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#FridayFrivolity Wishlist of a Book Worm -- Reading Recommendations!

The Wishlist of a Book Worm...

Wishlist of a bookworm -- good books to read, self-help, parenting, sci-fi, suspense, and fantasy.  Reviews of Marissa Meyer Cress, Charlotte Williams House on the Cliff, Danish Way of Parenting, Fellside, Brain Fog Fix, via Devastate Boredom

My pal Audrey over at Munofore picked our theme for tonight's #FridayFrivolity, and I have to admit it caused me a little angst!  I have the same angst every time somebody asks me what my favorite book is... so many books... how am I ever to choose just ONE?     

So yea, please don't ever ask me what my favorite book is.  I will probably involuntarily roll my eyes at you, and then feel bad about it later.

However, my current Book Worm Wishlist is pretty easy to pinpoint, because in the end I just decided to share what I have on hold at the library.  ;)  So here goes:

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Fellside -- I recently read this author's oh-so-creepy and satisfying The Girl With All the Gifts, so I'm psyched to read another by him.  This title seems to be about a haunted prison... CAN'T WAIT!






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The Danish Way of Parenting -- I previously reviewed Bringing Up Bebe, which discussed French parenting habits and the ways in which they might (or might not) be superior to standard American parenting... However, emphasizing play, authenticity, and empathy, the Danish tradition sounds even more my style!  I'm really looking forward to reading this one too.




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The House on the Cliff -- I accidentally read the sequel to this book first (review of Dark Tower here!) and thought it was awesomely suspenseful and intelligent, so this one is on my list for soon too!  After doing a lot of "purposeful" / educational reading lately, I'm dying to dive back into some good fiction...





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Cress -- This is the third book in a series, so check out my review of the first one, Cinder, here.  Mixing fairy tale and science fiction, this series is the equivalent of tasty mental junk-food.  Perfect easy reading over the holidays!






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The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just Three Weeks -- This one I just stumbled across randomly, but it sounds like a great one for re-centering on some goals going into the new year!  I have to admit that the sub-title sounds COMPLETELY unlikely, but hey, it had good reviews on Amazon so I'm still expecting good things here.







Got any good recommendations for me??  I'm feelin' fiction at the moment, but clearly I'm always up for some good self-help inspiration as well.... I've pretty much dusted off the books by my favorite comedic writers (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling... though I think there is still one by David Sedaris I haven't read yet... something about Owls?) so if you have one to recommend in that genre I especially want to hear about it.  Bring forth the funny!  ;)

OH and don't forget to stop by the other #FridayFrivolity hosts to check out their wishlist recommendations as well!!  There's bound to be some AWESOME ones.

Wishlist of a bookworm -- good books to read, self-help, parenting, sci-fi, suspense, and fantasy.  Reviews of Marissa Meyer Cress, Charlotte Williams House on the Cliff, Danish Way of Parenting, Fellside, Brain Fog Fix, via Devastate Boredom


Now on to the link-up! :D

Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
 

Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!


The Hosts:


FridayFrivolity host Sarah Eliza of Devastate Boredom

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Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to's and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON'T Read book reviews, and more!  Stop by her blog for winter Capsule Wardrobe inspiration -- mix-and-match outfit inspiration in burgundy and olive! 


Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey's most recent post reviews Classic Games for Family Fun -- awesome recommendations for holiday gifts, or game nights through the year!


Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity
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  Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa's latest post is a hilarious and awesome list of Stocking Stuffers from A-Z... you've gotta check it out!


FridayFrivolity host Jessica from Babi a Fi
Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Her latest post, a review of the Meryl Streep film Florence Foster Jenkins, is filled with comedy and pathos!




FridayFrivolity host Erin from Stay at Home Yogi
Erin is a fantastically honest and engaging blogger over at Stay at Home Yogi, where she shares encouragement for fitness, finances, self-care, and other fun and positive topics.  Her posts are filled with great advice and perspective.  Be sure to stop by her blog for this month's Financially Fit update -- Erin shares both the progress and frustrations of tackling debt, as well as helpful strategies for saving and making money too!


 
Could it be you??  #FridayFrivolity link-up looking for new cohosts!
Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay! We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun! Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment. :) Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions!


Now time for the new stuff!

