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.  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

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill review

“Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.”

Oh holy shit! 🤭 Dude! JOE!!! I really need to pick apart his brain. The man is amazing! I just finished 692 pages of pure awesomeness! Gah! I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. I’ve previously read Horns and loved it! I can honestly say now Joe is in my top 5 favorite male authors! He maybe even be ahead of his dad now, Stephen King 🤦🏻‍♀️😮. So anyway on with the review…..

Charles Talent Manx! Oh man what a villain. He‘s creepy and evil, yet at the same time you almost want to hug him. But not very often. The whole concept of Charles is just amazing. Wonderful character. I would have loved to have learned more about Charles. More about his background and how he grew up. Maybe a short story is needed 😉😉

Vic McQueen! I thought at first she might get annoying since a lot of the story centers around her. But she didn’t. I really enjoyed her character. She wasn’t too over the top. She was well developed. Her pain felt real and her actions seemed realistic for what she went through.

Lou! Oh Lou! That man is like a giant teddy bear that I want to cuddle with. With everything that happened he remained amazing. I loved how his story ended and I felt like it was a good way for his life to go.

Wayne! Bruce Wayne! I love that kid!

With the way Joe wrote I actually felt like I could picture this world in my head. In fact I even dreamed I was in the book as a main character. But I was still myself. Very good job with describing the world.

The ending! I did like the ending he gave. I had visions of 2 other ways it could have ended and would have made for an awesome book as well!

Overall amazing book!!!!! 5/5 ⭐️

WARNING!!!! Comments left for open and spoiler discussions!

Have you read the book? What did you think???? Let’s talk below!

Where have I been???

I’m sorry I haven’t been around for a couple months. It’s been nuts around here. I’m still in a massive slump, I’ve started treatment for severe depression (I’m starting to feel much much better), started working out (omg I can barely move 🤣🤣) and dealing with Kids and life. My husband and I have decided to divorce. It’s mutual and we are on good terms and agree to everything. I think this will be the simplest divorce with Kids I’ve ever seen. We are not going to start any paperwork until after the new year. We are concentrating on Kids and holidays right now.

Speaking of the holidays! How was your Thanksgiving? Are you looking forward to Christmas? Do you celebrate something different than Christmas?? We don’t do much for Thanksgiving here. My husband is out in the woods hunting. Christmas is out big holiday. I have my tree up but I still need to finish decorating the house. After I finish I’ll get some pictures and do a Christmas blog. I’m also almost done with present shopping. Few more things to get. I’m so excited for this year!

Another exciting things I did was start a new blog! Me and my sista from another misses, Witchpluscat instagram , started a new blog together. We post about things we are obsessed with. It’s a history type blog. You should go follow if you like history. It included things like Royals, myths and legends, True Crime, wars, historical figures, forgotten heroes, and much much more. Discover and Conquer blog So in December I’ll be posting a few blogs, Christmas decorating, end of the year reading blog wrap up and goals for 2018. Gah can you believe it’s almost 2018???? Geez! Time flew by fast.

So there will be some new changes to this blog in the new year. Don’t worry I’ll still talk books but there will be more things than just books also!

Is there anything you would like to see added to my blog in 2018? Topics?

So once again sorry the being absent. And I hope everything have a fantastic holiday!

Well she kind of read…September 2017 wrap

So I have this unhealthy obsession with true crime and for the month of September I watched a LOT of crime documentaries on Netflix this month 🤦🏻‍♀️ so not a lot of reading done. What I did read were very small books. But it’s ok! So let’s dive in…..(I have no full reviews for any of these books yet but I will be catching up soon)

Very adorable! Love this series, the movie and the new tv series on Netflix! 5/5 🌟

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Well that’s it 🤷🏻‍♀️. I need to force myself to stop watching Netflix and read more for october! We will see

Read, Watch & Blog: The Worst Witch

This started as a movie for me in the late 80s/early 90s. I had no clue it was a book series. So when I found out I had to get them. I was reminded of the movie when I saw Netflix made a new series. 

