Monday, June 11, 2018

Books: May Wrap Up

I read three novels and three volumes of manga in May. I also unofficially participated in #MiddleGradeMay You can find my written reviews on the novels mentioned in previous posts below.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Faerie Wars (The Faerie Wars Chronicles #1)

Faerie Wars Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this for #MiddleGradeMay

My daughter read this when she was younger, but I just got around to it. Let's just say that it's been hanging out on our shelf at home for a while. This was an enjoyable read but I think if I read it around the time my daughter did, I would've enjoyed it more. Things about Henry's family really irritated me, especially the way they handled the situations that came up. I'm not sure that those things would've bothered me as much if I read this when I was a few years younger.

I listened to a majority of this on audio from my library's offering of RB Digital. The narration for me was just ok. I don't know that I would've lost any of the experience of this story if I had just stuck to a physical copy. We do have the subsequent novels on our shelf, and I will read them eventually.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update 3 | May 2018

Show Notes:

LuLa Throw by Jessica LoBue

The Campfire Cardigan by Jess Coppom

All is Calm Socks by Kay Jones of The Bakery Bears Podcast

Knot Forgotton Owl by Milena Rufato with Knit Wings from pattern by Jennifer Wang

For more info on this organization or to become a maker, please visit

Sesame Street CAL - Elmo

Sesame Street CAL - Big Bird

Sesame Street Beginners Crochet Along from the CGL Crochet Graph Lobby

Strawberry Sparkle Shortie Socks

Onion Knits Nettle Sock Yarn at Fairlight Fibers

Night Owl Fibers on Etsy

Monday, May 21, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Last Ever After (School for Good & Evil #3)

The Last Ever After The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read as part of #MiddleGradeMay

I really enjoyed this installment, even if Sophie got on my nerves more often than not. I do think that is a big part of why I can't give this installment 5 stars. The twist towards the end was very interesting and even though this book was rather lengthy, it kept my interest and made me keep coming back to it and thinking about it. That's something a book hasn't done for me in a while.

Apparently this was the close of this arc, which I did find nicely wrapped up. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next arc in this series brings.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Books: April Wrap Up

Hear my thoughts on the books and manga I read in April.

Find out more about #MiddleGradeMay from the creator, Akossiwa K here

See my written reviews on the books mentioned in the posts below.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Naked in Death (In Death #1)

Naked in Death Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this for the first time a very very long time ago. So long ago that I only remembered one detail in this story and it had nothing to do with the crime at all. I listened to a majority of this on audio this time around. While I thought this book was interesting, it was just that for me...interesting. I do enjoy the futuristic take of the future in regards to gadgets and coffee, but this story does deal with tough issues.

I will be continuing with the series eventually because it is one of the series my Mom reads and I am interested in the relationship between our main characters.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Color Street: End of the Month Special

Mother's Day is just around the corner and since it's the last day of the month, I have a special going on in my Facebook group today only! Help me reach my goal and give the gift of gorgeous nails ^-^

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update 2 | April 2018

I'm back with another Yarnie Update! I'm going to try to get a Yarnie Update posted at least once a month. Hopefully I'll be able to show you some finished objects in each video, but I am a pretty slow knitter and crocheter just so you know ^-^

Show Notes:

Sesame Street Beginners Crochet Along from the CGL Crochet Graph Lobby here

Elizabeth Coat by Tatyana Zhigalkovich

SewVirgo's Transcribed Pattern for the Elizabeth Coat here

Novel-T by Laura Nelkin

Novel-T Knit Along with The Grocery Girls from Off Our Needles on Craftsy

The Bakery Bears Podcast (Kay Jones)

Bakery Bears Cottage on Etsy

Otterly Adorable Knits on Etsy

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Lake Silence (The Others #6)

Lake Silence Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed being back in this world! Though the character focus was different, the world itself was just as interesting. Though I really tried not to compare how I felt about this book to the first set of novels, I do feel like this one didn't have the same draw for me as the books set in The Courtyard. That being said, I still enjoyed this one a lot and I'm curious to see where the following books will go. It doesn't seem like we'll stay with Vicki for multiple books, but that won't bother me because I think companion novels will be great for future installments.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Off Kilter (Scottish Highlands Mysteries #1)

