Sunday, March 31, 2013


Season three of Game of Thrones starts tonight!

In honor of this occasion, I'm posting my playlist of Season Two/A Clash of Kings.

[Edit: I deleted the part where I told you guys which characters I thought each song represented.  I want you to be able to interpret it your own way.]

A Clash of Kings Playlist

1.  "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
2.  "Ungodly Hour" by The Fray
3.  "Everything Will Be Alright" by The Killers
4.  "Sad Song" by Christina Perri
5.  "Enough For Now" by The Fray
6.  "The Lonely" by Christina Perri
7.  "Songbird" by Fleetwood Mac
8.  "Kingdom Come" by The Civil Wars
9.  "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" by Fall Out Boy
10. "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" by Coldplay
11. "No Sound But The Wind" by Editors

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review

When The Siren Calls
by Tom Barry

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the author, Tom Barry, through LibraryThing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I requested a copy of this book after I saw it described as "the thinking woman's Fifty Shades."  I assumed this meant that it would have a similar erotic plot line, but without all the poor decisions that the characters in the Fifty Shades series kept making.  I was wrong.

The story focuses on two main characters, Isobel and Jay.  Isobel has become unsatisfied with her marriage and begins toying with the idea of an affair with Jay, a handsome business man she met on vacation.  Using the growing attraction he can sense in Isobel, Jay attempts to convince her and her husband to invest in a shady time-share opportunity in Tuscany.  Isobel and Jay eventually do begin an affair and Isobel struggles with her conscious as she cheats on her husband both physically and financially.

I think the biggest reason I was unhappy with this story was because I found NONE of the characters likeable.  It was very hard to feel sorry about Isobel's marriage woes considering she wouldn't communicate them to her husband at all.  I can get how she would be bored.  Peter is the definition of a workaholic.  He's permanently attached to his cell phone and laptop.  He thinks about nothing but business, business, business.  But part of this is Isobel's fault.  She repeatedly says that she offered to maintain a supportive role in the marriage.  Peter would build his business while she maintained their household, and managed their lifestyle.  She's done nothing but encourage Peter to continue to work obsessively, and has never complained about it.  At least not to him.  She gets to keep her fancy horses and spend all the money she wants.  But if you're (understandably) bored, just tell him!  He's business savvy, he could help her start her own business if it's a job/project she needs.  They can go to marriage counseling to help with her decreasing physical attraction to him.  And if it's time for the two of you to go your separate ways, that's okay too.  But not talking about it isn't going to help anything.

Ugh.  I guess I'm just a big supporter of communication in relationships, but COME ON.  Just tell him why you're unhappy!  He's a MAN.  They can almost never figure out why you're mad until you tell them.  But then we do that stupid thing where we just expect them to read our minds.  SO FRUSTRATING.

And then Jay is just the worst.  He's a complete slime ball who is not only cheating on his wife, but also on EVERYBODY ELSE.  He's even cheating his friend and business partner out of money.  He's got both Lucy and Isobel as mistresses who don't know about each other, plus all the prostitutes he sleeps with in these restaurants/brothels.  Where are these places?  AND WHY ISN'T ANYONE WEARING CONDOMS?! 

Surprisingly, all this sex and cheating stuff seems like a secondary storyline compared to all the time that is devoted to describing the time-share scam.  I know WAY more about Italian real estate than I really wanted to.  Jay cheats everyone out of millions of dollars and should really just be in prison forever.

The next title in this series is called Saving Jay, but I am not interested.  I'm just going to pretend that Isobel and Lucy become really awesome and happy with their lives and that Jay gets life without parole and no one ever speaks to him again.  

You can read more reviews on this book at LibraryThing.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  You should go there immediately.  After you read this.

Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most
I recommend a lot of books, but these are the ten that I always try to force on people.  They're also probably the ten books I would choose if I was only allowed to have ten for the rest of my life.

1.  Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

All the books in this series are amazing, but you could get by with only reading this one. This was the first science fiction novel I ever read and I try to read it at least once a year.  It's hard to describe to people because "little kids that live in space and have to learn computer war games to fight aliens" does NOT sound very appealing.  SO JUST TRUST ME, OKAY!

2.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Broody older man, creepy house, average-looking girl, secret wife, crazy house fires, leaving dramatically, french love-child that gets shipped off to help the plot, alcoholic maids.  This is by far my favorite classic novel.  The movie adaptation starring Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska is perfection.  I would let Michael Fassbender shout at me allllllllll day.

