Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Paranormal Experiences

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Halloween freebie. Since I’m not really into horror or scary books or movies, I decided to go with books with paranormal elements.

Red Lily (In the Garden, #3)

Red Lily

Deadly Gamble (Mojo, #1)

Deadly Gamble

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A Discovery of Witches

Valley of Silence (Circle Trilogy, #3)

Valley of Silence

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

Hollow City

Wolf Trouble (SWAT, #2)

Wolf Trouble

Edge Of Fear (T-FLAC #9)

Edge of Fear

Forged in Smoke (Red-Hot SEALs, #3)

Forged in Smoke

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)

The Paper Magician

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)


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


Down the TBR Hole #19

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:

Have a Nice Weekend

Have a Nice Weekend by Ian Ellis
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added February 20, 2012

Whatever the requests Will agreed to comply with and then didn’t, he is miserable now.

Abi was his first girlfriend. When she said she loved him, he was taken by surprise but kind of agreed. They got married, but she made all the arrangements for the wedding.

When she became pregnant, it was because she decided it was time and stopped taking precautions, but Will thought Sophie was the most beautiful baby in the world when she was born.

However time, stress and misunderstandings took their toll, and now they live apart.

Verdict: Remove

Every Day a Friday Journal: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week

Every Day a Friday Journal by Joel Osteen
Nonfiction; Self Help; Religion
Added February 20, 2012

This journal offers relevant Scriptures, inspirational quotations, selected stories, prayers, and points for reflection. All are provided to engage you in a process to build your faith and encourage your outlook on life.
The daily journal is structured on seven weeks of material based on Every Day a Friday:

Week One: Don’t Give Away Your Power
Week Two: Know What to Ignore
Week Three: Live Without Crutches
Week Four: Travel Light
Week Five: Laugh Often
Week Six: Be a Dream Releaser
Week Seven: Celebrate Yourself

Verdict: Remove

Fat Kid Got Fit: And So Can You!

Fat Kid Got Fit by Bill Baroni
Nonfiction; Fitness; Memoir
Added February 20, 2012

When Bill Baroni was just twenty years old, he was convinced he was dying. He thought he was having a heart attack because it felt like he had an elephant sitting on his chest. It turned out to be only indigestion, but more than that, it was the wake up call he needed to save his life. Bill weighed 320 pounds and was hooked on junk food. He set about to change his life forever, and now in Fat Kid Gets Fit, he wants to help you do the same.

Verdict: Remove

A Little Princess

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Fiction; Middle Grade; Classic
Added February 20, 2012

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl’s fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.

Verdict: Keep

Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris

Four Kitchens by Lauren Shockey
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added February 20, 2012

At the French Culinary Institute, Lauren Shockey learned to salt food properly, cook fearlessly over high heat, and knock back beers like a pro. But she also discovered that her real culinary education wouldn’t begin until she actually worked in a restaurant. After a somewhat disappointing apprenticeship in the French provinces, Shockey hatched a plan for her dream year: to apprentice in four high-end restaurants around the world. She started in her hometown of New York City under the famed chef Wylie Dufresne at the molecular gastronomy hotspot wd-50, then traveled to Vietnam, Israel, and back to France. From the ribald kitchen humor to fiery-tempered workers to tasks ranging from the mundane (mincing cases of shallots) to the extraordinary (cooking seafood on the line), Shockey shows us what really happens behind the scenes in haute cuisine, and includes original recipes integrating the techniques and flavors she learned along the way. With the dramatic backdrop of restaurant life, readers will be delighted by the adventures of a bright and restless young woman looking for her place in the world.

Verdict: Keep

This week I removed 3/5, which is still great! I’m now at 64/95.

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

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #43

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:

My life continues to be a whirlwind. My official start date in my new store is November 5th, so I have a week to get things finalized here and get moved up there. As I am writing this {Friday}, I still have a lot of uncertainties that will hopefully all be resolved by Monday. Not the least of which is where will I live?!?!

I have had an incredibly successful Blog Ahead so far and there are still a few days left to finish things up. So far I have written over 40 posts that will go live after November 1st and into 2018. I’ll try to post a final recap on Wednesday with my full totals.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #42
Down the TBR Hole #18
Top Ten Tuesday~ Totally Unique
October Challenge Update
Cat Thursday #43
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Bay of Sighs
Thursday Quotables~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
The Friday 56~ The Burning Page
Book Beginnings~ To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Book Blogger Hop #17

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #19
Top Ten Tuesday~ Paranormal Experiences
On How I Choose Books
Cat Thursday #44
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Pippi Longstocking
Thursday Quotables~ The Burning Page
The Friday 56~ A Study in Charlotte
Book Beginnings~ Scarlet Epstein Hates it Here
Book Blogger Hop #18

Around the Blog World:

It’s time for the 8th Annual Broke and Bookish Secret Santa!! I loved it last year and have signed up to do it again this year.

