Friday, January 31, 2014

Hobbit Lessons - Review

Hobbit Lessons: A Map for Life's Unexpected JourneysHobbit Lessons: A Map for Life's Unexpected Journeys by Devin Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 2013 by Abingdon Press

Millions of fans worldwide have been attracted to the Hobbit for its unique combination of high adventure and profound truths.

Tapping the excitement around the highly-anticipated second installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy (in theatres December 2013), Tolkien-scholar, Devin Brown, now presents a fast-paced and easy-to-follow presentation of timeless spiritual messages to help navigate your spiritual journey.
Peppered with illustrations throughout,
Hobbit Lessons offers troll-sized portions of relevance and regular nuggets of good Hobbit sense. The result is a collection of tangible bites of wisdom that are not only deeply moving but also great fun. These lessons on joy, friendship, dedication, sacrifice, and more will appeal to Hobbit fans, parents, teachers, librarians, youth pastors, graduates and anyone looking for a creative way to explore timeless life lessons and important values of faith

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Update

Pages Read: No clue let's call it around 100.
Books Finished: 1

Some time last month I took a break from reading, which for me just means I stopped doing it every time I sat down. And I've enjoyed this lull so much that I haven't gotten back to my old ways.
So for most of this read-a-thon I've been looking at my Nook (fondly known as Linky) and thinking: "I should get back to reading" or "Should I read? I'm not doing anything else I should read." But then not actually doing it, until maybe an hour or 30 minutes later.

My book choices might also be the problem, I'm in no real hurry to get back in their world after I put them down.
Except Nefertiti, of course that one I do need to put down because I need to finish my ebooks that are about to expire in the next few weeks.
Remember what I said on Monday about how with all the drama-filled books on my list I was going to want something light and fun by Wednesday? Well this is kind of what I meant by that.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tune In Tuesday - Me

Yes "Me" is my theme for the week.

As always there is a story here. And as always I'll try to keep it short.

Back in June I was asked to pick out some music for my aunt's wedding, so I spent a few days making up a playlist on Spotify. But, of course, in the end probably ended picking out more songs for myself.
Someone took over; so it was never even acknowledged.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Snapshot [13]

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I've been trying to work on my scrapbook lately and I realized something.
I do not have a lot of pictures from recent years to share.

So here's some from my trip to Hawaii from a few years ago.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Traitor's Wife - Peggy Shippen Character Portrait


Character Portrait: Who was Peggy Shippen Arnold and how did she turn from beguiling socialite to treacherous mastermind?

Peggy Shippen Arnold seems to have possessed all of the elements to make her a wildly intriguing character in our nation’s history – wealth, intelligence, beauty, powerful friends and admirers – and yet, so few people know she existed. In describing Peggy Shippen Arnold, George Washington famously said that all of his men were “in love” with her. So, who exactly was this conspirator, this eponymous character of The Traitor’s Wife? And how is it that Peggy’s charm was so celebrated, while her cunning remained a secret?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tune In Tuesday


I was sitting around listening to the radio, trying to find something to listen to and found this song. Then it ended, I changed stations again, and found it playing somewhere else.
Took that as a sign since I was wondering what song I would pick for this week.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thoughtfilled Thoughts: Books as Movies - Part 1

*Note on this post: All I can say is, it not only got away from me, like most of my post often do,  it derailed and went farther out then I expected. I'm calling it Part One because, hopefully, if I get to Part Two I'll actually say what I started off saying in this one. Or if not at least explain what I wanted to say.*



This post can also be known as me stating that: we're never going to be satisfied with something, and not all of us are going to agree.

People's options on movies based on books are always going around, but I've been noticing them a lot more. Probably because I'm more aware of book-based movies coming out this year.
So I've decided to throw in my thoughts.

Before I start, I should probably throw out the disclaimer that I was once in film editing so I've spent time in the film world and know what goes into a movie.


My thoughts on the matter: I don't really care.

Now, of course, I'm not saying I don't care if they throw the book out the window and just use certain parts. Example: Disney with both Meg Cabot novels it's done.
Did they even read Avalon High?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Stacking the Shelves {13}


This would be the "after Christmas post." If I was given books for Christmas.
Not since Borders closed.

