November Recommendations Continued

Dear Sam,

I warned you I’d be trying to play catch up! And I’m actually doing it! YAY!!!

I’m not sure how much more catching up to do for November since I don’t have a lot of time left in November… but I can keep playing catch up in December, right? ha ha! !

Not to mention How much fun this is!

Okay, enough Gifs. I get carried away with those sometimes.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Fall For Anything, IN Honor

Because you liked Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour I thought you might like these.

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers  – Struggling to understand the reasons behind her successful photographer father’s suicide, Eddie Reeves purses a dangerous relationship with one of her father’s former students, who seems to know more about Eddie’s father than she does.

I haven’t read this one, but the cover is what caught my attention and the word photographer of course. ha ha!

 

In Honor by Jessi Kirby – Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.

Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

I haven’t read this one either. Sorry! And it looks like a total tear-jerker. I’m not sure I could read it because it hits a lot of ‘hot spots’ for me. Since I was in the service and before then I use to date someone who was in. But if you read these please let me know what you think!

Happy Reading!

Thankful Reader #2

THANKFULREADER: Being thankful for the simple things

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Over at Greads! Hopefully, I got it right this time.

Anywho, I wondered on to their delightful blog and thought I’d do something similar.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I thought I’d do a few post about things I’m thankful for.

This next Post will be me Thanking People IN my life that have helped me in small and BIG ways. This list could get rather long.

 

In No particular order:

 

Kathy & Larry – You have been so helpful and awesome in helping us move into our first home. I don’t know how I will ever re-pay you both! You have raised a wonderful son!

Lethia – Thanks for putting up with my random text messages and bookish rants! And thank you so much for stopping by and for being awesome! I can’t wait for you to see the new house!

Erin – Thank you for introducing me to John Green and all those other wonderful books! I miss your blog a lot actually.

Mrs. Smith – Thank you for being such an amazing English Teacher! I’m so happy you are now a librarian and you get to influence young kids to read! That makes me so happy!

Jerry – Thanks for the many dinner and movie nights and helping me move! I really appreciate it! We need more double dates with that beautiful Girl friend of yours!

Heather & Aaron – you guys rock! Heather, I’m so glad you liked Fault In Our Stars! J And thanks for working so hard when you were helping me move! And I love your random text about your heart being ripped out of your chest by yet another author. And thank you for introducing me to Milly!

Milly & Sam – Thanks for helping me move! I can see this friendship is going to EPIC! And Milly my library is always open – well when I’m home that is. Ha ha!!!

Jeremy – thanks for trying to type poop repeatedly in this post. Made me giggle. I also want to thank you for putting up with me and my weird out bursts. And also thank you for taking out the trash. And letting me make the living room my library!

Mrs. Wendi, Kasey, Mr. Mark, Courtney, Aaron (the whole Blevin’s Family) for just being awesome! I can’t wait to see your new house!! Next year, Thanksgiving is at my place! I miss you guys! But soon you will live closer to us! YAY!!!

I’m pretty sure I’m missing people in this post – and I’m sorry! I have soo much to be thankful for this year!

#FF Feature And Follow Friday

This weeks Meme from ParaJunkee  is to create your own wanted Ad for a Book Blogger…

Here is mine:

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If you care to follow me, It can be via bloglovin, or twitter or however you’d like to. I’m not picky. ha ha!!!

My Reading Slump

My reading slump is still going strong.

I don’t know if it’s because I have way too much going on right now outside of reading that I can’t focus… or I just hit a rut. I’m not sure. I’ve done ALL my own suggestions and nothing has work. I pick up a book and read the back and be like, ‘eh’.

This is bad guys. Very bad. I haven’t hit a slump like this in years. College doesn’t count because I’m proud to say I held a 3.9 GPA. Ha ha! It was worth not reading (if you don’t count text books) for two years.

But I’m still very sad about it.

I just don’t know what to do! Is it the pressure from my goal and how close it is? I’m like 10 books behind as it stands right now. I’m not sure if I can recover quick enough to get it done. You know?

