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2018 Reading Stats

Thanks to Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner for always hosting this!

Number Of Books You Read: 67
Number of Re-Reads: 
Genre You Read The Most From:
It was a pretty varied year

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

 I don’t think I was really that letdown by any books I was truly excited about, so despite reading a few duds, they weren’t duds I was expecting to be great.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

 The Outsider by Stephen King

I wasn’t expecting one of my favorite characters to turn up in this one, but it made it that much more enjoyable for me!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

 Saga, Saga, Saga. Haha!

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

 Best Series:  Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch

 Best Sequel: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

 Best Ender: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Jesmyn Ward

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

 I don’t read many memoirs, but enjoyed My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

 I read a handful of books that made me want to keep turning the page, but I’m going to go with true crime for this one.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

 9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Saga series (of course)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Benji Ovich from Beartown and Us Against You

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

 Beartown by Fredrik Backman

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”  Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

 Shortest:  Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (146 pages)

 Longest:   Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (992 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

 Saga Volume 9

 That ending!!  I need to know what happens next.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

 Alana and Marko (Saga)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

 Dan Torrance and Abra Stone (Doctor Sleep)

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

 Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

 I grew to love Manon even more in Kingdom of Ash

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

 Eesh… I feel like I’m just repeating myself with these.  Haha

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 Mary Stewart’s Arthurian Britain

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Unmentionable : The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill  – I enjoyed the sarcasm and wit.  Sure, it may not offer a complete picture of the 19th century (I’m not an expert), but it was funny and a light read before moving onto more serious non-fiction regarding the era.

(Okay, I didn’t quite finish this one this year, but close and really the funniest one I read.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

 Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (the ending)

 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

 Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

  I can’t say that it was hidden, but I enjoyed Tips for Living by Renee Shafransky

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

 The Pisces by Melissa Broder

 Woman falls in love with a fish man…. Need I say more?

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I had to put aside the feeling I had that her main character would not actually have acted as she did.

 The Dinner by Herman Koch

It was frustrating for me.  I liked the premise, but ultimately it felt so unrealistic and I didn’t like any of the characters in the end. 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

 I have such a massive stack… I have a feeling I’ll be playing Roulette to see who goes next.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Circe by Madeline Miller

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon  – Fantasy, strong women and dragons?  I’m in! 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

 Alas, I don’t think they’ll be out in 2019.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Find a way to incorporate my love of books with other things. Whether that be blogging again or doing a You-Tube channel, a podcast or something… Still pondering.

3 Years Ago…

3 Years ago (tomorrow) we welcomed our little Phoebe into the world and oh how we love this girl.


Where to even begin?  I like to have these so I can look back and remember the little things, so here we go…

You love everything pink.  If we color, you generally always grab the pink crayon, marker, or pencil first. If I’m coloring with you, I usually have to run my color choices by you first as well. Is blue okay? No. Use dark pink.

You are still a snuggler and I kind of love it. I also love how even though you’re 3 you’ll still fall asleep in the carrier or if you’re tired enough… pretty much anywhere.



You’re adventurous and fearless, and even though you don’t always love rides right away, you still insist on going. Chances are, if your brother is doing something, you are going to be right behind him. You are such a fan of your big brother and (sometimes to his chagrin) always want to be where he is.



Along with the color pink, you love dressing up and playing with jewelry, doing your makeup, wearing fluffy skirts, playing with dolls and ponies, but also enjoy your share of trucks, cars and Ninja Turtles. You were thrilled when Enzo gave you his too-small TMNT hoodie.

You also love shopping and are always up for a trip to Target or the mall with me. It’s possibly you may love shopping even more than I do.  You are starting to become a little sassy and are trying to break glass with your shrieks of disdain lately, but I think we’ll keep you.



You have a great sense of humor, and take after your dad when it comes to goofiness. You like to take off your sock in the van, put in on your hand and use it to say, “Hello, Enzo!” in what is your Sock Puppet Voice. It’s kind of awesome.  You also like to yell things like, “Hey Daddy!  Come see my stinky poop!”


You are a strong independent woman and I can’t wait to see who you become.

Week In Review – Car Trouble and Potty Training

Happy Monday!

Linking up with Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets for another Week in Review!

WEEK IN REVIEW (in no particular order)

I feel like this past week wasn’t really all that productive, but it went by quickly and I don’t remember much in particular.

