Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Currently May 24th 2016

To keep up blogging I decided to join Katy Upperman in her CURRENTLY blog posting. Plan to do it every other Tuesday (you can see her original post here).


Loving...


That school is coming to an end. Only 7 days left. Yes, I'm a working mom and my son goes to day care but it is a lot less stressful to drop him off for a day of friends and fun than making sure homework is done and tests are studied for.


Reading...

The Winner's Kiss. I'm going slow. Not ready for the series to end.


Watching...

The OC. I adore this show!


Listening To...


The Last Star by Rick Yancey FINALLY! I downloaded it as soon as I woke up this morning and got started on it.



Thinking about...

Putting yourself out there.


Anticipating...
The weekend! Two three day weekends in a row!! 

Wishing...


 That my house sells.


Making me happy...


Field day! It was fun watching kiddo with his classmates all day. And as long as we were in the shade it wasn't too hot.

 






What's currently making you happy?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Currently May 10th 2016

To keep up blogging I decided to join Katy Upperman in her CURRENTLY blog posting. Plan to do it every other Tuesday (you can see her original post here).


Loving...
The past weekend. Saturday was spent with family. Sunday morning kiddo and I went to the beach where I had a vegan carrot cake cupcake for breakfast, followed by a trip to the bookstore and then back to my parents for more family time. 


Reading...

A friend recommended In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes so of course I had to get it, read it and I LOVED it. Followed that up with two re-reads, Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler and The Winner's Curse by Marie R. Both so good in their own way. Now I'm working on the companion/sequel to those two.

Watching...

Game of Thrones with the husband. So glad it's back on, even though half the time I'm lost. And Girl Meets World with kiddo. SO bummed that we've already finished season 2. Season 3 needs to hurry up! Oh, I got to catch the Tampa Bay Lightening game Sunday and THEY WON! Next up, Eastern Conference Finals!!!


Listening To...


The Raven King....OMG! THIS BOOK! I have half of the last chapter to go before I had to go to work. UGH.


Thinking about...

Moving. We've put our house on the market as of today and are in the process of looking for land and building. Scary stuff. 

Anticipating...
The weekend! We're going to look at plans for a house and hit up the local minor league base ball game. 

Wishing...


 That field day wasn't canceled. Was all set and ready to go and then rain happened. So not my day.

Making me happy...


Flowers from my dad. He buys all the moms flowers every year and every year my mom yells "I'm not your mutha". I love it.





What's currently making you happy?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April Reads 2016

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. A few years I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.



The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

I didn't like this book as much as the first the first time around. But I seemed to pick up on a few more things on my second listen. 


Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

This book was utterly incredible. The story, the setting, the characters, the WRITING...amazing. I thought Raw Blue was great and then this happens. Jess is one of those characters you can't help but root for. She's imperfect and broken and real. I want to be her best friend. And Mitch, damaged, redeemable Mitch. Must read book. A favorite for sure.


Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

So much mystery! Second time listening to the series and I picked up on a lot more this time around. I can't wait to see how it ends with The Raven King. 



Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij

Sometimes you read a book thinking this is really good, I'm enjoying this book and then the plot twist smacks you in the face and wow and then it ends and you're thinking how did I not read this sooner all while in tears. That was this book.


In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes

Wow! What a book. Nothing like your friend mentioning a hot IT guy to make you want to read a book. And hot nerd Eli was. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the main characters and the growth they both went through. There was an OH SHIT moment where I wanted to deck Eli. I won't say more.


The 100 Series by Kass Morgan
The 100, Day 21, Homecoming

So different from the show but so good in it's own way. It's more like the book and show have a similar premise and character names, similarities stop there. 


The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

THIS BOOK! I higly enjoyed it the first time around when it was originally published. I'd heard how crushing the second book was so I waited until I had book three in my hands to start it. Of course I had to do a reread before going 


Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

I absolutely adore this book. This is a re-read for me and a very much enjoyable one. It is full of heartache, friendships, new love and laughter. Dahlia spins such wonderful stories I can't wait to read them all.


The Siren by Kiera Cass

This book was oddly compelling. I wasn't sure at first how I would like it and where the story would take me but in the end I found myself in tears as the heartache came crashing to an end.


The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Wow oh wow. There's not much I can say about this book other than it brought so many more questions I can't wait to get answered. I'm not a big fantasy reader but I want more of this.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Currently April 26th 2016

To keep up blogging I decided to join Katy Upperman in her CURRENTLY blog posting. Plan to do it every other Tuesday (you can see her original post here).


Loving...

My new running shoes. Haven't tried them out or anything...but they're just so pretty! 




Reading...

A friend recommended In Her Defense by Julianna Keyes so of course I had to get it, read it and I LOVED it. Followed that up with two re-reads, Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler and The Winner's Curse by Marie R. Both so good in their own way. Now I'm working on the companion/sequel to those two.

