2 Backlist Bingeworthy Books for Your 2019 TBR’s

The Idea of You  by Robinne Lee
Published: June 13, 2017 By St Martin’s Griffin
368 Pages
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From Publisher: Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of an art gallery in Los Angeles, is reluctant to take her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band. But since her divorce, she’s more eager than ever to be close to Isabelle. The last thing Solène expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things

 

My Thoughts: Ok, so I read this blurb when the book first came out and I was seeing it everywhere and I thought it wasn’t for me because of the large age difference. Earlier this week, however, I saw this on someone’s Instagram top 2018 books of the year post and decided to take a closer look after reading that she had had the same reservations but then loved it. Well, this effectively busted me out of my DNF pattern and I read it in one day! This story was such a fun surprise. There’s some serious globetrotting travel going on which I loved as well as a high level of cultural detail into the art world as the main character Solene owns her own gallery. I found her to be very likable although she made some  questionable parenting decisions along the way. I also really liked Hayes who was levels above his age, maturity wise.

There are SO many themes explored in this book….love of course, ageism, sexism, the downside of fame, our society’s obsession with celebrities, women & aging, double standards, etc. I think this would make a great book club pick because there’s quite a lot to discuss but know that the romance is often quite steamy and explicit so…know your book club is what I’m saying. I’m dying to discuss this – especially that ending which I’m still thinking about days later –  so if you’ve read it and want to chat send me an email or DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Ultimately, I loved this and found it to be a smart, sophisticated love story. Bingeworthy indeed!

 

 

Forever is the Worst Long Time  by Camille Pagan
Published: Feb 7, 2017 by Lake Union
284 Pages
Affiliate Link: Buy on Amazon 

From Publisher: When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

My Thoughts: My 2019 has started with a bang with this couldn’t-put-it-down story. One of my favorite storylines is a love triangle so right off the bat I had high hopes for this book. The story is narrated by James from a time in the future which I thought was a perfect way to not only get to know (and like) him but to also get to know Lou and Rob through his eyes. James and Rob had been friends since they were kids and I loved how Pagan incorporated the sentimentality of that type of friendship along with growing up in a small town. If you’re James, what do you DO when you’ve fallen in love with your best friend’s fiancé?

What I especially loved about the way Pagan told the story is that everyone felt like real people making what often ended up being stupid decisions. They were flawed in just the right ways that what they did or didn’t do made sense even if I didn’t agree with them.  I have to say, throughout the story, I had no idea what was going to happen with these characters because twists happened early on.  Plus, it takes place over a time period of about 18 years so we really get involved and invested in the drama of their lives. And the drama was good! And perfectly paced. In the end, things happened I never anticipated and there may have been crying on my part. Seriously, I wasn’t prepared for how emotional this story ended up being and I loved every bit of this surprising one sit read! This is my first book by this author but it definitely won’t be my last.

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this or want to!

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Monday Reading Update & Feedback Please!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I can’t believe 2018 is almost over. Has anyone else been super busy this holiday season? I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been traveling but I haven’t, just a lot of busyness after Christmas. I feel like I’m finally slowing down but yes, my reading has suffered. I’ve read 1 book over the past 2 weeks and I’m starting to get frustrated by not having a book to look forward to reading at the end of the day. I’ve picked up so many books over the last few days and haven’t been able to get into ANY!  I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling that happens when you can’t get into anything…like oh no, I’m never going to find another book I love! Irrational I know but I start to feel like that. This is also the curse of being a mood reader; I’m only in the mood for certain types of reads lately, namely thrillers or quality romance. P.S. Before I came back to finish writing this post I started a book …read on to find out what has FINALLY got my attention.

