Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Thought You’d Hate, but Ended Up Loving!

I swear that the week after a vacation is the slowest dang thing that has ever existed. I need to start making sure that when I go on vacation it bleeds into two separate weeks so I can prolong the amount of time it takes me to have to complete a full week of work. This has been bruuuutal y'all. However, it's always nice to get back into a routine and I've been doing a bunch of reading so I'm not too upset about it. As I mentioned earlier this week I'm making a Thai Curry dish to pair with my Behind Her Eyes review which I'll be posting on Friday, so keep an eye out! For today, I wanted to participate in Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday, like all the other memes I do is actually a Goodreads group rather than a blog! Different "top 5" topics are discussed every week and it's a super fun way to revisit and share books you've already read with readers. I definitely suggest checking out the group if you're into these kinds of posts! This week the topic is "books you thought you'd hate but ended up loving"! This one is actually pretty hard for me (but IDKKK I feel like I say that all the time) because I generally don't read books I think I'll hate. So I'm going for more of a "books I was less enthusiastic about reading but ended up loving" vibe.

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Thoughtful Thursday’s: Whole30 Review!

We have finally arrived ya'll! My husband and I have officially and successfully completed Whole30. I couldn't decide if this was a true book review or not, but I'm more so writing about my personal experience, not the book. For those of you that don't know, Whole30 is an elimination diet where you remove various food groups from your diet for 30 days and slowly reintroduce them back in to see how they affect your body and the way you feel. I'm not going to be giving any advice (other than, if you do Whole30, meal planning is super important) but rather, just giving my experiences on the way we've felt and what we've thought throughout this process. 

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Every Heart a Doorway Review + Tortilla Soup Recipe!

What does that title say? Does it say RECIPE?! Yes, yes it does my friends - so without further ado, welcome back to the table! I'm getting back into the swing of things and I plan on bringing ya'll a lot more Recipe and a Read posts so buckle in folks - it's gonna be a good time! Today's review is for Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire! I'm pairing today's review with a recipe for my very own recipe for Tortilla Soup. This soup is super versatile, healthy, warm, comforting and super easy!

I honestly don't even know where to begin with this review because this book was both what I expected and nothing like I expected at the same time. Eleanor West's Home For Wayward Children, is exactly what the name describes and nothing like the name describes. This is a common theme throughout this book. Eleanor West takes in lost, disoriented, troubled children from their parents with a vow to rehabilitate them so they can become functioning members of society. What she doesn't tell the parents of these troubled children - is that the reason for their newfound affliction is not trauma in a traditional sense but that they've "tumbled" into and out of another world. Only to return to this one feeling helpless and like they've left the only real home they've ever known.

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