Month: February 2018


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:





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

xo gina 


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’:  (affiliate link)

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

Happy shopping!

 xo gina 

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