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Can you believe November is already halfway over? I sure can’t. I’m trying to get ready for the holidays and it seems like time is just speeding away from me!
In the spirit of holiday prep, the theme of the November 2016 Birchbox was supposed to be “extra, just-because details that make all the difference”. Unfortunately, I felt kind of “meh” about this box. Some of the samples were great, but some just fell short for me. Read on for mini reviews of each sample!
(Disclosure: Review copy provided by NetGalley/post contains affiliate links)
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Blake Crouch fan. He’s great at writing high-concept sci-fi and creepy horror thrillers, but he’s equally adept at creating character-driven stories. Naturally, I was psyched when NetGalley sent me a copy of Blake’s latest book, Good Behavior, to tie in with the TV show premiering tonight on TNT.
Good Behavior is actually a collection of three separate novellas that Blake previously published over a course of several years, beginning with “The Pain of Others” in Ellery Queen. Together the stories form a novel-length portrait of Letty Dobesh, a character Crouch has proclaimed one of his favorites. She’s an addict, an ex-con, and a thief, but even she draws the line from time to time…such as when she overhears a man hiring a hit man to kill his wife. Unable to go to the police, Letty decides to take matters into her own hands, putting her on a collision course with a cast of characters as complex as herself.
Letty is one of those shades-of-grey characters that I immediately loved. She’s a complex woman, equal parts virtue and vice (though some days, mostly vice). There’s something incredibly raw and real about her struggles to navigate her world while also trying to get clean so she can someday return to her son. And I loved, loved, loved the plot twists! I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this book, because I just couldn’t put it down without knowing what happened next.
One of the fun things about this book is that it also includes set photos from the TV show and Blake’s notes on taking Letty’s story from the page to the screen. It’s rare for authors to be so closely involved in the screen adaptations of their works so it’s a real treat to know that Crouch is so closely involved with the TNT production of Good Behavior. I really enjoyed reading about Letty and I’m excited to watch Michelle Dockery portray her on the screen!
Good Behavior (paperback, 288 pages) is available now at booksellers like Amazon and Book Depository. And don’t forget to catch Good Behavior Tuesdays at 9/8c on TNT!
Late this summer, Benefit Cosmetics emailed me to say that I’d won an Instagram giveaway and I could expect a package of Benefit brow products in the mail. I honestly forgot all about it for a month or so until one day a heavy little box appeared on my doorstep, brimming with products from their new brow line! I was pretty blown away because I wasn’t expecting so many products, and to boot, they sent duplicates of everything.
I’ve been testing the products and loving ’em, but I don’t go through brow pencils that fast (I’m genetically blessed in that department, apparently). I kind of wasn’t sure what to do with all the extra products. And then it kind of dawned on me—why not give them away? Share the love, right?!
Entry is simple: just leave your e-mail address in the Rafflecopter widget for a free entry! If you want extra entries, you can follow on my social media channels, share this post, or leave a comment. The giveaway is open internationally through November 27. Good luck!
While these Benefit brow products come from Benefit Cosmetics, the company is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. Please read the full giveaway terms and conditions on the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget. I reserve the right to discard any fraudulent entries, so please do not waste your time and mine by submitting entries if you haven’t completed them. It’s not fair to the other entrants and it’s just bad karma for you. Thanks for entering!
I needed some new upbeat funk to run to this week and this is what landed on my Spotify playlist. I’m training for a 10K and I just can’t do it without good music! What are your fave songs to listen to while you’re running?
This is one of those movies that I like to put on in the background when I’m curled up with a magazine and tea or trying to fall asleep. It’s clever, it makes me laugh, and it’s full of good music…what’s not to love?
I have a terrible confession to make: I’ve barely read anything for the past several months. It’s partly because I was busy with other activities, and it’s partly because I ran into a slew of real stinkers of books that I just couldn’t bear to finish. I suppose it doesn’t help that I finished reading Dark Matter back in July and promptly fell into a semi-book-depression because nothing seemed nearly as good in comparison.
But I digress! I did manage to finish five books over the past three months and DNF’d two others. (I’m still struggling to read several other books as well that are just not progressing at all.) Here’s what I’ve read lately, along with mini-reviews. For longer reviews, hop over to my Goodreads page, and don’t forget to friend me while you’re there!
(Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.)
Can you believe the holiday season is underway already?! Neither can I! With just seven short weeks left until Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about ordering holiday items so you’re not waiting on the post office—either for a last-minute delivery, or in a long line at the counter for last-minute shipping! I’ve made the mistake in years past of waiting until the eleventh hour to send out my cards and packages and I do not intend to repeat that mistake this year!
If you’re planning to order cards, personalized stationery, or other personalized gift items this holiday season, now is the time to do so. To help with your list, Tiny Prints has a whole basketful of great deals launching throughout the month of November! Whether you need party invitations, holiday photo cards, or a personalized photo gift, you’ll want to take advantage of these deals. As always some exclusions apply, so be sure to check the Tiny Prints website for full details!
I know I’m a little late posting this, but I had to share my October 2016 Birchbox! Birchbox is definitely one of those services that has good and bad months, but this month I felt like they really delivered a great box! All of the samples were cruelty-free (yeah!) and there was only one item that got a “meh” from me. Read on for details on my box!