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2016 reading challenge

13 Jul

2016 reading challenge

I set my goal at 50 books – kinda pushing myself this year. It’s not easy with two little humans fighting for my time and working full time, planning school, dinners, working out, etc. But, I’m happy to say I’m not that far behind, maybe 2 books and I’ll be caught up. 🙂 Yay to small victories.

How is everyone doing this year with their reading challenge?

Any particularly great books that I should add to my ‘to read’ list?

Yoga – meditation – shrink session – therapy – whatever you call it, that’s reading for me.

According to Dr. Seuss: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Read on…

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Conquer Your Love (Surrender Your Love #2) — WOW

3 Jul

Conquer Your Love (Surrender Your Love #2) --- WOW

I’m glad I found this series by J.C. Reed. I enjoy her writing and look forward to reading more of her work.
I really didn’t expect to like this one but I’m glad I read it. After the end of Surrender Your Love, I just had to see what happened next.
Yes, the love scenes border on too much but oh man they are nice and spicy. Overall, nice continuation to the story and the mystery thrown in there was quite nice.
I love Jett’s character and his dominance. Although that is a played out theme right now with so many alpha males in current romance books, Jett has enough of the right mix of dominance, love, and respect to make him loveable.
Brooke seems to me like one of those girls that swoons over hot guys, regardless of the danger they pose. Who can blame her with Jett around? Because I like Jett, I understood her reactions to him and was happy to see her come to terms with their attraction as well.
Now I’m waiting patiently for book 3, Treasure Your Love, to see how their HEA turns out.

 

2013 Goodreads reading challenge

12 Jun

Good reads 2013 challengeMy reading challenge for the year was to read 100 books. I am 50% complete, which means I am 6 books ahead of schedule. So far I’ve come across good and bad. I’ll skip the bad but share the good…

The good (in no particular order):
A Beautiful Struggle
Chasing Beautiful
Chasing Imperfection
Pieces of You
Real
Surrender Your Love
Damaged (H.M. Ward)
Wicked Cravings
Claim Me
The Edge of Never
Casual Enchantment Series (all books so far)
Relentless
Release Me
Beautiful Disaster
The Mighty Storm
Beauty from Pain
Grounded
Mile High
In Flight
Reflected in You
Stop the Wedding
Gabriel’s Inferno
Bared to You

I’m very excited about reaching my goal early, but just getting there will be a huge milestone. I hope you are all having a great Wednesday.

What are your reading goals for the year? Any other interesting goals?

❤ mom305

Thanks for Writing Award Nomination

23 Jul

After doing some research on the blog award nominations I’ve discovered that I have lacked in giving thanks to The Literary Tiger for nominating my blog, mom305, for the Thanks for Writing award.

Thank you for the lovely nomination. As a new blogger, it is very cool to have someone who has such a great blog nominate newbie little me. I started following The Literary Tiger probably on the first day I created my blog. I’m truly thankful that she thought of my blog. Since it was my first nomination, I wasn’t exactly sure of what the rules entailed. Now I am well versed in the subject (I think) and wanted to not only thank The Literary Tiger but apologize for taking this long in posting back.

Please check out The Literary Tiger’s blog for some honest book reviews and very cool fantasy pics/thoughts.

7 random snippets from mom305:

