Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tune In Tuesday - Read-a-thon Songs

The 24 Hour Read-a-thon was this weekend, and since I didn't post anything after Hour 13 I will say I was up at Hour 24. But only after falling asleep around Hour 19 and being rudely awaken at Hour 23. I was up noticed I still had about an hour to read so thought "Why not?"

Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Signings Part 2: Bibliophiles

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 signing 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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hour 13 Read-a-thon Mini-Challenges

Before getting back to the books I've decided, to try a few challenges.

First Edition
Take your current readathon book, find the copyright page, and attempt to identify its edition. Bonus points for posting a picture of the copyright page on your blog or on social media, so we can see.

Reading No, But I Saw the Movie. I'm guessing it's a first edition?

Hour 12 - MidEvent Survey

There is NO SUGAR in the house! I don't know how I can go on.
Actually let me correct myself there are no snack foods in the house.

I have eaten; had lunch a couple of hours ago, I just need a small (or a bagful of) treat.
Which is more or less a daily problem, live with my sister's eight year old sweets don't last the week around here.

So moving on, with my hummus and non-salted chips, we're at the halfway point in the read-a-thon. And I'm barely 1/4 into my book. But looking at the fact that I've probably only been reading for half the time I guess that's an accurate spot to be at. I might pull out my book of short stories and maybe get into a new groove before getting back to it.
As much as I'm enjoying it I guess I just need a quick change.

And some loud upbeat music.

Hour 7

I started off with an audio book to get the voices in my head running.
Tell me does that sound weird? Because I love talking about voices around my dad since he seems to think I'm crazy, if he could he'd probably have me up in an attic like Mrs. Rochester. I'm not.
Well that much.
My craziness seems to go about as far as attempting to read for 24 hours.

Anyway because of the audio I just started my first book and am at 25 pages.
Current song playing: Jessie's Girl.
I used to love that song. Then I met a guy named Jesse. No story the song just reminded me of that right now.

I've gotta do a quick run to the store, and running is probably what I need right about now, so short break from the reading.
I'll try to do some challenges in my next update.

24 Hour Read-a-thon!

The 24 hour read-a-thon is today! Between the book fair a few weeks ago, my blogoversery last week and this read-a-thon I realized the other day that April is a really good month for me when it comes to books or this blog.
I have been looking forward to this read-a-thon for I don't know how long. I had to pass on the one in October since I went to a library event, and I can't remember the last time I spent the day with a book or books.

I'll most likely have to go to work later today but will hopefully have an audiobook with me, so I won't be away from the books for too long. It's only about 4 hours.

Reading today:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Raven's Breath - Review + Giveaway

Raven's BreathRaven's Breath by Tish Thawer
Published April 15th 2014
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Raven can breathe life into you, or siphon the life from you...the choice is yours.

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your grim reaper or your saving grace.

Death has a sinister plan, but his favorite female reaper has been given a new power that will combat his secret mission. The only issue...she hasn't discovered it yet.

Will Raven put the pieces together in time, or will Purgatory be destroyed forever?

Monday, April 21, 2014

3 Years Later

Anyway I realized that I don't have a deadline for when I should consider this blog complete so I'm going to take my time with it, have a few trial runs, make out a writing schedule. Although schedules don't normally work for me which is probably why I feel rushed. But I'm going to try some structure and try to finish things before I start.

So here's me slowing down, smelling the roses (although I don't get people who actually do that, I don't really like that smell), enjoying the view, and taking the scenic route.

-Me, May 2011.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Goodbye Cupcake


For the last blogoveresry I introduced my new blog button, year before that I changed up the background. This year I've done both!

As much as I liked the pink flower petals, they were one of the first things I did as a designer, they were a little too bright. And as much as I like bright, I do prefer muted tones a bit better.
Not that this new background is all that muted.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Me: Version 3.0

Can I just say I get the feeling that this week is the only time I put this much effort into this blog. It just keeps going.
That's not a complaint. I'm just saying.
Or maybe it feels like it, since I've been off this week. And I live with my sister's kid so the week already felt too long by Tuesday.

