Monthly Archives:: January 2016

Jan 26

Top Ten Tuesday * Books I Plan on Reading During My Snowcation

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Books I plan on reading during my snowcation, but since I’m honest I’ll admit I probably won’t read even half of them.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie and since here in Virginia we have tons of snow we are of out school for an undetermined amount of time (depends on the plowing and the weather) I’ve decided to put together a list of books I hope to read.

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Currently Reading

  1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  2. Black City

To Read

  1. Slide by Jill Hathaway
  2. Shadowlands by Kate Brian
  3. Mind Games by Kiersten White
  4. NIL by Lynne Matson
  5. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  6. All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  7. Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
  8. Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis


Jan 25

Review * Keep On Loving You by Christie Ridgway

Reviews 2 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Keep On Loving You by Christie RidgwayKeep On Loving You by Christie Ridgway
Series: Cabin Fever #4
Published by HQN on January 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Take My Breath Away, Make Me Lose Control, Can't Fight This Feeling
Add to: Goodreads
Mackenzie Walker's siblings have all found their happy-ever-afters, but she has everything a single girl needs in her California mountain hometown. Family, friends, a thriving business…and memories of Zan Elliott, her first love, whose touch—and betrayal—she's never forgotten. Now, ten years after he left town, Zan returns to manage his late grandfather's estate…and flip Mac's life upside down with one heated glance.

Documentary filmmaking has taken Zan all over the globe, yet nowhere was far enough away to make him forget Mac. Seeing her ignites their incredible chemistry all over again. Mac's trust won't be easily won, however, especially when Zan's inheritance jeopardizes her family's hard-earned dreams. But every moment together is challenging Zan to stop living life through a lens and dare to let his guard down for a chance at forever…

What I Thought…

• I love a good second chance love story. I enjoy watching the characters muddle through their history to figure out their future. Mackenzie and Zan have spent the last 10 years apart, and not even talking, which makes for an interesting backstory.

• Zan has a lot going on in his head that causes him to make the decisions that he does. I get where he is coming from, but I appreciate that the Walker family just isn’t having it. His persistence regarding Mackenzie is also adorable.

• Mackenzie is a strong woman – at least to the outer world. She has some issues obviously but she looks out for her family and owns her own business. She also doesn’t want to rely on Zan, though she comes to learn that relying on someone sometimes isn’t a bad thing.

• Keep On Loving You had a cute secondary romance. Normally these don’t work for me as I feel they take away from the main romance but Tilda and Ash were just so cute together that I couldn’t help but want to know more.

• Keep On Loving You had humor and plenty of feels in it. It’s hard not to feel for the hardships of Zan and Mackenzie’s past!

Overall I especially enjoyed Keep On Loving You and would recommend it to any romance fan!


Jan 24

Sundays in Bed With… Black City, Football and #blizzard2016

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!


Black City

It started snowing on Friday around 10 am here in Virginia, turned to sleet Friday evening then back to snow. And then more snow and more snow. It was only supposed to snow off and on on Saturday but the low wasn’t where it was supposed to be which caused the storm to move slow, rotate more and hang out over central Virginia.

The TV meteorologist actually said “You could walk faster than this storm is moving.”

I haven’t seen this much snow since the time I got my Corolla stuck leaving my apartment back when I lived in Wisconsin (probably around 2003).

Since I can’t leave my house I’ll be curling up with Black City in the morning and watching football in the afternoon. I’ve had Black City for quite awhile. I picked it up at a Book signing in North Carolina not really sure if I would actually read it or not but the author was so funny that I caved into the pressure. Picked it up on a whim, so we’ll see how it goes.

Since VDOT already said the secondary roads won’t be touched until this evening I think it’s safe for me to say that there won’t be any school tomorrow, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t have school all week. It’s exam week which kind of makes me kind of sad because I can get so much work done during this time, but also happy because it means I’m not losing any instructional time.

Happy Sunday and Happy Reading. If your in the northeast/midatlantic stay safe and stay warm!


Jan 12

Review * Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Reviews 3 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Purchased in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Lying Out Loud by Kody KeplingerLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Series: The Duff #2
Published by Scholastic Press on April 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 309
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The Duff
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Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with - secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross. Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand - a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually 'like' him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

What I Thought…

Lying Out Loud is more about friendship than it is about romantic relationship and I loved that. Sonny and Amy are thick and thin BFF’s and there are some issues that pop up that they have to work through and I love that not only does Lying Out Loud showcase a strong friendship but it shows that sometimes you have to work through things to keep that friendship going, it’s not always easy.

The ending was so freaking good and perfect in the way that endings should be (not everything is tied up in a bow for the characters), but the rest of the book wasn’t as spectacular. It was still good, but not quite as good as The DUFF. Sonny was quite frustrating at times (girl just tell the truth, ok) and that made it hard to like her (and probably why I didn’t like this as much as The DUFF).

Overall if you enjoyed The DUFF I recommend you pick up Lying Out Loud.


Jan 05

Top Ten Tuesday * New Years Resolutions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten New Years Resolutions

I’m not really a big fan of resolutions, but I like goals so here are my goals (and they are not necessarily relegated to just 2016)


1. The Bookshelf

I have this beautiful bookshelf that my uncle made me that houses all of my read books (excluding mass market paperbacks because they aren’t the right size). I’m trying to cut back on what I own so I made a promise to myself (and my mother) two summers ago that I would never have more read books than fit on that shelf. I’ve done two purges and feel pretty good, but now…. Not so much. I am nearing capacity which means I need another purge.

2. TBR

I am hoping to cut my TBR down by 50% by either reading or weeding. This goes along with cutting back, I just need less stuff, and some of these books have been on my TBR shelf since before I started blogging. It’s time to figure out if they even interest me anymore.


3. No more soda

I’ve quit soda few times, including this past year, but the beginning of the school year really got to me and soda was my go to. I’ve had two blood tests done this year and both times my glucose came back at 99 and it’s supposed to be between 65-99. Since both my parents have some form of diabetes I need to keep that in check so the soda has to go. And probably some other stuff too, but I’m starting there.

4. Improve my 10k time

5 years ago I did the Monument Ave 10k. I also did it last year and just missed breaking my first time by 30 seconds. So frustrating! My goal this year is to break that time, which also means that I have to lose some weight because no way am I going to break that time 25 lbs heavier than I was 5 years ago.

5. Look for a new school

I’m not particularly happy at my current school and since it’s a 40 minute drive I feel like at the very least I could be unhappy closer to home. We’ll see what happens, but I am hoping to get into a new school. I’ll miss my redneck students but I need to do what’s right for me.


6. Save money

I’ve had a lot of expenses this year and money is tight. I came across the 52 Week Money Challenge on Facebook and thought this looked like something I could easily do.

7. Calm down the fears

Honestly I’m not sure how to go about doing this, but in recent years I am becoming increasingly worried about all the things. Then the worry builds on other worries and I just kind of freak out. I’m not sure how to combat this, but I need to relax.

8. Cut back on social media

I spend way to much time checking Facebook and sometimes Twitter. I need to cut back. I’m hoping that I can do this on my own, but if need be I’m going to remove the apps from my phone as that is where I check most often.

What are your 2016 Goals?