Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Sunday Post: Valentine's Day Reading and Sims 4 Addiction

The Sunday Post is weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I've decided to start doing the Sunday Post meme as a kind of way to update my week. I'm not really one to talk about what I'm doing bookwise. I really need to do this more. Like announce my latest book hauls, challenges I'm participating in, and how my reading is going. Maybe people don't actually care about that stuff. Just my book reviews. I honestly don't know. I guess I'll find out if people actually read these posts.

This past week I participated in AYearathon and TBRTakedown which end today. I had high hopes to read a lot but unfortunately decided to buy not one but two expansion packs for The Sims 4.

I did get The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller read. Oh my goodness! So many feels! I will have that review posted sometime this week. 

Since I did so bad at those readathons and am already hosting a month long 2017 Valentine's Day Romance Reading Challenge I decided to host a last minute Valentine's Day Readathon which started today. So far it appears I am doing these challenges all alone. That's okay because that's exactly how I'm spending my Valentine's Day.

My Sims however did get married today and had the Grim Reaper crash their wedding. Fortunately no one died so I don't know why he showed up. Here's the screenshot! Maybe he heard it was an open bar. 

I'm currently reading Fifty Shades Darker by E L James and I'm struggling. Most of the time I'm encouraging Anastasia to come to her senses, realize she's in an abusive relationship, and to leave Christian. While other women are swooning over Christian I keep thinking...

I think the Goodreads lists this book has been put on says it all...

Shelves: drama-drama-drama, bdsm-gone-way-wrong, morally-questionable, not-a-friend-of-feminism, poorly-executed-strong-theme, drove-me-to-drink, male-lead-needs-to-be-maced, promotes-rape-culture, glorifies-abusive-relationships

I hear good things about the movie though. So maybe they got rid of all the abusiveness and just kept the good parts. I'm sure there's good parts, right? I haven't read enough to know yet.

My TBR for the rest of the month can be found at my post Top Ten Books I Want to Read for My 2017 Valentine's Day Romance Reading Challenge. Next week I'll update on how much of it I actually read. I'm going to have to ground myself from The Sims 4. This is my inner teenager right now...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Announcing a Last Minute Valentine's Day Readathon!

When Valentine's Day comes around I get in the mood to read romance. So I've decided to create a last minute romance readathon! Crazy, right? I'm just really in the mood this year I guess. I hope you are too!

This readathon will last the week of Valentine's Day and includes all the subgenres of romance and even books that have romance in them. So if you want to read a paranormal, fantasy, scifi, historical, YA, or any other genre, if it has romance in it, it can count.

The Rules: 
  • This readathon will be from February 12, 2017 and ends February 18, 2017.
  • This is a low pressure readathon! I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want. Really! Even if only one book is all you can manage I want you to participate.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks. 
  • Books that count may be contemporary romance or any subgenre of romance including paranormal. fantasy, scifi, historical, YA, new adult, and so on.
  • Books not in the romance genre may count if they have romance in them that is integral to the plot. (For example. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore)
  • You may reread books. 
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges. Including my month long 2017 Valentine's Day Romance Reading Challenge. You can find more info and sign up for it here.
  • Use the hashtag #VDayReadathon on social media
  • If you could be so kind, please place the Valentine's Day Readathon banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
  • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
  • Sign up below using Linky Tools

Friday, January 27, 2017

Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop and post prompt for book bloggers and authors. It's hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

The Post Prompt: What are some tips that help you with blogging?

Answer: Post often, write the way you talk, don't be ashamed of the genres you love, spellcheck is your best friend, if you host a challenge please use a link up tool, a strong presence on social media is the best way to get blog readers, and most of all book blogging is not dead!

The featured blog this week is Romance Lover Anonymous!

The Changes:
  • Weekly Features will be chosen from LIKES on the linkylist and not as random.
  • Bloggers and Authors will get to have ONE spot a quarter (90 days) as the feature. But, you can still participate.
  • The reason we are switching to this method is because we had issues with contacting people. This way we just choose them.
  • We have also switched to THUMBNAIL link list – use a graphic that you want us to use when we showcase you as the feature.
  • Weekly questions have been changed to Post Prompts. Very similar just a little more open ended.
  • We are asking for ideas submitted by participants.
  • We will have the post schedule available so you can schedule in advance.


  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.
The Rules of Feature & Follow Friday:
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
My favorite way to follow is through Bloglovin and Feature and Follow Friday has graphics to let your readers know. Feel free to follow any way that you want (I'll take all the follows I can get) but I do favor Bloglovin

Top Ten Books I Want to Read for My 2017 Valentine's Day Romance Reading Challenge

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is a freebie. Mine is Top Ten Books I Want to Read for My 2017 Valentine's Day Romance Reading Challenge 

For info and to sign up visit here

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart

The book description:

The wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen is back! This time, she’s stirring up memories and tales from her past.

By combing through the journals that Hannah has kept for much of her life, this collection of narrative essays deliver a fuller picture of her life, her experiences, and the things she’s figured out about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship and fame.

Revealing what makes Hannah tick, this sometimes cringe-worthy, poignant collection of stories is sure to deliver plenty of Hannah’s wit and wisdom, and hopefully encourage you to try your hand at her patented brand of reckless optimism.

I will never, ever, ever again look at a famous person and assume their life has been nothing but money and privilege and ease. This memoir taught me a huge lesson about assuming you know what someone's life has been like simply because they are a celebrity. I know at 40 yrs old I should have learned this by now. Maybe I just needed a reminder.

Hannah Hart has been through hell and back again dealing with a neglectful mother who suffers from severe schizophrenia. She tells us what her childhood was like and how she has spent her adulthood advocating for her mother's mental health care.

 This wasn't the only thing the book was about. It was also about becoming a famous Youtuber and entertainer and accepting that she was gay. It was also about Hannah's own battle with depression, self harm, PTSD, and ADHD. I would have never guessed that Hannah struggled with any of these things. It took immense bravery to write about the things she did. An enthusiastic Photobucket!