Okay, so y'all know from August's Book Review post, that I'm playing catch up and even though it's already September, I'm still talking about what I read in July, but I read two of my top five favs of 2018 two months ago, I wanted to be sure and share everything with y'all!  

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
My second favorite book of the year. Emily Giffin is one of those authors that I always read, but I've been sadly disappointed with her last two books (The One and Only and First Comes Love.) I was really nervous about this one, and then when I read it, I was shocked at how much I fell in love with it! 
It follows several different characters and their perspective and role in a certain event. I don't want to give away anything else because I think it's better to go into this one not knowing a lot of what it's about. It deals with such a current and relevant topic and is done so brilliantly. I love it.

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Mindy Mejia's newest (it's now currently available!) book and I really enjoyed it. It deals with the wildness and a son and father who go missing on a camping trip and years later the son returns without the father. I LOVED Mindy Mehjia's first novel Everything You Want Me to Be, so I was super excited about this one, but I didn't love it near as much.
Thanks, Simon and Schuster for sending a copy my way!

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

I read another ARC back in July and this one was Lauren Layne's newest book in her Wolves of Wall Street series. Y'all know by now that LL is my go to romance author and this book didn't disappoint! I think I enjoyed it more than book #1 in this series. There's nothing like a good romance read, is there??

All the Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
And then I read my third favorite of the year. Normally when I read a book, it's one that I've been hearing about or seeing everywhere, but that isn't the case with this book. I first discovered this one through Books and LaLa's Youtube channel. Y'all. This book. I was shocked at how much I LOVED All the Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth. It's a boarding school story about a girl who is trying to become a member of this secret society at school. It's a mix of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and I loved every single second of it.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover came out with a new book in July and there's no way I wasn't going to read it. Sadly I didn't love it, but I do think lots of people will! Is it just me or have her books gotten a lot more serious lately? I mean, they've always had a serious undertone to them, but the last two I read have just been too much for me. I was in the mood for a light, peppy read after this one.

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

And the last book I read in July was an ARC of Christina Lauren's newest book, Josh and Hazel's Guide. I've not been the biggest CL fan until I read Love and Other Words back in the Spring and loved it. This one sounded like it would remind me of The Hating Game (my all time favorite romance story.) I loved Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. If you're looking for a funny, light hearted love story, definitely try this one! You will love!

Happy September, friends! It's been so so long since I've done a proper monthly book review post,  and I'm so sorry! I'm back with some August book reviews and then later this week I'll be posting reviews for June and July, so get ready! :)

August is usually my busiest month and because of that I normally don't get a lot of reading done, but that didn't happen this time. I read 8 books this past month and enjoyed most of them! Let's recap my reading month. :)

Colleen Hoover's newest book came out in July, so I immediately grabbed a copy and started reading it. I finished it on August 1st, so even though I started reading this one in July, I'm including it in August's wrap up since that's when I finished it.

I won't say this one didn't hold my attention. It definitely did. It was one that I could not put down and I was constantly thinking about it when I wasn't reading it, but I just didn't really enjoy it. I don't want to go into what it was about because I think that's spoiling the book, but the topic just wasn't for me. I think I am in the minority on this one because so many people are loving it. It just wasn't for me. It had the serious tone that It Ends With Us had and I felt the same way about it. It left me wanting to read a happy, peppy book next.

Rating: 3 STARS

I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of Christina Lauren's newest from Gallery books and I squealed when it arrived in my mail. Y'all, this book was the BEST! I have never had much luck with Christina Lauren books until I read Love and Other Words back in the spring and I fell in love with it. I had high hopes that JAHGTND was going to be like it and it was! This was just a feel good sweet little love story about two friends that are trying their best to date other people and not to fall in love with each other. I smiled the entire time I was reading this one. Highly highly recommend!

The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown

I'm a sucker for a good "lost memory" story, so I knew I had to pick up Karma's Brown's latest book. I really enjoyed this one even though it wasn't as entertaining or light hearted as I had hoped. I still enjoyed What Alice Knew by Liane Morarity more, although I did really like this one!

Rating: 3.75 STARS

If you've been following my reading habits for a while now, you'll know I love a good romance story and R.S. Grey is one of my go to authors when I need a light and easy love story. Her newest release is my absolute favorite of hers! If you love romance books, definitely try RS Grey. Her books are free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Rating: 5 STARS

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker

KA Tucker is an author that I always look forward to reading. She writes such entertaining, can put down books and this one was no exception. In fact, it's probably my favorite book of hers. It's about a city girl who goes to Alaska to be with her father when he becomes sick. 

