July is normally a huge reading month for me because it's summer and as a teacher, I have a little more free time (when I'm not working in my classroom or on my blog/TpT) This year, I don't know what it was, but my reading struggled in the summer. I just could not find anything I wanted to read. I decided to pick 5 books and force myself to read them to try and get out of the slump and it worked! I read half of those 5 in July and half in August. I managed to read 3 books in July, so let's chat about those today!


I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for Christina Lauren's newest book, Twice in a Blue Moon. This one comes out in October. Unsurprisingly it was fabulous! I just love CL books. This one did have a little more of a serious/less rom com feel to it, but I still loved it! Highly recommend.


I started my reread of Gods in Alabama to help me get out of the slump. This is one of my all time favorite books. I love a good southern fiction story. It read a little more literary than I remember, but I still love it. It's about a girl who moves away from her small hometown in Alabama and returns years later to reunite with her family and introduce them to her new boyfriend. I especially love the flashback parts in this one where we get to read about what happened years ago in high school to make the main character want to leave and never return.


Random House kindly sent me a copy of Cambria Brockman's debut novel, Tell Me Everything. This book has been on every summer must read list. After reading it, I can see why! It reminds me so much of Prep because it takes place at either a boarding school or a college (I'm playing catch up and writing this post in October, so I honestly can't remember which one lol...I think college) It revolves around the main character who is very socially awkward, just like the main character in Prep. I loved it! 

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Hi friends! It may be August 1st right now, but I'm playing catch up this morning and going wayyy back to April to chat about the books I read that month. I read some really great stories back then and I wanted to share them with y'all today!



One of my top reads of the read. I was SHOCKED by how much I loved this book. It didn't sound like something I would love at all-rock and roll bands in the 70's...no thanks! But y'all, this book was beyond amazing. I couldn't think about anything else while I was reading this story. I know a lot of people were put off with the interview style of writing, but I didn't think it hindered the plot at all. It was SOOOO good! 


My favorite thriller of the year so far. Oh my goodness, y'all. This book was SO unique and different from all the other thrillers out there. The last line was epic! My Lovely Wife will stay with you long after you finish it. 


I was lucky enough to get an arc of KA Tucker's newest book that comes out in August. KA Tucker is one of my favorite authors and this book was just wonderful. It's about two people who meet at camp and fall in love and then reconnect years later when he starts working in her office building. Super sweet.


Y'all know I've gotten away from young adult in the past year, but I still always pick up the newest Jenn Bennett because she never disappoints. I didn't LOVE this book, but it was okay. I totally blame how busy I was with moving and settling in when I read it, but I just didn't connect to this one like I did her other ones. Alex Approximately is one of my all time favorite YA books! 


Another book I totally blame on the stress of moving and unpacking because otherwise, this book would be one I completely fell in love with, but I just couldn't get into it. I'm going to try again when things settle down and I can give the book my full attention. I've heard such great things about it and I know I will love it!

Check out more of what I've read this year by clicking the 'books' tab above or any of the monthly links here:
April Book Reviews 
July Book Reviews

Playing catch up again with the books I read back in May! Y'all bear with me as I try to get back into blogging after trying to get settled in the house. Whew! It's been a busy summer! :)



I have been wanting to read an Alafair Burke book for the longest because I've heard such great things. I picked up her newest thriller, The Better Sister, in May and loved it! I was constantly guessing and didn't see the ending coming at all. I really want to pick up The Wife now!


Fix Her Up has been on my highly anticipated list since I first saw it. I mean, not only is the cover gorgeous, but I'm a sucker for a rom com! This one was beyond cute and sweet and full of romance! I highly recommend. It is definitely R rated, which I didn't realize so just know that going in! :)


So, May is the busiest month in teaching and this year was no exception. Between ending the year, deciding to change grade levels (goodbye 5th, hello 2nd!) and moving classrooms, my reading started to struggle. I fell back on my favorite, go to, genre-quick read romances. Now, it's August 1st (remember I'm playing catch up) and I couldn't tell you one thing about this book, but I remember loving it and not being able to put it down. Not memorable, but still really really good! 


Okay, I ended the month reading The Kiss Thief, which was a romance centered around the Chicago mob. What???  I NEVER would have read something like that, but I really wanted a quick read romance and the cover of this one suckered me in.  Y'all, it was surprisingly really good. Again, R rated which I didn't know based on the cover, but I still remember details from this one. I don't think it's for everyone, but I really enjoyed it! 

