Go on a Blind Date...With a Book!

I have never been on a blind date. It's one of those dating milestones that I completely missed out on... but I've seen enough Sex and the City episodes to know that they are entirely overrated.  

But the thought of being surprised is always fun so that's what inspired my Go On A Date with a Book idea...because let's face it, if I did have a night to do anything I want, I'd probably end up snuggled on the couch with a good book instead of going anywhere, especially on a blind date.



So let's have some fun, shall we? Simply read the quick peak inside each of the books below and if you find one that intrigues you, click to find out more about the book!  I chose random books among my favorites or ones that are always my go-to for recommendations. You never know what you might find! 

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Are you in love yet? Let me know if any of these sparked your interest and if you added them to your "to-read" list! 

And also, can we just share a little hallelujah that it's finally Friyay? This weekend, I'm hanging out with little Lucy, shopping for a very special wedding coming up and finishing up Sunday's on the Phone with Monday. I'm listening to The Flood Girls on audible right now, which is a super fun story. Next up on my list is Where'd You Go Bernadette?, which has been on list for literally years and I finally picked up a copy at the Austin airport last week. 

Show Us Your Books

It's that time again! I love showing you what books have had me planted on my butt all month when I should have been doing housework. Let's get started! 

The Nest - I was really excited about this book! It has a great list of characters who were all very interesting, unlike any characters I've met in books before. The situations the band of siblings has gotten themselves into is quite interesting.


How Sweeney has intricately woven these seemingly estranged siblings together gives us a story line that is a perfect mix of hard-to-grasp and can't- put-down. I was asking questions until the very end. 

Leo is the crux of his family's problems. His siblings don't know what to think of them, let alone themselves. Money is the fuel behind Beatrice, Jack and Melody's problems and it's a shame to see so many people - who seem to have the potential have so many things going for-them all sacrifice happiness for the sake of "The Nest" - money they think/assume they are going to get their hands on. They've all basically been sitting on their asses their entire lives waiting on the world to change for them and anticipating that all their problems will disappear once the money finally arrives. 

When that windfall is in jeopardy, the Plumb family finally has to stop and look around and take stock in their lives. And each other.

This is the book to read if you love family sagas, lots of storylines and engaging characters. It's a win win!

It's a great story that made me want to stop and call my sisters. 


Whenever I read "family drama and secrets" I am always sucked right in. I still think about This Is Where I Leave You all the time. And Roses? Don't even get me started. I think it all stems back from me reading Zoya by Danielle Steel as a teen.

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - The only thing bad about Dumplin' is that I didn't read it while I was a teenager myself, I could have really used Willowdean's spunk and self-awareness as inspiration! I just adore this story and these characters.Cute story with memorable characters! I love Willowdean and her family. I didn't realize this was a "YA" book until I was too far in, but I wasn't going to stop because I really enjoyed the story, even if it was a little juvenile for my taste as far as conversation and story lines go. However, the theme of the book is such an important lessen that all women-girls, old and young- need to learn and that's about self love and confidence. 

Willowdean has many people in her circle: a mother who is missing the beat as far as being a confidence boosting parent, a deceased aunt that left a lasting impression and a friend that Willowdean will only appreciate once she losses her. 

As an overweight teen, there are some major holes missing in Willowdean's life, especially the one left by her mother, who is more involved in coordinating the city's local beauty pageant than nurturing her own daughter. But that doesn't stop Willowdean from entering that pageant on her own to prove something to her mom. The magic happens when Willowdean learns something much deeper from herself...

A great read that reminds me of the lessons I learned from Judy Bloom when I was young.


The Queen of the Night - Didn't finish this one. It's a big ol' boy and I just couldn't get into it. There were scenes that I was totally engrossed in and then the next thing I knew, we were in a different place, time, story and I just couldn't keep. If the author has spent as much time setting up the scenes as she did describing the costumes, we would have been just fine. I just need books that leave no detail unturned and this just wasn't delivering like I needed it to. 

That's it! I know it's a skinny little reading list but I just had a slow month I guess! I'm currently reading some really good ones so I hope next month's link up is a little more exciting for me. 

What did you read in March? 

As always thanks to my bookworm ladies, Jana and Steph for a great link up! 


Life According to Steph

Spring Book Round Up #120




Could these covers be anymore beautiful? 

It may be 55 and windy as all get out so it feels like Spring in Missouri, thanks to beautiful blossoms and the sunshine. I think that's what made these covers pop out at me so much, they just reminded me of Spring; the colors and the fruit, I want to devour them all! 

Here are three words that caught my attention when I read the descriptions of my Spring picks: 

Marriage, survival and inspiration 

Change, secrets, overcome 

Broken, fierce, frontier 

Harrowing, disaster, mystery 

Engrossing, Friendships, Connections


See what I mean? Doesn't it just make you want to tell everyone to leave you alone so you can read? At least that's how I feel! 

I just finished The Nest, which I have to admit wasn't as ahhhhmazing as I was hoping. I hear family drama and I think everything is going to be as amazing as This is Where I Leave You, but alas, it wasn't. It still was a good read and I am going to have a full review of it up soon. Definitely worth it! I also listened to Dumplin' by Julie Murphy which I thought was super cute!  

Right now, I am reading Heart of Glass by Wendy Lawless and Sunday's on the Phone with Monday by Christine Reilly. I'm listening to Purity by Jonathan Franzen on right now but that I am not sure about it, it's a little weird for my taste but I will give it a try for a while since I can't download another from Audible until May 11th. 

What are you reading?