Monthly Archives:: November 2012

Nov 30

Random Thoughts on Books: Where Are All the Standalones?

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PhotobucketRandom Thoughts on Books is going to be my new Friday feature.  It sounds exactly like what you think it is – my random thoughts on anything book related.

Where are the standalone books?

I was starting to prepare my end of the year stats and found something quite alarming on my fabulous spreadsheet: two thirds of the books I’ve read this year have been series book. Two thirds!!! And when I look at my unread book shelf it looks like a 50/50 ratio, but when I think about the few books I’ve allowed myself to pre-order, all but one are part of a series.

I like series a lot (obviously). I like series that have the same characters in every book,  I like seeing those characters grown and change. I like series that have different main characters in every book but follow the same plot line. But at the same time, I also like conclusive endings to stories. I don’t always want to wait a year (sometimes more) to find out what happens next.

Now that I know I’m reading a lot of series books I will make more of an effort in 2013 to pick up more standalones. They need my love too!


Nov 29

Mini Reviews

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Sometimes you just don’t have much to say…

Stacy Kramer From What I RememberFrom What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

I read this book many moons ago. It was just ok for me. It was a very fast read and lots of fun but I found some of the additional points of view annoying and it’s definitely not a book that’s stuck with me for a long time.. As long as you don’t go into this book expecting everything to be realistic you’ll enjoy it.

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Abbi Glines Vincent Brothers

The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

Ok so I don’t really enjoy writing these kind of reviews. I could go on and on and on about this book, but I will spare you all and make it short and sweet. I didn’t really enjoy The Vincent Boys, but I read it because I wanted to read this one, and it’s the second book. It did not turn out well. Sawyer, the only character I liked in The Vincent Boys was completely different and unlikeable. And Lana was just… argh! And that’s all you’re getting from me on this one.



Nov 27

Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Books

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PhotobucketTop Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do.

Top Ten Books I’m looking forward to in 2013

I’m pretty much looking forward to all the books. But I’ll only give you ten.


Finishing the Series


Lauren Oliver RequiemCharlaine Harris Dead Ever After1. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
2. The yet to be titled third Divergent book by Veronica Roth
3. Sunrise by Mike Mullin
4. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris


Continuing the Series

Brodi Ashton EverboundFiona Paul BelladonnaVeronica Rossi Through the Ever Night5. Everbound by Brodi Ashton
6. Belladonna by Fiona Paul
7. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi



Companion Novels/Standalones

Miranda Kenneally Things I Can't ForgetJennifer E Smith This is What Happy Looks Like8. Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
9. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith
10. Dare You To by Katie McGarry


Nov 26

Review * The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Review * The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle HodkinThe Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Series: Mara Dyer #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 23, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
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Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?


While I don’t like to include spoilers in my review, this is the second book in the series and there may be slight spoilers for the first book, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

What I Thought…

  • One of my favorite things is that the synopsis tells you so little. It makes the books so much more mysterious that way.
  • The Evolution is filled with lots of WTF moments. Every time you think you know what’s going on… bam! You’re wrong! Nothing is as it seems. Just like with The Unbecoming, I’m sure I could read this one again and again and still not be able to figure out what’s really going on.
  • The Evolution takes you further into what’s really going on with Mara, and it’s so much more than you could imagine. The Unbecoming barely scratched the surface of what’s going on. This book is deliciously creepy, mysterious and crazy. It’s also VERY fast paced. There is just so much going on, and I can’t even begin to talk about any of it without giving something away.
  • Mara is even more troubled. Obviously she is dealing with everything she is seeing that no one else is, but she’s also battling with her parents over her sanity. This was one of the hardest things, because we know that Mara isn’t crazy, but with everything that is going on, you can see why her parents feel that she’s a little crazy.
  • I liked Noah a little less in The Evolution. He’s still hot (and British) but his overprotectiveness and secretiveness drove me nuts. He was borderline possessive, but since Mara has like no friends anyway (because of her situation, not Noah) it’s not so bad. I don’t feel like he would prevent her from hanging with other people, but you can’t tell for sure because that’s not even an option.
  • I liked Mara’s brother, Daniel, a lot better in The Evolution. He’s a little less pristine and perfect and a little more normal.  Even though Mara’s parents kept talking like she’s crazy (I mean really, can you blame them?) I liked them better too. They were a little more normal.
  • There are some new characters in this one and a few of them are pretty creepy. I won’t tell you which ones, but one of them gave me the willies so bad.
  • The Ending! Holy Hell! I can’t wait for the next book!

Notable Quotes

“We are far too screwed up for a goddamned love triangle.”

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”
“Everyone is a little crazy. The only difference between us and them is that they hide it better.”
“I did something brave, then. Or stupid. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.”


Nov 25

Sundays In Bed With… Big Boned

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PhotobucketSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Today I’m reading Big Boned by Meg Cabot

photo (2)Hey look! It’s a real picture this week! I’m so excited that it’s finally Christmas time, and I thought it would be nice to display the books I’m reading this month with some of my favorite Christmas decorations.

