August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Books I read this month 📗📙📘😊

Dress Codes for Small Towns

Dress Codes for Small Towns

By Courtney Stevens

Here’s my review: Best Book I’ve read this year! Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney Stevens ] Spoiler-Free #BookReview






Remnant Population Sept 2003

September 2003, Paperback Edition


Remnant Population

By Elizabeth Moon

Remnant Population #FirstParagraph #BookTubeAThon #BTAT17

Here’s my review: Remnant Population By Elizabeth Moon #SpoilerFree #BookReview






The Raven Boys

Published 2012 by Scholastic Press (Goodreads Photo)

The Raven Boys

By Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

Here’s my review: The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review #SpoilerFree








Drawing of the Three

The Drawing of the Three

By Stephen King

The Drawing of the Three By Stephen King #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

Here’s my review: The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower Book #2) By Stephen King #SpoilerFree #BookReview







By Megan E. Bryant

On Sale September 1st, 2017!

Here’s my review: Glow by Megan E. Bryant Book Review (Spoiler-Free)Glow by Megan E. Bryant Book Review (Spoiler-Free)




The Dream Thieves


The Dream Thieves

By Maggie Stiefvater

Review coming soon! 😎



🐺 The Peter Monn Book Tag 🐺

Peter Monn is one of my favorite “Booktubers”. You can find his videos at Peter Likes Books. He’s also the author of The Before Now and After Then, a young adult, LGBT, contemporary romance novel.

Ola Quinn created this tag using sayings Peter says in his videos.

  • If you’re reading this then You are tagged 🙂

    I’M YOUTUBE FAMOUS NOW: a book or series that deserves to be talked about way more

shooting creek


Shooting Creek and Other Stories

“These are stories that are as dark, gritty, and disturbing as the characters who inhabit them, yet there is a pervasive humanness which forces us to empathize. That asks us to understand why people sometimes do what they do. Perhaps that’s the reason these stories have been chosen for the Best American Mystery series, honored by The Atlantic Monthly’s Student Writing Contest, not to mention various other awards and honors. Perhaps that’s why these stories will stick with you well after the reading has commenced. Always gnawing at you, unrelenting, asking, “What would you have done in that situation? Would you have behaved any differently?””

WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS: little story time related to any of your reading experiences 

Motherhood by Lindsey Williams



I met Lindsey in a Facebook group for Fiction writers. She let me beta read her new book at the time, Motherhood. Lindsey and I have become Facebook friends and chatted now and then over the past two years. I love how she expresses her opinion about important topics, and in particular is incredibly vocal about women’s rights.
Anyhow, her book Motherhood reminds me of this one time when I was pregnant with my daughter I had a nightmare that when I gave birth to her she wasn’t a human baby. She came out as a purple alien, and tried to kill me. 👽 Ya. I have seriously crazy nightmares. One of the stories I’ve been working on which I am hoping will become a novel is about aliens as well. Check out Lindsey’s other books:


I THINK NOT: a book you don’t think you will ever read

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Hate to Love You

I mean…the photo on the cover is eye-catching, I’ll admit that. But I’ll never read this. Sports & Games romance novel. UMMM. That’s a pass. If that’s your thing – this is a new release and has a pretty good rating on Goodreads.




THE TRUTH OF THE NATURE: an overhyped book

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A pic I took for Instagram challenge! Check out all the other pictures on Instagram #BTAT17


The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1)

Everyone was talking about this book, and I was SO EXCITED to read it. The cover is beautiful. The words on the edges of the paper – mirroring the word “edge” in the title, I mean…come on…It had all the right stuff – or so it appeared. I was terribly disappointed in this one. 😞

IN MYYY OPIIIIIINIONNN: one of your most unpopular bookish opinion

Northern Light


Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him

Goodreads Average Rating: 3.76
I gave it one star.



HEY BOO: a very endearing book 

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Charlotte’s Web

The first chapter book that I read. I could cry tears of joy and sadness just thinking about the story right now. This book holds a very special place in my heart.

GOOD MORNING TO YOU, YOU LIVE IN A SHOE: a fictional world/town/place/household/etc you’d feel at home in



Hogwarts. After reading four of the books, watching all of the movies at least five times each, and playing the Lego game, I feel like I know this fictional place better than any other. You’ll find me in Gryffindor house, probably organizing a study group with Hermione.

