The red holiday cups have returned! My sister, her boyfriend, Ryan and I were a little too excited and sipped our hot drinks inside before heading outside into the sun to sweat. Oh, Florida in November.
- Gander Mountain
Can you see me!?!
My sister and I split away from the guys when we arrived at the sporting goods store and I dressed up in camouflage attire in an effort to pop out and scare them. When my sister ran off to find Ryan and Ross to get them to follow her back to where I was standing in my get-up, Ryan said, “Alright, let’s go get scared by Julie.” What a rat!
We did manage to scare the pants off one unsuspecting guy whose friends saw what we were up to and managed to get their innocent friend to walk right by me. I scared the pants off of him and it was fantastic. Ha!
- Lunch: Friendsgiving leftovers (I still owe you a Friendsgiving recap post!)
- Friendsgiving cleanup
- Goodbyes to our guests
- Lazy time on the couch + Typing up my book review post for tomorrow
- Grocery store
And now it’s time to start thinking about dinner. I hope your Sunday is nice and relaxing and that no crazy camo beasts pop out at you!
P.S. I know my blog is having some crazy formatting issues this weekend. I’m trying to fix everything ASAP!
November Book Club
Since we’re already four days into November, I’d say it’s time to select the book for the November PBF Book Club, don’t you think?
For those of you who may be new around here, the PBF Book Club is an online book club that is open to anyone! We simply vote for a book to read from the three books listed below (taken from your suggestions on the PBF Facebook page) and on December 4, I will post my review along with discussion questions for book club participants to answer in the comments section of the post.
If you are a blogger and post a review of the selected book on your blog, you can email me a link to your review post (email@example.com) before December 4 and I will include a link to your post in the roundup of blogger book review links.
Please vote for the book you would like to read below. I will announce the winning book on Tuesday morning.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.
- Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.
Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.
The Happiness Project is a great book. While reading the book it makes you look into your own life and relationships and goals for yourself. I read this after getting married and shared thoughts throughout the book with my husband. A Must Read!
Clara of Channeling Contessa says
Caylin- I totally agree! My boyfriend and I read it at the same time and we found it incredibly helpful when it came to our daily lives, our relationship, and so much more.
ahh Molokai was the best book I’ve read in a few years. I absolutely loved it! I’d love to read The Happiness project too…I’ve heard good things!
Ugh, I was never able to finish The Happiness Project. I don’t understand the hype over it, it’s boring and not well written, sorry.
I feel the same way. The book was a present and I lasted about 40 pages before giving up. But I will give it a second chance if this book is selected .
Abby @ Change of Pace says
Sounds like an awesome Sunday!
I read Molokai two months ago for my book club and fell in love with the story and characters!
Looks like an awesome weekend to me! I can’t wait to participate in the book club! I think it’s such a great idea 🙂
Outlander is the first book in my FAVORITE series of all time. I have read all of them several times, and listened to them all again on audiobook. The narrator, Davina Porter, is amazing. Even if it isn’t chosen, I definitely recommend Outlander to everyone.
I LOVE Outlander! Seriously one of the best series out there. Everyone needs to read it!
Katie Heddleston says
I’m currently reading the happiness project, so that would be super convenient 🙂
Also, did we talk about 13 reasons why yet??
julie @ peanut butter fingers says
tomorrow! did you send me a link? i don’t remember seeing one from you and don’t want to miss it if you did!!
Katie Heddleston says
ohh I didn’t write anything! just excited to read the discussion and chime in 🙂
I’m halfway through Outlander right now. It’s fantastic! A great escapist read. I’m really excited that it is a series, so there are more to look forward to reading. I hope the rest of the series is as good.
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
I guess it’s a good thing The Happiness Project is winning, I’ve already read and reviewed it and this is a super busy time for me in school. Guess I’ll have to read for school instead…
Natalie @ Free Range Human says
The Happiness Project is a really good read. It makes you think! But Outlander sounds wonderful!
I could not recommend Moloka’i stronger. It’s in my top 5 favorite books.
Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner says
Yay! I voted for the happiness project because I already ordered it 🙂
I love the pic with your sister!! Both of you look adorable! 🙂
I voted for Molokai, but I LOVE Outlander!!!! The Scottish accent is so fun to read and the characters are GREAT!
Cait the Arty Runnerchick says
hahaha…my brother and i used to always love going to sporting goods stores because we’d pretend camp every time! looking back i’m sure all the employees loved us tramping in and out of all the tents. 🙂
I have read Outlander and Happiness Project. I liked both! Happiness Project is definitely more real-life and a bit boring at times, but helpful. And Outlander takes a while to get into — you really need to be committed, but once you do, it is amazing.
Brittany Peters says
Hahaha that is something my sister and I would do!
Outlander is AMAZING!!! One of my all time favorite books! I just finished the third book in the series and I love them all so far! You should read it even if it doesn’t win.
Could we bring the losing books from last month back into the mix? Those both looked great
I have to warn you that once you start reading Outlander, you’ll have to read the series. They’re great!!
That is hilarious that you tried to scare him! HAH. My husband would’ve prob seen me too 😉
Great looking books!
i HIGHLY recommend Molokai- i couldnt put it down!
I love love loved Moloka’i. It was really great and funny and heartbreaking and enraging and just a very well written book. Highly recommend!
Claire :) says
Read Outlander!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s the book where my mom got my name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ps. I’m only 13, so that explains the many exclamation points. 🙂
Can I vote for all 3? I chose the Happiness Project, because in light of everything that’s going on in my home town, it would be a good pick me up…but all 3 are on my list =)
Karey @ Nutty About Health says
The pic of you & your sister enjoying the holiday Starbucks coffee is too cute. I enjoyed my first Skinny Peppermint Mocha of the season yesterday & it was divine! It was SO MUCH better than last year since I was outdoors in a cold climate, rather than in the sweatbox that is FL. That is definitely one plus of moving back to WI & enduring the cold weather… hot coffee drinks are so much more festive & much more enjoyable here than when I’d lived in FL. 😉
Outlander is a GREAT book and you would have TONS to discuss as a book club book. This book makes you fall in love with the characters. Starts a little slow…push through it. Even if this book doesn’t get picked y’all should read it on your own. Love Jamie and Claire!!
Looking forward to friendsgiving recap 🙂
Bwahahaha! I love the camo getups! I am SO doing this when we go to Bass Pro Shop next! The outdoor store is one big playground to me. 😛
Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats says
Outlander is a fantastic book but as I’ve read it before I’m hoping Moloka’i wins 🙂
Outlander is AMAZING!! You can’t stop reading the series once you’ve started. Loved it!
I read The Happiness Project this summer and it is SO good. I look back at it often to remind myself of all the wisdom it shares. I recommend it to all of my friends!
I vote for the Happiness Project. I follow her blog and can’t wait to read her sequel on the Happy home!
I have read Outlander as well as The Happiness Project. OUTLANDER all the way!!! The series is so so SO good, once you read the first book you can’t stop until you finish the 7th! Each book is amazingly well written and such an awesome read! Plus, Diana Gabaldon is coming out with book 8 next year! Exciting stuff 🙂
I’ve read The Happiness Project….Its AWESOME! It helps you to really focus on the important things in life and not let the little things bother you.
I’ve read both Molokai and Outlander and they are FANTASTIC! 🙂 I’ve read the 2nd and third books of the Outlander series as well and couldn’t put them down.
Just thought I’d throw out there that Molokai is wonderful wonderful book! I’ve recommended it to multiple book clubs and it’s always a hit!
Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit says
O fun! I’m excited to see the Happiness Project as one of the potential book club books. That’s been on my reading list for a while. 😀
Bek @ Crave says
HAhaha, you’re such a crack up! Sounds like a great day 🙂
I’m seriously debating about just reading all three! Thank God for Kindles 🙂
If you haven’t read Outlander, you really should!!! I read the series probably about 4 years ago and COULD NOT PUT THEM DOWN! Beware, though, there are some pretty… raunchy sex scenes, if I remember correctly.