All About Me


Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by and giving me a look. I’ve been going back and forth on starting a blog for the longest time. I kept telling myself no one is going to read this. There are a ton of bloggers out there that are probably way more intresting than myself. I decideded to just go for it. Even if I just have one or two readers. I love talking about the books I’m reading or have read and frankly I think my husband is getting tired of listening to me, even if he doesn’t say it.ย  I have been a reader for as long as I can remeber, probably 30 years now. I like to explore different genres. Just to give you a little background on me I’m going to list some of my favorites below.

My Favorites:

  • Author(s): Stephen King and Louisa May Alcott have been my top favotire authors for 15+ years. As of recently I have fallen in love with Cassandra Clare, Melissa Landers and Marissa Meyer.
  • Book(s): Thinner and Misery by Stephen King and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
  • Series: The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Lunar Chronicles
  • Character(s): Magnus Bane, Sirius Black
  • Genre(s): YA, Middle Grade, Adult, True Crime, Horror, I pretty much read anything as long as its good.
  • Color: Blue
  • Season: Fall
  • Movie(s): The Goonies and Spaceballs and of course all the Harry Potter movies
  • Place to read: Outside if its nice or my bed
Featured post

Sister Sister by Sue Fortin review

“Alice: Beautiful, kind, manipulative, liar.

Clare: Intelligent, loyal, paranoid, jealous.

Clare thinks Alice is a manipulative liar who is trying to steal her life.

Alice thinks Claire is jealous of her long-lost return and place in their family.

One of them is telling the truth. The other is a maniac. Two sisters. One truth.”

Let’s talk…this book was predictable (to a point), unoriginal and reminded me of a made for tv Lifetime movie….but OMG I LOVED it! I’ve been in such a slump this month and this is what I needed. 368 pages and I read it in less than 8 hours! I’m such a sucker for Lifetime/Hallmark movies. They are so cheesy but it’s such a guilty pleasure. 

I actually found myself getting just as mad and worked up as Claire was. Getting so mad I wanted to punch Luke sometimes. I did predict one of the plot twists but I didn’t catch on to the other. So I did have a bit of a surprise at one point. 

I probably would have given this a 2 or 3 star rating because it’s not original at all but because it reminded me so much of Lifetime movies and I had such a fun ride with it I gave it 4 stars! 

I definitely want to check out her other book now. Glad I picked this up. I almost didn’t! 

4 ๐ŸŒŸ 

Random by Tom Leveen reviewย 

“Who’s the real victim here? This tense and gripping exploration of cyberbullying and teen suicide is perfect for fans of Before I Fall and Thirteen Reasons Why.

Late at night Tori receives a random phone call. It’s a wrong number. But the caller seems to want to talk, so she stays on the line.He asks for a single thingโ€”one reason not to kill himself.

The request plunges her into confusion. Because if this random caller actually does what he plans, he’ll be the second person connected to Tori to take his own life. And the first just might land her in jail. After her Facebook page became Exhibit A in a tragic national news story about cyberbullying, Tori can’t help but suspect the caller is a fraud. But what if heโ€™s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a strangerโ€”and maybe redeem herselfโ€”leading to a startling conclusion that changes everything…”

Wow! This book was short (217 pages) but it sure packs a punch. He sure didn’t sugar coat things, the story was clear and simple! He didn’t over complicate it. Tori, the main character, is a self-centered bitch. She may not have always been like that but when she fell into this crowd at school so seemed to have lost who she was (that’s what I was getting anyway) and then she became a bully. Her and friends thought they were “joking” but it was cyber bullying for sure. This is an important story. Specially with how our society is today. I have personally experience with bullying (and still do as an adult) so I know how much words can hurt and effect someone. 

I don’t want to go into too much here since the book is so short and really anything more I say might spoil it. But this is a book people need to read. Specially kids. It’s a very important topic and very well written! 

Trigger warnings: homophobic slurs, cyber bullying, hate crime, suicide….

5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ. I will be checking out more of Tom Leveen’s books for sure!!!

New things to come……

So I buddy read Jaws by Peter Benchly with my friend Sophia. Then I decided to re-watch the movie and compare. I blogged about it, it can be found here Jaws by Peter Benchley review + Book vs Movie (spoilers) . It was so fun that I decided to keep going with this. For now I am only doing older movies from my childhood that I adore still. Most I didn’t even know were books also. Now some books were written the same year the movie came out but I still count them. Below I’m going to list the movies I love that are from my childhood and if I have the book or still need to find a copy. I also will add a list of other movies I adore that I am not sure if they have a book or not. If you know then comment below and let me know so I can search for it.

