Wednesday, December 30, 2015

#1 of 2015 - Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries, #11)Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
June 2nd 2015 by William Morrow & Company

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding--but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia's gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn't need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother's leaked "fake" wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia's father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone--especially herself--that she's not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#2 of 2015 - It's Just A Jump to the Left by Libba Bray

It's Just a Jump to the LeftIt's Just a Jump to the Left by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 Published May 12th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When the lights dimmed and the familiar red lips and white teeth glowed on the screen, the audience erupted into cheers, and Leta felt that surge of excitement in her belly, the thrill of sitting in the dark with strangers sharing an experience that made them all seem like friends.

Best friends Agnes and Leta have a Friday night ritual. They spend an hour trying on different lipsticks, experimenting with eyeliner, and torturing their hair before they head off to the Cineplex for the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

That was always the routine, until Agnes started dating Roger, and left Leta behind. But between Leta's awkward first kiss; her crush on Tom, the cute guy at the movie theater; and her absentee dad, everything feels so out of control--she could really use her best friend right now. Can Agnes and Leta find their way to a new and better friendship?

Monday, December 28, 2015

#10 of 2015 - How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing by Alison Freer

I guess I found a number 10 after all!

How to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel AmazingHow to Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing by Alison Freer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
April 14th 2015 by Ten Speed Press

Costume designer Alison Freer’s styling kit is a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solutions have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed, Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what’s in your closet work for you. She provides real-world advice about everything style-related, including:
   • Making every garment you own fit better
   • Mastering closet organization
   • The undergarments you actually need
   • The scoop on tailors and which alterations are worth it
   • Shopping thrift and vintage like a rockstar


Instead of repeating boring style “rules,” Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun, and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison’s arsenal of tools and expertise.

#3 of 2015 - Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn

Dark SparklerDark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published April 7th 2015 by Harper Perennial

The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress.

Amber Tamblyn is both an award-winning film and television actress and an acclaimed poet. As such she is deeply fascinated-and intimately familiar—with the toll exacted from young women whose lives are offered in sacrifice as starlets. The stories of these actresses, both famous and obscure-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death—inspired this empathic and emotionally charged collection of new poetic work.

Featuring subjects from Marilyn Monroe and Frances Farmer to Dana Plato and Brittany Murphy—and paired with original artwork commissioned for the book by luminaries including David Lynch, Adrian Tome, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama—Dark Sparkler is a surprising and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent, culminating in an extended, confessional epilogue of astonishing candor and poetic command.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

#4 of 2015 - October Mourning by Lesléa Newman

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew ShepardOctober Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
 Published September 25th 2012 by Candlewick

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a bar by two young men, then savagely beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, and left to die. Five days later, Lesléa Newman arrived on campus to give the keynote speech for the University of Wyoming's Gay Awareness Week.
October Mourning is Lesléa Newman's deeply personal response to the events of that tragic day and its brutal aftermath.
This work of poetic imagination explores the impact of the vicious crime through fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence to which Matthew was tied, the deer that kept watch beside him, and even Matthew himself. This stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard's life and legacy.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

#5 of 2015 - Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke

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 25, 2015

Trekking for a Real Christmas Tree - Guest Post By Maisey Yates


Trekking for a Real Christmas Tree by Maisey Yates
In A Copper Ridge Christmas, Holly, the heroine, drags the hero, Ryan, up into the woods to get a tree for the big Christmas party she’s roped him into helping her plan.
 For me and my family, getting a Christmas tree is a big thing, and I did draw inspiration from my own tree-hunting excursions when I wrote the scene with Holly and Ryan in the woods.
The problem with getting a Christmas tree from the mountains is that it’s a little more Charlie Brown Christmas than Times Square. But it definitely makes for some great family memories.
I have two December babies, and even when I was nine months pregnant…we trekked up for trees.
We all go up. My husband, my kids, me, my parents and my brother—and I’m sure this year his new wife will join us, too! That’s another great thing about family holidays…they grow with us!

#6 of 2015 Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

Center of Gravity_ CoverCenter of Gravity by Laura McNeill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published July 14th 2015 by Thomas Nelson
The truth could cost her everything.
Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true. In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is wonderful.
Or is it?
When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It’s temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.
If only Ava could believe her own excuses.
Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.
Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town, Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?
Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

#7 of 2015 - Minders by Michele Jaffe

MindersMinders by Michele Jaffe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published January 30th 2014 by Razorbill

A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

#8 of 2015 - A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson

A Healing Spirit (Riverview Series #2)A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published August 16th 2015 by mah

A freak ski accident brings nineteen-year old Mia Kinney within minutes of death. Hurt and scared, Mia is calmed by the southern drawl and clear green eyes of her rescuer.

Twenty-one year old Dylan Blackburn is one of the first Ski Patrol members on the scene. As his patient is airlifted to the local trauma center, he can’t shake her from his thoughts.

As Mia fights for her life, Dylan, is haunted by the blond hair beauty, and knows he needs to make sure she’s going to be okay.

With a troubled past Dylan has vowed never to completely open himself up to another girl, but Mia continues to knock down every wall he’s constructed. When his past arrives at his front door and threatens once again someone that he loves, will Dylan be able to save Mia yet again? Or will he be too late this time?

A story of love, friendship, and the determination to turn a horrible experience into something worthwhile.

"A Healing Spirit" is book 2 of the Riverview Series, however each is a standalone story.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

#9 of 2015 - A Letter to My Mom

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.

Song of the Moment [16]

This is a 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

I will have a banner for this in the new year.
Fingers crossed.

I didn't share any Christmas music last year so I feel like I can have a repeat of a song I shared two years ago.
It's one of my favorites.

Monday, December 21, 2015

My Top 10 Favorite Books I Read in 2015

"A couple of weeks ago when I listed my favorite books so far of 2015, I mentioned that 6 months and 50 something books into the year I had yet to be "wowed.""

That's from a review for a book that I'll be mentioning later this week.
Spoiler: it "wowed" me.

Apparently this is something I've been thinking about since June. As every month went by I admit I would find myself looking at the books I had read this year (82 as of now), and wondering what book I would be adding to this list.

In the four years that I've been listing my top ten books of the year, I'm pretty sure I've never had as much trouble as I did this year. So much so, that I am not naming 10 but 9.
I could have easily added one that I really enjoyed to round out the list, in past years I've had so many favorites that I had to make an honorable mention list. But other than barely managing to count out ten books, I didn't want to add any of those possible "honorable mentions."

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book - Review

The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring BookThe Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book by Daria Song
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 13th 2015 by Watson-Guptill

Korean artist Daria Song’s sequel to The Time Garden takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nighttime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.

This second book in the bestselling Time coloring series features the voyage of a fairy who, when the cuckoo clock chimes midnight, enters the human world. To the tiny fairy, everything seems enormous and magical, from the curtains to the chandelier to a mystical rowboat that takes her further into an inky adventure. With her she packs her favorite items, which colorers can find throughout the book’s pages: an owl-feathered pen, a star-scented spray, a time tape measure…even the key to the time chamber itself!

Filled with the imaginative, intricately detailed illustrations Song’s readers have come to love, The Time Chamber presents a view of our world made new—and ready for coloring.

The Time Chamber features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Humdrum 12/11

I wrote out a schedule of things I wanted to do, and then realized that was pretty pointless because that's the way my thoughts were already running so there was no real reason to put it down in writing.
Unless actually having it on paper makes me do it.

We'll have to see.

I haven't written anything since before Thanksgiving; but I have a pretty good reason this time.
Unlike all those other times.
To be fair all those other times I have no problem admitting that I've gotten lazy. Which is true in this case too. The reason for the schedule.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Healing Spirit - Book Review

A Healing Spirit (Riverview Series #2)A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published August 16th 2015 by mah

A freak ski accident brings nineteen-year old Mia Kinney within minutes of death. Hurt and scared, Mia is calmed by the southern drawl and clear green eyes of her rescuer.

Twenty-one year old Dylan Blackburn is one of the first Ski Patrol members on the scene. As his patient is airlifted to the local trauma center, he can’t shake her from his thoughts.

As Mia fights for her life, Dylan, is haunted by the blond hair beauty, and knows he needs to make sure she’s going to be okay.

With a troubled past Dylan has vowed never to completely open himself up to another girl, but Mia continues to knock down every wall he’s constructed. When his past arrives at his front door and threatens once again someone that he loves, will Dylan be able to save Mia yet again? Or will he be too late this time?

A story of love, friendship, and the determination to turn a horrible experience into something worthwhile.

"A Healing Spirit" is book 2 of the Riverview Series, however each is a standalone story.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year

I'm totally going to use this week's Top Ten to make up for, like a years worth of missed Quotable Quotes. From the looks of it I haven't posted any quotes since early May.

