I’m late to the game on this one. Girl at War by Sara Nović came out in 2015 and I’m just now raving about it.
Let me just say, Sara Nović can write! This book was tragically sad but phenomenally written. It is fiction, but reads like a memoir.
So I’m starting to understand the hype around BBG. I can feel my little muscles getting stronger.
I never could grasp why the BBG following was almost cult like. One mention of it and everyone has tried it at some point in time. This is always followed by raving reviews about how they were in the best shape of their lives.
I’ve been hesitant about this whole Instant Pot fad. What makes it so special? I already have a crock pot, isn’t it the same thing? And I can always just cook rice on the stovetop. Not to mention, where on earth would I store this thing in my tiny kitchen??
When the boyfriend’s sister sweetly gifted us the Instant Pot for Christmas, it brought an end to my questioning. It was officially time to give it a go.
It arrived on my doorstep with more warning labels than fireworks and my first thought was how long it would take until I blew up my apartment trying to use it. This was followed by an hour of reading the intense manual.
I will admit, reading 50 books in a year was no easy feat. I just squeaked by, finishing book number 50 on New Year’s Eve. It was a close call, but you know when I set a goal I can’t fail (thanks to that competitive spirit I inherited from my father).
Over the last 36 hours, we’ve all been thinking about a lot of things. Contemplating what our New Year resolutions will be. Preparing to start the year off on the “right foot”. Planning to not drink too much champagne at the NYE party so we can hit the gym bright and early on January 1… (did anyone make it to the gym yesterday??)
Don’t set goals/resolutions just because you see others doing the same. Don’t create unattainable ones. Set ones that mean something to you.
Yes, we’re still sunbathing in Miami :) You gotta love Florida winters.
All three of my recent reads I selected were because I’d heard good reviews. Sometimes good reviews can lead you to amazing stories, but other times their gushing words set expectations a bit too high.
That’s what happened with these three books.
I will say, I’m not the best gift giver. It’s not that I don’t try, but when it comes time to actually find items my mind goes blank. What does so-and-so really want? What to they like?
I frequently turn to practical items or consumables (bottles of wine and restaurant gift cards for all)!
This year I decided to go a different route. Reading is great for the mind (and one of my favorite activities), so why not give the gift of a book this year? I know not everyone is into reading, but if you think about non-book things that people on your Christmas list like, such as their favorite tv show, you’ll be able to pick out the perfect book to wrap for under the tree!
I’ve hinted at this a few times (some days I stick closer to it than others) but I’m trying to go gluten AND dairy free. Sadly, doctors orders.
Let me clearly state, this is NOT for fun! I love wheat and milk. I love cookies, banana bread, yogurt, half and half in my coffee, pizza, pasta… the list goes on and on. But, my gastroenterologist has deemed my tummy not suitable for such things.
So over the last few weeks I’ve been doing ALL.THE.RESEARCH to find things that my doctor would approve of (and I would not hate). It’s been tough to say the least.
People ask me all the time why I wear an Apple watch and if I like it. Sure it’s handy to see a text message on my watch, or get a meeting notification when I’m away from my desk, but what I love most about it is the activity tracker!
It’s no secret that I love theSkimm. I will admit that it’s no fun when I see the name of the company I work for in it about once a week, but none the less it’s the best way to stay on top of the news every day (and get new book recommendations).
Their latest recommendation, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter, instantly went to the top of my TBR list. Not just because it was recommended by theSkimm, but also because it was written by Krysten Ritter from Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (binged that show so hard!).
The very standard storyline of “a girl who left town and then had to come back home on assignment” has been done over and over again, but I decided to look past that and picked it up.
I would say this book was a cross between Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (you know I had strongggg feelings about that one) and The Fever by Megan Abbott (which I gave 2 our of 5 stars). It was a book I could have done without picking up.
For some reason I’ve been coming across a lot of duds lately. I have seven more books to read by the end of the year to hit my GoodReads goal and I just can’t seem to pick up a winner.
I hate talking bad about books because I know to someone (especially the author) they mean something, but I figured I would share three cautionary tales about my latest reads just incase you’re trying to pick between one of these.
That moment you wake up starving and scour your fridge for anything to pull together into a delicious meal.
I bring you the “leftovers skillet”, since I truly make this out of leftovers in the fridge. I had three eggs, extra kale from the night before, a forgotten can of spicy dices tomatoes, and thyme from a HelloFresh box earlier in the week. That means it was a “egg and kale skillet” today!
Y’all, I’m obsessed with this new purchase!
I walk to work and have been traveling a lot lately. I could seriously start to feel the strain on my left shoulder from dragging my beyond-heavy purse around with me.
For the last few months I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect work backpack. My #1 requirement is that it can hold a MacBook Air, which is essential for travel and carrying to/from work.
I get inspired by inspiring quotes. I know they can be dorky, but sometimes they’re the perfect reminder for why we’re doing what we’re doing. The perfect reminder that setbacks aren’t the end of the world. And the perfect reminder that we’re in charge of our attitude each day.
As the Sunday scaries began to set in last night, I looked up some inspiring quotes to help me keep life in perspective and remind myself I’m capable of anything I set my mind to!
Where did the year go? I cannot believe Thanksgiving is around the corner!
The bad news: Time is flying by way too quickly these days…
The good news: Loads of time off to do all the reading I want!
I’m still 3 books behind schedule to finish 50 books in 2017 so I have a serious task ahead of me. I’m fairly competitive so I’m going to meet this goal one way or another.