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On the Bookshelf in 2018: Part 2

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(Catch up with Part 1 here)

Picking back up with the rest of the books I've read this year. Note, I'm now including who I think would like this book at the end of each synopsis (if I have an idea), and have added that to my previous post.

Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails, by Michelle Markowitz: I read this poolside in Cancun, which is the appropriate setting for this book. It's light, it's fun, it's eye-rolly. It's told through emails and texts amongst a group of friends as one gets married and the rest are involved (or not involved) in the wedding and live their lives. Of course it's set in NYC (women live elsewhere, authors of the world).
Good for: chic-lit fans, people with friend groups who rack up the reply-alls

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman: The same author as A Man Called Ove, but a VERY different book. A small hockey town is rocked by a crime committed by one of the players, and the book unravels it from eve…

On the Bookshelf in 2018, Part 1

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I didn't feel like I was reading a lot this year, until I took a gander at my Good Reads list and saw that I was up to 20 books for the year! I've kind of hit a lull at the moment, and am planning on re-reading the last 4 Harry Potter books, so this would be a good place for me to share my list and thoughts:

The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware: This book was clearly trying to be like Girl on the Train. I read this on a cruise back in February, not knowing the "cabin" in the title was a cruise cabin, haha. It was ok, but I tend to not love books that are trying to be like other popular books.
Good for: Someone who can't get enough of The Girl on the Train-esque books.

All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai: This was a book I really shouldn't have liked. It's sci-fi fantasy and a bit technical, but I ended up being really fascinated by it. Basically, thanks to a time travel experiment gone wrong, a man ends up in our version of 2016, not the futuristic version that he…

Work it Out

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This title is also my workout Pinterest board title. That board currently has 135 "pins". Everything from workout videos to treadmill circuits to "no equipment needed" circuits to toning guides for every part of the body.

I have worked out consistently since college. This really started my second semester senior year, when the "wellness" class I took was "group exercise". Three days a week I went to our brand new, shiny, workout center and did either step aerobics, weight lifting, spinning (my first time taking spin), kickboxing, pilates (this nearly killed me, I was hungover). I did all of this for class credit. It was a great routine to get into, and I started to like a lot of different types of exercise.

Fast forward to graduating. I suddenly had all this free time after work, was still living at home, and was nostalgic. So I bought an alumni membership to said fancy workout center and would workout after work 2-3 times a week. Just on my own…

Summer Wrap-Up

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As I write this, it's rained all weekend and it's currently in the 60s outside, so it really feels like summer is over.

And what a summer it was. My sixth (!) in DC! And, it wasn't unbearably hot or humid for a long stretch of time, so it definitely ranks as one of the more pleasant ones in my tenure here.

A bit of a breakdown of the summer:

Travel
At one point, I was traveling every two weeks (are we surprised?). Some highlights:

LA/Denver Work Trip: It took three airlines to get there and back, but this was a fun break at the end of June. I went to LA for a media day with our celebrity spokesperson, and then straight to Denver for six days for a conference (plus one more day for fun). I LOVED my time in Denver--the weather was perfect, I adjusted to the altitude (except for stairs, I was winded EVERY TIME), and really enjoyed seeing a lot of the city. But man, at the end of this trip, I was really sick of hotel rooms. Fourth of July in Pennsylvania: Leo and I took our firs…

The Best Years of Your Life

A few things have been making me think about high school lately. I just saw the movie "Eighth Grade", which is awkward and cringe-worthy but important. It covers a social outcast's (wow, I hate that term, but its the most succinct way to describe her in this case) last week of eighth grade, in a school where's she basically invisible, and dreams about how much better high school will be.

At the same time, I've been catching up on the podcast Still Buffering, and they recently did an episode about high school as the littlest sister on the podcast just graduated. They all agreed that high school was not all the movies hyped it up to be. And that if they were to give a commencement speech, they would say that the best years of life are ahead of you, and to not worry if high school wasn't amazing, the rest of your life still can be.

This made me really happy that I am no longer in that time of my life (and that we didn't have social media when I was that age,…

What's Been Happening Lately: July Edition

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Oh hey! It's been awhile! Let's dive in, shall we?
What I'm Drinking: Rose all day in these parts. I found a sparkling rose in cans at Trader Joe's, which came in handy on a recent tubing trip. Also diving into boxed wine which is a delight when you want a demure crisp glass of wine on a hot day. 
What I'm Loving: The summer weather here. Yes, we've had a few days of unbearable heat and humidity, but they've been short-lived for the most-part. Fingers crossed it stays that way! 
Also, my office is getting remodeled at the moment, so we're all telecommuting until after Labor Day. I am already loving my super casual wardrobe, lack of make-up, lack of commute, and slightly later wake-up time. And I like to think Leo likes having me around too haha.
What I'm Reminiscing About: Summers of yore, when they were full of weddings, lots of trips, and bus parties in Houston. 
What I'm Reading:
Well, a lot of things. But most notably, I just read A Man Called O…

Harry + Meghan

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My love of all things British Royalty runs deep. I won't bore you with the number of magazine covers I had with Prince William on them. How long I kept his wedding to Kate on my DVR. How many times I've seen The King's Speech. How many books I've read about the Royal Family (three).

So, needless to say, I was ALL IN for the wedding on Saturday. Woke up early. Watched with friends. Had English Muffins. Drank champagne.

I admit, I thought we'd be alert for the arrival of celebrities and other royals, and then tune out the ceremony. However, I was rather blown away by the whole thing. The mingling of American and British touches. The nods to Meghan's heritage. Oprah sitting 10 feet from the Queen.

Have no idea what I'm referring to? Here are some resources:

Go Fug Yourself's Guide: This is honestly the best wrap-up EVER.

NPR: A Royal Wedding Worth Watching


Why is this a big deal? Some resources:

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns

PHOTOS HERE