Book Tag: Rainbow Spines Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello Friends! I decided I wanted to try something a little different for Thursdays. Usually I would do a movie review, but that isn’t working out so well…is it? Besides, writing movie reviews of movies that have been out for years got a little boring. Though, I may have something a little special in the works for October regard scary movies!

Anyways, I thought maybe instead of doing 4 movie reviews a month, maybe cutting that down to 1 or 2 and then doing book tags on the other days. There are a TON of book tags in the world. So today I am doing the Rainbow Spine Book Tag!

If someone could please tell me who created this tag so I can give proper credit that would be fantastic!

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RED

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Orange

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

YELLOW

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

GREEN

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

BLUE

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

PURPLE

Beautiful Creatures by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

PINK

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

BLACK

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Have you read any of these books?

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April Wrap-Up

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Hello Friends! I know what you are thinking, “Where is the short story??”

See here is the thing…I haven’t written it yet. I thought I was going to have time and I got called into work. Ugh! This makes three weeks in a row that my two days off have been interrupted. I get two days off, but they are not back to back like they have been scheduled. It’s annoying…but that is life in retail management.

So, instead of getting a short story today (it will come later this week, promise) I wanted to go ahead and do my April wrap up. I am not doing a book haul today, but that will come up this week as well.

Moving on!

April Books

My favorite book this month was Changes by Jim Butcher. It was a fantastic book! My lease favorite was The Legendary Haunting of Quentin Wallis. Nothing wrong with it, it just seemed to drag on. The story was cute though. Also, the author did an interview with me so…I liked it for that fact to. lol

I also listened to Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Which again I will say, this book is really up there on the creep factor. I loved it.

I think I did pretty good reading 6 books this month. Though, Waylaid by Kim Harrison was actually a short story, but I am still counting it! I hope to do better in May and get a little more reading done. That is if I can stop just laying around on my days off. I need to find a better place to read during the day. I usually lay in bed to read, even during the day, which causes me to get sleepy. I need to stop that.

What did you read in April? What was your favorite and least favorite book?

Book Review: Waylaid

Waylaid by Kim Harrison

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Author: Kim Harrison
Release Date: April 4th 2016
Series: The Hollows
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 87
Publisher: Pocket Star
Buy it : Amazon

This is a short story, so the review is a little short as well. 🙂

Review

This is a short story of The Hollows series and The Peri Reed Chronicles meet. Peri’s boyfriend tries to prove a point and accidently summons a demon by the name of Rachel Morgan.

I love the Hollows series and while there is only one book of the Peri Reed Chronicles, I think I am going to love it as well. But, being the Hollows fan that I am, I will gladly read anything that brings back Rachel and any of her friends. In this short story it is Rachel, Jenks, and just a tad touch of Al.

You have to have read at least one of the Hollows books (but really all of them) and the first Peri Reed novel to kind of know what is going on, but for the fans this was so fantastic.

The only problem I had was that it was just too short. Just when I had Rachel in my grasp again, she just slips away.

I felt like the story stayed true to both worlds and it was completely believable that these two worlds could come together. To be honest, I would love to know more about the differences between the two and why one world is so different from the next.

The cover is gorgeous and so perfect for the story. I just wish it was longer and we had more time with Rachel. I miss the Hollows so much.

**Spoiler**

As we come to the end, Peri ends up having to draft to save the day, which results in her forgetting everything that happened. Or rather, someone forces her to forget. I was a little sad that Peri would completely forget about the red head demon that we all love.

 

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Nerds

It’s that time again. Let’s talk about what we are reading this week.

First, I am still listening to The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Let me tell you…it is taking all of my will power not to sit down and listen to the rest of this book. I know how it ends! I do. But getting to the ending is such a whirlwind of emotions. It might even be contributing to my anxiety lately.

On my kindle I am still reading Desert Hunt by Anna Lowe

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This book is kind of an erotica novel. And honestly, what I have read of it is poorly written. I am not enjoying this book at all. I know I have to finish it to give it a proper review, but I am almost to the point of stopping it and shelving it for later. I know if I stop now though, I will never come back to it.

