Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've not been reading as many 'normal' books lately so don't have a whole lot to share today.

The Willpower Instinct - Kelly McGonigal
self control development 
I've owned this one for a couple of years, so when we decided to do a non-fiction/self helpy kind of book for book club, this was my suggestion. I think only 2 people finished it! It was very dry and boring at times. There was a scientific explanation/experiment and anecdotal story for almost every single thing and it got a bit boring at times for sure. There were snippets of good information and lots of 'oh, so that's why I do that', or some good ideas I thought about implementing, but overall I'm not sure there was a whole lot of brand new information or things that would work for me specifically. I don't regret reading it, if it sounds like your jam, I recommend.
An Anonymous Girl - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
psychological thriller - comes out january 2019
I've still not read The Wife Between Us, even though I own it. I'd only heard good things though, so I had high expectations for this one. It took until about 40% for me to get really into it, and it's not exactly.. thrilling/scary but it is creepy AF and had me feeling all unsettled. Something about it fell flat for me though, but that might be me and not the book.
Never Seduce A Scot (loved.it.) // Mister Romance (recommendation from Heather who also very sweetly sent me the second one and I can't wait to read it) // My Favorite Half-Night Stand (enjoyable but I liked Josh & Hazel better) // Melt For You (much love, very recommend). 

Kingdom of Ash because this is the book that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends, some people started reading it not knowing what it was, and they'll continue reading it forever just because this book is one thousand pages (I'm enjoying it, it's just hard to get stuck into a book sometimes when you know it's going to take a year to read). Also, Becoming.

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TL;DR - I recommend An Anonymous Girl. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

November 2018 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Hello all, time for another what's new with you link up! Thanks again if you join me, I always appreciate it. You don't have to display the button if you don't want to, but don't forget to mention it somewhere in your post and check out some of the other posts! I'll be doing a monthly recap like I do every month.

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So November started off great - my friend and I went to see Hanson. When we went to the Shania Twain concert, it was a ton of fun for nostalgia reasons, not really because it was an entertaining show, if that makes sense. With Hanson, we definitely went for nostalgia reasons, but they only played 3 of their older songs, and the rest were from a new album that, if I am correct, wasn't even released yet? And they had the whole orchestra thing, which was great and all, very cool, but at times, overpowered their voices and it definitely changed the way the older songs I've known for 20+ years sounded. Anyway. It was still lovely to see them and they did put on a good show, I just would have preferred a few more songs I actually knew. But we both got Hanson tees and got to sing along to mmmbop so, success.


That weekend, KC and I decided to do some yard work. We did one side of the porch in September but we got lazy and didn't do the other side. We dug up all the plants/shrubs on the right. I took a before photo and everything. Go me!


We went out to get some stuff and instead, got in an accident. Good bloody times. Some guy just turned straight in front of us for absolutely no reason at all. We had a green light, there was traffic all around us, very busy road and he decided it was a great time to turn in front of us and have us hit him head on. The car was completely totaled, every single air bag deployed and I was just a tad hysterical. At first I couldn't open the door, couldn't see a bloody thing, the smell was horrendous... it was awful. As soon as I got out, I sat on the ground (away from the car obviously) and cried. It's funny - now, not at the time - when KC called 911, they said 'I think we've already received this call a couple of times - is there a woman crying on the ground?' and he was like 'yes, that's my wife'. Good times. Once the ambulance checked me out, I calmed down. The police must have been right around the corner because they showed up immediately, the fire truck was just a couple minutes later.


After it was all cleaned up and the cars towed away, we walked home because it happened just around the corner from our house. We were both in a small bit of pain and figured going to the ER was better safe than sorry, so we did.

Needless to say, we did not finish the yard work and it currently looks ridiculous but I give zero shits. I'll worry about it in the spring.

I wore a neck brace for about a week, which was annoying and uncomfortable - I didn't have any serious injuries, just whiplash, but they suggested it and said it would help and it definitely did. I healed a lot faster this time than I did last time.

