New Blog Series – Travel!!

Traveling has always been a passion of mine, and lately I have been inhaling all of the travel blog and vlog content that I can. I have, therefore, amassed quite a bit of knowledge about traveling. I am starting a new blog series devoted to travel – packing hacks, travel tips, trip recommendations, etc.

I have a big trip coming up to Japan this summer, so that will be my main focus in the coming months. My husband and I just traveled to New York over New Years, so I will also be posting about that trip and the process of packing for it.

I’m also planning on doing several travel themed book recommendation posts!


If you have any requests for topics in this series, please comment below and let me know!

Love and happy traveling!

Whitney

Book Review: Begin Again

Begin Again by Emma Lord ~ 352 pages ~ to be published by Wednesday Books on January 24, 2023

Goodreads Synopsis:

As usual, Andie Rose has a plan: Transfer from community college to the hyper competitive Blue Ridge State, major in psychology, and maintain her lifelong goal of becoming an iconic self-help figure despite the nerves that have recently thrown her for a loop. All it will take is ruthless organization, hard work, and her trademark unrelenting enthusiasm to pull it all together.

But the moment Andie arrives, the rest of her plans go off the rails. Her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Connor only gets more complicated when she discovers he transferred out of Blue Ridge to her community college. Her roommate Shay needs a major, and despite Andie’s impressive track record of being The Fixer, she’s stumped on how to help. And Milo, her coffee-guzzling grump of an R.A. with seafoam green eyes, is somehow disrupting all her ideas about love and relationships one sleep-deprived wisecrack at a time.

But sometimes, when all your plans are in rubble at your feet, you find out what you’re made of. And when Andie starts to find the power of her voice as the anonymous Squire on the school’s legendary pirate radio station–the same one her mom founded, years before she passed away–Andie learns that not all the best laid plans are necessarily the right ones.


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Book Review: A Guide to Being Just Friends

A Guide to Being Just Friends (Jansen Brothers, #3) by Sophie Sullivan ~ 336 pages ~ to be published on January 17, 2023 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.

Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.

When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.

What could possibly go wrong?


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Book Review: Mysteries of Thorn Manor

Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson (Sorcery of Thorns, #1.5) ~ 192 pages ~ to be published on January 17, 2023 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this sequel novella to Sorcery of Thorns, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas must unravel the magical trap keeping them inside Thorn Manor in time for their Midwinter Ball!

Elisabeth Scrivener is finally settling into her new life with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Now that their demon companion Silas has returned, so has scrutiny from nosy reporters hungry for gossip about the city’s most powerful sorcerer and the librarian who stole his heart. But something strange is afoot at Thorn Manor: the estate’s wards, which are meant to keep their home safe, are acting up and forcibly trapping the Manor’s occupants inside. Surely it must be a coincidence that this happened just as Nathaniel and Elisabeth started getting closer to one another…

With no access to the outside world, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas – along with their new maid Mercy – will have to work together to discover the source of the magic behind the malfunctioning wards before they’re due to host the city’s Midwinter Ball. Not an easy task when the house is filled with unexpected secrets, and all Elisabeth can think about is kissing Nathaniel in peace. But when it becomes clear that the house, influenced by the magic of Nathaniel’s ancestors, requires a price for its obedience, Elisabeth and Nathaniel will have to lean on their connection like never before to set things right.


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Yearly Wrap-Up: 2022

2022 was a pretty good, and eventful, year for me! I had a hysterectomy for medical reasons. I started a new job that I love. My daughter started kindergarten. My best friend had a baby. I got to go on an amazing trip to New York that my husband surprised me with. And I read, a lot. 🙂


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15 Books About Traveling

I have two really exciting trips coming up – one to New York for New Years Eve, and one to Japan in the summer of 2023! I have been devouring all of the videos and blog posts that I can about these two locations and it has made me very excited about travel in general. So, I thought it might be fun to come up with a list of books where travel is one of the main themes.

Some of these options are a little bit out there, but I found the travel components to be compelling. Here is a list of 15 books about traveling!


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