Saturday, March 31, 2018

Best of: The Burn by Annie Oldham - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: December 30, 2011

The Burn by Annie Oldham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published September 28th 2011

The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.

She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

Hey It's Me

Something I've discovered about myself while sharing so many pictures of myself: I don't take that many pictures.
As always I was unprepared when I planned that one.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Music Shuffle

And we play on with the music choices. This is pretty much my last chance of sharing how much my music choices vary.
The first 10 songs that play when I hit shuffle on my 5 star Playlist:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meet the Family

This post would have gone well with today's original 30 Song Challenge theme; which was Song that Reminds You of Your Parents. So much time could have been saved because, of course, I would have put the two posts together. But, sadly, I couldn't think of a song.

I also can't think of much to say because, really, the plan was song + picture. This is a song that makes me think of my parents, this is a picture of my parents.

30 Song Challenge: Song That Makes You Feel Guilty

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 3 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 3: Song That Makes You Feel Guilty

This one was always a problem.
Why would a song make me feel guilty? And if it evoked a guilty memory why would I want to listen to it? (I don't believe in guilty pleasures so that was never an option).

Then last month I decided to clear out some music from my computer and ended up listening to a lot of songs that I haven't paid attention to in awhile.
Including a lot of Taylor Swift.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I Confess

I confess, this is yet another post I am unprepared for.

I confess that I might have had a few ideas but, like always, didn't stop to write them down.

I confess that I still have a few things that I wouldn't be opposed to sharing, but I also must confess that those confessions won't mean as much without an explanation which I'd rather not give.

I had planned on giving three confessions and it looks like I just did. Good night everybody!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why I Decided To Start Blogging

I started blogging when Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, invited me to join a Blog Hop Giveaway, for St. Patrick's Day. I actually won a book too. (I'm pretty sure it was from The Worm Hole.)
So since so many blogs required following, I figured alright well I have a Goggle account, I never use it so it's not like I'm actually following.

I did mention in my first post that I had made previous attempts at blogging, one forced the other out of boredom, which did not end well. Maybe the third time would be the charm. I wasn't even planning on devoting it to books, but thanks to all their advice and support it turned into one. There's no saying where I would be if I hadn't decided to review books.

from: Love-a-thon Challenge #3
February 17, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2018

All Time Favorite Quote(s)

I lied when  I said I was done with the Quotable Quotes.
Let's revisit some that I've shared before.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I'm starting to hate this time of year, I get in such a depression that there's just no hope. My awesome positive attitude I started the year off with: gone.
It lingers and I'm sure it'll be back but, at the moment, I'm on the brink of a pretty bad place.

And to top it off I think I'm about to hit a reading slump.
Or maybe I'm just not in the mood considering my current state of mind.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Songs for Every Mood

I just realized that I should have been checking where I originally planned these posts because a few have been missing stuff.
Much like many of my posts throughout the years.

The only reason I even checked now is because I didn't want to do the post I had scheduled for today and was looking for another idea.

Pretty sure this one didn't make the original cut since it's too similar to my 30 Song Challenge, but considering there were so many I would have like to mention.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Pet Peeve(s)

I just looked up lists of pet peeves and now I want to make one. Or really just take and agree from those.
Really it's better than me going about just one.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Best of: Rae of Hope by W. J. May - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: January 27, 2012

Rae of Hope by W. J. May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 14th 2011 by Mitchell Morris Publishing, Inc.

How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth about the past?

Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is an exclusive, gifted school.

Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her. She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become inked with a unique tattoo (tatu) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatu enables them to have
supernatural powers particular to the shape of their ink-art.

Both of her parents where inked, though
Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young. Learning about her family's past, her evil father and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope in her own life.

3 Things I'd Like To Say to Different People

This seems like a good time to mention my new Tumblr page: Letters To You and Me.
It was originally on Blogger but I recently switched it over to Tumblr, I like the format better.

Considering I have a blog dedicated to saying things to people, this should be fairly easy. And it is, but it's also not.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Favorite Book

What was I thinking with this topic?!
Unfortunately I'm currently being lazier that usual and don't want to look up what the alternative would have been, so I'll just work with what I have.

Some time ago I thought of writing a post about my first favorite book, the one that got me hooked. Pretty sure it was going to be my way of figuring out which book really did it for me, since I'm always going on about how it was The Princess Diaries.

30 Song Challenge: Song That Calms You Down

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 4 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 4: Song That Calms You Down
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that when I'm upset I listen to classical or violin music; but when I'm mad and a hundred yards past upset (because I couldn't simply say pissed off) I listen to Opera. I don't know, something about people yell/singing in a different language has a calming effect on me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Favorite Superhero

I miss the days when I didn't care about superheroes. Not that they were long. I was pretty into them ten years ago. I blame Iron Man, never saw the movie because I never cared. But everyone loved it.
And then the franchises stared.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Habit I Wish I Didn't Have

I'm limited to just one right?
Which to pick?

