Sunday, January 28, 2018

January Read from TBR

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king's prison. The magus is interested only in the thief's abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone's guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Pages: 280

Published: 12/27/2005

I was unable to get through this story and I'm sad about it. It has high reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. I barely made it half way before I decided it wasn't worth forcing myself to read and dislike. Sadly this was a DNF for me. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Starting off with the oldest blog ever

So I am finally updating one of my oldest blogs

And I am using it again to help me keep track of reading materials, books I own, TBR pile and goals of what to read.

If you are interested in what it is and looks like hop on over to

The Tragically Forgotten Bookcase(s)

Join me on this wonderful reading experience and I will try to keep it updated this time :)

Review ~ Humanity's Hope by Pembroke Sinclair

Title: Humanity's Hope
Author: Pembroke Sinclair
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 252
I believe so

Reason for reading: It was offered free for a review.

Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.

*Trigger warning: attempted suicide

Thoughts: I have to admit it took me a little bit to get into this story. It started off fantastic about zombies and 3 kids running from them (Very Walking Dead or The Girl with All The Gifts) and the action that happens. Then it abruptly switches to Caleb in a computer room with no real ending or what happened kind of moment. From there we are left to piece together how society would function after a zombie plague and what that would look like. And with rebuilding of society you always have a division. Those who think zombies should be saved and those who think they should be "dealt with". Because of this division you now have the main twisting point of the story. 
The book itself was interesting to a point. We get the story from Caleb's perspective and him trying to survive in the aftermath, attempting to be "normal" while suffering from massive PTSD. At the same point he could be humanity's hope. The twist weren't really twist and the plot at times moved very slowly. That being said it was a quick and interesting read to get an idea of what society might have to do in order to rebuild after something as devastating as a zombies uprising. I enjoyed it and at other times when it was slow I found myself skimming. I think that it is really hard to write something that is original in our zombie flooded society right now. 
I did find some unique things that I enjoyed and at other times I found myself comparing the storyline to previous read books or shows I have seen. 

Goodreads: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend: If you are looking for a YA zombie book or our new to the zombie reading realm then this would be a good one to read. If however, you are a zombie reading and self-proclaimed zombie buff like myself this one might not be a read for you. 

*About Humanity’s Hope*

Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.

*About Pembroke Sinclair*

Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming--the home of 56 nationalities--it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

You can learn more about Pembroke Sinclair by visiting her at:

*Find the Book*

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review ~ Final Girls by Riley Sager

Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Copyright: 2017
Type:  Suspense/Thriller
Pages: 342
Series: no

Reason for Reading
I heard on the Bookriot that it was an interesting read and I thought it was one I should check out. 

"The Final Girls need you. . . .  The Final Girls are tough, everything survivors should be.  But the new threat is clever, ominous, even closer than you suspect. You are about to gasp. You might drop the book. You may have to look over your shoulder. But you must keep reading.  This is the best book of 2017."—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Find Her

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

This book surprised me. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It constantly had me on guard and questioning what I thought I knew vs what I did know. I was definitely on the edge of my seat while reading it. There were constant twist and turns, some I expected while others completely took me by surprised. I have to say my favorite part is when Quincy flashes back to the night in the cabin when it all went horribly wrong. It was a mystery inside a thriller inside a mystery due to the flashbacks of the original crime and what is currently happening with the final girls. 
I have to say the twist and turns are what kept me on the edge of my seat. There were a few plot devices that I didn't care for but managed to overlook them due to the fantastic story and writing that comes with this books. It is one of the few books I read in 2017 that I can say I recommend with most of my conversations. 

Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? I already have recommended this numerous times. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

37 going on 38 List of things to do this year

Per tradition I have decided to make a list of 37 things to do before I turn 38... It's always exciting to figure/plan and think about what I want to accomplish this year. Turning 37 has affected me more then I originally thought it would so I am hoping that by doing this list and keeping tradition alive I will calm down.

