Wednesday, January 31, 2018

#WintersRespite Wrap Up

Pages Read: 1,691
Books Finished: 6
Books Given Up on: 2

This was officially the last read-a-thon I'd be doing on this blog. Sad.
Since they are now month long and I'll be saying my goodbyes in mid-April which will be pretty filled with daily posts there's no sense adding a read-a-thon only to switch my update locations midway.

Best of: Why I Let Comparison Win - Repost

Originally Posted: March 22, 2017

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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5 Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I'm not entirely sure where I'm going with this post, she said as she began almost every post she'd written.

Honestly when I think I can't believe I read a book only one comes to mind:

Best of: Comparison vs Happiness - Repost

Originally Posted: March 6, 2017
*2018 Thought:
Update on my attempt to get away from Facebook: I didn't do too badly. I might have fallen off the wagon a bit mid-May but it's been an improvement. And I no longer go on looking for certain people just so I can bring myself down. Okay that's not entirely true but at least I know that I'm hurting myself by doing so!

"In the game of life, you're competing exclusively against yourself." The February message on my Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight calendar.

You know those moments where you read a line in a book or maybe hear a song and think: "Yeah, that really relates to me in this very moment?"

Well the above quote is exactly what I needed to have reiterated two days after my birthday. A day that was half spent crying over what I thought I should have and have yet to accomplish.

I'm not even entirely sure how it happened; the day started with my sister's kid getting on my nerves (he's my main trigger so no real surprise there) and resulting in me thinking "Screw this I'm going back to bed and watch Golden Girls (which is something I do every Sunday). Later I went online thanked the few people who sent messages on Facebook, talked with my cousin, found a list of musicians who died at the age of 27, thought to myself: "Well if I make it past this year at least I'll be doing better than them."

(Sadly true. Before the age of 25 I'd watch an old movie and think how weird it was that that actor was my age at the time. I turned 26 I can only find ones that died at that age.)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Birthday Giveaway!

I am late posting this, I said I'd forget last week, but it's mainly because I have been perfectly fine not getting anything done this past week. Oddly enough though; I have been more or less productive getting "necessary" things done. So, win?
It's safe to say this past week I've accepted that it really is time to say goodbye to the blog. I'm no longer the person I once was?
Yes that is a question.
I can't explain (though I'll probably try during my final week in April) but I feel like something has changed.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Best of: The Stargazer (Arboretti Family #1) by Michele Jaffe - Book Review Repost

Originally Posted: April 11, 2014

19549473The Stargazer (Arboretti Family #1) by Michele Jaffe
Published January 7th 2014 by Diversion Books (first published July 1st 1999)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bianca Salva's love of science has led her to defy the conventions of her day and illicitly practice medicine among the poor of Venice. She's managed to keep her pass time a secret--until she is discovered over the lifeless body of a young courtesan, by the last person she'd ever want to see.
Ian Foscari, Conte d'Aosto, is known for being rich, handsome...and heartless. Finding Bianca over the dead body, he concludes she's the murderer. Yet for reasons he cannot explain, her protests move him. He offers to give her one week to prove her innocence, but she'll have to move into his house and be his prisoner. Her other option: the authorities and certain death.
Bianca has no choice but to agree to his maddening terms. She's furious at having to cede her hard won freedom, and unprepared for the effect of his presence on her, for the longings he awakes in parts of her body she's only studied in books. As Bianca struggles to focus on finding the killer, Ian fights his own battle between the undeniable attraction he feels for her and the painful scars of his past.

When their mutual attraction blazes to life, they are both dazzled by it's force. Passion burns through their reserves, teaching them both to trust again. Love again. But this fragile alliance is soon tested. Lured into a web of scheming and betrayal, Bianca and Ian find themselves in a race against the clock to save their lives, their hearts, and the city of Venice itself.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Best of: Raven's Breath by Tish Thawer - Book Review Repost

Originally Posted: April 24, 2014

17228405Raven's Breath by Tish Thawer
Published April 15th 2014
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Raven can breathe life into you, or siphon the life from you...the choice is yours.

They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know...your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your grim reaper or your saving grace.

