The Friday 56~ Everything I Never Told You

It’s time for another edition of The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Link up.

This week I chose to feature Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Everything I Never Told You

“That was the last time Marilyn saw her mother.”

Book Blogger Hop #20

I am linking up with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer for the Book Blogger Hop. And what is the Book Blogger Hop? Well according to the meme’s page:

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question:

If you had an author-only Thankgsgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

Let’s see… this could turn into a long list with some very different types of authors in attendance:

Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Suzanne Brockmann, Cherry Adair, John Green, Rick Riordan, Matthew Quick, Elizabeth Gilbert, JK Rowling, Sophie Kinsella, Jen Lancaster, Cassandra Clare, Eoin Colfer, Jennifer Niven, Jay Kristoff…

I could go on, but I think I’ll cap it at 15.

Book Beginnings~ Miracle on 5th Avenue

I’ve added some additional memes to my repertoire and am linking up with Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader.

This meme is a fairly simple concept, we share the first line or so from a current read. This week I’m featuring Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan.

Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love, #3)

“We cannot send two turtledoves! I know he’s proposing at Christmas and he thinks it’s romantic, but it won’t be romantic when the room is covered in bird droppings….”

This is hysterical!

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The Lifeboat Clique

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

I’m participating in Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts, hosted by Lexxie over at {un}Conventional Book Views again this week.

What is Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts? Well here’s a description from Lexxie’s site:

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

This week I am featuring The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks. The group is eating through their rations in this scene. {pg. 116-117}

The Lifeboat Clique

Abigail took the Kleenex and spread it our on the flat area near where the engine used to be and laid the open can on its side on top of it and pressed the credit card into it, peeling off a thin slice with the skill of a surgeon. She took out on of the ancient crackers and handed it to Hayley with the slice of Spam. Hayley put the sad cracker/Spam combo together and took a quick bite, making a face as though she’d just been forced to put on a belt that didn’t match her shoes.
She held out her tongue to reveal the shimmering wreckage of the cracker and the mass of deconstructed Spam, then the tongue went slowly back inside her mouth, and she swallowed with exaggerated effort.

Thursday Quotables~ The Elite


Because I love sharing quotes from books, the more random the better, I decided to join Bookshelf Fantasies for Thursday Quotables to highlight some great quotes from the books I’m reading.

This week I’m featuring quotes from Kiera Cass’s The Elite.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)


That feeling, that indefinable something, coursed through me. As dejected as I’d felt, as embarrassed as I’d been, when he offered me that moment, I had to take it.


Our eyes met, and everything else felt distant for the moment. It was comforting finding myself in that bubble again, the place that Aspen and I had created for ourselves years ago.


I was almost grateful for Celeste at that moment. She might have been a hundred things that irritated me, but she was also impossible to intimidate. I could use some of that.


I wished I could erase everything else and hold on to this moment, this brief second when he and I knew how much we meant to each other.

On Reading in Different Formats

I used to be a strictly physical book reading type of girl. And then I started blogging about books and everything changed! I now read in all 3 formats that are currently available {at least as far as I know}.

Physical books will always be my tried and true go-to for reading. And definitely my preferred method for collecting beloved books. But they can be heavy, take up a lot of room, and can be expensive. So in order to have access to more books and to be able to take more books with me when I travel, I caved and got an e-reader {Kindle Fire in my case}. These two formats let me happily spend hours and hours reading. Then I got a job an hour away from where I live and realized my commute was costing me valuable reading time… so I added audio books to the mix.

Macbook Pro on Brown Wooden Desk

So now I read using all three genres and am able to experience books more fully than I ever have before. Physical books still allow me the pleasure of feeling the page, digital books allow me the portability of taking my books with me without having to bring a separate bag just for books, and audio books allow me to turn commute time into productive reading time.

I think that opening myself up to additional formats allowed me to open my entire reading experience. I feel like I get a fuller experience overall because there are so many ways that I can enjoy my favorite activity and I can always have a books available to me in one form or another.

Do you read from multiple formats?

Top Ten Tuesday~ A Child’s Bookshelf

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books that you want your future child to read. As I do not have children and at this point in my life will not be having any in the future, I am working with an imaginary child… but these are the books that I would want on their bookshelf as they grow up.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter Series

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

Artemis Fowl Series

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web (and other books by E.B. White)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Ralph S. Mouse, #1)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle (and other books by Beverly Cleary)


Matilda (and other books by Roald Dahl)

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (and other books by Judy Blume)

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat (and other books by Dr. Seuss)

The Pokey Little Puppy

The Poky Little Puppy (and other Little Golden Books )

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles and authors link to Amazon {affiliate}

Down the TBR Hole #21

Time for more Down the TBR Hole from Lost in a Love Story.

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here are this week’s selections:

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day

Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe
Nonfiction; Psychology; Self Help
Added February 25, 2012

As a former Buddhist monk with over 10 years of teaching experience, Andy Puddicombe has been acknowledged as the UK’s foremost mindfulness meditation expert. Like his readers and students, he began his own meditation practice as a normal, busy person with everyday concerns, and he has since designed a program of mindfulness and guided meditation that fits neatly into a jam-packed daily routine-proving that just 10 minutes a day can make a world of difference. Simple exercises, stories and techniques culled from Andy’s years of experience will help anyone calm the chatter in their minds. The result? More headspace, less stress.

