Congratulations…

There are many times when you are expected to be happy for someone: when they get married, when they get pregnant, just in general when they are happy. But what if your happiness for them is hampered by crippling jealousy?  It is hard to be super excited for your friends and family, when they are getting something you have wanted more than anything, and you can’t have it. Continue reading “Congratulations…”

O Captain! My Captain! Rest in Peace

robin williamsRobin Williams

July 1951 – August 2014

Robin Williams will always be my favorite nanny, teacher, genie, doctor, and the best board game player that ever lived.  He was the best scientist, and science experiment.  He was the boy who never grew up, and the boy who grew up too fast.  He will be missed by all.

O Captain! My Captain! Rest in peace.

 

“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish, and think of me. Make your life spectacular.”

Robin Williams (Jack)

 

 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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Couldn’t Finish…wah wah wah

Could not finishHow many of you stop reading a book if you don’t like it?  Do you always hold out in hopes that it will get better?  How long do you keep reading before you give up?  I am terrible about this.  If I don’t like a book almost immediately, I will move on to something else.  There are just so many great books out there waiting to be read, that I don’t want to waste my time reading a bunch of boring books.  When I first starting getting free books from authors and publishers I would always read the entire thing, even if I hated it right from Chapter 1. I think this was worse for the people who sent me the book, because I would write them a terrible review, because I felt like I suffered through a high school class with a teacher that I hated who just droned on and on in a terrible monotone voice. UGH! Now I don’t do that.  If I don’t like a book within the first couple of chapters I ditch it and move on.  I know some books have amazing endings if you only give them a chance, but I don’t want to.  It reminds me of this.

 

Continue reading “Couldn’t Finish…wah wah wah”

Why I Wished for Cancer

Cancer Post

I know that sounds really fucked up, and is probably the biggest insult to cancer survivors everywhere, but it is true, and here is my story. Continue reading “Why I Wished for Cancer”

Read to Red Carpet

Read to Red Carpet

Another poster I saw at ALA was about books to read before the movie comes out. I love this idea, and try to do it often. I still haven’t read (or watched) The Fault In Our Stars. I think I am the only one who hasn’t. I am afraid of all the hype though. I will read it!! I own it, so I really will read it. I just don’t know when.

Read to Red Carpet

Another poster I saw at ALA was about books to read before the movie comes out. I love this idea, and try to do it often.  I still haven’t read (or watched) The Fault In Our Stars.  I think I am the only one who hasn’t.  I am afraid of all the hype though.  I will read it!! I own it, so I really will read it. I just don’t know when. Continue reading “Read to Red Carpet”

Harry Potter Short Story!

Harry Potter Short Story

This is literally all anyone is talking about!  I was so excited when I heard about this, and of course I had to read it immediately.  It is about the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, where Harry Potter (now 34), and other members of Dumbledore’s Army, are going to watch the match in the VIP box with all their children.  Ginny Potter, Harry’s Wife and Ron Weasley’s sister, is covering the match for the Daily Prophet much to the chagrin of Rita Skeeter. Continue reading “Harry Potter Short Story!”

What Will You Read If You Survive?

What will you read if you survive

I saw some really cool library posters at the ALA Conference in Las Vegas.  You guys know I have been posting about my experience for a few days, and I thought I would keep sharing all the great ideas and information I received.

One poster was for books about Zombies/the Apocalypse Continue reading “What Will You Read If You Survive?”

ALA Conference – Disney Hyperion Book Buzz

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While I was at ALA in Las Vegas, I went to the Book Buzz Theater to see what was the upcoming news from Disney Hyperion. Continue reading “ALA Conference – Disney Hyperion Book Buzz”

American Library Association (ALA) annual conference part 2

National Library Symbol (JPG) (large)

 

AHHHHHHHHHHHH this took me so long to write for no reason at all. Yikes!

Anyhoozles, I received the rest of my packages from the ALA conference, and once again, USPS has done a stellar job of delivering me torn, broken, smashed in boxes, that are missing items.  One of the boxes was literally a new box with my stuff haphazardly thrown in, with the address on my original box taped to the top, (this is where I suspect the missing items came from.)  In short, do not use USPS for media mail, cause they suck. Badly.

Continue reading “American Library Association (ALA) annual conference part 2”

American Library Association (ALA) annual conference

National Library Symbol (JPG) (large)

I went to the ALA conference in Las Vegas this year for the first time ever.

This is me waiting on the Book Buzz about the upcoming titles from Disney Hyperion

V__CCBE That is right. that says Blogger! I wish I had thought to bring business cards for my blog though, because everyone was asking the blog name and if I had something for them to check it out. 😦

It was really fun and exciting to meet authors, and get books signed. Continue reading “American Library Association (ALA) annual conference”

American Library Association (ALA) annual conference

National Library Symbol (JPG) (large)

I arrived in Las Vegas on Wednesday June 25, so that I could attend the ALA conference in Vegas with my friend Barbie.  I am not a member so I only get to go to the exhibits, which is fine with me because I got tons of FREE BOOKS! That is right folks, I said FREE BOOKS!  I have already shipped back 4 boxes to my house, and I get to go again tomorrow.

I have gotten a ton of book signings, and things, that I will post about later when I have time to sort everything out, so expect a few more posts on all the swag ALA is giving away.

LEMONY SNICKET is going to be signing books tomorrow.  I am going to totally geek out all over him!  He is one of my most favorite-ist authors, and I cant wait to meet him, and get his book signed, and get a picture with him, and touch him (ok maybe that is a little too far. LOL)

I AM SO EXCITED!

