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9th Date of Christmas

8 Jan

I know I know it’s not Christmas anymore but with all the dates and all the holiday activities I got a little behind on the blogging. I will note that we did complete all the dates of Christmas before Christmas…. So here you go!

On the 9th date of Christmas Shane took me on our “Something Old” date.  Shane and I LOVE the Lord of the Rings and went to see all of them as soon as they came out! We also read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Nerds). Shane’s favorite book of all time is The Hobbit!

So we went to breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast places Weck’s! Yummmmm

Then we enjoyed The Hobbit! It was awesome! Loved it!! So happy it’s three movies!

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Series Worth Your Time

21 Nov

So more books for you and your reading pleasure.

I love love love reading series of books because I get so invested in the book and the characters and their stories. Here are a couple series I am really enjoying.

Both are mysteries and about cops. And they both take place in Europe. I don’t know why I love to read about cops solving crimes in the UK and Ireland. I also LOVE Sophie Hannah’s books which are along the same lines – but she is my favorite.

Tana French

The first book in this series is In The Woods. It has won a lot of awards including the Edgar Award for best first book. This book is not scary but a mystery and there are a couple different mysteries in this book. I liked this book – it’s great and a fast read.

What Tana French does is introduce us to the main character for her next book. So in her next book The Likeness – the main character is introduced in the first book and so on. The second book in my opinion was A LOT better than the first book. And the third book, Faithful Place, is better than the second. I have not read the fourth book, Broken Harbor, but it’s on my Christmas list and I can’t wait.

These are such great mysteries and the characters are easy to like and hate. Tana French also makes you feel like you are in Dublin and part of the culture there. She paints such a realistic vision of the good and bad of the cities I feel like I need to start saying Shyte, Eejit and Feck.

Tana French

Jane Casey

The first book in this series is The Burning. I really enjoyed this book! It’s told from multiple people’s points of view and has multiple murders and mysteries. Again it’s fast paced and a great mystery.

I have not read the second book, The Reckoning, but I bought it and will relax with that this Thanksgiving break.

This book will keep you guessing and keep you intrigued.

Jane Casey

What are some of your favorite book series?

Vacation = Reading for me!

20 Nov

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and hopefully a lot of us will have some time off work and time to relax. My favorite way to relax is to read! So here are some great books I have read lately.

One of the best books I have read in a long time is a book called Pure by Julianna Baggott. This book is about the end of the world. Yes I love end of the world type books! And it’s a love story but not an annoying one or an obvious one.

This book kept me guessing, reading late into the night and wanting more which thankfully I’ll get in February because it will be a trilogy.

Here is the synopsis:

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

You have to give the book a chance – it sounds odd and weird but it’s sooooo good.

Follow me on Goodreads and enjoy this book!


Throwback Thursday – Best Book Series From Yesteryear

16 Aug

Have I mentioned I love to read?

Have I mentioned I grew up in a super small town where there was no such thing as cable? I NEVER had Nickelodeon, Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. I also never had a clear reception on Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS or PBS – the only channels we got.

So I did a lot of reading,

And I miss some of those books that got me through long winter and summer breaks. I thought I would pay tribute to those book series that meant so much to me when I was little.

Side note – you will not find these books on summer reading lists. These are fun books. Books that are footloose and fancy free!

1.Sweet Valley Twins – Because of this book series I always wanted another name. My cousin and I would always pretend our names were something different. Especially since both of our names are very ethnic , which according to another book Freakonomics, is a bad thing. Well, now that we are both older and wiser we no longer want to change our names to Kelly or Jessica and we appreciate our totally ethnic original names.

But not in email addresses – really that’s a long email address. Which is something you have to consider these days!

Which brings me back to my original point – sorry for that weird childhood confession – I loved this book series. I loved Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield. They made me not only want to change my name but get my tonsils taken out. Seriously you get to eat ice cream all day!

They also taught me the importance of not giving into peer pressure, eating healthy and keeping secrets.

I followed these girls from elementary school to high school – they have a new book out I need to read about their adult years.

