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    Summer Reading List 2019

    Well, we’ve made it through dreadful May and we’re ready to start our summer! I can’t believe I’m writing about the summer reading for 2019, it seems just a minute ago I wrote the summer reading list for 2018. We’ll be jetting off to Southern California soon, so I know I’ve got to get my books ready to go! Hopefully, you’ll set aside time this summer to indulge in a good book or simply take some time for yourself! Summer Reading Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered. The title ALONE should make you click the link immediately and purchase! I first heard about this title in February and have been…

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    The Best Part About the Indy Book and Author Event

    Now in my second year, I’m planning to be an annual member of the Christamore House Guild Indy Book and Author Event. This event is truly spectacular and for a great cause – scholarships and educational programming for the Christamore House, a multi-service community center serving the Haughville and near Westside neighborhoods of Indianapolis. Last year, I RAVED about this event and had the chance to finally meet Sarah Pekkenan and Greer Hendricks. I also met the spectacular A.J. Finn. This year, I was jonesing to meet Taylor Jenkins Reid on the heels of her latest book Daisy Jones and The Six (see what I did there?! 😉). A fan…

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    Five Reasons You Should Join A Book Club

    I’m part of a really amazing book club. I mean, really amazing. We meet every two months and I always come home buzzing from the fun. This isn’t the first book club I’ve been apart, some have fallen apart because people didn’t quite understand the expectations or something, but this has truly been a strong group and we’ve been meeting for more than a year now! We stay connected between meetings through our private Facebook group and just began a Goodreads group to keep track of all the books we’ve discussed wanting to read in the future. If you like to read and you’re not part of a book club,…

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    My Summer Reading List

    Okay, guys, so I’ve been reading like it’s my JOB during this treacherous heat and I have to share my summer reading list with you! They were all so good!!! I can’t decide what I liked best, so here they are, in the order I read them:   Summer Reading: Book 1 Real Life Dinners by Rachel Hollis is a cookbook of sorts. Yes, there are tons of recipes, but the beginning has truly beautiful insights into family, food, and gathering around the table. The recipes are wonderful! Often just a few ingredients, most you have at home, and really delicious dinners are created! It’s perfect for the busy momma we…

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    My Daughter Wanted A Little Free Library

    When I first started marketing Caroline Girls two years ago, I thought about starting a Little Free Library. I loved the idea and thought it would be a great addition to our neighborhood. But I was swamped trying to promote my self-published book by an unknown author (your esteemed blogger girl 🙂 ), so it just wasn’t possible. About a month ago, my 7-year-old girl asked me if we could start a Little Free Library. She loved them and wanted to be part of creating one. We talked about what it would mean to start one, the up-keep and what would be expected. She nodded eagerly, excited to do this…

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    My Unwifeable Moment in Time

    If you haven’t read Mandy Stadtmiller’s Unwifeable, you may want to run out and get it. With this caveat. I loved it, but here’s the review I left on Amazon and Goodreads. Next level bold. I immediately resonated with this author and felt inspired by her! Dark, honest and entertaining! Without giving too much away, the book cover describes the memoir: Unwifeable is a New York fairytale brought to life – Sex and the City on acid. The dedication of the book says, “For every person who was told they couldn’t.” GAH! YAAAS! I’m already on her side. On page two, she writes “Because you know what humans will do…

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    Review: She Regrets Nothing

    About a month ago, it seemed every author I follow on Instagram was reading “She Regrets Nothing” by Andrea Dunlop. She was a new author to me, but since it seemed everyone was loving it, I was eager to jump on the bandwagon and love it too. The book is about “the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight,” – Goodreads. So, in true Queen of Words form, I have to immediately pick out what bothered me with the…

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    Amazing Book and Author Event

    As a long time fan of Sarah Pekkanen, I knew when I read “The Wife Between Us,” I would fall in love. I was also enamoured with how she co-wrote the book with Greer Hendricks. Immediately after I finish a book I love, I always check to see if the author is going on tour. You have no idea how excited I was to see Sarah and Greer were coming to Indianapolis!!! None of my authors ever come to my city. Usually, they go to Naperville, and I have traveled to see Emily Giffin before (I’ll have to write about that someday!), but this time they were coming to a book and…

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    Review: Kindred

    My latest book club read was the book Kindred by Octavia Butler.  We selected this book because I saw Indy Reads Books shared it on their Facebook page as their February book of the month. I didn’t know much about it, but my book club decided to give it a chance. The whole point of my book club is to read books outside of our norm. The book takes place in 1976 and the main character is a black woman who travels back in time to pre-Civil War times. She’s married to a white man in present time. When she (and eventually her husband) travels back in time, her husband…

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    Review: Iris Apfel Accidental Icon

    Iris Apfel danced into our lives like the breath of fresh air we never knew we needed in 2014. The documentary* followed this woman who, at that time, wasn’t a household name. But she was iconic enough in her own rite to warrant a film crew to follow her. Since then, her name has exploded. Brands are eager to collaborate with her, The Met dedicated an exhibit to her and we mere mortals are simply trying to find the little bit of Iris in our own lives. Her newest book “Iris Apfel Accidental Icon” is everything I hoped it would be and more! It’s a quick, easy read. It’s heavy…

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    Review: I’m Fine … And Other Lies

    So, I’m not sure how or why “I’m Fine … And Other Lies” by Whitney Cummings entered my world, but the bottom line is once I read the title, I immediately knew this book was meant for me. I am somewhat private about my struggle with anxiety and depression, but the title coupled with the cover image of the author – smile plastered on her face with water up to her neck – made me feel frustrated I hadn’t written my autobiography first because this title would be perfect. The book was delightful! It had a perfect mix of hilarious, heart-wrenching and entertaining stories. This book actually took me a…

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    Review: The Mountain Between Us

    The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin was engaging, entertaining and earnest. Did you enjoy the alliteration I did there in the last sentence?! #wordnerd At first, the great detail about how they were surviving and all of the complexities of their altitude was wearing on me. But as the novel continued, I grew to really respect it. I found the ending anti-climactic, but as you may be figuring out, I’m as hard on everyone else as I am myself, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the things I didn’t enjoy, if even for a short time. 🙂 At the end of every novel, I always read the author acknowledgments.…

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    Review: The Wife Between Us

    “The Wife Between Us” is a suspense novel tempting you from the moment you pick it up. The cover invites you to “read between the lies.” Immediately, I was hooked. All I could think was “Gah! What is going to happen?!” For months I had anxiously been waiting for this book to come out. Sarah Pekkanen is one of my favorite writers. As a writer myself, I was also intrigued by how she co-wrote “The Wife Between Us” with Greer Hendricks. I will say, early on, the confusion about what was going on started to aggravate me. Mostly because I was determined to figure out what was happening before it was…