That being said I’ve also been thinking about blog postings for the new year and would love your quick feedback in the comment section. What would you like to see more of on the blog…book lists, Monday Updates, Top Ten Tuesdays, Throwback Thursdays, more reviews, mini reviews, discussions, etc? I’d really like to hear what you’d like to read more (or less) of on the blog. I’m trying to come up with a more consistent posting schedule so please share any thoughts you have. I’m looking forward to talking books with you in 2019…

RECENTLY READ…

 

The Sandman  by Lars Kepler
Published: March 6, 2018 by Knopf
464 pages

My Thoughts: This was a fantastic, creepy thriller that also had a good mystery to it. I jumped right into the series with this book (book 4) and didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I love the main character, Joona, and the Scandi setting is perfect for a winter read. Plus, book 5, Stalker is coming out in Feb. If you love intelligent, plot driven thrillers give this a try

 

 

 

TRIED BUT COULDN’T GET INTO…

Scrublands  publishes in January and was a book I was really looking forward to. The marketing blurb said it was The Dry meets Before the Fall but while it was set in Australia like The Dry that’s where the similarities ended for me. I gave this one 40% but found it to be very repetitive and to have way too much going on. The Paragon Hotel  is another January release that sounded right up my alley. Set in the era of Prohibition there’s a single woman with a gun shot wound running from someone on a train bound for Oregon. The blurb says a good mystery involving a missing child comes up but I didn’t get past 10%. The writing and dialogue felt stilted to me and by 10% I had to admit I had no idea who was who or what was going on. If trusted reading friends love it I may give it another try. The premise ( a Serial like documentary with a convicted murderer) and introduction of Don’t Believe It intrigued me and I think I’ll revisit this one another time, it just wasn’t compelling enough to hold my interest right now (DNF 15%). I’ve had She Rides Shotgun  on my TBR for so long. It won the Edgar award for best debut novel which usually is a surefire sign I’ll like a book but while I know the dad in the story was an outlaw and “bad” person, I just found him annoying and didn’t care about the little girl. This is one instance I think if the author would’ve allowed me to get to know either of them before diving right into the action I might’ve been connected enough with at least the little girl to keep going (DNF 8%).

CURRENTLY READING…(as of about 2 hours ago)

Forever is the Worst Long Time  was on my radar in the past but I forgot about it unfortunately. When I saw it on an Instagram favorite books of 2018 post today I immediately downloaded a sample, loved it and promptly bought it! So far it’s reminding me of One Day in December  (My Review) with what seems like an interesting love triangle developing. I’m loving the dialogue and pace, so far so good which makes me really happy.

What have you been reading & loving lately? I’d love to know and don’t forget, if you have an extra minute, leave me a comment letting me know what you’d like to see more of on the blog for 2019! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

 

 

 

Best Books of 2018

I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas if you celebrated it and got in lots of reading! I didn’t get quite as much in as I’d like but I hope to get more done this weekend. It’s that time of year again when the best of lists are hitting the online waves. I love reading everyone’s top books of the year and comparing how much I do (or don’t) line up with everyone’s picks. I tend to not have anything in common with the book critics’ lists and usually much more in common with other bloggers. This year I’ve noticed I’ve strayed down my own path much more than usual, having only 1 or 2 books in common with my favorite bloggers. That’s what makes sharing books so fun, we all have a wide variety of reading tastes! This year wasn’t a great reading year for me, I had a TON of 3 star reads and DNF’s as well. Coming up with this list was easy because not many books stood out to me as stellar reads that I keep recommending to others. That being said, I don’t limit my choices to books published only in 2018 as you’ll soon see, they just have to be books I’ve read in 2018.  So grab some coffee, tea, or wine and check out my favorite books of the year, I hope you’ll find something you agree with or want to add to your own TBR pile.

