Blog Tour: Vortex by Kimberly Packard!

Happy Tuesday fellow readers! I hope everyone had a *fabulous* weekend full of relaxation. I for one am slowly but surely slogging my way out of my book slump. In all honesty, it's kind of been a "life slump" for me. Coming off the high of Whole30 and being done with the surgery and real life settling back in has been surprisingly difficult. It doesn't help that our life is in total flux right now as my husband schedules his PhD proposal and we try to finalize our plans for when he's done / our upcoming move. However, I'm really excited to bring y'all a couple of reviews this week and get totally back on the reading wagon. Anywho, today I'm joining up with the Lone Star Book Blog Tours group to showcase an exciting new book! This group highlights Texas authors and if there's one thing I know as a born and bred Texan, it's that we love supporting our fellow Lone Stars! So without further ado, meet your next read, Vortex by Kimberly Packard!

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Top 3 Thursday: Books I’m Afraid to Start!

Why hello there fellow readers, cooks and bloggers alike! How is your week going? Mine, is a raging dumpster fire. KIDDING! But also, a little bit not kidding. This week has, in fact been super stressful for me. However, that's not to say I've not been more stressed before and that I don't have a lot of positive things in my life *I don't like to complain ok!*. Anywho, as I mentioned on Tuesday, my reading slump has been killing me but I'm slowly but surely pulling myself out of that and I should have some new reviews and recipes for ya'll next week! However, I didn't want to post just one measly time this week so I wanted to take a few moments to participate in today's Top 3 Thursday!

Top 3 Thursday is a meme hosted by A Cosy Reader where different topics are explored week to week and you choose your "top 3" within those confines. It's a super fun way to revisit old books and to learn about new ones from fellow readers! If you haven't checked out this blog, I can't suggest it enough. Today's topic is "books I'm afraid to start" which I kind of feel like is every book for me because I'm always hunting for my next obsession!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books for Hufflepuffs!

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. I've been in a major book slump and have been super slacking in February. I think I went so hard in January that I kind of fell off this month and have been feeling meh about everything I'm reading. It's gotten so bad that I've been going back and re-reading random parts of various books I've loved over the years because I just can't sink my teeth into anything these days. However, I've been slogging for a couple of weeks and it's high time I get back on the wagon and start reading some new books again!

However, today I wanted to participate in Top 5 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm because today's topic is Top 5 books to give Hufflepuffs! As a loud and proud Hufflepuff myself, I couldn't resist the opportunity to participate in this weeks meme!

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Recipe + Review: The Silent Patient + Lightened Up Curry Chicken Recipe!

It's Friyay ya'll! I've personally been a bit under the weather the last couple of days and kind of just vegging out to TV on the couch while I recover so I haven't gotten a lot of reading done *woe is me*. I hope everyone had a fab-u-lous Valentines day, celebrating it however you enjoy or not celebrating it at all! I personally hate going out on important days (holiday, birthday, whatever) and prefer to cook at home. So I made my husband some Belizean food in honor of our Honeymoon and we had a very nice, very low-key evening with our pupper. However, I'm going out of town this weekend so I've got a lot of car hours ready for me to burn through some reads! I was killing the reading game in January but I've fallen a bit behind in February but we've got time to make that up! Anyway, today I'm bringing ya'll a review for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides along with a recipe for a lightened up chicken curry!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Couples!

Here we are, Monday Part 2, we have arrived...but hey, at least it ain't Monday Part 1! So I actually don't think I've ever participated in the Top 10 Tuesday meme before today. For some reason this one stresses me out a little. I get kind of stuck in a loop with my suggestions for things and I always felt a little intimidated by having to come up with ten items for this meme. However today I thought, why not - lets give it a shot!

Top 10 Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader and much like the other fun list memes, there are ever changing topics that explore different book related content! This weeks topic is "favorite couples". A bit about me first: I don't read a lot of straight romance. Most of the romance-esc books I read are from a few years ago and I've really shifted my reading in the past year. So I'm going to shake things up and not just going to do favorite romantic couples, but my top ten favorite coupling of characters (including friendship), so off we go!