THE PUPPIES: your fav fictional pet/animal companion

DRAGON. I was going to pick unicorn, because I’m slightly obsessed with them, but unicorns are way too cool to be anyone’s pet. So I choose the second best option, dragon.








ALEX: a sassy, funny, music loving character



Queenie from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.











TONYA: your favorite fictional best friends

The Hexagon, from Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens

PETER: a quirky, wise AF, big-hearted character

Peter, I’m not comparing you to Dumbledore due to the similar hair color 😉

Dumbledore is wise, quirky, and definitely big-hearted as he made the ultimate sacrifice.


The Questions:

  1. I’M YOUTUBE FAMOUS NOW: a book or series that deserves to be talked about way more
  2. WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS: little storytime related to any of your reading experiences 
  3. I THINK NOT: a book you don’t think you will ever read
  4. THE TRUTH OF THE NATURE: an overhyped book 
  5. IN MYYY OPIIIIIINIONNN: one of your most unpopular bookish opinion
  6. HEY BOO: a very endearing book 
  7. GOOD MORNING TO YOU, YOU LIVE IN A SHOE: a fictional world/town/place/household/etc you’d feel at home in
  8. THE PUPPIES: your fav fictional pet/animal companion
  9. ALEX: a sassy, funny, music loving character
  10. TONYA: your favorite fictional best friend
  11. PETER: a quirky, wise AF, big-hearted character



Contact Peter Monn:

Snapchat: PeterMonn

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A to Z Book Tag

This is gonna be a long post, so get a cup of coffee, or tea, or wine 😉

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag – feel free to link yours in the comments.

Creator: →

Author you’ve read the most books from

I have a tie for this one.

Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more than 20 different languages, world-wide.






Stephen King is my favorite author. He’s published over 50 novels, and tons of other work such as novellas, short stories, screenplays, poems, anthologies.







Best Sequel Ever


A Song of Ice and Fire (Book #2)

A Clash of Kings: Book Two of A Song of Ice and Fire









Currently Reading

The Dream Thieves

Drink of Choice While Reading


coffee black






E-reader or Physical Book?


Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School



Jamie from Outlander. Big, acts tough, protective, yet on the inside sweet & loving. I have a thing for tall guys. My husband is 6’4″.




Glad You Gave This Book A Chance



I cringed when this book was chosen for our book club years ago. For some reason I don’t enjoy fairy tale re-tellings, so I thought I would dislike this book, and probably wouldn’t finish it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorite series of all time.



Hidden Gem Book

Fighting for Tara


Fighting for Tara by Sunanda J. Chatterjee

Fiction: Contemporary

It has 150 ratings on Goodreads, was a 5 star read for me.

Book Review: Fighting For Tara




Important Moment in your Reading Life

My grade six English teacher, Mr. Saville, created a reading competition of sorts. I can’t remember the exact details, but for each book we read we had to do a short book report, and the person who read the most books won something…I think? Maybe one of my friends from that class will remember and help me out with that. Anyhow – for some reason I latched onto that idea and read, if I remember correctly, 150 books that school year. I don’t have most of them marked as read on Goodreads, and wish I kept the book reports.

Just Finished


Glow by Megan E. Bryant Book Review (Spoiler-Free)


Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

I’m usually not a big fan of Christian, Manga, Harlequin Romance, Erotica, Military, or Western books.

Longest Book You’ve Read

Lord of Chaos


Lord of Chaos (Book 6 of The Wheel of Time series) written by Robert Jordan is over 1,000 pages, and according to Goodreads is the longest book I’ve read.








Major book hangover because of:



Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult affected me in many ways that I think will stay with me for the rest of my life.






Number of Bookcases You Own


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times

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My son was obsessed with this book for years, and so my husband and I have read it hundreds of times.





Preferred Place To Read

I read in lots of places. Anytime I’m waiting: Dr Office, at work on break, picking kids up, at swimming lessons, while kids play at the park, or while I’m cooking. I’m usually early for any type of gathering, so I bring a book so I can read while I wait for others to arrive. I like to read on the couch instead of watching TV sometimes. I also almost always read before I go to sleep.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

Reading Regret

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I did not finish this one. I wanted to like it SO BADLY, but unfortunately just couldn’t get into it. I gave it 1 star. One measly little star.




Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series)

Wheel of Time

15 Books. I’ve read 7, over 15 years ago. If I was going to finish this series I would have to start at the beginning because I forget most everything that happened. Over 12,500 pages. I read about 1 page a minute for most books. Which means this series would take about 208 hours for me to read. LOL It’s probably never going to happen.




I know. I need to finish them. I’m on Order of the Phoenix (Book #5)

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire




Although I’ve seen the entire film series at least 10 times, I’ve only read the first book.


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I read the first three or four books when I was younger, and am currently re-reading them so I can finish the series. So far I have re-read The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. I have some blog posts about them:

The Gunslinger by Stephen King #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

The Gunslinger Book One of #TheDarkTower by #StephenKing

The Drawing of the Three By Stephen King #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower Book #2) By Stephen King #SpoilerFree #BookReview

The Raven Cycle

The Raven Boys #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review #SpoilerFree

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books

Dress Codes for Small Towns

Gone Girl

Stephen King - On Writing

Unapologetic Fangirl For


Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others

Sleeping Beauties

Worst Bookish Habit

Sometimes I borrow a book and for some reason I take forever to read it. I’m sorry. I promise I will read it, but if you want it back, just ask 🙂

Also – when people borrow a book from me and NEVER RETURN IT – even 5 or 10 years after you’ve borrowed it – that is super annoying.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book

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Your latest book purchase

wizard's first rule


I finally found the paperback on sale at SO HAPPY! 🙂









ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

The Raven Boys

Published 2012 by Scholastic Press (Goodreads Photo)

Author you’ve read the most books from
Best Sequel Ever
Currently Reading
Drink of Choice While Reading
E-reader or Physical Book?
Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School
Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
Hidden Gem Book
Important Moment in your Reading Life
Just Finished
Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
Longest Book You’ve Read
Major book hangover because of:
Number of Bookcases You Own
One Book You Have Read Multiple Times
Preferred Place To Read
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book
Reading Regret
Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series)
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books
Unapologetic Fangirl For
Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others
Worst Bookish Habit
X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
Your latest book purchase
ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)

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Glow by Megan E. Bryant Book Review (Spoiler-Free)


Glow is a young adult novel by Megan E. Bryant that sheds light on a dark time in American history. Julie (Jubilee) Chase, a high school graduate who was looking forward to attending College only to have it postponed due to her mother’s debt issues. When the bank was about to foreclose on their mortgage, Julie cashed out her college fund to buy the house. She harbors resentment towards her mother for having to lose her college fund, putting her dreams on hold, while her mom seems to not be bothering to find a job. Julie’s friend Lauren is from a well-to-do family and is off to college leaving Julie behind. This creates a rift between the two, bringing the worst out of the both of them. Attempting to salvage their friendship they head off for a fun day of shopping (Lauren’s idea), and Julie buys a painting at Lost and Found consignment store. When darkness blankets Julie’s room the painting reveals a glowing secret artwork that ignites her curiosity. She becomes obsessed with finding more paintings by the same artist, and attempts to re-create the technique. Julie has no idea that the technique involves the “radium girls” who unknowingly poisoned themselves while painting numbers on watch dials used to help soldiers see the time more accurately during WWI.

Bryant uses fictional characters inspired by real history to tell the story of the “radium girls.” The perspective shifts back and forth from Lydia in 1917-1918 to Julie in modern time. We hear Lydia’s story from letters she writes to her beloved Walter who has gone off to war. Lydia has an incredible weight upon her shoulders at 16 years old. Her older sister Liza helps Lydia get a job at ARC painting watch dials with a magical glowing substance. The same magical powder used to make the paint is also sold as a cure for practically all ailments.

While running an errand at the local college Julie meets Luke (Lucien), a chemistry student  working at the college over the summer. Their friendship evolves as he helps her figure out how to create the glow-in-the-dark paint.

Through Julie’s research and Lydia’s letters we learn the heart-wrenching story of the Grayson sisters. There are parts of the story which are descriptive and vivid. I will admit that I cried twice while reading this page-turner.

I do have a couple of complaints. For one, why is Julie friends with Lauren? Lauren is selfish, stubborn, and rude. I feel like the tension between Lauren and Julie was unnecessary to the plot.

I also find it strange that Julie didn’t suspect the glow-in-the-dark paint used on the vintage artwork. She researched how to create the paint, yet somehow didn’t stumble across the possibility of radioactive ingredients.

