Teaser Tuesday - 45 Pounds

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months.

Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—-and some surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother.

And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up!

"The next thing I know the cutest guy I've ever seen asks for a nacho cheese pretzel and root beer. Nacho cheese, my favorite. We were made for each other. He has short, sandy blond hair - natural, no weird hair products - and eyes the color of a chocolate Tootsie Roll pop. He's several inches taller than me but kind of stocky, wearing a bright blue polo shirt with a lanyard tag hanging around his neck. He turned around, though, so I can't see his name or if he works at a mall store." - page 82.


Review of Isla and the Happily Ever After

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Isla and the Happily Ever After was one of my most anticipated books of the summer. I gobbled up both Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. I love Stephanie Perkins’ view of the world and her approach to life and romance.

  • I loved Isla. I feel like I could relate to her, she was a little shy, goofy, fiercely loyal and sometimes got lost in the mix of her family. She also loved madly and crushed hard. Sadly, I didn’t really ever get the boy that I was crushing on that hard, but I could still relate.
  • This was that from-afar-attraction. I love when you don’t realize that someone has been admiring you and how awesome it is when it is put together.
  • I love the boarding school setting in books, and this one went back to Anna and St. Clair’s starting place, the boarding school in Paris.
  • Josh was probably one of my favorite characters in the first book, so it was awesome to have him as a main character in Isla. I can just see him as that gawky, but hot, arty boy with charcoal on the sides of his hands and tattoos. YUM! As you can tell, he is definitely a book crush.
  • I loved having old friends in the book, Anna, St. Clair, Lola, Cricket! Yes yes! It was so fun. I want them all to move to the same cul-de-sac and grown old together, their babies playing together in the front yard and everyone taking family vacations together to exotic places.

  • There was a little more insta-love and a little less slow-burn than I want. I know that there was all this history, but I still wanted the awkward coming together stage just a little bit longer.



Week Recap - Sun and Love

This was a fun week, it was our last sand volleyball game, enjoyed some 80 degree days and went on a date with my hubby to celebrate our upcoming five year anniversary!

This Week on A Flurry of Ponderings:
Monday - Review of Red as Blood
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday with Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
Thursday - Featured Blogger - Words with Sarah
Friday - New Fall TV Show - Forever
Saturday- A Non-Bookish Post - Zombies Run and Superheroes

 This Week I Read:

Upcoming Reviews:



A Non-Bookish Post - Oh My!

I know that 99.999% of my posts are book related, but today I thought I would break from the mold and share something none book related!

I want to share two of my favorite workout apps. I love them so much I want to scream from the mountaintops how much I love these two apps. Working out is sometimes not the funnest thing in the whole world, ok, well most of the time. But these apps really help me get motivated to work out and pass the time quickly.

The first app is Zombies, Run! I have been with the Zombies since season 1 and am in love. The "game"  takes place as you run. Through your headphones you are now Runner 5 and you are on a mission. The game speaks to you and then goes to your playlist on your phone. Then back to the mission after the song has been played. There is a fee for the game, but it is worth every penny. You can build a base with the supplies you collect on your mission. Take a look at the website, you can get a great idea of how it feels running during the mission!

The second game is new to me. It is called Superhero Workout. I just started "playing" and love it! In this game you are a superhero in space and need to go through your missions, the first one you are trying to get back to home base. You have to do a wall squat to steady yourself for a crash or a plank to stay close to the outside of the spaceship.
Each part of the workout was 30 seconds or so and the whole workout length varies. It felt like a circuit at the gym inside my own home. Most of the activities were using just your body. The front camera senses your movement and tracks your reps to calculate calories! The website has a sweet video to show it all. This one was $4.99.

Both apps are on both the App Store and Android Markets. If you are seeking some spark to your workout, I totally recommend!