Literary Friday ya’ll!

Well, folks it’s been a while since a Literary Friday post. I’ve been meaning to post, but life…….


Summer is pretty much my favorite time, but between the pool and the flower garden- the afternoons get zapped. I promise that as fall approaches things will get back to somewhat normal here 🙂


1. ICYMI at Traveling With T: The Oysterville Sewing Circle, Someone We Know, The Escape Room, Under Currents, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, A Stranger on the Beach, Meet Me In Monaco, Crashing the A-List, & I’ll Never Tell.


2. Pretty excited about Lowcountry Boomerang- look for 9.3.19!


3. Yesterday I participated for the first time in #ThrowbackThursday on IG- hosted by Beauty and the Book and Jordy’s Book Club.


4. I promise no bookmail was harmed in the episode of life known as “things we do for the ‘gram…


5. I finally did a Meet The Bookstagrammer post!

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So you know what? I have never officially done a #meetthebookstagrammer post! 🤷‍♀️ . I sometimes take it for granted since I’ve been book blogging since the dinosaurs 🦕 roamed the Earth 🌍🤣 ( truthfully only almost 8 years) that everyone ‘knows’ me- but the truth of the matter is that sometimes you need to properly introduce yourself to followers on each social media platform & I’ve neglected you folks on Instagram. Trust me, I totally have better manners. After all, I’m Southern. 😂 . A proper intro: I’m Tamara, but you may see ppl refer to me as T because my blog is Traveling With T. I’m a thirty-something gal from the Magnolia State & I live in a town so small I won’t even tell you the name because there is no way you’ll know it. Even if you yourself live in Mississippi. . I’m an aunt to two smart & beautiful nieces. I used to have 3 cats, but my 2 boy cats disappeared & I’m still pretty sad 😢 about that. . I love to read- even though as a kid I was teased all the time for being a book nerd ( like that is a bad thing.) If the weather is right for swimming, you can bet that I’ll be in the pool. I love to visit NYC, but could never live there. I adore getting mani & pedis & try to pick fun colors ( I am partial to shades of blue, though.) . I have certain drinks that I enjoy at particular bars & restaurants ( although my first true drink love was an amaretto sour.) I love the beach & I go there as much as I can. Getting a massage 💆 is the most decadent way to spend part of a day. . I butcher song lyrics. I make sweet tea better than McDonald’s. If I want to look ‘fancy’- my hair is going to be straightened. . I have way too many favorite authors & still hate that Sue Grafton passed away before I got a chance to meet her. I don’t care if you aren’t a reader, but please don’t act proud when you say you haven’t read a book since school days. 🤮I will never loan you a book if you take 💩 care of your own stuff. Signed books are off limits for ANYONE to borrow. . I watch way too many re-runs of Law & Order. I root for the Atlanta Braves even though they let me down so much. . And that is just the tip of the iceberg about me 😀 . . #genxbookstagrammers

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6. Have you read The Oysterville Sewing Circle?


7.  When these 2 come to town- I’m like “social media who?”


8. Well, I did an interesting thing in August- I worked the polls! It was a long day, but really interesting to see the other side of the voting procedure. I’ll be back for the run-off August 27th!


9. Reviews from around the web: Steph’s Novel Fiction reviews Things You Save in a Fire, Jenn Tar Heel Reader reviews Her Daughter’s Mother, Really Into This reviews You’ve Been Volunteered, A Pint Sized Life talks about 10 Must Read Psychological Thrillers, My Reading Chronicles is doing an IT buddy read,  Reecas Pieces reviews The Winemaker’s Wife, and Orange County Readers reviews The Escape Room.


10. Have you read Someone We Know?


11. Have you read The Last House Guest?


12. My July reading was pretty good 🙂


13. Have you read Under Currents?

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#sponsored: I have a confession: Under Currents is my first Nora Roberts book. Thanks to @stmartinspress for the review copy. . . Now that you’ve gotten over that bomb 💣 of a confession… let me share a couple thoughts! . . Under Currents to me is def more family drama than romantic suspense. It’s a layered story- and ultimately has a good message, but some of these characters are put through the ringer before we get to good message! . . From my review: “Emily. I loved how she supported Zane and Britt. ❤ As an aunt, I can identify with how much Emily loved Zane and Britt and wanted to make sure they were in the best environment. I could understand her horror as she begins to understand what the kids went through- but I admired her strength- she knew that she had to be strong.” . . So, what is the next Nora Roberts book i should read? . . #genxbookstagrammers #noraroberts #undercurrentsbynoraroberts #travelingwithtbookreviews

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14. Have you read The Bookish Life of Nina Hill?

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#sponsored: Oh Nina Hill, you are going to be a hard to forget character. Yesterday, I reviewed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill- a cute, fun, and even quirky at times book. Thanks @berkleypub for the free review copy. . . Nina is like my soul sister on many things; Books, planners & cats. I would 😂 as I underlined quotes from the book that spoke to me! . . From my review: “Ok. Ya’ll know I LOVE book covers. Fun ones. Glamorous lady ones. Beach ones. Absurdly gorgeous ones. I LOVE BOOK COVERS. And that is why I hit the button on Netgalley to read more about Nina Hill and to request it. Because THAT is a book cover. It’s a bit nerdy. It’s a bit bright. It’s A LOT of fun.” . . If you like books, planners or cats ( or any combo of the above)- you gotta meet Nina Hill. . . #genxbookstagrammers #thebookishlifeofninahill #abbiwaxman #booksaboutbooks #bookishlove #bookish #coverlove #travelingwithtbookreviews

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15. Have you read A Stranger on the Beach? *NOTE: Giveaway is CLOSED. I just love this photo!

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#sponsored: Thanks to @stmartinspress for the review copy of A Stranger at the Beach by @michelecampbellbooks ( and happy Pub Day!) . . A couple months ago, I posted on Instagram about this box of goodies from @stmartinspress- A Stranger on the Beach themed box of goodies with the ingredients for a special drink to enjoy while reading this diabolical mystery. . . Today, I received an extra finished copy of A Stranger on the Beach & I decided to celebrate Pub Day with a giveaway! . . Want to win A Stranger on the Beach? 1. Like this photo. 2. Follow me & @michelecampbellbooks. 3. Tag 2-3 friends! . . Extra entry option: 4. Post about this in your IG stories ( be sure & tag me!) . . Rules & regulations: 1. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram 2. Open to US only. 3. Don’t follow to unfollow- not 😎 4. Giveaway ends Friday night, July 26th, at 11:59 pmEST. Winner will be notified via IG message! . . And if you want to make your own Red Anchor Rum Punch- flip to the next photo for the recipe! . . #genxbookstagrammers #astrangeronthebeach #bookstagram #booksofig

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16. Have you read Meet Me in Monaco?


17. Have you read I’ll Never Tell?


18. Have you read Crashing the A-List?


*What are your plans for the weekend?*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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