Saturday, November 18, 2017

Best of: Snow White by Matt Phelan - Book Review

Originally Posted: September 15, 2016


;Snow White: A Graphic NovelSnow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published September 13th 2016 by Candlewick Press

Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL." In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Best of: And I Darken by Kiersten White - Book Review

Originally Posted: June 27, 2016


And I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Best of: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Originally Posted: July 15, 2016


Sister DearSister Dear by Laura McNeill
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published April 19th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.  But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song You Can Dance To

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 22 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #22: Song You Can Dance To

Song: Rum'n'Cocacola


I just found out that there's a line dance to this song, so apparently you literally can dance to it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Best of: Quotable Quotes - Live

* Originally Posted: November 7, 2013
**2017 Though: I hate that it's been so long since I've posted any quotes.



This week's quotes were inspired by last week's thought-filled thought: Running Away with the Doctor. In which I pretty much went on about how life should be exciting, and a story worth telling.
Which is an on going topic with me on here.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Song of the Moment [11/14]

This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

I was looking at this year's playlist and was feeling a little underwhelmed, I realized that it's because there haven't been many "moments" worth remembering. Not like last year's that's filled with songs that remind me of my trip to Europe or a few shows I went to, this year is mainly 'Oh hey I had this song stuck in my head."

This is yet again one of those days.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Best of:"To Do" #3 - Write A Novel

*Originally Posted: November 4, 2011
**2017 Thought: I recently ran into my inspiration for the novel I was writing that year, and by "ran into" I mean I was driven out of my house and decided to go look for it. It's still there waiting for it's story to be told and I still have my notes that make me want to keep writing, maybe I will some day.
No after all these years I've yet to finish. Too many plot directions and I really sucked giving the guy a voice.




This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences.
I've decided to share my list here because like any goal it should be written out. I can't remember if it's encouraged to share them, all those high school goal setting lectures are kind of fuzzy, I know I never actually spoke my goals aloud.
Which might be why I haven't reached them.
But these aren't life goals, those are actually important to accomplish. These are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.
I'm going to be numbering these post just to keep track; the items on my list aren't really in any specific order

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing on the Go by Felix Scheinberger - Book Review

33673329Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing on the Go by Felix Scheinberger
My rating 3 of 5 stars
Published September 19th 2017 by Watson-Guptill

An inspirational, instructional, and visually stimulating guide to sketching and drawing. Dare to Sketch is filled with practical tips about which materials to use, a variety of subject matter ranging from easy to more challenging, and wisdom about overcoming creative blocks and fear of making mistakes. 

A whimsical beginner's guide to sketching, covering all of the important basics: what kind of notebook to buy, what drawing materials to use, ideas for subject matter, and daily exercises. Includes inviting, inspirational, and idiosyncratic tips (don't start on the first page of your sketchbook!), Dare to Sketch is gorgeously illustrated with the author's unique and contemporary art style.


Beyond the Rules by Anna del Mar - Book Review

35825989Beyond the Rules by Anna del Mar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published August 15th 2017

When Nina Leon crash-lands in the rugged mountains of Montana, she’s fleeing from a deadly enemy and a painful past, desperately searching for the legendary hacker who can help her defeat the ruthless terrorist stalking her. Instead, she’s rescued by three brave ex-SEALs who will do anything in their power to protect her.

Tanner Vazquez, Aiden Black, and Balthazar Flint live by a pact forged in battle and signed with blood. It’s a bond that has saved their lives more than once. They’re committed to watching each other’s back and sharing everything.

Everything.

As different as they are, Nina hits all their buttons. They agree. She’s the one they’ve been waiting for.

But Nina’s not looking to commit to anyone. She doesn’t believe in love. Her life has made her the ultimate skeptic. Lust? Yes. Sex? Absolutely. Love? What a crock.

Protecting Nina is gonna be hard enough. But convincing Nina to stay, fulfilling her sexual fantasies and getting this brilliant hacker to trust and love them—all three of them—for good?

