I had A Dream…

So, hi. This blog post is very random, but I wanted to share this slightly humorous dream I had with you guys. I have dreams that feel VERY real on most occasions and I will usually be going about my day the next morning/afternoon/evening and then I’ll remember the dream and for a second feel the emotion from the dream, then finally realize it wasn’t real. It happens multiple times a week (almost every single night, honestly).

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So, last night, I’m sleeping…and I have this dream that Book Outlet is having another 30% off sale. I saw an ad clear as day. So, in the dream, I click on the ad to shop for some books (Bad dream-state Jamie! Bad!) but something (I don’t remember what, but probably homework) interrupts me and I get off of the site.

So, this morning, I open my computer to check my school email and such. I have a tab open for my Gmail so I click on that and then I see an email from Book Outlet and I instantly thought “omg I need to find the email that says 30%.” Then….I realized it was a dream. SOMEONE IS TRYING TO GET ME TO STRAY FROM MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS (You can read about them here.)!! I can’t even catch a break in my DREAMS guys!!! Lol.

Do any of you have very memorable dreams?? I’d love to hear about them if you do! Do you ever dream about books or bookish related things?? If you want me to hear about some more of the dreams I have, just let me know! (Even if you don’t ask me to, I might still tell you all about some of my weird/crazy ones!)

-Jamie

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Milestone: 50 Blog Posts Published + A Question

Hello friends!! So I have officially written and posted 50 blog posts on this little blog of mine. It is so crazy to think that I have written that many. It’s been so fun and I cannot wait to hit 100 or more!!

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So I’d like to take this time to ask for some guest bloggers to post on my blog! If you are interested, just shoot me an email at alittlesliceofjamie@gmail.com! It can be anything bookish related, whether it is advice for how to succeed on bookstagram or a book review. When you email me, just let me know what you’d like to write about and just let me know about how long it’d be until I’d have the completed post (I only need one post from you by the way).

Once the post is complete, I’ll want you to email me the post so that I can post it myself. I’d love to work with some of you!! I am looking for roughly 5 people to guest post for me. I can’t wait to talk to some of you!

Also, I have another goal for this year that I have really been working on. Being more conscious of the Earth in my day to day life. I am kind of a pack rat. Why? Because I hate throwing things away. However, I’ve started recycling everything I possibly can. I am going to be on this Earth for many more years, so I really need to start taking care of it every single day! In my dorm room, I have a trash can dedicated to the things that can be recycled. Having this makes me feel so good about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always recycled, but it has just become a bigger deal to me in the past year. Here’s hoping I can carry this goal throughout the rest of my life! Does anybody have this goal, or a goal similar to this one?

Well, that’s all I have written up for today. I hope to hear from some of you!!

-Jamie

2017 Goals + Resolutions

Hello all!  I hope you are all getting accustomed to writing “2017” instead of “2016” for the date (I know it’ll take me awhile to get used to it). Today, I wanted to share with you all my goals for 2017!! I’d love to know what all of your goals are too, so tell me in the comments!

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I’d like to read 50 books this year. I can honestly say that I don’t even know if I’ll accomplish this, but I am going to try. On January 9th, I’ll be starting classes again, so I will be very busy with homework. I really want to make time for reading, though. Reading relaxes me and I will need to have ways to relax because I get VERY stressed out when I’m taking classes.

As for my blog, I’d like to post about 75 times this year. I am making this very low so I don’t stress myself out. This is a hobby for me, so I am not going post if I don’t have the time. Maybe I’ll end up surprising myself!

I’d like to post about 100 times on Instagram. So I’m going to be living in an apartment that has a TON of windows and I am SO EXCITED!! I have always loved rooms with lots of windows because I love natural light. This will also help with Instagram photos because I will have great natural lighting! Also, I have my own room, so I don’t need to worry about a roommate thinking I’m weird for taking pictures of my books (lol).

I plan to buy less books so that I can start lessening the number of books on my TBR shelves. I will admit it. I have way too many books that I have yet to read. I really want to get through as many as possible before buying more books. I am still going to accept books for review and I’ll still ask for books for my birthday, but I will refrain from buying books with my own money (unless Book Outlet has another great sale).

I want to reread the Harry Potter series. I even drew my boxed set onto my 2017 reading goals sheet! I have been wanting to read them for awhile now, but I never get around to it. It WILL happen this year!

Try new things. I hope to get out of my comfort zone in 2017. I want to learn more and try new things when opportunities come up. I made sure to do this when I first started college, and I’ve met more friends because of it.