Rating: 4.5 STARS

Blind Kiss by Renee Carolino

Oh man, Renee Carlino is an author that I either LOVE or HATE, so I was really nervous going into her new book, Blind Kiss, but y'all, this one is my new FAVORITE RC book! I did have some issues with the ending that prevented it from being a 5 star read for me, but I still loved it and highly recommend it!

Rating: 4 STARS

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

I finished my August reading with a book that has been on my TBR for months and I LOVED it! The Cheerleaders is a YA thriller about a group of cheerleaders who all die within a few weeks and then 5 years later the sister of one of the girls starts to question everything...

Rating: 4 STARS

Okay, that's what I read in August! What did you read? Have you read any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)

Hi friends! Today I thought I would share my house plans with y'all. I had *so* hoped to already be in the building stage at this time, but sadly there's nothing going up yet. My contractor is saying September, so I'm crossing my fingers and trying my hardest to wait patiently.

After TONS and TONS of house plan searching, I finally made a decision. It's taken a bit longer because I want the interior of a house that my contractor had just built back in the spring combined with the exterior of this house below.

Meshing the two plans together made the process a little more challenging. I worked with the architect for a month tweaking little things to get it exactly like I wanted. I am SO happy with how everything has turned out, but I'm also really anxious to get started and see some progress! 

Going into the design part of my house construction project, I had a few MUST HAVES:

-Lots of windows for natural light. My current house has a hallway bathroom and laundry room with no windows, so I knew when I designed my new house I wanted almost every room to have a window and that's just what I did! I even added a window into my walk in closet! I know my contractor thought I was crazy when I started talking about where I wanted windows LOL

-French doors going into my office. I just love the look of interior french doors, especially in the foyer. 

-A laundry room right off the garage. In my current house the garage opens into the living room and I've found that this little part of the living room stays messy with stuff that I bring in from the garage. I want a laundry room right next to the garage in the new house so it can double as a mudroom of sorts, and I can eventually get some built ins to put stuff on like shoes and bags.

-A second floor, but the master bedroom downstairs. Everyone has advised me to not do a second floor and I may regret it when I get older, but I really want a staircase to decorate during the holidays. LOL I know, that's a silly reason, but I've got my Staircase Decor board on Pinterest and I have big plans! Ha! I really wanted the staircase in the foyer, and the architect drew it up for me, but in the end I thought it would be too narrow and make the foyer feel too small, so I kept it at the side wall in the living room. I wanted the master bedroom downstairs so I wouldn't have to go upstairs every single day, but still have rooms upstairs.

-A bonus room. Since I have my TpT business/blog, I use my current office for photos and product creations and it gets so messy. I knew I wanted a separate place to work and create and then have a space that I could leave out everything that I use for products and photographing and not worry about the mess. 

-Open living room and kitchen. The house in which my interior is based off of didn't have a breakfast nook since what I'm calling the office was that house's dining room. My contractor gave me a little breakfast nook and I am tickled pink about this! I have been pinning tons of breakfast bench seating on Pinterest! 

-Huge back porch. Y'all know my favorite thing in the world is to sit on my back porch and read, so this was a big must have. The thing I'm going to miss most about my current house is my screened in back porch and deck, but I have big plans for the new outdoor space!

-Side Entry garage. I didn't realize until I started looking at house plans, but I really fell in love with the side entry garage. Plus, I love the fact that the garage with have windows because y'all know I'm all about some natural light. Even in the garage lol

Now, I'm still deciding on exterior colors, so if you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I'm leaning towards light/dark gray with white trim and black shutters. 

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It's almost June, so y'all know what that means. It's time to wrap up May reading and chat about what all I read this month. May is always a super busy month for me since school is winding down. I usually don't have a productive reading month each May, but this year was different! I ended up reading NINE books this month and I can't wait to share them with y'all. :)

You Think It, I'll Say It

I started off by picking up Curtis Sittenfeld's newest collection of short stories. I'm not a big anthology fan, but I love Curtis Sittenfeld (she wrote one of my favorite books of all time, Prep) and Reese Witherspoon picked this as her May book club book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I loved this one. It's filled with stories about women who are at a point in their lives where they are looking back and reflecting on where they are at and how they got there. It's really good. Even if you aren't a fan of short story collection, I think you'll like this one!

