Newbie Blogger – Book Tag

Hi all!

I am, as you can see, very new! Hi, Hello.



Now that I’ve (mostly) caught up with my reading for this year, I decided I’d write a little bit about why I started my blog by completing the Newbie Blogger – Book Tag. Obviously. Please, feel free to comment, ask questions, and give constructive feedback.

  • ) Why did you start this blog?
    • I suffer from general and social anxiety disorders with bouts of depression. Whoa … way to start out with the heavy stuff! As part of my anxiety management, I journal. Well, I did journal. Then journaling turned into making to-do lists, turned into writing down book quotes, turned into keeping track of the books I was reading and, voila, here I am!
  • ) What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
    • I read almost everything, so I’m hoping to bring a lot of book diversity to the table, as I get into the swing of things and find my groove. I also find myself quite amusing, and hope a few of you might too. I don’t re-write the synopsis when I write reviews. I’m not sure why that’s a thing. If I’m reading reviews, I’ve probably already read the synopsis and found the book interesting, ya know? So the last thing I want to do is dig through your synopsis to get down to what you actually thought about the book. I’m not going to do that here. Reviews and thoughts are my own and you can read the synopsis on Goodreads. Or wherever.
  • ) What are you most excited for about this new blog?
    • I get to talk about books! Maybe I’ll find a few of you who want to talk about books with me.
  • ) Why do you love reading?
    • I read for escapism. I read to educate myself about, and manage my illness. I read because it’s fun to share books (anything you love, really) with others. I read because I relate better to fictional characters than I do to real people.
  • ) What book series got you into reading?
  • A Spell for Chameleon
    • Xanth series by Piers Anthony. If you haven’t read it – you should pick up book 1, A Spell for Chameleon or Demons Don’t Dream (which is book 16, but also stands well alone). These books were the first “grown up” books I read. My dad loves these and we always had them around home. Once, many many moons ago, I read books 1 – 27 … in … a … row. There are now 41 books in this series. I stopped reading around book 34 and should have stopped reading around book 25 because the content just isn’t there any more, but this world and these characters will forever be part of what makes me a reader.
  • ) What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?
    • Finding time to keep up and making interesting content. I have a full time job and have to adult, at least once in a while. I have other hobbies as well like crocheting and hanging out with my family and my 6 fur babies. I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep it up if I don’t get many followers. Would I do it just for me? Time will tell.
  • ) What questions would you ask your favorite authors?
    • One of my favorite authors is Brandon Sanderson. I’ve met him several times – my boyfriend and I go to see him every time he’s in my state (Colorado (and even went to Utah October 2017 for his latest book release)). I have never asked him a question, but Eric, my boyfriend, did. He says, “so, Brandon, my girlfriend doesn’t want to continue in the Mistborn series because you killed off one of her favorite characters, what would you say to her to convince her to keep going”? GASP! He used his question to throw me under the bus!?
  • ) When did you start reading?
    • I don’t remember starting to read, I just always remember reading. My sister and I would sit in a closet when we were little and listen to books on tape over and over and over again. One of my favorite photos is of me when I was maybe two years old, or even younger, and my dad’s reading me a book. Books have always been a welcome part of my life.
  • ) Where do you read?
    • Mostly in bed at night, or on my couch. I like to be warm and snuggly when I read.
  • ) What kinds of books do you read?
    • Everything from Adult high fantasy, to self-help, to YA, to contemporary. I am not a fan of graphic novels or horror/thriller, but I try to branch out to those once in a while too, because you never know when tastes will change.

That's All Folks





Illuminae – Book Review


Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Cristoff

Read: 3/19/18

Format: E-book

Source: Library

Rating: StarStar


“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”

“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.”

“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”



I read this as part of a rereadathon being put on by Booktuber Merphy Napier. One of the challenges is to reread a book that you want to give a second chance. Goodreads says I read this book in 2016, but I honestly had no recollection of reading it – good or bad and I hadn’t left a review. So, I thought I’d give it another whirl for the rereadathon. I do not like this book. I have seen nothing but rave reviews for this and I have no idea why. The format is intriguing, being written in e-mails and IMS and reports. But there’s nothing beyond that that is remotely interesting. There’s nothing about these characters that I found myself rooting for them. The writing feels ammeter. The romance is cringy. There’s just so much nope in this book for me. I almost DNF’d, but as it was a challenge for the rereadathon, I pushed thru, and then gave it a two star rating based solely on format.

