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My Girlish Whims Book Club #37

I'm typing this review up on Labor Day - what often feels like the last official day of summer even if fall doesn't technically start until later this month.  While summer is undoubtedly one of my favorite seasons, I'm not sad to see it go this year for two reasons. Firstly, I had a lovely summer! Two of the books I'm reviewing in this round up I finished during our annual week long beach trip to Chincoteague in August.  During our trip I got to enjoy lots of time at the beach and on the boat...


Got to spend time with family and my hubby while enjoying the pretty views and scenery...
 

And secondly, I'm not sad to see summer leaving because I am so excited to keep growing these little babies that we will get to meet next year! Another season passing means we are one season closer to their arrival :)

 
Until then I'll keep plugging along with my reading list - here's my most recent reads since my last set of reviews and my thoughts on each!

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The Last Letter from Your Lover

By JoJo Moyes. Synopsis from Amazon:
 
 It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. 

Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie's search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance. 

A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.
 
Even though I've read a few books from JoJo Moyes, the first time I saw this book mentioned was during a preview for a new Netflix movie that popped up and automatically started playing when I opened Netflix recently.  I thought the movie looked good so I added it to my watch list but when it flashed across the screen that it was based on a book by Moyes I knew I had to hold off on watching until I read the book, and I am so glad that I did! I loved this book.  It kept me so interested in the story.  Halfway through you are ripped away from the story of Jennifer in the 60s at a rather cliffhanger & frustrating ending, and I was kind of grumpy at the switch to a new modern day story line at first, but eventually modern day Ellie grew on me and I enjoyed following her part of the story as well.  You get almost two stories in one in this book that of course end up intertwining and coming full circle.  I adored Jennifer's character and even though this book navigates some tough subjects about marriage, infidelity and our choices in life I think it was done well.  I already know the movie won't be able to compete since I enjoyed this one so much - definitely pick it up and give it a try!

My Girlish Whims Book Club #36

Since I announced from pretty big news on here last, my reading selection has gotten a bit more diverse! I've started to read a lot more nonfiction books in preparation of welcoming TWINS next year and I'm proud to say I'm sticking with it because I normally really truly suck at reading nonfiction books, lol.  Luckily I know I have lots to learn about becoming a mom though so I have extra motivation to keep reading my baby books, but fiction books still will always be a true passion and hobby of mine that I use to relax so I'm still reading plenty of those as well! Here is a round up of all the fiction books I have been reading lately since my last set of reviews!
 

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Where'd You Go Bernadette

By Maria Semple. Synopsis from Amazon: 

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle -- and people in general -- has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence -- creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
 
This was a light and enjoyable book to read. Bernadette was definitely kooky but still oh so lovable, sincere, passionate and funny.  The set-up of the book took me a bit to adjust to at first as it alternated between having the story told mostly between emails amongst the different characters with some interjecting of story telling by daughter Bee, but it actually really added to pace of the book and humor at times as well.  I loved seeing the petty battles going on between Bernadette and those school mom "gnats," how much she overthought and worried about the most basic tasks such as packing for a family vacation, and learning more about her past history as an architect, artist, and someone who struggled so hard to become a mother.  I thought this book was funny and an easy read all while interjecting values on the importance of family, staying true to yourself, second chances, and to never take yourself too seriously.

Your Girlish Whims #524 & Party Retirement Announcement

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party...and time for me to announce my retirement of this link party.  Gasp!!
 
I started hosting these link parties when I first started this blog back in college circa 2011.  This was when craft blogs were all the rage and Pinterest was something that was just starting to take off! I loved posting tutorials on this blog weekly, linking them up to other parties, finding other crafters and bloggers and admiring the features and then hosting my own party to do the same.  Over the last 10 years though obviously the crafting/blogging world has changed a lot.  I use this blog to post things every now and again but obviously am not posting nearly as many tutorials & recipes as I used to.  With two babies on the way next year (!!!) I hope to still continue sharing bits of my life on here and my creative endeavors, but I think the time has come for me to stop hosting these parties.  I have LOVED reviewing your links each week and getting to know you all! Thank you for coming to my corner of the internet each week to share your projects with me.  If you don't already, I would love for you to give me a follow on instagram and say hi! My Girlish Whims isn't going anywhere - and I hope that as I start a new phase of life next year as a first time, full time momma I can still make & find time for all of my girlish whims and sharing them here with you all outside of these link parties.
 
Thus, with that being said...here are my favorites from last week's party!
 
Antique Dresser Chalk Paint Makeover by My French Twist

 
Baby Blanket with Pom Poms by Howling at the Moon 

Limoncello Sunrise Cocktail by The Kitchen is my Playground
Limoncello Sunrise Cocktail Image

How to Look Classy at the Beach or Pool by La Moumous

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

 
Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #523 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

IKEA Hemnes Hack by Pillar Box Blue
Tropical IKEA Hemnes Hack

Crop Top Outfit by Curated by Jennifer

Sparkling Limoncello Cooler by The Kitchen is my Playground
Sparkling Limoncello Cooler Cocktail Image

Cucumber Tomato Salad by The Dedicated House
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

 
Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #522 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:
 
Free Pineapple Gift Bag Crochet Pattern by Eye Love Knots

 
DIY Faux Brick Accent Wall by Simply Beautiful by Angela

Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe by Satsuma Designs
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DIY Key Chain Lip Gloss Holder by She's Crafty
Keychain Lip balm Holder Pinterest Pin

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

 
Now... onto this weeks party!