My 2014 Reading List – UPDATED!


Last year, I listed all of the books I wanted to read in 2013.  I made a dent, but not as much as I wanted to.  Although, come to think of it, there were books that I read that weren’t on my initial list – two being the Divergent series!  Here’s my list for 2014.  (Note: a New Year resolution I really need to keep to this year, is to NOT BUY ANY MORE BOOKS until I read the gazillion I have in paperback or downloaded on my Kindle.)

  1. Orphan Train – COMPLETED 1/15/14
  2. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
  3. The Holiday by Jane Green
  4. A Walk in the Park by Jane Green
  5. The Girls in 3B by Valerie Taylor
  6. Over You by Emma McLaughlin
  7. Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  8. Swim by Jennifer Wiener
  9. Paris Without End by Gioia Diliberto
  10. Paris in Love by Eloisa James
  11. The Fallback Plan by Leign Stein
  12. Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb
  13. Prep, a novel by Curtis Sittenfield
  14. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. Pearl of China by Anchee Min
  17. Womenomics by Claire Shipman
  18. The Weighing of the Heart by Jane Thynne
  19. Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava
  20. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
  21. The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Phillipa Gregory
  22. Motherland by Amy Shone
  23. A Place of Yes by Bethenny Frankel
  24. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
  25. The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
  26. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  27. The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
  28. The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
  29. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Brett
  30. Smut: Stories by Alan Bennett
  31. Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan
  32. The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
  33. A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay — READING NOW AND LOVING!  9/20/14The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
  34. Saving Ceecee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – COMPLETED 7/14
  35. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  36. The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain
  37. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
  38. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
  39. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  40. Promises to Keep by Jane Green
  41. The Summer We Met Gatsby by Danielle Ganek- COMPLETED 9/12/14
  42. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

Do you have any good book recommendations?  I’d love to hear!


  1. The Chaperone – COMPLETED 1/14
  2. No, Seriously – (audiobook) COMPLETED 1/14
  3. On the Inside – COMPLETED 1/14
  4. Orphan Train – COMPLETED 4/14
  5. Wedding Night – (audiobook) Sophie Kinsella – COMPLETED 2/14
  6. Spelling it Like it is (audiobook) – COMPLETED 3/14
  7. Have You Found Her? – COMPLETED 4/14
  8. Brunette Ambitions (Lea Michele – audiobook) – COMPLETED 5/14
  9. Maxed Out – American Moms on the Brink – COMPLETED 6/14
  10. The American Heiress – COMPLETED 7/14
  11. The Book of Life – COMPLETED 8/10




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Five for Friday: September 19th

5 friday favorites

It’s Friiiiiiddaaayyyyyy!  This week was a bit slow-moving for me but Friday is here so I am super happy!!  Last weekend I decorated my house for Halloween and my husband didn’t understand why so early.  I want to enjoy the decorations!!!  Next thing you know it is going to be time to decorate for Christmas (um, Michael’s you’re freaking me out with your multiple rows of Xmas cheer…).  I digress…on to the Five for Friday!

1. Ever wonder what wine goes best with your tradition of Friday night pizza?  Enter this cool Vinepair app…all you have to do is click on the cute toppings illustrations of what type of pizza you are eating and if you are planning on drinking red or white wine and voila!

2. One of my dreams has come true, although I was a bit disappointed I must say.  So SJP’s house is up for sale, and there are pictures of the absolutely awesome kitchen and other interior rooms INCLUDING her closet.  She totally cleaned it out before the photo shoot because I envisioned it much more crowded.  What do you think?

3. I am a huge Starbucks fan.  I loved this video on Saturday Night Live introducing the Verismo.  So funny!

4. This next article is for my Long Island readers!  25 Things You Don’t Understand About Long Island Unless You Lived There – so true!

5. If you are a scarf lover, don’t miss out on my post about Fall Scarves and video share of cool ways to tie them!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Five Interesting Facts About Lemons

five interesting facts about lemons

Lemons enhance beauty, health and are a great aid to lose weight.  Below are five interesting facts about lemons…there are so many more!

  1. Lemon rinds contain more antioxidants than the juice.  Freeze the rinds and add them to tea, soups, etc.
  2. Cut a lemon lengthwise to get the most juice out of it.
  3. Are you a self-tanner?  Put too much on in one area?  Squeeze half of a lemon over that darker area and rub the wedge on it.  Rinse and repeat a few times.  The citric acid in the lemon helps to lift the stain.
  4. Are your fingernails needing a little TLC?  Cut a lemon in half and put your fingers into the pulp, making sure that the full nail is covered by the pulp.  Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Believe it or not, drinking warm lemon water in the morning instead of that cup of coffee will aid in digestion, is an excellent source of vitamin C, and helps flush out toxins, among other things!


Do you have any interesting facts about lemons you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear about them!



Fall Trend – Scarves!

fall fashion scarves

While reorganizing my guest bedroom closet, I came to realize that I have quite a few scarves.  I think scarves are a GREAT accessory to any outfit – especially when one has a wardrobe like mine that is neutral.  A scarf can add an extra pop of color or texture – besides the traditional use to keep you warm!

Believe it or not I do have scarves with color!  I love polka dots and paisley print – I guess scarves are the one clothing item that I really do tend to buy outside of my normal comfort zone.

As mentioned in my Fall Fashion: Part One post, plaid is back!  Here are some fun plaid scarves to choose from:

Notice the Burberry-esque one for a fraction of the price!

You can easily achieve the dark floral trend with a gorgeous scarf!

Something about polka dots always makes me smile!

Missoni scarves are definitely on my “want” list, like the ones below, but are somewhat of an investment.  NOTE: they go on sale!!  Check out online shops like Gilt and Rue La La…sales pop up all the time.

Now on to how to actually wear the scarf and not just admire its beauty!  Depending on the shape of the scarf, there are many different ways you can tie it!  The video below is awesome.  I sat in front of the mirror with my computer right next to me and pressed play then pause then play then pause so I could try out a lot of the different styles.  They are definitely doable!

Do you wear scarves?  What’s your favorite print and style?