Watching...

It's weird for me to type but my husband and I have been watching a lot of Fixer Upper and Tiny House Hunters. I'm all for moving to Texas and finding a fixer upper but now he wants to buy land and build a tiny house. I think we'll just stay put!

Listening To...

I finished up The 100 series. So different from the show yet so very good! I also listened to The Siren by Kiera Cass. It was oddly wonderful. Highly recommended. Next up, RAVEN KING which is out TODAY!  


Thinking about...

Dogs. Puppies. Basically want a pet...but it's a big decision. 

Anticipating...

My aunts visit next month! She's coming down the weekend of Mother's Day and staying a week. 

Wishing...


 For more time in the day to read and write.

Making me happy...


Strangely enough, snap chat. Well, maybe no snap chat as much as the filters. Kiddo and I get a kick out of checking out the new ones each day.







What's currently making you happy?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Currently April 12th 2016

To keep up blogging I decided to join Katy Upperman in her CURRENTLY blog posting. Plan to do it every other Tuesday (you can see her original post here).


Loving...

My husband. 

Reading...

I was lucky enough to be apart of the Summer Skin (by Kirsty Eagar) US book tour hosted by GReads Books. I think that it might be one of my favorite books, not only of this year, but ever. If you get a chance to read it, do!

Watching...

The OC!!! I was SUPER excited when I saw it was up on Hulu for streaming.

Listening To...

I finished up my re-listen of The Raven Boys series. I can't wait for The Raven King later this month. I'm now listening to The 100 Series. It is so different from the show! 


Thinking about...

This Sunday's half-marathon. I am not ready, mentally or physically. Last year today was my first half. I was hoping to beat my time from it...but with my broken arm cutting into training this year...we'll see!


Anticipating...

My first trip to the gym in the morning. It's been a long time since I've stepped foot in one. They intimidate me!!

Wishing...


 For more beautiful weekends.

Making me happy...


Memories of the past weekends Tough Mudder (my second). My husband and I both ran it and had so much fun. Of course I'm now paying for it in the form of sore arms and insanely bruised legs, but I'll do it again! In fact we're talking about going to the Central Florida run in November. *insert grinny face*


What's currently making you happy?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March Reads 2016

I tried book blogging before...it didn't work out. I ramble too much. A few years I decided to post once a month with a small blurb about each book I read that month. It works better for me. So much so that I'm going to continue this year. You can click on any picture and it'll take you to the Goodreads page.

Still on a roll!!! Eight books this month!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

All I can say is I need to read more of Nova's books. Holy wow that was good. Lyrical and mysterious and way more than I ever expected.

Love In B Minor by Elodie Nowodazkij

I just LOVE Elodie's books!! The characters are so real, the settings descriptive and the plots unputdownable. This one was no exception. Even more so because of the mystery that plays through the book.  


Nemesis by Anna Banks

If you know me you know I'm not much of a fantasy reader. But WOW did I enjoy this one. I also sort of want to unfriend Anna because of how it ended. And that's okay, because I told her as well. Must read for sure.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Was, is and most likely always will be my (first) favorite Dessen novel. Originally read this book in July 2011 so I knew it was time for a reread.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

I've read a few of LHA's books and they've always left me with the same feeling. Such through provoking stories told beautifully. Wintergirls was compelling and, in my opinion, a must read for all teens.

In Real Life by Jessica Love

Read this book in one evening. Could not put it down. The characters were real and honest and entertaining. The scenes fast paced. Definitely a swoon worthy read.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Books like this are so terribly hard to rate.
Is it well written, yes. Is it a good story, no. But not because of how it's written but because of what it is. It's real life and sad and eye opening and stomach churning. 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This series! It's complicated and twisted but oh so good. Especially on audio book. I'm re-listening in anticipation of The Raven King release.




Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Currently...March 29, 2016

To keep up blogging I decided to join Katy Upperman in her CURRENTLY blog posting. Plan to do it every other Tuesday (you can see her original post here).


Loving...

That I'm on a reading streak!! I didn't start the year out great as far as reading goes but I am back at it.

Reading...

I finished up Nemesis by Anna Banks. And now I am in desperate NEED of the second book, which isn't even written yet. I also read Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Favorite Dessen, it was a re-read), Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (so compelling, must read for teens), In Real Life by Jessica Love (love love LOVED, such a great read) and Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (so haunting and emotional). Currently I'm reading ALways Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij and waiting for Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar to arrive in the mail.

Watching...

Parks and Recs. And my normal every week TV shows (too many to list). 

Thinking about...

My next book. It needs to happen, and soon. Now that vacation is over I can focus on it.

Wishing...

That I was back on vacation! 

Making me happy...

Memories of spring break. Got to hang out with my brother and his finace, see where he works, go to our first Tampa Bay Lightening hockey game, relax.

What's currently making you happy?