Friday Favorites + July Book Reviews

This post may get a little wordy but its been awhile. I’ve taken a bit of a summer break from the blog as we’ve been out of town the majority of July. Five days after arriving  home from the beach we left to spend 2 1/2 weeks at our mountain cabin. It was a revolving door of friends and family joining us throughout and I’m fully embracing the free-spirited days of summer.

We celebrated my husband’s 40th birthday and my 35th birthday on our trip. I managed to surprise him with a small dinner with family and a few close friends but overall our celebrations were pretty low key. As for Jason’s gift I bought him 40 different beers from a local bottle shop and this cooler, which we’re finding is just as good as a Yeti without the sticker price.

Despite how busy the past couple of weeks have been I still managed to read 4 books in July. I finally started the first book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, Still Life by Louise Penny. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this mystery series and I plan to continue reading them. The setting takes place in a charming little town in Canada with quirky characters and a suspenseful story. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads

Confess is the second book I’ve read by Colleen Hoover and I had no problem devouring them in no time at all. This is a lighter book and what I consider to be the perfect summer read. It’s a love story with several twist and turns that makes it fun to read and unpredictable. 4 out of 5 stars.

This is How It Always Is  by Laurie Frankel is a book that will make you think. Its an honest story about a transgender child and  the actions the family takes in response to this. 4 out of 5 stars

Faithful Place is another masterpiece by Tana French.  This is the third book in the Dublin Murder Series and the author does an incredible job writing a gripping and suspenseful story. 4 out of 5 stars.

In typical Friday fashion I’ve pulled together a few things around the web that caught my attention. I’ll be back next week with new recipes to share. Have a wonderful weekend.

Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

I love this recipe for homemade cereal

22 Novels that are crying out to be turned into films
There are several titles here I would love to see as a movie.

These muffins will be a hit in our house.

This quinoa bowl is on the menu for next week.

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By | 2018-06-01T09:37:05+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Friday Favorites|3 Comments


  1. Chelsea August 11, 2017 at 7:19 am

    This is How It Always Is was one of my favorite reads this summer! I’ve been hearing such good things about Louise Penny and Still Life is on the top of my list to read soon.

  2. Emily August 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Buffalo chicken spaghetti squash sounds awesome!

  3. admin August 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    You should definitely give Louise Penny a shot.

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