It’s Monday. What are you reading?

2aI’m linking up with Sheila

Hello Loves!

Three day weekends are the best. Spending time with my husband while doing nothing is the best. It will definitely be hard to go back to to work tomorrow. The three day weekend has been great to catch up on my reading lists. I’ve made a dent in them.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

For My Eyeballs:

 Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults

 Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.
 
Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth—and brutally honest—weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.
Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls,Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.

For My Earbuds:

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

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#Blog2BlogBC August

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Hello Loves!

This month I participate in the Blogger 2 Blogger Book Club over at Kelly’s Kinda Crazy. Everyone should go check it out for the next months!

The Book:

 The Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!


The Questions:

How does the book redefine happy endings? What makes Pat so determined to believe that every cloud has a silver lining?

Pat is holding out for the silver lining cause he wants to be happy. I believe that in every situation, you will always reach the silver lining. Sometimes the journey may not be the best but you will get there. Pat’s journey to being happy may have not been the best but he reached. Sometimes you have to go through tough times because you get that happy ending.

Did Dance Away Depression have any healing effect on Pat?

Yes it did. I think it help him get through some bad times. It was an outlet to get his anger out.

What did Tiffany want him to hear when she chose “Total Eclipse of the Heart” as their song?

Tiffany wanted him to realize that she was in love with him.

How did your impressions of Nikki and Tiffany shift throughout the novel?

Both of Nikki and Tiffany are witches. I never liked Nikki at all. She was a total self-absorbed, snotty little witch. Instead of trying to work though her marriage problems, she cheated on Pat. On the other hand, I loved Tiffany from the very beginning. She truly cared about Pat. Her methods may not have been the best, but she did it with her heart.


My Thoughts:

This is one of my favorite books. I’ve read it a good two or three times now. The storyline is perfect. The characters are very well written. I loved Tiffany from the beginning. She may be a total witch but she did everything because she cared about Pat. The connection that Pat has with every one regarding the Eagles is the sweetest. His dad does care about him, even if it just because the Eagles are winning. It’s such a heartwarming book. It shows that we can believe in happy endings, even if the path to get there isn’t happy. Everyone should go and read this book.

∗∗∗∗∗ (5 Stars)

♥ Jennifer

 

I Need this book in my life.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello Loves!

I’m in love with this meme.

One: It gives me a chance to talk about books. Two: I get to make a list.

My downside is that I always find more books to read than hours in the day. Oh well.

This week’s list is Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet.

{ONE}

Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler

Uganda Be Kidding Me

{TWO}

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

{THREE}

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

{FOUR}

Welcome, Caller , This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe

{FIVE}

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Suddenly Royal (Suddenly, #1)

{SIX}

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS

{SEVEN}

The One & Only by Emily Griffin

The One & Only

{EIGHT}

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

{NINE}

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me

{TEN}

Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

What books do you need in your life?

– Jennifer

 

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

2aI’m linking up with Sheila over at Book Journey

Hello Loves!

Happy Monday!

This has become one of my favorite linkups. I must warn you though, your to-be-read list will get bigger and bigger. I know mine has. Ugh, there are not enough hours in the day to read all my books.

For my eyeballs:

Since You've Been Gone

Goodreads

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger?
Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping?
Wait…what?


I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

Goodreads

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.


For my earbuds:

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Goodreads

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

– Jennifer

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

 Linking up with Neely at A Complete Waste of Makeup

Hello Loves!

By the time you read this, my husband and I will be on our way to Portland, OR for the day! We will be watching the Sounders start a bonfire with the Timbers. I love a good old rivialery!

On to the questions.

1. What are you most looking forward to about Fall?

Pumpkin Spice. Or all the leaves turning colors. Fall time is my favorite in Washington. We have so many trees that I love all the colors during the fall.

2. What is your favorite sports team?

I feel like I already answered that (see above) but just in case.

Seattle Sounders FC Seattle Sounders

 

Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners

3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?

Yes. I would have majored in Education. I want to become a teacher but it’s harder now, when I have so classes to reflect that.

 4. What was your favorite class you ever took? HS or College

In college, I took a Public Relations in Sports class. We got to interview for whatever job we wanted in the sports world. We help mock press conferences. It was a really fun class.

 5. Reach into your purse what is the first thing you grab?

My kindle. It was sitting right on top.

– Jennifer

Local Flavor Swap

Hello Loves!

I’m huge on swaps. I love getting to know another person and being come friends.

When the wonderful ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps hosted yet another swap, I signed up; of course.

