Friday, June 30, 2017

The Legend Says...

Well, this month I only read 4 books. I was going to try to finish a graphic novel I was reading but I am just too tired, so I'll stick with the 4. That's okay 4 is better than none right? Plus I enjoyed all the books I read so that is always a plus! My bookclub's theme this month was fairy tale re-tellings so the beginning of next month should hopefully have at least two more re-tellings that I read. 


I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read - 1 day. The only problem I had with it was how did she not have an online presence? If this book took place in the time frame Nicola has set, I don't see how she isn't a part of some groups or boards or something! 


As I was going through Goodreads to see what other people had to say I was shocked to find so many people disliked this book! I absolutely LOVED it. I know I am a huge Picoult fan but I loved this book. I loved learning more about elephants, my mother loves them so I know some things but I was fascinated with everything else I learned. I never see the ending coming. Ever. This is one of my favorite things about Jodi Picoult's books. I never guess right and once again my guesses were all wrong. I love that and I loved this! I would recommend it to anyone (except Brandy because she's a hater)!


If there were half stars this would be 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. Such a different take on Snow White. We don't just get 'her parents die this is her step mother'. You learn about how the step mother came to be and how her father died. I like the difference in the mirror. It doesn't just talk back - it forms into a statue. I don't want to give away too much but I really enjoyed what a take charge kind of character Snow White was! I would definitely suggest this book


I liked this book but before I get in to it I want to share a legend within the book. "The legend says that each human on the earth has a tree to care for, and that a person's tree will also care for him or her. As long as the tree is thriving, the person will live, and as long as the person is living well, the tree will survive." This was one of my favorite parts of this book. Now, it was a great tale but not a 'Cinderella' story in the sense you were probably looking for. On the back of the book it says "If you drink water and breathe air, then you have heard the story of Cinderella. And, if you drink water and breathe air, you have heard it...wrong." So you go in to the story knowing things will be changed. I just didn't know how much. Though there is a happily ever after it may not be the one you're thinking of. Though there is a happily ever after there is still darkness lurking. Though there is a happily ever after there also isn't. 

What did you read this month? Anything that you gave five stars? 
Share with me in the comments below!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mid Year Book Freakout

I saw this tag done on Heather's YouTube channel Bookables and thought this would be a great thing to fill out and share! Feel free to fill it out yourself and leave a link below.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017? A Thousand Pieces of you by Claudia Gray

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2017? A Different Witch by Debora Geary

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to. The Hate U Give by Angie Tomas

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

5. Biggest disappointment. Rain by Virginia Bergin (Biggest disappointment EVER)

6. Biggest surprise. We were liars by E. Lockhart or Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you) Either Diane Chamberlain or Claudia Gray

8. Newest fictional crush. Atlas from It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover or Lieutenant Markov from A thousand Pieces of you by Claudia Gray

9. Newest favorite character. Lieutenant Markov

10. Book that made you cry. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

11. Book that made you happy. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year. I haven't seen any yet but I am hoping to see Everything Everything and Fantastical Beasts soon.

13. Favorite review you've written this year. I don't know but I've written a few

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)? Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?  Hunted by Meagan Spooner, The Whole Things Together by Ann Brashares, Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale, The Leaving by Tara Altebrando, The McClane Apocalypse by Kate Morris


Wednesday, June 28, 2017



Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Time is for Reading

     I have a TON of books on my TBR (to be read) list but a few that I would really like to knock off this summer. My bookclub's theme of the month this month is fairy tale re-tellings. We are all picking our own books then coming to the meeting and discussing them. My first book that I want to read is Hunted by Meagan Spooner. It is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and I cannot wait to read it!

Second on my list is a contemporary that I have heard a ton of good things about. Once and for all by Sarah Dessen.

Next is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which is a book that has to do with the Black Lives Matter movement that is happening right now. With all that is going on around the country and especially in my town, I know this will be a heartbreaking and eye opening book. 

One of my favorite authors is Nora Roberts so two of her trilogies have made my summer reads list. The Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy which, at least the first book, takes place in Ireland.

The second trilogy I'd love to read by Nora Roberts this summer is the Guardians Trilogy. The first book starts off with a woman who has these horrible dreams and nightmares into works of art.

Last but not least is a book called Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall. I absolutely love this author. She writes amazing Amish stories that I fall in love with every time I read them. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book. I can't wait to read it and share my review!

Ten books all together. I don't think it's too crazy of a list. What do you have planned to read this summer? Any good books I can add to my shelf? Let me know below!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Time to Sit Back and Unwind

     I wanted to write a whole entry about our summer plans and then I realized we didn't really have any. We make one plan for the summer and that is to go to NY and go camping for our family reunion. Everything else is just kind of spur of the moment ideas.
     I hope to go to our local parks and splash parks a lot this summer.
     I want to visit the library a bunch.
     Maybe a barbecue somewhere.
     I also found a campground not too far from us that I want to try. It looks a lot like our campground in NY so I am hoping I get the same love for camping feeling I get in NY. I know it will be hard because I won't have my whole family there but I am hoping to have my friend-family there.
     Really my goal is to just get out and have a lot of fun. I know it can be hard on my daughter having a mom that has a lot of health issues and chronic pain. So I want to try my best to get her out, at the very least, once a week. I am trying to make sure I am playing games and doing crafts throughout the week. We're also doing some reading and math work too. Sounds like a chore but she loves it.
     Already this summer we've had a water balloon fight, time at the splash park, time playing at one of our favorite playgrounds, and gone to the movies! We are off to a great start and I think we will have no problem staying busy all summer.
     What do you have planned this summer? Any great vacations? Awesome destinations? Let me know!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

That Yeti Though

     Today's Top 5 Wednesday is Top 5 Rides. I suppose this could be taken many different ways but I am going with amusement park rides. I'll start with the closest to me to and work my way to the furthest away. 

