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So Obsessed With: The Mini Edition #5

Jul 20, 2018

Some of my favorite posts are ones where bloggers highlight the products they're loving lately or the things they're currently coveting. I love this kind of content so much that I started highlighting my loves and lusts with So Obsessed With posts. So, here are seven things I'm so obsessed with lately:



1. Chicken & Bacon Pasta from Julia's Album
This is the same website that I mentioned in my last mini edition, but this recipe was too good not to feature! Anything tastes delicious with bacon and a garlic cream sauce, but I loved that this was pretty easy to make, didn't take very long and was a huge hit with my husband. This has definitely been added to our favorites list!

This was recommended by Jessica from Go Fug Yourself, so I obviously had to try it. I love it so much! My lips are often a little dry, and I have a terrible habit of making it worse by touching or picking at them. At night before bed, I now just slather on this thick balm that has a mild strawberry smell/taste and wake up with soft, moisturized lips.
I've never loved buying clothes and rarely do it unless I need something. However, I decided to buy a few casual maxi dresses and skirts recently. I don't love shorts and jeans are often too hot in the summer. This skirt is the best of both worlds: long enough to cover my legs but still cool and breezy. I love that I feel comfortable and cute!

In the past few months, I've gotten more serious about taking care of my skin. I have more products to recommend in the future, but I wanted to start with my absolute favorite. This balm has a creamy texture that "melts" into an oil as you rub it in and legit removes all of your makeup. Here's how it works – I'm so obsessed!

It took me a long time to find a foundation that I love because my skin tone can be hard to match. But I wanted to try a CC Cream this summer for lighter coverage, and this was my favorite of everything I sampled in Ulta. I've used it for a few weeks and can honestly say I love everything about it. I will buy this again and again!

Okay, I know this vacuum is sooo expensive. Talk about a major splurge! But honestly, I love it so much and it's been worth every penny. We have a toddler + a dog + hardwood floors, which is a recipe for dirt. Being able to grab this and clean up quickly feels life-changing. Haha! And bless Costco for the discounted price.

Annie B. Jones (owner of The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Ga) mentioned on Instagram that this candle's scent is a cheap dupe a candle that I love at Anthrologie. So, of course, I had to check it out! I bought mine a few days and already plan to get more. It smells so delicious – and it's more affordable, too. That's a win for me!

What are you so obsessed with lately?

'I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.'

Jul 18, 2018


I've had A Darker Shade of Magic on my to be read pile since it came out in 2015. I remember buying a copy in the bookstore after hearing all the hype and being sucked in to the first chapter when I sampled it. It languished on my shelves for long enough that I was able to buy the second book, A Gathering of Shadows, too. I told myself that I'd binge them once the third came out... but that was in February 2017. Story of my life, right?

Finally, I put the first book on my June TBR. I started making seasonal reading lists for myself last year to tackle all my unread books, and I've only recently switched to monthly versions. It was the perfect motivation to finally start this series. And once I started, I couldn't stop! Since I read them all in four days, they've blended together a bit in my mind. So, I just decided to write about my overall thoughts on the series as a whole – with no spoilers, of course.

3 THINGS THAT I LOVED

1. Developed Characters – If you love complex characters, you're in for a treat with this series! I hesitate to call it character driven because the plot is packed with action and adventure, but it certainly comes close. Delilah Bard was definitely my favorite, but I loved that each book gave me new people to root for and love. There's deep friendship, chosen family, slow-burn romance, villainous rulers... I mean, what more could you want?! 

2. Creative World – In Schwab's fantasy world, there are four Londons: Gray London, Red London, White London, and Black London. Their names are associated with the state of magic in each, and only the Antari can travel between them. But happens when a bit of harmless smuggling opens the door to something dangerous? You'll have to read this series to find out! But, needless to say, I was fascinated by this setting and the creativity behind it.

3. Engrossing Story – From the first chapter in A Darker Shade of Magic, I was hooked! I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I loved that within the overarching conflict, there were lots of smaller moments that added to the sense of adventure. From ocean voyages to petulant kings, I'm still marveling at the richness of this story and world. I have a feeling these books just get better and better with every re-read and each new discovery!

