Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she's actually that old. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream or cupcakes, planning trips she has no money for, having brunch with friends, listening to music with oversized headphones and hanging out with her dog Finnikin.

When A Book Just Hits So Close To Home

Sometimes when a book hits super close to home I don’t know how to write about it. I decided to go for the method I did when I wrote about Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and write a letter to the author.

The book in question?

Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us which is OUT TODAY! I did receive this book as a review copy, c/o Bloomsbury for review consideration, but I pinky swear that these are all my own thoughts and I wasn’t compensated for them.


The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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I’m having one of those weeks where I can’t get my brain to really focus on any of the posts on my long list of posts to write. None of them sound appealing or, if they do, they feel time consuming and my brain doesn’t want that write now. I’m just staring at my screen blankly yet again this week.

I’ve seen these sorts of posts all over blogs in every kind of blog niche so I thought it might be fun to create my own version and let you know what’s currently happening in my life and also it helps me not have to admit defeat and close my computer yet again.

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What To Get Your Book-Loving Mom For Mother’s Day

Gift Ideas For Book-Loving Moms on Mother's Day

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a decent amount of time you know that I lost my mom to brain cancer in 2006 when I just shy of 21 years old. My mom was a reader — she devoured John Grisham and just about any other mystery or thriller, memoirs of all kinds, any Oprah book club book and any sort of romance (Danielle Steele was her favorite).  I feel like I definitely got my love for reading at an early age from her. I always think about how our relationship would have changed once I became an adult (things were a bit tumultuous between us when she got sick). One of the things I often think about is if we would have talked books and given each other recommendations. I wonder if she would have branched out in her reading tastes and we could have read books together. I really would have loved to buy her books for Mother’s Day!

So I thought it might be fun to put together some books (and extra non-book goodies at the end) to help you pick out for YOUR moms for Mother’s Day! (Or for yourself, let’s be real!).

Mostly everything is going to be more recent releases in hopes that your mom hasn’t read it yet!

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Everything, Everything Film Giveaway

Today I’m really excited to be partnering with Warner Bros. to offer you guys an awesome book-to-movie themed giveaway for a book I REALLY enjoyed back when I read it– Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (you can check out my review of the book here). The book was super emotional and I cannot wait to see how it translates on screen! The trailers I’ve seen for it have me even more excited for it. Plus Amandla Stenberg is PERFECT. JUST LOOK AT THEM.

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If We Were Having Coffee

I saw a life coach I love, Ashley, do a post entitled If We Were Having Coffee and I decided to take her lead and do one myself in November 2013 because I loved it and sometimes I feel like we forget that there is a whole life behind the people that write and read blogs. I got such a great response to my initial post so I made it a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!


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So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I’m drinking WATER…because I had to do the 3 hour glucose test today and I literally want nothing except water after that.


If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. I can tell it’s going to destroy me just like his debut, The Serpent King, did. I’d ask what you are reading right now!

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I can’t believe I’m in the third trimester and I’d tell you all about the worries I have right now — some serious, some kind of silly. I’m terrified of giving birth and, erm, the recovery. STOP READING ABOUT IT, SELF. I’m terrified something will be wrong with her. That I’ll be a terrible mom. That Will and I will not be as good of a team under the strain of parenthood as we are now. What if we go into debt bc KIDS ARE EXPENSIVE. That I will never have a life again. That I will lose who I am. That I will never get to travel ever again. And then it’s like super specific things like WHAT IF BREASTFEEDING HURTS AND IS TOO HARD or WHAT IF I NEVER FIT INTO ANY OF MY PRE-BABY CLOTHES AGAIN. There’s just so much big and little stuff to worry about and my brain can’t shut off.

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Adult Fiction Edition

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Hello hello! Time to share what I’ve been reading lately and what I thought about it! I have been on a reading roll lately in between getting ready for the baby and being semi-social (honestly I’ve been taking my social life a lot more easy I get tired so easily now in third trimester….so more curling up on the couch with a book for me than normal). So let’s talk about some of the adult fiction  I’ve been reading lately (which I feel like I’ve been picking up a bunch of books that really work for me) and then sometime next week I will share some of the YA I’ve been reading.

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Monthly Rewind: April 2017


It’s MAY! I think May is one of my favorite months because the weather starts getting nicer and feels more summer-y which is my fave. Time for my April recap!


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Picked up my library holds! Read (and really enjoyed) My Not So Perfect Life and am currently reading All the Missing Girls.

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14 New YA Series To Start This Year + A Giveaway

14 New Young Adult Series To Start This Year

Since I was quite MIA from November through February because of that pesky morning sickness and general WTF-is-happening-with-my-body pregnancy feels, I didn’t really get a chance to talk about what books I was excited about for 2017 so I thought it might be fun, even months after the start of 2017, to share what new series I’m excited to start this year and think that you should be excited about too! Some have already come out and some are still upcoming!

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8 Recently (Or Soon-To-Be) Released Historical Fiction Books I’ve Added To My TBR

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I’ve been a little out of the loop lately when it comes to what adult fiction books are coming out so recently when I had some free time I started perusing through Goodreads and publishers catalogs to get a sense of what was coming out and what I might want to add to my TBR. I always like to feel on top of things but things have been busy and ever-changing so it’s kind of fallen on the bottom of my TBR list. It was really relaxing to put on some music and discover some titles that piqued my interest. So today I figured I’d share with you 5 recently (or soon to be) released historical fiction novels I discovered. I loooove historical fiction so I’m hoping to snag some of these soon because I’ve definitely been in the mood for historical fiction lately.

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Monthly Rewind: March 2017 (Belated, I Know)

Oof…pretty telling where I’ve been at lately that my MARCH rewind is happening in like mid-April. I’ve been busy busy busy and…tired. But here we go anyways…


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Also you should follow my personal account — @jamielee841 — if you want to see even more!

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