I Made a Thing…Canvas Art

I made a thing

Here is a collection of paintings I have done.  Again, all of them were painted by myself, however the original concepts came from online or in books. Continue reading “I Made a Thing…Canvas Art”

Confidence is realizing how awesome you are

 

Brittany Gibbons over at http://www.brittanyherself.com is an inspiration to thousands of women all over the world. She wrote a wonderful post about confidence over on her blog, that she asked a bunch of fellow curvies to provide some photos of themselves holding a picture of ourselves at a time when we weren’t feeling confident. It is revolutionary to have all of these fabulous women coming together to boost each others confidence and not apologizing for their bodies anymore. Continue reading “Confidence is realizing how awesome you are”

Gone Home – a review of the game

Review

I bought Gone Home, because it sounded so interesting.  It costs $20, and I beat it within 1 hour.  I am not a great gamer by any means, so this game was ridiculously easy.  The reviews are misleading, because this game was not good. Don’t buy it! All you do is walk around find 2 combinations, and unlock 2 doors, and then it ends. There is no replay value. I have no idea why the other reviews are so high.  The graphics are good, the concept is good, the movements are ok, but it wasn’t really even a game.  It was just you walking through the house looking at all the crap the family has, and listening to your sister’s journal, and then it is over. Nothing exciting happens, actually nothing happens. Don’t waste $20, this is worth maybe $5 just to check it out.

Recently read Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Recently Read

I love diary style books, probably because I am nosy and like to snoop in other people’s business (I guess).  This is written like a diary from a teen girl who suffers from anorexia.  My favorite books deal with social issues like eating disorders, drug abuse, suicide, and violence.  IDK what makes me so interested in that type of book, so this book was especially good to me. Continue reading “Recently read Letting Ana Go by Anonymous”

I made a thing…Stained Glass Coloring Pages

I made a thing

I am obsessed with these stained glass coloring books by Dover! I found a ton of them for only a dollar at half price books. They are so awesome! You can use crayons or markers or even watercolors. I love them! Continue reading “I made a thing…Stained Glass Coloring Pages”

Recently read Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Recently Read

 

 

WOWOWOWOWOW, is this book good!  It is written in free-verse poetry format, which I didn’t think I would like, but I loved this book.  I actually liked it so much that I went out and bought 4 more books by Ellen Hopkins. Continue reading “Recently read Crank by Ellen Hopkins”

Top Ten Tuesday — Favorite Covers

Top Ten Tuesday from Broke and Bookish Blog

 

In no particular order, these are my top ten favorite covers: Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday — Favorite Covers”

Angelkiller by H. David Blalock

Review

 

Title: Angelkiller
Author: H. David Blalock

Publisher:Seventh Star Press, LLC
Pub. Date: 11/28/11

epub:        pages:  128
Genre: Fantasy
How obtained?: Review copy from Publisher

Continue reading “Angelkiller by H. David Blalock”

He Answered by L.V. Robinson

Review

Title:  He Answered
Author: L.V. Robinson

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pub. Date: 12/8/11

Paperback:        pages: 62
How obtained?: Review copy from the Author

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Doris in Dreamland by Cindy Argiento

Review

Title: Doris in Dreamland
Author: Cindy Argiento

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pub. Date: 4/15/07

Paperback:        pages:  30
Genre: Children’s Book (?????????????)
How obtained?: Free Review copy from Dorrance Publishing

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Top Ten Tuesday– Most Intimidating Books!

Top Ten Tuesday from Broke and Bookish Blog

 

All of these books are classics that I feel I need to read, but I am intimidated, for a couple of reasons, 1. that I am afraid I won’t get what everyone else gets, and that I will hate the book, or 2. that I won’t understand the language of the book, and seem not smart enough.
Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday– Most Intimidating Books!”

The Bridge of Deaths by MCV Egan

Review

Title: The Bridge of Deaths
Author: MCV Egan

Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing
Pub. Date: 6/14/11

PDF File:        pages  326
How obtained?: I received this as a review copy from the author.

Continue reading “The Bridge of Deaths by MCV Egan”

The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams

Review

Title: The Brotherhood of Dwarves
Author: D.A. Adams

Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Pub. Date: 2/6/12

Epub (Nook Book):        pages 175
Genre: Fiction; Fantasy
How obtained?: Review copy from Seventh Star Press

Continue reading “The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams”

Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg

Review

Title:  Constantly Craving
Author:  Marilyn Meberg

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: 3/13/12

Paperback:        pages 240
Genre: Nonfiction; Self-help
How obtained?: Review copy from Book Sneeze

Continue reading “Constantly Craving by Marilyn Meberg”

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Review

Title:  The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date: 9/14/08

Paperback:        pages 374
Genre: Fiction; Fantasy
How obtained?: purchased at Walmart

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Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Faves

Top Ten Tuesday from Broke and Bookish Blog

 

 My top ten childhood favorites were a bit hard to narrow down, but I think I did a pretty good job deciding. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Faves”

No Life ALone by: Shelley M. Hollenbeck

Review

Title: No Life Alone

Author: Shelley M. Hollenbeck

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pub. Date: 8/1/05

Hardcover: pages 495
Genre: Fiction

Continue reading “No Life ALone by: Shelley M. Hollenbeck”

Night Shift Diary by R. August King

Review

Title: Night Shift Diary
Author: R. August King

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pub. Date: 06/16/10

Paperback: 43 pages
Genre: Biography/Memoir;  Nursing
How obtained?: Review Copy from Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team

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Book Review In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Review

Title: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
Author: Erik Larson

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Pub. Date: 5/10/11
Hardcover: 464 pages
Genre: Nonfiction, Historical Biography
How obtained?: Purchased at Barnes and Noble for my Book Club (Smart Bitches Who Read) meeting.

Continue reading “Book Review In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson”