Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Five (31) and a 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!

1.  Doctor Thorne - Ok, so I have heard that Julian Fellowes,who I am a huge fan of, has scripted this new show on Amazon.  I am definitely going to check it out this summer. Has anyone watched it? Your thoughts? I have heard great things!

2.  Have You Been Wowed? - I have read a lot of great beach reads this summer, but only a few have really WOWED me.   I am not sure why that is. Is it because a lot of contemporary fiction doesn't pack a punch? In fact, there are only a few books that have earned five star ratings from me this year.  What's the last book that wowed you?

3.  Outlander - I feel like I write about this TV show for every Friday Five, but have you guys heard the great news? Outlander has been picked up for season three AND four. If you've read Voyager and Drums of Autumn, then you know how vastly different the settings are. It should be interesting how it will translate to the big screen.  I also heard it will air on Sunday nights now. Not sure how I feel about that. Also, I am loving Murtagh this season. In the book, I liked him, but he is just so awesome on the show. It's interesting how that works out.

4.   Carolina Peach Sangria - I love a good sangria or a mojito in the summertime and I love trying out new recipes every year.  This is going to be the next recipe I try.  My Good Old Summertime board on Pinterest has a ton of summertime recipes. 


5.  Friday Giveaway - One reader will choose a book from the following list:

  • Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
  • An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao (ARC)
  • The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz (ARC)
  • Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
  • The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken 
    The deadline is July 5th and it's open to US readers only.  Please refer to my giveaway rules.  Good luck!

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    Happy Friday,


    1. I loved Doctor Thorne! I wish it was longer than just 4 episodes. I think you would really like it too.

      I wonder if Outlander is moving to Sunday to compete against Game of Thrones. I started watching season two but didn't finish. I'll probably watch the rest of the season on DVD.

      I think the last books that "wowed" me in any way were I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas but I wouldn't classify either of those as beach reads.

      1. I can't wait to watch it, Christina! That's the first thing I thought of when Outlander moved to Sundays! It will be tough to compete with GoT! I will have to check out I Will Send Rain. Thanks or the recommendations. I loved ACoMaF as well. Such a good series! Thanks for visiting!

    2. Gosh it's been so long since I've been left awed by a beach read. Although, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is wow'ing me right now.

      Have a great weekend, Christina!

      1. That might be one of my favorite beach reads of all time. How fantastic is that book!?! I'm glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for visiting.

    3. I've been wanting to try the Descendants Series and Van Dyken never lets me down with her books.

    4. Looks like you've been having some fun on and off the page. 😉 Happy Summer!

      1. Yes! June has been a crazy month. Thanks for visiting, Gina!


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