Death has a sinister plan, but his favorite female reaper has been given a new power that will combat his secret mission. The only issue...she hasn't discovered it yet.

Will Raven put the pieces together in time, or will Purgatory be destroyed forever?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song From Your Favorite Album

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 12 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 12: Song From Your Favorite Album

Is favorite album a thing? Because, it's been years since I've cared that much about one set of songs. Back in middle school I'd come home Fridays and play whichever album I was obsessed with at the time. (Probably S Club 7 or Britney Spears.)
And I am now sad to realize that my Friday nights were a lot more interesting then than they are now.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Best of: My Dream Author Panels - Repost

Originally Posted: December 12, 2016

I have to admit I kind of hesitated with this and even afterwards had trouble coming up with an idea because when it comes to favorite authors, I think I've met them all. Of course I say this and a list of authors I haven't met come to mind. They sadly don't make it out to Los Angeles or the events I go to; which is actually why I skipped all book events this year, no one new.

Not that past favorites aren't worth it, which leads me to my second reason to hesitate: I've seen some pretty cool panels.

So being asked to come up with a dream panel kind of left me thinking "what more can a girl ask for?"

I did have the option of doing characters, which I was totally getting ready for, but for the same reason* I don't do character interviews I decided to go back to their authors.

*That reason being I have no real imagination when it comes to overthinking characters.

Monday, January 22, 2018

#WintersRespite Readathon Week 3 Update

Pages Read: 1,162
Books Finished: 4
Books Given Up on: 1... and a half

I had a dream Goodreads came up with a system for readers to keep up with reading challenges (not just the one they have on their site) and thought that would be a great way to keep track of my readathon reading.
Yeah, I'm even dreaming about it. Considering some of the dreams I've had lately that's not entirely weird.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu - Book Review Repost

Originally Posted: June 2, 2014

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
June 3rd 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control.
In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life.
But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Friday, January 19, 2018

When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?: Parenting and the Creative Muse by Richy K. Chandler - Book Review

35232850When Are You Going to Get a Proper Job?: Parenting and the Creative Muse by Richy K. Chandler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 21st 2017 by Singing Dragon

"Drawing pictures all day. Nice work if you can get it, eh? I suppose you haven't had so much time to focus on a proper career..."

This witty, insightful graphic novel explores the challenges faced by artists in today's society, through the life of a comics creator named Tariq. Creative block is the least of Tariq's worries, as he struggles to be a `good enough' father while pursuing a career that is underpaid and underappreciated. Swapping notes with other parents in creative professions, and driven by his artistic muse, Tariq maps out a plan for making his art and his other responsibilities work together in harmony - most of the time.

Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race by Rebecca Rissman - Book Review

35757320Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race by Rebecca Rissman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
February 1st 2018 by Capstone Press

The gripping story of four female African-American mathematicians who literally made it possible to launch US rockets--and astronauts--into space. Tells the thrilling tale of how each woman contributed, the struggles and resistance each experienced, and the amazing results. Consultants currently work for NASA.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song That Reminds You of the Past Summer

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 13 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 13: Song That Reminds You of the Past Summer

Sadly, unlike the summer of 2016 where I went to Spain and Paris, saw The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl and had a handful of other things worth remembering, nothing happened in 2017. And not just the summer, the entire year was a dud.

So the one thing I've chosen to remember: Going to see Wonder Woman.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

5 Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I got kind of sad reading last week's final post over at The Broke and Bookish; mainly because that'll be me in 3 months; but also because it won't be, because we had very different experiences blogging.
More on that in three months, though.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter's Respite Readathon Week 2 Update

Pages Read: 810
Books Finished: 3

Still telling myself I need to start using other methods for these updates. Mainly when I see other participants doing so on the Facebook group. Maybe I just need to keep doing it this way and then force myself to adjust when I no longer have the blog to turn to. (I keep saying I'll start doing things differently once I say my goodbyes, but will I really?)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki - Book Review Repost

Originally Posted: July 18, 2014

Branded (Sinners, #1)Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: May 12, 2014

Second Star
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: May 13th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers.
Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas.
Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete.

A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song That You Hear on The Radio Often

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 14 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

We are way too close to 10.

