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It’s all about the books today!!! Linking up with Steph and Jana. While I am no where near on my reading game that I was so good at last year,  I am starting to build up a little steam. I always love reading everyone’s post and adding things to my list. Each and every month there are several more books that I realize I cant live without reading at some point!

Forever, Interupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted

I really loved One True Loves and immediately added all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books to my TBR. This book jumped in time, starting with a tragedy, then going back in forth on the past and current situation which kept me interested. I love how TJR writes her characters. You really get to know them and start pulling for them, and this book was no different. Did I love it as much as One True Loves, no. But I am not discrediting the book, it was still a great read! I just felt like maybe I wanted a little more in the end.

Bottom Line: Give it a try!

Rating: 3.5/5

Giving it All (book 3 in The Naked Men series) by Christi Barth

Giving It All (Naked Men, #3)

I really enjoyed the first two books in The Naked Men series, and this one was just as enjoyable. I will say, I feel like the author has a formula for these books and they seem similar in situations. However, I do like how all the books sort of continue where the other left off and all the characters are in them all. Sometimes it is great to read a series that could be stand alone, but sometimes it is nice to keep going with the story line too.  You will remember that The Naked Men is a blog and podcast that group of guys does. This time we learn about Logan, and see as he meets his half sister and also reconnects with a girl from his past.

Bottom Line: This is a great series if you are into the chick lit bordering on romance type novels. You are promised a good love story at least!

Rating: 3/5

**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner

I don’t normally grab faith based books, but I saw this one for Zoe and thought it would be a great addition to her ever growing collection! What really grabbed my attention was that this book is supposed to show kids how their talents and personalities grow and develop and help them understand that they have a place in our world. I want Zoe to grow up knowing that she can be who she wants to be and will be loved regardless. I want her to grow up knowing that she can do whatever she sets her mind to. This book goes along with those goals.

I think that the illustrations and colors in the book were also wonderful. Zoe is only three months old now and may not get the meaning of the book yet…but the page sure did grab her attention!

Rating: 4/5

**I received a copy of When God Made You from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Currently Reading:

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do

Because what is as good as a TV binge? An author binge!!!

What are you reading?

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Books Lately

I only have two books to talk about this month. I am trying really hard to get my reading game back! It helped when I was commuting to work every day and listening to at least two audio books a month in the car. Anyways, linking up with Steph and Jana. DUH!

Radical Beauty by Deepa Chopra

We all want to look and feel beautiful, right??? Usually beauty starts with what’s on the inside. And I am not just talking about you being a good person. I am talking about how you treat your body and what you are putting in to it. Unfortunately, some lifestyle changes to sacrifice in the name of beauty are hard to live with. Give up caffeine??? Yeah, no thanks! But there is science behind everything in this book and it all makes perfect sense to me.

What I really loved is not only do you get the optimal lifestyle to live for the most beautiful you (and all the science behind it) there are also a ton of DIY projects in this book! Not just for skincare, but for household cleaners and more.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for ways to work on yourself and enjoy nonfiction, this is a decent read. I especially liked it for the DIY and recipes for skincare and household cleansers.

Rating:3/4

**I received a copy of Radical Beauty from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

The Magnolia Story

I really love Fixer Upper so when I first heard about this book, I knew I would eventually read it. Laura actually gifted it to me for Christmas. So sweet! Anyways, if you like Fixer Upper or a cute feel good love story…then this book is for you! I really loved learning more about the story behind this adorable couple that we see on TV. Their story is inspiring and makes me want to chase my dreams even more. I will say, there is a bit of a repetitiveness in the book, with them stating how poor they were over and over. But it lends to the story so I get it’s purpose.

Bottom Line: Read it if you are a Fixer Upper fan!

Rating: 5/5

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Top Ten Reads of 2016

My goal was to read 50 books in 2016 and I actually read 65. Yay!!! And that was 65 books from January to November, because I literally read nothing in December. Oops. One of my favorite book days of the year is seeing what everyone’s favorite reads were over the entire year!!! These are the books you know you want to have added to your TBR! Now, these books weren’t necessarily ones that came out this year but rather ones that I read this year. They are listed in no particular order.

1

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino

2

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Java Jive Series by Caroline Fardig- Death Before Decaf, Mug Shot, A Whole Latte Murder

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

3

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes

What were your favorite books of 2016?

Linking up (two days late) with Steph and Jana.

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Books Lately

This month is extra special because we have two book link up days with Jana and Steph!!! Today I am sharing the books I read over the last month, and at the end of the month I will be sharing my top picks for 2016! Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

Shotgun Lovesongs

I know everyone read this book last year, I get behind. Sorry! I really enjoyed this book. I will say, I am very glad I did this on audiobook because the story is being told from several characters points of view and it was nice to hear different voices for each chapter. I just loved getting to know these characters, their little town in Wisconsin and a little of the drama and growth between them. Nothing major or life changing about this book; just a really good, solid read.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for characters to get lost in and want to feel part of a small town…read it!

Rating: 4/5

Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

Trophy Wife

This was a cute and quick read. This was about a Trophy Wife who gets divorced and moves to a small town and tries to make it on her own and figure out who she is and what she wants. She meets a local man and is conflicted on whether to date him or not because she doesn’t want to become a dependent trophy wife again. I appreciated her struggles to figure out who she was, and while the story was a little predictable at times, it was still a cute read.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a cute love story, give it a try.

