Friday, November 30, 2012

November Confessions

What have I been up to? Hmm.  I've been really busy taking care of Baby D, who is four months now! Unbelievable! The time really does fly by. I know other parents have told me how quickly the time goes by and I nod my head in agreement, but I really didn't get it until recently. 

Also, I've been doing a lot of baking! This month I made Carmel Apple Coffee Cake, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Nut Bread and Pumpkin Pudding. Yes, I have a pumpkin addiction.

I also went out and about for a good friend's bachelorette party.  This normally wouldn't be a big deal, but it was my first real night out since I've become a mom and it was oh-so-good to have a girls' night.  

Lastly, I saw Breaking Dawn: Part 2. It was probably my favorite of the Twilight movies....once I got over the jaw-dropping scene and if you have seen the movie, you know what I am taking about!  

Here are the books I've read this month:

Books Read in November:
1.  Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan - 4 stars
2.  The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom - 3.5 stars
3.  The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Triginai - 4.5 stars
4.  Easy by Tammara Webber - 4 stars
5.  The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - 4.5 stars (Review to come!)
6.  Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison - 4 stars (Review to come!)

November Top Five:

1.  Favorite Book: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani- I adored everything about this book...the setting, the characters, the drama, and the epic romance.

2.  Biggest Disappointment: For once, I wasn't too disappointed by any reads this month.  If I had to pick, I would go with The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, because it wasn't as good as Tuesdays with Morrie.

3.  Biggest Surprise: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I am a big baby when it comes to scary reads (I'm still recovering from The Forest of Hands and Teeth) and The Evolution of Mara Dyer was super creepy. There were times that I didn't think I could finish it because it weirded me out so much, but I was hooked!  The ending- oh my! I will post my review next week.

4.  Favorite Post: My fun news about a picture I took on my trip to Key West.

5.  Favorite Part of November: I really enjoyed spending time with family over my long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Don't miss out on my two giveaways! I am hosting a giveaway for an Anna Karenina prize package that includes the movie-tie in novel, the soundtrack, a candle and bookmark!  I am also giving away a copy of Easy by Tammara Webber.  

I hope everyone had a great November. Can you believe it's the holiday season already?!?


  1. November just flew by and I can't believe it is Christmastime already!

    It sounds like you had a wonderful month. It is fun to bake around the holidays, isn't it? I'm already planning what I want to make this month for Christmas parties and holiday gifts.

    I liked the Breaking Dawn movies more than I liked the book. I was worried that I wouldn't like them at all. I still think that if they hadn't put in the surprise twist, movie 2 would have been rather boring so I'm glad they did.

    The Shoemaker's Wife was such a great book! I liked Vanish too though I think I preferred Firelight. I look forward to hearing what you think of the final book.

    Have a great December!

    1. Yes! I love baking around the holidays. It's so much fun! I agree about BD-- I'm glad they added the twist in as well. Thanks for stopping by, Christina!

  2. I still need to see Breaking Dawn! So far I've avoided 'twist' spoilers!

    I don't know if you already know, but From Ashes by Molly McAdams is available for request on Edelweiss. Go get it! :)

    1. You need to go see BD!! I had no idea bout From Ashes- must check it out! Thanks for the heads up and dropping by, Leanna!

  3. Kids really make you aware of time passing don't they?

    I still can't believe my girl is almost a year old.

    That coffee cake looks AMAZING!

    YAY for a girl's night. Those are good for the soul.

    I must catch up with the Twilight movies.

    1. Yes, they do!!! I can't believe she is almost a year either! I feel like you just had her. TIme is flying! :)

  4. PS You realllllllllllllly make me want The Evolution of Mara Dyer now.

    1. haha. It was so creepy! I post my review this week! Thanks for visiting, Juju!


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