What’s On My Bookshelf: July

It’s the last Thursday of the month which also means it’s time to share what I read in July.  Also, it’s my boys’ FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!  Where did the summer go?

Enough whining about the end of summer, let’s get to the books.  Here are the five books I enjoyed during July…

The Bookshop on the Corner

The title of this book grabbed my attention.  It reminded me of my beloved favorite movie and The Shop Around the Corner.  This book is about a gal who leaves her job as a librarian and moves to a small town in Scotland to open a bookshop in a van.  Think a food truck for books.  I loved the premise of the book, but agreed with a friend that thought the first half was delightful and the  second half focused too much on a cheesy love story line.  All in all I enjoyed it and want to check out some of the author’s other novels, but it wasn’t my favorite book of the month.

The Mother’s Promise

I have heard a lot of great things about Sally Hepworth’s work so I decided to pick up this one.  While a book about a single mother diagnosed with cancer and trying to raise a teenage girl struggling with anxiety isn’t the normal trope I gravitate toward, I have to say Hepworth handled the subject matter well.  It was real and relatable.  While the topic is inherently sad in nature I did not feel as if the story was written solely to manipulate my emotions and make me cry.  The characters felt real.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

The Identicals

Probably my favorite novel of the month.  I love Elin Hilderband and her newest novel did not disappoint.  It follows twin sisters, one raised by her mother on Nantucket and one by her father on Martha’s Vineyard.  Circumstances occur and they subsequently switch islands for a while.  While the plot summary sounds cheesy and and bit like The Parent Trap, it was a delightful story.  Perfect for an end of summer read.

Rich People Problems


This is the follow up book to Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend.  A different twist on typical chic-lit.  While the list of characters is huge and terms frequently thrown in in several different Asian languages can be cumbersome.  These books are quite entertaining.  Like to watch a train wreck of over the top, over privileged families (I’m looking at you friends who love the Real Housewives ;)?  Then this series is for you.  They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are a hoot.

Secrets in Summer

Nancy Thayer writes fun summer novels on par with Hilderbrand.  This book takes place on Nantucket and is about a girl who discovers her ex-husband and new family have rented the house behind hers for the summer.  I loved the characters in the book, especially her elderly neighbor Mimi.  The perfect way to end July.

That’s it for this month.  I’m already part way into Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  So far, so good! And I’m taking a departure from my typical genre and listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.  All I want to do is discuss this with someone!  August is already looking like a great month for books!

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Show and Tell Tuesday: What’s On My Phone

Today for Show On Tell Tuesday I am sharing what’s on my iPhone.  These days our phones are an extension of ourselves.  I feel naked without my phone!

Here is a shot of my main screen and all of my go-to apps to have easily accessible.

It should be noted here that before I took this screen shot I removed about eight million notifications (looks like Instagram snuck one in on me).  I knew that if I posted a pic of how my screen typically looks it would have made Shane’s eye twitch!  Some people need a clear phone, and some people don’t pay those little numbers any attention.  I happen to fall into the later group.  Just last week I had over 7,000 unread emails.  Yikes!

Like most people I constantly reach for my phone to take a quick pic (current count is 4,012 photos on my phone).  My current favorite photo editing app is A Color Story.  It’s free!

Instead of listening to music I most often listen to podcasts or audiobooks.

I love listening to audiobooks and the Audible app gets a lot of use.

I’m currently listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and I have to say that I am finding it absolutely fascinating.  I downloaded it after asking a friend what she recently picked up at the book store.  I’m so glad I took her recommendation.

Podcasts are also on heavy rotation.

From podcasts produced by NPR, to home decor podcasts, to Bachelorette recaps; I listen to a bit of it all.  What podcasts do you love?

Another favorite is the Kindle app.  While I love holding a good book in my hand, the convenience of always having my current read at my fingertips usually wins out.  I don’t have a lot of extra time in my life right now, but I’m able to steal a few minutes hear and there.  Those little bits of time typically add up to a few books over a month.


I just started The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I am already hooked.  Taylor Jenkins Reid is quickly becoming a favorite.

