I look forward to this book deal every year. I hope you find something you love! And don’t forget about the Kindle Paperwhite deal!
These Fintie Simshell Cases are amazing and I definitely recommend having one to protect your Paperwhite AND it opens it to the right where you left off reading with its auto-off/on feature when you open it.
Do you have an e-reader? Which one do you have?
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*I was all set to publish this post on Friday and life got in the way. I wanted to share it before I post updates from our family wedding so if it sounds a little like it was written last week…it was! Thanks for understanding. 🙂
Hello and happy Friday! The week after 4th of July always feels like a long one, especially when you had a day off during the middle of the previous week. We have a lot going on this week because we have a family wedding this weekend! We have lots of family in town for the event and so we have been spending lots of time altogether and also doing a lot of prep for the weekend ahead! It’s going to be a fun one.
The Pace of Summer:
While there is always this idea that summer will be a change of pace, it really is just as hectic but just in a different way. Now that our kids are getting older the activities they participate in are more frequent so the intensity for anything they are doing really ramps up. We are a “one activity at a time” family but it still adds up and there have been a lot of late nights.
It is actually quite enjoyable and they love being part of a team but there just aren’t those lazy summer evenings like I always anticipate when we are in the thick of the end of the school year rush. It is so wonderful to watch your kids participate in an activity that they practice hard at and enjoy so much and it is also a chance to socialize with other parents which I am always a fan of.
A Low-key Holiday & Choosing to Hit Pause:
I am always trying to find the right balance and once the most helpful things for has been realizing that we don’t have to do it all. I often have to remind myself of this not only with this blogging part of my life but also with family activities.
There is this pressure during the summer to do it all. On the 4th of July, there are fireworks and BBQs and parades, matching outfits and more. After having a pretty hectic last few weeks we decided to skip it all and head out for a day on the lake, with a picnic lunch, our bathing suits, and a book.
After many years of these kinds of things pretty quite stressful with younger kids, we really soaked in it. We lucked out with the perfect weather and ended up staying out from before lunchtime until the sunset. The kids ended up running into some friend from school on the beach and so everyone was happy and entertained. Even Buzz met some new friends and one was a black and white springer spaniel named Dixie, so cute!
Creemees For Dinner
And it isn’t a summer day without having ice cream for dinner sometimes right? My creemee order is coffee with rainbow sprinkles, in a cone. We are lucky to live close to Cookie Love which has the most amazing treats!
I am lucky to work somewhere that also has an incredible garden. Kristy has a green thumb and I reap the benefits! We also went picking again because the berries just keep on coming. We picked 11 pounds in about 20 minutes…and they were all gone within 2 days thanks to all our visitors. 🙂
There is something so special about things that you can only get for a couple of weeks every year. My favorite summer vegetable harvest is definitely sugar snap peas…followed by cherry tomatoes!
A New Neighbor in Town!
while we are very happy with Buzz being our only dog child, we do love having new additions join our neighborhood! We got to meet Piper and we are so excited that she lives right across the cornfield! I can’t wait for lost of dog and kid playdates with her family. Isn’t she the sweetest?
Finally, we celebrated three family birthdays while everyone was in town and what is a better way to do it than a BBQ and an ice cream cake from, you guessed it, Cookie Love! The cookie crumbles that were outside and in between the layers of chocolate and vanilla ice were amazing. Lucas’ brother and his family live outside of Atlanta so we don’t get to see them a lot so this time together has been so special.
I am always getting messages about when the best time is to buy a Kindle. It has been on sale a few times in 2019 for as low as $99 but today it is even better! If you are looking to get the brand new Kindle Paperwhite (that is also WATERPROOF) it is part of the Prime Day sale. You can grab it HERE.
Getting Back to Regular Life
I will be back in a bit with a Currently Loving post from the last couple of weeks and then I am going to be sharing some updates from our family wedding weekend. Thanks for your patience as I know things have been a little quiet around here. We will be getting back to normal soon and I have A LOT of books to share about with you all. <3
Today I am sharing about two new book releases, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Three Women. These books are very different, but both are great ones to add to your summer reading list.
