Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A to Z Blogging: Skipping and Talking

Yes, I know, yesterday was S and... GASP.... I SKIPPED it!!! And I had so many ideas too. But the day got away from me and it didn't happen and oh, well.

But today... today is T. And I have no ideas.

I talk about TV too much already, so we'll...skip... that.

I could tell you about Titans, which is my high school mascot. And that has relevance since I was at a meeting yesterday "helping" to plan our reunion this summer.

I could do a Twitter tutorial of some kind. Everyone loves tutorials. I would say... "Tweet a lot, talk back a lot and don't retweet a lot." And P.S. why do people keep unfollowing me? Am I that boring?


Oh, and let's see, whose name starts with a T? Hmmm.....

Or, I could talk about treats, like Twinkies, Twizzlers, Triscuits, Twix, Tootsie Rolls, Toblerone, and.... what else?

Maybe I could share a song, because you all love songs, right?


Or I could talk about toast, because toast is the best. I would literally die without it I think.

Or.... maybe I could just talk about a bunch of random T words and call it good?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review Discussion: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Book: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
Genre: YA paranormal
For: Fun, Supporting Local Authors
From: Bought at the launch party

Short Synopsis: This is the third book in the series. Nikki's goal is to destory the Everneath, the world down under. She figures that if she can accomplish this, everything will go back to normal and she will be saved from the curse she's under to become an Everliving herself. Jack will help her do anything. But it remains to be seen if Cole will do anything but thwart her in her desires.

My Response: I enjoyed this one better then the second book. That one left me in quite the fog. But this one was pretty good and I understood, mostly, what was going on. I enjoy the surface much better than the Everneath scenes. That Everneath place confuses me like crazy! But anyway, there was a surprising turn of events that moved the plot along, one that just made me want to say... really? I mean, I was sort of glad about it and sort of bugged. And I'm sorry, I can't tell you more because it's too spoilery (though I know some of you would come right out and discuss this one!) Anyway. I liked how it all ended, but still, not sure if I liked the way we got there!

Bottom Line: I enjoyed it! I enjoyed the whole series!

Let's Talk About It: This series is based on the myth about Persephone, and I'm not at all familiar with that. Anyone? Something about the underworld and her spending time there to atone for... something. Anyway, I sort of wish I knew more about this to help me understand things better, but still, I'm not sure it would have helped. What do you think? Do you think that knowing the story a book was based on enhances your enjoyment of said book?

Other Reviews:

FINALLY! A trilogy conclusion that doesn’t leave me disappointed or completely disinterested! From Working for the Mandroid

In Evertrue, we get it the whole enchilada -- the romance and the scheming and the action and a little bit of angst and quite a bit of gallows humor, which I loved. From YA Romantics

I finished this book within hours and I had wished it was longer. The book is fast paced and full of action, adventure, and love. From Books With Bite

A to Z Blogging: I Love to Read

Of course my A to Z post is about Reading today. I skipped books when it was the B day, but today, I'll not be skipping Reading!

In case you wondered, I really love read.

I'll read pretty much anything and I love pretty much everything I read.

I love
coming of age stories
love stories
historical novels
vampire tales
werewolf tales
and angel tales,
I love
stories about cowboys
and Indians
and hobbits and dwarves
and people from all over the world
real or make believe.
I love stories from the past
and from the future
and from the alternate future.
I love stories based on myths
and fairy tales
and classics
and real lives of real people.
I love stories
that are hard and make you think
that are easy and fluffy
that are short and sweet
that are fat and chunky.
I love to read
and I love to read it all!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A to Z Blogging: How About a Little QUEEN?

Have you I told you? I love Queen. Like pretty much every song. And since the beginning too, I think. When did they begin anyway? I got the 45 record (look it up if you don't know what that is) We Will Rock You for I think it was my 13th birthday and I was in heaven with that. And in 9th grade I was totally obsessed with Another One Bites the Dust. Oh my word. I loved that song.

Here's my little 45 record collection. Queen is in there somewhere.

But my all time favorite was and still is Bohemian Rhapsody. There is no way, NO WAY, you can listen to this song and not break out singing right along with them. Am I right?

