Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 End of Year Book Survey

I haven't mentioned this all week, I'm not even sure if I've let myself think it, but these have been my final end of year posts. I'm only blogging for four more months. That means I will never have a Top Ten Books of the Year, (which might be a good thing because I would stress trying to narrow down that list), or share a yearly playlist (though technically I'll still be making the playlist) or join the End of Year Book Survey again.

That doesn't make me as emotional as I thought it might. Oh well moving on.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

#1 of 2017: Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker


Teen Hyde by Chandler Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published January 10th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

High school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the perfect, golden girl once again. A little memory loss seems like a small price to pay to get her life back . . . at least until boys start to go missing . . . boys that Cassidy NEVER wanted to think of again . . .

Thus begins Chandler Baker's second twisty-turny retelling of a familiar tale, once again set in the town of Hollow Pines, Texas, where high school is truly horrifying.

Friday, December 29, 2017

#2 of 2017: Links by Lisa Becker

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My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published August 1st 2017 by Desert Breeze Publishing

Charlotte Windham, a nerdy high school prodigy who tutored classmates to earn money for college, escapes her geeky past to become a celebrated novelist. During a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant 15 years after high school, she reconnects with her secret crush, Garrett Stephens, the popular star athlete and teen heart breaker. Garrett, still leaving broken hearts in his wake, is now a successful professional golfer who recently suffered a possible career-ending shoulder injury. As he and Charlotte spend time together, developing a friendship based on mutual respect and comfortable companionship, can Charlotte forgive the past and can Garrett reform his lothario ways for a chance at love?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

#3 of 2017: Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published June 16th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


30 Song Challenge: Song That Describes You

This, like most challenges like it, 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 16 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Oh gods! We're at the halfway point!


Song 16: Song That Describes You

This one was a hard one since I went through maybe 3 or 4 that I thought would work and that I really wanted to share. I did manage to find a spot for one in a later post.

For this one I decided to go obvious.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

#4 of 2017: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs


Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

#5 of 2017: Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess #3) by Meg Cabot

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Royal Crush by Meg Cabot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: August 1, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is turning thirteen. Even better, she’s finally starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since her half-sister, Princess Mia Thermopolis, is expected to give birth to twins any day now!



It’s pretty much the worst time possible for a school field trip, but everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games. Between Grandmère chaperoning, Olivia’s snobby cousin Luisa complaining about her relationship woes, and everyone insisting that Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil (even though she isn’t sure that he even wants to be friends anymore!), things are quickly turning into a royal mess! 

The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.

Song of the Moment {12/26}/ Year 2017

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, December 25, 2017

#6 of 2017: Before the Devil Breaks You (The Diviners #3) by Libba Bray

25985241Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published October 3rd 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

New York City.
1927.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming...

After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward's Island, far from the city's bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten--ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they've ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation--a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

#7 of 2017: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published August 28th 2017 by Random House Children's Books


Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

#8 of 2017: Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz


Vampires 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....

Friday, December 22, 2017

#9 of 2017 - Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince


Hustler by Meghan Quinn & Jessica Prince
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.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

#10 of 2017: The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt


The 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.

30 Song Challenge: Song that No One Would Expect You To Like

This, like most challenges like it, 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 17 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 17: Song that No One Would Expect You To Like

I'm the bubbly country girl who loves swing, showtunes, and any string instrument.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I sometimes feel like I'm in a box and I'm waiting to find a way out. But that's what keeps me from doing certain things; like going back to normal posts and just, well, life in general sometimes.

Thankfully that feeling never really stands in my way of reading though.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Best of: Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 28, 2015


Whispers from the Dead by Karen Ann Hopkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.
Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is much more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community, and that the new group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. She begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear and once again puts her own life in jeopardy.

And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Best of: When by Victoria Laurie - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 16, 2015

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When by Victoria Laurie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
January 13th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?


Thursday, December 14, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song from Soundtrack of Your Favorite Movie

This, like most challenges like it, 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 18 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 18: Song from Soundtrack of Your Favorite Movie

Appropriate timing on this one because one of my favorite movies happens to be White Christmas which features the song The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment [12/12]

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.

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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Best of: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp - Book Review

Originally Posted: January 4, 2016

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars Published January 5th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Best of: Three Nights With A Rockstar by Amber Lin & Shari Slade - Book Review

Originally posted: June 19, 2015

Three Nights with a Rock Star (Half-Life, #1)Three Nights with a Rock Star by Amber Lin & Shari Slade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Published June 2nd 2014

When Hailey crashes a Half-Life after party, she expects to find the bastard who knocked up her little sister. Instead she meets the sexy front-man who agrees to give her access to his crew if she gives him access to her body.

All Lock demands in return is three days of complete control over the Sunday School teacher. With a contract, because he’s been burned before. One misstep could send the band—and his tenuous sobriety—up in flames.