  • Phoebe is officially potty training, though I can’t really take credit for that. She decided on her own that she was ready to start wearing underwear – more on that later, though it has been the biggest event of the week. Parenting!
  • We made due with one vehicle this week as the van was in the shop. I’m incredibly grateful for friends who are mechanics.
  • Got some cleaning done, and even talked the kids into helping me dust.  You can turn anything into a game at this age, and I love it.
  • Got a used bike trailer and very briefly broke it in with the kids… it was 90 degrees out and too hot for anything more than a trip around the block.  The kids loved it, though, and it’ll be another nice way to get outside with the kiddos and for Josh and I to get a little exercise. It felt really weird to get on a bike after so long.

I know there was more to the week, but it felt completely dominated by car trouble and potty training, and I’m going to say it… potty training is not my favorite. Ha ha.

And now for a Snapchat Sunday recap on Monday!

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Week in Review – So much landscaping!

Happy Monday!

Linking up with Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets for another Week in Review!

WEEK IN REVIEW (in no particular order)


  • Moved the kiddo’s table out of the kitchen, so now we all eat at the big table. It’s been good for all of us because it makes Josh and I put our phones down and the kids can’t see the TV as easily so it’s a good reason to turn it off.
  • Made plans for Memorial Day Weekend – we’re going camping! It’s also Josh’s birthday that weekend, so I’ve got to plan something for that too.
  • Made it through the week… pink eye is the bane of my existence right now. I’ve never had it so bad before, and now I have a nasty cold that just won’t quit.
  • We made huge progress outside in the yard. The kids helped pick out flowers and Josh and I accomplished some tasks that have been on our list for a while like finally tearing out the chives that overtook where a shrub once was. We replaced it with a lovely lilac.



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  • Was ever so domestic and made homemade pizza and ice cream for Saturday night. Warm weather just does that to me.



And that’s all I’ve got.  It’ll be an early night for me as I try and give my body some much needed rest… after we finish mulching.

Happy Monday!


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I am currently reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, which is the third YA novel in The Lunar Chronicles. They’re fun futuristic retellings of stories like Cinderella and Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.  I’m also reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, which is such a well written book. It would have been a perfect mid-winter read since it takes place in Alaska during the winter season.  Ivey (who is from Alaska) does such a great job of painting a picture of Alaska in the 1920s.


I’m finally caught up on Grey’s Anatomy.  However, time will tell how much longer I stick with it as I’ve been a little bored lately. I haven’t really watched anymore Scandal and probably won’t.  Instead, I’m really into 11.22.63 on Hulu and while I haven’t read the book (which is surprising) so far I’m thinking it’s one of the best Stephen King book to TV adaptations. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, though! We also recently watched Spy with Melissa McCarthy and it ended up being even better than I had hoped.  Even Josh was surprised at how much he liked it.


That Spring is so close!  I know it’s technically Spring, but it never really feels like it until April, especially considering we have a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow.  We have a lot of outside projects that we have to finish this year, so I probably won’t be growing as many veggies so I can focus on actual landscaping and making the outside look great.  Ideally it would be nice to sell before Enzo is ready for Kindergarten so we can move closer to the cities/family/friends.


Enzo is turning 4 at the end of April, which I can’t believe, and we’re planning a little party for him and a few friends. We just went to a birthday party for his friend Bentley over the weekend and the kids had a blast – each kid got to make their own pizza and they could not have been more thrilled.  Enzo wants a TMNT party and we’ve decided to go to one of those bouncy house places so the kids can run around like crazy animals and then get nice and sugared up before heading home and hopefully crashing. :p

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Dare I say it, but Snapchat.  It’s a fun little app and the kids love the filters, which is a lot of fun.  Definitely showing my age, though, since I’m only just now figuring out what it’s all about.


All of the things. I tend to stress eat, which is not helping my waistline. Time to throw out the junk and start taking better care of myself… once this sinus infection goes away. Blech.


That the grocery store across from day care is closing… yet again.  Having a small grocery store with our favorites close by is huge, and it was such a blow when they announced they were closing. I’m going to have to really start meal planning now and back to grocery shopping on weekends.  It’s really such an inconvenience and I feel bad for the owners and the people who worked there.


So many weird dreams lately… Steve Martin and Martin Short came to hang out at our house the other night. I guess I really wanted to go to their show more than I realized, but alas they won’t be coming anywhere near us. Ha ha.