Thursday, May 31, 2018

[Wrap-Up] May 2018

Wrap-Up for May 2018

This month was a bit of a crazy one. I was just so darn busy... I really wore myself out. I have so much on my plate right now, none of which I can offload. But luckily, I was able to keep myself out of burnout levels. I know I say this a lot, but I really need to get better at planning true days off where I can just sit and relax. 

In other news, Alex and I made a lot of progress with wedding stuff, so that was refreshing! If we could have a couple more days where we are as productive as we were one Saturday this month, I'll be feeling better about wedding-related tasks. 

Work is still going well! A few hiccups here and there, but I feel like I'm starting to really settle into the position. 

Now, let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!

#BookBlogExpo Day 2: Favorite Section in the Bookstore

Book Blog Expo Day 2

Today is day two of the Book Blog Expo, hosted by the lovely Donna of Girl Who Reads. To learn more about this event, click here!

Today's topic is Favorite Section in the Bookstore. Let's dive in!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

#BookBlogExpo Day 1: Introduction & Networking


Wahoo! Today is the kick-off to the Book Blog Expo, hosted by the lovely Donna of Girl Who Reads.   When Donna offered to organize an event when we learned that the ArmchairBEA wouldn't be happening, I was thrilled! To learn more about this event, click here!

Today's topic is Introduction & Networking. So let's dive in!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

3 June Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

3 June Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

June is going to be a GREAT month for horror and mystery! I cannot wait to get my hands on these books!

Let's dive in!

Monday, May 28, 2018

[Book Review] Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2: Pilgrimage

Book review of Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2: Pilgrimage

Defender Vol. 2: Pilgrimage by Tim Hedrick, Mitch Iverson, and artists Jung Gwan & Rubine is another great installment of this series. It was such a fun read and I didn't want it to end!

When I first stumbled across Voltron: Legendary Defender, Volume 1, I was ecstatic! So of course I was thrilled when I saw that Volume 2 was available.

Let's dive in!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

[Book Review] I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Book Review of I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara is an incredible book about a chilling case that will have you triple checking your doors and windows at night.

I first heard about the case of the Golden State Killer on the podcast My Favorite Murder. Alex and I listened to that episode while driving up north to spend the long weekend in the mountains. The case made us both incredibly uncomfortable and it really suck with us.

When I first heard about Michelle McNamara's book, I was hesitant to pick it up simply because of how unsettled details about the case left me. However, when I heard the news that the GSK was caught, I went out and picked up the book the next day.

Now that I've finally gotten the chance to read Michelle's book... I'm just blown away.

Let's dive in!

Friday, May 25, 2018

GDPR & Policy Updates


I'm sure your inbox is currently home to at least a dozen emails about General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

I'm still completing some research here and there when I can... But while I am still working to wrap my head around things, I have created a new policy page.

If you have any concerns about how I store your information through this blog or any other platforms used here, please view the policy page by clicking here, or by clicking the image above. Keep in mind, this new page is a work in progress.

Thank you!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

[Book Review] The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Book Review of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is a novel revolving around loss and heartbreak, yet it is filled to the brim with love and hope, with a nice splash of the paranormal.

I was drawn right into this story immediately and had so much fun reading it. I'm very thankful that this was the book pick for May with my book club!

Let's dive in to my review!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong, Part 2

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong, Part 2

And the poor honest reviews just keep rolling in! If you missed my previous post, feel free to read the first Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong

And again, keep in mind that this post should be read with a particular level of humor :) 

Note: In this post, I have blacked out some of the information in order to give the individuals privacy.

Let's dive in!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

[Children's Book Review] The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Children's Book Review of The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers is a cute tale about crayons writing letters to their owner, Duncan. Some are tired and overworked, some feel underutilized and ignored, while others can't agree if they are the "real" color of the sun! 

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

[Book Review] Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Book Review of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid is a book that I heard so many wonderful things about. When my work book club picked it as our next read, I snagged a copy at my local bookshop, Bookery.

Unfortunately, this was a major miss for me...

