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Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR List! Even though it's not winter yet.  The first few are new releases, the rest are ones I'm wanting to read but are already available.

The New Releases:

1. The Look of Love by Sarah Jio. Release date TODAY. I preordered it and it will be in my mailbox when I get home!!!

2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen: Release date: January 20, 2015. Love the cover on this one!!!

3. Saving Grace by Jane Green: Release date: December 30, 2014. I love her books!

4. Confess by Colleen Hoover: Release date: march 10, 2015. It's Colleen Hoover. Need I say more?

5. Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner: Release date: December 23, 2014. I loved Rayner's book One Moment, One Morning so I'm super excited for this one!

The Already Released:

6. One in a Million by Jill Shalvis. This is book 12 in the Lucky Harbor series.

7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriatrty. Be…

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts: November 20

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This is a weekly event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous.

1. I'll admit it: I have a book hangover. Ever since finishing Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Steaphanie Perkins, nothing is quite measuring up. I'm currently reading two books, The Search by Nora Roberts and He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis, both of which I am liking, but neither of which I'm loving the way I loved Ugly Love and Isla.  I'm hoping reading Sarah Jio's new one, The Look of Love (which I pre ordered) next weekend will pull me out of it!

2. A week from today is Thanksgiving!!! My absolute favorite holiday of the year. It angers me that everyone seems to skip over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas (and by everyone I mean retailers, not individual people).  The hubby and I will be going over to my mom's for the day and I am super excited to help her cook for it Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning :)

3. Peyton is now five and a half months old and a…

Waiting on Wednesday: The Look of Love

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine.  The event spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This week, I am excited for the release of:
The Look of Love  By Sarah Jio Release Date: November 25, 2014 305 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction
From Good Reads:
Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.
I've read two books by Sarah Jio, Goodnight June and Blackberry Winter, and absolutely loved them both! I was sad that I didn't get approve…

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
352 pages, published August 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Library

From Good Reads:

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

My Review:

What a fantastic finale to the series! Yet another fantastic book from Stephanie Perkins. I loved that this one was once again set in Paris! What I really loved about this book (and the whole series, really) is how realistic the relationship between Isla and Josh is. It's not farfetched, it's not fake, and the character's feelings are legitima…

My First Birchbox!

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I know this isn't book related, but I'm so excited about this I have to share! I recently started a subscription to Birchbox. I first heard about Birchbox awhile back from a blog I absolutely love, The Small Things Blog. Kate has been a longtime subscriber and always posts about each month's box of beauty treats! As a subscriber, each month you get 5 samples of high end beauty products tailored for your likes based off your beauty profile. You can try out the samples, and buy full size versions if you like them! I've been debating subscribing for a few months now, and finally decided it was time to treat myself each month. The women's subscription is $10 a month, and after receiving this first box, it is completely worth it!


 It was hard to pick a favorite, but after using the samples for a few days my favorite is definitely  the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in Linen (top left in picture). I like wearing makeup but I prefer a more natural look and this product was pe…

Review: Ugly Love

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Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
337 pages, published August 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance, Contemporary
Source: Library

From Good Reads:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


My Review:

It's official. Colleen Hoover I my new favorite author!! A book about a gorgeous pilot who lives next do…

Scenic Sundays: Lunch with a View

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Scenic Sundays is a weekly meme hosted by Terri at Second Run Reviews
.  The goal of the meme is to share a photograph (that you took yourself) and one quote to go with it.

I work in university admissions, and last  Monday I was lucky enough to travel to visit a high school on the Oregon Coast!  This meant I got to have lunch with my coworkers at Mo's, a hugely popular Oregon Coast chain of restaurants famous for their clam chowder.  The Siletz Bay was my lunch view for the day and I was pretty happy about it! Also had some yummy clam chowder (of course). Here's a photo of my lunch view:
 "The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." --Jacques Cousteau So true, so true!
Have a great week!

W...W...W...Wednesday

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Readingis a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.
What did you just finish reading? I love, love, LOVED this book!!! One of my favorites of the year for sure!! What are you currently reading? Only about 75 pages in, but I'm really enjoying it so far!
What are you reading next? This is an exciting one...been on the hold list at the library for a super long time on this one...I am SO EXCITED to finally go pick it up from the library today!! What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!