February reads recap.

I have a page on my blog titled “2015 Read Books“, but I’m going to recap the books that I read this month in a blog post. Some were audiobooks that I listened to at work, but I included those too. I included the links to their Goodreads in the book covers – click away! & read away!


These two books are part of the Chronos Files series, with the third book coming out in September. There is also a novella titled Time’s Echo that comes after Timebound, but I haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet. I actually really liked this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. I past it up multiple times, but then I was looking for a filler book, so I finally decided to give the first book a chance and I ended up really loving it. I am really excited about the next book in September.


Artemis Fowl was such a great read. The library I went to didn’t really have that good of a selection of books, sadly, but I chose to get this one and I am glad I did. I really enjoyed reading it and I loved the characters and the storyline. I am really excited about reading the rest of the series and I really want to do that soon. There are fairies in the book and fairies are cool.


Greyhound has become one of my favorite books. You can see the post I did on this book over here. 240 pages of almost every emotion you could ever feel. It was hilarious and sad and happy and OMG and I cried like a baby. I was so stoked that I found this book and it’s a book you could definitely reread over and over again. It is also a book I plan on buying the hard copy of. I also learned so much from reading the book, especially about life and people.


I wanted to love The Woodcutter so much and when I found it, I was so excited about it. I sadly did not love it so much, but I did like it. There was a mix of everything and I loved that it included fairy tales. I loved the concept of the story, but I just didn’t love it as a whole. 😦 I rated it three stars though, because it wasn’t horrible and I did like it, just not as much as I thought.


You can see my post about Mary Poppins over here. I was so excited to read this book, because I love the movie so much (it’s also my mom’s favorite movie). I wanted a short read, because I felt guilty for going an entire day without reading at all. This was a book I finished in a day, but I sadly didn’t not like it as much as I was hoping. I was disappointed that I didn’t like it so much. It wasn’t horrible, but I didn’t love it. I love the movie so much and I think that played a part in why I didn’t like it as much. I’m so used to the movie and the book just seemed different to me.


Totally loved Shame. I also have this crazy obsession with murders and serial killers, so this was perfect. I watched Investigation Discovery channel so much that I scared myself of the outside world. I listened to the audiobook of this and the narrator was perfect, so it made me like it that much more. More books like this in my future…near future!




Take Me with You was so great. I loved every single minute of reading this book and I cried probably more than I should have. Mostly happy tears. I had to actually stop myself at work from listening, because I was crying that bad. I had to collect myself and begin again. The story was perfect. The characters were perfect. This is a also a book I could reread over and over again. You can also see a post I did about this book over here.


Remember when I said “near future” a couple books ago? Yeah, that happened. The Remains was a great read; loved it. I believe I finished this in a day. I think I have grown to really enjoy books that has to deal with killings and such. I love to watch it, so I guess it was obviously that I would grow to love reading about it too. My favorite book is Psycho, so there’s that.The story was great and it kept me on the edge of my seat, for sure.


I briefly mentioned in another post how The Curse Keepers was the worst book I’ve ever read; yeah, it’s still that.


The characters were annoying, so damn annoying, especially the girl (Ellie). These two people (they are in their twenties) are supposed to be saving the world, but the girl is more worried about getting laid and there were so many times that I just wanted to choke her to death. Collin (the boy) was a straight up asshole and it was pretty annoying. Then all of a sudden he was madly in love with Ellie and she was the only girl for him even though he made it a point to say he wasn’t interested and that all did was have sex with girls and didn’t care about them. Not much with the saving the world until they actually had to save the world and even that was kind of dumb. HATED THIS BOOK. Guilty of stopping at about 68% (according to Kindle) and just skimming through the rest. It sounded promising…it definitely was not.


Dark Days was a really good read. I loved the entire story line of the book and it kept me interested throughout the entire book. I decided to look up the author, because I really liked this book  and I wanted to see if she had any other books. She has a new book coming out in September called The Wanderers and it sounds so good. I’m excited about reading that.


After struggling to finish Yes Please all month, I have finally finished it. I wanted to make sure I finished it in February, because well, I should have had it finished a few days after starting it. Anyway! The book was great, I love Amy Poehler. I don’t want anyone to think it took me so long to finish it because it sucked, it far from sucked. There were a lot of times that I wasn’t in the mood for this type of book and I also went on a book buying binge in February and was so eager to start on all the books I bought. Lovely book though and Amy Poehler is such a great person. I was laughing so much while reading this book. It was nice getting a look into the life of Amy Poehler, because she’s so well known as Leslie Knope. I recommend the book, for sure.

To end this post, because it’s kind of massive…I read (and listened) to 12 books this month, which is the same as I did in January. Overall, I was really happy with the books I read (besides the one). I’m looking forward to March, because I bought so many books this month and I am excited to be able to start on some of them. I also added a lot of great sounding books to my TBR list. So many books, so little time.

And just because, here is a random picture I took of some flowers that I am kind of in love with and that time I went to Shark Valley and hungout with Alligators. 🙂 (I never got around to my Shark Valley post 😦 ) FYI: These alligators are not caged and are out in the open doing their thing, so yeah, it’s kind of scary. Especially when they are crawling (walking) out of the water and you have no idea if they are going to walk up to you (bad bad bad) or if they just want to chill out in the sun. I even almost walked into one because I wasn’t paying attention.


