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Posted by on August 7, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I just had to use two quotes today, because this one short line one made me feel like it simply had to be posted.

“Don’t allow any man to treat you as less than you are.” & “But I don’t think any parent can expect to escape this life without disappointing his child at some point. And the same could be said the other way around. We all of us fall short now and again, and disappoint someone dear to us, or ourselves. Thankfully, my parents have always been the forgiving sort.” ~ The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen



Posted by on August 6, 2018

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Random Question: Have you ever had an argument over a book?

I am sure we have all had those little tiffs and saying oh I don’t like a book with a friend. However, have you ever legit had a big argument over a book? I had one friend who was merciless over me actually liking the Twilight books. Yes, I know they aren’t well written, yes, I know real vampires don’t sparkle, so what I was entertained okay? She just would not lay off about it, we had a real argument over the whole thing. Eventually we did make up and she agreed that she should have just left me alone because we all like different books. I mean I can’t say how many times I have had to plead the 5th when people ask me about 50 shades…..oi vey.



Posted by on August 3, 2018

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

I have always loved A wrinkle in time and when the movie was getting ready to come out I knew it was time for another read. I mean, how could I miss Chris Pine as Doctor Murray right? Anyways, back to the book.

For me this book is just something enjoyable to read, like going into a familiar world where I might know how it is going to end, but I am okay with that, because I find something different every time I read it. The story has so many different layers and so much to discover. There is something about this book that still to this day gives me a sense of wonder, I can read it and just feel transfixed. This book is one of the books that inspired me to write, to write poetry and stories and just about anything. Reading it again helped me to break through some block that I had going on when I read it. It is just that kind of book for me. I might even read it a second time for the year to try and break through things once again. I know some read this book again when they become adults and don’t feel the same way, but for me this is one of those books that I believe will always give me that special kind of wonderment and remind me why I wanted to write down things to start with. At least I hope it will be that way, because being an adult is tough enough most of the time, losing something that holds a child’s wonder to it would make it that much harder. Sorry for the bit of floaty, dreamy review on this one, I’ll blame the book for it.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Posted by on July 31, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

” Though she had seen them together on many ocassions, this afternoon she sensed a new, palpable tension on the bowls court between the King and Thomas Wyatt. Jane was sure that the new embroidered declaration slashed across the Kings chest was only one example of royal response to it. The rivalry for Anne Boleyn has taken a bitter turn, and Anne played the kings declared refusal to choose her over the Queen like a champion, openly flirting with both of them until the Kings face was white with rage.” I, Jane pg 191 by Diane Haeger



Posted by on July 30, 2018

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Random Question: Is there anything you don’t like about reading?

I know this seems like a very silly question to ask a bunch of readers. However, I think even in the things we love there is always a little something we don’t like. An example for me is with my crochet, I LOVE it. I love everything about it, except when it comes time to weave in all the ends at the end of a project. This I HATE.

So when it comes to reading for me I dislike the fact that I have a hard time DNFing a book. I suppose that is more about me then reading itself but off the top of my head that is the biggest thing I don’t like about reading, lol. I just have this habit that it is very hard once I have committed to a book for me to say I just can’t finish it. I have this habit of saying, “Well I will give it one more chapter and see if it gets better” and then it will go “Well I am already 150 pages in I mean it would be sad to stop now…” and thus I get myself stuck in a book I really don’t like much, lol.



Posted by on July 26, 2018

It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s a classic movie and to me also a classic book. I love diving into a classic once in a while. It is like having a chat with familiar old friends you don’t see too often.

As always I truly enjoyed this book. While I don’t re-read it very often I do sometimes worry that because I know the book so well I will be bored when I come around to it again, but I always manage to discover or feel something new about the characters as I read so it never feels stale. There are just some stories that will always stand the test of time. For me Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of those books that when someone asks me about a book they simply must read in their lifetime that I tell them about. Of course it seems more people are aware of the movie vs. the book and some come out a bit shocked from the book, but for me that is part of the fun. Holly is a little bit of a ninny head as my great gran would say, but I don’t care I still enjoy my time spent with her and probably always will.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Posted by on July 24, 2018

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“I was tired of living someone elses life. Since childhood, I had been told what to do, how to act, who to be. I had been instructed by other peoples expectations, their demands even their unspoken judgment, the only way to be happy was to become a carbon copy of the people around me. And for many years I was okay following their footsteps. I was okay showing up to my office job, wearing the suit, playing the role, but that was the thing; I was playing a role. I wasn’t actually being my true self.” ~ The Kindness Diaries by Leon Logothetis



Posted by on July 23, 2018

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Random Question: Do you ever make a reading playlist?