Okay, that's my short list for May! :)

Check out more of my reading by clicking the "books" tab above or the links here:

April Book Reviews (coming this week)
May Book Reviews 
July Book Reviews



Happy July, y'all! I'm WAY behind on monthly book reviews, so I'm going to be playing catch up this week and sharing my book reviews from April, May, and June. Today I'm talking about the books I read this past month. :)


I had an ARC of Alice Feeney's newest book sitting on my shelf for months before I finally read it. You know when you hope you love a book so much that you're scared to read it because you don't want to be disappointed? That's how I was with this book. I LOVED Alice Feeney's first book, Sometimes I Lie, and I was so worried that this one wouldn't be as good. I was wrong.
This book was SO good. The ending is definitely unique and a bit controversial, but I absolutely loved it! I was left with many questions, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!  

Thanks, Flatiron Books, for sending me a copy of this one!


I've been eyeing The Flatshare since the winter. I mean, how cute is this cover?? And the storyline sounded so cute, too. It's about a girl and a guy who share an apartment together, but they never actually see each other because of their work schedules, so they start leaving little notes for each other and eventually they fall in love. I really liked this one, but I didn't love it. I thought it had the potential to be much cuter than it actually was.

Mine is a thriller that is definitely action packed! It all takes place in one night and in one place-which I have discovered is not my thing. I know so many people love that kind of story, but I'm not really a fan. This one was a ton of action that led to nothing in my opinion. I really didn't like this one, but I know a lot of people who love it, so I still say give it a go! 

Thanks to Gallery books for sending me a copy of this one!


Just like with Alice Feeney's newest book, I was scared to read Liv Constantine's newest release because I loved The Last Mrs. Parrish so much. And again, I LOVED this one! I had so many theories about this one and some of them turned out true and some were total shockers. I highly recommend this thriller!


I finished out the month with an ARC of Lauren Layne's upcoming book, The Prenup. Y'all, this is my favorite LL book to date. It's such a funny and witty romance about a girl and a guy who married 10 years ago, but have lived on different coasts ever since. They come together to get divorced, but discover that their prenup says they have to live together for at least 3 months. It's such a sweet story. I highly recommend this one! :)

Be sure and check out my other monthly book reviews. I'll be posting several times this week with catch up monthly book review posts, but in the meantime, you can read about what I read in January, February, and March and you can click the 'books' link at the top of the page to read past year's book reviews posts. :)


March has come and gone and it's time to chat with y'all about the books I read this month! March was really busy for me due to moving houses. Normally I can read a lot during Spring Break, but that wasn't the case this year. I still managed to read 6 books this month and really enjoyed all but one. Let's get started so I can share these amazing reads with y'all!



I was so excited when I found out that Jill Santopolo had a new book coming out. I absolutely LOVED her debut novel, The Light We Lost. I liked this one just okay. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. In fact, I'm struggling to even remember what it's about. I remember it dealt with a daughter and father relationship and she fell in love with someone other than her childhood boyfriend, but that's all I'm remembering about it. Clearly it wasn't a memorable one for me! I overall enjoyed it though and I recommend it. Just don't go in thinking it's going to be as good as The Light We Lost or you'll be disappointed!

RATING: 3 STARS

I knew better than to read this book, but I did it anyways. You know how you keep hearing about a book and everyone is raving about how good it is? That was this book. It sounded like something I would not be interested in, but so many people kept recommending it to me, so I gave it a go. 

And I didn't like it. At all.

I know I'm in the minority with this one and I so hope you have better luck with it than I did. No Exit is the exact kind of thriller I don't like. It's set in one place the entire book and the characters can't escape due to a snow storm. I don't know what it is, but I'm not fan of that type of plot. So this one didn't work for me. If you don't have a problem with a one place, characters stuck setting, give this one a go!

RATING: 2 STARS


I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Hannah Mary McKinnon's newest book, Her Secret Son. Y'all know my favorite book of 2018 was The Neighbors...seriously y'all: READ IT! Her upcoming book comes out in May and it's really good! It's about a man whose girlfriend of 5 years dies and leaves him with her son who he considers his own son. Along the way, he realizes that his girlfriend had many secrets and he sets out to find the truth. 

