Book Review: Faking It

Thank you to Netgally and Harper Collins UK/One More Chapter for my advance copy of Faking It in exchange for my honest review! (This is a LATE review, I have previously read this one and am just catching up on writing reviews…my apologies to the publishers!)

Faking It is the perfect lighthearted, fun read if you’re looking for something not so serious. We meet Hannah Thompson, who is a relatable mother and wife, trying to juggle it all. She is working on publishing her first novel, a work of erotica, while trying to hide that from her kids because…well…she doesn’t want them to know what she’s been (tastefully) writing.

What I loved most about this book was how supportive her husband was. That is ALWAYS appreciated when I read novels, especially with moms. Being a mother myself, if my husband wasn’t supportive between everything I do I would absolutely lose it.

Hannah decides to take on an alter ego and write a little more on the naught side and finds herself about to be the guest speaker at a sex convention. The research she does with her friends was just hilarious. I could see myself in her shoes!

4 stars.  If you’re a fan of chick lit, you’ll enjoy this one!

Title: Faking It

Author: Rebecca Smith

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter

Release Date: August 7, 2020

Find it here on Goodreads

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Book Review: The Guilt Trip

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press & Minotaur Books for my advance copy of The Guilt Trip in exchange for my honest review!

This book started a little rough for me. I find it confusing when a lot of characters are introduced at once. For this one we met 3 couples right away; 1 is getting married and the other 2 couples are great friends. I couldn’t keep who was with who straight until halfway through the book, but I know that’s a me thing!

The couples fly to Portugal for a wedding. No one seems to be a fan of the future wife (the brother of the soon to husband is here and sets off a cheating rumor). Is she crazy? Is she hiding something?

There is a lot of speculation of cheating in this one. Something just seems off in general. Sandie Jones does a FANTASTIC job of creating doubt in the reader’s mind. Just when you think, ah this is what is happening you think, ehhh maybe not?

This becomes unputdownable halfway through. You need answers! Is the wedding going on?! Is the future wife cheating on her soon-to-be husband?! Is a child’s paternity going to be questioned within the circle of friends?! Whaaaaaaat?!?

The ending was fast paced and in your face. That epilogue. That short, little epilogue and your mind is blown. Wow. It tied everything together and then I kicked myself, haha.

4 stars.  SOLID read, great thriller. I didn’t anticipate the ending, but it was great and I’m left satisfied with how everything turned out!! You won’t regret reading this one!

Title: The Guilt Trip

Author: Sandie Jones

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: May 21, 2021

Find it here on Goodreads

My 2021 Resolution!

We may be in March, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share with you my book resolution for the year!!

I put myself on a book buying ban. Yes. Truly. I haven’t bought a book yet!

I DID make an exception and that is I will only allow myself to buy the new Elin Hildebrand book this year. So far, I’m going strong!!

My local library has been operating on curbside pickup and actually JUST opened up with limited services inside. They have been my saving grace…also the fact that all late fees are currently waved, haha.

Of course I’ve been adding books to my library (The Project was one I suggested and they added). I’m holding strong with my self-imposed book buying ban and still managing not to read books I actually own 🤦‍♀️. I promise I will!

Do you have any book related goals for yourself this year? Are you still sticking with them??

*Dusts Off The Blog*

HELLO!!!!

It has been a LONG while since I have last posted…so here’s a quick update.

I have been working virtually since March. One would think I would have all this extra time and with the start of the new school year, I have been SWAMPED. Trying to navigate teaching from home all while helping my 2 kids has been exhausting. I think I’m finally in a routine now where all is better.

My family was affected (temporarily) due to COVID. My husband lost his job and thankfully we’ve been able to stay afloat and he’s back to work now. During this time I also decided to take a stab into direct sales (I know, I know) and started to sell Scentsy (I love it, shoot me, haha). It actually took off better than I anticipated and I’ve been putting more energy into that. (Don’t worry, I won’t be bringing any of that over here, I’m a very, eh, if you want it you’ll come to me, low pressure, won’t even message you to see if you need anything hahahaha. Apparently my method is working, so that’s good news.)

I have recently picked up reading again. It took me awhile and I didn’t make my goal last year to read 52 books in a year. Bummer. I set my Goodreads goal for the same 52 books and so far I’ve read 4! I’ve also challenged myself not to buy a book this year (with the exception of Elin Hilderbrand). So far I’m holding strong. I’ve been using the library a lot and hope to get back into Netgalley after I catch up a bit.

We’ve also changed our spending habits and so my non-book buying should help with that. I have plenty of books in the house to go through and always have my library. I can even request 5 books a month if my library doesn’t carry them (oh you bet I use all 5 requests haha). We’re cooking at home more which kills me, because I love to eat out (well…take out at the moment with everything happening around us). So I’ll be looking for more easy and delicious recipes and maybe even share a few here too.

I have a backlog of reviews to do and I will slowly write them and post them. I can’t wait to catch up with all your blogs and get back into writing and more reading!!! Here’s to 2021!