There were a couple of times where the dialogue felt a bit clunky, and I also think Lydia’s letters are a little unbelievable. I don’t know anyone who writes complete back-and-forth dialogue while recounting an event in a letter.

Even though a couple small areas were bothersome, this is an extremely important story to write, to read, and to share. Glow is an incredible story that sheds light on the hideous greed of some companies who put profit above health, giving opportunity for brave people to sacrifice, and fight for what’s right.

Expected Publication: September 1st, 2017

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you Brandi from Flutter Communications, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.

The Goblin Market poem is mentioned in the story, so of course I had to find it and read it 🙂

Goblin Market Poem
“The United States Radium Corporation was a company, most notorious for its operations between the years 1917 to 1926 in Orange, New Jersey, in the United States that led to stronger worker protection laws. After initial success in developing a glow-in-the-dark radioactive paint, the company was subject to several lawsuits in the late 1920s in the wake of severe illnesses and deaths of workers (the Radium Girls) who had ingested radioactive material. The workers had been told that the paint was harmless.[1] During World War I and World War II, the company produced luminous watches and gauges for the United States Army for use by soldiers.

Fantasy Bingo Challenge Update

I have completed 9 of the squares for Fantasy Book Bingo so far this year. I have found some new authors, and am looking forward to reading sub-genres I’ve never read before (steam punk, seafaring, new weird). It’s not too late to join! We have until March 31st, 2018, and if you complete five squares in a row you’ll be entered into a draw at the end of the challenge for a prize.


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The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower Book #2) By Stephen King #SpoilerFree #BookReview

Drawing of the ThreeWhile pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America.

Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.”

Fiction: Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi

First Published May 1987

A newer edition was published August 2003

Stephen King


If you haven’t heard of Stephen King yet then you must have been living under a rock.





The Drawing of the Three begins with Roland, the Gunslinger, on a beach not long after the man in black had predicted Roland’s future with tarot cards. The cards showed a man called The Prisoner, a woman called The Lady of Shadows, and Death. A 4-foot-long lobster-like creature with eyes on stalks attacks Roland. Roland’s bullets were soaked by the tide as he was sleeping and he’s unable to defend himself against the attack. The lobster creature bit off Roland’s first and second fingers, then took a chunk out of his calf and his toe. Roland’s injuries are severe and infection is spreading. He decides to walk North, and after three hours comes across a door, made of ironwood, with two words written on it “The Prisoner”. He looks through the door and finds himself looking through the window of a plane. It takes Roland awhile to figure it out, but he finally realizes he’s looking through the eyes of The Prisoner, Eddie Dean. Eddie is an addict attempting to smuggle cocaine into America.

The flight attendant, Jane, brings Eddie a “tooter-fish” (tuna) sandwich and notices that his eye color has changed. Her training taught her to pay attention to strange things, no matter how small they may seem. She decides to keep a close eye on Eddie. Roland manages to bring the sandwich back through the door to his body lying on the beach.

Before landing Jane notices Eddie’s eyes had changed back to hazel. She fills a thermos with hot coffee, alerts her coworker Suzy that there may be a problem, then sits down to watch Eddie. If he whips out a gun or a bomb she’ll throw the hot coffee on him. Suzy catches a glimpse of Eddie’s cocaine packaged taped around his ribs when he bends over to pick up a paper. The Gunslinger sees Suzy’s face and knows what she’s discovered. Roland is hoping Eddie will be able to get medicine for Roland’s infection, but the only way to do that is if Eddie can get through customs without being caught with drugs. Roland needs to make this happen so he can continue his journey to The Dark Tower.

I admire how King writes characters in such a realistic way. The setting and descriptions make you feel like you are right there with them. Holding your breath when things get intense, laughing when something funny happens, crying when there is sadness. The Drawing of the Three is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. My favorite character is most definitely Odetta, The Lady of the Shadows. I don’t want to say too much about her because it will be better for you to learn about her through the story. At 463 pages it seems like a hefty read, but the short sections within chapter inspire you to keep reading – just one more, just one more. I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this story.

I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 16 (profanity, graphic descriptions, violence, sex) who are fans of stories about hope, fighting inner demons, unlikely friendships, trust, and justice.



Summer #CosyReadingNight Tomorrow!

