A Long Overdue Apology: A Letter

Dear Readers,

By Golly, it’s been a long hiatus! Not to mention, an unannounced, long hiatus…

I’ll do better, at least, the best I can. Currently looking for employment, I’m pretty busy most of the time simply writing cover letters and resumes. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, I’m sure any recent graduate would tell you the same, it’s a little nerve-racking. Especially with the vast amounts of student debt waving at you from the background, the struggle is real.

But, regardless, I’ve missed this! I’ve missed the community and being able to just talk about books. 

While I regret going on a hiatus without any warning, I’m glad I did. I was able to really focus on getting my degree finished and with honorary distinctions too. Sometimes, life gets in the way. And that’s okay.

Recently, I’ve read the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff Ph.D., and I couldn’t stress the truth and importance of that title enough.

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In a world where nearly every social platform in our lives revolves around a sense of outside validation, we really need to get down to basics and begin allowing our own validation to be enough for our self-esteem. I may do a review on this in the future.

Much of the last two years has been filled from start to finish with endless papers, long-winded exams, and miles upon miles of driving back and forth to my University, but I’m finally done.

But this isn’t a lifestyle blog. This is a Book Blog, anchored by my passion for reading and getting lost in a world that isn’t my own. Well, I’m off. Books to review!

 

Until next time.

By the love of books,

Your Most Ardent Fool

 

The Maze Runner: A Review

The Maze Runner by James Dashner [A Review]

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  IF YOU AIN’T SCARED, YOU AIN’T HUMAN.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

NICE TO MEET YA, SHANK. WELCOME TO THE GLADE.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
The a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

REMEMBER. SURVIVE. RUN.

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The Titan’s Curse: Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: A Review

photo 3When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he’ll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and…a ride from his mom.

The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.”

 

I am not mature enough to not fangirl over this series.

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Dorothy Must Die: A Review

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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I DIDN’T ASK FOR ANY OF THIS. I DIDN’T ASK TO BE SOME KIND OF HERO.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. But I never expected Oz to look like this. A place where Good Witches can’t be trusted and Wicked Witches just might be the good guys. A place where even the yellow brick road is crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I’ve been given a mission:

REMOVE

THE TIN WOODMAN’S HEART

STEAL

THE SCARECROW’S BRAIN.

TAKE

THE LION’S COURAGE

AND THEN–

DOROTHY MUST DIE.

            Naturally, this sounds pretty awesome 🙂

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Big Fish by Daniel Wallace Book Review

Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace

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“He could outrun anybody, and he never missed a day of school. He saved lives, tamed giants. Animals loved him. People loved him. Women loved him (and he loved them back). And he knew more jokes than any man alive.

Now, as he lies dying, Edward Bloom can’t seem to stop telling jokes–or the tall tales that have made him, in his son’s eyes, an extraordinary man. Big Fish is the story of this man’s life, told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts his son, William, knows. Through these tales–hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous–William begins to understand his elusive father’s great feats, and his great failings.”

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The Ultimate Book Tag

I love getting to know the bloggers that I follow. Sometimes I wished that we all lived in the same cul-de-sac and had a monthly get-together or something. 🙂 But, if you want, this is a pretty random and good way to get to know me. I was tagged by the lovely Summer over at xingsings. Check her out! She’s a sweetheart 🙂

Onward!

SPNG Tags: Dean / Jensen / Dancing among Archangels /<br /> Looking for a particular Supernatural reaction gif? This blog organizes them so you don’t have to spend hours hunting them down.

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Awakening by Shannon Duffy Blog Tour! Review & Giveaway

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Awakening

by Shannon Duffy 

Release Date: 04/07/15

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told.

With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?


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Book Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke [Published by Speak]

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue SeaSynopsis:

“You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand….”

Children are disappearing. Groups of young boys and girls form small armies to hunt for a monster. People are seeing things that shouldn’t be there and doing things that shouldn’t be done. 

And it all starts when an irresistible guy named River West shows up in Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town.

Is River somehow connected? Is he just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or is he something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back.

 

 

 

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Liebster Awards

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Hey Everyone! Ashley from across the way at What’s She Reading was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award. She is an absolute sweetheart and if you haven’t checked out her site, you should definitely head right over there. Just clickety-click on the link above 🙂

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
  • Come up with 11 questions for your nominees

 

Of course, being a newbie, I had no idea that this even existed and I’m more than happy to jump on board and nominate some bloggers that I enjoy quite a bit.

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Stacking the Shelves & Mini Book Review “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz

With finals looming over me like a black cloud, I haven’t been able to really think about posting or what I’m going to post, how I’m going to post it, when I was going to post it. Ah! But woe is me, I suppose.

As I’ve admitted in previous posts, I love thrift stores. And in addition to thrift stores, I also love auctions. And this week I ended up bidding on a box full of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books. They’re my guilty pleasure, those two authors. I already own a lot of their books and I was a little worried that when I got this box of goodies, that I was going to end up having a lot of doubles.  Much to my delight, there were only two or three that I found in the box that I already had. And to add the whipped cream and sugar on top, the box also included the next two installments of the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, which I haven’t read yet.

I pretty much exploded with happiness.

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