1. Per usual I am going to attempt to read 52 books again in 52 weeks
2. Off to Dragon Con!! What what!
3. I would like to break a habit particularly the habit of drinking soda
4. Start living a Keto life
5. Take a trip somewhere road trip or fly
6. Organize my 2nd bedroom
7. Organize my kitchen
8. Get a refrigerator
9. Get a living room set
10. Cook more at home
11. Learn and follow a budget
12. Pay utilities on time
13. de-clutter again
14. SAVINGS account have one and get more then 6.00 in it
15. Learn about aromatherapy and how to use it everyday
16. lose weight
17. learn a new hobby (knitting, crochet)
18. Finish Criminal Minds
19. I will start a journal at least 3 times a week and follow through with writing in it
20. Bible time (study some chapters)
21. Visit a museum
22. Get back to writing either stories or ideas of stories
23. Drink more water
24. Make tea once a week
25. love on the animals and show them more affection
26. spend more time outside
27. read at least 1 classical book
28. read at least 1 banned book
29. Learn how to use my instant pot
30. get art framed
31. get a routine for cleaning house
32. pay off 3 cards this year
33. review books that I've read
34. Go to a coffee shop that isn't Starbucks
35. Go and hear more live music
36. Go on the Tap Tour
37. See the 10 must see artworks in KC

I'm super excited to get started on these things and I will blog as I accomplish them!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

36 things to do before 37 completed sort of

This year I managed to do a challenge of 35 things to do before I turned 36. I was successful for some of the items but not on others. I want to keep this tradition alive and come up with 36 things to do before I turn 37 on 1/4/18.

My List:
1. Well to keep with yet another tradition of attempting to read 52 books in 52 weeks!
2. Take time to see and enjoy the total solar eclipse in august of this year Although it was cloudy and raining all day :(
3. Finish a challenge
4. Get Healthy: focus on one thing and make it work
5. Get new habits formed (healthy ones)
6. Be more mindful in my 36th year
7. Travel to New York (see the fireworks on the Hudson River this year)
8. Finish setting up my place (bookcases need, frames,
9. Pay off my debt the goal is to pay off 4 credit cards this year (aiming low)
10. Take more time for me
11. Learn the area around me more go and see parks, walk trails, see what is out there
12. Watch less TV and read more
13. Walk the dog and actually enjoy it (play with her more too)
14. Give more away and buy less (look at the minimalist lifestyle more)
15. Review more things I love
16. Listen to more music
17. Talk less listen more
18. Take more pictures/selfies
19. Study God and love Him more, learn his Word and see what growth comes from it
20. journal journal journal
21. Learn how to be happy single
22. Spend more time with Mom (help her)
23. Find something positive in everyday
24. 100 days of photos
25. 100 letters to me
26. See about attending a local festival
27. Get to Chicago this year!!
28. Attend at least one con (man I miss it)
29. Road trip!
30. Learn more about me and who I am as well as what I want from life
31. Fill up my wall of pictures
32. write more letters to friends and family
33. Be Thankful daily
34. Be a better friend
35. Learn to cook
36. Live more

Here's to a great year!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Review ~ An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Copyright: 2015
Type:  ya/dystopian
Pages: 453
1. An Ember in the Ashes
2. A Torch Against the Night
3. A Reaper At the Gate

Reason for Reading
I heard on the Bookriot that it was an interesting read and I thought it was one I should check out. 

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

This book did the typical where the girl is a Mary Sue and the boy is a bad ass this fits the thing I like about it is the girl remain who she is she stays true to her and yet she doesn't she grows. And the bad ass well he doesn't want to be a bad ass he wants to be different. I liked it oddly enough I really enjoyed it sadly enough I really did. I read it in 2 days and I was shocked at how it kept me interested. The school was fascinating the trails Elias had to go through was more so. Laia grows into who she needs to be while at the same time realizing that maybe she is being taking advantage of the whole time you can't help but wondering if you got the twist right or if you are wrong. I had to say this was one I enjoyed it. The real question though is will I continue the series?

Goodreads: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? I have to say I enjoyed it enough that if I ran into someone who liked ya action themed books this would be a recommendation. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review ~ Yesterday by Felicia Yap

Title: Yesterday
Author: Felicia Yap
Copyright: 2017
Type:  Dystopian/Mystery/Fiction
Pages: 352
Series: no

Reason for Reading
I heard on the Bookriot that it was an interesting read and I thought it was one I should check out. 

How do you solve a murder when you only remember yesterday?

Imagine a world in which classes are divided not by wealth or religion but by how much each group can remember. Monos, the majority, have only one day’s worth of memory; elite Duos have two. In this stratified society, where Monos are excluded from holding high office and demanding jobs, Claire and Mark are a rare mixed marriage. Clare is a conscientious Mono housewife, Mark a novelist-turned-politician Duo on the rise. They are a shining example of a new vision of tolerance and equality—until…

...a beautiful woman is found dead, her body dumped in England’s River Cam. The woman is Mark’s mistress, and he is the prime suspect in her murder. The detective investigating the case has secrets of his own. So did the victim. And when both the investigator’s and the suspect’s memories are constantly erased—how can anyone learn the truth?