2 THINGS THAT SURPRISED ME

1. Moral Dilemmas – There isn't a lot of black and white in this world, despite the names of the Londons. Characters face complex decisions that don't always have a right answer, and I appreciated the moral ambiguity. The book explores what happens when you do the wrong thing for the right reasons, and no one is immune from dealing with the consequences of their actions. I enjoyed the thought-provoking situations throughout the book. 

2. Emotional Investment – This was a pleasant surprise because I didn't expect to be so emotionally invested in the series! Although I never reached the obsessive love that I've seen on Goodreads, I was so wrapped up in everything that was happening. And I'm so thankful that I waited to read this series until all of the book were released. The endings to the first two books might have killed me if I wasn't immediately able to pick up the next.

1 THING THAT I'D CHANGE

1. Unnecessary Length – There aren't many things that bugged me about the series, but I will say that the second and third books felt overly long at times. It affected the pacing a bit, though it's not a huge complaint. The third, in particular, felt crammed with information that sometimes seemed unnecessary or like it could have been introduced earlier in the series. And yet I still have a few lingering questions that I'd love to have answered! 

So, there you have it! I know I didn't really discuss many specifics about the plot or characters, but I honestly think it's more fun if you go into this series with no idea what's in store for you. I can see why these books were so hyped, and I'm glad I finally read them! If you're a fantasy reader, you don't want to miss this series. I finished these and immediately thought, I have a feeling I'll want to re-read these in the future. And that's high praise indeed!

So Quotable
“Battles may be fought from the outside in, but wars are won from the inside out.” – ADSOM

“She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest.” – AGOS

“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.” – ACOL
Release Date: February 2015, 2016 & 2017 | Publisher: Macmillan; Tor Books
Pages: 400, 512 and 624 Pages | Source & Format: Bought/Borrowed; Hardcover

Quick Lit: June 2018

Jul 16, 2018


I read 22 books in June, and I'm chatting about 16 of them in today's post. So, as you can imagine, it's longer than normal. On the blog this past month, I shared reviews for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. Two of those were June reads!

I should have reviews soon for the other books I read in June – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas and A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. As always, check out the Quick Lit linkup that's hosted by Modern Mrs. Darcy if you're looking for more reviews and recommendations.


99 DAYS AND 9 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS BY KATIE COTUGNO | Let's start with a confession: I had no intention of reading 99 Days. A heroine who ruins her relationship with a guy because of something she does with his brother? YIKES. But I recently found myself craving YA contemporary, and this book kept popping into my brain. Honestly, y'all, I'm shocked that I So Enjoyed It. There's a lot of drama in here, and I was judging ALL the characters. And yet... I was invested in the outcome, couldn't put the book down, and loved Cotugno's writing. The emotions this book evoked were messy and complicated, but I admired Cotugno for writing something so thought provoking. 

After finishing 99 Days, I had to pick up the recently released sequel. I was pretty happy with the way the first book ended, but I couldn't resist seeing what happened next with the characters. The premise of this one made me cringe, again, though I did love the change in setting. Who can resist a book involving a European vacation? This was another emotionally complex story that involved some things I definitely didn't like, and yet I was still so invested in everything. My favorite part was the way Molly has to reconcile her past with the new identity she's tried to create for herself and the life she wants in the future. I So Enjoyed It, even though the angst would typically bother me.

DEFENDING TAYLOR BY MIRANDA KENNEALLY | I'd heard from a few friends who'd read this series that this book was their least favorite, but I just couldn't bring myself to skip it. I've enjoyed these books overall, despite my varied reactions to each, and knew I wanted to complete the series. I liked that Taylor was such a driven character, that she begins to find more balance by the end of the book and that she's able to talk to her parents about their expectations vs her dreams. But I hated the entire plot since it revolved around her lying to protect someone who didn't deserve it, and the romance felt super rushed to me. I was So Over It by the end.

COMING UP FOR AIR BY MIRANDA KENNEALLY | Y'all, I've outgrown this series. I usually enjoy the "friends to lovers" trope, but it didn't work for me here. Maybe because the attempt at no strings attached seemed destined for inevitable heartbreak? I had so many issues with this entire storyline, and I was incredibly frustrated by the heroine. The motivation behind her actions felt so immature! I struggled with the fact that the heroine felt that being inexperienced was something to "fix" or be ashamed of and the book never addressed that idea. It pains me to say I was So Over It because that's not how I hoped to say goodbye to Hundred Oaks.


THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE BY STACEY LEE | After loving Lee's debut and second book, I was excited to see her tackle a new genre. The heroine in this book is an aromateur – someone with a heightened sense of smell who is able to use her talent to make elixirs that help others fall in love.  I loved the concept, and the tone of the book reminded me of a YA Sarah Addison Allen. It's a lite version of magical realism, but I could tell Lee put a lot of thought into the mythology behind this ability. It was a whimsical book with an endearing (though occasionally frustrating) heroine, but I just wasn't sold on the romance. I So Liked It overall.

THE KISS QUOTIENT BY HELEN HOANG | This book has been getting a ton of buzz in the blog world! This was a fun, unique romance – though I have some personal reservations about it. Stella Lane has Asperger's and decides to hire an escort to help her get more comfortable with dating and romance. The author described it as a gender-swapped Pretty Woman, which felt accurate. I was invested in the characters, thought the pacing was just right, and didn't mind the drama. But y'all, this was way too steamy for me. Like, woah. I'm giving it my So Enjoyed It rating because there were so many things that did work for me, but I definitely skimmed past A LOT.

SAVE THE DATE BY MORGAN MATSON | I was so excited to start reading this book, but I was side-eyeing it by the end. I loved the overall message and the focus on family. Both of those things were positives! But I struggled with the heroine's immaturity and naiveté, the disjointed pacing and plot, and the fact that it felt way longer than it needed to be. I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to accept that this many things would go wrong in one wedding weekend and that so many people in America were this invested in a newspaper comic strip. I got the sense this book went through a lot of revisions (but needed more), and I'm sad to say I was only So Okay With It


THE PERILOUS GARD BY ELIZABETH MARIE POPE | This book was published in 1974, but it popped up on my radar a few years ago. I finally got around to reading it, and it wasn't really what I expected. I think I fixated on the word "Tudor" in the summary and expected more of the historical fiction elements and less fantasy. A number of Goodreads reviews mention this as a childhood favorite, and I wonder if I would have liked it if I'd read it then. As it was, I just didn't click with it. I liked the main character, but I wasn't invested in the plot at all until the very end. For a pretty short book, it felt like such a slow read. I'd give it a So Okay With It, but I did consider a lower rating. 

THE READ-ALOUD FAMILY BY SARAH MACKENZIE | I've only listened to a few episodes of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, but I'd been eagerly anticipating this book. Part One explores the benefits of reading aloud, Part Two offers practical tips for creating book culture at home and connecting with kids through books, and Part Three features read aloud book recommendations for four age groups. I loved it all, but the chapter on asking compelling questions was worth the price of the book alone. This a great resource, and I can see myself referring to it frequently in the future. I So Loved It and would highly recommend it to other parents!

THE COTTAGES ON SILVER BEACH BY RAEANNE THAYNE* | I've really enjoyed the Haven Point series up to this point, but this one was a struggle to finish. I didn't like it at all, and I'm bummed that was the case. The dialogue felt very cheesy to me, and the romance just limped along. And I know it's because I wasn't invested in the couple! They were so one-dimensional, boring, and kept pushing each other away for no reason. The formulaic nature of the series was way more apparent in this one. And honestly, I was more interested in the missing sister-in-law than anything else and that wasn't even resolved by the end. As you can probably guess, I was So Over It.


THE PENDERWICKS AT POINT MOUETTE BY JEANNE BIRDSALL | I loved the first and second books in this series, so I was excited to pick up the third. I always feel like I'm escaping into the past when I settle in with the Penderwick sisters. Birdsall's writing makes these books feel like classics! I love watching the sisters grow up, and it was interesting to see how the sibling dynamics were affected by Rosalind's absence (she was on vacation with a friend). It was wonderful to get to know Jeffrey better, and I was so moved by his story. I'm so curious what will happen next with him. Hijinks and hilarity abound in this book, and it was the perfect read to welcome summer. I So Loved It

