Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Five (16) and an International Giveaway


Happy Friday! Sometimes I like to talk about what I am currently into that is not necessarily book related. Here's what I have been up to/thinking about/enjoying lately. Let me know what you think! 

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1.  Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment - I have been searching a long time for a really great product to help me with chapped lips and one that doesn't have too many chemicals. I finally found one that works really well! I'm loving the whole line of Fresh skincare.




2. Blue Apron - Guys, I received a few weeks worth for my birthday and I absolutely love it. If you enjoy cooking, want to learn to cook better, or simply want to try out some new recipes, you will enjoy this subscription. Anyone else a fan?



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3. Game of Thrones - I am a fan of this show, for sure, BUT I haven't been enjoying this season as much as the others. I feel like it's moving slowly. What do you guys think?



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4. Kauai Coffee- I am a Hawaii addict. I have been to Hawaii many times and one of my favorite things to stock up on is this brand of coffee. I know they sell some of the coffee on the main land, but they don't sell it at my local grocery store. I got my hands on some (thanks Amazon) and I have missed this coffee so much. They even have a compostable pod for the Keurig, which is much better for the environment. 




5.  Favorite Beach Reads Giveaway - Today I am starting off my Summer Kickoff with a giveaway for my favorite beach reads featured from summers past. I have linked the titles to my reviews if you are interested in checking out my thoughts.


This giveaway is open internationally, just make sure Book Depository ships to your location.  The deadline is May 10th. One winner gets TWO books of his/her choice from my list below. Please refer to my giveaway rules and good luck!



Here are some of my favorite beach reads:



Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Desssen
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
The Summer I Turned Pretty (or any of the books in the Summer series) by Jenny Han
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue
On the Island by Tracey Jarvis-Graves
The Island by Elin Hildebrand

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70 comments:

  1. Must Love Dogs is my fav beach read!

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    1. I haven't read the book, but really liked the movie! Great choice! Thanks for visiting, Erica.

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  2. Rebel Belle is my favorite beach read!

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    1. Ohh! That book is definitely on my TBR. Great pick, Kaitlyn.

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  3. Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

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    1. That's new to me...I will have to check that one out. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Dream a little Dream by SEP :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  5. Something by Mary Kay Andrews, hard to pick just one but her new one coming out this month is called Beach Town so that has huge potential!

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    1. Mary Kay Andrews is known for her great beach reads! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. What is your all-time favorite beach read? old school-sweet valley

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    1. Can't go wrong with Sweet Valley High. Great pick! Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. :D Thank you!

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    1. That is such a good book. I agree! Thanks for visiting, Tayte.

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  8. I love the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Shopaholic To The Stars is my latest beach read!

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    1. I read the first book in the series and it was so much fun! Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Chris Carter - The Night Stalker. Not exactly a beach read, but my favourite book (read it that many times I'm on my 3rd copy lol) by my favourite author. :)

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    1. Wow- awesome! I will have to look into that one. Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. Bringing Up Scarlett by Annie Sanders

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    1. Great choice, Rachel! Thanks for visiting.

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    1. I LOVE, love Gone with the Wind...always an excellent choice. Thanks for dropping by.

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  12. I was so happy to finally get to watch Game of Thrones as it airs but this season is definitely different. I can see how lack of material has them spinning wheels. Mad about the Sansa storyline too...

    I'll have to check out that lip treatment. I've had chapped lips every day of my life since I was little. Nothing's worked yet!

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    1. YES! Sansa story line is annoying and a few other things (like the pacing) of this season have me frustrated. I am still a fan though, but not as invested this season. Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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  13. Serial Summer by Angel Lawson

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    1. Great pick, Christy! Thanks for dropping by!

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  14. My lips won't accept anything but carmex. I don't know why. I haven't started GoT yet because I watch it with my husband, but I'm excited to just binge watch the season anyway, so I'm fine with waiting.

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    1. I havne't tried Carmex, but will have to look into that one. This winter destroyed my lips. GoT is definitely a fun ride...can't wait to hear what you think of it! Thanks for visiting, Natalie!

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  15. Are you Experienced by William Sutcliffe - the funniest book I've read about backpacking.

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  16. oh loads,how on earth do you pick a favourite?! I'm going to say The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith,a race against time Indiana Jones type treasure hunt for a lost Pharaoh and his booty

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  17. I spent a summer reading the Outlander series after discovering it a few years ago.

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  18. This is really hard! I think Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss (and the subsequent companion books) are my favorite.

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  19. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Laura Jeffs)

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  21. I usually read a lot of light stuff, like Sara Dessen or Kasie West. I really need something fluffy that makes me laugh!

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  22. i really enjoyed girl on the train recently

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  23. The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evankovich

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  24. I have to say ANYTHING (esp her Summer series) by Jenny Han is the best kind of beach read!

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  25. The last book I read on the beach was Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke while on holiday for a fortnight in the Maldives...... great book, great weather and NO DISTRACTIONS... it was bliss!

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  26. I really don't have a favorite beach books but I do like to read Claire cook books in the summertime.

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  27. My Life next door is my favorite! I'm dying to have my hands on the hard copy.

    -Raven Claws

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  28. My favorite beach read is Nothing, by Jane Teller

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  29. I can't say I have just one favourite book I just love a bit of romance with some hot encounters and good storyline

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  30. I don't really have a favourite but I read renegade by Kerry Wilkinson when I was away in Feb for my sons wedding. Not quite beach weather

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  31. To All the Boy's I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton. :) They were really awesome books.

    -Angelica A. Mahinay

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  32. i read anything at the beach
    even if its epic fantasy :p

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  33. I don't really have an all-time favourite - I'll happily read anything good!

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  34. Hard to pick a favourite as there are so many I love but anything by Jodi Picoult allows me to escape reality for a while whether on a beach or the sofa :)

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  35. Would find it hard to pick a specific beach read, but like something easy to read, such as books by Sophie Kinsella or Adele Parks

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  36. Read any books but the last one I took to Israel was 'Whatever it Takes' by Adele Parks which I loved.

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  37. im a bit of a horror fan, so anything by james herbert x

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  38. NECROSCOPE 3 BY BRIAN LUMLEY

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  39. Circle of friends, Maeve Binchy

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