Long Time No Postings

Where have I been? I feel like it has been forever since I have been on here! This is because my computer likes to stop working a lot of the time. So I either have to use our iPad or do not post. This has been my answer for the past several weeks. New computers are giant purchases that I’m not willing to make at this time. So instead I’ll type from a tiny keyboard from my ipad. 

So since that’s out of the way it’s time to talk about other things that are taking a long time. Currently I’m finding myself in a rut. A reading rut that is. I cannot seem to finish reading a few books that I have started. Does anyone else in the world do this? I’m sure the answer is yes. We all do it. Here are my best tips to get out of that reading rut and get back into the swing of things!

  1. Organize the books that you have began reading. This may seem like a daunting task, but it helps you know where you stand. I find that if they’re all in one place you’re more likely to reach for one to finish until the stack is gone. 
  2. Set away time each day for your a book. I personally reach for one book each day and try to read for one hour. Some days it’s easier than others. The every day stressors tend to take over where we can’t even find one hour to read. The easiest way for me to do this is to power down my electronics and pick up a book. Studies suggest turning off electronics one hour before bed to assist with getting enough REM cycles. Try it out, your sleep will thank you for it.
  3. STOP PICKING UP NEW BOOKS. Several of the book readers I know are book hoarders. That means if I see any sale, I’m purchasing a book I may want to read a month to several years from now. Silly I know, but I like to be prepared to read more! The more you avoid purchasing new books, the more you will read the billions you have collected, or even started.
  4. Join a book club. This is honestly the biggest motivation for me to continue reading as quickly as I can. Our book club gathers once a month or once every other month depending if there are schedule conflicts. I’m sure no one likes to be the one in book club stating that they didn’t read the book. Let me tell you, I’ve been that person and it’s quite embarrassing because everyone else wants to talk about the book and you ruined it. Whomp whomp. What a bummer. 

I hope you can relate to these tips. I know I struggle with putting the electronics down and reading. Once that book opens, I’m asleep. Make sure in the comments you let me know what you get out of a book rut. Hopefully I’ll get to keep up easier with this blog now that I have computer access again! 

– Kylee

Book Sales

This past month I have went to two giant book sales. Luckily I live in a county with several public libraries. I am forever grateful for this. The two sales I went to were the Lititz Public Library sale and the Manheim Public Library Sale. lititzlibrarymanheimlib

These book sales were different for me. This time I went with a mission. My sister, Wendy, is a giant fan of Nora Roberts. So finding her a book she hasn’t read of Nora’s is fairly difficult. When I went to the book sales this year, Wendy asked me to find every J.D. Robb book I could find. Those of you who aren’t big book fans, J.D. Robb is a pen name for Nora Roberts. She created the “In Death..” series. I was so excited to find so many used books that were on my list. Over all I was able to find 18 books of the series. Sadly there is 53 or 54 books in the series, so we’re no where near completed with the collection. Wendy and I both have a running list of these books so we can mark them off as we find them! The best part of all of this? One of the books is a signed copy! What a find! You’ll see I also found a recipe book at the sale as well.

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Now to wait for the next sale to complete the series! Do you go to book sales with a mission as well? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: Shane Dawson It Gets Worse

As summer draws to an end, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite books of the summer. The book is Shane Dawson’s “It Gets Worse.”

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This is Shane’s second book. His first book “I Hate Myselfie” did very well when released and achieved:New York Times Bestseller,  Publishers Weekly Bestseller , Los Angeles Times Bestseller , Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Just to name a few.

I know you’re all thinking, “this book is for teenagers and not for adults.” Well think again. Shane Dawson is a huge Youtuber with over 7 million followers on one of his channels. That’s more people then I can even comprehend. Shane’s humor is on the adult side of things. So if you don’t like inappropriate/Rated R language  then this might not be the book for you.

Enough with the author, this book is hilariously funny. So funny I felt that the stories may have been made up because I couldn’t stop laughing. If you’re looking to that chapter just open the book. Shane puts his life experiences out there and adds a humorous twist to them despite how rough they were to live through. There are a few heartfelt chapters that give this person some depth so you realize he’s not totally crazy. My personal favorite is “Chub Rub.” I’m sure you can grasp the humor even by the name.

Overall I loved this book. It’s a great book by a youtuber that shows that they have more talent than making videos. Below I have linked Shane’s youtube channels and you guys let me know what biographies that you’ve read that you’ve enjoyed!

 

Link to Shanes Youtube Channels:

https://www.youtube.com/user/shane

https://www.youtube.com/user/ShaneDawsonTV

 

Snack Club Book Review: The Hypnotist’s Love Story

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Snack Club picked The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty as our book club book for July. This book follows Ellen O’Farrell on her journey to find love. Ellen is a hypnotherapist, which hits home for me because I am a therapist also. Ellen ends up meeting Patrick, who ends up being the man of her dreams. There is a catch. Patrick has a stalker. Moriarty does a wonderful job of capturing the craziness of this stalker as well. Saskia, the stalker, is an ex-girlfriend of Patrick that is bat-shit crazy. Through the book you find Saskia eating lunch in his backyard, making Ellen cookies, becoming one of Ellen’s patients through her private practice, etc. Full blown crazy. I can’t mention this enough. Moriarty keeps this page turner going by adding little twists and turns at the end of every chapter to keep you asking for more. I don’t want to keep going on and on about it because I’ll ruin the story!