That’s gonna be a hell of a mission.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song You Know All the Words To

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 23 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #23: Song You Know All the Words To

Song: That's All
*Note I'm not purposely sharing two Michael Buble songs, this cover is the only one I could find that I like and had lyrics. The playlist I'm adding all these songs to has it as an instrumental...because I know all the words.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Best of: Me & Country Music

*Originally Posted Here Wednesday, November 2, 2016

**2017 Thought: It's now 10 years since all this happened so I made a playlist of songs from the time.
2006 because that's when it started, 2007 obviously when it all happened, 2008 the after math, and a few from 2009 because they too mean something to me.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song that Reminds Me of a Place

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 24 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #24: Song that Reminds Me of a Place

This was suppose to be last week's song but I didn't check my list and jumped ahead of myself. It's actually a good thing because I had another song in mind for this one, (when don't I?) but then while trying to get to sleep I had another song running through my head and started remembering Anchorage, Alaska. This was also the point when I remembered that Song about A Place was on that list.
I've been lucky enough to get to visit so many places that I could probably come up with an entire playlist of songs that remind me of some of these locations.

THE OTHER BROTHER by Meghan Quinn - Release Day

         
I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It's been three years since I'd seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?

 
AVAILABLE NOW

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon Closing Post


Pages Read: 950 ish
Books Read: 8
I was 50 pages away from finishing number 9; it's one of those books that has, like, 30 pages of extras in the back so I thought it would take me longer. Oh well.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Songs of the Moment [10/31]

This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.


As I mentioned in an earlier post today, this is my last Halloween post. And it's only 1 of 2. I also mentioned that I do not care for the day. I will now add on that my caring less now, might be because it's my sister's wedding anniversary. A wedding I, or the rest of my family, was not told about; (while everyone on Facebook was) so I'm guessing there's some resentment there too. (Plus, every once in a while, she makes it seem like she wants me to offer my help in planning a wedding party because she "feels bad" that we weren't there.)

Best of: Music Mondays

*Originally Posted: October 31, 2011
**2017 Thought: My first, and really only, Halloween post, (if you don't count the Tim Burton "double feature" I reposted yesterday and the Top Ten Characters I'd Like To Dress Up As list) on the day my last will post. Sad.
I still don't care for the day. If possible, I care even less now.

The real nostalgia of this reposts is that I'm no longer a fan of Supernatural. I still absolutely love the early episodes, but I doubt you'd find me posting anything related to the show now.


The Monster Mash of course!

And in case you're already a little tired of that song:

The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn - Teaser

   
I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It's been three years since I'd seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?


Monday, October 30, 2017

Best of: Tune In Tuesday - Tim Burton Double Feature

*Originally Posted October 30, 2012
**2017 Thought: First off Happy Belated 7th to Ginger and her blog GReads!
In case you hadn't heard; my own 7th blogoversary will be my last (unless I realize I can't live without it four months later- I'm giving myself the summer- but it will most likely be the end) and I've decided to look back on some of my favorite posts. Including this one from the Tune In Tuesday days.
I remember doing these musical inspired posts, you guys are lucky I didn't keep going. I have seen a lot more musicals since. Though I have shared a few here and there.

Check back tomorrow for more Tim Burton!



Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! The feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! but until further notice you can find it over at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.  

The Other Brother by Meghan Quinn - Excerpt

   
I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It's been three years since I'd seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?


Friday, October 27, 2017

What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis & Thalia Wallis - Book Review

35232852What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
November 21st 2017 by Singing Dragon

"Consent is not the absence of 'NO', it is an enthusiastic YES!!"

While seemingly straightforward, Tia and Bryony hadn't considered this subject too seriously until it comes up in conversation with their friends and they realize just how important it is.

Following the sexual assault of a classmate, a group of teenage girls find themselves discussing the term consent, what it actually means for them in their current relationships, and how they act and make decisions with peer influence. Joined by their male friends who offer another perspective, this rich graphic novel uncovers the need for more informed conversations with young people around consent and healthy relationships.


Accompanying the graphics are sexual health resources for students and teachers, which make this a perfect tool for broaching the subject with teens.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song that Reminds Me of an Event

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 25 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


Song #25: Song that Reminds Me of an Event

I'm going literal when I use the word "event," I feel originally it was meant as a moment in my life type of event, but I'm going with an event I went to. Which technically is a moment in my life.
Whatever my blog my rules, when have I ever done anything not my way?
Like normal sentences. Though, now that I mention it, I have gotten way better since I first began.

