Category: Books

Five Star Summer – The Best Books I Read

Best Summer Books

Let’s just get past the formalities– it’s been a long time, like a reallllly long time!  But, I am back! Maybe not multiple posts a week kinda back, but at least 1x a week. I miss blogging a ton, and I haven’t stopped reading at all! So I’m here today to share with you some of my FAVORITE books from the past four months!  Spoiler: They’re four and five star reads, but all fantastic.

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Blind Date With A Book: Fall Edition

Blind Date With A Book: Fall Edition

This is an all new feature that I am up to my EARS in excitement about!  Obviously, this is not my OWN creative idea [though I wish it were!] Blind Date with A Book has been featured at libraries and bookstores across the United States!  Upon listening to What Should I Read Next [Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s podcast] I was reminded of this great idea, and decided to bring it to life in blog post format!  

So here’s how this will work!  I will bring you THREE selections, each with four descriptive words and when you CLICK the image it will bring you to the Goodread/Amazon/Audible link to see if you like what you’ve chosen!  Granted, with this idea in blog post format, you’re not locked into anything, but I assure you, I have rated NONE of these books less than four stars, so they all come highly recommended by me! Continue reading

Review and Release: Grace Not Perfection

Review and Release: Grace Not Perfection

Grace Not Perfection
by Emily Ley

Release Date: October 11th, 2016

Received for Review from Harper Collins

As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all.

She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.

Order Your Copy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

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Top TWELVE Audiobooks to Make Your Work Day Fly By

Top TWELVE Audiobooks to Make Your Work Day Fly By

Hey all! I feel its been WAY too long since I did a Top Ten Tuesday Post! I am super excited about this audio based post though, and I am bringing you the top TWELVE audiobooks to make your work day go by super fast!

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Audiobook Roundup: The SUMMER Edition

The season is summer, and that means TONS of fantastic books have been released! I have been eagerly anticipating these two, from two ROCKSTAR authors.  So that being said,  here are two mini-reviews of two very different audiobooks!

Audiobook Roundup: The Summer Edition

Book One

truly madly guiltyTruly, Madly, Guilty
By: Liane Moriarty

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

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 Book Two

heres to usHere’s To Us
By: Elin Hilderbrand

Three romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy. 

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They’ve established a delicate understanding over the years–they avoid each other at all costs.

But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon’s final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they’re left to pick up Deacon’s mess. Now they’re trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories–a house that they now share in more ways than one–along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide. 

Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together–for better or worse–will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon’s honor?

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Review: Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

Mystic Summer
by Hannah McKinnon

A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

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Summer Must Haves: The 2016 Edition

Summer Must Haves

This is one of my favorite type of posts to do! Last year I did a “What’s in My Beach Bag” but this year I’m switching it up and doing a SUMMER MUST HAVES post! This will go across all different types of fields, from books to beauty to fitness, fashion and food!  It’s gonna be FUN! Let’s get to it!

 

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The One Thriller You Need to Read This Year

ALL THE MISSING GIRLS

All the Missing Girls
by Megan Miranda

Release Date: June 28th, 2016

Thank you, Simon Audio + Simon & Schuster

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

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Audio Adventures: The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

audio adventures
Audio Adventures is a new type of review! It is specifically formatted for my Audiobook Reviews & it helps explain how I feel about all the main categories.

The Execution: The voices, narrations, and accents of the audiobook. How did they hold up? Were they inviting, did I hate them, anything about the voices will be found in this section.

The Excursion: The plot, the storyline, the adventure that was had. See how I felt about the premise of the book here!

The Evaluation: The round up! This includes my normal ratings, some wrap up comments, and a general consensus!

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Favorite Factor 2.0: The March 2016 Edition

Favorite Factor 2.0: The March 2016 Edition

Welcome back, I hope you are READY adult fiction lovers!  We are here to go through our late Winter favorites/upcoming  Spring reads!  I am SO excited to share my recent favorites with you, they were SO different and invigorating! 

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