Stay Motivated. I do see myself as a pretty motivated individual, but I do go through periods where I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. This feeling will last for a week or two and I always just feel like crap about myself, but can’t seem to get myself to do anything. Hopefully, I can stay motivated all through 2017. I really want this to apply throughout this coming semester of school. I always fizzle out by the end of the semester, but I don’t want that to happen anymore.

Get up to 200 followers on my blog. I realize that this is probably a very high goal, but I do think it is possible. I started my blog in May and have almost 60 followers. I really think I could get to 200! Regardless, I get excited when anybody starts following my blog. It is hard to believe that people enjoy reading my ramblings!

Get up to 300 followers on my bookstagram. Gaining followers on bookstagram has been really hard for me, but I keep trying. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want my theme to be and everything. I am really loving my current theme, but I am moving again soon so I’ll have to change it AGAIN. Ugh. Maybe 2017 will help me figure out what the heck I am doing on bookstagram!

Meet and make bookish friends. I don’t know how people become friends in this community. I’ll hear people say how they are best friends with someone they met through their blog or bookstagram and I sit here like, “how?!?!?” I don’t know guys…I just don’t know. Lol. It is a good time here regardless, though, because you are all SO NICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!

Do some more guest posts and have others guest post on my blog. I really want some people to guest post on my blog this year, and I’d love to do some guests posts myself. I have done one guest post and it was for Everything and Nothin’. You can read it here, and while your at it, take a look around on the blog!

 

So what are some of your goals for 2017?? How many books do you want to read?

-Jamie

December Monthly Wrap-Up 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! Well, hello there 2017! Nice of you to sneak up on us so quickly. Lol!

Today, I have a very disappointing wrap up for you all. December was a rough one, so don’t be too hard on me! The holidays kept me pretty busy!

So I don’t think I really set a tbr last month….hmmmm….whoops! Well, it doesn’t matter too much because I actually read zero books this month. Yup, you read that right. Zero. Zippo. Nada. Nein. Yes, I am disappointed in myself. I didn’t start a book for weeks, but I am currently reading Saffire and I am really enjoying it

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Blog posts I wrote…

5 Series That I Highly Recommend

My Bookish Christmas Wish List

How I Remove Stickers From Books

Book Haul #3

I didn’t write many posts this month since I wasn’t reading much. Hopefully I can get better at writing more consistently! I really do enjoy sitting down and writing posts for this blog of mine. It is so fun sharing my bookish thoughts with you guys!

What I want to read next month…

Saffire

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Unfathomable Chance (ebook)

City of Lost Souls

It is very likely that I will not finish all three of these because I will be going back to college on January 9th (help me), but reading calms me and I really hope to make time for it. I am going to be pretty busy, but will have my own room! Hopefully, this makes me more productive since I will have less people bothering me!

Current Obsessions…

Swagbucks

This is a site I use to make money online. I get gift cards and then can buy more books!! Who doesn’t love the sound of that?? I have a post on this site that you can check out here. I have been using it a lot lately and have reestablished my love for the site!

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Koda

My dog is just adorable. Enough said.

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Boomerang

I made my first Boomerang yesterday and it was so fun!! I find joy in the smallest things, I know.

Arrow

This show is SO GOOD!!! Joshua told me to watch it and I am not disappointed. It has a small amount of romance and a whole lotta ass-kicking. Arrow is sure to keep anyone’s attention!

On the ‘gram…

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I’ve been really active on Instagram lately!! I started a new theme and I’m loving it.

How successful was your December? Did you follow your TBR or go way off track (like me…hee hee)?

-Jamie

 

 

Book Haul #3

 

Hello all!! I told myself I wouldn’t buy any books for a few months because of Christmas…..but then Book Outlet had a sale. Whoops. BUT!! I got a GREAT deal. 7 brand new hardbacks for $31 (this includes shipping)!!! I just couldn’t pass that up.

What I got from Book Outlet:

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I have been eyeing most of these for quite some time, so when I saw them on sale, I jumped at that opportunity!! Afterworlds came in slightly damaged 😦 but the inside is just so pretty with the black and white pages!! Have any of you read any of these??

What I received for Christmas:

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I didn’t receive many books for Christmas, which I was absolutely okay with! I have so many that I need to read yet! I’ve read all three of these Agatha Christie books, but I wanted to own them, so I put them on my Christmas list. And then I received that awesome bookmark that is so accurate for when I’m reading. THEN THE FUNKOS!! Those brought my collection up to 5! YESSSSS!! So excited! They are seriously so cute. Just look at them on my shelf!

