Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bonus Post #2 :)

     If you're on Facebook and are not already following Epic Reads you really should check them out. They have great youtube videos, sneakpeaks at upcoming books and great games. This one was posted a few months ago so Click Here to check out other YOUR LOVE LIFE responses.


     Here is my page 90 sentence that explains my Love Life...
"A breeze covers us and the sound through the trees reminds me of my mother's stories of the ocean" - THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan

Monday, September 7, 2015

Reread Rewrite Burn tag

While looking watching some of my favorite YouTube bookvloggers I came across the REREAD REWRITE BURN tag and it looked like a lot of fun. Here's the link to Katytastic's video as well as Jesse the reader.
How it works; I've put the names of 30 books that I've read into a jar. (If I put a series in I tried to only put the first and last book, which didn't work and you will see why.)
I will draw 3 book names out at a time and I will have to decide if I would REREAD it, REWRITE it or BURN it. (no books were harmed) :)

I will continue 5 times... here I go...

1st set
Reread is of course Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.
Rewrite is The Night Circus, I don't know what I would change but I know I definitely don't want to see it go up in smoke.
Which brings me to Burn...Beautiful Darkness, Lena pulling away and the self pity/battle really annoyed me in this book. 

2nd set
Reread would be Delirium, this was one of my first YA Dystopians and it drew me in.
Rewrite is Divergent, I didn't fall in love with this book as much as everyone else but I did enjoy it.
I feel bad choosing The Forest of Hands and Teeth to Burn, but it was mainly for the lack of back story. I did enjoy this book thou.

3rd set
Reread Shutter Island, because come on, that ending!!! What? HUH? oh yes
I would Rewrite Beautiful Creatures mainly because it took me a while to get into
And Odd Thomas would Burn, Sorry.

4th set
This one was not as hard for me
I would definitely Reread Shiver, I really enjoyed Grace and Sams story.
The writing style of Half Bad took a little getting use to, so that would be my Rewrite.
I wanted so much more for the ending of the Mercy Falls Wolves that Forever just didn't bring it so this is my Burn.

5th set
This was my hardest decision. I Love all of these books, but here it goes...
Alyss is in my Heart, so The Looking Glass Wars is my Reread.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the book to kick off my love of Jane Austen so Rewrite it is.
So I say this with a sad heart but Switched will Burn.


It was fun and made me think and I now challenge you.

Monday, August 3, 2015

First Sentence with Epic Reads

I follow Epic Reads on Facebook and wanted to join in on a fun post they shared a little while ago.


My Love Life sentence is...
Her mouth was set in a hard, cynical smile, and nothing good could come out of it.
~ The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Sounds like a pretty good description of how I am in an arguement ;)

Feel free to write your Love Life sentence in the comments.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 7.17.15


So the other day I placed my first order with Better World Books and this is the Fabulous Email I received when my order shipped...

Hello Colleen,

     (Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note - it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)
     Holy canasta! It's me...it's me! I can't believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I've got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can't believe I'm leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already - the friendly people, the hummer plant, the linebacker lounge - so many memories. I don't have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it's time to see the world!
     I can't wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac) ? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol' brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?
     I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I've had, I'm ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn't take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I've found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.
     But hey, enough about me, I've been asked to brief you on a few things:
...
     It goes on to confirm my address and list the books I ordered but I thought, Wow, what a great and fun way to confirm delivery and I wanted to share :)


Monday, July 6, 2015

Eye Candy with The Wolves of Mercy Falls

     Maggie Striefvater not only rocked the wolf scene with her series The Wolves of Mercy Falls it is continued with the Scholastic Press hardcover editions. 


     Before we explore the inside lets take a second and sneak a peek under the dust covers. Each hardcover is designed with a picture layered in three shades of a color and that color theme follows us in on the spine with the title, author and publishing company pressed in silver foil and a leaf (different for each book) embossed into the cover. 


 


     Now I think we're ready to dive into the pages of Striefvater's trilogy, you will not be disappointed. As with the covers, each book being represented by a color, why stop on the outside??? Once you open the pages you are hit with colored text the same as the cover. Blue/Shiver, Green/Linger, Red/Forever. 


