Three Things

August 2, 2017
I thought I'd ease my way back into blogging with this fun prompt I saw on Steph's blog and Jana's blog, but I did modify it a little bit. Thank you for the good idea, ladies!

Three Books I've Loved This Year

1) Into the Water by Paula Hawkins--I liked this more than The Girl on the Train! The spooky elements combined with multiple mysteries made it an excellent and fast-paced read. The different characters' backstories were interesting because they were told from the characters' own perspectives. As the story progresses, you will be able to see why this is significant. I won't spoil it for you, but I was very satisfied with the ending and felt like the characters stayed true to themselves. 

2) The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne- Someone gave this book to me when I was in the hospital last year, and I decided to give it a read. I wasn't expecting much since I'd never heard of the book, but the story quickly intrigued me. Basically, there are identical twins and one dies. Much of the mystery centers around the parents trying to figure out which twin actually died, but there are many layers to the story. My attention span lately has been pretty terrible, but this was a quick read for me.

3) And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini- Not surprisingly, I LOVED this book, but I felt the same way about all of the other books written by this author. (A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my ultimate favorites.) Hosseini is a talented storyteller and knows how to write page-turners.  And the Mountains Echoed was beautifully written--the characters feel like your friends and you find yourself rooting for them along the way. 

Three Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading

1) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

2) What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding Although I've heard mixed reviews on this one, I'd like to see for myself! Curious.

3) The Glass Castle- This has been on my to-read list forever, but since the movie is coming out soon, it's the perfect time to start this book. 

Three Current Shows I Love

1) Game of Thrones--I even just signed up for HBO Now just to be able to watch the newest episodes!

2) The Walking Dead

3) Orange is the New Black, but I've yet to see the latest season. (China problems.)

Three Past Series I Love

1) Six Feet Under

2) The Killing

3) Breaking Bad

Three Things I'm Glad I've Done This Year

1) Traveled to Morocco

2) Got a surgery on my uterus (Okay, no one is glad to have to have a surgery, but I needed it and it's a relief knowing the problem is gone.) 

3) Stayed with my class from first to second grade- I just wasn't ready to give my students up yet! 

Three Things I'm Currently Grateful For

1) Improved health

2) Clean air

3) Summers off to relax

Three Upcoming Trips

1) New Jersey for a family reunion 

2) Eastern PA to visit my friend Nanci who I used to work with in South Carolina. 

3) Michigan- My sister Melissa invited me up there to see her new house. 

Three of my Latest Purchases




2) Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette


3) This hoodie from Old Navy


Three Events I'm Looking Forward To

1) Seeing part of my old Education cohort tomorrow for dinner. It's been years since most of us have seen each other, so we are looking forward to catching up.

2) Driving to Columbus to see my old college friends this weekend. Our lives have all changed a lot since the last time we were able to meet.

3) Going to Gervasi Vineyard with friends I've been friends with for almost 20 years! 

Goals for this Year

1) Cook more and eat more meals at home.

2) Travel somewhere amazing during the Chinese New Year holiday (Hawaii? Turkey?)

3) Save more money (I don't think this will ever NOT be a goal.)

What are some books or tv shows you recommend? 
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