Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I'm back! (sort of)

This is not me, or my cat but he's so cute!
Photo by Flickr from Pexels

My Fellow Readers,

I am sorry, but also not sorry I've been gone so long. The one thing with Blogging is that I try not to feel guilty if I don't post, but at the same time I have been gone for so long that I almost felt like I couldn't come back. It's been six months and I hated to be away, but I've done so much that I had a lot to do. Sometimes real life just gets in the way, if there are still people reading this I hope you continue to stay with me.


A couple of changes, first, aiming to post three (at least) times a week Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Secondly, I hope to incorporate more pop culture content such as movies, games, and of course books! I also want to get more into comics as well as indie books. Hopefully, soon I can interview some indie authors as more "mainstream" books just don't interest me anymore. Doesn't mean I won't read them, I will just be pickier when choosing the books to read as I tend to fall into the hype and become absolutely disappointed.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Something Blue; Emily Giffin

Title: Something Blue (Darcy & Rachel #2)
Author: Emily Giffin
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Griffin
Published: March 21st, 2006
Darcy Rhone has always been able to rely on a few things: Her beauty and charm. Her fiance, Dex. Her lifelong best friend, Rachel. She never needed anything else. Or so she thinks until Dex calls off their dream wedding and she uncovers the ultimate betrayal. Blaming everyone but herself, Darcy flees to London and attempts to re-create her glamorous life on a new continent. But to her dismay, she discovers that her tried-and-true tricks no longer apply—and that her luck has finally expired. It is only then that she can begin her journey toward redemption, forgiveness, and true love.


Hello Fellow Readers,

I first read this a couple of years ago when I picked it up at a charity store, so I recently wanted to reread a book that was fun to sort of help with the reading I will have to for my current semester. I loved it then, and I still love it now. I honestly did not like Something Borrowed very much, I don't know why that is considering the type of person Darcy is but I think it has to do with all the cheating. Plus, Rachel and Dex were not my favorite couple. The beginning of this book was not as good as I remember it, but I plowed through it and eventually really liked it.

First of all, Darcy, she's spoiled and selfish and a little vain but as Darcy continues to mention her life and show flashbacks of her childhood you can start to see why she is the way that she is. As soon as she gets to London and stays with Ethan things start to pick up and after a nasty fight, realizes she has to change. I love the way Giffin writes this change because it isn't a sudden thing but it seems to be gradually and naturally in a way I can see happening if Darcy was a real character.

I also really loved Ethan, which is probably why I liked this book so much considering he is in this a lot more. The romance in this book as happens gradual and you start to see the change in both of those characters and the interactions they have. While nothing happened right away, and I loved that there is no Insta-love, I really wanted to lock them in a room or smash their mouths together. Despite how long it took for them together it was worth it.

The ending also perfectly tied everything up, and I don't think I ever remembered loving an ending more than this one.


3rd book!

Meet the author

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, The One & Only, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Amazon First Reads January 2019

Hello Fellow Readers,

We are in the new year!!!! With this new year comes a new month and you know what that means? Yup, a free book from Amazon First Reads I had no problem picking the book I wanted this week which was shocking, but it is from one of my fave writers so I had to pick it.

When a joint FBI–Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry—a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.”
Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. And black ops soldiers Ben Treven and Daniel Larison, along with their former commander, SpecOps legend Colonel Scot “Hort” Horton.
Moving from Japan to Seattle to DC to Paris, the group fights a series of interlocking conspiracies, each edging closer and closer to the highest levels of the US government.
With uncertain loyalties, conflicting agendas, and smoldering romantic entanglements, these operators will have a hard time forming a team. But in a match as uneven as this one, a collective of killers might be even better.

At twenty-four, Katie Gregory feels like life is looking up: she’s snagged a great job in New York City and is falling for a captivating artist—and memories of her traumatic past are finally fading. Katie’s life fell apart almost a decade earlier, during an idyllic summer at her family’s cabin on Eagle Lake when her best friend accused her father of sexual assault. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Katie insisted on his innocence, dodging reporters and clinging to memories of the man she adores.
Now he’s getting out. Yet when Katie returns to the shuttered lakeside cabin, details of that fateful night resurface: the chill of the lake, the heat of first love, the terrible sting of jealousy. And as old memories collide with new realities, they call into question everything she thinks she knows about family, friends, and, ultimately, herself. Now, Katie’s choices will be put to the test with life-altering consequences.