Blog Tour with Berkley Publishing
Yesterday I was part of the Berkley Blog Tour to celebrate the release of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. It is a delightful and quirky read, and I just love Abbi Waxman’s writing style. The book balances struggle with humor, and Waxman shares a relatable look at stepping outside one’s comfort zone. You can read my full review HERE, and you can enter my book giveaway HERE.
A Podcast Episode with Lisa Taddeo, the Author of Three Women
I read an advanced copy of Three Women back in June, and it is a book that I keep thinking back to, long after finishing it. Yesterday I listened to the Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books podcast episode with Lisa Taddeo. Podcast host Zibby Owens shared a great interview with the author of Three Women, and it highlighted all the reasons this book was such a compelling and thought-provoking read for me.
If you haven’t had a chance to read this yet, I highly recommend it. It reads like a novel and is impossible to put down, and it would make a fantastic book club discussion. You can read my full review of Three Women HERE.
Here are a few more July 9th book releases…
In addition to Three Women and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, here are a few more book suggestions that are being released this week. These have come highly recommended from my book reviewing friends and are great ones to add to your summer reading book stack.
“The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is? Nina considers her options. 1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.) It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.”
She works at a bookstore, enjoys trivia nights and struggles with many social situations. She is happy with the simplicity and life she has lived for so long when an out of the blue communication disrupts her world. She receives news that she has a whole side of her family she previously had no idea about. Her life gets flipped upside down and a little messy and an entirely new cast of characters enter’s Nina’s previously peaceful bubble.
Smart Humor & Intimacy
Waxman walks us through Nina’s transition with smart humor, witty dialogue and a level of intimacy that many other bookish readers will connect and relate with. Nina says what she thinks, and isn’t afraid to be herself. She struggles with change, and we get to walk along this path with her. The other characters in the book were enjoyable to connect with, and I especially loved meeting Mr. Phil, her feline sidekick.
While there are elements of romance, the most significant part of this story for me was the growth and change Nina experienced in her relationship with herself. She has a love interest, and some may be disappointed that this isn’t the highlight of the book, but as a reader, I enjoyed that this was only a smaller part of the storyline and this book was indeed about Nina’s personal journey and growth.
We get to watch Nina come into her own, experience ups and downs, and adapt to a new life and the people that are now in it. I loved that Waxman was able to address Nina’s insecurities and struggles with anxiety, and not only was this relatable but also inspiring as we watched her come out of her comfort zone. There was a beautiful mix of dry humor and a feel-good storyline.
Blog Tour with Berkley Publishing & A Giveaway!
I loved having the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, and I am excited to partner with Berkley Publishing to provide a copy to one of you! You can click on over to my Instagram@genthebookworm for a chance to enter this giveaway.
Thank you @Berkley Pub for including me in this Blog Tour and for providing me with a copy to review.
Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience. Set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this is a fantastican amazing debut novel.
Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.
Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.
Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.
Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.
The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?
Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.
April 2nd, 2019
When I first read the book summary of Beyond The Point it really wasn’t on my reading radar. The subject matter isn’t something I have read a lot of, to be honest, and I initially didn’t have a strong pull to read it.
The Power of Bookstagram…
Fortunately, I am very easily persuaded by amazing reviews, especially because I kept seeing recommendations for this book by many of my reading friends who love so many of the same book genres as me. Sometimes I am a little wary of overly hyped books because I can feel a little let down when they are just “okay” but this was just as good as I had hoped it would be.
Early Adulthood and Life at West Point:
Beyond the Point is narrated by three women who come to West Point to play basketball. We follow Dani, Hannah, and Avery over the course of seven years through their introduction into West Point and as they navigate early adulthood. The writing is beautiful and makes you just want to keep reading and I was fully immersed in the lives of these three women.
Military Life, Strength & Resilience as Individuals
The aspects of military life were powerful and a great reminder for me as a civilian about the sacrifices so many thousands of women and men make that serve our country every single day. While this was a powerful piece of this book the story really is about their interpersonal lives. The characters were flawed and real. Gibson did an amazing job speaking to their strengths and resilience as individuals and also weaving their stories together. I loved learning about their pasts and how they played a part in who they are and who are yet to become.
