Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March Madness Final Update: a little late


I'm a little late to post this update.  Last month, I was going strong with my posting, then I fell off a table and hurt my back (short but interesting story, I'll tell you later).  The pain threw me off schedule in so many ways. 

Regardless of my lack of posting, I finished strong in March Madness.

Thank you, Cedar Station for hosting this event that got me over my reading slump.
  1. Don't Know Much About History - Kenneth C. Davis - non-fiction
  2. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day - Matt Kepnes - non-fiction
  3. Dream Save Do - Betsy and Warren Talbot - non-fiction
  4. This World We Live In - Susan Beth Pfeffer - fiction
  5. High Five - Janet Evanovich - audio fiction
  6. You Deserve to Love Your Job - Alexis Grant - non-fiction
  7. Every Man Dies Alone - Hans Fallada - fiction
  8. Hot Six - Janet Evanovich - audio fiction
  9. The Publicist Book One and Two - Christina George - fiction
  10. The Song Remains the Same - Allison Winn Scotch - fiction
  11. New Worlds for All - Colin G. Calloway - non-fiction
Now, I need to write about them.

April's Hit List

My April stack is huge. I'm on a roll because of March Madness.  Plus I'm moving this month so some of the books shown are on their last ditch effort and a three are library books.
  • Anna and the French Kiss
  • She's So Dead to Us (reread)
  • He's So Not Worth It
  • The Bride Wore Size 12
  • Amazing Women - non-fiction
  • Charlie Bone series
  • flip through Western Literature - keep or toss
  • Shelf Life - review book
Then I have 5 books put aside for the time I'm off work at the end of the month with all kinds of time on my hands.  Hehehe

Today I packed up my books that I'm mailing to myself in Alaska.  So exciting.  Heavy box.  I hope it doesn't cost me too much money to mail.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Mail

The best part of getting mail:  Books, of course

Monday, Monday - review book from FSB Associates
Hypocrisy - review book for iRead Book Tours
I Capture the Castle - recommendation from Cedar Station

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cooking My Way

My ongoing cooking project:
Country Morning Maple Muffins
I thought these muffins were very good. Moist. Filling. Flavorful. A little crunchy.

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup long-cooking oats, uncooked
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon maple extract (I didn't use)
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir together flour, oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Cream together brown sugar, margarine and egg.  Add milk, maple syrup and maple extract to creamed mixture until well-blended.  Combine dry ingredients with creamed mixture.  Stir in pecans.  Spoon into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm.  Yields 12 muffins.
(copied from: not sure of book)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Giveaway: The Publicist by Christina George

Thanks to iRead Book Tours I get to offer a giveaway of The Publicist and Shelf Life by Christina George.

My Thoughts on The Publicist, Book One:
Christina George writes in a manner that is very easy to read.  Her book is the first that I've read about the publishing industry.  As an avid reader, I would love to know if the book resembles the real-life industry.  She has intrigued me.  As the cover indicates, there is a sexy element to the story; however, the novel is more about Kate's life as a publicist than a sex story, which I appreciate.  I enjoy learning about the character and the plot versus having explicit sex scenes. The story follows Kate's journey with several books published by her publishing house.  Some book journeys are easy and some definitely are very trying.

At one point in the book, I wanted to throw it across the room and then retrieve it to find out what happened to Kate.  I love books that make me feel this way.  To me, that means the author has a great conflict/climax going on.

Try it.  I think you'll like it.

Now for the giveaway details:
  • Leave me a comment with a way to get ahold of you, in case you win
  • Ends April 12, 2014
  • US and international addresses
I'll post my thoughts on Shelf Life when I announce the winner next week.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Slice 20: Library

Yesterday, I went to the library.  My mission: return 2 overdue books and get 2 books to finish a series.  That was it. 

Returned books: check
Paid fine: check

Turned around and looked at new arrivals.  Oh no.  Bad idea.
Don't look Bree.  Just don't look.  Focus.

Crap.  New book in a series by Meg Cabot.  In my arms it goes.  Darn it. 

I still need to walk to the section to get originally intended books.  Will I make it?

Teen section: check
1 of 2 intended books: check

Turned around.  Not a good idea.  Oh, look there is another book I had in my queue.  In my arms it goes.

Don't look at the movies as you walk by.  Don't.  Quick peek.  No, turn your eyes away.  Phew made it through that section.

Heading towards front to check out.  Brain thought:  oh I wonder if they have the Allison Winn Scotch book I discovered on

Up the stairs I go.  Eyes sparkling.  Rows and rows of books.  Screw it.  Runs fingers over book spines.  Grinning madly.  Brain thought:  No library in Alaska where I'm going.  Enjoy the mass quantity of free books available.  My bookshelves can wait.

Happy girl walking out of library with 4 books.

And I don't want the library books to feel lonely so here are the books I've received from this week.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Slice 19: Love

Yesterday at work, I overheard someone say "I love you" to another co-worker.  These two people have not been dating very long, less than 2 months.  It really got me to thinking about love.  I'm still thinking about that moment even now.

How long does it take a person to fall in love with someone else?  Should you try to avoid it until you are positive?  What if you know the other person doesn't feel the same way? Do you still say it?  What if it makes the other person uncomfortable?  Do some people crave love so bad they say it even if they really are not in love with that person?  Why would you want to be so desperate?  Can you avoid it?  Is it possible to be with someone for a long period of time and still only be in "like" with them?  At what point do you cut it off? 

I have endless questions on the subject.

Clearly, I have issues with being in love with someone.  I'm hoping some day I'll get over the head-messing I allowed my last husband to do to me and will willingly love someone again.  Its hard and I'm not ready.  I never want to live with regrets again based on someone else's desires.

P.S.  the questions are stream-of-conscious meant for me.  No need to answer.

Yesterday Update:  My productiveness didn't end with going to work.  I completed 2 errands on the way to work.  After work, I spent 3 hours working on my TEFL course and learning Italian.  By the time I got my credit card and airline website to sync, the plane ticket dropped another $20!  Hell Yes!

Love life!  Thanks for all the encouragement in your comments this week.  I love it.