Told from four different perspectives, that of Mark, Claire, the detective on the case, and the victim—Felicia Yap’s staggeringly inventive debut leads us on a race against an ever-resetting clock to find the killer. With the science-fiction world-building of Philip K. Dick and the twisted ingenuity of Memento , Yesterday is a thriller you’ll never forget.

I have to say the whole premise was very interesting. What would life be like if you could only remember 1 day back or 2 days back at most? It hit on issues of segregation and bias of Duos being better and smarter then Monos. The hate between the 2 was very realistic and interesting. I have to say the mystery was also interesting and seeing it from a Mono detective who is pretending to be a Duo in order to keep his job. There is also a couple that is Mono and Duo married and how is that affected and how does it work. Then we have Sophia who can actually remember everything from age 23 on. And how does she fit into all of this. I had to say that I preferred seeing how the people lived and their everyday life with having 2 days of memories and 1 day of memories then I was about the actual mystery that is taking place. The world building was done very well with limited telling and more showing which I enjoyed. This book had a twist at the end that I didn't see coming and I have to say while that was interesting I enjoyed learning more about the people in the book and the characters then anything else. 

Goodreads: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? I enjoyed the concept and found the storyline interesting like how do Mono and Duo work. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Review ~ The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Copyright: 2014
Type:  YA, fantasty
Pages: 355
Series: yes
1. The Winner's Curse 
2. The Winner's Crime
3. The Winner's Kiss

Reason for Reading
First and foremost the cover is beautiful secondly it just sounded interesting and I couldn't pass it up. 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

This was one of those books that I didn't anticipate to be so good. I sat down and started reading it. I have to say I even rolled my eyes a few times at Kestrel and her typical story plot. Then the next thing I realized it was 11 pm and I had finished the book and was ordering the 2nd in the trilogy. I was completely blown away with not only the story but also how much I had come to care for the characters. I liked that Kestrel was strategically smart but not physically a warrior. I liked that she knew this and overcame her obstacle by using her mind and not bronze. I came to appreciate Arin and how he was, who he was, and how he came to be the person that Kestrel will eventually fall in love with. I love the fact that while it was a Romeo and Juliet it wasn't they both live in a world of choices and Kestrel and Arin are going to have to get past this and their past in order to make it in the future. I have to admit the ending and cliff hanger-ish kind of upset me but it did make me want to read the 2nd book and after all isn't that the point of an ending?

Goodreads: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? It took me by complete surprise I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I ended up reading it in one night. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review ~ The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

Title: The Zookeeper's Wife
Author: Diane Ackerman
Copyright: 2008
Type:  Historical Fiction/Biography
Pages: 384
Series: no

Reason for Reading
The movie was coming out and I thought I need to read this first. Sadly I never saw the movie nor did I finish the book before the movie went to DVD
The New York Times bestseller: a true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story—sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.

I enjoyed this book I really did. The story over all was very sad and I found that I was crying over the animals more then the people which doesn't speak very highly of me but alas the way that Antonina describes them and how she cared for them made me feel for them even more. I felt so bad about the animals and her son Rhys who every time he got attached to one it was killed. I also couldn't image what it was like for Antonia being pregnant at this whole time and during WW2. It was so stressful for her and this book got it across to the reader. The tension was off the chain in this book. The thing I didn't appreciate was the fact of it skipping around and it was definitely not written by Antonina it was a lot of guessing and filling in. This bothered me since Antonina kept a journal during the whole time so why didn't they take more of it and use it. I have to say though for the most part I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to know what it was like for Polish people during WW2. 

Goodreads: 3 out of 5 stars

Would you recommend this book to others? It wasn't what I was expecting but it was okay.

Monday, November 20, 2017

If I could only watch 5 movies

How does one pick a favorite movie let alone a top five? Does picking only one make it easier or harder?
Earlier this week I was asked if you had to pick 5 movies to watch the rest of my life which 5 would I pick and why? Seriously?! Who does that? Can you actually only pick 5 movies to watch for the rest of your life? And if you had to pick only 5 movies how in the world would you go around picking those 5 movies and how would you narrow that down?

So then I was stuck with the sad job of deciding which 5 movies would I take on a desert island situation and how I would narrow down the movie selections to the top 5. So the next thing I had to determine what categories I pick from do pick from genres or is this ALL movies? Apparently it is ALL movies (NOOOOOOOOO) so that didn’t help.