Here is a little rundown of the Local Flavor:

Fill a package with at least 5 goodies for your partner that you, yourself, would love to receive.  The package must include items that are local to your region/state/town! This can include (but is not limited to): things your area is known for; goodies from local businesses or farmer’s market; books from local authors; art from local artists; info about the region; etc.  

 I was partnered with Wendy who blogs over at A Day in the Life on the Farm. The coolest thing about this swap, is that you were partnered with someone in a completely different state. Wendy lives in Michigan. Which is a state, I haven’t visited but really want to. I love getting to know Wendy. Hopefully, we get to meet in real life.
Here is what she got me:
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– The light house picture is actually the card explaining everything.

– The Soap and Ornament came from a little shop that features local artists.

– Michigan is farm country, hence all the food stuff. There is Apple Chips, Blueberry Jam, Pear Butter and beats from her garden and Grapes from her neighbors.

– A book that explains everything about Michigan. I’m having a blast getting to read all about it. Makes me want to travel there really soon.

Thank you Wendy for the wonderful gifts! And thank you Chaotic Goddess Swaps for another successful exchange.

– Jennifer

Book Club Friday

I’m linking with Heather

Hello Loves!

Happy Friday!

This week I’m sharing:

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone  It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
 On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
 Apple picking at night?
 Okay, easy enough.
 Dance until dawn?
 Sure. Why not?
 Kiss a stranger?
 Um…
 Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
 Go skinny-dipping?
 Wait…what?


My Thoughts (so far):

From what I have read so far, this book is a cutesy summer read. One where you can lay on the beach with your best friend and laugh throughout the entirety of the summer. Just talking about that makes me want to call up my best friend just to make sure that she is still here. Matson has done a good job with the characters so far. I can easily relate to them in so way or another.

– Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

LandlineGeorgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened? (Goodreads)

 

My thoughts:

I’ve read all of Rowell’s other books and loved them. When I saw she had an adult book coming, I knew I needed to read it. To be honest, it wasn’t the best of her books. (I liked Attachments the best). It took a lot longer than normal for me to get through this book. Normally, I can read her books in about two days (a week tops, if I’m super busy) but this one take two weeks or longer. The storyline didn’t keep me engaged throughout the entire of the book. There were points that I was just skimming the pages to move on. Her characters were relatable though. Neal and Georgie reminded me that marriage is a two way street. Sometimes there is give and take. Seth was the best friend that everyone (girl or guy) needs. Rowell did bring some humor to the book. Like when Georgie and company need to deliver pug puppies right in the laundry room.

Overall, I give the book 3 stars.

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♥ Jennifer

“You HAVE to read this book”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Hello Loves!

I’m back from the bachelorette weekend and I survived. It was very touch and go there for a while but we made it out alive.

Now on to this week’s Top Ten.


Top Ten Books that people tell me I HAVE to read! But doesn’t mean I will.

{One and Two}

Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

I’ve read the first one so there should be no reason not to read these books. I haven’t gotten around to it and maybe I never will.

{Three}

Any other books by John Green (besides The Fault in our Stars)

The Fault in our stars was so good that it ruined me for John Green. I don’t think his other books will compare.

{Four}

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I own a copy of this book. I just haven’t gotten around to actually picking it up and starting it.

{Five}

The Game of Thrones series by George R.R Martin

Those books have been recommended to me by a couple of people. They are way too long for me and the farthest thing away from the type of books I like to read.

{Six}

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larssoon

My in-laws told me I have to read these books. I would love them. I read the first chapter and wasn’t too impressed.

{Seven}

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

 Every time I ask someone for a book recommendation, this is always the first one. Maybe I should try it out. Probably because the movie is coming out soon.

{Eight}

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This is actually the next book I’m going to read. I saw the trailer for this movie and it made me want to read the book. It’s highly recommended.

{Nine}

Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson

I’m actually in the middle of this book.  I’ve really enjoyed it. Review Soon

{Ten}

The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

I’ve read a ton of good reviews on this series. It’s the next series that I want to start.


What would you recommend?

 - Jennifer

Book Club Friday

 Linking up with Heather

Hello Loves!

Happy Friday!

Real Quick. I’m going to be out of touch this weekend! I’m heading out of town for a bachelorette party for a really good friend!

Anywho, here is one of the many books I’m currently reading!

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope, #2) Here is what goodreads said: Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.

Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions

My thoughts so far:

So far it’s not horrible. Sometimes the second book is not as good at the first and it makes you hate the first book too. That isn’t the case here so far. I really enjoy Ginny having to return to Europe to get her letter back. Ginny, the character, is making a bit anger though. She doesn’t get the simplest things in front of her. Can’t wait to keep reading and see how this book turns out.

 

♥ Jennifer