What Makes a Book Special to you?

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Just like every person is different, every reader will have a different idea of what exactly makes a good book. Maybe you are the kind of person that really enjoys curling up with a glass of chardonnay and a good old Nora Roberts romance. Maybe you like to turn off all of the lights, set flame to a few candles, and read Dean Koontz’s latest thriller on your e-reader while soaking in the tub. Then again, perhaps you are a busy mom whose only time to read is between sessions of chasing your child at the park and you grab whatever book is handy to escape for a few minutes.

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I think we have all seen this tag hanging around the bookish sphere the last month or so. Who is late to the party doing it? That would be me. Story of my life. Anyway, TA-DA! Happy slightly-more-than-halfway-through-2017 book tag! Appreciate the second half of the year, folks. We are all going to blink and it is going to be Christmas. Going…too…fast…


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This book blew me away when I read it back in January. I had picked it up on a whim and continue to be grateful to my freezing winter self for doing so. Schwab quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading this Shades of Magic trilogy.

 

 

 

 


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

Hands down A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I loved it so much I read it twice in a week. That takes a lot of affection and dedication for that monstrous book.


New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack. I ordered this one pretty much right after it came out June 13th and it is still sitting on my shelf. I really need to get to it…

 

 

 

 

 


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. This book will either be amazing or I will mock it mercilessly. There will be no in between, you can just tell.


Biggest disappointment.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. People rave so much about this book/series/author. I bet they organize sacrifices to it. With all the wonderful things I heard about it I expected to at least like this book, if not be over the moon for it. I wasn’t. I hated it quite passionately. I’m considering changing my review on Goodreads from two stars to one I hated it so much.

 

 

 


Biggest surprise.

24690 by A. A. Dark. I had not read a horror/thriller/whatever in a long time before I picked up this book. I can’t even really remember what drew me to it but I recall having that I MUST READ THIS BOOK feeling when I first spotted it. 24690 is definitely not for the faint of heart but for me at the time, it really hit the spot.


Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Pierce Brown, hands down. I hadn’t read any of his books, heard about him, nothing before 2017. How did that even happen? I’m so glad I picked up his Red Rising series. He has become one of my favorite authors. Not to mention his snarky, sharp humor on twitter gives me the jollies. Seems like a good guy that writes amazing books.


Newest fictional crush.

Striker from Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell mysteries. Granted, I have been completely obsessed with Raybourn’s books lately but Stoker would be amazing either way. Intelligent, resourceful, a bit prickly, and his roguish eyepatch all together make a fairly irresistible character.


Newest favorite character.

I’ve pondered this one for several minutes while browsing the list of books I’ve read this year and no character is really standing out for me as an overall favorite. There have been several I’ve enjoyed but none jump out enough to be considered a favorite. Hm…


Book that made you cry.

Literal tears? Nothing. The closest I got was a sense of fury when a certain character died in Golden Son by Pierce Brown. So many characters died in that book so I’ll leave you to guess which one.


Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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While I am certainly got a fan of Caraval by Stephanie Garber I can’t deny that the cover for it is absolutely striking. The one I have shown here is the US cover but the UK cover is equally as beautiful.

 

 

 

 


What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Any that strike my fancy? I don’t make a reading list and stick to it, I just read whatever gives me that spark in the moment. I have a nice TBR list on Goodreads and then I end up just picking up something at random. You never know.


Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)

I love browsing through other reading blogs. There are a few that I will typically click on no matter what the topic is but for the most part I’m happy to browse and try to appreciate the wide variety of opinions and reading tastes in the community. Even though I do occasionally roll my eyes…


 

That’s all folks! I hope you have had a great first half of 2017 and feel free to leave a link to your mid-year tag in the comments.

June Wrap Up

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Another month of 2017 has passed us by. Here, summer is upon us with long, warm days by the pool and watching fireflies at night. My daughter thinks that the fireflies are tiny little faeries and it is adorable watching her chase them in the evening. Of course, then the dog tries to eat them which leads to a bit of a meltdown but it is still adorable. Other than the first day of summer, June was a fairly productive month after I got over the reading slump at the beginning…


 

Books Read

Golden Son by Pierce Brown – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow star

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow star

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow star

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – rainbow starrainbow star (review coming July 7)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – rainbow starrainbow starrainbow starrainbow star (review coming July 14)

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White–  DNF (I may try this one again some other time)

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Added to the TBR

Top Ten Tuesday – Father Figures in Literature

Top Ten Tuesday – Series I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Reads of 2017

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – June 7

WWW Wednesday – June 14

WWW Wednesday – June 21

WWW Wednesday – June 28

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday – June 1

Throwback Thursday – June 8

Throwback Thursday – June 15

Throwback Thursday – June 22

Throwback Thursday – June 29

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My Life in Books Tag

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Down the TBR Hole #1

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Outside of Books

June included my fifth wedding anniversary! I got married on June 24th, 2012 in Groton, Connecticut. My now husband had just joined the Navy and he wasn’t permitted to live off base or given a housing allowance unless he was married. So, standing on a rocky beach looking out at the water on a sunny morning we were married with only the priest and my parents in attendance.

