Thursday, May 12, 2016

6 Books On My Bookshelf

Last week Biana from B Loved Boston did a post sharing the books she's planning to read this summer.   I thought it was such a fun idea!  Especially considering that I always do reviews of books I've read, as opposed to just sharing the ones I've chosen to read and why I've chosen them!

So I'm taking a page from Biana's book and sharing six of them! :)


If you'd like to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click the GoodReads link underneath each of the book covers!  Sorry, real talk, I'm just too lazy to copy and paste the descriptions right now.


I think I'm a little behind on the times with this one.  I saw the previews for the movie version and it looks like a major tear jerker.  SO of course that means I need to read the book first!  This is our June read for one of my bookclubs but I think I'm gonna start it this weekend.  I'm tired of waiting! 


Ashley just did a review on this book in this post.  And she and I have talked about it like 3 times already and I am dying to read this book.  It's a historical fiction book based during WWII and I'm a huge fan of WWII era novels.  I have no idea why but if there is a historical fiction novel based during WWII, I have either read it or want to read it and this one if no exception.  This one is about two sisters living in France during the war and the different paths they each take to survive the Occupation.  Ashley raved about the book so I'm sure once I start reading this I won't be able to stop!


This is another WWII historical fiction novel.  I was browsing Target and immediately knew I had to read it.  I picked this up about 2 weeks ago and have had a few others on my list before it but I think this is going to be super interesting.  It's going to be telling the story what happened to German Jewish children after WWII ended.  The story is told through the eyes of an orphaned little girl and a Polish man who finds her.  I have a feeling a few tears will be shed with this one.  



One of my fellow teachers/book club members passed this book along to me.  It's based in the 1950s and set right here in Houston. Those two facts alone had me very intrigued.  I love reading books based on places I been or lived because it helps me connect with the characters so much more!  I'm able to visualize where the characters are a lot better when I've been there.  It looks like the book is mostly going to revolve around two best friends and how their relationship is going to change and evolve which I'm excited to read through as well.  

Also please note that this is another historical fiction novel as it is based in the 1950s.  Told you that was my favorite genre! :)


This is another find from Target.  Ashley and I were browsing the book section and she pointed this one out to me.  First of all it's based in France and I'm itching to get back across the pond so if I can't go in real life I may as well go in my imagination.  Second of all it's about a girl who is studying abroad in France.  Which means she's living in Europe.  My biggest regret from college is never having studied abroad so reading about people who have studied abroad is something that happens pretty often.  This looks like its going to be an easy but enjoyable read.  It'll be perfect for a summer vacation read.  



Ok so I've already seen the movie.  In case you didn't know, it was nominated for Best Picture this year at the Oscars and Bree Larsen won the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of the main character Ma in the book/film.  Now normally I read the books before I see the movies if I can help it.  But I didn't know this was a book until right before I went to see the movie.  But I LOVED the movie and I know I will love the book too.  I think it will be harder to read the book than it was to watch the movie because I know there will be a ton more details but I still want to read it.  

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Well there ya have it.  Those are the next 6 books I will be reading.  We only have 14 school days until summer vacation and then my reading will be pumped into overdrive.   I think I'll get most of my reading goal taken care of this summer.  Actually I wouldn't be surprised if I met my reading goal this summer and had to change my number! :)

Have a great Thursday! 

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Weekend



Another weekend gone and another weekend closer to summer vacation! We are officially 18 school days and 3 weekends away from summer vacation.  Whoop whoop!

Alrighty on to my most recent weekend.  Lemme just say it was pretty great!  Chalk full of fun stuff and even some relaxing down time too! :)

Here were the highlights:

FRIDAY

- Found out that my official move in date for my new apartment will be July 20th.  BAH! It's so exciting.  That will give me 11 days to move all my stuff over from the house to the apartment.  

- Watched The Godfather Saga.  I've never actually seen The Godfather and there was nothing else on (after I watched the Amazing Race) so I figured meh why not!  I didn't finish the whole thing because I fell asleep at around 1:00am.  It still had 2 hours to go after that, but this grandma couldn't hang. So yeah.

SATURDAY

- Lovely morning FaceTime session with my bestie Abby.  She told me all about her day romping around Disneyland with Heidi Klum.  You know, no big deal.  She's a VIP Tour Guide at Disneyland and has showed several pretty neat celebs around the parks.  Needless to say I was pretty jealous.  While she was doing that on Friday I was trying to convince a bunch of 8th graders to take the state Social Studies test they have to take on Thursday seriously.  

- My Colour Pop order finally came in!!  Sadly I was only happy with one of the colors I ordered.  I just do not look good in nude colors.  However I LOVED the red, it's called London Fog.  If you follow me on Snapchat, which you should b (Kalady88) then you saw what it looks like!  It's the perfect deep red shade and the color really does last for several hours!  I already have my eye one tow other colors that are more my shade and I can't wait to order them.

