Sunday, March 31, 2013

Showcase Sunday and Stacking the Shelves




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books Biscuits and Tea. Stacking the Shelves goes live on Saturdays and Showcase Sunday on....wait for it...Sundays!

What an awesome sauce week for review books:



Bang by Lisa McMann - I wasn't totally in love with the first book in this series but I want to see where she goes with it so I'm excited to read this second one. This one doesn't come out until October, I believe.

The Registry by Shannon Stoker - dystopian and I LOVE the cover! This one doesn't come out until June.

Bound Together by Chris Brauns - a Christian non-fiction. This is for an upcoming blog tour. Interested to read this book as it is about how we are bound together by the choices we make, both good and bad.

It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad by Josh Wolf - Wolf is a stand up comedian. I've just finished this one so a review is coming soon.

The Leadership Style of Jesus by Michael Youssef - I love leadership books and tying it to Jesus makes it even better. This looks really good.

The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern - I've loved all of hers I've read so I'm beyond excited to be approved for this one and to read her again! This one comes out towards the end of April.




Your turn! What did you add to your book stacks? Leave me a link so I can see what you got.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

{ARC Review} The Kiddie Table - I Hate Picture Books


Title: I Hate Picture Books
Author: Timothy Young (website)
Illustrator: Timothy Young
Genre: Kids Picture Books
This title was released on March 29, 2013

I received this title from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much!

This week's Kiddie Table is a fun one. First, the cover is adorable. I love the angry looking little boy. As the mom of a 4 year old and 6 year old boy, I have personally gone through the "I hate picture books" stage...they are for babies. 

This book tells the story of little Max, who one day decides that he hates picture books and proceeds to collect them all up to throw them all away. Only thing is that he learns that it the imagination of the reader that makes a book. Does he get rid of them all or does he decide to keep them?

The illustrations (by the author himself) were really, really good and so appropriate for the book. Both of my boys enjoyed this story and laughed throughout it. And the best thing? They went into their rooms to find some of their old picture books. That's a win for sure.

I'd love to own a phyical copy of this to read. It was just as fun for me as it was for them. I recommend it to both boys and girls around the ages of 3 to 7ish.

If you have kids, what is your favorite one to read? If no kids, what is your favorite from your childhood? Do share!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature and Follow #4


I love to find new blogs to read. If you do too, then Feature and Follow is great for you! There are usually hundreds of blogs linked up so there's always a new to me blog to find.



This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Want to play?

Grab the button and make a post. Let people know how you want them to follow you. 
Follow Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read plus the two Featured Bloggers each week.
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Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – and how did you react?

I've read many books that have had emotional scenes but the one that stands out the most was a current read. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn completely messed me up. I haven't even written a review of it yet because I am still processing. Good golly miss molly, was I all over the place with that one. What about you? If you participated leave your link so I can visit!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway - Sidekick, the Misadventures of the New Scarlet Knight by Pab Sungenis


Title: Sidekick: The Misadventures of the New Scarlet Knight
Author: Pab Sungenis (website)(Facebook)(Twitter)
Pages: 216
Genre: YA
Source: Month9Books provided a copy for an honest review
Rating: Fun!

Tickled to be the next stop of the Sidekicks Blog Tour. I was eager to review this book because it is not my usual genre. In a word it was fun. 

A short summary from the publisher:

Bobby Baines is in high school, which is bad enough. But things go from bad to worse when his hero, Scarlet Knight, dies. Bobby is forced to take up his mantel, becoming the new Scarlet Knight. Only Scarlet Knight never had to deal with eeking out a passing grade in math, keeping his fellow sidekicks in check, or stopping a giant squid from bearing down on his high school and crushing everyone inside. All this while trying to get the girl! It’s going to take a lot more than a cape, sword and fancy watch to fill Scarlet’s Knight’s shoes. After all, Bobby Baines is no super hero, he’s a Sidekick!
Sidekick was a fairly short book but was packed to the brim with action. I thought the wise-cracking Baines was a hoot.  He was just trying to find himself in the world. His normal 17 year old problems are compounded by the death of the Scarlet Knight and he steps into his role. I love his matter of fact way of telling the story and showing things from his perspective.

Honestly, I had a bit of a hard time keeping all the characters straight but that didn't stop me from casting all of them for a movie version as I went along. Would be so fun to watch this as a film. 

