Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables~ Face the Fire


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 Nora Roberts’s Face the Fire.

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island, #3)


Let her go, his mind ordered. Just let her go. If this is fate, it can’t be beaten. Shouldn’t be, for the good of the whole, fought against.


Let go. Just let go, and you won’t be alone. It’s so hard to be alone.


Once he’d realized he wanted the hotel, the rest was a matter of patience, canniness, and careful strategy. It had been important not to let his father know that the Magick Inn was the single family asset he coveted.


In-the-gut happy, she mused, and sighed. How many people were, when it came right down to it? Wasn’t it just as important to be satisfied, fulfilled, successful? And wasn’t it essential to any level of happiness to feel in control of your life?

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Wanderlost

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 Wanderlost by Jen Malone. Aubree is at breakfast the first day of the tour in this scene, completely overwhelmed. {pg. 75-76}


It tuns out pancakes are kind of a “thing” in the Netherlands, at least according to our server. She hands me a menu with topping combinations I guarantee IHOP has never even heard of. Um, shawarma pancakes? Pepperoni pancakes? Rabbit-and-deer-topped pancakes?! Swear to God. They’re on my menu.
“Could I please have butter and maple syrup pancakes?” I ask the waitress. She looks disappointed.


On Who I Used to Be as a Reader {In my 20s & 30s}

I have shared my reading story here in the past, but it’s been a while and I have quite a few new readers, so I thought I would  share it again as part of my new discussion series. I’ll be sharing my story in two parts, the past {my 20s & 30s} and my present {40s}. This week I’ll be sharing my past.

I was always a reader and was introduced to Harlequin romances in high school. I started devouring them. I could read one of the standard Harlequin Presents in a few hours. At the time, Harlequin {and Silhouette} had programs set up where you got the entire selection for a certain imprint each month {I don’t know if they still do this}. And I signed up for them all. Or at least most of them. I was getting approximately 25 books each month, just through Harlequin and Silhouette.

I started looking for other books by my favorite Harlequin authors and found the wider world of romance and historical romance, so these books started joining my shelves as well. Since I was still getting the imprints each month, I was now adding somewhere around 30 or more books each month. And reading around 15-20.

This love of romance, and the exploration of additional books by my favorite authors lead me to romantic suspense books and I was instantly hooked. I soon shifted to wanting a little more substance in my plots than just the romance itself, so my monthly deliveries stopped as I entered my thirties and I started increasing my collection of romantic suspense, as well as other longer, mainstream romances.

Unfortunately, it was also in my thirties that I stopped reading at a high level. I was working longer hours and doing other things outside of work and reading just didn’t seem to happen as often. My bookshelves were filled to overflowing with Harlequin and Silhouette imprints, historical romance, mainstream romance, and romantic suspense. I was still purchasing new books, because the book love was still there, but I was only getting through 1 or 2 books a month.

Getting laid off and being unemployed towards the end of my thirties brought me back to reading for a while. It also brought about the start of a change in my reading tastes. Two significant books came into my life the last year of my thirties to spark this change in direction… the Harry Potter series and Eat, Pray, Love.

Next week I’ll share where those books have taken me into my forties!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Family Wishes

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. As TTT is currently on hiatus, I am posting a selection of freebie topics in July. This week I decided to share the top ten fictional families I would like to join. I find it interesting that most of these are large families and almost all are mostly brothers with 1 or maybe 2 sisters.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)

The Weasley Family
Who doesn’t love the Weasley family? They are loving and supportive of each other, always having each other’s back {even Percy, ultimately}. And they easily adopted Harry and Hermione into their family along with the members of the Order, including them and caring for them as they would their own.

The MacGregors: Serena & Caine (The MacGregors, #1 -2) The MacGregors: Alan & Grant (The MacGregors, #3-4) The MacGregor Brides (MacGregors, #6) The MacGregor Grooms (MacGregors, #8) The MacGregors: Daniel & Ian (The MacGregors #0.2, #5)

The MacGregor Family
While the patriarch of this family is a wiley old matchmaker, he truly does want the best for his kids and grandchildren. This is one of those really close extended families where everyone is there for each other and the cousins are best friends.