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House of Leaves – Book Review

House of Leaves

Title: House of Leaves

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

Read: 3/18/19

Format: Paperback

Source: Amazon

Rating: TBD … somewhere between a 2 and a 5.


“Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep. And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share.”

“For some reason, you will no longer be the person you believed you once were. You’ll detect slow and subtle shifts going on all around you, more importantly shifts in you. Worse, you’ll realize it’s always been shifting, like a shimmer of sorts, a vast shimmer, only dark like a room. But you won’t understand why or how.”

“I think that’s what finally stopped me. I slid right to the edge. My legs were hanging over. And I could feel it too. I don’t know how. There was no wind, no sound, no change of temperature. There was just this terrible emptiness reaching up for me.” \



I am still letting this book sink it. It was quite an adventure and I loved reading this book, but I’m still just not sure how I feel about it. But I kind of feel like maybe that’s the point… TBC.


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Finding Audrey – Book Review

Find Audrey

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Read: 2/14

Format: E-book

Source: Library







“The trouble is, depression doesn’t come with handy symptoms like spots and a temperature, so you don’t realize it at first. You keep saying ‘I’m fine’ to people when you’re not fine. You think you should be fine. You keep saying to yourself: ‘Why aren’t I fine?”

“They talk about “body language,” as if we all speak it the same. But everyone has their own dialect. For me right now, for example, swiveling my body right away and staring rigidly at the corner means, “I like you.” Because I didn’t run away and shut myself in the bathroom. I just hope he realizes that.”

“What’s the point of you? Try this, for starters. And underneath there’s a long list. He’s written a long, long list, that fills the page. I’m so flustered, I can’t even read it properly, but as I scan down I catch beautiful smile and great taste in music (I sneaked a look at your iPod) and awesome Starbucks name. I give a sudden snort of laughter that almost turns to a sob and then turns to a smile, and then suddenly I’m wiping my eyes. I’m all over the place.”

REVIEW: Rarely do I see anxiety and metal illness done soooo well. I love this book for that aspect! I adore Linus. He’s the friend I wish I had when my anxiety is bad – someone who will pass notes through the mail slot to communicate with me when I need space. Cheers for Linus! This is a 4 star read, not a 5, because it all wrapped up a little too quickly and cleanly for me in the end. Other than that, this is great!

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight – Book Review

Eleventh Grave

Title: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Author: Darynda Jones

Read: 3/12

Format: E-book

Source: Library

Rating:  StarStarStar


“A lot of people are only alive because I shed too much hair to ever get away with murder.”

“The girl had ethics. I had ethics.
No, wait, that was epics. I had epics. Epic ass. Epic boots. Epic looks, but only when I was drunk. Tons of epics.”

“And who came up with the animals for these euphemisms, anyway? Why bat shit? Why not cow shit or grasshopper shit? And why don’t we give a rat’s ass as opposed to a hamster’s ass?”



The Curse of Tenth Grave – Book Review

The Curse of Tenth Grave

Title: The Curse of Tenth Grave

Author: Darynda Jones

Read: 3/5

Format: E-book

Source: Library

Rating: StarStarStar


“The fact that there’s a Highway to Hell and only a Stairway to Heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers. —”

“In the meantime, I had to get dressed and go to work, because going to work in my pajamas was apparently the definition of unprofessional. Cookie’s words. I looked it up though. She was wrong. Webster’s mentioned nothing about pajamas.”

“Reyes,” I said, raising a hand to his cheek, “no matter what happens, I love you.”
His brows knitted for just a moment before he answered. “I love you more.”
“Nope. Wanna wrestle for it?”
“The championship. Who loves who more?”
He glanced up as though in thought, then whispered so quietly I barely heard him, “You are so going down.”




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February 2018 – Reading Wrap UP

Date Title Author Format Rating
4-Feb The Hazel Wood Melissa Albert E-book 4
7-Feb Doll Bones Holly Black Audio 3
7-Feb Renegades Marissa Meyer E-book 5
11-Feb You Are a Badass Jen Sincero Paperback 2
11-Feb The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware Paperback 2
16-Feb Elantris Brandon Sanderson E-book 4
17-Feb Simon Becky Albertalli Audio 4
20-Feb After You Jojo Moyes E-book 2
21-Feb I’ve Got Your Number Sophie Kinsella Audio 4
28-Feb The Comet Seekers Helen Sedwick E-book 2
28-Feb The Gentleman’s Guide Mackenzi Lee Audio 5
Books Completed Average Rating: 3.36