Get Some Headspace also brings us the extraordinary science behind this seemingly simple cure-all. This book and practice will help readers positively impact every area of their physical and mental health through mindfulness, from productivity and focus, to stress and anxiety relief, sleep, weight-loss, personal relationships…and the list goes on and on.

Verdict: Keep

1001 Books for Every Mood

1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron, PhD
Nonfiction; Reference; Writing
Added February 25, 2012

However you feel (or want to feel), let 1001 Books for Every Mood be your guide. Acclaimed critic and novelist Hallie Ephron serves up a literary feast, sure to satisfy your emotional appetite. Whether you want to cry or laugh, remember or forget, behave or misbehave-it’s all here.

It’s your must-have guide to hours and hours of reading pleasure, now and forever-no matter what your mood!

Verdict: Remove

1001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die

1001 Escapes to Experience Before You Die by Helen Arnold
Nonfiction; Travel
Added February 25, 2012

Every experience described in this book represents a genuine respite from the drudgery of daily life and guarantees a boost to your general well-being. Contemplate the sunset from a minimalist mountain retreat, cruise the Nile on a nineteenth-century cabin cruiser, hire a fort with its own private beach, chill out in an ice hotel, or wallow in a mud bath. The choice is yours. This book is quite simply a compilation of some of the most amazing escapes from the everyday that you can experience in the world – however much time you have to spare and whatever your budget.

Within these pages you will find classic escapes that offer away-from-it-all tranquility, such as a sun-drenched private Caribbean island, complete with butler; a converted monastery in Peru, at such high altitude that oxygen has to be pumped into the bedrooms; a lighthouse in Newfoundland; and, that most classic of great train journeys, the Trans-Siberian railway.

Verdict: Remove

At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries

At Home with Books by Estelle Ellis
Nonfiction; Writing; Photography
Added February 25, 2012

From an elegant, curved modern library with sunny picture windows to a bedroom library with dark wood paneling; from a simple apartment with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves to the grand Rothschild library, At Home with Books shows how book lovers live with their books in every room of the house.

Includes professional advice on editing and categorizing your library; caring for your books; preserving, restoring, and storing rare books; finding out-of-print books; and choosing furniture, lighting, and shelving.

Verdict: Keep

Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic

Dear Mr. Potter by Lily Zalon
Added February 25, 2012

ear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic features hundreds of letters and pictures from Harry Potter fans. Individually, these letters and pictures tell stories of how fans have been impacted and inspired by Harry Potter. Together they serve as proof of what all Potter fans know so well: the Harry Potter series changes lives.

Along with fans from around the world, Dear Mr. Potter also features letters from Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), New York Times-bestselling author John Green, Leaky Cauldron webmistress and author of New York Times-bestseller Harry, A History Melissa Anelli, Andrew Slack of the Harry Potter Alliance, Paul DeGeorge of Harry and the Potters, Andrew Sims and Eric Scull of MuggleNet, and Esther Earl’s mom, Lori.

Verdict: Remove

Removed 3/5 this week, bringing us to 71/105 total so far… only about 3000 left to go!

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Posted in TBR

My Week in Review 2017 #45

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

This week has been an adventure! On Sunday I drove up to Washington and checked into an extended stay hotel. Then on Monday I started at my new store. So far I have been meeting my new team and seeing what needs to be taken care of to get the store where it needs to be. I have continued on my housing search, but at this point am still without a permanent address. There were a couple of places that were close, and one roommate situation that I really considered, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me, or for Cheshire, so the search continues.

Hotel living has been interesting. My room has a little kitchenette, so I’m able to prepare food here, which is good. But I’m really off center and have not been getting any reading done this week. I also haven’t done any work on the blog (aside from this post right now), so it’s a good thing I’m scheduled so far out!

My reservation will take me through Tuesday here, then I’ll be staying with a friend who lives a ways south of here. It means I’ll have a long commute again, but at least I’ll be able to listen to audio books! And I’ll be able to save more money for when I finally find an apartment.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #44
Down the TBR Hole #20
Top Ten Tuesday~ Take Me to Your Leader
On Why I’ll Never Conquer My TBR
Cat Thursday #45
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Winner’s Crime
Thursday Quotables~ The Selection
The Friday 56~ Confessions of a Shopaholic
Book Beginnings~ The Crown
Book Blogger Hop #19

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #21
Top Ten Tuesday~ A Child’s Bookshelf
On Reading Different Formats
Cat Thursday #46
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ The Lifeboat Clique
Thursday Quotables~ The Elite
The Friday 56~ Everything I Never Told You
Book Beginnings~ Miracle on 5th Avenue
Book Blogger Hop #20



It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Lost in Her (K2 Team, #4)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows//Lost in Her

Recently Completed:


Up Next on TBR:

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit, #1)

Spaceman//Sweet as Sin

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Kindle Unlimited:

Wrong Question, Right Answer (The Bourbon Street Boys #3)

Wrong Question, Right Answer

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}