 

 

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance  By Ruth Emmie Lang

Why I Loved It
*The Main Character Weylan Gray
*It took me out of my mystery/thriller comfort zone
*Spans years
*A charming story, excellent writing, and a little bit of magic and animals
(My Review)

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark  By Michelle McNamara

Why I Loved It
*I love a well written true crime story
*The way she writes is so realistic, my heart was racing while reading
*The story is terrifying and creepy
*It’s a true good vs evil story

(My Review ) 

 

 

 

 

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Why I Loved It
*Addictive writing
*Characters that feel like real people in good ways and bad
*A storyline that makes you wonder what you would do
*One of my favorite tropes…a love triangle

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Why I Loved It
*It’s Part Mystery, Part Love Story
*Atmospheric nature writing at its best
*Coming of age story
*A flawless second ending with an ending that wowed me

(My Review

 

 

 

 

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Why I Loved It
*Murder mystery
*A did they/didn’t they & why plot
*Fast Paced
*Plenty of twists, turns and an ending I didn’t see coming

 

 

 

 

 

The Dream Daughter  by Diane Chamberlain

Why I Loved It
*Time Travel
*A main character you can root for
*Explores the 1970s and 2000s
*Filled with suspense and tension
*A tearjerker

(My Review )

 

 

 

 

November Road  By Lou Berney

Why I Loved It
*Set in 1960s during time of Kennedy Assassination
*The thrill & suspense of a cat & mouse chase
*Very flawed yet likable characters
*Explores theme of redemption
*Has a love story

(My Review)

 

 

 

 

One Day in December  by Josie Silver

Why I Loved It
*Star crossed lovers
*Female friendship
*Set over a decade
*London setting
*All the emotions

(My Review)

 

 

 

 

The Wife  by Alafair Burke

Why I Loved It
*Subtle suspense that builds
*Unreliable characters done right
* Mystery element
*That ending

 

 

 

 

And My Top Book of the Year……

 

 

I Am Pilgrim By Terry Hayes

Why I Loved It
*Globetrotting spy thriller
*Outstanding character development
*Murder mystery
*Spies, Espionage, More Spies
*One of my favorite main characters of this year
*Suspense, drama, intrigue, thrills: this one had it all right up till the end!

 

 

So that’s it, another year of books has come and gone. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my top reads, have you read any of these or want to? I’m looking forward to sharing my book thoughts with you in 2019 which I have to say is looking like it will be a stellar publishing year, I’ve already added tons of books to my wish list. I hope to have my Winter Reading Preview up for you all soon!  

No Exit by Taylor Adams: Book Review

No Exit  by Taylor Adams
Publication: Jan 15, 2019 By William Morrow
352 Pages
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From Publisher: A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath. A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

My Thoughts: Oh boy, this is an interesting review for me to write. On the one hand, I read this in a day, so the pace was on point. On the other hand, I had many issues with plot holes and inconsistencies. What does that mean? Basically, if you are someone (like me) who gets hung up on illogical plot details, character inconsistencies, and a few plot holes, you might have similar issues with this book.

Darby Thorne is a sophomore in college in Colorado when she gets a dire text from her sister about her mom having pancreatic cancer and going in for surgery the next day. This is the first Darby is hearing about her mom being ill because they had a falling out and she hasn’t spoken to her in quite awhile. On the spur of the moment, she decides to get in her beat up OLD Honda Civic and drive hours through the mountains to Utah to get there for her mom’s surgery. Her pressing goal…beat the blizzard that’s barreling toward those very mountains she’s going to be driving through. Hours into her drive, she finds herself immersed in the blizzard which (not surprisingly) is no match for her old Civic and it’s not long before the snow is piling up and she is forced to pull off at a nearby rest stop. It’s here that she parks, goes in to find 4 other stranded strangers, and we find out that not only is there no cell reception, but NO ONE has an iPhone charger!? What?!! Here’s my first issue…(in my opinion) most people, especially college students would never go on a long road trip and not bring a phone charger. At the very least you’d stop and buy one.

The strangers she encounters seem ok although one guy appears a little weird but Darby doesn’t waste too much time interacting with them before she sets off outside, trudging though waist deep snow (in jeans & converse sneakers mind you) in search of a spot to get cell reception. Finding none, she circles back through the parking lot and what she sees or thinks she sees sends her world into a tailspin.  From here the pace is frantic, the tension high, as she works to figure out what she should do next.