This week I started reading The Drafter by Kim Harrison

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This book came out the first of September and I had it in my hands at that point as well. But I was in the middle of reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher and I was trying to get that out of the way. Then, I got some bad news. This book isn’t doing so well in sales. Kim Harrison just announced today that at this moment, the second book has been put on hold. I am dying! What if I actually like this book in the end?! Which I am sure I will.

I have liked it so far, but I am not even a hundred pages in yet. But it is so sad to see one of my favorite authors struggling with a new series. She wrote a series called the Hollows and it was amazing. My heart broke when it ended, but the ending was so fantastic. I was so excited for a new series, but it looks like not everyone was ready for it.

*sadness*

So, if you are looking for a good book to pick up, try The Drafter by Kim Harrison. Let’s help this author get back up on her feet.

What are you reading this week?

Book Tag: Creatures of the Night

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Hello Nerds!

I have a fun book tag for you today! I found it over on YouTube and you can see the original HERE. I might be a little addicted to the BookTube world…is it too late for me to join in the fun?

Anyways, I have a list of creatures of the night and I have to name my favorite book that features these creatures. So, here it goes!

  1. Vampire: Now…you know I love me some vampires. I might be a tad obsessed. So, it was hard to figure out what my favorite book was that featured vampires. And I chose…
    42899The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. This series is amazing and I love it! And the guys are all vampires…obviously.
  2. Werewolf: I had to think about this one for a second. I haven’t read a lot of books with werewolves…at lest not ones that I liked. But there I remembered!140082
    In the third book of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Alcide is introduced. Wonderful, beautiful, hunky Alcide. Now that is the kind of werewolf I could learn to love!
  3. Zombie: This one was kind of easy. I just read this series and the 4th novel of the series will be released in September of this year!11300302The zombies in this book are a little different from the ones we have seen so far, but I love it. The story is so captivating and amazing and…Zombies!
  4. Ghost: This one was even harder than the werewolf one! I could only think of one book I have read and I didn’t like it too much so I didn’t want to use it. Lucky for me, after reviewing a few books that I have read in the past (meaning I went through my list on goodreads) I finally found one!91476Grave Peril by Jim Butcher is the 3rd installment of the Dresden Files series. In this one Harry Dresden actually battles a few ghost. Woot!
  5. Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster: This one I had many to choose from. I could have picked Dresden Files again. Or I could have picked another book that falls in a different catagory, but I wanted each category to have a different book. So I went with one of the most obvious answers to this one…3“You’re a Wizard Harry.” How could I not include Harry Potter in all of this wonderful creatures of the night book tag? I just couldn’t resist.
  6. Fairy/Fae: This one was hard because I am just as obsessed with fairies as I am with vampires. Over the years I have read SO MANY books about fairies and I just couldn’t decide which one to pick. So I went with the one that I had just recently read.20958632I am still reeling from this book. It was so good and amazing and I want to read it again!
  7. Demon: This is the other book I could have picked for Wizard, or vampire, or fairy, or werewolf…But I had to pick it for Demon because I just love a few demons in this book series!30259Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors and I love this series so much! There are several demons in this series. My favorites are Al and Newt. They are crazy demons and you grow to really love them as the series progresses. I suddenly have the urge to read this series again…
  8. Angel: I have not read a lot of stories that I like with Angels in them. But I found one that I could agree with…at least the first book in the series.6339664I was in love with Patch, but I wasn’t in love with the series. I didn’t finish the series. I loved the first book, but it got boring in the third. I just traded them in to get new books…
  9. Alien: YES! Now this one I can get behind because…aliens. And I just read the first two books of this series a few months ago and it is still fresh on my mind!16101128Love this book so much and Evan Walker…I don’t care if he is an alien!
  10. Superpowered Humans: This one was another easy one.10576365This was such a good book. I can not wait to finish the series. But the kids in this book have strange powers and…you should read the book!

Okay, that is all I got…all I have to do. Some of these were a little tough, but I got down to it. I got it done. And I love this entire list!

YOUR TURN! I tag everyone that reads this! It’s fun, try it!

Toodles

Social Media Book Tag

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I found this book tag on Goodreads and you can see it HERE.

