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Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts: July 31

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This is a weekly event hosted by  Bookishly Boisterous . 1. I finished We Were Liars  last weekend. Really liked it! It definitely kept me guessing. Hope to post full review tomorrow (Friday). 2. Remember how Iast week I said it rained but the heat was coming back? Yeah...the heat hasn't left. Still in the low 90's here. I hate to say it but cooler weather would be nice. I dare say I'm even looking forward to fall weather. 3. Just found out today that I won a GoodReads Giveaway!! The best part is, it's a book I'm really excited about, Cathy Lamb's new release (in August) What I Remember Most ! 4. I'm only 175pages into Harry Potter 6 . I'm liking it, I've just been busy with... 5. Peyton! Our new black lab puppy! He's named after Peyton Manning (as we're both big Broncos fans...is it football season yet?!). He's been doing really well but since he's only 7 weeks he needs a lot of attention and play time, as well as bathro

Waiting on Wednesday: Sweetness #9

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine .  The event spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  This week's WOW is thanks to my best friend and "sis" Breanne, who told me about this book! Thanks Breanne! This week, I am excited about the release of: Sweetness #9 By Stephan Eirik Clark Release Date: August 19, 2014 336 pages Genre: Contemporary Fiction From GoodReads: David Leveraux is an Apprentice Flavor Chemist at one of the world's leading flavor production houses. While testing Sweetness #9, he notices that the artificial sweetener causes unsettling side-effects in laboratory rats and monkeys. But with his career and family at risk, David keeps his suspicions to himself. Years later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetener--and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his daughter is depressed, and his son has stopped using verbs. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Own the Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's theme is Top Ten Authors I Own the Most Books from! My list does include ebooks. Here's my Top 7: 1. Nora Roberts: a total of 11! I have the Bridal Quartet (my fave of hers) and the Boonsboro trilogy, and a few others. Love her books! 2. Jodi Picoult: 7 books 3. Emily Giffin: 5 books 4. Cathy Lamb: 3 books. Recently discovered this fantastic Oregon author! 5. Stephanie Meyer: 4 books. The Twilight series of course! 6. Lauren Weisberger: 3:books 7. Barbara Delinsky: 4 books There's my list! What authors do you have the most books from? Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 11!

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In May, I participated in my first Bout of Books readathon, Bout of Books 10, and had a fantastic time! I've been eagerly awaiting the next Bout of Books...and now it's here! Here's the official blurb from the Bout of Books website: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.  For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the  Bout of Books  blog.    Goals will be posted for the Bout of Books when the readathon gets closer...you can see how I did with Bout of Books 10 here ! Not sure I will be

It's Monday, what are you reading?

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Welcome to Monday, friends! This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey . This past week I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (here's my review ) and We Were Liars ! My We Were Liars review will be up this week! I also started Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince . On the last two books in my Harry Potter summer project! Pretty excited to cross an item off of my Bookish Bucket List ! Been busy with our new puppy so I haven't gotten to read as much as, I'd like! Recently Finished:       Currently Reading:     Have a good reading week, everyone!

Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader: Part 5

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This is the fifth post in my "Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader" series! In each part of the series I will provide a review and commentary on each Harry Potter book. Don't worry--I know some of you haven't read it, so just like all my reviews, there will be no spoilers here ! Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Author: J.K. Rowling 870 pages, published June 2003 Genre: Young Adult Source: Amazon Prime Kindle Borrowing Library From GoodReads: Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected... In my review of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , I asserted that each book gets better than the book before it. I don't think this was th

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts: July 24

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This is a weekly event hosted by  Bookishly Boisterous . 1. I am now through five of the seven Harry Potter books! Started approximately six weeks ago, and I'm quite pleased with my progress! It's been the perfect summer reading project! My favorite so far is Book 4--Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I've also been watching the movies (after I finish each book). So that's been fun as well. 2. As I mentioned last week, last Saturday I saw The Book of Mormon in Portland! It was ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!!  I could not stop laughing, and at points I was laughing so hard I was crying! The dancing was FANTASTIC! Even a tap number!I highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance, especially if you are a South Park fan like me. If you are not a South Park fan, or think strong language and adult themes would bother you, you might want to sit this one out, as that sort of content is central in this musical! Anyone else seen it? What did you think?? I LOVE musicals, and t

Christmas in July Book Swap Reveal!