On top of being in pain, we had to worry about insurance and all the good stuff that comes with being in an accident. Thankfully it is all sorted now but it was a stressful few weeks. Doubly thankful, my MIL has 2 cars and we borrowed one from her instead of worrying about a rental. We are looking for a replacement obviously, just waiting until the right one comes along.

On to better things, Liane Moriarty came to Louisville and book club went to see her! She was fantastic. I love her and want to be her friend. We got to chat with her for a few minutes and she signed our books and did I mention I love her because I do.


Other things happened in November - went out to dinner with girlfriends, hosted thanksgiving (I did not cook the turkey) and I feel like there were other things but there is no photo evidence of any of them so it basically didn't happen. Oh, and it snowed, so November is officially on my shit list. Goodbye, is it 2019 yet.

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So, what's new with you? Hopefully your November was better than mine, though I'm not sure you can beat Hanson and Liane Moriarty. Wink.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Link Up Reminder

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Random Friday thoughts

Hi all! Happy last day of November. I don't know about you, but I am so ready to say goodbye to 2018. 2017 sucked donkey balls but 2018 has made 2017 seem like small potatoes. Basically, 2018 has been shit and I am ready to say bye felicia. I realise that bad things happen regardless of the year, but I've said several times, I love clean slates. January 1st won't make the pain of losing my nan go away, not to mention all the other shit 2018 rained down on me and other people, but it feels nice and fresh and I am ready.


Moving on. I don't blog a whole lot anymore because I feel like I don't have much to say, nothing important anyway. I have random thoughts and ideas to share, but then I forget and don't post unless it's a link up. So today I thought I would word vomit everywhere just to show my face in an attempt to be more active on here again.

Have I ever shared the story of how I fell on a bathtub on my wedding night? Fell right on the edge, right on my butt, and cracked it. Like, my tailbone. I couldn't sit down properly or without pain for days. Even now, if I sit down too long, it hurts.  Nothing doctors could do. Fun times.

If I have free time, which let's face it, is all the time I am not at work, I will choose a book first, internet second, movie third and TV show last. I almost never watch normal TV, though sometimes instead of Netflix I might put on HGTV. Not so much anymore, I feel like I've seen all the episodes  of everything already.

Speaking of TV, we had Sling for a year (before it got as popular as it seems to be now), switched to Playstation Vue for a couple years and now we are on Spectrum - not full on cable, but a little package thing that is like $20 a month for 10 channels. We don't really watch TV, though KC watches a lot of sports (which is TV, but you know what I mean). It's not available everywhere, but it's handy. Playstation Vue was getting up there in price, seems we get on things when they are cheap and then they go up and up and we look elsewhere. I won't pay more than $50 for TV we don't watch.

I also don't have the patience or attention span to watch a TV show once a week. I lose interest when I have a whole season at my disposal, I would never watch more than 1 episode of a show if I had to wait a week for a new episode. I watched both seasons of Great News the other week and thoroughly enjoyed it and am very sad it was cancelled. This episode made me laugh.


As I've mentioned before, I am a grinch and proud of it. We don't have our tree up yet, I don't decorate besides the tree, I don't like christmas music except for like 10 songs and I can only listen to them for about a week before I get stabby, I'm not doing christmas cards (I never do, but I always pretend I'm going to try). I'm going through some medical shit right now - not trying to be vague, just not talking about it because I'm dealing by being detached and not thinking about it - and you can't really remove most of the stress that comes with the holidays (being away from home, holiday parties, family get togethers) so I removed what I could - buying presents. Except for KC, everyone in my life is getting gift cards, if they get anything at all.

I have some very lofty financial goals next year which means my shopping has to go way, way down. Which is another reason I'm not doing proper christmas presents - I can plan and plan, but I always go overboard (not to mention end up buying things for myself).

