Friday, May 26, 2017

Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn - Book Review

30724248Open When: Letters to Lift Your Spirits by Karen Salmansohn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published March 7th 2017 by Ten Speed Press

Happiness expert Karen Salmansohn presents a unique interactive book that invites readers to literally open letters of encouragement, wit, and wisdom whenever they need a boost.

Inspired by the trend of -open when- letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like -Open when you need a laugh, - -Open when you're feeling stressed out, - and -Open when you need courage, - these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn's viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt - Book Review

34741847The Handy Men by Jamie K. Schmidt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 1st 2017 by Entangled Publishing LLC

Jack and Dean love each other, but they’re missing the woman to complete their triangle. When newly divorced Paige Richards buys a Bed and Breakfast on Hamlet Island and employs them to help her fix the inn up, Jack and Dean are sure they’ve found the one they’ve been looking for. Despite the playful, sexy clues they drop, luscious Paige is reticent about getting involved, even when they set the stage so she can stumble on them in action. They can tell by her responses she wants to join them, but rumors travel fast on the small island, and tales of a threesome could get back to the conservative, family vacation crowd who won’t patronize those with an alternative lifestyle. And the last thing they want for Paige is the B&B’s rooms…and her bank account…to remain empty. But Jack and Dean will stop at nothing to prove to Paige that she can have it all…with them.

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?

It's been a month since I decided that this would be my last year blogging. And while at the time I was probably thinking I'd be going out with a bang, in the weeks since I've been thinking why even go on. I feel like I already threw in the towel, like why bother continuing if I already decided that my time here would be ending.
Most likely culprit for this mood: for some reason last month I stopped scheduling everything. Back in September I tried to take up bullet journaling and while I'm not too crazy about how I'm doing it, (mainly because I don't feel like I have so many reasons to be doing it) I was pretty into the idea and was maybe hoping to grow with it.
But at some point last month I just stopped, which is too bad because a lot should have been written down. And as much as I wanted to start up again this month I couldn't get back in the habit.
Fingers crossed for June.

And fingers crossed that I get back in the writing mood too, because I am not done here. Yet.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The story behind it:
So many years ago, (maybe five) 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.

When I didn't find any I decided to look into it and discovered that the original blog that first hosted it no longer exists, like click on the link and get weird car ads, non-existing. I thought maybe the blogger (her name is Kate) just decided to change blogs but nope. If she did I didn't find any trails leading to her.

My Best Friend's Ex by Meghan Quinn - Cover Reveal






Check out this amazing cover for MY BEST FRIEND'S EX by Meghan Quinn releasing on June 1st! 


MY BEST FRIEND'S EX
NA Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2017

Goodreads: Goodreads

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves [5/13]



As I mentioned in my post last month, I was returning to the book fest world. And needed books for YALLWEST. A lot of them. Though my main goal for all this was to get a tote bag signed.
Which I did!

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Million Junes by Emily Henry - Book Review

30763950A Million Junes by Emily Henry
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Published: May 16th 2017 by Razorbill

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The story behind it:
So many years ago, (maybe five) 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.

When I didn't find any I decided to look into it and discovered that the original blog that first hosted it no longer exists, like click on the link and get weird car ads, non-existing. I thought maybe the blogger (her name is Kate) just decided to change blogs but nope. If she did I didn't find any trails leading to her.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

My Best Friend's Ex - Teaser

Check out this amazing teaser for MY BEST FRIEND'S EX by Meghan Quinn releasing on June 1st! 




MY BEST FRIEND'S EX
NA Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Goodreads

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Handy Men Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway

Today is the blog tour for The Handy Men by Jamie L. Schmidt! Grab your copy of this sexy romance and follow the tour today!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blogoversary Giveaway!

My blogoversary was two weeks ago and as I said I had no words or a giveaway; and that I owed you one.
Well, thanks to my trip to YALLWEST this past weekend I managed to get one (or three) together sooner than I thought I would.

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The story behind it:
So many years ago, (maybe five) 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.

When I didn't find any I decided to look into it and discovered that the original blog that first hosted it no longer exists, like click on the link and get weird car ads, non-existing. I thought maybe the blogger (her name is Kate) just decided to change blogs but nope. If she did I didn't find any trails leading to her.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello Me, It's You - Book Review

32078947Hello Me, It's You by Hannah Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 10th 2016 by Hello Me, it's You

“Keep smiling and being you. Don’t let the world change you”

Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.

This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realizing she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books.

Trigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Since I didn't do a Top Ten last week I've decided to divide this week into what won't make me want to read a book and what will.

First sticking with this week's topic
5 Things That Will Make Me Not Want to Read a Book:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Into Horror Readathon

I shouldn't be admitting this but what the hell. Last week I had a total mental melt down. It was basically one of those "I'm sick and tired of the way things are, I need to get the hell out!" But of course if I could I would have done so by now.
I've actually gone on about this a bit before here, yes it is recurring, so let's just move on. Especially since I just realized that the Winter Read-a-thon also ended on a bit of a down note. I do have happy moments, none that immediately come to mind but this week seems promising. She says while sitting alone in a house that is peacefully quiet.

