Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: August 18th - 24th

When you enter an unfamiliar house or apartment for the first time, do you feel disappointed if you don't see any bookshelves, or books on the coffee table?Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books
Maybe at one point, but not so much anymore. 
Bookshelves aren't an indication of whether or not people read.

Plus not everyone enjoys reading and that's okay.


Growing up, we didn't have a lot of money and my dad was in the military  (A lot of moving).  And I'm one of 6 kids. My parents did their best to keep things relatively equal.

I did not have many books. We were vicarious voracious readers, but it was mostly through the library.

Now I have primarily switched to ereading. I have a few physical books, but they are crafting books with a few "I haven't read this yet and it's cheaper this way" sprinkled in.

However my kids have tons and tons of physical books... And we still go to the library.

(*Edit: I really should have edited this one before hitting publish. 😅😳)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish!) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
1. Made vague attempt at bullet journaling again. It's only been a few days, but we'll see how it goes.

2. Started using Habitica again. Admittedly, this is a bit redundant when it comes to bullet journaling, but I'm trying. I joined a million challenges. I think I'm going to leave a couple, some are repeats (so I get to check things off twice!) and others are maybe too involved? idk. I'm testing the waters before I dive in and make my own challenges.

3. Worked both weekend days last weekend. That sounds like a weird thing to announce, but I've only been working one day a week lately. I need to stop that mess though! (School is starting up soon, so a good chunk of the kids are leaving so... more hours for everyone!)

4. The kids are dying to see The Emoji Movie. I just have not been able to stomach paying that kind of money to go see that movie. Well, when visiting my dad he made a deal with the kids that when it comes out on video he will rent it (via iTunes) and they can come over and watch it then. I do a lot for my kids, but that movie looks terrible... and I'm probably going to end up buying it for them for Christmas (if they end up liking it) anyway.

5. Just received a rejection from a netgalley request. I had mentally relegated to "too polite to reject" a little while ago. (Anything that isn't approved within 2 weeks is generally not going to approve you. Hell, even within ONE week!) So... that was weird.
I don't have enough followers, page reviews, or any sort of blog related social media presence to make me appealing to big name publishers. ;) 

6. Finished my daughter's blanket. My arm is so tired.

Until next time! .~*🖤Shannon

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My Favorite.. Thing About Summer

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

This week's topic: Things About Summer

I have kids, so... the fact that it's almost over!


Okay, okay. I'm kidding. Sort of. 
If I'm honest, I don't like summer. 
I do get why other people like it, it's just not my thing.
Why I don't like Summer...
1. I work at an amusement park and this is our busy season. 
2. The kids decided that tormenting each other was going to be their favorite activity.
3.The weather is terrible. It's always hot, humid, and often, raining.
(I like rain, but this rain is hot and does't get rid of the mugginess.) 
Bring on Fall!
(Edited after the fact: I may have been a bit grumpy when I wrote this.)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Do you think bloggers and authors can really be friends?
I guess.

I think as long as everything is kept separate, it should be okay. 

If you genuinely like the author's writing, by all means, write glowing reviews. If it's not your thing, you can still support them in other ways. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cinder - Marissa Meyer

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Summary (from goodreads):
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

Edition Read: Audiobook via Overdrive from my local library
Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*

I wrote this review TWICE. I am not entirely sure what happened, but the first one disappeared. I think I accidentally overwrote it with next week's review. Unfortunately, I did not have a saved copy so I had to start from scratch. I think I hit all the same points I did in the original.

The world was intriguing. I would not tote it as a "cyberpunk" world, but more of a cyberpunk meets medieval setting. It also encompasses the whole world and this particular one is set in Asia. It was interesting and I liked it.

Granted, it is a fairy tale retelling and some predictability is expected. We know Cinderella and the Prince are or will be into each other. We know there is some kind of ball (or "ball like event"). She will be prevented from going, but gets there anyway. And, most importantly, a shoe is lost as she flees. I'm okay with that.

What I'm talking about was, maybe(?), supposed to be subtle foreshadowing for things differing from the traditional stories, but was actually heavy handed and obvious. If you find yourself asking, "Does this mean what I think it means?". The answer here is always yes.


If you're into fairy tale retellings and/or YA novels, but don't mind blatantly obvious plot devices, you may enjoy this book. I liked it enough that I will be reading the second one at some point.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: August 11th - 17th

Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges?Kristin @Lukten av Trykksverte
I haven't heard of any readathons, so no. 

I do participate in goodreads personal reading challenges. I have only succeeded one year, then proceeded to grossly overestimate myself the following year. I'm a bit behind (specifically two books), but still doing pretty well this year.

Audiobooks have been a huge help because I don't have to stop reading to do something. AND I'm still physically reading on top of it.

I don't participate in other people's challenges.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish!) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
1. My daughter turned 11 on Sunday and I spent most of last week figuring things out and getting things ready for her party. (Full disclosure: I didn't get her anything until that Monday. Tweens are hard to shop for.)

2. Her party went well. We had it at a park and for once it did not rain or decide to be unbearably hot and humid. #swamplife (Well, sort of.)

3. I made peanut butter icing for half the cake and it was delicious! I don't like chocolate cake at all (and chocolate frosting is even worse), but it was tolerable with that delicious PB all over it. I used this recipe. This is the recipe for the cake.

4. School is starting soon and my daughter has some summer reading projects she has to finish up. It's not much work, but since she didn't really start on it until 2 weeks ago, it's been a daily fight. (We did take the time off for her birthday and now it's back to business.)

5. I am very behind on this blog. I put off writing a review (because of other things) and I've decided that I will either need to reread or scrap it completely. Right now leaning towards scrapping. It's a book I've read more than a few times so it's no big loss, but *ARGH* at myself! I have other reviews that are more fresh in my mind that need attention.

6. Can school start already?! I am so tired of the kids deciding that their new favorite hobby is tormenting each other. (They are 6.5 years apart and don't really have the same interests so they are clearly just looking for reasons to pick fights.)

7. Season 3 of Difficult People came out in Tuesday! I'm the only one I know who watches this show, but it made me happy.

8. Not sure how I originally left this out, but I made two cakes. The first one sort of exploded inside the oven (the inside bubbled out of the top and over the side of the pan onto the oven floor). Luckily, I woke up early enough that I had just enough time to make a new cake. (It was really close. I even put the cake in the freezer for the second portion of cooling. It was still just warm enough to melt the first part of the icing.) My husband and I did eat exploded and slightly under cooked cake for breakfast. (I had shipped the kids off to my dad's so they wouldn't be underfoot while I got things together.) It tasted more like a brownie than cake, but still delicious.

Until next time! .~*💝Shannon