Library Book Sale!

So, I know my goal for the month was to not over-do it buying books…. but I kind of forgot that the library book sale was this weekend (there’s a few each year).   At the sale all books are fifty cents.  There is a back room area that has “Better Books” that range from $1-$3.  My haul is a combination of the three.

aprillibsaleWhy We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother by Elvira Woodruff

Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray

The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


Nineteen new-t0-me books were acquired today.  I am one happy lady.  Some of these I have already read, and enjoyed, and felt they needed a place in our home.  Two are favorites from childhood that I had to have when I saw them.  I love the library book sales… I usually find so many great things, and my husband is so patient when we go :-p  A few of the books are in less than stellar shape, but honestly?  I don’t care.  They are readable.  Now comes the not-so-fun part of getting the stickers off of the books, at least off of the spines.  I hate how that looks on my shelves.

I am currently reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  It’s a super adorable YA contemporary novel (with one companion already published and another coming soon).  I will likely be doing a review of it once I am finished with it, so be on the look out for that!


First Quarter of 2014 Book Haul!

Hi Everyone.  I, as usual, have been craptastic about updating here… even my bookshelf tab has fallen to the wayside.  Yikes!  But here I am, once again, and this time it’s with a book haul for the first three months of 2014.. where I have amassed nearly 50 books since the clock struck midnight on January 1st!  I figured I would share these with you, as well as my plan for the next few months.  These are by month, and Kindle books will be at the bottom of each list… sorry, can’t be bugged to go get the pictures of all of them :)

January 2014


The Alchemyst (Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie
The Darkest Minds (Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano
Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
The Diviners (Diviners #1) by Libba Bray

For my Kindle:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


February 2014


Clash of Kings (A Song of Fire and Ice #2) by George R.R. Martin
Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2) by Libba Bray
Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier
Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier
Emerald Green (Precious Stone Trilogy #3) by Kerstin Gier
The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J Maas
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Maas
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony

Feed (The Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant
Breaking Limbo by Kelly O’Callan
Her by Felicia Johnson

March 2014


1984 by George Orwell
Gathering Blue (The companion to The Giver) by Lois Lowry
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Half Bad by Sally Green
The Complete Tales of Winnie- The- Pooh by A.A. Milne
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Georgia Nicholson #1) by Louise Rennison
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Room by Emma Donoghue
Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Talented (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis
The Program by Suzanne Young

As you can plainly see, March was an amazing book finding month for me… partially because, after so many booktubers talked about it, I went to my local thrift shops/charity shops to see what I could find.  I love the thrill of just looking and not knowing what I would find and always walked away with a few good things.

As far as next month (April) goes… I plan to buy NO MORE than 4 books from Amazon or   I do have plans to go to the library book sale on the 4th, but I am only taking so much cash with me, and if hard decisions need to be made, then so be it.  Avoiding the charity shops for a bit, just until I get through a few of these new books (Some of what I got in the first three months were books that I read and loved and wanted to own… most of those were great deals at Goodwill but at least one was on super sale at Barnes and Noble.

Part of the reason for the serious cut back (I can’t just cut off completely… I know that would just set myself up for failure, lol) is that over the weekend my husband and I were out and about and I found an amazing deal on a new laptop… my five and a half year old Dell was starting to have a lot of issues, and I rely heavily on my computer for a few things.  Husband convinced me to go for it, because it is an investment… and now that I have a computer I can actually do things on I am hoping to make a few Booktube videos!

That’s all I have for now… until next time!!

Time sure did fly by.

So, uh, it’s been a while… oops.