Love Only Once (Malory-Anderson Family, #1) Tender Rebel (Malory-Anderson Family, #2) Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family, #3) The Magic of You (Malory-Anderson Family, #4) Say You Love Me (Malory-Anderson Family, #5) The Present (Malory-Anderson Family, #6) A Loving Scoundrel (Malory-Anderson Family, #7) Captive of My Desires (Malory-Anderson Family, #8) No Choice But Seduction (Malory-Anderson Family, #9) That Perfect Someone (Malory-Anderson Family, #10) Stormy Persuasion (Malory-Anderson Family, #11) Beautiful Tempest (Malory-Anderson Family, #12)

The Malory & Anderson Families
This family of scoundrels is incredibly devoted to each other and while the men may be promiscuous rakes until they meet their soul mates, they are utterly protective of their nieces. In this family, you always know that the other members have your back.

Kiss and Tell (T-FLAC, #2) Hide and Seek (T-FLAC, #3) In Too Deep (T-FLAC, #4) Out of Sight (T-FLAC, #5) On Thin Ice (T-FLAC #6)

The Wright Family
Another close knit family… of warrior men. Again, super close brothers, protective of their sister and eventual wives and children.

To the Edge (The Bodyguards, #1) To the Limit (The Bodyguards, #2) To the Brink (The Bodyguards, #3) Into the Dark (The Bodyguards, #6)

The Garrett Family
Another family of warriors, though the women in this one are warriors too. This family takes in their friends as well, keeping them all super close. And they keep things sane with wicked games of croquet.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

The Lightwood Family
While this isn’t necessarily the best family, they did accept Jace into their family and treat him as one of their own. And all of the kids are awesome, so the parents must have done something right. Plus the whole Shadowhunter thing would be awesome.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2) The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4) The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

The Jackson Family
Percy’s mom is probably the best mom I’ve ever come across. She would do anything necessary to protect her son, but still provides him with love and a normal {ish} life. She accepts his friends into their family, and even his very interesting half brother. And then there’s his dad, I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want Poseidon as their dad? He may be a god, and maybe he broke his vow, but he at least watched over his sons and acknowledges them, providing them with what help he can.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #1) Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #2) Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #3)

The Keeley Family
Any family who has regular game nights is one that I want to be a part of. And this family not only has fun together on game night, but they also support each other through challenges.

Highly Illogical Behavior

The Reed Family
I have never read about a more supportive family. They aren’t perfect, and sometimes their choices aren’t the best, but they are there for their son 100%. I would love to have that kind of understanding and support in my own life.

Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1) Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) Play with Me (With Me in Seattle, #3) Rock with Me (With Me in Seattle, #4) Safe with Me (With Me in Seattle, #5) Tied with Me (With Me in Seattle, #6) Breathe with Me (With Me in Seattle, #7) Forever with Me (With Me in Seattle, #8)

The Williams & The Montgomery Families
These two families are both incredibly close and have both accepted Natalie as a part of their families, intertwining the two families together. Not only are they full of hot men, they are full of men who are respectful and supportive to the women in the family.

** All covers link to Goodreads


Down the TBR Hole #3

One of the newer memes that I found and fell in love with is Down the TBR Hole by Lost in a Love Story. I found this meme featured on Bursting with Books and had never seen anything like it, but I loved the concept. Essentially you go through your Goodreads TBR shelf and take another look at the books that have been hanging out there for a while. You then determine whether you want to keep the book on your TBR or remove it.

As I was starting to put together my version of this project meme, I started to find other similar ones, like Perspective of a Writer‘s Keep it or Skip it. As I liked the name, I decided to keep mine to the premise created in Down the TBR Hole:

  • 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?

As I have over 3000 books on my TBR shelf right now, I anticipate this project will take me well into 2018 to complete!

Here are this week’s selections:

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

365 Thank Yous by John Kralik
Nonfiction; Self Help; Memoir
Added September 17, 2011

I would try to find one person to thank each day. One person to whom I would write a thank-you note. By the end of the year, I would have used up the stationery. I would have written 365 thank yous.

Verdict: Remove

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
Nonfiction; Books; Memoir
Added September 17, 2011

When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called “The Streak.” Alice’s father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

Verdict: Remove

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
Nonfiction; Food; Memoir
Added September 17, 2011

Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world–a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities. In Garlic and Sapphires, Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us–along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews–her remarkable reflections on how one’s outer appearance can influence one’s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.

