Amber Can Read : June 2019

It’s time to talk books again!

Amber Can Read

I’m trying something a little bit different this month. If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to the book’s Goodreads page, and if you click on the picture, it will take you to the book’s Amazon listing. Amazon links are affiliate links (click the link at the top of the post to find out more about affiliate links).

1. What Do You Do With A Problem? by Kobi Yamada

I read this one while I was at the bookstore and Charlotte was playing with the toy displays. It started out cute, but I didn’t love how it ended. I know there are some other related titles, so I want to read those and see if I like them better than I did this one.

2. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe Tuma

I read this one while we were at Target and Charlotte was playing in a little playhouse they had set up. Sensing a theme here? This is from the people who started Dinovember, so it was pretty cute and creative!

3. Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuk

I’m not going to talk about how long I’ve owned this book before finally reading it! I enjoy the Clean Mama blog, so I knew this would be a helpful book for getting me started in creating housecleaning routines. She has a lot of good, practical advice from setting up routines to making your own household cleaners. Although i haven’t fully implemented her routines and methods, I’ve seen a difference just from what I have done so far!

4. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

My lone audiobook for the month, but this one was definitely the one to listen to on audio! It was read by the authors, which made it more enjoyable, especially in the sections where they talked about how they met and started dating. She is a little more crass than he is, and he is more of a softie than I expected!

5. How Hard Can It Be?  by Allison Pearson

I absolutely hated this one. I don’t know what it was about it, but I just slogged through it hoping that something, anything, would happen to catch my attention and make the main character more likable. Spoiler alert – nothing did.

6. My Oxford Year by Julia Whalen

This one started out a little slow for me, but I got into it more after the “big twist” was revealed. I even found myself crying during one part (I say “even” like I’m not over-emotional and set off by the slightest little thing on a regular basis…). I wanted to revisit my dreams from my teen years after reading this one!

7. Daisy Jones and The Six

I enjoyed this one, but I wanted to love it like I did The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I thought the format of this one was interesting, and I liked how it wrapped up, but it was one of those that may have been a little too hyped for me to fully enjoy it.

8. Class Mom by Laurie Gelman

I found this one when I was browsing through my public library’s eBook app, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I still have a couple of years until Charlotte is in kindergarten, but I hope I have a class mom like this one when she is in school!

9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I somehow made it through high school and an undergraduate English degree without reading this one. It was okay. I didn’t realize that it was a few unrelated short stories, so I felt like the title story was a little unresolved. I want to watch the movie eventually and compare and contrast. Wow, what a nerd thing to say. Ha!I st

10. One Day in December by Josie Silver

I started listening to this a couple of months ago and couldn’t get into it. I put the eBook on hold back then and just got it recently. This was a little bit different than a traditional romance, but I enjoyed it and how it wrapped up.

Total for the month : 10

Total for 2019 : 59 (I’ve now surpassed my 2018 reading total, and I still have 6 months to go!!)

Have you read anything good lately? What’s something that you made it through high school and/or college without reading? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Currently : June 2019

It’s the (day after the…sigh) first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time to see what I’m currently up to!

Picking : Books to read for a couple of different upcoming book challenges. Book Challenge by Erin 11.0 released its categories on June 1, and my list for that one is slowly starting to take shape! I’m also going to participate in a challenge by abitaboutbooks on Instagram. It’s her #weread challenge and details can be found here!

Going : To work, home, Target, Walmart. That’s about as exciting as life is right now! 😉

Wishing : For a beach vacation! Fully funded, of course. Heck, since it’s wishing, let’s throw in a new wardrobe for the summer too!

Ocean sunset

I would not be sad to have this view again…

Wearing : Shorts and sandals! I’m not usually into either of those things because I’m self-conscious about my legs/feet/etc, but this year, I just decided to do what I wanted to, and if people don’t like it, meh on them!

Celebrating : Some fun activities coming up – going to see a live podcast show with my brother, Father’s Day, a luau with Charlotte’s former early intervention group, and WE’RE GOING TO SEE THE WIGGLES IN AUGUST!! Okay, that’s not June, and I have no reason to be so excited, but I totally am! Now watch Charlotte not enjoy it at all!

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Spring Bucket List Update : May 2019

I’m a week behind on this one, but as with most things in my life, my motto here is “better late than never”! 😉

Let’s see my bucket list for a quick refresher of my goals :

Spring 2019 Bucket List (1)

Now that we’ve revisited my list, I can confidently say that I will not finish this list! Here’s where I am on everything…

1. Celebrate our family’s spring birthdays – Done! See you next year, spring birthdays!

2. Create a playroom for Charlotte – No change since last month. In fact, the room may look even worse than it has thanks to some decluttering in other parts of the house. Blah.

3. Finish a course – Big fat nope here. There’s still time to work on this one, though!

4. Go on an Easter egg hunt – Didn’t happen this year. Better luck (and better weather) next year!

5. Participate in Rachel Cruze’s contentment challenge – I didn’t participate along with the official Instagram challenge, but I finally started writing in the journal! I’m going to count this one as a win since I’m actually using it and not just letting it gather dust anymore!

6. Practice brush lettering – I haven’t started this, but I found a couple of fun June challenges to practice my fancy handwriting, so this would be a perfect time to bust out the brush markers and start trying to use them!

7. Spring cleaning – A little bit! I have been doing some decluttering and cleaning up around the house, so things are starting to look neater than they have! I still have a lot to do, but there is progress in this area!