I figured with it being Friday I could do something a little fun. So here we go, a short book tag and I dare you all to do it yourself. Make sure you share it with me if you do one. I just love getting into the minds of others. I also like to add books to my TBR list.

|Twitter| Your favorite short book (under 200 pages) Charlotte’s Web. I’m not going to lie…I had to search for this one. Most of the books I read now are well over 200 pages. But I did so very much love this book when I was a child and would probably still love it today.

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|Facebook| A book that everyone pressured you to read. 50 Shades of Grey. Everyone was reading it…I wanted to read it. I regret that decision. Honesty moment: I read all three…

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|Tumblr| A book you read before it was cool. Twilight. No lie, the cover caught my attention and the story kept me interested. Before I knew it…everyone was reading twilight.

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|MySpace| A book that you liked when you were younger, but you probably would not like now. Little Women! I really did like it when I was younger and now I just can’t read it.

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|Instagram| A book that has the most beautiful cover in existence. I am very partial to the cover of Cinder. The artwork is so beautiful!

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|YouTube| A book that you wish was made into a movie. See, this one is hard for me. I would love to see the Hollows series by Kim Harrison made into a movie, but I feel like they would just ruin it.

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|Goodreads| A book that you would recommend to anyone and everyone. The Hollows series again…I can’t help it! But I also recommend Desperation by Stephen King to just about everyone. It’s my favorite Stephen King novel.

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That was a short one. Which is a good thing. I just don’t have the time to sit and write post like I used to. Don’t worry, I am working on this, trying to make time for my blog. Time just gets away with me with everything I have going on.

I hope you do the book tag too. I love these things!

Toodles

Give it Another Go

Up until last year I wouldn’t re-read a book. I had too many books to read and I didn’t want to waste time on books I had already read once.

One of my favorite authors, Kim Harrison, decided to host a read-a-long for her series The Hollows. A new book was coming out and we all needed a refresher course for the series. So, I read along.

That is when I realized how much fun it can be to re-read a novel. Not only do you get to live through the story again, but you find things you didn’t see before and you learn of the things you forgot. In some ways, it’s like reading the story for the first time again.

This read-a-long started a new love. A love for going back and reading books that I loved the first time. Of course, I am now re-reading books that have another book in the series that I didn’t know about or just haven’t gotten to read it yet. If it has been more than a year since I read the first book, chances are I have forgotten some of the more important aspects of the book.

I just recently read Cinder again and loved it. The other night I finished reading The 5th Wave again. I have so many books now that I want to re-read and it’s only adding to my ever growing TBR pile.

There just are not enough hours in the day to get through all the books I want to read. Readers have a hard life…we have to live among the humans, when all we want to do is hide in a book.

Before I would have told you it was a waste of time to re-read a book. Now I will tell you that maybe it’s important to re-read a book. Who knows what you missed. I still haven’t found a book that I could read over and over again. Though, I know that day is coming. I know that I will find my favorite book, it will be the book that stays close in case I just don’t feel like reading anything else.

Tell me, do you re-read books? Do you have a favorite book that you have read more than twice?

Toodles

Blue Pill, Red Pill, You Decide

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Most people know the red pill, blue pill, thing is from Matrix. A movie that I loved and hated because it ended so bad. These meme’s are all over the place, most being the same from the movie, but then you have the rare one that asks a new question.

Blue pill, you get to bring characters from your favorite fictional world to your world. Red pill, you get to go into your favorite fictional world. What would you choose?

Of course there are pros and cons of each. My favorite fictional world is from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. There are witches, vampires, werewolves, pixies, fairies, and elves. I am sure there are more mystical creatures that I have forgotten about or only the author knows about.

If I were to bring my favorite characters out, one of them would live instead of dying twice. But, they would never adapt to this reality. Sure, everything is the same basically, but would their magic carry over? Probably not and truthfully, this reality wouldn’t survive with a demon on the loose.

If it were up to me I would go into the world of the Hollows series. Simply because it is the world I have always dreamed of. I would probably end up getting attacked by fairies or vampires, but I would hope that a certain Witch, Vampire, and Pixie group would come save me. Then I would be in! I would meet all their friends, fall in love with one of the cute witches or werewolves or…anything that’s not human.

The only problem would be leaving my family behind. I know my mom would probably go with me, but my dad and brother would take a little convincing. Maybe. Who knows.