3.  The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

A kick-ass heroine that can travel through books, specifically referencing one of my favorites AND it's written by a hilarious British guy?  Enough said.  I would pretty much recommend anything that Jasper Fforde writes, but this series is the best.  Thursday Next belongs to a group of police specializing in books, set in an alternative version of the 80's.  This series is everything.

4.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Not even forcing us to read it in high school could ruin this book for me.  The characters are so rich and the storyline is so moving.  My friend's cousin named her baby Atticus and I am super jealous.

5.  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This book is timeless.  Meg Murry is one of the best female heroines in the history of ever.  A smart girl in the peak of her awkward stage manages to save her father, travel through space and find the love of her life, all in one book.  You do you, Meg.

6.  The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I see no reason why you shouldn't have already read it.

7.  The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I've recommended this book to everyone I know who has ever had a shitty boss.  There is something extremely comforting about knowing that your nasty, evil boss can't possibly be worse than Miranda Priestly.  Also, now I read everything Miranda says in Meryl Streep's voice; making it ten times more amazing.

8.  The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This one is actually not my favorite of all Amy Tan's novels, but I think it's the best one to start out with.  I know I've mentioned before that I get hungry when I read her novels, but she just writes about food so well!  All the descriptions of flavors and smells will make you want to stuff your face.  And the rest of her writing will make you want to go and hug your mother.

9.  A Time For Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

Dancing and Cancer and Best Friends.  This book has been one of my favorites since I was in middle school.  I've never seen a best-friendship explored as well as the relationship between Sam and Jules.  When someone has been your other half for forever, some things don't need explanation, and Davida Wills Hurwin manages to explain it without explaining.  Does that make any sense?  

There is a sequel and a movie adaptation; I wouldn't bother with either. 

10.  Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Do you know I had no idea that the Butterscotch Krimpets that Maniac eats all the time in this book were real?  Tastykake products started showing up in our local grocery stores a few months ago and MY MIND WAS BLOWN.  But that's not the best part of this book, obviously.  It's all about loving each other despite differences and blah blah blah.  Maniac is a fucking legend and that's all you need to know.

What books do you force all your friends to read?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book Stamp

Edward and I are well on our way to owning an extensive personal library.  As soon as we became grown-ups and realized we could make our own decisions regarding our finances, we became regulars at Borders and Half Price Books once our monthly bills were paid.

I wanted some way to organize all our books and also a way to mark them as ours.  We don't loan them out very often, but there have been occasions where we have loaned out books that never made it back because we forgot who had it, or they "weren't sure whether it was our copy or not."  Well, NO MORE. 

Last year I did some searching on Etsy and found a shop called RunEllieRun.  She makes custom stamps in all sorts of designs. 

Since our last name is "Gates," I thought this ornate gate design worked perfectly.  I like the little bird that's perched on top.  You guys, I agonized for about an hour over whether or not to have the apostrophe after the "S" in "Gates."  I eventually consulted my brother, Michael, who is a grammar enthusiast.  She was kind enough to send a little card with cleaning instructions for the stamp.  It's really easy.  I just use a soft toothbrush and some dish washing soap to clean the ink off, then pat it dry.  I picked an emerald colored ink, which looks awesome on all our books.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  You should go there immediately.  After you read this.

Top Ten Books I HAD to Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread
There are definitely more than ten books on my shelf that fit into this category, but I've narrowed it down to the ten I feel most guilty about.

1.  Avalon High by Meg Cabot

I'd been wanting to read this anyway, since I'm a big fan of Meg Cabot, but then I found an autographed copy at my local Barnes and Noble!  That was over a year ago, and I still haven't touched it.  I occasionally look at it and think, "Oh yeah, that's probably going to be a good one."

2.  Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

I read Wicked a couple of years ago and LOVED it.  I've still never had a chance to see the show.  In late 2011, I saw that the last of this series, Out of Oz, had been published; I decided it was time to buy the other books.  This has been staring at my from my bookshelf ever since.  I do really WANT to read it.  I look at it all the time and think, "I'm going to read that next."  But then I don't.

3.  An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

This one isn't actually that bad, because I only bought it a couple months ago.  I just feel especially guilty about it because I bought it during a self-imposed book buying ban.  It wasn't a book that I was DYING to read, just one I had heard about and wanted to read.  But I could just as easily have checked it out from the library first.

