Thursday, June 22, 2017

HPMOTW: Favorite quote from Order of the Phoenix

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There are so many great quotes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but this one just seems like the right one for right now. What is your favourite quote from this HP book?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't


The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter - I loved The Heist Society series and even read a short story crossover, but still haven't started this series. I do have the first one on my Kindle app because it was one of those deal of the day specials a while back, but still haven't started reading it.

The Witchlands by Susan Dennard - I won the first book in the series last year, but it's still sitting on my bookshelf. In my defense, I won it just before I had my baby so it went on the back burner.

The Glass Series by Maria V Snyder - I bought the paperbacks for Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass two years ago, but still haven't started them.

Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper - I have all four books on my shelf and they have been there for years. I really need to get reading them. It was when I was going through a vampire phase.

Wondrous Strange Series by Lesley Livingston - I've had the first two in the series on my shelf for some time and they are signed! I just need the third book and then maybe I'll read them.  ;)

White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter - I have the first as an ebook and the second is an ARC I traded for a while back.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis - my BFF gave me the first two books in hardcover years ago, still haven't read them.

How To Series by Vicky Dreiling - another series by BFF sent to me. I have the complete series, just need to get in the mood for a good historical romance series.

NOLA Zombie Series by Gillian Zane - I bought the first three plus the prequel novella to support a fellow blogger, but haven't read them yet. I was in a very big zombie phase for a while too, but switched when I hit a slump. I hope to get to these soon as they sound amazing!

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard - During my pregnancy, my hubby and I started watching the TV series. We never finished, but plan to sometime. But I still really want to read this series, even though it looks long with 16 books and a few novellas.

What series have you been meaning to start but haven't yet? Have you read any of the ones I've listed, what did you think?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa | Review

In preparation for Father's Day, Spencer and I read this book that she'll be giving to Daddy. This year she's giving him this book and a handmade card.

Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa
Published: May 12, 2016
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 32
Received: purchased
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

Because I'm your dad, you can have spaghetti for breakfast, French toast for dinner, and rocky road....

This is a fun board book for little ones to read with Daddy. It shows the silly side of hanging out with Daddy from eating spaghetti for breakfast to traveling to New York just for hot dogs. And it shows his love for his child with showing his support for their sports and giving snuggles for bedtime. And the colourful monster illustrations are adorable. Our little girl just loves flipping the pages and pointing out the little monster.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn | Review

The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
Published: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Pages: 357
Received: from publisher for honest review
Find Online: Goodreads | Amazon

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?

Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's "hot lunch," dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood."

When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though-the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible-that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?"

Hmm... six months of sleeping with whomever I wanted, no questions asked, no judgement? Still don't think I could agree to The Agreement. I'd be jealous as all get out. Though it is such a great story to read - it's for that person with the "grass is greener" curiosity. I'm wondering if the characters should have put a little more thought into it all before jumping right in.

This was a very quick and fun read. I loved Lucy and Owen. And was surprised that they even agreed to this deal because it didn't seem like their marriage was in any real trouble to begin with. Almost like the trouble actually starts once they agree to this six month free for all. They see like they have it all together, so I was just shocked to read that they were the couple to try this.

Lucy, the stay at home Mom, spends her days taking care of their son Wyatt. He's a lot of work because he is on the spectrum and very full of energy. She's great with him, but it takes all of her energy and she's kind of given up on things like her looks and such. Owen works a ton, at a job he's not necessarily happy with, so I think this takes a toll on how he feels in general.

The side secondary characters are what make this book funny. Izzy, Owen's girlfriend/mistress/whatever you want to call her, is bat shit crazy. She's quirky, yet terrifying at times. Sunny Bang, Lucy's best friend, is so blunt when it comes to things that she evens disciplines other peoples children if she sees fit. Ben, Lucy's love interest, is the guy you'd always want to meet - sweet, romantic and understanding. 

You also get to see other couples that are struggling through different issues in their marriages, so you get to see a lot of messed up relationships and I think that makes me wonder what Owen and Lucy thought was so terrible about theirs that they needed this little arrangement in the first place.

Filled with ups and downs, laughter and tears, this book will make you second guess ever wanting to think about "What If..." Is it really better to see what's out there? Will you fall in love with someone else? Will you realize that you don't need anyone other than your spouse?

PS I want to move to Beekman, it sounds like the perfect place to live. Kind of funny that such a wonderful sounding place is the setting for this novel, perhaps that's why it works so well.

PPS The scene involving Wyatt, the chickens, a church and a Doberman. OMG! Dying, I'm dying.

About the Author:
Sarah Dunn (born 1970) is an American author and television writer. She was educated in the University of Arizona.

Coming to prominence in 1994 with her book Official Slacker Handbook, Sarah Dunn went to Hollywood, where she wrote for such series as Murphy Brown, Veronica's Closet and Spin City.

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