Despite my many issues with this one, I did like it and read it in one sitting so there was that addictive, must find out what happens next quality to this story. Other things to note: the violence can be particularly gory at times which didn’t bother me but might others. I would say if you’re looking for a fast paced, wintry thriller give this a try. Then please email or direct message me so we can discuss!!

Thanks to William Morrow via Edelweiss for my copy 

 

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

Movie I Loved 
Green Book  Both my husband and I gave this movie a big thumbs up. In fact, it’s probably one of my favorites of the year (side note: nothing will top A Star Is Born this year). I wasn’t all that sure what to expect so it really exceeded my expectations. And it’s based on a true story which always adds a little something extra

App I’m Using A Ton
Anylist  available for free from Apple. If you’ve been reading these posts, you might remember that I talked about an article that touted the value of making lists which I love to do (past post here). The problem I run into is that I write what I need from the store on post its and then leave the house and forget them. This app has completely solved that problem, it’s quick, keeps everything stored so I don’t have to rewrite things and sorts the items by categories at the grocery. I love when something small makes such a big difference!

Book I Ordered for Myself for Christmas 
The 52 Lists Project  : A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration by Moorea Seal. Keeping on topic, as I just mentioned, I love making lists and I’m really curious about what type of list’s projects are in this book. I thought it would be fun to incorporate more list type posts on the blog in 2019.

Eye Creme I’m Loving 
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm  So I’ve tried a gazillion eye cremes over the years and as I’m getting older, dark circles, fine lines and puffiness have become my biggest issues. It’s hard to find an eye creme that tackles all 3 AND actually works…until now! I went through 2 or 3 Sephora samples of this before deciding that yes I liked it and I wanted to buy the full  size. It took about 6 weeks of daily use twice a day but I notice a huge difference in the lessening of the fine lines and puffiness, the dark circles not as much but they’re a little better. Come back next week for the product I’m using to tackle the dark circles:) P.S I’m not an affiliate for Algenist ( I wish) I just love their products. P.S.S This line is vegan and cruelty free which is an added bonus 

Quote I Enjoyed
Either Write Something Worth Reading or Do Something Worth Writing. Ben Franklin.

I’d love your thoughts on any of my favorites this week!

Have a Great Weekend 

Verity by Colleen Hoover: Book Review

Verity  By Colleen Hoover
Publication: Dec 7, 2018
250 Pages
Affiliate Link Buy On Amazon

Short Summary : Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. However, it’s not long before Lowen realizes things with the Crawfords aren’t as they seem…in more ways than one.

My Thoughts: You may remember that this year I’ve jumped on the CoHo fan train (better late than never, right?) and have loved many of her books….Ugly Love, It Ends with Us, and All Your Perfects being my favorites. Verity is a totally different type of read and I’m so impressed with Hoover for taking a leap outside of her normal genre and writing something so psychologically dark and suspenseful. And bravo for such an impactful opening scene. Try putting the book down after that harrowing, slightly gruesome opening scene…I know I couldn’t.

We are first introduced to Lowen, getting a feel for her and her life which includes a recently deceased mother, an upcoming eviction, and a loss for where to go next in her writing career. Enter handsome, somewhat sorrowful Jeremy Crawford who, along with his wife’s publishing team, gives Lowen an opportunity she can’t afford to pass up – finish writing his wife’s (the bestselling novelist Verity Crawford) remaining books in her popular series. She accepts and when she begins researching the series and getting to know the family better, things begin to feel off kilter and just wrong in so many ways. Cue the tension and suspense that Hoover manifests throughout the story.

That’s all I want to say on the plot because I loved not knowing anything about it. The tension in the Crawford house felt palpable to me and when Hoover introduced a book within a book subplot I knew I was in for a late night of reading. It’s not often that plot device works for me but in this story it was brilliant. I zoomed through this book, all the while not really sure I knew who to trust, who was mentally off, or who was just outright lying.  I thought I did, but my feelings changed throughout which I loved. My only critique is that I felt the ending was too abrupt. It felt very rushed to me. Overall, I really enjoyed this and hope this isn’t the last we see of Colleen Hoover’s foray into romantic suspense.

