August Reading List

August Book List

What a fun month for reading! I finally got off the library wait list for a number of books, and the timing lined up perfectly with our beach trip! Reading by the water is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s a book you can’t put down! Since it was the end of summer August consisted mostly of beach and pool reads, with a fantasy book thrown in for good measure. If you are looking for some books you can’t put down, I highly recommend all of these!

The Last Mrs. Parrish - 3.5/5 - This is your classic beach read. It’s about the perfect family and psycho imposter who tries to ruin their lives. Mrs. Parrish has everything - a loving husband, gobs of money, and beautiful children. Amber has none of those things, and pretends to be someone she’s not so she can weasel her way into the family and steal Mr. Parrish away. It seams like your classic Lifetime Movie until a giant twist that was so satisfying!

The Night Tiger - 4/5 - This novel is pretty hard to explain the plot to, to be honest. It’s loosely about five people in Malaya who are linked together by fate and a finger…The book is full of myths, murder, and love. I found it really engrossing despite the fact that the plot was very slow to unwind.

The Silent Patient - 4/5 - Another thriller! This one follows the story of a famous artist who killed her husband and the never spoke again and the psychiatrist who is obsessed with her. I didn’t guess the book plot twist at all, which is so satisfying, and read it in a couple of days. Every chapter leaves you wanting to know more!

The Lying Game - 4/5 - I loved this book! It’s, you guessed it, another thriller. It’s the story of four girls who become inseparable friends when they attend a boarding school together in England. Years later they are drawn together again when a body is found, which is the last thing any of them wants…As the plot unfolds you feel the intensity of their friendship while simultaneously wonder who’s a killer.

Two Can Keep A Secret - 3.5/5 - A YA thriller at it’s best! This is by the same author as One of Us Is Lying and I enjoyed it just as much! It follows two twins who are forced to spend their senior year of high school with their grandmother who they barely know at her home in Vermont. The town is famous because every decade or so one of it’s popular high school residents is found dead. The twins are determined to be detectives and find out who the fiend is before one of their friends is the next victim.

Once Upon A River - 3/5 - This book is by the same author as The Thirteenth Tale, which I love! It’s a fantasy book that takes place in rural England along the Thames. A young girl appears one night and everyone believes she’s dead, until she comes back to life. Over the next year a number of different families believe she’s their relative, and no one can agree on what to do about it. The book is intertwined with local folklore about the Thames, and keeps you wondering about what’s real and what’s fantasy. A fun read and the characters are lovely!

Whisper Network - 3/5 - This novel is a store about the Me Too movement. It follows a group of woman who work at a company in Dallas; three are attorneys and one is a cleaning lady. They have all had run ins with the In House Counsel and decide to sue for sexual harassment. The results are unexpected and messy! I enjoyed the power of female friendship in the story, though I did find the author to be a bit heavy handed with how difficult it is to be a woman “in a man’s world.”

Did you read anything good in August? Please share!

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February Reading List

In February I read a good mix of historical fiction, non-fiction, modern literary classics and fantasy. My goal this year is to read more literature and non-fiction, so I’m glad I’m sticking to that. And, I’m even more glad that it’s been extremely enjoyable and not at all like a chore. Here is what I read, including my rating and a brief synopsis-

best books of February

Bel Canto 5/5 - This book by Ann Patchett is so beautifully written. It is the story of guests to a dinner party where a famous soprano is singing. The party is taken hostage, and the hostages and the captors live together in the Vice Presidential mansion for many weeks. Over this time the characters get to know people from all over the globe and all different walks of life, and realize that love and art can tie us all together no matter how different our backgrounds are.

A Well Behaved Woman 3/5 - This is the story of Ava Vanderbilt, who married into the Vanderbilt family before the turn of the century. The book takes us from the beginning of her marriage to the marriage of her daughter. I really enjoyed learning more about the history of New York City, as well as reading about balls and events in the Victorian age. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, however, and found the beginning rather slow. It picks up at the end however, and was worth the read.

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry 4/5 - This novel is by the author of A Man Called Ove, which I loved. I liked this book almost as much, and highly recommend it! It is the story of a little girl named Elsa who is a bit of a social outcast - she loves superheroes and fantasy novels and is tied at the hip with her grandmother. When her grandmother passes away, she leaves Elsa a quest to tell a number of people that she’s sorry. As Elsa completes the tasks her grandmother left her we meet a vibrant cast of characters and discover that there was so much more than meets the eye to the grandmother.

The Little Book of Hygge 5/5 - I loved this book! As I talked about in my post about Hygge, the book talks about the Danish philosophy of Hygge (which loosely translates into a sense of coziness and warmth) and how to incorporate it into your daily life. I loved reading about how other cultures find happiness in their daily lives. I also found the book to be very readable, unlike a lot of guides, and I can’t wait to make the recipes in it!

Tower of Dawn 3/5 - This is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. It’s a young adult fantasy novel (thought parts of it are quite grown-up) that I love. It’s not exactly literature, but it’s full of action and magic and adventure. If you love fantasy books, I highly recommend this series! This installment takes you on a side quest with some of the supporting characters, and I loved meeting the new heroes.

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! Glitter factory

Happy Friday everyone! Did you all have a good first week of 2019? Have you remembered to date things 2019? I’m not quite there yet… Also, I feel like 2019 sounds pretty normal, but 2020 sounds so far away and so futuristic! Is it just me?