I love to read, but silence is not one of my favorite things. When you are outside in nature, there is always some kind of natural soundtrack. I particularly love reading near water. Inside, though I have found you can get that odd to me unnatural silence. So I always tend to have something playing, TV, music or sometimes a rain soundtrack things like that.

Recently I have caught myself making a playlist here and there for sitting down to read a certain genre. I haven’t done it for a specific book just yet, but I have a historical fiction playlist and an adventure playlist so far. Is it just me? I know I am weird, so it could be. LOL.



Posted by on July 20, 2018

The romantic story of a girl who gets plucked from obscurity to star in the next major feature film franchise based on a book and the ensuing love triangles she gets entangled in on—-and off screen.

Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

I lost a dare with a friend, who wanted to watch this series. I of course have to read before I watch, what can I say I am really a stickler for that. So I sat down, knowing very little about this one, it sounded a little Twilight to me and I was not wrong. Alas guess what I confess I enjoyed Twilight and I found myself enjoying this book as well.

Yes, it is full of the typical tropes of YA with the instant love and the sort of triangle and all the silly drama that comes up. I mean seriously. However, you can’t say some of this stuff isn’t right out of Hollywood because there is a reason we call it Hollyweird and I personally could never live in LaLa land full time. Paige is your typical girl who suddenly gets tossed into the deep end. I can relate to her on many levels. We all have a time and a road to find out who we are, can you imagine having to do that in the fishbowl which of course is what Paige has to do. People are obsessed with celebrity, so much so you get the situation like Paige, before her movie even comes out.

She is famous for being famous.

All in all I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t my super favorite, but I don’t regret spending time with the characters. Best yet, I wasn’t yelling about glitter at any point during the reading.

My Gemstone Rating:

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Posted by on July 19, 2018

Will he secure his future by ruining hers, or will she ruin his plans by securing him? A new twist on the old fortune hunter plot puts an impoverished earl in a position to gain his fortune only by ruining an innocent’s reputation without offering marriage. The innocent he’s selected, however, has no plans to settle for anything less than marriage and will go to almost any length to secure him.

With no other means for an income, the impoverished Andrew Black, Earl of Townson, makes an agreement that will put a definite end to his eight year poverty streak. But, in order to gain his fortune he must do only one simple thing: ruin an innocent young lady’s reputation enough to make her flee to America.

Brooke Banks isn’t interested in marriage, or so she thinks. She came to London to have a good time, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. Widely known for her tendency to flout the rules, she suspects nothing when a handsome stranger appears on her doorstep.

Thirteen days, a handful of kisses and one scandalous situation later, Andrew and Brooke will have to choose to stick to their original plans, or decide if a life together is worth the risk.

I got this book as an Amazon freebie and to be honest, I did not have super high expectations going into this one. It seemed like it would be a little bit of fun to read while I was on the tube and such in England. I was happily surprised this book actually got my interest and I found myself invested in the characters.

Brooke was a firecracker and I really loved the way she happily teased and flaunted and act like a “typical” American of her era while her other sister flitted and worried about proper protocol. Andrew is an interesting character. Sure, he is the typical member of the Ton that needs money because he has a really bad Dad and some other family issues. However, he is observant and funny and a bit of fun. The ending well dang it, I was in tears when he presents her with all the paper roses. I won’t detail more than that so I am not giving it away, but it is a beautiful moment.

This is a little bit predictable as a book, it has many of the usual bodice ripper tropes. That does not mean it is a bad thing. Sometimes you just want to curl up with a book that has something familiar about it and have an easy enjoyable read. To me this book provided that and it was even more fun for me reading it while in England because I treated myself to walking to a few of the places mentioned in it, while I read. So the bottom line for me, I enjoyed this one and I am going to put the second book of the series on my To read pile. If you like an easy read fun little book you will probably enjoy this one too.

My Gemstone Rating:

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