  • The Goonies – own
  • Gremlins – own
  • Gremlins 2 – own
  • Jaws 2 – own
  • Jaws Revenge – own
  • Princess Bride – need to buy
  • Labyrinth – own
  • Willow – need to buy
  • Neverending Story – need to buy
  • Spaceballs: The Book – need to buy
  • Short Circuit – need to buy
  • *batteries not included – need to buy
  • Harry and the Hendersons – need to buy
  • Arachnophobia – need to buy
  • Jurassic Park – own
  • The Lost World – own
  • The Worst Witch – need to buy
  • The Witches – own
  • Practical Magic – own
  • Witches of East End – own
  • The Hobbit – own (I know the movies are newer but the book is still older)
  • LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring – own (same as Hobbit)
  • LOTR: The Two Towers – own
  • LOTR: The Return of the King – own
  • Exorcist – need to buy
  • Psycho – need to buy

Now here is a list of other movies I LOVE from my childhood but I do not know if they have books yet:

  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Teen Wolf (one with Michael J Fox)
  • Teen Witch
  • Tremors
  • Critters
  • Back to the Future (all)
  • Ghostbusters (original, all)

Thats all I have for now. Just wanted a starter list. I probably won’t start this until Decemeber/January time frame. I’m still collecting some books and movies. I am very excited about this though! I am one of the few people that is pretty good about separating a book from its movie and enojoy both. Sometimes I enojy the book more or a movie more. So this won’t be like basing one or the other type thing. I just like to read, watch, review and compare. Now if the book or movie is HORRIBLE I will let you know! Also let me know in the comments any of your favorite movies/books from your childhood (1990s or older please) that didn’t make it on to my list (Like i said before this isn’t a complete list) and I’ll add them!

My first ever reading challenge (I’m going to fail ๐Ÿคฃ)

So my BFF Catherine (Witch Plus Cat) talked me into doing this reading challenge! I checked it out and it looks like so much fun! I’m not really in it for prizes but more so to see how many I can get through and maybe find new books and friends! 

So I’m not going to list all the rules and how to play and yada-yada. So I’m leaving the link here so you can check it out and see if you want to participate! It’s like a game board and there’s playing pieces and kind of like D&Dish but for books! You can earn points and such. Anywho click above and check it out! (And thanks to the talented CW of Read Think Ponder on her amazing art work that I’ll be including in this blog)

Here is the game board. I printed one so I can cross things out as I go along. You pick a character to start and follow their path to the next character and then keep going around the board. 

Here are the characters and where their paths start. 

I’m starting with Mage! I’m not making an official TBR. I’m horrible at sticking with them. I’m making a list of 2-3 options for each square on the board. I’m starting Uni Aug 21st so I’ll be busy with school work as well as this challenge. 

I’ll also be posting my book choices as I move along over on my Instagram using the hashtag #TheReadingQuest 

Comment below if you plan on participating. Also link me in your blog or IG post so I can follow and like and cheer you on! Best of luck to everyone and “May the odds be ever in your favor” I hope I got that right ๐Ÿคฃ

Wait? What? It’s July wrap up already? (2017)

How are we on July 2017 wrap up already? I mean I’m not complaining. I’m excited for fall/winter

So let’s get into this! I read 8 books. 2 of which were DNF’s and I will leave those for last. I won’t get into a full discussion on why I DNF’d those but if you want to know more details comment below and we can talk! So I’m going to start off with my FAVORITE book of July and one that will make it into my top favorite books of 2017!

5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ this book was AMAZING! Specially that cover! Full review can be found Here

Now to the rest. I don’t have reviews for all. I have been struggling to keep up with blogs and reviews lately. I promise to do better from here on out 

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ this was my first Laini Taylor book. Review can be found here

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ I dove right into book 2 after finishing Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I still need to read the last book in the trilogy. Will probably be an August read. I didn’t do a review for this one. I’ll do a double review of this and the last when I finish the trilogy.

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ The movie Misery was my first introduction to Stephen King when I was just a teenager (so over 20 years ago ๐Ÿ˜ฎ). I finally got around to reading the book. Man Annie Wilkes is more bat shit crazy in the book than the movie! Gah I love her! 

3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ this was enjoyable. A great debut novel for sure! It has its creepy moments for sure! It was a definite plus that the setting is in my home state of Michigan โœ‹๐Ÿป and the author is from and lives in Michigan also! I feel this book will be a lot more creepier on screen (which is being made into a movie). I plan on reading more of his books for sure! 

3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ I read this book for Shark Week! I love the movie and didn’t know it was a book until last year. While I did enjoy this (the movie was so much better) it has a couple not so needed moments. I go into more depth in my review where I talk about the book (in detail, with spoilers) and then compare to the movie (which I watched the day after finishing the book).