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Kate and Kristen at The Book Monsters hosted an awesome event this moth called the Christmas in July Book Swap! The link to my original sign up post can be found here . After signing up, Kate and Kristen did all the work organizing (Kudos to both of them!) and assigned the partners for the swap. During the sign up process, everyone provided book wish list and other items they liked. Once we received our partners, we got to go shopping and send some book mail! My partner was Terri from Second Run Reviews . Check out her blog, it's awesome!! As a theatre nerd, I love the theater theme of her blog!! She lives in Iowa, so I was super excited get a partner from a different part of the country! When her box arrived, I couldn't wait to open it! Inside, I discovered she'd even wrapped my presents (why didn't I think of that?! Sorry, Terri!). Here they are, all wrapped up pretty, including a bookmark and cute card: I made sure to open the packages first before r

Top Ten Tuesday: Stranded on an Island...with Fictional Characters!

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  Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's theme is: Top Ten Fictional Characters I'd Want With Me if I was Starnded on a Deserted Island! This topic is awesome! I picked my Top 7, so here they are, in no particular order:   * Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series: She's got survival skills and I don't. Simple as that!   *  Etienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss: gorgeous guy with an English accent? Count me in!   * Parker Brown from Nora Roberts' Bridal Quartet series: if anyone would have a plan to save us from said deserted island, this girl would! *  Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series: she loves the library and she knows magic. Would love to hang out with her! Plus she could magic our way out of trouble. Or, if we like it there, magic something to make it livable. *  Dr. Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight series: I admit it. I love Twilight. Don't hate me. Regar

It's Monday! What are you reading?

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Welcome to another Monday...this is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey . I had a busy weekend and didn't get as much reading done as I would've liked,  but have still read quite a bit in the last week! Last Monday I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , and am now over halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix .  I also recently finished Goodnight June (here's my review ). Recently Finished:       Currently Reading:     Have a good reading week, friends!

Goodnight June

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Title: Goodnight June Author: Sarah Jio 320 pages, published May 2014 Genre: Women's Fiction Source: Library I decided to read this book based on rave reviews from Brandie over at Brandie is a Book Junkie .  We have a lot of the same tastes in books (and everything, really!) so I was excited to dive into this one! June Anderson is a professionally successful banker living in New York City, but is unhappy in her personal life (though she doesn't want to admit it).  Suddenly, she receives news that her Aunt Ruby has passed away, and she is called back home to Seattle to settle Ruby's estate and decide the future of Ruby's business, Bluebird Books, a children's bookstore Ruby has owned since the 1940's. June discovers a series of letters between her aunt and the legendary Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown, and is taken on a scavenger hunt through the bookstore to learn about its literary history as she decides the fate of Bluebird Books. In my

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

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  This is a weekly event hosted by  Bookishly Boisterous . 1. I've been reading some great books lately!! I'm loving the Harry Potter series (as many of you know I'm reading them for the first time this summer) and I've also read some excellent books lately including Rainbow Rowell's Landline , and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  by Gabrielle Zevin.  Last night I finished Goodnight June by Sarah Jio, and I absolutely loved it! I've been on a string of really good reads lately, and I'm loving it!    2. I work at a university, and my office building had a "garage sale" yesterday where you could clean out your office and put any items in the sale you'd like. All items are free to other employees. Of course I had to browse! As I mention in my About Me section, my undergraduate degree is in psychology. So imagine my excitement when I found a copy of the DSM-IV! The psychology nerd in me is VERY excited about this. I know it's an

Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader: Part 4

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This is the fourth post in my "Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader" series! In each part of the series I will provide a review and commentary on each Harry Potter book. Don't worry--I know some of you haven't read it, so just like all my reviews, there will be no spoilers here ! Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Author: J.K. Rowling 734 pages, published September 2002 Genre: Young Adult Source: Amazon Prime Kindle Borrowing Library From GoodReads: The summer holidays are dragging on and Harry Potter can't wait for the start of the school year. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons (sigh) to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march ... Each book in this series is better than the book before it! How many series can you say that about? I can't think of

