Sunday, December 10, 2017

Best of: A Letter to My Mom by Lisa Erspamer - Book Review

Originally Posted: July 3, 2015

A Letter to My Mom by Lisa Erspamer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 7th 2015 by Crown Archetype

in the A Letter to My series (after A Letter to My Dog and A Letter to My Cat) takes on mothers, with celebrities and civilians writing letters of gratitude and admiration to the women who raised them, alongside gorgeous, intimate photos.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Best of: Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke - Book Review

Originally Posted: December 26, 2015

Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About AgingKeep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging by Dick Van Dyke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
October 13th 2015 by Weinstein Books

Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2015. He’s an established legend, having starred in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. And yet he’s still keeping himself busy, entertaining America on television, movies, the stage, and social media. Everyone wonders, “How does he do it?” For the first time, Van Dyke will share his secrets and tips on old age: Just keep moving.

In a fun and folksy way of addressing readers, Keep Moving will serve as an instruction book on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and “keep moving” every day like there’s no tomorrow.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review

33602143Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published October 17th 2017 by St. Martin's Press

Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Last Song You Heard

This, like most challenges like this, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 19 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song #19: Last Song You Heard

So last week's post got a bit away from me. There's a quick glimpse of the inner workings of my mind, in case you never had a run-in in the last almost seven years.

This post could have had a similar outcome because I constantly have music playing. Currently playing as I write this? Yorktown from Hamilton. Before that it was probably some Christmas song. So I've decided to make "the last song" the song that was playing before I decided to sit down and write this.
That wasn't Christmas.

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I just realized that I haven't really written any posts lately. Well it's more like I just realized that I just realized that. I mean; that had to be something I was aware of. What was the last time I sat down for an afternoon to write something other than a book review or song choice?
Which leads to my never answered question; what exactly have I been doing?!

This would probably be where I promise to change but, honestly, my current mind frame is two little voices warring with each other over just succumbing to the negative thoughts or trying to fight through them.
It's very annoying; especially since I am very aware that I'm doing it.