Now for my two DNF books

I know I know! How could I???? Well sorry but this was just horrible. I made it to 314 pages and then skimmed a few parts and called it quits. Stephen King has a problem with info dumping. And this was one of the worst. So long winded. Rambles way too much. And then there is the part! I’m totally ok with people loving this book. What I’m not ok with is the fact that NO ONE talks about the most unnecessary, totally gross part in the book unless they hated the book. Sorry but a sex orgy between 1 girl and I lost count on how many boys, all in the PRE-TEEN age! Yes not even teenagers (not that that would make it ok)! In a sewer just so they could “escape” pennywise? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ and please don’t even try to say it “strenghtened their friendship” yes I’ve been told that before. Sorry but that’s NOT friendship! They should have said No we will find another way. They shouldn’t have taken advantage of a young girl who was abused by her dad ๐Ÿ˜’ Fuck that! ummm yea Stephen what the fuck was that? Gross ๐Ÿคข. That’s like borderline child molester mind right there. Maybe it was the heavy drugs and alcohol he was on at the time he wrote this but how in the world that editor didn’t catch that and make him rewrite it is beyond me! I’m so glad the directors of the made for TV mini-series and the new movie have enough brains to leave that shit out. Don’t get me wrong I loved the first movie, will more than likely love the new movie and I did like the non-rambling, actually good parts of the book. Anyway enough about that! NEXT!

What? Another King??? Yup! Sadly I made it 24% into this book and gave up. Now I can’t say forsure if this was a bad book or I was just not in the mood for King anymore. After the IT fiasco and reading Misery, I think I’d had enough King for one month. I may pick this back up sometime later (like 2018 later). 

Well that’s it! Pretty good month considering I’ve been dealing with some personal issues at home and some depression. But I’m getting better. 

Currently reading:

I’ve been slowly reading this for like a week. It’s good so far. I’m only on page 71. This hasn’t been the best week for me. I’m hoping to get a big chunk read today but I know I won’t finish it before July is over. So it will become my first August read. 

Things will get a little crazy between August and December. I’m trying to get organized now so I don’t fall behind. But I’m start college next month. I have 2 years left until I finish my bachelors degree. I plan to start a part time job, going through some marriage problems (which doesn’t help with my depression). So I apologize now if I slip away for a bit. But blogging actually helps some so I’m going to try and keep at it to help!

Hope everyone had a good reading month! And here’s to August! ๐Ÿฅ‚

Jaws by Peter Benchley review + Book vs Movie (spoilers)

I’m pretty sure by now everyone knows about Jaws. If not it’s basically about a Great White Shark that eats people ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I watched the movie growing up. But never knew it was a book until a couple years ago. I’m really enjoying finding out that movies I loved growing up are books as well! So I’ve been finding them, reading them and rewatching the movies. So as far this goes let’s get into this review…

So the book started out with a bang! A person dead in the first chapter. Then 2, 3 people dead in the first 60ish pages. I was so excited…..then we dove into the marriage/relationship of Chief Brody and his wife. Ok no biggie. Books usually have more substance than movies. It was great to see the relationship between the characters but then Hooper shows up. And apparently Brody’s wife (for the life of me I can’t remember her name ๐Ÿ˜‚) knows him since she dated his older brother when they were teenagers. Ok cool. No biggie, but then something completely out of character happened. Something I felt didn’t need to be there. Didn’t add to the story and from what I got of the Hooper and Brody’s wife they didn’t seem like those kinds of people. Brody’s wife invites Hooper to lunch in a town 20 mins away. While there they describe their fantasys (ummm ok. They haven’t seen each other in many many years, she barely remembers him, he was in love with her at the tender age of 10 when his brother dated her). So she starts in with her fantasy and I became very uncomfortable. I get people have this kind of fantasy. Nothing wrong with I guess as long as both parties are consenting adults but it totally didn’t fit the character or the story. Her fantasy is being rapped ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜•. Then from what I read they went off to a motel and had lots of sex. Then that was it. There was an awkward dinner party scene but that I could handle better than this. Anyway totally not needed in the book at all. The story fizzled out in the second half of the book. Brody and Hooper fought all the time. Quint was annoying and an asshole and then Hopper dies and the shark just sinks to the bottom. Or so think ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ who knows if it actually died or not. It just ends….opening for Jaws 2 I guess. Which he didn’t write. Someone else did. 

