Five Things Friday ~ 10-21-16

I’ve been tossing around doing a weekly recap post lately. I’ve seen different variations of Five Things Friday on many blogs that I think is fun, so I decided to create a mix of the two. I figure a few topics will be consistent each week, but I’ll change up the rest. We’ll see how it goes!



1. this week in reading


Fast paced and pretty suspenseful, I am enjoying this one and anxious to figure out what’s going on. Been a little busy the past few evenings and haven’t been able to read much more of it.


2. New Books I’m excited about

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I think the first time I may have heard of A Tragic Kind of Wonderful was from Grace at Rebel Mommy Book Blog. I was excited to be approved for it on Netgalley. Then my friend Michelle at That’s What She Read posted this awesome review of Stalking Jack the Ripper, so immediately purchased it. And then on my way home from work, I got the Netgalley email approving me for I See You, and I got really excited. Even though I wasn’t the biggest fan of her other book like most people where, I think this one sounds awesome. I even started a little of it last night just because I couldn’t wait – but I didn’t get very far.


3. fun thing(s) from the week

Sunnie has dance class every Thursday night. She’s part of a mini jazz competition team, and they started practicing their routine pretty much as soon as the new season began in September. I was able to peek in the room last night and watch her, and she really amazes me. I know I’m biased, but I think my girl has some real talent. The best is that she loves it and works so hard at it, because she loves it so much. Seeing her that happy every Thursday night is everything.


4. life happens

I ran on Monday night. It was only a mile, and it was slow as snails, but it was better than nothing. And I haven’t been able to run since. I tried again Wednesday night, but my leg was way too sore. I’m trying my hardest not to get discouraged.

On a happy note – I scored an elliptical for $20!! My girl friend is getting rid of hers, and I jumped at the chance. Everything I read says that using an elliptical will help me cross train and get my running back faster. We’re picking it up on Saturday night, and I can’t wait. Sunday I plan on having a hard core cardio session. I desperately need it!


5. looking ahead

Tomorrow is Dewey’s! I’m super excited. My husband has now changed his plans to not go fishing, and asked me what he’s supposed to do all day. Well, one thing will be to leave me alone and let me read.😉 Maybe make me breakfast. I’m thinking pancakes. Lol. I have a grocery list he can take care of. After all that I’m sure he’ll find something to keep him busy. Ha!

We’re going to friends Saturday night for a fire. Same friends I’m picking up the elliptical from. Sunday I promised to take Sunnie to the bookstore as her reward for reading on Saturday. Which, let’s face it, is just as much a treat for me.



Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Game Plan


It’s almost time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’ve been really excited for this day.


I have participated twice in the past. Once I ended up being really sick and couldn’t read as much as I wanted. The other time I was only able to read 4 hours, after everyone went to bed that night. Because it’s impossible to read all day with a toddler. I’m really excited that I’m able to join in this weekend!

So, how am I preparing for the readathon? Well, I haven’t done a whole lot yet, but here’s my game plan:


There’s no sleeping in in our house, so I will be up and ready to go for the 8 am start. Normally I would get in a run in the morning, but since I’m temporarily out of commission in the running department, I feel zero guilt about laying around all morning in my pj’s and reading. Saturday is officially my rest day, and I’m not even going to care if I don’t hit my 10,000 steps.

Originally we had no plans for the day, but we are now going to friends for a fire later in the evening, which I’m really looking forward to. So, I plan on getting as much reading done as I can until we leave (around 6 pm). And if I’m not too tired when we get home, I’ll stay up as long as I can to read. I definitely won’t be staying up all night, but I’d like to make it to midnight. It’s unrealistic to think I will be able to read ALL day – just a few hours is winning for me!

I probably won’t do too many challenges, if any, and I won’t do a blog post until it’s over. But I will be posting on social media and checking in with my friends who are participating! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram!


I’m not much of a snacker, but coffee, protein bars, and wine are must haves. We’re ordering pizza for dinner. Minimal effort and clean up!


I can’t relax and read all day if my house isn’t clean. Friday night I plan on getting my house cleaned so I won’t have to do it on Saturday. I’m putting off grocery shopping and laundry until Sunday. My hubby will be fishing for most of the day, so I won’t have to worry about him. When he gets home, he’ll be glued to the TV watching college football.😉  And Sunnie is excited to do all the reading with me. When she’s not reading, she’ll most likely want to watch a movie and these days she’s really great about playing independently.


I am a moody reader and really have no idea what I’m going to be reading on Saturday. I want to pick something fairly easy that I know I’ll be able to read quickly. If I could read one book cover to cover, that would be awesome. I am going to look at my TBR list the next two days and get a few books in mind. Maybe a novella to break things up. I have been trying to read books from my Creepy October TBR, but have only managed one (and one DNF). No matter how hard I try, I just can’t stick with any TBR list!

I took Sunnie to the library last night and she picked out a nice big stack of books to read! She’s just as excited to read Saturday and keeps asking me if it’s time for the readathon. I love it!





{WWW Wednesday} 10-19-16

W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!


