Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ten Websites I Love That Aren't About Books


Ten Websites I Love That Aren't About Books

OK, this is hard because my life is so tied up with books and literature-y stuff. Literally played the Jeopardy theme for weeks for this list...

Etsy.com - I could wishlist items on this site all day! So many unique and clever collectables. It's my go-to for gifts. Prior to Pinterest, I planned entire showers via Etsy.

ModCloth.com - Coolest retro-style clothes ever. Want a style that stands out? This is a great place for it. Something for everyone, all sizes. Never regretted a purchase there.

Ancestry.com - When I'm not reading, taking photos, running around - I'm a genealogy nerd. I see a million stories in the dates and details. Time flies when I get engrossed in the past.

Geocaching.com - Where had Geocaching been all my life? I always daydreamed about adventures and treasure-hunting and this is the dream come true. Fun way to spread the weekend.

American Film Institute (AFI.com) - Last year, I finally resolved to cross the Top 100 movies off my bucket list. Now I'm working on the 100 Passions. Culturally, I feel like I've learned a lot.

WatchXHit.com - I've also sworn off fitness clubs due to miserable experiences (creepy guests and employees...pain and suffering). A few months ago I discovered XHit and I've seen an awesome difference in my abs and thighs.

TeeFury.com - I've previously blogged about their great nods to classic and pop literature. But in all honesty, their daily exclusive tee shirt designs put a geeky smile on my face.

Funko.com - Thanks to Star Wars: TFA I've jumped on the Pop Vinyl bandwagon. You'll catch me on their blog, seeing what's new.

wikiHow.com - Why spend time googling and watching a dozen, barely relevant videos on Youtube when you can search this site? Also, the illustrations crack me up sometimes.

ICanHas.Cheezburger.com - I don't visit it as often as I did years ago, but I still love it. Provided me with tons of comic relief during my early college years. Memories.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (30)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.



For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked Bloodline by Claudia Gray.

Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Book Summary: 

"WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE RESISTANCE

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy — from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position — even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing…"

My Thoughts: If you're like me and can't wait for the next Star Wars movie (the unanswered questions are burning me up!), this appears to shed a little light on Leia's past. Leia's one of my long-time favorite heroines, so I'm wondering if this book will reveal any details on her and Han's marriage after "Return of the Jedi," the birth of her son, when she "sent-him-away," when her brother went missing, and how the First Order gained a foothold in the galaxy. *Fingers crossed*

MAY THE 4TH (FORCE) BE WITH YOU!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ten Childhood Characters Revisited


Ten Childhood Characters Revisited 

So, yeah, it's been over 25 years since I discovered the joys of reading. *feeling old* "What-If" I had an elementary school reunion, and by some fictional magic, literary characters could join the party? Here's who I'd invite:

Amelia Bedelia - She's the life of the party...well, and she might just ruin it by accident.

Fictional Laura Ingalls - After we reassured her that indoor toilets and computers are cool, I'm sure she'd fit right in.

Samantha Parkington (American Girl series) - Ditto for this chick. I'd also like to thank her for her influence on my dream of being a Victorian lady.

Ralph the Mouse - Somebody hide the cheese platter...

Arthur - Yeah, I guess DW could tag along too as the unofficial class mascot/little sister.

Corduroy - I hope that bear's fashion sense has improved.

Madeline - Cause she'd bring all the fancy French food.

Little Red Riding Hood - Maybe she has TomTom or GPS on her phone. Wouldn't want her to get lost.

Bastian and Atreyu (Neverending Story) - Cause ya'll know they were some of my first fictional crushes.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1)Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This may be one of my favorite Julia Quinn novels. Definitely top three. Although, I suddenly feel the need to go back and re-read them all to make sure.

It has everything I've discovered I love about her writing. Above all, witty dialogue! There's a sense that it isn't just a Regency romance novel, it's a Regency RomCom. The banter between characters cracks me up and adds to the great romantic tension.

In this novel, the heroine, Billie, is an unconventional young lady. It was refreshing to follow a Regency heroine who wasn't overly obsessed about the season and husband hunting. Meanwhile, George is the uppity brother of Billie's best friends and neighbors. I don't normally jump for hate-turned-to-love plots, but this one worked out very naturally.

There's also the delightful sense of Regency community and family. Nosey somewhat meddling mommas. Best friend aka why-won't-you-just-be-my-sister-in-law-already? One brother who just wants to stack cards. Another brother who's fighting for King and country.

Ooo, that ending left me hanging! How much longer until the next book??? I have the feeling the setting will be very interesting.


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