8. Take Charlotte to the Children’s Museum – Nope! Now that the weather is nice, we probably won’t do this one since there are a lot of outdoor activities that we can do. I think I’ll move this one to my fall or winter bucket list.

9. Take Koopa to the dog bakery – This one is a no. We got him a treat from there, but he wasn’t with us. I don’t have any plans to take him there in the next few weeks, so maybe this one will be a spring item next year.

10. Walk a 5K – This one doesn’t look good for me! I’ve been walking a little bit after work, but I’m not ready to take on a 5K yet. I think I’ll move this one to my fall bucket list that way I can spend the summer building up my mileage and getting my body used to moving that much again.

Well, that’s disappointing! Even though I still have around a month left to complete this list, I don’t think that I am going to make much more progress beyond spring cleaning, brush lettering, Charlotte’s playroom, and maybe a course. Surprisingly, I’m not disappointed though! I know that I have done my best this spring, and there have been a lot of life things that have popped up (nothing bad! Just things that happen!). I’ll see how far I get and post my final update, plus my summer bucket list in June!

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Amber Can Read : May 2019

Another month, another list of books that I’ve read!


  1. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I listened to this one, and let me just tell you, there are a lot of love scenes in it. I felt like that was every other chapter…or twice a chapter…or seventeen times a chapter…whatever. It’s a cute story with a cute premise (although a little bit predictable, which says a lot since I rarely ever figure out twists in books!). Recommended if you like love stories and don’t mind excessive fornication (that may be the only time this phrase ever appears on this blog!).

2. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Okay, now we’re on to one without excessive…well, you know. I really enjoyed this one. It had a fun concept, and it had a couple of big twists/surprises that I didn’t expect (see note above about me being bad about figuring out twists…ha!). Recommended for fans of lighter mysteries or of Kinsella’s other books.

3. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Admittedly, I only got this one because I saw that it was made into a movie with Anna Kendrick, who I want to be my new best friend (sorry, Kelly Clarkson). This was an interesting book, and it kept me on my toes. I want to see the movie now because I’ve heard that they made quite a few changes to the story. Recommended for mystery/suspense fans.

4. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

This is the kind of but not really sequel to The Wedding Date. It had a better premise and not quite as much…adult time. I liked it better and would recommend it to anyone who likes cutesy love stories or anyone who read Wedding Date and wants to know a little more about a couple of the characters in it.

5. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

Spoiler alert- the “how” in this book is primarily meditation, and we go a loooooong way around the world to get there. I still enjoyed the book because I like autobiographical books, and I enjoy hearing books narrated by the author, but this one could’ve been a touch shorter. Recommended for biography/autobiography fans or anyone that wants to learn a little more about meditation.

6. Food Freedom Forever  by Melissa Hartwig

I completed a Whole 30 in January (4th try is a charm haha), and I am currently on Day 14 of a summer-long Whole 90. This book was really interesting because it helped me see that I don’t have to go off the rails of healthy eating once I’m not doing a Whole Whatever. I tend to have an all or nothing type personality, so on January 31, I rapidly slipped back into my old habits without doing the reintroduction protocol or thinking of a long term strategy. This book has helped me see how I can have long term success with healthy eating, plus what I can do when (not if) I mess up and am veering towards unhealthy habits. Recommended for anyone who has wondered what to do after a Whole 30 or anyone who just wants to have a better relationship with their food.

7. The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

I didn’t know much about her before reading this, so this book was interesting and informative. However, I felt like it was a little jumbled and jumped around a lot. She would start a chapter talking about one initiative or idea and then would be on something that seemed unrelated without any type of segue. She probably could have cut some of the content by leaving some of it out, but then again, it may appeal to other audiences. Recommended for anyone who likes autobiographies or who is interested in politics on a state and national level.

8. I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller

I’m casually binge watching Friends, so when I saw this one on my library’s eBook app, I checked it out immediately! It gives a background of how the show was created and cast, as well as insights about how the show grew over its ten seasons. It also brought up some of the problematic elements of the show, such as the homophobic jokes. Recommended for any fans of the show.

9. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

How have I just now read this one?!? I know I’m behind the curve on this one, but I really enjoyed it! I definitely did not expect the killer to be who the killer was either! Recommended for fans of YA or mysteries.

10.  You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

This one started out a little slow and hippie-ish for me, but as I got into it, I was more hooked. She has a lot of practical lists and tips, as well as some great quotes to remember. Recommended for any self-help fans who don’t mind a little woo woo at the beginning!

Total for the month : 10

Total for 2019 : 49

Have you read anything good lately? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Currently : May 2019

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time to see what I’m currently up to!

Currently

Admiring : Pretty spring dresses! I used to have a lot more dresses, but I think they shrunk after sitting in the closet and being unworn for a while…or at least that’s my story for now! Amazon has some cute floral dresses (too lazy to link) and I’ve seen some cute ones in Walmart, of all places. I may have to use a small portion of my monthly “fun money” to start to replenish my dress collection!

Playing : Too many time-wasting games on my phone! I’ve got to delete them if I want to accomplish anything and get my act together!!!

Borrowing : Approximately 17,000 streaming audiobooks and eBooks from the Nashville library! Okay, maybe it’s just 10, but it feels like all of them are available for checkout at the same time, then I have to make the harrowing choice of which one I’ll start first!

Remembering : The early days with Charlotte. Google Photos keeps showing me pictures from the year she was born, and man, what a trip down memory lane!

Finishing : The academic year at work! Phew!! It’s been a heck of a year, and I’m glad to have a little bit of breathing room during the summer sessions.

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