What were some of the books you read in February?

Friday Finds #3.


FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Another week has gone by and another week of adding tons of book to my TBR list over at my Goodreads. Constantly finding new books to read is why I never get around to reading all the books I’ve already had on my list for so long. A vicious cycle and a huge struggle, sigh. Here are some of the books that I found this week.


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Dark Energy by Robison Wells
The Experiment of Dreams by Brandon Zenner
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
**goodreads pages linked in the covers**

I am pretty excited about all of these, especially The Experiment of Dreams and The Wanderers. Between scrolling through Goodreads and Pinterest, I am always finding books. I have a bunch of books on Pinterest that I pinned that I still haven’t added to my Goodreads list. This is never-ending.

I recently (like a few days ago) got a new desktop computer! I thought it would be so much easier doing my blog on there and make it so I could work from home some days. I was slightly wrong…

I have to fight off ColbyJack most of the time. He loves computers and doing things that annoy you. If you ever come across a blog post with a bunch of random letters and numbers, that’s him telling you HI! 😉

What are some of the books you found this week? Or link me to your post!



This is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads links in the pictures

What are you currently reading?

I just started Dark Days (audiobook) today and so far it’s okay. I’m not too far into it, so I can’t give a real opinion yet. I like listening to audiobooks at work (which I’ve mentioned a bunch of times). It’s a nice way to pass the work day along.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Remains was a great book and I really enjoyed it. The Curse Keepers was the WORST book I have ever read (well listened to) and about 68% into the book, I started to jump through the rest of the book randomly until the end. I do not plan on reading the rest of the series. I couldn’t take it anymore. The characters were SO ANNOYING! Probably more on this in my February recap post in a few days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m finally going to get the proper chance to read Dorothy Must Die (my last post mentioned how I stopped reading it). It’s calling my name as it lays on my nightstand next to my bed. I joined a book club over on Goodreads (Bloggers’ Book Club) and the book for March is The Glass Arrow. I am pretty excited about reading that! I am also excited about the book club. A lot of the bloggers I’ve met on here (and ones I haven’t met yet) are apart of that book club, so it’s exciting. Play Dead will be my next audiobook to listen to at work, it sounded interesting.

I want to get at least two more books finished before the end of February. I’m not too worried about not getting them done, because I am over halfway done with one (I’m sure you already know what it is since I’ve been struggling to finish it all month) and Dark Days I’ll be done by tomorrow.

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next? Or link me to your post!

Random Ramble.

I haven’t done a post since Friday and I’ve been kind of holding off until I get my new computer on Wednesday. It’ll be so nice doing posts from my own computer. I hate asking to borrow computers or trying to do posts from my phone that I usually give up on and edit at work.

I started to read Dorothy Must Die and then four chapters in I started to feel guilty for starting it and not having finished Yes Please like I told myself I would. So I stopped reading it and went back to Amy Poehler’s book.

Breaking all the rules before I felt guilty about it…

Currently my started but not finished books are (not including Dorothy Must Die):

158811733126920510241+ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
+ Lost in Babylon (Seven Wonders Book 2) by Peter Lerangis
+ Endgame: The Calling by James Frey

I really didn’t want to add to the list and make it end up being uncontrollable. It’s not even that I didn’t like these books, I DO! I just found other books that sounded a bit better, sigh. I am currently 140 pages from being done with Yes Please, so I can do it! FYI: Yes Please is great, so don’t let me discourage you. I really like it, I just have been in the mood for a different type of book. I will have these three books finished by the end of this year and cross my fingers I don’t add to this list.

It’s almost the end of the month, so I’ll be doing my February recap of the books I read. That’s always exciting. I like to look back on all the books I’ve read. It feels pretty cool, you know? This month was a good month too.

My birthday is next Tuesday (March 3rd)! I’ll be 27…I swear I still feel like a child most of the time. I have no plans, but that’s okay. I don’t usually do much, to be honest. I really just want some cake. Maybe ice cream. Definitely cake though.

I bought The Night Circus the other day at Target. I really should not be allowed in stores that sell books. I also bought a bunch of random things to go on my new desk at home. You can never have enough paper clips, post it notes, and thumbtacks that you’ll never use! You might use them, but I know I won’t.

I hinted (I told, lol) to my boyfriend that I really wanted a whiteboard (that is magnetic) and a cork board for the walls by my desk. Will I ever use them? Probably not. Would it look insanely cute? Of course. Our room isn’t cluttered enough, obviously. Probably 95% of the things in our apartment is mine.

I collect way too many things and I love cute things, so you know, I just buy everything even if I don’t need it or ever use it. Buying books is not my only problem, not at all. I’m pretty sure my kitten and my dog have more toys than the average human child. They don’t touch them, but I keep buying them.

I might be a little crazy. “Little” might be an understatement too. Today I burned my frozen pizza in the oven and got insanely sad about it. I told my boyfriend I sucked at life and he told me I just sucked at cooking. So there’s that.

Anyway…I’ll leave you with a picture, because everyone loves pictures. I was hanging out with pelicans the other day, because it’s kind of cool. He also thought I had fish…sadly, he was mistaken.


My dog is currently snoring right now and it’s pretty cute. I’m off to read until the boyfriend gets home. We have a date with Sam, Dean, and Castiel; can’t keep my boys waiting!