Last weekend was all about reading. I finished 3 books, which never happens! I signed up for the Dewey’s Readathon this upcoming weekend, and I’m hoping to repeat another weekend of great reading. I plan on getting Sunnie involved too! We talked about stopping at the library this week and making a little TBR pile of books to read on Saturday. If she meets her goal of reading them all I promised to take her to the bookstore on Sunday and let her pick out a new book.😉 I already told my hubby we’re going to be getting pizza for dinner and to keep himself busy all day.


what i recently finished reading

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How I go from taking 2 weeks to finish ONE book, to reading 2 books in one weekend, I don’t know. But I’m officially out of my book slump! I enjoyed The Night Sister, and added another book by the author to my TBR list. Big Girls Do It Running is an excellent motivational book. I really enjoyed reading about the author’s journey, and she has some great recommendations for losing weight and being healthier. I picked up Retrieval on a whim, because it was being marketed as a romantic suspense (which is a good mix for me), and holy addicting read! I finished it in a day, which is rare for me! I immediately picked up the second book in the duet and finished it last night. Both were 4 star reads (loved the story, but I’m so over the whole alpha male crap in books).


 what i’m currently reading


I’ve had this book on my Kindle for awhile (thanks, Netgalley!), and I’ve never read anything by this author. It’s getting a lot of great reviews, which got my attention. It reads really fast because of the suspense. I’m enjoying it!


WHat i have recently added to my tbr

This book caught my attention on Goodreads when I was looking for some good thrillers to read. I have never read anything by this author, and it’s the second book in a series….so I’m hoping it’s okay to jump right to this one!


 Reading anything good this week?


{Review} Results May Vary & The One That Got Away

It makes me so happy to discover a new author to love. I was fortunate enough to receive both of these books on Netgalley, but as is always the case, I put off reading them. When I saw the buzz around Results May Vary, I finally picked it up and was delighted by how much I LOVED it. I then went back and read her debut novel, The One That Got Away, and loved it, too. Bethany Chase is now an auto-buy author for me, and I won’t be putting off any of her future releases!


about the book

Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, art curator Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the heart’s ability to turn unexpected troubles into extraordinary strength.

My Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was so realistic and captivating that I was immediately pulled in by her beautiful writing. Caroline’s whole world implodes once she finds out her husband is cheating. Having to move on and imagine a life where everything isn’t as perfect as you thought it was for so many years is not easy, and Caroline did it with class. She was so endearing, and I rooted for her the entire book, hoping she would find her happiness again.

Bottom Line

 I absolutely loved this story and can’t wait for more from this author in the future!

5 Stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance


Published August 9, 2016 by Ballantine Books

Length: 352 pages

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



Sarina Mahler thinks she has her life all nailed down: a growing architecture practice in Austin, Texas, and an any-day-now proposal from her loving boyfriend, Noah. She’s well on her way to having the family she’s hoped for since her mother’s death ten years ago. But with Noah on a temporary assignment abroad and retired Olympic swimmer — and former flame — Eamon Roy back in town asking her to renovate his new fixer-upper, Sarina’s life takes an unexpected turn.

Eamon proves to be Sarina’s dream client, someone who instinctively trusts every one of her choices — and Sarina is reminded of all the reasons she was first drawn to him back in the day. Suddenly her carefully planned future with Noah seems a little less than perfect. And when tragedy strikes, Sarina is left reeling. With her world completely upended, she is forced to question what she truly wants in life — and in love.

Full of both humor and heartbreak, The One That Got Away is the story of one woman’s discovery that, sometimes, life is what happens when you leave the blueprints behind.


I loved this one, but it got frustrating for me towards the end. Around 3/4 the way into the book, there was some major miscommunication that I felt was unnecessary for the story, and just served the purpose of dragging out the book. I can handle a little angst and back and forth between the H and h, but this pushed me over the edge into rage territory. I was invested, though, so I pushed through and was glad I did.


Some minor complaints, but overall a really wonderful story and definitely worth a read.


Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance


Published March 31, 2015 by Ballantine Books

Length: 352 pages

ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Five Things Friday ~ 10-14-16

I’ve been tossing around doing a weekly recap post lately. I’ve seen different variations of Five Things Friday on many blogs that I think is fun, so I decided to create a mix of the two. I figure a few topics will be consistent each week, but I’ll change up the rest. We’ll see how it goes!



1. this week in reading


Definitely has the creepy vibe. I just haven’t felt much like reading this week, so it’s not the books fault that it’s taking me forever to finish.


2. New Books I’m excited about

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I received both of these from Netgalley this week and am super excited to read them. I haven’t read a book by Nicola Yoon, but everyone raves about her. And Sarah Jio is one of my favs.


3. fun thing(s) from the week

Yesterday was my hubby’s 39th birthday. I tell him that he just gets better with age, and it’s true. We celebrated last weekend by grilling burgers and having ice cream cake, and last night I ordered pizza from his favorite place. Which happens to be my least favorite pizza place, but it was his birthday, so…😉


4. life happens

Since my hamstring injury, I have been resting (as much as a busy mom of a 6 year old can) for almost a week, and now I’m slowly starting to add in some activity each day. Mainly just walking and cleaning my house. I went 3 days barely getting 5,000 steps (when a typical day for me is 15,000), and it was making me crazy. When you get used to being active every day, it’s not easy to just sit still. I follow Laura at This Runner’s Recipes and had asked her advice on what I can do to get back to running quickly. She sent me the nicest email with lots of great advice, starting with rest (done!), not running for a week (UGH, I hate this), working in some cross training (walking is my jam), and strength training (not my fav, but I’ll do whatever it takes). Also gave me some ideas on athletic tape and relief balm I can use. I’m so grateful for her advice, and am hopeful to be running again next week!


5. randomness

I have recently become a huge fan of Lularoe. In fact, one may say I have a bit of a problem since I cleaned out my dresser this week and had to assign one entire drawer for just my Lula leggings. If you haven’t tried these heavenly leggings yet, I highly suggest you do so. They also have other cute clothes – I have a Classic T and an Irma. But the leggings….they are worth every penny. And I just got my favorite pair ever this week…Halloween ones! I mean they have black cats and ghosts. How freaking cute, right?!


Speaking of black cats…photobombed by Mollie.