BBBC :: July

Another month has flown by and it’s time to review our July book choice for the Beauty Blogger Book Club!

Last month we read pick which was Paper Towns. John Green is the author of the book and I’ve never read anything by him so I was looking forward to trying out a new author.

The book is about Quentin Jacobsen and his childhood friend Margo. Right before high school graduation, Margo comes to Jacob and asks him to go on a prank on friends that betrayed her. The day after their prank spree though, Margo goes missing. Jacob recruits some of his friends to go out and find her based on clues she left behind. Quentin, who was starting to fall for Margo, was on a mission to find the girl that stole his heart.

Overall this book was better than I expected. Since I’ve never read a John Green book before, I didn’t know what to expect while reading it. I liked that it had a love story type plot but it didn’t seem like that while reading it.

I thought it was really fitting that we read this book for July because the movie actually just recently came out in theaters. I can’t wait to see the movie and see how it compares to the book.

For the month of August, we’ll be reading Lisa P’s choice called the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein. As always, head over to our other member’s blogs to see what they thought of our July Book Choice!

Michelyn-Brains Beauty & Basketball

Heather-Love to be Busy

Lisa-Uncommon Wife Life

Lisa P-Blush and Back Roads

Stephanie-The Wonky Brow

BBBC June

Happy July! Does anyone else feel like summer just flies by whereas other seasons (cough cough winter) stick around forever?) I can’t believe it’s already 4th of July time!

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For June’s book pick, we read a selection Heather chose called The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. This New York Times Bestseller book follows a family that lives in rural Iowa over the course of 3 years. It begins in the 1970s with the marriage of one of the daughters. Throughout the rest of the book, the chapters alternated with different stories and voices from the other members of the family. There wasn’t really any big plot to the story but rather a look into the everyday stuff of life that each of us goes through.

I thought this book was ok. To me it wasn’t a very complex or interesting storyline and I kept waiting for something more exciting to happen to the characters. I do think that the author did a great job of demonstrating the characters and their relationships over the years and how they all grew up.

Next month we’ll be reading Lisa’s pick which is Paper Towns by John Green. I’ve always wanted to read a John Green novel because I hear they’re really good. This book is also being made into a movie.

Now go check out what our other BBBC members thought of June’s book!

Michelyn-Brains Beauty & Basketball

Heather-Love to be Busy

Lisa-Uncommon Wife Life

Lisa P-Blush and Back Roads

Stephanie-The Wonky Brow

Beauty Blogger Book Club : May

Long time no talk! I’m back from vacation and trying to get back into reality and the swing of things. I apologize that this month’s BBBC review is a few days late! Going on vacation + jetlag=I’ve been a pretty tired girl lately. But without further ado, here’s May’s book review!

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This past month was my book pick and I choose Where’d You Go Bernadette for us to read. I’ve seen this book recommended on my Amazon many times before and after having the sample downloaded into my Kindle app for quite some time I thought it would be a good one to dive into.

A quick synopsis of the book. It’s about a girl named Bee and her mom Bernadette. Bee’s dad works at Microsoft and at the start of the book, Bee is promised a trip to Antarctica if she gets good grades on her report card. However, Bernadette panics and worries over the trip because she has a fear of being around people. Eventually, Bernadette goes missing and her daughter Bee sets out to find her.

This was such a funny read! At times I found myself laughing out loud at it. It was an interesting book that transitioned between a normal book to FBI documents to emails and letters which was what Bee was using to try to find her mom. Personally, I like when stories transition from the typical story read and incorporate other ways of telling the story like this one did with the various documents. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend this as a summer beach read!

Next month we’ll be reading Heather’s pick which is The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson. I’ve never heard of this book or author before so I’m looking forward to reading a new to me author.

I’m excited to announce that we have some new members to add to the group too! I’m looking forward to seeing what their book picks are in the upcoming months.

Michelyn-Brains Beauty & Basketball

Heather-Love to be Busy

Lisa-Uncommon Wife Life

Lisa P-Blush and Back Roads

Stephanie-The Wonky Brow

 

 

 

Beauty Blogger Book Club :: The Book Thief

Another month means another book down. This past month the BBBC read The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

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This story is about a spirited young girl, Liesel Meminger, who was sent to live with a foster family in Germany during WWII. When she was taken to her new family, she couldn’t read and was made fun of at school. Her foster dad shows her the power of words as they have late night sessions reading The Grave Digger’s Handbook together. Despite having a life that no one would wish on, Liesel still finds pleasure in the small things in life, including books that she manages to steal, hence the name of the novel.

The Book Thief

Overall I thought this book was ok. It wasn’t really up my alley of reading since I’m not a huge fan of history. At times it got to be a bit slow for me to read and it also doesn’t have a happy ending so it made me a little sad and depressed at times to read it. However, I did like the relationship that Liesel and her foster dad developed throughout the story. I especially loved how their connection blossomed through reading. Ever since I was little, I’ve been a bookworm so this part of the story really resonated with me.

Where'd You Go Bernadette?