So I gave this a 3/5 ๐Ÿฆˆ. Would have been 2 but I felt it needed an extra shark just because it’s Jaws! ๐Ÿ˜‚ oh yea and there’s Mafia people in the book ๐Ÿ™Š

Now for the movie! It’s been 10+ years since I watched it. So didn’t remember a whole lot to be honest. So I just finished it like 30 mins ago. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ oh man! It’s funny how movies that scared you as a kid makes you laugh as an adult. Specially when 1970s  movie technology is involved. Still loved the movie! Scared my 5 year old! ๐Ÿ™Š

There were definitely a lot of differences between the book and movie. Characters the same, location the same, shark the same and name of movie/book that same. Everything else is WRONG! The movie has the beaches crowded as hell and people from all over the USA there. The book, nada! Barely anyone on the beaches. It’s never that crowded. In the movie everyone wants to be a fisherman and go catch the shark, in the book no one wants to go out there (except Quint, but he’s a mental case). In the book the marriage between Brody and his wife is talked about and well there is that ugly fantasy scene, in the movie they are a loving couple, no uncomfortable fantasy lunch scene and she doesn’t know Hooper. In the book Hooper and Brody hate each other, in the movie they are BFFs. In the book there is an awkward dinner party, in the movie it doesn’t happen. In the book the editor of local paper digs up a connection between Mafia and Mayor, in the movie we don’t mention the editor or mafia. In the book Hooper dies at the end, in the movie it’s Quint. Which I’m totally on board with cause I hate Quint. I’m sure there is more I can say about the differences but I think you get the point. 

Movie: 5/5 ๐Ÿฆˆ

Movie is better than book! 

Have you read the book? Seen the movie? Let’s discuss! 

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix review

“Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to actโ€ฆdifferent. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes thereโ€™s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”

This book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick.” – Bustle

๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ yes yes yes yes! At first I was going to wait until October to read this but I’m glad I read it now. It honestly could go either way since it sets during the school year. I had seen this book on the shelves, but in the previous edition cover, and kept saying nah I’ll wait. I hadn’t seen it around social media too much. Then I saw Cody, from Cody the Reader, on Instagram talk about it and then I saw this edition! I was sold by the cover alone! I was born in 1981! I love the 80s, and the 90s. So the day I got it in the mail I started it! 

Oh man! This book packs a punch! Brings back all the feels and memories of my childhood! I constantly kept saying “omg I remember that!” Or “omg I had that too!” Or “omg I remember listening to them too!” ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ below I’m going to quote a few of my favorite parts that brought back some feels. It’s doesn’t really spoil anything major but skip if you want:

It’s twenty years ago and she’s bombing over the old bridge in a crapped-out Volkswagen Rabbit, windows down, radio blasting UB40, the air sweet and salty in her face.” ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š I adored, and still do, UB40

“They could. Then they had dinner at Chi-Chi’s and Abby’s dad pretended it was his birthday and the waiters came out and put a giant sombrero on his head and sang him the Mexican birthday song and gave them all fried ice cream.” ๐Ÿ˜ข this one brought back feels about my dad. He died when I was 14 years old. I remember doing Chi-Chi’s for his birthday. I remember the picture of him in the sombrero hat. I miss him.

Hefty, Hefty, Hefty…..wimpy, wimpy, wimpy.” Oh that commercial! A total favorite of mine! I always use to go around repeated that as a kid ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

So anyway I’m pretty sure you can see where I’m going with this review! I adored this book. It was so much fun! Even once we got into the story about the possession! Grady didn’t try to hard with this (unlike another Exorcism story I tried to read this year, A Head Full of Ghosts, which was so horribly done). 

I adored all the characters. They were true to how things were in the 80s and how rich white people acted and so forth. I really don’t have a complaint about any of them! 

Some people complained about the few racists and homophobic remarks made in here. There was not a ton and in all honesty it made the story real. I mean this is a story that takes place in the 1980s, in the south, in a very rich, white, upscale area and private school. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜• so ummm…yea! While of course I’m not racist, a bigot or homophobic but I do appreciate when an author keeps true and real to the era the story was written in. If people can’t handle the truth then they should grow some thicker skin. 

I would love to see this on the big screen! But….I want to see it in 1980s Friday the 13th/1980s horror movie style. None of the 2017 graphics and technology. 

This is by far one of my favorite reads of 2017 so far! I love everything about it from the cover design to the story itself! Amazing job Grady! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Anyway this was a solid 5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Also here is what the back of the book looks like. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor review

“Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devilโ€™s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, sheโ€™s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and sheโ€™s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”

Well this is my first Laini Taylor read and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. I like how it starts out in the real world and slowly shifts to straight up fantasy. It’s also my first Devil/Angel love story and so far I’m really loving it. It wasn’t like overwhelming. 

The characters are all well developed so far. I have a feeling I’ll be getting more info on certain people in the next book. And more of the other world. Which I can’t wait for. 

While the story flow was good I did hate that it took like 300 pages just for me to know what Karou was and to learn about her back story. Also I still don’t fully understand the whole wishes and pain thing. Maybe in the next book I’ll figure it out. But I am excited to read the rest of the books. For me it’s definitely a unique story. 

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ 

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

She said she would and so she did….(June 2017 wrap)

Here’s my June reading wrap up. It was a good month

  • The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue 4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ 

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling 5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ (reread)

  • Coraline by Neil Gaimen 4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

  • Merciless by Danielle Vega 3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

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