Verdict: Remove

Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages

Forgotten Bookmarks by Michael Popek
Nonfiction; Books
Added November 7, 2011

It’s happened to all of us: we’re reading a book, something interrupts us, and we grab the closest thing at hand to mark our spot. It could be a train ticket, a letter, an advertisement, a photograph, or a four-leaf clover. Eventually the book finds its way into the world-a library, a flea market, other people’s bookshelves, or to a used bookstore. But what becomes of those forgotten bookmarks? What stories could they tell?

Verdict: Remove

My Life as Laura: How I Searched for Laura Ingalls Wilder and Found Myself

My Life as Laura by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson
Nonfiction; Memoir
Added November 7, 2011

Kelly Kathleen Ferguson needed to know-was connecting with her lifelong heroine the key to knowing herself? She decided to find out. Kelly donned a prairie dress and retraced the pioneer journey of Laura Ingalls Wilder. From Wisconsin to Minnesota, South Dakota to Missouri, she explored Laura’s past and her own. Part travelogue, part memoir and part social commentary, My Life as Laura shows how a relationship with a pioneer girl who lived in little houses long ago can give a sense of purpose for today.

Verdict: Remove {Though as I was getting my links together, I discovered this title is available through Kindle Unlimited, so I might still read it}.

Wow, this week I ended up removing all 5 books! I think that will probably happen now and again, especially with these older books. And for those of you who may be wondering, there will be some fiction coming up! Most of the older books still on my Goodreads shelf are nonfiction, so as I work through the older stuff {remember over 3000 books} you’ll start to see fiction more and more.

So current stats… 5/5 this week, 10/15 overall

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

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2017 #27

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 was a short week this week with the holiday, so I tried to get some things done around the house and on the blog. I also tried to focus on some more reading. I got really behind on reading everyone’s posts, so I’m trying to get caught up. Especially since I head out for my second work trip on Monday and this one is a little longer. I’ll be gone 4 days this time. I’m still trying to work out if I’ll be able to stop in Seattle for a couple of days after this trip, but I’m thinking that’s probably not going to happen. I miss it though… and my friends.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2017 #26
Down the TBR Hole #2
Top Ten Tuesday~ My Fictional Crushes
On What Makes a 5-Star Read
Cat Thursday #27
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Remember Me?
Thursday Quotables~Gemina
The Friday 56~ The Heir
Book Beginnings~ The Young Elites
Book Blogger Hop #1

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #3
Top Ten Tuesday~ Fictional Families I Want to Join
On Who I Used to be as a Reader
Cat Thursday #28
Thirsty Thursdays & Hungry Hearts~ Wanderlost
Thursday Quotables~The One
The Friday 56~ Flawed
Book Beginnings~ Geek Girl
Book Blogger Hop #2


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:

The Second Chance Cafe (Hope Springs #1)  Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3)  Hello, Sunshine

The Second Chance Cafe//Island of Glass//Hello, Sunshine

Recently Completed:

Catching Jordan  Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy, #2)

Catching Jordan//Bay of Sighs

Up Next on TBR:

From Rocket Boys to October Sky: How the Classic Memoir Rocket Boys Was Written and the Hit Movie October Sky Was Made  Summer Return

From Rocket Boys to October Sky//Summer Return

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.

New to the Shelves:

Kindle Unlimited {audio}:

Stealing Parker

Stealing Parker

Net Galley {eARC}:

Bookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1)

Bookishly Ever After

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

The Friday 56

The Friday 56~ The Heir

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 Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

“When Gavril announced my name, it took me a second to remember exactly what I was supposed to be doing. But I stood and walked across the stage, and assumed my place in front of the microphone.”

Book Blogger Hop

Joining In: Book Blogger Hop #1

Yep, I’ve done it again… added yet another meme to my list for the year. After seeing this meme on several blogs that I follow, I decided to go ahead and jump in. And when I saw that the questions are planned out through mid-2018, I knew this was the meme for me!

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:
In one sentence, describe your passion for reading. (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

As I have grown and changed, so has my passion for reading, opening my life to a myriad of adventures and experiences I couldn’t live without.

I have so much more to say, but that’s a succinct as I can make it in one sentence!