Show Us Your Books- What I Read In September

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Seriously how in the world is it already time for the Show Us Your Books linkup with Steph and Jana already, and it’s the third anniversary of this awesome linkup for book lovers! Thanks again for continuing to host every month, I know that we all love it so much! The month of September really flew by and I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked to, but I did get a lot of books read for Erin’s Challenge, and I think that I’ll be able to finish it up this month! So let’s get on with the book reviews!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★ 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

After hearing about TJR for the past year, I finally understand what all of the hype is about! She manages to write a beautiful story that engages the reader and keeps them wanting to find out what happens next. I seriously don’t know what took me so long to read one of her books!

Emma started dating Jesse when they were in high school and after college they got married. They were so happy and perfect for each other so when Jesse disappears after a helicopter crash Emma is devastated and heartbroken and doesn’t know how to put her life back together. She moves home and slowly, and slowly but surely things start coming together, including meeting and becoming engaged to another man. So when Jesse shows up alive and well, Emma is torn between the two men that she loves, her true loves.

I’ve read my fair share of Nicholas Sparks books and while I do enjoy them, they can definitely be a little hokey if you know what I mean. This is so not true with One True Loves. TJR does a great job of making the characters and their decisions relatable and also very real as well. I’ll definitely be picking up more of her books in the future!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond ★ 4 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

As somebody that is married, one thing that you always hope for when you take that step and decide to get married is that your marriage will last forever. When Jake and Alice decide to get married, that is their exact hope as well. So when they receive an unexpected wedding gift that gives them the opportunity to join a special group called The Pact that guarantees their marriage will last forever, they jump at the opportunity. Little do they know that The Pact and its members are not what they seem.

I stayed up late several nights reading this book and literally couldn’t put it down. It took a while to figure out what The Pact was all about, but I think that was part of the appeal of the book. The only thing that sucked about this book was that it kind of ended a little vaguely, and I would have liked a more solid ending, but it didn’t stop the book from being good. If you’re looking for a good thriller with a little bit of a different premise, definitely make sure to pick up The Marriage Pact!

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber ★ 3 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Jo has had a pretty tough life. Her father was murdered at a young age, afterwards her mother ran off to join a cult, and her sister turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with it all. Despite all of that she’s managed to create a pretty good life for herself in NYC, until a brand new podcast starts to reexamine her father’s murder and Jo begins to question everything she believes to be true.

The premise of this book sounded really good and it was definitely a little more thrilling than other thrillers that I’ve read recently, but it just wasn’t my favorite book that I’ve read recently. I felt like it jumped around a bit between the past and the present which was sometimes hard to follow. I also normally like that in books, but it just didn’t work for this one. What I did like though was reading the excerpts from the podcast which was pretty interesting. I’d consider it more like a 3.5/5 stars.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books What I Read In September

One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi ★ 4 stars

I read my first book by Nadia Hashimi about a year ago called The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. It told the story of a young Rahima that became a bacha posh (a custom where a boy becomes a girl in Afghanistan in order to help out their family). It was one of the most moving books that I’ve read in a while and it is a book that has stayed with me as well. It was such beautiful writing and storytelling and it made you very thankful to be a woman in the western world.

When I saw that Nadia Hashimi had a new YA book out that was on the same subject I knew that I had to read it. Sometimes it’s hard for YA books to approach difficult subjects, but I thought that Nadia did a great job. I was also very pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book and recognized names and characters and storylines from The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell.

One Half From The East tells the story of another bacha posh that becomes a boy to help her father come back to them after a tragic bombing in Kabul. Obyad meets Rahim (The Pearl That Broke Its Shell) and they quickly become fast friends and vow to never be girls again. What follows is another beautiful story of how life in Afghanistan is harder for women but the strength of the girls and women that live over there. If you’re a fan of The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell or The Kite Runner, definitely pick this one up!

So while I didn’t get a ton of reading done this month, I thought that I read quite a lot of books that I really enjoyed and would highly recommend, which I feel like is better than last month where I had a lot of books that I didn’t really love.

Have you read any good books lately? Have you had a chance to pick up a TJR book yet?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In September reviews of One True Loves, The Marriage Pact, Are You Sleeping, and One Half From The East.