BORN A CRIME BY TREVOR NOAH | I didn't know anything about Trevor Noah, aside from the fact that he hosts a late-night talk show, prior to picking up this book. A friend recommended it to me, and I trusted her enough to give it a try. I was expecting it to be just another celebrity memoir. Well, bless my heart. It blew me away! Noah focuses on his childhood in South Africa, not his career or rise to fame, and I was immediately invested. He's a gifted storyteller and makes you laugh one minute and cry the next. He discusses heavy subjects – apartheid, domestic violence, poverty and more – with insight, wit, and honesty. I've thought of it often since finishing and So Loved It

SUNBURN BY LAURA LIPPMAN | I don't pick up a ton of mysteries, but I wanted to read this one for two reasons. The first is shallow: I love the cover. The other is not: it was a Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide pick! As soon as I started this book, I knew I couldn't put it down until I was done. I loved so much about it – the unreliable narrator, the slow burn pacing, and the question of who is being played. Each new revelation gave me a different view of a character! I wasn't entirely satisfied by the ending, but I think it would be great for a book club discussion. If you want a mystery that's more about the characters and less about a crime, this one is for you. I So Enjoyed It


THE DISH BY STELLA NEWMAN | I'm drawn to books where one of the characters is a chef, which explains why I randomly bought this one day. Laura and Adam have a meet cute and hit it off right away... until Laura realizes that she can't tell him about her job. Adam is the head chef at a restaurant she just secretly visited and negatively reviewed. There's more to the story, but I was immediately invested. Unfortunately, I lost patience with it by the end. I can't handle the lying and secrets that cause so much hurt and misunderstanding! Add that to the fact that there were way too many unnecessary secondary storylines, I was just So Okay With It in the end.

A TANGLED WEB BY L.M. MONTGOMERY | L.M. Montgomery is one of my favorite authors, but this book was so different from anything I've read from her before! This story features two families who are feuding over who will inherit a prized heirloom jug. LMM introduces you to all the various members of the Dark and Penhallow families. Some of their stories are sad, others are hilarious, but all were intriguing. I was confused by the number of characters early on but enjoyed it more once I could follow the various squabbles, romances, and scandals. Overall, I So Liked It – but the last line was so unexpected and racist that it soured an otherwise enjoyable book. 

BEGIN, END, BEGIN EDITED BY DANIELLE BINKS | In the past, I haven't had the best of luck with short story anthologies. They're usually so hit or miss, but I figured this collection was my best chance at a win because I'm obsessed with Aussie authors! I'd only read books from three of the ten authors featured but was excited regardless. And you know what? I So Enjoyed It overall! Two or three were just okay, but the rest were engaging and enjoyable. None of them truly wowed me, but I don't really expect that from this type of book. My favorite was from Ellie Marney (gimme all the Wattscroft), but Gabrielle Tozer's was a close second.

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review.

What have you been reading lately?

Let's Be Adventurers

Jul 10, 2018


I just got back from a week in the mountains, and the hardest part about packing was choosing what books I would bring. Despite knowing that my Kindle had more than enough reading material to last me all week, I couldn't resist tossing a few... or seven... books in my bag. Because there are two things I love most about this season: 1) vacations and 2) summer reading lists. Today I'm combining both of those things!

Every year, I pair vacation destinations with the books I'd want to read at each. I usually have a mix of old and new books from my TBR, but this year I focused on 2018 releases on my radar. And, in another change, they're all adult fiction. Young adult will always have a special place in my heart and on my shelves, but I haven't been reaching for it as much recently. So, whether I'm chilling by the ocean or the baby pool, here are 15 books I'll be reading:


the extras: hat | pouch | sunscreen | sunglasses | swim suit | towel

At the beach, I'm usually reaching for contemporary fiction. I want something that's immediately engaging and doesn't require my complete attention. Pre-baby, I could tune out the world... but now I need books that I can start and stop pretty easily. Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza, When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger, and Ghosted by Rosie Walsh all seem like they would fit the bill: the price a woman pays for pursuing a political career, secrets simmering in the suburbs, and an instant connection that's disrupted by a sudden disappearance. Don't you want to dive in to each based solely on that little teaser? Sign me up!