Have you read any good books recently? Is there any books you’ve started, but haven’t finished?



FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

With my never-ending struggle not to add books to my growing TBR list, I ended up adding  A LOT of new books this week. I add more than I actually have time to read. Ugh! There are just too many books and not enough time to read them all. It was hard choosing which ones to post, because I am excited about all of the books I found. Here are some of them though.


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Influx by Daniel Suarz
Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Eden by Keary Taylor
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
 *Goodreads links in the pcitures*


Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

These two aren’t part of my finds because I’ve been wanting to read them for awhile (since 2013 for The Darkest Minds!) now. But, because the books I have that I haven’t read yet are never enough, I ended up buying these two books at Target this week. The fact that I said I was proud of myself in January that I only spent $1.99 on books this year so far was a complete fail. Sigh. I keep buying and I know I shouldn’t. I’m horrible, but what else am I going to spend my money on? I have no kids and I don’t go out anywhere. Justifying again. Blehhhh. But enough of that!

I’m doing that thing again where I start a book and don’t want to finish it, because I want to read something else. I’ve been reading Yes Please for what seems like forever. I really like the book, but I’m not really in the mood for it I guess. I want to read something else, but I’m refusing myself (besides whatever audiobooks I listen to at work). I’m determined to get it read this weekend though. I’m halfway done. I don’t want to continue to add books to my “started, but haven’t finished” pile. I shouldn’t even have one of those piles to begin with. I never used to be like this. Sigh.

I’ve gotten some books read (well listened to – I fly through audiobooks at work) over the last couple of weeks. I’ll do my thoughts on some of them soon. I’m excited that I’m getting a new computer sometime next week, so I’ll actually be able to do proper posts and it’ll make it easier. I’m stuck using my iPhone/iPad or if I am able to borrow my mom’s laptop. That’s not fun! I went to Shark Valley last weekend and I really want to post my pictures from there and I may do that sometime over this weekend.

And just because these two are so damn cute. I leave you with ColbyJack (kitten) and Dax (dog). I still find it amazing how much they love each other. ColbyJack grew up with Dax since he was 4-5 weeks old, so Dax is really all he knows and Dax is the only animal that he likes. Best bros for life. ❤


What are some of the books you found this week?



Goodreads description: “August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip and the bonds that develop between them would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together”

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I loved this book so much (five stars) and I already want to read it again and I literally just finished it 30 minutes ago. I chose this to be my audiobook yesterday/today and it was….


Sometimes I go into reading a book like “oh I know I’ll love this book“, but for this one I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it. I instantly fell in love from the beginning and never looked back. It’s one of those books that you will feel every emotion in just one book (at one point I had to stop listening because I was at work and crying so much – mostly happy tears). I love when a book can do that to you. What I personally got from reading this book was hope, love, and facing your fears. Struggle is real, but if you have the support of people that care about you, it gets you through everything. You can find happiness in the least expecting place.

I’ve mentioned before how I live my life day to day and try not to stress over things and that I am a lot happier for it. This book made me further believe that I am on the right path for my life. I might not live my life like many others do and I might not plan for the future or even for tomorrow, but that’s okay. You’re supposed to sit back and enjoy the ride. There’s no fun in rushing through life to get to your end goal. You miss the bigger picture and the world around you.

“We take all these little calculated risk. All the time. Nine hundred and ninety-nine times out of a thousand nothing goes wrong. And the one time it does, we blame the person who took the risk, tell them they should have known better than to ever do such a thing. Which I’m not saying is wrong, but we know we take risks, too. Maybe we can blame them more because we want to pretend it never could have happened to us. But of course it could have. We make life-and-death decisions every day. The odds are just really good on most of them. But if something goes wrong, we’re still responsible. And we don’t get to do it over, either.”

You can’t always change the bad things that happen in your life or blame the next person, but that’s okay, you just simply move on and it eventually just gets better one way or the other. I love this book for that.

This book also made me really crave a good road trip around the country. I’m not a fan of camping, but this book made me want to go on a summer camping trip, lol. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a great read and I am glad I came across it. I’ve come across so many books over the last two months by getting Kindle Unlimited and it has been great.

What is a book that you read that is set in the summer?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book related problems I have.


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1: I am constantly buying books and then never reading them. It’s not that I don’t want to read them, I just have a problem with buying books. I want to own all the books, so I buy buy BUY! My older sister says I’m a hoarder.

2: Continually adding books to my TBR list. SERIOUSLY THOUGH. I am adding new books every day and books I’ve added tend to get lost or forgotten about for awhile. I have books added years ago and forgot about.

3: Starting a book and stopping to read something else. This has become a fairly new problem of mine. I used to HATE doing this, but over the last few months it’s been kind of my thing. I hate that I do it now. It’s not even that I don’t like the book I’m reading, I just want to read everything.

4: Series, enough said. I tend to always read series books. I get too attached to characters and stories, so I think that’s why I read series books more. I never want the story to end! Give me more!

5: Having trouble picking what to read next. This is kind of a big problem for me. I never know what I want to read next. Looking at my TBR list can be overwhelming because of that. I tend to pick what’s at the top of my list (recently added) and that goes along with #2 and how older adds get lost.