(These are 3 of my current favorite make up products:  Maybelline Master Contour kit (you know till I get really good at it and then invest in the Kat Von D Contour Kit!) NYX Color Correcting Concealer Palette, Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip Stick in London Fog)


- Had a girls night/movie night with Ashley from The Wandering Weekenders.  We had a yummy pasta dinner that Ashley made, we had a tasty Rose and we watched a movie (How To Be Single, it was ok, glad I didn't see it in theaters) in her AMAZING theatre room.  Seriously it was like being in a real movie theatre.  Well done Chris and Ashley.  

PS. I'm serious about dog/house sitting on y'alls next weekend away! ; ) 

SUNDAY

- Chatted with my wonderful Momma and wished her a happy Mother's Day!  I am so lucky to call her Mom! :)



- Spent the afternoon at the movies with my friend Katie. We saw Captain American: Civil War.  I LOVED IT!! It was so neat seeing all the super hero's come together like that, even if they were fighting each other rather than working together.  If you haven't seen it, you should.  

- Mani/pedi with the roommate.  Her mom's birthday gift to me was a pedicure and we went and cashed that in! I hadn't had one since February so it was much needed! 

- Was very healthy and had Mcdonald's for dinner.  I had a craving for their fries.

- Ended the night with Game of Thrones!! I am absolutely love this season so far.  I especially like Bran's storyline, which surprises me because I thought I would hate it.  But I love getting to see the past!  We're finally going to learn some BIG stuff I think and I cannot wait!! 

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Yes, I was very pleased with my weekend! :)  The next 3 weeks are going to fly by!  I have some fun stuff coming up so the was my last relaxing and laid back weekend!  At least until summer! 

Have a great Monday friends!  Linking up with Biana!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

|Confession Session| What's New With You Link Up


I am TIRED!  It's almost 9:30 pm as I type this and I've been sitting in front of my computer since 9:00 trying to figure out how I want to start this post.  A post that is really about nothing but everything at the same time.  I'm having one of those times where I want to blog but I'm not really sure what to blog about.  Don't you hate it when that happens?  You want to use your creative outlet and nothing is flowing.

So I think I'll just fall back on an oldie but a goodie and have myself a little confession session.  SO...

I CONFESS....

// I bought myself a color correcting palette and used it for the first time yesterday.  And oh my goodness what a difference it made!  I'm a fan so far.  I bought the NYX brand from Target.  I'm excited to get really good at it so it doesn't take me as long to do my makeup in the morning.

// I have a slight obsession with strips.  I may or may not have bought two very similar black and white stripped shirts at Target last night and was totally called out by a Target employee on it in one of the isles.  It was hilarious.

// Jurassic World debuted on HBO a few weeks ago and I've watched it like 3 times.  Mostly because of Chris Pratt.

// I LOVED Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones.  I have a feeling this is going to be my favorite season.

// I still haven't started refurbishing my couch.  My plan was to have it stripped of all the old stuff in April and start the refurb in May and I have yet to do a single thing.  I think need to get on it.

// If you saw my snaps the other day you've heard this, but I want to blog about it because my blogging ego is still a little bruised.  I applied to be in one of those blogging community things and was rejected.  A few of my fellow Houston bloggers are members and I thought it would be fun to join as well and meet some more bloggers.  But apparently my blog doesn't meet their requirements for membership.  One of the requirements is that you have high quality photos and when I read that I thought, "oh perfect! I have those!".  But I guess I don't have enough.  Not every single post I write has high quality pictures but I just don't have time to take them!  I have to reserve those pictures for the weekends when I have time to go out and take them and edit them and stuff.

The other reason is that my blog doesn't focus on just one or two things (like fashion and beauty or solely travel).  I have blog about several different things (which I thought was the definition of a lifestyle blog).  I have to admit when I saw the email that I was not being offered membership I was sad!  Here I was thinking I was doing pretty good in blog world and boom someone comes along and basically says my blog isn't good enough for their community.  It was not a nice feeling.  Plus I started comparing myself to all the bloggers that are in the community and that really started to burst my blogging bubble.

But I've had a few days to think about it (and bitch about it to my friends! THANKS FRIENDS!) and at the end of the day, I'm happy with my blog.

I like what I blog about and I'm not gonna let one silly little rejection stop me from doing something that I love.  And I'm not gonna change what I do just to make my blog more appealing to one community.  I think plenty of people find it appealing for what it is and I am proud of the little space I've created.

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And on that note, I'm taking myself to bed with a cup of tea and my book!

Linking up for:

What's New With You

Have a great Thursday! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Your Next Favorite Book: April Reads

Once again the books I read April were each very different from each other.  Which is one of my favorite things about books!  There are so many different genres that you can find a favorite book amongst each of them.  Even though I do tend to stick to just a handful, I do like to branch out every now and then.  

Sadly I didn't get to read either of the book club books for the month of April (well technically I'm reading one of said books right now, and it's May.  Womp womp).  I'm hoping I'll get to read the books chosen for May though!  

