A Month of Faves 2019 |Favorite Things Edition #amonthoffaves #orangecountyreads

Happy Friday! I’m back with GirlXOXO and Traveling with T for the annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. Get all the details here!

This will be my second year participating! (Click here to see last year’s posts!)

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FRI | Dec. 6 – #AMonthofFaves The 2019 Favorite Things Edition – e.g. to wear, smell, see, do, enjoy, best purchases, most used gift received, most used purchases, favorite concert, outdoor activity, something crafty you made.

Looking back at the year with a grateful heart is always a good exercise. It helps me to remember all the fun and amazing experiences I had! Here are some of my favorite bookish things from 2019!


I made a custom bookmark and have handed them out at events and included them in giveaways. I’m thrilled with how they’ve turned out, and its a cool business card.


I bought my SECOND book cart!


Meeting the Author: Dani Shapiro interviewed by Jamie Lee Curtis

I went to this event just to see Jamie and then ended up hearing an incredible story of DNA and genealogy and family secrets.

I was sent these beautiful flowers by my sweet friend Shannon. She sent them just to cheer me up! Who does that?!

Bookmail: From time to time publishers will send cool promo material with their books and they sent this moleskins journal with The Silent Patient.


Meeting the Author: Gretchen Rubin, Mission Viejo

More excellent book mail!


I visited a few of our local bookstores in April to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day and had to get this gorgeous tote!

Meeting the Authors (and Bookstagrammers!): Marie Benedict, Kate Quinn, Kristina McMorris, and Susan Meissner, Corona Public Library

Literary Orange, Newport Beach

Wade Rouse (aka Viola Shipman) and Tara Conklin

Women’s History Museum

Chanel Cleeton and Camille diMaio


Meeting the Author | Steven Rowley, Lido Village Books

Angie Kim, Creating Conversations


Staged at Target” was one of my favorite photo challenges this year.

Booksparks Event, Hollywood

Meeting the Author | Taylor Jenkins Reid, Busy Phillips, and Abdi Nazemian (and where I met some amazing local bookstagrammers!)

Meeting the Author | Kaira Rouda, Adventures by the Book event


Family Vacation, Palm Springs

I was thrilled when Michael Connelly announced he was finally selling Bosch merchandise with these tee-shirts. He has raised so much money for My Friend’s Place which assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives.

Meeting the Author |Nicola Harrison, Katie Wheeler Library


One of the many, many photo challenges on Instagram. This one was #ombrebookstack

The first-ever official meetup of Southern California readers! These women have become real friends and I’m so lucky to know them.

I won a publisher giveaway! Thanks to Gallery Books for this amazing prize in their Summer Lovin Giveaway!

Meeting the Author | Abbi Waxman, Kristin Rockaway, and Kathy Cooperman at Breakfast Republic


Visitors from the UK to my Little Free Library!

Meeting the Author |  David & Nicola Yoon at The Ripped Bodice.

I won the Scribner giveaway!


We had our second meetup this month in Temecula. We had a beautifully catered lunch, blind date with a book swap and the best conversation! Love these women!

My favorite Eggs Benedict from Snooze AM Eatery

Meeting the Author | William Kent Krueger, Book Carnival


Trip to Portland, Oregon

Meeting the Author | Cathy Lamb, Powell’s City of Books (Beaverton, not Portland as I discovered at the last minute!)

New Doc Martens – last pair…20 years ago!


My friend has a new store! Congratulations Bel Canto Books!

Another photo challenge on Instagram – getting me in the mood! #booksparkshollydays

What are some of your favorite things from 2019?

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  1. Great wrap-up! I love seeing all the fab book events you attend. I heard about a great one coming up at The Queen Mary. Are you going to it?
    It was so much fun meeting you last April and look forward to doing it again someday!


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