6: Forever reading. My boyfriend swears he’s in a relationship with a book. I don’t think he even fully understands my love for books and reading. He always says it’s “lame” and I always tell him that his face is lame. We’re so grown up. I once went to a Cubs baseball game and read instead.


7: Always recommending books to people. I get so excited about a book I read, so I tend to tell the world even if they could careless. I will go on and on about how great it is and how they should read it NOW! I would probably even offer to buy you the book if you say no or don’t want to “waste” your money on it, lol.

8: And that brings me to my next thing; when people tell me reading is “a waste of time” or buying books is “a waste of money”. Seriously, no. You’re a waste of time! I think it’s so annoying when people bash the fact that I read all the time or buying books all the time. I could be doing worse; you know, hardcore drugs and all. 😉

9: I find the “physical copy vs. e-reader” issue to be so annoying. Who cares!? No matter how you read the book, the story doesn’t change. The fact that I can buy the same book for half the price on Kindle is great, because then I can buy even more books. I love both ways and I hate how disgusted some people can get when you say you read on an e-reader. It’s like you insulted them personally. I will say though…I’m about 90% sure I need glasses now due to reading so much on my iPhone and iPad. BLEHHH…


10: I read way too much, so that’s all I talk about. I think all my conversations end up being about books. Ask the bestie (The Art of Failing); our conversations always end up with me telling her about all the books I read or something happening in a book or buying books.

What are some of your book related problems?

Book Haul.

I went to another Goodwill yesterday (seriously, I need to stop). This one had a HUGE book section and I was excited. I told my boyfriend that it was the best Valentine’s Day ever, lol. It was kind of overwhelming though – so many books, lol. My boyfriend was also getting slightly annoyed after 30 minutes of me looking, lol, oops. I’m going back another day with my older sister, for sure. She loves books like I do, so I can better check them out with her.

Anyway! I left with 10 books (my older sister gave me 3 she was done with, so total 13), oh man. I would have left with more had I stopped and read the backs and insides of every single book, I’m sure. 10 books for ONLY $14.

Me chillin with my pup and there’s my stack of books I got. Oh Hi!

Some books my boyfriend actually picked out for himself to read and I’m sure I’ll probably end up reading them before he ever does. lol! He’s not a reader, more of a gamer. Anyway, onto the books!


This book gets its own picture because my sister borrowed it from me right after I got home.

+ The Killing Club by Marcie Walsh & Michael Malone
+ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
+ The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
+ Prey by Michael Crichton
+ The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (I could never pass up The Hobbit, because hello!!! It’s The Hobbit!)
+ Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer (he did the Artemis Fowl series and I couldn’t pass this up)
+ Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception (it’s the 4th book in the series, but I plan on getting the others because I want to read the series. I couldn’t pass up $1.50 just because it was the 4th book)

Boyfriend’s choices:
+ Blink of an Eye by William S. Cohen
+ The Fear Index by Robert Harris
+ The World Is Made of Glass by Morris West

My older sister gave me:
+ Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
+ I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
+ Paper Towns by John Green (I actually bought this for my mom for her birthday, but she still hasn’t read it. My older sister and I decided to claim it for ourselves; she probably forgot she even had it)

I am pretty excited about all the books. My boyfriend bought them all for me and he also gave me a $50 gift card to Bath & Body Works to feed my other addiction. I told him I wasn’t going to spend money there anymore (or try not to spend as much as I usually do), but now that I have this gift card I can buy so much. I also have a 20% off coupon, so it’s heaven. I think the last time I was there was in December, so I’ve been good. I was seriously going once a week. It was bad, I was bad. I probably have over $1000 (could be more if I don’t count the discounts and coupons I’ve used, to be honest) worth of products boughten there in just a year and the worst part is the majority of it is just sitting there barely (if at all) being used. Ugh.

ColbyJack loves books 😉
What books have you bought recently? Any that you’re really excited about reading?

Mary Poppins.


Goodreads Description: “From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!”

Yesterday I was looking for a short read (well listen), so I seen Mary Poppins and decided that would be the one. It also seemed like a fun book to get me through half of the day at work. I also really love the movie, so why not?

Reading the book made me realize that the movie is completely wrong in so many ways. I feel like if I read this book before ever seeing the movie, I would have absolutely hated the fact that it was so different. It’s also said that the movie is based on the first four books in the series, so I may read those at some point.

I only gave the book 3 stars because well, I’m so used to the movie (and love it so much) and it annoyed me that they were so different. I didn’t hate the book and it was pretty enjoyable, just not completely. Even Mary Poppins was portrayed differently in the movie than in the book. I can see why it had to be different in some ways though, so I’m not being completely unfair.

BUT! I love Mary Poppins (the movie) and probably always will. I grew up watching that on repeat a million times a day. The book was good and I’m sure a lot of people would love it. It’s just hard to fall in love with something that you’ve seen differently for so many years. It was a great short read though. I’m glad I decided to read it.

And on a random note: I am beyond tired. My furbabies woke me up at 6am to be fed and the pup to be walked. Thankfully the boyfriend did all that for me. He usually does on the weekends. I still haven’t been back to sleep though because my kitten (I still can’t bring myself to call him a cat) has been jumping on and off me all morning. He’s also been carrying around his ribbon toy and it’s kind of annoying. It’s loud because the end is plastic. He cries if you take it away, so I decided to just let him have it. He’s spoiled. Both my kitten and my dog are.

