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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott @SimonSchusterCA @rchllipp #BookReview #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread

FIVE FEET APART by RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT

Heartfelt, touching & absorbing!

FIVE FEET APART by RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT was such an endearing, engaging and a sweet Teens & YA novel featuring two teenage main characters, Stella and Will who are both patients in the hospital with Cystic Fibrosis that fall in love.  I was totally taken with this story and this tale of these two star-crossed lovers, Stella and Will as they totally consumed my thoughts and my heart.

This book immediately grabbed my attention with that gorgeous cover and I knew it was a book that I had to read.  Although I was a little bit worried because it is marketed for the Teens & YA genre but I needn’t have worried though as I was immediately drawn into this touching and heartbreaking story and I couldn’t put it down. This story was so sad to read at times but yet at other times it was so hopeful.  It had me smiling and feeling such warmth and love for these two characters.

RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT delivers an intriguing, emotional, well-plotted and well-written read here with relatable and likeable characters that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with.  The story is told in alternating perspectives between Nell and Will and I thoroughly enjoyed both narratives equally. They complimented each other so well and I really felt for them.  Both of their situations and feelings towards each other rang true and I loved how I learned so much more about Cystic Fibrosis.

The story might be considered to be a little bit corny or cliche for some but for me I totally fell for it and devoured it in two sittings. I am a total sucker for emotional and sweet romance novels.

Learning that this book is already being made into a movie I just had to watch the trailer and I know that it is a movie that I am definitely putting on my list of movies to watch.      

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: Eye-catching, gorgeous, intriguing and a beautiful representation to storyline.
  • Title: Such a meaningful, emotive and fitting representation to storyline.
  •  Writing/Prose: Well-written, effortless, genuine, light and beautiful.
  • Plot: Engrossing, interesting, heartfelt, steady-paced, and entertaining.
  • Ending:  An open-ended ending that left me feeling hopeful and totally satisfied.
  • Overall:  The story is a tender, light and easy read that just simply pulls at the heartstrings.  Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Rachael Lippincott for providing me with an advanced readers copy of this wonderful book.

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Have you read this one?  Want to add it to your TBR?  Want to see the movie? Drop us a comment!  We love to hear from you.

 
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Norma’s Keto in a Coulee & a Book: Week Four Wrap Up! The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray #ketodiet #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Norma’s Keto in a Coulee Progress

Hello Week Four!  So I am absolutely loving this keto lifestyle, and I am so happy to blog my progress to share with all of you.  It definitely helps me with accountability issues as well as keeping me motivated.

I am going to be doing something a little bit different this week and adding in my current book that I am reading to share my initial thoughts with all of you.  

Highlight of my week – Today (Saturday) I had the pleasure of spending the whole day with my hubby!  We went into the city and did some shopping, went for lunch, and purchased some new prescription sunglasses for him that he was so desperately needing because of some  health issues.  He is going to look so good wearing those new sunglasses!

Please feel free to join me or send me some encouraging words!

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

Goodreads Description

The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.

The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened.

As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important. 

Publishing Date:  February 19, 2019

I am about halfway through the book and right away this book grabbed my attention and is definitely holding my interest.  I am really enjoying the authors writing style and the storyline.  The characters are all quite compelling to read about and I am really looking forward to seeing how the rest of this story unfolds.   This novel is definitely an impressive read and has been able to invoke quite a few different emotions from me.  I have a feeling that this is going to be a 5 star read from me!

Is this book on your TBR?

Norma’s Dinner Journal

Keto Chili

I eat my breakfast and a lunch, which usually consists of the same thing everyday so I thought I would only include my dinners in my food journal below.

Sunday – Keto Chili.  Our family rating 10/10 (Simply Keto cookbook).  This is the second time that I have prepared this dish.  It is so easy to make and is extremely tasty.  

Monday – Mary Brown’s Chicken 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Fat Bombs.  (Simply Keto cookbook) 10/10.  These are such a big hit that I made them again this week!  The little bits of raspberries in these fat bombs was beyond amazing.  My tastebuds were jumping for joy after eating these little morsels of pure heaven! 

