Book Blogger Hop, My Favorite, TMST

Talking About Memes #12

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

With most friends, no our discussions rarely turn to books because they really aren’t readers. But there are a select few friends who, if we don’t talk about specific books, always ask me about what I’m reading and how things are going on my blog, even though they don’t read it.


Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:

What books are you excited to share with your kids or younger readers in your lives?

I don’t really have young readers in my life, but if I did, I would want them to read books like The Little House series, anything by Rick Riordan, the Artemis Fowl series, the Spiderwick Chronicles, anything by Dr Seuss or Roald Dahl, and of course the Harry Potter series.

And I’ve added a new-to-me discussion called My Favorite… hosted by Maureen’s Books. Bloggers receive a weekly prompt to discuss their favorite thing about.

This week’s prompt:

Hobby Next to Reading

I used to have a lot of hobbies, but now my free time is given over to either reading, blogging or watching Netflix. I do occasionally like to paint paper mache boxes or wooden birdhouses. And I like to take walks. Once in a while I’ll get in the mood to cook or bake and I’ll make all kinds of yummy things.

**All links to Goodreads.


On My Life Now

So now that I am no longer working a traditional job, how to my days look? Right now it’s still early, so I’ll be doing a more detailed “day in the life” post within the next month or so, but here’s how things look for me.

I am currently working on 7 different income streams. One of them is basically temporary, and I may not keep all of them once I figure out my routine. All of them allow me to set my own schedule, so I can work on them on different days or different times of the day. I no longer have a uniform or dress code, and I can determine how many hours I work/ how much money I make each week.

Right now, many of these are still in the set up phase, so I have had a lot of free time this week to work on organizing some things, work on the blog (Bloggiesta!), and read. I’ve also been sleeping really well this week, which I haven’t done for a while.

I’m nervous about this venture, because there is always the possibility that any new venture will fail. But I am also confident and have put a lot of thought and planning into what I am doing. I am just anxious for everything to get up and running, I think. And of course there’s always a small gap in financials when you switch positions, so adapting to a new pay cycle will take a little time, but ultimately the new cycle will be more beneficial all around.

Really, it’s too soon to see any changes in my life. I feel like I’ve been on vacation for the most part. I think it will take a month or so before I really know how things are going to be. But I feel good. I’m actually eating 3 meals a day, I’m creating morning and evening routines, I’m sleeping well, I’m reading, I’m finally caught up on reading other blogs, I have a plan, and above it all, I’m happy.

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The ornate script on the board twisted in the candlelight, making the letters and numbers dance in my head. They were jumbled and indistinct, like alphabet soup. When Claire pushed the heart-shaped piece into my hand, I startled. I wasn’t normally so twitchy, and hoped Rachel wouldn’t notice. The Ouija board was her favorite present that night, and Claire gave it to her. I got her a bracelet. She wasn’t wearing it.

Sounds ominous.

*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.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

I nodded as I watched the driver of the Mercedes exit the car along with another passenger. I recognized the immaculate sheet of blonde hair on the driver even before I saw her face. Anna, naturally. Then I noticed the sour expression of her omnipresent companion, Aiden, as he emerged from the front passenger seat.

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

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 at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

Before I could smack him, the waiter then brought a basket of what looked like banana chips accompanied by a viscous, pale yellow sauce.
Mariquitas,” Noah said. “Try one, you’ll thank me.”
I tried one. And I did thank him. They were savory with just a hint of sweet, and the garlic-burn of the sauce made my tongue sing.


** Cover links to Goodreads; title links to Amazon {affiliate}

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Spring TBR

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, created by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a Spring TBR. These are some books I am hoping to get to over the next couple of months…

I Was Here

I Was Here

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus



Magnolia (Magnolia Branch, #1)


A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

One True Loves

One True Loves

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

The Museum of Heartbreak

The Museum of Heartbreak

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


Down the TBR Hole #39

In mid-2017 I was inspired by a post on Bursting with Books to start tackling my TBR shelf on Goodreads and see if these were books I still wanted to read. The title and premise come from Lost in a Love Story. I eliminated quite a few books, but still have a massive TBR of over 2500 books. This year I’ll be tackling 10 books per week to determine if I am still interested and want to keep them, or if I’m ready to remove them from the list.

How does it work?

  • 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?

This week’s selections:

It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

It’s All Too Much by Peter Walsh
Nonfiction; Self-Help
Added August 16, 2012

When you think of what it will take to clean your house, are you so overwhelmed you throw up your hands and cry “It’s all too much”? Do you dream of having a closet where your clothes aren’t crammed in so tightly that you can actually get to them? Is your basement filled with boxes of precious family mementos you haven’t opened in ten years but are too afraid to toss? Are your kitchen counters overrun with appliances you’ve never used? Do your kids play in the living room because there’s no room left in their playroom? If somewhere along the way you’ve simply lost the ability to keep your home organized and clutter-free, then It’s All Too Much has the solution you’ve been searching for.

Peter Walsh, the organizational guru from TLC’s hit show Clean Sweep, understands how easy it is for clutter to creep into your life and how hard it is to get rid of it. In It’s All Too Much, he shares his proven system for letting go of your emotional and physical clutter so that you can create a happier, more stress-free home and life. At last, here is a system for managing your clutter, regaining control, and living the life you imagine for yourself.

Peter has helped clients from every walk of life. With his trademark humor and insight, Peter guides you step-by-step through the very charged process of decluttering your home, organizing your possessions, and reclaiming your life. Going way beyond color-coded boxes and storage bin solutions, It’s All Too Much shows you how to reexamine your priorities and let go of the things that are weighing you down. Clearly and simply, Peter gives you the courage you need to go through your home, room by room — even possession by possession — and honestly assess what adds to your quality of life and what’s keeping you from living the life of your dreams.

Filled with real-life examples and advice for homes of all sizes and personalities, It’s All Too Much will set you free from the emotional baggage that goes along with clutter and help you lead a fuller, richer life with less stuff.

Verdict: Keep

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart by Mark Epstein
Nonfiction; Spirituality; Buddhism
Added August 16, 2016

For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego. We are taught that the ideal is a strong, individuated self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart shows us that happiness doesn’t come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go. Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds–Buddhism and Western psychotherapy–Epstein shows how “the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego’s need to do with our inherent capacity to be.” He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control. Drawing on events in his own life and stories from his patients, Going to Pieces  Without Falling Apart teaches us that only by letting go can we start on the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life.

Verdict: Remove

Last Summer

Last Summer by Rebecca A. Rogers
Fiction; New Adult; Contemporary
Added August 16, 2012

All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer. Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her. They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce. When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she’s in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation.

Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished and, quite frankly, kaput. His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. Now, he wishes he would’ve listened; he’d be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers.

Logan’s godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can’t hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart. They’re both in for a rude awakening when Logan’s past catches up to them, though. Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse than they ever imagined?

Verdict: Remove

The League for the Suppression of Celery

The League for the Suppression of Celery by Wendy Russ
Fiction; Chick Lit; Humor
Added August 16, 2012

Kate Pearson heads west from Arkansas in an old jalopy with two parakeets, a job offer and a half-baked plan: Dreamboat celebrity chef Warren Hoffman has offered Kate a job – and himself – if she will relocate to Oxnard, California. The catch? Kate soon discovers Warren has a Big Secret. And that he’s possibly crazy.

During her journey, Kate stumbles into the lair of paranoid militants calling themselves the League for the Suppression of Celery. When they learn her destination is Oxnard — celery capital of the world — they stop at nothing to indoctrinate her into their nefarious cult.

Her escape from the League sends her racing toward her happily-ever-after while being pursued by members of the League who want her back, and by the compelling new friend who inexplicably quits his job to travel across the country to find her.

Verdict: Remove

The Fall

The Fall by Ryan Quinn
Fiction; Young Adult; LGBTQ
Added August 21, 2012

The new school year at Florence University, nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside, dawns bright with the possibilities that only a fresh start can bring. For three students in particular, it will be a year unlike any other, one that will alter the courses of their lives forever.

There is Ian, the film buff trying to figure out his life—and how to catch the eye of the football player he can’t stop fantasizing about; Casey, the local football star whose future off the field is frustratingly uncertain; and Haile, the classical-music prodigy seeking refuge from a past life so that she may start anew as a singer-songwriter.

Together the trio will form a fateful friendship, recounted through alternating first-person narratives. Sexy, fast-paced, and layered with intimate insight about life’s most formative years, The Fall is a compelling and contemporary coming-of-age story about what happens when we are forced for the first time to really confront who we are and who we want to become.