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 7.0 Results:

5 points: Freebie: Read a book that is at least 200 pages
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (352 pages, 5 stars).
10 points: Read a book that starts with the letter “B”
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (351 pages, 4 stars).
10 points: Read a book that has a (mostly) yellow cover
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (336 pages, 3 stars).
20 points: Read a book that was published in 2017 (submitted by Olya)
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond (432 pages, 4 stars).
20 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title (submitted by Mary)
One Half From The East by Nadia Hashimi (272 pages, 4 stars).
30 points: Read a fictional book about mental illness (submitted by Jamie)
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (352 pages, 3 stars).
35 points: Read a book a Disney movie was based on OR a book based on a Disney movie
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (453 pages, 4 stars).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 75
TOTAL POINTS: 130

The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done

Happy second Monday in October everybody! It’s still so surreal that it’s already the second Monday of the month, especially since it’s still so hot in Texas so it doesn’t feel like fall, plus it just means that I’m that much closer to my due date! I’m already 33 weeks, and it still doesn’t feel real! I’m hoping to get another bumpdate up this week, so hopefully you can look for that on Friday. Anyways, in true Monday fashion, it’s time for a little weekending with the always fabulous Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done

Friday

Things were going really well at work with our quarter end close, but with the Astros playoff game potentially ending right around the time that I normally get off work, I decided to head out of the office about 5 minutes early. It was so nice because I was able to get out of the office and home at a decent time.

Our neighborhood has started up Food Truck Fridays again, which I think happens every other week or once a month, but basically they get a whole bunch of Food Trucks at the front of the neighborhood with some music and basically gives everybody a chance to get together and eat some food. Chris and I had never been, but thought that it’d be a fun way to spend our Friday night so we decided to go.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done

They had about 6 or 7 food truck there and Chris and I had fun getting to try a little bit from a few different ones. We tried some tacos and empanadas, and then of course we couldn’t pass up cupcakes for dessert. It was also a lot of fun to see how many young parents there were in the neighborhood, and surreal to think that in just a few short months that’ll be us!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done

We spent the rest of the night just relaxing at home and watching movies that were on TV. It was nice to have a quiet night at home without any plans after having such a busy past few weeks.

Saturday

Sleeping in has definitely been a priority the past few weekends since I know that it’ll be in short supply once the babies get here, and this weekend was no different. I slept in a little bit Saturday morning before waking up to shower and head over to my friend Sarah’s house. It had seriously been forever since we’d gotten to hang out, and this weekend couldn’t have been more perfect.

I drove over to her house and spent the afternoon just hanging out with her and her daughter. We had some Chick-fil-A for lunch and then just hung out at their house for the afternoon talking about anything and everything, although there was a lot of baby talk, and we started watching the second season of Fuller House and even snuck in some Real Housewives in there too! We had such a good time that we decided to do the same thing next weekend! I already can’t wait!

I came home later that afternoon, and Chris and I watched the Aggie game. To be honest, neither one of us had high hopes for actually beating Bama, so I think that we were both pleasantly surprised with how well we played against the Tide and how close the game actually was. Were you at least a little bit nervous Nadine?

One thing that I really want to do before too long is get some freezer meals ready for when the girls get here, so Chris and I went through a lot of our recipes and we figured out which ones we want to make and got our grocery list ready during the game. Now we just need to buy everything and start prepping!

Sunday

Surprisingly we slept in again Sunday morning before finally waking up and getting the day started. We hadn’t received our coupon to complete our registry yet, but we went on ahead and made our way to Buy Buy Baby to get everything else that we needed from our registry. The people at the store were very nice and gave us our coupon at the store and also gave us our twin discount as well because we seriously have no idea when the girls could get here.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend Of Getting Baby Stuff Done

The rest of the afternoon we spent running errands and grocery shopping before heading home for the day. We had a lot of baby stuff that was just sitting in the game room so we went on ahead and got all of that organized along with getting everything put away in the nursery. Literally everything is done and ready for the babies to get here, except for getting the hospital bags ready to go. I’m hoping to get that done sometime this week or next weekend, and then all we have to do is wait! So crazy!

After going so much the past few weeks it was really nice to just have a weekend at home to get baby stuff done and to relax for a little bit too. Once our sweet girls get here I know that we’ll be so excited, but I also know that we’ll be super busy, so I’m trying to soak in as much relaxing and doing nothing until they get here. So the next few weekends will probably not be very exciting around these parts, but I know that we’ll definitely be enjoying them!

Did you have a fun weekend? Does your neighborhood have Food Truck events? 

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A nice relaxing weekend at home getting baby stuff done around the house. We are in full nesting mode getting ready for the twins!

