Review: Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Louise, a divorced, single mother, meets David in a bar and is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, it turns out David is married and her new boss. By some odd chance, Louise becomes friends with David’s wife, Adele. The affair with David continues but little does Louise know how far Adele will go to keep her husband. 

Wow, what a book! This whole story was full of mind games and I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. If you have the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook. I have this weird fascination with accents and the British accents in this story were just lovely. If you like suspense mixed with a large dose of crazy, this book is for you. 

My Book Jar and Review of Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life by Shannon Kopp

I am terrible about reading ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) in a timely manner. I usually get them at library conferences and have accumulated way too many over the last few years. This year I decided to make a book jar. I wrote down all of the ARC titles plus all of my unread Kindle books on small pieces of paper and put them all in a jar. I made the jar because I wanted to just pull titles randomly. I normally read more than one book at a time and this year I’m making sure to make a dent in the unread books I actually own.


First title I chose was Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs Who Loved Her Back to Life, by Shannon Kopp. I remember originally picking up this book at a library conference in either 2014 or 2015 because of the animal connection. I am a huge dog person but usually avoid books about animals since I usually start crying when an animal character dies. Sounds silly but that’s just me.


Anyway, once I started the book I was hooked. Shannon talked about how her struggle with Bulimia started and how it affected her life both personally and professionally. What really touched me were the stories she told about specific dogs who helped her see what she was doing to herself. I’ve never battled an eating disorder but I can’t imagine how difficult it was for her to recover. Even though I did have some crying moments, I really enjoyed this book.  

Review: You: a novel by Caroline Kepnes

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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.

I’ve been MIA

Gooood Morning!

I didn’t realize it had been almost a month since my last post. Oops. 

Things have been pretty busy now that my nephews are in town. I was off from work last week and just hung out with them. It’s been quite entertaining. At 2yrs old and 6yrs old, they’re both full of energy. I give much credit to the parents out there, especially when it comes to meltdowns. Oh my goodness, Ray (the 2yr old), will fall out over the littlest things! It’s funny and frustrating at the same time. 

Even though I’ve been keeping busy with the kids, I’m still getting workouts in. I have an ortho appt for my shoulder next month so I’m mainly just doing cardio and lower body workouts. I miss weights!

In addition to my DietBet, I’m also currently doing a StepBet. I can’t remember what week I’m on but this has kept me moving and making sure I meet my daily steps goals. Playing Pokémon Go has helped too! 


I made a vision board for myself the other day. I’m using it to track my weight and weekly goals. I’ll also wrote a motivational quote each week. It’s super simple right now but I like how it came out. I have a photo of Serena Williams because she is my body inspiration. The paper heart is from my first round of the 28-Day Jumpstart with the Fitgirls Guide. Haha, I tried to blur out my childhood wallpaper. 🙂

On the reading front, I’m still reading a lot. I’m currently 11 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. 


I had to leave Uprooted by Naomi Novik unfinished. I just couldn’t get into the story. There were many good reviews and I really wanted to like it but it just didn’t happen. 

Currently Reading

An Echo of Bone (#7) – Diana Gabaldon — I love the Outlanders series so much I don’t want it to end!

Glass Sword (#2) – Victoria Aveyrd — I enjoyed the first book in this series but have yet to get hooked to the second book. I’m only about 60 pages in so there’s still time. 

Cress (#3) – Marissa Meyer — just started this one but I loved the first two books and I don’t think this one will disappoint. 

Alexander Hamilton — Ron Chernow — I’m embarrassed to say I’m still reading this! The book isn’t boring or anything but I keep getting drawn to my fiction books. I’m aiming to finish this by end of August. 
Have an awesome day, Friday will be here soon!

Fun times ahead 

Hello! 

Happy Hump Day 😀

I’ve been MIA lately but only because I haven’t really had too much to blog about. It’s hard to believe the year is more than half over. 

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to July because my nephews will be here visiting for the month. My parents are flying to Georgia to pick them up next week and then they’ll be here until the first week of August. It’s going to be fun and probably a little stressful too. They’re 2 and 6 soo yeah, it will be interesting.  Hope I don’t lose my mind! Just kidding 🙂

I’m taking a week off from work after they arrive and will try and take a couple more days off throughout the month. My mom and I have a few things planned but I need to think of some other activities for them to do. I’m pretty sure my oldest nephew will stay glued to his Nintendo DS is we let him, lol. Not going to happen though. 

I think I may I’ve finally regained control of my eating habits. I’ve been bringing the chicken breast burrito bowl to work for lunch and keeping dinner simple with one of the meals from the Fitgirl’s Guide. I’m still trying to incorporate Intermittent Fasting M-F so I haven’t been eating breakfast. 

As far as exercising goes, I’ve been doing mostly cardio for the last few weeks. Somehow injured my arm and my bicep muscle is sore and feels weak when I lift my arm. I’m anxious to get back to lifting so I’m hoping the pain will reduce over the next few weeks. The great thing about focusing on cardio is I’ve been improving my mile pace. I starting using my Nike+ app again strictly for running so I can track any improvements on my mile times. 

Ohh yeah, I think my BF is going to join a gym! This is exciting for me because now I won’t have to skip workouts on the days I go to visit him after work. He is thinking of joining Fitness 19 and since they don’t have contracts and their month to month fees aren’t too expensive, I’m probably going to join that one too. I still plan on keeping my other gym membership. We don’t plan on doing the same workouts but we will be getting healthy together. 

I’m way ahead of my Goodreads challenge. Last time I checked I was 11 books ahead. My goal is set for 60 and I’ve read 40 so far. Not too shabby. I plan on reading ton during my vacation, I can’t wait. 

The books I’ve read this month :

Heaven and a Earth — Nora Roberts

The Selection — Kiera Cass

Humans of NY Stories — Brandon Stanton

A Breath of Snow and Ashes — Diana Gabaldon

A Coury of Mist and Fury — Sarah J. Maas

Skin Game — Jim Butcher

Scarlet — Marissa Meyer

Face the Fire — Nora Roberts

Enjoy your Wednesday! 

Review: Dance Upon The Air by Nora Roberts

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So this is far from a new book and I don’t normally do reviews on books that are part of a series but hey, it’s my blog so I guess I can do what I want. 🙂

I normally only read Nora Roberts’ In Death Series which is written under her pseudonym J.D. Robb but Dance Upon The Air was recommended in one of my Facebook groups when someone asked for a book series about witches.

After faking her death in order to flee her abusive husband, Nell Channing finds her self across the country on Three Sisters Island. All she wants to do is find a job and a place to live so that she can start her life over. She eventually becomes friends with Mia and Mia helps teach her about the island and island life. While on the island, she ends of learning much more about herself that she ever imagined.

I enjoyed this book because it was more than just a love story. There was drama, magic, and love all mixed together. I used to not be big on reading love stories but they’re actually not that bad. I guess I just don’t like the super corny ones. (That goes for movies as well.)it was an easy read and I finished the book in about three days. 

Back from my Vacation 

  
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I’m back from Florida and oh my goodness I just want to sleep for a week. While I had a great time at Disney World, each day wore me out. To top things off, my nephew was teething and was petty much miserable the whole time. He has molars coming in, one on each side, poor kid. 

I did a ton of walking each day so I hope that will help counteract the food I ate while I was there. Unless you had reservations for the restaurants, quick-serve places were our only option. We did end up eating in one restaurant at Epcot, The Garden Grill. It was pretty good and gave me the chance to eat some vegetables. 

Disney World is massive and I can see why people plan their trips many months in advance, especially those with children. The prices for everything are high but I expected that. Most of my money went towards food, lol. I didn’t really buy any souvenirs. 

Now that my vacation is over, I feel like I need to do a super clean eating week just to get myself back on track. Chicken, veggies, all that stuff that will bore me after a few days. Definitely need to hit the grocery store soon. 

Books

I finished two books while I was in Florida, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Both were good, but Landline took a while to get me hooked. Red Queen is book 1 of a series and I’ve already put a hold request for the second book, Glass Sword.

I’ve been reading a lot lately and I love it. I’m at 19 books so far, 4 books ahead of schedule. I’ve been getting a ton of book suggestions in one of my reading groups on Facebook but haven’t had a chance to put them on my Goodreads list yet. 

I don’t go back to work until Monday so I’m going to read as much as I can. My ideal day would be a book, a papasan chair (I will get one someday), and tea. 😀

Anyway, I need to go unpack and do laundry. Happy Thursday to you!