The Family Next Door

I've always been a fan of Sally Hepworth's books, so when I learned that her newest book was about a family neighborhood, I immediately preordered it. Y'all know I love a good neighbors story that focuses on several families and how they interact with each other. Y'all, this one is soooo good! It's centered around 3 different families and how their lives are affected when a new woman moves into the neighborhood. This new woman is different from the others-she's single and doesn't have any children, so the other women don't understand why she would move into their neighborhood because it's very family oriented. Y'all have to check this one out this summer!

Arrogant Devil

Romance books are my go to guilty pleasure and one of my favorite authors is RS Grey. You can get her books on kindle and I always enjoy them. They are just light hearted, quick reads that you can get lost in. I really enjoyed her newest book that is set in Texas. I highly recommend all of her books. This one wasn't my favorite of hers, but I still really liked it!

Our Little Secret

I've been seeing Our Little Secret all over Goodreads and it sounded so good. Spoiler alert: it is. Y'all, this thriller had me dying to figure out what happened. If you love a story that has a lot of flashbacks, you'll love this one. It's not very action packed, but such a good slow burn mystery. It's about a woman who is accused of being involved in the disappearance of her ex boyfriend's wife. A must read!

Hot Assest

Another romance read. Lauren Layne is my absolute favorite author of romance books and her new series debuted this month. It's even available in paperback! YAY! I LOVED this one! Romance readers, you must check her out! Her wedding belles series is phenomenal! 

Goodbye Perfect

I bought Goodbye Perfect because I knew Zoella (a Youtuber) picked it as one of her bookclub books and it sounded really good. It's a young adult book about a girl who finds out her best friend has ran away with their teacher. I was disappointed in this one. Maybe because it was a young adult book that read like a young adult book. I think the plot would have been so much more interesting if it were written on an adult level with multiple perspectives like hers and the girl's mother and even the girl and the teacher. This was just bland. 

Nine Days and Nine Nights

I read 99 Days three years ago and honestly I don't remember much about it. I do remember enjoying it, but I know TONS of people have issues with the love triangle and how selfish the main character is. I read the highly anticipated sequel this month. You can read this one as a stand alone or if you're like me and it's been a loooonnnng time since you read the first one. It will all still make sense, but I do think I would have enjoyed this one much more if I had reread the first book or read them back to back.

The Forever Summer

Y'all, I have discovered a new favorite author. Have y'all read this one?? The Forever Summer is soo good. It's the perfect summer beach read. It's about a woman who has everything and loses it suddenly. In the process of everything crumbling around her, she discovers she has a half sister that she never knew about. She decides to go with her sister to visit their grandmother that they have never met. It is soooo good!!! I loved it so much that I went out and bought the author's other two books, The Wedding Sisters and her newest one, The Husband Hour. I highly recommend this one!

The Favorite Sister

And then we have our May pick for our #lalalifebookclub. I was SO EXCITED about Jessica Knoll's newest book because her debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive, was one of my absolute favorite thrillers. I was so disappointed with this one though. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm the only one either because the Goodreads reviews aren't that great. This one just never captured my attention and I never felt anything for any of the characters. I was just super disappointed in this one. 

Okay, so there's my May book reviews! I'd love to hear what you read during May OR if you've read any of these! :)

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Hi friends! I'm currently on Spring Break (can you hear me shouting?!) and I'm trying to use this time to catch up on some work that has currently been piling up. The weather here in Alabama is just awful, (cold, windy, rainy) so I'm trying to look on the bright side and think of this as an opportunity to get some stuff done. If it were bright and sunny, all I would be doing would be laying out and enjoying the Spring weather, so this coldness is definitely a bummer.

Anyways, I never did post about the books I read during January and February. I was able to read several in January and then I fell into a major book slump in February and only managed to read ONE book! Thankfully March has been much better on the reading front! 

Let's chat about what I read during the first two months of 2018.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

When St. Martin's Press asked if they could send me a copy of The Wife Between Us, I couldn't reply with a yes quickly enough! I had been hearing so much hype about this book and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. A lot of people compared it to The Last Mrs. Parrish, which y'all know I LOVED! 

