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Samantha Lately #4

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Books, Samantha Lately, Television & Movies | 4 comments

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So much to catch up on!

Leverage

Leverage

This was my binge watch last month and a large reason why I’ve accomplished nothing lately. If you haven’t seen it, you should just go watch it right now. Yes, you can even stop reading this to go watch, but you have to come chat with me about it after and how much you love Parker. It’s all on Netflix, so you have no excuse not to.

It’s about a bunch of thieves who start working together and conning the “bad guys” aka the rich and powerful who take advantage of the little people, and sort of take revenge. It’s so quirky and fun.

The Mentalist

Mentalist

I’ve been wanting to catch up on this show for years. I watched the first couple of seasons when the show started and then got behind. I finally scored the first 4 seasons at the library and I can’t stop. Patrick Jane is love. Simon Baker gets bonus points because he’s Australian. I’m on season 5 now, so no spoilers… you won’t like me when I’m angry.

Previous psychic and con man Patrick Jane is on a mission to catch serial killer Red John who killed his wife and daughter. He works with the CBI team to solve high profile murders, using his keen observations and “mentalist” abilities. In exchange for continuing to work with them, Patrick has full access to the ongoing Red John case. The fun twist is Jane’s off the books schemes to set the murderers up to reveal themselves.

A part of me is like “OMG! Why haven’t we gotten Red John yet??”. Another part of me is crazy impressed that they’ve kept this arc successfully going for so long.

Fortune’s Pawn – Rachel Bach

FortunesPawn150I’ve been aching to read this one for a while, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve wanted a good space ship adventure and this is it! I wouldn’t say it was OMG amazing, but it has a kick-ass female protag, space ships, guns, aliens, mysterious hot guy…

Devi Morris has ambition, and she’ll take on the deadliest security job if it gets her on the fast track to the job of her dreams. Once she joins the crew on a small trade ship, Devi quickly learns that the ship really is a magnet for trouble, but there’s something going on behind the scenes, and she’s determined to figure out the truth.

I had bought books 2 and 3 before I even finished. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, but I plan to read them next.

Tea Party Shower

Shower

Last week was finally the tea party bridal shower I’ve been working on for months. It went fairly well and I plan to share some of the details soon!

And that’s about it… honestly it’s been not much but watching TV and cross-stitching. I live on the wild side.

Vacation photos are coming soon!

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“Alive” by Scott Sigler

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

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“Alive”

By Scott Sigler
Published July 2015 by Del Rey
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A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

The best way to read “Alive” by Scott Sigler is to know as little about it as possible. Starting with a clean slate lets you experience and learn along with the characters. With all the action, adventure and twists and turns, this book is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

It’s hard to say what makes this book so great without spoiling it. With characters who don’t really know who they are, they are well developed and each unique as they journey to discover not only themselves, but what it is going on.

While the book is listed as the first in a series, this book is a satisfying read on it’s own, but I’m definitely eager to read more.

And that’s all I’m going to say except that you should go out and read this book. Right now. Then come and discuss it with me.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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How Do You Read So Much?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Books | 4 comments

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I get asked this question a lot, and the fact that I’ve already hit my goodreads goal for the year? Yea, I guess I do. I know it’s a lot more than most, but a lot less than a lot of other book bloggers out there.

So how do I read so many books? Here’s how I do it:

Every night I go to bed at least an hour or two before I actually go to sleep. For the most part, that’s the only time I actually read. Occasionally on a weekend I may read for an hour or two during the day if I’m in the middle of a particularly good book. I typically get through a couple of books a week at this pace.

I’m destroying my goal this year because I’ve started audiobooking like crazy. My job is pretty easy, so I can just plug in my headphones and listen to books all day long, that’s adding another 2-3 books a week into my count. It’s kinda the best, not going to lie.

Audiobooks aside, to read more I think the best thing to do is to find a time and place where you can sit and read every day, every other day, once a week, whatever works for you. It’s all about creating a habit. Maybe at first you need to force yourself to read, but it doesn’t feel so much like forcing yourself if you’re enjoying it. Or if it does feel like a chore, you’re apparently reading the wrong book, try picking up something else.

What are your reading habits? Do you wish you read more, or think you read too much (if there’s such a thing)?

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Still Alive

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in My Life, Website | 3 comments

Hey guys, just checking in to let you know that I’m still alive, just haven’t been in the blogging mood. I didn’t want to force myself to blog because I consider this a hobby, and didn’t want it to become a chore. Instead of hopping on the computer each evening, I’ve been sitting in front the TV binge watching anything and everything (I just finished Leverage today and I miss it already, I need more!).

But today I went and got a new laptop! Yay! My last one died a year ago and I’ve just been using my desktop. So now I’m hoping to be a lot more productive while sitting on the couch. I’ve got plenty of book reviews to write, vacation photos to share (oh, we went to NYC earlier this month!), and plenty more. You should be hearing a lot more from me, and I have lots of blogs to catch up on, so give me a little to get this laptop up and running and get caught up ;)

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