Wednesday, August 16, 2017

[Book Review] Here And Gone by Haylen Beck

Book Review of Here And Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and Gone is a suspense novel that is sure to get your heart pounding! I thought that the premise was incredibly spooky because it’s so realistic.

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Book Recommendations For Memoir Lovers

Top 10 Tuesday- Ten Book Recommendations For Memoir Lovers

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's prompt is: Ten book recommendations for ____.  I have decided to fill in that blank with "memoir lovers."

Memoir is a genre that is usually pretty hit or miss with me. Even so, there are a number of memoirs that I have really loved!

Here are my top ten.

Monday, August 14, 2017

[Book Tag] The Longest Book Tag

Book Tag of The Longest Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Ditsha at Bewitchingly Paranoid. I was tagged by Elise at The Roaming Reader. Please take a moment to check out her lovely blog!

My answers will be based on books that I have added to my Goodreads shelves. I'm sure I'm missing some of the longer books I read before I joined the platform, but that's alright!

Let's get started!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

[Book Review] Mission in a Bottle by Seth Goldman & Barry J. Nalebuff

Book Review of Mission in a Bottle by Seth Goldman & Barry J. Nalebuff

During my Trip to the Niantic Book Barn, I discovered this book in a "Business" section of Store Four. The cover was what pulled me in at first, and when I opened it up, I immediately added it to my to-buy stack! Why? Because it's a graphic novel!

Not only did I have SO much fun reading this book, it also convinced me to go out and try Honest Tea, embarrassingly, for the first time. And I warn you... if you haven't tried the teas yet...you're going to want to! They are DELICIOUS.

(My thoughts on each drink pictured below is at the end of this post.)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

[Book Review] Final Girls by Riley Sager

Book Review of Final Girls by Riley Sager

I'm a total sucker for thrillers that keep me on my toes. The suspense in Final Girls by Riley Sager was done so well! I found myself guessing at what would happen next and each time... I was wrong! It's one of those thrillers that makes you go, "OH! Why didn't I see that earlier!" or "I KNEW there was something up with x!"

In this book, Riley Sager takes the trope of the "final girl," the sole survivor that manages to stagger away from a massacre with serious injuries at the very end of a horror movie, and shows us what happens next.

Friday, August 11, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] August 11th - 17th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks:
Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

[Book Tag] The Mystery Blogger Award


Thank you so much to Amy @ A Magical World of Words for nominating me for The Mystery Blogger Award! The original post can be found at Okoto Enigma's Blog.

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy National Book Lovers Day!


How are you going to celebrate National Book Lovers Day?

I'm hoping to curl up with a book this afternoon and do nothing but read for a couple of hours.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

[Book Review] The Dip by Seth Godin

Book Review of The Dip by Seth Godin

I snagged The Dip by Seth Godin at a local thrift store for just a dollar! I couldn't believe it; what a find! I brought it with me to the gym and read it while I walked on the treadmill. I didn't leave the treadmill until I had read it cover to cover. It took less than an hour to read. 

I thought this book was absolutely incredible! If you are struggling with your job, a project at work, or any other project in your personal life, this is a must read!

The Dip by Seth Godin book image

Monday, August 7, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] August 4th - 10th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:
Do you ever go "way back" to when you first started blogging and look at your old review posts? Do you see any differences from then to now?

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Discussion of the Film Adaptation of A Monster Calls

Discussion of the Film Adaptation of A Monster Calls

When I first heard that A Monster Calls was being turned into a movie, I was ecstatic! I read the book for the first time in July of 2016 and absolutely loved it.

Before watching the movie, I gave the book a reread and adored it just as much as I did the first time around. If you missed my review for the book, feel free to check it out here.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. 

So if you haven't watched the movie or read the book, please proceed with caution.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

[Book Review] A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


I recently received the A Monster Calls DVD in the mail from Netflix. Before I watched, I wanted to make sure to give this book a reread as the first time I read this was over a year ago. While I still remembered most of the book, the refresher was still nice.

So let’s dive in!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness cover image

Friday, August 4, 2017

[Book Review] Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good: The Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer

Book Review of Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good: The Ramblings of a Medicated Mind by Lisa A. Baeringer

Bet You Didn't Think MS Could Look This Good by Lisa A. Baeringer is such an incredible, but heartbreaking read.

Special thanks to Lisa for sending me a copy of this!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

[Graphic Novel] Fahrenheit 451 by Tim Hamilton

Graphic Novel of Fahrenheit 451 by Tim Hamilton

What perfect timing! I just finished rereading the Fahrenheit 451 novel just a couple of days ago, and then I received the notification that the graphic novel was available at my local library!

Needless to say, I dove in immediately.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

[Book Review] The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Book Review of The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

I cannot believe it took me so long to read this book! I purchased it back when I was 23 years old. I am 27 now and I am totally kicking myself! There is so much information in this book that I could have used when I was 23!

Photo of The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

[Wrap-Up] July 2017

Wrap-Up for July 2017

Phew, what an amazing month July was this year. Not only is July my birthday month, but I also got engaged! With all of the excitement in my personal life, I am pretty shocked to see my final stats for the month.

Let's dive in!

