Thursday, July 31, 2014

Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour

I added Everything Leads To You to my library queue because of all the buzz around it. The buzz does not lie this time. Everything Leads To You is everything I wanted it to be. Hip, honest, and witty.

Emi is finishing up her senior year of high school. In a few short months, Emi and her best friend, Charlotte, will be in college. Right now, Emi's brother, Toby, is leaving for the summer. He decides to let Emi and Charlotte stay in his apartment only if they promise to do something epic. Emi and Charlotte have no idea what they will do but decide to start looking for something epic.

What I loved about Everything Leads To You besides the characters was how one action led to all the others. Charlotte and Emi go to an estate sale, an estate sale of a famous recently deceased actor. Charlotte buys a Patsy Cline album which contains a letter written to a mysterious Caroline.  The girls decide to embark on an adventure to find out who Caroline is and try to deliver the letter. That one simple act spirals in something epic.

I loved that Emi wasn't trying to figure out who she is. She has a pretty good sense of that at the beginning of the book. I loved that she continued learning about herself and encouraged others to do the same. All the characters felt very real. I felt that Lacour was writing about people she knew. I could picture Emi and Charlotte, cooking in Toby's apartment. It also helped that it was set in LA so I knew a lot of the places they talked about. For me, Lacour's characters jumped off the page. I positively enjoyed my time with them.

I highly recommend Everything Leads To You. It was a delightfully real story about a young woman following her dreams and making choices that will shape who she becomes. Others who shared their thoughts about Everything Leads To You: The Lesbrary, Good Books & Good Wine, The Thousand Lives, and Lit Up Review.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

After seeing Dust Girl on Becky's Book Reviews, I added it to my library queue. I don't know nearly enough about the Dust Bowl.

Tai read Robopocalypse a couple of months ago and thought I would like it. I had to wait til I could get from the library again.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Trapped At The Altar by Jane Feather

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Ariadne had calmed down little as she had grow, much of her surplus energy going into her lessons. She had a voracious thirst for knowledge and a quick mind that her grandfather in particular had nurtured."
pg 21 Trapped At The Altar by Jane Feather

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Musical Trip Down Memory Lane

This weekend is my 20th high school reunion. Honestly, I'm shocked. I can hardly believe it's been 20 years since I graduated high school.

I was digging around to find some old embarrassing photos of me in high school but I couldn't find any. Not that there weren't embarrassing photos. I don't know where they went! I dug through my old photos and only found photos from when I was very young or college. I'm sure they are in a box somewhere.

Since I don't have photos for you, I wanted to reminisce about the music of 1994.


Reality Bites was one of my favorites back then. I wanted a pair of Lisa Loeb glasses.


The Lion King was favorite movie. I even had Lion King Sheets. I'm not kidding.


A lot of songs I liked in 1994 were from movie soundtracks. Like I'll Take You there was from the Threesome soundtrack.


I've always been a Tom Petty fan. I just loved this video.


And one of my still favorite bands, Weezer. Plus I grew up with Happy Days (reruns) so this video was perfect for me.

What songs remind you of high school? Did you go to your high school reunion or did you skip it?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Yay! The next in the Iron Druid series!

What did you get this week? Share below!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday- Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



"It was a loud click of a dead bolt being thrown.
Mr. Hall, the tubby janitor, had just locked us in the bathroom."
pg 15 Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Monday, July 21, 2014

Somerset by Leila Meacham

I picked up Somerset off the library shelf because I had enjoyed Roses. Since this was the prequel to Roses, I was excited to learn more about the Tolivers, the DuMonts, and the Warwicks. While Somerset was very similar to Roses, it took me a lot longer to get invested in the characters. But it was still an enjoyable read.

Somerset starts in South Carolina on the eve of Silas Toliver and Jeremy Warwicks departure for Texas. Both second sons, neither Silas or Jeremy will inherit their families land. The only way for them to make it on their own is to head to Texas. Silas makes some large sacrifices to secure the funding for his trip to Texas. Just like Roses, Somerset is mostly about the Tolivers but the Warwicks and the DuMonts also add to the story. I really would like a book just about the Warwicks. I found Jeremy to be a much more interesting character than Silas. But I did like Jessica and she kept me reading when I was getting bored. It's a long book and sometimes I struggle with reading such long books.

Again this is great historical fiction. It starts before the Civil War and ends in the early 1900's. I really enjoyed the discussions about abolishment and the share cropping. Meacham does a great job of adding lots of detail to the story so you can really see how people lived then.

I'm glad I read Somerset. You can read them in any order. If you've read Roses, it would be great to hear about the history of the families you know. Others who shared their thoughts on Somerset: Burton Book Reviews, Country Girls Read, and Tina Says....
This is my ninth read for the Historical Reading Challenge.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What To Eat This Week

Yay! It's going to be cooler this week. I'm looking forward to being in the kitchen a little more this week.

Breakfasts: Oatmeal for both Tai and I.

Lunches: Leftovers

Dinners:

Monday: Salisbury steaks with cauliflower puree

Tuesday: Take out

Wednesday: Italian Bake and salad

Thursday: Take Out

Friday: Leftovers for the guys. I'm going out with the girls.

Saturday: My 20th High School Reunion (I still don't believe it's been that long).

Sunday: Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Mango-Habanero sauce and salad

What's on your menu this week?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I mentioned that my library loot stack was too high last week. The library hold gods must have decided that I needed to take a break and nothing new has come in for me this week. Gives more time to work on what I already have!

Claire's got the linky this week. Share what you got!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Somerset by Leila Meacham

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"Silas could feel his mother's despair, layered with her widow"s grief, waft to him on the crisp, autumn breeze, but it couldn't be helped. He was going to Texas and taken his son and bride with him."
pg 8 Somerset by Leila Meachem