Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read



Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Argh! Those nagging, someday-I'm-going-to-get-to-these, books! Here's a few of mine.


The Book of Merlyn - Told myself I was going to read this summer after graduation. I was riding the wave after reading 'The Once and Future King'. Instead, I read the Harry Potter series. Fun times, but not what I'd planned.

The Count of Monte Cristo - Bucket list item I've yet to conquer.

Les Misérables - I've heard from a friend that, while a great work of literature, it makes one miserable to read cause every character is miserable. Bad times, an understatement.

The Time Traveler's Wife - Although the movie and the hype has passed, I love time travel as a genre. I've wanted to see what it's all about. At this point, I could probably read the book with little memory of the movie and re-watch like new.

1984 - Heard that it's a creepy but thought-provoking read. A grandpa of scifi and most of the dystopian novels I like today.

Life of Pi - I said, once again, I was going to read this one back during a fall or spring TBR...didn't happen. The movie was great. I'm sure the book is better. Just so much to read.

North & South - LOVE the mini-series. Gah, I need to see if the book is equally swoon-worthy!

Little Men - Little Women is one of my fav classics. I've always heard mixed things about the sequels, mainly they don't hold up to the first. But, I should see for myself.

Uglies - Ever since it's publication, it sounded like an interesting plot. Just never got around to reading it.

Cinder - Based on the synopsis and the rave reviews of friends, I really should have read this by now!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

The Nonesuch - Um, Georgette Heyer is really cool and creates the best Regency worlds since Austen. But other than a bunch of scenes in a parlor, maybe, and a guy with an unfortunate name, my mind just can't recall.

A Streetcar Named Desire - Read for college several years ago. Seems like there was tons of drama. My mind sees Marlon Brandon and his arm muscles in black-and-white from the movie. Maybe it's time I re-watched it. I sorta wish there was a local play I could see, too.

Ethan Frome - Another school read. Although it's fairly short, I also remember it being a bit slow. I only recall an affair and a pretty major accident ending in a ironic situation.

The Vampire Lestat - Seems like Lestat is turned into a vampire and spends some time as an actor, maybe? I think I remember reading about dancing? I think he looks for his creator eventually?

Twenty Boy Summer - I recall loving this one. Seems like two friends go to the beach? One girl's brother has passed away. Um, maybe there's a bucketlist? Eck, I read this so long ago, I feel old.

Delirium - Ditto. Another book I remember page turning! Nowadays, I don't remember much, other than it was Dystopian and interesting. I need to re-read it and the sequels I never got around to cracking open.

The Host - I remember finding the plot unusual and definitely food for thought. Years ago, I even put the book on my Goodreads favorites list. But nowadays, even after the movie release, I don't recall much about the story, other than two souls/beings in one brain and a love triangle? Seems like there was a little brother who needed help?

Shadows of The Empire - The story takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Luke and Leia are working their way to save Han. There's this royal, Prince green-guy that captures Leia, maybe-ish? At the time I thought it was the best Star Wars book.

All the Tea in China - Adventurous inspirational romance that starts in England and ends up in China. Sword fighting. Opium addiction. Don't remember how and why the heroine falls for the hero.

The Railway Children - There's a railway, trains, and children (a group of siblings). It was sweet and cute, but other than that it's faded back to neverland for me.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: MARS: Horse With No Name (Mars Volume #16)



Horse With No Name (Mars Volume #16)

Info: Published July 13th 2004 by Tokyopop (first published 1999),  (ISBN13: 9781591828648)

Acquired: 2nd & Charles

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Blurb: "We know how the story ended...but how did it begin? In this special edition of MARS, we explore what happens when Kira meets Rei for the very first time. Longtime friends Tatsuya and Rei are acting more like enemies these days as they battle it out for Kira's affections. Will they be able to mend their friendship and settle their tense conflict once and for all? As a special bonus, acclaimed manga-ka Fuyumi Soryo also includes two additional stories for your reading pleasure. Long live MARS!"

Vonze's Review: Ah, there’s just something about ‘90s manga, the style, the stories. Makes me nostalgic similar to watching ole TGIF programming. This prequel to the Mars series contains 3 stories packed full of drama, fights, racing, and angst. Not at all necessary, but enjoyable if you already like the series.

Fav Quote: "It's not that you don't have courage. It's just that the courage was sleeping inside of you. No one's that strong. Everyone's scared of something, but they keep on living. That's why I think...that inside of everyone, there's a lion..."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018


Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018


The Other Miss Bridgerton (Bridgertons) - Ooo Bridgerton meets a Rokesby privateer? Yes, lets.

Restore Me (Shatter Me) - I have the feeling things are going to get more complicated for Juliette, Warner, and the gang.

The Last Jedi (novelization) - I gotta know what my fav characters were thinking! Also is one scene like Pride and Prejudice or am I just fangirling?

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 -
Very much enjoyed book 2 and 3 of this series, bring on 4.

Still Me (Me Before You #3) - I really hope Lou finds happiness in this one.

The Great Alone - I loved The Nightingale. This one sounds heartbreaking adventurous.

Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 - I am hooked on Leiji Matsumoto's style right now.

The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate - Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch - This would have made a great Christmas gift, but the release date seemingly changed. Oh well, now there's Valentines.

Skip Beat 3-in-1, Volume 13 - Whenever it finally releases, please let it be this year. Missed the humor of this series.

Heart of Iron - Sounds very YA scifi promising! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings


Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Ah, it's the midst of the holiday season! Got those gifts wrapped? Mmm, maybe a few? Got that figgy pudding made? Still planning to...


Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - A recent book store browsing find, this book sounds like a really cute concept. And like any good Jane Austen fan, I can't get enough P&P.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set - It's beyond time to relive the fun, the imagination, the tough stuff that builds character, and the snowmen. I once owned each individual book collection, but who knows nowadays where they're located at my mom's house...

Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke (hardcover) - Yay, it's a set, it's a hard cover, of one of the hottest clean romances I've read to date. I've been meaning to read the short story ebook "Heir to Edenbrooke" but honestly I'm not much of a Kindle user. Now that it's in print, please bring this Santa!

Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - I really, really need to break down and read the actual novel. In the past, I've very much enjoyed film versions. Anyways, as a manga fan, this looks like a good way to get my feet wet. Love the Manga Classics I've read in the past.

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - I've been highly anticipating this movie ever since re-falling in love with Star Wars after seeing The Force Awakens. It's going to be fun to see all the concept art. Oh and as always, shipping Rey and Ben Solo (save Ben Solo!)

Someone to Wed (A Westcott Novel) - A Regency lady recluse making an earl "a startlingly unexpected proposal"?? This I gotta read.

For Castle and Crown - Ah, I haven't read a medieval romance in a while! That needs to change asap! Bring on the Castle and the Crown!

The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance - As a penpal and big postcrosser, I typically enjoy stories that involve letter writing. A lost letter between a would-be couple sound mysterious and dramatically good. A bit Beauty & The Beast.

The Swordsman's Companion - Cause in my dreams, I want fencing lessons. And it might make a good reference for my creative writing.

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence - Ditto!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Favorite Books of 2017


Top Favorite Books of 2017

Wow! Is it that time of year again? 2017 was so busy for us and truly flew by with moving and tons of work and events. Between house shopping, unpacking, and creative writing, I managed to discover some really enjoyable reads! Here are my favorites from my reading challenge this year:


By Your Side by Kasie West - Well, if I had to be locked in anywhere it would be a library! This early 2017 read was a sweet, page-turner YA with a surprising amount of serious life issues. If you enjoy YA romance and love The Breakfast Club, you'll adore this breezy read.

The Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas - Oh, Pandora, such an unusual name for a unusual, eccentric, wallflower heroine. She was a woot. I liked her as a supporting character in Marrying Winterbone and was excited to read a novel focused on her. Her personality carries the book and makes it worth the read.

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden - An awesome, even romantic Star Wars adventure. At first I was a little concerned, because I'm not completely up to date on the extended universe. But it's such a fun and quick read for anyone who enjoys science fiction!

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi - Ok, what rock was I under when I missed the original release of this series?? I thought I was done with dystopian. But this one is poetic, a bit paranormal, and intense. I'm so glad I'm caught up and ready for book #4, Restore Me.

Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne - Intense, historical feels. A romance for the ages that ended, tragically, too soon. Keats poems are a must. They'll melt your heart and break it, but the journey is beautiful.

The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon - A new fantasy favorite for years to come! In a world where magic is outlawed, a girl is cursed not to speak for her own protection. When she's taken prisoner by the king, who may just need some magic to help defeat his paranormal enemies, the plot thickens. Being introverted and socially anxious, I really identified with the heroine and her speaking struggles.

Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto - Strong, mysterious space pirate heroine, anyone? Yes, please! I wanna cosplay as Queen Emeraldas. She is the very definition of cool. Kudos to Matsumoto for awesome art and a memorable female character.

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn, Molly Ostertag - This was a happy surprise! After the human race is enslaved by warrior aliens, the heroine, who knew privilege but now toils in a factory, finds herself joining the revolution to free her home world. Secrets. Romance. Fight to save family. I didn't want to put it down.

Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - Leia has been my hero since elementary school. It was exciting to see Claudia's take on her early years, right before she joined the rebellion. I loved learning more about her home planet, parents, and traditions. Also brings up memories of Carrie Fisher, RIP.

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare - Tessa really knocked the marriage of convenience trope one out of the park for me with this book. By the end I really felt the hero and heroine completed each other. Plus, added bonus, meddling servants, secret identities. Laugh out loud moments.

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle - A classic that I finally picked up this year! Why didn't I read it sooner? Enduring and clearly still influences all the great Childrens and YA lit released today. Check it out before the new movie!

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun - So eccentric and whimsical. Perfect. Just perfect for me. Makes a great gift. A little humor for everyone in it. Sure to be a classic and repinned on Pinterest.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Characters I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Characters I'm Thankful For

It's not always easy being an eccentric geek lady in the rural South. Books and awesome characters have often been my inspiration, role models, and friends. Here are a few characters that I'm thankful for (but reaaally quick cause I gotta clean house for Thanksgiving).


  1. Jo March - A writer with a short temper. Life imitates art or art imitates life? Also, you don't have to marry the boy next door, even if everyone wants you to do so.
  2. Anne of Green Gables - Keep the imagination going and roll with the mistakes.
  3. Princess Leia - She took charge of her own rescue. How cool is that?
  4. The Unicorn (The Last Unicorn) - There are others like you out there, you're just stuck in the forest.
  5. Princess Mia Thermopolis - Some have greatness thrust upon them, it's ok to need practice.
  6. Hermione - Representing smart girls everywhere who are not afraid to speak up and show it.
  7. Fiver - I would affectionately describe him as the panic attack rabbit. But somehow, he's always made me feel better. Like sometimes you worry and warn others for good reason.
  8. Mrs. Frisby - Mom power! A role model for balancing family and adventure.
  9. Marianne Dashwood - It's cool to be romantic, emotional, and sentimental. Just don't lose sense and sensibility over it.
  10. Atticus Finch - Above all, do what's right.


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