Music Monday: Megadeth “Symphony of Destruction”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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Today’s Music Monday shares Megadeth, a band I’ve loved since I was a young child. I have many pics to share for subsequent Megadeth Music Monday’s, but today I’ll share one of my old concert ticket photos from 1992. It’s hard to believe this was 26 years ago because it feels like yesterday. Good times!

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During this time, “Symphony of Destruction” was #1 for like 9 weeks straight on our main rock station The Blaze 103.5 out of Chicago which had the top ‘8 at 8’ every evening.

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Shabby Sunday: The Mystery of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure #5) by Edward Packard – 1981

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

The Mystery Of Chimney Rock (Choose Your Own Adventure #5)

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Award: Sunshine Blogger Award #5

I was recently tagged by Nina@TheCozyPages for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This is my 5th Sunshine Blogger award and I’m unsure how many of these you’re supposed to complete, but the questions Nina had were fun, so I did it again. I’d like to thank her for nominating me. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Nina’s blog, but be sure to check it out if you haven’t! There are many awesome book reviews, blog tours, and more to check out. 😀

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

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How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

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Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly – Book Review

Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)


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Blurb from Goodreads: Fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak and The Night Gardener will devour Shadow Weaver, the first in a dark middle-grade fantasy duology that’s filled with shadows, danger, magic, and has the feel of a new classic.

Emmeline’s gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she’s grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave

your side.

Continue reading “Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly – Book Review”

Meet The Reader Series with Noriko

Hey everyone! I’m so excited to share another special reader with you today!

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I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about books and discussing them with others, so I decided to experiment with an idea and thought it would be neat to find readers that I’m friends with on Goodreads or blogs and share them with you. Maybe they might be someone you’d like to add too? As I find readers with an interest, I’ll introduce them.


This is another reader that I met through WordPress! Many of you already know her, but she’s a wonderful friend and is truly inspiring to me. I was so very delighted when she said she was interested in doing this series! Hope you enjoy. ❤

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Today’s Featured Reader:

Noriko

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Music Monday: Talent Show Edition #2

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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Today’s Music Monday is Talent Show Edition #2 where I share some of my all-time favorite talent show singers from American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice. Hope you enjoy!


#1 Caleb Johnson


#2 James Durbin

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Flower Friday: Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose

I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower is one I’ve been waiting to share for many months now. It’s Helleborus aka Winter Rose or Lenten Rose and it only blooms in winter!

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Usually, ours bloom in February when we have a mild winter, but this winter has been so arctic. Our plants finally bloomed mid-April.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Win a Print Copy of Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage #giveaway #bookgiveaway

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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Blurb: Sweetness can be deceptive. 

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

Continue reading “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Win a Print Copy of Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage #giveaway #bookgiveaway”

Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Papaya Smoothie Bowl – Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly

Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing great this week! I’m back today for Breakfast and a Book with a new recipe I made for the first time this morning. I also have a new book to share that I’m reading with my children. It’s going to be an awesome day!

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Today I decided to make a smoothie bowl for the first time. I have no idea what took me so long, but these seem to be all the craze, so I went with Anthony William on this recipe. He shares this smoothie bowl and other recipes on his website. You can also find this recipe in the Life Changing Foods book I’m currently reading. Continue reading “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Papaya Smoothie Bowl – Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly”

Music Monday: Talent Show Edition #1

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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Today’s Music Monday is my talent show edition where I share some of my all-time favorite talent show singers from American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice. These are all awe-inspiring and I never get tired of watching them. I’ll share 10 this week and 10 next week for #2. Hope you enjoy!


#1 Travis Cormier

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Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

Free for the Eating

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Summary:

A nature study cookbook adding dimension and variety to meal time for rural, suburban or big-city dwellers. Nature’s unhandled, unspoiled foods for the housewife and the camper. Thrifty conversation-piece delicacies — free for the eating! Includes wild fruit, wild greens, wild roots and tubers, wild nuts, and centuries-old brews to quaff from wild beverage bushes.

My thoughts on this book:

Free for the Eating is an old book from 1966 that I picked up from a local barn sale about four years ago. I just happened to come upon this sale where an older woman had boxes and boxes of old books she was selling for next to nothing. I was really surprised to come across this bright green book with the text,

“100 WILD PLANTS 300 WAYS TO USE THEM… backyard and wilderness banqueting on nature’s bounty of edible wild plants.”

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I ended up buying it for 10 cents and what a steal! It’s in pretty good condition with its original dust jacket. Sure, there are tons of modern books available today that share the use of wild plants with vivid colored photos, and I do appreciate those, but what I like about this one is that it’s pocket-sized and easy to read with just the right amount of information. Continue reading “Shabby Sunday: Free for the Eating by Bradford Angier – 1966”

Flower Friday: Red Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus)

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower probably seems unusual, but this is one that I grow every year for food and for blooms.

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Throwback Thursday: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her by using the link above.

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This Week’s Pick:

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

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Meet The Reader Series with Chanel (Nel)

Hey everyone! I haven’t been keeping up with the Meet The Reader series lately and I apologize for that, but I’m so excited to share a special reader with you today!

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I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about books and discussing them with others, so I decided to experiment with an idea and thought it would be neat to find readers that I’m friends with on Goodreads or blogs and share them with you. Maybe they might be someone you’d like to add too? As I find readers with an interest, I’ll introduce them.


