Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Optimists Die First - Book Review!

Optimists Die First -- By: Susin Nielsen

I recently read this book and did not have any expectations going into it, as I am more into YA fantasy, rather than contemporary but I LOVED IT! There have been several YA contemporary books that while others absolutely loved, I did not feel the same about. I sometimes think it's because I am older and see life differently now. Perhaps though, it was just the specific books because this one, I absolutely adored. I loved the characters and thought they were a good mix of quirky, nerdy, sweet, realistic, and funny. There were quite a few quotes that I highlighted in my e-book that really got me thinking. I truly believe everyone has a story and our experiences shape who we are today. This book highlights a few young adults that have gone through traumatic events that have altered their life in some way. It has affected how they live and they are all trying to work through it. Oddly enough, as I was reading it, I was smiling.... and happy. When I told my boyfriend what the story was about, he told me it sounded so dark, depressing, and tragic. I guess saying it out loud did make it seem that way, but the story overall is uplifting and hopeful. I don't know much about specific mental health issues so I am not sure if the author portrayed the mental health aspect of it correctly but because there is a spectrum, I thought it was done well. I read this book in two sittings and really enjoyed it!  I highly recommend it for a quick read! 

When I finished the book, I tweeted about it and the author tweeted back - which is always a nice touch! Leave a comment below if you plan on reading it!

Til next time.... 


Monday, February 27, 2017

Book Hauls and NetGalley.com

Hello everyone!

As you all know, I am super into reading since I discovered BookTube about a year ago. Starting Grad School, DEFINITELY hindered that rekindling of love for books but I have been reading more this past year than  in the last decade or so, even with school. I try very hard to make time for it. I sometimes get lost watching videos and not spending that time reading which I hope to remedy but let's face it -- BookTube is fabulous!

I recently made a Book Outlet purchase (pics below).

And yesterday, I went to the used bookstore near me for the first time in forever! I did not find as many books as I had hoped but hauled them in a picture below!

I recently found out about NetGalley, thanks to BookTube. It is a place where you can requests e-ARC's... which are essentially e-books that are Advanced Reading Copies! So I can read and review them before they come out. I requested a few and did not get my hopes up b/c I am new to this 'blogging' thing. But, I ended up receiving a bunch. I unfortunately, have yet to review any. Currently, I am finishing up 'The Edge of Everything' which is an incredible debut! I love it so far and I am 3/4 of the way through. After that, I will start my first ARC in order of when they are coming/came out. My first one came out 6 days ago on the 21st of February and I will start with that one so I can do a review! That book is called 'Optimists Die First' by Susin Nielsen. Per NetGalley's website, here is the posted summary:

Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you. 

The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class with a small group of fellow misfits. Then a new boy, Jacob, appears at school and in her therapy group. He seems so normal and confident, though he has a prosthetic arm; and soon he teams up with Petula on a hilarious project, gradually inspiring her to let go of some of her fears. But as the two grow closer, a hidden truth behind why he’s in the group could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . .

Book Haul from BookOutlet and my cute lil Bella in the background!

Just because I cannot help but take pictures of pretty books!

The Front Cover is made of vellum-like material!

Haul from Friends of the Library Bookstore!

Don't forget to come back to see my review and other bookish and crafty updates!

Until then... be well!

Monday, January 30, 2017


Hi everyone!

Wow! It's been way too long since I have updated this Blog! A few quick updates:

  • I started Grad School!!! At the end of August 2016, I started the Masters Program at UMD - School of Public Health! 
  • My boyfriend moved in mid-August, as well!
  • I revived my love for books! 
Now that those announcements are out of the way, I will expand on the last one. I would guess about a little less than a year ago, I discovered the BookTube community. It's just a way of saying videos about books on YouTube. I have always been a reader and have always owned way too many books. I used to read websites and go to the used bookstores for hours and come home with 20 books for less than 20 bucks! I got away from that a little bit but always still read. I started a book club at work, etc. But technology has grown so much and social media has created so many new platforms that when I learned about BookTube, my love for books in an obsessive way came back full force. I now participate in Read-a-thon's despite my lack of time. I take lots of book-ish pictures and post them on Instagram and my Amazon wish list has doubled in size! I highly recommend the following sites for cheap books btw: Book Outlet and Thrift Books .  I got rid of a lot of my older books but could not donate a lot of them... so I have only been adding to my collection, which is quickly taking over the hallway. Pics below. I am very much into YA Fantasy but still read almost all genres. 

I hope to update this blog more often but with working full time, taking two grad school courses a semester and trying to still live a life with my boyfriend, family, pets, and friends, it is extremely challenging. 

I found the time over break to make a few cards for upcoming events. The only one I can share with you that has passed is posted below. It was the card I made for Mike's birthday. 

Weekends are pretty full of studying (since most of our assignments are due every Sunday at 11:59pm but I hope to take part in the #LoveAThon read-a-thon. You can find information below as well.

Catch ya on the flip side! 


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My #ShareHandmadeKindess

Hello Again!

Twice in a week!? What is going on here? :)  I just wanted to post a picture of my handmade kindness. I made air plants with handmade mugs and tags -- and a pretty lil butterfly for a few of my friends! I made a few others a week or so back but I really have to take their mugs back and work on them because they are just plain.  Here is a shot of the front and the back of the mugs. 

See the blog post below for all of the information on Jennifer McGuire Ink...

Monday, November 2, 2015

#sharehandmadekindness -- A Jennifer McGuire Ink Challenge :)

I know it has been awhile. Things have been so very busy since the move and I have not even finished unpacking, believe it or not. I'm waiting for the winter to do that -- when I'm stuck in the house because it's way too cold for me out there. Brrr.

For now, I did want to post something that I think is a very kind and awesome idea... Jennifer McGuire is doing a #sharehandmadekindess challenge on her blog for the entire month in November. Each week there will be a new challenge. You don't have to be an avid crafter -- you can make a small treat with a touch of personalization... have some leftover halloween candy that you don't want to continue staring at while it taunts you? - Go ahead and gift it with a personal note....

Here is the challenge if  you want details!  http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2015/11/share-handmade-kindness-challenge-week-1-friends-family.html

Hope to catch up in the next few months -- Until then, Happy Fall and have fun sharing kindess :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I survived my move!!!

Hello World!

I'm typing this message from my new ...... CRAFT ROOM!!!!! So, I have not yet unpacked one box but I did get a desk in it last night and set up my laptop to work from home today. I wish I could get a good pic with the entire room but it doesnt look like that is possible but I will be having some before and after photos. I plan to work on this room a bit during the week and at least one weekend day until it's done. Here is my big before picture!

Behind all of this mess, there is a rather large closet. I am so so thrilled to finally have a craft room and not create in my dining room. A lot of people don't understand but crafting is more than a hobby for me.. It's my sanity, my creativity, my peace, and my fun! So this is a monumental and very exciting step! I'm incredibly lucky to have this new space :)

Bella doesnt have a 'spot' in my craft room yet and seems a bit distraught about it. She will survive. I will find a nice place for her. :) 

Be on the lookout for my after pics. I dont think I will be crafting until it's all together so until then..... thanks for reading!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Hello All!

So, my book club is currently reading Dark Places (click title to purchase Kindle version!) Actually, we start a new one today! But, I have to say once this one got good, It.GOT.GOOD. I have been very excited to read it every single day but almost reading it slowly so it doesn't end although I am really just dyin to see how it turns out. So, while I can't say anything about the ending, seeing as I have not finished it yet, thus far, I highly recommend it! A fast paced entertaining but dark novel.