When Life gives you Lululemons

I loved this book! Yesssssss!!

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada and when I heard there was a book sequel (gasp!) I was more than excited to read it, but also had very low expectations – since it’s a sequel.

I must say, I am pleasantly surprised and seriously enjoyed the story and all the current references to what’s going on in the world right now.

The story follows Emily into her life now in LA and away from the Fashion/magazine business. There are plenty of references to Miranda and the first movie storyline, but not so many references that you can’t enjoy the book as it’s own entity.

If you were a fan of Devil wears Prada you’ll love this book!!

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Still Me- Jojo Moyes

YES LOUISA CLARK! Wow, I loved this final book in the Me before You Trilogy… at least I think it’s the final book…

I read the sequel to Me Before You, and I liked it- but didn’t love it the way I loved this third book. The story finds Louisa Clark in New York City as an assistant to the wife of a millionaire. The book is fun, relate-able, and as I was reading I could picture this book translating into a beautiful big screen movie. My favorite parts about it were the flashbacks to Will and how well they tied into the story now and matched with the first book. The story follows Louisa trying to make it in New York and understand the life of a socialite, but also keeps us close to who she is with her attachment to her boyfriend in England.

I love rooting for this character and I love the end of story take away to the book. Figuring out who you are is such an important lesson for girls as they grow up- especially in a world where we are all surrounded with a million different things telling us who we should be.

Read this book- and if you haven’t read Me Before You, start there first.

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri

Yes, you need to buy this book for the women in your life! Written as a letter to the unknown future first female president, the book offers a look at how far we’ve come as women, but also how far we have to go. The stories and insight from a woman who worked on the first female presidential campaign and how it never came to fruition are eye opening, heartbreaking and reflective all at the same time.

Great gift for a recent college grad or really, anyone who wants a little girl power in their life. Really enjoyed the inside look!

Alternate Side- Anna Quindlen

Ugh… I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t get into it. I kept waiting for more and it never came.

With that being said, the writing is great- I just wasn’t interested in this particular story line. This is the description that made me interested in reading the novel:

“The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel…”

Although, true- I found the entire book to be rather anti-climatic and not provocative. I could see myself liking this novel more in years to come, but for now- it just didn’t hold my interest.

The Secrets she Keeps- Michael Robotham

This book is a great read! It follows two characters leading two very different lives- one of which seems to take too much of an interest in the other character through a voyeuristic perspective. Agatha and Meghan both live in a ritzy London suburb- but Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store and Meghan has an elegant lifestyle that appears to be perfect as Agatha watches her from a far.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

I love the back and forth writing style that the author uses, each chapter shifts back and forth between the two main characters of the book- which allows the reader to be able to see the story unfold from each character’s perspective!

The story really builds and definitely does not disappoint! Although, I was surprised in a way how the big conclusion played out (don’t want to spoil), it almost seemed too simple. Would’ve loved for the ending exchange to be a bit more dramatic. Overall, really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!

The Good Girl- Mary Kubica

“One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.” 

I really enjoyed this book, but couldn’t help but feel like something was missing from the ending!

Truthfully, I had a hunch early on what the twist was and I was right. However, I still enjoyed the book and really liked the style it was written and how it went back and forth between “before” and “after” with each chapter. I just wish the ending of the book had been more explosive! Or maybe just answered more questions. I didn’t find it surprising, and I would classify it as more dramatic then suspenseful or psychological.

Overall, it was a great read and I finished it over the course of 3 nights. I wasn’t as excited to finish it, so I feel like the story could’ve been built up more- but still worth the read!

All the Missing Girls

Wow! Another beautiful novel from Megan Miranda! I am beyond impressed with her writing and character development and just honestly feel like her books are some of the most well written and well thought out books I’ve read in a long time.

That being said, I really enjoyed this story and at first I thought telling the story backwards would get confusing – but it played out and read very well.

