Currently Loving | Pressing Pause, Lake Life & A Family Wedding

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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. 🙂

Checking-in:

family in Vermont

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:

pool life

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.

Lake Life

floating in the lake

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

Vermont is for creemees

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!

Strawberries EVERYWHERE!

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. 🙂

Summer Favorites

sugar snap peas

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?

Three Birthdays

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.

Alright, that is it for now, see you soon! 

Week of July 9th, 2019 | New Book Releases | Book Recommendations

Week of July 9th New Book Releases

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

New July Book Releases

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

Abbi Waxman

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

interview with Three Women author Lisa Taddeo

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.

book of the month July selection Avid Reader Press

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 Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden


Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Avid Reader Press for providing me advanced copies to review. 

 

 

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill | Berkley Publishing Blog Tour | Book Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Book Review

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Book Summary:

“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.”

Publication Date:

July 9th, 2019

Book Genre:

Contemporary /Satire Fiction

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

My Review:

Overview:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is a quirky and humorous read, perfect for your summer beach bag. Author Abbi Waxman introduces us to a woman named Nina, who has lived a quiet life filled with predictability and routine.

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.

Love Story…

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.

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Thank you @Berkley Pub for including me in this Blog Tour and for providing me with a copy to review.