At the close of World War II, London is in ruins and Rose Daniel isn’t at peace. Eight years ago, her brother disappeared while fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in Spain. From his letters, Rose has just two clues to his whereabouts—his descriptions of the spectacular south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and his love for a woman who was carrying his child.
In Spain, it has been eight years since Lola Aragon’s family was massacred. Eight years since she rescued a newborn girl from the arms of her dying mother and ran for her life. She has always believed that nothing could make her return…until a plea for help comes from a desperate stranger.
Now, Rose, Lola, and the child set out on a journey from the wild marshes of the Camargue to the dazzling peaks of Spain’s ancient mountain communities. As they come face-to-face with war’s darkest truths, their lives will be changed forever by memories, secrets, and friendships.

Rush hour, London. A packed commuter train is torn apart in a collision. Picking through the carnage, ex-special forces profiler Ziba MacKenzie helps a dying woman who passes on a cryptic message: He did it. You have to tell someone.
When a corpse is found bearing the gruesome signature of a serial killer dormant for twenty-five years, Ziba is pulled into the hunt for the perpetrator. As the body count rises it becomes clear he’s on a new spree. But what’s brought the London Lacerator back after such a long hiatus? And does his sudden return have anything to do with the woman on the train?
Ziba scrambles to profile the killer in the hope of predicting his next move. But time is running out. And the closer she gets to uncovering his identity, the closer he gets to destroying hers.

As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.
A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day—a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.
Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…

After two years of waiting to adopt—slogging through paperwork and bouncing between hope and despair—a miracle finally happened for Vanessa McGrady. Her sweet baby, Grace, was a dream come true. Then Vanessa made a highly uncommon gesture: when Grace’s biological parents became homeless, Vanessa invited them to stay.
Without a blueprint for navigating the practical basics of an open adoption or any discussion of expectations or boundaries, the unusual living arrangement became a bottomless well of conflicting emotions and increasingly difficult decisions complicated by missed opportunities, regret, social chaos, and broken hearts.
Written with wit, candor, and compassion, Rock Needs River is, ultimately, Vanessa’s love letter to her daughter, one that illuminates the universal need for connection and the heroine’s journey to find her tribe.

I ended up picking Smoke & Summons because I really like Charlie N. Holmberg's books. Had there not have been her in the line-up I would have gone with The Snow Gypsy or The Forgotten Hours

Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Bloggers Challenge Day 6 - How I shop for books

Hello Fellow Readers!

So today is how I shop for books, usually, I have a mental list of books I want to read and buy. Of course, as soon as I enter a book store I forget it, but that's why you have apps like Goodreads right? I do this for new books stores that I go into, I like to have a book in mind mostly because if I don't I have spend waaaaaay too much money buying books.

If I got to a Bargin book store or a used book store I don't bring a list. I instead will go through every single shelf looking at books and picking up the ones I want or think sound good. because the books are discounted I can actually afford them, I can spend hours in a used book store and love it.

How do you shop for books?

DNF - Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Ginness, Butcher of Men

Title: Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men
Author: Harold Schechter
Genre: True Crime; Non-Fiction;
Publisher: Little A
Published: April 1st, 2018

In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Some were hired hands. Others were well-to-do bachelors. All of them vanished without a trace. When their bodies were dug up, they hadn’t merely been poisoned, like victims of other female killers. They’d been butchered.
Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard. The only definitive book on this notorious case and the first to reveal previously unknown information about its subject, Harold Schechter’s gripping, suspenseful narrative has all the elements of a classic mystery—and all the gruesome twists of a nightmare.


Hello Fellow Readers,

There's not too much I can say about this book other than with a name like the Butcher of Men I expected so much more. While Schechter is witty as a writer I can say that I honestly didn't enjoy his writing style. Most of the words he used and how he described things just didn't sit well with me. Is he a bad writer? Absolutely not, he just is not my cup of tea. I was just so disappointed with this book, I am appreciative all the work that Schechter went to when it comes to research and compiling his data as the book is well researched. It just felt like I was reading a long essay and I was bored. So I put the book down and just have not wanted to pick it back up. I refuse to spend my time reading books that I don't enjoy. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 5 - Recommend a Tear-jerker

Hello Fellow Readers!

