Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Blurb: Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and Ruin Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zombie books are not usually something I gravitate towards. Before this, the only other book I read about Zombies was Warm Bodies, which I liked but didn't love. This book, however was quite a nice surprise!

The world building was awesome and watching the relationship between our main character Benny and his brother Tom grow, was just heartwarming. This is so much more than a book about Zombies. There's a little mystery, a little teenage romance, and great action scenes.

So glad I came across this unexpected gem and am looking forward to further adventures without cast of characters.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Book Blurb: Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood #1) by Ann Charles

Nearly Departed in Deadwood Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Listened to this on audiobook from Hoopla through my library. This reminded me a lot of Charlaine Harris' Aurora Teagarden series, especially with the realtor aspect of the story. I do think this was a bit more enjoyable though. There were several times where I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialogue.

There were a few things that I did not enjoy though. The narrator sounded almost computer generated during much of the story, which bothered me a bit. **Spoiler (highlight to view) [I personally thought that Violet should be stronger disciplining her children, especially her daughter who seemed to defy her at every turn and was persistently asking why she couldn't do something. And last but not least, Violet's co-worker who constantly harassed her. No one did anything to stop him or say anything, and she didn't do anything more than flip him the bird. I'm hoping that changes in the future installments.]

I will definitely be continuing this series in the future.



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Friday, October 23, 2015

Books: October Book Haul


So.....I bought some books this month ♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪

Goodreads links to books mentioned below. All links to books in the middle of a series will go to the series page and not the individual books, so you don't have to worry about spoilers.

I also mentioned Scribd in the video. If you haven't heard of this service, it's like Netflix for Ebooks. A subscription includes all you can read Ebooks and one audiobook credit a month, but they also offer a rotating selection of audiobooks you can listen to for free. If you would like to try out their service, you can get a two month free trial here.

The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness #5) by Rhys Bowen

Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok Volumes 1 & 2 by Sakura Kinoshita

Backstage Prince Volume #2 by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges #1) by Stephen King

If Hooks Could Kill and For Better or Worsted (Crochet Mystery #7 & #8) by Betty Hechtman

Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus Sequence #3) by Jonathan Stroud

Angel (Maximum Ride #7) by James Patterson

Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) by Sara Shepard

Labyrinth (Languedoc #1) by Kate Mosse

Death Swatch, Fiber & Brimstone, and Skeleton Letters (Scrapbooking Mystery #6, #7& #8) by Laura Childs

Steeped in Evil and Ming Tea Murder (Tea Shop Mystery #15 & #16) by Laura Childs

Stake and Eggs and Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club Mystery #4 & #6) by Laura Childs

Death at the Door (Death on Demand #24) by Carolyn Hart

State of Fear by Michael Crichton

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Every Trick in the Book, Books Cooks and Crooks, and Played by the Book (Novel Idea #2, #3, and #4) by Lucy Arlington

Honolulu by Alan Brennart

White Night (The Dresden Files #9) by Jim Butcher

Japanese Fairy Book by Yei Theodora Ozaki

Arabian Nights Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Jurassic Park/The Lost World by Michael Crichton

On Borrowed Time (Library Lovers Mystery #5) by Jenn McKinlay

The Christmas Cookie Killer and Killer Crab Cakes (A Fresh Baked Mystery #3 and #4) by Livia J Washburn

Deserves To Die (To Die #6) by Lisa Jackson

Double Knit Murders (A Knitting Mystery #1& #2) by Maggie Sefton

That does it! Hopefully I won't pick up any more books this month, but no promises ❣◕ ‿ ◕❣

Until next time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Blurb: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't decided if his is a solid 4 stars or 3.5 stars, but since I round up my ratings, I suppose it doesn't really matter.

This book was slow going for me until after the 50% mark. I found Juliette weak and whiny up until that mark as well. Such a let down after how strong I perceived her to be in the first book. The romantic elements were so over the top, they were unbelievable. It did offer the opportunity for some good banter on it though with the person I buddy read this with.

