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Life According to Steph
First things first, can I get a ROLL TIDE ROLL BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man oh man oh man what a game last night!!! I stood the entire forth quarter running in place in my living room I had so much balled up nervous energy. The team really came together and proved they deserved to be there. I haven’t seen a team so unified in a long time and I couldn’t be more proud of my boys. Even if I did yell at Coker a few times in the first half and basically woke up without a voice this morning. I am pretty sure all of Alabama yelled Roll Tide last night!!!
Now on to why you are really here, books!!!

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

The Hypnotist's Love Story

Another Moriarty win for me! This time she gets me to question what I would do if I fell in love with someone who has a stalker. I found this book very interesting, not only for the actual story line but also to get a glimpse in to hypnotherapy and the view through a stalker’s eyes. This book was a little different than some of Moriarty’s other books that seem to have a three person pattern which Lauren pointed out to me. This one follows Ellen (the hypnotist) and Saskia (the stalker.)

Bottom Line: There isn’t a Moriarty book that I haven’t loved so far. This was a great read.

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening by Colin McCrate and Brad Halm

High-Yield Vegetable Gardening: Grow More of What You Want in the Space You Have

I have talked about wanting to start a garden and I am hoping 2016 is the year to make this happen! This book has great tips and goes into much detail on some very important aspects of gardening. Learn how to map out your garden, soiling, how to keep up with it, etc. There are useful charts that you can reference back to throughout the life of your garden.

Bottom Line: If you are looking to get in to gardening, then this is for you! I highly recommend getting a hard copy of this book. E-books are not the best for flipping back and forth!

*I was provided a copy of High-Yield Vegetable Gardening by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

When We Fall by Marquita Valentine


This happens to be book 2 in the Take the Fall series, but I found that I didn’t need the first book to enjoy this one. This is your typical good girl falls for the bad boy love story. The bad boy of course is trying to get his life back together and tries to distance himself from the good girl, but will he give in and allow himself to be loved? I enjoyed the tattoo parlor scenes and the social work thrown in to the mix. It made for some interesting reading.

Bottom Line: This was a quick and easy read for me. I enjoyed the characters and story. It was your basic good girl bad boy formula. Nothing mind blowing, but it passed the time just fine and I would recommend it.

*I was provided a copy of When We Fall by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Rolling in the Deep by Rebecca Rogers Maher


When I read the description of this book, I thought hmmmm what would I do if I won the lottery??? (Which funny enough is such a relevant topic today with that huge pot up for grabs!!!) Holly is a single mom working a minimum wage job and down on her luck. When her co-worker Ray suggests that they split a lottery ticket, she just hands over her $1 bill and doesn’t think much of it. Their luck changes when they realize they have the winning ticket!!! Things start to spark up between them, but then there are lawyers and media and exes trying to get in the way.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed this book because it is a different plot line. I liked how raw Ray is in this book. I like that it isn’t just rainbows and butterflies because they won the lottery. It shows the full picture of how it can change your life. I would recommend it.

*I was provided a copy of Rolling in the Deep by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig


This book was suggested to me because I like Janet Evanovich. I can totally see why after reading it. You have the frustrating love triangle between the leading lady (Juliet) and her two men…the guy she has know for awhile, the “safe choice” (Pete) and the mysterious bad ass that she knows is wrong but desires anyway (Seth.) Juliet moves back to Nashville to help manage Pete’s coffee shop after learning that her fiance is a lying asshole who took off with all of her money. On her first day, she find’s her new employee Dave’s body in a dumpster. She is the only suspect the police have so she needs to find other suspects to take the heat off her.

Bottom Line: This was a fun read and I recommend it if you like the Stephanie Plum series!

*I was provided a copy of Death Before Decaf by the publisher and author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Current Reads:

Three Wishes  by Liane Moriarty on audio book

Life’s a Beach (Hawaii Heat book 1) by Jamie Schmidt

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  • Reply Ashley January 12, 2016 at 8:13 am

    How have I not read Liane Moriarty’s new book yet?? It sounds like such an interesting read!

  • Reply SMD January 12, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I love me some Stephanie Plum so I’ll try that one for sure.

    Can’t wait to see you kick ass in gardening this year!

  • Reply kathy at more coffee, less talky January 12, 2016 at 8:33 am

    so my indoor plants kicked the bucket no matter what i tried. i even went out and bought food (fertilizer) and nope, died. like, ALL OF THEM. i had a very large and sad funeral for my plants. that said, this spring i’ll be doing an outdoor garden. maybe plants, like animals, prefer being outdoors. also, by “i’ll be doing an outdoor garden”, i mean my husband, obvs.

  • Reply Laura January 12, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I can assure you that not ALL of Alabama was saying Roll Tide last night….. meh. Anyway, another Moriarty! Woo!!! I’ve loved getting to read her books based on your recs, and look at you getting all those books for free! woo!

