The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin | Ballantine Books {Book Review}

Emily Giffin

The Lies That Bind by Emily Giffin

Book Summary:

In the irresistible new novel from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and Something Borrowed, a young woman falls hard for an impossibly perfect man before he disappears without a trace. . . .

It’s 2 A.M. on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and twenty-eight-year-old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar in New York’s East Village, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she’ll ever make it as a reporter in the big city–and whether Read more...

May 2020 Book Recap & Ratings {Reading Wrap-Up}

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Happenings Since May…

So much has happened since May and it is hard to believe it was just a couple of weeks ago. You can read more about what I have been doing to incorporate more diverse reading and listening through podcasts and audiobooks in my recent blog posts HERE & HERE.

In addition, I have been trying to find a posting rhythm again on here, basically since March…I didn’t realize how much my daily routines added to my ability to accomplish all the little things. Being home with the kids has thrown that all to the wind and … Read more...

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand | Little, Brown & Company {Book Review}

Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Book Summary:

Their secret love affair has lasted for decades — but this could be the summer that changes everything. When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he’s not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It’s the late spring of 2020 and Jake’s wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.

There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other? Flashback Read more...

Five Things to Tell You | June 14th, 2020

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ONE: SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER!

2020-06-14_0004August 2019 vs. June 2020…first and last days of school!

It’s been pretty quiet on here as we wrapped up the last couple of weeks of “homeschooling”. While I don’t think we totally nailed the remote learning curriculum, we all survived and some days even thrived. It’s hard to believe we have 2nd and 5th graders now!

Our wonderful teachers were as supportive as they could be during such new and challenging circumstances and they taught me so much along the way too. The situation truly showed us how resilient kids are and we learned … Read more...

Black Lives Matter | Reading to Learn, Support & Stand for Others

If you are neutral in situations of injustice

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When You Know Better, Do Better…

I know I frequently share that I read to escape or distract myself. While I often do this to deal with hard things in my own life, now is not the time to escape from the reality that recent events in our country have brought to light for so many of us. And staying silent is not the answer.

when you know better, do better

I have felt sad and hopeless and also disappointed in myself that it took something like the recent tragedies of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd for this to … Read more...

Kindle Book Deals {May 31st, 2020}

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It’s another Sunday, and therefore another bunch of great Kindle book deals! Last week really knocked it out of the park and if you missed it, many of them are still deals through today! You can check out that post HERE.

Today’s Kindle Book Deals…

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (my full review HERE)

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman (my full review HERE)

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin (my full review HERE)

Are any Read more...

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

Kristan Higgins

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins

Book Summary:

Sometimes you have to break a family to fix it.

From New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins, a new novel examining a family at the breaking point in all its messy, difficult, wonderful complexity.

The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other…who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters– Barb’s favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John’s darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn’t be more different, but at … Read more...

How to be a Person by Catherine Newman | Storey Publishing {Book Review}

Catherine Newman

How to Be a Person65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up

Book Summary:

For the kid who leaves a wet towel wadded up on the floor or forgets to put a new roll on the toilet-paper thingy, humorous writer and etiquette columnist Catherine Newman has created the ultimate guidebook to becoming a person whom everyone will like being around more. Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills — all illustrated in an irresistible graphic novel–style — this book shows kids just how easy it is to free themselves from parental nagging and become more dependable … Read more...

Kindle Book Deals {May 26th, 2020}

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Hello Everyone and Happy Tuesday!

I am here today with a quick update on current kindle book deals because there are are some great options today that are all $4.99 and under! Some are super recent releases that have had a lot of hype like A Good Marriage, Valentine, and My Dark Vanessa. A few of these are on my own reading lists like Home Fire and Florida.

Summer Weather Reading…

Are you looking for some summer reading? We are heading into a few days of weather in the high 80s and low 90s which is … Read more...

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe | Gallery Books {Book Review}

On Ocean Boulevard

On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe

Publication Date:

April 19th, 2020

Book Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Isle of Palms in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world.

It’s been sixteen years since Caretta “Cara” Rutledge has returned home to the beautiful shores of Charleston, South Carolina. Over those years, she has weathered the tides of deaths and births, struggles, and joys. And now, as Cara prepares for her second wedding, her Read more...