Books and Tatts

Today, M and I are heading up North! A week of tedious, gruelling packing is about to follow, and since I’ve already cancelled our home services up North, I won’t be able to blog even if I had time (which I probably won’t, because we’re packing an entire four bedroom house in three days. It’s going to be NUTS). So, I’ve scheduled a few posts to keep y’all entertained, and because I kind of went on a bit of a blogging kick.

It’s kind of interesting, blogging today for tomorrow about yesterday which is currently today. Did that make sense? Probably not. It wasn’t really supposed to. It was supposed to make you go “D–whaaa?”

On the weekend I consumed two books. I say consumed because that’s what I did, I devoured them. I read On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves in 4 hours. It was an amazing, fantastic, wonderful book that I encourage you to read. It’s about a 30 year old teacher, Anna, who goes to tutor a 16 year old boy on his family vacation on a tropical island. The boy, T.J, is in remission from cancer and is behind in his studies. The two of them board a private plane to head to the island and meet up with T.J’s family, but the plane crashes and they are stranded on an island together. The book is about their survival, and about how they eventually fall for each other. You’d think the age difference would seem trashy and uncomfortable but somehow it’s not. It’s a way better love story than the 50 Shades series, and I can say that with absolute certainty since I read that series. It’s a self-published book but I wouldn’t have guessed that, maybe because the way she spun the story, or the editing…I don’t know. It’s just amazing! My MIL is reading it now and she can’t put it down either. She made fun of me for reading it so quickly but now she gets it!

The second book I devoured was If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It was a story about a 17 year old girl, Mia, who is a musical genius with a remarkable family that she is very close with. She has a wonderful boyfriend who plays in a band and they are very much in love, even though they are “young”. She has some difficult choices in the future, as she applied to Julliard and if she gets in, she’d have to leave behind her family and boyfriend for New York. One day, while out with her family they get into a major car accident and her entire world is shattered within instance but the same questions on whether to stay or go remain. Gayle Forman mixes tragedy with beautiful memories and it’s just so remarkable. You can’t put it down, despite the tragedies, because of how much happiness and laughter she writes in. I cried, quite a bit actually. It kind of centres around a lot of fears that I have and makes me address them. I can’t wait to pick up her second book, Where She Went.

So, there you go…two new books if you were looking for something to read. I’m also waiting for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn to be returned to the library so I can check it out. I’ve heard a lot about that book too.

What are you reading? Are you enjoying it? Do you recommend it? Why or why not? 

On note of books and reading, I received an email from Fan Fiction yesterday….somebody liked the story I started writing in 2005. Yes, it’s a Harry Potter fan fiction and I was totally into it for like 2 years. I haven’t updated it since 2007, and I likely won’t…I’ve kind of moved on from Fan Fiction and want to write my own stories, but I thought I’d share the link for twists and giggles. So, if you’re bored…try reading my 16 year old self’s attempt at writing a novel.

Also, some photos of us from this weekend:

I’m trying to ignore the fact that this is the first time I will be leaving both of my boys for any length of time. I can count on one hand the amount of times we left N for the night. There was that solid week or so when he went to my Granny’s while I was in the hospital (he was four months old, we won’t even talk about how hard that was because it still makes me bawl my eyes out), and then there was our honeymoon weekend. I don’t know if that counts or not because M and I saw him every single day. So, yeah. That’s all though, and I’ve never been away from the two of them, or Aj. So…this will be interesting. I’m going to miss those two little rascals quite a bit, but I know I’ll be super busy packing and moving.

Which (OMG guys!!) is happening in three days! I haven’t heard back from the landlord about the bathroom yet, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be done and that causes me extreme frustration and anxiety because HELLO! I need a working bath tub and shower damnit! but I’m avoiding thinking about that downer because we’re moving in on the 31st regardless of whether or not that bathroom is done. Guess we’ll be carting kids over to the in-laws.

But, HAPPY STUFF: we’re finally moving and next week this time I will be settling into our new house.

Unrelated to books and photos and what not, I’ve decided on my next four tattoos…one of them being “Aj’s” tattoo, and another one being a tattoo in celebration of our marriage. The other two are kind of “just because” tattoos. Now I just need to win the lottery, because these ink cravings are nuts.

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  1. Katy

    I read “If I Stay” and I absolutely loved it! <3 I still need to pick up the second one as well. Let me know what you think of it once you read it.


  2. If I Stay is a great book…I was lucky enough to get it about 7 months before it even came out and was telling ppl looking for recommendations to read it when it came out…I’ll have to check out the other book you read…sounds like something I would like

    Some books I’ve read lately and really liked are Cemetery Girl, Ripple by Mandy Hubbard and The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

  3. tierney

    I bought On The Island! I had seen it at Costco a bunch then saw you posted it on your IG so I decided to give it a go. I’m in love!! School’s already started back up for me but if it hadn’t, that book would be done! Even then, I’m only two days in and half through- I can’t wait to finish it!

    Side note, I bought Where She Went maybe 5 months ago but haven’t picked it up yet because I haven’t read (or seen) the first one anywhere. I’ll likely be more motivated to find it now! You should start a book club haha.

    Have fun packing, good luck!


  4. Good old fanfic hehe mine was all Buffy motivated.
    Hope the move goes well!


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