Review: You: a novel by Caroline Kepnes


Guys, this book was innnnntense! When I first read the synopsis I wasn’t sure I’d be into it because it was basically about this guy stalking someone, but once I started I was hooked. I’m pretty sure the reason I was sucked in so fast was due to the fact that the narrator for the audiobook had the creep factor perfected. Santino Fontana, you did a great job of creeping me the hell out.

The story is about a man who becomes obsessed with a woman when she comes into his bookstore. He then rationalizes every step of his stalking madness, it’s crazy. I told my friend Keren to check out the book and it’s been hard to hold back my thoughts because I want to discuss it! She isn’t finished with the book yet so I have to keep my mouth shut.

After I finished the book, I wasn’t sure how to feel. I don’t want to give anything away, but the stuff this guy did was not normal. However, the way he talked about it so casually, made what he was doing almost seem ok. Keyword there is almost. As soon as I can get a copy of the sequel, Hidden Bodies, I’m shutting myself off from the world and reading to my heart’s content.

Two months down…


Happy Hump Day! Over the weekend I drove to Northern California to see my friend Susy get married. Seeing her so happy was totally worth driving 14 hours round trip. Her and her new husband are currently on their Honeymoon in Hawaii 😀. I told myself I’d never do that drive again but ironically enough, I have a half marathon in Monterey next month. Not nearly as far but still at least 5 hours of driving. Those beach views better be worth it! 

Anyway, life has been going ok. I’ve been doing the Keto diet for two months and so far in down 13.3lbs. I’m noticing changes in my body and it feels so amazing. When I was at the wedding, I passed up mac and cheese, veggie lasagna, mashed potatoes, and cake! Saying no to those foods wasn’t hard at all. I do miss pasta but I’ve found spaghetti squash is a really good substitute, especially when I eat it with homemade Alfredo sauce. My parents still haven’t really grasped what I can and cannot eat but they’re still supportive. My dad even said he was proud of me for sticking with this, major non-scale victory. 

On the reading side of things, I’ve been reading like crazy. I read six books in September and so far I’ve finished three books this month. One of the big ones I recently finished was book 8 in the Outlander series, Written in my Own Heart’s Blood. Sooo good! When I first discovered the series I thought all the books had been released but, I was wrong. Diana Gabaldon is currently working on book 9. The way things are going, I don’t doubt she’ll be finished before the next Game of Thrones book is released. 

I’ve completed my Goodreads challenge! I pledged to read 60 books this year and so far I’m at 63. Next year I’ll have pledge at least 75. 

Anyway, have a lovely day. I’m determined to get some exercise in today since I haven’t worked out since last week. 😄

Review: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

It’s been a bit since I did any type of review, even though I’ve been reading like crazy. 

I recently finished The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and while it was supposed to be  funny and heartwarming, I didn’t feel it was either one of those. Maybe I read too much drama and suspense but the story itself was not very entertaining.

The story revolves around the Plumb siblings and their expected inheritance, The Nest. When Leo Plumb, the oldest, gets into a major trouble, his mother has to dip into The Nest.  That is the beginning of numerous problems for the rest of the siblings since they’d all pretty much spent the money before receiving it. 

One sibling secretly took out lines of credit on a property owned by him and his partner while another planned on using the money to send her daughters to prestigious universities. While Leo promised to pay back the money owed, this just caused more stress between the family members. 

There are four siblings and the majority of the story is told from their points of view. I think one of the reasons I wasn’t really satisfied with this book is I felt like there were questions left unanswered. 

It was a fairly short read, less than 400 pages. My rating for the book on Goodreads was 3 stars. If half stars were available I probably would have given it 3.5

First month on Keto

Good Morning!

I’ve been doing Keto for a little over a month and so far I am down 9.8lbs. While I’ve been doing fine with the food, I have been getting a little tired of red meat. I’m going to try to add more fish and chicken over the next couple weeks just so I don’t lose my mind. I miss pasta sometimes but I’ve been able to have spaghetti squash as a substitute. It isn’t the same but when it’s mixed with a delicious homemade Alfredo sauce, it’s not bad at all. I found Alfredo recipe on reddit and I liked it so much, I made it again the following week. So delicious.

I’ve started taking a multivitamin as well as a magnesium/calcium supplement. Vitamins have never been part of my daily routine so my  goal is just to remember to take them each day. They’re huge horse pills too so yeah, fun times. I still need to get one more supplement this week since my potassium levels are low. My muscles have been cramping so I need to up my potassium.

I haven’t noticed a change in my body personally but people around me have noticed a change and that is very encouraging. The other day my dad told me he was proud of me for sticking with this. Normally when he buys ice cream or makes chocolate chip cookies, I’m all over those. But, I haven’t cheated one time. The low-carb treats I’ve made have helped too.

As far as workouts go, I’ve been doing mostly cardio. I’d planned on starting a Kettle Bell program but I still need to read the book that has the program in it. The book was recommended in one of the Keto Facebook groups I am in and I hope to start reading it by the end of the week.

Side Note

This has nothing to do with Keto but I just wanted to say how excited I am that football is back! My team (49ers) probably won’t do too well this season and that’s ok. I’m excited to watch the games each week as well as keep up on my fantasy teams. Each year I say I’m not going to play and each year I don’t say no. Fantasy is fun but since I have multiple teams, it kind of ruins the fun part. That being said, I’m determined to win at least one of these leagues.

