Well, it’s been 7 weeks since my sweet little Emory Adele was born and my how the time has flown by. My maternity leave is officially over tomorrow, although I did have to work some remotely over the last several weeks. Luckily, my new work schedule will allow me to be home more. The plan is for me to work remotely 3 days a week and only drive into the office (an hour commute) 2 days a week. I’m excited for our new routine to get underway, yet I’m sad that our 24/7 bonding time is coming to an end.
We’re just now, within the last few weeks, getting in the swing of things – namely getting more sleep. The best advice I’ve gotten as a new mom was from the pediatrician that saw her at the hospital – “Do the best you can do and don’t worry/stress about the rest. The most important thing you can do is get some sleep.”
Update on the blog – I plan to go forward with the blog. I haven’t had much time to read or blog lately, but I have been thinking about what changes I want to make going forward. I’m considering merging this “book” blog into a more personal one. I want to continue reviewing books and I still think I will enjoy participating in reading challenges and weekly memes. But, I also want to include my other hobby – paper crafting. I have a separate blog with some of my crafty projects posted, but I think it will be too much trouble to try and keep up with them separately, which is why I’m considering merging the two (something I’ve avoided doing in the past). We shall see how it works out. Any opinions?
I’m looking forward:
to this new chapter in my life.
to spending more time at home.
to becoming the best Mama I can be.
to watching my daughter grow, learn, and flourish.
to lots of hugs and kisses.
to bedtime stories.
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My very first post was in September of 2007. Back then I was on Blogger and later transferred everything over to WordPress. Here are my favorites from my Read List from 2006 and previously.
- Sorcery & Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer, Dec 06
- Pat of Silver Bush by L.M. Montgomery, Oct 06
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, June 06
- The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, May 2006
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Nov 05
- Eragon: Inheritance Book One by Christopher Paolini, March 05
- My Antonia by Willa Cather, March 05
- The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown, Aug 04
- Night by Elie Wiesel, Aug 04
- The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, July 04
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The girl he thinks he loves needs to disappear. I don’t want tonight to be irreversible, so I pull away, breathing him in one last time. Then I walk away, leaving him on the bridge in the rain, along with the old Ella.
The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey
Kowalski Family #4
Romance, Published 2012
Read March 2013, 304 pp.
He won’t stay put for a woman, and she won’t chase after any man…
Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase—and he likes it that way.Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who would otherwise try to tie him down. But when he’s called home to help with the family lodge, he’s intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn’t need a man. If there’s one thing Mitch can’t resist, it’s a challenge.
After a nomadic childhood, Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto “Men are a luxury, not a necessity.” But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she’s tempted to indulge.
They’re the perfect match for a no-strings fling. Until they realize their sexy affair has become anything but casual…
Shannon Stacey has quickly joined my must read list for contemporary romances. I love her writing style. Once you pick up one of her books, you won’t put it down until you’re finished!
I liked both Mitch and Paige’s characters. The only thing that bothered me was that they both fight against admitting they like each other so much – it’s almost too cliche. I also didn’t like the fact that it seemed like Mitch had already slept with practically everyone in town and that these women were constantly telling Paige stories about him. While I understand the workings of a small town, it still seemed weird.
Aside from the two main characters, I was very interested in Mitch’s youngest brother Josh’s character and his relationship with Katie, the daughter of the Kowalski family lodge’s longtime housekeeper. Looks like we’ll get to read their story in Book 6 – All He Ever Dreamed. I’m interested to see what happens with the Northern Star Lodge.
Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and Narrated by Jayne Entwistle
Flavia de Luce #1
Mystery, Published 2010
Challenges: Mount TBR, Audio Book RC
Shelf Life: 2 years, 10 mos. – bought April 2010
Read March 2013, 10 hrs unabridged
It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
I loved quirky Flavia. She is a 10 year old chemist, lover of anything poisons, amateur sleuth, and always looking to get back at her older 2 sisters. The book is told from Flavia’s POV and she is always sure she sees things the right way. When a dead black snipe shows up at the back door with a postage stamp stuck through its beak, Flavia is at once intrigued. Then when a mysterious man shows up to talk to her father in the middle of the night and a dead man shows up in the cucumber patch, she knows something has gone awry. Flavia takes the reader on a very interesting and usually amusing trip to solve the mysteries surrounding her grand home, Buckshaw. There are several mysteries that run throughout the book and they are slowly unraveled, leaving plenty of time for Flavia’s character development.
The audio is very well done and I’m looking forward to listening to the next in the series.
Unless some sweetness at the bottom lie,
Who cares for all the crinkling of the pie?
The Art of Cookery, William King
It was as black in the closet as old blood. (First line)
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