I feel like I just wrote the last book post a week ago, but here we are again! I have been averaging about one audiobook a week lately. I haven’t even touched a real book or ebook this month. I really want to get back to physically reading a chapter each day (minimum) in addition to the audiobooks, it is just so hard to fit in! I feel like any time I have a few minutes to spare, I mindlessly scroll through Instagram or flip through a magazine. 

I do enjoy magazines a lot! All those pretty, glossy pages. I subscribe to Real Simple, Family Circle, Martha Stewart, Southern Living, Health, Shape and Garden and Gun. I receive the Birmingham Magazine at my office, along with a GIS magazine that has some super thrilling stuff (LOL!!!!). I don’t really care for fashion or beauty magazines anymore. The fashion ones tend to be too trendy and expensive for my tastes, and the beauty ones try to lure me in to buying a bunch of new products all the time. I do love getting the fall “back to school issues” of those though!  It was a tradition my mom and I shared growing up, and I hope to do the same with Zoe. What kind of magazines do you subscribe to? 

Anyways, you are here to talk about books and I am linking up with Steph and Jana to share all the goodness!

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

Backseat Saints

Joshilyn Jackson is one of my favorite authors. Everything she has written has been so enjoyable for me. She is from Alabama and lives in Georgia, so I love that her books take place in the south. If you like messy family drama, this is your girl. This book had plenty of twists that you don’t see coming, and I really loved how it ended. I will caution that this book does contain domestic violence, in case that is a trigger for you. 

Bottom Line: If you have never read a Joshilyn Jackson book before, I cant recommend her enough. This book was very well written.   

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)

This was a cute little romantic comedy that sort of reminded me of the Royal We in many ways. There was a lot more romance and it was a quicker read, but just the plot line itself was similar. I couldn’t imagine dating a prince and having to deal with everyone being in your business all the time.

 Bottom Line: Cute, and definitely worth the read if you are in to the royals. I could take them or leave them, but I really enjoyed this and The Royal We. 

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren 

My Favorite Half-Night Stand

This is my second book by the author. I found it to be really cute, and I appreciated the dating profile plot line. Chris and I met through a dating site a long time ago, when it was still a little taboo. So I can certainly relate to coming up with stuff to put in your profile, all the dates you have to go on, etc. I absolutely loved all the characters in the book, and the friendship between them. I felt that the situations and the feelings Millie had about her family, and the way everything played out were all very realistic. The female lead had a hard time expressing herself sometimes, and that is completely relatable. Feelings and emotions are messy. Families are messy. Sometimes it is hard to open up and share that with others. There were several LOL moments and I definitely want to continue reading other books by this author. 

Bottom Line: Loved it, definitely check it out! 

Sweet Secrets by J. A. Whiting

Sweet Secrets (Sweet Cove Cozy Mystery, #3)

This is the third book in the series. It is a cozy mystery series, that has a little bit of paranormal activity thrown in. Mainly two cats that have a keen sense of awareness and some sisters that have powers passed on from generations of women. While it is a common theme throughout the books, the stories and characters themselves are quite interesting. This are quick, fun reads and you don’t always guess the who-done-it right away. 

Bottom Line: Fun cozy mystery series if that is your thing. 

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  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky April 9, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’m taking a bit of a reading break as I wait for my new books to come in.

  • Reply Sierra April 9, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I enjoy home and decor magazines too. I’m the same way with fashion magazines, the stuff is so outrageous and you can’t wear half of the things for everyday.

  • Reply Kasey Holloway April 9, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Never heard of Joshilyn Jackson! I will definitely have to check her stuff out!

  • Reply SMD April 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I have A Life Less Throw Away on my kindle, I’m reading it for a book club sometime this year.

    The only magazine I still get is Real Simple.

  • Reply Lauren April 9, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Definitely going to try the first 3! I love the royals, and I love Christina Lauen!

  • Reply Monica April 9, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I have been listening to romance books on audio while in the car. I usually don’t do more than one book at once but I realized that the romance or cutesy reads don’t require my full focus so I can listen to them!