There were great secondary characters which were likeable but I would have liked to have seen them fleshed out a bit more. I loved the interaction between the Sidekicks though.

There was a touch of mystery and a touch of romance and I thought it was well wrapped together to leave the reader feeling flat out happy...such a fun read.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves comic books, lots of action, a wise-cracking main character and a fun, light read.

About the author:



Born in the swamps of Southern New Jersey, Pab Sungenis developed a childhood fascination with cartooning and drew a daily strip for his own amusement for two years before realizing he couldn’t draw. He wound up in broadcasting, worked for numerous stations including WSBU, WOND, WMGM, WSKR, WBNJ, WWBZ, and WKTU. He describes his drawing ability as like that of “a mentally challenged rhinoceros on a Ny-Quil bender”, but thanks to the wonders of photo-manipulation and computer image editing, on February 8, 2006 he found himself creating The New Adventures of Queen Victoria, which has appeared ever since, first on Comicssherpa.com., and now in online syndication with gocomics.com. Pab Sungenis is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to SIDEKICK: THE MISADVENTURES OF THE NEW SCARLET KNIGHT.




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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blog Tour - Goodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester





Title: Goodnight, Brian
Author: Steven Manchester
Pages: 308 pages
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: This title was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: Sweet story!

Brian Mauretti was born healthy but when his pediatrician switched his formula,  his health took a turn for the worst. The food that was supposed to be nourishing him was actually make him sick. The doctors said that the damage was permanent but his grandmother, known as Mama, was full of faith that everything they said he won't ever do, he will do.

This was one of the sweetest stories that I have ever read. Although the writing was a bit more simplistic that I would have liked, his writing did make me feel for these characters. This story is full of life lessons and overcoming of obstacles but there was so much packed into the 308 pages, I wish some things had been left out. It could be a bit overwhelming.

It was full of interesting and well developed characters but Mama was the best. She was fiercely loyal, gave unconditional love, and taught everyone the lessons they needed to grow faith in God. Her love for Italy and her stories of her childhood rang so true that it was easy to get lost in her memories.

Brian overcame obstacles because of Mama's faith and her determination that nothing was going to keep her grandson from being who God wanted him to be....whole, and completely himself with no apologies. I loved that she believed so fully in him. That he was going to be ok and that even though Brian was written off by his doctors, she was never going to write him off.

The only things I had issue with were small. The parents seemed to be strangely absent. Mama seemed to have all four grandkids all on her own even though she seemed as if she would actually be too old to handle them all. Other than that, I found the story to be delightful. This was an emotional story about faith and family and love above all. That when it comes down to it, with God and our family by our side we can do or be anything we want to.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories that are filled with faith and hope or overcoming the bad that life sometimes deals us. Goodnight, Brian was an emotional roller coaster that ended on a satisfying note, leaving me with a full heart. 




About the author:

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestseller TWELVE MONTHS and PRESSED PENNIES, THE UNEXPECTED STORM: The Gulf War Legacy, and JACOB EVANS, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly N ews. Recently, three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Recommend the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme at The Broke and the Bookish


This week's theme: Books I Recommend the Most.

These are the only books that I have really ever gushed about. Technically I have a Top Ten list since there are 7 Harry Potter books. Excited to see everyone else's list.

Any of the Harry Potter books. I loved them. I even have re-read them.  I don't normally re-read. 

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan (my review). This book was incredible and I always gush about it when given the chance. "This book sucked me in" is so overused on book blogs but oh my golly, this book sucked me in. I would literally blink and wonder where the heck I actually was because I thought I was listening to Tim tell his story.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. (my review) Whenever someone else does a review, I fangirl all over this one again! Incredible story, excellent world building, great characters and my #1 book boyfriend...the Darkling. Swoon.

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead. (my review) Another one that I rave about. Such an interesting story with a male (!) POV and amnesia   Plus, I loved all the references to Henry David Thoreau.  And I won an autographed copy of this. Made my little book lovin' heart go all pitter patter.

What do you rave about? Participating in this week's Top Ten? Leave me a link so I can see your list!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Shark Tales by Barbara Corcoran - Thoughts on a Business Book



Title: Shark Tales (How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business)
Author: Barbara Corcoran with Bruce Littlefield
Pages: 291
Genre: Business
Source: library loan (they bought a copy per my request...thanks library!)
Rating: Mixed Bag

This title was originally published as If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails. It's a good thing the title changed or I never would have picked up this book. Even though that old title is explained through a story in the book, I dislike it. Strongly. This edition has been re-edited and content from the show has been added.

