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It’s been F_O_R_E_V_E_R

It’s been so long since I have posted, let alone logged in. When there’s not much followers, it’s hard to be motivated to write. :)
But I want to make it a point to post at least once a week from now on.
It was a busy month for me, but it is starting to settle down now. It’s been one of those months where you want to read but you can’t find the time to do so. I hate those months. Lol.
I got to spend time with my fiancee’s kids for a week, which was great. We all had a fun time. I decided to go back to school and start taking medical classes. I am currently taking on medical terminology, online of course. ;)
I am currently in the middle of reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This book really has me turning the pages. If you are an animal lover you may like this book. The family dog is the narrator, so it’s all through his point of view. So far it’s great and I can’t wait to finish it soon!

Twenty Boy Summer

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

“What is the statute of limitations on feeling guilty for cheating on a ghost?” Anna writes in her journal, or rather, writes to Matt, her first true love and her best friend Frankie’s brother. More than a year has passed since Matt’s sudden death, and all that time Anna has kept her brief relationship with Matt a secret from Frankie. Matt had planned to tell his sister but died before he had the opportunity. Now, while on a beach vacation with Frankie’s family, Anna finds herself falling for cute, sensitive Sam against her will—if she can love someone else, does that mean she no longer loves Matt? Anna approaches this issue and other big questions with the insight and maturity that come when a young person loses someone he or she cares deeply about. Anna’s authentic voice and some lyrical writing will satisfy fans of Sarah Dessen, while the mix of romance, drama, and tragedy will be a draw for teen readers of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult. Grades 9-11. –Heather Booth –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

“[A] sincere, romantic tearjerker. Readers will easily relate to Anna’s authentically depicted feelings of lust, longing, shame and fear as she cautiously embarks on a new summer love.” (Kirkus Reviews )

“This is smoothly written and romantic as all get out….ideal for readers looking for romance salted with a bit of tears as well as a bit of sea air.” (BCCB )

Product Description

“Don’t worry, Anna. I’ll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it.”
“Okay.”
“Promise me? Promise you won’t say anything?”
“Don’t worry.” I laughed. “It’s our secret, right?”

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

Beautifully written and emotionally honest, this is a debut novel that explores what it truly means to love someone and what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every single moment this world has to offer.

About the Author

Sarah Ockler wrote and illustrated her first book at age six–an adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. Still recovering from her own adolescence, Sarah now writes for young adults. While nomadic at heart, she currently lives in Upstate New York with her husband Alex and an ever-expanding collection of sea glass.

Book of the Month

Sorry to everyone who has visited my page and have not seen any updates! I have now updated and continue to follow up so keep coming back =)

The new book of the month is “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler. You can join me for the discussion on this book October 30th.

 

I will be choosing a new book to giveaway so keep a look out! =) To enter, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment so I know.

Does anyone have any suggestions on books I should read? What are you currently reading?

Happy Readings Everyone!

Its been too long…

Hello readers!

You ever have one of those days, weeks, or months where you are just busy busy busy? July and August seemed to be those months for me. I recently started my second job, which I love! I am a personal assistant for someone. We meet every morning Monday through Friday, I bring him coffee and a cookie from a local coffee-house…. and of course get one for me as well =) . I do anything from driving him somewhere to making a spreadsheet of his finances. It’s mostly a at home kind of job, which I love.

Another busy part of the month was my fiance’s children came to stay five days with us. That was the longest we’ve had them for straight days and overnight as well and all I can say is wow and how much appreciation I have for mothers out there. Wake up at 6am, make breakfast for all four of them, play with two of them, keep things away from one of them, take one shopping, make lunch for all of them, play with all of them, make dinner for all, watch a movie with everyone, put all four to bed, and then…. pass out! Then, start all over again. I was EXHAUSTED only after 5 days of that, I can’t imagine how it is for 18 years. But I learned so many things but the one major thing was appreciation for my mom and dad, and for all parents out there. You truly are amazing.

My fiance and I did take little trips through out the months as well. One was to a hotel near Chicago. He did it as a surprise since he was going back to nights as an officer and to say thanks for everything. Let me say this: EVERYONE MUST STAY AT THIS HOTEL AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES. There’s no words to express this place. Its like your own little house, except no windows. You have to go through a gate to get to these little houses that are your rooms. Here are some pictures:

Yes, your very own pool in your room!! Also a sauna, hot tub, massage chair, and a water fountain! If you would like to check it out go to http://www.sybaris.com. We only stayed one night due to the expensive price, but, oh, would I have loved to stay more. =)

On a book note, I am planning to have an author chat with Jay Asher author of “Thirteen Reason’s Why”. Hopefully I can schedule that soon and post it up here.

Happy Readings!

Huli Huli Chicken

So I was blogging yesterday and came to my favorite blog, “BookJourney”. I was scrolling down her blog and came across a yummy picture and recipe she got out of a book. The dish was called “Huli Huli Chicken”, and boy did it make my mouth water and my stomach growl. You can find the recipe in the book “Seven Year Switch” by Claire Cook. I have recently added that book to my wish list. =) So tonight I decided to go out and get the some of the ingredients I didn’t have and make it for my love and me. While cooking, the smell of pineapple and chicken fills your kitchen and there’s not much you can do besides crave crave crave! Needless to say, it turned out great! Next time I am going to cook it on the grill outside to see if that’s the best.

One fresh pineapple (cut up into bites)

Chicken breasts (cut up into bites). I used two chicken breasts which was plenty for (2) people.

One can of frozen pineapple juice concentrate

Two cans chicken broth

Soy Sauce

Ketchup

Powder ginger

Worcestershire Sauce

Mix all those into a large bowl and let sit for some flavor

On a book note: I have been so busy lately and finally just finished “Thirteen Reasons Why”. What a page turner! Every page leaves you hanging and wanting more. If I had the time to sit down this past week, I would have finished it in one sitting. I will post my review tomorrow =)

You just have to love amazon, especially 2-day shipping! i just received two books off my wish list.

Since this month is starting to come to an end, I decided to read “the book-of-the-month” now. Can’t miss that discussion, right? =)

Also, I did post a book for giveaway! Check it out!!

Happy Reading!


Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday!

What a busy day! Woke up early in the morning to clean the house before my loves mother, grandmother, and aunt arrived. When they did, we all went out to lunch which the mother chose mexican: yummmm! Then we all came back to the house to chat for a few hours. Soon after they left, errands had to be done. Now its movies and relaxation time! =)

I am currently reading “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. I am on page 174 out of 288, which means I will have it done by tomorrow morning. I must say, this book is so far sooooo good!

I will be adding a book for the giveaway tomorrow so watch for it! To be entered in, all you have to do is subscribe and leave a comment saying so. Or be entered twice by mentioning my blog and giveaway on your blog. =)

The Dress

Loved, LOVED, trying on wedding dresses yesterday! Even though it would have been a little better if I wasn’t bloated or had wendys that day :D. But I did promise a picture and here it is! I tried on four dresses but this one is the one I liked the most.

Lets get back on track for a second =) It’s Tuesday and I am currently reading “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives”. This week I will be picking a book for giveaway, so watch for it and don’t miss your chance to win! And don’t forget: this months book is “The Shack”. We will be discussing it at the of month. =)

Happy Reading!

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