Book Blogger Hop #19

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:

What is your favorite part of blogging? Is there a least favorite part of blogging? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Hmmm… this one is a toughie.

I think my favorite part of blogging, at least in the book blogging world, is the community. For the most part I have found the community of book bloggers to be welcoming, supportive, friendly and fun. I also enjoy sharing my favorite books, some of which crop up repeatedly in the different memes I participate in. I also enjoy finding new authors that I’ve never tried before through other bloggers. So I guess what I’m saying is I love everything about blogging? Or at least being a book blogger?

Is there a least favorite thing? Maybe spam comments, but I have a spam blocker so they don’t interfere with my comments… and some of them are pretty hilarious. And server issues suck, but I thankfully don’t have that many of them. I’ve had a couple of security issues in the past, but not in this blogging life. So there’s really nothing that I really don’t like about blogging.

Book Beginnings~ The Crown

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 The Crown by Kiera Cass.

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

“I’m sorry,” I said, bracing myself for the inevitable backlash. When my Selection started, I’d pictured it ending this way– with dozens of my suitors leaving at a time, many of them unprepared for their moment in the spotlight to be over. But after the last few weeks, after learning how kind, how smart, how generous so many of them were, I found the mass elimination almost heartbreaking.


The Friday 56~ Confessions of a Shopaholic

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 Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

“Frugality. Simplicity. These are my new watchwords. A new, uncluttered, Zen-like life, in which I spend nothing. Spend nothing.”

Thursday Quotables~ The Selection


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 Selection.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)


Originally, I had been looking for friendly faces, girls I might want to hang out with while I was there. I’d never really had a friend.


I smiled back. Yes, it was all wrong, but some good would come out of this.


I looked over to my jar. I picked it up and felt the penny slide around, so lonely.
“Me, too,” I whispered. “Me, too.”

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ The Winner’s Crime

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 Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. In this scene, Kestrel and Arin are fighting over her decision to marry the prince. {pg. 115}

The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

“The law is written by the sword. The emperor holds the sword, not you, and if he says that I am not to be burdened by a tiresome post, who are we to disagree? Come, let’s not quarrel. The tea is nice isn’t it? A little too steeped, though. I might not finish my cup.”
Arin’s expression was turning dangerous. “So we’re to talk about tea?”
“Would you prefer chocolate?”

On Why I’ll Never Conquer My TBR

I think I’ve pretty much covered all of the reasons why I’ll never conquer my TBR in other posts, but wanted to pull them all together in a nice comprehensive list for all to see…

~ I read from multiple genres
Which means that there are so many amazing new books being released every month! If I only read from one genre, there may be 3 or 4 really good books released during the average month that I want to add, but with so many genres to choose from, that goes up exponentially!

Free stock photo of books, bookshop, school, ladder

~ I read in multiple formats
And I look for different books in each format. Physical books are the ones I really love and will probably want to keep. These are my top authors and series… and ones with pretty covers I find at the book store. Ebooks are those that I want but don’t necessarily want to pay a lot for, so can get for free or pretty cheap through Kindle sales. This is where I try out new authors and series that look good. And then there’s audiobooks, which is pretty much anything that looks remotely interesting and is currently available through Kindle Unlimited.

~ I buy a lot of books
I love them and if I have any extra money {and sometimes when I don’t} I buy books. I would rather buy books than clothes or shoes or makeup like many women do. The only things that I buy with an regularity that comes even close to books is nail polish and hair accessories.

Free stock photo of books, room, library, bookcase

~ I like everything
Seriously, I enjoy most books, so I like everything and am pretty willing to try almost anything {I have some taboo topics}, so I want to add all the books to my TBR.

~ Blogger friends recommend so many books
Because I like everything, I also read a lot of blogs and follow bloggers who specialize in different genres and therefore see recommendations of so many good books I haven’t seen on my own. I therefore must add all of these books to my TBR immediately.

Free stock photo of wood, person, woman, relaxation

~ Life gets in the way
This is the biggest obstacle to ever completing my TBR. If only I could read all day long, but there’s that thing called work, and everything that comes with it. Maybe someday they will actually pay bloggers for all of the work we do to share the books we love!

What are the reasons your TBR is beyond control?

Top Ten Tuesday~ Take Me to Your Leader

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is characters who would make great leaders. These are all books who contain characters who are great leaders.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Luke- The Mortal Instruments

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Tobias aka Four- Divergent

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

Hermione- Harry Potter

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

America- The Selection

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Thomas- The Maze Runner

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Annabeth- Percy Jackson

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Peeta- The Hunger Games

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

Matthew- A Discovery of Witches

Late for the Wedding (Lake/March, # 3)

Lavinia- Late for the Wedding

Naked in Death (In Death, #1)

Eve- In Death

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

Down the TBR Hole #20

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:

Under the Table: Saucy Tales from Culinary School

Under the Table by Katherine Darling
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added February 20, 2012

As she goes from clueless amateur to certified chef, Katherine and her quirky fellow students learn the secrets behind the art of French cooking and frequently find themselves the objects of scorn and ridicule as their teachers wage psychological warfare over steaming pots of bisque. The kitchen, they soon discover, is no place for soft-hearted romantics. It’s a cutthroat world, and no one ever made a soufflé without breaking a few eggs — or cracking a few heads together. From the basics to the final exam, Darling reveals everything that goes into the making of a chef.

