Let’s Talk {February}

February 15, 2014

Raise your hand if you’re sick of winter and ready for Spring. Me me me me! I know everyone’s talking about the weather, but it does really feel like it’s going to be cold for forever. Earlier this month, my mom and I took a dual birthday trip to Key West! My birthday was on the 1st and hers the 7th. It was really bizarre wearing shorts and being hot in February. We had a blast and ate so much food, including lots of slices of key lime pie of course. Stay tuned for more on our adventure in Key West! Now that I’m back in freezing temps, I’ve got plenty of things to keep me occupied inside until it’s flip flop weather!

Bitter is the New Black, Jen Lancaster

I have always loved books, but recently I have become obsessed with reading. I gobble books up these days like they’re about to disappear forever. My latest favorite author is Jen Lancaster. If you’ve never read her books and need a hearty chuckle, she’s your girl. I first read The Tao of Martha and was hooked, so I decided to read all of her books going from her first published. I’ve read her first, Bitter is the New Black, and then Bright Lights, Big Ass. She is absolutely hilarious and tells it like it is. Jen and I would so be BFFs if she lived in Nashville. Her books are such a fun read, I can barely put them down! I’m about to start her third book, Such a Pretty Fat.

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

I’m also digging all the lists of books to read before they become movies. I’ve read Gone Girl, Reconstructing Amelia, and If I Stay. I can’t wait to see how the movies turn out after reading the books! Find me on Goodreads to see what’s on my reading lists.

Nashville Public Library

Speaking of lists, I must be living in a cave because I only recently discovered the awesome My Lists feature from the Nashville Public Library. This feature is the coolest thing ever for a girl like me that loves lists! I do a quick search for the books I want to read and then sort them into lists I create. When I’m ready to check out a new book, I just press a button. It saves my settings for which library branch I want the book sent to. If you’re not taking advantage of your local library, you should. What a gift to be able to read as many books as you want FOR FREE! And yes, I’m still old-fashioned in that I like to read real books. I stare at a computer all day for my job, plus this blog, so I don’t like reading books on a screen. I like to feel it in my hands and turn real pages. I really do like to curl up with a good book!

I leave you with THE happiest song ever. It’s on repeat in my car and I listen to it over and over and over. I also dance to it in my kitchen when I’m cooking or cleaning. šŸ™‚ My coworker put this song on when we were driving back from lunch the other day and I’ve been playing it ever since. I really wish it would play everywhere I go like in the movies, ha ha! I dare you to not get a stupid grin while you listen to it!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products/brands mentioned above. Iā€™m simply sharing my opinions based on personal experience.

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  • Beth February 16, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I love that song!!!!!

    • Leah Short February 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

      I like it when I luck out and that’s the song playing when my alarm goes off in the morning. It’s like I’m happy to get out of bed for a change! šŸ˜‰

  • alexandra February 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I hadn’t read a book in [I’m ashamed to admit] probably a year before we took a vacation over New Years a couple weeks ago. Since then, I’ve been devouring books left and right!

    I made the move from goodreads to shelfari last year. Now, of course, I’m seeing all these folks I know use goodreads – thinking I’m going to shift back over!

    • Leah Short February 17, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Oh I hadn’t heard of Shelfari! I love anything that organizes my books. I can’t get enough of reading these days!

  • Amanda February 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Jen Lancaster came to Nashville a few years ago and had a book signing/reading. She was so funny in person! I love her books – can’t wait to read the newest. The Nashville Library also has 5 free downloads of music every week too if you haven’t discovered that yet!

    • Leah Short February 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Oh I would love to meet her in person! Yes, I learned about the 5 free downloads a while back. That’s a wonderful freebie, too! I hope libraries never go away.

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely February 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I love that song too! It’s in Despicable Me 2, so I extra love it. Thanks for the book recommendations : )

  • Renee V. March 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE me some Jen Lancaster! Discovered years back when I went to Pawley’s Island. The first book was there at the beach house and I picked it up and read it in a day and a half! She is too funny!