What’s On Your Nightstand? H.A.G. Reads for June…er July!

books I am reading this summerA little late to the party, eh?

Well, let’s just say island-time will do that to a person! I have been on va-ca-tion! {atleast mentally!} So I want to lay out my reads for you that I did in June and July. I can do that see, since I haven’t been reading a ton. You’d think that an underemployed librarian would read more, but then, it’s summer vacation and my kids are home. So there is laundry everywhere, crafts taking over my tables, puzzles laying around and general chaos, but not much time to read. This is the reality of my “relaxing” summer!

I want to lay out my 3 books for these months- yes, just three, but they were SO fun!

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Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins

I read this because I loved Girl on the Train- super suspenseful and quick reading. I needed a book that I knew I would get through, and quickly! And I wasn’t disappointed with that part. It is a quick-read and draws you in and through with constant peeling of the layers surrounding a town that mysteriously has a history of women who kill themselves at the water’s edge. Not a coincidence, you think? Me either. That is the story that unfolds. The people involved and their history together. Small towns are funny like that. There are always stories behind the present day I think, and this mysterious book uses that fact to build suspense and intrigue very well. Recommend but not an absolute must-read.

The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck

I find that there is no shortage of WWII novels every year, and several are bestsellers and super popular. This year, Lilac Girls and Nightingale were on my list to read, but my TBB bookclub, June-partner, picked Women in the Castle as a suggested book. I am so glad that this was on the list. I just loved the perspective of three very different German women in the war. It has always been so hard for me to understand how if you lived in Germany during the war, you actually didn’t see how bad things were for people around you. How could this happen? How come they just swept in under the rug when it was over, like it didn’t happen? This book was a little window into explaining some of this, and it was told so beautifully and had a wonderful example of the fragility and beauty of women-friendships. Recommend highly for those who enjoy historical fiction.

The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny

This is #5 of the Inspector  Armand Gamache novels that take place in the fictional, Three Pines, Quebec.  I love the town, the people, the fact that no crime happens in this small town except murder…too funny! This one features an unknown (to the town) person who is murdered inside their beloved cafe. But is he really unknown? Bits are revealed to tell us and I am midstream in finding out who and how the victim is intertwined with these lives. The characters are so fun and continue in the series, so you feel that you get to know them all a little bit. You must read these in order for the best telling of the story, so I would recommend that. I am working my way through slowly but surely and they are consistently good.

What are you reading? I’d love to know- Lemme’ know in the comments!!

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Christmas in July! Amazon Prime Day is Here!

Heads up! This is so fun you guys so I had to share on short notice–so I will make this fast! So many great deals to stock up for Christmas and Hannukah! Here’s the deets:

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Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial or if you love audiobooks like I do, Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial. You don’t need a Kindle to read the audiobooks or ebooks, you can use the Kindle reading apps, on any device. I read on my iPad with the Kindle app and it is super easy. But….although you don’t need a Kindle, they are are having AMAZING prices on their devices!

The prices are so slashed on these bad boys, like the  All-New Fire Tablets Starting at $49.99!

Get the  Prime 30-Day Free Trial to get the deals! Happy Shopping!!!


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Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails #SundaySupper

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Who doesn’t love lemonade and iced tea mixed together? It’s a great way to get some lemon and sweetness to tea…and if you add a touch of bourbon, you have a refreshing party drink!

According to Wikipedia, Arnold Palmer ordered his non-alcoholic version of the drink in a 3 parts iced tea to one part lemonade ratio, so often, that they named the drink after him. This version of mine just adds the alcohol.

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

It’s just a different ratio with an added topper of fizz and sweetness.

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

For 2 servings:

1 cup yellow lemonade from the carton
1 cup brewed iced tea ( black or orange-pekoe)
1/4 cup bourbon
splash (up to one inch at the top) of ginger ale

Directions: Get out 2 rocks glasses. Fill with ice. Divide the lemonade and iced tea between the glasses. Add 1/8 cup of bourbon to each glass.  Stir it up- and then top with the ginger ale. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

For a large party-sized pitcher I use:

3 cups yellow lemonade in the carton
3 cups brewed iced tea ( black or orange-pekoe)
3/4 cups Bourbon
1 can ginger ale for fizz & sweetness right before serving

Mix it all together and serve in a pitcher filled with ice or large dispenser. Add the ginger ale right before serving for best fizz. It also adds a bit of sweetness for those who love their tea a bit sweeter! Of course lots of ice and garnish with a lemon slice. Enjoy!

*Note: If you like your drinks stronger, by all means add more bourbon! If you want a “mocktail” version of this just eliminate the bourbon and make a straight up “Arnold Palmer.”

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails


A big “Thanks” to Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure, the host of today’s #SundaySupper Simple Mixed Drinks collection of recipes!

Classics with a Twist

Make Mine a Mocktail

Simply Different

Tasty and Tropical

Very Vino

For even more inspiration check out these Simple Mixed Drinks for a Refreshing Summer by Sunday Supper Movement
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Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails