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Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to have a Weekly Couple's Meeting

Do you have regular meetings with your spouse?

Some people call them "business meetings." Some people call them "coffee breaks." Some people call them "companion inventory." Some people call them "about us dates." I call them "couple check-ins."

Y'all, these meetings are so important. In fact, I've seen article after article about them lately. Basically every marriage blogger, coach, or counselor on the internet (that I've found) talks about these meetings in some way. And Pearson and I could definitely be much better about them.
The weekly couple's meeting (or check-in as I like to call them) is a very important tool for your marriage. Taking time each week to be intentional about your marriage and to work on communication and bettering yourself as a spouse and just to be on the same page is a game changer!
So today I'm breaking them down for you. I'll give you a definition, what all it entails, why it's important, and some tips. I'm doing the research and writing this to help our marriage and I thought I'd share it with you as well.

Definition of a "Couple Check-In":


A couple check-in (or whatever you want to call it) is a regularly scheduled meeting that only includes the two of you during which you discuss the state of your marriage as well as anything else that needs to be discussed.

Or put another way, it's a weekly status or business meeting to discuss the business of your marriage. No, it doesn't sound very fun or exciting or romantic. But you can make it fun, exciting, and romantic. And it's so important. Read on. Trust me.

What a "Couple Check-In" Should Include:


During this "business meeting" you and your spouse should discuss your schedule and plans for the upcoming week. These are things you need to be on the same page about. Bring your planner along and take note! There's nothing worse than unspoken expectations and thinking your husband was picking the kids up like he always does on Tuesdays but he forgot to tell you he has a meeting this week. Am I right? Just get on the same page.

You can also use this time to plan your next date night. Dating your spouse is so important and often gets put on the back burner. Be intentional about making it happen! Plan that time to connect.

Next, ask how each other is doing. Share your highs and lows for the week. Rate how you are doing emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. Share that with each other, and listen to one another. Just being there for your spouse and listening when things aren't going so great is very powerful!

Talk about the state of your marriage. Yeah this one might seem a little scary but it doesn't have to be. Talk about the six forms of intimacy (emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual, financial, recreational). Discuss how you each feel you're doing in each of the categories. Talk about how you can improve that. Also, ask for examples of how you've been a good wife or husband this week and how you could improve. Take the constructive criticism and don't get defensive. Remember this is how they are feeling. Take it seriously. They still love you.

And lastly, ask some fun getting to know you questions. You don't know everything there is to know about your spouse, I promise! There's always more to learn. The Dating Divas have some awesome conversation starters you could use here!

Why a "Couple Check-In" is Important:


I don't think I have to tell you but making your spouse a priority is so important. I feel like our society puts marriage on the back burner these days. Either that or they flat out neglect them.

The other day I heard someone say "If you need a book to tell you how to be married, you probably shouldn't be married." What? No! There are self help books out there for all aspects of life. If you're reading a parenting book, does that mean you shouldn't be a parent? No! If you're reading a confidence book does that mean you shouldn't be confident? No! Nobody is perfect and there is nothing wrong with trying to better ourselves. And marriage is no exception! In fact, I think marriage is our most important relationship and the most important aspect in our lives. Why not try to make it the best it can be?

That's not to say marriage is particularly difficult. It really isn't any more than any other part of life. But life is difficult. And you are two different people trying to join two different lives together. You have different personalities, values, experiences, and emotions. So the least you can do is set aside some regular time to make sure you're on the same page, right?

That communication is vital! So many arguments and issues in marriage stem from miscommunication or unmet (often unspoken) expectations. Not to mention keeping emotions pent up inside. Make a commitment to getting them out!

Tips for Your Next "Couple Check-In":


One: Make it consistent! If every week doesn't work for you, fine. Do it once a month or every other week or whatever works. But keep it consistent so you can count on yourself. Make it important. Write it in your calendar in pen. Trust me, if it's not consistent and it's not a priority, it won't happen. Maybe it will for a little bit but then you'll eventually get out of the habit if other things keep taking priority.

Two: Put away your phones! (Unless you use them for your calendar - and maybe for emergencies if you left the kids with a babysitter). This time is for you and your spouse only. Give each other your undivided attention. Let each other know they are the most important person to you. You can go an hour or so without your phone, I promise!