My Favorite got me addicted to the show Shark Tank and Barbara is one of the Sharks. She is firm but fair on the show and I really like how she deals with the entrepreneurs that pitch their ideas. I follow several of the Sharks on my other Twitter account and something was said about her book so I looked it up.

It's a mix of stories from her childhood and how the lessons her mom taught her helped her in her business. To go from $1,000 loan to being New York City's Queen of Real Estate is quite impressive and I was highly interested in learning how she did it. I enjoyed her stories and nodded my head at her "lessons" but, and maybe it's just me, but I didn't really find anything that I could relate to my own business. Guess I am not thinking outside the box as much as I should.

It was a light and fairly quick read but it isn't a book that I would gush about. I'd recommend it to other fans of Barbara's who would like to learn more about her upbringing but if you are looking for a book to make you rich, this isn't it.

Anyone else like Shark Tank or business type books? I'm always looking for books like that so if you know of any that are excellent, please share in the comments or send me an email or tweet at me on Twitter.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

{ARC Review} The Kiddie Table - a review of Willie the Taxi Cat





Title: Willie the Taxi Cat
Author: Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan
Illustrator: Eva M. Sakmar-Sullivan
Genre:
Children's

Source: I received this title in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: Releases this Friday, March 29, 2013!

This is a super cute, simple counting book. Willie the Taxi cat drives around an assortment of different animals. The great illustrations and rhyming verse made this a fun one to read.

My 6 year old, Cole, said: "That was funny, Mom!"
My 4 year old, Ian, said: "I liked all the animals."

We've read this one several times over and I've enjoyed it too.

Great book for the little ones!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Launch Your Life by Kenny Silva - Thoughts



Title: Launch Your Life
Author: Kenny Silva
Pages: 247 
Genre: Self Help, Christian
Rating: great idea!
Source: Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

The entire time I read this book, I kept saying "launch yo self" over and over. It was a good thing!

One of my favorite types of books to read is self-help and this one with the Christian bent, made it even more interesting. Author Silva covers the basics to launching your life after college. That stage of not quite fully grown but almost. I've been fully grown for a while now but I still enjoyed the tips presented here. One of my favorite parts of the book was the combination of ideas with a Biblical follow up. Behind each great idea is the verse from the Bible that it was taken from. I really loved that. 

This guide covers many items on starting out life, in the best way possible. Things such as networking, resume writing, dealing with parents, friendships, fiances...they were all covered. Clear ideas and tips make it easy to turn to just the chapter you need to read right now. And the chapters have tabs for the big sections: Identity  Career, Fiances, Home and Growth. I love that the chapters have a notes section at the end. It is helpful to read a section and take notes on that end sheet. It also includes a blank calendar at the end, as well as a business card holder and pockets to hold misc papers. You really can have it all in one place with this handy little life guide.

Another awesome inclusion was the author's personal stories. I always "learn" faster with a "hands on" aspect and these stories gave me that in a printed form. I could see what he intended his point to be from his included personal story. 

I would highly recommend this title to those who are just graduating from high school or college or for anyone who would like a back to basics guide to remind them of the essentials. 

Feature and Follow #3


I love to find new blogs to read. Feature and Follow is a quick way to do just that.

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.



Simple rules:


Grab the button and make a post. Let people know how you want them to follow you. 
Follow Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read plus the two Featured Bloggers each week.
Put your blog name and your Feature and Follow post url in the linky below.
Go find some new blogs to follow and share the love.

Easy peezy lemon breezy!

This week's featured bloggers are:  Shiloh Walker and Cherie Reads.

Want to keep in touch with me? There are lots of different ways. You can 
follow me on Twitter (follow button on right), add me to your RSS feed, follow me on bloglovin' (follow button on right) or friend me on Goodreads.  See? I'm all over the place. Literally.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?


Oooh, guilty reading pleasure? I'd have to say young adult books. Since I am a good 20 years more A(dult) than Y(oung). I think that I enjoy them so much because they are usually quick reads and they are different from my life. As a single mom of two little boys, I don't really want to read about single moms with kids. I'd rather read about someone completely different from me. What about you?



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo - Thoughts



Title: Love and Other Perishable Items
Author: Laura Buzo
Pages: 243
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: library loan
Rating: Really enjoyed

This title was originally published in Australia as Good Oil.  I have no idea why that would be the title because it never mentions anything remotely related. I have enjoyed every single Australian author that I have read and this was no exception. I saw this on a blog awhile ago and was immediately intrigued when I read the story is about a girl who falls for an older guy. Fifteen year old Amelia begins working at a supermarket named Cole's where she meets 21 year old Chris.  She is funny and honest and smart and she gets his attention but they both know it will never work. Right?

The writing style was wonderful. Here are two of my favorite quotes:


Then she said, "You are pretty passionate about your unhappiness, aren't you, Chris?" I looked right back at her and said, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well."
and
He eyes her as you would a big juicy steak after a six-day hike eating only dehydrated vegetables. I know the look.

This is one of those "it made me laugh, it made me cry" types of books.  Amelia was awesome and Chris is so likable. He sounded like someone that I would crush on myself. The hot older guy that treats you well and laughs at your jokes? Yes, please. The cast of secondary characters were well rounded as well. And the dialogue? You know how I am about believable dialogue and this one was full of it.

Love and Other Perishable Items was an interesting story and ended on a good note. I would recommend it to anyone who has loved an older guy or those who enjoy smart YA contemporaries. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I HAD to Have That I Haven't Read Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is the books that we had to buy but haven't yet read. I picked 10 off the shelves closest to me because I had to narrow it down somehow. I am really bad about reading library and review books over books that I own. I haven't bought many books lately but I can be quite bad about needing all the shiny books I see on other blogs.


 All of the Lord of the Rings books. In tradepaper back AND movie tie-in editions. And I haven't read a one. Not a single one. Nada. Hangs head in shame.











Praise Habit by David Crowder. I am a huge fan of the David Crowder band so when I saw this at our local Christian bookstore, I had to have it. I have tried to read it twice now and still haven't finished it. It is funny and wonderful but all the new shiny books coming in the door always makes this one get pushed to the side. Unfortunate because David Crowder rocks.






Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. My bookish BFF, Tamara, loved this one so I bought it from Amazon without even knowing what it was about. I tried to read it once but, of course, I picked up a library book instead. Isn't this the cutest title ever?









The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. Another bookish BFF, Tanya, read and loved this one. She sent me a copy and I still haven't read it though. I've heard such good things about this one too.








Fleur de Leigh's Life of Crime by Diane Leslie. Another one that Tamara loved and I bought but haven't read. Love this cover. 




The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Another one that everyone was reading and loving that I had to have. But I haven't read it, of course.















The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. Yep, same as above. Had to have it but haven't read it. Heard good things about it though. Maybe one day I will actually get to it.














The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Another one that I haven't read but that I was excited to get. Several people have said that I will love this one. And I will...one day. In the meantime, this chunkster gets pushed to the back of the pile.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. After having a big argument (at a yard sale of all places) on Hemingway's best works, the lady I was talking to tried to talk me into reading this one. She thought it was his best work. I found an awesome library cover edition of this soon after that conversation. And it's so pretty...sitting on the shelf. Unread.

Legend by Marie Lu - Thoughts



Title: Legend (1st in series)
Author: Marie Lu
Pages: 305
Genre: YA dystopian
Source: library loan
Rating: Sign me up for the second one now!

I have read a few reviews on this one and they have always been really positive. I am a huge fan of dystopian and young adult dystopian is even better. I always go into these with a bit of fear though. Fear that it isn't really dystopian or that the world building will fall flat or that it will be so "out there" that it will leave me scratching my head.

A quick summary of the story is that 15 year old June is a military prodigy that is born into one of the wealthiest districts in a dystopian Los Angeles. Day is a 15 year old that was born into the slums and is the country's most wanted criminal. When June's brother is murdered, she  goes on the hunt to find his killer and crosses paths with Day. But things are not as they seem and June and Day will have to form an uneasy alliance to find out the truth.

This one was awesome! A bit slow to start for me but it picked up quickly. The world building was superb and I loved that I felt like I was walking around in their world. The world of June and the world of Day was shown in such stark contrast and I enjoyed how multi-layered the worlds were. 

