I’ll kick off my review of Spare by saying that I am not well versed in the British Royals. I am not educated in British history, I rarely open the tabloids, and I’ve never watched the Crown. So my take on this topic will be solely based on this book and from watching a couple episodes of the Netflix documentary. Which leads me to my next point. As I was reading Prince Harry’s book, I wondered if readers are getting the full story. With one side comes another. He said she said. After all, the royal family refuses to directly address anything with a splash of controversy. So I have no clue on the accuracy of this narrative. Nevertheless, I was on the edge of my seat the whole story through.Read more
Tis the season for laying out in the sun, a seltzer in one hand, and a book in the other. I don’t know about you but I’ve been soaking up plenty of Vitamin D and good stories this summer. With several more weeks left of the sun, I thought I’d share some book thoughts for those looking for their next beach read.
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Spring is finally here (although not in Minnesota) and I’m sharing book thoughts on my top 5 favorites from this winter. I’ve also reviewed the biggest letdown that I read this year. During the snowy season, I chose a mixture of fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and romance novels. I’ve been getting my thriller fix through audiobooks, which I find to be my favorite genre to listen to. Plus it’s the only genre I can get my husband to agree on for a car ride. I’m actually working on a future blog post titled, “The Best Thriller Audiobooks for Road Trips”, so stay tuned for that.Read more
One of my guilty pleasures in life is updating our budget spreadsheet. I’m a numbers gal so tracking costs and plugging formulas into cells is so satisfying to me. But the not-so-satisfying part is seeing when Nick and I have over-indulged in certain categories. Our recurring areas of failure include Dining (thanks DoorDash), Toby (the accident prone dog), and Books (completely my bad). As we created the budget template for 2022, Nick and I vowed to make some money saving changes. Which leads me to the topic of this blog post, how to save money on books.Read more
In 2021, another year of hunkering down due to Covid and struggling to maintain 6 feet (or not, for us introverts), I managed to read 50 books. I have always been a reader but I really took this year to slow down and give myself more “me time”. Self care comes to me in the form of a book. It’s escaping reality, if even for an hour, that allows me to reset. Although I have my favorite genres, I dabble in many different types of books. People tend to ask me for recommendations in their preferred sections of the bookstore but I’m here to tell you that branching out can be good. If you’re looking for your next read (favorite genre or not), I’ve listed some great ones below. I’ve also listed some not so great ones and some that are just plain messed up. Overall, my goal is to provide honest opinions of the books I’ve read. In doing so, I hope you find your next binge-worthy read, maybe a new favorite genre, and save you from a couple that were in my opinion, not worth the hype. Enjoy!Read more