Reading List for 2017

Brian and I had a date night the other night. In between an amazing dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant and seeing LA LA Land (which is amazing by the way and a must see), we had some time to kill and ran into Barnes & Noble to look around at books. 

My taste in books is not nearly as eclectic as my taste in food and music. I typically stick with funny books, however in keeping with my word of the year, I thought it might be time to switch things up a bit. Needless to say I wanted to read ALL THE THINGS! So I took lots of photos of what I think I would like to read in 2017 and created my own #2017readingchallenge

When I’m in a bookstore or the library, I just take photos of the books I want to read and then I keep them on my phone so when I am in the reading mood or am looking for something I want to read I have book selections right at my finger tips. 

Here is my reading list for 2017 (thus far).

Books I should have Read Already


Books I thought I would like because of Gilmore Girls.



Books because I like funny books






Books because I read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and liked it.

A book because sometimes learning is necessary.


Self help. Kidding… another funny book.

Finally, a book I need to read because I love all things Harry Potter and cannot believe I haven’t read this one yet either!

I purchased Ireland by Frank Delaney and am starting with that because I do have a love of books relating to Ireland and this is not a funny book either. 

Time to snuggle up and start reading!

What will you be reading in 2017?

The HerStories Project

Last week, as I was pulling into the garage after an afternoon of chauffeuring the children, I saw a box on my doorstep. Assuming it was another computer part for my husband’s work, I realized that it was addressed to me. Upon opening the box, there was a note from my friend of 15 years and a gorgeous bouquet of tulips and irises. As I was tearfully putting the flowers in water and immediately texting her to thank her, I was overcome with gratitude for all of the wonderful women in my life. Every woman has a story about her bestie. The Her Stories Project is filled with them.


When my friend Shannan of Tween Us fame announced that a story she had written was going to be a part of The Her Stories Project, I was thrilled for her. I couldn’t wait to read what she had written. Little did I know that I was in for so much more.

The Her Stories Project is a series of essays written by women all over the country. The essays explore and reveal the wonder that is the female friendship. This collection runs the gamut of everything related to girlfriends. There are stories of love and pain, joy and tragedy, loyalty and hilarity. And I devoured it.

The last few weeks, I have been in and out of doctor’s offices and everywhere I have gone, I have toted my Her Stories with me and its as if it has magical powers. There is no colder, more sterile or lonely place that a waiting room. However,this book instantly made the waiting room warmer and friendlier. The Her Stories Project is filled with stories that are so diverse and relatable that with every turn of the page, I was making mental notes to call my gal pals and set up a time to get together.

It was filled with those “me too” moments that make you feel as if you have gained another friend who shares and understands your story.


With Valentine’s Day coming up, this is the perfect token to show your gal pals how you care. I think I will definitely be buying a few copies for my sister and all of my wonderful girlfriends.

To buy a copy of this book, CLICK HERE. You can read about The HerStories Project on the website or like them on Facebook.

(I was given a copy of The HerStories Project, however the thoughts and opinions of this book are my own.)

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What I’m Reading

I love to read!

My love of reading stems from childhood. Some of my favorite gifts as a kid were books. I would spend hours inside in our living room reading book after book. I can remember my parents begging me to go outside and enjoy the day, so I would bring my book outside.

As I grew older, I continued to read. Not nearly as often as I used to, but I am proud to say that I try to always have a book that I’m currently reading on my bedside table.

Since I get this question all the time, I thought I would share what I am currently reading.

The book that I am reading right now as in what is on my bedside table is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. So far, I really love the approach of this book. While many of us can say we are happy, who wouldn’t want to be happier?

For Christmas, I received Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This book is like a cooking encyclopedia. I know “reading” a cookbook is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love to flip through the pages and read the entire dessert section or flip through all of the vegetables.  I will try to soak in all the information or directions. I have found that reading cookbooks this way has helped me absorb tips that I can use with other dishes I make. Also, the recipes are divine. I cannot wait to try the Ratatouille. To think, I will be making the same recipes as the Queen of the Kitchen just gives me goosebumps.


This book I purchased awhile back, and was able to attend the book signing. Sherry and John Petersik of Young House Love are, in my opinion, DIY royalty. The book signing was in November, but I was finally able to read it. The pictures are beautiful, and I absolutely love love love the inexpensive tips for home decor.

Next up is How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy. My partner in crime, Colleen, let me borrow this book a few months ago before starting her PhD program knowing I would like it and knowing that PhD does not = leisure reading time. I have to say, I really enjoyed parts of this book. There are parts that were no longer relevant to me now, but will be great tips for Coco as she grows into a young lady. This would be a great gift for a young woman headed off to college.

Finally, I just had to purchase Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich. I have read the entire Stephanie Plum mystery series, and I recommend if you like comedy and quick  reads you should read them too. I love her style of writing as well as the characters. Hilarity is spelled L-U-L-A!

Next up on my plan is to head to the library and get some comedy books. This is a genre that I have been reading since high school. I love to read books by famous comedians such as Tina Fey, George Carlin, and Bill Cosby. I find the writing clever and who doesn’t love a good laugh?

What are you reading currently? What is your favorite cook book? Who is your favorite comedian?

Time to go, I have to finish this book!