This is a reader that I met through WordPress and many of you already know her, but she’s become a very close friend and I can’t wait to share her reading adventures with you! Hope you enjoy!

Meet the Reader Series

Today’s Featured Reader:

Chanel

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Rant: It’s MY Review and There Aren’t Laws!

A few months ago I received a message from a very angry woman who wasn’t pleased with my opinions on a book I’d recently reviewed. She was upset with me for multiple reasons, but mainly because I called the characters flat and spoiled (she misread the spoiler and thought that I was calling the characters spoiled). She also said that I should’ve put some thought into my review before I wrote it and that I was completely wrong.

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I’m not going to lie–it upset me a little–and I messaged her back to kindly tell her that these were my thoughts and my HONEST opinions on the book. I also explained that I’m entitled to my own thoughts and opinions just as she is to hers. I pointed out that she read my spoiler title incorrectly and that I simply called the characters flat and the story boring.

It really got me thinking and now I’ve seen some people talk about how book reviews should be written. This is just adding more stress because now we are talking about how a review should be written and not just our personal tastes. This bothers me. Continue reading “Rant: It’s MY Review and There Aren’t Laws!”

Music Monday: The Temper Trap “What If I’m Wrong” & The Stylistics “Betcha By Golly Wow”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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I came across this song on Pandora the other day by The Temper Trap that literally fascinated me. Falling in love with music is such a wonderful experience. I kept hearing all these different groups in the song like Coldplay and Twenty One Pilots, but I couldn’t put my finger on who the singer, Dougy Mandagi, reminded me of…

I was thinking Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind, and Fire, or Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees, and even Aaron Neville at one point, but those weren’t right. I finally pinpointed it and got stuck on YouTube for hours listening to The Stylistics with Russell Thompkins Jr. You can watch this video below from Soul Train– a show I used to watch as a kid. See what you think. I started the song right when he begins to sing, although this entire ten minute video is worth watching, especially when they interview the group with the audience.


Two very awesome groups. Here are the lyrics for the songs below:

What If I’m Wrong

Feelings that everyone’s livin,’
To a different kinda wall.
I feel nano sense skipping,
Tangled up in my own thoughts.

‘Harley on’, they’re just rainin’,
Rest their motto, “wha’ we got?”.
Try to look into the mirror,
Scared of what I may find out.

I must believe,
I must believe.
I need to live,
Not just exist.

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.
What did I know,
What if I’m wrong.

Why must these ‘specials’, have feelings,
Why must I live in inside.
I wrestle with my raging ailing,
Lately, I have lost my fire.

I must believe,
I must believe.
I need to live,
Not just exist.

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.
What did I know,
What if I’m wrong.

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong,
Hold-a my hand.
Is the water so cold?

What if I’m wrong,
Is the water so warm?
It’s all that I know,
What have we sold?

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.
What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.

Album: Thick As Thieves

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Betcha By Golly Wow

There’s a spark of magic in your eyes
Candyland appears each time you smile
Never thought that fairy tales came true
But they come true when I’m near you
You’re a genie in disguise
Full of wonder and surpriseAnd betcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin’ strong
Keep growin’ strongIf I could I’d catch a falling star
To shine on you so I’ll know where you are
Order rainbows in your favorite shade
To show I love you, thinking of you
Write your name across the sky
Anything you ask I’ll try, `causeBetcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin’ strong
Keep growin’ strong

Betcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin’ strong
Keep growin’ strong

Betcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you

Album: The Best of The Stylistics

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Thanks for checking out Music Monday! Have a great week everyone. ❤

Shabby Sunday: The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)

by Brendan Lehane

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I started collecting the books in this series early last year and I still have four more to collect. I’ve enjoyed a few while others weren’t favorites. I wanted to review this volume at Christmastime, but didn’t get around to it. I finally finished it last night.  Continue reading “Shabby Sunday: The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)”

Flower Friday & New Puppies!

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower I’m sharing is calendula. I’ve been growing this for about 3 years now as it’s super easy to grow from seed.

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Calendula is a member of the daisy family and very similar to marigold. It’s also known as “pot marigold”. Continue reading “Flower Friday & New Puppies!”

Music Monday: Sia “Rainbow”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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After a crazy weekend and Monday, I’m super late posting for Music Monday today. I probably should’ve skipped this week, but I’d like to share this song by Sia that I learned about recently after watching “My Little Pony: The Movie” with my kids. I fell in love with it right away. Sia’s voice just really gets into my soul and these lyrics are beautiful. Hope you enjoy.

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“Rainbow”

 

Lyrics:
I know you

You’re a special one
Some see crazy, where I see love
You fall so long
But soar so high
Big dreamer, shoot for open sky
So much life in those open eyes
So much depth, you look forward to life
When your wounds open
You will cry
Cry, oh no, and you’ll question why
 
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they’re fallin’ down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out
As the sun comes out
 
I am here
And I see your pain
Through the storms
Through the clouds, the rain
I’m telling you
You cannot escape
You can do it
Just feel, baby
 
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they’re fallin’ down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out
As the sun comes out
 
Here comes the sun
Smiling down
Here comes the sun
Smiling down
Here comes the sun
Smiling now
Smiling now
 
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they’re fallin’ down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out
As the sun comes out
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as they’re fallin’ down
I can see your soul grow, uoo
Through the pain as they hit the ground
I can see a rainbow
In your tears as the sun comes out
As the sun comes out

Find it on Amazon

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Thanks for checking out Music Monday. Have a great week everyone!!! ❤