Celebrating one year with three giveaways!!

Celebrating one year with three giveaways!!

Confession time: our one year was technically December 4, but it slipped by unnoticed. I mean,  I knew we launched in December last year, but had no clue which date it really was. I estimated the 14th, but I was off by ten days. But WHO CARES because we want to celebrate with a giveaway because its the holidays and Ashley and I both really love gift giving. And this is the easiest gift giving in history because we know you all like books! Before I get to the deats, I’ll make you suffer through a little reflection. For me, this blogging thing has been addicting, frustrating and fun. Addicting because obviously is immensely satisfying when someone comments on your posts. Out in that big bad internet someone has taken the time to say something about what you’ve done. Everyone gets a kick out of that. Frustration comes in when… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: NaNovember

Monthly Wrap-Up: NaNovember

Ugh, was the end of November tense or what? Oh, that was just me, because I procrastinate and have to write 30K in a week. I’m a serial procrastinator. I will put things off as long as possible if there is a deadline. I always get my shit done if it is required — say for work or personal life management, but the pressure of the deadline is what gets me motivated. I’ve said before that I pants my way through blogging, for the most part. NaNovember was a lesson in how that can bite you in the tuchus. It was also Sci-Fi November (by Rinn Reads & Oh, The Books), and while I was able to post two blogs about my favorite Sci-Fi series, I ran out of time for my word count and had to pass on writing the one I was most excited about — why Dollhouse… Read more »

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Review: A Triple Knot

Review: A Triple Knot

I received a free electronic copy of A Triple Knot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I’ve sat down to write this review several times and always ended up with a case of writer’s block. And, I think I’ve discovered the reason why. Normally, reviews are easy-ish for me to write because I either love or hate a book. But, that wasn’t the case here; it left me feeling lukewarm. Don’t get me wrong, A Triple Knot, is definitely worth reading, but it takes a little time to get into. Let me explain… If you don’t know it by now, I have a weakness for historical fiction. Which is funny, considering I loathe anything nonfiction, and most HFs are based on facts or true events, however sketchy the details may be. With that said, HFs can be a gamble. Well, for me anyways, because I tend to seek… Read more »

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TTT: Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

TTT: Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. Here are the Top 10 Books Anne and I are looking forward to in 2015! Let me preface my picks by saying I feel somewhat silly that all my picks are YA, BUT most of the books I was really looking forward to will have already been released or won’t be until 2016. So…don’t judge me.             1. The Heir by Kiera Cass So, I loved the Selection series, and only thought it was a trilogy. However, I was randomly searching the Interwebs and saw there’s going to be another book! Woot woot! It’s mainly about America and Maxon’s daughter, but maybe we’ll get to see a little bit of her parent’s happy-ever-after. Plus,… Read more »

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Top 5 FRIENDSgiving episodes

Top 5 FRIENDSgiving episodes

  Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday! I love everything about it. The food, the season, awkward family moments, and the pure bliss of enjoying the moment while overindulging on everything. I also love “Friends.” Even if it has been off the air for 10 years It has been a tradition of mine to watch all of the FRIENDSgiving episodes on Turkey Day, and I thought it would be fun to share my top five favorite episodes. Enjoy! 5) Season 4: “The One With Chandler in Box” There’s a lot of drama in this episode. Joey and Chandler are fighting because Chandler kissed his girlfriend, and has to spend a majority of the episode in a box. Ross and Rachel have recently broken up and are still feuding. Ross finds out Rachel exchanges most of the gifts she receives, and he demands that she show him gifts he’s previously given… Read more »

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TTT: Books I’m Thankful for

TTT: Books I’m Thankful for

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. I felt like this week’s topic (Books on my Winter TBR list) was too similar to upcoming topics, so I tweaked it to be more Thanksgiving-y in nature. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday, because you don’t have to worry about buying the perfect gift. You just show up and eat AMAZING food. Anywho, here are my picks for books I’m thankful for.               1) The Serendipity Series by Stephen Cosgrove I can’t tell you how many times I checked out these books from the library. I loved all the animals and beautiful illustrations, and it just made reading enjoyable, at a young age. I didn’t realize this, but Stephen Cosgrove wrote… Read more »

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Monday Movie Magic: Mortal Heart

Monday Movie Magic: Mortal Heart

Woot, woot! We’ve taken a little hiatus from some of our regularly scheduled posts. So, I’m bringing Monday Movie Magic back by rounding out the His Fair Assassin series by casting Mortal Heart. And, in case you haven’t gotten a chance, you can read my review here. I hope you enjoy my picks! Balthazar / Mortain: Ben Barnes                     You may or may not recognize Ben Barnes, but he’s actually been involved in quite a few fantasy and period films. Most notably, he portrayed Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I mean, just look at those eyes. I don’t think anyone can argue why Annith would fall for Balthazar, do you? In any case, not only does he have the right look but also the acting range to pull off the brooding, wild yet feeling God of Death…. Read more »

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Film Review: Mockingjay: Part 1

Film Review: Mockingjay: Part 1

Anne and I saw Mockingjay: Part 1 last night and I hate to admit it, but I was a bit disappointed. Granted, in my opinion, the source material wasn’t as engrossing as the first two books, but, still, I had such high hopes going into the film. Director, Frances Lawrence, came into THG series with such gusto, partly because he had something to prove, given the criticism of the first film. In Catching Fire, the storytelling was tight and engaging – almost leaving no room to catch your breath and leaving you on the edge of your seat. However, with the return of his sophomore film in the series, it fell short and felt flat. Here are my gripes… SCS Pandemic SCS or Shaky Camera Syndrome has got to stop. When done well and/or in moderation, it’s slightly annoying. But, when the majority of the film makes you feel like… Read more »

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Discussion: Posting for commenting’s sake

Discussion: Posting for commenting’s sake

This discussion probably won’t mean much to you if you are an expert of scheduling your posts in advance. And as you can probably surmise, I am terrible at scheduling out posts. Blogging for me is a full-on hobby, and I get to it when I have time, but it doesn’t overtake any opportunities to do things in-person. So what do I mean by this? I blog when I don’t have other plans. That sounds like I don’t care about it, but that’s just not true. If I started to get crazy with a schedule and self-mandated deadlines, it would lose all fun. I do too similar of activities for work, and I want to keep this far from that sphere. And I’m succeeding at being casual (numbers and metrics don’t bother me), until it comes down to commenting on other blogs. Then I start feeling blog-conscious about not having… Read more »

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Top episodes of my favorite Sci-Fi series: Firefly

Top episodes of my favorite Sci-Fi series: Firefly

Hey there Browncoats! In honor of Sci-Fi November (by Rinn Reads and Oh, The Books), I decided to share my love for one of my favorite series, the short-lived Firefly. Most geeks you know probably profess their love for this cult classic, lamenting how it was cut short. Only the good die young. Firefly is a Western/Sci-Fi series, where Malcom Reynolds and his crew travel through space on their ship Serenity looking to make a living, often on jobs that aren’t so legal. Mal and Zoë, his second in command, fought together in a war of independence against the Alliance, and were on the losing side, but six years later they still are fiercely loyal to their cause and take a lot of jobs that tend to screw the Alliance over. In the pilot episode, fancy doctor Simon and his touched sister River join the crew, and they are also… Read more »

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