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The Weekend With The Football Game

I feel like we’ve been nonstop for the past month, and let’s just say, I’m very much looking forward to a weekend of not doing much of anything except for getting baby stuff ready. But when everything is all said and done, these weekends of going are so much fun, and I know that I’ll be missing them once the babies get here. So let’s get into a little bit of a weekending with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

Friday

The weekend kicked off perfectly on Friday with my last shower hosted by the girls from my office. Chris was able to come up to the office and my coworkers totally outdid themselves with all things cute and adorable! Everything was decorated with the colors that we’re using in the girls’ nursery, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more beautiful! They even put together an awesome diaper castle that was pretty epic as well! I felt so loved by all of my coworkers, and the girls now have some really cute clothes and their stroller as well! I’m so thankful for my company and coworkers, and I know that I’ll be very happy to go back to everybody after my maternity leave.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

Chris and I didn’t have much planned on Friday night after the shower, so we just headed home and spent the rest of the night just relaxing and got caught up on our shows from our DVR. A lot of our favorite shows had started up for the fall this past week so it was nice to get caught up with them again.

Saturday

We tried not to stay up too late on Friday night because we were up bright and early on Saturday to head to College Station for our only Aggie football game of the season, and the girls’ first game as well! We arrived in town in the perfect amount of time to see my parents for a little bit before heading to see Chris’s cousin for an early lunch. So far things are going great for her at A&M which we’re so happy about, although I definitely have to admit that talking to her about school makes me miss college a little bit! I loved the freedom of being in college and didn’t mind the studying, but I have to admit getting a paycheck is pretty nice too!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

We managed to do a little shopping while we were in town, of course, and got the cutest Class of 2040 onesies for the girls along with their own 12th Man Towels that say their names and have their class year as well. I promise we’re not going to brainwash them too much…

After our very expensive shopping expedition we dropped Chris’s cousin back off at her dorm before we headed back to my parents’ house to relax for a little bit before going to the game. I have to admit one of the best parts about having the brand new Kyle Field is the fact that there’s now escalators to get you all the way to the top of the stadium. Needless to say, this pregnant lady took full advantage of those escalators and had zero regrets.

I wish that I could say that the game was an amazing one and we played well, but I feel like the Aggies kind of sucked it up the first half, and it wasn’t that much fun to watch. Thankfully, everything else about the game was amazing. I loved being back in the Home of the 12th Man, yelling for my team, and listening to the band. It literally felt like coming home! The thing that I loved the most was the fact that they’ve now mic’d the band so they’re blasted all through the stadium. It was actually pretty funny because South Carolina brought a small band and we could only hear them because we were close and they would basically start playing, and then the Aggie band would pretty much have a drop mic type of moment and start playing and just completely overpower them. It was awesome!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

Besides the amazing atmosphere and the not so amazing game, the only other crappy side to the game was the fact that during the first quarter they announced over the loud speaker that there was a drop in the water pressure and the bathroom facilities weren’t working in the entire stadium. Talk about the wrong thing to stay to a 7 month pregnant lady! They did say that you could back into the stadium with your ticket, but the only problem was that we were at the top of stadium, so if I walked out, I wasn’t going to be coming back. They did end up getting them fixed later on, but the bathrooms were pretty gross until the end of the game.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game
The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

Combined with how terrible the Aggies were doing and the bathroom situation and my 7 month pregnant self having some major feet swelling, Chris and I decided to leave after the 3rd quarter. As soon as we walked out of the stadium we could hear that something bad had happened, and once we got home, we realized that we’d had a TD called back because of a bad call and the whole 12th Man got super upset. Thankfully the Aggies were able to pull off a win, but let’s just say that we don’t have too high of hopes for the game against Bama next weekend!

Sunday

Chris and I slept in for a little bit at my parents’ house on Sunday before we packed up and grabbed some lunch with a friend before heading home. I swear I don’t think that my parents knew what they were getting themselves into when they bought their retirement home in College Station because we’re going to be there a lot during football season!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With The Football Game

As soon as Chris and I got home we started to pick up the house a little bit because it was a disaster and the cleaning people were coming on Monday. The other major thing that we did was to organize the baby clothes and get all of them and the blankets and swaddles washed and put away. I seriously love all of the clothes that we got and can’t wait to see our girls wear them all! After the tons of laundry, Chris and I spent the rest of the night relaxing and watching a few of our shows. It wasn’t the most exciting of Sundays, but we needed that after our very exciting Saturday!

Did you have a good weekend? Do you like going back to your alma mater for football games?

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All about our weekend in College Station to watch the Aggies Beat The Hell Outta South Carolina!

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