Summer Reads

Confession: There is no way I will read as many books as I did last year. I blame that on the honeymoon, because I powered through four or five or something crazy while I was chillin’ in The Bahamas. I have managed to knock out a few books this summer, though. Please note that in Atlanta, summer actually starts in May. Or whenever things aren’t covered in yellow pollen anymore.

So far, this summer I have completed three books and I’m in the middle of three. I am totally one of those people who book hops. But I have a good reason.

Here’s what I’m reading now:

Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris

9780441019359BWill I ever finish this series? Not likely. I have a tendency to read a few chapters of this and then bounce to something more light-hearted, because Sookie is depressing. SHE IS SO DEPRESSING. Ugh. Stop it, Sookie. I also get really confused when True Blood comes back on, because the books and the show don’t even have the same characters alive and dead. Is that a spoiler? I’m sorry if it is. Whatever. I’ll be reading these books until I’m 50.

Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons (Rose Gardner Mysteries #2) by Denis Grover Swank 

13571724I’m completely reading this book because I already started the first one and I have this weird urge to complete series when I start them. Which probably contributes greatly to my TV addiction. It’s cute, and worth the cheap price or free if you use Amazon prime.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs


I’m actually reading this one for Kelly’s Blogger 2 Blogger Book Club, so that explains why there’s a third book on my currently reading list. I’ve just barely started the first chapter, but man oh man does this one seem creepy. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to read this at night. I’ll read it on the car on the way to the beach this weekend!

And now, for the actual achievements of the summer, the whopping three books that I’ve completed:

The One and Only by Emily Giffin

18465657If you’ve read this, please, PLEASE comment and tell me if you were kind of grossed out by this book as well. I have always loved Emily Giffin books, and as much as I wanted to find the romance in this one, I just couldn’t really. Ew.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


As much as everyone raved about this book, I didn’t expect to like it, based on the summary I read. I was pleasantly surprised once I couldn’t put it down. That twist halfway through really shocked me. Also, Amazing Amy reminded me of a certain blogger. Does that weird you out? Yeah, it was probably you.

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes (Rose Gardner Mysteries #1) by Denis Grover Swank

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I totally grabbed this book because it was free on Amazon and I needed some relief after the seriousness of Gone Girl. Also, these books have some serious Southern dialect happening in them, so if that bothers you, steer clear. I honestly feel like it’s a bit of overkill. Like, really, even my South Georgia relatives don’t talk like that.

What have you read this summer? Linkup with My Little HEA & The Rachael Way!




Hannah is a Minnesota blogger in grad school for Speech Pathology. She’s a redhead (awesome) and a lover of Long Island Iced Teas, Netflix, and Pinterest. In case you didn’t catch on to her blog name, a palindrome is a word that is spelled the same backwards and forwards… Like Hannah! When you start reading Hannah’s blog (you need to) you’ll find her posts full of insight as someone who’s just finished her undergrad and is starting to enter the real world.

My favorite posts by Hannah:
To Those Still in College, This is for You
The A-Z of Hannah, the Palindrome Behind the Blog
You Know You Are a Speech Language Pathology Student If…

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Dating Rules from My Future Self

We know Hulu is a great place to catch your major network shows the day after they’ve aired, but have you checked out the Hulu original shows? I know, most of them look horrible. But I found a gem on there…


Dating Rules from My Future Self popped up in 2012, but unless you pay attention to what’s going on as far as Hulu originals, you probably didn’t notice it (or did you? let me know). Your main girl here is Shiri Appleby, who you might recognize from Roswell or even Life Unexpected (WHY WAS THAT CANCELED). Each episode is only 7-9 minutes, so you can watch the entire series in a day if you want.


Shiri, or Lucy, seems to have everything, but something’s just not right. She starts getting text messages from herself… in the future. I must warn you that if shorthand texts bother you a lot, you might want to skip this show, as the first episode is titled “Who R U?”


Can you believe they made a second season of this? They did.


In the second season, our leading lady is Chloe, played by Candice Accola (from Vampire Diaries). She has a weird obsession with Cheetos (really, they will make several appearances), sleeps around, and is kind of a slob.


We advance a bit in technology this season, and Chloe is confronted by face time calls from her future self, or just herself wearing a wig.

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I found the second season to be cheesier (see what I did there?) but more entertaining. I also loved that Shiri popped up to make everything come full circle.


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The Safe Place

Thursday morning at 7 am, my phone rang. Mostly asleep, I hit the silent button, thinking that my mom had accidentally dialed my number. A few seconds passed, and I remembered that Mom would not normally be awake that early during the summer, as she’s a teacher on summer break. The voicemail notification appeared.

Mom was okay, but had a bit of a scare, as she’s had previous heart problems. She had taken an ambulance to the hospital and had no transportation home, and no one with her. I can say from experience that being in the hospital is not fun, and being there alone is worse. So, I quickly got ready, started my drive to Gwinnett, and managed to get to the hospital around 8 am.

As I pulled into the ER parking lot, memories came flooding back. It was my first time back at Gwinnett Medical since my recovery from my appendectomy was complete. I remembered walking into the ER, in immense pain, but still refusing a wheelchair. I remembered the feeling of relief when I came back two more times, despite my tears and cries that I didn’t want to go back.

Here was where my body was fixed. Here was where my pain subsided. Here I could be monitored and saved at any moment. Here was safe. And home was not.

I hated that when I walked through the doors of the ER on Thursday that I still felt relief; I still associated the building with a sense of security. But I did. I do. This place is where many come to die, and where most feel pain. But it is where I came to be healed.


I left the building for a few minutes to take care of a few things before my mom was discharged, and when I sat back down in my car, I paused for a moment to reflect. This place still feels safe. But I realized (and smiled a bit as I did) that now, over two years later, home feels safe, too.


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Rachael is an Ohio blogger (but has lived in the ATL!) and a recent grad. She’s heading to China this fall for her first full-time teaching job! But first, she’s coming to visit me, because she’s awesome. Rachael’s blog is where you’ll find some of those DEEP posts that you’ll keep thinking about and want to share on Facebook with all your friends.

My favorite posts by Rachael:
The Comparison Game
On Internet Friendships
Things I Learned in College

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