Music Monday: Scott Weiland “Winter Wonderland” #MusicMonday #Christmas

-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.

It’s Christmastime again folks, and I’m so excited! I shared some Christmas tunes last year and I’ll do it again this month as well. This is my favorite time of year. I’ll admit, I was a little down this morning when WordPress informed me that they won’t be offering falling snow on our blogs this year. Ugh! Seriously? 😧😫😭 Not sure who made that decision, but phooey on them!

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So…

When Scott Weiland came out with a handful of classic Christmas songs, I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it and fell in love with the whole album. For those of you who aren’t sure who Scott Weiland is, he was the lead singer and lyricist of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and a few other bands. He was also a solo artist. If you were listening to the radio a lot in the 90’s, you might still remember Stone Temple Pilot’s “Plush”, “Interstate Love Song”, or “Creep” which are still played today. Continue reading “Music Monday: Scott Weiland “Winter Wonderland” #MusicMonday #Christmas”

This Weeks Children’s Books: The House of Lost and Found – A Box of Butterflies – The Invisible Garden – Bear’s Adventure #NetGalley #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #FlorisBooks

Happy Friday, everyone! We read some interesting children’s books this week. I was able to choose these from NetGalley and some have already been archived as I’m catching up. Here are my reviews for them below.

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Throwback Thursday: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones #ThrowbackThursday #Wintersong #BookReview

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. Please link back to her by using the link above.

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Book Review: Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber #BookReview #AlaskanHoliday #DebbieMacomber #Christmas

Alaskan Holiday

by Debbie Macomber

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From Goodreads:

Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community–including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder’s famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith.

Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Palmer, on the other hand, would like nothing better than to make Josie his wife and to keep her in Ponder. But Josie can’t imagine abandoning her mother back in the Emerald City and sacrificing her career to stay in this isolated town–not even for a man she’s quickly coming to love. Continue reading “Book Review: Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber #BookReview #AlaskanHoliday #DebbieMacomber #Christmas”

Music Monday: Red Hot Chili Peppers “I Could Have Lied” #MusicMonday

-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.


Red Hot Chili Peppers

“I Could Have Lied”

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Book Review: How Far We Go and How Fast by Nora Decter #BookReview #NetGalley #HowFarWeGo #UltimateReadingChallenge November

How Far We Go and How Fast

by Nora Decter

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TAG: Give Thanks For All The Great Reads!

I was tagged by Abbey@ThreeCatsandaGirl for this awesome, new tag that she recently created. I enjoyed reading her answers for this tag. She’s so creative! Please check out Abbey’s blog if you haven’t yet. Thanks for thinking of me Abbey!

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Book Review: The Wolf in Underpants by Wilfrid Lupano #TheWolfInUnderpants #NetGalley #NGEW2018 #ChildrensBooks

The Wolf in Underpants by Wilfrid Lupano

Contributors Mayana Itoeiz, Paul Cuuet, and Nathan Sacks

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From Goodreads:

In this witty graphic novel, a community of forest animals trades scary rumors about a nearby wolf. Some critters have even gone into business selling wolf traps and anti-wolf fences. But when the wolf appears in a pair of striped underpants, everyone rethinks their fears. This is a heartwarming story about understanding differences, told with an oddball sense of humor.

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Book Review: A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson #ChristmasBooks #FestiveReads

A Christmas by the Sea

By Melody Carlson

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From Goodreads:

When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday. Continue reading “Book Review: A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson #ChristmasBooks #FestiveReads”

Book Review: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo #KateDiCamillo #ChildrensBooks #ChildrensLiterature #BookReview

Louisiana’s Way Home

by Kate DiCamillo

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From Goodreads:

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are — and deciding who you want to be.

When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)

Called “one of DiCamillo’s most singular and arresting creations” by The New York Times Book Review, the heartbreakingly irresistible Louisiana Elefante was introduced to readers in Raymie Nightingale — and now, with humor and tenderness, Kate DiCamillo returns to tell her story.

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Book Review: This Can’t Wait by Luke P. Narlee #shortstories @lukenarlee #BookReview #ThisCantWait

This Can’t Wait

by Luke P. Narlee

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From Goodreads:

Adam Arthur has built his life on telling love stories. In the final moments before a surgery from which there is no guarantee of waking up, Adam’s mind is filled with the stories of an array of individuals: each one unique, each one connected.

A jaded woman tires of pretending her way toward a perfect match; a wife who, after years of contentment, suspects her husband of unfaithfulness; a young mother wonders at what juncture her life took the wrong track; two lovers find their fate in one another, even if it requires more than one lifetime to fulfill that destiny. These tales and more intertwine in Adam’s memory as he considers the rippling effect of choices made and chances taken.