Subversion by Melinda Friesen - Blog Tour + Giveaway













Friday, April 21, 2017

"Postoversary" aka The Beginning of the End


6:17 PM, April 21, 2011.
My first post, that I probably spent three or four days writing, finally went up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Introduction Number: Who Even Knows

Really, how many introductions or 'About Me' posts have I done? I just recently did a handful going on about what makes me jealous.

But that's who I am. I'm someone who can sometimes become jealous pretty easily. I'm some one who has no problem admitting that because I am working on it. Of course I'm also an artist so green-eyed monsters do sometimes come with the territory. As do inferiority complexes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Future of the Blog

I am probably not in the best mind frame to be writing this right now, so let's just put out that disclaimer. I am most likely not of sound mind right now.

I write that and feel like it's an excuse for getting drunk and married in Vegas.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top 10 Songs of the Moment

 


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 10 favorite songs from this year of blogging:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Book Affair Blitz: Pauline Creeden Guest Post + Giveaway

April’s Freebie Fair! 46 FREE Books for a LIMITED TIME!
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Gilded Cages by Vic James - Book Review

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Published February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

8 Of The Most Unique Books I've Read

I'm not entirely sure where my thoughts go when I think "Unique" books. Naturally it would be books that made me think that they weren't like other books I've read. Obviously.
Did I just give a definition of  what makes a book unique?

Let's try that again: I'm not entirely sure where my thoughts go when I think about unique books I've read.

Then again I rarely know where my thoughts go when I think about books I've read in general.
Or really, I don't know where my thoughts go when I think.

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


I can't help but notice I read a lot in February. March, not as much. Although I did take a break for about a week so I guess I should consider that. Plus February had some pretty quick reads.

April will probably be the same since I'm not only taking my time with the books I'm currently reading, but I'm also avoiding one as if it were an eager guy who thinks something might happen between us because I smiled. (Or because we're both single, the right age, gender and race. It's happened; if I had a book for every "Meet this guy he's young, single and Mexican!" I'd have a libraries worth of books. PS I'm not even Mexican and don't care about such things.)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves [4/9]

Stacking the Shelves

I have not done a Stacking the Shelves post since 2014, I'm not sure why, it's not like I stopped buying books. I would like to think I slowed down a bit, showed some 'shelf' control, but that's doubtful.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Songs of the Moment [4\4]

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 want adventure in the great wide somewhere...

Pretty much my mind frame for the last I don't know how long, but it really hit me last week, so much so that I made an entire playlist inspired by it. (Open to suggestions if you have any.)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Other Things I Play the Comparison Game With

In which I continue to make myself look, and to a point feel, sad.

A point I keep emphasizing is that I have no problem admitting any of this because I constantly remind myself of all the good in my life. And I know that while I might be the only one to fully dive in and admit the depth this problem has gone for me, I am not alone.

Just felt like I had to put that out there. Again.

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias - Book Review

32076440The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published August 8th 2016

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: "The Devil’s Prayer" is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ten Authors I've Been Lucky to Meet

I have been so lucky to get to go to so many author signings over the last so many years. Especially lucky since I never had a reliable source of transportation, so sometimes I wasn't sure if I could go until the last minute. Subway with a bag of books? That's fun.

I say so many but thankfully because of all the festivals I've gotten to meet six authors in a day, sometimes all at once.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Songs of the Moment [3/21]

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.


For some reason I'm more likely not to share a song when I actually have a song in mind.
My brain has kind of been on vacation this, well, month if I'm being honest. I saw Dan Stevens (from Beauty and the Beast) earlier this month and after that everything has been kind of a blur. Really, my notebook has a note about it on March 6 and I didn't write anything else the entire week. What did I do? I don't have a clue. The following week I had to deal with some pretty stressful things so I know I shut down. Last week more personal stuff but I also went to see the musical An American in Paris.

Have I done anything productive?
Well I did plan out which books I'll need for next month's book events. So, no not really.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



I have to confess, I have so not been in the mood to do anything. Which, seeing it written out, makes me think that's nothing really new for me. If it were new I wouldn't have just spent the last hour making a playlist with songs from movies where the characters are ready to go. Mainly Disney Princesses.

If I could I would just stop and read for a few days.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Why I Let Comparison Take Control

You always hear or see reports going on about how social media is ruining your own life, and how it can usually cause unhappiness because, maybe even without noticing, you'll start comparing your own life to the "fabulous" life that person you haven't even seen in years claims to be living. -from my last Thought Post.

In my last post I admitted to being guilty to doing this, and how I was trying to control that subconscious annoyance.
This is where I admit why I let it happen: Because I really don't have much going on.

Now there are the occasional exceptions; back in August when one friend from high school was posting about her second daughter's first day of school I was busy sharing my trip to Paris.
I'm constantly reminding myself to list the good in my life and that definitely was a good. No kids and I get to see the world.
(That wasn't meant to sound mean. I don't build myself up by comparing what I have to what others don't. Well, except in relationships I look at some couples and give thanks I'm not in a relationship like theirs.)

March 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 10 – if you write a review, you’re in. Join this month’s challenge here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs - Book Review

30142139Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
March 21st 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Song(s) of the Moment 3/7

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.


In my last Song post I mention that it was kind of sad that I haven't had a 'moment' worth sharing in a while. Well I finally got one yesterday.

But first I'm going to go Disney and share (again) songs that have been stuck in my head.

Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods - Cover Reveal