Thursday, December 5, 2013

{3 Things} Gals to Lunch With

A new series: A simple list of three things- a different theme- every week, just for fun.
Play along if you life. Leave your list or a link in the comments.

#1. Jennifer Armentrout
I had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of weeks ago at a book signing. I would love to chat with her over lunch about all things Supernatural/ Jensen Ackles. And why we are irritated with the Vampire Diaries this season.

#2 Jennifer Garner
I chose this picture on purpose because Alias is one of my most beloved tv series. I have loved Jennifer ever since. She kicked major ass on this show and is now a mom of three. I think we could be bffs. (I know two Jen's in a row)

#3 Elsie & Emma
Sisters from the blog A Beautiful Mess. I just want to pick their creative brains and have them style me. And also have them make me lunch. Their recipes and many drink recipes look delicious. 

100 Book Challenge: November 2013

With December upon us I'm afraid there is no way I will make my goal of a 100 books this year... But I've come pretty close. I will see how many I can finish this month with all the business of the holidays. I extremely enjoyed giving myself this challenge and am going to do the same for 2014.

71. Looking for Alaska By John Green
Oh my gosh this book! John Green has become one of my favorite authors. His books are considered teen but have so much meaning. As a teen I don't think I would have been able to grasp the knowledge that I have from his books. The way he writes is beautiful. He breaks down these teenage life experiences and pulls things out of you that you didn't even know were there. I keep a journal for my kids that they will share one day that has little tidbits of my thoughts and things that are important to me that I want them to remember and learn from and question themselves. I have a whole page devoted to a quote from this book "We are greater than the sum of our parts". 

72. Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac
Another teen library find. Once again I am reading a book with a "wolf" concept. I never grow tired of them. This book was from a male teen perspective and it was a fun read. I also loved the author's use of the Russian language throughout the book. This was mythical with a lot of action and some sci-fi. Very Alex Mack-esque (See this, if you have no idea what that reference means). With corrupt organizations, a twist on the werewolf, and vampire. 

73. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Recommended by a co-worker as the Harry Potter book for adults. It's a nice size read took me quite a bit on my Kindle even though I was reading at a good pace. There's obviously witches....a vampire love interest, and demons. Also a house that is magic. Which is one of my favorite parts of the book. Oh look House added an extra room...we must be expecting visitors! Ha.  The depth of her character development is amazing. I love the way she shows the behavior of vampires as individuals and families.  And the progression of the relationship between Diana and Matthew is believable and enjoyable. I don't want to put any spoilers out there but the main character is about to start an incredible journey at the end of this book so I am anxious to get my hands on the second one.

74. Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I had the amazing opportunity this month to meet Jennifer and get my copy of Origin signed! It was my first book signing ever and it was so much fun! I was def fan-girling. She was so entertaining and had my exact sense of humor. I loved that she watches and reads most of the books I do. Reason why I probably love her writing. The fourth book of the Lux series does NOT disappoint. TONS of action and some romance. If you watched Roswell you will enjoy this story. I highly recommend anything she has written. Up next by her the Half Blood Series.

75. Paper Towns by John Green
My second John Green book this month. His style of writing is so compelling to me. I feel like it is what I would aspire to be. He absolutely captures that "weird inbetween age" but his characters have such a mature way of examining themselves. I loved Margo and her mysteriousness. And the fun journey they went on trying to find her. It's something that you wish you did when you were younger, just have an adventure.

76. Hush Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick
Who doesn't like a mysterious love interest with a supernatural background. I liked the dialogue between Nora and Patch. This book wasn't perfect but it kept me interested. There are three more books  in the series and I will be reading them.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

{3 Things} Tv Shows

One of the very first blogs I ever followed was Little Miss Momma. She is starting a new series of posts on her blog and I decided to join in and have some fun.

                   A new series: A simple list of three things — a different theme — every week, just for fun.

1. Pretty Little Liars
2. Ravenswood
3. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

It's out! Yes I am still watching Honey Boo Boo! I guess I can't get enough of Mama June's forklift foot! 