And finally, this is may just be my favorite app find.  For years and years I was a die-hard paper planner gal.  I tried numerous calendar apps on my phone only to toss them aside after a week.  I hated them all and loved the satisfaction of a well organized planner.  A friend who loved her planner as much as I did said she had finally found a calendar app that lived up to all of her calendar needs.  So I gave it a try and I was converted.  I finally found a calendar app I love!  It’s the PocketLife Calendar app.

I love that each person in the family can be assigned a color, you can see each event (not just a dot on a calendar), it’s easy to set up reoccurring events, it’s easy to switch between daily, weekly, and monthly views.  Overall, the best calendar I have found that works for us.

Other go-to apps include social media (obviously), drug information apps (#pharmacistlife), the Bible app (how fortunate are we to carry the Bible around in our pocket?), and of course the Target Cartwheel app. Am I the only one that scans every single item in my cart while my kids run up and down the toy aisles?

There are pages and pages of additional apps on my phone, but these are my must-have for daily life.  What are your go-to apps for your phone?

Until next time!

What’s On My Bookshelf: June

It’s the last Thursday of the month which means it’s time to talk books.  This month I completed only three books.  Apparently I was experiencing a bit of book ADD because I also started but somehow forgot to finish and moved on from two additional books.  They are both really good so far I just somehow forgot I was reading them and started something new.  Just shows how scattered my brain has been lately.


Fly Away Home

This book follows a mother and her two daughters as they navigate major life events including infidelity, pregnancy, losing a career, and many other hardships that bring them together despite their differences.  I’ve been a fan of many of Jennifer Weiner’s novels and I enjoyed this one as well.  To be honest, I’m a bit torn on the ending.  I can’t decide if I was satisfied or dissapointed.  Definitely worth adding to your summer reading list.


Daughters of the Bride

I very rarely purchase actual physical books these days.  Instead leaning toward the ease of the Kindle version or library books.  Before we headed off on our trip to visit friends in New Orleans, I decided to pick up a paperback to read by the pool.  I don’t want to get the iPad wet.  Well it was a good thing I because I laid my book on the side of the pool, climbed onto my raft, misjudged my raft position and promptly fell head first into the pool.  This caused a wave of water to splash out of the pool sweeping my book into the water.  All before I even opened the first page.  So needless to say, I read a very puffed up wrinkled copy of the book after a couple days of drying out.  This book was a great fluffy summer read.  It is about three sisters who are planning their mother’s wedding.  Who doesn’t love a good wedding book?  And as a side note, there is a very very minor character named Collins 🙂


At Home in the World

I’m going to go out on a limb and go ahead and declare this one of my favorite books of 2017.  We actually listened to this on audio on our way to NOLA and Shane and Owen enjoyed it as well.  If you have a love for travel and a severe case of wanderlust, then this book is for you.  This is a memoir of a family that spent a year traveling the globe, including their three kids under age 10!  This book is my dream.  I would love to take my family on an adventure exploring the world.  Tsh does a great job painting a real picture of what their travels looked like.  They are a real family with travel successes and failures.  It was so fun to hear her describe several places we have been;  the Jesuit church in Beijing, the canals of Venice, the beauty of Sydney harbor.  All places I could picture in my minds eye and so many other’s I would love to see one day.  This memoir sucked us in immediately and enraptured an eight year old with a love of travel.  I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed this book.  Listening to the audio version was fun as the author, Tsh, is also the narrator and you can hear the smile in her voice as she describes their adventures.  So so good.

That’s it for the books I finished in June.  The two books I got sidetracked from but hope to return to were:

The Mother’s Promise


Tiny Little Thing

And the first two books I’m making my way thru for July are:

The Bookshop on the Corner

So far this one is adorable.  I can’t wait to finish it.


The Identicals

You know how I love Elin Hilderbrand so her newest release is an obvious choice for me.  This is my current audio selection and it is a great Hilderbrand novel.

That’s it for my current bookshelf.  What have you been reading this summer??  I would love to hear!

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Show and Tell Tuesday: The Struggle Is Real

The struggle is real.  We’ve all said it.  From the little things to the big, we are all struggling with something.  Here are a few of the not so serious (and one serious) thing I’ve found myself struggling with lately.

Funny story, I originally wrote and scheduled this post for last Tuesday.  Apparently I was a complete week off on my dates.  Clearly if I don’t even know what day it is…the struggle is real 🙂

A swimsuit for Q’s teeny tiny toosh

Quinn has a problem I have never struggled with.  She is long and thin.  I’m talking she is almost 4 and can easily wear 24 month shorts.  Her waist is tiny.  Her booty is tiny.  Her legs are toothpicks.  But she also has a fairly long torso.  This has made finding a swimsuit for her this year near impossible.  All of her suits gape obscenely at the leg openings.  She prefers a tankini for ease of using the bathroom but will not tolerate any smidge of belly showing between a too short top and bottoms.  One pieces that are long enough are huge in the rear.  Last week as we were walking back from the pool she walked half way down the block before I looked back and realized her bottoms were around her ankles.  Where do you get a swimsuit for a skinny legged 4 year old?  The struggle is real.

House projects

I constantly have a long list of house projects on my to-do list.  Lately, I just can’t seem to get any of them done.  We need to combine the boys into one room.  Change Anderson’s current room into a room fit for Collins.  Finish a half-completed basement refresh.  The list goes on.  Shane scored this vintage Jenny Lind bed on Craigslist for me to paint for Collins.

Clearly I haven’t even started on it yet.  Before I know it we will be in China and the little gal will need a room to come home to. The struggle is real.

Finger nails

Am I the only mom that will glance down and be horrified to realize her kid’s toenails look like they haven’t been cut in weeks?  Just me?  Between fingers and toes there are a lot of nails to keep up with in this house.  The struggle is real.

TBR pile

My “to be read” list is ever growing.  We are getting ready to head out of town to visit friends and I’m struggling with choosing what to read on the trip.

My current top contenders are:

At Home in the World

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

The Mother’s Promise

Daughters of the Bride

The struggle is real.

Vehicle for a family of SIX

It’s no secret that I LOVE my minivan.  I think every family should have one (or two).  When Collins joins our family later this year we will become a family of six and officially will no longer fit in Shane’s beloved little blue car.

As much as it saddens him, I’m pretty sure he considers that car a member of our family, it will be time for it to find a new home.  I vote for getting another van, but Shane has exerted his veto power with a strong NO.  So we we are looking for an SUV with a third row that easily fits the 6 of us and frequently 8 with Mimi and DudDud.  It also must fit in the garage, be easy to access the third row, and satisfy my “car guy” hubby.  The struggle is real.  Suggestions???

Parenting

Here’s where I get real for a moment.  While over the past two years we have watched Quinn blossom and bloom, parenting a child with a background of loss and trauma is not without difficulties.  Lately we have recognized some struggles with Quinn, her attachment, and how she copes with stress and anxiety.  It has taken me a while to admit it, but I finally acknowledged that it was time to see a therapist well versed in attachment and parenting children from hard places.  We felt this was especially important to do before we add Collins to the mix and turn Q’s world upside down once again.  We have only been once and I will admit that I was very skeptical.  But she made me feel at ease, assured us that the techniques we were currently using to diffuse her tantrums were appropriate, and felt confident that we can get Quinn to a place that is healthy for both her and the rest of our family through theraplay.  I’m a pretty open book so I don’t mind sharing these struggles.  Parenting any child is tough and adding adoption is an extra layer to wade through.  The struggle is real…but worth it.

Linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.  In case you missed it, make sure you check out the adorable shirts we are selling for our current adoption fundraiser.

BE THE LIGHT and help bring Collins home.  Until next time!

 

What’s Up Wednesday

I thought it would be a good time to catch up on the happenings around here with a good ‘ole What’s Up Wednesday.  A time to share…

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What we’re eating this week…

The Peach Truck made it’s first stop of the season in our area this week, so we we will be eating all things peaches.  Things like gorgonzola grilled peach burgers, and grilled pound cake with peaches.  We will devour a 25 pound box of peaches in no time.

What I’m reminiscing about…

My babies are officially done with preschool, kindergarten and second grade.  Time, please slow down!

What I’m loving…

It’s officially summer!