1. My 4 lb. chihuahua, Maddie, goes on hunger strikes when I’m away from her. She has separation anxiety. Luckily I get to take her to work with me everyday. This she absolutely loves. There are 4 other tiny breed doggies at work and she gets to play and run with them all day.
2. I like to run and sign up for most local 5k’s. Usually they are in support of a great cause – bonus! My next run will be for fun though. The Color Run is coming to my hometown and I’m very excited to run while I’m being splashed in neon chalk (is it chalk? IDK) colors. I will definitely wear all white and the oldest running shoes I own. Just in case the colors do not wash off easily.
3.  Last November I took cake decorating classes. I learned a lot and am proud to say I can make a pretty decent cake. It’s for fun and I have no intention of making a living from baking/decorating cakes. But just knowing I can actually make something tasty and pretty makes me feel pretty darn cool.
4. I seriously obsess over the books I read. Twilight was huge, then Hunger Games, Fifty Shades (of course), now it’s A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night. The list is much longer but when I’m immersed in my reading, it’s like I’m part of that world. I’m always very sad when the series ends and happy again when I hear the movies is in the works.
5. I absolutely love the beach. If I had to move somewhere that was more than a 30 minute car ride to the beach I would be a very sad woman.
6. There is no house chore I hate more than having to wash the dishes. Rules in the house are I cook, the hubby washes up.

7. My favorite vitamins are the gummy kind. They are yummy and sugary like a candy except it’s good for me. See mom, there is such a thing!

There are also some rules that are followed once you have linked back to the nominating blogger and thanked them. There are many different versions of these rules out there so I gathered them as best I could. Seems like they change from blog to blog. I hope I understood this right. Please correct me if anything.

The rules (or my version of them):

1. Include the award logo in your post or on your blog
2. Say 7 random things about yourself that the readers don’t know yet
3.  Nominate 5 – 10 other blogs you usually follow
4. Let the nominees know that they are nominated & include their blog-links
5. Link the person who nominated you

My nominations for the Thanks for Writing award go to:

  1. Hardcoversandheroines
  2. Reluctantmom
  3. Canadiancinephile
  4. Bookworm1204
  5. 2gliterarygirls

Thank you all for reading and writing and for your great blogs!

Kill Of The Night: Supernatural Craze

2 Jul

Supernatural books are my thing now but in all honesty they’ve been my thing since I first read the Goosebumps books back in elementary school. I haven’t stopped reading them since and my fascination for the genre has just grown exponentially since those days. Right now that’s all the fad, too. Everywhere you look there’s either a book or movie or TV series that has supernatural beings. This craze for all things that go bump in the night just feeds my enthrallment.

Lately, thanks to my handy ereader, I can purchase most supernatural books for free or fairly cheap so I can read more for less; which is a great thing because I read several books a month. I sometimes put off buying the regular books, from known bestsellers, because for the same price I can buy two or three of the cheaper ones. Let me clarify what I mean by “regular”: when I pay full ereader price for books, which in many cases is the same or just a little less than buying the physical book. I recently purchased A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah E Harkness (I’ll post a review when I’m done with it). That one, for example, was a full priced ereader purchase I had put off because I could buy similar books, like First Bitten, by Samantha Towle, for far less.

From the less known authors, it all starts with the first book in the series offered at a very low price. Now I know this is a fantastic scheme to get me hooked because the author always make these supernatural books a series. Most supernatural characters live forever or have very long lives. So of course I understand why authors make trilogies and series and so forth. If (and when) I write a supernatural book, I’ll leave a nice cliffhanger ending setup for some potential follow-up stories too. If my characters can live forever or close to it, believe me I’d have them all returning for more adventures. In no way am I blaming the authors for having more than one book. I’m grateful actually, because there’s so much material out there these days that my reading queue is always full.

One downside to all these new stories popping up in the vamp/were/Fae/shifter/witches/zombies, etc. genre (there are so many, did I miss any breed?) is that after the first three or four books, the stories just aren’t the same. One example of this is the Charlaine Harries books, the Southern Vampire Series with Sookie Stackhouse. These are the books that started the True Blood phenomenon on HBO. The stories are still good but after a while they became detached from the original story lines and are more like standalone books. Sort of like what has happened with the TV series versus the book series. Which is fine, I get that after several books the authors have to change things up to keep the audience interested. Either way, at that point I’m too invested to give up on the series so I keep on reading. I’m a masochist for my book cravings and I read on even after knowing the material is not the same. The really great part about supernatural beings in literature is that they can be or do whatever your imagination wants them to; there are no limits.