2. The Baby-sitters Club – I love those bitches! I totally became a babysitter because of them! I also wanted to be just like Claudia – she was my favorite!

And although I only ever got one babysitting job (small town not a lot of kids – thanks Mary for letting me take care of Robin!) I loved those books. I even got the movie when I was well over the acceptable age to still love those books. But I don’t care! When I have girls or boys who like that genre I will totally give them my Babysitter Club books!

3. Basically anything from Christopher Pike– He had a lot of good books I really loved when I was younger (actually most of his books are probably a little more adult and I should have been reading them when I was a little older) but my favorites are the following:

  • The Final Friends Trilogy – I loved this series! The main thing I remember from these books is the two of the 45 main characters buying contraceptives! They were going to give it up on graduation night. That’s a no no girls! Bitches who give it in scary/thriller type books/movies always die.
  • Whisper of Death – This book appealed to me because it was close to an end of the world type book. It also had this disturbing story in the book about a guy who walks down a wall and it keeps getting thinner and thinner until it’s razor thin and he falls and splits him in two! Scared me a little.
  • Witch – I always wanted powers and so I am drawn to books, tv shows and movies about people with special powers. This is why I loved this book.

I realize now that a lot of Pike’s books had common themes. He was anti-abortion and had an odd sense of what healthy was. Lots of main characters were fat and therefore not as likeable. But whatever I loved his books!

However, I stayed up into the wee hours of the night this week (big mistake, huge hah) and read a summary of the Final Friends Trilogy at this wonderful site and realized how maybe not so great it was! But back in the day I loved this shit!

Christopher Pike Final Friends

4. Anything by R.L. Stine– I love this man! ALL his books got me through elementary and middle school! I read a couple Goosebumps books but latched onto the Fear Street books. Some of my favorites were of course the series.

  • The Fear Street Cheerleaders – I loved those sisters Corky and Bobbi Corcoran! And I loved all the shenanigans that took place at Shadyside High. Each book it was so fun to try and figure out who was possessed by that pesky evil spirit!
  • The Fear Street Saga Trilogy – Awww the beginning of all the craziness that happens for year on Fear Street.
  • And 99 Fear Street: The House of Evil – Totally loved these books.

Basically I read ALL Fear Street books. And some of the others and I loved every single one of them. I still have all these books. Maybe someday I will read them again.

Thanks R.L. Stine for providing me with hours and hours of entertainment and instilling the love of reading in my bones.

Fear Street Cheerleaders – First Evil

Fear Street Cheerleaders – Second Evil

I wanted to be this ghost lady for Halloween for years! My mom and I searched high and low for this red cape but we never found it 😦

And thanks mom who always told me she would buy me a book. ALWAYS! I thought that was so cool! She would not buy me toys or clothes or makeup but she said she would always buy me a book if I asked. And I totally took advantage of that but look at me now – reading is not just a hobby for me but and addiction – a healthy addiction. And I love it!

What are some of your favorite childhood books?

50 Shades of something. . . .

6 Jun

So like I have said before, I LOVE READING!! It will always be my #1 Hobby!!

That being said, I don’t always love what I read. For example I tried to read Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game. Which is right up my alley and I am fond of Stephen King (mostly his short stories) but I could not get through this book. I was not excited to read it and I didn’t want to go to bed early just so I could read.

For me, this is a bad sign. This was the first book I stopped reading mid-way through. And after that I realized (although it’s hard for me) that I can stop reading a book if I don’t like it.

Unfortunately I didn’t follow that rule when I read 50 Shades of Grey.

I think I wanted to like it so bad I powered through it! And to be fair it was not soo bad. Ahhh who am I kidding it was trash!

But – I read trash and often like it.. This was just a different kind of trash and it’s my own fault. I like murder, gory, mystery, zombie, crazy, disturbing books. I personally would classify 50 Shades as a cheesy, romantic VERY soft core porn novel.

And I am not a crazy religious, old school thinking person when it comes to sex in a book. I actually think it’s ridiculous all press this book is getting for the “sex” in it. Yes the two main characters have sex a lot. So much so it gets a little old after the first few times. I hope that does not make me sound like a (insert whatever noun you like here) I just didn’t think it was anything to freak out about!