Seeing that I would post every other week I'm behind by maybe 14 quotes. So I'll give you ten now and owe you the four.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Licked by Brooke Blaine - Teaser + Giveaway


Licked by Brooke Blaine

Date of Publication: November 11, 2015

Blurb


As the owner of Licked, an eclectic ice creamery and bar, Ryleigh Phillips doesn't have time for that love stuff. Serving up Nibble My Nuts sundaes and Drunken Sailor boozy shakes are as close to an orgasmic affair as she's had in months thanks to her expanding empire—until the night of her ten-year high school reunion.
When Ryleigh's crush, gorgeous ex-football god Cameron Mathis, comes streaking into her life (literally—streaking), she begins to wonder if she really can have it all.
Wouldn't it just figure that the moment you think life is perfect is when it falls spectacularly apart?
Enter Hunter Morgan, the contractor in charge of Licked's renovations. Devastatingly handsome, and a smartass to boot, he's got his eyes on Ryleigh from the moment he finds her passed out on his couch (yeah, that's a long story). There's just one tiny complication—he happens to be Cameron's best friend.
When the lines between relationships and friendships blur, and it's impossible to choose between two delicious flavors, what's a girl to do? Taste a sample of each? Or go out and get LICKED?

Kiss the Flame by Christopher Rice - Excerpt

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Humdrum 11/13

I woke up today, went back to sleep got out of bed a few hours later. Got online, not entirely sure what I did. Off line. Back online, trying to write.
Mainly spacing out.

That first sentence is basically a normal morning, since I finished with class.
Of the three guys who told me they're starting business and they might be able to use me; one probably thought I was overcharging him, the second called me this week to say he missed flirting with me (he's married with three kids and his "business" is currently still in his head, so why I haven't blocked his number yet I don't know.) And the third did give me a job, but never called me to finalize anything. Project is just sitting there.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Song(s) of the Moment [15]

This is a 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.

It still bugs me that I haven't bothered making a banner for this.

I was watching the movie Gentleman Prefer Blondes the other night and realized the blonde (Marilyn Monroe) might be the one getting the diamonds but the brunette (Jane Russel) is the one having the fun.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need to Watch


I have really sucked at keeping up with movies these last few years. I'm always saying it's like I woke up one day and just stopped genuinely caring.
About everything; not just movies.

When it comes to movies there have been so many (mainly book adaptions) that I would get excited for but never got the chance for one reason or another. Usually either because no one I know wants to go see them, when I mention going alone they feel obligated to go too so I say no because I don't want to force them (they will complain about it), or a lot of the time I just don't watch movies at home.

Why Grim Reapers? by Elizabeth Holloway - Guest Post + Giveaway




Why Grim Reapers? 
By Elizabeth Holloway

Why Grim Reapers? It’s an interesting question. I mean, there are so many other supernatural creatures out there to write about. Why not write about shape-shifters, witches, or vampires? I have nothing against those other creatures. As a matter of fact, I’ve read and quite enjoyed books that feature them. Honestly, I didn’t really “choose” Grim Reapers so much as they chose me.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Letter to Me: Senior Year

“I always worried someone would notice me, and then when no one did, I felt lonely.”
― Curtis Sittenfeld


To Me Sept. 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.

What's scary is that a part of you knew it would happen; just look back at some of your journal entries, whenever you talked about your senior year it would always lead to a mention of friends and end with you writing "If we're still friends."

Senior Year: Afterwards

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).

Friday, November 6, 2015

Black Widow: Forever Red - Book Review

Black Widow: Forever RedBlack Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 13th 2015 by Marvel Press

Enter the world of the Avengers' iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world's most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow's infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn't really the big sister type.

Until now.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Clutch: A Novel by Lisa Becker - Excerpt + Giveaway


clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

Friday, October 30, 2015

4Bs: Angela Valentine Wristlet Giveaway

After a long, long, very long, time I'm finally bringing back Books, Bags, Beads & Boys; where I talk about one of the four.  But usually just one of the first three.
I did manage Boy once but that was probably luck.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Song(s) of the Moment [14]

This is a 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.
Since very little happens to me on a weekly basis I only post every two weeks.


This week's songs have been on repeat since maybe last Monday; so it was no question what I'd be sharing.
Which does make things so much easier.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Senior Year: 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, October 25, 2015

October Write On Review-a-Thon

Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 1 – if you write a review, you’re in. Join this month’s challenge here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Saved by the Bell Vol. 1 - Book Review

Saved By the Bell (Vol. 1)Saved By the Bell by Joelle Sellner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published July 1st 2015 by Roar Comics

The classic TV series gets an update for today’s brand new high-schoolers as the coolest kids at Bayside High start their freshman year!

