Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year

It's a freebie top ten, so I decided to do what I did last time quotes were a topic and make up for past quotable quotes.
Since the last time I posted, I owe you about seven although I think this year I've only posted three.

Monday, June 27, 2016

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White - Book Review

And I DarkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 28th 2016 by Delacorte Press

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I don't want to jinx it, but I'm very happy with the way my reading has been going. Of course, that's all based on my reading challenge and the fact I already checked one off and am halfway through two others.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 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, June 21, 2016

Songs of the Moment (6/21)


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.

I can't say how many songs I'm sharing here, just as I started this post at least two more came along.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering - Book Review

Published April 19th 2016 by Watson-Guptill    

       
This simple guide to calligraphy teaches just the basics, allowing novices to jump right in and make their own wedding invitations, hand-label envelopes, write their own placecards, and explore their creative side.With the rise of do-it-yourselfers, there is growing demand for a calligraphy guide that is much simpler than what's currently on the market. This book answers that call, with a focus on only the popular Italic alphabet rather than the scads normally covered by other books (Gothic, Uncials, Half-uncials, and so on). After learning the basic letters, this book presents an open invitation--and a bit of inspiration--to make calligraphy one's own with creative flourishes for every project and occasion. With a modern two-color design and simple explanatory text, Simply Calligraphy's unintimidating approach proves that calligraphy is as easy as picking up pen and paper.

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Every time I think I'm getting my posts in order... well that doesn't last long.

Books read since my last post: (Which was a month ago)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ten Reasons I Love Old Movies

As much as I'd like to do something book related I have to take this chance to talk about classic movies. Especially since I'm always being asked why I like "Such old things."

Song(s) of the Moments 6/7

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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Hereafter - Book Review + Excerpt + Giveaway



The Hereafter by Jessica Bucher
Release Date: March 16, 2016
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nin has no recollection of her death.

The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget.

Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars?

Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did.

But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide-- life or love.

Weaving through past and present and alternating perspectives, The Hereafter is an emotional journey about young love and second chances.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Books for the Summer Reading Challenge


There's still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge before it kicks off this Friday!

The story behind it:
So many years ago, (maybe four) I was invited to join a summer reading challenge, which I loved so much that I was always looking for someone to do it again or something like it.

5 Things That Make At The Brink Unique - Guest Post

A Story of Sexual Obsession

Lily: I should never have agreed to it. A woman will do a lot to
keep her husband happy. But when my husband sells me to the highest
bidder—billionaire, former Navy SEAL, pride of Boston’s business scene—I agree,
not to keep him happy but because it gives me the chance to finally escape.
Escape my marriage, escape my debts, escape my life …