Have you read this or plan to? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

App I’m Addicted To Lately
Wordscapes  Described as an addicting cross puzzle…yes it is! In an effort to lessen my mindless scrolling of Instagram and Twitter and actually use my brain more I downloaded this app…and now I’m glued to my phone playing it if I’m not reading. I love the scenic backgrounds and the little daily present I get to open to reveal a prize:). See, it’s the little things, right? And I’m using my brain so I’d say it’s a win win

Movie I Enjoyed Recently That Also Pleasantly Surprised Me
Instant Family  starring Mark Walberg and Rose Byrne. I think I saw one preview for this before we went to the movie and I expected a slapstick kind of “mindless” humor type of storyline. That’s not what this is, although there was some silly humor in parts. For the most part, however, the movie tackled serious topics in ways that made me laugh but also cry a little which was totally unexpected. Highly recommend this one.

Workout DVD’s I’ve Dusted Off for the Winter
T25 with Shaun T
  I really love walking outside at the park and will continue to throughout the winter but sometimes I just don’t feel like putting on all my winter clothes, hat, gloves, boots, etc. I bought these dvd’s several years ago and I’ve done the entire program more than once so I thought I’d get them out again to incorporate with walking. I find Shaun T super motivating and each workout has a low impact person to follow if, like me, you can’t do a lot of jumping. You get a calendar to follow that lays out what workout to do each day as well as 10 different workouts so you don’t get bored. Best of all, it’s only 25 min!! And yes, you will sweat and get a good workout in that amount of time.

Graphc Novel I Loved That’s a Mustread for All BookWorms
Book Love by Debbie Tung. You might think I typed wrong because I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a graphic novel on the blog before but I loved this little book. She captured so many of the idiosyncrasies of being a book nerd…I felt right at home reading this! One of my favorite parts was Bookworm Fears…Being Stuck with Free Time & Nothing to Read , A Movie Adaptation That Will Negatively Change the Way You Feel about the Book, and When Someone Asks This Question – Can I Borrow Your Book?:) All so true for me. This would make a great gift – I wish the publisher would’ve set the pub date for this month rather than Jan 1 – and I plan to grab my own copy to reread when I need a little pick me up

Fun Book Lists I’ve Enjoyed Reading
6 Books That Deserved Their Hype & 6 That Didn’t  from Susie at  Novel Visits , 10 Popular Books Worth the Hype  from T at Traveling with T  , Popular Books Worth the Hype  from Orange County Readers 8 Books That Deserved the Hype & 5 That Didn’t  plus Best debuts of 2018  from Sarah at SarahsBookshelves  and 30 Contemporary Fiction Novels for Your Book Bucket List from Allison at Mindjoggle  

See anything you also enjoy on my list this week? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

Have a Great Weekend! 

 

 

 

Monday Reading Update: What I’ve been reading and listening to lately

Hi All! I’ve fallen a little behind in my postings on the blog lately due to the busyness of life along with a personal loss that left me feeling like I needed to read more to keep my mind occupied which led to less time for blog writing etc. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things because I need to tell you about some of the awesome reads I’ve come across lately. Of course, there’s some duds (for me) in the list as well. I hope you’ve been able to find reading time in the busyness of the holiday season, I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading and loving lately. I’ve been busy filling up my Book Buddy App  with all of the books I want to read, along with the advanced copies I need to read, and can I just say this app is the best $5 I’ve spent in a long time! In case you missed me talking about this app, you can find it here . Well, let me get to it…

 

RECENT READS…

 

