Recent Reads: spring edition


This post is long overdue and could also be titled how not to judge a book by its cover because I didn't include photos of any of the books other than The Year My Mother Came Back, which I was fortunate enough to read poolside while we were in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago thanks to BookSparks. I received Among Ten Thousand Things from Netgalley in exchange for a review, the other books were either purchased by me or from the library.

I meant to have the post up over a month ago, but considering I'm calling this my spring edition I figured I better get it up before the official start to summer in just a few days.


The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen (sent to me c/o Booksparks for review)
"Thirty years after her death, Alice Eve Cohen’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs a harrowing surgery, her eldest daughter decides to reunite with her birth mother, and Alice herself receives a daunting diagnosis. As it turns out, it’s entirely possible for the people we’ve lost to come back to us when we need them the most. Although letting her mother back into her life is not an easy thing, Alice approaches it with humor, intelligence, and honesty. What she learns is that she must revisit her childhood and allow herself to be a daughter once more in order to take care of her own girls. Understanding and forgiving her mother’s parenting transgressions leads her to accept her own and to realize that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good mother."

I'm a huge fan of memoirs so I was excited to see this as one of the books for the summer reading challenge. It's a heartwarming story that will break your heart a little bit at times. I found it easy to read and it definitely made me reflect on different things in my life. My one small complaint is that it was hard to follow at times because it switched back and forth between different periods of Alice's life. I loved that the story focused on Alice's relationship with her mother as well as her own relationship with her daughters.

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Pass or Purchase Again? [vol 3]


Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend-- we've hit what finally feels like some summer temperatures, but I'm enjoying the heat. I've accumulated a few more empties so I thought I would share them in today's post. I have a few book related posts and a New Orleans recap in the works that will hopefully be up in the next couple of weeks!

The Body Shop Peach Body Scrub: This was in a disappointing product post, and I actually spilled half of it when I first got it. I used the rest of it up and it actually wasn't that bad. The scent was disappointing, but it was gentle on the skin which was a plus. Will pass.

Urban Decay De-slick Setting Spray: I loooove this spray and repurchased it before I ran out, just so I had a backup on hand. My skin isn't that oily anymore, but I still enjoy this version because you can use it before you apply your makeup as well as a setting spray and some days I'm too lazy to take the time to apply a primer but I'll spritz a little of this on after my moisturizer and before my foundation and I feel like it gives me a nice smooth surface.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: I liked this-- I really couldn't tell a difference between this and de-slick, and it was nice to have the mini bottle for traveling. When I run out of my next bottle of de-slick I think I'm going to try the chill hydrating and cooling version.

MAC Brush Cleaner: I love this stuff-- it makes a world of difference when it comes to washing foundation brushes. Will repurchase!

Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion+: This was a great winter moisturizer when my skin was super dry. I don't know that there's anything special about it, but it's non-irritating and non-greasy so I'm a fan. I repurchased the gel version for the summer.

Josie Maran Cleansing Oil: You might remember this stuff from my best of 2014 post, so you'll be surprised to hear I'm NOT repurchasing it again. I have a love/hate relationship with it-- love the product hate the packaging. This is the second bottle I've had that leaks and not only is it wasteful (it's expensive!) it's an oil so it's a huge mess. If it ever gets repackaged I will definitely

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: LOVE this bronzer. As you can see from below, it's not totally gone but it's so old it's time for it to hit the bucket. I have a few other bronzers I'm using and loving right now so I don't need another one, but this will be an eventual repurchase.

What products have you used up recently?
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