Now, to the part that makes me chuckle. The 24th rolled around this year and my husband suggested going kayaking on the lake. Sure! Sounds fun. So the three of us head to the lake and besides a small incident where my husband and daughter fell out of the boat we had a great time. I ended up with a horrible sunburn on my shins and ankles but it was still fun. The day passes, we come home, I’m making dinner and he STILL has not mentioned our anniversary. It was curious but not particularly odd as my husband isn’t exactly emotionally outspoken so I let it go.

My husband LOVES shellfish, especially lobster, but we don’t get it outside of special occasions now. Living so far from the water (I miss the ocean) it is just too expensive. When we lived in Connecticut it was cheaper than beef! So when he comes down for dinner and sees lobster he seems confused as to why. The big dolt thought our anniversary was the next day. I gave him a hard time but it was a good laugh. He went out to the car and brought in my present which was a new FitBit Charge 2 as my old FitBit Charge HR was literally falling apart. All in all, it was a memorable day.

Look at me sharing personal stuff. I never do that! But it was a really great day so I wanted to share it with you wonderful folks.

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That is all for this month! I hope you all have a wonderful July!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Best Reads of 2017

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Hello, and welcome again to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far. 2017 has been an amazing year of reading for me, there are so many books I’ve truly enjoyed! On a side note, the hosts of Top Ten Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish, have chosen to take a break until August so that means no organized themes in July. I think I’ll still try to come up with my own but we will see how that goes.


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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

This is the third book in Shannon’s The Bone Season series and to say I loved it would be an understatement. I had been looking forward to this book for ages and completely devoured it the moment it was in my hot little hands. Wonderful read.


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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.

I stumbled across this book entirely by accident early this year and I am ever so glad I did. I love historical fiction and I love mysteries and this book is both. Throw in that the main character is a strong willed, intelligent woman and you’ve got yourself a winner.


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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I read my first Schwab book this year and it made me sad that I had been missing out on her books up until this point. A Darker Shade of Magic is the stuff dreams are made of.


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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

I debated whether to put this one on the list. When I read it, I LOVED it. However, I feel like if I read it now, months later, I’d DNF it. I’m a grumpy goat that wouldn’t be able to tolerate the love story at this point.


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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I read this book twice the week that I got it. It’s ridiculous, I know, this book is a monster, but I couldn’t help myself. The story pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go. I only wish the third book hadn’t been such a horribly mediocre conclusion to the trilogy.


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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….

I’m a big ole softy for good historical fiction. Just can’t seem to help myself. Victoria is well written and the story stuck with me long after I set this book down.


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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.

The Invisible Library was an easy read but that made it no less engrossing. How could I resist a story about a magical library and a librarian spy?


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Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

You know a book is excellent when, after finishing it, you literally hug it and don’t want to let it go. Golden son is quite simply amazing.


 

This week ended up being a Top Eight Tuesday instead but no matter. These eight books are the ones I’ve enjoyed most this year. No, most of them weren’t released in 2017 but there is nothing wrong with reading books a year or more old.

What books have been your favorites in 2017?

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

It’s been three days since I finished reading this book. It left me a wreck so I waited to write my review in hopes that I would chill out about it. I haven’t. Pierce Brown, you left me wrecked and desperate for Morning Star. Desperate. Of course I had to go on a wait list at the library to get it. In the entire county the library system only has one copy of that book. WHY?! (Luckily they got it in pretty quickly and held it for me so I got to pick it up yesterday afternoon)

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Despite my aching need for Morning Star, here I sit still brooding over Golden Son. I’m not even sure where to begin. This review is going to be a disorganized mess of enthusiasm and feels. ALL OF THE FEELS. Brown gave us love, hate, betrayal, violence, logic, apathy, desperation, more violence, prejudice, sadness, hurt, frightening levels of intelligence, violence…and it has left me a weeping, hollow shell of a book enthusiast.

