Norma’s Keto in a Coulee: The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel & Simply Keto by Suzanne Ryan #review #ketodiet #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Norma’s Keto in a Coulee Progress & Reviews

Hello Week One!  So I thought I would also add some personal information to this review for all of you that might like to join me &/or follow me on my new Keto lifestyle.  It will be beneficial to me to help with accountability issues as well as keeping me motivated.  I have included two reviews below for the books that I am using while on this journey.  Please feel free to join me or send me some encouraging words! 


The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain ConfidenceThe Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet, with More Than 125 Delectable Recipes and 5 Meal Plans to Shed Weight, Heal Your Body, and Regain Confidence by Leanne Vogel

I absolutely love Leanne’s approach! This book is so much fun and interesting to read with lots of useful information. I don’t usually read cookbooks from cover to cover but the creative way that this cookbook is laid out I found so appealing and extremely motivational.

On a whim I picked this book up at Costco as I was really curious about the Keto diet and thought hmmm, I think I’m going to give this Keto lifestyle a try. I have been following this plan for six days now and I am thoroughly impressed with my progress so far and how helpful this book is. It is like a one-stop guide to all things Keto and I absolutely love and appreciate that the plan is totally customizable and tailored to my individual needs.

I found the book to be very informative, simple to follow and understand! And the author is Canadian which makes it a little easier knowing that the ingredients are easily accessible and where to purchase them. I was able to find most of the ingredients with no problem at all. Which is always a plus when following a healthy eating plan.

*** I haven’t tried too many recipes from this book yet as I am using this one as more of a reference guide and getting to know me Keto book.  But, I have tried the Rocket Fuel Latte where I can’t say I liked it too much but I was able to get it down without too much difficulty though.  I am not a coffee drinker so I am sure that definitely had something to do with it.  I am going to try a different variation tomorrow morning to see if I enjoy it a little more.  My mom is also following the Keto diet with me and she loves coffee and didn’t have any problem drinking it!

Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb RecipesSimply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb Recipes by Suzanne Ryan

On a whim I picked this book up at Costco and thought hmmm, I think I’m going to give this Keto lifestyle a try. I have been following this plan for six days now and I am thoroughly impressed with my progress so far and how helpful this book is.

I have tried many of the recipes in this book and I am very pleased with how easy they are to prepare and make. They have all been delicious and a big hit with my family too.

I found the book to be very informative, simple to follow and understand!

*** This book has so many good recipes and I have tried quite a few of them this past week.

  • Keto Chili * Yummy * Our family rating: 10/10
  • Eggs Benedict * Excellent * 8/10
  • Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheese Egg Muffins * Yummy * 10/10
  • Bunless Philly Cheesesteaks * Excellent * 8/10
  • Bacon-wrapped Cheesy Chicken * Yummy * 10/10
  • Snickerdoodle Cupcakes * Yummy * 10/10

    img_6730Norma’s Stats:

    • Weight: ⬇️ 3.8 lbs
    • Start Date:  October 20, 2018
    • Sleep:  Haven’t noticed any difference yet.
    • Energy Level:  My energy level throughout the day seems to have improved some.
    • Difficulty Level:  Easy!  I hope I find the rest of the upcoming weeks just as easy as this week has been.
    • Goals:  NO NIGHT-TIME EATING, NORMA! Don’t forget to prepare a lunch!  Drink water!
    • Affirmation:  I deserve to feel and look healthy!

Random Thoughts:  I have been pleasantly surprised in how much I have embraced this lifestyle and actually really look forward to eating and cooking Keto!

Any comments are welcome! 🙂 

Sadie by Courtney Summers @courtney_s @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks @about_thethrill #findsadie #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Norma, Lindsay and I read Sadie with six of our Traveling Friends and this story made for a fantastic group discussion.  

img_6531Norma’s Review

Powerful, compelling, & heartbreaking!

I have enjoyed YA stories in the past but in my opinion, I think this book is geared to a much wider audience than just teens.

SADIE by COURTNEY SUMMERS is a memorable, important, and a fantastic YA mystery novel that immediately grabbed my attention and had me glued to those pages right to the very end.

Sadie’s story was not an easy read as it delves deep into Sadie’s pain and some tough subject matter. But, I thought that the author handled it with such care though and was very sensitive with the delivery.

I didn’t necessarily find the storyline all that gripping but, the way that the author weaves her sentences and delivers this story was absolutely enthralling. When I wasn’t reading this one, I was thinking about it. Sadie really got under my skin and has left a lasting impression.

