Hello!! It’s the first official day of normalcy for all people who have been off since Christmas. Is it weird being back to a normal routine? Hopefully you’re adjusting back to you normal schedules and all is well. It feels like a Monday doesn’t it? I am actually “working” today as well. It’s my last day of work before officially going on maternity leave, but I’m not allowed to do anything (per my boss, she told me to turn on my email and do nothing else for the rest of the day – nice!).
Today started like a normal work day, I woke up at 7:00 on the dot. Why? Since I’m not working I could technically sleep until 10 o’clock if I wanted to, but for some reason I can’t seem to sleep past 7:00. It’s so frustrating. I lounged around for 30 minutes watching GMA and then got dressed to go to the gym. I did a 35 minute elliptical workout which felt good after taking yesterday off, and then I came home and did a quickie arm routine in front of the TV. Since I’ve been home I have adopted the schedule of watching Beverly Hills 90210 every morning from 10-12. Sheesh. I’ve seen every episode multiple times, however, I just can’t seem to get enough. Yeah, I’m 35.
So I finished my book over the holidays. I was reading the PB Fingers book club book, What Alice Forgot. Honestly, I could not wait until it was over with. It wasn’t very good. I thought it had all of the makings of a good story, but just the way it was written and how it was all drawn out (someone just tell her who Gina was!!!!) just made for a very long, kind of boring and pointless story. I didn’t really care about the characters, I didn’t really care about whether or not she got her memory back and I actually skipped all of the parts where Elisabeth was doing her “homework” for her therapist and all of those letters from Frannie. What was that about? All in all, not my fave book.
Now I’m reading a fluffy, much more fun book called The Men I Didn’t Marry. It was recommended by Tina a while back as a good beach read, so I thought I would give it a shot. It’s cute so far. I’m also going to start reading The Happiness Project to see if I can get some good organizational tips down for the new year. We’ll see how it goes!
In 2012 I read 20 books – a record! My goal was only 15, but because of my fabulous Nook, the fact that I traveled a lot and logged a lot of gym time, I was able to read a lot more this year. Exciting. I love reading. I’d love to say all of the books I read were good, but they weren’t. Here’s a recap of what I read. Don’t judge, I like cheesy chick lit!
I picked this up in an airport and thought it was a book for grown ups. It was actually a Harlequin Teen book. Oops. It was still kind of enjoyable.
You cannot go wrong with Elin Hilderbrand. Her books are ALWAYS good.
This book was hard to get through. It took me a couple of months of dabbling. The story was eh and I ended up skimming the last few chapters.
I LOVE Lauren Conrad’s books!!! I read her first series in like 3 days, they were so fun. This is the first book in a follow up to her last series. Cannot wait for the next installment! (Umm, I just looked at Amazon and realized that the next book in the series is already out. OMG!! Why did I not know this?? I may have to forego the book I am reading now to read this!!! So excited!!! I’m 12.)
I read a couple of Kristin Harmel books last year and I really liked them so I read a couple others by her and enjoyed them too. Chick lit at its finest.
No it’s not a how-to book. Another cute story by Kristin Harmel.
This is one of several in series about Izzy McNeil who is a lawyer who gets involved in crazy situations. Mystery meets suspense. Good stuff!
Tinsley Mortimer is a real NY socialite and this book was about just that. It was fun.
More Elin Hilderbrand goodness. Great book!
Another Izzy McNeil book. This was good, but heavy on lawyer speak and court room drama. Or was that Claim of Innocence? I don’t remember but one was a little to much court room for me.
I love a good Jennifer Weiner book and this one was excellent! I remember reading this on the train to NYC during the summer.
I love Emily Giffin! I wish she put books out faster because everytime I finish a book of hers I get sad because I know I won’t get to read another one by her for a while.
I don’t know where I found this one, but it was a cute story about a girl who wins the lottery. I ended up liking the author and I read another one of hers and have some on my Nook wishlist. I think she is actually from Orlando because there are lots of Orlando references in her books, which is fun!
Mom themed fun. Cuz you know, I'm gonna be a mom .
Oy. I reviewed this on the blog. Nuff said.
Another Izzy McNeil. My favorite of the three I read this year.
I read another Josie Brown book last year and it was soapy fun. This one was too!
A man book. A good change of pace from all of my chick lit novels.
Of course I read this!!
Phew! That’s a lot of books! If you’re looking for your next book to read while ellipticizing, I would recommend most of these (you know which ones I wasn’t crazy about). Happy reading!
Alright, I need to skedaddle. I have a doctor’s appointment and have yet to shower from the gym. Ew. Have a great Wednesday!
Questions for you ….
- Do you have a goal for how many books you want to read this year?
- What are you reading now?