Saturday, May 13, 2017


My mom will most likely never read this, but I wanted to list why she's so awesome in honor of Mother's Day:

  • She never ever told me what I could and could not read. I am so grateful for this both because it meant she never embarrassed me by being "that mom" who questioned my teacher's curricula, but also because I experienced new things when I wanted to. YA lit didn't really exist when I was a teenager and I'm glad she never stopped me from reading my sexy Danielle Steel novels or stupid Sweet Valley University books. (Just kidding, SVU is awesome!)
  • She made me a country/city mouse. I grew up in a pretty rural area. When I was really little we had goats and pigs as animals. It was country, y'all. But my mom grew up in McLean and always took us to the "big city" to see family, go shopping, and to see stuff! I had A LOT of friends growing up who hadn't been past a 30 mile radius of our little non-town. I always felt more worldly than someone who grew up in a more rural area. I am so so grateful for that! 
  • She is a professional silver-lining finder! It's why when I travel and it rains, I don't really care. Find the silver lining! You're having a bad day? Find something positive to focus on. Not to say we're all just sunshine and rainbows, but, she often influences finding the positive.
  • She is a lover of fine things and oh boy has this passed on to me! Sure, we both like the simpler things in life, but put either of us in front of a rack of black shirts and we can pick out the most expensive one first. She used to get this Erno Lazlo soap that was fairly expensive, but she loved it and I totally get it now- Treat yoself! Especially when it comes to face products and handbags. 
  • She loves a theme.
  • She makes birthdays incredibly special.
  • She loves coffee more than almost anyone I know. 
  • She watches and loves Pretty Little Liars with me.
  • She makes a mean pot roast.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Boos: March 2017

5. THE EMPEROR'S BLADES by Brian Staveley. (Audio). I liked this book and it reminded me a bit of GAME OF THRONES with the quest for the throne and family drama and fighting and stuff. I think I might try reading book two to see if I like it more in that format. I also could have used more romance:) 

4. THE GREAT HUNT by Wendy Higgins. This is a fantastic story with amazing tension between the main character and the boy she is set up to be with. I thought the story flowed well and was exciting. Looking forward to book two!
3. THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston. (ARC). I was lucky enough to run an event at my job with Lesley and a few other authors and it was great! I really liked this book! It's about a badass girl and I thought the side characters were so good, too. Gladiator is a favorite movie of mine so reading the female YA version was great. AND Lesley is hilarious and so nice in person! Definitely go see her if you ever can. 

2. THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi. This book was incredible. I absolutely love Roshani's writing style and I took note of so many beautiful lines. It was taking me forever to read it because I kept rereading beautiful passages. I highly recommend this book! It's a beautifully written love story. 

1. THE WRATH & THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh. (Audio and Print). Wowwww! So good! I loved this story and was totally enraptured while reading it. Renee was at the same event Lesley was at and she is so nice and lovely. This book is definitely a favorite of mine.