July Books

Wow, I read a lot this month! My family and I were on vacation in Florida for almost 2 weeks and they have an AMAZING library there. Of course, we took full advantage of it and took out lots of books and movies, some of which were even read or watched! Here’s what I read last month (in the order that I read them).

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Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

I picked this book up from a “summer reads” section at my library. I actually had a little trouble getting through this book because it was so summery and cheesy. However, I persisted, but it was my least favorite book I read this month.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Need I say more? I re-read these every summer and it’s something that I really look forward to. I know everything about the books, but they are so comfortable for me and remind me of reading them for the first time when I was a kid. Forever my favorites!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Why has it taken me so long to get around to reading this!? I honestly had no idea what it was about and it is such an interesting read! It’s definitely one of those books that you can’t put down! I don’t want to give too much away, but it is basically a cast of strong female characters and it involves a murder. Love this!

Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Hardly a month goes by that I don’t read a book by Sophie Kinsella, so I’m sure you already know about my love for her. I think is the third (maybe fourth?) book in the “Shopaholic” series. These are just easy, fun reads if you like some good chick-lit.

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert

In continuance of my obsession with Harry Potter, I read this “not authorized by J.K. Rowling” book. Basically, this book just talks about the backgrounds of various creatures and characters/names that Rowling uses in her books. I thought this book would be a lot more exciting that it actually was, but it was interesting.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

I’ve only recently started watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” within the past few years, but like everyone else, I am obsessed and appalled by the show. This book is an expose of what really happens on the show, behind the cameras and lights. Basically, there is a lot of alcohol and manipulation. This was definitely an interesting read if you watch the show!

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

This is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by my Mom. I really didn’t know much about Dahmer, as it happened either before I was born of when I was a baby. Of course, I’ve heard of him and what he had done, but this book is so interesting as it details his life before. It seems like a cartoon since it is a graphic novel, but in the back of the book are sources from every single event that was talked about in the book. Disturbing, but a great read.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

I’ll admit that I was a pretty big “Twilight” fan back in the day. I also really enjoyed her other book “The Host.” I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t read this book or laugh at it because of the author but I loved this book! It has love, murder, and a brilliant female lead character. I highly recommend giving this book a fair chance!

Peanuts Treasury by Charles M. Schulz

This book is a collection of Peanuts cartoons! I love reading books like this while I’m eating breakfast, because I don’t have to concentrate as hard and I can eat and read at the same time. And the Peanuts cartoons are so heartwarming and familiar to everyone!

Whew, that was quite the list! What did you read this month?

 

June Books

This month was CRAZY. Mostly I was just trying to survive until the end of the school year, so I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done. However, one of these books I read in two days (yay summer vacation) so I’m pretty impressed with myself for that.

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The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch

Susan Branch is one of my favorite authors. She writes mostly lifestyle and cookbooks, but she has also written three books about her life. These are my favorite, and I read two of them this month. The Fairy Tale Girl is the first book which details her 20s into her 30s when she lived in California, got married, and then divorced. Her books are homemade – they are written in her own handwriting and she has painted illustrations as well. I think her books are just beautiful!

Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch

This is Susan’s second book about her life in which she up and moves from California to Martha’s Vineyard and buys a house by herself. It also follows her as she writes her first book and has it published. Susan Branch also writes a wonderful blog that you can find here if you are interested!

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

This was a book that I randomly picked out at the library because I thought the cover was cute. Then I ended up reading it in just two days! This was mostly because I started it on June 29 and had to finish it by June 30 for it to count for my June books. But I did it! This book is about sisters living in opposite ends of the world who decide to start writing letters and mailing them back and forth talking about their respective lives. Then, the letters accidentally get published and the whole world knows about their secrets! A fun and easy read!

What books did you read this month?

May Books

Another month, another book post! I might not have posted anything since my last book post, but at least I get this post up every month.

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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

This was a book that I’ve had on my shelf for a few months but didn’t get around to reading it until now. I’ve read quite a few Picoult books, but I think this one might be my favorite that I’ve read so far. This book had 3 different story lines going at the same time – the story that’s happening in the present, her grandmother re-living her life in a Nazi concentration camp, and a fiction story that her grandmother wrote. I love reading fiction from World War 2 and this story was told so beautifully!

1984 by George Orwell

This book has been on my “To be read” list for years. I never read it in school, but I always hear that it was one of the good ones that people had to read in high school. This month’s theme for the Buzzfeed book club was dystopian novels. Basically my favorite genre. This was the book I picked first to read since I had read so many of the other dystopian books that were suggested. It was just okay. it is kind of a cool concept for a dystopian story, but I just really didn’t end up loving this book.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This dystopian book, on the other hand, I loved! If you like video games at all, I feel like you have to read this book! Most of the story takes place in an immersive video game. Video games are not my thing at all, but I thought this story was awesome. it had it all- a dystopian society, romance, friendship, and so many other great things. Highly recommend!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a few years ago, before this second book had come out. I liked that book, but I think I liked this second one even better! It was a pretty fast paced story. This was a book that I listened to on the way to work, and it’s a story that is great for listening to!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

This book was meh at best. It’s written by the mom in Gilmore Girls and it’s actually been on my TBR list for years. It’s just a typical chick-lit book, which I usually like, but this one just seemed a little too dated for me to relate to. I mean, she carried her filofax around with her. What even is that? Not a fabulous book.

And those are the books that I read this month! What did you read this month?

Day in the Life | Lazy Sunday

I woke up pretttty late this Sunday, but hey, it’s my weekend!

10:00 am (okay it was really more like 11:00) – Breakfast

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For breakfast I made some delicious cinnamon rolls. These are the kind that come in the little tube and you just have to separate, bake, and ice them. I also needed some fresh coffee beans ground up. I usually do this once a week so the beans are mostly fresh, but I don’t have to get out the grinder every day. This particular bag from Starbucks is so good!