The story is a journey of their relationships both with themselves and with each other. There are aspects of love, loss, discomfort, growth, and forgiveness. As someone who does not know a lot about military life, I learned so much about cadet life in an academy.
Flashback to the early 2000s…
I also connected personally with their three women. As someone who started adulthood around the same time as they did, I love the flashbacks to life in the early 2000s. The references to technology and how different life was not even 20 years ago was spot on. There were some Christian themes but it felt natural and worked for me as the reader. Faith was a part of the storyline for one of these characters in particular and I thought it added another thoughtful dimension to this writing.
I highly recommend Beyond the Point and I can’t wait to read what Claire Gibson writes next.
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Who else keeps forgetting what day is it? Whenever we have a holiday in the middle of the week it always throws me off! It totally feels like a Sunday and on Sundays, I like to find Kindle deals while I drink my morning coffee. There is something so satisfying about finding books I have previously loved for less than a cup of coffee.
Luckily, there are still some great Kindle deals today! I have been reading The Idea of You and was so excited to see it is on sale right now because it is the PERFECT beach read. Have you read it?
Today’s Kindle Deals…
There are some great Kindle book deals today! This time of the year it is fun to find books that are perfect to read by the pool or on the beach and these titles are great for that. These books are all super engaging, light and not too fluffy AND they are all under $3.99!
I know everyone is saying it, but I can’t believe it is July. Summer always flies by after this and we had a later arrival of warm weather this year, it really seems hard to believe! I am a little behind on posting this week because life got in the way. I love sharing new book releases and Tuesdays are the release day each week. Just like June, there are a lot of great books being released this month!!
Reese’s Book Club Selections & Books With Lots Buzz
Do you follow Reese’s Book Club Hello Sunshine? I enjoy seeing her selections each month even if I don’t always agree. I love reading new releases and being able to be part of discussions about books that have a lot of buzz and her book choices always create a lot of that!
This month she selected Whisper Network, which was released yesterday. I read an ARC copy back in April, and unfortunately, it was only so-so for me. BUT so many of my reading friends have just loved it. I think when there is a book written that has a very timely topic, I get very high expectations…does this happen to you? But even if I don’t love a book, it can still make for a great conversation starter.
My Review of Whisper Network…⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was very excited to read this book as it seemed focused around such an important and timely topic especially during the #metoo movement…office politics, the expectations, the way women are treated differently in professional situations and sexual harassment.
I initially struggled through the beginning of this book and felt many of the characters and plot line were hard to differentiate between. This was definitely a slow burn and although there is a mystery element to this story, where it shined the most was through the personal stories of these strong women.
I would have loved for the author to go a bit deeper in some of these situations because some of them were glossed over in order to keep the story flowing. I do appreciate that Baker was able to take on such a powerful and important topic with her engaging storytelling. This would be a great pick for a summer beach read or a great book club conversation. (You can read my full review HERE)
Is Whisper Network on your reading list? Have you already read it? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Another book with big buzz is Lock Every Door. This is another July 2nd release that has been anticipated by fans of Riley Sager for months. As many of you know, I have been on the quest for a summer thriller that I LOVE and this one makes that list!! His books are suspenseful, detailed and always page-turners. I talked more about my love for The Last Time I Lied HERE. I am excited to share my full review of Lock Every Door soon!
Good morning! Can you believe it is July?! The next month is filled with lots of family events, including a wedding and our older son’s 9th birthday. We have a lot of family members coming into town for the wedding that we are so excited to see. With work, swim team and regular life stuff going on at the same time, it is going to feel a little hectic but it will be so fun too.
June in a Nutshell:
We finished baseball season and school and moved right into summer mode. There isn’t a big adjustment period with summer here because everyone knows it is short so everything is jam-packed. Swim team started the very first day of school break and we have (mostly) adjusted to our new work schedules during the last two weeks as well. I always find July a little easier because we are in our groove and then August is a transition time as well with summer activities wrapping up, and school starting again.
Currently Eating…All The Summer Fruit!
