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Guesting over at TexErin’s

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Guest Posts | 1 comment

Happy Hump Day!!

Today I’m guest posting over at Erin’s blog TexErin in Sydneyland! Erin is the opposite of me: an America living in Australia. It’s hard to say who has the better deal, being Australian born in America or not be Australian, but currently living in there. I’d give up anything (well almost, let’s be reasonable) to live in Australia, but I wouldn’t give up my Aussie blood for anything. Check out my guest post where I talk about some of the things I miss about Australia.

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Top 10 Books I Need to Read Already

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Books, Lists | 5 comments

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This week is a freebie! So I decided to go with the top 10 books I have sitting on my bookshelf that I really just need to read already. These are books I already own and really want to read, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Book nerd problems, amiright?

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Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
Fortune’s Pawn – Rachel Bach
Ready player One – Ernest Cline
The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black
Fragments – Dan Wells
The Storybook of Legends – Shannon Hale
Soulless – Gail Carriger
Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

Got any books sitting on your shelf that you just need to read already?

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Samantha Lately #3

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Books, My Life, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies | 3 comments

I’ve kinda let the blog fall the the side lately. Sorry about that. It’s a combination of things but the last couple of weeks I’ve been working a bit of overtime and by the time I get home and eat dinner I just want to veg in front of the TV. The next couple of weeks are going to be the same with my co-worker going on vacation and training another new person. But I’ll try, I promise.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

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Books

ShadesofMilkandHoneyGlamourist Histories Series – I recently started reading through this series by Mary Robinette Kowal. It’s basically like a Jane Austen novel but with magic. I devoured the first 90% of “Shades of Milk and Honey” and then it all went horribly wrong and I was so upset. I think she was trying to make it too Pride & Prejudice-y and I just don’t like the guy she ends up with. I’ve read the next couple of books and they’re alright, just not great. I won’t go out of my way to read the fourth.
“Shades of Milk & Honey” – 4 Stars
“Glamour In Glass” – 3 Stars
“Without A Summer” – 3 Stars

Shiver Shiver - 3 Stars – I’ve seen this one floating around the blogosphere as a fav among many book bloogers. I was never interested because of the paranormal aspect. Werewolves? No thanks (although I love Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series which has werewolves in it). But when I saw this one available from my library in audiobook format I figuredI’d give it a go. I went in with low expectations, figuring I’d probably end up secretly really liking it… but it’s nothing to get excited about. Not much happens in the first 90% of the book. It’s all insta love about a girl sneaking a guy into her room every night. I’d probably still audiobook the next 2 books but I wouldn’t pay to buy the books.

I’ve read a bunch more books, add me on Goodreads to see them all.
 

Movies

Pitch Perfect 2 – I saw this on Friday and LOVED it. I was crying with laughter. It’s always great when sequels are just as good. Apparently it did better it’s opening weekend than the first movie did during it’s entire theatre run which is awesome! It also deserves props cause it’s the second most successful opening weekend for a female directed movie. Girl power! I also adore Fat Amy and there were a few Aussie jokes in it that went over most peoples’ heads which was more fun for me.

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Television

ReignReign – OMG. I started this on netflix and devoured the entire first season in 48 hours. It’s been a while since I binge watched anything and it felt lazy but SO good. It’s about Mary, queen of Scots living in France in the 1500s where she’s engaged to the prince of France. It’s very much focused on relationships and romance and I’m sure it is horribly historically inaccurate. Plus, they’re all French and Scottish, but all have Brittish accents. But it’s very addicting. I’m totally in love with Bash. Plus, it has aussie Caitlin Stasey and Anna Popplewell from the Narnia movies.

I’m still making my way through season 2 which I seem to have lost my steam on, but I really like this series!

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Star Crossed- I stumbled across this show on Netflix this weekend and watched the entire series, lol. I’d never heard of it before. It’s about a bunch of aliens that crashed on Earth and to try and assimilate them, a group of teenagers are let out of their facility to attend a local school. And of course one of them falls in love with a human. It was a CW midseason show about a year ago that never made it past its original 13 episode order. It was enjoyable, nothing too amazing. Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) played the lead and it had cute boys (which I’m allowed to say because even though they’re playing teens, the actors are all actually older than me. So it’s not weird, k?).

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Youtube

Tyrannosauruslexxx – I’ve recently started watching this vlog and I think she’s adorable and fun. Makes me want to vlog, but I’m terribly awkward and camera shy, so it won’t happen.

So that’s me lately. Apparently we’re going camping next weekend. Like in a tent. It’s going to ba an adventure.