 I'd like to give a round of applause and say well done to all involved.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Synopsis:
THERE SHE SITS, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. WHAT SHE SEES, GAZING OUT THE WINDOW, WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
     Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She looks forward to it. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life-as she sees it- is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
UNTIL TODAY
     And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

My Review: 4 Stars
     WoW, what an ending. First off, I want to point out that yes I can see why people associate this book with Gone Girl. But where Gone Girl lost it for me, the ending really??? This book did not. This story is mainly narrated by Rachel, but later we get Jess/Megan's and Anna's as well. I borrowed this book from a friend and as she hands it to me she forewarns me that the beginning is a little slow but the end gets so much better and I kind of have to agree. Maybe it's not so much slow as redundant. Actually, the part that was redundant for me gets explain later on, but while I was reading that was the most boring part for me. It's the kind of book that had me yelling at the pages at times and made me uncomfortable and frightened for the characters. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil anything. Because this book is sooooooo worth reading to the end! If you like books that make you think you know what's going on and then it has you questioning everything you thought you knew then you'll like The Girl on the Train.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 6.19.15

     I don't know how many have heard of Paperback Swap, but it's a site where you can swap your gently used books and earn credits to pick from other bookies gently used books.
     A wishlist book of mine was posted and has finally arrived...


     EEK, Geek like screech, it's like Christmas. Because books are shipped media mail they could arrive as early as a week to as late as a month from the date shipped.
     When I signed up, in October 2014, you had the option of getting a membership, which has some extra advantages and you can have a longer wish list. As of March 18th of 2015 they now have three options for you (this is a very basic idea of the plans for more info click on the PBS link) :
1) A La Carte- where you pay .49 cents per book ordered in addition to a book credit and can have up to 100 books on your wish list.
2) Limited Membership- where you pay $12 annually, have up to 30 swaps free and a wish list of 200 books.
3) Standard Membership- where you pay $20 annually, have unlimited swaps free and a wish list of 500 books.
Membership Info Link!
     As of right now I'm A La Carte and  have 4 book credits, I'm feeling out how this change is going to affect the site. You should swing by and take a peek. It's a great way to clean out your stash while adding something new :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Synopsis:
     IN A PERFECT WORLD...
     We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler; watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy - someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens' Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls and the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she's not available for movie night.
     Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of the most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

My Review: 4 Stars
     I really enjoyed Amy's banter and her "I don't care what you think of me" voice in Yes Please. We get a behind the scenes look into her days with the Upright Citizens' Brigade, Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation and how comedy was an outlet for her creativity and her passion. We also get some cute stories about her boys and her journey as a mother, her feelings while going through a divorce as well as glimpses into her childhood in Mass.
     I Love when I'm reading a book and I run across something that will brighten a friends day and Amy supplied me with just the words I needed to make my friend smile, and I quote " I AM LAUGHING SO HARD. THAT MADE MY DAY. THANK U." followed by "Love u so much!"
     This was what I wrote her from Amy's My World-Famous Sex Advice...
#5. Don't get undressed and start pointing out your flaws or apologizing for things you think are wrong with your body. Men don't notice or care. They are about to get laid! They are so psyched. Men are very visual, so if you don't want them to look at your stomach just put fake mustaches on your breast to distract them.
     So we have a shopping date to buy some mustaches
     You will love this book if you want to know more about the ups and downs of stand-up and T.V.. But it's also for someone who wants a glimpse into the life of someone trying to find their way through this crazy life we live and sees a bright-side or a calming place in the hustle we experience. I really liked her suggestions and examples of living in the moment, which I myself take for granted.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Somewhere over the Rainbow

I've been watching some book vloggers lately show off their Rainbow shelves and decided that my livingroom bookshelf could use some Spring influence.


I decided not to split any of my series up so I grabbed my remaining color spined books and got started.
Happy Summer :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

Synopsis:
     In the spring of 1628, the witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree, she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
     In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, surviving plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality. Her loneliness comes to an abrupt end when she is befriended by a teenage girl called Tegan. Against her better judgement, Elizabeth opens her heart to Tegan. But will she be able to stand against Gideon - who will stop at nothing to reclaim her soul - in order to protect the girl who has become the daughter she never had?

