Friday, April 27, 2018

Dewey's 24 hour Readathon!

 

So I've been so busy lately that I totally missed that tomorrow is the Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon!!  But I found out just in time to sign up for tomorrow's event. If you're like me and forgot--you can still sign up to participate!! 

I love the goal of reading 1 million pages as a reading community--that's what I love about readathon events like this! I'll be posting my updates on my Twitter and Instagram/Instastories pages. 

Here's what I'll be reading tomorrow:

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I'm just shy of 100 pages in on this 400+ pager, so I'm hoping to make good progress in this one tomorrow! I'm really enjoying it so far and excited to have an extra excuse to read.

What are you reading this weekend? Happy Friday and Happy Readathon!

High Five for Friday: April 27

 

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 approved for this one on NetGalley! 
 
2. Books I've Been Loving this Week 
 
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Picked this one up from the library on Wednesday and have read a few chapters. Loving it so far! Believe it or not, this is my first time reading a Meg Wolitzer book!


3. When I Wasn't Reading 
 
It was unusually warm in Oregon this week--like, 80 degrees--and it was glorious! I didn't go to the gym hardly at all this week and opted for getting my workouts done outside in the sunshine since the forecast calls for rain this weekend. On Monday we walked the pups down to Dutch Bros (for those of you who aren't from Oregon--it's a super popular coffee chain around here). We got coffee and the pups got milk bone treats with whipped cream on them! Round trip it was nice 3.5 mile walk and got us out enjoying the warmth!
 
Elway (left) and Peyton (right)
 4. So Random
 
 Last Sunday my friend and I went to a Yoga class at Brooks Wines. We've been before and it's just a gorgeous location. It was sunny enough that we could choose to be outside on the deck for class. Though it was a little chilly, the fresh air and the beautiful view were amazing! When we were there, another yogi mentioned she was from Michigan. Like actually visiting this week from Detroit--her husband was in Salem on business and she took an uber out to with winery for yoga! It was so fun to chat with er and hear her perspective on Oregon.
 
 
 5. Weekend Plans   


We do have plans this weekend--meeting up with some friends at a brewery on Saturday and having other friends over for a BBQ on Sunday. Luckily for the BBQ we have a covered patio so it won't matter if it's raining! Hoping to get some reading in on Saturday. Saturday is also Independent Bookstore Day! Planning on visiting some indie bookstores this weekend!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

TLC Book Tours: Hurricane Season

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 3, 2018)
From the author of the USA Today bestseller The Hideaway comes another story of families and mending the past.
Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.
As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.
Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.
When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.
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 What a fantastic read!! I live in the Pacific Northwest, and saw that this book was set in the South. I had a trip planned for work to Florida, and saved this book to read during my trip for an extra layer of fun! I loved Jenna and Betsy and got really attached to both of them--though the book was almost 400 pages and moved slowly at times, I was sad to leave these characters at the end because I wanted to know more. Because of Jenna's love for photography, I think I connected with her a little more but loved Betsy's story as well. A summer artist retreat in sunny Florida? Yes please!  I enjoyed learning more about the South through this book.

 I loved the family themes explored in this book,and thought the author portrayed them well. The approaching hurricane added an extra layer to the story, and helped tie the story together in the end. Overall I really enjoyed this read and recommend adding it to your reading list!

About Lauren K. Denton

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren K. Denton now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Hello, Monday...April 16

 

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: It was a pretty low key weekend! Last weekend we went to the beach, which was delightful, so this weekend we just stayed home.  It was rainy, so perfect reading weather. I did run a 5K on Saturday--a great local race to support the education association in my community. The rest of the weekend I was pretty lazy--got a lot of reading done!

Reading:I picked up a stack of books from the library on Thursday and got quite a bit of reading done! I read all of  Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, the March Reese Witherspoon book club pick that finally came in for me at the library.  I really enjoyed it! I also started the April pick, Happiness. Memoirs can be hit or miss for me....so I'm surprised I'm flying through this one! For my trip this week (see the Looking Forward to section) I'm packing Hurricane Season--I started it and put it on hold for my library books. It will be my airplane reading!


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Workouts: Last week included some zumba, yoga and elliptical training since I had my run on Saturday. Confession--in the second mile of my run I totally tripped  and biffed it.  Caught my foot on one of the edges of the concrete squares on the path. Felt completely ridiculous. Sraped up my hand a little but otherwise completely fine, other than feeling like an idiot. I can dance, I can stand on my head in yoga....but I trip when I'm running. Ha! Never fallen during a run before but I've seen many others fall so I guess it was my turn! BUT...a nice guy helped me up and I just kept going! It wasn't chip timed so I'm not sure of my official time but by my phone app I was just over a 9 minute mile pace, on a course that had hills and was super windy. I'll take it!!!