Speaking of Overboard, I refuse to watch the remake. The Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell movie is a classic and should not be touched. Plus, I don't like Anna Faris. Just look at how adorable they are. I heart them.


I feel like I saw a lot of people dress up as the Sanderson sisters this halloween (can you tell I started this post last month?), which is all good and fun but then I also saw a lot of Billy costumes and that is not good and fun (kidding, people can dress up as what they want, I just don't like looking at him, real or costume). I like Hocus Pocus as much as the next girl but I fast forward through his parts. When I was younger, I used to get scared at super weird things - Gremlins, Poseidon and Billy from Hocus Pocus were the big ones. I still can't handle any of those things as an adult - I can watch them and feel fine and like an adult, but then I will have nightmares for months. I am not even kidding or exaggerating. Billy was the worst, I had recurring nightmares of him chasing me through an airport for a good 15 years. Not every night obviously, but at least once a week. They went away when I was like 23 or so, but I don't care to bring him back thank you very much.

I used to be really scared of pirates as well, but pirates of the caribbean helped rid me of that fear. 

How's that for random. Anyone have any irrational fears like that? Or just me.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Books Lately

Show Us Your Books day with Steph & Jana! I've been kind of so-so on books lately. I go up and down and I like to just let those phases run their course. I was reading The Clockmaker's Daughter and don't want to say I DNF'd it, because I don't even remember the first 2 chapters, but I am pausing it for now. Just not in the mood for a Kate Morton book. Once I finally admitted that, I got back into reading but mostly romance so I don't have a whole lot of 'normal' books to share.


Jane Doe - Victoria Helen Stone
mystery thriller with sociopath
This one is near impossible to talk about or describe without spoilers. Basically, the main character is a nutjob but this is one of the times that you like them/agree with them/want them to succeed... Kind of like Joe from You, but even more so. I knew I liked this author's writing because she writes romance under another name but I was hesitant because this isn't my usual genre. I was pleasantly surprised because I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty 
nine strangers go to a health resort
I really, really, really liked this. I am so glad I read it as soon as it was released, unlike Truly Madly Guilty where I waited a bit and then the hype was too insane and there were negative reviews and I ended up waiting a couple of years. I will say, this one is nothing like what I've read from her previously and I think she is a super versatile writer. It does get a bit weird and it's hard to explain why without spoilers. I loved the characters in this book and while it's not exactly compelling in a must find out all the things way, it is a very easy quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, as always, biased because I love all the Australianisms in her books but doubly biased this time because our book club went to go see her talk about it last week and it was everything and now I adore her even more.
Pride - Ibi Zoboi
modern YA diverse P&P retelling
I was insanely excited for this and ridiculously disappointed. I should have DNF'd it but the idea was so fantastic and I kept hoping it would get better. I didn't click with the writing, I personally don't think it should be called a P&P retelling, but mostly the characters are what ruined this for me. I think I am eve more bummed because I was so excited, so sure I would love it. Womp.
Eh, even romances were a bit lacklustre for me lately. A couple of great ones but for the most part everything was very fine but forgettable.

Bad Habits Trilogy // Butterface // Fall // I started the Immortals After Dark series finally, very behind the times at least in the paranormal romance world, and I'm currently up to book 6.
Kingdom of Ash - well, I've read the first chapter a couple of times but this book is almost a thousand pages so I keep putting it off even though I'm excited for it.

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TL;DR - I recommend both Jane Doe and Nine Perfect Strangers. Hopefully my reading mojo will be up before the next link up.

Read anything decent lately?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

October 2018 Recap - What's New With You Link Up

Hello all, time for another what's new with you link up! Thanks again if you join me, I always appreciate it. You don't have to display the button if you don't want to, but don't forget to mention it somewhere in your post and check out some of the other posts! I'll be doing a monthly recap like I do every month.

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So October was a very quiet month.