My Review: 4 Stars
     Paula Brackston has spun a memorable tale of loss and perseverance. You actually get a treat with The Witch's Daughter in that it is written in the present with flashbacks that are mini stories throughout Bess's life. You first meet Elizabeth, a modern witch, in present day England. She's been living a long life while having to constantly run away from the warlock that created her, Gideon, who has been pursuing her since her change. She is he's and he'll stop at nothing to have her, and unfortunately for her they have forever to play this game of cat and mouse. We get to join Tegan, an inquisitive teenage neighbor, as Elizabeth tells the story of her beginning through flashbacks recounting moments in her long life from adolescents, to learning and practicing medicine, then a war and back to the present. My favorite flashback was Eliza's time in London, as I'm a huge fan of the mystery that surrounds the era she was living in. This had kind of a slow start for me but I'm glad I continued reading. Brackston has a very descriptive writing style that really takes you into the moment. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes historical fiction/witches/english settings.

     I'm adding a link to Greensleeves, once you've read the book you'll know the reason :) Enjoy...

Photo from Avostal Greensleeves youtube video

Here's the link to a version of Greensleeves by Avostal 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 5.15.15


Secondhand books hold a very special place in my heart and wallet. We have a couple of great used bookstores around my area and recently I spent the day dragging my Husband around to a few of them. He was so excited, I had to basically wake him up as he sat in a chair waiting for me to make my picks. I'm pretty sure said chair was put there for those occasions when a slightly unwilling participant is pulled over their threshold kicking and screaming. 
This particular bookstore sells new and used, new at 20% and used 50% or otherwise marked. You can also bring in up to 10 books per visit to either get money back or credit towards future purchases. In addition you get a $1 off your next purchase over $5 coupon every time and after spending $100, so keep those receipts, you get a $5 credit towards your next purchase.
So I brought in 10 books for a $4 credit and bought these two books for $4.49, before credit, so I ended up spending .49 cents :) That's right, and I'm a couple of dollars away from the $100 for my $5 credit.
So, if you haven't already, go and check out your local secondhand store.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H G Wells

Synopsis:
     An Enormously inventive tale about a mad surgeon turned vivisectionist on a remote island who preforms ghoulish experiments that transform animals into men. It is one of Well's earliest and most sinister personifications of the scientific quest to control and manipulate the natural world, and ultimately human nature.

My Review: 3.5 Stars
     I've been wanting to read this book for a while but with the publication of The Madman's Daughter trilogy and a novel by Guy Adams I came across called Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau I knew I needed to get started. When a book comes out that makes reference to another book, I try to read the first so I feel I have a full picture of where the author is going.
     This is my first Well's novel and I enjoyed it. The story is told from the point of view of Edward Prendick, an unexpected visitor to the island who was found at sea, after the boat he was on sunk, by Dr. Montgomery(Moreau's assistant) on his return trip with his cargo of animals. Prendick can't help feeling something is off and vaguely remembers the name Moreau. When he runs into some of the islands other inhabitants he starts putting two and two together and fears for his safety. Oh, by the way, he finally remembers where and under what circumstances he had heard of the name Moreau, not to his relief of course. Moreau was a scientist who was shunned and run of after his experimentation on animals was discovered. So that makes 3 Humans and more than a couple dozen Creatures, what are the odds something could go wrong?
     It took me a little getting use to the writing style and I have to admit to googling a few words. Like Vivisection, which is The cutting of or operation on a living animal usually for physiological or pathological investigation. If that definition makes you queasy you may not want to read this book. There are some gross parts but the vivisection is not written in detail, thankfully.
     It's a short book and if you want to get a taste of 1896 Horror or H G Well's stories I definitely encourage you to pick it up.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Early Mother's Day!

I wanted to share some flowers with you in anticipation of Mother's Day @}-



I'll Love you FOREVER,
I'll Like you for ALWAYS,
As long as I'm living My BABY you'll be...
                                    ~Love you Forever By Robert Munsch


As you can see I Love playing around with filters :)
 Hope your Mother's Day is Special!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bonus Post :)

So since April has an extra Wednesday, and because I'm still a few pages from finishing my book for a review, I figured I'd share a package I received the other day with my latest PBS purchase...


I'll be talking more about this in a future post but over at Paperback Swaps they've made some changes to the services available according to your membership status. One of those changes are that Al a Carte members can no longer PM for a deal. After their changes a Goodreads group was created with a mix of Al a Carte and paying members, from PBS, that are willing to help negotiate trades among other things. I'd Love the give a big SHOUT-OUT to Lou who answered my post about the deal I wanted and Patricia who accepted the deal. It was a first for all of us and took some time figuring out how to work it, but in the end it was a success and I believe everyone is happy. Now we all have some experience and future deals should go smoothly.

