September

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Well hi there! It’s been a while!

WHERE DID SEPTEMBER GO?!?!?!? I know I’ve said this in every single monthly update, but this year is FLYING by! Though, while we’ve had a great summer, it’s nice to have the temperatures drop, turn on the furnace again, layer up in sweaters, cozy up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and a book … it’s perfect. :)

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Of course, in previous childless years, I could get LOTS of bookreading done this time of year, so with a new baby AND my new tea biz, it can be a little tricky. AND if you love TV as much as I do, you’ll discover NetFlix and never get any reading done again …

This month I got completely addicted to Heartland, a Canadian TV show about a girl who trains horses. Seriously, I’d been seeing bits and pieces of this show on TV for some time now but never really sat down to watch it, then managed to watch all 7 seasons in two weeks.

There’s no time until there’s a TV show to watch!

And now Lucas turns his head whenever the theme music comes on. This show is kind of like Doctor Who to our one dog. Grace runs whenever the Doctor Who theme song comes on since it’s my ringtone. She’s convinced that something exciting is going to happen!

Meanwhile, there have been tons of commercials about Gracepoint coming to TV and my husband had to remind me that David Tennant — you know, Ten — was in the show. As if I didn’t already know. Being a huge Broadchurch fan, I’m still hesitant to watch, but if anything will sway me, it’s David Tennant ….

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I’m striving to get more bookreading in during October, but with all the great TV shows coming, who knows what will happen! Ha ha …

This month we didn’t do a heck of a lot. We had a few playdates, I got stuck in crazy winter mode and started stocking the freezer and pantry (yes, I’m aware that I do live close enough to grocery stores), and my husband and I had our wedding anniversary! He took us all out to the Devonian Gardens, which was so lovely. The air was a little crisp, so it was a great time for leggings and scarves … can I just say that I LOVE fall? My favourite time of year!

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Definitely hasn’t been the summer of reading for me …

  1. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3) by Stephanie Perkins
  2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  3. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Seriously could’ve done more reading this month, but like I said — TV! Not only was Heartland on my TV all the time, but then there were the Outlander reruns …

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Get addicted to TV and then get caught up in business stuff equals NO TIME for buying books!

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I’ve been eyeing A House in the Sky for SOOOOOOO LONG! It’s the cover — I love the birds! Personally, I prefer the hardcover with the black cover and birds, but kept seeing this one at Costco (the only place I seem to go with books) and finally picked it up. I’m also not a HUGE Oprah fan, but I just love the look of her new book. I can’t wait to read it! It has such an old-school feel to it.

I also got just a couple ebooks this month:

dust to dust ellie jordan the sweetest thing you can sing

Definitely not crazy like previous months, but I’m a little sad that I didn’t go browse a bit more. :(

How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?

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August (A.K.A. The Month that Diana Gabaldon Took Over My Soul)

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Well hi there! It’s been a while!

A long LONG while!

Let’s just say that this past month seemed to be devoted to one thing: OUTLANDER!

Well, two things: Outlander and TEA!

This month I completely got addicted to the new Outlander show and have probably watched each episode about 1,203,049,399,828 times. It’s just THAT good. I also had Outlander Week on the blog. AND I was reading Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the Outlander series.

So yeah. This was basically the month that Diana Gabaldon took over my soul. If you look at my books read (er, book – singular) AND the books I bought this month, you’ll see that I’m pretty much keeping her in business. OK, and maybe a few thousand other people, too.

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Aside from Outlander, halfway through the month I signed up to be a Steeped Tea consultant! I had tried their teas in July and wanted to sign up then and there, but waited until I went to a Fall/Winter catalog show at my leader’s house. The next morning I signed up and so the rest of the month was devoted to lots of reading about tea and the business. It’s been SO much fun. I mean, on top of that, I get to DRINK lots of tea and try out our products! Nothing like tea and a book (or an awesome TV show) all in the sake of work. :)

And then there’s the boy — I can’t believe that he’s 9 months already! Seriously, where has the time gone? This month he’s been crawling TONS and is addicted to anything that moves. He loves anything on wheels and he absolutely ADORES the dogs. They’re not too sure about him, though. We’ve had fun this month with playdates and cuddling! We also had our first family trip, down to Calgary where we went to the zoo and the museum! Plus, it wouldn’t be a trip with the boy without seeing the dinosaur museum, too! It was a LOT of fun!

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I’d say my reading for this month has been pretty outstanding:

  1. Bedding Lord Ned (Duchess of Love, #1) by Sally MacKenzie
  2. Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon

I probably could’ve done better, but Drums of Autumn is a really long book. I had started it before and made it about 3/4 of the way through which definitely seemed impressive during the 8 days it took me to read that far just to catch up. I’m currently starting the fifth book in the series which is about 1,400 pages long. So you can expect me to be done in about a year or so. Ha ha …

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This month I bought just a few books … A few I’ve read and a few I own (only one was bought accidentally …). I don’t think I intended to get so many books this month, but there you go. It happens!

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From the Edmonton Public Library Books2Buy Sale: 

  1. Gold by Chris Cleave
  2. In the Land of Birdfishes by Rebecca Silver Slayter
  3. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (Already read it but the copy was in perfect condition! I couldn’t pass it up!)
  4. A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

From the Sherwood Park Library Book Sale: 

  1. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
  2. Lord John and the Hand of Devils (Lord John Grey, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5) by Diana Gabaldon
  3. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (Lord John Grey, #2) by Diana Gabaldon
  4. The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5) by Diana Gabaldon (I own this one in paperback — I bought the giant hardcover)

Other Books Bought: 

  1. Lord John and the Private Matter (Lord John Grey, #1) by Diana Gabaldon
  2. The Scottish Prisoner (Lord John Grey, #3) by Diana Gabaldon
  3. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander, #6) by Diana Gabaldon (Already own this one in paperback — oops)
  4. An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7) by Diana Gabaldon
  5. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood  (Outlander, #8) by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (one signed copy & one reading copy)
  7. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  8. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  9. Blue Notes by Carrie Lofty (Already DNF’d … sooo bad)

How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?

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July

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Well hi there! It’s been a while!

What is going on with this year? It’s flying by way too fast! As a first time mom to a now-8-month-old, I can’t believe how fast time is going by. It seems like just yesterday he was this tiny thing in my arms and now he’s trying to both crawl and walk! He’s seriously the most content little boy, though. And so much fun!

What happened in July? Not a whole heck of a lot. Like I said at the beginning of the month, I was going to get back to my roots of blogging, which meant doing whatever the hell I want (not a bad rule, if I say so myself) and for some reason or another I got into a review book reading binge. Nothing wrong with that!

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I also took a bit of a break at the end of the month and beginning of August. I did do some reading, but it was so freaking hot outside that we had lots of indoor playdates with the AC running. We also took a vacation at the beginning of August, so there was a few days spent packing and cleaning for the housesitter.

We also had Canada Day this month! We had fun watching the parade with our little guy and wandered around the local festivities. We got to go on a wagon ride this month with friends and have lots of playdates. This boy gets me out so much! Of course, when we weren’t out, I’d use every spare minute for reading since there wasn’t much else I wanted to do with the weather so hot.

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On the blog this month:

I talked about my new course of action on the blog — no scheduling at all! Fly by the seat of my pants!

Weekend Reading chat –> All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Tea Posts:
Having a Tea Party
Organizing my tea cupboard

I shared my favourite bookish things that start with the worst letter ever.

I reviewed a whopping 12 books:
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (features my running story!)
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
Gentlemen Prefer Mischief by Emily Greenwood

I re-KINDLE-d my love for my ereader — and haven’t put it down since!

I talked about my love of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! You can see more of that love in the books I got this month …

I wondered what happened to originality in book blogging after hearing about blogs being shut down for too many promo posts.

Listening to … 

Owen Pallett’s latest! I’m usually totally on top of my favourite musicians and their newest albums, but hubs told me about this one. It’s fantastic!

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I did pretty good this month with reading, getting 14 books in! I also kind of did a little binge reading …

  1. Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks, #5) by Miranda Kenneally
  2. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
  3. One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1) by Samantha Grace
  4. A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) by Denise Hunter
  5. A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) by Deborah Raney
  6. A February Bride (A Year of Weddings, #3) by Betsy St. Amant
  7. A March Bride (A Year of Weddings, #4) by Rachel Hauck
  8. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  9. The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble
  10. The Principle of Love (The Principle of Love, #1) by Emily Franklin
  11. The Scandal Before Christmas by Elizabeth Essex
  12. How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels
  13. Gentlemen Prefer Mischief (Mischief, #1) by Emily Greenwood
  14. Never Seduce a Scot (Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1) by Maya Banks (<– LOVED! Review coming this month!)

At first I started reading historical romances on the weekend, but DNF-ed a few books this month and decided to just keep reading them. One of them wasn’t reviewed on the blog since it wasn’t that great, but for the most part, they’ve been a lot of fun!

Also, 9 out of 14 books were review books! How crazy is that? I told myself I was on a mission to raise my NetGalley approval rating. Then I went and requested a few more books, which totally defeated that purpose. Oh well. It’s out of the 60s, so that’s good!

I’m also noticing a bit of girl power this month. What’s with the lack of male authors in my reading?

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Only one mailbox goody this month, but I did buy some books! I’m sure you’re all SO surprised. :)

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You can see that my love of historical romances has started to take over my book buying! Darn grocery stores … they always have some great titles for a good price! I’ve already read Breathe, Annie, Breathe in the past month and bought another running book to help with motivation (I write this as I eat cookies, so I need the motivation!). I also found a copy of Pride & Prejudice for only $2! I couldn’t pass that up! I saw Blue Notes in the romance department at Indigo and had to buy it since it had music in it. I can never pass up a music book!

Thank you to Raincoast Books for the copy of Girl Defective for review!

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Can you see I have a bit of an addiction to historical romances? It’s crazy! These are the review books I got this month via NetGalley. Already read two of them!

How was your month? Have you read anything good lately?

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