Things have been going pretty well… enjoying being a newlywed, the holidays, work stuff.  Nothing too exciting and/or crazy. I wasn’t even reading very much.  I just kind of let this fall to the side and almost forgot about it. Now that I am hoping to start kicking ass and taking names when it comes to reading, I figured I may want to start up here again so that I can post some reviews of books…

I recently, with what may or may not have been a large amount of anxiety, went through my bookshelves and purged them of books.  Most of these were titles that I picked up on super sale or at a library book sale and then just never really picked up again to even look at.  My recent obsession has been watching BookTube videos on YouTube, and there are some gorgeous shelves full of books I’d want to read… and I thought to myself ‘why in the world don’t you do the same thing?!’.  So I went through and pulled off any books that I will  never read or reread and plan to try to sell them to the local used book store for credits.  If that doesn’t work for some/all I will be donating them in order to make room for new books that I actually will read as well as to make the books I own and want to read a bit more visible and therefore much more likely for me to pick up and read.

That’s it for now… but I will be back soon with hopefully a few reviews and/or randomness.

And we’re MARRIED!

I can’t even begin to describe how strange (in a good way) it feels to call Josh my ‘husband’ or refer to myself as his ‘wife’.  The fact that my last name has changed is just as strange… and I love it all.

Our wedding day went nearly perfect.  I can’t believe the grace we were shown with the weather, our bridal party,… everything!  We keep hearing such wonderful things about our big day and it’s been such a wild ride. 

We wrote our ceremony.  We chose all the music used (no traditional bridal march for us!).  We had family cater the event with food that wasn’t frilly.  It was all so perfect!  Yes, I’m using that word a lot.

Thankfully with some friends being there I was able to get around 40 pictures of the day that I have been able to share on my personal Facebook page.  For now, I’ll share three of my favorites.


Me, acting silly with my flowers before the ceremony while my ladies and I were ‘in hiding’.


Us, right as we started the recessional.  Yes, Josh is wearing an Ohio State hat.  GO BUCKS!


Our first dance as Husband and Wife.  I just absolutely adore this photo.

I woke up the day after the wedding and just said to myself “wow”.  It’s crazy how life changes so quickly, sometimes.  A year ago who would have thought we’d be married right now?  Not me!   We talked about it but it didn’t seem possible to even get an engagement ring.  But… then pieces fell into place.  He spoke to my mom about wanting to marry me.  My mom offered him my Muz’s ring to propose to me with…. and now here we are.

Once I get the professional pictures in, I’m sure I’ll have a whole post of just wedding photos.

For now… I’m enjoying being a wife. 

… and working on hopefully becoming a mommy in the somewhat near future ;)

T-Minus TWO DAYS until…

I’m his Mrs! 

I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by.  I have SO much to get accomplished tonight, but after being up early today to get wedding stuff accomplished, I just want to chill for a bit.  A quick dinner soon and a cup of strong coffee and hopefully I’ll have it in me to tackle this to do list for tonight.

As excited as I am for our wedding, I am not ashamed to say that I will be happy when it’s done.  I feel like, the last two months especially, have been nothing but wedding stuff.  I haven’t read much at all.  I haven’t marathoned much of anything on Netflix (with the exception of Orange is the New Black while the fella was camping in July).  It’ll be nice to have life back to ‘normal’… not having every penny go toward the wedding and be done with making decisions and phone calls all the time.

This past Sunday (Labor Day Weekend) my Maid of Honor threw a small bachelorette party for me.  It was three of us going to dinner and another friend joined us for games at a beer back at my house.  One of these lovely ladies brought me a Six Pack of Books!  It was six books from her own shelf she thought I’d enjoy and I am stoked to read them all!

As for our wedding… I am so pleased with how EVERYTHING is turning out from my nails to the centerpieces.  It’s so offbeat and whimsical… yet classy and pretty.  It’s just so “US”.  I can’t wait to begin a new chapter with my wonderful fella.

Here’s to the next 48 hours remaining stress free, tear free (at least negative tears), and full of fun!

The crazy life of an (introverted) bride to be

I honestly don’t think I ever realized how overwhelming planning a wedding would be.  Seriously.  I knew it’d be a lot of work and stress and some tears, but I didn’t expect it to leave me so utterly exhausted… and yet loving every second of it.

As I type this we are 24 days away from our wedding.  Eeek!  I am so excited, nervous, hopeful, and crazy about the things that are coming in the next few weeks as well as the possibilities for the next few months and years.  