On to my goodies...here are my swapped ARC's...


Ok, so I know these are older arc's but I'm super excited to get my hands on them! Each of these books are the first in their series and I haven't had a chance to get my hands on the final published works.
Happy Reading :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 4.17.15


Bookfair season, that's right I turned it into a pre-spring season, is something I look forward to every year. I've worked at my sons' school the last 4 years and they have a fabulous used book section with super inexpensive books for kids and adults. These were our finds...
1) The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett
2) Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett
3) The Trouble with Tink (Disney Fairies) by Kiki Thorpe
4) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
5) The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
6) The Guardians Toothiana part 2, A Queen Takes Flight by William Joyce
7) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
8) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Total $2.75!!!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hat Trick by Brad Keene

Synopsis:
Gordon Lake is a man in need of a home. He's abandoned his suffocating life in Chicago for the sprawling landscape and endless possibilities of Los Angeles. It's time to start over. Start fresh. But to where exactly...and with whom? Gordon is unable to decide upon a suitable roommate and a place to live. With no single choice feeling right, Gordon chooses three.

Different roommates. Different homes. Different lives.

A troubled Venice Beach artist in search of an audience. A self-absorbed salesman in pursuit of possessions. Two men embroiled in a bitter residential war.

Gordon will immerse himself in their daily existences for ninety-three days in a frantic effort to find the purpose of his own.

But the lines separating the lives soon blur, tearing apart his bold social experiment and exposing the very raw reasons everyone tries to run from who they really are.

My Review: 4 Stars
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I entered looking for a break in my routine of YA, Horror, Dystopian, etc...And this book did not let me down!

This story centers around Gordon, whom after the death of his Father, leaves his life behind in search of who he really is and steps out of the persona of "his Fathers' son". He changes locations and narrows his roommate choices down to 3 very different living situations. Instead of choosing just one he decides to find himself in each.

I say BRAVO Mr. Keene! Fabulous debut novel, Brilliantly written. A definite page turner, not in the "Thriller" sense, but with great writing and short to-the-point chapters that make you eager to jump into the next life. Great characters! I really enjoyed watching Gordon unfold. My only grip would be that in a couple of the conversations, the cussing seemed forced rather than natural.

Oh what would we all be like if we could run away to search for our true, unadulterated selves. To fully dive into aspects that we would like to explore in greater detail and to come out the other end freer, without putting limitations on how we feel we should react, what we should like, etc... But knowing for sure these are your feelings on the matter, your choice. Not something instilled in you from childhood by how you were raised or even from where you grew up.

Life's to short to just live one - Brad Keene

Monday, April 6, 2015

K Face Tv's Dark Lord Funk!!!

     Harry Potter fans, Youtube surfers have you had a chance to check out KFace TV's Dark Lord Funk? Their parody of Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk is laugh out loud Genius!!

Screenshot from KFace TV's video

     A friend's Facebook post of this video sparked my interest and I had to go check them out on Youtube. I  am happy to say that I was not disappointed. KFace TV has a couple of videos/parody's that show a lot of talent and if you get a chance, you should definitely go to https://www.youtube.com/user/KFaceTV and check them out.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Let's pretend this never happened: A mostly true memoir by Jenny Lawson

Synopsis:
     When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a childhood wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up a opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all better for it.
     Lawson's long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments - the ones we want to pretend never happened - are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.
     Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.

My Review: 5 Stars
     I had to read parts of this book to my Husband just to prove a point. And by point I mean a very, very interesting look into what has (slightly) baffled him for quite sometime...and that is, I am NOT the only person out there that thinks, acts and speaks the way I do. It's in print, HA! And for that I give a big THANKS to Jenny Lawson :)
     So having said that. I laughed, I cried, I peed...that's right. Not in my pants, that would be gross, but since I am a Fabulous multitasker I find it lazy and quite boring to sit and stare at my shower curtain while I pee. This is definitely a laugh-out-loud book that I have made a nice spot for on my bookshelf...to read and re-read and dog-ear and quote from. Enjoy!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finds 3.20.15

I Love, Love, Love getting a Great bargain on books, as I'm sure everyone Bookworm is :) We have a local Savers in my area and if you've never been it is a must. At Savers when you buy 4 books you get a 5th FREE. Pictured are my 4 picks and not shown are the 6 books I got my youngest. BTW for those interested he picked 4 Magic Tree House books, the first Dragon Slayers Academy book and a Wall-E chapter book. I have been wanting these books since their publications and they are in FABULOUS condition for second hand, Score!!!