Monday, July 31, 2017

[Manga Review] The Legend of Zelda Vol. 4 by Akira Himekawa

Manga Review of The Legend of Zelda Vol. 4 by Akira Himekawa

While browsing a local book store for my birthday, my fiancé and I spotted The Legend of Zelda manga series. We debated which book I should try first before finally settled on this one. We picked Volume 4 because it would be the first book if I were to read chronologically (at least from the selection they had, anyway!).

I had never read a manga before, so I was a bit worried that I may not be able to read from right to left very easily. Luckily, I had nothing to worry about! Once I started reading, I flew right through the book! There were only a couple of times that I messed up and read from left to right.

The Legend of Zelda Vol. 4 by Akira Himekawa Manga review

Sunday, July 30, 2017

My Trip To The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut


July 28th, 2017 was certainly one for the books! I hit the road early in the morning and traveled to Niantic, Connecticut to meet up with a couple of book bloggers and explore The Book Barn.

I admit, I didn't do much research before the trip... I knew there would be lots of books, but I totally underestimated just how many!

The drive itself was over two and a half hours. Luckily, it flew right by and we didn't hit any traffic. My future sister-in-law, Alex, and I arrived much earlier than I expected, so we decided to take a look around while we waited for the meet-up time.

When we first walked into the Main Barn property, I was totally blown away! I had no idea that The Book Barn would be that massive! And then Alex pointed out that there were three other locations! WHAT?!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

[Book Review] Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Book Review of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I am so thrilled that I finally got around to rereading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury! I, like many others, first read this book in high school. From that time, I remembered only that it was a sci-fi about burning books. I knew I had liked the book a lot, but that I wasn't thrilled about how we had to break up the reading to discuss it in chunks.

So what did I think the second time around? Let's dive in!

Note: There will be spoilers!


Friday, July 28, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] July 28th - August 3rd


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer asks:
Do you read tie-in novels to movies or television series? If so, which ones?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

5 August Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

5 August Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

August is gearing up to be one incredible month for book releases! Phew! I have SO many books on my TBR that will be released next month.

Here are the five books that I am most looking forward to.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

[Book Review] The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Book Review of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

When I suggested The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls to my office book club, I warned everyone that it would cover some tough subjects... But I had no idea that the topics would be incredibly hard to read. While the book was beautifully written, I had to keep setting it down and walking away.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

[Book Review] The Beat on Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark

Book Review of The Beat on Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark

The Beat on Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark is a book about Ruby Tabeata, an eleven-year-old living in Greenwich Village.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

My Book Lending Horror Stories

My Book Lending Horror Stories

I would love to be one of those people that can lend out books without having their anxiety go through the roof. Unfortunately, I have just had too many awful situations where leading out a book ended in disaster.

These are my horror stories... *insert Law and Order SVU sound effect here*

(Yes, this post is meant to be overly dramatic.)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] July 21st - 27th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:
Have you ever read a book or books you would consider 'toxic' because of the effect it (they) had on you? If so, which one(s)?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

[Book Review] Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope

Book Review of Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope

This book was such a fun read! I really enjoyed it right from the very first page. I loved the characters, the storyline, and the fun paranormal and witchy elements!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope book photo

Friday, July 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

Graphic Novel Review of The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

Wow. This is the first comic that I’ve really disliked.

So let’s just dive in...

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way review

Thursday, July 20, 2017

[Book Tag] Mid-Year Freak Out 2017

Mid-Year Freak Out 2017 Book Tag

Phew, I cannot believe how quickly this year has flow by! I've been meaning to do this tag for awhile now, and finally had the time to sit down and write it up.

I haven't been able to track down the original creator, so if anyone knows who it is, please let me know in the comments section below.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] July 14th - 20th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks: 
What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

[Book Review] The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle

Book Review of The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle

Oh my gosh. I had so much fun reading this book!

When I first read the book synopsis, I thought it would be a bit out of my wheelhouse. But I was very happily proved wrong! I mean, just from this passage, I should have known that this author's humor was going to be a hit with me:

"If you love books about reincarnation, corruption, the human condition, OCD and talking pigeons then this is the book for you. OK, you've never read a book like that before... here's your chance!"

Seriously, give this book a chance! :)

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle book photo

Friday, July 14, 2017

[Bookish Discussion] 7 Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Bookish Discussion 7 Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Book hype always makes me a bit nervous. I really try to distance myself a bit and start a book only when my expectations of it have leveled out. Sometimes this works, but of course, sometimes it doesn't.

The following are seven books (in no particular order) that I thought totally lived up to the hype.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

[Book Tour] Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L.M. Schukraft


I am so excited to be taking part in the book tour for Even Halos Can Be Crooked! I read this book back in March when the author approached me for an honest review exchange. I really enjoyed it! If you're looking for a hysterical paranormal romance, you need to check this one out!


Book cover of Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L.M. Schukraft

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Announcing the Giveaway Winners of The End Diary by R.A. Desilets

Announcing the Giveaway Winners of The End Diary by R.A. Desilets

I'm so excited to announce the winners of the giveaway I hosted with author R.A. Desilets!

If you missed the original post with the interview, click here!

Now, without further delay, let's get to the winners!!