One very positive gain: through this clever scheme of the authors and their low-priced books, I’ve come to learn of some fantastic (and new) paranormal authors that I would have not picked up otherwise. Some of these writers are very talented, although not widely known, and I’m grateful they have self published their books and made them available for my reading delight. Many props to them, their never-ending imaginations and great writing skills; please keep them coming.

Here is a small list of books/series I’ve read recently in this genre and enjoyed.

  1. First Bitten & Original Sin (The Alexandra Jones Series) by Samantha Towle
  2. The Alexa O’Brien Series by Trina M. Lee
  3. Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack) and Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright
  4. Shifters Series (Faythe Sanders) by Rachel Vincent
  5. The Accidentals Series by Dakota Cassidy

Fun music link for your listening pleasure: Gin Wigmore – Kill Of The Night – YouTube. This is my favorite song right now.  ❤ Thank you to Teen Wolf for putting me on to this singer. When I hear Gin Wigmore, I’m reminded that there’s so much new talent out there and my ears have some fun exploring to do. I like to have a few good songs on my playlist to listen to while I search my ereader, trying to decide what book to read next.

Anyone have any new/up-and-coming authors of paranormal books they want to recommend? I’m always looking for fun/new material to add to my reading queue. I prefer the more romance oriented stories but any good paranormal story has my attention.

The Host

28 Jun

I’m not sure how many of you book worms out there wanted to read something else by Stephenie Meyer after the Twilight Series, but I definitely wanted more. My prayers to the higher powers, and to Mrs. Meyer’s were soon answered when she released The Host. I had to give it a shot. Sadly, it was one of those very confusing books and super hard to start. I was lost between the back and forth of the main character. I had no idea what was happening. The talking in her head bit drove me crazy and I never knew who was saying what. My confusion lasted a few chapters but then slowly, I finally started realizing what was really going on. Boy was I happy with the direction the story took from there. I’ve read it a few more times since.

Like every great (and not so great, but good selling) book, Hollywood is turning it into a movie. I’m excited but like with Twilight and The Hunger Games, I’m worried that I’m going to stop loving the book after I see the story on the big screen.

Oh well, I do not blame the authors for capitalizing on the franchise. Seems to be the smart way to take the fame that comes with being the author of these very popular books.

In case anyone has missed it, here’s the teaser trailer for The Host movie.

The movie is scheduled to release in 2013. The trailer makes it seem a lot more suspenseful than I remember the book but that’s a good thing, I think.

The Host: Take a First Look at Stephenie Meyer’s New Sci-Fi Movie – Twilight, The Twilight Saga, Movie News, Saoirse Ronan : People.com.

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Magic Mike. Yummy

20 Jun

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Nothing more exciting than a bunch of straight men (mostly) dancing half naked for money. Yum. Did I mention half naked?
I’m having serious Channing Tatum cravings lately. But I think it’s justifiable. I mean he can dance as we all saw in Step Up, he can fight and kick butt the likes of Mel Gibson in Braveheart, he can make you re-fall in love with him even if you have no memory of the 1st time, he’s a riot as a very old high schooler, he’s a Joe, and well of course he’s the main-event male dancer.

Prayer to the higher powers:
If there’s a Fifty Shades movie please let Mr. Tatum be Christian.

‘The Secret Circle’: Chris Zylka On ‘Prom,’ Nick’s Return & His Dream ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crossover Episode

8 May

As a die hard fan of both book series and now TV shows, I would absolutely love a crossover show. My supernatural loving heart would blow up with LOVE. Then I’d be resurrected by one of my fav witches (or vamp or were), of course. Sigh! A girl can dream, right? Maybe my dream is very close to becoming reality. I just got up from my chair and did a quick happy dance around my computer desk! How much fun would it be to have a 2 hour event with a mix of both shows?!