What have you been up to lately? And what should I binge watch next?

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The Half Way Point

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in My Life | 3 comments

Today is kind of an important day. Today is the 13th anniversary since little 13 year old me got off a plane in Detroit, MI from Australia (via Japan and Chicago) with my Mum and brother and moved into a 3 bedroom apt with my now Step-Dad, Step-Brother and Step-Sister. It’s kinda fitting that yesterday was Mother’s Day cause I do have to say that my Mum is one tough chick. That was an insanely tough year and the crap that my Mum went through just proves that she really does love my Step-Dad (Love ya Mum!).

Initially the plan was to just be here for a year to “try it out” but I knew when I left that it was a permanent thing. It was hard, saying goodbye to friends, and especially my Dad and sister. My sister is pregnant and it’s really rough being literally on the other side of the world from her.

While visiting my Mum yesterday my Step-Dad asked me if I regretted moving here. I don’t regret it, but there are things that I regret leaving. Obviously my family, but there’s all these random things that will come to mind sometimes that makes me really sad like watching all my friends that I grew up with graduating without me, get married, etc. My childhood best friend died of cancer and I barely even knew her anymore.

This is turning out way more depressing than intended.

But I love my life here. I can’t imagine the possibility of never having had Zack in my life. I may not be as professionally successful as I’d hoped, but I live comfortably, I’ve been on some amazing vacations, etc, etc, etc, etc…

With me being 26 and this being our 13th anniversary in America, the harsh reality is that very soon I will pass that half way point and will have lived in America longer than I ever did in Australia and it actually makes me really sad. I feel the need to run back to Australia to fight it.

We used to celebrate the anniversary by going to Outback Steakhouse cause it’s so horrible and we’d just laugh at it (we actually got some free desserts by letting the waiter know we were from Australia). But this year I’m probably just going to go eat some M&Ms and wallow in my sadness. I also just watched the Revenge series finale so I may be a tad depressed because of that.

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Book Haul and Book Trade

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Books, Lists | 6 comments

*sobs* I won’t be making it to BEA this year. I was all set to request the time off work and go, but the other girl at work who does my position with me already has half that week off, so no bueno :( Hopefully next year (maybe I can talk the hubby into Dragon Con instead? *stalks guest list*)

So this happened…

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I am flying through books this year. At this rate I’ll make it to 100. Of course, I’ve now started including audiobooks so that helps. I’ve also changed positions at work again, so as soon as I’m done training the person replacing me, I’ll basically be able to plug in headphones, turn on an audiobook and work for 8 hours. I am greatly excited.

I’m wondering if anyone out there is interested in getting rid of some books and doing a book trade? I thought it might be fun to post the books we’re willing to trade, and then I could host a link up and we can all see each others’ books and offer trades. Let me know what you think??

Anywho, the following books aren’t for trade, not yet anyway. Last month I bought books like crazy and I still have a bunch to share with you…

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“Blameless” and “Changless” by Gail Carriger were grabbed from paperback swap. They’re books in the Parasol Protectorate series that I haven’t started yet, but am loving Carriger’s Finishing School series.

• Please ignore “Envy” by Anna Godbersen, this is a total guilty pleasure. I audiobooked the first couple and they tolerable but I find myself wanting more…

“Pulse” by Patrick Carman was a “well, I need to fill up my bookoutlet.com cart so I can make it worth buying this one book I want” *shameface*

• I avoided Josephine Angelini’s “Trial by Fire” for the longest time because of the first two sentences in it’s synopsis “This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies…” WTF NO. But then everyone is saying how good it is and I kept seeing it everywhere. Then it was on sale for like $2 so I figured what they hey, why not?

“Fragments” by Dan Wells!!! I really liked the first book so I had to run and grab the sequel. I’m pretty excited to read this one.

• “Invisible” by David Macinnis Gill is the sequel to “Black Hole Sun” which I haven’t quite read yet, but I have high hopes.

• I was unbelievably excited when Rachel Bach’s “Fortune’s Pawn” popped up on bookoutlet.com. I’ve heard lots of good things and SPACE!!

“Jackaby” by William Ritter is another book earning lots of positive reviews. A mix of Doctor Who and Sherlock intrigues me. Plus it’s a little outside of my reading patterns lately.

• I won “The Winner’s Crime” by Marie Rutkoski from Tabitha over at Not Yet Read (thanks again!!) and I’ve already read and loved it. I hate that I have to wait for the final book.

Received any exciting books lately? Please do feed the book whore that I am.

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