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APRIL READING LIST

 

So, March kind of came and went and I picked up two books that I just couldn’t get into, kept picking them up because I hate quitting on a book completely, but neither of them ever gained any speed for me.  And then life happened, as it tends to do, and time slipped away into April.  But my April reads proved to be some of my all-time favorites.  So many good ones, so few weeks in a month.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

This one was a quick read.  What started out as a love story quickly became disturbing.  The terror you felt for the wife Grace, and her disabled sister was enough to keep you reading.  It was definitely twisted, but the story was gripping.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

A romantic love story was just the break I needed in the middle of a handful of psychological thrillers this month and it didn’t disappoint.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This was another super fast read for me.  The story like that of an unsolved case the news outlets keep reporting and one you can’t stop trying to figure out for yourself.  And with each page, more secrets emerged, leaving you to question whether or not you really ever know the dyamics of other peoples’ relationships, even those you think you know so well.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

I thought this really picked up in the second half and although I liked it at the beginning, in part two, I could not put it down.  All of a sudden the book took a different turn and I found myself up well into the night, so that I could find out more about the assumptions I had made and the truths that were unfolding.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

This was my most beloved read of the month.  And that kind of surprised me since it was the last one I finished in April and so different from the others I had read right before it.  But Kristin Hannah is one of my very favorite authors (for good reason!) and just such a remarkable story-teller.  Which might seem a bit obvious since it’s an author’s job to tell a story after all, but not many can do that quite like her.  She manages to really pull you into the book and the web that she and the characters in the book create.  Hannah is one of those authors that leaves you feeling like you know the people in the story so well and that the stories told within a story are those you have heard passed down before.  It’s believeable and raw.  And her writing is so skilled and flawless.

Some books on my radar:

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

For some of my other recent reads, check out my February picks HERE.

If you have any good book recommendations, send them my way!

xo gina 

FAVORITE FINDS: MARCH 2018

This week we officially ring in the start of spring and with that usually comes a long to-do list.  Whether you are looking to refresh your wardrobe, a master bedroom or the kids’ bath, this is the season to typically recharge and make things new again.  I’ve had my eye on a few key pieces for myself and for the house recently, so I rounded up some of my favorite current finds on Instagram and after getting a bunch of messages regarding each piece, I decided to include all links here!  There is a little for the closet, a little for the home, and a lot of what I’m loving right now.

Summer staple at a fraction of the price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give any cabinet a fresh look with this hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really want this kid-friendly (aka non-glass) coffee table for the playroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loving this bodysuit to wear with denim shorts or long floral maxi skirts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Saw that it just sold out, so HERE is a similar bodysuit!

The perfect skirt for spring and summer to mix and match with your favorite white tee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must-haves for summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite place to stock up on rugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the list for the playroom!

 

 

 

 

 

Distressed denim for under $70 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

xo gina

FEBRUARY READING LIST

Though it might have taken me until the very end of the month to pick up a batch of new books, they were worth the wait.  These were some really good ones.  They are all a bit different, which make them a great reading list to recommend to you all, because there truly is something for everyone.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW  by A.J. Finn was one of those impossible-to-put-down novels.  And it was the first one like that for me in a while.  The last couple of books I read, right before this one, I just didn’t love.  I wasn’t excited to read them.  But this, I actually looked forward to picking up and finished cover-to-cover in just 48 hours.  It was a true psychological thriller with twists and turns up until the very end.  And the premise itself was original and fresh.  The writing was fantastic.  Without revealing too much (because if you had only one book to read this month, I would say this is the one, hands-down), you are given a front-row seat inside the life of a lonely child psychologist living in New York, who, along with the reader, becomes unsure of what is real and what is imagined.

SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult gives us a glimpse into what racism looks like today and explores truly how difficult it is to be confronted with racism head-on.  An African-American woman and nurse finds herself on trial for the death of a newborn baby, the child of a White Supremacist leader, who had explicitly given orders to have Ruth not handle her son.  With racial tensions at a high in our country, this book is a great, thought-provoking read for right now.

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi, is the accurate account of someone’s life and death, and this was a particularly tough read for me, as a human, as a person around his age (at the time of his death), as a woman who cannot imagine how painful it would be to lose a spouse (and at such a young age), and as a mother who cannot bear to think of a time I might not be with my children.  That being said, I think it is a must-read.  Such a profound look at life from someone who knew theirs was coming to an end.

AFTER YOU by Jojo Moyes is the sequel to ME BEFORE YOU, which I loved.  And it’s always so hard to beat the original.  But it’s still a good, quick read that follows the joys and sorrows of life after losing a loved one.  And if you haven’t read ME BEFORE YOU, do it!  I loved it and have purposely avoided the movie that was made after the book was written because the movie never quite leads up to the book.  😉

Next up on my list of books to read in March:

GIRL LAST SEEN

HOMEGOING

THE GIRL BEFORE

THE GREAT ALONE

What are you currently reading?  I would love to know!

xo gina 

CAMO LOVE WITH GRAY MONROE

Sharing my love for online boutique, Gray Monroe, today, and I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite pieces from their shop throughout the week.  First up, is this camo, lace-up pullover.  It is the perfect top for everyday and I feel like it was made to wear with leggings and white sneakers, but it can be worn with jeans just as easily.  It is super light, which makes it so versatile.  You can throw it over your workout gear when you head to the gym, sport it running errands, or even tie it around your waist with a simple t-shirt dress for an added pop of color.  I love the lace-up front, which is a fun twist on this simple sweatshirt.  And I’ve been really into camouflage lately, so this was a great new addition to my closet.

*shop here by clicking this link (or typing it into your browser) and searching ‘honor top’: http://www.graymonroe.com/#_l_1d0  (affiliate link)

*a special thanks to Gray Monroe for sponsoring this post, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Happy shopping!

 xo gina 

VALENTINE’S DAY OUTFIT INSPIRATION: GIVE ME ALL THE HEARTS

The truth is that before kids, I was never super into Valentine’s Day, even though my husband has been my valentine for well over a decade worth of February’s.  It’s just that between both of us working on the holiday, or traveling (we used to escape the cold a lot around President’s Day weekend), and committing to going out the night before or after to beat the crowds (sad, but true, ha!) we never focused a ton on the actual day.  Enter kids, and I am now stringing heart banners across the dining room table that has strawberry jam sandwiches and M&M popcorn all over it, and putting love notes in their school lunches throughout the month.  (See last year’s semi-homemade Valentine’s Day lunch HERE). These girls of mine have turned me into someone who loves the unofficial, official love day, and I find myself searching high and low for all the heart outfits I can find.  Whether you are spending this holiday snuggled up at home, out for date night, or just looking to get a little festive with a pop of pink, I found some Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration for any way you plan to celebrate.

1.  Love this lip-print blouse with ruffle sleeves.

2.  Ultimate vintage vibes in a soft tee that I would wear year-round.

3.  The cutest heart pajama set, perfect for movie night at home, and under $30!

4.  Loving this tee for all the single ladies.

5.  These skinny, lace-up jogger pants would fit my plans perfectly, which currently consist of school drop-off and pick-up.  😉

6.  This affordable lace number only looks expensive.

7.  Cheeky, graphic tees like this one never get old.

8.  A relaxed silhouette sweater in a pretty magenta pink, that looks so cozy and is under $50!

Happy Monday!

xo gina 

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