Day 5 for Good Books and Good wine's book blogger challenge is recommend a tear-jerker. I don't read very many tearjerkers ( or at least I do not get emotional when reading a book). The closest I've gotten to crying while reading a book is when I read How To Mend A Broken Heart  by Anna Mansell

So I guess this is the book that I am recommending! What would you recommend?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 4 - Last book you flung across the room

This Challenge is hosted @ Good Books and Good Wine.

While I would never fling a book across the room I gotta say that book I would do that is with A Little Night Magic

I just didn't like it. Usually, a book can be redeemed if I talk to other people and hear their opinions or if I give it a shot and reread the book. This book however just, no I will not read it again. I think what makes it worse is that I purchased the book with my own money when it was recommended to me but someone.

What book would make you fling it across the room?

Must Love Ghosts; Charity Tahmaseb

Title: Must Love Ghosts (Coffee & Ghosts: The Complete Season #1)
Publisher: Collins Mark Books
Published: October 3rd, 2015
Katy and her grandmother have always used coffee to catch ghosts. It pays the bills and keeps them in high-end beans. But after her grandmother dies and a rival ghost hunter moves to town, Katy fears things will never be the same.
She’s right. 
From a beguiling and charismatic ghost whisperer to her new partner’s ghost swallowing brother and even a (short) stint behind bars, Katy navigates her new reality, uncertain her skills are equal to the tasks at hand. But are these things mere distractions—or do they hide something darker, far more sinister, something that has a long-held vendetta against Katy?
To survive, Katy must uncover an ancient secret. She must brew her very best Kona blend. She will need to rely on unexpected and unpredictable allies. 
To survive, she will need to trust what’s in her heart.

My Rating

Hello My Fellow Readers,

This was a very cute and quick read. I started reading it because the premises for this is interesting and unique. Catching ghosts with coffee or tea? Love it! The book is broken into about five episodes and the book comes one whole season. It was interesting for Tahmaseb to do it that way, and also convenient for me because I can read an episode and put the book down until I feel like reading it again. Each episode/story had it's own small story-line with a bigger story-line spanning the entire book.

Katy was a good protagonist but bothered me a bit. It seems like she didn't really have a backbone and how is it that she never bothered to question her grandmother about what they were doing, or who they were. Also, her grandmother must have knew that one day she would die so why not tell Katy everything about catching ghosts? I have a lot of questions that I feel like didn't get answered.

Malcolm was a good character, described as good looking, dark haired and at first unassuming. Considering he started out as Katy's rival, then turned into her partner you can kinda guess that a romance was brewing. I love how Tahmaseb handled that, she didn't make it an instalove (Thank you!) but rather an attraction that built as they worked together. The one thing is that Malcolm was first written as if he didn't know too much, and needed Katy's help, but then suddenly he knew a lot? I like the series enough to keep reading it, plus I am hoping that my questions get answered.

About the Author

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She doesn’t think it’s a social stigma to eat alone at a restaurant and read a book. Her favorite city is London, but she loves living in Minnesota. 

She spent twelve years as a Girl Scout and six in the Army; that she wore a green uniform for both may not be a coincidence. These days, she writes young adult fiction and works as a technical writer for a software company in St. Paul.


2nd book!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 3 - Who are your blogging BFFS

Hello Fellow Readers,

Day 3 of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine has to do with blogging BFFS. I was actually hesitant to do this because of this day but I decided to just push through. I actually don't have any blogging BFFS, It makes me a little sad but I want to say it is mostly my fault as I think I don't try hard enough to establish any connections like most people do. Plus I am extremely awkward and prefer face to face meets.

However, If you like to become friends drop me a comment below!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Book Blogger Challenge Day 2 - Bedtime Reading Ritual

Hello Fellow Readers,

Today is day two of the book blogger challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine and it's all about my bedtime reading ritual. So about an hour or two before I am set to sleep I head upstairs to wash my face/shower/tidy up, once that is done I put on a face mask and I read. That's it, I usually try to read at least one chapter in the multitude of books I am reading but if it's a book I am super into I will sometimes forgo sleep and just read it until the end. I can survive one sleepless night I have done it before and I can do it again!

What is your bedtime ritual?