Have you heard?? Cait from Paper Fury has a book deal! Her debut novel releases in June 2018!


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:

Wrong Place, Right Time (The Bourbon Street Boys, #2)

Wrong Place, Right Time

Recently Completed:

Juked (Texas Mutiny, #1)  The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #3)

Juked//The Master Magician

Up Next on TBR:

Lost in Her (K2 Team, #4)

Lost in Her


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:

Joyfully His (Sterling Canyon)

Joyfully His



Caraval (Caraval, #1)


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

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ The Burning Page

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 The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman.

The Burning Page (The Invisible Library, #3)

“She had to find a way to protect them– all of them. And she had to talk to her superiors, urgently. The time for professional detachment was over.”

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings~ To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

Josh is Margot’s boyfriend, but I guess you could say my whole family is a little in love with him. It’s hard to say who most of all. Before he was Margot’s boyfriend, he was just Josh. He was always there. I say always, but I guess that’s not true. He moved next door five years ago but it feels like always.

This could be trouble…

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop #17

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:

Candy Corn, a chocolate bar, or Popcorn. Which of these snacks are your favorite to eat while reading? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks, though I always make sure to have plenty of napkins if I’m eating it while reading so I don’t get too much grease on the pages {or smudge my Kindle}. I try to avoid chocolate while reading due to the messy factor.

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Bay of Sighs

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 Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts. This scene takes place between Annika {a mermaid} and Sawyer {a traveler} in the kitchen. {pg. 97-98}

Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy, #2)

She liked wine and helping Sawyer make dinner, so enjoyed both. She got to make something he called bruschetta– cutting the long bread in half, toasting it– while he cooked chicken for the dish he called alfredo.
“Remember how to mince?”
“Cut up, very, very small.”
“Very small, those Roma tomatoes and that garlic.”
She applied herself to it, imagining how nice it would be to cook with him like this without the bruises from training or the thoughts of fighting ahead.

Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables~ Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock


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 Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock


We look at each other in our Bogart hats and it’s like we’re communicating, even though we’re completely silent.
I’m trying to let him know what I’m about to do.
I’m hoping he can save me, even though I realize he can’t.


I like thinking all alone in the auditorium even when there is no violin music.


I didn’t like it at all, but I didn’t say anything.
I should have said something– not just to stick up for myself, but because I think Asher wanted me to save him.


October Challenge Update

New Release Challenge


Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title: The Little French Bistro
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You: The Food of Love
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge


Goodreads Challenge


New to Me Challenge {Authors}

40/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}


Read the Books You Buy

3/155 1.9% {Goal 21-40%} FAILED!

Blogger Shame Review Challenge


Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55
July- Proliteracy Worldwide 7 Books $35
August- American Diabetes Association 11 books $55
September- Wildlife Conservation Society 7 books $35

October- NAMI

  1. Not Quite Dating
  2. 365 Health and Happiness Boosters
  3. Beautiful Broken Mess
  4. The Sweetness of Honey
  5. Dierdre and Desire
  6. Unexpectedly Hers
  7. Faking It

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
W- When Breath Becomes Air

GWB 2017 Book Bingo



More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover: The Promise Kitchen
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Published in 2017: The Rejected Writers Book Club
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English: The Little French Bistro
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge


Audio Book Reading Challenge

75/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge


Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017


2017 Literary Escapes Challenge


Alaska~ Forged in Smoke



California~ Game Changer

Colorado~ Accidentally Hers



District of Columbia~

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Georgia~ The Promise Kitchen



Illinois~ Bone Gap





Louisiana~ Wrong Number, Right Guy

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish



Mississippi~ The Haters





New Hampshire~

New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing

New Mexico~

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

North Carolina~ Crazy for Her

North Dakota~

Ohio~ Ready Player One


Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club

Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now

Rhode Island~

South Carolina~

South Dakota~

Tennessee~ Catching Jordan

Texas~ Faultlines




Washington~ Come Away With Me

West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*


2017 Audiobook Challenge

75/30 Complete!

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy


Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J FAILED

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started