This post is in honor of one of my first post where I introduced myself. According to me, I figured if you were going to read what I had to say you might as well know a little more about the person saying it.
And I couldn't help but noticed the other day that a lot has changed since then.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Letter to Me

Previously posted here on February 16, as part of the Loveathon.

Dear 21 year old new blogger, or Me. Whatever you prefer:
I honestly can't say what is going through your mind with this blog. Sorry to say that that is not going to change.
I'm starting to think we'll never know what goes though our mind when we do anything. If anyone asks; your an artist you don't have to explain yourself.
Hell you don't have to explain yourself period!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Looking Back

This is my favorite part of my blogoversery week, when I look back at some of the things I've written and realize: I'm more than a little crazy.

Like the time I shared that I once discovered Weeping Angels, long before they were on Doctor Who; still trying to find pictures of those statues by the way.
And I also shared my theory on how I believed that I angered a goddess in a past life.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Favorite Tune Ins

Tune In Tuesday

Normally I would have done two posts today, a normal Tune In post and then in honor of my blogoverery this week feature my favorites. But, well, this just saves time. Plus with my internet being as fickle as I am I'd rather not take my chances.

Monday, April 14, 2014

3rd Blogoversery Week Giveaway!

3 is the magic number!
At least it's always been a favorite of mine.
Don't really know why though.

But this is my third attempt at blogging, I didn't hit a good review groove until the third book I received, I also got my first author interview with that book. And I had been blogging for three months when I got my first review request.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Stargazer - Review

The Stargazer (Arboretti Family, #1)The Stargazer (Arboretti Family #1)  by Michele Jaffe
Published January 7th 2014 by Diversion Books (first published July 1st 1999)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bianca Salva's love of science has led her to defy the conventions of her day and illicitly practice medicine among the poor of Venice. She's managed to keep her pass time a secret--until she is discovered over the lifeless body of a young courtesan, by the last person she'd ever want to see.
Ian Foscari, Conte d'Aosto, is known for being rich, handsome...and heartless. Finding Bianca over the dead body, he concludes she's the murderer. Yet for reasons he cannot explain, her protests move him. He offers to give her one week to prove her innocence, but she'll have to move into his house and be his prisoner. Her other option: the authorities and certain death.
Bianca has no choice but to agree to his maddening terms. She's furious at having to cede her hard won freedom, and unprepared for the effect of his presence on her, for the longings he awakes in parts of her body she's only studied in books. As Bianca struggles to focus on finding the killer, Ian fights his own battle between the undeniable attraction he feels for her and the painful scars of his past.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quotable Quotes - Michele Jaffe

Since later this week I'll be sharing my review for a book by Michele Jaffe (hopefully, as of now I've yet to finish writing it, shhh you did not hear that) I thought it would be fitting to share some quotes from her other books.

If you've never read any of Michele Jaffe's books before I suggest that you do. Like now.
Please do actually, I'm always mentioning them or characters from them and few get what I'm referring to.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Most Unique Books I've Read

I am finally back, after being cut off from the internet for two weeks.
Yes I did lose my mind. And for some reason when I do "lose" it I can never get myself to read. Which is all the more upsetting.
And, really, being unable to write here was just the cheery on top for the last two weeks, I had a handful of days where I started wishing life had a rewind button to just start them over.
Just so I don't end this story on a negative note I did have a few good days too.
It was a unique couple of weeks. And there's my tie-in.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes - Review

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to CamusHistorical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes—From Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 7th 2014 by Zest Books

This book compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you really want to date them?
Some are artists, some are scientists, and many are political or military leaders, but all have had a lasting impact on human life—and a sizable impact on their admirers as well. Each entry describes the period in which the heartthrob lived and includes essential stats, hilarious sidebars, and, of course, a “crushability” ranking: a measurement of how crush-worthy these people really are, based on their relative levels of heroism (or villainy).