12:00 – General Clean Up

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Sundays are my cleaning days (see my blog post on that here) but since I’ve been home all week and keeping up with the chores for once, there wasn’t a whole lot of cleaning to do. I did, however, finally get around to cleaning out the snail home. It looks so much better! Mostly I just tidied up and then took a shower myself.

1:00 – Lunch

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My boyfriend is obsessed with cast iron pans. Like truly obsessed. Everything he makes, he makes in it. For lunch, he made a homemade pizza in it and it turned out delicious! We just bought the dough from the grocery store so it didn’t take much time at all to make.

2:00 – Laze around

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For most of the rest of the day I just laid around reading and watching tv. I also took some adorable photos of my dog (see above).

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My boyfriend and I also re-potted some house plants that have been growing!

And that’s pretty much my exciting day! What did you do this weekend?

March Books

Considering what a long month March is, I really didn’t read as many books as I wanted to. Oh well, there’s always April!

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The Shining by Stephen King

“The Shining” is one of my favorite movies of all time so I was excited to FINALLY read the book. It was different from the movie, but not extremely different as I thought it was going to be. Obviously, this is a scary book at times so I wouldn’t recommend reading it at night along. Just some advice.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

For March, the Buzzfeed bookclub theme was to read immigrant fiction. I’ll admit, I was not too excited by the theme this month, but I ended up loving this book! I literally just googled “good immigrant fiction” and this was one of the first books that popped up. I guess other people must like it as well!

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s friends, family, and other victims

This was a book that I listened to on my ride to work and home. I love Chelsea Handler’s other books and this was no exception! Each chapter was written by one of her friends and they were also the ones to read the story for the audiobook. Very funny!

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Another audiobook that I listened to in the car. I love Sophie Kinsella and her chick-lit stories. If that seems like your type of book I would recommend checking out all of her books!

What did you read in March?

Evening Routine Vlog

I love watching other people’s vlogs. There’s just something about seeing what other people do in their day-to-day lives that intrigues me. With that being said, I’m trying to get into vlogging more (or at least doing more “My Day” type blog posts). This post and video was a way to get my toes wet. I filmed it while no one else was around and I only did it for a short amount of time. Still, I did it! Hopefully there will be more to come!

In the video, I am making dinner which I mention is a blog post already. You can find my sausage and veggies recipe here.

If you’d like to see what I get up to in the evenings after work, check out my video here!

What does your evening routine look like?

March Kindergarten Crate

Back again today with March’s kindergarten crate! Instead of a video on my YouTube channel, I thought I would just do a blog post – since my channel is lifestyle and beauty focused. Not kid focused. Anyway, here it is!

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I’ll start with the obvious…I love that there is something Pete the Cat themed!! My kids are just starting to get into word families too so it’s perfect timing! The activity for the month is also related to word families and CVC words. It’s based off the book “Splat the Cat.” There were also some Dr. Seuss stickies, number word dice, pointers, googlie eyes for reading, and some sea salt caramel popcorn!

I already have plans for the number word dice, stickies, and pointers so I’m excited to bring this box into school!

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If you want to check out Kindergarten Crate for yourself, you can find it here!

February Books

Not a bad quantity of books for such a short month! I also listened to two audiobooks. I know that it’s controversial – Did I actually read them? Well I’ve decided to count them!

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The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

I’ve loved Meg Cabot ever since reading “Princess Diaries” back in the day. This was a pretty typical chick lit book except that it was written in a mixture of emails, texts, or diary entries. I found that confusing and tiring at first, but I started to get used to it. I’ll keep reading her books as long as she keeps writing them!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I read one of Ness’ books for a YA literature class a few years ago that I loved, so when I saw this in the YA section of the library I decided to pick it up. This book was ironically funny. In the beginning of each chapter there would be a paragraph explaining the demons that were taking over the town. It was very dramatic. Then, the rest of the chapter was about regular teenagers living in the town not really associated with anything the demons were doing. I liked it!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engel

This was the book I chose for the Buzzfeed Pageturners book of the month. The theme was books that were turned into movies. Since this is coming out soon and I’ve heard so many good things about, I ordered it from the library. I accidentally ordered the trilogy, but only read the first book which is actually called “A Wrinkle in Time.” I loved this book! Perfect parts sci-fi and dystopian.

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

This book was shockingly accurate to the 2016 election even though it used fictional characters. The author says she couldn’t have predicted that well if she tried! I liked this book because it was about fictional politics, but from the perspective of a journalist on a morning show.

I also listened to Unqualified by Anna Faris and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

 

 

January Books

Last month’s books came out late in the month, so I’m making up for that by posting my January books early!

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I only read two full books this month, so I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I started a new book, but I couldn’t get into it and gave it up to start a new book. I didn’t include that one because I haven’t finished it yet.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The theme of Buzzfeed’s book club for January was “books that you can read in one sitting.” Although I didn’t actually read this book in one sitting, it was relatively short. I’ve read Neil Gaiman before and his books tend to be on the strange side. This book was no exception. I wasn’t really sure where the book was going. Is it real or in the kid’s imagination? Who knows! That being said, I did enjoy this book! It definitely makes me want to read more of his books!

Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

I’ve read most of Green’s books and I know people love them, but they just seem almost too cheesy for me. There I said it. This book was ehh at best. I really liked the way mental illness was portrayed, as I think not many books can do that accurately and appropriately. However, I just thought the book was boring.

Overall, not a great start to my year of reading, but I’m enjoying the book I’m currently reading and I hope I’ll be reading lots more in February! What did you read this month?