2016 End of Year Survey!

2016 End of Year Survey!

Number Of Books You Read: 52 Number of Re-Reads: 11 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy 1. Best Book You Read In 2016? TOO DIFFICULT, WON’T CHOOSE AND YA CAN’T MAKE ME. Castle Auburn | Another Life | The Forgetting | War that Saved My Life | Hating Game | Unmade 2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Memory Book I had really high hopes for this book (about a girl writing a diary as she attempts to cope with a genetic disorder that is slowly eroding both her memories and her health), but I just couldn’t connect with the MC at all. I know a lot of people that really loved it, but for me it just didn’t work.  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? The Princess Diaries This one is SO HARD TO ADMIT but I just …. well, um, I mean, I guess, I didn’t really like this book. *hides under the closest and biggest rock ever* I watched the movie first, and didn’t read this until I was in my very very late 20s – and the mindset […]

Holy Unplanned Hiatus, Batman!

Holy Unplanned Hiatus, Batman!

So about two months ago, something happened. Honestly, I don’t even know what it was. I’ve been crazy busy for basically the last 10 years of my life, so I don’t really know why the beginning of November 2016 was any different (maybe it was the appendectomy a month prior, and I just hadn’t really gotten back to 100% yet?) Maybe it was the election and all of the emotional turmoil of that month. Maybe it’s just 2016. Or maybe it’s the fact that I have three jobs and work about 60 hours a week. (I’m putting my money on the last one, to be honest.) But anyways, this thing happened – and the thing that happened was that I just stopped blogging. I’ve never been a perfect 5 posts a week 25 posts a month blogger (who is, amirite?) (ok, but some of you are awesome and really are that way, and just, well, TEACH ME YOUR WAYS). It’s been this nagging at the back of my mind thing for the last two months, because I LOVE this blog, I LOVE this community, and I LOVE sharing my thoughts and hopes and books and stories and lists with everyone. […]

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 2

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 2

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has these great posts on her blog called, “If We Were Having Coffee,” where she talks a little bit about the things going on in her life, the things behind the blogger. She got the inspiration from a life coach and has been doing them ever since 2013! I’ve loved every one I’ve read, and after seeing some other people do their take on this great idea (like Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust), I decided to do my own version. Except my version is “If we were having Mexican & Margaritas,” because I kid you not, some of the most important conversations of my life have happened at my local Mexican restaurant. (Also, I love tacos.) If we were having Mexican and Margaritas, I would tell you … that about a month ago, my appendix totally sabotaged me. I came home from work and was feeling pretty weird, and ended up cancelling plans with the beau for that evening. Fast forward two hours, I was calling him to take me to a Patient First. Fast forward another two hours, I’m at the ER. Slow forward (because believe me, it felt anything but fast) another 8 hours, and […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Halloween TV Episodes

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Halloween TV Episodes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? (Well, technically it was a freebie, but this is what I ended up going with!) The Office has had so many GREAT Halloween episodes, how is it even possible to pick just one?! (Spoiler alert, I picked two…) Most memorable part of the episode: The part featured in this gif, of course! I LIVE for PB&J air high-fives. Ok, let’s be real – it wouldn’t be a Halloween list without Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin! Most memorable part of the episode: *hides under rock as she realizes she really should watch this again sometime soon…* I honestly don’t think I realized how much I missed Boy Meets World until I saw this pop up in memorable Halloween episodes – now I want to go […]

Looking Back on September 2016!

Looking Back on September 2016!

I had an emergency appendectomy in September, and OOF. (Not gonna lie, it’s a huge reason that this recap is being posted so late…) It was fairly terrifying in a lot of ways, but it also made me feel really lucky to have the support system I have, both near and far (all of you lovely blog ladies included!). The beau stayed with me the entire time, and I think he ended up going like 24+ hours without sleep (while I was knocked out due to whatever meds they were pumping me with). In the end, I’m so glad I decided to go to the doctor, so glad I have insurance, and so glad I have the people around me that I do. I finished The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, a book that I’m reading as a part of the Trans Atlantic Book Project. As loathe as I am to mark up my own books, I have to admit it’s pretty fun to read a book with annotations from others, because it’s like I’m reading it with them! I finally decided to FIX MY DESK SPACE after months upon months upon months of agonizing over how not happy […]

Top Ten Tuesday: “I think you should read …”

Top Ten Tuesday: “I think you should read …”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten Books That Were Recommended To Me Maybe in Another Life was a book that I had heard bits and pieces about from a lot of places, but the three bloggers I credit with finally convincing me to pick this one up are Hannah @ So Obsessed With, Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner, and Lauren @ Bookmark Lit. I first saw Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs and Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner freaking out about this Summers at Castle Auburn on Twitter, and let’s just say my interest was PIQUED. This was one of the first tweets I remember seeing about it: which then turned into me saying this about the book: In short, THAT IS A BOOK WORTH READING. Daughter of Smoke […]

ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

ARC Review | The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

**PS: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD** Read the first paragraph under “all the words” before deciding to venture further! The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch Published by Amulet Books on October 11, 2016 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Source: Paperback ARC, BEA Length: 368 pgs Rating: ★★★★★ GR Rating: 3.33★ What It’s About: A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven: In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons. But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken […]