Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Books {September 2019}

Happy Tuesday! It's my favorite post and link-up of the month! I had a moment of panic this month when 3 books I had requested and been waiting weeks/months for all came available at the same time at the library. So I did a whole lot of reading and these books were all great....well except one. I felt like one was a total letdown. Ok here is Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana. And here is what I read in September!

Before She Knew Him was an interesting thriller to start off my month. A woman (Hen) and her husband move to a quiet area outside of Boston. They buy a house, the woman has her bipolar disorder under control, and things are going well. They are invited over for dinner by their next door neighbors and during a home tour, Hen notices a trophy that is very similar to one missing from the home of a young man murdered a few year earlier, in the husband's office. She becomes fixated on this and the book goes from there.  Normally, I wouldn't care for books like this because you find out the killer almost right away but it's interesting. The book is told from a few different perspectives and I enjoyed reading how everything played out!

I read Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve this month for two reasons. One- we all know I love reading and learning about other people's lives/occupations/cultures. Two- my main reason for reading this was because I teach English to students in China (from home via the internet) and I wanted to learn a little more about the culture and what school is like for them. I found this book really interesting and reading about the Chinese school system gave me a lot of insight as to the lives of the students I teach and really makes me thankful for our school system here in America. This book was eye opening and educational for me!

If you are looking for a nice little beach read (at the beginning of October-ha!) read The Unhoneymooners. This is a cute story of a sister of the bride and brother of the groom who can't stand each other. When everyone at the wedding falls ill due to food poisoning, Olive (the bride's sister and identical twin) and Ethan (the groom's brother) are forced to take the all expense paid honeymoon in place of the bride and groom. In order to take this dream vacation, Olive and Ethan have to pretend to be newlyweds.  Faking being a newlywed doesn't come as easy as they think and this book is a fun little romantic comedy following their time on the honeymoon and after. Some parts of this book were predictable and some definitely were not. I really enjoyed it!

I love Ruth Ware books and the The Turn of the Key did not disappoint. An English nanny named Rowan takes a live-in job in Scotland for a family who can't seem to keep a nanny for very long. Some strange things start happening while Rowan is there and she is accused of murder. The book starts and is written as a letter from her in prison to a lawyer she would like to take her case. I was legit scared at some parts and really had no idea how it would play out.

I was excited to read another Nancy Thayer book and couldn't wait to dive into Surfside Sisters when it came available to me at my library. This book was a little different than anything I have read because it covers a few decades of a born and raised Nantucket girl, Keely, who has aspirations to be a writer. The book follows the ups and downs of Keely's friendship with her best friend, Isabelle, as well as, Keely's childhood and high school crushes which grow into relationships, betrayals, and heart breaks. It follows her aspiring writing career, one she had planned to do with Isabelle until Isabelle's bitter betrayal to Keely. The book ends with Keely (in her late 20's living in NYC) moving back to Nantucket to face her fallouts and rebuild her life in the place that she loves.

I had heard really good things about this book but I really didn't love it. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot. Which brings me to a question, when you are reading a book that you are just not into....do you finish it or just move on to something else?!

Happy reading, friends!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Friday Favorites {9.27.19}

Happy Friday! Yay for the last Friday in September. I'm ready for October, and it's finally almost here :)

Monday, September 23, 2019

VIPKID: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This week I am sharing some frequently asked questions I get when people ask me about teaching for VIPKID. If you are reading this and wondering what VIPKID even is, check out this post. If you know what VIPKID is, here are some frequently asked questions I receive (in no particular order).
I hope some of these will answer questions you may have.  If your question hasn't be answered, please comment below or e-mail me so I can answer it for you.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Practice Self Care

The older I get the more I realize how much I need some simple self care during my day-preferably things I can do at home.  I find that when I take care of myself in little ways throughout the day, I am just happier and a better me. Below are my top 5 favorite things to do to help care for myself!