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I almost feel like we got an extra week to read this month, since the 31st fell on a Tuesday. I got all excited and thought, oh I can get another in! Anyone else feel that way? I was able to knock three Netgalley books out this month, and one Blogging for Books too. I always feel super accomplished turning in those reviews. I read some good ones this month, and there was a DNF too. Balance, am I right? Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Sting by Sandra Brown


Shaw Kinnard and his partner are hired to kill Jordie Bennet. Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie. He wants to find the $30 million her brother has stolen. Jordie’s brother’s ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well.

This book!!! There were plot twists, slow burning sexual tension, the FBI and serious criminals. Lot’s going on. I was hooked after the first few chapters and kept trying to figure out how it was all going to play  out. I was shocked with the twist at the end! Definitely kept me guessing.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a good thriller that will keep you guessing, and you don’t mind a little romance…give this book a try! I was surprised by how much I liked it.

Law and Disorder by Heather Graham

Law and Disorder (The Finnegan Connection, #1)

 Kody Cameron recognizes something in her captor’s eyes that makes her believe she can trust him. Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. can they make it out of the Everglades alive?

What is it with this month and captors? This has a lot of  fun historical snippets here and there, but there are a lot of side characters to keep up with and I felt like there wasn’t much character development in general. The story feels very rushed and choppy.

Bottom Line: This was a quick read, but I feel indifferent about it. I enjoyed the action at the beginning but started to get bored with it. It felt a little choppy and rushed to me.

**I received a copy of Law and Disorder from Netgalley in exchange for my  honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Peach Pies and Alibis by Ellery Adams

Peach Pies and Alibis (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, #2)

Ella Mae can lace her baked goods she serves at her Charmed Pie Shoppe with enchantments.

I loved Pies and Prejudice so much that I quickly got on the wait list for the second book in the series. I still feel like the author overwrites a little with the descriptive language, but this is such a cute cozy mystery series! I love the small southern town charm. There is a lot more magic in this one than the first, but I really loved hearing the history of Ella Mae’s family and I flew through the book! I had the murderer figured out pretty early on, but it didn’t take away from the story.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a cozy mystery that has a little bit of a magical element to it, this is perfect!

My Story by Elizabeth Smart

My Story

June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, was taken from her home in the middle of the night. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. She talks about the constant fear she endured every hour, her hope and faith and how she survived.

I remember hearing about the Elizabeth Smart case when it happened. It was really interesting hearing her recount of what happened and what was going through her mind. I will say that her writing had a bit of childish naivety to it. Maybe it was supposed to come across that way since she was a child when she was abducted? I didn’t care for it. But listening to her story  had my attention.

Bottom Line: If you can get past the childish naivety, this was an interesting read.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzy Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

 Hawthorn Creely has a crazy theory as to what happened to the missing Lizzie Lovett.  In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life and takes her job and even her boyfriend.

This book was too YA for me. I got annoyed with the main character’s obsession with Lizzy Lovett. She was very immature and started coming up with these crazy ideas as to why Lizzy disappeared. When she tried to suggest it was because she turned into a werewolf I quit reading. I just couldn’t do it anymore.

Bottom Line: I cant recommend this book. It got on my nerves so badly, and I couldn’t finish it.

What Light by Jay Asher

What Light

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon and moves to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season every year. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. But then Sierra meets bad boy Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

I really enjoyed watching Thirteen Reasons, so I was excited to see another book from the author. This is your typical YA romance story. It was really cute and I enjoyed the Christmas feel to it.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a festive holiday read, this is a great one!

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact

Jake and Alice are newlyweds who are invited to join The Pact. At first, it seems like an exciting, elite club. Some of the rules:  1. When your spouse calls answer 2. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly 3. Plan a trip together once a quarter 4. NEVER mention the PACT to anyone. They quickly learn that once you join, there is no escape. 

You guys!!! This book was so good!!! I found myself staying up late several nights because I couldn’t put it down. We all want our marriages to last, but The Pact takes it to a whole other level!

Bottom Line: I highly recommend this one!!! Just read it!

**I received a copy of The Marriage Pact from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Keto Reset Diet by Mark Sisson

The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever

Mark Sisson unveils his groundbreaking ketogenic diet plan that resets your metabolism in 21 days so you can burn fat forever.

Chris did the Keto diet last year and lost some serious weight. We are talking around 60+ pounds. Once he got going, he just kept going and going and I watched him shrink and shrink. Of course I was pregnant and all WTF you’re going to chose now to go on a diet? But seriously, I am so proud of him and his willpower. It really worked for him.

When I saw this book, I knew we had to have it! While I already know all about the Keto diet, since I have been cooking and preparing foods for Chris for over a year….I wanted this book to give us some new recipes. It also discusses fasting and lifestyle tips. You get step-by-step guidance, daily meal plans and a decent recipe section. If you are looking to drop some weight, I would certainly look into the Keto diet. I feel like more and more people are jumping on this. For more information about the book you can go here. For more info about the author, go here.

Bottom Line: If you are thinking about trying to Keto lifestyle, this book is a great starting point!

**I received a copy of The Keto Reset Diet from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

 Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

I feel like I got more emotional reading this book than I thought I would. It is written so well, and it is something that everyone needs to read. Unfortunately, it is all too timely with what is going on in the world today, and it makes you see things differently than you might have before. It is heartbreaking and sobering.

Bottom Line: Read it!

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Merry and Bright

Merry’s mom and brother create an online dating profile for her without a picture. She is reluctant at first but soon finds herself chatting with a charming stranger. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. What happens when they meet in person?!

The last book of Debbie’s I read was a little of a let down for me, so I was skeptical to start this one. I actually read this book in one sitting!!! That never happens. I got in to the story right away and had to see where it was going. Chris and I met online, and so this story had a special place in my heart.

Bottom Line: Such a light and quick little love story with a little Christmas cheer. If you are a fan of Debbie Macomber, read it!

** I received a copy of Merry and Bright from Netgalley in exchange for my  honest review. All opinions are my own.**

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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine November 14, 2017 at 6:47 am

    My mo gets me a Christmas read every year, usually Debbie Macomber and I love them but someone just mentioned Jay Asher so I am interested to read that one. Have a fabulous day my friend!!!

  • Reply Kay November 14, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I swear Ive been meaning to read that Elizabeth smart story forever. Im legit gonna buy the kindle book NOW. I love a good autobiography as everyone knows and I have followed her story . Sting also sounds good.

    • Reply Kay November 16, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Came all the way back here to say – yep childish naivity re: Elizabeth Smart. It was a very easy read though – easier than most autobiographies are

  • Reply Brittany Pines November 14, 2017 at 9:36 am

    The Marriage Pact is on my TBR!

    Beartown was such a great read. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  • Reply Laura November 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Wow! You did ALOT of reading this month! Im going to add a few of your recommendations to my TBR list. I just finished Bear Town and I can’t wait to read what you thought next month!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag November 14, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I own The Hate U Give but I still need to read it! I’m so curious about The Marriage Pact. I’ve heard great things!!


  • Reply kristen November 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

    so glad you liked Sting! i haven’t read it yet, but i will get to it eventually. trying to space her books out so they don’t run together in my head. Lizzie Lovett is not on my list, so I will not add it lol. The Marriage Pact is on my kindle, hoping to get to it before the end of the year lol. i know what you mean about feeling accomplished when you knock a netgalley book out! glad you liked the hate u give. it was an emotional read for sure. i was an absolute mess after i finished and was just crying to KC about the world and he was like wtf did you just read haha.

  • Reply Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue November 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The Charmed Pie Shop series look so cute! I do love a cozy mystery.

  • Reply SMD November 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I was very emotional reading The Hate U Give.

    Peach Pies and Alibis is an awesome title.

