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Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Books, Lists | 0 comments


This week’s topic for The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday is 10 Books you recently added to your to be read list. At first I was just going to add the ten most recent additions to my TBR list on Goodreads, but I realized most of them are books that I recently purchased, so you’ll be seeing them shortly anyway. So I went with 10 recent books that I don’t yet own… I like that I subconsciously said “yet”.

Top 10 Recent TBRs

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Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
The Jewel – Amy Ewing
The Princess Curse – Merrie Haskell

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Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George
The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo

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Waistcoats & Weaponry – Gail Carriger
The Glass Arrow – Kristen Simmons

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One Past Midnight – Jessica Shirvington
Mr Kiss & Tell – Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
The Clay Lion – Amalie Jahn

What have you recently added to your TBR list??

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Saturday Roundup #1

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Lists, Saturday Roundup | 6 comments

This is a new thing that I hope to do every now and then where I share a few interesting things that I’ve found out there in the world wide web recently.

Saturday Roundup

• I really like this digital stamp set that Meredith has in her shop at Charlie Fox Paper Co. And they’re only $3.99. (Check out her site too, i love her project life pages!)

• I love this bookish post from Kristen @ See You in a Porridge where she shares “The Problems Only Book Lovers Understand”. All of them are totally true

Cait over at Paper Fury shared this awesome post about how to get more comments on your blog that EVERY blogger should read.

• Here’s a cute and easy DIY felt ball garland that Tania over at Run to Radiance made. I recently made something similar with fabric for my friends wedding shower. It’ll make it’s way on to the blog eventually.

• Did you see the Paper Towns trailer? It’s my least favourite John Green book, but it looks like the movie should be good:

That’s all for my Saturday Roundup this week. Let me know what interesting things you’ve found out there, or if you have something you want me to share next week, let me know!

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“Both of Me” by Jonathan Friesen

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Books, Reviews | 2 comments


“Both of Me”

Jonathan Friesen
Published December 2014 by Blink
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It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.
When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

While I didn’t like this book, it doesn’t mean that it was a bad book, I think that it just wasn’t for me. I was trying something new. With that being said, if the synopsis sounds good to you, give it a read and ignore the following comments.

I guess I was hoping that the imaginary world Elias created was going to be more of a focus in this story. Instead, we barely learn anything about this strange world in his head, and we’re lead on a psychological journey fueled by Clara’s own selfish needs.

Yep, Clara is incredibly selfish. She meets Elias and within a couple of days she rips this boy out of his home to “Fix” him, but really she just wants answers to her own questions and every time something goes remotely wrong she abandons him to run off and have a little meltdown. And this is after she constantly promises Elias that she will make him better and will never leave him.

Oh, and there’s total insta love which just doesn’t belong in this book. When Clara’s not abandoning Elias she’s taking advantage of him. Yes sexually… In a very awkward scene that was a little confusing. In fact, there were multiple scenes where I felt a little confused by what was going on.

Perhaps one of my biggest irks is the strange happenstance of events that leads them to the big “reveal” of why Elias is the way he is. It’s all just a bunch of random moments that happen to connect with Elias’ crazy ideas of his world of Salem. I think the story was trying to say that God was playing a role in this, but the fact of Clara being a religious person didn’t even make any sort of appearance until 200 pages in where it was suddenly a big factor, just didn’t make sense. It would have played better had she been struggling with her faith along the journey and then it would have clicked in nicely when she decided to start praying for guidance. I think I just like things to make sense, and none of this really did.

The ending was so poorly done. Elias was used and abused throughout this whole book and it just wasn’t a satisfying conclusion. Also, had Clara just gone to his mother in the beginning and said “Hey, what happened to Elias that he’s like this?” we could have save ourselves over 200 pages of confusion.

I’ll admit, I came very close to DNFing this one. But it did keep me intrigued enough where I wanted answers to both Clara and Elias’ back story. Was it worth it? Not in my opinion, but again, this just isn’t my type of book. At least I tried.

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

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Well Hello, Fireplace

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Home Decor, Home Improvement | 5 comments

I’d like to introduce you to our fireplace.


It belongs to a part of the house that I have neglected to share on the blog: the living room. Here’s a pic looking back in that direction.


I currently hate the living room. It’s barely furnished and the layout just doesn’t work. But that’s a post for another day. Today we’re focusing on the fire place.

I’m not a huge fan of the brown tile. If you look closely at the first photo compared to the second, I started painting the grout grey to give it a small face lift which helps a little (I just haven’t gotten around to doing the back side yet).

But I have grand plans for this fireplace. Ripping up the mud room floor has given me all sorts of courage to tackle the fireplace next, and Zack seems to actually be on board with this. When I first mentioned it months ago he didn’t quite like the idea. But I think after the success of the mud room floor and how many positive comments we’ve been getting, he has more faith in me and my projects.

The plan is to pull off the tiles and resurface it. Ideally I’d like to mount the TV above the fireplace which would help with the layout issues in the living room. Then I’d live to add a mantle. I’m thinking two different textures on either side of the mantle, so it would probably have to wrap all the way around.

I really like this fireplace with the planked wood up the top. But I’d probably paint it white to light the room up some more.


I’m not quite sure what to do underneath. It’s a large surface area so it’s going to get expensive really quickly.

I love herringbone tile but I think the area is just too big for it:


Although maybe I could sneak something like that on the hearth?

I quite like the white marble the Petersik’s from Young House Love did in their old house (again with the herringbone):


I think it would look great if I did planked wood above it in a dark stain.

Then I could also do the same textile on either side of the mantle like Jenna Sue did. But again, I think this would get really expensive quickly:


I’ve also thought about doing a bench around the bottom like this 3 sided fireplace, but I’m worried about it eating up to much space.


Any thoughts/suggestions? It’s so much surface area I know it’s going to cost a bunch.

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TV Review: “iZombie” Pilot

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Reviews, Television & Movies | 1 comment


Rob Thomas’ (Veronica Mars creator) new show “iZombie” premiered this week on the CW. It features newly zombified Liv who transfers to work in the morgue so that she has free access to delicious brains. Once the picture perfect doctor with a gorgeous fiance, Liv now finds herself struggling with her new identity and keeping it secret from those she loves.

Is it Zombie Veronica Mars? It totally is! When Liv eats brains, she finds herself having visions of the victim’s life, so she teams up with a cop under the pretense that she’s a psychic and helps him solve their murders. All with a witty voice over monologue. At first I thought the premise sounded a bit over the top, but it actually works really well.

izombie2I’m not quite sure if I’m sold on all of the characters yet. I live Liv, and I love her boss Ravi who is a bit geeky and totally adorable. Plus, he’s her new bff because he’s in on her zombie secret. The other main character Detective Babineaux I’m not so certain of yet.

Style wise, the editing is interesting as it throws in some cool comic book style transitions and the opening sequence is just like an animated comic book. After a quick search I found that the show is actually based off of a comic book series by the same name.

Of course, it’s hard to judge a new show based solely on its pilot. Networks often change things around after a pilot and it’s usually the second episode that gives you more of an idea on the pacing of the show. And after a quick peak at imdb.com it looks like a few of the secondary characters aren’t going to be around too much and new people are going to be introduced. But the iZombie pilot definitely did it’s job of hooking my attention.

With Rob Thomas at the helm, I full faith that this will be a really fun series. If you missed it, you can catch it on the CW website for free (US Only).


Anyone else catch it? What did you think?

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