Song 14: Song That You Hear on The Radio Often

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Best of: Running Away with The Doctor - Repost

*"Thought" originally posted here: October 28, 2013

Here's something I haven't done in a while, gone off on a thought-filled thought. This is actually a thought that has been going through my mind for years in some form or other, I've most likely even mentioned it before. And also Doctor Who.

Doctor Who mainly comes into the subject when my cousin brings up our never ending discussion on the Doctors companions.

To her it's a very unlucky position they're in, seeing as how in the end they all share the same fate.
Death, in some unlikely shape or form.

And yes I have to agree that it sucks to be taken away from everything you know, not to mention your family, and go off to some far off, strange land with creatures you've never even dreamed of.
That are probably trying to kill you.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Song of the Moment [1/9]

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.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Winter's Respite Readathon Update 1

Pages Read: 160
Book Finished: 1

Apparently I got too cocky about accomplishing things this first week of the year, really though it's hardly anything; I'm not even acknowledging that it is a new year (although my upcoming birthday is more or less coming at me with waving arms screaming for the acknowledgment "ANOTHER YEAR! ANOTHER YEAR!") for me it's a hard push to complete everything I put off since October... of 2015.

Best of: Where Does the Time Go or Procrastination - Repost

*Originally Posted: March 14, 2016

With the word procrastination in the title I'm going to let you guess how long it actually took me to write this post.

There is currently an Elvis movie on, not to mention one of the Narnia movies. It's grey out, and even though I know there is way too much I need to get done, I just can't.

And, really, all those things I need to get done? They've been piling up for about five months now.
Actually it's way longer than five months but it's been five months since I finished my class and had so much more free time to attempt to get them done.

It's probably silly even asking where the time goes, because I know where it's going, I watch it go often.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Best of: Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) by Christine Amsden - Book Review

*Originally Posted: September 19, 2014
**2018 Note: This book left me with such a bad hangover, I kind of hated it for that. 2014 was the year of book hangovers for me, it sucked (truly) and is probably why I still have trouble starting some books today.

Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden
Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4) by Christine Amsden
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars.
Published June 25th 2014 by Twilight Times Books

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own?

Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Spanksgiving: A Collection of Erotic Spanking Stories by Lori Perkins

36647940Spanksgiving: A Collection of Erotic Spanking Stories by Lori Perkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published November 22nd 2017 by Riverdale Avenue Books

Thanksgiving…the sexiest time of the year..NOT!

Thanksgiving needs a marketing do-over. It should be the sexiest time of the year when you consider that we get four full days off from work, too much good food and drink, football, left-overs, binge-watching, and the intoxicating rush of shopping, either in the flesh or online, for presents for others and yourself. And maybe even a trip back home to rekindle old flames.

In these pages you’ll find some bonafide Thanksgiving smut, but this is mostly a collection of hot spanking stories featuring everything from alpha werewolves to strict librarians, and even an installment in Trinity’s Blacio’s continuing naughty stepbrother series.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song You Used To Hate But Now Love

This, like most challenges like it, is technically suppose to be a 30 day challenge but I've decided to make it weekly because; sadly, I'll only be blogging for 15 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 15: Song that You Used to Hate but Now Love

Let's just get on with it:

THREE BLIND DATES by Meghan Quinn - Release Day! - Excerpt

"Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I'm Noely Clark, your host: and I'm in the market for love…”
When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me.
Outgoing? Check.
Single? Check.
Open to finding love? Check.

I signed up immediately.

A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I've found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . .

I’m in big trouble.

Good Morning Malibu,
I'm Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock    

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

7 New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

I can't say that there were too many stand out new authors for me last year; that immediately came to mind anyway. I had to look and there are definitely a few that I will be reading again.

Winter's Respite Readathon Starting Post

I totally forgot that this would be a month long readathon and hadn't given much thought to it or what I would be reading.
Yes in the final weeks of 2017 I was looking at my books thinking I should set aside all the ones I want to read; but I would always stop myself because that's usually an unrealistic goal.

Especially for a month long readathon, not to mention one I'm going into feeling like I'm slowing down when it comes to reading. (I'm sure I'll get a second wind soon.)