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy. That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. If you're here in search of fun and uplifting reading materials, skip the rules and just start clickin'! Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!

There are three rules only:

Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!




Here are some of the places you might see this post partying! 



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Cozy Winter Capsule Wardrobe -- Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas!

 Easy and cute!  Cold weather capsule wardrobe outfit inspiration -- mix-and-match ideas for a cozy curated closet!  Style and fashion advice for a colorful minimalist winter wardrobe, via Devastate Boredom
We're deep into fall and headed for winter in the Northern hemisphere, so I'm feelin' The Cozy right now!  

Here is a sample Capsule Wardrobe that I'm going to call "Cozy Winter Symphony in Olive and Burgundy."  I chose to limit the bases to navy and grey, and stayed with cream for my top-layering to achieve ultimate mix-and-match outfit options.  Not including the "extras" I included just for fun -- the two coats, tights, boots, and cute socks to peek over the top of the boots, either over the tights or on their own -- this wardrobe includes 19 items that can be combined for 60+ outfits.  If you're confused about any of that, check out my ebook Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe for the scoop on the importance of "balancing your bases," how to be strategic with color choice, and, most importantly, how to find your personal style and curate your closet into a collection that you really love!


What to Watch -- Movie Reviews of 3 Netflix Rom Coms You Haven't Already Seen!

What to watch and what NOT to watch -- movie reviews of romantic comedies streaming free on Netflix!  Rom coms you haven't seen already -- something new to stream online!  Great movies, and a terrible one too, review of Blind Date, Timer, Sliding Doors, and Cafe Society, via Devastate Boredom
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Going to have to remember these movies! -- What to Watch and What NOT to Watch -- movie reviews of romantic comedies streaming free on Netflix!  Sweet, funny clever and thoughtful rom coms you haven't seen already -- something new to stream online!  Great movies, and a terrible one too, review of Blind Date, Timer, Sliding Doors, and Cafe Society, via Devastate Boredom


I'm squeezing in this non-holiday post right before the allure of pie and tinsel becomes TOO irresistible... Lately my husband and I have had some good luck finding new movies to watch on Netflix, and I thought I'd share!

The "Watch" recommendations below are all romantic comedies currently available to stream free on Netflix -- but you can always check your local library too!  The links are to amazon so you can check them out there as well if you prefer.  The "Don't Watch" recommendation isn't currently streaming (I suffered through it in the theater a few months ago) but since I'm telling you NOT to watch it, I thought you wouldn't mind.  ;)


What to watch....

Read my Ebook Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe Without Paying a Dime!

Learn ALL the secrets, for FREE! -- Opportunity to read the Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe ebook for FREE!  Find your personal style, and discover the secrets of a non-boring, curated closet, without paying a dime! via Devastate Boredom
(Please note: this post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click and / or purchase items via those links, I may receive a small commission as a result, at no cost to you.  If you would prefer to view an item via a non-affiliate link, use the contact form to let me know and I will be happy to email one to you.  Thank you for supporting Devastate Boredom!)  

Anybody been waiting impatiently for me to make good on my promise to offer my Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe ebook for free-or-nearly-free soon??  I confess that I still haven't had a chance to sit down and figure out Kindle's marketing / promotional system, but, in the interim, I've figured out another way for y'all to read my book for free!  

Cash for Christmas Giveaway Fun!!

Gift card giveaway so you'll be ready for Black Friday shopping -- Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, and Kohls!  8 winners.. chance to win extra cash for Christmas!
Ahhhhh the holidays approach!!  Thanksgiving in the US is less than two weeks away, and of course stores are already stocking Christmas goodies and decorations galore...  if you've been contemplating your Christmas shopping list with a wary eye, I'm participating in hosting a giveaway you're definitely going to want to enter!!  Multiple winners... hefty prizes... come try your luck!  :)  

Enter now -- winners will receive their prizes by Black Friday to be ready for some shopping fun!  

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Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don't we all! We are so excited to be giving away $330 in cash prizes for you to use starting Thanksgiving weekend. 