Now, I really liked this one, but I didn't LOVE it. I gave it 4 stars because I felt it grew a little boring between the second and third part (the book is divided into 3 parts). I also had an issue with the main character, but I don't want to spoil the book for y'all. I did LOVE the fact that one the of the main characters was a teacher, so we got to read a few parts about her job and parent/teacher conferences. I found those parts really interesting and funny. Overall, I really liked this one and would totally recommend it!

Rating: 4 STARS

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Y'all know how much I love Lisa Jewell, so when I hear she had a new book coming out this Spring, I went to check it out. It sounded so good to be that I went ahead and ordered the UK edition on Amazon since it was already out. Y'all. This book. It might be my favorite of 2018 so far. I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! I could not put it down and I had no idea where it was going. I highly HIGHLY recommend this one if you love a good mystery/thriller!

It's about a woman whose daughter goes missing when she's 15 years and no one ever hears from her or finds her body. Years later, the mother is divorced and starts to date a new guy. When she meets his daughter, she realizes his daughter looks exactly like HER daughter. It's SOOOOO good! 

Rating: 5 STARS

The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

Romance books are my go to genre, but I haven't had a lot of luck here lately with these types of books. I would love recommendation! I did read R.S. Grey's newest release in January and I really enjoyed it! It's not my favorite RS Grey book, but I still flew through it and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good love story.

It's about a girl who develops a crush on a college boy that rents a room from her parents. When a hurricane forces everyone to evacuate the town, she loses touch with him and then reconnects again 10 years later when she moves back home and discovers he is a successful lawyer. It's really good and the perfect light read!

Rating: 4 STARS

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I finally decided to sign up for Book of the Month in January and this was the book I picked. I had been hearing a lot of buzz surrounding this book, but it wouldn't have been one I would have went out and bought on my own. I was glad to see it on BOTM. Sadly, I didn't love this one. I thought it was WAY too long and I just was never really invested in the storyline. I have since heard mixed reviews, so maybe you'll have better luck than I did! I will say I didn't guess the ending! Even thought I didn't love my first Book of the Month, I'm really glad I signed up for it. It's fun to see the choices when they come out each month. If you use my code, you'll get your first book free! 

Rating: 3 STARS

Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst

Like I mentioned earlier, I LOVE a good romance and I am always on the hunt for a new romance series. You know, the kind that revolves around the same characters, but each story is centered around a different person. I was hoping I would love Jennifer Probst's Billonaire Builders series because it's set up this way (the series contains three books and each one is centered around a different brother.) Sadly I didn't really love this one. I'm picky about my romance stories. I like more humor as opposed to cheesy-ness and this one fell more on the cheesy side. I already purchased the other two in the series because I was just positive I would love them, but now I'm not so sure... 

Rating: 3 STARS

This Love Story Will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

Not only is the cover of this one simply goregous, but I LOVED this story! Gallery books sent me a review copy and I am so thankful because I just ate this one up! This was a sleeper hit for me.When I started reading this one, I thought I was going to hate it. The beginning is the reason for the 4 star rating (instead of 5). I understand why the events in the beginning had to take place, but for me, the book didn't "get good" until the middle. In fact, I think a lot of people won't like this one because of the beginning and I bet many people will DNF it (I almost did!) The main character is hard to like, but if you stick with this one, you will love it! I'm so glad this is one that I didn't abandon.

Rating: 4 STARS

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

And finally we have the ONE book I read in February. February was filled with a ton of blog/TpT work for me, so it makes sense that I couldn't get into a book because my mind was constantly wandering. I did manage to read and finish the #lalalifebookclub February book, which was an accomplishment because this book had close to 400 pages! I sadly didn't like it very much because it was way to far fetched and unbelievable. You can see everyone's thoughts about this one here, here, and here since it was a book club pick. 

I've also filmed a video discussing the books I read during January and February if you want to check it out! 

I'd love to hear about what you've been reading! Have you read any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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Hi friends! I am SO EXCITED to share the books that I read in the month of April because I read some absolutely
FABULOUS books that I just fell in love with! I’m chatting about these in the order that I read them, so grab
a cup of coffee and go ahead and open up your Goodreads pages on a separate tab because you’re going
to want to add a few of these to your summer reading list!

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The first book I read this month was the sequel to Transcend by Jewel E. Ann. Y’all, this duology is one of the most unique
storylines I’ve ever read. It’s about a girl who becomes a nanny to a newborn baby whose mother died in childbirth.
When she meets the father of the baby, she immediately has all these memories of him, even though she has never
met him before. Seriously y’all, I FLEW through this series! I HIGHLY recommend this one. Just be sure you don’t
start reading it when you have a lot going on in life because you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else!