There is nothing better than berries you just picked. The first weekend of summer we headed to Full Belly Farm which is a nearby “pick your own” farm. We went on opening day and the strawberries were everywhere. We went with Kristy and her girls so we had some super awesome berry pickers with us and filled our flats in no time.
I always have the best plans to freeze some of what we pick but we never have any left to do so! Between eating them plain and a couple nights of strawberry shortcake for dessert, we didn’t have any left…oops!
Currently Spending Our Days…at the Pool!
Our older son started swim team when he was 5 and this is the 2nd year that both of our boys are participating. Having them in an activity on the same team is AMAZING! Because of their age difference in school (3 years), they are always on different practice and game schedules with other sports so this feels like such a luxury.
Anyway, swim team is the best summer activity. It gives us somewhere to be each weekday morning (structure!! routines!!) keeps the kids active outside and it is just the best community of kids and instructors.
We aren’t particularly competitive about it but the boys really get into the team spirit and it has been an awesome way for them to learn how to swim and meet new friends. I hope they want to continue until they are too old for it because I don’t know what we would do all summer long without it.
Currently Enjoying…Our Happy Neighbors
During the winter months, our animals are kept in the pastures closer to the barns so it is easier for hay and water to be delivered to them. This time of the year they are out and about and enjoying all the grass our town has to offer. In addition to being in the pastures next to our house, they graze in a few different neighboring fields. They are the perfect lawn mowers and are quite nice company too. We love to go talk to them after dinner and they are especially fascinated with Buzz…which maybe they think belongs with them because of his black and white coloring.
Speaking of Buzz…
Buzz loves summer! He is ecstatic that the boys are around more and especially enjoys the hundreds of squirrels and chipmunks that roam around our home and eat all our bird seed. he likes to perch himself on the chair in my office while I am working and keep an eye on things…we clearly have no boundaries with him and furniture!!
Currently Participating in…The Kids Summer Reading Challenge!
The kids are signed up for the summer reading challenge through our local library and it is great motivation to keep up with their daily reading.
During the school year, we visit our town library once a week and we are trying to keep up with this schedule during the next couple of months. The summer reading challenge is a great motivation for us to get there because it allows them to add to their charts when we visit.
They have the option to either do a sticker chart or an actual list, which is great for kids of different ages and reading and writing abilities. Our younger son chose the sticker chart and our older son is keeping an actual list of the books he reads.
I talked more about this HERE if you are interested in learning more.
Currently Loving…ALL The Turtles!
It is time for many turtles to lay their eggs so we have spotted many nearby lately. We saw this painted turtle trying to cross the road last weekend so we got out and helped her cross…our turtle lover was in heaven!!!
We also saw this snapping turtle at Luke’s office, but we gave her a little more space. 😉
Currently…Loving Evenings on The Lake!
After a chilly spring, Lucas and the kids got the boat in the water last week and we were excited to get out on the lake! Going on the boat is our very favorite summer activity and there is something so special about an evening boat ride. We lucked out with the calmest waters and a gorgeous sunset on our first night out.
We weren’t certain about the weather forecast at first but were able to get out for a second time on Saturday. We took the boat down to the Basin Harbor Club for dinner and an evening swim and then did some kayaking in the bay when we returned. Although there are many challenging parts of the parenting stage we are at, we are finally about to embrace later evenings as a family and we are loving it!
Currently Watching…Toy Story 4!
I think we have gone to the movie as a family maybe one other time. For a long time, the kids didn’t have the patience to sit through all the trailers and then a entire movie. Then there was the period of time when they were nervous about a lot of movies (we had to leave Moana for example!) so we just didn’t go.
They have always loved Toy Story though so when it rained on Sunday we thought it was the perfect opportunity to try it out again. We all loved it and the scariness factor is low (besides the creepy ventriloquist dolls in the antique store which I thought were less scary than the old neighbor Sid).
Do you have a favorite movie snack? Lucas gets popcorn, the kids usually want Sour Patch Kids and I am a Goober’s fan all the way. Goobers have been my go-to movie snack since I was a little kid and I don’t think I have ever seen a movie without them. I will be devastated if they stop having at the movies so I really hope there are other Goobers fans out there too. 😉