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Tell Me Something Tuesday: When I Read

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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: When is your favorite time to read? 

Truthfully, I love to read literally anytime. I ALWAYS have a book or my kindle (or both) with me. But if I had to pick my ideal time, it would be during my lunch break at work. I work in a pretty busy office, so as an introvert, I crave my quiet time during my hour long lunch break. If it's sunny out, I'll walk to the park that's about a block away from my office and read outside and eat much lunch, but most of the time when it's not warm and sunny (I do live in Oregon...) I sit in my car. As crazy as that sounds, I love it. It's quiet, people rarely bug me, and I can get a solid chunk of time dedicated to reading and getting a mental break from my busy day. I do read in the evenings before bed sometimes--depends on the day and what I've been up to that evening. Sometimes I'm ju…

Hello, Monday...2/26

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Linking this post to Hello Monday by Heather from My Glittery Heart! Also linking up with It's Monday, What are You Reading? Hosted by The Book Date.

Weekend: My weekend was pretty low key!  Mostly just stayed home, watched the Olympics, read, worked on projects around the house. Pretty uneventful! It was pouring when we woke up on Saturday, so we waited a little later to take the pups on a walk. When we left, it was sunny...when we got close to the coffee shop, it started raining...then on our way back it got sunny again! That my friends, is Oregon life in a nutshell!


Reading: I started The Woman in the Window over the weekend and am really into it so far. Just over halfway through! Planning to finish it this week! Was excited to get my hands on this one!



Workouts: I've been a slacker in the workoutdepartment lately thanks to the Olympics (anyone else sad they are over??). This week I'll be back on track! I did go for a run at the gym yesterday afternoon before the Closing C…

Review: The Great Alone

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Title: The Great Alone
Author: Kristin Hannah
435 pages, published February 6, 2018

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

From Goodreads:

Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to …

TLC Book Tours: The Story of Our Lives (Review and Giveaway!)

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About The Story of Our Lives
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Graydon House (February 6, 2018)
They think nothing can tear their bond apart, until a long-buried secret threatens to destroy everything.
Every year they have met up for a vacation, but their time away is much more than just a bit of fun. Over time, it has become a lifesaver, as each of them struggles with life’s triumphs and tragedies.
Sophie, Emily, Amy and Melissa have been best friends since they were girls. They have seen each other through everything—from Sophie’s private fear that she doesn’t actually want to be a mother despite having two kids, to Amy’s perfect-on-the-outside marriage that starts to reveal troubling warning signs, to Melissa’s spiraling alcoholism, to questions that are suddenly bubbling up around the paternity of Emily’s son. But could a lie that spans just as long as their friendship be the thing that tears them apart?
Purchase LinksAmazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble  I really enjoyed this bo…

TLC Book Tours: The Longest Silence (excerpt)

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About The Longest Silence
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (March 6, 2018)
“The twists and turns in this dark, taut drama make it both creepy and compelling.” —New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
A killer stole her voice. Now she’s ready to take it back. Don’t miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.
Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years–or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by the worst kind of serial killer, wasn’t something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.

But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She’s finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can’t deny he finds Jo compelling–he’s just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking…

High Five For Friday: February 16

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Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!
1. New Books this Week Just got this one from NetGalley! Bring on the summer beach reads!!! 2. Books I've Been Loving this Week Been immersed in this read this week! I'm loving the story but it's definitely an emotional and intense read. I'm about halfway through and hoping to finish it this weekend! I can't believe this is my first Kristin Hannah read. 3. When I Wasn't Reading I've been watching the Olympics every chance I get! Figure skating is my absolute favorite sport, but I get excited about literally all the sports. I totally got into curling over the weekend. And I love skiing. And snowboarding. And hockey. And speed skating! I literally get giddy over all the sports! I've only gone to the gym if I can watch TV while on the treadmill or elliptical.  I've always loved the Olympics! 4. So Random I bought this night cream from Neutrogena …

TLC Book Tours: The Lucky Ones (Review)

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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…

WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World of Words. Since I just started my current read, instead of Reading Next I'm listing what I've recently added to my TBR.
Recently Finished 

A page turning read about the ups and downs of real life friendship. Review will be posted February 20th for TLC Book Tours.
Currently Reading

Enjoying this one so far. Believe it or not....this s my first Kristin Hannah read!
Recently Added to my TBR

This one is thanks to Brandie at Running on Words and Wine! She just read it and loved it!
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

TLC Book Tours: The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World

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About The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World• Paperback: 352 pages • Publisher: Center Street (June 6, 2017) Fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Devil Wears Prada will love this smart, sexy debut novel of wanderlust. Objectively, Sophie is a success: she’s got a coveted job at a top consulting firm, a Manhattan apartment, and a passport full of stamps. It isn’t quite what she dreamed of when she was a teenager dog-earing pages in exotic travel guides, but it’s secure. Then her best friend bails just hours after they arrive in Hong Kong for a girls’ trip, and Sophie falls for Carson, a free spirited, globetrotting American artist. He begs her to join him on his haphazard journey, but she chooses responsibility and her five-year plan. Back in New York, that plan feels less and less appealing. As Sophie recalls the dreams she’s suppressed, the brief international jaunts she sneaks in between business trips no longer feel like enough. Carson isn’t ready to let her go either, but…

Monday again....

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Linking this post to Hello Monday by Heather from My Glittery Heart! Also linking up with It's Monday, What are You Reading? Hosted by The Book Date.
Weekend: Most of my weekend was spent watching the Olympics! Figure skating is my absolute favorite, and I thoroughly enjoyed the team competition. Finally got a date day with my husband on Saturday and had a super fun morning walk with the pups on Saturday as well. Every Saturday we walk down to our favorite coffee shop in town and get coffees for us and "puppaccinos" for the boys. It's literally the highlight of my week. We missed the walk last week since I had to work so I was super happy the weather was good enough to walk them this week!
Reading: Got a lot of reading time in this weekend too (during all those commercial breaks!) and finished The Story of Our Lives (review will be on the blog for TLC Book Tours February 20). Next up is the new Kristin Hannah--The Great Alone! I've heard amazing things about this o…

High Five for Friday: February 9

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Inspired by Brandie at Running on Words and Wine and Kim at Kimberlyfaye Reads,I've created my own Friday post!
1. New Books this Week

Reese Witherspoon's February book club pick!  Hadn't read it yet. Saw mixed reviews from blogger friends so I'm super curious to read it!

2. Books I've Been Loving this Week

Finished this delightful book yesterday! My review will be on the blog Tuesday for  TLC Book Tours!If you love travel books, this is the book for you! I started The Story of Our Lives yesterday and am enjoying it so far!

3. When I Wasn't Reading
Yoga and Wine on Monday was fantastic! I had a delicious glass of Eola Hills RED, a perfect red blend. Got there early and enjoyed some wine while chatting with some friends from work and the gym. The yoga class was fantastic.  Every yoga teacher has a different style, and there's always one you connect with the most, and Mikki Trowbridge is that teacher for me. I felt so fantastic after class. A perfect start to the …

TLC Book Tours: Sisters Like Us (Review)

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About Sisters Like Us
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: MIRA (January 23, 2018)
The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…
Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.
Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.
Separately they may be a mess, but together Harper and Stacey c…