Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Song(s) of the Moment 4/26

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly 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.

There is a commercial, I don't even know for what, that comes out and makes me think of:

Friday, April 22, 2016

Paris Street Style - Coloring Book Review

Paris Street Style by ZoƩ de Las Cases
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published February 2nd 2016 by Potter Style

The coloring book is reinvented in a brand new format. Wherever you’re off to, take this cheeky and charming coloring journal with you. Transport yourself to the corner pĆ¢tisserie, and give life to the stylish essentials laid out from your suitcase. Beautifully detailed outfits, accessories, and hairstyles complement the equally ornate cityscapes. Embellish whimsical, full-page patterns and classic dresses with your own style. Window shop the elegant stores of Paris while you give life to playful fashion.  Like a high-end journal, this sleek package has an elastic closure and a satin ribbon marker so you can dip in and dip out of your own French fashion week. With nothing more than some colored pencils, you'll be on your way to a stress-free, Parisian-chic day.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance Blog Tour - Guest Post by Shellee Roberts


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.
But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.
They’d never work for real…
Mariely and Cabot Book 1 of 3
Mariely and Cabot Book 2 coming Winter 2017

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Moment from this Past Year


Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly 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.

My top 5 favorite songs from this year of blogging:

Monday, April 18, 2016

Me Again

In which I once again introduce myself.
I should say attempt to introduce myself.

Me: I'm a blogger that shows up every so often in a big way. Much like the Hollywood Bowl, we have our seasons. (Sorry for the comparison but I just got tickets to a show I'm going to see so it's on my mind.) I'm someone who goes off topic.
I'm someone who still can't believe authors and publishers are letting me review their books. Considering the whole going off topic and the strange things I say. I'm someone who is getting better at not doing those things, but in the end really missing that part of myself. As crazy as some of my early reviews are I do miss the way I expressed myself in them.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

State of the Blog

Blogoversary Giveaway!

When I decided to do this post I was in "a mood."
It might have also been 4 in the morning. Really, some of my best blogging goes on when I'm nowhere near this blog.

This was meant to tie in with something I said in this week's kick off post, where I asked "Dare I push this to seven years."
Will I be doing this in two more years?
It's something I've been asking myself often. I won't say it's kept me up at night but it probably does make an appearance when I'm already awake thinking about everything else.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

10 Favorite Reviews From the Past Year

Blogoversary Giveaway!

It's time to look back at some of the reviews I've written since my last blogoversary!
I'd say "in no particular order" but that's not true; they're in order from when I read them, so April 2015 to now.

Friday, April 15, 2016

5 Year Blogoversary Week + Giveaway

My blog is turning 5!
It's no longer a sweet little baby or a cute toddler. As I tell kids turning five that's a whole hand!

Looking back on a few blogoversary posts I've realized that I really suck at remembering these dates. It's bad enough that I don't have one set date for when I officially started blogging- I don't like counting it as the day my first post went up because a lot of work lead to that moment- but I'm always thinking it's a week after all that.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Song(s) of the Moment 4/12

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've been in such a slump these last few weeks. I pretty much decided to completely shut down two weeks ago, and I can't even say what I did last week. Probably attempted to (slowly) climb out of said slump.
I want(ed) to write up a post on it but apparently am not quite ready to go there yet.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Borden Murders - Review

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the CenturyThe Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published 2016 by Schwartz & Wade

Here’s middle-grade nonfiction that reads like a thriller. With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable and perfect for the Common Core.

Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.

In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie’s arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges.

With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings—and, yes, images from the murder scene—readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Cover Reveal: Poppy Mayberry, the Monday by Jeannie K. Brown + Giveaway


  Welcome to the cover reveal for
Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown
presented by Tantrum Books!
Be on the look out for this upcoming MG title!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Design the Life You Love - Book Review

Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with OptimismDesign the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism by Ayse Birsel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published October 13th 2015 by Ten Speed Press

A joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you've always dreamed of, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer.
     Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints--time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You cannot have everything, and if you want more out of it, you have to be creative about how to make what you need and what you want co-exist. This requires design thinking. Design the Life You Love uses a simple but proven creative thinking and design process to give ordinary people new tools to think about life differently, and also includes fascinating examples from the world of art and design that relate to each step of the process, plus guided creative exercises. Turn constraints into opportunities with optimism and holistic thinking using four simple steps: taking the whole apart, forming a new point of view, putting it back together, and giving it form. The striking design and Ayse Birsel's hand-drawn art and type set off her brilliant, life-changing design process, empowering and inspiring readers to create a better life.