I find myself lacking motivation in nearly every part of my life, though.  I haven’t slept well at all the last two weeks.  I WANT to get things done around the house to make this place somewhat fresh as our ‘marital home’ yet I can’t seem to get up and do it.  I want to keep my weight where it’s at or a bit lower so I can easily fit into my dress on our big day, yet, again… I sit here at night and play online.  I haven’t even been reading!  My mind is entirely overwhelmed, and as an introvert, it’s taking it’s toll.

I’m not complaining though.  I am so blessed for what is happening.  My bridal shower was this past weekend and it was beautiful!  My maid of honor, with some help from my mom, did a wonderful job putting it together.  We had a lot of laughs and good times.

The fella and I have begun to discuss the possibilities of starting a family after we are married.  It’s absolutely mind blowing to realize that I’m at this point in my life.  It’s also absolutely terrifying on a lot of levels.   I am trying to gear myself up to step up and be the wife he deserves.  To stop making excuses and keep a home that we both deserve. 

I seem to have this mental block that has to do with anything happening on a work night.  I’m not sure how this started or why but it kind of bugs me sometimes and lately more than ever.  We hardly ever go out to eat at a sit down restaurant during the week (something we need to do way less of especially in the fast food sense anyway).  We never go to the movies or anything during the week.  I hate doing anything but the basic chores during the week.  I don’t get it.  I need to kick that in the tush so I can be productive.

I have tons of things to clean out and organize to make all of our stuff fit comfortably and have some room.  I have cabinets of bake ware and cook ware I need to organize.  Make sense of things in the freezer.  Even just tackling one task a night or every other night would be helpful. 

I know how I want things to be, it’s up to me to make it happen :)

Bookish news!

In an attempt to give this blog a central theme, I figured books would be a good start.  Of course my life and big things in it will be shared, but you’ll be seeing (I hope) a lot of reviews and bookish news here as well.

So I’ve gotten some exciting book-world news over the past few weeks… some of it (or all of it) may already be known to anyone reading this… but you never know!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fantastical book that is part (creepy) vintage photography and part YA fantasy.  It’s an outstanding story and has a wonderful visual appeal with the photographs.  I often wondered as I read it a while back how it would translate onto film, and now I will be able to see this happen.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has an official release date!  Also the second book in the Miss Peregrine series, Hollow City, is expected to be published in January of 2014!  Excellent news!

If you’ve been reading any of my blog, especially my few book reviews I’ve done so far, you may remember me giving high praise to Vain by Fisher Amelie. I thought this story was a one off… but I recently found out that Fisher Amelie is doing a whole Seven Deadly Sins series, with the next title being Greed and the expected publication being Autumn 2013.

Lauren DeStefano, the very talented and sweet (no seriously, this woman has responded to so much of my Twitter and Instagram randomness it’s amazing) author of The Chemical Garden Trilogy has a new series coming out on October 1st 2013.  It is called The Internment Chronicles, with the first book titled Perfect Ruin.  Even if I had never heard of Ms. DeStefano, the cover art alone would have me picking up this book when I saw it:

perfect ruin(via goodreads)

I am very excited to pick up a copy and read about Morgan Stockhour who lives on this floating island in the clouds.   Basically, if you haven’t already read The Chemical Garden Trilogy (Wither, Fever, Sever) do it now.  You won’t be disappointed.  Then wait patiently with me for the release of Perfect Ruin.  I, for one, may have already taken off the afternoon of the 1st of October so I can devour this book.

I’m sure any YA booknerd has already heard that Veronica Roth’s third and final installment in the Divergent Trilogy is titled Alligant.  I’m super excited to see what happens in the world of Tris and Four… I may have even taken the afternoon off on this day as well… because I have to know what happens as soon as humanly possible.

I stopped by a outlet style store in the area today and picked up two new reads:

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Ripper by Stephan Petrucha

Here’s hoping something gets me out of this non-reading funk, and soon!