The easiest way to explain this book is that it’s like Sweet Home Alabama with a psychological twist, haha. It’s a great read, definitely add it to your list!

The Perfect Stranger- Megan Miranda

This is my first Megan Miranda book and let me say- it won’t be the last! I really enjoyed this story, the narrative, and the main character! I read the book in one sitting, in one day.

The book follows our main character, Leah, as she embarks on a new career as a teacher and attempts to start her life over after an article she wrote  got her in a lot of trouble in her previous job as a journalist. She magically runs into an old friend at the right time and they decide to head out to the middle of nowhere, together- at least they have each other right?

The book weaves throughout multiple layered story lines of Leah’s new journey and fresh start. The flashbacks to the past were perfectly timed throughout the story and didn’t over complicate what was happening in the present.

As I started reading, I thought there was possibly a chance that Leah had a split personality and we were reading two stories about one person- but that is not the case. The plot is great and it’s hard to say much more without spoiling the book.

I did feel like some of the details towards the end of the novel were left unfinished- I wanted to know more about the kids at the school and how she cleared her name as well as the credit cards. Were they being used? Was her credit ruined? Haha, I know I know- small details- but I don’t like loose ends.

What I really appreciated was that this main character was relatable and also strong- she didn’t have some major character flaw that made me roll my eyes while I read.

I can’t wait to read more of Megan Miranda’s work!

Tiny Beautiful Things

Wow, where to start? First of all, this book is a must buy. I checked it out from the library but ordered it online so I would have a permanent copy.

More importantly, I have no idea how I had never heard of this book before. It truly is a gem full of stories and wisdom- I absolutely loved it. And who knew that Dear Sugar was Cheryl Strayed?

In a nutshell, the book is a compilation of the questions sent in over the years to the Dear Sugar advice column. It’s full of so many great quotes and perspectives on different topics.

It needs to be on your book shelf.

Building Belief!

I am so excited to announce my new book, Building Belief!

Building Belief is an uplifting daily quote book containing 365 pages of motivation, inspiration, and belief. The insight on these pages will empower and encourage you to move on from the past, live in the present, and always keep moving forward. Start each day with a spark of hope and inspiration as the book builds you up to take action, go after your dreams, overcome failure, create your own definition of success, enjoy the journey, and most importantly- believe in yourself.

It’s the perfect gift to give someone to start the New Year fresh with a quote for each day! And the quotes are all REALLY good- a lot of quotes that are meaningful, but haven’t become overly popular or overused!!

To pick up your copy today through Amazon.com, click here!!

The Light we Lost

I read this book in one sitting on a flight from Orlando to Phoenix. I really enjoyed the short chapters and the way the book was written, but I can say I definitely didn’t love the ending.

The story follows a girl, Lucy, who meets a boy on September 11th that forever changes her life. As they spend the day together watching the tragedy unfold, she feels a special connection and falls for him. However, they go their separate ways and don’t reunite until years later. In their early 20’s they fall madly in love. The book chronicles their head over heels passion for each other… But, as with most first loves, their love affair comes to an end and the story takes us into their lives as they move on and how their stories tangle and weave together.

However, the story brings them back together and forces Lucy to make the choice of a lifetime.

I really liked the story and really liked the book- however, I didn’t love it for the simple fact that Gabe always took precedent over everything else. I can’t say too much else without spoiling it- but it’s definitely worth reading.

The Lying Game- Ruth Ware

The best Ruth Ware book yet!! This story follows four girls who share a big secret from their pasts into their present day lives.

I need you.” Three small words that change everything.

Isa Wilde knows something terrible has happened when she receives this text from an old friend. The text ends up reuniting 4 best friends who haven’t seen each other in years. The go back to the small town where they first met and also covered up a big secret… little do they know- someone else knows their dark secret from the past and this person does not want to stay quiet!

I read this book over a few days and enjoyed the storyline. The flashbacks between the past and present tied the story together nicely.