May 09, 2017

The One Where I Actually Read Books

Can you believe it? I'm posting about books. I'm dipping my toes back into the reading game now that summer is here. 

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

This book definitely lagged in parts, especially the beginning, which I almost found to be boring. Rather than marrying her fiancee on their wedding day, Aimee is burying him. 6 months later she still can't help but feel as though James is still out there. And the psychic whispering in her ear only adds to her growing suspicions.

Eventually Aimee follows her gut across the world to find out if James is truly gone, or if everything she's known for the past year has been a lie.

Wicked Days by Lily Harper Hart

It was free so I downloaded it and started reading. As it's a mystery/suspense book it kept my interested. Of course we all know the truth. It's a love story wrapped in a mystery. Still, it held my attention enough to keep reading, though the story itself was transparent. 

All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart

This was my selection from April's Kindle First options. I felt that parts of the book moved a little slow. The story was mostly predictable, although enjoyable. I only gave it three stars for this reason. 

Shut Up and Cook! by Erica Reid (courtesy of NetGalley)

Recently I committed myself to a 21-day low-carb challenge. Following the challenge I not only had lost 11 pounds but felt great. I decided to continue eating this way. The thing about eating low-carb is that it requires you to get creative in the kitchen. As someone who enjoys cooking, although not difficult, it can sometimes feel daunting to find/try new things.

Reid's book provided a new spin (to me) on some of my kitchen staples. From the Load 'em Up Vegetable Stir-Fry to the Fry-Free Veggie Spring Rolls I was able to stick to my low-carb choices (or easily modify) and try something new. My favorite was that there were also a few snack recipes. As a big fan of parsnips I was very excited to see and try the parsnip fries!

This is a great book if you're looking to teach an old dog, or cook, some new tricks.

Hi Gorgeous! by Candis Cayne (courtesy ofNetGalley)

Although I completely understand the purpose of this book, I admittedly skimmed it. The entire book is about staying true to yourself and not letting anyone dull your sparkle. And although I agree with those points, this book fell flat for me.

Currently Reading: North Haven by Sarah Moriarty AND I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

See you next month {hopefully!}


  1. Everything We Keep sounds like it has potential. I love getting cookbooks but I never end up using them :( I always find recipes on Pinterest instead..

    1. i never use them, either, audrey. i've bought about a dozen, but they just sit there. one of these days...

  2. Adding Wicked Days to my TBR and I am going to check out Shut Up and Cook too! Congrats on the 11 pounds, that is awesome!!! I need to lose this pregnancy weight and I think this would be a good jum p start.

  3. I liked Everything We Keep well enough. I would read something else by that author.

  4. this is an interesting mix of books. i like how diverse it is.