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Lost Scrolls (Twisted Roots BK#2) by: Shelly Goodman Wright

Synopsis:
Three scrolls. Three continents. Three demons in pursuit.
     Jessica wants nothing more than to stay on the protected grounds of the Okefenokee Swamp and plan her wedding, but the spirit of her dead father has other plans and leads her to a wooden chest. Inside the battered antique, an old secret is uncovered, sending Jessica on the adventure of her life.
     Demons on her trail, an unexpected red-haired rival wanting her dead, and the heartache of leaving her fiance, overshadow Jessica's desire to unravel her twisted family tree.

My Review: 3.5 Stars
     I Won!!! Yay...I received this book on a Goodreads giveaway from the author and here's my review.
For me the aspect of The Lost Scrolls that changed my mind from 4 stars to 3.5 was the awkward sexual tension between Jessica and Hunter. And I mean awkward in its aggressiveness, almost to the point of dominance and the conversations that I felt were melodramatic. What finally hit it home was Hunters' reaction to the dancing at the end of the book. I know Twisted Roots is a Christian Lit book and it definitely makes a point of abstinence with young unmarried people but I felt that it was forced in an unrealistic way. Though I do appreciate the author trying to capture what young couples go through and their internal conflicts. However, regardless of that, I loved the twist and turns Jessica's adventure had and what a fantastic, magical world Shelly Goodman Wright has brought to life. It was great learning along with Jessica about a past that she didn't know she was really missing. I would love to see artist renditions of the characters. Unfortunately, try as I might at my local library I just couldn't find a copy of A Light into the Darkness, book 1 of the Twisted Roots trilogy, I never had a chance to read it but I'm on the hunt for it now. When I do get my hands on a copy, it'll be a great prelude to what I have already read and help to give the back story on Jessica and Hunter's beginning and the adventure that proceeded The Lost Scrolls. But that being said The Lost Scrolls definitely holds its own. I look forward to reading what Mrs. Goodman Wright has in store for Jessica, Hunter and the Cherokee tribe of the Okefenokee Swamp in book 3 of the Twisted Roots trilogy "Legacy".

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin


SYNOPSIS:
     "Sixteen people were invited to the reading of the very strange will of the very rich Samuel W. Westing. They could become millionaires, depending on how they played the game.
The not-quite-perfect heirs were paired, and each pair was given $10,000 and a set of clues (no two sets of clues were alike). All they had to do was find the answer, but the answer to what?
The Westing game was tricky and dangerous, but the heirs played on, through blizzards and burglaries and bombs bursting in the air. And one of them won!
With her own special blend of intricacy, humor, and upside-down perceptions, Ellen Raskin has entangled a remarked cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot. She then deftly unravels it again in a surprising (but fair) and highly satisfying ending."

MY REVIEW: 3 STARS
     I first came upon this book while looking through available books on PBS (PaperBackSwap) and hopping over to Goodreads to read an overview, which peeked my interest. I grabbed a copy at my local library and was not disappointed.  I got goosebumps, I was puzzled and I cried. But that was the point, right? The Westing Game is a Great whodunit story reminiscent of the board-game Clue. I really enjoyed Raskin's characters and finding out the intertwining lives they have led. And of course the end, where I cried, was prefect. I gave this book 3 stars because the beginning, while nicely introducing you to the plot and characters, was a little on the slow side for me. But the rest of Westings' game was full speed ahead. I will definitely reread The Westing Game again in a couple of years and I encourage anyone who likes a nice easy-read mystery to pick this book up.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Once upon a bookshelf

Well, there's no better place to start this blog than with an introduction to one of a couple bookshelves that I've made from wooden wine boxes. I LOVE that they have sliding tops "Doors for me"! The fact that dust will have to find another way to get to my books makes me happy inside :)

So now onto the pictures...

 In order to be able to open both sides of my book towers I needed to place the tower on the left upside down, which surprisingly does not mess with my OCD :)


Hope you enjoyed and get inspired to hit up your local wine store for any wooden boxes they might be getting rid of.