We can always go with me constantly changing my mind. "I'll do it! No but I don't want to!" I have to, I can't!"
This intro alone is making me realize how screwed up I am.
Whatever I'm not going into it.

Song of the Moment [3/20]

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.

Without getting into too much detail.
Because I've realized that it's been years that I've done that. Given too much details about my personal life, I mean. 
I'm of the "You say more when you say less" way of life.

Monday, March 19, 2018

5 Places I Want to Visit

I can show me the world!
Sorry I was just listening to the Aladdin soundtrack.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

15 Facts About Me

Fact #1: It's no secret that I am a pro procrastinator. Also that I have no problem letting myself get lazy with certain things, especially pertaining to this blog.
My reason for sharing this fact is simply to say that I should have written this list out a lot sooner. I didn't, so now I'm doing this a day after I originally had planned to post. And still have no idea what I'm about to write.

Fact#2: I never know what I'm going to say.
I once joked that I didn't know what I was saying while I was saying it, but once I said I knew what I said exactly.

Best of: Intangible & Intuition by J. Meyers - Reviews - Repost

Originally Posted: March 30, 2012

Intangible (Intangible, #1)
Intangible by J. Meyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published January 31st 2012

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

Intuition by J. Meyers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 17th 2011

Intuition: A Bonus INTANGIBLE Short Story

Luke and his twin sister Sera have unusual abilities. Hers is a gift—she can heal with a touch of her hand. His is a curse—he can see the future but he can’t do anything about it.

On a hike up the mountain, Luke has a vision unlike any other—one that leaves him terrified. Knowing that it will come true—and that he must do everything in his power to stop it—leaves his own future uncertain.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Why "Little Miss Drama Queen"?

The countdown to my final week has officially started! (The banner says my last 30 days but really it's 30 days until my last 7.)

Since it's my final month (until my final week) I decided to do another challenge, (like my 30 Song Challenge that has been counting down the weeks since October) which will mainly consist of me talking about, well, me. I said my goodbyes to Top Ten Tuesdays last week, I had a few reviews scheduled but I'm still unsure if they'll be going up (I kind of feel like I should post at least one more just so I know it was my final review written here; I'll still be writing them elsewhere), I'm still doing It's Monday! posts but everything else, was pretty nonexistent this pas year. I hate even thinking about it. When I decided that this would be my last year I wanted to give so much more but ended up with practically nothing.

Maybe that's what inspired this month. Nah, I don't know what inspired it, all I know is that I wanted to give a little more of myself before the end.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Best of: Ten Reasons I Love Old Movies - Repost

Originally Posted: June 7, 2016

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."

1. They remind me of simpler times.
That's the answer I usually give when asked the above question, it's more or less me being silly since my "simple times" were nothing like the times in those movies.
I guess if elaborated it could mean a time when movies themselves were simple, back when they didn't count on so many effects or any "wow" factors.

30 Song Challenge: Song You Wish You Could Play on an Instrument

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 5 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

The end is near!

Song 5 : Song that is Often Stuck in Your Head ...You Wish You Could Play on an Instrument

I decided to change this week's theme because while I often have songs stuck in my head there isn't one that is stuck there often enough. At least not one I could think of. I had thought of making it Song Currently Stuck in My Head (it's basically how most of my Song of the Moment works) but felt it might be too similar to #19: Last Song You Heard.

So here we are: Song I Wish I Could Play on an Instrument:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Best of: Tagged - Repost

Originally Posted: February 23, 2012
2018 Note: As much as I've been going on lately how I'm not the same person I was when I started this blog (this was posted 8 months after I began) all these answers are still pretty true. With the exception of my fascination with Zac Efron and my Meg Cabot book count, we are now at 80 something.

I have been tagged by The Romance Bookie.
I've seen this around other blogs and I can honestly say: I did not see this coming.

The Rules
  1. You must post the rules. 
  2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged. 
  3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post. 
  4. Let them know you've tagged them! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Best of: Summer of 2003 - Repost

Originally Posted: September 22, 2013

Last year for my opening Meg-a-Readers post I mentioned that I first read The Princess Diaries the summer I was 13, which was in 2003. And I realized that not only did I discover The Princess Diaries, and to some extent Meg Cabot (although I didn't really acknowledge her until maybe a few months later) that summer but I discover a lot of things that probably made me who I am today and changed my way of doing things.
That sounds so deep, but chances are when I'm done I'll sound shallow.

Anyway that post last year inspired me to start planning a post for this summer. And 'm sure I even mentioned it earlier this summer.

Unfortunately this summer was rather hectic.
Actually you know what?
I should be honest, it was in no way "hectic," this summer could have been a breeze, I was shut down. Back in May I came home from work one night, and instead of hiding out like I normally do, I stuck around and was cornered with the "You don't mind" question. You know, the one that really isn't a question and you have to agree to, just to keep some peace.