4.  The Keys to the Kingdom:  Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

I love Garth Nix and everything he writes.  Edward and I own almost everything he has written and are big fans of this series.  We were super excited to buy this last volume and neither of us has read it yet.  It was published in Spring 2010.  We're so sorry, Mr. Nix.

5.  Contact by Carl Sagan

I'm the only person I know that doesn't hate this movie.  I LOVE this movie.  People make fun of me for it all the time, but I don't care.  I bought this book last spring at a book sale hosted by the library I work at.  The book is always better than the movie, right?

6.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A movie adaptation was recently made starring Keira Knightley.  I haven't heard a lot about it; I sort of expected more hype.  I decided that with the movie coming out I just HAD to read it.  But I only got about ten pages in before I gave up.  Maybe this winter?  It strikes me as a good winter vacation book.

7.  Emily Post's Etiquette 18th Edition by Peggy, Annie and Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning

I checked this out at the library without realizing that it is gigantic.  There was no way I was going to be able to give it the attention it deserves before it was time to turn it in.  I put it on my wishlist, and Edward's lovely cousin Michael bought it for me last Christmas.  I've referenced it a few times for various things, but I would really love to sit down and read it.  I think it would be best to take it a section at a time, so maybe that will be my goal this year.

8.  Roses by Leila Meacham

I'm going to be completely honest and tell you guys that I totally bought this because the cover was so pretty.  I passed it over a million times and various bookstores, because I am well aware that pretty covers are not the best reasons for purchasing books.  I finally gave in and I'm just not into it.  I got about halfway through it summer of 2011.  But it's reminding me too much of Wuthering Heights, and I guess I just haven't been in the mood for all that unnecessary drama.

9.  The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

I bought this on clearance during the tragic end of Borders.  I shopped at Borders far more often than I shopped at any other bookstore, and I still miss it.  I even have my members key card still on my keys, but I digress.  I'm not a big fan of thrillers or mysteries, but I love Dante.  And I love books that reference other books.  Too bad I have not bothered to read this yet.

10.  Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada is one of my all time favorites, and I reread it often.  Especially when I'm sick; it's my comfort book, I guess.  I haven't read anything else by Lauren Weisberger, so I snatched this at the same library book sale where I bought Contact.  Maybe I'll try to grab this one instead of Prada next time I'm feeling under the weather.

What about you guys?  What books did you buy forever ago that you still haven't read?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Book Review

A Wrinkle in Time
written by Madeleine L'Engle
drawn by Hope Larson

I LOVE A Wrinkle in Time.  I read it at least once a year.  And I've even been buying extra copies with different covers so that I can do some sort of art project with them.  When I found out that there was going to be a graphic novel version of the book, I was super excited!

It definitely met my expectations.  Same wonderful story, but this time with beautiful pictures.  There is no color throughout the novel, just a light blue.

This turned out to be a perfect decision, because the blue color scheme kept me focused on the story and the way the illustrations represented the story, rather than on just the illustrations.  I was a little surprised, because I thought the Man With Red Eyes would at least have red eyes, and he didn't.  At first I was kind of bummed about that, but then I realized that the Man With Red Eyes didn't need actual red eyes to look like an evil psycho. 

It's wonderful to see an artist's interpretation of some of my favorite scenes.  A Wrinkle in Time is full of images that test the imagination.

This is a must buy for any Wrinkle fan.  I'd love to see one of these for all of Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet.  Especially Many Waters

Read more reviews on this book at LibraryThing.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Book Review

Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen

I ended up liking this one a lot more than Northanger Abbey; which is odd, considering Fanny Price is a lot less of an interesting heroine than Catherine Moreland.  Don't get me wrong, Fanny is very sweet, and I'm glad things worked out for her.  But she's just so...blank?  Is that the word I'm looking for?  Her opinions and values seem to mimic those of her cousin Edmund and her Uncle Bertram.  But is that because she truly believes those things, or because she wants to please both of them?  She worries about herself last and of course selflessness is a good quality, blah blah blah.  I guess I just wish she stood up for herself a little more.  Okay, let me back up a bit.

