Everything Here Is Under Control by Emily Adrian | Blackstone Publishing {Book Review}

Emily Adrian

Everything Here Is Under Control by Emily Adrian

Book Summary:

Amanda is a new mother, and she is breaking. After a fight with her partner, she puts the baby in the car and drives from Queens to her hometown in rural Ohio, where she shows up unannounced on the doorstep of her estranged childhood best friend. Amanda thought that she had left Carrie firmly in the past. After their friendship ended, their lives diverged radically: Carrie had a baby the summer after high school, became a successful tattoo artist, and never escaped Ohio’s conservative grid of close-cut grass. But the Read more...

What You Wish For by Katherine Center | St. Martin’s Press {Book Review & Giveaway!}

Katherine Center book

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Book Summary:

Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living. But she wasn’t always that way. Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen. But he wasn’t always that way.

And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before―at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him―but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new Read more...

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L. Rosen | Berkley Publishing {Book Review}

Eliza Starts A Rumor

Eliza Starts a Rumor  by Jane L. Rosen

Book Summary:

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. When Eliza Hunt created The Hudson Valley Ladies’ Bulletin Board fifteen years ago she was happily entrenched in her picture-perfect suburban life with her husband and twin preschoolers. Now, with an empty nest and a crippling case of agoraphobia, the once-fun hobby has become her lifeline. So when a rival parenting forum threatens the site’s existence, she doesn’t think twice before fabricating a salacious rumor to spark things up a bit.   

It doesn’t take long before that spark becomes a flame.  

Across town, Read more...

The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile | Harper One {Book Review}

The Power of Ritual

The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile

Book Summary:

“After half a decade of research and hundreds of conversations with people around the country, I am convinced we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. That what used to hold us in community no longer works, and that the spiritual offerings of yesteryear no longer help us thrive.”–Casper ter Kuile

What do Soul Cycle, gratitude journals, and tech breaks have in common? For ter Kuile they offer rituals that create the foundation for our modern spiritual lives. 

We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left Read more...

June 2020 Book Recap & Ratings

June 2020 book recap

June | Audiobooks & Wireless Headphones

June feels like forever ago but I didn’t want to skip sharing the books I read because while there were some disappoints, there were way more that were just amazing! I shared in my May book recap that I have been struggling to find a new balance with the kids home 24/7…it’s a work in progress for sure, especially for someone who gets easily distracted and doesn’t work well in chaos, LOL.

headphones

I did end up listening to quite a few books. I had these great dreams of some afternoon reading during this quarantine … Read more...

2020 Beach Reads |New & Upcoming Book Releases!

Beach Books

Summer Reading

One of my favorite things about this time of this year is thinking about all the summer reading I have planned. While this summer will look much different than years past, the great things about books are that you can read them wherever you are, even if you are “vacationing” in your very own backyard.

Beach Books…

Beach reading means something different for everyone, but for me, it consists of books that are totally engaging but also have enough depth to not be total fluff. I also like to have a mix of genres and topics…a little mystery … Read more...

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}

2020 books

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...

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...