That being said, after the 50% mark the story flew for me. I did really enjoy it and ended up absorbing the last half in a few hours. My favorite character is still Kenji. He just says what needs to be said and had some great lines/speeches throughout the story. I'm still not sold on Adam or Warner.

At this point, I am looking forward to seeing how the story ends, but I hope that the end does not hold disappointment for me.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Blurb: 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club #1) by James Patterson

1st to Die 1st to Die by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My first read by James Patterson. I enjoyed this, but I think if I hadn't watched the TV show before I started reading the series I would've enjoyed this book more. I was surprised with how short the chapters were and it gave me the illusion that the story was just flying by. The case did keep my interest and I will be continuing with the series.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Knitting: Go Mi Nam - School Spirit Edition


My daughter has been a part of her high school marching band for the last three years, and this year is her final year. Usually during their tournaments, the parents and family in the audience are dressed in spirit wear. I made a scarf during her freshman year and this year, I decided on a hat.

The pattern I used was my own, a take on a hat I saw in the Korean Drama You're Beautiful staring Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye. The original hat was done in one color, but I decided to try my hand at the two-color brioche technique here. It took me a couple of tries to get the join right, but in the end, it came out great!

The band performed their first tournament this past weekend and were awesome, especially for it being their first time out of the gate this season. They were awarded Superior with Distinction, which I believe is the highest score you could be awarded.


As with most music programs, fundraising is imperative for the survival of the program. I am planning on selling a this hat in a variety of color combos to help raise funds for my daughter's high school band program soon in my Etsy store. Keep an eye out here for an announcement post once those hats go up for sale.

Hope you are all doing great!

Until next time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Books: Creepy Reads (Monthly Recommendations)


Goodreads Group here

Trina's Channel (Between Chapters) here

Kayla Rayne's Channel here

The Shining by Stephen King

The Sculptor (Sam Markham #1) by Gregory Funaro - Free as of the day of this post on Kindle Unlimited

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories Re -told by Alvin Schwartz, Illustrated by Dirk Zimmer

Nightmare Inspector:Yumekui Kenbun by Shin Mashiba

Until Next Time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Blurb: Once Haunted, Twice Shy (Peyton Clark #2) by H.P. Mallory

Once Haunted, Twice Shy Once Haunted, Twice Shy by H.P. Mallory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to say that I enjoyed the first book more than this one. In this installment, there wasn't the excitement or suspense I felt with the first one and I wasn't as drawn in to the story. This one was heavier in the romance and relationship departments and I was a little let down by the end. Still a fun listen though.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Books: My October 2015 Radar, a TBR of Sorts


Radar just seems like a better term for the books I have in mind for the month. TBR makes me feel like I can't or shouldn't deviate from the books I mention at the beginning of the month. Especially with it being Halloween this month, I'd want to pick up season related books as much as possible!

That being said, here are the books I have on my radar for October. Links for books past the first in the series will take you to the series page on Goodreads and not the actual book page, so you don't have to worry about spoilers:

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi - buddy read with Christina de Vries (channel here)

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry - buddy read with Raul from Latin Lector (channel here)

The Impaler (Sam Markham #2) by Gregory Funaro

Once Haunted, Twice Shy (Peyton Clark #2) by H.P. Mallory

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2) by Michael Crichton

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Of course after I filmed this, I found yet another book that I'm hoping to read this month with Bookworm's Buddy (channel here):

Edgewise by Graham Masterton

Until next time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Books: September 2015 Wrap Up


I read 17 books this month! The 6 I read for the read-a-thons are not included in this video, but I linked those wrap up videos below, if you're interested in my mini-reviews on those books.

BookBuddyaThon Wrap-Up & Vlogs

FairytaleaThon Wrap-Ups & Vlogs

Hayate x Blade (Volumes 4 & 5) by Shizuru Hayashiya

The Vines by Christopher Rice

Fairy Tail (Volumes 13 & 14) by Hiro Mashima

Black Bird (Volumes 5, 6, &7) by Kanoko Sakurakoji

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Wrath & and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh (as mentioned in this review, Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov as played by the USSR Symphony Orchestra in 1969)

A Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket

Until next time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always!

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