Monday, August 31, 2015

Bookmark Monday: Lost Horizons

Bookmark Monday
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!

Several years ago I was lucky enough to travel to the Philippines for business. They put me up in a gorgeous hotel called The Makati Shangri-La. 

Best part of my stay was when I discovered that instead of chocolates, they left a bookmark on my pillow every day! My kind of hotel!

Lost Horizon bookmarks

The bookmarks had different passages from Lost Horizon by James Hilton. I received a few duplicates and gave them to friends as souvenirs, but kept most of them.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My Book Haul 8/29/15

Need by Joelle Charbonneau, and For the Love by Jen Hatmaker

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.


This was an email invite from NetGalley. They know I'm weak, so constantly tempt me! I should probably filter those emails directly to trash so I'm not tempted, but am too afraid that I'll miss out on something awesome. *sigh*

Need by Joelle Charbonneau
Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cat Thursday: Peek-a-boo!

Cat Thursday
Welcome to Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict! Cat Thursday is a way to share fun pictures, tidbits, and news of all things cat related!

It's been a couple of weeks now without the foster kittens and things are definitely calmer around here, but also a little boring. As much as I love my dog, she's not half as entertaining as the kittens were!

The kittens liked to play while I was online, but I'd turn around periodically for a headcount. Sometimes it took awhile before I could find them all because they liked to hide. And sometimes it was like they were playing peek-a-boo with me. Too funny!

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Houdini loved that box!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Book Review: A Hot Glue Gun Mess by Mr. Kate

Book Review of A Hot Glue Gun Mess by Mr. Kate -Time to release my inner craft goddess!
Title:  A Hot Glue Gun Mess
Author:  Mr. Kate
Release Date:  June 16, 2015
Publisher:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Source:  review copy received from the publisher

In this beautiful paperback edition featuring French flaps, hugely popular lifestyle blogger, YouTube star, and designer Mr. Kate (Kate Albrecht) offers a stunning collection of step-by-step personal style and home projects - woven in with quirkily hilarious stories and anecdotes.

My Review:

While I'm not what you'd call a crafty person, I do have aspirations of craftiness. Unfortunately, they don't really extend beyond pinning projects on Pinterest. 

After reading the synopsis of A Hot Glue Gun Mess, I had high hopes that I could finally unleash my inner Craft Goddess!

Sadly, she remains leashed for the moment as none of Mr. Kate's projects really appealed to me. I do want to try her nail polish suggestions, but that's about it. At least I have a fun new blog to follow!

Most of the projects in A Hot Glue Gun Mess are a little too quirky or young for my taste (a doily skirt? metal studs on your boot heels?), but I did love Kate's stories. Part memoir and part DIY, the stories were my favorite part of this book!

Growing up in LA with a hippie-inspired mother and a father show business big wig, Kate's childhood sounds much more exciting then mine! I know that I never got to have dinner with Tom Hanks or meet Michael J Fox on a movie set. Then she grows up to marry a real-life rock star? Granted, he's a member of a boy band I've never heard of, but still!  

Kate seems like a fun, charismatic person and I loved reading her stories! While the crafts she choose to highlight in this book weren't for me, I'm sure that they'll appeal to her target audience and that they'll love the book!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Cat Thursday: Tortitude

Cat Thursday
Welcome to Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict! Cat Thursday is a way to share fun pictures, tidbits, and news of all things cat related!

The first time I picked the foster kittens up from the vet after a check-up, one of the vet techs mentioned that Tortellini was a handful and hissed during the entire exam. I was surprised, as I'd never heard anything out of her except purrs, chirps, and meows.

This was the first time I'd ever heard of tortitude.

You looking at me?

Tortitude - Among cat owners there is considerable talk about tortoiseshell cats having a personality set apart from other colorations. This is referred to as "tortitude". Tortoiseshell cats are said to be strong-willed, fiercely independent, hot-tempered and very possessive of their owners. They are also said to be more vocal and likely to hiss, meow loudly or purr strongly to make their needs known. (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Another Day book review

Another Day, a companion piece to Every Day
Title:  Another Day
Author:  David Levithan
Release Date:  August 25, 2015
Publisher:  Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source:  NetGalley

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day - a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all. (Goodreads)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bookmark Monday: Hold That Thought!

Bookmark Monday
Since I collect bookmarks, thought it would be fun to join the Guiltless Reader for her Bookmark Monday posts!

Hold That Thought!
Hold That Thought bookmarks

These are one of my favorite bookmarks and I usually buy them in bulk to include with book gifts. 

