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!