Comfiest Sweatshirts + Top 5 Books I've Read Recently
Sometimes I question my decision to continue to live in Wisconsin. It is seriously supposed to snow this weekend! UGH! Did I read the date correctly today? Oh ya, that's right, it's the middle of April. I guess we are just going to skip spring this year in the Midwest- GREAAAAT! Since I always try to look on the bright side of things though, I can think of three good reasons I do actually like the cold weather- FIRES, COMFY CLOTHES, & BOOKS!
I am making Aaron build a fire as we speak because I love cozying up in my comfiest duds with my Kindle on frigid days. I am such a book nerd, and always have been. I always blew everyone out of the water in our reading minute contests in elementary school because I would seriously read at least six hours every weekend (the requirement was to maybe read 30-45 minutes a weekend, HAH, but my parents couldn't get my nose out of a book). My whole family is a bunch of book nerds though, so my parents loved that my sister and I had a passion for reading.
I really enjoy most types of books, and I feel like I go through genre phases where I gravitate to one genre for a period of time until I get sick of that style. I have been in what I call "the feel good" romantic comedy phase for a long time now though. I think it's because I feel like most things in the world lately feel so serious and heavy, that when I pick up a book I want to escape some of that reality and just LAUGH!
So I thought today would be the perfect day to share the last five light-hearted books that I've read, along with the comfiest sweatshirts that I've purchased lately. Who doesn't love a seriously cozy sweatshirt, ladies? Sign me up! Check out the links to my favorite loungewear and books below...
- BP- Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt -$26.98 (On sale, friends, seriously in love with this one!)
- Zella Live In Midi Leggings -$54 (I live in these leggings! I have three pairs of these exact same leggings!)
Sweatshirts below linked from left to right...
- Old Navy Lattice-Back Sweatshirt for Women -$20 (Such a steal!)
- Free People Ojai Crop Hoodie -$88
- Thread and Supply Brandon Jacket -$108 (I got this one when it was on sale at Nordstrom, but it's sold out at Nordstrom now. I linked to the actual Thread and Supply site where it is still available-totally worth the price, ladies. I feel like a teddy bear wearing it! I ordered a size up from what I normally wear, so it would feel oversized and cozy.)
- Express One Eleven Embellished Camo Sweatshirt -$39.99 (On sale right now- NEVER buy things from Express without a coupon or when they aren't running a sale!)
- Nordstrom Ruffle Sleeve Sweatshirt -$29.40 (This isn't the exact sweatshirt pictured because mine sold out quickly, but it has very similar fun ruffles on the sleeves, if you like the ruffles. If you are looking for a sweatshirt in a similar color, try this Free People TGIF Pullover -$68. I have this Free People sweatshirt in the almond color, and I love it! So soft-just couldn't fit all of my faves in the picture!)
- Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Jacket -$129
Alright, my friends, onto my current top five romantic comedy book choices. I have linked each book to Amazon if you are interested in purchasing it, or if you have a Kindle, you can download it from the Amazon website as well. I'm also going to add the book synopsis for each title. Take a quick read through the summary to see if you are interested!
1.Surprise Me, By: Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella is one of my all-time favorite authors. Every single book I have ever read of hers leaves me in stitches and puts me in a good mood. If you are married, and even if you are not, this particular Sophie Kinsella book will make you crack up thinking about your own relationship. The heroine, Sylvie, is just trying to keep her marriage fresh and lively, which I think we ALL can relate to. I read this book in one day over Spring Break because it was just too funny!
After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.
They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.
2.The Boy Is Back, By: Meg Cabot
This was the first Meg Cabot book I've read, and I was pleasantly surprised that I loved this book so much because I am always searching for new authors to LOVE! I always enjoy when there is a kind of quirky heroine in the book just trying to find her way through life the best she can, because I feel like that's what we are all just trying to do.
In this brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a scandal brings a young man back home to the small town, crazy family, and first love he left behind.
Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit. Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.
Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.
Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night. And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.
3.Shopping For A Billionaire, By: Julia Kent
OK, gals, no joke I could read this book over and over and over again!! I seriously was laughing so hard at this book that Aaron was looking at me like I was nuts while reading! It is just so damn FUNNY! I devoured this book, and the next four books in this series, in a week. I couldn't get enough of them. They also have a Christmas special in this series, along with a few other sequels after the first five original books. I loved each and every one of them!
When mystery shopper Shannon Jacoby meets billionaire Declan McCormick with her hand down a toilet in the men’s room of one of his stores, it’s love at first flush in this hilarious new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent.
4.The Rosie Project, By: Graeme Simsion
I downloaded this book on a whim after it came up as a "suggested read" on my Kindle. At first, I was a little skeptical, but after I got a few chapters in, I started to fall in love with the HERO, Don, in this book. This book is authored by a male, which made for a refreshing perspective in a romantic comedy story. The author's more direct, and less flowery, way of stating things (just as guys usually do) made me giggle and immensely enjoy reading this adventure.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
5. The Outlander Series, By: Diana Gabaldon
SOOOO-this is not as light-hearted as the previous four books that I linked, but I legit CANNOT talk about this book without hyperventilating! This series is comprised of nine books, and I am done reading through book three. You will definitely fall in love with the main character, Jamie Fraser. SIGH-a sexy highlander in a kilt, ummm yes please! This is the love story to end all love stories, in my opinion, which is why they made this into a tv series on STARZ as well. Read for yourself; trust me, you'll LOVE it!! I thank my co-worker, Sue, all the time for introducing me to this book.
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.
Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
Ladies, I hope one of these books speaks to you, and that you can enjoy a peaceful evening reading. I am off to read the next couple of books on my list-
The Blind Fury, By: Cat Collins (My co-worker, Sue, who I mentioned above, is Cat's sister, so exciting!!)
Dead People Suck, By: Laurie Kilmartin (Big thanks to my friend, Abby, for giving me this book! It sounds like a lighter and more comedic take on the grieving process.)
I will let you know how these two books are, along with the next few books I choose, in a future post! Happy reading and relaxing!