Or is it because I’ve just moved errr. Kinda still moving. And all I want is my living room to be like this….

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And right now it looks like this…

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It’s just driving me nuts!!!

 

Any Suggestions out there to help beat this reading slump?

Top Five Reasons Reading Is Important

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This post has probably been done a hundred times over the internet – at the very least.

“Reading Is To The Mind What Exercise Is To The Body”

 Top Five Reasons Reading is Important

1.)    Cheap Get Away – Sitting in a waiting room waiting to be called? You won’t get so impatient if your nose is stuck in a book. It will also help time go by faster.

2.)    It helps build vocabulary and understanding – well for most of us, except for me apparently. I’m okay with that.

3.)  Prevents or Slows Down the Progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Now, my dad had both of these things. He read the paper every day and once his Parkinson’s became so bad he could no longer hold the paper from his shaking he stopped reading and I saw a huge difference and the progression on his Dementia.

4.)  Knowledge – rare occasions I read non-fiction, I read Rex and got a good solid understanding of Marines and K-9 units and what happened over seas. I really enjoyed his writing style. It made me feel like I’d go to the desert. Best part? I didn’t have to actually go there to understand it.

5.)  Helps combat Stress – yes you read that right. It helps fight against stress. It helps you focus on something other then what is bothering you on an inner level. It let’s tension drain away and allows you to relax.

 

I’m sure there are a ton more benefits to reading that I haven’t listed. If you know of any other benefits to reading please feel free to leave them in the comments.

 

Thankful Reader #1

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THANKFULREADER: Being thankful for the simple things

 

Over at Greads! (I think that’s the title of the blog- oops sorry if I’m wrong) it’s late and my brain is down for matience at the current moment. Sorry for the inconvience.

Anywho, I wondered on to their delightful blog and thought I’d do something similar.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I thought I’d do a few post about things I’m thankful for.

First I thought I’d thank the following Blogs for providing helpful reviews and entertaining posts on their blog.  I’m sorry if I missed anyone.

 

In no particular order…

  1. The Midnight Garden – Wendy Darling – the first blog I came across and followed. Even before I started blogging. The reviews are insightful and have helped me enjoy many books I’d never thought I’d read.
  2. The Perpetual Page Turner – I love Jamie and her heartfelt blog posts and how open she is with her readers and how she engages everyone.
  3. ParaJunkee – Rachel has tips and tricks about blogging, html and some great satire that I really enjoy! She’s also given me some great insight on my blog when I was doing my remodel and I’m in her debt now. Ha ha!
  4. CaitSpivey – Of course she would make my thankful list! She’s an editor and an author. Best of both worlds! Plus she’s a friend of mine. Ha ha! I love our twitter conversations and I miss taking her Photo.
  5. The Little Muchkin Reader – Sam is my Epic Recs Partner. She’s patient and a fantastic friend.
  6. The Dark Reading Room – Jo… well, I met her on pure accident on twitter… but we tweet and message each other and chat about all the awesome things we have in common (even reading!). One day I will visit Canada Jo!
  7. Book Rock Betty – Yes, her reviews are honest and I go to her blog when I need a steam romance and because of her awesome review of hopeless I’ve fallen in love with Colleen Hoover. So thank you!
  8. Oh, The Books – The ladies sometimes include me in their weekly recap and I love seeing their website in my referrers states. I write really random stuff on my blog sometimes and I love the fact they catch some of them. Ha ha! Thank you ladies!
  9. Book Addict’s Guide – I did a guest post for her while she was away on her honey moon. I had way too much fun coming up with a post for her! Congratulations girl!
  10. Cuddlebuggery – Steph Sinclair’s review of Easy and her humorous posts keep me smiling!

Review:Easy by Tammara Webber

Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

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My Description: The main Character follows her boyfriend to the same college he goes too to help him follow his dream – but not HER dream. Sadly, she has some life lessons to learn and we follow her on this journey – I loved it!

This is going to be a short gush review because I loved this story. I’m just going to give you some key points as to why I enjoyed it. I’m trying not to ruin anything.