1st up is Rebel Yell at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. I love a good 'ol wooden roller coaster. This is the only coaster I won't put up a video for because if you've ever been on a wooden coaster you know how much you shake. does the camera. 

2nd up is the Griffon at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. This literally took my breathe away. IT WAS AWESOME!

3rd up is Fast Track at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. I have not been to Epcot in years and years. I think the last time I was there was close to 16 or 17 years ago. Oh man I'm old. Let's move on from that. This was a new/newish ride when I went and it was amazing! I rode it over and over and over again. I am hoping next time I'm at Disney I am hoping I can go ride this ride again!

The 4th roller coaster is called Rock n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. I grew up jamming out to rock and roll music. This music just sings to my heart. I've ridden it over and over just to sing along with the songs. This ride is fantastic! Also the video I found says it's 16 minutes but really it loops the ride a few times so if you want to watch, it isn't that long.

The last and newest favorite roller coaster ride is Expedition Everest (aka that scary Yeti ride as Haleigh would call it) at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. First off - my 6 year old loved this except for the Yeti part. If it was just the ride and no scary stuff she would have been on it all day. I am SO proud she rode this! Second off.. oh my goodness. I wasn't a huge Animal Kingdom fan but I would get a park hopper pass so I could ride this ride a few more times! 

What are some of your favorite rides? Would you have considered this prompt an amusement park kind of ride or a different kind of ride? Let me know!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Princess in an Ivory Tower Made of History


I'm currently reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. In this book there's a woman who loves elephants and has spent the majority of her life working with them. My mother loves elephants so they've always been an animal I liked to learn about. However, this book is making me absolutely fall in love with elephants. I love all the things I'm learning in this book!

Monday, June 19, 2017

I Am Most Alive Among The Tall Trees

    A few years back I flew out to Oregon to meet up with my friend Jenn. It was my first time on the west coast. I loved my time in Oregon but when my friend and I went north to visit Forks, WA (Twi-hard through and through) I fell in love with everything I saw. The trees, the moss, the water, the mountains, the roads, the trails, the driftwood, everything! I have always thought that the water calls to me. And I think it does. I feel a peace that is hard to explain when I am near a body of water. I enjoy our mountains and trees but those feelings are nothing compared to how I felt near the woods in Washington. Something about them is just different. I want to go back and hike, and camp, and just sit and listen.
     There are a few places I really want to visit but no place that I really see myself moving to (if I was to move from where I am now) except Washington. I have hopes and dreams of moving there even if it is only for a year or a season. I would do with a short yearly trip. I haven't been back but I feel the tug of my heart every time I think about it.

     Is there any place you want to move to? Is there any place that calls to you like the water and these mountains call to me? Let me know! 

A Pre-Doctor Update

So.. today we're taking Haleigh to her dr to talk about her headaches. I'm a nervous wreck but trying not to be. I want her to go to a neurologist. Here are my notes:

Haleigh fell on Sept 28th. She was dizzy, nauseous, and tired afterward. We took her to the ER and she didn't get past Triage the doctor decided she was okay and had a 'minor concussion.' We did not learn until later that there is no such thing as a minor concussion - you either have one or you don't. 
     After this, she had more tantrums and screaming. When she has these tantrums she's completely uncontrollable. The tantrum would then turn in to her crying about how her head hurts so bad. I've had to hold her with an ice pack on her head after giving her Advil and just hum to her until the medicine kicks in. At first, I did not put two and two together. I thought well, of course, you are having a headache you have been screaming and crying for 40 minutes! It didn't occur to me that the tantrum may be left over symptoms of the concussion. This did not happen a lot. Maybe once a week - sometimes once every other week. 
     Sometime Mid May a kid at her school pulled out a chair she was about to sit on (on purpose - she was being mean) and Haleigh went backward and hit her head. I was not called by the school and didn't find out until the next day. Apparently, she was screaming crying in pain and they took her to the nurse and sent the girl home from school that day.
    Since then she's had headaches almost every day. Sometimes she has to stop playing to sit down for a few minutes because her head is hurting 'pounding like my heart'. Most of the time when we go out to play with friends she's okay then we get home and she's crying from her head hurting. We have not had a day where we went out somewhere (where she was playing) where we came home and her first reaction wasn't to grab an ice pack and go lay down with it on her head. 
    She's been having, even more, tantrums, she's not listening. She'll be fine and being good then it's like a switch is flipped and she's not listening, demanding to do things her way, throwing herself at you, talking back, then crying hysterically that she doesn't know why she's being so bad. She says she knows she's being bad and can't seem to stop herself.
    Another thing is she'll say something and then five seconds later say she didn't say that. like "NO MOM I WILL NOT" then I'll be like don't tell me no. "I didn't! I'm going to do it. I didn't say no!" Yeah, you did. There's a ton of these examples. I'll ask her what she wants to eat then make it and she'll be like i didn't say I wanted that. Things like that
    Could this be her just being a brat? Absolutely. Yes, she could be going through a stage. It could just be a coincidence. But what if it's not? And it most definitely is not normal for a 6 year old to get headaches like this. I'm worried they'll toss my concerns aside because my whole family gets migraines. However, they did not start for most of us until much later in life. 

Wish us luck!