RATING: 4 STARS


When I got moved into the house, I was able to sit down and start our March book for #lalalifebookclub, which was Peter Swanson's newest book Before She Met Him. Peter Swanson is my favorite thriller write. I've read all his books (except The Clock Heart one) and he is simply amazing. His latest book is no exception. Y'all, I devoured this thriller. It might be my new favorite by him. It's that good. I highly highly recommend this one!

Rating: 5 STARS


I also read an ARC of The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez. This is another one that everyone has been raving about. Y'all know I'm forever on the hunt for a good romance, so I was excited about this book. I really really liked it. There were parts of it that I didn't love, but I thought it was an engaging and cute romance with a heavier theme. Highly recommend! It comes out in June. :)

Rating: 4 STARS



I also read RS Grey's newest book, Make Me bad. RS Grey is a romance writer that I love. She write funny love stories that always make quick reads, which is something I needed with all the moving this month. While Make Me Bad wasn't my favorite by a long shot, I still enjoyed it. Bonus: her books are free on Kindle Unlimited. My favorites are Anything You Can Do and Not So Nice Guy!

Rating: 3.5 STARS

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Hi friends! If you're keeping up with my house construction posts, you may have noticed that I skipped last week's update-week 23. That's because there wasn't one thing to post. Nothing happened that week. *sigh* We are so incredibly close right now and it's become the slowest part of the entire process. We had a lot of progress this week compared to the previous week and if the countertops go in on Tuesday like the granite guy assures me they will, then hopefully this time next week I will be moving in. Hopefully! 

Let's look back at my house construction to do list from two weeks ago:

*carpet bonus room
*install cabinets
*finish plumbing
*touch up paint
*finish electrical (lights above vanity mirrors)
*install countertops

The plumbing and electrical won't be finished until the countertops are in, but my contractor says everything should be finished up next week. Y'all don't know how much I hope that's true. I am so tired of all my stuff packed up and store away. I can't find anything I need! I'm ready to have everything in its place and be settled!

Here's some pictures from week 24 of my house construction process:

I purchased my appliances back during the Black Friday sales and Lowes held them for me until they were ready to be installed. They were delivered yesterday, which was so exciting! You can read all about which appliances I chose here

They got the kitchen cabinets installed on Monday. I really like them. After seeing them in the house, I do wish I had went with the extra white paint color instead of "brownstone white" I thought extra white would have been too neon white, but I actually think it would have matched the wall and door color better. The cabinets look a bit creamer than I wanted, but I don't dislike it enough to change it. I think it'll look good when I get everything out and decorate. :)

The glass doors are in the wrong place and have to be moved. They should be on the far right.


I just love the refrigerator! I had a side by side in my first house and my mom has a side by side right now, and I quickly learned that I was not a fan of that style! I much prefer the freezer on the bottom. 

The washer and dryer! I have a cabinet guy coming by next week to look at this room and see about cabinets. I want a built in around the washer and dryer to hide the back because it's very visible with the door being right beside it. I also want cabinets put in above it. 

The stove <3

And one more look at the refrigerator. They can't install the dishwasher until the countertops are in and the plumbing is done. I'm excited to see it though! :)


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Okay, I'm hoping for one more week of house construction posts, y'all! One more week! Everything is coming together and aside from cabinets, everything that still needs to be done is minor. In my eyes anyways LOL Cabinets were suppose to go in on Friday, but they backed it up to Monday, so fingers crossed that it happens early next week. They got the stairs done, water connected to the house, the garage door installed, breakfast nook bench seating done, and the carpet put in in the upstairs bedrooms.

They still have to:

*carpet bonus room
*install cabinets
*finish plumbing
*touch up paint
*finish electrical (lights above vanity mirrors)

Other than that, we are good to go! Here's what the twenty-second week of my house construction process looked like:

Monday
The walkway would be poured the next day, so I had to mark off where I wanted it.

The hot water heater was delivered.

And also the toilets

They started staining the pieces for the stairs.

They got the transom in. Isn't it so pretty? I just love it!


Tuesday

They installed this vanity for the half bath and got the water connected! For the master bath and upstairs bath, the cabinet guy is making the vanity, but for this little half bath I just bought one at Lowes.

Toilets are in!


Faucets are in, but not working yet. The plumber will connect everything when the cabinets are installed.

Hot water heater is installed.

Walkway is poured.



Wednesday
Stairs are starting.



Thursday
Stairs complete!


They added a bench seat for my breakfast nook and I just LOVE it!

The garage door is installed!



It was a VERY successful week and I am BEYOND ready to move in! :) :)


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