I did get a book-shaped keepsake box, I love. It came with a "Because I hear you read." Which turns out is something you don't really want to hear when being given what looks like a large text book.
I was also given really warm socks with a "I know you like socks."
Both very true and when it comes to giving me gift I think those are two main ideas to keep in mind. I read and I like fun socks.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Common Descent - Review

Common Descent (Darwin's Children, #3)Common Descent (Darwin's Children #3) by Natasha Larry
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Eighteen-year old Jaycie Lerner’s telekinesis is finally in check – too bad levitating a picnic table is now a workout. Not to mention her previously dormant telepathy is back and raging out of control. As she struggles to manage her frightening power, the Dey-Vah announce they will soon reveal the supernatural world to the human race. To make matters worse, people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges.

Jaycie must elicit the help of the world’s only master vampire slayer and an assassin who converses with the voices in her head. Strengthening the Core is the only way to protect mankind from the coming vampire army, and that’s not even their most dangerous threat.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Trailer Thursday: Awakening Foster Kelly

Here's something I haven't done in a while.
And by "while" I mean two years.

When I say stuff like that I have to stop and ask myself if I've even been blogging that long. I have. I'm going on three years in April and I only ever posted trailers that first year.
For a while that was almost all I posted. I've always been a slow starter.

But I'm going back to them this year and starting with the new book trailer for one of my favorite books from last year: Awakening Foster Kelly.
Who I keep wanting to call Heidi Foster from another book I read last year. Sorry both to Foster and author Cara Rosalie Olsen. The worst part about my occasional mix up is, that it's probably a situation Foster would be familiar with, since she is often forgotten or ignored.

Actually that's a situation I'm familiar with. Someone once saw my last name: Moran, thought it was my first and started calling me Mulan. Yes, some kids/teens are just that stupid.

Sorry! Right, not about me. I do have a trailer to get to.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Quotable Quotes - Awakening Foster Kelly


At 800 pages you'd think I would have ended up with a small booklet of quotes from Cara Rosalie Olsen's Awakening Foster Kelly.
I did pick out a few but when I went back to look at them again, knowing what I knew now about the story they just weren't the same.
Only one really stood out in the end:

Emblem of Eternity: Book Highlight Excerpt + Giveaway



Eternal Starling
Book 1
A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them.

Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men.

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I'm not sure how many of these Monday post I had last year, I pretty much fell out of touch with what I was reading.
I don't want that to sound too negative, even if it probably is a little, I just mean I was reading and that was it. I'm slowly getting back control on that, these last few weeks.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday Snapshot [12]

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I'm always seeing shapes and faces in random things, clouds, shadows, my coffee. That's just the way my mind works.
I've even said I'm going to take up reading tea leaves because of it. Then my mom asked if it was because I was giving up on books.


Earlier this week while getting out of bed I couldn't help but notice that my clothes on the chair seemed to be making a face at me.

Friday, January 10, 2014

To Do #8 Zip Line

This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences. They are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.

A big part of me knows I made a badge for this. I just don't know where I left it.
Most likely in the same place as the skull badge for this blog.

Here's something to do: Make a new badge. I'm also trying to redesign the skull.
But that really has nothing with today's To Do post.

And today's post is actually a To Done post.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tune in Tuesday - My 2013

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It's the first Tune In of the year!

I've been looking back at some of my music post because every once in a while I feel like I'm repeating songs. Turns out I'm not, I haven't even repeated musicians that much.
I have repeated musicals though.
Which I will be doing today.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thoughtfilled Thoughts: On Spoilers

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.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Untracable - Review

Untraceable (The Nature of Grace, #1)Untraceable by S.R. Johannes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published November 15th 2011 by Coleman and Stott

16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Quotable Quotes - Untraceable

 
I'm going to try a few new things this year, which will hopefully help keep a consistency in my postings here.
But I've also decided that I will not have a problem if I happen to disappear for a week or so. Like when I needed to post a review.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Audiobook Challenge


Last year I read 119 books, about 46 of them were audiobooks so of course there shouldn't be any question of me joining this challenge again.

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. . .Hello 2014

So it kind of hit me I'm putting a lot of pressure on 2014 to be better than 2013. It's kind of like the younger sibling you hope won't turn out like it's older sibling.
And as a younger sibling I get complimented on that monthly.

I kind of started wondering if I jinxed things with that hope. Kind of like when you say "things can't get any worse" than they do. Though I've never said that so I wouldn't know.
And I'm not saying that, I'm saying things will be better.
Because I plan to make them.
So really the pressure's all on me.

Now I just need a few neigh-sayers to light that fire. I work a lot better with people betting against me.
I'm optimistic, but I'm also a realist which usually results in me being pessimistic. I've always been a contradiction.