Sunday Funday: Week in Review [3]

Sunday Funday: Week in Review [3]

Sunday Funday is a weekly(ish) post I’ve started to recap the bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) happenings in my life the past week! Feel free to participate, just link back! June 2-June 8, 2014 This week has really brought with it the summer weather, with temperatures being 100+ all weekend. I’ve been trying to take advantage of my local pool to get some reading/tanning done simultaneously (which generally ends up with me glaring at small children who jump into the pool at a proximity which threatens to splash my books). This was my last week of settling in for the summer […]


The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis- Mini Review

Posted June 4, 2014 in Books, Five Star Reads, Reviews / 1 Comment
The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis- Mini Review

The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis My Rating: 5/5 Stars Publisher: Simon & Schuster  (October 2013) Length: 274 pgs Format: Hardcover, purchased from Target Synopsis: The Shadownhunter’s Codex is a companion text to The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series written by Cassandra Clare and set in the fantasy universe of the Shadowhunters’. The Codex itself is referenced in these series as the guide by which all Shadowhunters must abide by, containing the rules and regulations as written by the Clave. Throughout the book, notations made by primary characters Clary Fairchild, Jace Herondale/Wayland/Lightwood, and Simon Lewis. My […]


Top Ten Books That WILL Be in My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Books That WILL Be in My Beach Bag This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic was “Top Ten Books That Will Be in My Beach Bag This Summer,” and I realized that the list quickly ended up being a round up of my most anticipated books sitting on my TBR list! Too bad I only own four of these titles as of now- the rest may be tricky to get my hands on via the library! (Let’s be honest, one reason I’ve always had a summer job is to buy books!) My list is in […]


Maleficent Thoughts: The Queen of Disney Villains Reclaims Her Throne

Posted June 1, 2014 in Fairy Tales, Film Reviews / 2 Comments
Maleficent Thoughts: The Queen of Disney Villains Reclaims Her Throne

Being the huge Disney fanatic that I am, I made it a point to see Maleficent in theaters this weekend the day after it opened. While the movie wasn’t quite what I was expecting, Disney made a really interesting interpretation of their animated film released almost sixty years ago. Maleficent remains the most glamorous member in the Disney villain arsenal. The Film: (DISCLAIMER: I’m attempting to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, but if you don’t want any overarching plot points ruined, skip this section) The film was a really interesting interpretation of Disney’s 1959 film Sleeping Beauty, and fleshed […]


The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard- ARC Review

Posted May 29, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard- ARC Review

The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard My rating: 1/5 Stars Publisher: Berkley Trade (June 2014) Length: 320 pgs Format: E-book, courtesy of NetGalley Goodreads Synopsis: Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion. Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral […]


Sunday Funday: Week in Review [2]

Sunday Funday: Week in Review [2]

Sunday Funday is a weekly(ish) post I’ve started to recap the bookish (and sometimes not-so-bookish) happenings in my life the past week! Feel free to participate, just link back! (I know it’s technically Monday today, but this week has been crazy!) Graduation! I did it! I graduated with a double-major B.A. and now am facing the vast world of opportunities that post-grad life has to offer. Moving Along with graduation I’ve moved several hours away from where I’ve been going to school the past four years to start post-grad life, so I’ve been behind on my reading and posting. I’d […]


Top Ten Books that Taught Me About Friendship

Top Ten Books that Taught Me About Friendship

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the wonderful blog The Broke and The Bookish! This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books About Friendship” and I decided to break my list down into books that taught me about friendship throughout the various stages of growing up. Early Childhood: 1) Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans- Madeline teaches class, tenacity, and most of all how to make and keep friends, whether it be her classmates or Pepito the bad hat next door, and does it all with poise and grace. 2) Corduroy by Don Freeman- Because was there ever such […]


Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- Review

Posted May 15, 2014 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson- Review

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson My rating: 3.5/5 Stars Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 2010) Length: 352 pgs Format: Hardcover, checked out from my local library Goodreads Synopsis: Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and […]


Discussion: Buy Vs. Borrow

Posted May 13, 2014 in Discussions / 8 Comments
Discussion: Buy Vs. Borrow

As most voracious readers and book bloggers probably encounter, I’ve recently had to put a lot of thought into how to budget for books the past few years. As much as I’d love to purchase every book on my TBR list, the reality is that textbooks have had to come first for the last few years, and I honestly am starting to run out of room for storage and display of my beloved books despite several book purges over the past few months. So my fellow readers, how do you deal with this dilemma? I’ve definitely been utilizing my local […]


Ten Books I Put Down & Still Need to Finish

Ten Books I Put Down & Still Need to Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme was Top Ten Books You Almost Put Down but Didn’t. I found this topic to be really difficult, as I rarely power through books once I put them down for more than a few days. Therefore, I decided to put my own spin on the topic this week to suit my reading habits and instead compiled Ten Books I Put Down & Still Need (& Want) to Finish. (In No Particular Order) 1) Venom by Fiona Paul- I was […]