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.)