Tuesday – Breakfast for dinner tonight.  Bacon, eggs, fried mushrooms & avocado slices.  This is probably one of my favourite easy and quick meals to make when I’m in a hurry.  I know that it isn’t all that creative but it is a tasty one!

Wednesday – Fish and cauliflower.

Thursday – Grilled Parmesan Garlic Wings.  Family rating 10/10 (Simply Keto cookbook).  Oh my goodness these were so darn tasty and was a huge hit with my whole family.  I think I said yum with every mouthful.  The recipe called for chicken wings but I didn’t have any so I substituted with chicken drumsticks and instead of grilling I baked them in the oven.  Will be definitely making this recipe again!

Friday – Fried chicken drumsticks, beef garlic sausage, broccoli & cheese bites & creamy mashed cauliflower.  This meal was extremely tasty too.

Saturday – Mary Brown’s Chicken.  I am kind of obsessed with Mary Brown’s Chicken and whenever we go into the city that is usually what I pick up to eat to bring home for dinner.  And, yes I eat the skin! LOL

Fried Chicken Drumsticks

So I have gotten up a little earlier everyday to prepare my Rocket Fuel Latte every morning to take to work with me.  I am not all that much for coffee but I am definitely loving this drink and look forward to having it every morning.  If anyone is interested in the recipe that I use (I kind of tweak it a little bit from the original recipe in the book) just drop a comment below and I will be sure to add the recipe next week.

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Norma’s Stats:

  • Weight:  ⬇️0.4 lbs
  • Start Date:  October 20, 2018
  • Sleep:  I don’t know my insomnia is still no better and it definitely is very frustrating to me.  I just wish that I could sleep. I’m extremely tired of not sleeping!  The good thing though is that I do rest throughout the night and for some reason my body is able to function the next day without actually feeling all that fatigued.
  • Energy Level:  My energy level is actually very good and I am happy with the way that I am feeling.
  • Difficulty Level:  Easy and I am not getting frustrated at all.  I am actually enjoying looking through my cookbooks for new recipes to try.  The Simply Keto cookbook by Suzanne Ryan is my favourite right now.  The recipes are actually really good and very similar to my families tastes.  
  • Goals:  Drink more water!  Only weigh myself once a week, Saturdays.  Same goals this week because I totally failed in following through with both of these goals.
  • Affirmation: I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.

Random Thoughts:  I am totally surprised that my body didn’t go through any sugar withdrawals and very thankful that it didn’t.  I have gone through them before and they aren’t all that fun to deal with.  Another great week for me and I am so pleased with the way that I am feeling and how clear my head feels.  I still go through some bouts that I feel like I am out of it but not anywhere near like I was before starting this keto lifestyle.  

Do you have a recipe to share with me?  Do you have any sleep recommendations?  What book are you currently reading?  Any comments are welcome! 

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Random Book Musings: What makes a book a great reading experience for you? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is having a great Friday!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Well I am a day late in posting my Random Book Musings question for this week.  I have no other excuse except that I kind of lost track of what day it was because with Monday being a holiday it sort of threw me off my schedule.  Luckily I knew it was Tuesday at work or else I might have made a few mistakes there.  LOL

Anyway onto my question this week……I’ve been told it is my hardest one yet.

Norma’s random book question:

What makes a book a great reading experience to you? Is there certain things that you look for while reading? Are you an emotional reader or are there certain aspects that a book must contain in order for you to feel like it is a great book?

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I am definitely an emotional reader and all for how a book makes me feel. If a book gives me those warm fuzzy afterglow feelings then it is a great book. For thrillers, the ending is usually what tells me that it was a great book. I don’t necessarily have to be shocked for it to be a great book though but it has to come together really well.  Also, being totally immersed in the storyline and thinking about the book when I’m not reading it is another telltale sign for me that it was a great book.

