Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Calling All Book Lovers....




The 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge is well under way over here & so far, I've truly enjoyed almost everything I've read! (Catch up here) I'm 13 books in...only 5 behind schedule!  However, this year I've found finding books to fit the categories to be a bit more challenging than last years. So I need some HELP.  We have a honeymoon coming up which means two 16 hour flights as well as 10 days of sitting on the beach doing NOTHING. So I need some good books!

Here's what I've read thus far/categories I've already got books assigned to:

Category: A YA best seller
Book Read: Me, Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Category: A book you haven't read since high school
Book to Read: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Category: A book set in your home state
Book To Read: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood

Category: A book set in Europe
Book Read: After You by JoJo Moyes

Category: A NY Times bestseller
Book Read: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Category: A book recommended by someone you just met
Book Read: Glitter & Glue by Kelly Corrigan

Category: A book at least 100 years older than you
Book Read: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Category: A science-fiction novel (this one is a slight stretch)
Book Read: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Category: A book recommended by a family member
Book to Read: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Category: A book published in 2016
Book Read: The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Category: A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
Book Read: Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin

Category: A murder mystery
Book Read: The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

Category: A dystopian novel
Book to Read: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Category: A book with a blue cover
Book Read: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Category: A classic from the 20th century
Book to Read: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Category: An autobiography
Book Read: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Category: A book about a road trip
Book Read: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Category: A book that takes place on an island
Book to Read: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

Category: A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy
Book Read: She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Categories I NEED books for!

A book based on a fairy tale
A National Book Award winner
A book translated to English
A romance set in the future
A book under 150 pages
A book that's becoming a movie this year
A self-improvement book
A book I can finish in a day
A book written by a celebrity
A political memoir
A book more than 600 pages (Aiming to be Potter #4 if someone can figure out what category #3 fits into!)
A book from Oprah's Book Club
A graphic novel
A book that takes place during the summer
A book & it's prequel
A book written by a comedian
A book of poetry
A book from the library (I already own Potter #3, no reason to rent it)
A book based on a culture you're unfamiliar with
A satirical book

What should I read? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below. OK GO!








Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Lately Loving: Freakin for Flamingos

I started writing this post two three months ago, but never had time to finish it because this wedding someone had just got in the way of LIFE. Well, those days are OVER.  I'm back to bringing you truly life-changing content. Today's a perfect example.

One of my favorite people has been talking about starting a blog for almost as long as I've known her.  To be fair, we've only been friends like 3ish years. But she finally wrote her first post & asked for my opinion on it. It was extremely well written (as I knew it would be) & thoughtfully self-reflective, which I think is the point of her soon-to-be established blog. So while my friends are being all brilliant, I'm busy having a love affair with flamingos.  FLAMINGOS.  There is something about that skinny, awkward yet fluffy feathery pink bird that I am DIGGING.  We have a flamingo print in our bedroom & another print in our dining area but that doesn't mean I'm not still pining after these delights! OK, I also might already own half of the items below but whatever. Pineapples are for sure having their moment right now, but with summer in full swing, these accessories/accents make for the perfect summer update! I love incorporating animals (besides my dogs) into the home & flamingos are so fun & silly, WHY NOT?!  We could all use a little more silliness in our lives!