When I'm in the mountains, I'm more likely to pick up historical fiction. I don't know what it is about that destination that makes me want to travel back in time, but I think it's the slower pace and quieter days. I'm able to sink into the details of the past more deeply! Beatriz Williams is a favorite for me, so The Summer Wives is on the top of my must-read list. I actually just finished Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce, which read like a historical Bridget Jones. So delightful! And I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos has a dual timeline and is sure to be gorgeously written. I'd be willing to go on a hike if I could reward myself with reading one of these at the end.



I can't explain why, but the lake feels like it calls for something with twists and turns. Whether it's a full-on thriller or a contemporary book with an air of mystery surrounding it, I want something that will keep me guessing until the end. The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown involves a woman with amnesia, and the summary reminds me of my favorite Liane Moriarty book. An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim is a sci fi book where a couple is separated by time travel gone wrong. Finally, things get out of hand in a "No Baby Club" in Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty. I can picture myself sitting in on the dock frantically reading as secrets are uncovered in each book...


the extras: elastics | speaker | lip balm | sunglasses | bag | drink | sea spray

Let's be real: most of my summer days aren't spent at fabulous destinations. On any given day, you're probably going to find me sitting in the backyard. And with fewer distractions and my bookshelf only steps away, I don't have to predict my reading mood! I want to read A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, the story of an Indian-American Muslim family, because it's gotten so much praise. I've enjoyed Paula McLain's writing in the past, so Love and Ruin is on my radar (even though I'm not a Hemingway fan). And Estelle recommended Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton long before Reese Witherspoon's book club picked it. But now I'm even more excited to read it!


 the extras: towel | sunglasses | mascara | tote | water | swim suit | speaker

I know this isn't the case everywhere, but our neighborhood pool is often chaotic. People are blasting music on their speakers, little kids are horsing around, and I have to protect my pages from being sprayed by water! So, I'm looking for books similar to what I'd read at the beach. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson sounds adorable – and I love the cover! Emily Giffin can be hit or miss for me, but I'll still check out All We Ever Wanted. And honestly, the comparisons to Grey's Anatomy are the main reason I want to read The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin. All three seem like they would keep me hooked regardless of the noise level around me. 

What books will be in your bag this summer?
Any trips already booked?

This post was inspired by a past Top Ten Tuesday topic, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Here's a look back at my "summer bags" through the years: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2017

June 2018: Recap + On My Shelves

Jul 6, 2018


Hello, summer! We've had summer temps in Georgia for a while now, but I was excited to officially welcome the season in June. We spent most of the month playing outside, and I expect more of the same in July.

1. Sweet Treats in the Summer Sun – It was hard to choose photos from June because I probably have a hundred of the same thing: playing in the backyard. We spent most of our time digging in the dirt and playing in the pool! But I liked this photo from one of our ice cream dates after visiting the library, a small moment that's still so special.

2. Shopping and Snacking Solo – Nick was traveling a lot in June, so it was extra sweet to have an entire afternoon to myself once he was home. I went shopping, listened to my music extra loud in the car, and got to read my book while treating myself to a little something at a local bakery. I savored every moment!

3. Creating a Happy Planner Instagram – The craziest thing I did in June was create a planner-focused Instagram with Kelly! Our name, @youremyplannerperson, was inspired by our favorite friendship from Grey's Anatomy. It's been fun to participate in that community and find other people who are obsessed with all things Happy Planner. 

4. My First Readathon – I don't think I've ever participated in a readathon before, but I couldn't resist when I saw a number of bookstagrammers talking about #8intwo hosted by @25infive. The goal of the readathon is to read for a total of 8 hours over the span of two days. It took focus, but it was so fun to participate and be successful! 


Read 22 Books | Favorites:
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE.
You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night
because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days.
FINE is what you say.”
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“He’s twelve years old, and this summer he learns that people will always
choose a simple lie over a complicated truth, because the lie has one unbeatable advantage:
 the truth always has to stick to what actually happened,
whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe.”
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

“How did one not obsess over something wonderful?
How did one like something a reasonable amount?”
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 “If you want a child to know the truth, tell him the truth.
If you want a child to love the truth, tell him a story.”
The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and,
depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

“We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection.
 But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer.
Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.”
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

June was a slightly slower blogging month for me, but I was still able to meet my goal of 8 posts for the month. My first post was my May 2018 Recap, as is usually the case, and I chatted about nine books in my May 2018 Quick Lit post. Even when I don't have my blogging mojo, I can make those two posts happen!

