This might be my favorite post of the week (well…I mean, I’m not going to lie, Thursday and Friday are going to be so much fun too!!!). Today is day three of our Five Days of Fabulous PLUS my November Book Review! Two of my favorite things in one post. #imflatoutgiddyrightnow
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So, what’s in store for day three…
…you and FOUR friends will each receive a pair of Hunter Boots!
You and FOUR friends. Four!
You can gift them to your mama, your bestie, your neighbor, your daughter, your sister, aunt, cousin and anyone in-between. Hunter Boots (a.k.a. Wellies) are hands down, without a doubt, one hundred percent the best rain boot you’ll find. You will LOVE these boots and they make excellent Christmas gifts too! Two years ago, I gave three ladies in my family all Wellies in different colors and they were a huge hit. These my friends, will rock your world…
My red Wellies pair beautifully with some of my favorite stuff from the women’s department at Nordstrom: black jeans, gray sweater, white tank and festive red scarf. My favorite things from Nordstom’s Womens Department (who by the way sponsors posts like this and helps make giveaways happen! Thank you Nordstrom!!!) If you win, you can pick between the tall Wellies or the short.
And then there’s that scarf…
So, make sure you enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a pair of Wellies for you and then four more pairs to gift this holiday season. You should probably go ahead and tell your friends and family to do the same! And if you love this, you will also love some of my other favorite things from Nordstrom this season, just scroll, click and enjoy below…
Now…on to my November Book Review!
This month, I did something different. I read two regular books and then I also read THREE Christmas books. I thought if I read them in November and reviewed them today, then you would all get the chance to read them in December. ‘Tis the season, right friends?! Here we go…
I read A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams and it was without a doubt one of my favorite books of 2016. (This is not one of the holiday books by the way!) Okay, wow! I loved every single page! This fictional tale takes place on the New England coast right before World War II and the story will suck you in and give you all the feels right away. I really could not finish this one fast enough and I’ve already purchased my next book of hers to read. I think this book will draw both of my chick-lit friends and my more serious literature reading friends in. I was captivated by it. Love, love, loved this novel! I cannot say enough good things about this one!
This next book surprised me the most. I am a huge fan of author Jennifer Weiner, so when she came out with this new memoir, I had to read it and it was well…so honest and raw. Hungry Heart is a book full of stories from Weiner’s life that explains who she is and how she became the author she is today. She is just so personal in this book. It’s real, it’s emotional, it’s honest, it’s sad, it’s funny, it’s happy, it’s inspiring, it’s a little depressing and everything else all wrapped up in one book. I just thought I enjoyed her books before, but now that I know a lot of the back story of her life, I’m really going to enjoy them moving forward. If you are a fan of Weiner, you should really read this book too.
Winter Storms was without a doubt my favorite Christmas novel to read this month. Now please listen…this is the third and final book in a trilogy, so you must read Winter Stroll and then Winter Street before you read this one. I reviewed Winter Stroll HERE and Winter Street HERE. This final book to the trilogy wraps up this family and ties a nice big bow around all of the plot lines we’ve been following these last two years. I love Elin Hilderbrand…you already know that, and I especially love these heartwarming, family-based, Christmas novels she writes. It’s very much like that movie The Family Stone…it’s complicated, messy, full of love, heartache, a little suspense and Christmas cheer. I honestly think you could skip my next two novels that I’m about to review and just read these three instead.
Oh man…I was so disappointed by Hot Flash Holidays. Sigh. So, last month, I read my first Nancy Thayer book and completely fell in love. I vowed right then and there to read all of her novels…and so when I saw that she had a holiday novel, I was ecstatic! But then, I read it and was disappointed. This book is based on her Hot Flash series that she has, but I was told you could read it independently of the other books (which I did). I followed along with the characters just fine, but after reading it, I really have no desire to read any more about them. I am not giving up on Thayer’s books, I’m just going to read something outside of the Hot Flash girls next time (they’re named that because they’re a group of friends who are all going through that hot flash time in their lives 😉 ). It was okay…it was cute enough, it was certainly festive and Christmas-y (with other holidays thrown in too!), but I was ready for it to be over and kind of bummed that I wasted a book on it for the month.
And my final book of the month is The Perfect Christmas. Okay listen, I’ve been watching some of those Hallmark Christmas movies and I swear, this is probably one of them. If you like the Hallmark movies (cheesy and a little predictable but very cute and sweet), then you will love this book. If the Hallmark movies aren’t your jam, don’t read this one. Got it? This novel is very light and easy to read. It has a sweet little story based around the holiday season and you’ll be happy at the end. Seriously, Hallmark girls, get this one.
Those are my November books! Okay, what should I read in 2017? I have my December books all lined up, but I would love suggestions for next year. Next month, I’ll recap my December books plus do a review of all of 2016.
Don’t forget, to see all of my books for the year, just click HERE. There you will find a complete listing plus my reviews.
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