All your favorite characters – Zack, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, Screech and Jessie (and Mr. Belding, of course!) – are starting freshman year at Bayside High, trading in brick phones and mullets for iPhones and Twitter accounts. Does Lisa’s fashion show get on the air, and will Screech ever leave her alone? Will Jessie get that A+? And, most importantly, who’s Kelly going to go out with – preppy Zack or new star athlete A.C. Slater? It’s alright, ‘cause we’re saved by the bell!


M9B Friday Reveal: Horro/ Halloween - YA Edition + Giveaway

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we present to you the
Horror/Halloween – YA Edition
presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Song of the Moment {13}

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've been trying up to come up with a song for two hours.
That's not true I started thinking about it yesterday morning.
Although I'm pretty sure the thought came up sometime over the weekend.

I got nothing.
But the other day I was singing Once Upon a Dream, and since I was just looking at pictures from the wedding I went to at Disneyland I'll take that as a sign.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Senior Year: 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, October 11, 2015

The Drosten's Curse - Book Review

Doctor Who: The Drosten's CurseDoctor Who: The Drosten's Curse by A.L. Kennedy
Published July 14th 2015 by Broadway Books

From award-winning author A.L. Kennedy, an original Doctor Who novel featuring the beloved Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker.

“I shall make you the jewel at the heart of the universe.”

Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, never to be seen again. It might be related to the strange twin grandchildren of the equally strange Mrs Fetch--owner of the hotel and fascinated with octopuses. It could be the fact that people in the surrounding area suddenly know what others are thinking, without anyone saying a word.

Friday, October 9, 2015

FightFall Read-a-thon Update


Pages Read: 50
Books Finished: 1

Technically it was a short story. But I finished it! Got to class really early twice and finally had lunch alone.

Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere - Review

Beatles: Here, There, and EverywhereBeatles: Here, There, and Everywhere by Nancy J. Hajeski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 28th 2014 by Thunder Bay Press

One of the most recognizable, enduring, and best-selling bands of all time, The Beatles’ influence spans time, genre, and geography. Originally popular in Liverpool and Hamburg, their fame soon spread worldwide, and they enjoyed immense popularity in the United States.

Now The Beatles: Here, There, and Everywhere maps out the journey of this legendary rock sensation. Relive everything from the tentative debut of the Liverpool natives in Hamburg’s tawdry red light district to their innovative recordings at Abbey Road Studio. In this unique book readers learn about the Beatles’ famous audition at Decca studios, the flat at 57 Green Street, their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, plus many other stops along their road to stardom. With full spreads devoted to each British album, additional notes on instrumentation and solo careers, plus tons of Fab Facts, this book captivates fans of all ages.

A unique way to explore the history of this legendary group, The Beatles: Here There, and Everywhere provides you with a ticket to ride on their journey.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

See You Soon Broadway - Excerpt + Giveaway

see you soon broadway  See You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin Maris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams. When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true. And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come. But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?
Praise for the Book As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It was a really pleasant reading, fresh, funny, witty, very well written with a great peace and lovable characters. I enjoyed reading See You Soon Broadway. In fact, I finished it in two days; I could hardly put it down. With great characters to build on, this story grabbed me. This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be the last. If you enjoy reading sweet romance, then definitely pick this up! add to goodreads

Monday, October 5, 2015

FrightFall Read-a-thon


This month has started off very "bleh, whatever, is it over yet?" I could barely bring myself to read anything the entire weekend. Which, of course, probably upset me even more.
I actually threw a book across the room. I wasn't enjoying it much anyway.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Song[s] of the Moment {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.

I'm really going to need to make a button for this, if only because I've been having such a hard time remembering what I call it.

For my last Song of the Moment I made a joke about being in an "2007 mood" since both songs were from that year.
Well for today's songs we're going to go ahead two years to 2009.
Actually one song is, again, from 2007 and the other is from like the '60s.

But the story and my reason for thinking of them is from 2009.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Senior Year: "Why Bother?"

Senior Year 2007 Part 1

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 27, 2015

Everything, Everything - Book Review

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Press

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It's Fall, and even though that really doesn't mean too much here in Southern California, but I've always felt it like a new beginning.
I don't know why since I always get kind of cranky the closer we get to Winter. I blame it on the clothes; they're just not as fun.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September Write On Review-a-Thon

Write On Review-a-Thon

The Write On Review-a-Thon is a challenge hosted by Book Bumblings. From Friday through Sunday, we all band together and write as many reviews as possible. It’s a weekend for you to either catch up on reviews or get ahead on upcoming ones. It doesn’t matter if you write one review or 1 – if you write a review, you’re in. :) Join this month’s challenge here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Madison's Song - Book Review + Giveaway



Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.


*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Song of the Moment [11]

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.


It's been so long since I've done this post I practically forgot what I called it.

I'd like to hope that the two songs that have been playing in my head these last two weeks are pretty self-explanatory so I'm not going to go into an explanation for them.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Jennifer L. Armentrout's The Titan Series Trailer Opportunity

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Senior Year 2007 Part 1

I've wanted to share this since last year, but I never got to. I don't know if something came up or I just chickened out of it. Seeing as I almost talked myself out of doing it now, it's probably safe to guess which was the real cause.

It's 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.  Something that I've been wanting to do since last year, the beginning of this year and the beginning of the summer. Easier said than done apparently.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Summer Reading Challenge End Post


So ends my Sumer Reading Challenge.

I probably could have done a lot better.
A lot better.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Books'n'Bloggers Swap Show Off



So yesterday I walked out into the living room and saw a box.
Actually it was two boxes but apparently the second was filled with spoons, and I was naturally suppose to know that. (Because I had just taken a spoon out of it that morning.)

But onto the other box, which I was told was for me, and then immediately asked what was in it.
Told them plutonium. They did not get my Back to the Future reference. Then the logical person informed them it was books (because what else would it really be?)

And it was!

Gaia Tour - Embers Review + Giveaway

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As the Demons grow bolder and the walls between the planes of existence weaken, Ember is forced to develop her powers as quickly as possible, and she seeks out a powerful earth Watcher to continue her supernatural lessons. Her glimpse of the future demands she fight the dark forces spreading across the earth.

But her new mentor has his own agenda, making her question everyone and everything she ever trusted.

When Ember is thrust into the world of the Watchers, she learns of their plans—ones that defy the scripture and make them enemies of the Celestial Host. Ridding the world of evil gets complicated when it becomes impossible to take sides. 

As Ember struggles with morality, she soon discovers that there’s something more frightening than anything she’s faced before.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html
It's been so long since I've done this!
Both a top ten list AND blog. I have a review due tomorrow so I kind of have to come back.
But it really is time to get back, I let myself get lazy the last couple of months, but now I am definitely feeling determined to do something.

I did this list back in 2012 and from the looks of it, only one series is carrying over.
Mainly because I gave up on the rest. Or am clearly not in a hurry to get to them.

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Villan by May Nicole Abbey Book Blast

The Villian by May Nicole Abbey The Villain by May Nicole Abbey A fall and crash A violent journey through the doorways of time A villain or hero in the making Rosemary Mayfield teeters on the brink of ruin. With the murder of her parents she is left the sole guardian of her younger brother and sister. Once a wealthy socialite in New York City, she now finds herself stranded in the untamed wilderness of the American West. When a wounded man comes crashing through her roof, as rough as the savage land, it is against her better judgment to bring him into her home and her heart. But she soon discovers he holds a secret that shatters everything, and she must make a choice, unaware that often destiny hinges on a single moment. Fresh from an unsavory past and a violent fall through time, Nicolas Ekkridon awakens to find himself cared for by three orphans ignorant of the role he played in their parents’ untimely death. They accept and embrace him, and a lifetime of hardened barriers begin to crumble. On the precipice between good and evil, only Rosemary and her spirited defiance stands between him and villainy. But time and space are against them. As its weaving tentacles envelop them in an indifferent grasp, they are swept into a shattering series of circumstances that threaten the very makeup of their lives. But when time can be bent, nothing is written in stone.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Lost by Cole McCade


The Lost by Cole McCade

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap



A couple of weeks ago I was having somewhat of a 'blah" day, in the middle of a "{exasperated sigh}" week, and I thought to myself: "What might make things a little bit better? Books!"

Of course I wasn't in much of a mood to move to my computer to browse so I never did buy those books. But the next day, probably sometime after staring at my tiny overstuffed bookshelf in my tiny overstuffed bedroom and telling myself: "I don't really need more books",  I decided that instead of trying to pick which books I was going to get, despite everything I said, I was going to let someone else pick and instead do a little book shopping for someone else.

Friday, August 14, 2015

America's First Daughter by Stehanie Dray & Laura Kamoie - Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Tasty Book Tours is Pleased to Present...


AMERICA'S FIRST DAUGHTER
Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Releasing March 1st, 2016
William Morrow
Historical Fiction