Off Kilter Off Kilter by Hannah Reed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

What an enjoyable read! Took me a bit to get around the accent but I really enjoyed the landscape. Looking forward to the next one.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#MarchMysteryMadness: Wrap Up and Update

I'd say #MarchMysteryMadness was a success! In this video, I talk about what I thought about the books I read during March, as well as the books that I'm currently reading. Thank you to all the participants and hosts. I look forward to the 4th Annual March Mystery Madness in 2019! Don't forget that just because March Mystery Madness is over, that doesn't mean that you have to stop reading mysteries ^-^

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Dollmaker (Forgotten Files #2)

The Dollmaker The Dollmaker by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this one, about as much as I did the first book in this series which is a rare thing for me. Second books usually let me down, but this one surprisingly did not. Though the characters this installment follows are different, the beginning of this book has an appearance from characters in the previous book so I thought that made a good transition. This story kept my interest all the way through and as pieces start to click into place, it just got more interesting for me. I will need to check out this author's other works also as these stories really have caught my attention. Looking forward to getting into the next one in this series.

I did receive a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway, but that did not affect my opinion or review at all.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Yarn: Yarnie Update | March 2018

My first Yarnie Update! I've always meant for this space to encompass all things that I enjoy, but so far it's mostly been about books. I'm finally posting something about another of my hobbies, and I hope you enjoy it. If it's not your cup of tea, that's ok! Stay tuned for more bookish content soon.


Granny Cocoon Shrug

How to Crochet a Granny Square Cardigan Tutorial from YARNutopia by Nadia

Mercury Pullover by Patti Waters

Cascading Colors Mitered Blanket by the Caron Design Team

All is Calm Socks by Kay Jones of The Bakery Bears Podcast

Otterly Adorable Knits Etsy Shop

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedström #1)

The Ice Princess The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this for #MarchMysteryMadness

This book took me on a very interesting journey. It was a much slower paced mystery than what I thought it would be. The investigation seemed very leisurely. Everything kind of seemed to unravel at its own pace, which was refreshing for me. Things were wrapped up nicely in the end as well.

The long nature of the chapters in this book (there are only 6), made it very hard to switch back and forth between the physical book and the audiobook so I stuck with the audiobook and listened to it from Hoopla. Though the narrator did a good job, the British and Irish accents that were used threw me off a bit. I noticed while I was browsing Hoopla that there was a TV series released in Sweden based on this series. I'm very interested to watch it to hear the language.

I will definitely be continuing with this series and look forward to seeing if the investigations continue to be leisurely or if the style picks up pace.

Please note that this book deals with physical abuse, sexual abuse, pedophilia, and suicide.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Books: #MarchMysteryMadness Tag

Original Tag was created by Elizabeth @ LizzyFayeLovesBooks

For this tag there are two prompts for each word in the name of our readathon.

March #1  Pick a book that has green on the cover or the word green in the title.
March #2  Pick a book with Irish elements or that features a leprechaun or other tiny character.

Mystery #1: Recommend a mystery that you loved.
Mystery #2: Show a mystery that you are greatly anticipating.

Madness #1: Pick a book featuring a psychopath.
Madness #2: Pick a book that features a sporting event or recreational activity.

I tag Lee @

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Books: #MarchMysteryMadness Book Haul

When I visited my library to pick up one of my holds for #MarchMysteryMadness, I found some gems at in the Used Book section!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Books: January & February Wrap Up | 2018

Feel free to scroll below for the individual reviews and links to the books mentioned ^-^

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The 7th Victim (Karen Vail #1)

The 7th Victim The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting, very interesting. I read this for #MarchMysteryMadness

I've had this book on Kindle for a very long time. I picked it up free but never read it, so March Mystery Madness was the perfect time to dust it off. There were a couple twists in this book that I didn't see coming and the twist at the end was super surprising. You learn a lot about Karen throughout this book too.