This is my Winter Wonderland set. When I was a kid this was by far my favorite thing at Christmas. You could put the skaters on the rink and they would spin around while Winter Wonderland played.

Over half my Christmas decorations came from my mom when she decided it was time to downsize her collection and I was super excited that this was one of the pieces she gave me.

Today I’m hoping to finish Big Boned by Meg Cabot. So far it’s hilarious just as expected.

What are you reading today?


Nov 23

Random Thoughts on Books: The Dreaded Book Buying Ban

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PhotobucketRandom Thoughts on Books is going to be my new Friday feature.  It sounds exactly like what you think it is – my random thoughts on anything book related.

The dreaded book buying ban.

I like books. I especially like to own books. Sadly though I had to buy a few windows for my house and windows cost money, so this means I have less money in my pocket and less money for books.

But I’m looking at the positives and that is that I have a ton of books that I haven’t read gathering dust on my shelves that will gather dust no longer!

I’m not very good at not buying books, but since I literally have no money I think I’ll be successful, this time anyway!

How are you on book buying bans? Do you normally cave? or can you stick to it?


Nov 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

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To everyone in the states, Happy Thanksgiving! To everyone else, Happy Thursday! Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. I know people think that’s weird, but whatever. Thanksgiving contains the three F’s: Family, Football and Food and it does not contain the stress that comes with Christmas, therefore it’s my favorite!
I’m thankful for my parents, they’ve done so much to help me out, and all from 1000 miles away.

photo 2 I’m thankful for my brother, who used his plane miles to come out and see me and he ended up painting my shutters and trim and taking down my awful, rotting front railing.

I’m thankful for the rest of my family and friends just for being there when I need them too, even if all I’m going to do is whine about something silly.

I’m thankful that I have a job, and that I like my bosses. I know that not everyone is so lucky.
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I’m thankful that my car was the only thing that got hurt in my accident. I still miss her, but better her then me!

I’m thankful for my neighbor, who cuts the grass by the drainage ditch with his riding lawnmower because he knows it’s hard for me to do it.

I’m thankful for lots of other things as well, but these top the list!


Nov 20

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I am Thankful For

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PhotobucketTop Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do.

Top Ten Authors I’m Thankful For.

In no particular order…

1. John Green

For making me feel.

2. Maureen Johnson

For twitter.

3. Sophie Kinsella

For providing me that pick me up when I need it.

4. Lauren Oliver

For making me cry when I wasn’t suspecting it.

5. Judy Blume

For writing about stuff that matters, and for having already written it when I needed it to matter to me.

6. Christopher Pike

For providing me with the right books to bridge the gap between “kid books” and “adult books.”

7. F Scott Fitzgerald

For The Great Gatsby.

8. John Grisham

For making me think I could totally be a lawyer without having gone to law school.

9. Harper Lee

For To Kill a Mockingbird.

10. All the other authors out there (published or not)

For putting their words on paper for others to read.


Nov 19

Review * Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis

Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review * Lucky in Love by Jill ShalvisLucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #4
Published by Forever on May 22, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 341
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: It Had To Be You, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, He's So Fine, One in a Million
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Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone . . .
For the first time in his life, Ty can't bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn?t?including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all . . . anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor.

What I Thought…

  • I think it’s pretty much guaranteed that I will love every book in the Lucky Harbor series. I love this little small town. I love all the people in the town. I love that everyone knows everyone else’s business (though in real life I wouldn’t want them knowing mine).
  • Jill Shalvis sure knows how to weave a story and keep you wanting more. I don’t think it’s ever taken me more than 2 sittings to read her Lucky Harbor books. They flow and make you feel and are just great reads.
  • Ex-military heroes in books don’t always work for me. A lot of times the author tends to go overboard to make the über alpha and that is annoying, thankfully Ty didn’t fall into this trap. Ty was actually pretty sweet at times, without completely losing that rough edge.
  • Mallory is a little too unselfish and has always been a good girl. It was good that her friends (Amy and Grace) were around to help her remember that she has to do things for herself too, and let out her wild side. She definitely does that with Ty, cause he is not the safe choice at all.
  • The main plot is obviously Ty and Mallory. There are a few other things thrown in there, but it’s really about them finding themselves and each other. They have a lot of chemistry and sizzle between them, as well as a lot of things they have to figure out about themselves.
  • Luck in Love is a bit sexier than the first three books. There are a few steamy scenes between Ty and Mallory.
  • I missed the B&B sisters, I wish there were in this book a bit more. I fell in love with them all (especially Tara) in the first three books but there were really only a few appearances here and there

Notable Quotes

“Strength is the ability to break up a solid piece of chocolate—and then eat just one of the pieces. 



Nov 18

Sundays in Bed With… The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

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PhotobucketSunday’s in Bed is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed Sunday morning before getting to the days activities.

Today I’m reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson

Stieg Larsson The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestI told my mom I would read this months ago and I made 3 or 4 attempts and failed each time. Even though the third books starts off with a lot of action (which is more than I can say for the other two) I just can’t really seem to get into it.

I won’t have too much time to read today because I’ll be watching football and making pies for Thanksgiving.

What are you reading today?