November 2019 Wrap Up


I can't believe November is already over... The year is already over. I'm almost ready for Christmas which is unusual for me. I'm that person who waits until the last minute to buy my Christmas gifts. Not this year. I got a jump on it and am almost finished.

I hope you're making good headway on you Christmas shopping, but also have time to do some reading. I know my reading has been slower than normal, but what is slow, really? I guess slow for me. Here are the books I read in November. Enjoy!


Nothing worth 5 stars this month...











I'm on the last book of my Best of Goodreads 2018 Challenge. I can definitely finish it before the end of December. 

12/50 for my read around the country challenge.

4/196 for my Star Wars story line challenge.

30/341 for my Gilmore Girls challenge. 

Hoping to work on these more in 2020.


 It was a great November. Only read 14 books, but still reading. I have a few review books to get through and a book club book to finish. I can't wait to see what December brings. 

What was your favorite book you read in November?






Weekly Menu #328 And The Book Of The Week


Monday! We are one week closer to Christmas and I have to say I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. I'm normally the one that waits until the last minute to buy presents, so I'm really proud of myself this year. Just two more presents to buy. Of course they are the hardest people to buy for... Ugh...

This weeks book is Where the Crawdads Sing. I've already dove into the covers of this wonderful book and so far its pretty delicious. I can't wait to share it with all of you. What have you been reading lately? Share with me in the comments.

Lets get on to the menu, Enjoy!


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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday
Leftovers Night



Sunday Confessions # 20


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I've pre scheduled this post due to the holiday so hopefully I've had a wonderful Thanksgiving too. 

My reading has slowed down lately, its just that time of the year and I'm not always able to pick up a book and dive into it. I think I'm down to two or so books a week which is a far cry from the five or six I was getting through just a few weeks ago. That's ok thought. I wanted to read 150 books this year and I did, I wanted to read all the best books of 2018 according to Goodreads, and I'm currently reading the last book, its interesting so far. So, even though I've slowed down, I'm not worried about it.

Well, Lets get to this weeks confessions and see what's been going on around the blogosphere. 


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Weekly Menu #328 And The Book Of The Week 
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November 2019 Wrap Up
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Book Review: Leonard by William Shatner
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Sunday Confessions # 21



 I'm excited to read all three of these books. Already started Wonder Woman Warbringer because its short and a comic book. Can't wait to review it for you.

My book club Books and Burgers isn't meeting until January, but I've had this book on my currently reading list since October and it's calling my name. 


I've only heard great things about this book. Wonderful things, and I think now is the time to pick it up and just read it. I will probably forget the whole thing before our next meeting at the end of January, but I plan on making good notes and hoping for the best.

You can't turn down a book when it calls to you. You just can't.

Who is with me? Let's read Where the Crawdads Sing and have a wonderful discussion. 


Thanks for stopping by this weeks confessions, they are always fun to write and see what's been happening on the blog and around the blogosphere in the last week. Come back next week for more reviews and books to sink your teeth into.


Book Review: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaures by Steve Brusatte




Title: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
By: Steve Brusatte
Genre: Nonfiction
Pages: 404
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads: The dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they remain one of our planet’s great mysteries. Now The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs reveals their extraordinary, 200-million-year-long story as never before.

In this captivating narrative (enlivened with more than seventy original illustrations and photographs), Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field—naming fifteen new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork—masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy. Captivating and revelatory, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs is a book for the ages.

Brusatte traces the evolution of dinosaurs from their inauspicious start as small shadow dwellers—themselves the beneficiaries of a mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions at the beginning of the Triassic period—into the dominant array of species every wide-eyed child memorizes today, T. rex, TriceratopsBrontosaurus, and more. This gifted scientist and writer re-creates the dinosaurs’ peak during the Jurassic and Cretaceous, when thousands of species thrived, and winged and feathered dinosaurs, the prehistoric ancestors of modern birds, emerged. The story continues to the end of the Cretaceous period, when a giant asteroid or comet struck the planet and nearly every dinosaur species (but not all) died out, in the most extraordinary extinction event in earth’s history, one full of lessons for today as we confront a “sixth extinction.”

Brusatte also recalls compelling stories from his globe-trotting expeditions during one of the most exciting eras in dinosaur research—which he calls “a new golden age of discovery”—and offers thrilling accounts of some of the remarkable findings he and his colleagues have made, including primitive human-sized tyrannosaurs; monstrous carnivores even larger than T. rex; and paradigm-shifting feathered raptors from China.

An electrifying scientific history that unearths the dinosaurs’ epic saga, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs will be a definitive and treasured account for decades to come.



Review: Read this book since it was one of the best of 2018, but it really wasn't my cup of tea. I found it kind of dry and drawn out. I know way more about dinosaurs than I ever wanted to know, but yet, I don't think I retained that much. sigh... I was really hoping to like this one so I had to facts to throw at my autistic son, but that was not the case. 

If you've read this book, what did you think of it? 


Book Review: Wildfire Carrie Mac


Title: Wildfire
By: Carrie Mac
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 272
Release Date: January 28th, 2020
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Goodreads: Into the Wild meets The Serpent King in this story about Annie and Pete, two best friends on a dangerous and emotional trek through the woods.

Annie and Pete have been best friends since they were little. They know each other better than anyone, and they've been on more adventures than they can count--they even have a notebook filled with all the times they've almost died. But they always survive, because together, they're invincible.

And they've always been just friends. But lately, Annie has been thinking that maybe friendship is just the beginning, and she's been mentally replaying all the times they were almost something more.

Now they're heading out on their next great quest: a ten-day backpacking trip through the mountains of Washington State, ending at Fire Camp, where they'll learn to fight the area's growing wildfire problem. The woods spark with the promise of adventure, but a freak climbing accident interrupts their progress, and as the wildfires close in and smoke envelops them, Annie and Pete wander farther from the trail. Carrie Mac's gripping story of the power of unrequited love and the danger of the elements is harrowing, beautiful, and unforgettable.



Review: This was an amazingly intense story, filled with pain, hope and love. The main characters decide to go on a camping trip that would change their lives forever. This book was rough to get through, but in a good way. It gave me the feels and kept me guessing as to what was going to happen. The love aspect was almost secondary to the amazing trip they are going on, but it was nice that it didn't overshadow the story as so many authors like to do. 

I have to admit, I cried at the end, but a story that gives me the feels is worth the read. If you are looking for a book to read on a stormy afternoon, cuddle up in a blanket and grab your hot chocolate, this is the story for you. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

This book was set in the state of Washington so if you are needing a book for that state, here you go.



Weekly Menu #327 And The Book Of The Week


Monday! Is it really Monday again?! The boys are on Thanksgiving vacation from school and the holiday season is upon us. I really need to start my Christmas decorating and gift buying. Before I know it, Christmas will be here and I will be panicking.

This weeks book is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Its the last book in my 2018 Best of Goodreads Challenge and I'm excited to read it.

Lets get to this weeks menu, enjoy!


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Thursday
- Thanksgiving!

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Sunday
Leftovers Night



Sunday Confessions # 19


Happy Sunday. I love this part of the week. Not only is it my lazy day, but its also the day that I recap everything that has happened on the blog this week. Its fun to see what I've been up to and what's to come. I also love to hear what you've been up to and share things that I find on other people's blogs. Leave me a comment below, so I can stop by your blog.


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Weekly Menu #327 And The Book Of The Week
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Book Review: Wildfire Carrie Mac
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Book Review: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaures by Steve Brusatte
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Sunday Confessions # 20




All of these books look amazing and I can't wait to read them.


I can't wait to hear from you all. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you are reading this week.