Three: Go out! Sometimes it helps to get away, you know? Go to dinner or a coffee shop or a park. Change your scenery. Get away from your stresses and distractions. Relax. Maybe even do something while you talk. Perhaps you could go for a walk. It's sometimes easier to talk when you're not just sitting there in your living room or bedroom.

Links for More Reading About Couple Meetings:


I have a FREE Couples Check-In cheat sheet! All you have to do is sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter to get it!

Tony and Alisa from One Extraordinary Marriage interviewed The Social Media Couple in one of their early podcasts. In the interview, Kelli talked about these dates, how they do them, and why they're important. Oh and Jason and Kelli call them "about us dates."

The Power of a Weekly Marriage Meeting - ArtOfManliness.com
The Weekly Meeting {A Happy Marriage Secret} - CreativeHomekeeper.com
Should You Have Weekly Meetings for a Better Marriage - PsychCentral.com
Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love by Marcia Naomi Berger
The weekly couple's meeting (or check-in as I like to call them) is a very important tool for your marriage. Taking time each week to be intentional about your marriage and to work on communication and bettering yourself as a spouse and just to be on the same page is a game changer!
So you see, these meetings could really be a game changer! I'd really like to make it more of a priority with Pearson. We've had a hard time making it consistent (as I talked about above) because Pearson's schedule isn't consistent. Here's to doing better!

Do you have weekly "couple check-ins"?
How often do you have them?
Have they improved your marriage?
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My Favorite Online Marriage Programs

In the middle of August, I shared a blog post full of my favorite marriage related Instagram accounts. I thought today I'd share all my favorite online marriage courses and clubs.

Pearson and I have joined some great clubs and courses lately. It's so important to continue learning and growing in every aspect of life. And of course, I believe your marriage relationship is the most important aspect of your life. Besides your faith. And your marriage is and should be a big part of your faith. But that's a post for another time.

Anyway, I just had to share these resources with you because we've loved most of them so far. Yes some (but not all) of these have affiliate links. I will tell you which ones. And no we are not members of all of the ones listed here. I will tell you which ones we are and aren't members of as well. All the ones that we haven't tried ourselves, I've heard great things about from other people. I'm not just sharing them because I have an affiliate link.
Some tried and true awesome online marriage clubs and courses because you should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

One Extraordinary Marriage's Position of the Month Club

Full Disclosure: Pearson and I are both members of this club (POTMC). In fact, we were founding members! These are NOT affiliate links. The club is ongoing and you can cancel at any time. It's $20/month.

I don't think it's a secret around here that I love Tony and Alisa of One Extraordinary Marriage. I started listening to their podcast (again) from the beginning in August and I'm on episode 20. These guys are incredible. I love their passion for marriage. I love their honesty and openness on their podcast. And guess what! They're even more open and honest with the members of POTMC.

So anyway, you can read all the details here if you want. But basically, every month you get a new position to try. Yes a sex position. Because sex in marriage should be fun and exciting. Even though the club is called the Position of the Month, that is not even close to all you get!

POTMC perks:
  • Monthly position paper complete with pictures (of wooden dolls), a write up explanation, and an area for you to give each other feedback.
  • Access to the members only private facebook group. Such a great and supportive community.
  • Monthly Inspiration. Some from the past were a list of dates under $20, coloring inspiration cards, and an "intimacy wheel" to help facilitate conversations between spouses about the state of each of six the forms of intimacy in your marriage.
  • A monthly live call with Tony and Alisa to answer any and all questions. Plus other random shorter facebook lives throughout the month each to discuss specific aspects of the club.
  • A monthly book club. These are not always books directly about marriage, but rather personal development. In the past we've read and discussed Never Quit by Edwin Cole, The One Thing by Gary Keller, and Traveling Light by Max Lucado.
  • Quarterly challenges. Right now they have the "no screen challenge" going on. It's such a great way to connect!
  • Unique quarterly gifts delivered right to your home! This quarter, they're giving a paperback copy of their book, The 7 Days of Sex Challenge, which is normally $16.95. Join by September 8th to get it! We already have this book, so we'll probably be giving the new copy away. But guys, this book and challenge is everything! (And that's all I'll say about that...)
  • An exclusive discount on their entire shop. This one is another great perk! Though we haven't taken advantage of it yet, I'm sure we will soon. I've been dying to read both Connect Like You Did When You First Met and Stripped Down.
Y'all, I can't say enough about this club. Pearson and I have gotten so much inspiration out of it. I love connecting with others in the facebook group and talking to Tony and Alisa one on one after reading and listening to them for so long!