  • Reply laura April 9, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Oh, love Joshilyn so much!! I don’t think I’ve read that one – so I’ll have to check that out. I really want to get back into my reading groove, so maybe she’ll help me out!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm April 9, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I’ve been reading to mean Joshilyn Jackson for years – I love all things Southern and I know I’d love her books!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag April 9, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I need to read more cozy mysteries. I do love them. And I’m obsessed with magazines – I subscribe to a lot. LOL You should join in for Glossies Made Me Do It sometime (first Friday of every month).


  • Reply Rebecca Jo April 9, 2019 at 11:19 am

    I’ve added Joshilyn Jackson’s name to my list to check out at the library. What a beautiful name she has too!

  • Reply Heather April 9, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Oh man I loved Half Night Stand too- Brian and I also met online so it was super relatable for me too. Their books are always hilarious (except Love and Other Words in some ways)…
    I still need to try a Joshilyn Jackson book sometime!! That Emma Chase series is on my maybe list for someday. I love that it is a bit like the Royal We, which I loved, but I also need to be in the mood for that particular brand of royal drama. lol.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen April 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I need to check out Backseat Saints and Half Night Stand for sure. I love Real Simple and Southern Living and subscribe to those!

  • Reply Kay R.D. April 9, 2019 at 11:51 am

    My Favorite Half-Night Stand sounds really nice and relatable. Will definitely check that one out!

  • Reply kristen April 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    i used to spend SO much money on magazines so finally had to quit cold turkey a few years ago. for me, i was just wasting so much money it was insane. and i mainly bought celebrity or fashion ones when i did, and if i wanted to read about celebrities i could go online, and it’s not like i could afford anything in the fashion/beauty magazines lol. hope you can get back into reading a chapter a day – take a book with you when you go to the bathroom lol. glad you liked the christina lauren book!

  • Reply Laura April 9, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I had an Entertainment Weekly subscription for probably 20 years, but I let it expire recently, because I found they were piling up and by the time I would read them, everything was old news. I recently discovered Joshilyn Jackson and I’m working my way through all her stuff — I love her style. My Favorite Half-Night Stand sounds like one of those “This is so relatable that I love it/it makes me cringe” titles, I’ll definitely check it out!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration April 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t read many magazines these days but I used to love Oprah’s magazine and faithfully read it, which also struck me as weird because I have never watched a single episode of her TV show. 😀

    Royally Screwed actually sounds quite fun. Like you, I’m not enamored with royals but I did also enjoy The Royal We. Okay, you had me at “two cats” with Sweet Secrets. I’m on the lookout for a good mystery cozy series so definitely checking this one out!

  • Reply Julie April 9, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    The half night stand book looks cute! Adding it to my ever growing goodreads list

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says April 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I used to read magazines all the time and then I just stopped. No real reason other than I just didn’t want to pay for them anymore. I found most of the stuff useless or too expensive and the articles I really like in say, Rolling Stone, are usually available online.

  • Reply Laura April 9, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t subscribe to any magazines now, but I used to LOVE when my mom’s Better Homes and Gardens and Good Housekeeping magazines would come in the mail each month as a kid!

  • Reply Alexandra Consolver April 15, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    My Favorite Half Night Stand was one of my least favorite by CL, but I have heard from others who met online dating that they really liked it as well! Funny how life experiences really shape our preferences! It was still good, but my top pick is still Josh and Hazel. 🙂 Glad you liked it! I added Royally Screwed recently, it sounds fun! I obvs. want to read A Life Less Throwaway, as evidenced by my many comments. LOL XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Reply Audrey April 16, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Royally Screwed and Backseat Saints sound pretty good! I don’t get any magazines anymore. I used to when I lived with my parents, but we don’t have any that come to the house. Just catalogs (Ulta, Crate and Barrel, IKEA) and newsletters (Best Friends Animal Society, etc.). I wouldn’t mind subscribing to a magazine, though. I haven’t given it any thought in a long long time.

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