The Nowhere Man  is the second book in the Orphan X series by Greg Hurwitz and of the 3 I’ve now read, my least favorite. While I absolutely love this series, especially the main character Evan Smoak (AKA Orphan X), this book started off super strong and then hit a major lull in the middle to the almost end when it finally picked up again. Still, it’s a cut above most thrillers and Evan is a character I love rooting for as he’s very similar to Jason Bourne. Next up is Hellbent  , the third book in the Orphan X series and a step above both Orphan X as well as The Nowhere Man. I loved this one! Hurwitz really upped his game and Evan’s story with this third novel and I can’t wait to get to the upcoming fourth book in the series, Out of the Dark (Jan 29 by Minotaur Books). If you like thrillers, you should really give this series a try but make sure to read them in order!

I don’t have much to say about Bluebird Bluebird honestly. This mystery was on my tbr for so long, so I’m glad I read it but there was a significant lack of connection for me with all the characters.  The mystery of who killed a black man and white woman who were seemingly not connected and why is what drove me to keep on reading but by about 60% I didn’t really care anymore. The resolution felt underwhelming to me but I did enjoy the last paragraph and the little twist the author threw in the last scene. In Cold Blood  was part of my NonFiction November reading (also on my tbr for years) and it was much better than I expected. I wondered how Capote would tell a story when we already knew who did it but not only was it chilling, it was structured in a way that read like a suspense novel.

My Sister The Serial Killer  was a “looks good on paper” read for me. It pushed all my must read buttons with a snappy title and intriguing cover; however, once I really got into the story, I found both sisters annoying, the dark humor sub par, and the ending disappointing. A positive: super short chapters and length (240 pages). Overall, a big miss for me though. On to the book that has slipped into my world and most likely shot to the very top of my favorite reads for this year…I Am Pilgrim I’m working on a full review but let me say that this book was brilliant. This thriller does it all…a sweeping, globe trotting plot, flawless characterization, and enough mini cliffhangers to keep me up hours past when I should’ve been asleep. Just one more chapter became my mantra until 2:00am!  I can’t believe I haven’t read this sooner, especially since I love Homeland. P.S I listened to quite a bit of this on audio and it was fantastic.

RECENT AUDIOBOOKS…

I’ll Be There For You  brought back so many college memories and was just plain fun to listen to. I loved hearing about how each of the cast got their big breaks on the show as well as how the show would hold up today from a cultural standpoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. This Will Only Hurt a Little  had it’s strong points, the biggest one being Busy Philipps narrates it herself and she was really funny in parts. I’ll admit I fast forwarded through a lot of her childhood…I was bored…but devoured all the behind the scenes details of auditions and not so nice directors and actors. Overall, this is worth a listen.

CURRENTLY READING… 

Although I’m still thinking about I Am Pilgrim, I’m going to pick up one of these next….

        OR       

Any thoughts on which one I should choose? 

 

What have you been reading & loving lately? 

 

 

 

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

True Crime Book I’ve Recently Bought 
Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders  by Christopher Goffard. Yes! I was so excited to find out that the LA Times Reporter Christopher Goffard who brought us the awesome Dirty John Podcast  now has a book which, according to Bustle, all true crime lovers will love. Count me in, I loved that podcast! Bustle article here 

Movie I Loved
The Girl in the Spider’s Web  I will admit I didn’t have high expectations for this movie only because I tried reading the book since I had read and loved all of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  books BUT I couldn’t get into The Girl in the Spider’s Web . I’m happy to report I loved the movie (so did my husband) and I immediately came home and downloaded the next book, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. This movie has reenergized my love for the series!

Podcast I’m Loving
Natch Beaut  with Jackie Johnson. Who knew a beauty/skincare podcast could be so entertaining but this one sure is. Jackie can (occasionally) be a little over the top and her guests can often talk about some really weird beauty routines but she’s funny and authentic PLUS I’ve gotten tons of product recommendations. Sephora samples here I come!