I would suck as a mom, lol. I’m glad kids are not in my plan for my life; not that I even have a plan. I don’t make plans or things like that and because of that, I am a lot happier. I’ve come to realize that life is so much easier when you’re not worried about future things or not accomplishing goals you set. I just live my life day by day and take things as they come. I never let too much bother me because there’s no use in that.

Anyway, I might try to get some more sleep before the boyfriend gets home from work. We have a Valentine’s date with the library and a new Goodwill. 🙂 I hope you all have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

What books have you read that became a movie? Were there any that you were really disappointed with?

Friday Finds.


FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

I am constantly finding books to add to my TBR list over on my Goodreads account. It’s never-ending and continually growing. YIKES! Here are some that I found this week and pretty excited about reading. As always, links to Goodreads in the covers.



The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Monstrous by MaryKate Connolly
Partials by Dan Wells
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

What are some of the books you found this week that you’re excited about reading?

Concert withdraws.

I am having major concert withdraw today! I usually have at least four concerts lined up by now. I am pretty excited about Tuesday though, because I plan on buying Taking Back Sunday tickets and Of Mice & Men/Crown the Empire tickets. Both shows are in April. I’ve seen them all before, but I love them so much.

I buy concert tickets like I buy books; I can’t stop. 😉

At the end of last year I seen Knuckle Puck (second time seeing them) and I have been playing their music on repeat for months since then. I was jamming out to them in the car today and it made me have major withdraws. I am craving a good pop punk show though. I’ve had this song on repeat this morning.

What are some of your favorite music artists/bands? What was a favorite concert you’ve been to?

Enjoy 🙂



This is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads links in the pictures

What are you currently reading?

Yes Please I am reading on my own and The Woodcutter has been my audiobook. I will have The Woodcutter finished today though. 🙂 So far I am loving Yes Please and I am on the fence about The Woodcutter. I do like it, but I thought I was going to like it more than I am right now. I’m not finished yet, so my thoughts could change. I might do a post on it once I am done.

What did you recently finish reading?

Greyhound I did a post on my blog here. I absolutely loved the book so much. Artemis Fowl I really enjoyed also and I am excited about reading more of the series. Time’s Edge was really good and I ended up liking the series (so far) more than I thought I was going to. I’m looking forward to the third book that comes out this year.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I said I wanted to read the books that I started but never finished, but I am having trouble wanting to pick them up. I’ve found a ton of books that I rather read. Sad, sad, I know. I swear by the end of this year I will have them done. It’s hard to choose what I want to read next because I have SO MANY that I want to read NOW! lol. Here are some that are on my TBR and that I may read next. No promises because I really won’t know until it’s time. I need to find a better solution to this problem! lol.


Big Little Lies I found at Goodwill and it was on my reading list, so I want to read that. Flush I’ve had the book for years and never read it, so I want to get around to that. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry sounds like it would be a great book and I am excited about reading it. Shame sounds like a book I will love (I hope it doesn’t let me down) and that’s gonna be my next audiobook that I’m gonna start tomorrow. So I will probably read these next. I’m trying to at least read books I own before I go crazy buying books again. So far all of these have been owned or from Kindle Unlimited.

And here is a picture of my Time Lord Kitty, just because. ❤

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next?



Goodreads Description (link in the picture):
“Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering twelve-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country – alone, without a clue how to fend for himself.

Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the “Morning in America” of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s, encountering temperamental bus drivers, charming, shifty, and downright dangerous strangers, the music of Daryl Hall and John Oates, and an ex-con named Marcus, who takes the boy under his wing. In an unforgettable trek that evokes Oliver Twist and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the unlikely pair lurch from one misadventure to another, tumbling toward an elusive understanding of where and how, in a troubling world, to look for light.”

Greyhound by Steffan Piper. I was browsing the Kindle Unlimited with narration section of Amazon looking for a new book to listen to at work. I was instantly drawn to this book by the cover. It looked like it would be an interesting read, so I decided to read the description and it seemed interesting enough.

I absolutely LOVED the book so much! I was laughing (sometimes out loud), smiling (I’m sure everyone at work thought I was crazy), getting angry, sad, and even tearing up. I experienced almost every emotion in only 240 pages. I decided to come home and finish the book and by the end I was crying so much; happy tears. I was glad I finished it at home because if I finished it at work, I probably would have gotten a lot of crazy looks and questions why I was crying, lol.

I finished the book in one day between listening at work for 6 hours and finishing the rest at home for 2 hours. The narration was perfect and I think that influenced a lot of why I loved it so much. The characters were perfect and the entire story was great. It really makes you think about life and what and who is truly important. It shows you how kind people can truly be; people you don’t know. It also shows you how dangerous and cruel people can be. Reading this book only further made me believe that there is always light at the end of the tunnel even if it takes awhile and a bunch of bumps in the road to get there.

I already want to read it again and I just finished it today. This will be a book that I plan on actually purchasing. It has definitely been the best book I’ve read so far this year. This will be one of those books that I will always recommend to someone and read over and over. I am so glad the cover popped out at me, because I don’t think I would have given it a second look.

Has there been a book you read because of the cover? Let me know! I would love to check them out.

Weekend Happiness.