Actually I never did agree to it, I had no problem saying that I did mind and repeatedly said no, but, again, it wasn't an actual I can choose type of question.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Best of: Welder by Day Dancer by Night - Repost

Originally Posted: July 29, 2014

For today's Tune In post, I've decided to merge it with my Meg-a-Readers story for today.
Because it's not like I haven't been doing the same throughout the summer, by which I really mean twice.

This actually doesn't have much to do with Meg Cabot, it's more a story about me. But of course the story of me usually does involve her books.

Last year during our Meg-a-Readers event I mentioned that I've never seen the movie Flashdance but because of Meg Cabot I thought it would be pretty cool to be a welder by day and dancer by night. (Unfortunately I think I said that on Twitter and it has since disappeared.)
But I also said that it could have very much happened.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week I posted my last Top Ten Tuesday, and now I'm trying to figure out how many more It's Monday posts I'll be doing. I don't think I'm saying goodbye to this just yet.
Unless I just stop posting; which would be really sad because my whole point of the "farewell tour" was to not just end things abruptly.

 Let's not think about that now.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Best of: Florence by Ciye Cho - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: July 1, 2012
*2018 Note to author: I am so sorry I couldn't bring myself to finish the last book, I let far too much time go by.

Florence by Ciye Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: June 28th 2012

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

It's probably, most definitely, because I read multiple books based on the Persephone myth in the weeks and days prior to reading Florence that as I started a part of me wondered "Is this just a mermaid retelling of the same myth?"
As interesting as that would be, no it's not; just like the description says nothing is what it seems.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Best of: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: May 22, 2012
*2018 Thought: I'd just like to take a moment and apologize to Lauren Clark about that "lagging paragraphs" line. And while I might not have considered this the greatest thing I read that year, it did introduce me to a favorite author who has given me many great reads since.

Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: May 21st 2012 by Monterey Press

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired. With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery.

Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

30 Song Challenge: Song That Makes You Laugh

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 6 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 6: Song That Makes You Laugh

Brad Paisley, other that being one of few musicians that I will admit to being a huge fan of (I'm not hiding any away, I'm just not a fan of many), has not only been given credit for being the reason I listen to country music but is also the only one who can make me cry and then laugh and then cry again with only a few songs.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

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 can't even begin to say how much I've missed sharing quotes here. I hate that it's one of many things I've lagged on. Especially since deciding I will no longer be blogging, I just threw in the towel on so much.
Normally a post like this would motivate me to keep doing more quote related posts, but with the end a little more than a month away, this will most likely not only be my last quote quotable post but also my last top ten Tuesday.

Song(s) of the Moment [3/6]

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.

My music choices are pretty, very varied. I can go from a Spanish guitar to a Celtic jig, to Sinatra and then some Elvis.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Best of: One More Meg Story

Originally Posted: July 20, 2012

And just like that our two months as Meg-a-Readers has come to an end. Well that’s not true, we’ll always be Meg-a-readers.

Normally I don’t like endings but I’m alright with this. Even if there is so much left unsaid, that’s because I’ve heard through the grapevine – by which I mean the discussions I've had with Mandy – there is talk of us doing this again next year.
(Yeah I know I totally went third person there.)

First off I have to thank my co-host Mandy for coming up with the entire idea and inviting me to join. This was all her, posting promoting, getting this event out there for everyone to know about. Everyone aware of this event is probably only reading this because of her.

Not only did she get people joining in but she got Meg herself talking about it!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Best of: The Girl by Lola St. Vil - Book Review - Repost

Originally Posted: July 20, 2012
*2018 Note: Though I think of it often I never did finish reading this series.

Guardians: The Girl by Lola St.Vil
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Published February 10th 2012

Emmy - a bookish, witty student - is rescued by six teenaged angels with powers, called Guardians. They've been sent to elicit the secret from her before the demons can. Emmy later learns that her name is the only clue to locating a sought-after bridge that for centuries, Evil has plotted to destroy; this would in turn bring about the end of humanity.

Things get worse when Emmy falls madly in love with Marcus, the well-intentioned but obstinate leader of the Guardians. He eventually confesses that he is in love with her as well. Unfortunately, Marcus has been warned by his clairvoyant and omniscient guide that should he and Emmy get together, the mission will fail and humanity will perish.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 3 by Rachel Kramer Bussel - Book Review

Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 3Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 3 by Rachel Kramer Bussel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published November 21st 2017 by Cleis Press

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere.
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, winner of multiple Independent Publishing Book Awards, these scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are "supposed" to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate "Body Shots," and get tied up with "Red Satin Ribbons." They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies—from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready—and make them come alive. Written by beloved authors Abigail Barnette, Annabel Joseph, and Charlotte Stein along with several genre newcomers, these are erotic encounters you'll want to savor again and again and again...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

30 Song Challenge:Song You Want to Play At Your Funeral

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 7 more weeks (not counting the final blogoversary week).

Song 7: Song You Want to Play At Your Funeral

This week has something in common with last week's song.
And not that they both share Shakespearean endings. Either a wedding or a funeral.