Funny Article from Bookbub for Us Booknerds 
14 Things You’ll Relate to if You Have a Huge TBR Pile . There’s serious truth for me in #3 and #14! I realized this week that my tbr is never-ending, I literally keep adding way more books than I’ll probably actually read but I’m ok with that, in fact, I kind of like having an endless number of book choices. What numbers resonate with you all??

Recent Lipstick Find
Amuse-Bouch by Bite Beauty  I’ve been on the hunt for a lipstick that moisturizes AND stays on at least a few hours ever since Buxom discontinued my favorite one I’d been wearing for years. I just discovered Bite’s line of lipsticks last week at Sephora and I’m loving the one I bought (Pepper). It’s a little on the pricey side ($26) but I don’t wear lipstick everyday so this should last me at least a year.

Have a Great Weekend! 

 

 

Nonfiction November: Nonfiction with Fiction Book Pairings

Nonfiction November is a month dedicated to reading and sharing lots of Nonfiction reading gems! Each week a different blogger…Katie at Doing Dewey, Rennie at What’s Nonfiction?, Julie at Julz Reads, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, and this week, Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves host a fun topic. This week’s topic, Fiction/Nonfiction book pairings is one I enjoyed putting together so I hope you find some new book ideas to add to your TBR’s. If you’d like to share your own book pairings, head over to Sarahsbookshelves  and link up!

UNDERCOVER DRAMA & SUSPENSE  

   

I love books detailing the world of undercover cops or agents of some kind. When I came across American Radical (My review) I knew I’d love it and I did. In fact, it’s one of my favorite non-fiction reads ever. Filled with suspense and intrigue, I often had to remind myself that it was all true (it reads like the best fiction)…which was scary, actually, considering it’s about terrorism against Americans. Sirens (My Review ) focuses on a very flawed undercover detective and was itself a page turner. I especially loved that there were TWO mysteries I couldn’t solve in this story!

THE DRAMA & SCANDAL OF DISGRACED SPORTS STARS 

   

This summer I talked about how much I (surprisingly) enjoyed Tiger Woods (My Review). The author took a story I thought I knew and really dissected, investigated, and offered a riveting account of the rise and fall of Tiger Woods. I loved it. In Play Dirty ,which I read years ago (2007), Griff Burkett is a disgraced former Cowboys quarterback who gets involved with a wealthy Texas couple. What follows after he agrees to a rather unconventional agreement with them involves secrecy and murder! I used to read every book Sandra Brown published but for some reason over the last few years I haven’t picked one of hers up. This post has reminded me how much I liked her. Have you read any recent Sandra Brown’s? If so, give me your suggestions on what to pick up!

A MOTHER’S CONNECTION WITH HER KIDS IS FOREVER 

   

I don’t often re-read books but The Bright Hour (My Review) is one I’ll re-read every year. The story and writing was just exceptional and is a book that reminds you to appreciate your health and life. I Liked My Life (My Review) is one of those books that you think you have a grasp on by reading the synopsis but actually ends up being so much more than expected. Maddy, the mother in the story, narrates her part of the story from the Afterlife as she tries to intervene with what’s happening with her family. Filled with humor, drama, and mystery, I highly recommend this debut novel. Both of these books are just fantastic!

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS VERSUS SERIAL KILLERS 

   

Don’t be surprised if you see I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (My Review) on my top 10 reads of 2018 in a few weeks. This book was everything I look for and love in my crime reads. Michelle McNamara, a journalist who I liked and rooted for, relentlessly tracks the Golden State Killer. It was chilling, well paced, and just downright scary in parts. I read it in the spring but every time I go to the mailbox at night I still think of it, wondering if someone could be hiding and watching. I won’t forget this story! Pierced  (My Review) is the perfect fiction twin for I’ll Be Gone In the Dark. It’s set in Norway and follows investigative crime reporter Henning Juul who tracks the killers who tried to kill him but succeeded in killing his son. There’s layers to this story and to Henning who I really loved and connected with. If you love mysteries and haven’t read Thomas Enger you’re missing out!

What are you reading and loving for NonFiction November?