And guys, the free copy of The 7 Days of Sex challenge is good enough reason to join in the next couple days!
The Position of the Month Club is one of my tried and true awesome online marriage clubs. You should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

Sheila Gregoire's Boost Your Libido Course

Full Disclosure: I have only done the first module of this course and read a little bit of the ebook that comes with it. These are affiliate links. It's a one time cost of $39.00 and you have access to the course forever.

Let me start by saying that I absolutely love everything I've ever read from Sheila. I completely agree with everything on her blog (To Love Honor and Vacuum) about Purity Culture, sex in general, how to deal with conflicts in marriage. Everything.

That's why I bought this course. And why I ultimately became an affiliate for it before even completing the course.

Sheila is very passionate about contradicting our culture when it comes to many things. Not just sex, libido, porn, and purity culture. In addition to marriage, she writes a lot about faith and parenting. She even wrote about why gen-x women don't like Hillary Clinton.

So all this to say that I trust Sheila and I've learned a lot from her many posts about women's libido on her blog. So when I found this course, I knew I had to check out. Even though I don't necessarily think I have a problem in this area, I wanted to learn more about it!

You can read more about Boost Your Libido here. The first module has already been very eye opening as she explains in it what libido actually is. And how it's not what we think it is. Especially for women.
The Boost Your Libido Course is one of my tried and true awesome online marriage courses. You should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

The Dating Divas:

Full Disclosure: The following three programs are from The Dating Divas. Yes these are affiliate links and I've only been a member of one out of three. But I've only heard great things about them!

So The Dating Divas have three awesome programs for three different levels of need in marriage. So there's the Reclaim your Marriage program for if you need some serious help. The Marriage Master's Program for when your marriage is feeling a little boring. And Marriage Club for when your marriage is going great and you want to keep it that way!

If you're not sure which one is best for you, you could take this free quiz! In case you're wondering, the quiz told me to try Marriage Club.
Find out which of The Dating Divas' tried and true marriage clubs or courses is best for you. You should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

ONE || Marriage Club:

For couples who already have a good (or great) marriage, The Divas recommend their DATING DIVAS MARRIAGE CLUB! It is a monthly membership club created with married couples in mind.

Basically, it’s a quick and easy way for couples to be more intentional about their marriage and make sure it stays a priority. Think of it as car insurance or getting your oil changed- it’s helps you keep up the maintenance so you can avoid costly repairs down the road! When you become a Marriage Club member you get access to…
  • His and Hers Checklists with quick & easy romance tips & ideas for husbands AND wives!
  • Romance Ideas for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries!
  • Tracks with interactive lessons and action steps based on popular marriage topics!
  • Club Credits you can redeem to unlock more tracks or purchase products from The Diva Store!
  • Discounts and Deals to make dating and romancing each other easier!
  • Monthly Webinars covering in-depth marriage topics!
  • Audio Seminars from marriage and relationship professionals!
And it’s $14.97 per month. (or $149.70 if you purchase an annual membership, so that's two months free!)
The Dating Divas' Marriage Club is one of my tried and true awesome online marriage clubs. You should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

TWO || Marriage Masters Program:

The MARRIAGE MASTER PROGRAM, on the other hand, was created for couples who feel like things have gotten a little boring or routine. Maybe the honeymoon feeling has started to fade or they miss that “spark” they used to have in the beginning of their relationship. It’s for couples who are ready to up the ante in their marriage! It is a 26-week course designed to help couples rediscover the fun in their marriage and get back those sparks- all the way from A to Z. (They like to call it "the done-for-you way to date your spouse!") 

They provide you with weekly, printable checklists that include: date prep, conversation starters, intimacy tips, and more! 