Bookish Problems

*sigh* Let’s talk bookish problems…books…haha.

Buying books and reading books are two different things…agree? Disagree? I thought with quarantine I would blow through books at home…*looks around* that’s a negative. I’ve been reading a lot, but not from my stash!!!

Take for example this gem…

Released June 11, 2020. I had it delivered to me on June 11th. Have I read it yet? Nope. Why? My library…

Once my local library started back with curbside I started to pick up a few books here and there and when I would see a good one on here, I’d put it on my library list and well…now I have 3 books sitting atop my 28 Summers that I’m reading BEFORE I make it to that one…BUT I WANT TO READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I won’t because I’ll read the library books first, but, ugh…does this happen to anyone else?!?

Let’s talk about our bookish problems!

Off Topic Chatter: Face Wash Check In

*looks around* I started this so gung ho and then dropped off…*hangs head in shame*

My skin still feels so smooth, but I just have not kept up with it daily. (Side note: I don’t wear makeup so don’t freak out and think I’m going to bed with stuff on my face, I promise I’m not!!!)

I am happy I have found and stuck with a face wash though…do I notice my wrinkles still? Yes…I don’t think it’s done anything for that, but I do find my face to feel smoother and it hasn’t set my face on fire so I’m going to stick with it for now! Maybe when I run out I’ll try something different…

Any good face care recommendations???

Off Topic Chatter: For Keeps

For Keeps. I have never heard of them until I was invited to a party on Facebook. On a whim I decided to go because…I was curious. I’m glad I did, I have been looking for ways to updo my look and the company sells earrings and necklaces that you can customize!!

These are the ones I picked…rose gold with white cork in what they call double kites. There are a TON of options and you can customize each one. There’s different sizes too…it’s all neat.

I ended up agreeing to host a party (really I only did it to help my friend) so now next week I’ll be having a party (so if you want to come let me know). I’m actually a little excited because now I have an excuse to try another pair.

I’m usually not big into businesses like this, but I love the bigger look of the earrings and I can customize them so they go with more outfits I have. Just a fair bit of warning, these are not fun to wear outside when it’s windy, HAHAHAHA.

Have you tried something and then discovered it’s something you really like??

Off Topic Chatter: Netflix

I decided to make a fancy little banner for this topic featuring…ME! I figure since I NEVER show my face, I might as well throw it around every now and then.

I have been adding shows like crazy to My List on Netflix…it’s starting to look like my TBR list, hahahaha, but I have been making my way through some of the shows…I wanted to share a few that I am currently watching…

I have a 7 year old daughter. We love to snuggled up before bed and watch one episode of TV together. We found Team Kaylie and she LOVES it. It’s actually pretty cute. A reality star gets court ordered to work with a group of kids at a local school…it’s a nice, wholesome show!

Again, I started watching this with my daughter. I think I may enjoy this one more than she does, haha. I was a huge Saved By The Bell fan so I love the fact that Tiffani Amber Thiessen is in this one. Plus, this one is super adorable too. I can’t believe they are already in their senior year of high school…I really hope they keep this one going!

Crashing Landing On You started my obsession with Korean dramas. I have ONE episode left and I am on pins and needles with how this plays out!! If you watch KDramas, let me know what you’ve watched that’s good and I’ll check it out!!

I loved this show when it originally aired and I’m obsessed with it now! I’ve watched the first two episodes and all I’m going to say is…Porter Stansberry and Rob Endres (the male Carole Baskins). Are you watching??

What have you been watching on Netflix?

Mid Year Freak Out Booktag 2020

I came across this at Flowers In The Brain blog and decided to go ahead and do this one too!

What is the best book you have read so far in 2020? 

What unfortunate timing, I SHOULD have read this in 2019, but it was released around the time I went back to work and things got crazy so reading took a place on the back burner…this is the first book I finished in 2020!

What is the best sequel you have read so far in 2020?

The ONLY sequel I have read this year!!

What is a new release that you haven’t read yet but want to? 

It’s sitting on my shelf…it’s at this point in time work is cramping my style!

What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Well…there’s a theme here for sure!

What was your biggest disappointing book so far? 

This was just not for me…

What was your biggest surprising book so far? 

Poignant, I branched out with this one and was shocked at how much I loved it!

Who is your favorite new author (debut or new to you)? 

Holly Jackson, I cannot wait to read more from her!!

Who is your newest favorite character? 

Bree Bozeman!

Who is your new fictional crush? None…this is one thing that I can’t get into…

What books made you cry? I’ve had tears, but I have not cried at any books this year…

 What is one book that made you happy? 

This was such an adorable book!

What is the most beautiful book you have bought or received so far this year? None…to be fair, I don’t keep my books, I pass them around to friends and family and then donate them at a Little Free Library!

What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 

I HAVE TO KNOW HOW IT ALL ENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged…I love seeing everyone’s answers!! Anything on here we have in common??