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book love + a giveaway

today i am taking some time to share one of my favorites things in life- books. hope you had a great week! this summer we celebrated five years of book club- yay! last spring, i shared five tips for starting a book club if you are interested in checking out my advice. one of the books we read this summer was, luckiest girl alive, by jessica knoll {which i greatly enjoyed!} even more, we were able to skype with the generous and adorable author, jessica in july. she took time out of her vacation to spend at least thirty minutes talking to us {so, so nice of her!} and it made me love the book even more! she was amazing-- super sweet and very genuine. during our chat about the book, she also talked about the plans reese witherspoon has regarding the movie version. can't even wait to go see it with friends. have you read the book? in honor of my love for jessica knoll and her awesome book {and pumpkin spice lattes- which debut september 8} i am giving away a free copy of the book and a $10 gift card to starbucks. enter below by saturday, september 12!
currently on my bookcase:
in the country stories by mia alvar:  these nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from mia alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the filipino diaspora. here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the philippines to begin new lives in the middle east, the united states, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again.

where'd you go bernadette by maria semple {almost finished and loving it/super funny and unique}: bernadette fox is notorious. to her microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old bee, she is a best friend and, simply, mom. then bernadette disappears. it began when bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to antarctica. but bernadette's intensifying allergy to aeattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

the sunlit night by rebecca dinerstein: a stunning debut novel--which jonathan safran foer calls "lyrical as a poem, psychologically rich as a thriller." in the beautiful, barren landscape of the Far north, under the ever-present midnight sun, frances and yasha are surprised to find refuge in each other. their lives have been upended--frances has fled heartbreak and claustrophobic manhattan for an isolated artist colony; yasha arrives from brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father's last wish: to be buried "at the top of the world." they have come to learn how to be alone.

circling the sun by paula mclain: paula mclain, author of the phenomenal bestseller the paris wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial kenya in the 1920s. circling the sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—beryl markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter denys finch hatton and karen blixen, who as isak dinesen wrote the classic memoir out of africa. brought to kenya from england as a child and then abandoned by her mother, beryl is raised by both her father and the native kipsigis tribe who share his estate. her unconventional upbringing transforms beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. but even the wild child must grow up, and when everything beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

the luckiest girl alive by jessica knoll:  
luckiest girl alive is gone girl meets cosmo meets sex and the city. . . . knoll hits it out of the park.”
fort worth star-telegram
{sex and the city was one of my favs!! i miss it and watch re-runs all the time}


her perfect life is a perfect lie.
as a teenager at the prestigious bradley school, ani fanelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.

but ani has a secret.

there’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything. 

 source 

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disclaimer: this post was not sponsored <3 i just loved the book and author and wanted to share the love! enjoy and all are welcome to enter
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29 comments:

  1. I love books, too!!! I have the Where'd You Go Bernadette book on my shelf to read. Would you believe it was in the donation pile at the library where you toss books you didn't love and anyone can come and take them? CRAZY. I need to start checking that corner more often! I'm currently reading "Girl in the Woods" for review. But you should come to my blog- I have a book giveaway happening, too!

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    1. yay! love books and i will come and check it out ;) thank you for visiting today!

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  2. I am a book addict. Ebooks and audio books are ok when I am hauling all my kids on a trip but a hand held good ol paper smell book is the best!

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    1. i totally agree!! i want to try audio books more but there's nothing like an actual book!

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  3. Oh my goodness!! All of my favorite things!! This book sounds great! Fingers crossed and happy I found this space :)

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    1. good luck! thank you so much for entering - and two of my favorite things, too! have a great weekend

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  4. I love books! I'm currently reading a book a friend of mine wrote. It is so good!! I'll have to add a few of these onto my list!

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    1. so awesome! what book is it? hope you love these- i am excited to try them! :) have heard great things

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  5. I really enjoyed Luckiest Girl Alive and Where'd You Go Bernadette, now I'm searching for something decent to read with not much luck.

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    1. both so good! hopefully you love these! <3

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  6. Love the book suggestions! I have been doing lots of reading this year. Just finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (in 4 days, only read before bed...it was so good!). We had our first book club meeting last month (your spring post inspired me to start one) and it was kind of an epic fail...only because 2 of us made it to the meeting! Everyone else backed out! We had a great discussion though. Hopefully the next one will be better. We read Love Anthony by Lisa Genova last time. This time we're reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

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    1. awe, so glad! i want to read both of those... hopefully this month is more successful. and one of my most memorable book clubs was just me and one other girl- it was the winter... we were on the top of her apt. building in charlotte and overlooked the city, had a coffee, and made grilled cheese/tomato soup - we talked all night and i loved it. have a great weekend, love

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  7. Book addict right here! I cannot get enough of reading, been that way my whole life!

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    1. me too... the library and book stores were my favorite thing when i was little!! :)

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  8. I really want to read where'd you go Bernadette! I've seen bloggers writing about it everywhere!

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    1. i am really enjoying it! hope you're well and thank you for stopping in!

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  9. So cool you got to Skype with the author! That would be so cool! I haven't heard of that book so I hope I win the giveaway :)

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    1. so cool :) it was so nice of you! and good luck- thank you for entering! have a great weekend

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  10. I love reading so much, it is such an escape for me!
    Great post!

    xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

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    1. i am so glad! you are so sweet, lexi! enjoy your saturday

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  11. I am starting circling the sun, it's next on my list! Trying to convince my book club to read it too. I love trying new books and Starbucks lol.

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    1. Yay! hope you love it- I can't wait to read it :) books and starbucks are two of my loves, too!!

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  12. I just got Where'd You Go Bernadette on my Kindle from the library! So excited to read it!

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  13. oh wow this looks right up my street I will have to look out for it. Not that I need any more books to read at the moment my tbr piles are teetering!!

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  14. Fun! I wish I had more time to read. I have an growing stack of books on my desk that I'll get to one day...hopefully!

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  15. I have been way behind on reading for leisure since grad school began and this post is full of books I've never heard of- so exciting!! :)

    Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn

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  16. Honestly, I am the worst reader. I would love to sit down and read and can't sit long enough to turn the page. Wishing I could be like you guys!

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  17. I love reading and I think my favorite season to read is the fall and winter. I'm looking forward to grabbing a good book this fall and sitting outside in the crisp air to enjoy it.

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