But not so hollow that I didn’t wake a sleeping toddler and usher her into the car when the library e-mailed me that Morning Star had come in. Speed limits were broken. Over a book. Worth it.

Now, Golden Son…

“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind – how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”

We return to our spy/warrior/widower/champion Darrow 2+ years after his spectacular victory in Red Rising. He is now captaining a fleet against his sponsor’s rival and he has become even more overly confident in himself. That particular characteristic would be highly annoying if he didn’t, for the most part, deserve that confidence. Unfortunately for Darrow, in this case, he didn’t. But, man, what an opening sequence. He had all the swagger and confidence of Captain Kirk (Pine, not Shatner) and I was rooting for him hard within the first few paragraphs.

Unfortunately this is followed by an epic fail on his part and he doesn’t have a Mister Spock to bail him out of the situation. Every ship’s captain needs a Spock type character in tough situations. Most of his crew dies and Darrow discovers that he is being cast to the wind by…you’ll have to forgive me here I can’t remember or find the man’s name to save my life. Usually I’d just open the book and look it up but I was a dunderhead and returned it to the library before writing my review. Stupid, right? Unless his name hits me like a ton of bricks I’m going to call him “the sponsor” although I admit that I am tempted to call him Caesar for my own amusement’s sake. Give me a break, folks. I have a toddler and am thirty. The brain and memory aren’t what they once were to say the least.

Anyway, Caesar (told you I’d do it) is going to effectively sell Darrow’s contract because he is convinced that Darrow isn’t worth the time or hassle. Darrow, of course, finds a way out of the situation. It includes quite the dramatic blood bath. Brown really knows how to write fantastic battles. He can make you hold your breath during hand to hand combat as well as big space fleet fight sequences. It is amazing. This man is a miraculous wonder with words. The divine with dialogue. The Zeus of…something. You get the point.

After this highly entertaining carnage Caesar (yup, still calling him that) decides to keep Darrow at hand. From here, the epicness reaches new heights. We get the amazing Sevro back. Goblin or not he is probably the most entertaining character in these books. You don’t always understand exactly why he does what he does and he can be a total ass but you can’t help but love him. He is our pocket sized Howler and is just phenomenal.

Mustang also returns and I have to admit I was a bit on a fence about her. In Red Rising I questioned a lot of her decisions although in the end she came through. In Golden Son she oozes a similar swagger to Darrow’s but it feels much less candid and earned. Then that confidence is punctuated by moments of meekness which makes her feel less genuine. I’m hoping that in Morning Star she gets sorted out because her character seems confused about who she is. It makes it difficult to like her.

I told you this review would be all over the place and I wasn’t lying. I just want to gush about it like a school girl with a crush.

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To keep this under 1000 words (barely), I’ll just say that this book is epic. I liked Red Rising, but Golden Son blows it out of the water. If Red Rising is champagne on New Years then Golden Son is Dom Perignon after you win the lottery. Yes, folks, it’s that good. If you haven’t read these books and at all like fantasy, read them. It’s a space opera for the imagination. Now pardon me while I go dive into Morning Star feet first with a box of tissues handy because, like with GRRM, you just never know who is going to die next. I love it. I leave you with Dean who has some wise words to say about this book…

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Find this book on

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Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme Summer Reads. In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff), let’s recommend some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

To get myself in the mood to write this one I pulled up a playlist called So Cal Summer on Google Play. To say the least, I’m not feeling summery yet. Here it is still rainy and vaguely chilly. (For the record, so far this play list is more depressing than anything)

 

A BOOK WHERE THERE IS A LITERAL BEACH

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Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts. So, every now and then I read a romance novel. If you’ve so much as glanced at my book reviews before that may be a bit of a shock, I know. Toward the end of the book, the characters take a vacation at the beach where our main character, Laurel, gets engaged. It’s really a pretty sweet scene.

THE ALIEN BEACH

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Freedom’s Choice by Anne McCaffrey. This book is the second in McCaffrey’s Catteni series. In this series, Earth and other planets have been invaded and the indigenous intelligent life has been stolen away from their home planet and some of them are transplanted on new planets to colonize them. Low and behold the group, which includes a giant biped cat, find themselves on an alien beach. (Can you tell I’m having trouble with this summery/beachy theme, yet?)

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That Summer by Sarah Dessen. I’ve never read this one but boy does that cover shout summery beach day to me.