Now I have my mind in a complete and total melt down, wishing so much that I could slip into that world even for a moment. Maybe I wouldn’t feel so lost, as I do now. Maybe I would finally find a place I belong, because I have yet to find that in this world. So, if anyone knows of any secret portals to a new world, please let me know. I think I need to try my hand at another world because I don’t fit so well in this one.

What about you? Would you bring characters out or go into their story? And no mixing and matching. It has to be one fictional world. Have fun with it!

Toodles

Who Do You Trust?

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I see a lot of blogs giving writing advice. Some of these blogs don’t even have a book to back up what ever advice they are giving, some are self-published authors, and very few are traditionally published authors. I read all of these blogs and some advice just baffles me that anyone would even give such advice.

So, who do you trust when it comes to advice on writing? Do you prefer for them to have a few bestsellers under their belt? Successful blog? A degree?

Personally, I have select few that I have valued their advice. One, of course, being Stephen King. You just don’t understand how much I love him! I have read his book “On Writing” and cling to his twitter and facebook pages for anything new.

Another author that I love to use as an example and listen to is Kim Harrison. She has created an amazing world that just came to a close in 2014.

The last author actually started out as a self-published author and is now traditionally published as well. Jamie McGuire. She is the reason that I decided to self-publish the first time. I will more than likely use her tips and advice again should I decide to self-publish again. I have watched her career grow and flourish. I have seen the hard work that she has put into her writing and I know that if I want to be successful I have to be like that. I have to be as driven as her. And I have an easier time at it than her because she has three kids!

I do read blogs here from other writers and the tips that they give for writing. I do enjoy a good tip that will make me rethink my own writing. In all honesty, aren’t we all here to make our writing better? And even an amateur can see something that you didn’t see.

I may read tips and tricks to writing, but in the end I will decide which ones have any kind of value in my own writing. In other words, I will take advice from anyone, but my heart and mind will tell me what advice I should trust.

How about you? Where do you find advice? Who’s tips have helped better your own writing?

Hobbies Beyond Writing

I got to thinking the other day about my many hobbies.  I do a lot, my main hobby of course is writing. It’s what I love more than anything else in the world.  Putting my pen to paper and creating this great and wonderful thing.  I don’t care if anyone else likes it, I created it for myself.  That’s where it all started, writing.

Now, I have so many other hobbies and there just isn’t enough  time in the day to do them all.  I make jewelry, bake cakes and cakepops, scrapbook, building computers, and a few other things I can’t think of at the moment.  I am always expanding my talents and hobbies as well.  I am trying to learn to knit, I would love to learn woodworking, and I am in the process of becoming a pretty awesome cook.  I also want to learn to sew so I can make my own clothes.  It’s a fabulous world of crafts out there, and I want to learn it all.

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Let’s not forget playing instruments.  I taught myself to play piano, but I need to re-teach myself all of that.  I want to learn to play the guitar, even with my fingers hurting from the strings.

The thing is, the world is full of creative opportunities.  I noticed the other day that a few other writers have other hobbies as well.  One of my favorite authors, Kim Harrison, either crochets or knits and is working on a pattern for a stuffed dragon.

Emily Dickinson loved to bake!  Sylvia Plath was a beekeeper.

My question is, as a writer, do we seek out other forms of creation?

I know that when I started writing I had no desire to create anything else.  I was just a writer, but that soon changed.  Before long I was trying to do other things, anything where I could create something.  I started making jewelry, which happens to be my moms hobby as well.  Then I wanted to paint, but I didn’t want to do fancy paintings, I just wanted to paint things like boxes.  There was something calming about the repetitive motion of a brush with paint on it.

Now I am in to all kinds of crafts.  I want to make everything.  Every time I buy something at the store, I wonder if it’s something I could have made myself.  I want to learn to make my own cards, my own notebooks, my own…everything.  I even make food that I can create from scratch, that way I know exactly what is in it.

Is it because I am a writer that I desire to create other forms of art, or is it just who I am?  Do all writers look for something to get their hands on other than their writing?  Is it because of writing that I am creative?

To all the writers out there, do you have another hobby other than writing?  Sure we spend more time writing or reading, but is there something else that takes up your time?  We have to step away from our writing for a little bit sometimes.