Saturday, December 31, 2016

In My Mailbox: Christmas 2016


In My Mailbox: Christmas 2016

No, that's not my mailbox, but I wish it was! Seriously, that has to be a farm, cause that's a lot of rope. Wild horses couldn't...ok, they probably could tear me away...


Christmas was too warm and weird. I was beginning to think it was Festivus instead of Christmas Eve. But thankfully for me, books and time with Oshie were the silvering lining to our National Lampoon relatives.

Once again, I took part in TBTB Secret Santa and Geeky Santa Swap via GeekGirlPenPals.com. I highly recommend both for great holiday fun.

From Instagram friend @angiepedersen @kcgeeks:





From Oshie and my in-laws, it was a very Beauty and the Beast Christmas:


And from other friends and relatives:


A heartfelt, jolly thank you to all! I can't wait to use, read, and eat (ok, I'll admit I already ate all the candy) everything! Have a joyous 2017!




Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

Top Ten Books I Read In 2016

Wow, I can't believe it's that time of year again! Where did it go? So many books, so little time to blog.


Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray - I feel like I'm annoying everyone with my rekindled Star Wars obsession. Oh well! Once a fangirl always a fangirl. Love Princess Leia. RIP Carrie Fisher.


Me Before You by JoJo Moyes - Heartbreakingly good. One of the most complex love stories I've ever read. The movie was just as wonderful.


Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - Just when I thought Quinn's work couldn't get any wittier, it did! One of her best, IMO.

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas - I'm still new to Kleypas' work (need to read Wallflowers), but I really enjoyed this one. Interesting plot.


You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day - My geek girl hero! Felicia inspired me to embrace my nerdy without shame.

In Quest of the Hero by Otto Rank, Alan Dundes, FitzRoy Richard Somerset - Speaking of nerdy, this book helped me understand heroes of mythical proportions. Tons of legends I'd never heard of before.

Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy - I loved the movie and the book, while different, did not disappoint. Highly recommend.

Life Below the Stairs by Alison Maloney - The perfect book to read after the conclusion of Downton Abbey! Fascinating facts that made the series real.


Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami - Love the conclusion of this sweet series! Perfect for the cat lady in your life.




Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders - Awesome time-traveling noms! Tons of baked goods I wanna try, after my New Year's diet that is :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017



Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017


The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband: A Bridgertons Prequel by Julia Quinn - Ah, can't wait for this series to continue! Historical romance set in the Colonies? Yes! I like that era, reminds me of my trip to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg.


Star Wars: Han Solo (Star Wars (Marvel))
 by Marjorie Liu, Mark Brooks - I know I could read the individual comics, but much like binge watching episodes on Netflix, it's more fun to read the graphic novel.


RoseBlood by A. G. Howard  - Special thank you to The Broke and The Bookish for listing this book! Ah, I love The Phantom of the Opera (probably going to see the musical again in the new year) and I wanna read this book!


The Duke (Victorian Rebels) by Kerrigan Byrn - Currently collecting all of this lady's work, so good. Great heroes and pacing, hot, hot, hot.


Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3
 by Lisa Kleypas - I'm still new to Kleypas' work, but I really enjoyed the last book in the Ravenels series, curious what will happen to the headstrong little sister.


Empire's End: Aftermath (Star Wars) (Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy) by Chuck Wendig - Woah, maybe this will tide me over until Star Wars Episode 8! I'm very interested if Leia will have a child-birth scene and if Wendig will show Han, Leia, and Ben Solo as a family unit.


Skip Beat! (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 12
 by Yoshiki Nakamura - Argh, I didn't enjoy the last few volumes of Skip Beat, but I'm so invested in the series at this point, that I really hope the plot picks up in this one.


A Conjuring of Light: A Novel (Shades of Magic)
 by V. E. Schwab - Fingers crossed for this one, too. Schwab is a great writer, don't get me wrong. But the last book in the series was very slow paced for me and Oshie. I want Kell and Lila in same scenes! They were hilarious together.


Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) by Jenny Han - This series reminds me of my fav teen movies from the 90s. Wondering what sweet Lara Jean and her fun family will get into next.


In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle - A new story by Peter S. Beagle, author of my fav, The Last Unicorn? I gotta check this out. Rumor has it this features a unicorn as well.


Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years, #1)

Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years, #1)Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, what do I get the Beatles fan who has everything? (i.e. my brother)

This massive book is a good start!

For the ultimate Beatles fanatic, this book covers the Fab four from before their childhoods to their cusp of fame in 1962.

Sections on their formative years include: Old Before Our Birth, Year 1, 1958: Thinking of Linking, Year 2, 1959: Three Cool Cats, Year 3, 1960: Competence, Confidence & Continuity, Year 4, 1961: The Rock Age, and Year 5, 1962: Always Be True.

Tune In also includes several great school shots and candid photos of the soon-to-be famous lads.

All and all, a great first volume about the band who changed the world of music forever.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016



Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

Frank Herbert - In a word: fantastic. Dune flows effortlessly from the page. Best story I should have read a dozen years ago. Reading Dune was also one of my bucket list "30 During 30" items. Glad it's finally achieved!

Alan Moore - He is legend among comic book readers. I finally, finally picked up his work to better understand the hype and criticism of "The Killing Joke" movie. Overall, I see why he has a hardcore fan following.

Thomas Hardy - Flawlessly created a great sense of community in "Far From The Madding Crowd." Although he isn't nice to his main heroine, the story is certainly dramatic and entertaining to read.

JoJo Moyes - She's a unique and heartbreakingly good writer. It's shame I didn't try her out sooner. I basically bumped "You Before Me" and "After You" higher on my TBR pile because of the movie. Glad I did.

Mariko Tamaki - Her graphic novel, This One Summer, really took me back to those carefree coming-of-age summers of my youth. Important issues mixed with movies, swimming, and friends.

Colleen Hoover - Wow. Through her stories this lady broke my heart, stomped on it, and then glued it back together, lol. One dramatic ride through romance!

Julie Klassen - Ah! Why didn't I read her work sooner? Perfect for Jane Austen fans who enjoy clean romance. I strong recommend The Secret of Pembrooke Park.

Dianne Duvall - I took a chance on one of her fantasy romance novels and was pleasantly surprised! I hope to read more of her work in the future.

Tessa Dare - I had, literally, owned one of her books for years. I enjoyed her romantic sense of humor and intriguing plots. I easily identified with her unique heroines.

Kerrigan Byrn - Wow, her plot was so hot. One of my new fav authors. Currently collecting the rest of her work.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens DemocracyWeapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil


I am not a math person. Never have been, never will be. However, after learning about this book from the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, I thought it'd be a good gift for my husband, who is a math nerd.

For me, the book is reminiscent of Freaknonomics. It covers thought-provoking, seemingly hidden, forces that rule our society. I really related to her example of a college student who struggled to get a minimum wage job to stay out of debt, because of interview personality questions that are looking for "one type" of worker. Clearly, regardless of dedication, need, or references. I faced a similar situation during the recession.

Glad someone is highlighting these important issues, for the economy, for math, for science, and for people's livelihoods.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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