Oct 01 2014

Preparing for Hogwarts: A Best Friend Adventure

My bestie (Susie) and I have talked for several years about going down to Orlando, FL and seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and we are FINALLY going in October! Pretty much all I knew about the park was that there was a castle and butterbeer and that I wanted to go, so preparing …

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Sep 30 2014

Discussion: What are we REALLY using?

Over the weekend, I was reading Parajunkee’s absolutely great post about blogging tools. I won’t bore you with details, but I ended up working on good suggestions from GTMetrix.com to speed up page load time. While editing my social media icon images, I got to thinking: I’m never on some of these sites anymore, and …

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Sep 29 2014

Review: “On the Fence” by Kasie West

1. On the Fence has two of my favorite things: close siblings and the boy-next-door love interest.

I have 2 big brothers, though the age gap is much bigger, and so I related to a lot of Charlie’s interactions with them, though unlike Charlie we had the tempering influence of our mom, otherwise we’d …

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Sep 27 2014

Weekend Musings: Blessed and Grateful

I don’t really use this blog as a platform for my non-bookish musings, but I’ve decided that occasionally I must do just that, and today, I’m really thankful.

I’m grateful for…

My dad, because despite the fact that I’m 27 and I don’t live with my parentals anymore, my dad still keeps notes about EVERYTHING. …

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Sep 26 2014

Series Review: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Click the cover for the GoodReads page for each book!

1. It took me a while to care about the characters.

During Finnikin of the Rock, we follow Finnikin. Finnikin isn’t always the gentle, romantic soul that we might wish him to be. He is strong, ridiculously smart, and …

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Sep 25 2014

HP Moment of the Week: Most Cringe-Inducing Moment

Welcome back to another installment of Harry Potter Moment of the Week!

Most Cringe-Inducing Moment in the Series:

In the movies, it was pretty much any scene in movies 6, 7, or 8 where Harry and Ginny interacted because it was so DRAMATIC and forced and horrible. There is literally no chemistry between the …

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Sep 24 2014

Review: “Storm Siren” by Mary Weber

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins for providing me with an eARC of Storm Siren in exchange for an honest review.

1. Storm Siren had a lot of things going for it.

I loved the beginning with Nym staring out at her potential buyers, defying them with her gaze to buy her …

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Sep 23 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2014 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Books on my Fall 2014 TBR List

*flailing muppet arms*

The day I got approved for this on NetGalley I almost hyperventilated. Thank heavens I was at home and not out in the world because …

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Sep 22 2014

Review: “Stitching Snow” by R.C. Lewis

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing me with an e-ARC of Stitching Snow in exchange for an honest review!

1. It’s very similar to Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Princess in hiding, very good with technology (though Essie is more about code and computer systems and hardware and puzzle solving, whereas Cinder was grease …

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Sep 18 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week: Favorite Dumbledore Moment

So, yesterday I found out there’s been a meme called “Harry Potter Moment of the Week” and it’s existed forever (almost 2 years) and I’ve never seen it before. How does that happen?! But anyway, I’m on board as of today!

“Best Dumbledore Moment”

My favorite Dumbledore moment comes to us from Harry Potter and …

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