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๐ŸŽ2022 HOLIDAY BOOKS & PAIRINGS๐ŸŽ

The 2022 Dear Mr. Hemingway Holiday Books & Pairings is HERE, and short and sweetโ€”perfect for everyone exhausted from endless decision-making. In this year’s minimalist guide, I chose five books & five pairings that have DELIGHTED me every which way. This year’s lineup includes a scrumptious new cookbook, a mesmerizing book of poems, a musical memoir, a thriller in a secluded cabin, and a tantalizing tale of love and lust. My pairings are equally satisfying. They can be mixed and matched and open the doors to many products from pretty spectacular businesses. I hope you enjoy my holiday roundup for shopping made easy this holiday season! Be sure to click on the book pictures below to purchase these books for the book lover in your life. Don’t forget to click on the highlighted pairings as well. If you are looking for a more extensive list of Books & Pairings, check out my past gift guides RIGHT HERE!

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DEAR FRIDAY~11/18/22

Whooooo hoooo, you are here. However, I can’t say I am heading into a calm and relaxing weekend. Nope…not even close. While I hope to squeeze in some reading time and hopefully a few long walks, my focus will be grocery shopping and Thanksgiving meal planning. Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite, and I am fired up in the best possible way to cook and entertain this holiday! Bring on the pumpkin pie. Bring on the homemade gravy. I CAN”T WAIT! In addition to Thanksgiving, next week also brings THE 5TH ANNUAL DEAR MR. HEMINGWAY HOLIDAY BOOKS & PAIRINGS. This year I am doing it a little differently from years past. I will have a MINIMALIST GUIDE and a super cool ONE-CLICK guide. Be on the lookout for these handy dandy shopping guides for the book lovers this holiday season.

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DEAR FRIDAY~11/4/22

You are here, and I am not even the slightest bit mad about it. I am not one to wish a week away or time in general, but this week was a DOOZY! I traveled for a wedding this past glorious weekend. Even though I felt refreshed from the alone time spent with my hubby away from the kids, I started the week with a significant sleep deficit. Throw in a sick kiddo home ALL week and a few abandoned (and much-needed) routines, and my week was a bit off-centered. Instead of focusing on the things that frazzled me, I am cherishing the beautiful things that kept me grounded and put a smile on my face (AKA…spending more time with my youngest). And in case it slipped your mind, FALL BACK this weekend and set the clocks back one hour. The plus side to daylight savings is that we gain one magnificent hour of much-needed sleep. This dark and cold season is the perfect excuse to cuddle up by the fire, sip something warm, and get lost in a cozy tale.

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#DEARBASICBUDDYREADS~NOVEMBER 2022

I am so happy to announce our #DEARBASICBUDDYREADS NOVEMBER PICK. We will be reading Stolen, by Elizabeth Gilpin. There is no doubt in my mind that this memoir wonโ€™t spark the most intense conversations. COME READ WITH US!

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Try A Little Tenderness

Today I am sending a big shout-out to ATRIA BOOKS for sending me an ARC of Jacqueline Bublitzโ€™s debut novel Before You Knew My Name. FIVE STAR READ all the way, and guess what????? It just came out, so be sure to grab yourself a copy after you read my rave!

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Smells Like Teen Spirit

Today I am presenting the MOST WONDERFUL book for parents of teens.ย  We all know that the book What To Expect When You Are Expecting is THE go-to book for new parents.ย  Unfortunately, this book and the one after do not cover the teen years.ย  And let me tell you thisโ€ฆif there was ever a time for a parent manual, it is during this period. This is where todayโ€™s book comes into play.ย  The Parent Compass by Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick, MA & Jenn Curtis, MSW could not be more timely.ย  I am literally in the throws of TEENAGEHOOD, and this book is my new GPS.ย ย 

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DEAR FRIDAY~10/21/22

Happy Friday! Are the weeks going by SUPER FAST, or is it just me? Lots going on this week, including a bunch more personal development, a new book to get excited for, a milestone birthday, and a DELICIOUS new recipe that everyone LOVED! I, of course, have a few things to say about my current love affair with TV and my relationship with my headphones. So much to share on this beautiful Friday! I wish you all the most incredible weekend ever!