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Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black!

Ah yes, as we come to the close of another weekend and must all face the dreaded Monday blues together, let us rejoice in the ability to escape into the great land of literature. I didn't have a lot of reading time this weekend but I've finally actually started my two "currently reading" books and they're both fabulous so far so I'm really looking forward to finishing them. I've also found the next project I'm commissioning my husband to make as I slowly but surely get everything together for our [soonish] move to New Mexico. Anywho, in non-book related news I also watched Netflix's Abducted in Plain Sight and ya'll that was IN-SANE and if you haven't seen it and are into true crime - I definitely suggest it! So, on to today's topic! Today I'm bringing ya'll a review for The Wicked King by Holly Black. This is the second installment in the Cruel Prince series and it was just released last month!

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Top 3 Thursday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time!

YA'LL. It is Thursday! Which makes tomorrow Friday! Which makes today time for another round of Top 3 Thursday!  T3T is a meme hosted by A Cozy Reader that has ever changing topics for top 3 book related content. This weeks feature is “books I wish I could read again for the first time" and how fun is that! If you haven't checked out this blog - you need to!

So as I mentioned a couple of days ago, I've been having an issue starting new books. I don't know if it's a mini-reading slump or if I just don't want to start books but I've had two great reads sitting on my "currently reading" shelf for multiple days that I haven't even cracked the spine on and I've got another book coming in the mail today. So basically, I need to get to gettin' and get back to reading! Alas, I'm having a ton of people over at our house this weekend and it's going to throw a major wrench in my reading schedule but one must be dedicated enough to find time to read no matter the situation! Anyway, onto some books I wish I could read again for the first time!

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The Bear and the Nightingale Review + Zharkoye (AKA Russian Beef Stew) Recipe!

So, full disclosure ya'll. I feel pretty #swag in the kitchen, I've worked really hard and honed my cooking skills over the last 14 or so years. It's been something I've been passionate about since early high-school and a hobby and skill I've been cultivating a long time. What I am #GARBAGE at is baking. I just do not have the patience for it. Cooking to me is easy peasy, you can eye-ball amounts, you can tailor it to your tastes, you can take the basics of a recipe and make it all your own.

That is however, definitely NOT the case with baking. The science that goes into baking, the finesse and preciseness of baking has just always been lost on me. Now, I'm not saying I can't bake anything because I can follow a recipe as well as the next person, however, I mentioned wanting to make Russian honey-cake and I failed miserably at this. It requires cooking 8 thin cakes and making frosting, layering everything, coating it - IDK ya'll but I ruined it.  So you're not getting a recipe for that because...well, I ruined it. What you are getting a recipe for is Zharkoye, a Russian beef stew! However, that's after our review for The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden!!

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Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid!

Happy Not-Monday fellow readers! As it turns out, I am continually full of lies!! The weekend got away from me and my husband had an impromptu business dinner last night so I'm making my Recipe and a Read post today! However, in lieu of that post I'm bringing you a review none-the-less! Today's review is for One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I've been a terrible reader these past couple of days and in the last 48 hours I've not read a single page *cue gasping*. However, I've been nesting in my house like a crazy person and I'm getting back on that reading game!

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Book Tag: My Perfect Library!

Happy, happy Friday, happy weekend, read read read! Just thought I'd serve ya'll up with a lil' diddy to get this Friday groovin'. Anywayyyy, I saw this book tag over at Gemma's Book Nook and I simply could not resist. Bewitched Reader has a great Library post too so check them out! As I'm sure all book lovers can agree - books are the best. They're so calming and wonderful. As someone who has been renting (on a budget) I've never really been able to fully flex my home library wants [read: needs] for multiple reasons. However, now that my husband will be getting his big boy PhD job, and we'll be moving to the mountains I've got literally one thing on my mind (ok well, two) while we're house hunting: a place to read / make a little library and my kitchen (where all my husband cares about is his workshop). I'm setting this up as a personal library versus a public library - but all libraries are AH-MAZ-ING. *Also throwing in some Pinterest pics because #yolo*

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