Lauren, from Lauren and the Books, is hosting a Cosy Reading Night tomorrow evening – Saturday, August 19th, 2017 – (2pm for us in the Eastern time zone), and my kids and I are taking part! We put a bunch of books on hold at the library so hoping they will be ready for pickup tomorrow morning.

What is Cosy Reading Night? Well! It’s a fabulous evening where we get super cozy, surround ourselves with candles, enjoy some of our favorite snacks, and read for three hours.

Check in with Lauren on Twitter with the hashtag #cosyreadingnight

And if you would like – add me on Twitter too! 🙂

I plan on reading the second book of The Raven Cycle series, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, and possibly switching it up and reading some of A Bold and Dangerous Family by Jennifer Murphy.

The Dream Thieves“Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…”






A bold and dangerous family


“The acclaimed author of A Train in Winter and Village of Secrets delivers the next chapter in “The Resistance Quartet”: the astonishing story of the aristocratic Italian family who stood up to Mussolini’s fascism, and whose efforts helped define the path of Italy in the years between the World Wars—a profile in courage that remains relevant today.” On Sale October 2017

“A compelling and moving book. . . . . The literature of wartime France and the Holocaust is by now so vast as to confound the imagination, but when a book as good as this comes along, we are reminded that there is always room for something new.” –Washington Post on A Train in Winter

What will you be reading on Summer Cosy Reading Night?

The Drawing of the Three By Stephen King #FirstChapterFirstParagraph

Drawing of the ThreeWhen I pick up a book to decide if I’d like to read it I often read the first chapter, first paragraph. I thought perhaps other readers do the same. I also like to share the first chapter first, paragraph so I can highlight fantastic writing. That first paragraph is often the one that draws you in to the story. Without further ado, here is first chapter first paragraph of The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower #2) by Stephen King.

“Three. This is the number of your fate.
Yes, three is mystic. Three stands at the heart of the mantra.
Which three?
The first is dark-haired. He stands on the brink of robbery and murder. A demon has infested him. The name of the demon is HEROIN.
Which demon is that? I know it not, even from nursery stories.
He tried to speak but his voice was gone, the voice of the oracle, Star-Slut, Whore of the Winds, both were gone; he saw a card fluttering down from nowhere to nowhere, turning and turning in the lazy dark. On it a baboon grinned from over the shoulder of a young man with dark hair; its disturbingly human fingers were buried so deeply in the young man’s neck that their tips had disappeared in flesh. Looking more closely, the gunslinger saw the baboon held a whip in one of those clutching, strangling hands. The face of the ridden man seemed to writhe in wordless terror.”

The Book Title Tag #TagTuesday

The Book Title Tag

Created By: Rachel Reads

I used my TBR to answer these questions. Have you read any of these? Let me know which ones I should read first 🙂

1. Title that’s the story of your life


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

By Stephen King

Published 2015

I have had nightmares almost every night for as long as I can remember. It’s okay, don’t feel bad for me, they are a great source for stories 🙂





2. Title that describes your perfect weekend

Where the trees were


Where the Trees Were

By Inga Simpson

Published 2016

I couldn’t find anything suitable, but I like camping…so…ya…it’s a stretch LOL







3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on

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Looking for Alaska

By John Green

Published 2006

I would love to take an Alaskan cruise!






4. Title you want to name your child



By Neil Gaiman

First published 2002

Coraline has been my daughter’s favorite movie since she was about four years old. This past Christmas she got the Coraline graphic novel. I’m thinking this year I shall get her the novel 🙂




5. Title of your ideal job

The Good Lawyer


The Good Lawyer

By Thomas Benigno

Published 2012

I would LOVE to be a lawyer. If I could turn back time I would have done that instead of getting my Sociology/Anthropology degree.





6. Title of a place you’d like to visit

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The Lake House

By Kate Morton

Published 2015

There’s nothing better than hanging out near a beautiful lake.






7. Title of your love life

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The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

Published 2004

I’m a wife…so…ya…creative. LOL






8. Questions you ask yourself

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)

By Mindy Kaling








9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name

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A Song of Ice and Fire series

By George R. R. Martin

I’m probably not the only person who would like to rule the Seven Kingdoms.






10. Title you’d name your band.

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The Chrysalids

By John Wyndham

Doesn’t that sound like a great name for an alternative/rock band!?







