Friday, April 29, 2016

Books and Beans {April }

April was a slow month in the reading department.  School kept me very busy.  However, I enjoyed each of these reads!

This month, I gave up sugar in my coffee...what?!  Crazy, I know.  I drank Keurig coffee with two scoops of original Coffee Mate Creamer.  At Starbucks, I was all about the Flat White.  If you do not like your coffee sweet, you will love the creamy goodness of the Flat White.  Let me know if you try one!

(All book images from Amazon)

The Friends We Keep by:  Susan Mallery
(4 out of 5 stars)

This is actually part two of a series, but I didn't realize that until the end.  I had never read anything by Susan Mallery and I love when I find a new author to mix things up a bit!  The characters were relatable and believable; an easy read.  I will have to look for book one now.  :)

I Said Yes:  My Story of Heartbreak, Redemption and True Love by: Emily Maynard Johnson
(4 out of 5 stars)

I love any book that tells a person's life story, or at least a part of their story.  While I did not watch Emily's season, I enjoyed this book very much.  Overall, I like any story that shows how a person overcame a difficult time.  In that regard, this book did not disappoint.

With graduation approaching, I'm sure my reading time in May will look much like this month did.  I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Link Up!~Three Things You Would Take If You Were Stranded on a Deserted Island

Today I'm linking up with Mix and Match Mama and A Little Bit of Everything for their new series, "Three Things You Would Take If You Were Stranded on a Deserted Island".  Of course I have to link up to this given my love of "Three Things"!

Today's topic is three things from your medicine cabinet.  Here they are in no particular order...I need them all!

1.  My toothbrush and toothpaste...this counts as one, right?  I'm kind of obsessive about brushing my teeth and if I'm on a desert island, I definitely need to keep up my dental hygiene :)

2.  My dry shampoo.  I'm guessing it might be awhile between washings, so this is absolutely necessary!  I love the way this dry shampoo smells.

3.  Last, but definitely not least, sunscreen!!  This Irish green-eyed girl needs to have her skin protected.  Although, I'm sure I could find a nice palm tree to sit under as well.  

Link up and join the fun.  What three things would you bring from your medicine cabinet?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Books and Beans {March}

I read a lot of books this month!  This was partly due to not going anywhere during spring break and spending some of that free time with my nose in a book :)  I read some great ones this month, so I hope you find a few that speak to you as well.

My warm drink this month was most often made at home.  I was really into my Keurig coffee with two sugar in the raw packets and two scoops of Coffeemate.  Not original, but it's what was in my mug!

(all images from Amazon)

The Index Card by: Helaine Olen
(4 out of 5 stars)

This is a personal finance book full of practical advice.  I liked the simplicity of it, but nothing was groundbreaking advice either.  I do like to read personal finance books and I liked this one.

The Beach Club by: Elin Hilderbrand
(4 out of 5 stars)

What a fun read!  Elin Hilderbrand never disappoints when you are in the mood for a beachy read with interesting, relatable characters.  I especially liked the perspectives of multiple generations in this book and the interactions of friends, family, and friends that become family.

The Secret Keeper by: Kate Morton
(5 out of 5 stars)

This is such a fabulous book.  I reread it this month to prepare for a book club discussion when I return to school.  Kate Morton is so talented at spanning multiple time periods and creating characters that are in-depth and stay with you long after the story is over.

Turning the Tables:  From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again by: Teresa Giudice
(3 out of 5 stars)

If this doesn't prove my eclectic taste in reading, nothing will!  Don't hate me, but I liked this book!  I have to say it was mostly what I expected, but I found Teresa more intelligent than I had previously given her credit for.  I love reading stories about other people's lives and perspectives and this book filled that need for me.

Oprah:  40 Inspirational Life Lessons and Powerful Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey by: Entrepreneur Publishing
(3 out of 5 stars)

I downloaded this book and listened to it driving home from a weekend with teens in Indianapolis.  I got it because it was cheap and I miss Oprah!  That being said, it was just okay.  It was kind of a summary of her core beliefs and teachings over the years, but it came off a bit hokey.

Everything I Never Told You by: Celeste Ng
(4 out of 5 stars)

This was a fabulous and disturbing book that dealt with a multiracial family in the 1960's, complicated family relationships, and teen suicide.  This book will be with you long after you read it.

Opening Belle by:  Maureen Sherry
(3 out of 5 stars)

I picked up this book after seeing it on Reese Witherspoon's Instagram feed.  I love Reese, and usually find her book recommendations to be great as well.  I did not love this book, but it was entertaining.  I liked reading about females in the corporate world in New York balancing work and family, but I did not enjoy the stock market/financial part of the book.  I could not get into those parts or descriptions.  I have a feeling this book will be a movie one day and I think it would be a rare time I would enjoy the movie more than the book.

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways To Love Your Body by Kate G. Hudson
(4 out of 5 stars)

This book was great.  I loved her descriptions and advice on listening to your body and honoring it with exercise and food.  Other than the hippie chick stuff, this book was a homerun!

I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions for what I'll read next!