Book Synopsis from LibraryThing:

Adopted by the rich Bertrams, Fanny finds her bold cousins are daunting, her aunts and the remote Sir Thomas intimidating. Only thoughtful Edmund recognises her qualities and helps to improve her lot. But when the delightful Mr and Miss Crawford arrive to enliven the family group, even he dismisses Fanny's reservations. At first all is excitement and pleasure. Gradually, however, the effects of recklessness and selfishness accumulate. As Fanny's unswerving integrity and quiet strength become the support of the shattered family, she finds a happiness she could not have anticipated. While displaying the sparkle and clarity for which Jane Austen is renowned, the tone here is often sober and uncompromising. The issues of probity and responsibility are explored, alongside the often unhappy complexities of family life, in a considerable and profoundly satisfying novel.

Now, one of Fanny's aunts is Mrs. Norris.  Mrs. Norris was married to Reverend Norris before he died and now lives with her sister, Lady Bertram, and just basically gets on everyone's nerves.  She's a huge busybody, and only Lady Bertram seems to actually acknowledge her opinions as worthy.  Since "Mrs. Norris" is the name of Filch's cat in Harry Potter, I kept imagining THIS Mrs. Norris as a hybrid cat-person.  I did my best to Google what that would look like, so please enjoy this image from Superstock:

So, Henry and Mary Crawford come to town and generally cause a lot of drama because they are just so damn attractive.  All of Fanny's cousins are losing their shit over how hot they both are, except perhaps Thomas, who is pretty dull.  Maria is all over Henry, even though she is practically engaged.  Edmund thinks Mary is just awesome, even though SHE BELITTLES HIS PROFESSION THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE BOOK.  And poor Fanny just cringes every time Mary says something insulting about the church in front of Edmund.  What I don't get is that Mary seems to have genuine feelings for Edmund, but she still can't stop herself from telling him how the military is a much manlier occupation than the clergy and that he should change his career.  Julia Bertram has a pretty obvious crush on Henry, but she sort of takes a backseat to Maria, and let's her sister make a fool out of herself in front of her fiance. 

Lady Bertram really made me laugh throughout the entire book.  She's just so lazy!  She's a wonderfully nice (if not naive) woman who does basically nothing all day.  She takes lots of naps and gets Fanny to read to her and write her letters for her.  Mrs. Norris and Fanny AND Sir Bertram are always running around trying to make sure she's not too burdened by things like telling the housekeeper which rooms to clean for the ball or deciding which lace to use on a handkerchief.  She at least seems to really love Fanny and want her around, even if it is for selfish reasons.

At one point in the novel, while Sir Bertram is away in India, one of Thomas' friends (Mr. Yates) comes to visit and suggests they all put on a play in the house.  Everybody is really excited except for Fanny and Edmund, who try to tell everyone what a bad idea it is.  Apparently it's considered low brow to put on a play?  Fanny is super offended and refuses to have anything to do with it.  Edmund eventually caves in and takes one of the parts because he doesn't want them to offer it to someone outside the family who will see their shame.  Sure Edmund, you just want to play opposite Mary, and that's okay.  OWN YOUR FEELINGS, EDMUND!  That's my next t-shirt.

The play gets cancelled because Sir Bertram comes home is uber ashamed of them.  He's pretty happy with Fanny for being a buzzkill though, so yay, Fanny?

Ugh, so Maria goes on to marry Mr. Rushworth, who I can't help but feel sorry for because he is so silly and boring.  I really don't blame Maria for liking Henry Crawford more, but then she should have told Sir Bertram the truth when he asked her if Mr. Rushworth was really what she wanted.  Why can't we all just communicate with each other?  Julia goes with them on their honeymoon.  Is it just me, or is that super awkward?

Henry decides he wants to make Fanny fall in love with him because I guess that would be really funny?  They must be so bored.  But it doesn't work because Fanny isn't stupid, and she is not about to take up with the guy that publicly flirted with her engaged cousin and then led Julia on and hurt her feelings.  But then Henry falls in love with Fanny and acts like a total fool trying to propose.  He only proposes about a million times and she always says no and then cries because it's REALLY STRESSFUL to tell this douche that you will never marry him because he is a jerk, only to have your WHOLE FAMILY tell you that you are selfish and stupid for not marrying him EVEN THOUGH THEY ALL SAW HIM ACT LIKE A JERK.

But really though, why won't any of them listen to her?  She doesn't like him!  And if she gives in and marries him, who is going to write Lady Bertram's letters for her?  Because it sure as shit isn't going to be Maria or Julia.