This weekend we are staying low, it’s supposed to be pretty dreary and we are still recovering from the holidays. It was the best Christmas ever, but I am tired and need to take down my, sadly, very dead Christmas tree - we decided that our family tradition is going to be to take it down on Epiphany every year, to make it feel a little special. Do you have any traditions surrounding the removal of the Christmas tree? Neither of us did growing up, and it always felt a little arbitrary and capricious, the way it would come down early some years and late others. The twelfth day of Christmas however seems just right!

Anyways, here are some of my favorite internet finds of the week -

The Lilly Pulitzer sale is here! It starts in stores on Saturday and online on Monday through Tuesday, with more inventory added on Tuesday. You can read all my tips about shopping the sale here. The prices on the sale are always such a great deal - I’ve gotten tops and shorts for the same price I’d pay at Target! On Monday once everything is released I’ll post all the best finds from the sale :)

I loved this article about a glitter factory - I had no idea that glitter is so hard to define

If you love the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel you’ll love these books

I’m in love with all the Libby VanderPloeg home goods at Anthropologie - these city themed juice glasses and the rainy day towels look like the perfect way to add some color to the kitchen during these dark winter days

I love Julia’s take on winter dressing - bring on the pastels!

How darling is this cozy pink and cream heart blanket at Target? And it’s under $10!

Jenn has some great thoughts on achieving New Years Resolutions

Some great clean beauty product recommendations

I am obsessed with these tassel earrings! I think they’ll be my next statement earrings, but what color? The blues are just so pretty.

I really want to catch up on Victoria on PBS before the new season comes out - have you watched it?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Happy Thanksgiving + The Best Thanksgiving Reads

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope you are all feeling full of cheer and turkey with the ones you love. My husband and I are in Florida with my in-laws, and we can’t wait to catch up with family and friends. I think there are some epic rounds of Rummy 500 in our future, along with a good movie and some good books.

Since I equate the holidays with reading by the fire or snuggling on a family couch (or time in an airport), I thought instead of just posting turkey pictures I’d put together some great books to read over the next few days. I hope you all also have time to relax and delve into a good book!

The first two rows are feel good books, and the last row are some books that will keep you on your toes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Friday Friends!

Salvatore Ferragamo Glitter Shoes

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week and lovely weekend ahead. The week flew by for me. We got back from Italy late Saturday, and I have spent the whole week adjusting to the time change and working on moving us in. I'm very excited about moving from a suburb community to a city, but it involves a lot of lifestyle adjustments. Simple things like getting to the grocery store become a lot more difficult when you can't just pop in with a car, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of our new lifestyle. My wheeled grocery cart is in the mail, and I successfully parallel parked, haha. I used to live in Boston, so those city skills are coming in handy again! Besides moving, I've found some fun stuff around the web this week too - 

My guess is that the big Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is going to be next week. This sale is HUGE and it's where a lot of my Lilly finds come from. Once the announcement is made I will post all of my tips for shopping the sale and getting the items you want. 

I saw on Instagram that Charlotte Tilbury is launching at Sephora in September! I'm so excited - Sephora is hands down my favorite beauty shopping experience. 

The new show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman is so fun and cute! The master builders have amazing skills. The things that they create in a few hours are stunning; if you are looking for a new show this one is a must! 

On the plane and trains on our vacation I got a lot of reading done.  When Life Gives You Lululemons is a really fun read; I breezed through it, and found it funny and endearing. I also started the new book Therapy Mammals which seems like a fun read, and I also saw that the author of the Half Drowned King has a sequel, The Sea Queen. I'm on the library wait list, and I will keep you posted on how it is. 

The podcast Fat Mascara had on Luke Henderson, who does hair and makeup for a lot of the Bravo reality stars. If you want some makeup tips and some Housewives gossip it's a fun listen!

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Happy Mother's Day

What a week! I got knocked out with an ear infection and bad sinuses, which somehow made the week drag by but also made it go super fast, because of the unusual amount of time spent sleeping. Anyways, Happy Mother's Day Everyone! I hope you all get to make new warm memories with your mom's and kids, and have a relaxing and special weekend all around.

I loved the dresses at the Met Gala this year. Some of them are just stunning works of art, even if I wouldn't necessary describe them as classic or pretty. The back of Sarah Jessica Parker's dress made my jaw drop and Yara Shahidi looked stunning as did Alicia Vikander and Kerry Washington. What was your favorite? 

I loved reading Tamora Pierce books when I was younger. Did anyone else? I discovered her young adult fantasy series in junior high and they were some of my absolute favorites. Well, she recently came out with a new book, Tempest and Slaughter. It is about a character I was always curious about and I can't put it down. I think I might take a drip down memory lane and re-read the Wildmagic series. If you are looking for a quick read that are fun, compelling and not at all angsty I highly recommend. 

I know I already posted about this glossier mascara but I'm really excited about it! Last weekend I cracked after buying a dud mascara at the Sephora sale and bought the Chanel volume one, and I can't wait to take it back now. The Glossier one is 50% the price! 

I love finding new brands, especially up and coming names. I have recently seen a number of dresses by Elizabeth McKay and I think they are just darling. I love this print, the buttons on this dress, and the print on these shorts.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

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