The Good:

  • Jacqueline (our main character) follows her boyfriend to college.  Of course her boyfriend dumps her. She’s left feeling alone and abandoned. She has to learn how to make new friends and grow up basically.
  • Lucas comes in to save the day! He’s tough and swoon worthy and not to mention (something else I will NOT ruin for you) that will make you drool even more. If your a nerd like me any way. He also has some secrets of his own that adds mystery to the story line.
  • I love that Jacqueline grows in the story and learns to become her own person in this novel. I love how she becomes kick ass in many aspects of her life. It has some awesome girl power and empowering moments in the story!
  • The writing style was easy to follow and nice to get lost in.
  • This is a great story for someone who just got dumped and needs a little reminder there are good guys out there.
  • This is a New Adult book and there are adult subjects in it.

The Bad:

  • Nothing sticks out in my head. Which is a good thing.

 

Sorry this is so short. I read this book awhile ago and all the awesome things I can remember about it I don’t want to put in the review in case I spoil it for others. But I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Ms. Tammara Webber’s future romance novels! GIRL POWER!

Four Out Of Five Stars

If you like swoon worthy Males – Read This!
If you like empowering romance novels – Read This!
If you are looking for a New Adult Novel – Read This!
If you like Romance Novels where there is growth – Read This!

 

Creative Juice #3

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This is where I share some of my graphic Design work that I do just for fun. I do it because I feel inspired or because I just love design and just do it for fun. Here lately it’s just been fun little magazine covers for the Aquarium or the Zoo place down the road from me.

This one is more detailed I think. Only because A.) I LOVE LOVE Tea. And B.) I had a specific look I was going for. I think it is one of the best designs I’ve done in a long time. Well, it’s a strong piece. I did it all in Illustrator and it took about roughly 2 or 3 days to complete. I hope to make a couple with this theme and print them and hang them on my wall.

What do you think?

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Sci-fi is questionable

 

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Do you love Sci-Fi? Well, I can say I’m on the fence with it. I LOVE watching it on the TV. I just saw the first few episodes of Kyle XY and I love it. I’ve seen DollHouse, Fringe And Heroes and a few movies – (Insert many movies here) – all related to Science Fiction.

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Now, do I read a lot of Science Fiction? Nope. Hardly ever – YET, I eat it alive when it’s on TV. Why is that? I can watch it on TV with no problem, but when it’s in book format I have a hard time getting into it. Granted, I read Cinder and devoured it in two evenings. I loved it. Yet – since Cinder I haven’t read any others. I also read In The After – which I would consider Sci-Fi. I loved that one too! But I don’t read Sci-Fi as often as I do watching the movies – does that make sense?

Is there a genre you don’t pick up a lot but when it comes to TV. You LOVE IT? Let me hear your thoughts on this.

November Recommendations

November Recommendations For Sam:

Dear Sam,

I’m terribly sorry I’m so far behind! I swear I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been insanely busy. Between looking for a house and then buying SAID house and then moving in the last few months – and two jobs. It has been crazy! So, I have some major ass-kissing to do for you my friend. lol.

Anywho, here are this months recommendations!

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Thanks to you I’ve read the Vampire Academy and granted, I missed the mark with what everyone else loved about that series – that WILL NOT prevent me from recommending it to others. Anywho, because you liked Vampire Academy I’m inviting you to read the Iron King Series by Julie Kagawa. I’ve heard nothing but awesome stuff about her books – I haven’t read it. Sorry. You will have to tell me if it is any good or not. The Second recommendation is Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. My buddy over at Book Rock Betty Highly Recommends her! I have this one sitting on my kindle waiting not so patiently for me to read it… along with the 350 others I haven’t read. lol.

Until next time friend!! I can’t wait to see what you recommend! BTW – It’s hard to find recommendations for Baby Sitters Club! But I will keep hunting :) I loved that series growing up!

Happy Reading!

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The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)

by Julie KagawaMeghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Obsidian (Lux #1)

by Jennifer L. ArmentroutStarting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.