Then I had to determine do you pick based off a movie that made you laugh (Galaxy Quest, Pineapple Express, Hangover, or Shaun of the Dead), cry (Forest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Notebook, 12 Years A Slave), something that invokes a reaction from you (Hidden Figures, American History X, Clockwork Orange, Shawshank Redemption)? Do you pick the movie you still talk about or how about the movie that makes you start a conversation (Enemy of the State, Rear Window, Zodiac, Eagle Eye)? Do you pick a movie that has taught you a life lesson or made you read the book (Lord of the Rings trilogy, or Harry Potter series, or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Braveheart, again Forest Gump)? Or perhaps it is the movie that made you go “that’s not at all like the book!” “The book is better!” (I won’t even go there with this)Do you pick the movie you quote the most from (Hot Fuzz, Hitchhiker’s Guide from the Galaxy, Princess Bride, Friday, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)? Or do you go with the movie that you can relate to the most and if you do pick that one does that change during your life (Angry Birds anyone)?
And to be honest how do you narrow down from all of those plus The Mummy, Jurassic Park (all of them), Clue and or Murder by Death? Not to mention all of the great movies that were mentioned by everyone when I asked on Twitter and Facebook. All were very helpful in reminding me of movies that I needed to add to my list.
This is what I narrowed it down to as my top 5 choices and might I add it was hard (really really freaking hard)

1) Jurassic Park - One or all of the movies I could seriously watch these over and over and over and  as a matter of fact I did when I was in India for 6 months :) It is a fantastic movie, great quotes, fantastic theme (don't play God) (respect nature) and great eye candy ;) I love them all and can't wait for the 5th one to come out.

2) Galaxy Quest - This movie is just funny it has a lot of great quotes, it makes me laugh and it is just flat out hysterical. I love it with all my whole heart. Whenever I am sad I go to this movie and it makes me laugh and makes me happy. I just love to quote it and I love to laugh along with it. "Do you think they are the miners?" "Oh yeah sure they're like 2" "Not minors, miners" "You lost me?" Gawd I love this movie seriously I'm laughing why I typed that.

3) Forrest Gump - There are just a lot of great lessons in this movie, putting the past behind you, be a good person, expect the unexpected (box of chocolates) love and accept anyone for who they are, don't hold grudges, be present, learn to appreciate what you have, keep your promises, be a good person. Gawd this movie just is fantastic, other then the running bit I have to say I just love this movie it has so many great things going on. I especially like the lesson don't give up on love. He breaks my heart with Jenny but my gawd I love this movie it makes me want to be a Forrest or have one. The part the breaks my heart is when Forrest discovers he has a son and asks "Is he smart or is he like me?" Geez stick a knife in my heart I cry like a little child all the freaking time.

4) Clue - "Long Story short" "Too late!" This is one of those movies that I just can't stop watching over and over and over. Even though I have seen every ending that they have. I love the comedic timing and I love the one liners and hell I even love the plot. The movie is fast paced and the zingers come like no other. I can't help but watch it every other month or so because hey why not.

5) LOTR's - Yes this is cheating I know that there are actually 3 of these movies and then the Hobbit spin off but I will only pick the original 3 movies. I thoroughly enjoy these movies and every Christmas I watch this trilogy with my mom and it is a wonderful tradition that we do together. You can see my thoughts on LOTRs here.

Runner ups per Twitter (movies that got triggered due to Twitter or just some great movies that were brought up due to friends on Twitter)

1. Angry Birds -  When I stumbled upon this gem I can't help but really relate to it. I am the angry bird. I am RED which is sad cause I always wanted to be Chuck but sadly I am Red which is fine because hey he is the winner winner chicken dinner which now that I typed that sounds really bad but alas he is the main character and it is about an angry bird that saves the day and learns to deal with some of his anger issues but man I can seriously watch this movie all day every day and I think I have watched it at least once a week since it came out. Definitely a gem I am glad I stumbled across.
2. Indiana Jones
3.Harry Potter
4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
5. Captain America
6. Aliens
7. Much Ado About Nothing
8. Roman Holiday
9. The Mummy
10. Independence Day
11. Wonder Woman
12. Mulan
13. Wall-E

Needless to say I may end up having to take a jump drive, usb and or extra everything in order to survive a desert island then again if I am ever on said island watching movies is probably going to be pretty low on my list of things I need to accomplish at the moment.

January Read from TBR

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Summary : The king's scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. T...