Gettin’ Phishy wit’ it

I have never written a tribute to my favorite band – I hope I can do it justice. I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m an uber fan; I don’t know basically every lyric ever sung like my husband and a bunch of friends; I usually take a minute to figure out which song has come on, unless it’s a hands down favorite; I can’t dance for shit. My favorite band is Phish – there is something magical about the band members, their music – lyrically and instrumentally. I attended my very…

Fangirl to Funko Freak

A long long time ago, in a world far far away, I had never heard of, let alone laid eyes on, a Funko Pop. Actually, it was more like two years ago that I discovered what would become my newest collection obsession. My introduction to Funko came as I was participating in the #otspsecretsister program. At the time, I remember clarifying to my secret sister that I wasn’t interested in being gifted Funko Pops, as I had no clue what to do with them! I fell in love with the Pops after purchasing a few for the secret…

Every Day is Exactly the Same

Routine, force of habit…monotony is a part of life, at least for me. I’ve always been a creature of habit, with bursts of spontaneity. I don’t like to have plans either. I remember dreading dates when assignments were due for school; I even dreaded breaking out of my routine to get married – the wedding part made me so nervous, but I couldn’t wait for the party afterwards! Anyhow, I’ve spent quite a bit of time recently thinking about routines, perhaps because I am a mother to two baby boys…

#ninjabookswap

I adore a book swap – when I can afford it! This season, I was able to participate in the #ninjabookswap swap (very redundant, I apologize)! The first time I signed up for this awesome swap, I was set to send a surprise package internationally, which, quite frankly, blew my mind! Therefore, I went with choosing to swap domestically this round. My gift giver this time was the awesome Marissa! She put together a beautiful fairy tale-themed package for me and I absolutely love everything she chose. She got me a book I’ve been wanting forever, a…

Do it This Way

Yesterday I wrote about some of my experiences as a Catholic school girl. Today I’m relating another of those experiences. I’ve always prided myself on my handwriting – it’s unique, virtually illegible, and very me. I learned how to write in cursive in the second grade. I remember having those lined tablets with humongous lines for writing practice. When I learned cursive, I couldn’t wait to start perfecting my signature and personal way of writing. I toyed with different versions of my signature for years before it became what it is today…

Church Gal

Being baptized as a Catholic, I quite naturally went to Catholic school beginning with kindergarten and ending after I graduated from the eighth grade. I absolutely adored my elementary school. We had a really small student body, resulting in split grades – two grades per classroom/teacher. Only nine kids, including me, were in my eighth grade class. Trust me, transitioning from a class with fewer than ten students to a public high school with nearly 1000 teenagers was a serious culture shock, but that’s another story. I was able to do some pretty cool stuff while at…

Brotherly Love

I’ve been putting off writing this post for days, turning the words, thoughts, and feelings I want to convey over and over in my head. I finally decided to just start typing. I’m writing about a subject very near and dear to my heart, as well as a very emotional one. My older brother by 15 months, Bill, is autistic, more specifically, he has Asperger’s Syndrome, meaning that he is on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum. It’s been really, really hard to watch Bill, who is now 35, deteriorate…

March = Laid Back Style

Sporadic Update was inspired by The Sunday Post meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 😀 Sweet Reads While I didn’t read a ton of books in March, three is the grand total, I did read books of great quality, which was a nice change of pace, as I despise to despise a tale! My favorite read of the month was Erin Morgenstern’s gorgeously written The Night Circus. Beautiful inside and out, I read it over the course of about two weeks. The book isn’t slow-paced at all – I simply savored every…

The ARC of the Matter

I have a love/hate relationship with ARCs, or advance reader copies. While I am always honestly honored to be approved to read any ARC, sometimes I feel overwhelmed with deadlines and feeling the urgent need to review a book, whether I liked it or not. Throughout my relatively short relationship with NetGalley and other sites that make ARCs available to readers, I have learned not to request anything and everything, just because I could. When I virtually raced myself to just get approval from publishers, I found that I wasn’t enjoying the books I was getting, as…

Yes Please

Yes PleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler
Published by Dey St. on October 28th 2014
Genres: Humor, Memoir, Nonfiction
Pages: 329
Format: Hardcover
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In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

“Good for you, not for me” is a tidbit of advice Poehler gives throughout her delightfully funny memoir. This advice strikes a chord with me, as it helps me to realize that not everything is good for everyone. I was sucked into Yes Please immediately and finished reading it in a single day. Poehler’s book is a collection of memorable essays regarding her experiences. Poehler goes into detail about personal anecdotes from her SNL and Upright Citizens Brigade days, as well as a number of other hilarious tales collected throughout her lifetime. I laughed out loud…

A Collection

I absolutely cannot believe it’s almost April, which means it’s almost time for the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge! This will be my third year participating; unfortunately, I neglected to save my challenge posts from 2015 and 2016. However, I’m excited about and inspired by the theme I chose this year! Luckily, I chose a loose theme, which will enable me to write posts for all 26 letters of the alphabet, whereas last year, I missed a few letters, as my topic wasn’t broad at all. I’ve found…

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie WestThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on May 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 343
Format: ebook
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When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

I am totally not a girl who runs to see romantic comedies – I avoid them at all costs – let alone someone who reads romance-based novels. I felt as though I was being haunted by Kasie West and her books. Seemingly everywhere I looked in the bookish blogging world were rave reviews of West’s writing. The Fill-In Boyfriend beckoned me to crack open its cover for a long time before I gave in to my intense urge to read it, despite my prejudices regarding romance. Now, I’m also not that into reading about…

A Series of Circuses

Happy hump day! With today arrives the weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words, WWW Wednesday! The meme has a simple format, asking the three W’s: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? Currently I finally picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. So far – and I’m about 30 pages in – I adore this book! I’d really like to curl up and read it in one sitting, but, you know, life! I started listening to Carolyn Keene…

February’s Fairy Loot

In February, I had the good fortune of getting to order a single box from Fairy Loot! Let’s just say that I am totally NOT disappointed with the surprises offered in February’s Emperors and Fugitives themed box! I look forward to the day, which will hopefully arrive soon, that I can purchase a full out subscription to Fairy Loot – and pretty much every bookish box in existence! 😀 There truly isn’t much like getting bookmail and the loot fairy made me giddy! Following are the individual prizes I got! 😀 The full size Kalusian Sunset…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Pages: 599
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

As I am bad to avoid perusing summaries of books prior to reading them, I had no clue what to expect when I began Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Little did I know, I was in for a treat. Illuminae, told through pieces from a dossier compiled regarding the incident at the heart of the story, is at once science fiction, romance, and extreme excitement. I finished reading the book in less than one day; I could not step away from the story or the characters. Kady and Ezra are each part of a former couple who find…