What we’ve been up to…

Yard sale, yard sale, yard sale.  It was a smashing success and I am so thankful for all of the support for our adoption of little Peanut, but man was it a lot of work.  I have a couple of yard sale roundup posts coming up if you are interested in learning more.

What I’m dreading…

The giant stack of laundry currently waiting on me.

What I’m working on…

Hopefully later this week we will be launching our final adoption fundraiser.  T-shirts!!  We ordered a few in for our friends and family helping out with the yard sale and I think they turned out super cute.  Be looking for more info on how to order later this week.

What I’m excited about…

Boating season.  We took the boat and jet ski out and spent our first night at the lake on Monday night.  We love boating season!

What I’m watching/reading…

I’m currently reading Fly Away Home


listening to Tiny Little Thing

and watching the newest season of Bachelorette. We are in desperate need of a new Netflix show to watch but everything seems so dark and disturbing. Any recommendations?

What I’m listening to…

I haven’t been listening to much music lately but I have spending all of my time in the car listening to podcasts.

What I’m wearing…

Wow, have I been failing on my what I’ve been wearing posts.  It’s been pretty boring lately with a lot of scrubs and workout clothes.

What I’m doing this weekend…

Hopefully this…

Napping on the boat

What I’m looking forward to next month…

We are packing up and headed to New Orleans to visit our dear friends.  I. can. not. wait!!!

Bonus question: What is my favorite vacation spot…

Hmmmm.  That’s a tough one.  I have loved them all!  Here are some of my top favorites:

Favorite before married with kids: Australia with my college girlfriends

Favorite before kids: Italy or Switzerland

Favorite trip with kids and grandparents: Disney World

Favorite family vacation: Grand Haven, Michigan

Favorite no-kid getaway: Mexico

Honorable mention:  while it wasn’t a vacation, we loved China (and the little gal that came home with us).  I’m looking forward to exploring more of China this fall.

So that’s what’s up for this Wednesday.  Now I’m off to tackle that laundry!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: May (too busy to read edition)

Well, it’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s time to share what I’ve been reading this month.  I hate to disappoint, but there are only two books to share.  As most moms know, May is a crazy month.  With the end of school programs, parties, projects, sports, adoption paper work and running our epic adoption fundraiser yard sale (more on that soon), I have had very little time to read this month.  Hopefully June will find more time for good summer reading.

This month I read one book and listened to one on audible.


The only book I read this month was Truly Madly Guilty. The story is about a neighborhood barbecue that takes an unfortunate turn. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked it. It spent a lot of time teasing about the mysterious events at the barbecue, but in the end I enjoyed it. This was the second Liane Moriarty book I have read. Big Little Lies was excellent and I have been eager to watch the show. I have made it a full ten minutes into the first episode so far. I told you I’ve been busy!


I’m slowly making my way thru Elin Hilderbrand’s novels. This month I listened to The Love Season. This one reminded me a lot of another Hilderbrand novel, The Blue Bistro, which is one of my favorites of hers. There are great discriptions of food and the restaurant business. The book follows the story of a friendship between two women and the impact on one when the other is killed in an accident. While this didn’t end up being one of my favorite Hilderbrand novels, I still enjoyed it and all of her books set on Nantucket make for great summer reads.

Well, that’s it. Short and sweet. I’m currently making my way thru Fly Away Home and so far so good. Hopefully I will have more books to report in June!

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What’s On My Bookshelf: April

It’s the last Thursday of the month.  So that means it’s time to check in on what I’ve been reading this month.

Smart Girl

This was the third and final book in The Girls series.  I loved this one just as much as I loved Party Girl and Sweet Girl.  Such fun and fast reads.  Perfect to throw in your pool bag on vacation.  I was so sad to see this series end.  Rachel Hollis, if you’re reading this: please write more!!


Nine Women, One Dress

If you like movies with ensemble casts, like Love Actually, then this book is for you.  The story revolves around a slew of unrelated characters and how one little black dress ties them all together.

