I Cheated

And I feel so guilty too. I told myself not to, but I did it anyway and my husband is partly to blame. He said it would be no big deal to see the movie before reading the book so I already know the killer in Murder on the Orient Express. 

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Although the movie did make me want to read the book even more so maybe it is actually a good thing? 

The movie seemed a little too simple while being complicated at the same time. I felt like the main character detective Hercule did a lot of telling in the movie, but I was often confused as to how he came to his conclusions. Seemed like he was almost some divine being telling us how a murder unfolded. Maybe I watch too much Sherlock and they give us a glimpse into how his mind works so I was expecting the same. 

Anyway on that note not only I’m I reading Murder on the Orient soon (I bought the book) it inspired me to read Sherlock Holmes as well because my husband and I figured that’s where Christie’s inspiration for Hercules came from.  

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The movie wasn’t bad (I think) but I’ll be able to tell after I read the book. One last thing that bothered me was how the detective gathered all the suspects at the end and (out of nowhere) had a long table for all of them to sit at. 

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Overall I think the message was good, but you have to read the book or watch the movie for that. 

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Old Bones

I absolutely LOVE the book, Old Bones!!! Schwemmer is my new favorite author! She is self-published, but the way she weaves her story is amazing.

One thing I don’t care for is the title of the story, I think she could have made a better choice there, also I don’t like the cover it is misleading. When I picked up this book I thought it was about a wolf or werewolf some something of the sort, but even though there is a wolf in the story it has a very minor part, hardly worth putting a wolf on the cover. I would have gone with a mysterious looking lake or something of that nature. 

Anyhow…Old Bones is a book filled with mystery, betrayal, romance, and suspense; a perfect combination perfectly executed. This book had me constantly wondering what would happen next and who to trust until the very end. I loved this book and it is one of my new favorites. Old Bones had the eerieness of The Shining by Stephan King, another author I love. I will be checking out other books by Schwemmer.

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Ten Books I want my kids to read…

But since I already have two kids nine and six, girl and boy, I’m changing things up a bit and this is what I wished my kid would love v what they actually love. This is more geared towards my daughter since she is nine. There is still hope for my son in the future 😉 I got this fun idea from MommyMonster90

Let’s get the show on the road!

First off of course….

harry potter

I feel like my daughter stabbed me in the heart because at first she said she loved it when I finished reading it to her in kindergarten, but the next year in first grade she said she didn’t like it anymore and didn’t want to read them at all with me or on her own 😦 My son seemed indifferent when I tried reading it to him this summer. He did request me to read it one night, but we haven’t made it very far. I’ll try with him again later.

What she liked instead, which is actually a win win!!!

Mitildia

My husband bought this for my daughter and to my surprise she loved it and all of Ronald Dahl books! It was never on my radar because I just never read it (gasp I know!)

#2

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This is basically the series that got me into reading because all my other friends were reading it too and it was the cool thing to do, but I did really love the series and even bought those “really big” vacation ones and loved those too!

What my daughter loves instead…

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I’m just glad she loves to read, but part of me cringes that it’s a graphic novel, but I would never, ever tell her that. 

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thegiver

I haven’t actually pushed this one on her yet. I think she might need another year before she is ready for this one… so fingers crossed!!!! 😀

 

#4

seuss

This is actually a mom win because both my kids love all things Dr. Seuss!! 

 

#5

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This is actually a funny story my daughter complained the whole way through his book, the whole wayyyy!!!! Then she brought home this book that was wayyy better and I should read instead

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I was like are you serious?! Then I proceeded to pull our box collection off the shelf and she was flabbergasted. Like did she not notice there was a lion in both books named Aslan?

#6

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This is the next book I’m buying for my daughter. All I can say is I hope she loves it as much as I did!

#7

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I think I’ll buy this one along with the Winkle in Time series. This is one, not only do I want her to love, I actually think she will love. ❤

#8

ender

This one is a little more for my son than my daughter since she loves really girly things and I don’t think she would be much interested in a militaristic sci-fi, but I’ll probably still suggest it to her anyway 😉 

#9

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When they are in high school of course or college.

#10

wonder

This one is actually a reversal because my daughter is reading this and almost finished in her classroom (her teacher is reading it in whole group) and she keeps talking about it. I’m excited to read it!!!

An Excerpt from a work in progress…

Ok, guys, I’m currently writing a new book and I’m in love with it so far! So I wanted to share the first page. Enjoy!

Lorraine frantically looked through Frank’s toiletry bag, but try as she might she couldn’t find what she was looking for. She could, unfortunately, hear him behind her in the large oversized shower singing away. He sang terribly and off-key, only adding to the list of reasons why Lorraine loathed her husband so much.

            She looked over her shoulder momentarily to see Frank’s lathered hair as he went to town scrubbing what little hair he had left. His round three hundred and fifty-pound naked body made Lorraine shutter.

            She moved to the medicine cabinet to look what she was searching for. She finally found it. She grabbed the sharp blade replacement for Frank’s expensive razor. She would kill her husband. She could stand him no more, two years was more than she could bear. No other woman would have stayed with him so long. At least that’s what Lorraine told herself.

            The kill should be easy, fast and to the artery in the neck. That was if his fat neck would allow her to find his artery. Lorraine began to stride toward her husband, but mid-step the phone rang.

            Shit, who could that be? She wondered.

            She stood contemplating if she should get the phone or just get on with her plan. This was no ordinary household. In an ordinary household in 1986 if husband and wife were occupied the phone would just go to the answering machine and they would retrieve the message at a more convenient time. Not in the Nikolayev family.

