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Weekend Recap: Snow, Snow, and More Snow

This past weekend was COLD. And it snowed. A LOT. I shared my Friday night adventures with you already ( read about it here ). So I won't get into it but here's a much better, natural light selfie of me wearing one of my new soft and comfy Costco sweater finds....which was PERFECT for Valentine's Day don't ya think? Sweater from Costco , lipstick by L'oreal   Between Friday and Sunday my kids basically lived in the snow. I believe it was on Saturday morning when they decided to clear the snow off the trampoline. Except instead of snow it was really thick ice. They were very impressed and tried to save it...I won't even ask what the heck they're learning in school (facepalm). Then they decided to try to make a skating rink on our back patio. Sounds like a great idea in theory, but, our patio is sloped and I knew it wasn't going to work. HOWEVER they were working so well together I didn't have the heart to tell them their dreams of a backyard skating r

#CurrentlyJenBookClub: The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin


You're never going to believe this, but in January I read two whole books! In a matter of days. And while it spurred a sense of motivation to read more, I haven't cracked open a book since. But let's not get into the nightmare that is these past few months in lock down filled with remote work, remote school, remote playdates and family chats. Remote. Remote. Remote. Remote. I'm over it.

January was a great time to escape into the world of fictional characters. I was drawn to this book because I am a huge Emily Giffin fan, and also, I have a love for any book that will take me out of reality for awhile and sweep me off my feet by way of a romantic comedy.

You can read a full description of the book here on Emily Giffin's website. But in a nutshell, fresh from a recent breakup, the main character Cecily finds herself in a bar at 2 am drinking her sorrows away. As she is contemplating drunk dialing her ex, she hears a deep, unfamiliar yet intriguingly handsome voice say "Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.”

I'm sure you can imagine what happens next...hot guy talks cute-vulnerable-recently-heartbroken girl up. Hell ya you know what happens next! BUT what I refuse to do is give you any more details because I don't want to give it all away. There are so many twists and turns in this book and also, some heartbreaking parts as the characters live through the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Through the trauma comes clarity and so much growth for Cecily and the men in her life. Which is something I love to see in novels regardless of the genre of book.

Another thing I absolutely am obsessed with, is knowing the inspiration that authors draw upon for their novels. It's sometimes hard to find, and many times I never find the answer. BUT Emily Giffin has a book club kit on her website and in it, she shares what inspired her to write the book. I wondered why she would have chosen to put such a historic and traumatic real life event (9/11) in the story. And then I read this...and I was sold. I had to read more.
Source: EmilyGiffin.com

Have you read this book? What did you think?

What's on your reading list for February?

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