I am also big on writing style. I definitely like to have a connection with the way that the author is telling the story.  Beautiful writing gets me every time.

If I get any type of emotions while I’m reading whether it be scared, mad, angry, sad, happy, excited, surprised and even contentment, then that usually tells me that it was a great book too.

Looking forward to hearing what makes a great book a great book to you!

L389-3_brunete_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I love the books and authors who make me think.  I love to be drawn into a character’s mind and emotions.  I love to be shown how they feel and see them experience the events of the story in my mind.  I am not a big fan of being told what they feel or do or big on the shock factor.  I love the stories that make me dig deep into the layers.  So I guess the well-layered books are the ones that make for the best reading experience.

And of course, the very best reading experience is when I can discuss and see other people’s thoughts on the book whether it’s in our groups or here on our blog or traveling over to other bloggers and reading your reviews.

L383-3_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

Norma – a great book for me is one that I simply cannot put down. If I read it in a day or 2 that usually means I loved it. I’m a highly emotional reader and love a good “book cry”. Like you, I really love to feel something while I’m reading which means I really connected. 💜

 

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Norma’s Keto in a Coulee: Week Three Wrap-up #ketodiet #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Norma’s Keto in a Coulee Progress

Hello Week Three!  So I am absolutely loving this keto lifestyle, and I am so happy to blog my progress to share with all of you.  It definitely helps me with accountability issues as well as keeping me motivated.

Highlight of my week – Today (Saturday) I had the pleasure of going on a road trip with my oldest son and he took me out for a very nice dinner too.

Please feel free to join me or send me some encouraging words!

Norma’s Dinner Journal

I eat my breakfast and a lunch, which usually consists of the same thing everyday so I thought I would only include my dinners in my food journal below.

Sunday – Roast beef dinner with cauliflower and cabbage.

Monday – Portobello Mushroom Pizza.  My rating (Simply Keto cookbook) is 7/10.  I rather enjoyed it but it wasn’t a big hit with my hubby though.  He politely told me that I didn’t need to make them again.  In his defence though, mushrooms are not his favourite.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Fat Bombs.  (Simply Keto cookbook) 10/10.  These were a big hit!  The little bits of raspberries in these fat bombs was beyond amazing.  My tastebuds were jumping for joy after eating these little morsels of pure heaven!  I’m going to see what happens with adding blueberries instead next time.

Tuesday – Made Egg Drop Soup (Simply Keto cookbook) with Caesar Salad.  Our family rating for the soup is 7.5/10 – it didn’t look all that appetizing but the soup itself was rather tasty though.

Wednesday – Leftovers from last night.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Simply Keto cookbook).  Rating 10/10.  I thought avocado was an interesting ingredient to use in a pudding so I just had to give this recipe a try.  Oh my, I am truly amazed how delicious this pudding tasted.  Hubby thought it tasted fabulous too and told me I could make this recipe anytime I wanted to.  

Thursday – Chicken and broccoli.

Friday – Salami & cheese quesadilla made with low-carb tortillas. 

Saturday – Lettuce wrapped cheeseburger with caesar salad.

I prepared a Rocket Fuel Latte every morning to take to work with me.  I am not a coffee drinker at all but for some reason I quite enjoy this drink!  The first time I made it though I wasn’t sure if I would make it again. It definitely is growing on me.

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  • Weight: ⬇️ 1.6 lbs
  • Start Date:  October 20, 2018
  • Sleep:  I have pretty much tried to close down the computer at 10:00 every evening and I have noticed that I am feeling and getting a little more tired earlier than my normal 2:00 a.m. – I have progressed to 1:00 a.m. – It’s a start! LOL  I just wish that I wouldn’t wake up every hour on the hour after I go to sleep.  So annoying!!
  • Energy Level:  My energy level has definitely improved from last week and I have been a little more active too!
  • Difficulty Level:  So I find if I plan and prepare the difficulty level is rather low but if I don’t then it becomes more of an issue.  There is lots of cooking and preparing.  I have to learn to make time to cook.
  • Goals:  Drink more water!  Only weigh myself once a week, Saturdays.
  • Affirmation: I let go of any guilt I hold around food choices.