There was romance but it wasn't an insta-love type of thing and it worked well within the story. June was a smart and smarty pants girl who knew what she knew and she knew how to handle herself. I love a female lead that can kick butt. 

Day was a bit of a typical hot male character but he was also so well developed that I was able to look past that. He also was a kick butt character that didn't take June's crap.That I really loved.

Lots of action, twists and turns and great, believable dialogue made this one a winner for me. I would recommend it to all fans of dystopian fiction. Can't wait to read the second in the series!

If you've read this one, what did you think? Did you like it or not?

Monday, March 18, 2013

#TakeControlRAT Wrap Up

It's only 9:30 here but my contacts are done for the day. I was able to finish up Legend by Marie Lu making it three books read during the read-a-thon. That was my goal so I'm quite happy.

Wish I had been able to read for more time but seeing how I didn't decide to join until 3:30 on Saturday, I think I did pretty good!

A big round of applause to Kimberly for putting this on for all of us. 

If you participated and you did a wrap up post, share your link in the comments so I can see how you did.

#TakeControlRAT Check in, Again

Today is the last day of the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Read-a-Thon. It also happens to be the first day of spring break for my 6 year old. I envisioned a day of reading while I made the boys play outside but Mother Nature heard of my plans and changed them. It is raining here so no outside play. We will still have a day of reading though. Cole needs to read for school and Ian can look through books.

I finished Barbara Corcoran's Shark Tales and started Legend by Marie Lu.



For those of you still participating, what have you gotten read?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

#TakeControlRAT Challenge: Oldest Book in Your TBR Pile



Kimba herself is hosting this challenge which is to find the oldest book you haven't read and to answer the following questions. Link your answers on her page here and let me know you did so that I can visit!

My answer is: {blush}




Tell us why you bought it: I just like her. Not her, um, work, but her. She guest stared on a show I watched and then I saw her do an interview when the book first came out in 2004. She has lived a seriously screwed up life and I thought it would be an interesting read.

Why you haven't read it: It is called How to M*ke L*ve Like a P*rn Star! Not exactly a take-it- to-the-kids'-playdate kind of book, you know? 

Read the first chapter, tell us what you think or give a summary. I actually have read part of it. But I can only handle it in small doses. Like I said, she has lived a terribly screwed up life.

Take Control Read-a-thon Update



Yesterday I was able to start and finish Laura Buzo's Love and Other Perishable Items and read about half of Barbara Corcoran's Shark Tales. No reading so far today but I am hoping to be able to finish up Shark Tales tonight. 

There is an awesome challenge over at Christy's Love of Books and I was surprised at how quickly I was able to recognize the covers. Yeah, I lust after look at the same covers over and over...no wonder I can quickly identify the book just by looking at a one inch by one inch square. Snicker.

If you are participating and have a check in post of your own, please include it in the comments so I can visit you and cheer you on!



Saturday, March 16, 2013

Take Control of your TBR Pile Read-a-Long



When I first saw Kimba's notice of the read-a-thon, I just bypassed it figuring that I would have my boys and wouldn't really be able to read. But since this is a weekend that they are at their dad's AND I am reading anyway AND my IRL BFF is participating, I thought I'd join in. I have been reading a review book but when I saw that the books had to be pre March, I switched. 

If you are participating, post a link to your blog so I can visit or if you are on Twitter, let me know so that I can follow you there. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2

I love to find new blogs to read. Feature and Follow is a quick way to do just that.

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.





Simple rules:


Grab the button and make a post. Let people know how you want them to follow you.
Follow Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read plus the two Featured Bloggers each week.
Put your blog name and your Feature and Follow post url in the linky below.
Go find some new blogs to follow and share the love.

Easy peasy lemon breezy!

This week's featured bloggers are:  Book Addict Bieke and Pinkindle.

Want to keep in touch with me? There are lots of different ways. You can
follow me on Twitter, add me to your RSS feed, or friend me on Goodreads.  See? I'm all over the place. Literally.

This week's question is what is your favorite outdoor reading spot?

Since I live in Florida, it is usually too hot for me to sit outside and read. If it isn't hot then everything is covered in pollen. If everything isn't covered in pollen, then it is our 3 minutes of winter time and it is too cold. But if I ever DO try to read outside, I sit on the glider on the front porch so I can watch the kids play. What about you? Do you read outside?



Thursday, March 14, 2013

{ARC Review} Being Henry David by Cal Armistead - Thoughts



Title: Being Henry David
Author: Cal Armistead (website) (Twitter)
Pages: 312 pages
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: e-galley from publisher (thanks!)
Rating: a-ma-zing!

A quick summary of the story is that "Hank" wakes up in the New York City subway and can't remember anything. He has $10 and Henry David Thoreau's book Walden's Pond on him. What follows is how he tries to find himself - who he is and what caused him to lose his memories.

Being Henry David was on my Top Ten one of debut authors' books for 2013 that I most wanted to read. A male POV? Amnesia? Henry David Thoreau? I'm there! I had high, high, high expectations for this novel and there has been a bunch of buzz surrounding it. 

It not only lived up to my expectations, it surpassed them. I seem to be fangirling quite frequently lately but I just simply loved this book. I loved that the narrator was a male. With so many books having a female POV, I thought Hank's voice was refreshing.

I loved the amnesia angle. It made for a bit of a mystery and through the clues Hank searches for, we learn about him and who he is.

Probably my favorite part of the book was the way that Henry David Thoreau is woven into the story. Heavy with quotes from Walden, and "sightings" of the man himself, Being Henry David had that element of a story within a story that I enjoy so much.

Hank meets a great cast of characters and these secondary characters are as well rounded and thought out as he is.  I don't want to post any spoilers so I will just say that I found the ending to be not only believable but also wonderfully satisfying. And, not only did she write an amazing, though provoking debut, but Cal is a sweetheart herself. 

Make sure to add Being Henry David to your Goodreads TBR list if you enjoy young adult contemporaries with well developed and interesting characters with a story-line that is both believable and interesting and that ends in a wonderful conclusion.

If you've read this one, tell me what you thought. Did you love it as much as I did?

{ARC Review} Taste of Home Cooking School - Thoughts



Title: Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook
Author: Taste of Home, Castherine Cassidy, Editor in Chief
Genre: Cookbook

I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much!

My Thoughts: I am not much of a cook so when I saw this title on netgalley, I requested it immediately. I will be purchasing a copy of this cookbook because it truly is a Cooking School.

Lots of basic information fills each page. I am huge on pictures in a cookbook because I want to see what the end result should look like. The photographs throughout are amazing and very helpful for my purposes.

There are many simple recipes throughout the book and they are from easy to more advanced techniques. The thing I loved most about this cookbook over others, aside from the abundance of photographs as mentioned before, is all the various tips and "best practices".

Amazing cookbook for the beginner AND the more advanced. I love it!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list!



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event held at the Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the top ten books at the top of my spring 2013 TBR list.

I currently have 183 books on my TBR list on Goodreads. Holy books, Batman! I've gotten more selective about adding new books to the list because I know that I will probably never read most of them. That being said, 10 that I really, really, really can't wait to get my hands on are:




Flowers in the Attic
Siege and Storm
Clockwork Angel
Wallbanger
Sever
Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders
Scarlet
Divergent
Orleans
The Shadow of the Wind




Siege and Storm - oh yeah, I fangirled all over Shadow and Bone and I can't wait to BUY this one!

Divergent - have had this one on the reading radar for a while. The sad part is that I was given this one in a Valentine's Day swap.

Sever - I am looking forward to the conclusion to this series. 

Orleans - A dystopian that doesn't have romance? Yes, please!

Drinking and Tweeting - oh yes, this book is trash but she got her hoo-ha reconstructed after Eddie Cibrian left her for Leanne Rimes? Oh.my. The stories!

Scarlet - Loved Cinder and can't wait for this next one in the series. Getting good reviews so far.

Flowers in the Attic - old school, yes but I want to re-read some of these. I read them when I was a teenager/early twenties and would like to see how I like them now.

Shadow of the Wind - another re-read. I want to read this one again before I read the other two. I know that they DON'T have to be read in any particular order but I still wanna. ;-)

Wallbanger - umm, yeah. This one is actually a bit embarrassing to admit but I read the preview chapters of it and it was so funny. Crass and risque but with great reviews.

Clockwork Angel - I actually found a used copy of this one super cheap yesterday. I've been wanting to read it after reading so many great reviews.

So what's on your list? Leave me a link to your Top Ten so I can visit!








   

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