Love my gym running buddies!!
Looking Forward to: I'm leaving tomorrow to fly to Orlando for a work conference!!! I am SO excited for some SUNSHINE! This Oregon gray weather has been a bummer lately!! Yes, I know you're all singing it from Book of Mormon: "Orlandooooo! I love you Orlandooo!".  I've never been to the SE United States at all so I'm super excited to add another state and region to my travels. Blogging will be light this week since things will be a bit crazy! Watch my instastories for some sunshine!!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WWW Wednesday....April 11

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The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Finished

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Read this beach read over the weekend! If you liked the other Ten Beach Road novels you'll love this one too!
Currently Reading
 
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My review with TLC Book Tours will be on the blog April 24!
 
Up Next   

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This is the April book pick for the Reese Witherspoon book club. Currently on hold for me at the library! 

Happy Reading!

Friday, April 6, 2018

High Five for Friday: April 6

 

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
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Just checked out this book from the library yesterday. I'm obsessed with the cover! 
2. Books I've Been Loving this Week 
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 I finished Waking up in Eden the other night and absolutely loved it. It's nonfiction that reads like fiction and is set in Kauai. I started How to Walk Away this week and was sucked in from the first chapter. When you read the blurb it sounds like a super downer of a book, but it's so well written. Will post a full review closer to its publishing date (May 15).

3. When I Wasn't Reading 

Wine + Yoga was Monday night! My favorite yoga teacher taught Monday's class and it was exactly what I needed! I also had a really good 4 mile run at the gym on Wednesday.

Drinking: Eola Hills rose. Leggings:Altar Ego apparel
  
4. So Random

The trees are blooming here now and they're so pretty!! I live not far away from the state capital of Salem, Oregon and surrounding the capital are gorgeous cherry trees. The Travel Salem Facebook page posted this photo this week. Such a pretty time of year! Yay Spring!

Photo from Travel Salem facebook page
5. Weekend Plans  

I'm super excited for this weekend.  Saturday is Fred Meyer Plant Day. It's a super awesome day where you bring your own pots, buy the flowers you want, and the Fred Meyer crew pots them for you for free, including the potting soil! As someone who hates gardening but loves flowers, this is ideal. Then on Sunday we leave for the beach for a couple nights! My husband has all next week off so I took off a couple days too! We figured things would be a little quieter if we went Sunday-Tuesday since Oregon's already had Spring break. Looking forward to ocean watching, reading time, good food and relaxation time! Hopefully some yoga too. I won't be posting a Monday post next week so I can unplug for a couple days.

Have a good weekend and thanks for reading!  

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Book Review: The Good Liar

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By Catherine McKenzie
380 pages, published April 3, 2018
Lake Union Publishing

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

From Goodreads:

Can you hide a secret with the whole world watching?

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

 

 I've always been a fan of this author's writing--I remember coming across Spin in the library, loving it, and immediately reading everything else she'd written. Her writing style keeps you turning the pages, and this book is no exception. With the three different perspectives and so many secrets, reading "just one more chapter" is next to impossible!

I liked how one of the perspectives was told via interview transcript.  Usually books with alternating perspectives can be hit or miss for me, and that different format definitely made the different perspectives style work well. You got a little more information each time  and it leaves you wanting more! I was able to piece together a few things but it takes you right up until the last pages (I LOVED how the ending was written!) to really figure things out.

Though the characters weren't always likeable (though I did like Cecily as a character) they were very well developed and interesting! Kate and Franny were definitely a piece of work and I loved thinking about their characters from a psychology perspective. If you love a good psychological suspense, this is an excellent read!

Happy Reading!



Monday, April 2, 2018

Hello, Monday.....April 2

 
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: It was good weekend that went way too fast! Saturday was beautiful, 60 degree weather. Walked the pups in the morning, spent some time outside in the yard, and met up with some of our best friends for dinner on Saturday night.   It was a really great day!! Sunday was Easter, so it was a busy day with family. Overall a really great weekend!

Blogiversary: My blog turned 4 on Saturday!! I can't believe it's been four years already!! I appreciate all my readers and am so thankful to have connected with so many great authors, bloggers and readers through this blog.  So if you're reading this...THANK YOU :)

Reading:  My mom let me borrow this beautiful book, Waking Up in Eden. It's set in Kauai, and now it's the next Hawaiian island I want to go to! I also started reading the new Mary Kay Andrews ARC, The High Tide Club.

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Workouts: I signed up for another 5K on April 14th. Been getting some 3-4 mile runs in, going to Zumba, and practicing yoga. The usual! My two year yogiversary was March 28th.  Apparently I like to start new awesome things at the end of March.

Leggings: AltarEgo Apparel

Looking Forward to: Yoga and Wine tonight!!!!  The best part about Monday!

Thank you for reading and have a great week!