Verdict: Keep

Yesterday's News

Yesterday’s News by Kajsa Ingemarsson
Fiction; Romance; Chick Lit
Added August 21, 2012

”It wasn’t the first time someone had grabbed her breast. Nor was it the first time a man had panted in her ear and pressed his hard crotch against her. But it was the first time someone was doing it against her will.”

The woman in trouble is Agnes. In Yesterday’s News she will rebound from personal tragedy and find courage in the face of the unknown. In the end she stands there as the hero of her own life.

The main character Agnes has most things in life: a family who is always there for her, a good job at a fancy restaurant, a boyfriend who loves her, and a best friend whom she knows inside out. Or does she? All of a sudden things begin to crumble, one by one, and soon nothing is as it was. Her boyfriend Tobias leaves her for a big busted singer, and she is fired by Gerard, the sexist and abusive owner of the restaurant where she works. She gambles everything she has on the success of the newly opened restaurant, but the road to the glowing review which will open the door to fame and fortune has, to say the least, unexpected twists and turns.

Verdict: Remove

Sea Change

Sea Change by Karen White
Fiction; Mystery; Chick Lit
Added August 24, 2012

For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn’t realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever…

For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.

But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place—or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

Verdict: Remove

It Must've Been Something I Ate: The Return of the Man Who Ate Everything

It Must Have Been Something I Ate by Jeffrey Steingarten
Nonfiction; Memoir; Food
Added August 24, 2012

In this outrageous and delectable new volume, the Man Who Ate Everything proves that he will do anything to eat everything. That includes going fishing for his own supply of bluefin tuna belly; nearly incinerating his oven in pursuit of the perfect pizza crust, and spending four days boning and stuffing three different fowl—into each other– to produce the Cajun specialty called “turducken.”

It Must’ve Been Something I Ate finds Steingarten testing the virtues of chocolate and gourmet salts; debunking the mythology of lactose intolerance and Chinese Food Syndrome; roasting marrow bones for his dog , and offering recipes for everything from lobster rolls to gratin dauphinois. The result is one of those rare books that are simultaneously mouth-watering and side-splitting.

Verdict: Keep

A Deal with the Devil (Sweet Home Chicago #1)

A Deal With the Devil by Abby Matisse
Fiction; Romance
Added August 24, 2012

A woman in trouble.
Amanda Wilson is in trouble and as usual, it has everything to do with her irresponsible brother. So, she heads to her best friend’s cabin in Lake Geneva for a weekend of solitude and soul-searching. But she didn’t count on the blizzard or the unexpected arrival of the man who broke her heart. The man she’s come to think of as the devil.

A man from her past.
Fresh out of the Navy SEALs, Jake Lowell is ready to start his own business using his trust fund as seed money. But his grandfather has other ideas and changed the terms, requiring Jake to marry before he gets access. Now he needs a plan. But first, he must head to Lake Geneva where his ex is vacationing, ignoring all the weather bulletins and her best friend’s calls, pleading with her to come home.

A deal that changes everything.
Getting stranded in Lake Geneva wasn’t part of Jake’s plan. Neither was his proposal. And he definitely hadn’t expected her to agree, but she did. Now they are forced to deal with unresolved feelings and the issues that tore them apart a year ago. Jake’s proposal seemed like the perfect solution for both of them but it soon becomes clear that their harmless little engagement deal is far more complicated than either could have imagined.

Verdict: Keep

Give Him the Slip (Callahan Brothers, #1)

Give Him the Slip by Geralyn Dawson
Fiction; Romantic Suspense
Added August 28, 2012

Maddie Kincaid thought she finally found the simple life when she moved to Brazos Bend and started her own business. She never dreamed that helping a gentle old man would force her to run for her life, right into the arms of the infamous Luke “Sin” Callahan. He has just settled into a fishing vacation, and the last thing he needs on his line is a long-legged redhead stowaway with secrets in her heart and killers on her trail.

Lucky for her, he’s deadlier than the guys who are chasing her. Unfortunately for him, she’s gorgeous, smart and determined to make it on her own. When the secrets start spilling and the nights heat up, Luke realizes he faces a new sort of danger-losing the woman he loves. Can he win the battle for her heart? Or will she give him the slip?