Let's dive in!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

[Comic Review] Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey

Comic Review of Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey

Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey by D.J. Milky, Illustrated by Studio Dice was a cute teaser into the 20-issue series that will be out soon.

I'm so excited to hear that they will be compiled into four graphic novels and one massive collectors edition manga. We all know I'm going to need that for my shelves!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

[Book Review] The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S. Cox


The Summer the World Ended by Matthew S. Cox... oh my goodness. What a rollercoaster! This is another book where I just want to shout, "GO READ THIS!" This book has heartbreak, quite a bit of terror, and a whole lot of heart.

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. 

To be honest, I didn't remember anything about the synopsis before I dove into this one. I had read it once, when I agreed to review the book, but by the time I finally got around to reading it, it was like I was totally clueless.

If you enjoy letting a book take you by surprise, I recommend skipping this review and avoiding the synopsis.

What I will tell you without spoiling anything is that this is an intense ride. I almost DNFed it because the first few chapters were so heartbreaking and hit me really hard. I'm so glad I stuck with it though because once the main character leaves her hometown, it's a real page-turner filled with twists and turns!

If you don't mind being a bit spoiled (even with the synopsis), let's dive in!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

[Children's Book Review] The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2) by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney book photo

The Case of the Stinky Stench by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney is the second book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series. In this book, we follow the breakfast foods on another adventure.

If you missed my review for the first book, feel free to check it out here: [Children's Book Review] Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney.

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

[Children's Book Review] Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney book photo

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Brendan Kearney is an adorable story that kids (or adults that appreciate children's books too, of course) will just love!

I mean, an epic race through the refrigerator between two breakfast foods? Sign me up!

Let's dive in!

Monday, May 7, 2018

[Book Review] The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox


The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox is a cute love story that is packed with action from cover to cover! If you're looking for a great YA Fantasy where the princess acts as the stone that bends the river, and fights against outdated beliefs, then this is the right book for you!

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. 

Let's dive in!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Free Comic Book Day 2018

Free Comic Book Day event banner

You guys! After 4 years of trying to go to Free Comic Book day, but having other plans that required me to travel far from any local comic shop... I FINALLY MADE IT!

I still didn't get to spend nearly as much as I had hoped at the event, but still! I was there!

Let's dive in!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Visiting Bookery in Manchester, New Hampshire

Visiting Bookery in Manchester, New Hampshire

I was attending the annual Taco Tour here in Manchester, NH last night with my fiancé and a group of our friends. When I laid eyes on this storefront, I gasped and shouted, "WHAT IS THAT?!" Which was immediately followed with a, "Let's go. Hey guys, we'll catch up," from Alex (such a keeper!).

A new local bookshop in my city?! Heck yes!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 Summer Comment Challenge

2018 Summer Comment Challenge June

This will be my second year participating in the Summer Comment Challenge and I am so excited!!

What is the Summer Comment Challenge?
The Summer Comment Challenge is hosted by Lonna at FLYLēF and Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense. The challenge is designed to help bloggers connect with one another and exchange comments.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

[Top 10 Tuesday] Books I’d Slay A Lion To Get Early

Top 10 Tuesday featuring Books I’d Slay A Lion To Get Early


Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Hey Top 10 Tuesday crew! It's certainly been a while since I've taken part in this meme. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday since 12/5/17, when I discussed Ten Bookish Settings I Would Love To Visit. Phew!

I just loved this prompt and couldn't pass it up! :)

Let's dive in!

[Wrap-Up] April 2018

Wrap-Up for April 2018

This month was a super busy one! Filled with wedding prep, work, birthdays, dental work, and other such things. We had an awesome time traveling back to my hometown for my Grandma's birthday! We were only there for a day, but it was a great trip.

I also went to my first Fisher Cats baseball game! The view from the stadium was awesome! I can't wait to go to another game when it's warmer. Here are a few photos.

The view from the stadium:

From the box we were in (thanks again Jeff!!):


Mr. Tim Tebow of the Rumble Ponies:


We also went for our first hike of the year! It was really foggy, but it cleared up somewhat once we got to the top!



Now, let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!