Rating:3/5

**I received a copy of Trophy Wife from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The Nest

This book was really hyped up but to be honest…..it fell a flat for me. There were times I was literally bored and wondering should I just quit. Then other times I was wondering what was happening with the characters and wanted to keep going. And there are so many characters. Not only do you have the Plum siblings, but you also get these side characters you have to keep up with too. Some of them were completely pointless.

Sadly, I didn’t get to finish the before my time was up with it at the library. I was 80% done!!! Anyone want to tell me what happened at the end? Pretty please!?

Bottom Line: I could really take or leave this book, because I’m not waiting on the list for three more months to finish it.

Rating:3/5

Currently Reading:

Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

Evelyn, After

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Books Lately

Is there anyone else who is completely happy that today is election day so that the political ads and bullshit goes away?!?! I am sooooo over it! Anyways. Time to link up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books! I have a little bit of everything today including some Christmas reads!!! Sometimes I love nothing more than a cozy Christmas story, am I right? Maybe it will help me get in to the season a little more since it has been so hot here.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

You guys, I am not going to lie. I was super skeptical about this book and hence why I kept putting it off. I am really not the self help kind of person but I wanted to give this a try. My verdict? Life changing. I cant tell you how glad I am that I read this book! I cleaned and purged some more items around my house, I have a completely new perspective on some areas of my relationships, and overall I basically just have a little happiness project of my own started because of this book. I actually dedicated a post to this book you can see here.

Bottom Line: I honestly believe that anyone could benefit from reading this book in some way. If you are seeking happy, trying to live more purposefully, wanting to tidy your house, need to listen to something positive and motivating then this is for you!

Rating: 5/5

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s time to start getting in to those warm and cozy Christmas novels! This was a very quick read for me, just a few hours and I had the warm and fuzzies. Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas after a few unpleasant run-ins with her neighbor Cain. She wants to kill him with kindness and see if it makes a change in his life. Just a really cute, feel good read! Plus, we can all relate to needing a good blog topic, right?

Bottom Line:If you are looking for a quick and easy Christmas feel good story, than give this a go!

Rating: 3.5/5

**I received a copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

A Whole Latte Murder by Caroline Fardig

A Whole Latte Murder

This is the third book in the Java Jive series, which reminds me a little of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I really enjoy these novels, the characters are fun and you feel like you are a part of the Java Jive coffee shop staff. I like that Juliet is probably a little more capable of investigating and sleuthing than Stephanie Plum (even though she just runs a coffee shop) and she is a strong female lead. There is always some kind of excitement you get about her private life too.

Bottom Line: This is a cute and funny series and I recommend it if you are looking for a lighter read with some mystery and action!

Rating:4/5

**I received a copy of A Whole Latte Murder from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich

Love in a Nutshell (Culhane Family #1)

I love Janet Evanovich so of course I had to try this. Love in a Nutshell is a considered romantic suspense. Plus, a book set in a brewery? Ok! I got in to this book instantly, and stayed entertained and invested throughout the whole mystery. I thought it was totally cute and you get a little bit of Evanovich’s quirkiness thrown in to the mix. This is a very light read but sometimes you need a palette cleanser, no?

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a quick and light palette cleanser, this is it! Also, I think most Evanovich fans would enjoy this. It was really cute and I was sad when it was over. I would love more of Kate and Matt!

Rating:5/5

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

I read Attachments and loved it. Fangirl was just ok for me. This book. Oh this book!!! This is the Rainbow Rowell I love! I devoured this book so fast. I had to know what was going on with Eleanor and Park!

Bottom Line: Just read it.

Rating: 5/5

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love, #3)

This is the third book in the From Manhattan with Love series, but only the second I read. I missed the first one. I would say you could read this book as a stand alone without the first two if you are just looking for a Christmas love story! I really loved both Eva and Lucas in this book. I loved that their chemistry wasn’t always perfect and that they both had their own struggles. My absolute favorite line of the book?

“Prince Charming was a weird stalker guy with a foot fetish.”

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a cozy Christmas romance, then this book is for you! I found myself staying up late thinking just one more chapter…ok one more chapter…while reading this. And if I am missing sleep for a book? Then it is good!!

Rating: 4/5

**I received a copy of Miracle on 5th Avenue from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

What to Expect When You're Expecting

I had Chris order me this book the day I told him I was pregnant. It seems like it is the “it book” for all expecting moms out there. What I liked is that I could read the book along with my pregnancy. Month by month to see what I should expect, what is going on with baby and development, etc. Anything you ever really wanted to know about pregnancy is in here. And that is also part of the problem. Every problem to raise your blood pressure and stress about is also in here!!! I have to be honest and say there were parts I skipped over because it is like reading WebMD and I felt like everything was wrong with me because I was reading about it.

Bottom Line: If you want allllll the nitty gritty about pregnancy, this is a great resource. Just don’t get too caught up in everything that can go wrong, because this book shares a lot of that.

Rating: 4/5

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Little Earthquakes

This is my first book by this author, I have a few of hers on my to read list and thought I would start with this one since it was available from my library. I did this via audiobook and the author herself narrates it, so you get the characters exactly as how they are supposed to be…which I love! I really enjoyed the way the book switched back and forth being told from the different woman’s points of view. Since I am about to be a new mother, which is what brought these woman together, I felt like I could really relate to the story. The more I listened the more involved I became and I just really enjoyed this book! I loved how the lives of each of these woman was a little messy and completely realistic.

Bottom Line: This was just a really good, solid read that I enjoyed. Can’t wait to read more from this author.
Rating:4/5

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

Honestly, I got bored and didn’t end up finishing this book. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it? I don’t know. Makes me sad because I love Diane Keaton!

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