Verdict: Keep

This week’s stats: Keep 5; Remove 5

2018 stats: Keep: 36; Remove 84

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

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2018 #11

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:

I am officially done with my old job and ready to start my new adventure. I finished up Saturday evening and will start fresh on Wednesday, so I have a few days in between to read and work on some stuff around the house. I am both excited and nervous about this change, but I feel so incredibly optimistic. I think things are going to be great and I’ll have so much more flexibility now. It was also bittersweet saying goodbye to the people I work with, though not as bad as when I moved from Oregon to Washington, simply because I haven’t been here as long and made as many connections.

While my list of completed reads doesn’t show it, I’ve actually been reading a lot this week. I have a couple of books that are almost done, so I expect my completed reads list next week should be much bigger. And once I finish my latest binge of FRIENDS, I should be reading even more again (currently on season 8).

I purchased a bunch of books for my Kindle this week thanks to a couple of Amazon gift cards I received (for completing a survey and my first ever Amazon affiliate earnings). Woo hoo!

I also did some actual cooking this week and made some homemade chili. I’ve even planned out a menu for next week so that I’ll be having real meals rather than whatever I can throw together quickly when I get home from work. I think I am finally getting back to a healthier mindset again.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2018 #10
Down the TBR Hole #38
Top Ten Tuesday~ Surprises Between the Pages
This Week We’re Quoting~ The Obsession
Bookshelf Tour #2
Talking About Memes #11
Time for Another Blog Ahead

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #39
Top Ten Tuesday~ Spring TBR
This Week We’re Quoting~ The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
An Update on My Life
Talking About Memes #12



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:

  Necessary Madness  We Were Liars The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) Vicarious (Vicarious, #1) Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3) Sweet Harmonies (Hope Falls, #2) Wrong Turn, Right Direction (The Bourbon Street Boys, #4)

Necessary Madness//We Were Liars//The Opal Deception//Vicarious//Island of Glass//Sweet Harmonies//Wrong Turn, Right Direction

Recently Completed:

Diana the Huntress (The Six Sisters, #5)

Diana the Huntress


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.

eBooks Purchased:

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) The Knocked up Plan Look Again (Echo Platoon, #0.5) Lei'd with Cupcakes (Cupcakes #3) Textrovert Protecting Caroline (SEAL of Protection, #1) The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide

These Broken Stars//Opal//The Knocked Up Plan//Look Again//Lei’d With Cupcakes//Textrovert//Protecting Caroline//The Actor’s Life

Kindle Unlimited:

Royally Bad (Bad Boy Royals #1)

Royally Bad


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


Time for Another Blog Ahead!

I was so excited when Anna let me know that a mini Blog Ahead was coming up, because I really need one! I have gotten in the habit of having the majority of my posts scheduled in advance, but sadly I have run out of most of my scheduled posts and am struggling to stay on top of my posting schedule since moving in November. But with a new Blog Ahead and a new life adventure where I set my own schedule, I should be able to get some scheduled posts set up and get back on track again!

So what is Blog Ahead? Here is the challenge in a nutshell:

From March 24th to April 7th, the goal is to schedule 14 additional posts to whatever you already have scheduled. If you have 10 posts scheduled on March 24th, then your goal should be to have 24 posts scheduled by April 7th. That’s it!

If you would like full details, or to sign up for the challenge, please visit Anna here.

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Talking About Memes #11

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

Who is your favorite children’s books author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

This is a tough one! As a child I loved E.B. White, Judy Blume, Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss. I don’t really read a lot of children’s books now, though I do read some middle grade (and a whole lot of YA). What children’s books I have read and enjoyed recently are the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony Di Terlizzi.


Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:
What are some good series for younger/ MG readers?
I don’t read a lot of MG or Children’s books, but I did enjoy The Spiderwick Chronicles and the Artemis Fowl series.

And I’ve added a new-to-me discussion called My Favorite… hosted by Maureen’s Books. Bloggers receive a weekly prompt to discuss their favorite thing about.

This week’s prompt:

Music At The Moment

Most of what I listen to is older stuff from my CD collection… and it’s predominantly all Country. At this very moment I’m listening to Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear.

**All links to Goodreads.


Bookshelf Tour #2

It’s time to take a look at my second bookcase. This set of shelves holds my non-fiction, memoir and poetry books.

We again start at the very top with a collection of some items of sentimental value for me.

Next are all of my writing books.

Below them are a variety of topics: travel, relationships, health, fitness, etc.

After that comes a selection of self-help and spiritual books.

Followed by lists and memoirs.

And we finish up this set of shelves with poetry.