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That concludes my book haul!! Do you guys see anything you want or received? Everyone have a safe and fun New Years!!! Talk to you in 2017 (omg I can’t believe 2016 is over…)!!

-Jamie

How I Remove Stickers from Books

 

Hey guys! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! Today, I wanted to write a quick post on how I remove stickers from my books with NO residue left on the book. Stickers on books really bug me, but having residue left after removing the sticker is worse. So, here’s what you will need: Books that have stickers and a hair dryer!

What I do is extremely simple. I put the hair dryer on high and hold it pretty close to the book. With the hair dryer about an inch away from the book, I outline the sticker and hit the center as well. I let it blow on the sticker for about a minute to a minute and a half.

Once you do this, start trying to pull the sticker off. If it is coming off with ease and no sticky residue, you are good to keep pulling it off. If some residue is still visible, blow more air. Sometimes it helps to blow on the spot where the sticker is coming from the book as you pull.

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And, ta da! You have a sticker-less and residue-free book on your hands!!!

Most of you probably already know this because it is a pretty sensible method, but maybe I helped at least one of you??

So, tell me. Do stickers on books bother you?? How do you remove them?

-Jamie

November Monthly Wrap-Up 2016

 

Hello Everybody!! I feel like I haven’t posted in so long, but it has only been a week. The holidays were so busy and I didn’t think about my blog much. I ate some good food and spent time with my family and friends, so it was a nice long weekend! Let’s jump into the wrap-up!

 

What I wanted to read…

Shadow of the Storm

Pretty Bird

Saffire

Unfathomable Chance (if I have time)

I actually followed this! I didn’t stray!!

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What I did read…

Shadow of the Storm; 5 Stars

Pretty Bird; 4 Stars

I felt like I read more than this….whoops. I could’ve finished another book, but I haven’t read in over a week. Sometimes, I feel like I have way too many hobbies and interests! I’d appreciate tips for finding more time to read!!

 

Blog posts I wrote…

Review: The Flip

Book Review: Counted With the Stars

THANK YOU FOR 50 FOLLOWERS!!! + A Random Reading Update

Book Review: Shadow of the Storm

Book Review: Pretty Bird

I really fail at this blogging thing. Lol! I really wonder how people have time to write one post a day. Sometimes, I struggle to write just two! How would you guys feel about some non-book posts? I have some ideas…

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Current Obsessions…

90210

This is one of my favorite tv shows (the newer version, that is). I have been rewatching it as I do other projects and it is still so, so good! I just cannot get enough! I feel like Silver is my favorite girl character, and Navid is my favorite male character; however, Liam is the most attractive. Seriously, guys…check this show out!! Then come tell me thank you for introducing you to such an amazing show (all of the seasons are on Netflix!!!!).

Christmas!!!

AHHHHH!! I am SO EXCITED for Christmas!! I hope we have snow this year on Christmas Eve. We just set up our Christmas tree and Christmas decorations and I’m obsessed. So beautiful! There is just something so comforting about Christmas. I also changed my scent in my wax warmer to something pretty Christmas-y and it has been wonderful (you would know this already if you follow me on Instagram *nudge*).

Grow Castle

This game/app is so addicting. It is so easy and fun. Joshua introduced it to me and I’ve been trying to reach a higher level than him (which won’t probably happen). I’ll put some pictures to show you what it is. Basically, you have a castle and you have to protect it. Very basic!

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This is what the main screen looks like. You can upgrade all of your items here.
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So you can release troops and other forms of attack (like fire storms or lightning) by clicking the people on your castle. 

On the ‘Gram

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Thank you for reading!! I greatly appreciate each and every one of you. 🙂 Have a great rest of the evening/day/afternoon, and I’ll talk to you soon!! Tell me what you all have been reading!

-Jamie

October Monthly Wrap-Up

Hayyyyyy!

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Lol…Okay, but for real. Hello! Today, I’ll be sharing my October monthly wrap-up! I took two weeks off from blogging, so this post will probably be pretty short (and include some extra fun stuff from this past month woo hoo!!).

 

What I wanted to read…

City of Fallen Angels (I am already 70 pages in, so I WILL read it this month!!!)

Saffire

The Flip

Pretty Bird

Why do I make goals? I never even stick to them. Does anyone else have this problem? Goals are fun to make, though!!

