Lord Help the Sisters | Pub Date

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Ohmigosh. It is FRIDAY.

Why is it that the week after a holiday weekend feels like it goes on for months and months? Maybe it’s all the holiday anticipation. Or still not being over daylight savings? (Tell me this gets worse when you get older.) Anyway, pizza, and Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back are on my agenda for tonight. What am I forgetting? Oh, right. Beer. And this month’s pub date theme: siblings.

Let’s talk sisters. I am one. A built-in friend, but also one of your most complicated relationships. This topic comes at perfect time because I just finished Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. It’s a book that unpacks the overwhelming grief June is feeling after her favorite relative, her uncle, dies from AIDs in the 80s. That much I knew going in, but I had no idea how much it would explore the relationship between June and her sister, Greta. Close in age, they used to be best friends but have gradually grown apart. Jealousy. Misunderstanding. And rediscovering a connection June and Greta have only begun to understand. Have your tissues ready because wow wow wow. Brunt nailed the messy and wonderful moments of sisterhood.

(If you need to get more in the mood, listen to “Sisters” from White Christmas.)

This leads me to the drink: Two Roads Brewing Co. Route of All Evil Black Ale. There’s a lot of dark moments to this novel, and that matches perfectly with the chocolate, molasses, and mocha that make up this brew. On the bright side: It’s one of my favorite winter ales (especially after the disappointing and very week Redhook Winter Ale) and perfect for a cozy night spent reading, watching a movie, or staring at your holiday lights.

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As you can see, I couldn’t help myself and picked a few other memorable sister reads from 2015 for you to try out. I enjoyed each of these for so many different reasons… definitely give them a look!

A Million Miles Away | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before | Between Us and the Moon |
Making Pretty | Rules for Stealing Stars

Most importantly, enjoy your weekend. Relax, destress, and recharge! xoxo

Pub Date: Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide | Andi @ ABC’s | Maggie @ Just a Couple More

Wall to Wall Creeps | Pub Date

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I am not the best at the Halloween-ish themes.

What creeps me out? Sometimes the dark? My parent’s basement. The OUIJA board. Ghosts (oh, I totally think they are real.) Pigeons (one flew into my face today). BLOOD. (When I was little, I once told my aunt I wanted to be a nurse and she was like YOU HAVE TO LIKE BLOOD, YA KNOW.) Mannequins. It’s true! Their faces can be so blank. I’m sure I have more items to add to this strange list but I’ll let you mull these over for now.

My plans to see Goosebumps in the movies this weekend totally inspired this post’s direction. I couldn’t think of anything I’d read lately that creeped me out so why not go back in time and talk about those. While R.L. Stine’s series was no Babysitters Club in my world, I was pretty addicted to these stories for awhile (my whole class was). My favorite will always be Ghost Beach. (I wonder if it’ll be mentioned in this new flick.)

But BEFORE that, I was loving Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. One of my friends at the time had copies at home and I remember reading the stories over and over again. The ones in our library were never available because this book was so dang popular. I’m actually surprised (or should I be) that these books are banned in some schools. Unless my imagination is playing games with me, I remember our teachers reading these outloud to us. Did you know there’s a documentary being made about the series?

Another fun little memory from my childhood was the big “grown up” 5th grade trip to Washington, D.C. I bought a book of ghost stories at one of the monument gift shops (was it Jefferson?) and my roommates and I stayed up so late reading them, totally freaking ourselves out. I was so exhausted the next night I was SURE the Abe Lincoln monument was blinking at me. For some unknown reason, I gave the book away but I recently bought my own: Ghosts: Washington’s Most Famous Ghost Stories. I need to dig this one out.

So while you’re sitting in a dark room with a Pumpkin Apple candle burning, I’m recommending Saranac’s OctoberFest (NY) for another kind of “spirit”. It’s your basic German lager and goes down well with pizza or all the candy you’re attempting to hoard for the big trick or treating day. It’s uncomplicated and cozy, and a great beer for the brew rookies out there.

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Enjoy the fall weekend, dears! (Someone remind me to watch Hocus Pocus!)

And thanks for stopping by! xoxo

Pub Date: Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide | Andi @ ABC’s | Maggie @ Just a Couple More

On the Road to Hoppiness | Pub Date

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Timing couldn’t be more impeccable for this Pub Date focused on CAREERS and HOBBIES. I just celebrated one year at my job working in publicity at an academic press. It probably goes without saying that book blogging inspired my career change in ways. It’s been challenging year full of new experiences and it’s nice and refreshing and all sorts of wonderful to feel proud of the work I’m churning out. (Though, if we could get more hours in the day, I’d be thrilled.)

Today’s beer pick is especially fitting: Two Roads Honeyspot Road IPA. The name is all about journey and it’s a smooth beer you can’t help but enjoy after a busy day at the office. For someone who never used to like IPAs, I’m quite a fan these days but this particular brew is great for someone just easing into hoppier beers. It’s not overwhelming at all.

And the book? Such a tough one but I’m going to go with Girl Before a Mirror by the incredible Liza Palmer. I read it in the early spring, and still believe everyone (especially the ladies) need to get their hands on this book. What do you do when you are feeling powerless and unhappy? When do you get to a point where you trust your gut and move forward to better yourself? When do your own needs and desires take centerstage over others because you realize there’s no way you can be of help to them without helping yourself first? Career, friendship, romance, family — all of life’s fun complications are thrown into this thoughtful, amazing book that truly feels like it could be an Estelle bible.

