Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #55: Bad Romance


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Girl Against the Universe: Seven Days/Seven Giveaways Paperback Blog Tour - Day 2

Hi everyone! For those of you that don't already know, I LOVE Paula Stokes' books! I feel in love with her books when I read The Art of Lainey back in 2014! Girl Against the Universe was one of my favorite books read last year, and one of my all time favorite reads. So you can imagine my excitement about being included in this awesome tour!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Title: Defy the Stars
(Defy the Stars #1)
Author: Claudia Gray
Length: 503 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Little Brown!)
She’s a soldier.
Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine.
Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Monday, April 24, 2017

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

E-galley Book Review on My Bookish Itinerary

Title: Letters to the Lost

Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

My Bookish Itinerary: Cutie Pie's Shelf Children's Book Review

Title: Good Night Owl

Author: Greg Pizzoli
Length: 48 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Source: Library Book
Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on! He looks everywhere-in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards-even in his walls. But while he's busy tearing his house apart, he doesn't notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail. . . . Will Owl ever get a good night's sleep?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

My Bookish Verdict #3: Read in February 2017

My Bookish Itinerary

Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough words to write a review (or mini-review) for books. Which is why I have decided to share my thoughts on multiple books I've read during the month here. My Bookish Verdict will be really short reviews/thoughts about the books and my verdict on whether you should Buy it ASAP, Buy it, Buy it on sale, Borrow, or Skip it.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

March 2017 Highlights

Reading Challenge Updates, Books Read this Month


March was a super busy month for me personally. But a very slow reading month. I spent a lot of my free time doing some Spring Cleaning around my entire house. 



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #54: In A Perfect World


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #99: Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) -- so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book. My list will likely be called Jamie-bait because there are soooo certain things you can say in a summary or a review that will just instantly draw me to it!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Cutie Pie's Shelf Children's Book Review on My Bookish Itinerary

Title: The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Author: Mo Willems
Length: 40 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Much to the chagrin of Pigeon, little Duckling uses very polite manners to request a cookie, and actually gets one. Filled with righteous fury, Pigeon loses his temper and complains bitterly about this terrible state of affairs. However, things aren't what they seem, and Duckling has a secret plan! Part of the bestselling Pigeon series by genius children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #53: Seeking Mansfield


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #98: Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


April 11: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read (topic originally done 4/14) Some variations: top ten unique sounding books on my TBR, top ten most unique books I've read in X genre, etc

Monday, April 10, 2017

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

E-Galley Book Review on My Bookish Itinerary
Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
Classification: Young Adult, Retelling, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Quirk Books!)
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Classification: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Sourcebooks!)
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Thursday, March 30, 2017

February 2017 Highlights

Reading Challenge Updates, Books Read this Month

February started off as a strong and quick reading month for me. But by the middle of the month I slowed down a lot. Then I think I hit a bit of a reading slump. I did a lot of fun non-reading activities during February though! 


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

E-galley Book Review at My Bookish Itinerary


Title: Seven Days of You

Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Little Brown!)
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #97: Authors I've Met

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


March 28: Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can't Believe I've Met  (some other "meeting authors" type spin you want to do)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #96: Top Ten Books I've Read in One Day

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I've read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

My Bookish Itinerary: Book Review


Title: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson
Length: 519 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Source: Hardback
Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #95: Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

My Bookish Itinerary- Cutie Pie's Shelf Children's Book Review


Title: Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Author: Mo Willems
Length: 48 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: August 23, 2005
Source: Library Book
Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn't quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver & Illustrated by Jean Claude

My Bookish Itinerary: Cutie Pie's Shelf Children's Book Review


Title: Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies

Author: Carmen Oliver
Illustrator: Jean Claude
Length: 33 pages
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Library Book
All the students in the class are assigned reading buddies. Except for Adelaide. She already has one. A bear! And Adelaide is quite persuasive as she explains to her language arts teacher, Mrs. Fitz-Pea, and the reader, that bears really do make the best reading buddies. They sniff out good books. Their claws are just right for turning pages.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My Bookish Verdict #2: Read in January 2017

My Bookish Itinerary

Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough words to write a review (or mini-review) for books. Which is why I have decided to share my thoughts on multiple books I've read during the month here. My Bookish Verdict will be really short reviews/thoughts about the books and my verdict on whether you should Buy it ASAP, Buy it, Buy it on sale, Borrow, or Skip it.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

My Bookish Itinerary Book Review


Title: A List of Cages

Author: Robin Roe
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Disney-Hyperion!)
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

My Bookish Itinerary: Cutie Pie's Shelf Children's Book Review


Title: The Watermelon Seed

Author: Greg Pizzoli
Length: 40 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: May 2013
Source: Library Book
With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink? This crocodile has a wild imagination that kids will love. With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Greg Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives us a true gem in the vein of I Want My Hat Back and Not a Box.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 2017 Monthly Highlights

Reading Challenge Updates, Books Read this Month

January was a pretty good reading month for me. I finally read a series that I have been meaning to read for years. (Plus the new novella and book that came out last year, so in the end I am kind of glad I ended up waiting.) 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #50: Long May She Reign


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #94: Ten Graphic Novels I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


January 31: All about the visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics or Ten Comics on My TBR or Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Book Review on My Bookish Itinerary


Title: The Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Classification: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Source: e-book
Read: 2016 
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild and Illustrated by Stephen Michael King

My Bookish Itinerary: Cutie Pies Shelf Children's Book Reviews


Title: Piglet and Mama

Author: Margaret Wild
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: April 1, 2005
Source: Library Book
In the tradition of the children's classic "Are You My Mother? ", a heart warming story by a breakout team Speaking to every child who has ever been lost, this warmly illustrated book is perfect for bedtime and story hour. Poor Piglet has lost her mama! All the other mother animals offer help, the duck with a cuddle, the sheep with a daisy chain, the dog with a roll in the mud, but nothing will do for Piglet but to find her mama. OIIIIIINK! she cries finally in despair, and OIIIIIINK! There you are! cries her mama. Reunited, they cuddle, make a daisy chain, roll in the mud, all the things the other mothers offered, but now, with her mama, Piglet laughs and joins in. 


Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

My Bookish Itinerary: Cutie Pie's Shelf Children's Book Review


Title: A Kitten Tale

Author: Eric Rohmann
Length: 32 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: January 8, 2008
Source: Library Book
Once there were four kittens who had never seen snow. The first three kittens are wary—snow is cold, it’s wet, it covers everything. As the seasons pass and winter begins to loom, the three skittish kittens worry. But the fourth kitten is getting excited. Snow will cover everything! “I can’t wait!”


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake

My Bookish Itinerary: E-galley Book Review


Title: Frostblood 

(Frostblood Saga #1)
Author: Elly Blake
Length: 376 pages
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Source: e-galley via NetGalley (Thank you, Little Brown Books!)
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.
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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #49: Empress of a Thousand Skies


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #93: Books I Read in 2016 With the Lowest Goodreads Ratings

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


January 17:  Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So (up to you if you want it to be those published in the past year or so or just ANY underrated book you've read recently)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse by Meghan McCarthy

My Bookish Itinerary - Cutie Pie's Shelf - Children's Book Review

Title: Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse

Author: Meghan McCarthy
Length: 40 pages
Publisher: A Paula Wiseman Book /  Simon & Schuster
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: October 28, 2008
Source: Library Book
It's Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral in the race of the century! 
Seabiscuit was the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time, but he'd lost practically every race he'd ever run. Who would want a funny-looking racehorse on a losing streak? Enter Charles Howard -- automobile tycoon, risk taker, and racing aficionado -- who scooped up Seabiscuit for a bargain price. 
With the support and care of a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, 'Biscuit began winning bigger and bigger races. Then came the biggest race of all. As Seabiscuit prepared to face War Admiral, the top racehorse in the country, the entire nation was on the edge of its seat: Could Seabiscuit really beat the Triple Crown champion? 
This true story of hope and determination will inspire readers of all ages!



Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Latest Binge #12: Heartland + The Wrath & The Dawn

Books, TV shows, and Movies


I really like to binge watch and binge read series! It is so easy to do. And so I want to share all my latest and current binge watches and binge reads with all of you! Sometimes it might just be something I'm watching or something I'm reading or both! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #48: Wait for Me


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #92: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


January 10: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll

My Bookish Itinerary - Cutie Pie's Shelf - Children's Book Review

Title: Duncan the Story Dragon

Author: Amanda Driscoll
Length: 40 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Classification: Children's Book
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Source: Library Book
A charming story about the joys of reading that is perfect for fans of Dog Loves Books and Stellaluna.
Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately…so does his book.
Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends?
This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And milk shakes.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday # 91: Seventeen 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For

Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Their blog can be found here.


January 3, 2017: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

My 2017 Reading Challenges Sign-Up Post


I can't believe it is already 2017! Last year I didn't fully participate in the reading challenges as much as I wanted to. (In fact, I didn't blog as much as I wanted to either.) So I have decided to only participate in a couple official 2017 reading challenges and instead focus more on reading books that I already have on my shelves. In fact, I have decided to make a list of 17 Books I Will Finally Read in 2017!

December 2016 Monthly Highlights



Well, December went by quickly! It didn't help that I was sick for about half of the month. First with a cold, then a week before Christmas I think I had the flu. I was completely miserable then. Goodbye, 2016 and Hello, 2017! 

Happy New Year, Everyone!!!!

I can't believe it is already a new year. I didn't get as much accomplished in 2016 as I wanted to blog-wise. But I did get a couple scrapbooks done for my girls, taught myself to crochet via Youtube videos, and met most of my reading challenge goals. So I am happy with what I did get done. 

Overall, 2016 wasn't exactly the best year. There are several celebrity deaths that surprised me and saddened me a lot. David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Alan Thicke, and Carrie Fisher, especially. All because these were people that I didn't know personally, but they still influenced my life in one way or another. 

I still get sad when I think of David Bowie's death. I cried for a while when I heard the news. I also remember a few days later I heard one of his songs on the radio while I was driving with my youngest daughter, and I fought back tears. Then after the song ended and another one began, I remembered "Oh yeah, 'Two for Tuesday'". Luckily, I was almost to the store, so I was able to park and cry in my car. My daughter asked, "What's wrong, Mommy?" And I told her, "Mommy just really loves David Bowie's music, and it is sad because he died recently." She then said to me, "Oh. I really wish I could have met him." Which made me smile and I told her that I wish I could have too. 
There are some other things that disappointed me this year, but I am choosing to look at the good things that have happened instead.  Because there are a lot of good things that have happened as well. 

Enough of me rambling about the year. Here are the books I read in December and how I ended with my 2016 Reading Challenges!