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A Book A Month (November): Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned


Not only is November special because it’s my birthday month, but because we’re trying something totally new for my “book club.”

Emily Belden, author of Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned, has agreed to a live Facebook chat at the end of the month and a discount to this lovely book!

I kind of feel like Oprah! Haha You get a book, you get books, you get a book…with a discount!

For 20% off the paperback version: https://www.createspace.com/4562243

For 30% off the ereader version: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412208 – enter promo code: AR54R

I hope you all will join me this month. It would only make my birthday that much better.

Get it on Amazon, here.

Pins I’m Loving


Have you ever been in a dreaming slump? Well I need to get out of mine. Back to shooting for the dream and finding inspiration everywhere. Lately I’ve been dreaming about getting a promotion or new job, living in a 2 Bedroom apartment in the Armitage area, and being able to live comfortably with the ability to take vacations and more. Sounds lovely, right?!

So here’s what has me dreaming about that life on Pinterest! Make sure you follow our boards — I need about 700 more followers to cross of my #11 on my 26 Things To Do.

floral chalkboard wall
pinned from http://poppiesandforests.tumblr.com

How awesome would this be in a dining room? I’ve been wanting a black wall in our apartment for awhile and this makes me think the dining room would be the perfect spot. We could do holiday scenes, dinner party menus, and write cheesy messages to each other. I just love the opportunity to change colors and designs whenever you want, but you still get the black option for a neutral.

Bell Garland
pinned from unlinked website.

Christmas is closer than I want to believe, but I can’t wait to decorate. I’m thinking this bell garland will either go on the tree, over the windows, or in the “doorway” between the living room and dining room. What do you think? You can get a bag of jingle bells from Michaels for about $3.99 in varying sizes. Who wants to craft with me?

pinned from dineanddish.net
pinned from dineanddish.net

Funnel cakes will always have a near and dear place in my heart because my Grandma Garton would make them for us when we visited her while growing up. So when I saw funnel cakes combined with one of my favorite flavors, pumpkin, I knew this was going to be in my life soon.

I know, I know, pumpkin has become a very white girl thing, but I’ve loved pumpkins before it was a fad. Ask the people I grew up with. Pumpkin has always been my favorite word and kind of pie.

Anyways, I’m thinking I’ll have to have these at my Halloween/Birthday party and put eyes on them so they look like mummies. What do you think?

There are a lot more pins I’m loving right now, but this post is getting long. Go take a look at Dream Till Green’s Pinterest Boards and tell me your favorite.

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A Book A Month (August): The Last Letter From Your Lover By Jojo Moyes


I didn’t even get around to sharing what I was reading in August with you guys, but it was a gem. This was another book from my favorite “bird house” libraries in the neighborhood — I’d like to think my Edgewater/Andersonville neighbors for having good tastes in books.

I went into August wanting to read a love story and this Jojo Moyes delivered with The Last Letter From Your Lover.

Pages: 390

Synopsis: A page-turning love story between a wealthy married woman and a struggling writer. The relationship starts with rather unpleasant exchanges at a dinner party, but ends with a scandalous love affair, car accident, and love lost. Or at least, thought love lost.

Jojo Moyes spends half of the book detailing a tumultuous love affair and leaves you hanging with whatever happened to Jennifer Stirling and Boots. You then skip about 40 years and a journalist, Ellie Haworth, finds their love letters and pieces the story together.

Review: Loved this book! If you’re looking for a great love story, this is it. It reminds you to follow your heart and to never forget your true love.

As I was reading, I just wanted to get to the end of the book to find out what really happened with Boots. At first I didn’t get the whole 40 year gap, but Moyes did a pretty good job of tying all of the pieces together at the end. It’s definitely a feel good novel, and I was happy to read it right before our anniversary month.

Go read it if you already haven’t. If you have, what did you think?

If you think you’d like to read The Last Letter From Your Lover, get it here.

frog music - emma donoghue -book review

A Book A Month (July): Frog Music by Emma Donoghue


I was cutting it close with this book, but I was determined to finish before the end of the month. I had 160 more pages to go with one day left, but I completed it.

I didn’t know what to expect since I got this book from one of the little “bird house” libraries in the neighborhood, and I still don’t really know how I feel about it.

Pages: 416

Synopsis: When I immediately think of this book I think of the smallpox epidemic, a love square, and burlesque. Interesting, right?!

This book flashes between Blanche Beunon, a French burlesque dancer,  living with her gambling boyfriend while she gets to know a strange woman Jenny Bonnett and when she’s trying to avenge Jenny’s murder.

Blanche was the town’s most successful burlesque dancer then Jenny Bonnett came into her life and things changed. Jenny, a frog-catching tom boy made Blanche think about how her boyfriend was using her, how her son was living in horrible conditions, and how to be a little more adventurous.

After Blanche and Jenny go on a trip to get away from Blanche’s boyfriend, Jenny gets murdered and the rest of the book is trying to figure out who did it.

The ending is a little different then one would expect, but results in some great plot twists.

Review: I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to a friend. It’s a little too long, a little too choppy, and a little ridiculous. The storyline is tumultuous, but has about four more story lines than it needs to have.

Have any of you read it? Do you disagree?

 

 

If you need a book, buy it here.

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