Verdict: Keep

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken by Laura Schenone
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added February 20, 2012

James Beard Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family’s homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.

Verdict: Remove

It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been by BJ Gallagher
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added February 25, 2012

Dreams deferred are dreams that die — a process that can take the dreamer along with them. Gallagher believes it’s never too late to revisit, and relive, one’s deepest desires. Writing in her trademark warm and witty style, Gallagher argues that rather than spend endless time trying to find oneself, one should start creating oneself by returning to basic life wishes. It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been, based on the famous George Eliot quote, combines sage advice, step-by-step guidelines, and inspirational push. Individual chapters include “Attitude is Everything,” “Mind Over Matter, Matters,” “Remembering Your Forgotten Dreams and Realizing Them,” and “It’s Never Too Late to Have a New Career.” Written for those who struggle with discovering their purpose in life — whether a nervous college graduate facing the future, a 40-something mom seeking renewal, or those who have been recently laid off — this book explains how to listen to and honor one’s inner voice.

Verdict: Remove


Dirrty by Celia Juliano
Fiction; Romance; Contemporary
Added February 25, 2012

Chiara believed she’d buried her dirty girl self under her role as a proper wife and mother. But when she gives into a naughty impulse to flirt with a hot construction worker, the persona her soon-to-be-ex husband and traditional Italian American family expect breaks down. Can she build a new life, or will everything crumble around her?

Rocco thought he knew what he wanted from Chiara—the same thing he always wanted from a hot woman. Something is different about Chiara, though, and Rocco soon decides he’s willing to play dirty to get her in his bed—and his life. When his troubled past resurfaces, Rocco’s determination falters, especially when he slams into the biggest obstacle of all—Chiara’s mistrust of him, and their love. But he knows Chiara’s walls can come down—and he’s good with a sledgehammer.

Verdict: Remove

Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days

Be Fearless by Jonathan Alpert
Nonfiction; Self Help
Added February 25, 2012

Most people have something that gnaws at them at night, a mess or unrealized dream somewhere in their lives that causes them to feel stuck, out of control, overwhelmed, incomplete, and dissatisfied. They want to run away, back away, and ignore what they fear–whether it’s a demanding boss, unsatisfying sex life, or distant love interest, but they can’t. The fear finds them anyway. It’s always there, and it’s the source of all of their unhappiness. It’s what lies behind every problem, and it’s what stands between them and the lives they were meant to live.

Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert wants readers to know one thing: you can face your fear and create your ultimate life-and you can do it quickly. You can find your dream job. You can end that dead end relationship and get the love you want and deserve. You can overcome perfectionism, procrastination, panic, worry, rejection, failure, excuses and even the people in your life who keep telling you that you can’t. You can turn your dreams into reality. You can find happiness, success and love. And you don’t need years of therapy or even medications to do it.

Verdict: Remove

Removed 4/5 this week for 68/100. So far I’ve removed almost 70% of the books I’ve revisited. I’d say that’s pretty good… of course I’ve only touched 100 of 3100 books on my list, but we’ll get there!

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

Posted in TBR

My Week in Review 2017 #44

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:

Well the time has come! As you are reading this on Sunday, I am most likely driving up to Washington, ready to begin my new adventure. As of this writing {on Thursday}, I still have no idea where I will be living, though I do have somewhere I can stay in the short term if needed. I have several inquiries out and more applications in, so I’m really hoping that something will come through soon! It’s a frustrating process, but I am trying to remain positive. Something will turn up soon…

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #43
Down the TBR Hole #19
Top Ten Tuesday~ Paranormal Experiences
On How I Choose Books
Blog Ahead Wrap Up
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

This Week on the Blog:

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


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:

Lost in Her (K2 Team, #4)

Lost in Her

Recently Completed:

Wrong Place, Right Time (The Bourbon Street Boys, #2)  Every Day Is a Blessing: 365 Illuminations to Lift the Spirit

Wrong Place, Right Time//Every Day a Blessing

Up Next on TBR:

Sweet as Sin (Bad Habit, #1)

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:

In the Heir (Westerly Billionaire, #1)

In the Heir



Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1) Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)

Down the Rabbit Hole//The Girl from Everywhere//Ever the Hunted

Kindle First:

The Silver Music Box

The Silver Music Box


Ready for Wild

Ready for Wild

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