Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bookish Product Review: Groovebags Bookish High Top shoes + Discount

Hey lovely people! I'm here today with a bookish product review :)

 I recently got the opportunity to collaborate with Groovebags on an Instagram feature. They sent me these amazing looking high tops with a funky bookish print. I gotta say, this was love at fist sight. They're so hip, so colorful and also so comfortable, I really enjoy wearing them! 

Groovebags is a great new(ish) website that offers shoes, bags and socks with unique prints on them. Personally, I think their products are amazing for booklovers -- especially those of us who enjoy taking photos (they have a whole line of camera bags perfect for bookstagram pics). 

They always have some sort of promotions going on, and on top of everything else I also get to share with you a code for additional 10% off!
For 10% off your purchase, use code EVIEBOOKISH at checkout!
Here's where you can find more about Groovebags:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Get Paula Hawkins' Into The Water for FREE when you join Book of The Month Club!

Good morning friends! I have something exciting to share with you today! Have you read GIRL ON THE TRAIN?! Did you love it? (I know I did!). Well, I've got awesome news for you!

Book of the Month Club is offering INTO THE WATER, by Paula Hawkins, as an extra in May! If you are not yet a member, get a copy for free when you sign up for 3 months with @BookoftheMonthClub using the promo code WATER! If you are a member, you can pre-order INTO THE WATER on their site for only $9.99!

I am so excited for this book, you guys! Thriller has become my fave genre recently, and Paula is amazing at intense plot lines, full of twists and surprising reveals. I'm trying very hard not to drop all the other books I'm reading right now to jump into this one.

Adult, Nonfiction, Thriller
Publication Date:May 2nd, 2017
Pages:352 (Hardcover)
Published By:  Riverhead Books
Website:Paula Hawkins

Into The Water on Goodreads
My review copy:
Sent for review from Book Of The Month Club as part of their Ambassadors program

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

About Book of The Month Club:

Book of the Month is a monthly subscription box that focuses on the best books published every month. It's all about the books. No extra goodies included! And honestly, you need no extra goodies when it comes to this box, because the books you get are fabulous, hand-picked, rec'ed by people who know good books when they read them. 

Every month you get to pick your book from the selection of top 5 titles. The selections are very eclectic and they vary by genre and age group (for the most part they're adult, but I've seen BotM include some amazing YA titles as well!). Want more than one book? Not a problem! You can add extras for only $9.99. Shipping is free! And yes, you can also pick extras from all the books that were previously available through the subscription! 

Take a look at the photos below to see some of the selections that were available to date. Please note how awesome diverse they are!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review: The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

Adult, Nonfiction, Parenting
Publication Date:April 4, 2017
Pages:352 (Hardcover)
Published By:  Doubleday Books
Website:Lauren Smith Brody

The Fifth Trimester on Goodreads
My review copy:

Where to get:


The Fifth Trimester is your new best friend: a brilliant, tells-it-like-it-is guide that helps moms cope with the demands of the real world after the baby arrives.

The first three trimesters (and the fourth--those blurry newborn days) are for the baby, but the Fifth Trimester is when the working mom is born. No matter what the job or how you define work, you're going to have a lot of questions. When will I go back? How should I manage that initial "I want to quit" attack? Flex-time or full-time? How can I achieve 50/50 at home with my partner? What's the best option for childcare? Is it possible to look like I slept for eight hours instead of three? And . . . why is there never a convenient space to pump?

Whether you're in the final stages of pregnancy or hitting the panic button on your last day of leave, The Fifth Trimester is your one-stop shop for the honest, funny, and comforting tips, to-do lists, and take-charge strategies you'll need to embrace your new identity as a working parent and set yourself up for success.

Based on interviews with 700+ candidly speaking moms in wildly varied fields and incredible expert advice, The Fifth Trimester tackles every personal and professional detail with the wit, warmth, and inspiration you need to win when you head back to work. Like What to Expect When You're Expecting and The Happiest Baby on the Block, this is an indispensable guide every new mom needs on her shelf.


Since the birth of Teacup Human, my TBR pile has shrunk substantially. Seriously. Check out my Goodreads page and there is a total of 25 books between my "To Read" and "To Read Own" shelves - and only three of those are currently published.

My priorities shifted and while I still read, and enjoy reading, the time to lounge on the couch and just read for hours is a thing of the past. Fair trade off, but that just means I'm picker when it comes to what I read and far more ruthless when it comes to DNFing titles.

I'm not a huge fan of nonfiction titles. I'll read some here and there depending on the topic, but when The Fifth Trimester fell into my lap I knew that as a new mom and a working one at that, I had to give it a read.

The only drawback, for me, is that by the time I got around to reading The Fifth Trimester, I had already been back to work for two months and had found somewhat a groove between Mom-Andrea, Working-Mom-Andrea, and Human-Woman-Andrea. Not an easy balance, but I got a hang of it. For now anyway. ;)

Had I read this prior to coming back to work, it would have been more helpful and insightful as to what I was about to experience. Lauren includes amazing tips, hacks, and stories from fellow mothers.

One of my favorite things Lauren includes, which I have since adopted, is the "sub-sixty-second" plan for the "morning when your baby decides to nurse twice, or poops on your clothes, or just needs to be held during the exact time that you usually reserve for getting ready." Luckily, Teacup Human doesn't have many of these mornings and if she wakes up early I can put her in her bouncer next to my vanity and she entertains herself, but every once in a while all my focus needs to be on her. Or else.

Lauren's writing is like talking to a girlfriend and her antidotes of fellow friends/mothers who have been in the same situation were calming. Sort of in an "I'm not alone" sort of way. One of the things she stresses is that while it's important to take care of your baby, obviously, it's also extremely important to take care of yourself.

I'd definitely recommend this to any mother on the verge of returning to work or just to any new mother in general.

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