I’ll try to post an update on my latest reads later this week.

Have a great Monday!🙂


Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts


I haven’t read too many of Nora Roberts’ standalone books but I must say I think I prefer them over the trilogies she writes. Her latest one, The Obsession, was so good! I couldn’t put it down and when I did have to put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. It was a mixture of suspense, drama, romance, and humor and I enjoyed every bit of it. An added plus was the dog character. Books are even more enjoyable to when they have pets in the story. As long as the dog doesn’t die, of course.

Naomi Bowes’ childhood was interrupted when she discovered a woman her father had kidnapped, locked in a cellar on their property. While that was the beginning of the end for him, it was also an event that never left her while growing up (obviously). Reminders, new stories, book deals, there was always something that connected her to her father’s crimes.

The first half of the book details what happens after she finds the young woman and how life changes for her, her brother Mason, and their mother. I found the second half of the story moved at a quicker pace. She’s an adult now and settling down in a new city with new people. Of course the love interest is there too and that relationship alone was pretty electric.

Now that I’ve read a few of her standalone books, I may just try to read them all. Don’t get me wrong, the trilogies I have read were good, but sometimes I don’t want to commit to reading all of the books. It’s hard for me to start a series and not finish it. This morning I added a bunch of her other novels to my TBR list and I’ll probably add more when I get off work today.

Happy Saturday!


It’s working!


I know it’s still early but oh my goodness, Keto is working! I started on Monday August 8th and I’m very proud that I have not cheated one time. For one thing, cheating would only hurt me since it would through my body out of ketosis and I’d have to start over. My co-worker at the library gave me a bunch of books on the low carb lifestyle, including some cookbooks. It will take while for me to get through them since there are so many but I’m grateful to her for letting me borrow them.

Giving up the sugary snacks wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be since I’m still able to make sugar-free treats when I feel the need. I have some favorites right now but there are many more out there I haven’t tried yet. I haven’t had the pasta craving yet but when that comes, I have a couple of recipes in mind. Since I can still have my beloved cream sauce, I’m going to make some type of Alfredo dish.

It’s amazing how many Keto resources are out there. I was never interested in Reddit before but once I found the Keto subreddit, I was hooked. If I ever have a question about something, it’s almost guaranteed someone else has had the same questions. The search feature on there has helped me out tremendously. When it comes to public message boards and Facebook groups, I’m always hesitant to post because I don’t want to come off sounding stupid or dumb. It’s silly but whatever.

I’ve still been working out but haven’t been running as much. I don’t think my body is fully fat adapted yet but hopefully it will be soon. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of cycling and elliptical at the gym. I have a race in November so I really need to get on a training schedule. The one thing I have noticed as far as changes in my body is the cramping. Yesterday I took a spin class at my gym and during the stretch-session after I was over, I could feel a cramp start in my legs. Increasing my sodium will hopefully help with this issue. Egg drop soup is a quick and easy way to get that in!

Anyway, I’ll report back in two weeks on my progress. I haven’t been this excited about weight loss since I lost weight many years ago doing Weight Watchers.



Happy hump day!
So the month with my nephews flew by! They left yesterday morning with my parents and I miss them already. It was rough at times dealing with the two year old because you never knew if he was going to have a meltdown or not, but I loved having them around. I’m not sure if them coming during the summer will be a yearly thing but I wouldn’t complain if it was. The next time I see them, Damien will be well into the school year and Ray will hopefully be able to say some words. He tries to talk now, but usually I have no idea what he is saying.

Now that the boys are gone, I can get back into a regular gym routine. I didn’t go as much as I could have since I wanted to spend time with the boys in the evening. I don’t get off work until 8 during the week and they’d usually go to bed by 9, 9:30, so I wanted to spend as much time with them as I could. I did a lot of evening walks on the treadmill which was fine, but I miss the different machines the gym has to offer. Yesterday I ran for the first time in a couple weeks and it felt great. I used my new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15 running shoes and thankfully they didn’t hurt my feet like the GTS 16s did. I hope when the 17s come out they address the narrowness issue that I felt at the top of my foot. 

The doctor’s appointment for my shoulder is next week. I’m hoping they’ll give me an MRI since the X-Ray I had a few weeks ago didn’t show anything. Something is wrong because I shouldn’t have this much pain for no reason. 

Anyway, can you believe it’s already August? Haha, new month, new goals right? I’d planned on doing another round of Whole30 this month but instead I’m going to transition to the Keto — short for Ketogenic — diet (low carb, high fat). I don’t like that it’s called a diet since it’s really more of a lifestyle change. I’ve been doing research online and listening to some podcasts (2 Keto Dudes) and I’m excited to try it. Several women in one of my Facebook fitness groups have done very well . I’m at the point where I just want to be able to stick to something long-term. Low carb will be extremely difficult the first couple weeks but I’m prepared for that. My sister-in-law started this week and she’s been keeping me up to date on her symptoms. Best thing for me about this way of eating is I can still eat cheese! My tentative start date is next Monday, 8/8. 

Have a great day! 😀