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DEAR FRIDAY~10/14/22

October 14, 2022 Dear Friday! You are here again, and I am not mad about it. Monday holidays always throw me off and completely mess with my head. I basically had no clue what the date was or what day it was ALL WEEK. It all worked out because I

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ZIBBY BOOKS SPRING 2023

Happy Monday! As you may already know, I am a proud ZIBBY BOOKS Book Ambassador. ZIBBY BOOKS is a beautiful publishing home for fiction and memoir founded by the lovely Zibby Owens. Today I am giving you a sneak peek at some of the GORGEOUS books coming your way in Spring 2023. I can not wait to get my hands on these beauties. Be sure to get your pre-orders in. They are so helpful to the talented authors.

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DEAR FRIDAY~A WEEKLY LOVE LETTER 10/7/22

You are here, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share my days with you with my FIRST-EVER Weekly Love Letter. This week has been another lesson in “adapting” to the new school schedule for my boys while juggling the everyday tasks of working, managing homework, driving my boys EVERYWHERE (thank God one has his license), pretending to keep up with the ENDLESS piles of dirty laundry, and figuring out what to make for dinner AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. I swear, if the laundry crisis in my home doesn’t break me, coming up with endless dinner plans will definitely. Oh, and did I mention…I adopted a duck????? Here is the deal…Life is hard, and it doesn’t blink an eye when it drenches us with monotonous tasks and uninvited stress. And while I do not believe every day needs to feel like a trip to the Magic Kingdom, it is VITAL to experience sparks of joy throughout the day that nourish you inside and out.

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Loving My Messy Couch: Picture Perfect is Just an Illusion (Grown & Flown)

I am THRILLED that my latest piece was published on GROWN & FLOWN. If you are a parent and havenโ€™t visited their siteโ€ฆHOP TO IT. It is an absolute wonderland of information, essays, stories, and then some about parenting teens and young adults! It is an incredible resource and pretty much covers EVERYTHING! My piece is a love letter to all the messy couches and moms who stress over keeping them tidy. Instead of focusing on catalog-worthy couches with gorgeous faux fur blankets and pillows strewn about, letโ€™s pivot our mindset and appreciate the memories that are being made on this central piece of furniture and all the respite it provides us from our fast-paced world and over-scheduled lives.

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MOMS DON’T HAVE TIME TO MOVE AND SHAKE PODCAST

I am so excited to share that I am a community host of the podcast, MOMS DON’T HAVE TIME TO MOVE AND SHAKE. Be sure to check out my episode, Weight Loss and Drinking Alcohol…Can They Co-Exist? I had an absolute blast recording this with my guest and truly enjoyed the podcast process. I am looking forward to recording more fun stuff in the future.

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#DEARBASICBUDDYREADS SEPTEMBER SELECTION

Katieย @basicbsguideย and I are so excited to announce our September book selection for #DEARBASICBUDDYREADS. We will be reading and discussing ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆย ย by Sadeqa Johnson.

โฃHere is the scoopโ€ฆ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ has been rated over 31,000 times on GOODREADS with an average rating of 4.4 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. And honestly, I have only heard rave reviews about it from the book community.
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“๐˜ˆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ… ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ. ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต-๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ-๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.”–๐๐๐‘โฃ

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All Things Bianca Marais

One of my favorite authors of all time has a new book out in the world today. Bianca Marais is back, and this time, she brilliantly meshes present-day themes of race, gender, womenโ€™s rights, and sexual identity with a spellbinding flair in her brand new magical tale, The Witches of Moonshyne Manor. It is time to hop on a souped-up Harley Davidsonstick and fly on over to Moonshyne Manor & Distillery to meet some of my new favorite characters who are not only fierce friends but WITCHES too. Being described as The Golden Girls meets Practical Magical, Queenie, Ursula, Jezebel, Tabitha, Ivy, and Ruby are a force to be reckoned with. Letโ€™s not forget about Widget and Persephone too. These characters are MY PEOPLE!