  • Reply kristen January 12, 2016 at 8:43 am

    oh good to hear about that liane moriarty book. i didn’t notice any three person pattern in her other books, interesting. rolling in the deep sounds interesting!

  • Reply Dorrie @ Rt 1 US 1 January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Seriously, I have SO MANY Gardening books! What type of garden are you looking at doing?! I’m sure I’ve got some recommendations on literature! Those are some of the few print books I buy, just for the reason you said. Also, my husband thinks that if the end of the world comes, we’ll need to reference these gardening books, and it would do no good for them to be on Kindle!

    You’re killing it on the book reading. I need to get my butt in gear and read. And maybe post something on my blog! 🙂 Happy Tuesday!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston January 12, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Death before decaf totally sounds like something that would be up my alley and a fun movie haha!! I definitely have a genre that I like when it comes to books! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Rebecca Jo January 12, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I think I would love that Death Before Decaf!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says January 12, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Gardening. Sigh. I just can’t bring myself to enjoy it but I’m looking forward to following along with your adventures!

    I like Liane Moriarty. I’ll probably read more of her later in the year. I have a bunch over the next few months I’m DYING to read and she’s just not up there right now. But she’ll be good for the summer.

  • Reply Michael January 12, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I’ve been seeing Liane Moriarty’s books everywhere lately. I need to hop on that train and start reading a few. Why can’t I just read everything?!?!?!

  • Reply Tania // Run to Radiance January 12, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I love to read! These look great, I want to start a garden too so I have to check out that one especially! What’s the point of a garden if it’s not high yield, right? 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth January 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I almost snpachatted you last night because I was watching that game and thinking about you the entire time!

  • Reply Helen January 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the great recommendations! I’ll have to add these to my growing pile!

  • Reply Tricia Coniglio January 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Rolling in the Deep sounds interesting with the giant pot for sure! I have been reading the same book since October. October!!!! It is OK to pass the time but I haven’t had much time and when I do it doesn’t just grab me.

    The garden sounds amazing. I want a handful of some specific things but I don’t think I’ll do what it takes to keep the plants alive- and my condo is kinda small.

  • Reply Jenna January 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Roll Tide!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista January 12, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I need to add Death Before Decaf to my list, such a cute storyline and of course coffee <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine January 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    You can get a Roll Tide Baby!!!! Awesome W!!!! I am currently reading Three Wishes and love it!! I never met triplets!! I hope you are having one terrific post game Tuesday!!!!!

  • Reply Erin @ TexErin-in-SydneyLand January 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    When you told me that you were on a bingefest of Liane Moriarty books, you weren’t exaggerating! Love it! I’m on the library wait list for What Alice Forgot. Looking forward to that one.

  • Reply Gwen January 12, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I just added The Hypnotist’s Love Story (love Moriarty) and Death Before Decaf. Rolling in the Deep sounds interesting, too!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders January 12, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I’m so glad you loved The Hypnotist’s Love Story too! I agree that it was interesting to see how things played out from both the hypnotist and the stalker’s point of view. Like you, I don’t think that there’s a Liane Moriarty book that I don’t like! I can’t wait to see what you think of Three Wishes!

  • Reply LIndsay January 12, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Oh man I was so excited! I rocked my houndstooth today! They SO deserved it. I haven’t read any of these but love the suggestions. After only reading 2 or 3 books last year (I know) I’m making an effort to take time for it again!

  • Reply Kerry January 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Rolling in the Deep sounds intriguing and very relevant to the whole Powerball shenanigans going on now.

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke & Boughie January 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I was thinking about you all of last night!! Hooray (I was cheering for the SEC)!

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots January 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I love the hypnotist’s love story! Such a weird premise but it’s so good. And I definitely have to check out rolling in the deep! Such a topical story!

  • Reply Alexandra C. January 13, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I really need to read some Moriarty books, I’ve heard such good things!! I love non fiction and if I had a yard I would be all over that veggie gardening book! I agree it’s hard to read books like that via ereader. I have a few I from net galley as well that I wish were real copies! XO -Alexandra

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  • Reply Kristin January 13, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I liked The Hypnotist’s Love Story (Three Wishes was kind of odd, I thought) well enough. It wasn’t as suspenseful as Big Little Lies though!

  • Reply Teh Megan January 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    of course I’m going to add HLS to my TBR list. I’m an addict to her work now.

  • Reply Rose @ Ramblin' Rose January 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Hypnotist Love Story is the only Moriarty book I’ve read and I did not enjoy it at all so I haven’t read any of her other books but maybe I should give her another chance because I’ve seen her books generally get favorable reviews. What was your favorite?

  • Reply Crystal W January 17, 2016 at 1:22 am

    I really do need to give in and bump some Moriarty up on my to-read list! I’m starting to feel left out! 😉

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