Monday, February 11, 2019

Move it and Use it!



     I am not one to usually set goals because I have a horrible problem following through with whatever I am being told to do; even if I am the one telling me to do it. However, I am going to attempt to set some goals for this month. My first goal is going to be to move more. I was doing great with this a few months ago but my back pain started getting worse and it was impossible to move. I have since started a new med that is definitely helping so I'm hopeful I'll be able to get back to where I was. I LOVE exercising so when I had to slow down it really brought my whole mood down.
    My second goal is to attempt to stick to the meal plans I have made. I make our meal plan and shopping list for two weeks at a time. If I need to have an easy meal to make but that day's meal is more intricate, I just switch out the day for another day's meal. That way I am still sticking to the meals I have planned. Hopefully, that makes sense.
     Two small goals that mean a lot to me. If I move more my body will work better, and if I stick to meal plans then we aren't wasting money on fast food or letting food go bad in our fridge. I'll update towards the end of the month to let everyone know how it goes!




Tuesday, February 5, 2019

January Monthly Wrap Up


January was a very productive month for reading. 

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I absolutely love Riley Sager. Definitely one of my new favorite authors. I cannot wait until his new book to come out in July!



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This trilogy has been on my TBR for a long time. They were really good. I will definitely be searching out more of this author's books in the future. 




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How absolutely GORGEOUS is this cover art?




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Anyone who is a Colleen Hoover fan is used to her books filled with romance. This was not that. This was dark and creepy. This was twisted and so different from her other works. However, it was one of my very favorite books. I did not expect this crazy from Colleen but I love it and I hope there is more in our future. 




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3.5 stars for this one. I am so glad that YA is reaching out and touching subjects not often touched. This book covers anxiety, OCD, and agoraphobia and I love that it does. Those are not often talked about. 




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Books about plus-sized cheerleaders and NFL players? Yes, I am here for that. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

My Year in Books 2018




My least favorite book in 2018:


My absolute favorite book in 2018:


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Huge Thank You

     Since my last update about my depression, I have not written about anything having to do with the subject. After that post things got worse. Cymbalta is not the medicine for me, it made me suicidal. I had to stop driving for fear of driving myself over a cliff or into a tree. I stopped cooking because I saw no point in eating. I would fake it until all the children I watched went home then lay on my bed and cry about how worthless I was. I knew that it was the medicine making me worse so I went to the doctor and we stopped it. We waited a few weeks then started Lexapro. This is a medicine I had previously been on in my teen years and it helped from what I remember. The only reason we didn't try this first was that we were hopeful the Cymbalta would help with pain management as well as the depression.

   It has been a slow uphill battle to climb out of my depression this time. I have had to lean on a lot of my loved ones, which thankfully are always there for me and very understanding. When this all started I noticed a lack of wanting to do things I love. One of those things being crocheting. One of my absolute favorite things to do is listen to books and crochet. For the last year, I have just looked at yarn and thought 'ugh it takes so much time to make things. Why bother? It's useless, you could be doing something productive and you're not even doing that.' All those self-doubts and self-hate when I was feeling down just seemed to pile up and circle around my head; making me even less productive because I could only focus on those thoughts.

     However, yesterday I started crocheting again! It may seem like a little thing to some but for me it is huge. It's comforting again, I am excited to make things and give them to those loved ones who helped me through this time. I'm excited to make little hats for all the kids I watch and fingerless gloves for my mom and her nurse! I'm EXCITED which is something I haven't felt in what feels like, forever. I am no longer numb. Do I have down days? Yes like everyone else I have down days but I cook dinner every night, I get up every morning and get my daughter ready for school. I greet every baby with a smile and a hug, I check in on my friends, I check in on my family, and I open my blinds and look at the gorgeous trees changing outside my windows. I finally feel like me again!

   Thank you to everyone who has stood by my side, checked in on me, brought me coffee or food when I couldn't make any for myself, and for just sitting with me even though I didn't feel like talking. I appreciate all of you and all that you've done. I would not have made it through without you.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Whoa! 17 Books!



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I gave this 3.5 stars. It was a really good YA thriller. I think I would have rated it much higher had I not been let down by all the build-up of the main characters past. I was expecting what had happened in her past, which caused her to move and her parents to ignore her, would be this huge horrible thing. Don't get me wrong what happened was not great but it wasn't the end all that it was made out to be. Other than that it was an awesome thriller. I highly suggest it. 



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3.5 stars. This was a cute book.



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3.5 stars. This was a good book but I don't think I will be continuing on with the series. 



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This was my 100th book of the year and it was picked by a friend of mine for me to read. It was such a good story.



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I love when I stumble across Kindle Unlimited books that are about cults! One day I'll do a big blog entry on books about cults that I want to read or have read. There was a little more romance then I expected in a thriller book but it wasn't long and I only had to hit skip 30 seconds forward once or twice.



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I liked the first book in this series so much that I moved on to the second without even thinking. I just assumed it would have the same characters in it. I was wrong. It had 1 similar character but not even one of the main characters. It was a good story but I didn't connect with it as well as the first book.



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This is the last book in the series and competes with the first as the best. I highly highly suggest this book. They can all be read as stand alones so feel free to just skip to this book. 



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I gave this book 4.5 stars. It was fantastic. Despite what the title and book cover makes you think it is not a how-to on being a happy family. It is about two sisters who were adopted into very different families and the mother who gave them up. It was a great story that didn't end with me wanting to throttle anyone like the last book I read like this. 



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3.5 stars for this cute cozy mystery



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I felt like I was there in the shop with them! I loved it. 




I wanted just a short thriller to read during the 24-hour readathon I was taking part in, so I picked a James Patterson book. I thought, you can't go wrong with a Patterson book. I was wrong. So wrong. I hated this book. It was confusing and made no sense. It sounded like the outline of a story but not even a story I would read. I was hugely disappointed with this book. It was horrible. 



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I only picked this book because the book I wanted to read was the second in this series. Another series where I didn't really have to read the first book but I didn't know that at the time. I enjoyed this book a lot except after listening to the book for a while I wondered why there was so much sex happening. I looked up the book more thoroughly and found out it was a 'romantic suspense novel'. This are not things that are listed under a quick search in the kindle store. It was listed under mystery/thriller so I went with it.  I don't mind a little romance here and there but not in my thrillers. Who has time to be sexing it up when there is all this danger?!



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There are two more books in the series but due to all the romance (border line erotica at points) I don't think I will be continuing the series. 



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    I have no idea how I managed to read 17 books this month because it was my busiest month yet this year. I had a lot of 3 and 3.5 star reads this month. Very mediocre but I enjoyed a lot of books. I read out of my comfort zone a few times and still really liked the story lines. What did you read this past month that you loved? Did you read anything you hated? Let me know!