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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

#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?

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