemming from an absolutely WONDERFUL book I read this past week, eight hundred grapeswhich is Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave.  It comes out this summer, and you MUST pick it up! I won’t spoil anything about the novel, but I WILL tell you that at one point they  discuss that sometimes you rush to grow up, you choose what you think is the right path, but you are really just doing it to be done with worrying, to rush growing up.  In doing this, sometimes, you make the wrong choice.  I admit, I did this.  For my full time job, I in no way do what I love.  Sometimes, we can’t.  But, there is always a way to compensate. Here we talk about some of those ways!


Choose Wisely

Continue reading

Favorite Factor 2.0: The April 2015 Edition


Welcome back, fellow adult fiction lovers!  We are here to go through our April [Spring] favorites!  I am SO excited to share my upcoming reads with you, they are SO Springy! And my favorite adult reads from the past few months? You’re gonna LOVE them.

Continue reading

TTT: Favorite Authors Ever


Ah! It is time again to let you know some of my favorite bookish things!  This week was a DOOSY.  Top ten favorite authors.. ever?  WOW.  I struggled.  BUT I DID IT.  I had to make lists and cut them down, but I got it to TEN.  I did it.  I need a cookie now.  

  Continue reading

The Dish: Building Better Relationships

thecasseroledishfeature2The Dish: Building Better Relationships

Previously I have written about how one of my favorite things this community has given to me is friendships I never expected.  Even more recently I wrote about how one of my goals of 2015 is to embrace and nurture the friendships I have.  Now, I am writing about how I think we can all build better relationships. and how to improve upon the ones we do have.  And nurture them, correctly, and with the care, dignity and respect that they deserve.


Continue reading

Jump For JoJo!: Read these After SHIP OF BRIDES


The wonderful Alexa and Rachel have put together this wonderful event to celebrate one of our all-time-favorite authors, the incomparable, JoJo Moyes!  This woman is a force to be reckoned with, and I love everything I have ever read by her!  She has a style that is fresh, unique, and ALWAYS emotionally moving!  Today I am taking you back in history!  

Continue reading

Summer Slimdown: Round Two

summer slimdown 2015

So last year I took you all on my fitness journey with me, [Summer Slimdown round one!]  and it went wonderfully!  This year, I started slacking with the cooler weather, but now.. it is time to get summer ready, yet again, and I am hoping you will join me!  Here I will be sharing some healthy recipes I intend on trying, healthy snacks, fitness routines I’m looking at, and places I am going to get my fitness on!

  Continue reading

The Dish: Ever-changing Reading Habits

thecasseroledishfeature2The Dish: Ever-changing Reading Habits

I am a big fan of when discussion comes up randomly in conversation with friends.  You know, the kind where they realize something that has changed about your life, or habits, or anything, and you sit there, listening, and then you’re like… WOW.  You’re so right!  I didn’t realize it has been that much of  a change!  Ok.  You know what I’m talking about.  The outside perspective telling YOU something you’re too close to realize.  Ok.  Well, that is what happened when I was on the phone with one of my best friends, Hannah the other day.  She began telling me how much my reading has changed and I mean “really when is the last time you read a print book?” I had to check my Goodreads for the record.  The answer?  It shocked even me.  So now, I am here to tell you why my reading has changed so much over the past year, and why I feel it has happened.  And I will even tell you if I am happy about it or not!


Continue reading