 I always wonder that had I been a teenager in YouTube days would my obsessions have been different? I had no idea what these guys looked like. I'd never seen them perform live or anything. We didn't have MTV yet, or it was just new (besides it was on cable and I didn't have a TV let alone cable!) and I didn't go to concerts or anything. I was just totally in love with the music and the singing itself. Nice.

 Anyway, just because I love it so much too, I must also include Another One Bites the Dust:


What's your favorite Queen song?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

A to Z Blogging and British Isles Friday: Palaces

In order to combine posts today I needed to come up with an England sort of thing that starts with P. And so that's how I've ended up with palaces!

If you ever go to England (or anywhere in Great Britain.. or even anywhere in Europe) be prepared to see a lot of palaces and castles. Which, by the way, I'm not sure what the difference is except that castles make me think of old ruined buildings and palaces make me think of newer currently used buildings. Am I right? What do you think the difference is?

But regardless, here's hoping you are fascinated with seeing these buildings because it's truly a key part of any British Isles Experience!

Anyway, here's a few pictures of the different castles and palaces we've been able to visit.

Windsor Castle

Bamburg Castle

Blenheim Palace

Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh

Ollerton Manor

Warwick Castle

York Castle ruins
British Parliament Building
(housed in a former palace)

Tower of London
White Tower

Stirling Castle, Scotland
Buckingham Palace

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A to Z Blogging: Overkill?

So, what do you think about all this blog posting I've been doing this month? Is it just a little bit of.. OVERKILL?

I'm thinking it is... sort of. Because I'm still wanting to do my regularly scheduled programming at the same time. And I can't seem to think how to incorporate the two. And yet, I'm enjoying the thinking that the A to Z thing has created for me. It's like little mini writing prompts for me, you know?

That being said, I'm a little burned out! But, once I've started something, I hate to quit, so I'm planning on A to Z-ing it to the bitter end. I hope you are all okay with this and don't get sick of too much too fast too many here!

And while I'm on the subject of OVERKILLING stuff... what else have I overkilled? Josh? Markus? Too much of them? Yes? Or too much swooning and crushing and kissing? Too much England lately maybe? (I've just got started with that one!) Or too much YA? Too much fantasy? Too much moaning about food? Or maybe too much moaning about wedding planning? Yeah that.

What am I doing too much of?

Or not enough of?

You'll let me know, right?

Okay, I'll stop now! See you soon... probably WAY too soon!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review Discussion: House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Book: House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Genre: YA Supernatural
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
For: Review, and Local Authors
From (and FTC Disclosure):  Received for free from the publisher through Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.

Short Synopsis: Jo is a witch, and is from a long line of witches... a line of only women. (The men in their lives come and go.) When her grandma gets sick, it prompts Jo to break a lot of witch rules, including letting her friends in on the secret. There's a powerful force coming to hunt her and her grandma that she doesn't quite understand. Behind the force is a guy and guys don't have magic. Solving this mystery and saving her family and home is the driving force behind this fast paced story.

My Response: I'm not much into the witch talk. All that potion mixing and spell casting isn't my thing I guess. But, though there is a lot of that in this story, it goes beyond that to the relationships between the these women. And also the friends that she ends up including in the circle. It makes a pretty powerful statement for the strength of sisterhood. So that was awesome. The dark magic is pretty scary and creepy too and there is  a lot of gross and evil stuff going on here! If you are into that! The magic in general was all pretty cool.

Bottom Line: I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Let's Talk About: It makes some people uncomfortable reading about witchcraft. I guess maybe because this practice is all too real in the world today? Anyway, I wondered how you felt about it? Does it bother you at all, or do you just shrug and go, eh, it's fiction.

Other Reviews:

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple was an intriguing tale filed with old school witchcraft set into a very contemporary setting. From Bewitched Bookworms

Ultimately, The House of Ivy & Sorrow is a classic Good Against Evil story, but it's done well, and I enjoyed every minute with these characters. From Annette's Book Spot

This was a refreshing YA paranormal read with great characters, cute romance, and a fun plot. From Dark Faerie Tales


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