Random Thoughts:  I am extremely pleased with my overall progress this week and I have definitely noticed a change in my clothes.  I tried on a sweater this morning that I am extremely happy to say was a little too big for me.

Do you have a keto recipe to share with me?  Any comments are welcome! 🙂

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Random Book Musings: How long have you been reading books? Have you always read or started reading as an adult? #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is having a great Thursday!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Norma’s random book question:

I just finished watching two episodes of The Haunting of Hill House recently and I am really enjoying this show! Anyone else watching it or has read the book? Is the book better or the Netflix series?

Anyway, here is my book question for this week……….

How long have you been reading books? Have you always read or started reading as an adult? Do you read the same genre now as you used to or has your tastes changed over time? 

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I have been reading since Elementary school and have had little breaks &/or reading slumps throughout the years. I used to read quite a bit of horror and that used to be one of my favourite genres as well as thriller novels which I still love. I haven’t read too many horror books since my earlier adult years though.

I used to read horror when I was pregnant with all my children. Not sure what was up with that but I sort of loved it! But, people thought I was a little weird.  LOL

My teenager years my absolute favourites were witches, ghosts or anything with a supernatural element to the storyline.  Paranormal romance was a favourite too.

I think a few of you know this of me but I have been recording all of my books that I have read since I was 16 years old. When I started Goodreads I added all my books in that I have read except for some of my favourite authors where I have read all of them. There are a few authors that I have read every one of their released books. I now record all my reads on Goodreads and no longer write the titles in my journal.

Brenda was always the historical fiction and general fiction reader. And I was always thriller, chick-lit, romantic suspense & mystery novels. My tastes have changed somewhat since starting our Traveling Sisters groups but my first love is still thrillers &/or mystery novels. Brenda and I have always passed books onto one another and she pretty much knows which novels I will like and necessarily not enjoy all that much. I don’t do well usually with slow-moving general fiction. I do need something within the storyline that I find relatable or interesting enough.

I’m really interested in hearing your comments!

Web_L521-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

I used to read romance in my late teens for a short time.  Then I went through a horror stage until my husband said no wonder you have nightmares.  Like Norma said I have always been a historical fiction and general fiction reader.  That’s my favorite genres.  I read a few thrillers before starting the Traveling Sister group but I really struggled with the darker ones.  Norma needed to read them first to filter out the ones I would find too dark.  Now, the darker the thriller the better.  Just recently I have ventured out and have read a few books that were not my normal and I have really enjoyed the change of pace.

Web_L515-1_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Answer

Another fantastic question Norma!

I have been reading for as long as I can remember. I remember being in elementary school and my mom taking me to the bookstore to buy Babysitters Club and Fear Street R.L. Stine chapter books. I would be able to delay doing chores because I would tell my mom “just one more chapter please”. She was very supportive of my love of reading even though she isn’t much of a reader herself. Now I have my 3 and 5 year old imitating me by carrying around books in the house and “reading” them. They love reading and I really hope that it stays that way!

I used to read Women’s fiction and chick-lit type books, then switched to mainly New Release fiction. Now my most favourite genre is Historical Fiction, but the Traveling Sisters have done a great job in opening up my eyes to the excitement of thrillers/suspense. I like switching up genres every now and then to refresh myself and try something new.

 

 

Now to the best part. Your answers. Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer. We would love to hear from you!

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Book Giveaway! The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston #travelingsistersread @StMartinsPress #PaulaBrackston

Hi everyone! Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press the Traveling Sisters are extremely excited to offer THREE FINISHED COPIES of The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston to giveaway one copy each to three lucky winners! Each book will come with an adorable pin replica of the book. 📚 💕💜

Click here to enter our Instagram Giveaway!

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The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston

Goodreads Summary

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.

While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.

Good Luck from The Sisters!

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