Monday, March 31, 2014

Hey Y'all!!!! Check Out My Book Haul!!!

It's Monday........

I'm here today to share what books I got over the weekend and to let you guys know what's in store for this week!!!


• eBooks for Kindle:

By James Dashner

This book's been out for a while now and I had no idea what it was about. Lately I've been hearing a lot about it b/c they made a movie based on the book, so I figured, why not check it out. It was on sale for Kindle on Amazon so I went for it. I'm hoping for an exciting adventure!!!

YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia

By Brandon Sanderson

I've been have this weird fascination lately with collecting books by Brandon Sanderson. I've been meaning to buy both the books that are in the Stormlight Archive series, so when I saw book 1 for sale on Amazon for only $2.99 of course I went for it!!!
Adult, Fantasy, High/Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi

• Audio 
(I already own the books, I get audio, 
sometimes, to listen & read along)

By Marissa Meyer

I'm currently reading and listening along to this book and OMG! I am in love!! I'm so happy I decided to buy the audio and listen while I read, drive or jog! This audio book is FANTASTIC!!! I will be buying the audio books for the rest of the Lunar Chronicle series! A+++

By Linda Lafferty

I've had a couple of Goodread friends read this book and recommend it to me. So I have the ebook already but when I saw the audio on sale, I went for it!! The narrator seems chilling enough for this haunting book. 

Horror, Fantasy, Suspense, Historical Fiction, Adult

• Books I Bought

The Princess Bride by William Goldman: I've always wanted the book, ever since I watched the movie. Every time I would go to the book stores, I'd keep my eye out for this one and FINALLY, I got it :) (for 4 bucks)
Scarlet & Cress by Marissa Meyer: Well, I don't know what took my dumb ass so long to read this series. I'm loving Cinder right now and hoping the rest of the series is just as AMAZING or better!!

• Library Books

By Victoria Scott

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Ummm.... This is one book that I have been anticipating about this year!! A week after it was released, Amazon had the ebook on sale for only $2.99, of course I got it!! Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to read it yet. Usually when I buy ebooks it takes me forever to get to them, I guess "Out of Sight, Out of Mind". When I went to the Library and saw that they had the book, I definitely checked it out! Now that I will see it every day, lying on my dresser or computer desk, I will pick it up and read it!!! Plus b/c having a deadline, due date, actually helps put my rear in gear, and read read read!!!

On this week's blog I'll be doing the usually bookish memes:
Top Ten Tuesday Waiting on Wednesday Friday's Feature & Follow

Thursday I'll either be doing Quotable Thursday or What's Next

I'll be doing a couple book reviews as well, so keep a look out for the following book reviews:

I got a lot of reading a head of me, especially with some very cool releases coming out in April. Here are some of the books I'm looking forward to reading in the future:

(Press on the book for link to Goodreads)

I'm looking forward to seeing what y'all have in store for us this week and can't wait to chat it up with y'all!!

 BIG HUGS and Lots of Love 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Feature & Follow: It's Picture Day!!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!


Snap it Time! A picture is worth a thousand words. Anything and anything. Just give us a pic.

Hey guys! Pictures hmmmmm...... Okay!!

Here are some I dug up:

Senior photo Class of 2000

Visiting friends at college *not attending college* (2001)

Some of my early club days (2003)

Waitress at a Sports Bar (Halloween 2006)

Spur of the moment road trip with friends. Entering Mississippi here (2007)

Summer time fun! Livin' it up at the beach with my girls! (2009)

Meeting my future husband (2009)


I don't know where I would be if it wasn't for my family. They're what I love this most in this world and that is why I chose to share these picture with you. I didn't have a lot of guidance growing up and my life wasn't all that peachy. So to have it all right now is just pure freakin bliss!!

Can't wait to see what kind of picture's y'all have for your Feature & Follow.....

♥ BIG hugs and Lots of LOVE 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad
Sally Green

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Okay...I was a bit disappointed with this one, only because it was one of my anticipated debuts/releases of 2014. I'm glad I borrowed this one from the library instead of buying it off of pure excitement of it's release. I didn't love. I didn't hate it. It wasn't half bad, No pun intended :) hee hee hee

The concept alone was intriguing and unique enough to keep me going and also I fell in love with the main character, Nathan, rather rapidly that I just had to keep following him on his journey. I really felt for this character and all the obstacles he endures.

