Friday Five {9-22-17}


Decided to bring back my Friday posts, but change it up again. The plan is to talk about books (of course), health/fitness (because it’s something else I’m very passionate about), anything related to family life (motherhood, marriage, date night, home improvements, etc.), fashion/shopping, and something fun and random I found on the internet during the week.


{This Week in Books}

I finally finished The Good Daughter last weekend and started something new. But, instead of reading in the evenings, like I should, I have been sucked into marathons of The Real Housewives of Orange County with my husband. I hate the show, yet I can’t look away.

I did get my hands on some new books this week that I’m pretty excited about.



{Stay the Path}

My goal every week is to run at least 4-5 days. This was a good week for running, I even ran the fastest 3 miles I’ve had in awhile. But where I did well on the exercise side of things…I may have indulged a few days here and there. Peace, Love and Little Donuts (specifically their raspberry truffle donuts) got me one day. And breakfast for dinner (which is my absolute favorite) got me another day. I can’t resist Belgium waffles…

It’s all about balance. It’s hard enough trying to stay healthy and keep a regular fitness routine. Eat the donut (or donuts in my case).


{On a Personal Note}

We started the remodeling of our living room this week with mounting our TV on the wall above the fireplace – something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. We put off doing so many things when we weren’t sure if we were going to stay in this house.

To put up the TV, we had to take down the giant mirror that was on the wall, which covered some ugly pink paint. So now we are painting the room asap. Instead of the movie date we had planned tonight, we’ll be painting the ceiling and priming the walls.


{Get in my Closet}

Target wins again. When you’re a Halloween AND wine lover like me – you can’t help buy this shirt.


{So Random}

Speaking of Halloween – this was the best news I heard this week. The first Halloween is my absolute favorite movie. I still get excited to watch it every year – it’s become a tradition in my house. I was really excited to find out they are doing a remake next year.



Thrilling Fall Reads


Fall is my favorite time to read creepy, suspenseful books. Since tomorrow is officially the first day of Autumn, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of my favorites, as well as some on my TBR list that I hope to read soon.


Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?



 The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.


 “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.


 In the Bone there is a house.

In the house there is a girl.

In the girl there is a darkness.

Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.


 Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.


 Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops … Or does it? Breathlessly pacey, taut and terrifying, Exquisite is a startlingly original and unbalancing psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last page.




 When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.


 An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.


 Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.



{WWW Wednesday} 9-20-17


W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!

what i recently finished reading


I finally finished The Good Daughter. Hallelujah. It was a really good book, and I did enjoy it. I still think it would’ve been a lot better if she cut about 100 pages of unnecessary detail. That’s how I feel about all of her books, and yet I keep torturing myself and reading them. 😀

I love Kristan Higgins, but I definitely love her adult contemporary books more than her romance-focused ones. This was a cute book, but I had some issues with it. Still a fun, quick read, which I needed after finishing the Karin Slaughter book.


 what i’m currently reading

This was my Book of the Month choice, and a lot of my reader friends have loved it. I’m not very far, but I’m enjoying it.


what i have recently added to my tbr

Colleen Hoover recently recommended this book, so I added it to my list and bought a copy. It sounds really good, and I love the cover.


 Reading anything good this week?


Tell Me Something Tuesday {3}

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

QUESTION: What are your favorite teen romance books?


Teen romance = YA contemporary for me. I don’t read YA books as much as I read other genres, but most of the ones I’ve read over the years were fantastic. I highly recommend all of these books – I know many of these are reader favorites, and for good reason!

Click on book covers to be taken to Goodreads.




Have you read anything of these? What did you think?

{Top Ten Tuesday} Fall TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List.

I know I won’t stick to this list – I’ll be lucky if I read one of the books. But I love making lists! And I kept it to only 8 books, so my odds would be better. 😉


Gerald’s Game – I’m determined to read my first Stephen King book this fall.

Words in Deep Blue – because Colleen Hoover read it and recommended it.

Exquisite – it sounds really good and I love the cover.

Station Eleven –  I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and need to just do it.


Roomies – I love anything by Christina Lauren.

Between Me and You –  I’ve liked her previous books, and this one sounds good.

Stillhouse Lake –  everyone is raving about it, and it seems like the perfect fall read.

The Blackbird Season –  it seems like another perfectly creepy fall read.


Have you read any of these? What did you think?