Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Song(s) of the Moment [6]

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

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

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

First off:

Woodstock: Master of Disguise - Book Review

Woodstock: Master of DisguiseWoodstock: Master of Disguise by Charles M. Schulz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
April 28th 2015 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Woodstock might be the smallest of all the Peanuts gang, but he’s got a lot to say, even if Snoopy is the only one who understands him. That’s because Snoopy is Woodstock’s “Friend of Friends,” and together they write masterpieces, fly airplanes, find the perfect place to nap, and win over the hearts of readers all over the world.
Whether he’s falling in love with a snowflake or crash-landing on the tip of Snoopy’s nose, Woodstock is the little yellow bird with a big personality. It takes more than a strong wind to ruffle Woodstock’s feathers, although it’s a good thing he has Snoopy to keep his little yellow feet on the ground.
Don’t miss out on the newest AMP! Peanuts collection featuring Woodstock, the most recognizable yellow bird in the world—even in disguise!

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Touch of Stardust - Book Review

A Touch of StardustA Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published February 17th 2015 by Doubleday

When Julie Crawford leaves Fort Wayne, Indiana for Hollywood, she never imagines she'll cross paths with Carole Lombard, the dazzling actress from Julie's provincial Midwestern hometown. Although the young woman has dreams of becoming a screenwriter, the only job Julie's able to find is one in the studio publicity office of the notoriously demanding producer David O. Selznick —who is busy burning through directors, writers and money as he begins filming Gone with the Wind.

Although tensions run high on the set, Julie finds she can step onto the back lot, take in the smell of smoky gunpowder and the soft rustle of hoop skirts, and feel the magical world of Gone with the Wind come to life. Julie's access to real-life magic comes when Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invites her into the glamorous world Carole shares with Clark Gable—who is about to move into movie history as the dashing Rhett Butler.


Carole Lombard, happily profane and uninhibited, makes no secret of her relationship with Gable, which poses something of a problem for the studio as Gable is technically still married—and the last thing the film needs is more negative publicity. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious reporters, hoping to prevent details about the affair from slipping out. But she can barely keep up with her blonde employer, let alone control what comes out of Carole's mouth, and--as their friendship grows - soon finds she doesn't want to. Carole, both wise and funny, becomes Julie's model for breaking free of the past.


In the ever-widening scope of this story, Julie is given a front-row seat to not one but two of the greatest love affairs of all time: the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett, and off screen, the deepening love between Carole and Clark. Yet beneath the shiny fa├žade, things in Hollywood are never quite what they seem, and Julie must learn to balance career aspirations and her own budding romance with outsized personalities and the overheated drama on set.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Meg-a-Readers 2015

Hey, hey, hey! Guess what's back!?
Like those never ending sequels.



Where we'll be celebrating a long awaited sequel!

Friday, April 24, 2015

How to Get Dressed - Review

How 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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

My top ten ALL TIME favorite authors? Like the ten I would invite to a murder mystery dinner party?
That needs to be an event; a murder mystery party with authors. I'd be there!

Hmm. Went a little further out there than usual.


No doubt about my first two:

4 Years Later

4 years ago today my first ever post went up. After a week of trying to come up with something to write.
Hence the blogoversery week.

And I still don't really know what to say.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Look Back


I guess this is the blogoversery post where I look back on the year. I'm normally better prepared for this post. I'm normally better prepared for this week actually.
It's kind of discouraging, really, because this is usually my favorite part of the week.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why I Shouldn't Be Giving Advice

Yesterday I revisited my 10 pieces of advice for new bloggers that I wrote after my first year of blogging and honestly knew I was probably the last to be giving advice.

I don't think I'm "blogger" enough to be giving out advice.

So for today I decided to take it all apart.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Advice To New Bloggers



My fourth year of blogging would make me a senior in high school, which is a bad example because my senior year sucked and I probably shouldn't even be giving any kind of advice but we'll discuss that tomorrow.

It turns out I already posted advice during my blogoversery 3 years ago for a top ten Tuesday, so I decided to just expand or maybe adjust what I said then.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Top 10 Favorite Books Reviewed

Enter to Win a copy of Insurgent or an Epic Reads Sampler!
I'd say "in no particular order" but that's not true; they're in order from when I read them, so April 2014 to now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Letter To My Future Self

Blogoversery Giveaway!
Dear Future Me:
What are we 28? 30?

Are we still blogging at 30?
I'm not sure if I hope so. I know I won't be stopping anytime soon, and I honestly don't see myself wanting to stop.
But...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

4th Blogoversary Week Giveaway!

How out there have I been recently that I thought this was my 5th blogoversary? And I know I was pretty far gone since a part of me was convinced that it wasn't until the end of the month.
Which leaves me to believe that I'm going to miss something at the end of the month.

Clearly with wherever my mind has been recently I've felt more or less unprepared for this week; but luckily, for you guys, I've had this giveaway planned out for a while.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Song of the Moment [5]

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.

This week's post is in honor of YALLWEST this past weekend.
Mainly because I completely forgot I was posting this week but I was (probably) totally planning on using a song sung by Tiger Beat.

Because one of those songs:

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html
Yay a "quotable" top ten!
I've mentioned more than multiple times that I love quotes; so much so that I feature one every two weeks.
At least I'd like to. it's been a while since I've kept on schedule with anything.
This list should make up for that though.

Monday, April 13, 2015

How To Get Dressed: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Making Your Clothes Look, Fit, and Feel Amazing - Review

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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane - Review

The Secret Journal of Ichabod CraneThe Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane by Alex Irvine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published September 16th 2014 by Three Rivers Press

“I am Ichabod Crane, born in the year 1747. It seems this is the year 2013 Anno Domini, and I have been given new life—how, I know not; why, I know not. I will discern the truth—if, that is, I can keep my head.”
In "Sleepy Hollow," a supernatural twist on Washington Irving's classic short story, Ichabod Crane has been pulled two-and-a-half centuries through time to find that he and detective Abbie Mills are humanity's last hope in the war against evil. Passionate, intelligent, and wryly funny, Crane has always used journals to collect thoughts and documents that may prove useful later, and The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane offers an unprecedented look at the battle also raging inside his fascinating mind.

On the pages within, Crane shares new memories of the American Revolution; more amusing reflections on modern-day phenomena, from the Internet to Election Day; and private thoughts about Abbie, Katrina, and others. He also includes hidden case files; secret Freemason puzzles; selections from George Washington's mysterious Bible; and photos, letters, and drawings he has collected along the way. Filled with detail about past battles and vanquished monsters, as well as clues about those he and Abbie have yet to face, this journal is not just the ultimate repository for fans, but the key to Sleepy Hollow’s future—and the world’s.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution - Review

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the RevolutionSleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R.A. DeCandido
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published September 30th 2014 by Broadway Books

When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave, more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.
 
It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

Rachel's Deception Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.

Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change?

Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.

As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.


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