Here are the prizes: 
1 - $100 Amazon Gift Card 
1 - $75 Target Gift Card
2 - $50 Walmart Gift Card 
1 - $25 Kohls Gift Card 
3- $10 Starbucks Gift Card


READ / DON'T Read: SAT Prep Edition -- Book Reviews of SAT Preparation Aids

Great info for your high school student! - SAT prep book reviews -- Tutorverse's The New SAT workbook vs Peterson's Master the New SAT 2016 -- READ or DON'T Read??  Recommendations for the best study guide to prepare for the SAT, including practice tests and material, tips, and more! via Devastate Boredom

Great info for your high school student! - SAT prep book reviews -- Tutorverse's The New SAT workbook vs Peterson's Master the New SAT 2016 -- READ or DON'T Read??  Recommendations for the best study guide to prepare for the SAT, including practice tests and material, tips, and more! via Devastate Boredom

(Please note: this post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click and / or purchase items via those links, I may receive a small commission as a result, at no cost to you.  If you would prefer to view an item via a non-affiliate link, use the contact form to let me know and I will be happy to email one to you.  Thank you for supporting Devastate Boredom!)  

As my dear patient readers will already know, a few months ago I started a "side gig" tutoring SAT / ACT / GRE / GMAT prep.  In all modesty, I have to say, I'm a pretty kick-butt tutor!  ;P  

I recently was provided with a complimentary copy of Tutorverse's The New SAT workbook for my honest review.  I will be comparing and contrasting it with Peterson's Master the New SAT, in my typical READ vs DON'T Read review style.  

I know this isn't necessarily a standard book review for this blog, but I also know that many of you have young people in your lives who are preparing, or soon will be preparing, for that all-important college entrance exam, the SAT.  Forward this review on to them, and then pat yourself on the back for giving their studies a boost!

Voter Guilt Run Amok!

I've heard several times lately (mostly, I think, in the intro to parenting news updates on NPR) that we're living in a very guilt-oriented culture these days.  I don't know about you, but I'm certainly seeing that lately in the context of this election.  

Behold.


Funny voter guilt and  peer pressure mailings from the 2016 presidential election

I have just been informed that I have a voting record worse than 90% of the voters in my state. 

Never mind that I just moved here in June, so I have literally never had the opportunity to vote here before... and never mind that after tomorrow I will have a near-stellar voting record across three states... nope, the Voter Participation Center disapproves of me heartily.  

Wait, it gets better!

Stuff on My Mind Lately... Ice Cream Sandwiches, Beauty and the Beast, Parks & Rec Reruns on Netflix!

I just know y'all have been wondering what's been on my mind lately, right?  

Well, I will tell you.  

Really, really profound stuff.

Like ice cream sandwiches.

So. Good.  These Coolhaus ones are expensive but delicious!


Stuff on my mind lately -- Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches review, Parks & Rec, Beauty and the Beast trailer, fun randomness!

Funny Halloween Cats for a Laugh! #FridayFrivolity

Click for more Halloween cat funnies!  Funny halloween cat memes, cartoons, and photos to make you laugh!  Creepy, cute, and grumpy kitties -- lolcats and kittens for everyone!  via Devastate Boredom

Happy Almost-Halloween, friends!

Betcha can't guess what our theme is at this week's #FridayFrivolity.... *bats eyes*  (yup, BATS eyes... it's a Halloween pun, y'all!)
Click for more Halloween cat funnies!  Funny halloween cat memes, cartoons, and photos to make you laugh!  Creepy, cute, and grumpy kitties -- lolcats and kittens for everyone!  via Devastate Boredom



Watch / DON'T Watch - Scary Movie Edition! Halloween #FridayFrivolity

Halloween horror movie reviews -- the WATCH vs DON'T Watch verdicts!  Scary fun films Cabin in the Woods and The Visit, from Joss Whedon and M. Night Shyamalan.

I'm a week behind on #FridayFrivolity themes this installment, since the rest of the lovely hosts are doing "Crazy Costumes" and I'm still on "scary movies"... but being a little behind is kinda just how life is right now for me, so I hoped y'all wouldn't mind!  For my "Scary Movies" post, I thought I would do a WATCH vs DON'T Watch, along the same lines as my READ / DON'T Read book review posts... the movies I picked might seem a little random, but one of them I saw over the summer and hated so much that I've been dying to write about rofl, so this post just kinda fell into place from there.


Our movies up for discussion are....

The Visit and Cabin in the Woods.  

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