It took me roughly 2 days to read all 7 books! Gah they were so fun! I wish I would have read them as a kid. But at least I’ve read them now. For a middle grade series it was perfect! Just enough to engage a child but not so much to overwhelm them. The characters were fun! I found myself getting so angry at Enid Hallow that I had to put the book down and do something else for a little while 🤣. Of course the adult in me saw the holes that could have been filled and the want for more background info on Mildred and other characters but I kept telling myself this isn’t a YA or Adult series. Middle grade is always a guilty pleasure read. I can just sit back and enjoy the stories without having to remember a great deal of previous info. 

I enjoyed all the characters. Even the horrible snotty ones. I was able to picture what they looked like and how the castle looked. 

I gave each book a 5/5 🌟. So it’s a 5/5 🌟 for the entire series as well. 

Next I watched the movie. I haven’t seen it in probably 20 years. I forgot Tim Curry was in it 🤦🏻‍♀️. While I still enjoyed the movie for what it was I was sad to see how much they left out. The movie was only 1 hour and 10 mins long. They left out a main character and an entire plot! I mean book on is less than 100 pages. They could have added in everything from the book and it still would have been less than a 2 hour movie. I give this about 3/5 🌟 only because it brought back childhood memories! 

Next up I watched the new TV series on Netflix. Omg I LOVED it! They did change a few things but it followed way more closely to the books than the movie did. They even added some extra background info into the series which I would have loved in the books. I was so pleased to see the actress who plays Layanna Mormont in Game of Thrones is Mildred Hubble! And the actress who plays Baxter in Downton Abbey is Mrs, Hardbroom! This was such a fun series! Amazing cast. It was well developed. I’m hoping they keep going with the series to follow along with each book. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 fingers crossed! 5/5 🌟 for sure!!! 

I hope this convinced you to read the books or at least watch the series on Netflix! It’s great to watch as an adult, a kid or with your family! 

August…such a sad reading month (wrap 2017)

I’m not mad at myself, nor will I best myself up for not reading more. Just sad 😞 I’ve been going through a lot emotionally and mentally. I’ve recently gotten help from my doctor and started some new meds. Hoping in a couple months I start feeling better. For now my body is trying to adjust to new meds which makes me feel strange and a wee bit tired….but nonetheless I did manage to read a few books and DNF’d 2! So let’s get going…..

Random was the first book I was able to read and finish. It’s a short book but punched a pack for sure. You can find my fill reciew here. I gave this a 5/5 🌟

This was an impulse buy at Walmart. Sounded interesting and decided to buy it. Sat down and read it in one sitting. It’s was a fun read. Review And I ended up giving it 4/5 🌟

Next I picked up Psycho. It’s for part one of my read/watch/blog (click here for more info) project. This one will be classic horrors. I will start posting my blogs for the Horror edition of that project in September. Sadly this one was a 2/5 🌟 for me. I’ll go more in depth when I do up the blog post. So be on the look out for that. 

Now to my 2 DNF’s:

I got over 120 pages or so in. Can’t remember exactly and it was so burning. Nothing really exciting was happening. I was not feeling any of the characters, the instalove/makeout crap was annoying. I feel like it was taking over the story. Just couldn’t subject myself to it anymore. So unhaul pile it goes…

Never read this as a kid. So thought I’d try it now since everyone raves about it. But nope! No no no no! Borning, all over the place, underdeveloped, flat and omg I wanted to strangle that little boy 🤦🏻‍♀️ unhaul and won’t be reading the rest. Still might check out the new movie coming out soon. We will see
Well ladies and gents! That’s it 🤷🏻‍♀️ told you it was a sad month for reading. 

Current read and next up for the classic horror edition of RWB (Read/Watch/Blog) is:

Fingers crossed this is better than Psycho….🤞🏻🤞🏻

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 🌟 

Random by Tom Leveen review 

“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 thing—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 he’s not? Her words alone may hold the power of life or death.

With the clock ticking, Tori has little time to save a stranger—and maybe redeem herself—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 🌟. 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 🤣)

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 🤣

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