Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Currently Reading

Randall Munroe left NASA in 2005 to start up his hugely popular site XKCD 'a web comic of romance, sarcasm, math and language' which offers a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It's had over a billion page hits to date. A year ago Munroe set up a new section - What If - where he tackles a series of impossible questions: If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive? How dangerous is it, really, in a pool in a thunderstorm? If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce? What if everyone only had one soulmate? From what height would you need to drop a steak to ensure it was cooked by the time it reached the ground? What would happen if the moon went away? This book gathers together the best entries along with lots of new gems. From The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and the songs of Tim Minchin, through chemistry, geography and physics, Munroe leaves no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge. And his answers are witty and memorable and studded with hilarious cartoons and infographics. Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel the smarter for having read.

On Deck

It's official - for Juliette Connolly Christmas is a bust and she's definitely not in the Christmas spirit. She's been dumped by her boyfriend and replaced by a younger model. Then a clause in her contract means she and a mysterious colleague have to work over Christmas. But there's much more to Andrew Campbell than meets the eye. Especially when it turns out he's the Scottish Laird of the haunted house they're filming in. 

And it seems like there's magic in the air in the remote snow-filled setting. The local village contains a cast of Christmas characters and even though the boiler in the drafty house is broken the temperature is definitely rising. 

 Maybe Andrew and Juliette are about to be sprinkled with a little Christmas fairy dust?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday--Top 10 Series I Want to Start (In that past year or two)

1. Age of Legends Series by Kelley Armstrong

2. Age of X Series by Richelle Mead

3. Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini

4. Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones

5. Magdalene Series by Kristen Ashley

6. Pennyroyal Green Series by Julie Anne Long

7. Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig

8. Rough Rider Series by Lorelei James

9. Slow Burn Series by Maya Banks

10. Ultimate Series by Lori Foster

Monday, October 20, 2014

Review--Candlelight Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles Bk 10) by Susan Wiggs

A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O'Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O'Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season. 

One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake— Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent and intent on guarding her heart, she's the last person Logan can see himself falling for. And Darcy is convinced that a relationship is the last thing she needs this Christmas. 

Yet between the snowy silence of the winter woods, and toasty moments by a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide. The magic of the season brings them each a gift neither ever expected—a love to last a lifetime.

I'm so ready for Christmas this year. I've had a crazy time in the past few months so I sat down and just had to start my Christmas reading. This was one I picked up last year from NetGalley but didn't get to. On top of that my mother absolutely loves this story and has read them all. I figured I needed to know what was going on.


Okay so it wasn't terrible. Does that sound bad? Well it wasn't terrible but it wasn't amazing either. Basically you have to suspend a lot of your common sense when it comes to holiday romances because they happen in a really small amount of time (typically). This one was a hybrid of time and no time. Logan and Darcy met at the end of the summer but hooked up around Christmas. It was a decent amount of time but at the same time, they really only spent a few days together between the two meetings. It bothered me.

At the same time the two characters were fleshed out in the way you were supposed to forget about stuff. Darcy had very little story outside of the romance. She was divorced and had been cheated on but that was it. We got to see her job very briefly but we never got any sense of who she was as a person. On top of that Logan was (according to my mother) a bit of a plothole. His backstory was explained differently in this one a bit and that irritates me. Consistency makes for a good read.

I was also disappointed with how Darcy's current issues were handled. Her ex was a dickwad and I wanted a showdown. Of course, not. We got a brief epilogue that mentioned her family sticking by her. That was part of the issue. Both of their parents were problematic and we never got any resolution. Bummer.

Basically I would say skip it. It's okay for a brief read but if you want a stellar Christmas read, skip it.

2 Stars
Published by Harlequin
October 29, 2013
336 Pages
Provided by: NetGalley

Related Books:

1. Summer at Willow Lake
2. The Winter Lodge
3. Dockside
4. Snowfal at Willow Lake
5. Fireside
6. Lakeshore Christmas
7. The Summer Hideaway
8. Marrying Daisy Bellamy
9. Return to Willow Lake

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm Back!

Okay so not just yet but CLOSE!

I'm finally settled in my new home and in my new job. It's really, really different. I've been reading but not as much. I hope to resume reviews next week but we'll see.

Thanks for being patient!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where I am

If you haven't noticed, I haven't been posting at all. Why?

1. I'm got a full time job.

2. I have to move out of state in 3 weeks.

3. My dog had a tumor removed.

4. We're packing up the house and trying to find a new home.

So...I've been busy. I'm still reading and I hope to resume posting at the beginning of September. So please bear with me.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Stacking the Shelves--August 9/Weekly Wrap-Up

So this was a week of absolute crazy.