Pros: Quick page turner, leaves room for suspense, overall very easy read, Moriarty focused on building the main characters and left the others to a minimal explanation.

Cons: I felt like Patrick had more of an untold story and I was waiting for more to happen. Maybe she’s leaving it for a possibility for a sequel?

Over all I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 Kylee stars. Most of our book club agreed that it was a good read, but it felt incomplete at some parts.  If any of you have read this book please let me know how you felt in the comments below!

 

Book Review: The Witch’s Daughter

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I finally finished this book after eyeing it up at Target for several months and maybe, years. Paula Brackston published this book in 2010 and I’m actually surprised that it didn’t get more mainstream attention. I had mentioned in a previous post that I was excited to read this book because of the witches and time travel. The witchcraft did come out in powerful form and the time travel wasn’t essentially time travel. When I think time travel, I imagine Dr. Who, The Outlander Series, Hermione’s time turner etc. That is not how Brackston portrayed it. I read it like a dream sequence or when Zack Morris would say, “Time out” and the scene would freeze (am I dating myself?!?!) But with all that aside it was a great read. Let me break the book down a little bit more if you’re on the fence on whether to read it or not.

Organization of Book

The book is broken down into different parts of the year and then to journal entries into a Book of Shadows.  When the main character, Bess, has one of her flashbacks or dream sequences, the story goes to the date and time of those memories. Nicely organized. Very easy to follow so I didn’t have to flip back in forth if I had put the book down for the night.

Characters

The protagonist of the story is Elizabeth “Bess” Hawksmith, who was born in the 1600’s. The book takes you on a journey to finding how she became the witch she is now. Several other characters are introduced, but their story is not so over developed that you lose track of who is in the book. The author builds the 3 main characters deeper than anyone else and gives life to the other characters. Just enough to make the story flow well.

Synopsis

The book begins with Bess running from something in 1628. The story then moves to 2007 where Bess is beginning her Book of Shadows . Bess talks about protecting herself and her home over the years, but never really goes into too much detail. Bess does go into more detail when she finds herself letting down her guard when meeting a neighbor girl, Tegan. Bess goes on explaining her story of turning into a witch by a warlock named, Gideon. Bess has her immortal life due to Gideon, but she got much more than she bargained for with this exchange.  The book goes on looping between past and present to develop the relationship between Gideon and Bess. The flash backs take you Whitechapel, witch trials, Jack the Ripper, and WWI. Both characters collide in a very interesting ways through out the book and having one pivotal moment together. I will not spoil it for you, but it does have an great ending. Brackston did leave herself the option to write more books.


Overall this book was great. I gave it a 4.5 stars out of 5. Very interesting page turner that thankfully did not disappoint! Did any of you read this? Write in the comments your thoughts!

Coffee Book Tag!

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It’s time for a good ol’ fashion game of tag! Best part? It’s all book and coffee related! So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite coffee and let’s get down to business!


1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Game of Thrones

Easily Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin. I’ve never seen the show and I cannot for the life of me get into the books. So many characters so fast! Tons of hardcore fans of the book series and the show. Maybe one day…
2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

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Hands down, Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling.  Whether you are rereading the series or watching the movies, you get into that festive spirit!  Every Christmas I decorate my tree in Gryffindor colors. Perks of having your own home and tree!
3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book?

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I loved The Beast by R.L. Stine. A time traveling roller coaster is exactly what I need as an adult! I have tried this venture on many roller coasters. It remains the current year when I exit the ride.
4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. This is a very frightening book. This is unlike other books I’ve read because of the kidnapping part. Yes, I carried mace with me after I reading this book.
5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere.

I would say the 50 Shades Series by E.L. James. Haven’t read it and will never read it. Not into this type of book., but it’s everywhere.
6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout

I honestly have no idea who to put here. It appears that everyone who is “Indie” becomes huge authors that I have read.  Hopefully, I’ll find one soon that I enjoy.
7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Such a great book, but the ending dropped off. The ending of the book was a total disappointment for me. The rest of the book had me ready for a kick ass ending. If you’re expecting this, don’t read this book.

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8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

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I chose the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. Who doesn’t love Four? Loved Divergent and Insurgent. Allegiant was bitter and terrible to be quite honest. The rest of the series was great despite this book.


I hope you enjoyed this tag and I’m tagging everyone to complete this! Happy Tuesday Folks!

July Reading List 2016

Summer is such a short season in Eastern Pennsylvania, but I try to make the best of it. I have several books I would like to read this July!  You’ll find a few books I’ll be digging into this July and their review from Good Reads underneath!


  1. The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston 

This book has it all time traveling and witches. Sounds like a winner just by that description!

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8694522-the-witch-s-daughter

2. Truly, Madly, Guilty- Liane Moriarty

I have yet to read a bad book by Liane. I’m hoping this one is as good as her others!

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26247008-truly-madly-guilty

3. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by  by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany

It’s a Harry Potter book. Need  I say more?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29056083-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child

4. My Life On The Road- Gloria Steinem

I originally purchased this book because Emma Watson’s reading group on Goodread’s were reading it. Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to read it with the group, but it is on my agenda this month!

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15451058-my-life-on-the-road?from_search=true

What are you reading this July? Be sure to comment and let me know if you have any suggestions.