My version of the crossover: I can already see Stefan and Damon trying to save Elena from some crazy dark magic  Cassie accidentally taps into – while trying to stop her evil father – that endangers the doppelganger. This unites the Circle with Bonnie and together they find some old, forgotten spell, to save Elena and make it all right again in the vamp/were/witch world.

How you ask? Here goes: One of Elena’s ancestors is linked to Chance Harbor, back before they moved to Mystic Falls, they lived in the Harbor. Katherine was working on a doppelganger many years ago (before Damon and Stefan were turned) when the circle of Chance Harbor found out what she’s up to and they cast a spell on Elena’s ancestor that made them move (to Mystic Falls) and at the same time cloaked Chance Harbor from vamps/weres to ensure the doppelganger stayed away. The Chance Harbor circle of those times wanted to keep the doppelganger, and especially Katherine, out of their town because they feared the doppelganger would bring vamps/weres to their witchy town…this would ultimately be trouble for the witches as they wished to live alone (them being the only supernatural beings around) and in peace.

The spell needs to be lifted for Elena to go to Chance Harbor to help the circle get rid of John Blackwell. The circle finds a spell to strip Blackwell of his power but only Elena’s doppelganger blood can be used. The Circles tracks Elena to Mystic Falls, they go there and talk Elena into returning with them to help, and of course Damon and Stefan go with Elena to protect her from the unknown dangers of Chance Harbor. But once at Chance Harbor, the spell is too strong for the Circle alone to break so Elena helps by recruiting Bonnie (who seeks help from her mom or Klaus’ mom). Blackwell finds out what the Circle is up to and tries to kidnap Elena. Her men in shinning white armor rescue her before Blackwell is successful.

Meanwhile Caroline and Tyler join Jeremy and Bonnie on a drive to Chance Harbor. The friends remind Bonnie to be a ‘good witch’ and not be tempted by dark magic – she’s been edgy yet is later tempted by Cassie’s dark magic (especially after having a taste of dark magic herself when she brought Jeremy back from the dead!!), the witches bond over their love/hate of dark magic, together they make Blackwell leave town (for now), and they start trouble for the Circle and for Mystic Falls  by bringing dark magic over the two towns, linking the two places. All a necessity so that Blackwell cannot enter either town (for now). This leaves the doors open for more crossover stories in the future.

All in one short afternoon dream! If only…..now I’m even more excited for some sort of crossover!! 🙂

‘The Secret Circle’: Chris Zylka On ‘Prom,’ Nick’s Return & His Dream ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crossover Episode.

Take This Quiz! What Shade of Grey Are You? Yep, We’re Obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey, Too | TheNest Blog

2 May

It is official: we are all obsessed with Mr. Grey – in a more grown-up way than we were obsessed with Mr. Cullen. But obsessed all over again with a character that we all wish we had in real life. Some of us are lucky to have one. Yet here we are again, this time wishing for Christian (instead of Edward) to jump out of our books and in to our (bed)rooms. Sigh! What a dreamy character! How Grey are you in real life?

Take This Quiz! What Shade of Grey Are You? Yep, We’re Obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey, Too | TheNest Blog.

’50 Shades of Grey’ Author Is a Total Twi-Hard VIDEO | The Stir

18 Apr

This explains why I have also fallen in love with Christian Grey.  Hot, check. Mysterious, check. Millionaire-megalomaniac, check and check! I often wondered who would be the first author to come up with an ‘adult’ version of our favorite brooding vampire. E.L. James has managed to capture my attention with Mr. Grey, that’s for sure. I love her characters and they subtle way she’s swept me up in the story. When I started the books I was already expecting steamy and didn’t rush to read right away but there is much more to the story. Admittedly, I’ve been up till the wee hours of the night reading the books on my e-reader. Savoring every page. Has anyone else out there read the 50 Shades trilogy and found it to be similar to the Twilight Saga?

 

’50 Shades of Grey’ Author Is a Total Twi-Hard VIDEO | The Stir.

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