It's a 26 week program at $9.97 a week! That may sound like a lot but compared to marriage counseling, it's really not.
The Dating Divas' Marriage Masters Program is one of my tried and true awesome online marriage clubs. You should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

THREE || Reclaim Your Marriage Program:

And finally, the RECLAIM YOUR MARRIAGE PROGRAM is perfect for couples who are facing serious struggles in their relationship, and may even be considering separation or divorce. It is a comprehensive 10-week course that dives deep into the 10 most common "pain points" or crucial marriage topics and struggles that most often lead couples to divorce. They recommend this program for anyone who really is serious about improving their marriage, but especially for couples who are facing real obstacles and need help and answers. It was created to help couples tackle the tough issues they may be facing in their marriage. 

At only $47 a week, it's a lot more affordable than marriage counseling! (Plus, they’ve found that many couples love that they can do it anonymously from the comfort of their own home.)
The Dating Divas' Marriage Masters Program is one of my tried and true awesome online marriage clubs. You should always be working on your marriage even if it's going great right now!

Free Wife Communities:

ONE || For Better & Forever:

This is a free Facebook group run by The Dating Divas. The community is all about loving on our spouses in a busy world and making sure we have fun while we do it!

TWO || My Wife Tribe:

This is a free Facebook group run by my Kailei of Two Best Friends in Love Blog. This is a place where we can share and find ideas to make our marriages rock.

THREE || Freshly Married Wives Community:

This is a free Facebook group run by Amy of Freshly Married. The idea of this group is to have a safe, non-judgemental, helpful, and encouraging place where you can ask questions about all aspects of marriage.

FOUR || Sweet Wives Community:

This is a free Facebook group fun by Chelsea of Living the Sweet Wife. This is a support group and community of married Christian women.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Monthly Goals for September {2017}

Ah September. One month closer to Pearson's graduation and our big move! This month is the beginning of fall! I see lots of football, pumpkin everything, falling leaves, sweaters and boots in the near future! And I've given up my hold on the end of summer. I don't care anymore. Bring on autumn!!!!

Anyway, enough of my gushing over fall. It's the first day of the month which means it's time for some goals! Let's start with how I did in August.
Monthly Goals for September

August:

Word of the Year (confidence):

  • Not work myself so hard. Spread out my to-do lists and schedule my tasks (including self-care and workouts).
    • Meh. I guess you could say I did okay on this. I need to find a better way to make this goal measurable.

Spiritual:

  • Attend Church every Sunday and Wednesday this month.
  • Finish working through the devotional, Becoming One by Madison Weaver

Physical:

  • Complete the 21 Day Fix EXTREME program.
  • Get out of bed by 7:00 am every work day.
  • Drink 80 oz of water per day
  • Don't go through any drive throughs this month. I did it for Lent. I'll do it again!
    • I went through a drive through about 3 times. Much less than I had been.

Mental:

Marriage:

Blog:

  • Update pictures and SEO in at least 10 old posts (I have a list of posts I want to update)
  • Reach 2,000 Twitter followers
    • I can't seem to get over the 1800 hump. It didn't help that the app I use to manage twitter was supper glitchy this month. I also could have spent more time on it but it just wasn't a high priority.
  • Complete the 3 guest posts I'm currently working on and submit them
  • Create and submit my content for a blogger bundle (I don't want to reveal too much yet)
  • Promote my old college and back-to-school posts and products
  • Work on my Facebook game - post more, promote my page, get engagement
  • Watch all of Helene's free Instagram Workshop videos
  • Bonus: 

Home:

  • Keep our home relatively clean (especially the dishes)
  • Bonus:
    • I decorated for fall
    • I printed out some prints I've been meaning to display in our house
    • I pulled out all our fall candles and started using them.
    • I actually baked for the first time in forever! I made cinnamon apple cupcakes!

30x30:

  • Catch up and stay within our budget.
    • Only eat out on weekends
    • Cheap at-home dates (besides the Irish Festival)
    • Don't spend any "spending money"
  • Start using DuoLingo again for German and French.
So that's how I did in August. Not too bad. This month I'm cutting back on blog goals. I'm going to try to focus more on actual blog content rather than meeting other behind-the-scenes and social media goals. I'm also increasing my focus in other areas like physical health, mental health, and budgeting. We'll see how I do!
Monthly Goals for September

September:

Word of the Year (confidence):

  • Not work myself so hard. Spread out my to-do lists and schedule my tasks (including self-care and workouts). Any tips on how to make this goal measurable?