1. Monday: Work, Vet visit--dog needs surgery
2. Tuesday: 7 hours of Orientation at Walmart
3. Wednesday: Errands, groceries
4. Thursday: Interview for a Job
5. Friday: Got a FULL TIME JOB! + Give Notice + Quit Walmart +PANIC (need to find a place to live in three weeks)
Saturday: Full day of work and more PANIC!

So I had a bad beginning of the week and was looking at 16 days of working straight with no breaks. Then I got a job so panic. I read two books last Sunday but didn't touch a book until today.

With that news, my posts are going to be sporadic during the next month as I find a place and move. Please bear with me.


 1. Christmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber

2. Ignited (Most Wanted Bk 3) by J. Kenner

3. Oh Naughty Night by Leslie Kelly

  1. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Rules of Scoundrels Bk 3) by Sarah MacLean
2. Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
3. If You Were Mine (Sullivans Bk 5 ) by Bella Andre
4. Deadly Fear (Deadly Bk 1) by Cynthia Eden
 5. From This Moment On (Sullivans Bk 2 ) by Bella Andre
6. Come a Little Bit Closer (Sullivans Bk 7) by Bella Andre
7. All I Ever Wanted by Kristan Higgins
8. My One and Only by Kristan Higgins

 9. Flat Out Celeste (Flat Out Love Bk 3) by Jessica Park [1.99]

10. If I Were You (Inside Out Bk 1) by Lisa Renee Jones [1.99]

11. Being Me (Inside Out Bk 2) by Lisa Renee Jones [2.99]

12. Rebecca's Lost Journals (Inside Out) by Lisa Renee Jones [2.99]

13. Revealing Us (Inside Out Bk 3) by Lisa Renee Jones [2.99]


1. Breathe Into Me by Opal Carew

2. Fear For Me: A Novel of the Bayou Butcher by Cynthia Eden

3. The Game and the Governess (Winner Takes All Bk 1) by Kate Noble

4. Goddess with a Blade (Rowan Summerwaite Bk 1) by Lauren Dane

5. In Your Corner (Redemption bk 2) by Sarah Castille

6. My Liege of Dark Haven (Mountain Masters and Dark Haven Bk 3) by Cherise Sinclair

7. Masters of the Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands Bk 1 and 2) by Cherise Sinclair

8. Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery (Rat Queens 1-5) by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

9. Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC Bk 2) by Joanna Wylde

10. Taking It All (Surrender Bk 3) by Maya Banks

11. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


1. Now That's What I Call Music 51

Sailor Moon Crystal Sundays

1. Act 3: Rei

Books Read

1. Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates
2. Captured by the Sheikh (Rivals to the Crown of Kadar Bk 1) by Kate Hewitt

Currently Reading

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal Sunday--Act 3: Rei

Another two weeks, another exciting episode. I was so excited for Rei-chan's episode and it did not disappoint.

 This week featured the introduction of Hino Rei aka Sailor Mars. Last week I really enjoyed the focus on Ami-chan versus Usagi-chan and this one was the same. Like I said last week, Sailor Moon [original] often had Usagi-chan as the focus but this one seems to like to focus on the surrounding characters.

Summary of Episode 3:

Rei-chan is introduced as a beautiful woman who rides the one bus. She doesn't have many friends except a young girl who visits occasionally. One day Usagi-chan and Ami-chan are on the bus and they see Rei-chan. Usagi-chan follows her and strikes up an unlikely friendship. Later Rei-chan gets abducted by Jadeite and Usagi-chan follows the bus. As the three (yes three) senshi work together to end Jadeite.


1. Rei-chan: Like Ami-chan, she is much more closely related to her manga character. She has violet eyes and long violet-black hair. She also was a tad more composed than her anime counterpart. The animation was a lot better with Rei-chan and it made her appear willowy. It worked.

2. Nephrite: He was only introduced in passing as someone ribbing on Jadeite.

3. Zoisite: He (yes he) was only introduced in passing as someone involved with Queen Beryl.


 I really loved how they showed respect to the original transformation but used the fire a bit different.

Similarity to Manga:

Pretty similar.

Similarity to Original Anime:

1. Rei-chan is not so forceful: She is much more soft-spoken and composed.

2. Zoicite is a man. Yay.

3. A specific little girl went missing instead of Rei-chan just being accused of being involved in the disappearances.

Outlook for Episode 4

I love the Masquerade episode so much and cannot wait for it. I found it to be one of the most romantic chapters in the manga.

Trailer for Episode 4