And just when I'm wishing that all the Bertrams would fall off a cliff, Fanny receives a cryptic letter from Mary Crawford basically telling her not to believe any rumors about Henry or Maria.  What?  It turns out after almost getting Fanny to at least be friends with him, Henry goes down to visit Maria and talks her into running away with him.  And I guess Julia doesn't want to be left out of the bad decision making, because she elopes with Mr. Yates in the same week.  I honestly don't see what is so bad about that.  But I guess trying to convince your children to put on a play in your house when you are not home is just not something that Sir Bertram can forgive.

Now, even though Maria and Julia did something stupid, I feel for them.  Their reputations are basically ruined.  But I want their family to stand up and say, "My daughters are stupid, but they are MY stupid daughters, and I love them."  But they don't.  Maria gets shipped off with Mrs. Norris somewhere, which I feel is punishment enough.  And Julia is never seen or heard from again.  God Speed, Julia!  I don't understand your family either!

All this excitement was really fun to read, but I was pretty disappointed in the ending.  It's all wrapped up very quickly and there is very little explanation as to why Edmund and Fanny decide to get married.  We know he can't marry Mary Crawford because her brother is awful, but does he even have romantic feelings towards Fanny?  Fanny pines over Edmund for most of the book, but it sort of seems like Edmund just shrugs after this whole affair and says, "Well, what else are we gonna do?"

Not very romantic.

Read more reviews on this book at LibraryThing.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Project 365

I've been wanting to start a new 365 project for ages.  I got about halfway through one in 2010 before I got burned out.  But I think that was mostly because it was self-portraits, and I guess I got tired of myself.

I wanted to come up with a new theme for a project and start it on my birthday this year, but I couldn't think of anything.  I was reading Christine Peel's blog and saw that she's started a 365 about things that make her smile. 

I've been trying to keep a more positive outlook on life.  I spend too much time worrying about things I can't do anything about, or waiting for a moment when my life is perfectly in order to let myself be happy.  There's so many wonderful things in my life, and I should be concentrating on them, rather than the annoying or frustrating things.  I feel like photographing moments or things that make me happy everyday will help make me a better person, or at least a more upbeat one.

So, I started the project on my birthday (Friday) and I'm calling it Project 365: 27 - The Year I'm Happy.  I'm not good with titles.  That seems entirely too long, and it doesn't flow very well.  I'll have to think about it.

 I'll be posting all the photos on my Flickr Photostream.  You can also see them on the little slideshow on the sidebar.  I might occasionally post a photo on here, especially if it's bookish.

Here's to an awesome year!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Birthday!

Yesterday I turned 27.  It was weird.  It's still a little weird.  I guess 27 was an age I'd never thought about before.

I had a very book-tastic birthday.  Edward woke me up with a book themed scavenger hunt to find my birthday present.  The first clue he gave me (while I was brushing my teeth) was "this bitch drowned in a river."  That one actually took me awhile until he hinted that it might not be a book, which prompted me to think of plays and then I was like, "Oh, yeah, Ophelia."  After that I was on a role and solved it pretty quickly.  Here's a picture of each book and the clue that was in it.

He apologized for spelling "tomato" incorrectly.

So, I went to the guest room and there was a bag hidden under a table and in the bag was a Nook!  A bunch of my friends and family members chipped in and now I have a Nook HD and a beautiful case for her to live in.  I haven't thought of a name yet.  Any suggestions?

And then we went on our adventure!  We started at our main library downtown, where they have the Book Cellar.  It's basically a large room in the basement that's been converted into a used bookstore, run by volunteers.  You can buy old library books that have been withdrawn from the collection, as well as donations from people all over town.  In other words, it's the happiest place on Earth.  Everything is a dollar or less, unless it's a pricey art book or fancy edition or something like that.  Edward and I managed to buy an armful of books each for less than $20.

I snagged four books from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Alice series.  I own a good chunk of them, but I'm still missing a few.  That copy of Librarians in Fiction was in the freebie pile.  I probably won't read it, but it was free!  I couldn't say no.  I also got Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements and a pretty copy of The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum.  I've been collecting copies of the Oz books and A Wrinkle in Time with interesting covers for an art project I haven't exactly thought of yet.

I love the color in this one.  And the way that Dorothy appears to be dragging poor Button-Bright.