Not when it comes to avoiding tangents, of course. (Shout out to the person who got that word stuck in my head, we have that in common.)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song That Reminds Me of Someone

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 26 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song # 26: Song that Reminds Me of Someone

I am totally cheating this week. I did have a song in mind that reminds me of someone but then I realized that, maybe, it was time to stop using that person as my go to. And honestly now that I play back that song that association isn't as strong as it once was.
There were a few other options but they're not exactly ones I want to think too much about. I don't like listening to music and thinking of people, it's why I always listen to classical music when I'm upset, I know I won't remember that moment as well.
Same goes with books; just the other day I heard a song (which I might be sharing in a few weeks)that made me think of a book I read 4 years ago. As much as I love books I hate being reminded of them, especially since t's usually the ones that left me sad.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THE OTHER BROTHER By Meghan Quinn - Cover Reveal

 


      I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment 10/17

This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Monday, October 16, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon Week 2 Update

Pages Read: 212
Books finished: 1

Current reading method: Read a page, space out, read a page, space out, read a paragraph, get food.

I'm back in scatter brain mode and as much as I've managed to jump into a book I can't stay there too long.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Game Changer by Charissa Stastny - Excerpt + Giveaway

  Game Changer by Charissa Stastny Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves? Praise for the Book “A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series “Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime...”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies  

Friday, October 13, 2017

More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle R. McCann - Book Review

34228218More Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle R. McCann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 3rd 2017 by Aladdin/Beyond Words

From the inspiring author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another comprehensive collection of true, inspiring profiles of successful young women throughout history who made their mark on the world before turning twenty.

Young women today crave strong, independent role models to look to for motivation. In the follow-up to the bestseller Girls Who Rocked the World, More Girls Who Rocked the World offers a fun and uplifting collection of influential stories with forty-five more movers and shakers who made a difference before turning twenty.

From Annie Oakley and Queen Victoria to Malala Yousafzai and Adele—each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world—you’ll get to know these capable queens of empires and courageous icons of entertainment. Also included are profiles of gutsy teenagers who are out there rocking the world right now and personal aspirations from today’s young women.


What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid - Book Review

33897637What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published September 26th 2017 by Ten Speed Press

A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.
Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features--such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets--as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song That Makes Me Sad

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 27 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).


I'm going to hate myself very soon for counting down.

Song #27: Song that makes me cry.
Because apparently I like doing things that make me hate myself. Let's listen to sad songs! What a great idea!
I've even made a playlist of songs that make me cry.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5 Books With Fall Covers

Disclaimer; I live in Los Angeles, we don't know the meaning of Autumn. For us the only thing "falling" is the temperature. And that's only a 5 degree drop.
Back in August I was in a store looking at all the Autumn and Halloween things and started freaking out. Not only was I not ready to let go of pretty dress weather but I'm just not a fan of both the season and holiday. Then I realized around here it's summer until the end of October so...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

30 Song Challenge

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 28 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week). Yeah, typical me I'm late.
In my defense I just thought of this last night.

So normally I'd be posting one song; but since I'm already two behind this will be the one exception.

Bourbon Series by Meghan Quinn - RELEASE DAY BLAST



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Song of the Moment [10/3]

This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Best of: Songs of the Moment [4\28\15]

Originally posted April, 28, 2015


This is a feature I've started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

Why haven't I made a badge for this yet?
Put that on my to do list.
Along with maybe bringing back the feature where I would go on about my "to do " list. It really only ever got two post a year maybe.

This week has three songs; one that I kept mentioning, one that I had on repeat and the other that kept playing on my phone today.

