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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Boos: April 2017

I was on vacation to visit my sister in April and while sometimes time off from work means reading a lot, this time I was so busy I didn't get as many read. But that's okay! I was off in Nevada having a great time. On to the books!

3. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas(eBook/Audio/Print). Obviously I love this book as this was my 4th time through in anticipation of ACOWAR coming out. I ended up listening on my flight back across the country, which was just perfect. 

2. POISON'S KISS by Breeana Shields. (ARC). This is a fast moving, fantastical story about a teen girl who kills with her kiss. very intriguing! I enjoyed it and definitely want to know what's up next in the series. 

1. GRAY WOLF ISLAND by Tracey Neithecott. (ARC). I honestly wasn't sure about this one at first. It just jumped into things and I wasn't sure about the plot. But QUICKLY...oh so quickly I was into it. It reminded me a lot of THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater...a book about a group of kind of teens (some friends, some not) on a mission in a weird world. The writing is wonderful and I ended up really liking this book! Out in October!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mom

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.