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. 

Happy New Year 


Happy 2017!

I went back to work yesterday after being off for 8 days and my goodness it was rough waking up. 

My nephews and sister-in-law were with us for the holidays and it was a lot of fun hanging out with them. They’re both growing fast and while I love capturing them in pictures and photos, I need to remember to enjoy the moments. Not everything has to be photographed. The boys were a handful and kept me on my toes. 

The end of the year wasn’t too busy for me but it did allow me to reflect on the past year. I didn’t reach all my goals but that won’t stop me from setting more in 2017. 

Goals for 2017
* Weight loss — yes this is a goal for me every year but I feel this will be the year I make significant progress. The Ketogenic way of eating has been a life changer for me and I’m excited to see what I can do in a full year. 

* Work towards saving for a down payment for a condo. This will probably take longer than a year but I plan on saving diligently this year. I’ll have to stop my impulse buying (It’s a pretty big habit of mine)

* Clean closet — this is a huge task since I have a ton of crap in my closet, not just clothes. Whenever I try and work on cleaning it, I get overwhelmed and quit. If I break it up into small tasks it might be a more manageable project. 

As far as reading goes, I didn’t reach 100 books but I was pretty close, ended up finishing 95 books. My 2017 goal is 75 books so we shall see how that goes. 

I started re-reading the Harry Potter series and plan on watching the movies too. I received the 8-disc set for Christmas so I can watch anytime I want. 

Anyway, it’s time for lunch and I’m starving. Enjoy your Wednesday!

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.

Two months down…

Hello!

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

Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

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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!

 

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!