First off:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#FrightFall Readathon Goal Post


I have been looking forward to this since I heard about it. Month long readathon!
It's pretty typical of me; I just came out of a summer long reading challenge that drove me to a reading slump and then I get excited about making another list of books I want to read a month later.
I know, just have fun with it and I intend to because I discovered something once I broke out of my slump: the reasons for my reading slump (besides summer being slow, though I still don't understand why) is because I didn't want to get caught up in any story and whatever the characters would go through.
Basically I was subconsciously avoiding an inevitable book hangover.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories Anthology - Book Review

32445592On Fire by Rachel Kramer Bussel
My rating 3 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2017 by Cleis Press 

In On Fire, today’s top erotic authors take us inside the passions of couples who go above and beyond in pursuit of sexual and romantic satisfaction, from kink to fantasies to outrageous, stimulating adventures. You’ll treasure the stocking fetish in “Sensitive to the Touch” and travel to “A Place as Beautiful as This.” You’ll go “Beyond the Blindfold,” find out what lurks in the “Art of Darkness,” delight in discovering “The Sweetest Thing,” and observe a feisty femdom couple in “Dreams Made Flesh.” These steamy stories by Kristina Wright, Delilah Devlin, Giselle Renarde, Kay Jaybee, Veronica Blisse, Jade A. Waters and others are perfect bedtime reads for your lover or for your own pleasure.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Best of: Banned Books Weeks 2011

*Originally Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2011.


Seeing how it's the middle of the week I presume that you've heard about it being banned book week, although last year I thought it was a whole month. Is there such a month? I remember sometime last year I was talking to someone about reading To Kill a Mockingbird since it was banned book month. Or was it week?
Oh well...we're here now.


...I'm not that familiar with banned books.
It's true, so I've been hopping down the banned book trail and have found some pretty interesting books, turns out I really haven't read that many banned books.
Less than 10 maybe?
Although I did notice that a lot are on my to-read shelf, and I'll admit seeing them on that list is tempting me to read them sooner. So yeah that list is definitely doing it's job... that is if it's job is to get more people interested in those books.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [9/20]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.


Songs on repeat.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

LOVE PROFOUND by Kelly Elliott - Release Blitz




LOVE PROFOUND
COWBOYS & ANGELS Book 2 By Kelly Elliott
Standalone
Release Day - September 19, 2017

I write about love, but I’ve never experienced it. Sure, I’ve been with guys that I cared about. Even thought I found ‘the one’. He turned out to be the frog and not the prince.

A few Frank Sinatra songs and a wildly handsome cowboy who calls me Darlin’, will have me second guessing everything I ever thought I knew about love.

Does happily ever after really exist…or is it only something I write about in books?

Love Profound is book two in the Cowboys and Angels series.
     

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Best of: My thoughts on The Idea of a 'The Luxe' Movie

*Originally Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

**Quick 2017 thought: This is why I don't like premature movie announcement. What happened?!
We get our hopes up for a movie that never happens. If it doesn't have a trailer or release date I don't want to hear about it. I would have said cast but as we've learned with past piloted shows (Delirium, The Selection) things don't always fly.**



Today's thought-full thought is brought to you by THIS article and the Bright, Young and Luxe giveaway. (Read the article it'll connect.)
I read this article in July so a lot of you have probably heard about it by now, if not well now you know, The Luxe is coming to the big screen.

Yay!? Boo!? I hope I'm not the only one conflicted with this news.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince - Book Review

29455417Hustler by Meghan Quinn &
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 9th 2016

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by Robie Rogge - Book Review

Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A JournalDo One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2017 by Clarkson Potter
    
Each day presents an opportunity to find delight, whether in your surroundings, your work, your relationships, your insights, or your actions. This journal will guide you to look inside and outside yourself to discover and appreciate what makes you happiest.

With prompts and exercises, the wise words of writers, musicians, philosophers, and leaders will help you reflect on what fills you with joy. You'll measure your happiness at the outset and along the way; after a year's worth of delight, your smile will be bigger than ever.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Song of the Moment [9/12]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I have had this song stuck in my head for the last few nights and it's probably because I've just had this weird ominous feeling, like something is going to happen.

Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog


This week's topic choice goes well with my "Farewell Tour" for this blog since at some point I was planning to go through and look back at books I've read during my time blogging.
I still plan to do that seeing as how this is only from my first year.

Since I had a slow start to the blog (and a slow everything else) I've divided the list of 5 favorites I reviewed and 5 favorite that I just read.