I love the idea of marking favorite passages with little post-it arrows! Learned the hard way to keep them in their plastic sleeves though, else the post-it notes come off in chunks. Oops!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cat Thursday: At least someone's using the bike!

Cat Thursday
Welcome to Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict! Cat Thursday is a way to share fun pictures, tidbits, and news of all things cat related!

One thing I've learned from the foster kittens is that they like to hang out. Seems like every time I turn around, they're either on the windowsill or my exercise bike! Very casual, just chilling out.

Houdini seems to like the bike the most.

Katniss, playing King of the Hill
Katniss just has to be different! She's the only one who likes the back of the seat, but then she'll go hang out on the flat part so she can spread out and take a nap.

Not one to be left out, Tortellini will occasionally hang out on the bike, but her favorite place is definitely the windowsill!

Katniss, Buster, Houdini. Don't be fooled by those cute little faces!
This is the only time I've ever tried to stage a picture because Buster is the only one who never hung out on the bike. I put him on the seat, took a couple steps back, then saw that he'd been joined by Katniss and Houdini. Figured I better grab the shot before he jumped down! First and last time I ever tried to force a pose.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel #BookReview

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel Title:  The Forgotten Girls
Author:  Sara Blaedel
Release Date:  February 3, 2015
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Source:  ARC received via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. 

After four days, Louise Rick - the new commander of the Missing Persons Department - is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. 

Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed - and hidden - n the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Forgotten Girls is actually the 7th book in the Louise Rick/Camilla Lind series, but it totally works as a stand-alone. The author does a great job of filling in enough of the story that I never felt lost or confused.

We first meet Louise on her way to an autopsy, during the second week of her new job as technical manager of the Special Search Agency. A new unit tasked with  investigating unsolved missing person reports, she seems to have accepted the position rather impulsively. Getting new units off the ground can be tricky, as well as risky to your career, so Louise has a lot to prove.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle #BookReview

Accident Season book reviewTitle:  Accident Season
Author:  Moira Fowley-Doyle
Release Date:  August 18, 2015
Publisher:  Kathy Dawson Books
Source:  Penguin Random House First Reads program

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free? (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Accident Season has an interesting premise and after reading the synopsis, I wasn't sure if this story was going to be fantasy, horror, or fiction. It does seem strange that the family is cursed with accidents every October, but maybe it's become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Hard to say.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cat Thursday: Nap Time!

Cat Thursday
Welcome to Cat Thursday, hosted by Michelle at The True Book Addict! Cat Thursday is a way to share fun pictures, tidbits, and news of all things cat related!

The only thing cuter than watching kittens play is watching them sleep!

It's a tight squeeze, but four kittens DO fit on one lap!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips #BookReview

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen PhillipsTitle:  The Beautiful Bureaucrat
Author:  Helen Phillips
Release Date:  August 11, 2015
Publisher:  Henry Holt & Company
Source:  Publisher provided eARC

In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. 

After a long period of joblessness, she's not inclined to question her fortune, but as the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings - the office's scarred pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls. When one evening her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.

As other strange events build to a crescendo, the haunting truth about Josephine's work begins to take shape in her mind, even as something powerful is gathering its own form within her. She realizes that in order to save those she holds most dear, she must penetrate an institution whose tentacles seem to extend to every corner of the city and beyond. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Beautiful Bureaucrat is an odd little story that left me scratching my head.

Josephine takes a job entering numbers into a database. After several months of unemployment, she's not going to complain about her new boring job or ask any unnecessary questions. But there were several questions she didn't ask that left me wondering what was going on in her head.

For instance, she never asked her interviewer's name or title. She even acknowledged that she missed her opportunity to ask his name, but I found that odd. I mean, wouldn't you ask his name on day one? And no one gave her a tour of her new workplace, so why not ask her new boss where the break room was instead of knocking on doors?

Monday, August 3, 2015

July 2015 Wrap-Up

My monthly wrap-up, the July edition
Seemed to work last year, so hoping that monthly wrap up posts will still keep me on track!

Books read

In order to meet my revised reading goal of 75 books, I need to read 6.25 books per month. Was on a reading roll and managed 10 books this month!

  1. Hostile Takeover by Shane Kuhn
  2. Another Day by David Levithan
  3. Awake by Natasha Preston
  4. Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  5. Forgotten by Bishop O'Connell
  6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  7. Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  8. Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  9. Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
  10. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist