November and December 2017 Reads

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d been anticipating getting to this book and it did not disappoint! I had a soft spot for Penelope in the earlier books of the series so I really wanted her to have a great HEA. I enjoyed how the story built up through Penelope and Colin’s friendship and history. Their banter was funny and cute and I loved how Colin treated her.

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The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

35 minutes into this I was already in tears. I wrote this review in my head several times as I was listening to the audiobook but now that I’ve finished I don’t really have the words I need. THUG is powerful and eye-opening and heartbreaking. The things these kids and this community go through is incredibly hard to face but it’s important to get a different perspective and to understand. Even if you think you know, you have no idea. Everyone needs to read this. I’ll even buy you a copy if I have to.

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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's SorryMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5)To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book 5 in the Bridgerton’s series. I’ve been reading them all the last month or two, catching up on the series since I hadn’t read it until now. This is Eloise’s book, which I’d been looking forward to. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it as much as I expected I would. There were certain things about Phillip that bugged me. I had to keep reminding myself that this is historical fiction. I am happy to see Eloise happy though. I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

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Night After Night (Seductive Nights, #1)Night After Night by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Forbidden Nights (Seductive Nights, #5)Forbidden Nights by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Most Valuable PlayboyMost Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes! I loved Cooper and Violet. They were funny, sexy, and adorable. Can’t wait to see more of these characters.

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Beyond Pain (Beyond, #3)Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Beyond Jealousy (Beyond, #4)Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

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November 2017 IG recap

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September and October 2017 Reads

The Duke and I (With 2nd Epilogue) by Julia Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a historical romance but this series has been on my to be read list for some time. I’m so glad I finally decided to dive in! The Duke and […]

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Gatlinburg trip

I took a long weekend trip up to Gatlinburg Tennessee last Thursday. For years I went annually and at times more than that, but I hadn’t been up there in several years. It’s my mothers most favorite place to go, aside from the beach at least, so we went a lot when I was growing […]

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Baby I’m sorry

Ahhh I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d blogged! I have no excuse other than work has been really busy and time got away from me. I’ve never been consistent when it comes to blogging, honestly. Since I don’t really do much other than work and maybe randomly hanging out with a […]

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August 2017 Reads

I don’t make any guarantees that reviews I post will be spoiler free!   Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 3 of 5 stars Undecided how I feel about this one. It was good but I didn’t love it like I expected. View all my reviews The Death Cure by James Dashner My rating: 3 […]

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Weekend shenanigans

I had some errands to run and my mother wanted to make a trip to Michael’s for an artificial pumpkin. We went a little nuts in there, let me tell you! They have so much Halloween and Fall stuff at 40% off! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Always has been, even though anything with a […]

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Chocolate eclipse

I baked a cake on Sunday! Just a simple two layer dark chocolate from a box mix (Duncan Hines heeeey) with chocolate icing. It didn’t dawn on me at the time but hey look I kinda baked the moon of an eclipse! Anywaaaaay, I did that and some cleaning and I spent the rest of […]

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Beauty Bakerie Haul

I’ve recently noticed people talking about Beauty Bakerie and wanted to give it a try so I placed an order and it arrived today! I haven’t swatched the lip whip (lip stick) on my lips but I wanted to share photos of how cute the package was when it arrived!           […]

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Oops

HI INTERNET! I did not forget you. I’ve just been running in circles at work and I’m not great at this blogging thing and didn’t schedule posts. Anyway! Here I am! There’s lots of hubbub about the Solar Eclipse coming up on Monday. I think my area is expected to get about 94% eclipse? coverage? […]

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