A to Z Challenge Update

As September begins, I only have 4 books left in my A to Z Challenge and I already have them lined up. Here’s what you can expect in the next month or so.

I: Interview with the Vampire (No secret, I love vampires. I’ve heard great things about this. October read for sure)

Interview With The Vampire

K: Killer Cruise (I’m reading now)

Killer Cruise

W: Wicked: Witch and Curse (I just ordered off Amazon to take Wuthering Heights spot…yay!)

Wicked Witch and Curse


Y: Your Mouth Drives me Crazy (This was an Oprah Book Club book my mom read, not as steamy as she expected lol)

Your Mouth Drives Me Crazy

If you’ve read any of these, without giving away spoilers, let me know what you think 🙂


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Abandoned Book Shelf

I have added my first book to the “Abandoned Book Shelf”. Gasp, I know. And as I told my fiance that I had stopped reading Wuthering Heights because I was having a hard time getting into it, he said “Isn’t that one of the most popular books ever written?”. Yes, yes it is.

I’d waited 9 months since I read Jane Eyre and finally decided that I would give Emily Bronte a chance. I’ve been reading a lot of fluff, fun books lately and thought I’d try to harden it up. DIDN’T WORK!

 I couldn’t tell you how many time I had to go back and read 2-3 pages because I forgot what I’d just read. My mind kept going elsewhere and it just wasn’t sticking. I read the first 50 pages and wasn’t interested.

I would probably have to say that there’s too many other things on my mind right now to have to think hard about something I read. I AM getting married in a month and 11 days. Maybe I need to keep it light until then 🙂

So, you may be wondering what I’ve taken up instead. Good question. I am now reading Killer Cruise. It’s about a group of high schoolers who go on a cruise and they find out some drama happened the year before. Goal of the cruise, make it a week, ALIVE! Yay for meaningless Young Adult books. I am back in my happy place now.

I will try to read Wuthering Heights at another time. I’m just not sure when.

Oh, by the way, Wuthering Heights was my W Title Book for my A to Z Challenge. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

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My Very First Award!


Super thanks to Alita.Reads for giving me my first blog award. Too cool!

Here’s the description of this award:

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken– excellence, grace, and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.”

It didn’t take me long to figure out who I would pass this onto:

Read Into This

Wite Meg!

Cover to Cover

I enjoy all of these blogs and click on them multiple times a day to make sure I don’t miss anything 🙂 Check them out!


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AnnAlysis: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (movie)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

I have been leery about watching this movie since it came out. I knew I wanted to watch it, but since I’m such a book nerd, I wanted to read the book first. I just looked at the review I did when I read this book and the first sentence was almost exactly the same 🙂

I only gave the book 3 bookmarks. It was just ok. I felt like I put quite a bit of pressure on it because I was so excited to read it and it just didn’t match up.

The movie on the other hand, I really liked. I think it was mainly because I could see the characters. I liked being able to see Phoebe grow up with her down syndrome. I think it helped me relate to her better. I also think that since it started in the 60s, it’s not a time I knew, it was nice to see it. I liked the visual of the hospital, the nurses, how people acted and dressed. It’s easier, for me, to watch those things then try to picture them in my mind.

The only thing that really stood out to me as missing from the movie was the emphasis the book put on Norah’s alcoholism. There was one point where David told her to drink another one, but that’s it. I thought the book hit on that really hard, but the movie let it slide.

It’s been a few months since I read the book, but I don’t remember Phoebe going to see Paul play in the book like they showed in the movie. I actually really liked that part. It showed a bond. They didn’t realize what it was at the time, but I thought it was a nice touch.

And yes, like ALL Lifetime movies, I shed a little tear. I even know what happened.

I give the movie 4 popcorns.

To see my book review on The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, click here.

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Booking Through Thursday 9/3

Booking Through ThursdayIt’s that time of week again when Booking Through Thursday asks about a recent book you’ve read. This week’s question is “What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?”.

You could either answer this question by length or by popularity. I’ve been working on my A to Z List and have just been reading random books I’ve found so the popularity question is kind of void for me.

I looked through a couple of books to see what my longest read has been and while Dracula took me longest to read, Son of a Witch was the longest book.  It was 407 pages.

Maybe length isn’t my thing. I didn’t really like this book. I only gave it 2 bookmarks. Click here to read my review.


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AnnAlysis: X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

Yes, random I know. It was the only book with a title starting with X that I could find. I imagined a title like that being a pirate book, but it only cost me $2 on Amazon. How can you not scoop that up?

I’ve never watched the X Files series. I like ghost stories and Men in Black  but this was never a show I got into. I thought the book series came first, but on the cover it says it’s “based on the television series.” So if anyone watched the show, the books would probably repeat.

In X Marks the Spot, Agent Scully and Agent Mulder meet. They both work for the FBI. Right now Scully is teaching a class and Mulder, well they are trying to squash what he is doing. He is one of the best murder investigators of all time, but likes to spend his time with the “others”. Scully is asked to spend some time with Mulder, take notes and bring them back to the big wigs so they can finally put this X Files madness to rest. Problem is, when they go on their first story, Scully isn’t sure what she believes and doesn’t believe anymore when multiple members from the Class of ’89 are dying.

This book was ok. Once you get to a certain point, if you’re into mystery books, you can guess who the host is.

I know this is silly, but I think I’m allergic to the book. As I mentioned, I ordered it from Amazon. It was printed in 1995 and I’m not sure where it’s been sitting since then. The pages are definitely yellow and something within them keeps making me sneeze. It happened the first night I read it and I laughed because I couldn’t be allergic to it, but then last night the same thing happened, and actually as I write this, and have been flipping through the book, my nose is running. I can’t let that judge my review though 🙂

This book did make me want to watch the series. If I see it on in the future, I will check it out. I give the book 2 bookmarks.


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AnnAlysis: The Quickie

The Quickie

You may notice a trend in my reviews lately. I keep saying “I just got this book because I needed it for my A to Z Challenge.” You may also notice that I have REALLY liked all of them. And this one went way above and beyond.

I have always heard great things about James Patterson, but this is the first one of his that I’ve picked up.

I knew from the back of the book that cheating was involved and a murder, but I was shocked throughout the entire book how many twists and turns there were. Every time I thought nothing else could happen, another curveball was thrown. There’s really not a lot I can say about this book without giving things away, except don’t ever think you’re in the clear of the drama. It’s always around the corner.

One of the things I really liked about this book, and I’m not sure if it rings true for all Patterson books, but they have super short chapters. Most are 2-3 pages. Yes, there are over 100 chapters, but I’m the kind of reader who likes to pop open my book when I have a few minutes here and there. With such short chapters, I was able to knock out a chapter in my couple of  minutes and not get stuck in the middle of something huge.

This book is definitely not the normal type of book I read. I am more of a fluff reader, but after this, I’ll have to start picking up more of his books. If they’re all this drama filled, I’m a lifer 🙂

I wish I could just spill all the drama, but I’m not going to. Instead, I am going to give this book 5 bookmarks. Yes, you heard right. There’s not one thing I have to complain about this book. Absolutely loved it!



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