Hailey and Lock push each other’s limits… Against the penthouse window. Backstage. In the limo and on the elevator. But as the contract counts down, neither are ready for the party to end.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

30 Song Challenge: Song From Favorite Band/Group

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


Song #20: Song From Favorite Band/Group

I don't have a favorite band, and if I do I can't say I have a favorite song. A part of me is thinking I should take it back to the boy band days or share a cover of said boy band done by a favorite group. Two in one!
And as I, not only write that but also listen to the song I have to think that's a good pick. Which makes me feel a little bad because I was totally going somewhere else when I started and had another song in mind.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Best of: Bibliophiles 

Originally posted April 28, 2014


Unlike Part One, this post actually doesn't have anything to do with an actual book signing but, like in Part One, about the people who go to them. You don't have to read Part One, but it might help a bit since towards the end of the post I asked "Why?" This is the post where I try to understand the answers to that.
Although I'll probably still end up with a question.

In Part One 1 I went on about the book fans that go to signings with a bagful of the authors books, well really I said a wheelbarrow filled, and asked why they need each book signed.

Well earlier this month when I went to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; I more or less got an answer. One of what I'm sure is many, of course.

Best of: Author Signings

*Originally posted June 10,2013

I'm going to try and keep this from sounding like an angry rant, but no promises.

I would say I've been to a lot of author signings this year, but then when I think about it, it's only been two what with the L.A Book Fair being one big signing.
In which I attended 4 different signings.

It just seems like more since, well I did get more than one author to sign a book.
It's so convenient when they travel in packs.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Song of the Moment [11/28]

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, November 27, 2017

Best of: On Spoilers

*Originally posted January 6, 2014

A few years ago I would have describe myself as "driven" by spoilers. I would always be looking for information on what was going to happen next in a series.

I needed to know.

And then when I found those spoilers I needed to quickly read to find out why, or how, it happens.
"Will dies! How! Why! But I love Will!"
That actually is a spoiler I'm just not saying which book this Will dies in.

See what I did there: spoiler without spoiling.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Best of: Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley - Book Review

Originally Posted: May 6, 2016



My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 5th 2016 by Crown Archetype


Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country music artist, Brad Paisley. But behind the scenes, Kim was dealing with a tragic secret: her mother, Linda, was suffering from a rare form of dementia that slowly crippled her ability to talk, write and eventually recognize people in her own family.
 
Where the Light Gets In tells the full story of Linda’s illness—called primary progressive aphasia—from her early-onset diagnosis at the age of 62 through the present day. Kim draws a candid picture of the ways her family reacted for better and worse, and how she, her father and two siblings educated themselves, tried to let go of shame and secrecy, made mistakes, and found unexpected humor and grace in the midst of suffering.

Ultimately the bonds of family were strengthened, and Kim learned ways to love and accept the woman her mother became. With a moving foreword by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox, Where the Light Gets In is a heartwarming tribute to the often fragile yet unbreakable relationships we have with our mothers.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hard Cover by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review

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My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published November 21st 2017 by Loveswept

He can read her like a book. But will he give her a happy ending?

Dawn: I’d do anything to keep my bookstore. It’s a safe place for all women, somewhere to let their freak flags fly. I call it sex-positive. The menfolk call it smut. That’s how I met Rory Parker, the local billionaire trying to shut me down on behalf of the “moral majority.” He walked in with an offer I couldn’t refuse . . . except I did. Now Rory wants to play dirty. Well, he picked the wrong bookseller. Let’s see how much support he still has after people get a load of the little movie I recorded of the two of us going at it like wild animals in my shop.

Rory: I couldn’t care less how Dawn Nolan makes her money. The only thing I care about is how much she’s making. Her bookstore isn’t the kind of upscale attraction my investors want in this sleepy little tourist trap, so it’s got to go. But when Dawn personally finds out how I treat bad girls who misbehave, she seems to enjoy it as much as I do. Now I just need to destroy the copies of that video she’s threatening to post—as soon as I stop watching it. The trouble is, when I’m with her, all I want to do is get started on the sequel.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

30 Song Challenge: First Song Alphabetically 

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


Song #21: First Song Alphabetically 

The very first song in my entire iTunes playlist is: About Life by Julianne Hough

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top 8 Books I'm Thankful For

This list would have been a lot better if it were for authors instead of books. Not only do I have to look through my favorite books but see what emotions or effects they had on me.
Because simply going for "I'm thankful someone wrote this book" isn't enough I have to go dive in deeper. For me it'd be more along the lines of: "I'm thankful this book shattered my heart into a million pieces because it helped remind me that I do in fact have a heart."

I won't be doing that either.

Monday, November 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's been a while since I've posted a Monday post, pretty sure in my last post I mentioned almost falling behind on my Goodreads Challenge, I have since completed said challenge.

I might have "cheated" a bit.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Best of: Snow White by Matt Phelan - Book Review

Originally Posted: September 15, 2016


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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


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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?

 
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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