Showing posts from January, 2018

TLC Book Tours: The Lucky Ones (Excerpt)

About The Lucky Ones
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: MIRA (February 13, 2018)
They called themselves “the lucky ones”
They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.
Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She’s determined to find out what really happened that fateful night — was it an accident or, as she’s always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?
But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and…

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Disappointments

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week's Question: What were some of the big best seller books that disappointed you?

All these authors are ones I normally LOVE....except for these books.  The disappointment from these ones won't keep me from reading their future books, though! 

I hate to post this as a huge CoHo fan, but this one just didn't do it for me. At all.  Read why I didn't like this one here. I've always been a Jane Green fan, but this one did NOT work for me. Read why here. Dare I say, Falling seemed to be an appropriate title?  I either LOVE Hilderbrand's books, or really don't like her books. That was the case with this one. Read why here. What are some best sellers that disappointed you? How did that affect your view of the author?

Monday Musings 1/29

My Week: It was a bit of an exhausting week! Isaac had to work a graveyard shift right in the middle of the week so it threw everything off a bit. Had a good weekend--did some shopping with my mom, got some good walks in with the puppies, and a "catch up on our DVR" date night with Isaac.  It was sunny for awhile on Sunday, which helped so much. Now it's back to gray and dreary....I wish it was spring!

Reading: I finished The Lucky Ones last week--I absolutely LOVED it. So much so that I immediately DM'd the Tiffany Reisz on Instagram to tell her how much I loved it. I'm featuring an excerpt on my blog this Wednesday and my review will be on Valentine's Day. If you like psychological thrillers and are a psychology/brain nerd like me, you'll love this book too!! I also started Braving the Wilderness over the weekend. Also picked up The Good Daughter from the library and going to start it today as well.

Workouts: I'm working towards a 10k in May, and ran …

Book Beginnings Friday: Braving the Wilderness

Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name. Breanne and I are reading the 12 picks from Reese Witherspoon's book club, and Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown is the January pick! Here are the first lines: "When I start writing, I inevitably feel myself swallowed by fear. And it's especially true when I notice that findings from my research are going to challenge long-held beliefs or ideals. When this happens, it doesn't take long before I start thinking, Who am I to say this? Or, I'm really going to piss people off if I call their ideas into question." Well, this sounds like a book right up my alley! I listened to Brene's interview…

Waiting on Wednesday: All Your Perfects

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Despite not loving her last release, Colleen Hoover is still an auto-read author for me, and yesterday, she revealed the cover of her summer 2018 novel All Your Perfects. It releases July 17th from Atria Books!

About All Your Perfects:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us--whose writing is "emotionally wrenching and utterly original" (Sarah Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)--delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham's perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose poten…

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Winter Blues

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. I've usually done Top Ten Tuesday but wanted to switch things up!

This Week's Question: How do you beat the winter blues?

For this one I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's response because the winter blues are a huge struggle for me! The rainy, dreary days in Oregon just seem endless in January and February. I feel like I need an extra large amount of self care during the winter just to stay afloat. It's harder for me to get up in the morning because it's so dark and I just want to cuddle on the couch with a blanket and a book!

These are a few things that help me:

1. Exercise + Yoga! Though it's hard for me to be motivated to go to the gym when it's dark out after I get home from work, I make myself go because  I NEVER regret it after I'm done.  I run on the treadmill, and participate in group fitness classes like Zumba and …

Monday Musings 1/22

My Week: It was a pretty average week with the usual work and crazy schedule. Wednesday was Elway's 8 month birthday--and he's already longer and taller than Peyton. He's going to be a big pup!

Reading: I finished Podium Finish this week--a perfect read if you're getting excited about the Winter Olympics like I am! I also started The Lucky Ones, a book I'm reviewing for TLC Book Tours in February! Just started it this weekend and I'm already hooked. I also picked up A Gentleman in Moscow from the library and have started it but just haven't gotten sucked in yet. I do like the writing style though.

Workouts: On Thursday my gym did a super fun Zumba party! We had fun lights and glowsticks and it was super fun. It was a two hour class and I literally got 10.000 steps from Zumba alone that day. It's a great workout!

Yoga: On Sunday my friend Debbie and I went to a yoga class at Brooks Winery, about a half hour or so from my home. They cleared out the seats in …

What I'm Listening To: Podcasts

I've been working on ideas for other content in addition to books for this blog (obviously added in some yoga/health/fitness) and to tie in with that I wanted to talk about how I'm still learning when I'm not reading, and for me, that's podcasts! I also listen to NPR (technically, the local Oregon version) on the way to and from work and learn a lot during that time. Please tell me I'm not the only nerd that regularly listens to NPR? I frequently annoy my husband with "fun facts I learned on NPR today." I work out a lot, and when I'm at the gym, I prefer listening to podcast episodes. I've tried audiobooks, but I really just prefer a self contained single episode during my run. If I do listen to audiobooks, it's usually re-reads, so if I zone out I'm not missing too much! Here are some of the podcasts I've been loving lately: 1. The School of Greatness, hosted by Lewis Howes: A former arena football player and USA mens' handball tea…

TLC Book Tours: Best Friends Forever (Excerpt!)

About Best Friends Forever
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (January 23, 2018)
Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches lubricated by expensive wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the struggling suburbanite—they’re each other’s rocks. But even rocks crumble under pressure. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.
Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. The questions begin piling up. Like why Kat has suddenly gone dark: no calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next. And who is the cool liar—the masterful manipulator behind it all.

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