Spiritual:

Physical:

  • Do a Beachbody on Demand workout at least 3X per week
  • Walk on my lunch break at least 3X per week
  • Get out of bed by 7:00 am at least 3X per week
  • Drink 80 oz of water per day
  • Don't go through any drive throughs this month.

Mental:

  • Read Laugh It Up! by Candace Payne (I'm part of the launch team for this) 
  • Read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Write down 3 things I'm thankful for everyday
  • Listen to at least three episodes of the One Extraordinary Marriage podcast per week on my commute to and from work.

Marriage:

  • Work through Sheila's Boost Your Libido eCourse
  • Go on one date per week even though Pearson will be super busy in September.

Blog:

  • Reach 2,000 Twitter followers
  • Watch all of Helene's free Instagram Workshop videos
  • Post at least one good-quality, content-based blog post (lists, roundups, and sponsored posts don't count) every week

Home:

  • Light at least one candle every day to make it feel cozy
  • Switch out my summer clothes for sweaters and boots
  • Do the #Shelftember challenge with Jordan of funcheaporfree.com

30x30:

  • Do a French lesson on DuoLingo 3X per week
  • Only eat out on weekends
  • Actually save some money this month in preparation for our vacation and move in January
So there you have it. It looks like a lot of goals. And I guess it is. But I'm feeling really good about it!

  • So what are your goals for September? Let me know some of your biggest goals in the comments.
  • Did you write a blog post about them? If so, share the link in the comments! Let's support each other, cheer each other on, and hold each other accountable!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

We Know You're Praying. What else? (+ reliable ways to help hurricane victims)

All pictures in this post were taken by either my brother, Tyler Nutt, who is a cameraman for ABC news or his partner and reporter, Stephen Quinn. They have been in southeast Texas since Sunday covering hurricane Harvey and gave me permission to share these photos.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
You know what I've noticed in the last week with all that's happening in Texas with hurricane Harvey? A lot of people are praying. And a lot of people are sharing on social media that they are praying.

If I see one more picture on Instagram of the outline of Texas or the Texas flag and the words "Praying for Texas".......

But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!

Why the "Praying" posts bother me

First of all, I should give some credit to Pearson. While these posts had been bothering me, I couldn't quite get my head around why. Then he mentioned Matthew 6:5-6 and it clicked.

I think we can agree that the devastation and destruction that's going on in Texas is pretty tragic, right? But here's the thing. We all know about it. And guess what else, if you're a Christian with any kind of online presence, I'm pretty sure we know you're a Christian. Hopefully we do. Hopefully you don't keep your faith completely a secret. And if we know you're a Christian, we can infer that you're praying. Right? Am I right in assuming that?

So guess what! You don't have to tell the whole world that you're praying!
"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward." Matthew 6:5 ESV
Think for a moment about what your true intentions are in telling the world that you're praying for Texas.

Is it to spread the word and awareness that something terrible is happening in our country? Because, as I already mentioned, we all know.

Is it to tell people that you are a Christian and you believe in the power of prayer? Again, as I said, we should already know that. And if you really want to tell people about the power of prayer, show it. Use examples. Encourage others to pray. Write more than "Praying for Texas."

Is it to get attention? To get likes? To toot your own horn? Or to keep up with your virtual neighbor who posted that really cool picture of the Houston skyline with the overlay of the word "Praying" in that unique font? Here lies the problem.

So yes. Please do pray. Prayer is so powerful. Please hear me when I say that. In fact, prayer is the most powerful thing you can do. But it's easy. It's easy to sit in your comfortable home that's free of water damage and pray. And it's easy to tell the world that you are praying and to feel good about yourself.

And if any of the people shouting from behind their phones and computers that they're "Praying for Texas" are like me (or at least like I have been in the past), they aren't actually praying. Or at least not as much as they want us to believe. I'm sure some of them said a quick prayer "God, please help the people affected by Harvey. Amen", posted on social media that they're praying, and then went on with their lives.

Not everybody who posted did this, I know. But some did, I'm sure.

But I'm getting too far off topic.

