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Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic: 
Top Ten Beach Reads!
Not gonna lie, I LOVE a good beach read! Here are some recommendations for this summer! Some classic "beach read" authors right here!

Now, excuse me while I go to the beach and read....(I wish!)
Happy Reading!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too! 
Recently Finished:

Loved this one!!
Currently Reading:

Up Next:

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders 2016: Just joined in and Friday update!

#FitReaders co-hosted by Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About. I have several blogger friends participating, but thought I couldn't join this far into the year...well, I asked Felicia and she and Jen said I could join anytime, so, here I am!! :) Excited to have lots of blogger friends as workout/step goal accountability partners! Here are my stats for the last week:
Fitbit Steps:
Fri: 12,731 Sat: 12,792 Sun: 8,242 Mon: 10,171 Tue: 13,447 Wed: 11, 666 Thur: 12, 062 Total: 81, 111

I had a great week!! Now that the weather is nicer and daylight is longer, I've been able to take my black lab on nice long walks in the evenings! He loves it and I love getting in all these steps!

Happy Friday, #FitReaders !

Review: The Island House

Title: The Island House
Author: Nancy Thayer
304 pages, publish date May 31, 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

The charms of Nantucket tempt a woman to leave her established life in Kansas City—but with a piece of her heart, and a love interest, in each world, she discovers she must look within to choose the right path.

Every summer since college, twenty-nine-year-old Courtney has traded the familiarity of the Midwest for the allure of Nantucket. Now an established university professor in Kansas City, she finds herself caught between two lifestyles and two very different men. She chooses Nantucket and the glamorous life she associates with it, unaware that the summer will take an unexpected turn, and she will have to let her heart decide what it truly wants.

This is the second Nancy Thayer book I've read and I really enjoyed it! I love the classic…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too! 
Recently Finished:

Loved both of these!
Currently Reading:

Up Next:

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Review: Tell Me Three Things

Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
336 pages, published April 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in perso…

Cover Reveal: The Little Antique Shope under the Eiffel Tower

Book Information

Title: The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Series: The Little Paris Collection, Book 2
Standalone?: Yes
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Don’t miss the exciting new title The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin available on July 1, 2016 - pre-order your copy today!
Watch for more in The Little Paris Collection

The Little Bookshop on the Seine (available now)
The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower
The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées
What reviewers are saying about The Little Bookshop on the Seine

‘ This novel is a love letter to Paris, and even more so a love letter to books; it is absolutely a must-read book for book lovers.’ – Rather Too Fond of Books

‘easy to read and devoured quickly, I literally could not get enough and I was so sad to finish it. It was a truly captivating, spellbinding tale of taking chances and living life to the full that…

Review: The Weekenders

Title: The Weekenders
Author: Mary Kay Andrews
464 pages, publish date May 17, 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book fromNetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found.

So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find…

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ Book Date. You should join in, too! 
Since it was Bout of Books week, I got a lot of reading done and read some outstanding books!
Recently Finished:

LOVED both of these! Full review to come soon!
Currently Reading:
Halfway through this one and LOVING it!
Up Next:

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Bout of Books: Wrap Up

Bout of Books 16 has come to a close! It was a fun week, despite being super tired/jet lagged from my trip. I didn't read nearly the amount of pages I normally do for Bout of Books (usually I'm well over the 1000 page mark). Being tired combined with a six day work week made that hard. But I still finished two books and started on a third! I met all my goals, including participating in one of the twitter chats (love those!)
Grand Total:

Pages Read:732

Books Completed: 2

I absolutely LOVED both of these books! Reviews to come in the near future!
The next Bout of Books (Bout of Books 17) will be August 22nd-August 28th. Super excited for this one because August is usually a super quiet month for me, so I should be able to get a lot of reading done!
Happy Reading!

TLC Book Tours: The Girl Who Stayed

About The Girl Who Stayed• Hardcover: 292 pages • Publisher: Story Plant (April 19, 2016) Zoe Rutherford wasn't sure what she was expecting when she returned to Sullivan's Island. The house on Sullivan's hadn't represented home to her in decades. It was the place where she endured her father's cruelty. It was the place where her mother closed herself off from the world. It was the place where her sister disappeared. But now that her parents are gone, Zoe needs to return to the house, to close it down and prepare it for sale. She intends to get this done as quickly as possible and get on with her life, even though that life seems clouded by her past, both distant and recent. But what she discovers when she gets there is far beyond her imagining and will change her in profound ways. The Girl Who Stayed is a remarkable exploration of the soul by a writer with a rare talent for reaching into the hearts of her characters and her readers, a novel of transformation tha…

Bout of Books 16: Goals and Updates

Next week is Bout of Books 16 (read my sign up post here!)  Excited to start reading on Monday. Here is where I will post my goals for the week, as well as my updates! Still figuring out my TBR--working on that this weekend.

 I've been selected by the Bout of Books team to serve as an expert!  Thank you, Bout of Books! This means I'm an experienced Bout of Books participant and you can ask me questions if needed!!

Daily Progress
Monday 5/9:
Reading time today:  70 pages
Books read from today:  The Island House

Number of books completed so far:  0
Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords

#boutofbooks#insixwords Bookworm, Yogi, Animals, coffee, wine, Oregonian — Lori Palmer (@palmerspageturn) 
Tuesday 5/10:
Reading time today:  158 pages in The Island House, 25 pages in Tell Me Three Things

Total pages this week: 253
Books read from today:  The Island House, Tell Me Three Things

Number of books completed today: 1 The Island House

Number of books completed so far: 1
Wednesday 5/11:
Reading time…

Armchair BEA: Aesthetic Concerns - Books & Blogs

Day 2 of Armchair BEA! Today's topic is Aesthetics--specifically to book covers and book blogs. Here are my thoughts!
Book Covers: I'll admit it. I am a HUGE cover snob. I love pretty covers. I read books with pretty covers. I try not to judge the books by their covers, but the cover art absolutely influences whether I'll pick up the book to read the blurb or not. The absence of a pretty cover won't keep me from reading the book if I like the content or subject matter, but  a pretty cover certainly makes it catch my attention. I also like it when the covers match the content--pretty sure I've commented on several reviews I've written that it's bugged me that the cover didn't make sense with the story.  Here are some covers I absolutely LOVE:

Another thing I love is when a series has similarly themed covers that make them look so pretty together. The Ceruleans series by Megan Tayte is a great example. Below are the newly release covers for the paperback ed…