Top Ten Tuesday: TV shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's theme is: Top Ten Movies and TV shows--but I'm a TV junkie and decided to do my Top Ten TV shows!  Here are my all time favorites, in no particular order:   Dawson's Creek    1. Dawson's Creek  2. Friday Night Lights (Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose!)  3. So You Think You Can Dance (favorite choreographers: Mia Michaels and Travis Wall) 4. How I Met Your Mother 5.   The Big Bang Theory 6.  The Office 7. Saved By The Bell 8. Full House 9.  Boy Meets World   How I Met Your Mother 10.  Gilmore Girls  Any good shows I'm missing out on? What should I start watching on Netflix?

Landline

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Title: Landline Author: Rainbow Rowell 308 pages, published July 8,2014 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Source: purchased for myself Georgie and Neal's marriage isn't doing very well, and hasn't been for a long time.  When Christmas comes and it's time for a trip to visit Neal's family in Omaha, Georgie chooses to stay behind because of a work meeting for a new TV show she's writing with her best friend, Seth. Neal is upset and takes the kids to Omaha without her. While given sometime alone while Neal is gone, Georgie finds a way to communicate with Neal--from 1998--through her old yellow land line telephone.  Georgie feels like she's been given the opportunity to fix her marriage before it started....or would she be better off it her marriage had never happened? I absolutely love Rainbow Rowell's books, and this one is no exception.  Though all her novels are creative and unique, this book stands out. I loved the creative use of the phone as a way

Friday Favorites: Gwen Cooper

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Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here ( Tressa's Wishful Endings ), that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. As many of you know, I am an animal lover. I have four kitties at home right now, all rescues.  I grew up having animals and rescuing them in one way or another.  I am a self proclaimed "Crazy Cat Lady". Today, for Friday Favorites, I'm profiling an author, Gwen Cooper, who shares my love for rescuing animals, and wrote an amazing book on one such rescue kitty. Title: Homer's Odyssey By Gwen Cooper 299 pages, published September 2010 Genre: Memoir From GoodReads: The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a

If I Stay

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Title: If I Stay Author: Gayle Forman 201 pages, published April 2009 Genre: Young Adult Source: Library I became aware of this book after seeing it on a "books you must read before they become movies" list, and finally was able to pick it up from the library. Seventeen year old Mia is a senior in high school and faced with choices. Should she stay true to her dream of becoming a classical musician even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family behind? Then one snowy morning, everything changes after Mia and her family are in a car accident. Mia is suddenly in a coma, fighting for her life. I enjoyed the different perspective of this book.  The book starts with the car accident, and the crash and it's aftermath are told from the perspective of Mia--who is having an out-of-body experience during that time (don't worry, this isn't a spoiler--this is told in the first chapter or two). She watches the aftermath of the crash and her time in th

Waiting on Wednesday: Katwalk

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine .  The event spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. This week, I am excited for the release of: Katwalk by Maria Murnane Release Date: August 12, 2014 284 pages Genre: Women's Fiction From GoodReads: From the bestselling author who brought us Perfect on Paper and Cassidy Lane comes the tale of a young woman who wakes up one day and decides to start over. Katrina Lynden has always walked a straight line in life, an approach that has resulted in a stable career and pleased her hard-nosed parents but that has also left her feeling unfulfilled—and miserable. When her best friend suggests they quit their Silicon Valley jobs and embark on two months of adventure in New York City, Katrina balks at the idea but ultimately agrees, terrified yet proud of herself for finally doing something interesting with her life. But when her friend has to back out at the last minute, Katrina fi

Top Ten Tuesday: Blogging Confessions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week's theme is: Top Ten Book Blogging Confessions! Here we go: 1. I've been wanting to write a blog for YEARS . I finally got it together and started my book blog this year! 2. I hate it when reviews have spoilers.   Especially if it's not announced. 3. I am jealous of other blogs with awesome designs . Someday, my blog will be that cool! 4. I am jealous of everyone that got an ARC of Landline. Ridiculously excited to get the mail today, as my pre-ordered copy should be there! 5. I have way too many books on my TBR pile, and it makes me anxious. But really who doesn't? 6. I generally find it easier to write a review of a book I didn't like.  Proof that I can be over critical and pessimistic.  However, I always try to do the "sandwich a negative between positives" thing. 7. I love commenting on other blogs, but I'm bad at checking back to see if my post go

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

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Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry Author: Gabrielle Zevin 260 pages, published April 2014 Genre: Contemporary Fiction Source: Library I have been anxiously waiting to read this book since it first came out in April, after reading countless rave reviews. I am happy to say those rave reviews were spot on--this was a fantastic book. A.J. Fikry's life has taken a downturn--his wife died in a car accident, and their bookstore, Island Books, is seeing a major decline in sales. Even worse, his most prized possession--a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen.  Fikry begins to isolate himself from the outside world.  Then, a surprise is left at the bookstore for him--a two year old named Maya whose mother entrusted her care to the owner of the bookstore. A.J.  is able to start his life over again with a renewed outlook on life, all while sharing his love for books. This is a book for book lovers!  There are so many references to other books in the story, fr

It's Monay, July 7! What are you reading?

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Welcome to another Monday...this is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey . This week, I finished Aloha Also Means Goodbye (my review is here).  I also read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry  (review posted soon!) and continued my way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . In addition, I also started If I Stay (which I totally didn't realize was set in Oregon!). As you can see, I love reading multiple books at the same time! Recently Finished: Currently Reading: What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Aloha Also Means Goodbye

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  Title: Aloha Also Means Goodbye Author: Jessica Rosenberg 305 pages, published November 2013 Genre: Women's Fiction, chick lit Source: NetGalley   Note: I received this ebook from NetGalley . This is my honest review.   Jo and Jordan got married in Africa five years ago--and now they're in Hawaii for big wedding/vow renewal ceremony, planned by Jo's mother. However, Jo finds out that their marriage in Africa wasn't legal--and hasn't told anyone yet. Jo is also forced to come face to face with her past when her ex-fiancĂ© Andy shows up on the island with his kids. Luckily, her two best friends are on the island with her to help.  Will everything turned out just how her mother planned? Can Jo resolve some issues in her past?   What drew me to this book was the cover and the setting--I absolutely love Hawaii.  I do love a good chick lit beach read every now and then, and that's exactly what this book is. It's perfect for a relaxing aft

Book Blogger Quiz!

Who doesn't love a bookish quiz? This one originated from Amanda at Amanda's Nose in a Book ,  but I heard about it from Mel at Double Stacked Bookshelves . Here we go! Top Three Bookish Pet Peeves: 1. When people borrow my books and don't return them in a timely manner, or return them in worse condition, or (the worst) LOSE them. Yes, this has happened. Now I'm really selective about who I let borrow them.  They must love books as much as I do :) 2.  People bothering me when I'm reading (unless it's urgent/emergency, or an epically awesome story or update) 3.  Super small print in books.  It does not make my eyes happy. That is a great thing about the kindle, you can change the font size! Prefect Reading Spot: Ideally, on a beach or by the pool in Hawaii! In reality, my comfy couch snuggling with my kitties! But really, I can read just about anywhere. 3 Bookish Confessions: 1. I am currently reading Harry Potter for the very first time. Now that

Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader: Part 3

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In the same week I finished both Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and just this past weekend, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ! This is the third post in my "Harry Potter Through the Eyes of a First Time Reader" series! In each part of the series I will provide a review and commentary on each Harry Potter book. Don't worry--I know some of you haven't read it, so just like all my reviews, there will be no spoilers here ! Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Author: J.K. Rowling 435 pages, published September 1999 Genre: Young Adult Source: Amazon Prime Kindle Borrowing Library For the last twelve years, the wizard prison Azkaban held a prisoner named Sirius Black--convicted of killing 13 people with one curse. Now he's escaped--and there's evidence saying he's going to Hogwarts.  Harry Potter is no longer safe at Hogwarts--will Sirius Black be captured?  What really happened twelve years ago? I loved this book just as m