My point is, yes prayer is important. Go pray in your room with the door shut. And then go to Houston and help if you can. Send money and supplies. Do something tangible that will help immediately. Love your neighbor. Oh, and you don't have to tell the world that you're doing that either.
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6 ESV
The following are pictures of the Coast Guard after flying into Port Arthur to rescue people on their houses.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!

So here are some great ways to help (not scams):

Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort

Being a member of the Church of Christ, and having worked with this organization before, I know it's reliable. You can donate here.

The American Red Cross

Of course the American Red Cross is reliable. You can donate here.

You also can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

Convoy of Hope

Thanks to Candace Payne (aka Chewbacca Mom) for this idea. She's worked with Convoy a lot in the past including a trip to Tanzania with them earlier this year. She trusts them and I trust her. Basically Convoy distributes supplies to disaster survivors and then stick around to help them get situated after the disaster is over. You can donate here.

You can also text CONVOY to 50555 to donate $10.

Texas Diaper Bank

Thanks to Liz Dean (creator of the Instagram Decoded course that I love so much) for this idea. You can donate diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank even if you don't live near there. Just put some diapers in your cart on Amazon and when you checkout, be sure to change the shipping address to:

The Texas Diaper Bank
5415 Bandera Road Suite 504
San Antonio, TX 78238

If you live in Texas:

The following pictures are of a gator farm in Beaumont, Texas. Stephen and Tyler reported on this farm earlier in the week.
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
Look, prayer is important and powerful, but we can do so much more for the victims of disasters than just sitting in our warm homes and praying. Here are some reliable resources and places to donate to make a difference. Be part of the miracle you're praying for!
So please donate. Do something tangible and helpful. Again, yes praying is very helpful. But do more. Please!

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Reading Roundup August {2017}

You guys! I actually read a lot this month! As I said in my review of The Sleeping Beauty Killer last month, I really like modern, realistic murder mysteries. I can't put them down! I currently have 9 books checked out of the library. Most of which are this genre. And I can't wait to read them even though I have 4 other books i'm supposed to be reading because I'm on their launch teams... Oops.

Anyway, let's move on to my reviews for this month, shall we?
Book reviews of everything I read in August.

Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

You guys, this collection of Sarah's Scribbles was so fun! I love Sarah's little comics I see all over the internet (that come from her website) it it was fun to have a physical book to read through and laugh at whenever I had a few free minutes this month. I highly recommend it and I may actually buy it and her new one, Big Mushy Happy Lump to have on hand and be able to grab whenever I need a laugh!
One of the books in my august book review roundup.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

I saw this book in Barnes and Noble at Christmastime last year (before Carrie Fisher passed) and my first reaction was to buy it right then and there! But as I read the description and a little more about it, I realized I might not actually enjoy it. I realized it might ruin Carrie's image in my mind. I mean, don't get me wrong, I knew she wasn't perfect, but I decided I didn't need to know every detail.

Fast forward about 8 months. Carrie has been dead for a while and I'm still not over it. One day I took a stroll around my neighborhood library and there was her latest book. I decided on a whim to pick it up and read it. After all, I wouldn't be spending any money on it.

Anyway, all this to say... I am so glad I decided to read it. Yes there were a lot of not-very-wholesome details about her life but it gave so much insight. I will never watch the Star Wars movies the same way again. I feel like I know her so much better now. Just like I do after reading any memoir. And there were several points in the book during which I actually cried. Like when she said she couldn't imagine a TV obituary about her that didn't have pictures of her famous bun hairstyle.

Anyway, yes I highly recommend this book to any Star Wars and/or Carrie Fisher fans. But fair warning, it's not exactly clean. Then again, it wasn't the dirtiest book I've ever read either.
One of the books in my August book review roundup.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Wow. I had heard great things about this book. And I heard that if I liked The Girl on the Train, then I would love this one. And I LOVED The Girl on the Train. Anyway, this book was awesome! It was different from a typical murder mystery because there was more than one mystery. You weren't just trying to figure out who the murderer was, you were also trying to figure out who was murdered. Yes there was a twist at the end, but it wasn't a typical twist where the murder was someone totally unexpected, it was so much more than that! Not only that but the crazy, adrenaline filled scary scene at the end was even crazier than others.

Anyway, that's all I'll say so I don't give any more away. But just trust me, read it! Especially if you like modern murder mysteries like me, as I found out last month!

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