Meeting Marie Lu and other reasons I’ve been MIA

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I’ve been MIA as of late. I blame the horrendous winter weather. (Haha, just kidding. I live in the south! But it has been “cold.”) I’ve been doing more than documenting, including reading without reviewing.

As part of my personal resolutions as opposed to my bookish ones, I’ve been trying to focus more on myself and “self-care,” which means putting less pressure on myself to do all the things. Finding opportunities to “rest” and “relax” helps me “recharge.” (I’m using all the buzzwords in the hopes that it will make it easier. I don’t think it’s working. HA!) Anywho, I’m back. Cue dramatic entrance.



Meeting Marie Lu


For the release of Batman: Nightwalker, I went to Parnassus Books in Nashville to see Marie Lu speak. She was so awesome and sweet in person. Per usual, I completely blacked out when I actually spoke to her but I believe I rambled about my love of Batman and how my car’s name is Bruce Wayne. I’ve yet to read the book but it’s definitely on my TBR.

Jan/Feb Reviews 

 2018 Reading Challenge Progress


 I have read 15 out of 100 books.

Currently Reading


Next on my TBR


What I’m Listening To


What I’m Watching

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I’m a proud member of #Bachelornation, and The Bachelor Winter Games was the most entertaining 8 hours of television I’ve ever seen. (In addition to the Bachelor, I was watching six hours of bachelor television a week. No wonder I went MIA.) Not only did it have our favorite cast of characters from various seasons of the Bachelor and Bachelorette, it included people from the international versions as well. The tongue-in-cheek way the Bachelor franchise replicated the winter Olympics, including sports broadcast-type interviews and winter sport competitions, was epic. I’m pretty sure I laughed my butt off the entire time. The show is over now, but its definitely worth streaming if it seems like your type of thing.

What I’m writing


The main reason I’ve been MIA is because I’ve been in my writing cave. I’m trying to stay motivated to finish my manuscripts. I have three of them. I need to stop worrying about querying and finding an agent and just do it! I’m finalizing edits and looking for beta readers. Every day after work, I tell myself “I got this” complete with the SOA-inspired black eye from my own self-doubt. Wish me luck!




Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

May has come and gone. I’ve been yo-yoing between voracious reading and a book slump, where everything I read is meh, which makes it hard to write reviews.

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 Book of the Month*


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 5 Stars

FINALLY! It came. It conquered. I’m now utterly ruined for any other type of literature for the foreseeable future.

*based on books reviewed this month

April Reviews (Total-7)

The Chosen by J.R. Ward – 3 Stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – 2.5 Stars

Twist by Kylie Scott – 4 Stars

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins – 5 Stars

Honor by Jay Crownover – 3 Stars

Sanguine Moon by Jennifer Foxcroft – 5 Stars

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress


 I have read 43 out of 100 books. (Read 12 books this month.)

Currently Reading


Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

I’m not really liking it so far…Hopefully it gets better.

Next on my TBR


What I’m Watching


It’s time!!!! I am a HUGE fan of The Bachelorette and proud member of #Bachelornation. My Monday nights consist of The Bachelorette, wine and yoga pants.

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I’ve also been watching the Amazon Original series Sneaky Pete. It’s wildly entertaining starring David Shore and Bryan Cranston. It’s great for fans of Breaking Bad.

What I’m writing

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I’m almost done with my current round of edits on my first work in progress. These last few chapters have been a huge hurdle because something isn’t right and I can’t figure out what it is. I just need to buckle down and figure it out.



Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

August was a great month for reading, not so much for blogging.


 Book of the Month*


The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins  – 5 star review

I’m still thinking about this book. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out in March 2017.

*based on books reviewed this month

July Reviews (Total-2)

First & Then by Emma Mills

June Anticipated Releases

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Upcoming Reviews

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 2016 Reading Challenge Progress

2016 Reading Challenge

I have read 83 out of 100 books. (Read 9 books this month.)

Currently Reading


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This book is dark, but good. It’s already haunting me when I’m forced to set it down to participate in reality.

Next on my TBR


I really like Kasie West and I received it with my monthly Uppercase Box.

What I’m Watching


I’m going to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios in Orlando for the FIRST TIME over labor day weekend. In preparation, I’m binge-watching the entire movie series. It’s amazing how much I’ve forgotten from the movies. I can’t imagine how much I’ve forgotten from the actual HP book series. Someday I’ll reread them, but not today.

What I’m Writing


I’m prepping for NaNoWriMo in November. This time I’m going to plot my novel, not write by the seat of my pants. Hopefully, this will spare me unnecessary edits in the future.