UPCOMING SUMMER RELEASE

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Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. This book is set for release on August 1st which is certainly high summer. Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter. -From Goodreads

 

Alright, guys. I’m going off the rails on this one. This theme and I are going to have a fight. I could just tap out and list a bunch of books that I’d like to sit on a beach to read but that would end up being just a list of my favorite books. That feels like cheating. So, while above you see some beachy/summery books, below I give you… songs that make me think of summer! Yeah, I know, that’s still cheating…give me a break, here.

 

My Own Worst Enemy by Lit. For me, this is close to an ultimate summer song. I remember sitting in the grass at a music festival, the summer sun beating down on me, listening to these guys blast this song to the crowd. It was a great experience and will always be a happy summer memory.

Scotty Doesn’t Know from the Euro Trip soundtrack. Does this song even need an explanation? High school graduates, graduation party, awesome and catchy song.

1985 by Bowling for Soup. I remember hanging out with my friends on summer nights singing along to this song. It came out the year I graduated from high school and a lot of warm nights were spent with this blasting out of the car windows.

Josie by Blink 182. This song just makes you think of a hot California summer. Not to mention I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I’ve run across this video and I may have giggled.

 

 

So maybe I didn’t follow this week’s theme to the letter. Maybe I should have just browsed Goodreads and found books with titles or covers that made me think of summer. But, I didn’t. I hope you enjoy it all the same. Happy Tuesday!

The Happiness Tag

First, thank you to Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional for tagging me for The Happiness Tag! I always enjoy doing these tags as it gives your readers a sense of who you are outside of books and literature. It is just a fun way to bring the bookish community together.

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LIST FIVE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY 

  • A clean house– I never feel like I can get anything productive accomplished until my home is clean. I need the tidy and everything to be in it’s place.
  • Snuggling my little girl as she is falling to sleep– I’m not usually much of a snuggler but I love to pull my little three year old in as she is falling to sleep. The soft sleepy sigh, the little wiggle to get really comfortable, and just knowing she feels safe enough to sleep all cuddled up with me. It’s a good feeling.
  • A full tank of gas in the car– There has been more than one occasion in the last 10+ years that I have had to dig for change to put gas in the car to get to work. It’s a terrible feeling. When the tank is full and you don’t have to worry about it, that sure makes me happy.

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  • Spring flowers– For most of my life I have lived in cold, snowy areas. This winter the wind chill hit into the negatives (Fahrenheit) on more than one occasion and it was brutal. I think because of that I have a love of spring flowers. Those first tulips and hyacinths of the year let me know that warmer days are on the horizon.
  • Family dinner- I love to sit down to a meal with my family when everyone enjoys what is on their plate. At dinnertime we sit together and, since we aren’t a chatty group, we typically watch a comedy special or something entertaining. It’s just nice to be together as a family eating a meal that I put together.

Alright, answering those made me feel old. Hah! Ten years ago the answers would have been more along the lines of, “going to the beach” or ” sleeping in.” The times, how they change. I also left reading out because, really, this is a blog about books. I feel like it is pretty obvious that reading makes me happy.


 

LIST FIVE SONGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY

I think that this section is going to be a little tougher. It depends on what kind of mood I’m in for a song to make me feel happy. Am I already in a decent mood? Then some pop music would elevate that. Do I have a case of the grumps? Some hard rock would help get rid of that black cloud. Let’s see what I come up with today!

  • Adrenalize by In this Moment- Not exactly a song that most people would say can lift their mood but it always does the trick for me. It leaves me feeling powerful like I can conquer anything.
  • Inside Out by Eve 6– I remember singing this as loudly as I could in the back seat of the car with my sister. We loved this song. Pretty sure it drove our mother nuts but it’s a happy memory that always leaves me feeling good.
  • Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie– To be honest, the whole Ziggy Stardust album leaves me feeling good. Bowie was a musical genius.
  • Basket Case by Green Day– I love Green Day. I got to go see them live with my dad a few years ago and it was really a lot of fun. That’s right, I had a blast with my dad. Basket Case is one of their most popular songs for a reason. It’s catchy, has an upbeat rhythm, and just leaves you boogieing in your seat.
  •  3 AM by Matchbox Twenty– This is another one of those songs that I started listening to with my sister and it has stuck with me. Every time it comes on I can’t help but stop what I’m doing and sing along.

That was tougher than I thought it would be. I debated for a good ten minutes between Matchbox Twenty and Queen. Ended up picking 3 AM because I can sing along with it. Freddy Mercury had a wonderful voice but singing along with him never turns out well. I think for a song to really lift your spirits you need to be able to sing along with it and my voice just can’t hack Queen.


 

I’m not going to tag anyone specifically to do this but, please, feel free! Have a lovely day, everyone.