Things that made me happy this weekend (kind of picture heavy):

Doctor Who references in a book I was reading.

Dax’s 5th birthday (feb. 8) and I would be lying if I said I remembered. I didn’t realize until I got an email from the vet saying Happy Birthday. BUT hey, I put a birthday hat on him and he was happy, so it was a win.

Random adventures and pretty scenery.

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My kitten being his strange little self. It never gets old when he climbs into these.


And when he decides it’s cool to eat his food out of the container instead of waiting for me to put it in his bowl.


Chill Friday nights with a book and my furbabies.

And some more scenery that I am in love with. I love going to the tower at this park. It’s so high up and you can see the tops of trees and it’s the best.

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I love random adventures and amazing scenery. All these places were literally right down the road from where I live. I love the area I live in because it always has great places to go and just relax and take in the beautiful of the world. I think most people live busy lives and forget to just look around and appreciate life and everything around us.

Were you able to do anything exciting or nice this weekend? Even jumping into a new world in a new book is great too! 

Liebster Award.


Hello! I was nominated twice for the Liebster award by Thistles and Whistles and also, The Diary of a Bibliophile. Thank you so much! I love both of your blogs.

The rules:
1. Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog.
2. Answer the questions given and then come up with 10 new ones to ask your nominations.
3. Nominate 8 other blogs, let them know you have nominated them and put a link to their blog in your post.
4. No tag-backs.
5. You must tell all the blogs that you have nominated them.

Since I was nominated twice, I’m going to answer both sets of questions in this same post. Warning: I’m updating from my phone, so excuse any typos and such. At the moment I don’t have a working computer. 😦 but anyway!

Questions from Thistles and Whistles:
1. If you could have unlimited money for a day, how would you choose to use it?
+ This question is a lot harder to answer than you think it would be, lol. I think I would probably travel to California and spend the day exploring and site seeing. And of course Disneyland!

2. Your favourite animal and why?
+ It’s a tie between gorillas and elephants. They are beautiful animals and I love going to the zoo and seeing them. It would be awesome to see them in the wild.

3. Describe in a sentence where your dream home is. For eg. A cottage in the countryside with a clump of trees and a babbling brook nearby.
+ A two story house overlooking the beach with a balcony and porch swing.

4. Your dream travel destination and a few things you would you like to do there.
+ I’ve always wanted to go to Japan and site see. It’s always been a dream to visit all the Disney parks in the world, so I would definitely want to go to Tokyo Disneyland.

5. The most inspiring movie/book you’ve watched or read and what it taught you.
+ The Bucket List. I loved that movie and it made me realize that life is short and to just have fun and do what makes you happy. I would hate to look back on my life and not have anything good or fun to look back on.

6. If you could have a couple of hours talking to your favourite celebrity/an inspiring person, who would it be and what would you ask them?
+ Tom Delonge, for sure. He is a genius and I love his music. I would probably just want to talk about music and aliens with him all day.

7. One thing you love about yourself.
+ I love that I have learned to let things go and not to stress out so much. I don’t let much bother me, so I feel like I’m a lot happier.

8. One thing you would like to accomplish in this lifetime.
+ My TBR list? lol. I don’t really know what I would like to accomplish. I usually just live my life with a “go with the flow” attitude. This is a good question to think about though.

9. An unforgettable moment.
+ Bringing these two home when they were babies. This picture is from a month or two ago. Dax has since got a haircut.

10. Things you would like to see on television instead of ___________ (insert something you don’t like on TV).
+ This is kind of a tough question, lol. I draw a blank, because I watch a lot of TV and my mix of shows I like are kind of crazy. If we could just bring all British television to America, that would be great. lol. Sorry! I have no real answer. I fail at this question.


Questions from The Diary of a Bibliophile:
1. When you were a child, what did you aspire to be?
+ I honesty don’t remember much from my childhood, so I’m not entirely sure what I wanted to be. To be honest, I don’t even know what I want to aspire to be now.

2. What inspired you to start your blog?
+ I don’t think it was an inspiration type situation or anything, but I found some writing challenges online and decided it would be fun to do them with my best friend. So I made an account here and that’s how it all started. But, I left the site for awhile and decided to come back and start again. I love reading books and I thought it would be awesome to find people that have the same love for books as I do, so I figured starting a book blog would be fun.

3. Name a book that made you want to read more.
+ I read the Hunger Games series maybe 3-4 years ago and it jump started me back to wanting to read more books and books I never really read before. I haven’t looked back since! I’m constantly reading now, anything and everything.

4. How do you determine which book you will read next?
+ I really don’t have a system or anything. I look through my Goodreads TBR list and decide what I’m in the mood for or if a book jumps out at me, then I go for that. Right now I’m trying to read all the books I’ve had on my list for awhile or that I started and haven’t finished.

5. Name a classic book that you have yet to read.
+ Um….To Kill a Mockingbird. I really want to! I feel like everyone has read that except me.

6. What is your guilty pleasure? (This could be a book genre, a TV show, movie, food, etc,.)
+ Definitely reality TV, especially lately it’s Little Women of L.A.. I can’t get enough of that show. My older sister and I laid on our mom’s couch for about ten hours straight and watched the entire first season.