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Here’s to a fantastic weekend, silly IT blog issues disappearing, and going after what we want.

xoxo

Share a brew: Book Addict’s Guide | Just a Couple More Pages | Andi ABC’s

I Saw the Sign | Pub Date

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I’m not going to be the person to ask you what your sign is, but something about horoscopes really fascinates me. I’m sitting here reading about Aquarius (who said Pub Date wasn’t educational), and I’m wondering how people decide which advice to trust, which traits really fall under the umbrella of this horoscope. I read something today that said Aquarians were near geniuses and another that said we were always searching for the meaning of life. I don’t think I’m anything close to a near genius but I am an over thinker, I like to understand things. But the real holy shit moment was this:

To Aquarius, compassion is not an emotion, but a conclusion. You have ideals and you cherish them, because you know they lead to a better world for all. Therefore, Aquarius tends to be altruistic even at great personal costs. Others admire that, but to Aquarius it’s self-explanatory: We must be benevolent to our fellow human beings for the benefit of all of us. That makes sense.

Whoa.

Now that my mind is blown, I’ll share my beer. As the ‘water bearer’, I went for Heavy Seas Smooth Sail Summer Ale (the website rightfully calls it a ‘pool beer’). I’m hanging on to the last few weeks of summer, and this is the perfect accomplice. It’s light, comes in a can, and goes down so easy. (Unfortunately, you might have to put this on your wish list for next year because if your grocery store is anything like mine, it’s full of pumpkin beer already.)

I’m not sure if my book relates to the beer at all. In fact, I think it relates more to Aquarius and how we like to understand even the most difficult things in life. The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell about a high school student named Sora dealing with an ALS diagnosis. He can’t go back to school (he loves literature and dreams of being a professor) and he’s slowly losing his motor skills. Throughout the book (which is so quietly written), he’s trying to come to terms with death and what happens after. It’s a beautiful (though heartbreaking) book with a wonderful mom, surprising new friends (from the internet!), and lovely grandparents. I completely loved it. I hope you’ll check it out.

Smooth Sail Summer and The Last Leaves Falling

That’s it for me, and this #PubDate. Hope you have a great month, and some wonderful brews and books! xoxo

Pass it on: Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide | Andi @ Andi ABCs | Maggie @ Just a Couple More

I’m Dreaming of a Summer Ale | Pub Date

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Writing a pub date is like a little celebration. I always know I’m closer to the weekend. And here we are again. It’s been a hectic one, and there’s nothing I’d rather do more than talk about the beach and beer. At work the other day, my coworker asked where we go to swim around here? It’s true — NYC isn’t exactly brimming with swimming pools. Mostly, I try to find time to escape to my parent’s house for their pool (AND their company) but when we do make the trek to the beach, it’s Coney Island. The commute is perfect for cozying up into a good book, and it’s a relatively no frills spot with a lot of history.

Let’s change it up and talk about my book pic first.

So today’s recommendation is Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando — when I first read it, I had never been to Coney Island. The main character moves with her dad and sibling to Coney Island where she discovers some quirky characters and secrets about her deceased mom. I love how his book celebrates the liveliness of this summer spot but also touches on how much change is going on in New York every day. Every time you turn around, an older building is being knocked down to make room for a fancy new apartment building and a whole neighborhood changes forever.

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As for beer, you can’t go wrong with a lighter beer when the sun is beating down on you and you just want to kick back and relax. We recently bought a six-pack of Shipyard’s Summer Ale featuring art with a “tanning” lobster enjoying his own spirits on the beach. The art alone is wonderful and the beer is nothing to complain about either.

So here’s to a great book (one I desperately need to reread) celebrating the seaside, nostalgia, and new beginnings and a brew that compliments your best tan.

Happy weekend! Do something fun, okay?

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Have a PUB DATE round with: Andi @ Andi ABCs + Brittany @ Book Addict’s Guide +
Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages

Fireworks with a Dash of Cinnamon| Pub Date

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Pub Date | Summer of Yesterday and Cigar City BrewingWhat’s more all-American than beer, books, and Disney World? So excited to share today’s Pub Date especially as I prep (a.k.a. procrastinate) for a long weekend away — a much needed break that will hopefully included some brews. I’ll keep you posted.

There’s no BEST time to drink beer (in my opinion) but I do love summer because it means another year of my husband and I taking advantage of the beer passport. What is the beer passport? You may one flat price, and for two full months, hop to different bars around NYC for one complimentary beer at each spot. Nice craft beers range in price here. It’s basically about $6-$10 per pint so you can see how paying $37 per passport is a pretty lovely deal.

This week, we kicked off our beer passport at our favorite neighborhood BBQ place (yay Long Island City); I had a Cigar City Horchata Nitro — a brewery in Florida. This beer was smooth, sweet, and tasted like a cookie (the vanilla and cinnamon combo). I’ve been so curious about Horchata beers; Blue Moon has one but I never buy Blue Moon (it’s not a craft brewery; they are owned by Coors) and I’m not as amped to try a new beer when it makes up an entire six-pack. After a long warm day, this was a nice little drink to have. A six-pack definitely wouldn’t have worked for me, but I’m glad I tried it out. (This is one of those beer flavors I think non-beer drinkers should try. It didn’t even taste like beer.)

Now for a book…

Fireworks on the cover, and time traveling back to the early 80s of Walt Disney World: Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana. A YA book on my favorite theme park that is actually well-researched with a main character reeling from her parent’s divorce and falling in love under the most unlikely of circumstances after hitting your head in an abandoned water park (it’s real). I love, love this book and want to see it get all the love. In fact, my pub date pal Maggie also read it and really enjoyed it too.

Now enjoy a brew and a good book, will ya? Happy weekend!

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Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide | Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages | Andi @ Andi ABCs