My Fiance’s Brother

This was a very sweet romance by Odette Stone. I love the naive and vulnerable MC Emily, I could relate to her right away. This romance had twists and turns that made me wonder what would happen to Emily next and hoping everything would turn out for the best. The sympathetic Emily is what really drew me to the book and all the parallels her life had with her romantic interest Jackson, although parts of their lives were vastly different. I’m not sure what happens in the end because there is a cliff-hanger, so now I will have to find out in the next book…

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Forever Marked

Forever Marked is a suspenseful romance by Jesse Lorenzo. 

The prologue drew me in right away! The thing that confused me is the author’s descriptions of the man hunting her down in the prologue seemed to be supernatural, but he is not supernatural. The descriptions she used made me think this man was, but I think she was going more for a description that this man was beyond his human instincts and had only animal qualities, which totally worked for the story, but was a little confusing. 

The plot was great. There were some cliches throughout the plot, but the author made them work in my opinion. Like the antagonist, being hell-bent on finding her just because she said no to him, I still enjoyed the story even though this seemed weak, but I still liked the story. Also, everyone in the town of Skye seemed overly open about everything and expected her to open up a bit fast to me. I would have been second guessing her motives if my high school bestie never told me about their daughter came to town and said, “hey such and such are my parents!” but again, even though this was a weak point, I still really liked this story. As this is a self-published book it reminds me how much better it would have been if she was able to get a publisher (because as much a people hate to admit it the editors make a huge difference in a story, not just the grammar, the actual story) 

The characters were my favorite part. I loved the romance between Ellora and Behr it was very sweet. I also liked all the other characters in the book no matter how nieve they seemed to be. It was set in Scottland and it made the book all the more exciting.

The suspense kept me glued to this book the whole way through. I was a little confused because there was some head hopping going on, so some of the time I was confused who was thinking what. My favorite part of the book is that there is the story seen through Ellora’s eyes and then the story unfolding through a detective’s eyes, which was cleverly crafted when the two stories converge. Can’t wait to read the next one!

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My most recent read- Tales After Midnight

This was my Halloween read. I really should have posted this sooner, but now is better than never.

I really enjoyed this anthology! It’s the perfect read right around Halloween and did not disappoint. With this many stories, there are bound to be several you like. I enjoyed reading every one, but some really knocked it out of the ballpark and I’d like to give a shout out to those but read them all if you buy this anthology! Some of my favorites were Manor of Solitude, Harem of Dolls, The Crossing, The Dark Truth, and All Hallows Horror. 
This anthology has everything you ever wanted in the horror genre, there is the spooky and hunted, the slasher, the twisted psychological thriller, and even a bit of aliens…you just have to read it for yourself and I highly recommend it!

 

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Disney Tag!

The Little Mermaid
A character that is out of their element, a fish out of water 

My goodness…there are so many stories that fit this description! I think that’s what make a majority of great books; a character out of their element. I’ll go with Captain’s Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. I pick this one because it is literally at sea so it seemed fitting. Harvey Cheyne: brat turned man, good story!

Cinderella
A character who goes through major development

This is also a very common theme in so many books. I’m going to go with Jacob from Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He is a wimp and coward, but in the end, even though he is scared, he proves himself worthy.

Snow White
A book with an eclectic cast of characters

I’m also going to go with Mrs. Peregrine’s again with this one. This group of kids is pretty diverse. I would recommend reading it if you like books with a large diverse cast.  

 

Sleeping Beauty
A book that put you to sleep

The Circle. I love the concept of an evil corps type setting, but the writing fell short. I hated the main character, Mae, and she was so bland she put me to sleep.

The Lion King
A character that had something traumatic happen in their childhood

Redeeming Love, Angel becomes a prostitute at only 8! It’s a great book and read though!

Beauty and the Beast
A book that was a beast (a.k.a a big book that you were intimidated by but in the end found beautiful)

I’m hoping to feel that way about the book my husband gave me to read, which I read at lunch during work. It’s The Way of Kings, it’s alright so far, I’m hoping for more, but I’m only a little way into it so far.

Aladdin
A character who has their wish granted for better or for worse

A Mid Summer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare. This is such a cute mixed up story that has a happy ending for all. One of my favorites.

Mulan
A character who pretends to be someone or something that they are not

Jane Eyre. Jane’s love is hiding something, but what?…No spoilers!

Toy Story
A book with characters who you want to come to life

I don’t really know. There are so many good ones! I just love to re-read if they are that good. 😊

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Your favorite villain

Hmmm, I don’t know lol! You can’t have a good story without one, but maybe I need to read more stories with more dynamic villains…to the TBR list…. (Feel free to drop one of your favorites down below, and feel free to pick up this fun tag!!)

I Kind of See Dead People: A Speritual Memoir

I Kind of See Dead People: A Spiritual Memoir is by self-published author Skyler Hoffman. This is one of few memoirs I have read, I usually stick with fiction, but the author contacted me with an ARC to review so I thought why not? With the name and the cover and the humorous way he writes sometimes this memoir comes off as a bit satirical, but once I got halfway into it I decided it was not. 

I Kind of See Dead People is about Skyler’s reflections about his spiritual journey and where it has taken him so far. His journey has led him to believe that he has psychic abilities and what abilities he posses. He can sometimes predict the future and is currently working on seeing auras and talking to dead people. 

Skyler has an easy writing style so it is an easy and fast read. My favorite part of the book is the easy writing style and the cross-referencing of other books on the subject matter, although this book mainly revolves around his own experiences which is what one would expect from a memoir. 

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