Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas #BookReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By Sarah J. Maas

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My thoughts:

I’m really excited to finally be getting to this series. This is my first read by Sarah J. Maas and for the most part, it turned out to be wonderful. This may be one of the longest reviews I’ve ever written and I apologize if it’s choppy, but I just want to get my thoughts out. My review will  have spoilers.

The book begins with Feyre, a young girl living with her father and two sisters in the mortal lands of Prythian. Feyre’s mother passed away years ago and now she’s responsible for the care of her family. She made a vow at her mother’s deathbed that she’d keep the family together and watch over them. They’re all poor and food is scarce, but luckily Feyre can hunt. Continue reading “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas #BookReview #YoungAdult #Fantasy”

Alice in Chains – “Don’t Follow” and “No Excuses” #AliceInChains #JarOfFlies #MusicMonday #Grunge #Rock

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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Last week I shared:

R.E.M. “Turn You Inside Out”

Today’s share:

Alice in Chains

“Don’t Follow” and “No Excuses”

Continue reading “Alice in Chains – “Don’t Follow” and “No Excuses” #AliceInChains #JarOfFlies #MusicMonday #Grunge #Rock”

Shabby Sunday: Hans in Luck by Paul Galdone – 1979 (Brothers Grimm) #ChildrensBooks #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday

Shabby Sunday

I have a bunch of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every now and then sharing 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 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 my meme image 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.


Last time I shared:

Cabbage Moon 

Today’s Shabby Share:

Hans in Luck by Paul Galdone

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Hans in Luck is a children’s book I found at a sale many years ago. It became a favorite right away and now remains on our shelf. This fairy tale is German in origin and was recorded by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. This is a retelling that’s simplified, but the author stays true to the original. Continue reading “Shabby Sunday: Hans in Luck by Paul Galdone – 1979 (Brothers Grimm) #ChildrensBooks #VintageBooks #ShabbySunday”

Book Review: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park #BookReview #ALongWalktoWater #MiddleGradeBooks

A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park

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My thoughts on this book:

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is based on the true story of Salva Dut, one of the Lost Boys from Sudan during the second Sudanese Civil War in 1985. The book also includes a separate narrative about a girl named Nya, which takes place in Sudan as well, but beginning in 2008. Throughout the book we learn about Nya and Salva’s circumstances and their struggles.

Salva’s story is harrowing. It’s during a normal school day in 1985 that shots are heard–the war has arrived in his village–and he’s forced to run into the bush for safety. Continue reading “Book Review: A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park #BookReview #ALongWalktoWater #MiddleGradeBooks”

Music Monday: R.E.M. “Turn You Inside Out” #MusicMonday #Music #AlternativeRock #REM

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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Last week I shared:

Twenty One Pilots 

This week’s share:

R.E.M

“Turn You Inside Out”

Continue reading “Music Monday: R.E.M. “Turn You Inside Out” #MusicMonday #Music #AlternativeRock #REM”

Flower Friday: Wax Begonia #FlowerFriday #Begonia #Flowers

I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks. I decided to start sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!


Recent shares:


This week’s share:

Wax Begonia

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Continue reading “Flower Friday: Wax Begonia #FlowerFriday #Begonia #Flowers”

Throwback Thursday: The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

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@It’s Book Talk.

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Last time I shared:

A Really Big Lunch by Jim Harrison

This week’s share:

The Foundling by Paul Fronczak

My Review:

The Foundling by Paul Fronczak is a true story about a boy strayed at childhood and connected to a kidnapping. As a child, Paul discovers that his parents aren’t his biological parents and becomes very confused and curious. As an adult, he decides to take action to discover who his blood family really is and how he wound up abandoned. The book quickly turns into a search through his past and continues on that path until the final conclusion.  I was extremely engaged because I’d never heard this story.

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*Spoilers below*

I had to learn what was going to happen with Paul. I wasn’t happy with many of Paul’s choices, but had high hopes for him, and understand how one needs to know their origins. I agreed with his wife in that he was not necessarily wasting his time, but that it would possibly never come to an end, and that there might always be unanswered questions.

I found many parts sad and can’t imagine how arduous his journey must’ve been. In the end, I felt sorry for him and his family. He spent so much time on a group of people that didn’t seem to want anything to do with him.

I do understand, in my own way, how Paul felt as I’ve had a similar experience, but at some point I suppose you have to accept things for the way they are.

This book is certainly a page turner! I did interview the author which can be found on my blog.  Continue reading “Throwback Thursday: The Foundling by Paul Fronczak”

Book Review: Little Arliss (Old Yeller #3) by Fred Gipson #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #OldYeller

Little Arliss

By Fred Gipson

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My thoughts on this book:

Roughly six years has passed since the last book and Arliss is now twelve years old. Frankly, he’s sick and tired of being called “little” and just wants respect from the adults in his life. Everyone’s constantly telling Arliss that he can’t do something and he’s fed up, so when the chance arises for him to prove himself, he takes it. The settlers are dealing with a crazy horse who’s actually killed a man. They need to catch it and Arliss sees an opportunity to finally prove that he’s old enough to start doing adult tasks. He offers to try, but everyone just laughs at him which makes him even more angry. Not long after, against his father’s orders, Arliss sets out to catch the horse and successfully brings him home. He has plans to work on breaking the horse without his parents permission which is extremely dangerous.

Continue reading “Book Review: Little Arliss (Old Yeller #3) by Fred Gipson #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #OldYeller”

Music Monday: Twenty One Pilots: “My Blood” | “Chlorine” | “The Hype” #MusicMonday #Music #TwentyOnePilots

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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Last week I shared:

Imagine Dragons “Demons”

This week’s share: Twenty One Pilots

I’m incredibly in love with Twenty One Pilots’ new album Trench…so much so that I simply can’t choose only one song. Here are a few favorites, although the entire album is amazing.


“Chlorine”

Continue reading “Music Monday: Twenty One Pilots: “My Blood” | “Chlorine” | “The Hype” #MusicMonday #Music #TwentyOnePilots”