Thursday’s Top 4: Books You Immediately Had to Read

THURSDAY'S TOP 4

Thursday’s Top 4 is a meme hosted by Ally from Ally Writes Things. This week, the topic is Books You Immediately Had to Read. Ally does a great job with this and I love participating.


When I finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I immediately went to the store and bought the boxset of the three books! I was so into this series as I read it. It ended up disappointing me some at the end, but I did go see all the movies, and I don’t do that often. Read More »

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Tag: Real Neat Blog Award

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I was nominated by Ally from Ally Writes Things for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you! She included 7  wonderful questions to answer. I love doing posts like this because they’re a great way to get to know a blogger.


  1. What book would you give 10 year-old you?I have never read any of the Harry Potter books, so I would give 10 year old me the first Harry Potter book! I see how important it is to a lot of people and, although I’ve seen the first movie as an adult, I love that a book series has meant that much to so many. It could have been interesting to be part of that world as a child to adult. And I do have the first book on my TBR since my grandmother loved the books.
  2. What’s your favourite quote and why??I did a post about quotes last month and, since then, I’m still trying to gather up all of my favorites. From that post, I’m still partial to this one from Shirley Jackson: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.”
  3. If you could only listen to three artists/bands for the rest of your life, who would they be??As someone whose music taste hasn’t changed that much over the years (I still listen to a lot of music I listened to in high school and college), this isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Brand New, Eisley, and Fall Out Boy. (Okay, it was a bit hard to decide on just 3!)
  4. Do you have any pets? If not, do you want any?No, I don’t have any right now. I grew up with pets, mostly cats, and I would love to have a cat or a dog.
  5. Have you ever cosplayed (pictures???)I’ve never cosplayed for an event other than Halloween. Last year I made a Queen of Hearts costume and I dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast several times as a child. My dream is the Pink Power Ranger!
  6. If you could punch any author, dead or alive, who would it be?Hmm, interesting question, and something I’ve never thought about before. I would punch Conan Arthur Doyle in the arm as a friendly thing for writing Sherlock. I’m not violent! I just love Sherlock.
  7. Is there anything weird or abnormal about your body?Ooh. Nothing too out of the ordinary. I have small feet, so I can wear (large) kid shoes. That’s about it.

My questions:

  1. If you could rewrite one book, what would it be? Why?
  2. Do you like going to book events?
  3. Are there any popular authors you haven’t read that you want to read?
  4. Why did you start a blog?
  5. What are you currently reading?
  6. Where do you want to travel to the most?
  7. Which of your favorite characters would you most like to meet?

I’m not going to nominate anyone this time, but if you find my questions interesting at all, feel free to answer them!


Thank you, Ally! I love these questions.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog

TOP TEN TUESDAY

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Throwback Freebie, and I chose from their list of examples. I’m doing 10 books I loved when I began blogging. It can be fun to go back and see how your tastes and reading style has changed. I started blogging in 2014 and these are my 4 and 5 star books from that time.


The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
Destiny by P.T. Michelle
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Reboot by Amy TinteraRead More »

Fall TBR

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I made myself a Summer TBR, which is something I don’t do that often, and I did okay with it. Still, I liked having a bit of a goal, and I ended up reading 5 out of 12 books I chose for myself. Not that great, but I read 13 books (and working on number 14) throughout the season, so I’m proud of that. Since I liked doing that so much, I thought I would choose some books for the Fall that I’d like to read in the next few months. This time, I think I will do a better job as I’m dying to read some books that fit the season.


Horror, Gothic, & Thrillers

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The Friday 56: Blood & Beauty

THE FRIDAY 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! My current read is Blood & Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant.


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Author: Sarah Dunant
Status: page 354/506
Genre: Historical (Adult)

Whatever some people may say to the contrary, Alexander is nor a man without a conscience.

This has been an impressive and fascinating book based on real people who I already find interesting. There is also a lot of expanding on their choices and the culture of Italy as a whole that I’ve enjoyed. I have loved the exploration of Cesare’s character, as well as what it might have been like for Lucrezia to be surrounded by such powerful men who held her life in their hands for their own gains. Sarah Dunant is a great author who I can’t believe I’ve only read twice, including this book, but I think I will be reading more from her.


Do you read historical fiction?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Started and Haven’t Finished

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books that you have begun without finishing. I try my best to finish a book if I start it, but there are times when I simply don’t want to finish a book, and that’s something I didn’t like to do for a long time. Now, I’m fine with that. Oddly enough, these 8 books are still on my TBR.


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August Book Reviews: Shopaholic, YA Historical Fantasy, Graphic Novels, and Agatha Christie

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5 books read in August! I’m so glad that I was able to read that much despite going back to work and having a few stressful weeks. I finished my vacation read, a YA historical fantasy, 2 graphic novels, and listened to an audiobook.


Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7) by Sophie Kinsella / 2014 / The Dial Press / ★★★★

I found this to be a strong Shopaholic book. There were parts of it that I wasn’t sure I would like at first, and a couple of times Sophie Kinsella surprised me in the direction she went with some things, but overall, this was a nice read. Becky is always a little less serious and responsible than you think she should be, but her growth is obvious in this book. Her saving grace, for me, is that she rarely does anything to hurt someone. And something I enjoyed the most in this book is that there were other people with their own drama, some of which didn’t involve Becky too much. 4 stars. Read More »