    The Marriage Pact was freaking nuts!!!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders November 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    You got through so many good reads this month! I’m glad that you liked The Marriage Pact, and I hope that you like Beartown as well! A lot of people have been recommending Sandra Brown books this month, so I definitely need to look into her books! And I still haven’t read The Hate U Give! I need to get it from the library soon!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo November 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I did the My Story on audiobook… oh my word. HEARING it in her voice – I was so wrapped up in it. I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks unless its biographies & that one was great listening to. My heart just hurt for her – what a strong woman she is now.
    Cant wait to hear what you think of Bear Town – I loved Ova so much I’m afraid to read anything else from that author.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says November 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    The Hate U Give sticks with you for a long, long time after you’re done with it.

    I don’t know how I feel about The Marriage Pact. It’s on my TBR but I don’t know.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen November 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Marriage Pact and Sting are going on my list, which the Hate U give was already on but I was hoping we would read it for book club! You read a lot of books this month!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration November 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    So many great books here! The Marriage Pact is on my TBR. I’ve seen some mixed reviews but the premise really intrigues me. And if I don’t like, then I can always DNF it. I added 100 Lies to my TBR today based on a few reviews I saw on the link-up today but your review is making me question my decision. While I enjoy YA, I can’t stand heavy teenage angst because I’m an old coot! The Hate U Give is already on my TBR. Peach Pies and Alibis sounds really cute. I’m trying to lose weight, so I’m not sure if I can handle pie descriptions right now. 😀

  • Reply Danielle November 14, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Oh I want to read the marriage pact and sting. Totally adding these to my list.

  • Reply Carly November 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I haven’t been keeping up with my library books, but you convinced me to put The Marriage Pact on my hold list! Books that are annoying like that are the worst so I don’t blame you for not finishing it, sometimes it’s just too much. Great job to Chris with the keto diet– although I can’t imagine if my husband stopped carbs right now, lol. It sounds like that book is a really good starting point for the diet.

  • Reply Laura November 14, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Wow you read so many good ones this month! I have several on my list already and am just waiting for them at the library! Merry and Bright sounds cute! I love reading Christmas stories this time of year!

  • Reply Kristin November 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I have The Marriage Pact on my TBR, so hopefully soon.

    I would read another Jay Asher book since I read 13 Reasons waaaaay back in 2010. I don’t like the title “What Light” though so it’s put me off…is that weird? lol

  • Reply marie November 15, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Huge congrats to Chris. That is amazing!! Thanks for sharing about that cookbook, I am going to check it out. I have been hearing a few things about that diet but have yet to check it out but will now.

  • Reply Audrey November 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I’ve been putting off The Hate U Give because I don’t read a lot of contemporary, but I feel like I just really need to read it! Sounds like a fairly decent month for reading! I’m always impressed with mom who crank out so many books! I need to up my game!

  • Reply Laura November 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Oh so jealous you’ve read that Jay Asher! I want to so bad!! Also, I definitely need to add the Marriage Pact since it seems like everyone loves it!

  • Reply Kate November 15, 2017 at 11:37 am

    WOW get it girl with the reading! I’ve been struggling to get through one measley book for weeks now, and need to just pick it up earlier than bedtime! I’ve always wondered about Elizabeth Smart’s story, and am so glad she lived to tell the tale. What a nightmare she must have been through!
    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Alexandra November 20, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I agree about Debbie’s books 100%. I didn’t love so many of the last ones I read, but this one hit the spot! I didn’t know that you guys met online, how cool! 🙂 Wow, the Elizabeth Smart story seems like it would be hard to read, but I am so glad that she made it out of that hell! The Hate U Give came for me from the library, with all my other holds… so I had to give it back before I could get to it. BOO. I definitely want to read it soon! XO – Alexandra

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  • Reply Heather November 21, 2017 at 7:46 am

    The Marriage Pact is on my list! That keto book looks super good too! We are mostly following LCHF and I love that it gives me more energy. I’m listening to The Hate U Give right now (omg SO good and SO hard to read at the same time!)
    YAY BEARTOWN!!!! :):):)

  • Reply Pam November 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for a few more books I can add to my Christmasy reading list! Pam 🙂

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