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What I did read…

City of Fallen Angels; 5 stars

The Flip; 4 stars

Counted With the Stars; 5 stars

I am proud that I got through three books this month! I’m feeling the book stress right now. I’ve been sent a lot of books recently and I’m pushing to get them finished in the amount of time that I agreed to. It is also exciting, tho!! I feel so honored to be sent books as such a new blogger! In case you missed it, I talked about Blogging for Books in a past post. I get some of my books for review from that site! Also, I received The Flip from Tomoson, a site that has numerous items that can be reviewed.

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Blog posts I wrote…

September Monthly Wrap-Up

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

Book Haul #2

See, I told you I had a bad month. I really needed to take some time off, but I’m back for a little while! I have been writing posts in advance to keep up with it all. When I start school in January, don’t be surprised if I post less.

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Current Obsessions…

Harry Potter

I feel like I always start to get into Harry Potter around this time of year. I really want to reread all of the books, but I just have so many new books that I always put first! I struggle with rereading books because I remember what all happened so I don’t feel as interested when I read it a second time.

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Young & Hungry

THIS TV SHOW GUYS!!! IT IS SO GOOD!!! SO FUNNY!!! Young and Hungry has my humor through and through. I’m already on season four on Netflix and I wish there were more! I’m going to be so sad when I finish it. I have never liked comedies before, but they watch The Office in the breakroom during lunch where I work, so I started watching my own comedy. I’ll take recommendations for more comedy tv shows!! What are your favorites?

MY DOG

I miss this little guy so so sooooo much when I’m not at home. I don’t bring him with me because his friend/sibling (the family dog) is at home. There are also stairs where I am living and Koda can’t take stairs. He is just such a handsome boy and I can’t get enough of his cute little face!!

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Koda is the one on the left!!

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On the ‘gram

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Twitter

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Next month’s reading goals…

Shadow of the Storm

Pretty Bird

Saffire

Unfathomable Chance (if I have time)

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Well, this post ended up being pretty long! I thought I’d start adding some new categories to these posts for your enjoyment! What did you guys all read this month? What do you plan to read next month? Any current obsessions?

-Jamie

Book Haul #2

Hey guys! It’s time for my second book haul! I didn’t think I’d get many more books in this short amount of time, but I have. I have gotten far too many, but that’s ok…I think! It has been awhile since my last haul so I’ll justify it that way.

I’m only including a synopsis if it is a standalone or first book in a series to avoid spoilers for anyone! The synopses were taken from Goodreads!

The books I bought:

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The 100 Day 21 (book 2 in The 100 series)

 

Scarlet (book 2 in The Lunar Chronicles)

 

Cress (book 3 in The Lunar Chronicles)

 

End of Days (book 3 in the Penryn and the End of Days series)

 

Crime and Punishment (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Crime and Punishment put Dostoevsky at the forefront of Russian writers when it appeared in 1866 and is now one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature.

The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, a talented student, devises a theory about extraordinary men being above the law, since in their brilliance they think “new thoughts” and so contribute to society. He then sets out to prove his theory by murdering a vile, cynical old pawnbroker and her sister. The act brings Raskolnikov into contact with his own buried conscience and with two characters — the deeply religious Sonia, who has endured great suffering, and Porfiry, the intelligent and discerning official who is charged with investigating the murder — both of whom compel Raskolnikov to feel the split in his nature. Dostoevsky provides readers with a suspenseful, penetrating psychological analysis that goes beyond the crime — which in the course of the novel demands drastic punishment — to reveal something about the human condition: The more we intellectualize, the more imprisoned we become.”

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children’s world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal–real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.”

 

Ghost Knight

“Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft never expected to enjoy boarding school. Then again, he never expected to be confronted by a pack of vengeful ghosts, either. And then he meets Ella, a quirky new friend with a taste for adventure…

Together, Jon and Ella must work to uncover the secrets of a centuries-old murder while being haunted by terrifying spirits, their bloodless faces set on revenge. So when Jon summons the ghost of the late knight Longspee for his protection, there’s just one question: Can Longspee truly be trusted?”

 

Romeo and Juliet

“In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover’s affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives. In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.”

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Shiver (book 1 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”

 

Linger (book 2 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)

 

Forever (book 3 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)

 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.”

 

Reborn (book 1 in the Shadow Falls After Dark series) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself.

But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.

When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever.

With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?”

 

Gilt (book 1 in the Royal Circle series…I think) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free–
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney’s best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII’s heart and brings Kitty to court, she’s thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat’s shadow, Kitty’s now caught between two men–the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat’s meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.”

 

Mila 2.0 (book 1 in the Mila 2.0 series) (synopsis taken from Goodreads)

“Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.”