7. Name one thing that your fellow bloggers may not know about you.
+ I like to collect things. Right now I have a huge Bath & Body Works collection and I’m guilty of not using half of the stuff I have. I also have about 75 nail polishes.

8. How do you think of content for your blog? In other words, what inspires your content? (Eg. Other bloggers? Articles? Themes in a book?)
+ I seen this pin on Pinterest and it was a 2015 reading challenge, so I’ve been doing a lot of posts based off that. Sometimes it’s just random posts.

9. Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why?
+ I love Mitch Albom’s books. It’s strange for me because some of the things he writes about, I don’t totally believe in, but I love his books and he’s definitely my favorite author.

10. What do you want others to learn or gather from your blog?
+ I want them to have fun reading my blog and to discover new books or a love for books if they don’t already. I hate when people think reading is “uncool”. It’s probably the coolest thing in the world 😉

So I have to nominate 8 people and create questions for them.

The questions:
1. What is your dream pizza?
2. What are your top 3 favorite books?
3. If you could only listen to one song for an entire day, what song would it be?
4. What is your favorite season or holiday and why?
5. What are some of your book pet peeves?
6. If you could jump into a book and live there, which book would you choose and why?
7. What is a book that you always recommend to people?
8. Do you prefer summer or winter?
9. How many books have you read in your lifetime so far?
10. What is your favorite quote?

Since I am doing this on my little iPhone screen and it’ll be hard to go back and forth linking, I’m just going to “cheat” and nominate all of my followers. It wouldn’t be as fun blogging without you all! ❤

And with that…I have 70 pages left in Artemis Fowl, so I want to finish that, so I can start another book. 🙂 this will make my 15th book for the year so far and my 3rd book for the month of February. It’s pretty exciting! My hands hurt from doing this all in my phone lol. I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far!

Little treasures.

I went to Goodwill yesterday to see if they had any books  I might like. I know I just wrote in here that I wouldn’t but anymore books, haha. I got a few books and they were only 75 cents to $1.50! Thanks Shelbie ( Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads ) for suggesting Goodwill. 🙂

In one of the books I got I found some cat pictures and a postcard. I thought it was a pretty neat find! There was a picture also of a lady sitting in a bar and the date on the back of the picture said June 1992. I was thinking of sending the postcard and pictures back to the address on the postcard. It might be something nice to do. I always like leaving little notes (mostly song lyrics or quotes) in books I borrow from the library, so that others can find them.




I love cats and these cats are so cute, lol. Bottom left picture the cats are playing on a plastic crate that has books in it. 🙂 I thought it was really cool finding this postcard and these pictures. It felt kind of like finding a little treasure! I think I would continue to buy books from Goodwill just to find things like this. It’s also SO CHEAP, OMG! The books at this Goodwill were also in great condition.

I think I am going to become obsessed with going to used bookstores and thrift stores now. I asked my boyfriend if we could find another Goodwill for next week, hah. Oh geez! He’s going to go crazy. I drive him crazy sometimes with all my little obsessions or when i develop new obsessions, lol.

I’m going to do some book reviews soon and also do more topics from the 2015 Reading Challenge I found on Pinterest. I still want to look through my 642 Things to Write About to do some writing challenges/topics from there. I bought a copy for myself and my best friend a couple years ago and we never did any of them. This weekend I might go through the book, find some topics, and have her do them with me.

I also got nominated for the Liebster Award by Thistles and Whistles. THANK YOU AGAIN! That’ll be coming up in another blog post soon; probably over the weekend. 🙂

Off to work! It’s Friday though, so bring on the weekend! ❤

Have you ever found anything interesting in a used book or library book?

Versatile Blog Award.



I have been nominated by Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads for the Versatile Blogger Award. She has an awesome blog, has tons of book related posts that are great, and she might be my younger twin. 😉

For this award, I am meant to thank the person who nominated me, share 7 facts about me, show the award on my blog and nominate 15 other people.

7 facts about me:

1. I am 26 years old and I do not have my driver’s license. Insane? Most likely. I messed up in high school and never got around to getting it afterward. I REALLY want to get it this year though, so that is one of my goals for 2015. It sucks having to rely on others and not able to do things on your own time.

2. I have two furbabies! Dax is my five year old Shih Tzu and I had him since he was a little tiny puppy. My other furbaby is my 1.5 year old kitten named ColbyJack. He’s named after the cheese and I had him since he was 4-5 weeks old. They are the best of friends (brothers 🙂 ). Words can’t even explain how much I love them. I spend all my time with them when the boyfriend isn’t home because I lack friends and all that.
IMG_22773. I am slighty…actually I AM addicted to Bath & Body Works. I own at least 500 (yes hundreds) of products from them. Remember in one of my posts I said you might not be ready to see my other weakness? Well this is it. I have 55 body sprays, 30 shower gels, 10 lotions, and probably about 400 hand sanitizers. Here’s the proof…well the proof of hand sanitizers anyway.

4. I have six tattoos: flowers on my right foot (I got it done in the Bahamas), puzzle piece on my right leg, robot on my left leg, “Remember To Breathe” on my left wrist, music note on my right wrist, and a star on my right hand (and the bestie has one too).