Forever, Interrupted

This is the third novel I have read this year by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  The first one I picked up, One True Loves, I absolutely loved.  Then I read After I Do and was a bit disappointed.  I am so happy that I decided to give the author another go, because Forever, Interrupted  is one of my favorite books I have read this year.  I typically lean toward books that are light and fluffy. I like my entertainment to be just that, entertaining, not depressing.  However this book was a bit more serious than usual for me, all while not being overly depressing.  It follows a gal that loses her husband after being married for less than two weeks.  The chapters alternate between how she deals with his death and flashbacks to their relationship from meeting until marriage.  There was something about this book that just drew me in and I didn’t want to put it down.  I highly recommend it.

The Singles Game

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada, so I decided to pick up this one by the same author.  The story is about a professional tennis player and her desire to climb to the top of her career.  It was a fun angle for your typical chic-lit novel.

The Best of Us

I have had several people recommend Sarah Pekkanen books to me so on a whim I chose this one.  I have to say this was my least favorite book this month.  I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and the story seemed to drag on a bit.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite.  Maybe I should have started with another Pekkanen book.  Any suggestions?

That’s it for my April books!  I’m currently reading Truly Madly Guilty which I would have sworn I had read, but apparently I haven’t.  What have you been reading?

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What’s On My Bookshelf: March

We are back from our spring break trip to San Antonio (I’ll be sharing all of the details soon) and it’s time for what I’ve read in March.  I read four books this month.  Three I really enjoyed and one that was just eh.  Now on to the books…

 My Not So Perfect Life

I am huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic (although the last few books in the series have not been a favorite).  As soon as I saw she had a new book out, I made sure to pick it up.  This was such a fun read.  It is about a gal who is not living the life she has envisioned for herself all while watching her boss live a seemingly perfect existence.  After being laid off from her job she moves home to help her dad start a glamping business.  Expected hi jinx ensues in typical Kinsella style.  If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will like this one.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Let me start by saying this is a book aimed at kids ages 10-14.  This book is about five kids that fight Disney villains in Magic Kingdom after the park closes at night.  My Owen LOVES all things Disney World so as soon as I heard about the Kingdom Keepers series I knew it would be something he would be interested in.  I decided to read the first book in the series, Disney After Dark, to make sure it was appropriate for him before he read it.  This book was recommended by a Disney loving friend and she was right, it is perfect for him (and I have to admit after I got into it, I enjoyed it as well).  Owen just started reading it this week, so I will report back on what he thought.

 Sweet Girl

In my February book post I shared my new found love for Rachel Hollis.  This is the second book in her Girls series.  It follows Max and her love of baking.  It was just as fun as the first book, Party Girl.  If you are looking for a fun little series to read on your spring break, I would definitely recommend these.  I’m currently reading the last book and look forward to finishing the trilogy.

 After I Do

Last month I shared the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I really loved One True Loves.  So I was excited to read another one of her novels.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and did not enjoy it nearly as much.  It follows an unhappy couple who decide to take a year long break in their marriage.  I don’t know what it was about this book (maybe my strong belief in marriage), but this book just didn’t draw me in.  I still really like her writing style, so I will likely give another one of her books a try soon.

That’s it for books this month.  What have you been reading????

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P.S. If you are interested in supporting our adoption and helping us bring Peanut home, feel free to do your Amazon shopping through our blog affiliate link. It costs you no additional charge and we will earn a small portion of your purchase in commission. All earnings will go into our adoption fund to bring Peanut home. Thank you for supporting our family!

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#everydayelsbury2017

To be honest, I had planned on linking up and writing a Working It post for today.  The topic is balancing work and home life, but when I actually sat down to write I just wanted to laugh.  Isn’t balancing work and home life what all working moms strive for?  And don’t we all feel (at least at times) as if we are still trying to figure it all out?  So while there are many things I have found that help our family run smoothly, let’s be honest.  There is only one key to any success I have at being a working mom…I have amazing support.  Without Shane and my mom, this family would fall apart.  For eleven years I worked night shift, seven days in a row, then seven days off.  Without Shane to pick up more that his fair share on those weeks, we would not have survived.  Last June I was fortunate enough to leave my night shift days behind and start working part time.  While I am home more, I still cannot do this alone.  We have been so blessed to have Mimi watch the kids while I work and all of those other times i need to run people to various appointments and practices.  Thank you, Mom!  So there is my secret to how I Work It 🙂