This month was my book choice and I chose Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Sample. I’ve had a sample of this book sitting on my kindle app for awhile. This seemed like a fun and quirky novel. I thought that since it was almost summer this would make a good sit in the sun on the weekend relaxing kinda read :)

Don’t forget to head over to our other beauty blogger’s blogs and check out what they thought of February’s book club pick.
Heather – Love To Be Busy
And wanted to give a shout out to our newest BBBC member, Lisa of Uncommon Wife Life. I can’t wait to see what she picks for her monthly choice when it’s her turn later this summer :)

If you love to read, then please join our book club! Email me for more information. And if you don’t have a blog, no worries, we welcome anyone to join the fun of being a bookworm :) Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members will choose a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month!

QUESTION // What book are you reading currently?

BBBC : One Moment, One Morning

Another month means time for the March Beauty Blogger Book Club Review. Last month, Heather selected the book which was One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner.

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This book was also set in England, similar to our first book we read in January. In One Moment, One Morning, three women are brought together through an event that starts off in the beginning of the book. I’ll give a small spoiler alert here and will say that this event is that one of the women’s husbands suddenly passes away.

One Moment, One Mornin

Despite the sad beginning of the book, the rest of it fills in with how each of these three women I’ll admit that right away this book made me a bit sad to read when it started abruptly with this. But, in the end the book really makes you take a deeper look at life and really appreciate the people and things around you, similar to what the three women in the book did.

For the month of May, Michelyn has selected The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. She found it on a list called 100 Books Everyone Should Read. I always see these lists on Pinterest and Facebook but have never taken the time to read any of them since I’m normally attracted to chick lit. I’m looking forward to reading something a little outside of my comfort zone for once. I also just saw that this book was made into a movie. I always really enjoy seeing a book that’s turned into a movie so I can compare the two so I’ll add that to my Netflix queue to watch at the end of the month when I finish the book.

 Don’t forget to head over to our other beauty blogger’s blogs and check out what they thought of February’s book club pick.
Heather – Love To Be Busy

If you love to read, then please join our book club! Email me for more information. And if you don’t have a blog, no worries, we welcome anyone to join the fun of being a bookworm :) And also, it’s not necessary to be a beauty blogger. Anyone can join! Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members will choose a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month!

QUESTION // What’s your favorite book that’s been turned into a movie?

Beauty Blogger Book Club :: Beautiful Ruins

Another month beginning means it’s time for a recap of last month’s book club choice. I got to choose February’s book and I chose Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. A few months ago, I saw Erin over at Her Heartland Soul had picked this book up for her vacation. The sample of the book has been sitting on my kindle app for months. Does anyone else do that? Download TONS of samples of books that just sit there on your ipad and never get read? I really wanted to read this book because I was intrigued by the cover of it. It looks exactly like Cinque Terre and my husband and I fell in love with how beautiful it was when we visited Italy last September. Once I read the synopsis of the book I was also really interested in how it had multiple storylines. This seemed like a good choice for me because I can often get bored easily so I thought this would keep my interest in it.
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Once I started to read the book, I was not digging it at first. I started to get confused with the different characters and the different time settings it was taking place in. I often was asking myself “where did this character go?” and “how did we fast forward 40 years?” It took awhile for me to get into the book but once I got about a fourth of the way in, the story started to make sense to me.
Beautiful Ruins
A quick recap of the book is that it starts in Italy in 1960 with an actress that comes to a local hotel to rest from her time spent in Rome as a movie actress. As the story progresses, it goes back and forth from her time in Italy to 60 years later where the local innkeeper’s from the hotel she stayed at is trying to find her in Hollywood via the director that sent her to Rome. I know, it sounds complicated but once you start to read the story, it starts to make sense.
Even though it took me a little while to get into the book, I really enjoyed it overall. I think it makes for a good vacation read. Don’t forget to head over to our other beauty blogger’s blogs and check out what they thought of February’s book club pick.
Heather – Love To Be Busy
For March, we will be reading Heather’s pick which is “One Moment, One Morning” by Sarah Rayner. I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I noticed that Sarah Rayner has multiple titles and I’m hoping that this is an author who I can get into reading. Personally I’m a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin and I always start to read their new titles they are released.
One Moment, One Mornin
If you love to read, then please join our book club! Email me for more information. And if you don’t have a blog, no worries, we welcome anyone to join the fun of being a bookworm :) Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members will choose a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month!

Beauty Blogger Book Club :: A Mad, Wicked Folly

Well we officially have one month down in our Beauty Blogger Book Club! For our inaugural book, Michelyn over at Brains, Beauty, & Basketball picked “A Mad, Wicked Folly” by Sharon Briggs Waller. This is actually Waller’s first fictional novel and I hope she writes more because it was zoo good. And bravo to Michelyn for picking this book for our first book to read!

Beauty Blogger Book Club

The story is set in London in 1909. Vicky Darling, the daughter of a wealthy family, is off at finishing school in France when she poses nude in an art class. When her family heard of this scandal, she was brought back to London for an arranged marriage. While back in London, Vicky wanted to make her dreams of becoming an artist a reality by applying to attend art school. She also got involved in the suffragette movement and started to fall in love with a middle class boy she met when she got in trouble with the law one day.