I loved COURTNEY SUMMERS’ unique writing style here and thought the podcasts was a very effective way for us to get to know all the characters. It gave us a different perspective into Sadie’s character and I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Sadie’s narrative with a stutter and all was absolutely heartbreaking to read and really impacted me as a reader.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Courtney Summers for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Web_L521-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

Shortly after this one was chosen as a group read I went out and bought the book and started reading it. Once I started reading the podcast parts to this story I decided to listen to it as well.  The audiobook is so well done with multiple narrators that really enhance the whole experience with this story. I highly recommend listening to this one.

Sadie is a dark, gritty, moving yet at times bleak story that explores abuse and power and one girl’s driven need to seek revenge.  We follow along as our main character; angry, brave, reckless yet very sensitive Sadie as she searches for the man she believes is responsible for her sister’s murder. We also meet West and through crime podcasts he tracks Sadie’s journey and we hear from people who have met Sadie along the way.  The podcasts are so well done and really adds to the suspense of the story.

From that haunting line from May Beth “My heart can’t take another dead girl” my heartstrings were pulled and I was desperate to find out more about Sadie. Courtney Summers does such a great job drawing us into Sadie’s world.  I instantly fell in love with Sadie. I wanted to protect her, love her and allow her to grieve with me.  I could feel Sadie’s heartbreaking vulnerability, her love and support she had for her sister Maddie. Her grief becomes dangerous and I wanted to keep her safe.

The ending here made for quite a bit to discuss. We had a few different reactions to the ending and it was really interesting to see the different thoughts to the ending, so for that reason alone we highly recommend this one for group reads.

Web_L109-2_blonde_blue-eyesLindsay’s Review

4 stars!    A heart-wrenching and haunting coming-of-age story.

This novel revolves around nineteen-year-old Sadie who has run away from home in the hope of seeking revenge for the murder of her younger sister Mattie.  Sadie has always been Mattie’s protector, taking on a mothering role to Mattie from the time she was born.  Sadie hides many deep and disturbing childhood secrets that she is planning on addressing and exposing in hopes of getting justice for Mattie’s suffering.

This book will break your heart.   It deals with some extremely sensitive and highly disturbing subject matter but is presented in a respectful way that conveys the message without getting into unnecessary detail.  Be prepared for something that will pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for these characters to find justice.

I enjoyed the presentation and flow of this novel.   It is told in alternating chapters through Sadie’s perspective and then an eight-episode podcast hosted by popular radio host, West McCray.   The podcasts were a fantastic piece of this compelling and suspenseful journey.

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Courtney Summers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Web_L095-3_brunette_brown-eyesFrom Kim’s review 

This book is so unique. The author has you following along with Sadie’s journey as she hunts down the killer in Sadie’s own chapters. Yet we also are following along with a radio podcast being put on by a fellow named West McCray. The podcasts are reporting the search for Sadie as she now has gone missing. So they are retracing all Sadie’s steps along the way. I loved the podcast chapters, there was so much personality and it was so entertaining as they interviewed people that Sadie had come into contact with.

I loved this book! I did not pick up this book as an ARC because quite frankly I did not want to read a YA. Well then all the rave reviews started rolling in from people that I know read the same type of books I do and they loved it. So I picked up my copy of Sadie and whoa this is not your typical YA. There was a lot of hardcore, not so pretty details. These details made you feel like you were right there with Sadie. I was rooting for Sadie all the way.  For Kim’s full review

FC-2 VerityFrom Diane’s review

Although marketed for the young adult audience, this book is a worthy crossover. It is hard-hitting, timely, with the movement so often in the news, and the young, Sadie, is sure to win your heart. When Sadie’s younger sister Mattie is murdered, a sister who she raised, Sadie sets off on a journey to find the man responsible. When Sadie’s car is found, empty but holding all her belongings, a neighbor who was more of a mother to the girls than their own contacts a man who does podcasts focusing on cases such as these.

The pages fly by in this book, partly due to its form, alternate chapters between the podcast, called the Girls, and a first-person account by Sadie. Sadie’s vulnerability, her sense of guilt over her sister’s death, and her stutter, quickly wins over the reader. One of my triggers is any type of abuse of children, I usually try to avoid this type of read.

Web_L109-6Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Stunning, breathtaking, and a perfect and highly affecting representation to storyline.
Title: Simply brilliant and such a meaningful representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Edgy, witty, emotive & brilliantly written.
Plot: Engaging, impressive, unforgettable, perfectly-paced, and held my attention.
Ending: An ambiguous ending that I think worked really well for this YA story but didn’t necessarily satisfy my need of knowing a little bit more though.
Overall: Sadie definitely left an impression on me as well as this author’s writing style! Would recommend!


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