KC randomly got a hankering to make some bread, so we did. First we made it after following a recipe from a youtube channel that makes things like in the 'olden days' and then we made one I found on pinterest because some things are better modern. Ha. I also figured I'd try and make some muffins, they turned out pretty well too. First time I've ever made muffins (baker, I am not).


My friend invited me to a craft night her friend was hosting, and we made these cute little nail art things and they are way harder than they look. Seriously.


My favourite Heather sent me some goodies that I didn't take photos of besides the crunchie that I demolished immediately. She also sent me these fancy night lights that her husband made on his 3D printing thingy. I need to take a photo of those to share because they are so lovely!


And then there was Halloween - well, Halloween eve. We got all our trick or treaters on Tuesday evening and ran out of candy. No photos, we didn't dress up either. I get kind of overwhelmed and feel a lot of pressure so I only hand a bit of candy out and then I make KC do the rest.

Other than that, I read a lot, nothing new there. I also started watching Riverdale one night when I didn't feel like reading, I think I made it 10 episodes and I'm not over it or anything, but when I felt like reading again I did. I just have a horrible attention span when it comes to TV shows because they take so much longer for me to watch than for me to read a book... You know?


My sweet Pacey died and even though I've been gone for 6 years, I still got regular updates and photos and she definitely remembered me both visits. She lasted a year longer than mum originally thought she would and she wasn't in pain, so that's what matters. I wish I had more photos of her, but when we got her I didn't have a digital camera, so I'm sure photos exist somewhere.. on film ha.



And now here we are in November - this year has definitely flown by. 2017 and 2018 have both been hard years emotionally for me (and lots of other people). I am feeling the same about 2018 as I was 2017 - I am ready for it to be over so 2019 can be better. I know that's a silly way to think, but a new year is a fresh clean slate and always makes me feel better. I honestly feel like I've been under a cloud since November 2016, anyone else? It's funny, my reading went up 50% in 2017 and another 50% in 2018 (so far). Not bragging or trying to be like, look at me I read so much, but reading is 100% my coping mechanism and it shows over the past 2 years.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Link Up Reminder

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Books Lately

Show us your books day! First off I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words on my post about my nana yesterday, they were much appreciated. It's funny how sharing things like that can make you feel better, help you cope. I liked sharing some of my memories and though I'm sure I will always miss her, I feel lighter somehow. So, thank you. Now, book time! As usual, when I'm going through stuff, I bury my head in books to cope. So I have quite a few to share!