I also think it’s ridiculous that this book is being compared to porn – it’s not porn. And if this is what mommy porn is – than I feel a little bad for the mommies, they should look into renting some hard core porn and then compare.

However, I did finish the first book and bought the second book – but I am stuck in the middle of the second book and can’t get myself to read anymore! If a zombie, murder or some kind of plot does not pop up in the next few pages I think I am done. I will be fine reading what happens in Wikipedia.

Don’t get me wrong – people obviously LOVE this book – it’s just not for me. It’s not my typical genre and I should have known that before I bought it. So for all you 50 Shades and Christian Grey lovers don’t hate me:(

What are your thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey? Should I finish the second book?

Reading Relaxes Me

6 Apr

As I have previously said I love to read! Reading is my number one hobby and always will be! When I was little I was always reading. It could be because I lived in a small town and there was nothing else to do (I didn’t play video games) or because my mom told me she would ALWAYS buy me a book if I asked, so I thought I might as well take advantage of that. I went through my R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, and Lurlene McDaniel phases. I could not put them down or get enough of them!

But at some point between Middle school and High school – I lost my passion to read. Then one magical night between my freshmen and sophomore year of college, I could not sleep. So my dad handed me a book told me to read it.  He said that the book was really good and I would love it. That book changed my and brought back the passion I had for reading. That book was Harry Potter! I know sounds silly but I will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart for the Harry Potter series. That book lead to midnight book releases parties -which I went to alone at first until I made my husband, then boyfriend start reading Harry Potter and he fell in love too. That book lead to many great friendships struck over Harry Potter discussions and midnight movie viewings, Halloween costumes and so much more! I truly owe my renewed love of reading to Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling and my dad.

So after that long winded explanation, I want to share with you the books I am currently reading and love.

I finished The Paris Wife which is about Hadley Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and love of his life. The book was an easy read and I loved it! Like I said before – I read for pleasure. So, I basically know nothing of Earnest Hemingway’s life. This did not matter in regards to this book. I will admit I looked up a lot of the names in the book on my phone and Nook and it gave me a little more insight to the life and times they were experiencing in Paris. This book gave me an appreciation for the Hemingway’s and that “Lost Generation.”   I recommend it to anyone who loves Paris, Romance and a beautiful insight into the history of Paris in the early 1900s.

I am currently reading the Meridian Sozu series by Amber Kizer – I’ll let you know what I think!


21 Mar

So I need a hobby. I find that as I get older (ugh) – I do less and less.  I go to work, go home and watch TV. Sometimes I find the energy to cook dinner – or as my husband would say “assemble dinner” since I rarely cook. I mostly “assemble” tacos or a salad. I am only a good cook in my head. However I like to think I am an amazing baker!  Which is a great hobby for some but not my waist line, or my husbands or my brothers (who is also my roommate – I know but that is another post for another time) So I guess my baking hobby is not that great for everyone – it’s something that I really should limit myself to doing for special occasions only. And since I have so few hobbies I will document each baked good creation I make for your viewing pleasure and because you care so much!

I love to read! That is definitely my number one hobby. But, I need an active hobby. I need something that gets me off the couch and out into the world. I need to have experience and fun stories to bore my future kids with when I am old. Also, I read for pleasure not for educational purposes. I don’t care that a book won an award or if it’s a classic. So basically if there is some equivalent of magic, vampires, witches, wizards, some kind of murder mystery, ghosts, or Chelsea Handler in the book I am reading it! I will occasionally read a book that does not have anything listed previously if a trusted friend or Oprah recommends it.

But back to an active hobby – I need one. So I started this blog to try new activities that I can potentially make the ultimate commitment to and dub a hobby – i.e. brag about, put on a resume, and talk obnoxiously about to friends, family and coworkers (your welcome) – I will document my hobby trials and tell you what I think and what hobby will get a second chance/date. I am basically dating hobbies.  If you want to join let me know and we can make this a group effort!  Hopefully this will inspire others to get off the couch and live a little.