November Wrap Up!

Living Life

Is it just us, or did it really feel like November FLEW by? Here’s what we did!

Elizabeth and Mr. Ray went to a Relient K concert.

Elizabeth and Mr. Ray went to a Relient K concert.

Lindsey became a wine club member at Oak Farm Winery in Lodi, CA.

Lindsey became a wine club member at Oak Farm Winery in Lodi, CA.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and their fur child, Bentley, had a photo shoot for their Christmas cards.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and their fur child, Bentley, had a photo shoot for their Christmas cards.

Lindsey got bored one evening and decided to give herself bangs.

Lindsey got bored one evening and decided to give herself bangs.

Elizabeth put up her Christmas tree.

Elizabeth put up her Christmas tree.

Lindsey's work was voted in the top twenty dealerships to work for (out of 22,000 competitors!).

Lindsey’s work was voted in the top twenty dealerships to work for (out of 22,000 competitors!).

Elizabeth's school had Flashback Friday, and her middle school students insisted that she looked SO DIFFERANT when she was a junior higher. (What's your vote?)

Elizabeth’s school had Flashback Friday, and her middle school students insisted that she looked SO DIFFERANT when she was a junior higher. (What’s your vote?)

Lindsey got some good reading time in at the doctor's office (stupid lost voice!).

Lindsey got some good reading time in at the doctor’s office (stupid lost voice!).

Elizabeth found herself in a Winter Wonderland.

Elizabeth found herself in a Winter Wonderland.

Lindsey had a delicious Thanksgiving.

Lindsey had a delicious Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and Bentley had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Elizabeth, Mr. Ray, and Bentley had a lovely Thanksgiving.

 

Lindsey and her hubby volunteered as red kettle bell ringers for the Salvation Army.

Proudest Posts

Missed some posts over the last month? No worries! We’ve collected some of our favorites over the past month here in one spot. Enjoy!

sherlock holmesFab Five Free Books!

the babysitter's club

Throwback Thursday – The Babysitter’s Club!

desperately ever after

 Desperately Ever After Review

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Cinderella

duck dynasty

Man Crush Monday – The Men of Duck Dynasty!

touch of power

Touch of Power Book Review

Ravenously Reading

This month was a mixed bag as far as reading goes. Here’s what we read:

Elizabeth read a total of six books this month, bringing her yearly total to 79! Meaning, her 75 books in a year reading challenge is COMPLETE! Way to go, Elizabeth!

Lindsey, too, read six books this month, bringing her yearly total to 98 out of her 100 book goal.

Loving Links

There were so, so many great articles this month. Below are some of our favorites!

5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image Right Now

Scientific Proof Thoughts & Intentions can Alter Physical Worls Around Us

Why Independent Bookstores are More Than Just Places to Buy Books

What Would You Tell a Twenty-Something About Living Simply?

Cornell to Add Massive Open Online Courses in 2015

Chance Encounter Leads to a Two Book Deal!

Dreaming and Doing

nanowrimo

Well, as y’all know, November is National Novel Writing Month, and we were DETERMINED to crank out our novels this month! Sadly, that didn’t exactly happen.

Lindsey was too chicken to even begin, but Elizabeth DID manage to turn out another 3,000 words! Woo Hoo! At least one of us made progress, haha.

During the month of December, we have several personal and professional goals.

In an effort to save every penny towards buying her first house next fall, Lindsey has taken up couponing. That’s right. She’s gonna be that Crazy Coupon Lady in the grocery store line, making multiple transactions, clipping coupons in the aisle, and wheeling a heaping grocery cart into the parking lot after only spending $12.95 for a month’s worth of food and supplies. Or at least, that’s her goal. We’ll see what that looks like on a practical, day-to-day basis.

To support her endeavors, she is embarking on a new adventure-  A lifestyle blog! She’ll post grocery challenges, fabulous deals, and personal experiences as she works her way towards purchasing her dream home. It will be a place where women in similar life stages can ban together, encourage one another, share tips, and know they are not alone. The site is set to launch around the first of the year, but never fear! Lindsey will still be reading, reviewing, and contributing here at Chick Lit Chickadees!

It’s just that more books will be checked out of the library instead of purchased on her kindle.

Elizabeth has some lofty ambitions as well! She’s gearing up for Christmas by reading several holiday themed books, including two as part of a book tour!

With all of the holiday madness about to hit, we’ll see how far we get in accomplishing our goals!

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Just One Day Review!

Alrighty, folks. I read this book AGES ago, and was instantly smitten.

I’m posting my original review from Goodreads here as a kick in the butt to go out and read the second story! I’ve been in a reading slump, so mayhaps this throwback review is just the inspiration I need.

Cheers!

Image obtained from Goodreads
Image obtained from Goodreads

Allyson, the obedient and safe good girl, embarks on a European tour as a high school graduation present from her parents. But when she meets the good looking and cosmopolitan Willem at an independent production of Twelfth Night in London, everything changes. Daringly, she joins him on a sudden, whirlwind trip to Paris- for just one day. While experiencing the City of Lights, an undeniable connection develops between them. The next morning, however, Allyson finds herself alone. The book follows Allyson over the course of a year as she puts her life back together and discovers who she is and what she truly wants out of life.

Maybe I enjoyed this book so much because I could relate to Allyson’s character- falling in love; having that flame snuffed out; working through the feelings of loss, insecurity, and sadness; growing apart from life-long friends; assessing one’s strengths and what really makes one happy; and risking disappointing loved ones by deviating from the plan. This book was real life. It delved into messy emotions, strained relationships, and difficult choices young people often face when they come into their own person.

This book definitely earned five-out-of-five stars!!

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Review of Desperately Ever After

Review of Desperately Ever After

Author: Laura Kenyon

Genre: Chick Lit, Fairytale, Modern Fairytales

Pages: 296

Published: February 1st, 2014

Um, this book was unexpectedly amazing!!! 5 out of 5. This book is about Belle, Rapunzel, Penny (princess and the pea), and Cindy (Cinderella) with a little taste of Dawn (Sleeping Beauty) and Snow. Belle discovers in the beginning of the book that her husband, Donner/the beast is cheating on her. But she’s supposed to have a happily ever after? What will she do now? Cindy is bored by her queenly life with four children and has regrets about all the things she never got to do pre-baby. Rapunzel was abandoned by the prince who saved her and now vows to get close to no man. Penny’s prince husband is still a Mama’s boy. The really cool thing is that these characters are like in modern times (using video chat) and they interact like modern-day girlfriends. Their “kingdoms” seem more like neighboring cities. 

I loved each of the three main characters. They all had something to learn in the story and experienced personal growth. It was kind of awesome to see the well-known characters as real, and not perfect, people. None of their happily-ever-afters have turned out quite as they expected it. 

I was seriously sucked into the story. I read it in a span of a few hours all in one night. I was immediately hooked from page one. The story had a good pace and plot. The book leaves you satisfied, but longing for the sequel. If your book has the first chapter of the sequel, you’ll be wanting to run out and buy it even more! Trust me, I want to. Basically, this was a good chick lit kind of book with a fairytale twist and real-life issues! I would HIGHLY recommend it!

P.S. I was curious about the inspiration behind Laura’s fairytales comes from (they aren’t exactly the Disney version, they are much more intriguing!) Here was her answer on Twitter. Thanks for responding to me, Laura!

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Five Books I’ve Abandoned

Five Books I’ve Abandoned

Let’s get something out of the way here: I am not, typically, the kind of girl who abandons books. According to Goodreads, I have read 241 books and only abandoned eight of those. I have to REALLY have a problem with the book to put it down and pick something else up. Here are five of the eight books I have abandoned and why I didn’t finish them.

1.  Being Anti-Social by Leigh K. Cunningham: This was my most recently abandoned book. I did give it two stars instead of one, though. No plot at 29% of the way through and way too much inner dialogue. It was not interesting. Plus, I don’t like the main character very much. She’s more than anti-social, she’s narcissistic. 

2.  I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter. This book severely disappointed me. When I first heard about it, in high school, I think, I couldn’t wait to read it. It was a fun YA novel and the girls were spies. How cool is that? With my love of Nancy Drew, I thought I would be hooked. However, this whole book relied way too much on its “cool” premise of having a secret spy school and the author reminded you at every freaking turn how “cool” it was. All these descriptions of “cool” stuff in the school and the main character talking about it like it was so nonchalant because she is just so “cool.” It bogged down the plot and got so annoying I couldn’t even finish it.  It was as if the author were expecting the premise of the book to be the entire draw. She couldn’t stop reminding us how cool her premise was long enough for us to get into the story. I had to abandon it.

3.  The Proposal by Lily Zante. In this book, a career-driven woman with no time for relationships (sound familiar?) meets a stripper/male escort at her sister’s bachelorette party and can’t stop thinking about him. She hires him to come along on a company convention. I got through 26% of the book. No thanks. Not an interesting main character, not an interesting love interest, and I don’t need to keep reading about her lustful thoughts. Sorry, but the only reason she seems interested or intrigued is from seeing him half-naked and thinking he was hot. This story needed a heck of a lot more depth!

4.  The Girls by Lori Lansens. I was really excited for this one and thought the premise was great! It was about two conjoined twins, each writing part of the book from their own perspective. Sadly, I just couldn’t get into the story. The writing style was not engaging and the story kept taking little rabbit trails. Too many details about things that are not important to the story. I tried!

5.  After Forever Ends by Melanie Ramone. This book has great reviews on Goodreads, but I could not get into it. I abandoned it at 14% of the way through and it felt like I had been reading the book FOREVER. It must be a very long book. It was so slow and at 14%, I didn’t know the plot of the book yet; she was just looking back on her life. Like I said, it has awesome reviews, but I don’t get it. Maybe it gets amazing later on, but I didn’t have the time to wait and find out.

***Buy links from Amazon.com. I do not get paid by authors or publishers for my reviews. They are 100% my personal, honest opinion! I DO, however, receive a small commission when book purchases are made through the provided link. This does not impact the authenticity of my reviews in any way.***

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And Then There Were None… Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: And Then There Were None… by Agatha Christie

 

Creepy house like in the book!
Creepy house like in the book!

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Everyone has probably heard of this book, but how many have read it? It’s a fabulous book! Christie is such a creative writer. If she didn’t end up being an author, she could have been some sort of criminal mastermind. Her mysteries are so intricate, unique, and creative.

In And Then There Were None, ten strangers are all invited to a mansion by an unknown host. Each person has a dark secret. People start being murdered, one by one, according to an old nursery rhyme. The murderer can only be one of the ten, but who is it? This book has you constantly guessing and changing your mind about who you suspect. I found the ending to be incredibly unpredictable.

P.S. If you love this book, there is a computer game by the same title, as well as one based on Murder on the Orient Express. They aren’t totally true to the books, but are very fun and enjoyable! :)

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