Since I don’t have any earth shattering secrets to balancing work-family life, let’s get on with #everydayelsbury

A peek at life this week…

After work this evening I made the trek to the parking garage and up to the second floor for my car. Only my van wasn’t there. Hmm. So I went down to the first level. No van. Up to the third level. No van. Then back down to two where I swear I parked. Nope. Then back to one where FINALLY I find my van on the far end of the aisle. I hope the security guys watching the cameras got a good laugh out of that one. #dudewheresmycar

Brackets are done! Ready for some March Madness (P.S. I don’t think the Elsbury fellas will be winning the bracket pool) #godawgs

This morning we finished up The Armor of God at women’s bible study. Not only did I win The Prince Warriors for having not showered before study but I also got wrapped in a suit of armor made out of Reynolds wrap.

Working on their first duet.

We’ve got the snacks covered.

What do 8 women do when they leave 30 (and counting!) kids home with the husbands for the weekend? Absolutely nothing. And it was glorious. #chinamamas #thatsalotofkids

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What’s On My Bookshelf: February

I’m finally getting around to sharing what I read in February.  Overall it was a great book month.  I read 4 books, listened to 1 book on audible and abandoned one audio book I just couldn’t get into.  Now on to the books!


Someday, Someday, Maybe

This book was written by Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.  I love her so I was excited to pick up her debut novel.  It follows an aspiring actress as she pursues an acting career in New York City.  I really enjoyed this book.  There were a few times throughout that I could feel this was her first book and she was still finding her voice and style, but overall I would definitely recommend.  I have her other book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) on my list to read soon.


Party Girl

This is book 1 in the Girl’s Series by Rachel Hollis.  I wasn’t familiar with Rachel Hollis and I’m not sure how I picked up this book, but it was just delightful.  A fluffy, happy story which is my favorite thing to escape into.  My friend, Anna, also picked this one up and texted me her love for the entire series and our conversation started like this:

Well, if that isn’t a ringing endorsement, then I don’t know what is.  So I promptly jumped on over to her site and Anna was right.  With just a quick glance I could tell she is my soul sister.  Plus she just adopted a precious baby girl.  So, of course I then read…


Party Girl’s First Date

This is not a novel, but a short story.  It is a quick read that only takes a very short amount of time, but it was a fun extension of what happens after the first book.  Spoiler alert: you will be hearing all about the 2nd novel in the series, Sweet Girl, on my March reading list 😉


Small Great Things

This book was a bit of a departure from my typical chic lit, but I have read several other Jodi Picoult novels and loved them all.  I chose this one after hearing that it featured a baby with MCADD, which is the metabolic disorder that Owen has.  MCADD is fairly rare and most people, including the majority of medical professionals, have never heard of it.  So I was excited to find out that a well known author like Picoult was including it in her story.  I’m going to be honest, this was a difficult book to read.  It deals with the hard topic of racism.  Some of the hate spewed by the characters is hard to stomach, but the author does a great job of writing from different perspectives.  In the end I thought it was an excellent book.  I would recommend it, not only to spread the word and education about MCADD, but because I think it could make for some great  discussion.


One True Loves

I heard about this author while listening to the podcast What Should I Read Next (yay for great Louisville bloggers!).  I believe she described her as chic lit with more meat (or something like that).  I loved this book.  Can a person have more than one true love for their life?  What if you were faced with having to chose?  I want someone I know to read this so I can discuss!  I’m adding her other works to my list.  I can’t wait to read more.


Scrappy Little Nobody

I am sad to say that this is the audio book that I abandoned part way through.  I like Anna Kendrick as an actress, but the book just wasn’t doing it for me.  I think it may have been her voice.  I typically like when an author narrates their own audiobook.  But while I like her unique voice on the screen, when listening to it in my earbuds I found it annoying.  I may try to pick up the book at the library some time and give it an actual words on paper read, but the audio version I just had to put down.

So there you have it.  Six books for February.  We are already half way through March (sorry about the late Feb. post) and I already have three books on my finished list.  I can’t wait to share!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

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