I shared four longer reviews for books that I absolutely loved: Making Up by Lucy Parker, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, and then Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman. 

Since we're halfway through the year, I decided to share the ten best books I've read so far this year. It's always been one of my favorite posts to write, especially because it's fun to see how it compares to my final list in December. I can't wait to see what stays on the list and what new favorites steal a spot!

And finally, my favorite post I shared was Check Your Neck: My Thyroid Cancer Story. I was diagnosed two years ago, and I've been meaning to write this post ever since. If you only read one thing I posted in June, I hope it's that one – mostly just because I want you to know it's important to regularly check your neck.

1. Adventures in the Great Wide Somewhere // Travel Books That Aren't Travel Books by Kelly from Belle of the Literati – YAY, KELLY IS BACK! This wasn't her first post in June, but it was my favorite. I love when she chats about books that inspire her to explore the world, especially since she's #travelgoals. I'm ready to pack my bags!

2. 6 Strategies to Get Out of Your Reading Rut by Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy – Who hasn't been in a reading rut before?! I've definitely had seasons where I just can't seem to find my reading mojo, though lately I've had the opposite problem and need to step away from the books. Ha! This post had lots of great ideas in it!

3. Why I Love Family Storytelling (+ Why It Matters) by Janssen from Everyday Reading – I'm generally not a fan of sponsored posts, but I was surprised when I realized this was one because it read like a personal discussion. I haven't looked into this app yet, but I saved the post to dig deeper into the idea of family storytelling.



Favorite Song: "2002" by Anne-Marie
I didn't listen to very much music this month because I was too busy catching up on podcasts,
but this song was on repeat for most of the month. It took me back to middle school!


Favorite Audiobook: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
narrated by Elizabeth Evans
Technically, this is the only audiobook I listened to in June. But I loved it, so it still counts!
I thoroughly enjoyed my audio re-read of this series and can't wait for the final book later this year.


Queer Eye, Season 2, starring Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown – It just so happened that my son spent the night at my parents house on the day this season was released, so I got to binge it. I intended to get things done with my alone time, but the Fab 5 took priority. No regrets!


Set It Up (2018) starring Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs – I was so excited for this movie when I first saw the trailer on Netflix, but it still managed to surpass my expectations. This is the romantic comedy I've been craving, and I foresee so many rewatches in my future. Funny, adorable, and perfectly cast!


Ocean's 8 (2018) starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina – This was a fun heist movie with a great cast, though not a fave. Nick and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't something that I'd watch again. It felt long at times!


Jane the Virgin, Season 4, starring Gina Rodriguez – I got so behind on this season of Jane the Virgin that I decided to wait for it to hit Netflix to catch up. That was such a good decision! I laughed, teared up, and felt my jaw drop. I love this show so much, and I am DYING to see what will happen after that finale. 


The Kissing Booth (2018) starring Joey King, Joel Courtney and Jacob Elordi – This was... not good. I'm a sucker for teen movies, so I kept watching, but yikes. It was so cheesy, the acting wasn't great, and I had major issues with the relationship. Being jealous and controlling isn't attractive and doesn't need to be romanticized. 

Ibiza (2018) starring Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson This movie was so weird! I laughed at a few scenes/lines, but I didn't really like it overall. It was so raunchy, lacked direction, and felt like it lasted forever. And I don't like seeing a grown woman would act this way for someone she's talked to once.

Irreplaceable You (2018) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Huisman – The premise of this is basically plot of Before I Go by Colleen Oakley, though the movie isn't based on the book. I didn't like the movie very much because I just had no emotional investment, despite the incredibly sad subject matter. So forgettable. 

Jane Eyre (2011) starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender – I've only seen this once or twice since it came out seven years ago, but it was on my mind after a book I read in June reminded me of Jane Eyre. I chose to cheat and watch the movie instead of reading the book, and I love this adaptation.


Pre-Ordered: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman and Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Audible: My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan


For Review: The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting and Marilla of Green Gables  by Sarah McCoy

NetGalley: Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade and The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

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