1. Title that’s the story of your life
2. Title that describes your perfect weekend
3. Title of an adventure you’d like to go on
4. Title you want to name your child
5. Title of your ideal job
6. Title of a place you’d like to visit
7. Title of your love life
8. Questions you ask yourself
9. Title of a kingdom you want to rule OR name
10. Title you’d name your band.

The Raven Boys By Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review #SpoilerFree

The Raven Boys

Published 2012 by Scholastic Press (Goodreads Photo)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a unique, hard-to-put-down young adult fiction novel. It’s not your typical fantasy romance story. A few of the characters have some real shit going on their life. When I say hard-to-put-down I mean it. I picked this up when I could fit in a page or two here and there throughout my day. If I wasn’t a mom with “adulting” responsibilities I could have devoured the entire book in one sitting. I want to put aside the rest of my August TBR and see if the library has the second book of The Raven Cycle series…Okay, I checked. The library does have it. The next book is The Dream Thieves. I put it on hold LOL (P.S. if you didn’t know you can put a hold on a book, so when it is available they call you for pick up).


Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads Photo)

New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.” (Goodreads Blurb: Author Page)

The Raven Boys main character is Blue Sargent, the teenage-daughter of a medium, Maura Sargent. They live with Maura’s psychic best friends, Persephone and Calla, in a house at 300 Fox Way, Henrietta, Virginia. Maura and other mediums have told Blue that she will cause her true love to die. Unlike her family and house-mates Blue is not psychic, but when she is near she’s like an amplifier, helping Maura, Persephone, and Calla make predictions and read tarot cards.

On April 24, St. Mark’s Eve, Blue accompanies her mother’s half-sister, Neeve, on the church watch. This is the night where mediums can see the souls of the people who will die within the next 12 months. Blue jots down notes as Neeve asks each spirit their name. Neeve, Maura and their psychic friends will use this information to let clients know their fate. For the first time Blue can see one of the ghosts making his way to the church doors. He wouldn’t tell Neeve his name, hence Neeve asks Blue to get his name. Blue has to ask a few times before he finally tells her that his name is Gansey.

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue. Either you’re his true love,” Neeve said, “or you killed him.”

Richard Campbell Gansey III is an “all-American” rich boy who attends Aglionby Academy, a private all boys school. The Aglionby uniform includes a raven emblem, and therefore students have the nickname “the raven boys”. Gansey’s friends are Adam, Ronan, and Noah. Adam is an incredibly polite boy who attends Aglionby Academy thanks to a partial scholarship. Ronan likes to make people feel uncomfortable. He’s a bad-boy struggling with his father’s death. Noah is extremely shy, with pale skin and combed-back fair hair. Gansey, Ronan and Noah live in an old abandoned manufacturing building once called Monmouth Manufacturing.

On St. Mark’s Eve, Gansey had also been sitting at the old church with his recorder, hoping to hear the dead. He’s attempting to find a ley line which will lead him to the tomb of Owain Glyndwr (Glendower), the Raven King. Legend says the one who wakes the Glendower will receive a favor.

Gansey longed for him like Arthur longed for the grail, drawn by a desperate but nebulous need to be useful to the world, to make sure his life meant something beyond champagne parties and white collars, by some complicated longing to settle an argument that waged deep inside himself.

Adam, on the other hand, needed that royal favor.

And that meant they needed to be the ones to wake Glendower. They needed to be the ones to find him first.”

Gansey captured the discussion between Blue and his ghost. The recording gets the boys, especially Gansey and Adam, excited that they are on the right track to finding the ley line. Gansey schedules a reading with Blue’s mom to hopefully gain information about hidden energy fields in Henrietta. This is when Blue and Gansey will meet, and the adventure begins…

My favorite character is a toss-up between Persephone and Adam. Persephone, one of Maura’s best friends, has wavy white-blond hair down to the back of her thighs, black eyes, and speaks in a very soft voice. In my mind she reminds me of Lady Amalthea in The Last Unicorn, which is my most favorite movie of all-time. Ronan blames his bad choices on his hard life, where Adam uses his dreary life as fuel to improve. Adam is mature well beyond his years and I just can’t help but want him to find happiness.

My one complaint is that I had a hard time connecting with Neeve. She was interesting, yet for some reason I just couldn’t picture her in my mind and didn’t understand her motivations.

The Raven Boys is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m anxious to pick up the next book to see what will happen next. I recommend this book to anyone who likes teenage friendship quest stories, with a little paranormal ghost stuff weaved in.

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