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What I’m Reading – February ’16 Edition!


It just occurred to me that I have not shared a reading list with you guys in a while.  I go through periods of time where I am either doing a ton of reading or none at all.  Do you guys do that?  Lately, I have been seeing new books from some of my favorite authors so I am pretty excited about digging into them.  Here is what is on my list for this month:

Shopaholic To The Rescue


Shopaholic To The Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

Description: Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.

Here's Looking At You

Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane

Description: The new novel from the bestselling author of You Had Me At Hello.  What if the last person you wanted to see was the person you needed? After the runaway success of You Had Me At Hello, Mhairi McFarlane is back with a new cast of characters in her second book, Here’s Looking At You.  In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale.  Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion.  School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there.  Now in her 30’s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell.  But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognizes her when she arrives.  Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again.  But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school.  But alas, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior.  As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…Full of Mhairi’s trademark laugh out loud humour, Here’s Looking At You is a novel about facing your demons and being happy with who you really are.

First Comes Love

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Description: In this dazzling new novel, Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of sisters who find themselves at a crossroads.
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.
On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Emotionally honest and utterly enthralling, First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.


By The Numbers

By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster

Description: Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60% of spouses cheat and 50% of marriages end in divorce, she wasn t too surprised when her husband had an affair. (That he did so with a woman their daughter s age? Well, that part did sting a bit.) She just made sure she got everything in the divorce, including their lovely old Victorian house. And as soon as her middle daughter has her hipster-fabulous wedding in the backyard, she s trading it in for a condo in downtown Chicago…
Well within the average market time in her area, Penny gets an offer on the house. But then life happens. Her children, her parents and her ex come flying back to the nest, all in need of Penny s emotional and financial support. Spread thin, Penny becomes the poster child for the sandwich generation, when all she really wanted to do was make managing director, buy a white couch, and maybe go on a Match.com date…


Have you read anything lately that you loved and think I should add to my list?  Please leave it for me in the comments!  I am always on the lookout for something new!

Happy Friday!

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Hey Everyone!  Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Friday!  I hope you are all having a great one!  My hubby and I are keeping it low key tonight and celebrating with Taylor.  Tomorrow night we are going out to dinner for date night.  He is keeping the location a secret but I am sure it will be amazing.  He is great at picking restaurants. 

Here are my notable moments of my week:

1.  I finally decided to start working on one of the items from my list of New Year’s Resolutions.  I made shrimp scampi.  My family LOVES shrimp and I have been trying to find the PERFECT recipe for this.  So far, I have tried a version from the Pioneer Woman but it was not exactly what my hubby was looking for.  He wants a scampi made with wine, garlic, butter and bread crumbs.  It has to be broiled and crispy on top with enough sauce for pasta.  When I stumbled across this recipe from Ina Garten I thought it would be a home run.  I know a lot of people love her but I am not her biggest fan.  Her recipes are so rigid and specific.  Also, I like to take shortcuts (if they wont lessen the quality of the food) and I feel she does the opposite.  In this recipe she called for butterflied shrimp (which was a huge pain in the butt) and it added NOTHING to the dish.  The end result of this recipe was good but I wont be making it again.  Back to the drawing board!  If you have a great recipe that meets the above criteria, please let me know! 

Shrimp Scampi

2.  Taylor and I made these Valentines for the kids in her class this year from Iheartnaptime!  They came out great! 

Mustache Valentines

3.  I finished reading Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster.  Sigh.  I really love Jen.  I do.  Her first few books were so funny and unique and intelligent.  This book was not.  It feels like she phoned it in.  It was as though she wrote a book and put all her effort into the beginning and the middle and then her deadline was approaching so she wrote the whole end of the book in an hour.  Twisted Sisters went on and on about certain issues and in the end she resolved them in about five sentences that really did not make sense.  The time spent explaining the resolution was so disproportionate to the beginning and middle of the book.  It almost felt like two books molded together or one book that was chopped up and reassembled?  I am not sure but it was not good.  Dont read this one – and Jen if by some miracle of Google you are reading this – stick to memoirs!

Twisted Sisters

4.  Thursday we were blessed/cursed with more snow.  Shockingly the schools were open despite the additional ten inches that New Yorkers got.  I kept Taylor home anyway.  It just was not safe to be on the roads.  I miss the Summer.  Maybe some day we can enjoy the backyard again. 

Snowy Backyard 1

5.  I am doing my first ever giveaway!  Simply Monogram has graciously offered to give a free personalized phone case from their shop to one lucky ALG reader!  Dont forget to enter!  The contest ends on Monday!


 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

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