Feel free to play along leave your list or link in the comments. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

100 Book Challenge: October 2013

Oh you know..only 30 more books to read to reach my goal of 100 by December 31st. This is only the busiest time of there's always next year :)

61. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This is the third book that I have read by Gillian Flynn and her crazy characters do not disappoint. I would love to write a full review of just how crazy they all are but it would be spoiler city. So I will just say that you should pick up all three of her books and read them. Her story telling is phenomenal. When you read you feel like you are watching a thriller movie in your head.
62. One Bite With a Stranger (The Others #1) by Christine Warren
I got sucked into the vortex that is paranormal romance books. This series has fifteen! books. I saw one sitting on the shelf at the library and thought "what the heck I'll try a couple out".  They are like alot of others romance novels...steamy scenes..etc. But I will read anything with a vampire, witch, or shapeshifter in it. This first book has a vampire in it. Pick it up for a steamy easy read.

63. Big Bad Wolf (The Others #2) by Christine Warren
I enjoyed this book because it involved werewolves. Obviously I have a thing for anything wolf. I liked reading about the interpersonal relationships between the werewolves and their traditions. Again another easy read.

64. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
OH MY GOSH I waited for this book for so long. FINALLY! The conclusion to the Divergent series (soon to hit movie theaters! YAY!!!) Veronica Roth DOES NOT disappoint. Another beautifully written book. You will see some bad reviews online. Remember this is a "teen series" unless everything ends perfectly the teens are not happy and will go nuts online. If you have managed to avoid the spoilers please pick up this series. It is amazing. I recommend to everyone!

65. Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here (The Others #3) by Christine Warren
This was a different read for me mainly focusing on Fae and Faerie. There is one steamy scene that is just too cheesy for me. Again worth reading if your looking for a simple read. But there is a corny factor.

66. Black Magic Woman (The Others #4) by Christine Warren
This one I enjoyed because it had voodoo in it. And I like the idea of a Guardian. Read it you'll figure out what I'm talking about.

67. Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale ( The Others #5) by Christine Warren
I like the main character Corinne in this book. She's a reporter that has a sense of humor and she's tough.

68. On the Prowl (The Others #6) by Christine Warren
Starting out this book I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. I couldn't figure it out right away. But it is about two shifters (were-tigers) in an arranged marriage. I ended up loving it.

69. Drive Me Wild (The Others #7) by Christine Warren
Finally I have been waiting for a book about the leader of the Council of Others- Rafe. He's a were-jaguar and there is a witch in this one. If you have ended up reading this series you've been curios about him.

70. Hungry Like a Wolf (The Others #8) by Christine Warren
Again werewolves! This one involves Logan that beta werewolf you've been wanting to get to know from the second novel (Big Bad Wolf). The female character, the alpha Honor Tate, is pretty damn tough so I liked her. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. It was actually kind of annoying and again I use the word "corny".

Monday, October 21, 2013

Apple Picking

Spent the afternoon at Styer Orchard this past Sunday. We had a good time riding the tractor, picking apples, and picking out pumpkins. Only John went in the bouncy castle because Olivia was terrified. We ended the day with pizza, fries, and ice cream. It was a nice relaxing Sunday. Tonight I made apple crisp with the fresh apples we picked. Delicious! 


I normally do not write "style posts" except when my internet shopping carts are full and I want to share all the finds that are in my imaginary closet and bought with my imaginary budget. But I took this picture today and it inspired me. If I had a uniform this would be it. Tshirt-jeans-boots. And of course anything plaid/flannel.
Boots- Easy Pickins/ Jeans-AE(Similar) / Tshirt- Buy Me Brunch/Flannel-Target

Just had to throw this in because look how rad it is. I've been posting it on all my social media accounts. October FOREVER. Now go run a muck, a muck, a muck!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

100 Book Challenge: September 2013

Only three more months left in my 100 books in a year challenge. Join me next year!!

The second book in the series does not disappoint. Quickly becoming one of my favorite zombie series. Can't wait for the next book!

58. Fallen (Guardian Trilogy #1) by Laury Falter
Picked up this book on my Kindle while waiting for books that I had on hold. I ended up enjoying the book. The price is doesn't hurt either. I will definitely be getting the other books in the series.

59. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Holy crap I am in love with this book. I recommend it to everyone now. There are rumors of a movie! WHAT!?!?! Every single person I have spoken to that has read it raves about it. Let's go run away with the circus!

60. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
There is a reason there is so much hype around this book. It left me thinking about it days later. Loved it! Great for teen and adult readers. Checking out the rest of John Green's book. The next on my list is "Looking for Alaska".