Told with romantic mystery, urgency, and hope, Luke P. Narlee’s collection of stories captures brief, significant moments in his characters´ lives. These 13 narratives of the heart remind us there are things in life that just can´t wait. Continue reading “Book Review: This Can’t Wait by Luke P. Narlee #shortstories @lukenarlee #BookReview #ThisCantWait”

My Thyroid Healing Update #3 – Medical Medium Anthony William – Thyroid Healing & Liver Rescue #MedicalMedium #Thyroid Healing #AnthonyWilliam #LiverRescue

*Follow all of my updates on my Thyroid Healing Page by clicking here…*

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On January 12th, I shared my book review for Thyroid Healing by Anthony William and I also shared my story about how I’ve struggled with anxiety and autoimmune disease. If you haven’t seen the original post and would like to read it, you can find it HERE. You can also follow all of my updates by clicking above. Continue reading “My Thyroid Healing Update #3 – Medical Medium Anthony William – Thyroid Healing & Liver Rescue #MedicalMedium #Thyroid Healing #AnthonyWilliam #LiverRescue”

Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman #BookReview #Coraline

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman

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From Goodreads:

“Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . .”

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life. Continue reading “Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman #BookReview #Coraline”

Music Monday: Foster The People “Sit Next to Me” #MusicMonday

-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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Foster The People

“Sit Next to Me”

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (100th Anniversary Edition)

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Written by L. Frank Baum

Illustrated by W. W. Denslow

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From Goodreads:

Journey to the spectacular land of Oz with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! This classic tale from L. Frank Baum has enchanted readers for over a century. Now, in this stunning hundredth anniversary edition featuring the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, new readers will learn the power of the phrase “There is no place like home.”

In this hardcover edition with high-quality reproductions of the original art, follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz.

Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz. Continue reading “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (100th Anniversary Edition)”

Book Review: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks #BookReview #EveryBreath #NicholasSparks #Romance

Every Breath

by Nicholas Sparks

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From Goodreads:

In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals — transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life’s heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties — and asks the question, How long can a dream survive? Continue reading “Book Review: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks #BookReview #EveryBreath #NicholasSparks #Romance”

Music Monday: ☆Halloween Edition☆ Michael Jackson “Thriller” | Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me” | G Tom Mac “Cry Little Sister” | The Cure “Burn” #MusicMonday

-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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I thought I’d post a few favorites for the Halloween season. Hope you enjoy! 🎃


Michael Jackson

“Thriller”

I posted “Thriller” last year, but how can you ever get tired of this! I can still remember the first time I saw it on MTV as a child. It still captivates me and this remains my favorite Michael Jackson album of all time. There’s a story here and if you watch the entire video, you’ll see some phenomenal dancing.

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Shabby Sunday: Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer – Illustrated by Mercer Mayer – 1978

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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:

Beauty and the Beast

by Marianna Mayer – Illustrated by Mercer Mayer

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Flower Friday: Sedums and Pumpkin Harvest!

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!


We don’t have a large variety of fall blooming flowers, but I do have Sedums which I’ve grown to love over the years.

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Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa #BookReview @BerkleyPub

The Traveling Cat Chronicles

by

Hiro Arikawa

(Translator – Philip Gabriel)

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From Goodreads:

Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong… 

Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he’s going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru’s old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There’s even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species.

But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won’t say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break… Continue reading “Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa #BookReview @BerkleyPub”

Book Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill #4 #BookReview

A Series of Unfortunate Events:

The Miserable Mill #4

by Lemony Snicket

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From Goodreads:

Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumber mill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

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Music Monday: Pink Floyd “On The Turning Away”

-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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This is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs. I love this whole album and can still remember the first time I heard it on my brother’s stereo as a child. “On The Turning Away” came out in 1987. It’s relevant today and throughout all history. There are multiple videos that have been created by people using this song highlighting war, terrorism, and immigration. This may be a tad heavy for a Monday and I could go on and on about it, but instead I’ll just share this video.

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Book Review: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo #BookReview #KateDiCamillo

The Tiger Rising

by Kate DiCamillo

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From Goodreads:

The National Book Award finalist from the best-selling author of BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE – now in paperback 

Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger – a real-life, very large tiger – pacing back and forth in a cage. What’s more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things – like memories, and heartaches, and tigers – can’t be locked up forever. Continue reading “Book Review: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo #BookReview #KateDiCamillo”

Book Review: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman (Audible)

Something in the Water

by Catherine Steadman

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From Goodreads:

A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut–for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.

If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? 

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

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Book Review: The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain @StMartinsPress #BookReview

The Dream Daughter

by Diane Chamberlain

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From Goodreads:

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

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Music Monday: Trump vs Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”

-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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 I just about died laughing when I saw one of my favorite Talking Head’s videos transformed into a Donald Trump version by Swedemason on YouTube. It’s just plain fun. Hope you like it too.

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Music Monday: “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse (Twilight Soundtrack)

-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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It’s October and I’m thinking about “Twilight” the movie. I really like this song from the movie soundtrack by Muse. Hope you all enjoy.

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