Showing posts from March, 2017

3 Year Blogiversary!

Today is my blog's three year anniversary! I just wanted to put a post up to thank everyone for reading my blog and your continued support! I really enjoy book blogging and am thankful for all the blogger friends I've made and new authors I've discovered thanks to this blog. I look forward to more reading and blogging in the future!
Happy Friday everyone!

Dewey's Readathon: April 29, 2017

Excited to participate in the Dewey's 24 hour Readathon again this Spring! The Readathon is on Saturday, April 29 and more information, including reader and volunteer sign ups, can be found here! You should sign up too!
I will post a Dewey's Readathon TBR the week of the readathon, and will be posting most of my updates on my Twitter and Instagram pages. 
Happy Reading!

Review: If Not For You

Title: If Not For You
Author: Debbie Macomber
368 pages, published March 21, 2017
Note: I received this book from Net Galleyto facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn t exactly Sam s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the ter…

Monday Musings 3/27

My Week: This week was a pretty typical week for me,filled with work, working out at the gym, and hanging out with my husband and fur kids! This past weekend was pretty fun--went and saw Beauty and the Beast (for the second time--LOVED it!) and then on Sunday went wine tasting with friends in the southern part of the  Willamette Valley in Oregon. We live in a pretty special place--the Willamette Valley was named the 2016 wine region of the year by Wine Enthusiast. Within an hour or two of my home there are COUNTLESS amazing wineries.  We went to two gorgeous wineries-- Pfeiffer Winery (their 2007 Blue Dot Pinot Noir was selected for the Pre-Inaugural Dinner for President Obama) and Walnut Ridge Vineyard with a group of great friends. It was a fantastic day!

Reading: In addition to posting my review of Eggshells today, I also posted a review of Bridges last week (which I loved!). I just finished If Not For You, the new Debbie Macomber, yesterday as well! I really enjoyed the book and wi…

TLC Book Tours: Eggshells

About EggshellsPaperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House (March 14, 2017)
— Irish Book of the Year Finalist! A whimsical, touching debut about loneliness, friendship and hope… Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in — and never has. As a child, she was so whimsical that her parents told her she was “left by fairies.” Now, living alone in Dublin, the neighbors treat her like she’s crazy, her older sister condescends to her, social workers seem to have registered her as troubled, and she hasn’t a friend in the world. So, she decides it’s time to change her life: She begins by advertising for a friend. Not just any friend. She wants one named Penelope. Meanwhile, she roams the city, mapping out a new neighborhood every day, seeking her escape route to a better world, the other world her parents told her she came from. And then one day someone named Penelope answers her ad for a friend. And from that moment on, Vivian’s life begins to change. Debut author Caitriona Lally offers reader…

Review: Bridges

Title: Bridges
Author: Maria Murnane
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Note: I received this book from the author to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the trut…

Monday Musings

My Week: What a busy week! The exciting part of my week was running the Cherry Blossom 5K on Saturday in Salem, Oregon!  The goal of the Cherry Blossom festival was for the cherry blossoms at the Oregon State Capital to be blooming and gorgeous an wonderful, but thanks to our crappy winter, the blossoms weren't fully open yet....and it was pouring rain at race time. So instead of having a lovely morning run amongst the cherry blossoms, we had a very wet, puddle jumping run! That's Oregon in a nutshell! If you stay inside and wait for the rain to'll be inside a lot! My 5K time was 30 minutes and 35 seconds, and I was super happy with that!
Reading: Just finished Wait for the Rain by Maria Murnane. I loved it! The author reached out to me for a review copy of her new book Bridges, and offered me the first in the series so I could read more about the awesome characters!  Awesome authors like this finding me and helping me discover their awesome books is why I love …

Blog Tour: To Rome, With Love

Title:To Rome, with Love
Author: T.A. Williams
Release Date: February 17, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: HQ Digital About TO ROME, WITH LOVE
It’s a summer of second chances…

Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…

Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!

Where to find TO ROME, WITH LOVE
Goodreads  ||  Amazon  ||  iTunes  ||  Barnes & Noble I really enjoy Trevor's books, and this one was no exception! This story was absolutely delightful! It involved romance, Italy, cycling, good food...all enjoyable elements of a great read! I really enjoyed following Sarah's journey, both …

Review: Wait for the Rain

Title: Wait for the Rain
Author: Maria Murnane
281 pages, published February 2015

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

From Goodreads:

Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her en…

Mailbox Monday 3/13

Mailbox Mondayis the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists!

Every year for work I get to go to a conference for our online CRM, as I am the communications manager for our office. This year the Hobsons University conference is in Indianapolis, Indiana!I'm pretty excited about it because I grew up a HUGE Indy Car Racing fan, so go get to go to Indy is a bucket list item for me! Anyway, they recently announced the keynote speaker for the event, Jane McGonigal. I purchased her book  on Amazon last week because 1) it looks super interesting and 2) she will be doing a signing at the conference! I'm a pretty big psychology nerd so this one looks super interesting to me!

Newly received from NetGalley:

Any great new books in your mailbox this week?

Happy Reading!

Audiobook Review: Yes Please

Title: Yes Please
Author: Amy Poehler
329 pages, published October 2014
Source: Library
Format: Audiobook (read by the author)

From Goodreads:

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I'm SO GLAD I did! Seriously--don't read this book, LISTEN to it!! Amy narrates it herself with special guests including Seth Meyers and her parents (and more!), and does an absolutely FABULOUS job. This book makes you laugh from beginning to end. When I listened to the first couple chapters, I was running on the treadmill and literally laughing out loud. I'm sure the other people at the gym thought I was nuts.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date.

It snowed here in my part of Oregon today. Snow rarely happens this late in my part of needs to melt...NOW! I am not a fan of winter :) So this post is up a bit late today!
What I Just Finished Reading

Loved these two!

What I'm Currently Reading

What I Plan To Read Next
Look for myreview with TLC Book Tours March 27th! 

What are you reading this week?