A Mad Wicked Folly

I don’t want to spoil the rest of the story for you but it boils down the age-old question in many books of who will she fall in love with and will she chase her dreams?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I’m not one to typically read stories set in historical times but that didn’t bother me at all. I always gravitate to the chick lit books about love and weddings so this storyline was right up my alley. There were so many things always going on during the book that you just wanted to know what came next. Would Vicky marry her parent’s choice for a husband? Would she get into art school? Would she get in trouble again with the law while being a part of the suffragette movement?  I prefer to do my reading while I’m on the treadmill each day and I was always looking forward to reading this each day when I got my daily run in.

For next month’s book, I got to choose what we were going to read. I have so many samples of books on my kindle app that it was hard to choose just one to read. After doing some research, I picked Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I have to say this cover really drew me in with just its cover because it reminded me of our trip to Italy. After reading the summary of the book and seeing that it follows multiple characters over time, this novel sounded really intriguing to me.

Beautiful Ruins

Head on over to our other book club member’s blogs to see what they had to say about this month’s book choice!

Michelyn at Brains, Beauty and Basketball

Heather at Love to be Busy

Jennifer at All Dressed Up In Love

If you love to read, then please join our book club! Email me for more information. And if you don’t have a blog, no worries, we welcome anyone to join the fun of being a bookworm :) Each month, one of the Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC) members will choose a book for the Club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we each write a book report/summary for our readers to enjoy and share the book for the following month!

Question // Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

2015 Resolutions

Happy 2015 to you! I hope that all of you had a fabulous New Year’s Eve and a restful day off of work yesterday! We had a low-key evening at home on NYE. We made appetizers in our new deep fryer that we got for Christmas and followed that up with lounging on the couch all night. Husband played video games and watched football while I dozed in and out of sleep till midnight. I know, we’re party animals but we love spending time at home and relaxing so it was perfect for us!

With a new year always comes resolutions and goals. I debated about even making any this year as most of the time I forget about them after a month and don’t stick to them. I’m hoping that by writing them down it makes me more accountable to them. I may even do a monthly catch-up post to update you (and myself) on my progress.

1. Eat a little bit cleaner

While I don’t have the worse diet in the world, I know I can do better. One bad habit I have is always sneaking a dessert after lunch (and dinner..oops!). I always tell myself that since I work out 6 days a week that it’s ok I do that. While I’m not trying to lose weight, I know that stopping some of the sweets and treats will make myself feel a little bit better. I know that while I’m not packing on the pounds it’s obviously not good for me.

2. Focus on me a little bit more

I know this sounds totally selfish but I don’t mean it like that. Right now I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish both for my blog and another new exciting project that I can’t wait to tell you guys about. I want to grow my blog to something much bigger  and better and I know that it will take a lot of hard work and sacrifice for that to happen. I’m hoping that my focusing a little bit more on me, my blog and my new project it will lead to some better and exciting things in life :)

3. Go on more dates 

Seems a little odd of a goal when it’s just me and my husband and we have no kids yet. But, we often get stuck in the rut of going out to eat at the same places and not doing as many fun things like we used to when we first started dating. While I know this is what happens once you grow older, both my husband and I love to try new things and new restaurants. One thing we started late in the fall was every Sunday we go golfing and out to brunch afterwards. I’m hoping we can start more fun, monthly date-night traditions like this.

4. Unplug a little bit more

I’m notorious for always having my phone in my hand and constantly looking at social media or shopping on my phone. Many nights I will have the TV on but I never watch what’s on it because I’m too busy playing a game, watching Youtube or catching up on Facebook. It’s such a terrible habit and I need to take a step back from technology. While I love catching up on my friends latest photos on Instagram, I know that missing seeing of them won’t make me a worse person. I’m hoping to stop myself from always having an electronic in my hand and live a little bit more in the moment.

5. Read more

Along with unplugging from technology a little bit, I really want to get back into reading. Growing up I always had my head in a book when I had a free moment and it wasn’t uncommon for me to finish an entire Babysitter’s Club book in one day. Right now, my reading consists of whatever book I have downloaded on my kindle app that I read while on the treadmill. I want to make reading a part of my everyday life and read more than just a few minutes a day, which hopefully will help me to accomplish reading many more books this year.

Beauty Blogger Book Club

To help with this goal, I’ve teamed up with my friend Michelyn at Brains, Beauty & Basketball  and All Dressed Up in Love to launch a new series called Beauty Blogger Book Club (BBBC). Each month one of the BBBC members will select a book for the club to read. At the beginning of the following month, we’ll each post a review of the book and announce the next book in the series. I’m really looking forward to reading more books and also discovering books that are out of my normal reading comfort zone. This month, Michelyn selected “A Mad, Wicked Folly” by Sharon Biggs Walter for us to read :)

If you’d like to join our book club, just send me an email and I’ll pass along the information to you. Don’t worry about if you aren’t a blogger, anyone can participate!

QUESTION // Do you like to read? What kind of books do you normally read?