Monday, January 1, 2018

Books I Read in 2017

This year of reading was especially exciting because I hit my goal of reading 52 books! I read a lot of great books, many pretty good books, some just okay books and a couple of duds.  I usually have one book I read that stands out as the best of the year, but this year I didn't read anything that was so amazing that I had to share with the world. But I did read 14 books that I really enjoyed!
I am going to do my usual Goodreads star ratings of books. 5 being the best, 1 being the worst. 

5 Stars 

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman
Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan 
The Polygamist's Daughter by Anna LeBaron*
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner*
*These books were written by cousins. They didn't know each other until their books were published! They write about the same family, but from different perspectives. 
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 
Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
Just Breath by Leanne Waterworth (I went to college with Leanne!!)

4 Stars

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? Alyssa Mastromonaco 
You Can't Touch my Hair by Phoebe Robinson 
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian 
How to Be Here by Rob Bell
The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis 
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
My Not so Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout 
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking 
A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon 
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Still Christian by David P. Gushee
All the Real Indians Died off: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

3 Stars (this is a bit controversial because I have some books on this list that people raved about and loved, but I thought they were, Meh. Sorry, not sorry)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 
The Leavers by Lisa Ko
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck 
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lepena 
The Mothers by Brit Bennett 
The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay 
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

2 Stars

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam

1 Star

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo 

Happy Reading in 2018! 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Books I Read in 2016

Happy New Year!!! Last night was the first time in a really long time I stayed up until midnight. I was watching the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix. I had just finished two months of watching the Gilmore Girls series. It was strange going from 2007 Gilmores to 2016 Gilmores. But that could be a whole different blog post.

Books! My goal, as always, is to read 52 books. I read 39. I almost finished my 40th book, but really I was only half way through, so I couldn't count that. But 39 is pretty good! Considering I pretty much took November & December off from reading so I could watch GG. And I only read 16 books in 2015 So I would say, I did a pretty good job of reading books.

I think this year I will list my books by the Goodreads star method. And I'll highlight a few of my favorites.

5 Stars:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi ****** My favorite book this year! 
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld **** I loved this modern day take on Pride & Prejudice! 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
FatherMotherGod: My Journey out of Christian Science by Lucia Greenhouse
Today will be Different by Maria Semple
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

4 Stars:
Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton
All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
We Never asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
She's Got Issues by Nicole Unice
The Children by Ann Leary
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

3 Stars:
Starvation Heights by Gregg Olsen
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
If you Left by Ashley Prentis Norton
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagen
One of the Boys by Daniel Margariel
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
After You by JoJo Moyes
Invisible Ellen by Shari Shattuck
Falling by Jane Green
The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner
Like Family by Paula Mclain
The Life Changing Magic Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Mischling by Affinity Konar
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

2 Stars:
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
In Twenty Years by Allison Scotch

Happy Reading in 2017!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Someone is 4!

My not so little Deacon is 4 years old! I'm really having trouble with this one, because he was always my little guy. But now he is a big dude, going to preschool and totally into collecting Pokemon cards! We just love this happy, independent, smart, and silly guy so much!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

9 Books

I have about 8 weeks left until the end of the year and I'm determined to read 8 books, 9 if I can be productive.
The problem is, I've jumped on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon. I've never watched and it's not really my favorite show ever, but now I'm sucked in.  This puts a slight glitch in my reading plan, but I'll dedicate time each night to reading. Promise.

1. Today Will be Different, Maria Semple

2. To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey

3. This was Not the Plan, Christina Alger

4. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman

5. The One-in-a-Million Boy, Monica Wood

6. The Wangs Vs. The World, Jade Chang

7. Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood

8. The Mothers, Brit Bennett

9. Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton

I already have three books lined up that I'm going to read after the New Year.

Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
A Good Time for Truth: Race in Minnesota

plus the other 200+ book on my Kindle and in my book bin.

Quote: So many books so little time, white writing, beautiful old books in the background. Available as greeting card, poster, framed fine art print or canvas print. (c) Matthias Hauser

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Reading List

I know I don't blog any more. I'm just not into it as much as I used to be. But in the effort to be productive in writing on my blog and talk about books and reading, I'm compiling my list of summer reading.

I have so many books to read, and so little time. July is almost here and I have two months to get through this list.

The Veins of the Ocean
Before the Fall
& Sons
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
The Girls
The Forgotten Garden
The Assistants
Truly Madly Guilty
The Knockoff
The Weekenders
Vinegar Girl
Simply Tuesday
Starvation Heights
All the Light We Cannot See
The Shoemaker's Wife
Small Great Things
The Beach House
Saving Abby
About the Night
Falling Together
Heir to the Glimmering World
Inside the O'Briens
At the Water's Edge
The Boston Girl
If You Left
Results May Vary
Miller's Valley
Before I Go to Sleep
The Book of Speculation
Everybody Rise
Barkskins (This is a really long epic novel, so this might turn into an Autumn book)

So there you go. I'm hoping to read each one, but I'm not holding my breath either. I just love books and wish I could read a book a day.

Monday, March 28, 2016


Another fun and celebrated Easter came and went. The day before Easter we went to our town's annual Easter Egg hunt. Not only did we dominate in the egg collecting, Finnley won a trike! We went home and dyed eggs and got ready for our Sunday guests. Easter Sunday we had lots of family over and enjoyed some delicious food. All in all a successful weekend.

I'm dyeing over how cute they are.

You want some candy?

My favorite dudes

Winner Finner

We are ready to dominate your Easter egg hunt!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The one where I take three kids to Florida... by myself

So back in November my mom calls me and asks if I want to bring the boys to Florida for a visit. My parents bought a place there for the Winter and my mom found some cheap flights for all of us. Of course, my husband could take zero time off of work, so crazy Sabrina decided that it would be fun to take three boys under the age of  five on an airplane. Thankfully my mom came back to Minnesota the week before and flew down to Florida with us. (Although, she bought a ticket up in the front and stranded us in the back) (Actually, we were 4 seats behind her, but she was drinking G&T's while I was drinking backwash water.)
When you take three small children on an airplane, one being a lap child too, you have to obsessively plan ahead. So I went on Amazon and ordered a bunch of fun little toys, I also packed 2 tablets to watch movies and tons of snacks. Overall, they did a pretty good job with a small meltdown by Finn.
We had a fun four days in Florida, going to the beach, the Shell Factory and Zoo, and hanging out with Grandma.
When it was time to go back, it was just me and the boys. alone. in an airport\airplane. But thankfully, they all did really well and I was super proud of them. Would I travel alone with them again, NO.

Grandma on a dino

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