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


In my last post, last month, I said I hadn't posted since June because I had only read 4 books in those two months.
Well August came to an end and as I said in my "come back" post this time last year; "Something wonderful happened last night; I finished a novel." Actually it wasn't last night but last week and better! I finished 3 books! So in the first week of September I read more than I did in two months.
Good timing too because I'm a book or two away from falling behind in my Goodreads Challenge.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Songs of the Moment 9/5/07

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

These songs represent a moment in my life... 10 years ago. So not at all recently like that intro says. A full explanation can be found in an earlier repost from this morning: Letter To Me. I didn't give any explanation on that post but hoped it's pretty self-explanatory; it's a letter to myself 10 years ago today. Which was also my first day of senior year in high school. It was not a very good year. (Links to the full story can be found at the bottom on the previous link, since I'd rather not get too far into this story.)

Best of: Senior Year: Letter to Me

September 5, 2007

The only real friends you've had in high school just ditched you.
You don't really know why, it just happened.

Sound familiar?

Sorry to say it's not the first time that it's happened. And by this point you're wondering if it is something you do. Or don't do.

Can't really understand why supposedly good friends just forget you. Like you never existed.
Sadly this time you'll end up really screwed up, not being able to truly trust anyone.

So you're starting your senior year as the "lonely loser."
You know you can't be, too many people know you now. No one cares but they still notice. They might care but it's not a group you can naturally fit into.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Best of: Senior Year: Afterwards

This week marks 10 years since all this happened. Or began.


Part: 4 How Sad.
Part 3: It's All One Big Mood Swing
Part 2: Why Bother?
Part 1: Senior Year 2007 
This is the story of the first couple of months of my senior year in high school.
While definitely not a fascinating story, it's something that I would remember every September for years afterwards. Thankfully eight years later now it's all behind me and the only real reminder is that I am who I am today partially because of those few months.
My two main reasons for sharing this is because 1) It happened and 2) I've been wanting to share more of myself here.
This is going to be part journal entries from the time and part me now explaining everything (or at least trying to).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge End Post/ Challenge Up for Grabs


So ends my final Summer Reading Challenge. And I failed it.
As I said the first time I participated in this challenge, back in 2012 when it was still on it's original blog:
...I'm slightly blah, when it comes to reading lately, well what better way to get out of that funk or dive deeper into it (I do get antsy when it comes to timed challenges) than with a summer reading challenge!

Some things never change. And then some things do, like the future of this challenge. Again.

As I've shared in the introduction every year, I first participated in this challenge on another blog Kate's Book Club, but as far as I could tell Kate either changed blogs or just stopped because I couldn't find her, or the challenge, afterwards. I enjoyed the challenge so much that three years after I first participated I decided to bring it back (hopefully Kate wouldn't mind) on this blog.
But, flash forward another three years, I've decided that it's time to say goodbye to the blog; and along with it this challenge.
I'm currently trying to find it a new home so if anyone is interested in taking it over let me know.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game - Review


In the face of the political instability and financial turmoil of the American Revolution, only one individual always came out on top: Alexander Hamilton. Pit your survival instincts and spending savvy against all the founding fathers (and mothers) in this historic action card game whose simple objective is as old as Ameritocracy itself: get all the money or die trying.

Inside You'll Find:
-54 Historical Face Cards
-120 Action Cards
-40 Hamilton Cards
-$3,500 Colonial Cash
-Face Card Roster Scroll
-Playing Mat

2-6 players
Ages 10 +

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review - Repost*

34741847The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 1st 2017 by Entangled Publishing LLC

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Best of: To Do #1

Since I'll only be blogging for eight more months I've decided to revisit some of my favorite posts from the last six years. It's basically similar to all those "Look Back" posts I did for a few of my earlier blogoversaries.

I don't know how much I would have considered sharing this one if it weren't for one thing: I mention Elvis and the Elvis Festival; which I am going to this weekend.
3rd time! I couldn't make it last year because I was "stuck" in Paris. Got over it pretty quickly, of course. I also couldn't go the year before because my cousin was getting married the same day.