After the Book Cellar, we went to the River Walk to shop at River Center Mall, where they have a Sanrio store.  Yes, I bought myself Hello Kitty accessories for my 27th birthday.  I managed not to buy any of the plush toys, which I think shows great signs of maturity.  After forcing my husband to watch me giggle over Pandapple for twenty minutes,  I ate two bites of the worst baked potato of my life and we left. 

We went to the only Half Price Books in town that we hadn't shopped at before.  Two rickety floors of books.  We saw this little guy outside the window of the children's section.

Baby possums love books too!

There were a few other used book shops in the area, so I tried to pace myself.  I walked away with just a small pile.

I got that cool Art Deco book on clearance for $2!  I also picked up a cutesy copy of The Wizard of Oz and two different covers of A Wrinkle in Time.  I've really got to figure out what I'm going to do with these covers.  Preferably before I have so many of them that I run out of space to put them!  I also got an art book called High Pink by Franco Mondini-Ruiz, an artist that grew up here in San Antonio.  I bought it for $1, and when I got it home, I saw that it was signed.  Bonus!

We tried to go into Book Mart next door, but it was closed for some reason.

I tried to convince Edward that we should paint the back half of our house like this when we buy one, but he disagreed.

Since Book Mart was closed, we went to an antique store a few buildings down and saw some of the coolest stuff ever.  Honest to God guys, it's going to take Edward and I years to completely furnish a house, because we always want to buy these antiques that cost about $1000.  We ended up at another antique store that had slightly less cool stuff, but the cool stuff it DID have was amazeballs.

It's a coat rack AND a entry hall table.  Whatever you call that.  I want it.

This globe is made out of blue cobalt?  And all the countries are faced with different semi-precious stones.  I want to marry this globe.  Edward will have to understand.  I think he already does.

We tried to leave but we accidentally turned the wrong way on Broadway, and after we made the turn-around, we passed another used bookstore.

We only bought one thing each in here, because everything was pretty pricey.  I found an old Brownie Girl Scout handbook from the 70's.

All in all, a pretty awesome day.  We got some dinner after that.  By the time we had eaten, we had mostly forgotten what books we had bought, so it was like a double surprise when we unloaded the truck at home!

Yay for Birthday Books!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Special Outfits for Special Occasions

It's My 27th Birthday and I'm Going to Buy Myself a Present at the Hello Kitty Store

It's My 27th Birthday and I'm Going to Buy Myself a Present at the Hello Kitty Store
Grey Tank from H&M, Grey June & Daisy Leggings from Sam's Club, Merona Pink Shirt Dress from Target, Gold Herringbone Toms, Matryoshka Necklace from Forever21, Nail Polish in Chinchilly from Essie.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  You should go there immediately.  After you read this.

Top Ten Series I'd Like to Start But Haven't Yet
There are some of these that I'm ashamed to have not started.  You can go ahead and kick me off the Internet.  I wouldn't blame you.

1.  The Hunger Games

I am so sorry, everyone.  I really don't have any excuse for this, other than I just have other things on my TBR list that I want to read more. 

2.  The Divergent Trilogy

 My husband just started this series and he really likes it.  I've heard a lot of good things, so I'm pretty excited about starting it (whenever that happens).

3.  The Sookie Stackhouse Series

This one I'm mostly nervous about.  I did not like the True Blood show AT ALL.  I got really bored watching Sookie's brother have sex with everyone.  But all my friends tell me the books are better. 

4.  The Matched Trilogy

I've heard some mixed reviews on the first book.  People seem to either love it or hate it. 

5.  Shatter Me Series

I don't know much about this series except that this chick can kill people by touching them?  It reminds me a lot of Rogue from X Men, who I always thought was so sad.  I'm expecting tears during this.

6.  The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

I want to say I've actually started the first book of this series a long time ago, but I can't remember ANY of it.

7.  Percy Jackson Series

I loved the movie and I love Greek mythology, so this can only be a win/win situation.

8.  The Pink Carnation Series

Girl Spies named after flowers?  Yes, please.

9.  Discworld Series

Supposedly hilarious, and I can always use a good laugh.

10.  The Dante Club Series?

I have no idea what the name of this series is, or even if all the books are actually connected.  But Matthew Pearl has written four thrillers based on different classic literature, and I'm a big Dante fan.

What series have you missed out on and can't wait to try?