This book does contain more gruesome crime scenes and violence than I'm used to reading, but it's not unfamiliar for me as I do watch shows like Criminal Minds which contain similar themes. I listened to a majority of this on audiobook and thought the narrator did a good job. I'll definitely be checking out other books in this series in the future.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Books: Try a Chapter Tag #MarchMysteryMadness Edition

I'm finally doing the Try a Chapter Tag! This one features the books I have planned for March Mystery Madness, excluding When the Bough Breaks by Jonathan Kellerman (since I am still waiting for my copy from the library).

I was tagged by Elizabeth at LizzyFayeLovesBooks

Original Tag was created by Malia at Book Paradise

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Books: Super Late May Wrap Up | 2017

Ok, I know this is super late, but I figured I should share this anyway. This was the last video I filmed before I hit The Reading Slump of 2017 and stopped filming altogether!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Ninth Key (Mediator #2)

Ninth Key Ninth Key by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been a while since I read a book this fast. This one takes place about a week after the incidents of the first book in this series. Though it's been a while since I read the previous book, it wasn't hard to get back into this series at all. Really enjoyed it and highly recommend if you like Young Adult Paranormal Mysteries.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Brightest Embers (Broken Destiny #3)

The Brightest Embers The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good conclusion to this trilogy. As always with this author's books, I had no trouble getting into it and it kept my interest. Though this story had lots of predictability to it, I still enjoyed it. The ending was definitely abrupt and I think there could've been more exploration into a particular situation. Maybe that will come in a subsequent novella, but the story had enough finality to me that I am satisfied with the end if there isn't more to the story in the future.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

#Book1CoziesClub: March Book of the Month

Announcing March's Selection for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club! Come chat with us in the Mystery Madness Goodreads Group and don't forget to join in on #MarchMysteryMadness ^-^ Will you be joining in on this read?

Links to the book are after the break!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Beast Is an Animal

The Beast Is an Animal The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

DNF at 14%

I've had this book on hiatus since January 2017 and have not thought about it once since then unfortunately. I do remember a little of what happened in the section that I did read, but I'm not curious about where the story is going at all. Nothing really grabbed me and I've decided to just put it away for good.

I did receive a copy of this book from Jellybooks in exchange for my participation in their test reading campaign, but this does not affect my opinion of this book.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on The Breakdown

The Breakdown The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

DNF at page 117.

I've had such trouble getting into this book. I believe it is entirely due to the question this story is based on. By the point of the story when I put the book down, I was pretty sure how this story was going to end up. I had not been motivated to pick it up since then unfortunately. I did read the last chapter today and found out that I had been right about my guess as to how this was all going to end up.

I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for review and this does not have any impact on my feelings regarding this book. I did like Behind Closed Doors so I will probably try another book from this author in the future.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Read-a-thons: Announcing the 3rd Annual March Mystery Madness!

Announcing the 3rd Annual March Mystery Madness! This round is going to be the biggest that we've had yet. Don't forget to join our Goodreads Group, follow us on Twitter, and check out all of our hosts. Links follow!

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group:

March Mystery Madness Twitter:

Hosts for #MarchMysteryMadness 2018:
Subscribe to see all their mystery related content during March!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)

Legacy of Kings Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A big thank you to my friend for gifting this to me for my birthday! You know who you are ^-^

An enjoyable read. I always have a bit of a problem when there are multiple POVs, so I think that is probably why I can't give this a higher rating. It also took me a while to become absorbed in the story and be familiar with our cast of characters, but once I was familiar it was a much more enjoyable journey for me.

The audiobook helped a bit too as the presentation helps me to know which POV we're in at any moment in the story. I will be continuing with this series and look forward to the next installment.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #1)

If Walls Could Talk If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

I really enjoy the author's Witchcraft series and am not surprised that I also enjoyed this book. The story ties into what I do for a living a bit as well, which made it more interesting to me. Good story line and I didn't feel like it was very heavy on the supernatural element at all in this installment, though I do like that sort of thing personally.

This is also the first time I've listened to one of the author's books on audio and I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the narration and definitely recommend checking out this author's work in print or audio if you haven't already.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Books: My Thoughts on Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1)

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

I really enjoyed this one and have to wonder if there really is a town like Rudolph. Interesting premise, nice backdrop, and an enjoyable mystery. Perfect for seasonal reading even if I got started late. Looking forward to other books in this series!

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