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Reading RoundUp #33

It’s time for the last Friday Reading Roundup of 2017!! Hard to believe. With time off for Christmas and New Years, I’m reading lots of books this week. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and looking forward to the new year! Here’s my current book list:

This week’s Reading Roundup!

Work Book (for lunch time reading):

Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond – Better known as the Pioneer Woman, Ree is famous for her delicious country recipes. It turns out she also has a fascinating story of how she got to that point. She’s a fun writer and I love hearing how this city girl transformed into a rancher’s wife.


House Books:

The Proving by Beverly Lewis – Back in high school I think I read every single one of Beverely Lewis’ novels. I adore the Amish stories and the way religion plays an important role in her characters’ lives. This is one of her newer books and it’s worth a read if you’re a fan of hers. 

Rick Steve’s Ireland Travel Guide – I purchased the 2018 edition for myself for Christmas : ) Planning for our Ireland / Scotland trip will ramp up in January, so it’s handy to have anytime I need it. 

Wonder by R. J. Palacio – The movie currently in theaters drew my attention to this book. It’s a children’s book about a 10 year old boy born with disfigured facial features. I’ve heard amazing reviews on this one, so I’m looking forward to starting it.


Kindle Books:

The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan – I can’t seem to stay away from Colgan. She writes such sweet, funny stories. There’s always plenty of food and a dash of drama and romance.   


From Around the Web:

10 Taste Tests – A collection of the Kitchn’s best taste test articles, including frozen pizzas, ice cream cakes, and pumpkin pies. 

Goodread’s Most Popular Blog Posts – A roundup of their most visited posts from 2017. 

31 Bookish Blogs – This is an older post, but I tried most of the links and they’re still valid. I always love browsing for literary news, so this is a great list! 

*Disclosure – I earn a small commission if you purchase any items through the links above. Thanks for supporting my reading habit!



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    Allison @ My Novel Life
    January 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I love Ree Drummond. She is an awesome writer and photographer in addition to be a great cook. And she’s always smiling. I don’t know how she does it. I love Wonder. It’s an amazing book!

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    January 9, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Yay, Wonder is such an incredible book!! Off to check out those links you shared too 🙂

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    Jana @ Jana Says
    January 9, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Wonder is an excellent book

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    January 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Looks like a good mix of books. I LOVE Wonder, so I hope you really enjoy it too. I need to see the movie still.


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      Rachel Kamery
      January 9, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Ah the book was amazing! I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the movie now.

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    January 9, 2018 at 10:15 am

    When do you go to Ireland/Scotland? We did a trip in November 2016 for my dad’s 60th.

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      Rachel Kamery
      January 9, 2018 at 10:18 am

      We’re going in June! What were some of your favorite sites/towns?

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    January 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

    oh, i read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels a couple of years ago, didn’t really know who she was, didn’t watch her show or make any of her recipes, and i really liked it! definitely turned me into a fan. Wonder is so good. I want to see the movie. My husband is a 6th grade teachr and he saw it on a field trip and liked it a lot. i think I’ve only read one Jenny Colgan book but i have a bunch on my kindle or shelf at home. one day!

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    Tanya @ A Mindful Migration
    January 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I love Ree Drummond too. She always makes me smile. I have not read Wonder yet but am determined to read it this year! I may need to check out Jenny Colgan since I want to add some lighter reads to my normal mix of mysteries and thrillers. I need a little lightness!

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    January 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve never seen Ree Drummond’s show but I do follow her posts on Facebook and she seems to be so likeable and cheery. Her book sounds interesting.

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    Nancy @ NY Foodie Family
    January 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Wonder was such a good book. I can’t wait to see the movie (probably when it comes to DVD!). I’ve only read Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery but really enjoyed it.

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    January 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    wow, did not know that pioneer woman had a book! I bet it’s interesting!

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    January 15, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I bought and read that Ree Dummond book while we were in Scotland because I didn’t pack enough books! I have fond memories of it for that reason! And I read Rick Steves before that trip, SO HELPFUL!

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    Marilu Morgan
    January 15, 2018 at 11:08 am

    The Pioneer Woman book sounds so interesting, and I am SO jealous of your Ireland trip!!!

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      Rachel Kamery
      January 15, 2018 at 11:12 am

      Stay tuned! I’ll be posting our itinerary this month 🙂 I’m in major countdown more, even if it is months away haha.

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    Tina TBR Etc.
    January 15, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Smart- I like how you break it up into e-books, home books, etc. I almost always have at least 2-3 going at the same time!

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