Daisy Jones & the Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid
follows the break up of a fictional band
Talk about high expectations! I still haven't really gotten all my thoughts together, but this was a really easy read, different format but you get used to it quickly, fast paced and you keep turning the page because you want to know what happened, a little disappointed with the endings for some characters, a teeny twist that made me gasp.. I shouldn't compare, it didn't come close to Evelyn Hugo for me, but it did give me all of the feels.
Received from Netgalley.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
new sally thorne book what more do you need to know
I like to keep my romance books separated in the little area below but this deserves its own spot up here. Heather and I both got the ARC and we were like we should read it together, when do you want to read it, it doesn't come out until January, we should wait.. and then we were both like yeah, we want to start it right away. Couldn't help ourselves! Anyway, if you are a fan of The Hating Game, I recommend, just try not to compare it, as they are like cousins rather than sisters. I really, really, really enjoyed it. Now, not so patiently waiting for the next Sally Thorne book... 
Received from Edelweiss.
Pretty Girls Dancing - Kylie Brant
missing girls
Well this was creepy AF. It was definitely engrossing. It was fast paced and I thought it was well written. I liked most of the characters, except of course the ones you're not supposed to. I really liked the ending, some characters getting their just desserts. I had no idea where anything was going, I didn't see anything coming. True, I don't read a whole lot of books like this so take that with a grain of salt. I mostly read it though I listened to a bit on audio and I don't recommend that at all.
You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
personal development
This reinforced a lot of thoughts I already had, namely that it's okay to not have big grand dreams or to live what others might consider a 'small' life. It also made me look at things a different way, and made me realise I might hold on to things a little too long, might be more angry or bitter over things I need to let go of or forgive. It made me think about being more present in my life, appreciating the bumps instead of getting angry or frustrated. It also made me want to be more honest with my goals and bad habits. There was a lot I didn't agree with or thought 'yeah no thanks, not for me' and that is okay.
Still Me - JoJo Moyes
third in me before you series
I liked After You, I did not hate it like others seemed to. Though I don't remember a whole lot about it so it took a bit to get back into this world. I ended up liking it a lot, felt a lot of emotions and I liked the ending.... but I'm still not entirely sure books 2 or 3 even needed to be written. Like they could have been about different characters and held their own, without the Will thing hanging over Louisa's head. I did like this, and After You, but I do hope JoJo Moyes writes something else soon, something not Louisa Clark related (and I really, really like Louisa). I still like Me Before You best, like book wise, but I also really, really love Sam. 
The Book of Essie - Meghan MacLean Weir
daughter of preacher with tv show like the duggars is pregnant
This was really, really, really good. It's about so much more than the synopsis makes it sound. It's a very emotional book, a lot heavier than you think it might be. There's a lot going on, it's told from three POVs and I'm not sure one of them was really necessary but it wasn't a big deal. The ending was satisfying. Somehow this was a light read dealing with heavy stuff. I do recommend. 
I Am Watching You - Teresa Driscoll
woman sees two teenage girls meet dangerous guys, next day one is missing
I thought this was really good, very interesting, very 'must know what happens next'. Had no idea who the bad guy was. There was a lot going on, not just with possible bad guys but just.. a lot. Like a lot of filler. Anyway, it makes you think, what would you do in certain situations? If you saw two teenage girls talking to older, dangerous men? Would you try and stop them, or try and call their parents (even though they are strangers), or would you do nothing?
girl writes letters to people she's loved and they get sent
I kept putting this one off because I really didn't enjoy her other trilogy. Then the netflix movie came out and obviously I had to watch it, but I had to read it first. I don't read a whole lot of YA anymore because teenagers are really annoying but I tried to ignore that. I read a LOT of contemporary romance and I also had to try not to compare it to that, because a lot of things that go down are super not okay in the romance world. But anyway. This was totally adorable, and the movie was even more adorable. I'm not so patiently waiting for the next book from the library.
A Spark of Light - Jodi Picoult
shooting at women's health services center
Never thought I would dislike a Picoult book. I think it was the subject matter, but it's turned me off her books. I can acknowledge and respect a lot of different beliefs someone might have compared to me, I try not to judge and just accept that we are different... but there are a few I simply cannot accept or understand. I feel like she was too ambivalent in this one, about which belief/opinion was right or wrong and I couldn't get behind that. It's a nope from me. Also, it's told in reverse which is not my jam.
Received from Netgalley.
Consumed (thanks Netgalley!) // Bountiful (loving this whole series but this is by far my favourite) // Fight or Flight (thanks Netgalley! Comes out today) // Hot Winter Nights (I adore Jill Shalvis) //
One Day in December (thanks Netgalley! Comes out November 7th) // Reckless (wow, this was so much better than the cover makes it look) // The Simple Wild (thanks Netgalley!) // Rebel Hard (thanks Netgalley!)

The Clockmaker's Daughter and Nine Perfect Strangers - coincidentally both Aussie authors! The Clockmaker's Daughter actually comes out today, I was hoping to finish it before the link up, but... life. Also, Nine Perfect Strangers doesn't come out in the US until next month, but I'm still hooked up to my Australian library and it came out in September there.

Linking up with Steph & Jana. Happiest of happy anniversaries guys! 4 years, wow! Favourite link up ever.


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TL;DR - I recommend Daisy Jones, 99 Percent Mine, Pretty Girls Dancing, The Book of Essie, I Am Watching You and To All The Boys I've Loved Before. 

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