I thought I'd switch up my Five on Friday this week and make it all about some of my favorite reads both recent and some I read a little longer ago, but they still made quite an impression on me. I'm also going to throw in my weekly bump update since I couldn't get my computer to cooperate and post it yesterday like I'd planned.
Georgia Bottoms is on of the few books that actually had me laughing out loud more than once while reading it. This is one that it had been awhile since I'd read, but absolutely re-read. Do y'all do that? I know some people won't re-read books once they've finished them, but for me it's like watching a favorite movie over and over, I just don't get tired of reading a great book. The main character in the book, Georgia is leading quite the double life as an avid church-going lady by day and a hooker by night. That's probably not the PC term these days, but whatever. Obviously, hilarity ensues and you will not regret snagging this book. It's a quick and easy read, but super enjoyable.
Mary Kay Andrews is one of those authors that once I discovered one of her books, I had to read every single one she'd written and I love most every single one of them. This was the first book of hers that I picked up one day at the library as I was browsing and I finished it in about two days, then went back to the library to see what else they had of hers. This particular book follows two television cooking show hosts who are pitted against each other in a wild competition, and obviously, a romance develops. I try never to give away much when I post about books, so that's all I'm going to say other than you will love it.
This is probably one of my top three favorite books I have ever read. I bet you I have read the entire thing at least five times and am fixin to pick it back up once I get finished with the series I'm currently reading. The female lead in the book finds herself moving out of her home with her daughter and unborn son due to her husbands infidelity. She returns to Pawley's Island where she spent summers with her grandmother growing up and comes across old friends, new romance and a nagging mystery surrounding the disappearance of her childhood best friend. This one will keep you flipping the pages right up until the end.
This is the book that began my love affair with Savannah quite a few years ago...well, this book and watching Paula Deen's cooking show all the time. But, reading this book was what first made me want to travel to this city. The mysteries, the characters, the picturesque way Berendt paints this gorgeous city. This book has a little bit of everything from love stories to murder and the most fascinating thing about it is that it's all based on factual accounts the author lived while in Savannah. Add this classic to your reading list if you've never read it, then plan a trip to Savannah stat to visit all the sites you read about in the story.
A friend of mine gave me this book and it's a quick but fun read about Southern style entertaining and the nuances that go along with it. There are lots of "Pearls of Wisdom" as the author refers to the informative tidbits, recipes and hostess tips. This book makes for a great gift or a great addition to your own collection.
So there you have Five reading recommendations for your Friday in case you're looking for a good book. I'm always looking for good reads myself, so please comment with any you've read that you love and would recommend. Now, on to the pregnancy business of my weekly bumpdate...can't believe we're six months along already!
Shirt: J Crew Factory | Jeans: Gap Maternity | Shoes: Tory Burch Revas | Earrings: Sugar Boutique online
How far along? 24 Weeks on Tuesday, this pic is from yesterday, so close enough
Total weight gain: Up 10 pounds
Best moment of the week: Caroline can actually see the boy moving around now when we're laying down at night to go to bed. I'm not really sure what she thought about it, but I know she could see my belly moving. I think she understands that it's him doing it.
Food cravings: Not really
Feeling: I feel like he's taken a bit of a growth spurt the last couple of weeks. My belly is starting to feel really hard and pop out quite a bit more than it has been before now.
Baby Goodies Acquired: Nothing new. I have started some actual work on what is the guest room but will be the nursery. The big queen bed has been moved out and a small daybed put in in it's place, then the crib will be going back up next week or sometime soon anyway. Then I'll get the crib skirt and bedding done, make a slipcover for the rocker so it'll match the room's color scheme, then make some cornices for the windows in a coordinating fabric and call it a day.
Symptoms: I have had a nagging cough for about two months now that seems to correlate with some drainage that may or may not be pregnancy related. Obviously a bigger belly is another symptom and I think I have one of those obnoxious melasma spots on my cheek. It's in the exact same spot I got one with Caroline. It was gone almost immediately after I had her, but it's the most random thing and one of those delightful things about pregnancy that no one tells you can happen until you're already experiencing it.
Pregnancy Fitness: After a crazy, out of whack schedule that caused me to miss two workouts last week, I'm back on track with my normal workouts this week and feel so much better. I take a lot more time in between sets, I execute my cardio a bit slower and I have either had to maintain or slightly lower some of my weights on exercises I had previously been trying to PR (prior to pregnancy). Think deadlifts, squats, clean and press, etc. I've backed off a lot with olympic lifting type things, but overall, my workouts have stayed consistent and I'm trying to either maintain my strength levels, or lower them as little as possible.