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The 1950s & 1960s Housewives in Fiction

Today I am incredibly psyched to share four books that depict women living in the 1950s & 1960s.ย  I will NEVER NOT be fascinated with this period in our history.ย  I adore being a wife and a mother, but I also enjoy my opinions and ways of doing things that most definitely do not match up with the era I bring to you today. Some women were complacent with their expected roles as wives and mothers. Others rebelled or suffered from undiagnosed mental illnesses.ย  My book selection shows the superficial glamour of these times for women and the limitations and repercussions of such an oppressive era. ย  Yes, women could vote, but they were still second to their male counterparts in everything elseโ€ฆexcept child rearing, vacuuming, and making dinner.ย  Enjoy these four splendid books and wicked remarkable and courageous leading ladies!ย  I sure did!

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Cocktails & Book Tales With Ashley Winstead

I am so excited to announce that I will be going LIVE on Instagram with author Ashley Winstead tonight at 8 pm EST. We will be discussing her new book, The Last Housewife, which comes out on August 16th, and a bunch of other fun things. I hope to see you all there. If you happen to miss it…It will be saved to my Instagram account and can be watched later. In the meantime, here is what I said about all three of her books.

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Cape Cod Summers With Jennifer Weiner

I am 100% in love with all of Jennifer Weinerโ€™s โ€œSummer Books.โ€ ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜จ ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ and ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ kept me company on the beach the past few years here in coastal Maine. AND this year, I happily devoured Weinerโ€™s latest, ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆย  with my toes nestled deep into the warm sand. โฃToday I am happily sharing all three of her summer books with you, hoping you will enjoy them on a warm sunny day.ย At the end of the day, ๐ˆ ๐š๐ฆ ๐š ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐—ช๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ž!โฃ

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#DEARBASICBUDDYREADS AUGUST SELECTION

Hello Gorgeous Readers! I am so excited to announce that after taking the month of July off, #DEARBASICBUDDYREADS is back with our August book selection. I hope you will join Katie and I AND all the fabulous readers over on Instagram for this online book discussion.

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Cookbooks Extraordinaire

have had a delicious blast sharing all of Abrams Books’ Food and Drink collection this year. Today I am sharing FIVE fantastic cookbooks I’ve been working my way through one scrumptious recipe at a time. I hope you enjoy these yummy treats! Happy Eating & Drinking!

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#DEARBASICBUDDYREADS JUNE SELECTION

Katieย @basicbsguideย and I are so excited to announce our June Book Selectionโ€ฆ๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐Ÿ by Leigh Bardugo. I have been wanting to read this for SO LONG and my dreams are finally coming true ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Does an Ivy League School, secret societies, dead bodies, and some dark magic sound good to you???? Sounds magnificent to me! This is a read at your own pace situation during the month of June followed by an EPIC private chat on Instagram with me, Katie, and the whole ๐ƒ๐„๐€๐‘๐๐€๐’๐ˆ๐‚๐๐”๐ƒ๐ƒ๐˜๐‘๐„๐€๐ƒ๐’ crew. Come join us!

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Scrumptious Cookbooks

Hello Reading Friends! As you may have gathered, I am a cookbook junkie! I love them, use them, collect them, obsess over them, and basically can’t live without them. Because of this, I am excited to share THREE shiny new books for you to check out. Each one of these beauties is unique in its own way and all of them are absolutely DELICIOUS!
Happy Cooking & Happy Eating!
xoxo,
Kelly

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Who Took My Phone Charger

Today I am sharing a piece I have up on MEDIUM. In a house with two parents, two teens, and a tween, phone chargers are a hot commodity and should NEVER be taken for granted. Join me in battling imaginary Serial Killers, sleepless nights, and my late-night hunt for my missing phone charger. Be prepared to LAUGH OUT LOUD while I stumble through my house in the dark of the night searching for what is rightfully mine…all in the name of A GOOD NIGHTโ€™S SLEEP!

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