A witch born with both white and black witch in him, Nathan was shunned away from everyone except for his family. On a journey to find himself and his father, Nathan is bullied, viciously beaten, held captive in a cage...I mean I give the author credit for keeping it real and brutal because that's just what it is. Heart-less and cruel!! I felt myself weeping inside for Nathan and the wickedness he suffered.

There is a little bit a light for Nathan when he meets Annalise. But that is soon short lived because she is a Pure blooded white witch, forbidden to have anything to do with a black witch. I understand the author having written a love interest for Nathan. Giving him some hope but I found the whole romance lacking and kinda irrelevant. I did't find a real connection between the characters.

I felt like this whole book was just a build up for the second book. I'm sure it'll turn out better this one. Do I even want to read the next book?!?! I don't know yet....we'll just have to wait and see.

 BIG HUGS and Lots of Love 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by Breaking the Spine,
that showcase upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. 

Today's Book:

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

Lately I've been reading a lot of Fantasy books. YA, Urban, Historical, ect... So I figured I need to venture beyond my comfort zone and read something different. Well this is different alright, hahahaaa!!!

It sounds like it's going to be a bit odd and a tad weird with just enough touch of gore. Three things I enjoy reading about.
Oh yea, I'm definitely intrigued!!!

Good thing I don't have that long of a wait for this one. April 8th is practically around the corner.

Expected Publication: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Hopefully this got you guys interested in something new. 
Go ahead and get those TBR lists out and add Noggin to it :)
I have my list ready to go.....
 BIG HUGS and Lots of Love 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top Ten Things on my Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish that features a new topic each week where we have to put down our top ten of it.

Today's Topic/Question:

March 25: Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List (could be blogging related, book related etc. -- meeting authors, reading x many books per year, finishing a daunting book, etc.)

First off, Y'all try saying Bookish Bucket List 5 times fast!!! LOL!!!!
I couldn't do it :) HAHAHAhahahahaaaaa

1.) Collect and own everything bookish that Neil Gaiman has ever written. Novels, short stories, anthologies, graphic novels, ect... Also meet him and have him sign my copies of Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book.

2.) Meet Clive Barker and have him sign all the books in his Abarat series and have a personal, one of a kind painting done by him (and signed of course)

3.) Read the entire Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Including The Wind Through the Keyhole. I have all 8 books which I'm so in love with. I just haven't found the time to read them yet!! I'm a bit intimidated by the size of the series. I need to make sure I make enough time to devote just to reading these books.

4.) Instead of my husbands idea of a gym being built beside our house, I'd put a library there with custom made bookshelves that go all the way to the ceiling.

5.) Go on a trip around the world, visiting all the different libraries, collecting bookmarks along the way. Some of the places I'd want to visit: France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Hawaii, California, and New York City!!!!      

6.) Get a bookish Tattoo!!! I've been wanting one for a while now. Trying to design one is what's taking so long. I want it to be perfect and meaningful!

7.) Attend a bookish convention. There's actually one in May that I would LOVE to go to in New Orleans!!! ;) So many authors are going to be there for Teen Day: Sarah Maas, Morgan Rhodes, Veronica Rossi, Melissa Marr, Leigh Bardugo, OMG!! SO MUCH MORE!!! 
Check out the list here.

8.) Get my Lumatere Chronicle books signed by their author, Melinda Marchetta! YES!!

9.) Read my daughters all my favorite books, eventually handing my books down to them. Also continue exposing my girls to the bookish world, bringing them to libraries and bookstores, letting them explore and gather all the book knowledge surrounding them. (Hoping with all my heart & soul that they continue to love reading as much as they do now, if not more)

10.) I plan on blogging for a long time and reading for the rest of my life! My goal is to never let it feel like a job, never feel rushed or get anxiety over posting a review or reaching a certain amount of books I want to finish in a year. 

It's all about having fun, enjoying life and relaxing. Escaping to another world just for a moment. Reading and Blogging do that for me and for that I am forever grateful!

I had so much fun doing today's Top Ten Tuesday list! I can't wait to get out there and see what other bloggers bookish bucket list looks like. Hope y'all enjoyed mine :) Chat with y'all soon....

 BIG HUGS and Lots of Love