Today I bring you my thoughts on said books read in April.  




GoodReads SynopsisSometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places...
This is not one of those times.
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday.
Sometimes you fall in love with exactly the person you think you should...
Or not.
There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest and heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying, and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him, either.
But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humor...
Because when Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, a whole new sort of sparks begins to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...

My thoughts:  I've read pretty much all of Julia Quinns books.  I think I started reading them in high school now that I think about it.  So I'm not gonna lie when I say that I was pretty excited to see a new Bridgeton book coming out.  The book was ok, like most of these types of books.   I enjoyed the storyline and the characters and will most likely be reading the next one in this series.  If you're looking for something light and fun...then this is the book for you! :)




GoodReads Synopsis: When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


My thoughts: This book.  First of all it took me FOREVER to finish.  Which was weird because I was enjoying the book but man was it slow.  Second of all it's a totally messed up book.  Mostly because it is so realistic.  This could literally happen to anyone, especially if you are super active on social media.  Makes me re-think just how much I post about my life on Instagram and Twitter.  I was getting kinda bored about half way through and then the book just kinda took a turn and I was devouring it within the last few days of reading it.  The ending was kind of a double edged sword because I feel like you were expecting the ending but at the same time were totally caught off guard by it.  

Then I found out there was a sequel and I'm dying to read it.  And I've heard the second is better than the first, so obviously I have to see for myself.   

If you're looking for something to creep you out and make you think twice about your social media activity, read it! 



My thoughts:  I was going to post the synopsis like I usually do but I don't want to give away a pretty big part of the story.  So I'm gonna skip the synopsis and get right to what I thought of the 4th book of the Throne of Glass books.

I mentioned in my last book review post, that I didn't really care for book 3 and that is still true.  But that has 100% changed with book 4.  I LOVED it.  There was just the right amount of action and romance.  The story finally moved along and progressed in a way that was VERY beneficial to the whole story line.  I was a tiny bit irritated with the romantic aspects of the story, but I've accepted what has evolved and will happily cheer them on come book 5.  So basically I love this series and everyone need to read it ASAP.  Also I need September to hurry up and get here so I can read book 5.

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Hopefully you find one or two of these interesting.  I love adding new books to my to-read list on GoodReads so be sure to leave a suggestion in the comments section today! :)

Happy Tuesday and happy reading! :)

Linking up for Show Us Your Books!

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Weekend


Y'all.  IT'S MAY!!!!!!  This means I have exactly 1 month of school left as of tomorrow.  How in the world did we get here so fast?  It feels like just yesterday I was writing this post, about how excited I was for school to start.  And now here I am more than ready to say hello to summer. In jut 5 short weeks I will be!

Alrighty so the weekend was VERY uneventful.  I spent most of my time relaxing and reading and reading some more.

Here were a few of the highlights:

FRIDAY

- Workday at school which meant no kiddos and an extra long lunch courtesy of Panera.  If you haven't had their BBQ Chicken Salad you're missing out.  It's delicious.

- Watched the Amazing Race...and was sad to say goodbye to two of my favorites, Brody and Kurt.  But now that they're gone I am officially team Tyler and Korey!

- Did some online shopping!  I NEVER online shop and I have no idea what has gotten into me lately but I've got 3 different things coming in the mail and I am so excited for them!  The first is a dress from The Well Clothing Boutique.  I'm not gonna share the dress yet, because I plan to wear it to my friends wedding at the end of the month. But I am so excited for it!

I also have jumped on the Colour Pop train and ordered 3 different lipsticks.  I'd show them off but they're doing a flash sale this weekend and there is an online "line".  Yesterday I hoped on to look at a few other colors and the wait was over an hour!!  Which is just nuts if you ask me.


SATURDAY

- Did some spring cleaning.  My roommates new puppy has taken a liking to peeing on my bed.  Jenny researched why and apparently it's because she "likes me" and wants to "protect me".  Whatever the reason I was not happy when she did it not once, but twice on Saturday.  Thankfully it didn't get down to my mattress but still, I was not amused.

- Went to the grocery store and stocked up for the week.  I have a recipe I'm gonna make this week that I am super excited about.

-Purchased my first contouring palette.  I got a drugstore brand to start with, the Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour palette.  I plan to practice practice practice and then invest in a more high end palette.

- Read more of m book, The Lake House.  Y'all I'm hooked.  IT was super slow at first but I can't stop.  I'm actually trying to hurry and finish this post and a few others so I can get back to reading.

- Started watching the AMC show TURN on Netflix.  It's about spies during the American Revolution. The history nerd in me is loving it!

SUNDAY

-Basically full of more reading and lots of laundry.  And I didn't leave the house once that day.  Oh and ice cream, lots of ice cream.



- GAME OF THRONES.  Enough said.

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Another uneventful and yet throughly enjoyable weekend! :)

Happy Monday friends! Linking up with Biana!