5. I am a huge Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Sherlock fangirl. Doctor Who being the number one. I can’t even count how many Doctor Who themed things I own. I have a huge framed exploding TARDIS picture in my living room. I also have these in my living room…
IMG_2275 Not sure if you can tell, but the Sherlock one says “I believe in Sherlock Holmes” and the Doctor Who one says “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one.” The other says “Supernatural” and has Sam, Dean, and Castiel on it.

6. I love taking pictures. I’m not a pro at it or anything like that, but I like taking pictures of anything and everything. I really love taking pictures of the sun (sunsets, sunrises) and that could also play a role into the reason why I have glasses now; that and the fact that I read too much. I usually post my pictures on Instagram (heyyitsashley). I’ve been obsessed with taking macro shots. Here’s a bee I saw crawling on the sidewalk outside of work.

7. I am pretty sure I am a hypochondriac. The slightest problem with me and I believe I am dying or close to death. My boyfriend hates it, but I can’t help it sometimes, lol. I also have a problem with always picturing the worst happening. It’s hard to explain. Umm…let’s say I am going over a bridge…I will start coming up with scenarios in my head about how I can escape if the bridge was to collapse. I just come with scenarios in my head about anything and everything, kind of like a “just in case” type thing.

This got a lot longer than it really should have, lol! Thank you Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads for nominating me! I just started my blog up again, so it’s hard to come up with 15 nominations.

But, I nominate…
The Art of Failing
Thistles and Whistles
The Worn Bookmark

I’m off to watch Supernatural with the boyfriend. We are on season nine and season ten has been sitting on the DVR waiting to be watched since it started! 🙂

WWW Wednesdays.


This is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading:

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Artemis Fowl I am reading on my own and Time’s Edge I am listening to the audiobook at work. I always have a book I read on my own and then a book that I listen to while working.

I recently finished reading:


Since it is a new month, I am just going to use what I finished this month. I just finished Timebound yesterday and I actually loved it more than I thought I would.

The books I think I’ll read next: 

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This month I decided to finally get around to reading the books I started and never finished. I started Lost in Babylon about SIX months ago and just stopped reading it, so I really want to finish that book. I also recently bought Yes Please and want to read that next because I have been dying to read it. I read a few pages of it, but decided to hold off on it until I finished the books I got from the library. I haven’t found the audiobook I’m gonna listen to next.

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next?

Forever cursed.

I told myself that I would try really hard not to spend a lot of money on books and I would wait until I got caught up with more important things (rent and bills; you know…grown up stuff – I still wish I was in Neverland), but I bought a book.

FYI: I currently have at least a dozen books at home I haven’t read yet and I have a dozen books I bought on my Kindle app I haven’t read yet. I also have some I borrowed from the library, which are due back in two weeks. Oh yeah…not to mention the books sitting on my iPad from Kindle Unlimited. Books for days…maybe even months.

I was going to Target to buy pillows; you can never have too many pillows (or books).  Of course I look at all the books (and pointed out all the books I wanted to my mom – my birthday is in a month 😉 ). I carried around Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please throughout the store debating in my head if I needed it right now. I’ve been wanting to read this book. I am obsessed with Parks & Recreation and have been since the day it aired. I also LOVE Amy Poehler, so I knew I needed it.

Sadly though, I put the book back. It was $21 and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend that money. I paid for my pillows and left the store. Random side note: I actually went to Target and left with what I came there for and nothing more. I usually end up buying close to the entire store.Target is a weakness of mine. I’m not sure if you’re ready to see my other weakness and what I can spend hundreds of dollars on without even thinking twice about it.

I came home and looked at the book on Amazon and the Kindle version was only $12, so I bought it. I’m horrible, lol. I really wanted it and I decided since I was good and didn’t buy any books last month, I could at least buy one book this month. At least that’s how I justified it to myself, lol.

I have soooo many books to read that I bought over the last couple of years. Curse. It’s a curse. I’m pretty sure most, if not all, book lovers go through this very same thing. I want to own all the books! Hard copies, e-books, all books! I have more books than I do clothes. I buy more books than anything else; besides concert tickets. I buy probably just as many concert tickets as I do books. It’s a constant struggle loving books so much, especially on the debit card.

My boyfriend says he is in a relationship with a book. Seven years later and he’s still around though. lol ❤ Maybe that’s why we get along and have been together so long. He’s addicted to Call of Duty and I’m addicted to books. It gives him an excuse to play his Xbox all night and it gives me an excuse to read all night. Most girls would probably hate that their boyfriend plays video games all the time, but I find it to be a great thing when I really want to read. When I say I want to read, he has no problem turning his game on. hah.

I went to the beach again today. My last blog post I shared a bunch of pictures I took on Saturday. Saturday adventure #2. Today the sun was shining more and it wasn’t as cold. I actually laid out this time and read. I think I even got a little bit of a sunburn! Florida life. 🙂

The boyfriend gets home from work in an hour, so that gives me an hour to either read more of Artemis Fowl or read more of Yes Please. I have never been this bad about starting a book and stopping to read something else. Toward the end of last year and carrying on to this year I have been bad with this.

I’m making February the month of finishing all the books I’ve started and never finished. I have three books I’ve started that I haven’t finished. I used to HATE doing that. I used to make myself push through it and then I started buying more and more books and wanting to read the newest books I bought. Starting today…no more buying books (hahaha – hopefully) until I finish and read the books I’ve already bought.

Are you the type of person that is always buying more books even when you have tons to still read?