Rating: 5 STARS

Starry Eyes

The second book I read this month was Jenn Bennett’s newest release, Starry Eyes. I fell in love with Jenn
Bennett’s books last year when Alex Approximately came out. That book renewed my love for Young Adult
books, so I was very excited about Starry Eyes. I really liked this one. I didn’t like it as much as Alex Approximately,
but I still really enjoyed it. It’s about a girl who has had a falling out with her best friend when they decided to try and
see if they could be more than friends. The two characters end up going on a camping trip together and get lost
in the woods. I loved the storyline in this one!

Rating: 4 STARS

All the Beautiful Lies

I have been anxiously awaiting Peter Swanson’s newest thriller, All the Beautiful Lies, since I found out about
this new title last year. Y’all know Peter Swanson is one of my favorite thriller writers (His book, The Kind Worth
Killing, is my favorite thriller.) All the Beautiful Lies was absolutely WONDERFUL! Y’all, this is one of my new
favorite thrillers. It was fast paced and shocking and the last page will leave you speechless! I highly recommend
this one if you love thrillers.

Rating: 5 STARS


After reading Peter Swanson’s newest thriller, I needed a change in genres, so I decided to try out this general
fiction book by Sarah Jio. It’s about a girl who is engaged to the perfect guy and as they are leaving a restaurant
one night, she runs into a homeless person on the sidewalk and realizes it is her ex boyfriend (aka the love of her
life.) I really wanted to like this one, but oh my goodness I really didn’t like it. I only gave it 2 stars because I felt
like it was so cheesy and far fetched. I didn’t like any of the characters. I was so glad to finish this one.

Rating: 2 STARS

The Neighbors

As of right now, The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon is my favorite book of 2018. I cannot recommend
this one enough. Y’all I LIVED this book! I felt like I was right there with the characters and found myself screaming/
sympathizing with them. It. is. so. good.
This one is about a girl who is involved in a car wreck that kills her beloved brother. Because she feels so much guilt
, she breaks up with her boyfriend and moves away and actually marries the guy who rescues her from the
car crash. Years later, the girl and guy have married and the house next door comes up for sale. When the
new owners move in,she realizes it is her old boyfriend that she still loves and has never gotten over. I may have
finished this one weeks ago, but I still vividly remember it! You must try this one!!!

Rating: 5 STARS

The Wild Robot Escapes

Okay, this one is different than my normal reads, but I LOVED The Wild Robot and so do my kids in class. I had to read The Wild Robot Escapes for work, but it was a happy assignment because I LOVED it! If you teach 5th-8th grade or if you have middle grade age children, you have to check out Peter Brown’s Robot series. You will fall in love with Roz!

Rating: 5 STARS

An American Marriage

Our April pick for our #lalalifebookclub was An American Marriage and oh boy. I’m glad I read this one,
but I’m also glad it’s over. I filmed an Insta story and included it on my highlights if you want to know
my detailed thoughts on this one, but y’all I realllllly didn’t like one character and it just ruined the entire
book for me. I did like certain aspects of this book, but overall, I was glad to move onto something else.

Rating: 3 STARS (the writing was incredible, so I added an extra star. If we were going off of enjoyment
alone, I would lean more to 2 stars)

Winner Take All

I had never heard of this book, but the cover caught my eye in the bookstore, so I decided to check it out.
I love a good hate to love storyline and this one delievered! Now, I did only give it 3 stars because it did
drag a bit in the middle and I felt like one theme, although it was important, was shoved in the reader’s
face a bit too much, but overall I really enjoyed it!

Rating: 3 STARS

Love and Other Words

Okay, I always get really excited about a new Christina Lauren book because it’s just so exciting to
find a new favorite romance book. I haven’t had much luck with Christina Lauren books in the past. I really
didn’t like Dating You/Hating You and Roomies was just okay, but y’all, Love and Other Words is one of my
new favorite romance books of ALL TIME. In fact, I would say this one is probably my second favorite book
of the year. Friends, this is the sweetest story about a girl and boy who fell in love when they were 11 years
old. I absolutely loved this one. It makes up for the bad thought/feels I had with the previous two books I read
from CL. :)

Rating: 5 STARS

Okay, so that’s what I read and loved in April. I want to hear what YOU read and loved (or didn’t love)
this month. Let us know! :) :)

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