So I'm making my return this year! Though I am a little annoyed that's all I have going for me right now. I mean really, Paris and a wedding at Disneyland? Hard acts to follow.
But I do have a new Elvis dress to wear so; Yay!


Notes on this original post: I'm still a little annoyed that I started these To-Do list my first year of blogging and have since only managed 13 posts. I'm pretty sure I haven't even done one this year.

There was a reason for the lull in the beginning; I lost the list. If I remember correctly my computer crashed and, of course, it's the only place I had written it. I finally wrote out a new, and can I say better, one early last year (in two notebooks this time!), which is also why I'm annoyed I haven't share any since then.

I had some pretty crazy things on that original list from what I remember, but honestly I only remember so much.
I still stand that Date an Elvis Impersonator is probably the strangest. and it did not make the new list. But spending the day surrounded by them was good enough so maybe that was just a different way of checking it off the list.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [8/22]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I'm not even sure how to intro these four songs so I'm just jumping it.

Ten Favorite Books I Read in School

Here's a story of a girl named Diana, who doesn't have a clue where she was going with this lead.
Well, actually, I was planning on telling the story of how I wasn't that great a student when it came to class reading. (I skimmed The Outsiders, and skipped to the end.) Honestly I wasn't that great a student when it came to a lot of things.
But that being said; I still managed to read more than my classmates. Which is kind of really sad.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz - Book Review *Repost*

23288927Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published July 7th 2015 by Hyperion                          

From the bestselling author of Blue Bloods and Witches of East End comes a new novel that explores the battle between good and evil, in the city that never sleeps...VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN: The New Blue Bloods Coven

You'll devour Melissa de la Cruz's hot new adult novel, in which her Blue Bloods immortals have matured and are now exposed to new challenges, new loves, new threats, and a haute, hot hipster lifestyle.

It is ten years after the great War with Lucifer, and the Coven has rebuilt. Leader of the Fallen, Oliver Hazard-Perry, plans to celebrate this prosperity by throwing a 400 Year Ball-and all Blue Blood society will be there.

And then, all hell breaks loose....


Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I haven't posted a It's Monday! post since June, and I just realized that's probably because I've only read four books since. I've been going on about a reading slump but looking at it now, I guess it really was true! 
I'd like to go to my go to excuse: my sister's kids. Not because they required my attention but because they are really loud and distracting (have I mentioned I work from home?). By some miracle though I didn't spend too much time with my headphones this year though, progress.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Twenty-Four Hours by Carolyn Anthony - Excerpt + Giveaway


Twenty-Four Hours
Carolyn Anthony
(A Shattered Boundaries Novel)
Publication date: July 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The second chance that might never happen…
Eve Luccio waited years for her first love, but somehow their lives were never quite in sync. Now, at thirty-six, her only focus is completing the final year of her PhD. The last thing on her mind is the honor-driven former Navy SEAL who stole her heart as a teen and left her unable to love any other man since.
When Jake Theron walks back into Eve’s life, his presence shatters her walls of self preservation. He unleashes a dark sexuality that Eve never imagined she would experience, much less come to crave. All he wants from her is a day of her trust—twenty-four uninterrupted hours before she crosses the country for her Post Doctorate position in New York. But letting down her guard for even twenty-four hours with Jake might just destroy her.
For Jake Theron, Eve was always “the one that got away,” except even after two decades, she’s still under his skin. When Eve finally agrees to see him, Jake vows he won’t let her slip through his fingers again.
But nobody knows better than Jake what a vicious bitch fate can be. When his life gets in the way, he realizes he may have to let Eve go once again—this time for her own good.
All he has left are the next twenty-four hours. One day and night in a seaside hotel, after which he has no choice but to let her walk out of his life with no guarantee he’ll ever see her again. The problem is, now that he’s had a real taste of the woman who should have been his twenty years ago, he’s not sure he’ll have the strength to let her go.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment {7/25 & 8/8}

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.


I missed my last Song post mainly because I wasn't in the mood to sit and write, but of course I did have songs to share. Which I would have shared last week but for unknown reasons I didn't. So I'm going to share them now but first this week's song.