 

Counted With the Stars (book 1 in the Out From Egypt series…currently reading) (not pictured)

“A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?”

 

 

The books I received for review:

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Shadow of the Storm (book 2 in the Out From Egypt series)

 

Saffire

“I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it’s difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to ‘let the dirt fly’ and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats. It’s in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a mulatto girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course or bring an end to it. A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire is brings to vibrant life the most impressive and embattled engineering achievement of the twentieth-century”

 

The Flip

“Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants’ junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it’s past, will the couple’s marriage survive The Flip?”

 

The Hanging Tree (Do not have to review this one, but the author sent it as a bonus book!! So cool!!)

“Enter a world where spirits roam the earth in Michael Phillip Cash’s haunting new novella, The Hanging Tree. Set amid the eerie backdrop of Long Island, an area famously steeped in old legend, two young would-be lovers contemplate their future while visits from those who have come before them reveal the lure of fate…and the power of free will. At seventeen years old, Arielle’s relationship with her parents is slowly deteriorating. Angry and defiant, she is at a loss on how to cope with the tumultuous situation in which she finds herself. Arielle’s only comfort is Chad, an eighteen-year-old young man who seems to truly understand her struggles. Arielle and Chad meet beneath the low-hanging branches of what the local community has nick-named the “Hanging Tree”. An ancient and majestic landmark, it has long been rumored that the tree is haunted by ghosts. These ghosts span various centuries and vary wildly in age, but each one of them has one thing in common: their deaths are all somehow connected to the tree itself. As Arielle and Chad commiserate over their current situation and their precarious nature of their future, the spectral inhabitants of the Hanging Tree witness their conversation. One by one,the ghosts begin reminiscing about their own lives-and deaths- as they examine the inner demons with which their human forms long struggled. An eerie meditation on the oft-overlooked power of choice, Cash’s The Hanging Tree will stay with readers long after they turn out the light.”

 

 

Pretty Bird (ebook)

Kenna loses her forever, Derrick, in a tragic plane crash that kills everyone on board—150 people, including the love of her life. People keep calling her lucky, but she feels the opposite. Now she has to move on with her life without Derrick in it and no strategy for getting past this senseless tragedy.

Investigators tip her off that there may be more to the story… behind the crash, the menacing Company that controls people, and even her dead boyfriend.

When someone tries to kill Kenna again in her own home, she is shocked into action and starts to uncover the truth about the corruption and craziness around her, finding herself and her heart again in the process. They say that time heals all wounds. Kenna has a chance to find out if that is really true.”

 

Unfathomable Chance (ebook)

“When Diana woke up on her 23rd birthday she thought it was going to be a normal day. She thought of donuts, coffee, and laughter. She did not think she was going to become the center in a galactic race to win her heart. None too pleased with the prospect of alien races descending on Earth to try and woo her, Diana does the only reasonable thing she can; she runs. Now she has to try and find a way to get rid of the blasted bracelet that is the cause of all the recent craziness in her life. The problem is this isn’t an ordinary bracelet; it contains the Heart of the Cosmos. Furthermore the Cosmos chose her for a reason and it isn’t keen on letting her go until she finishes what it started over ten years ago. Something tried to destroy it and now Diana isn’t just worried about her heart, she is worried about her life.”

 

Non-Book Bookish Stuff:

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MY FIRST FUNKO– Hermoine Granger ❤

 

So those are all of the books I have bought and received lately! What books have you gotten lately? Have you gotten any of the ones that I got?

-Jamie

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#ThrowbackThursday Reader Edition

 

Hello all! So today, I want to do something fun. AND I want you to do it too. So every once in awhile, I want to do throwback Thursdays. Today, I’m going to talk about when I started reading and everything I remember about those first years of reading. I want you to share your stories too! I don’t plan on doing these every Thursday, but I think It’ll be fun to share some of my book-related past every once in awhile.

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Okay, so when I was a little tike (like Preschool years), my mom decided she wanted to teach me how to read. I like to say she was just annoyed with my energetic self, but I don’t think it was just that. The business was probably starting to kick off and she needed to distract me with something.

I went to Preschool for three years as well, because I was too young to move on the first two years (no, I wasn’t dumb…lol). But I loved to read right away. My mom used forms of bribery to make me a good reader. Bribery means she actually paid me for reading books. Here’s the catch though: I had to read the entire book out loud and get every single word right, which would take many tries. In return, I’d get a quarter. To little me, that was A LOT of money.

I specifically remember one book that I read because I had to read it so so many times before I got all the words right. It was a book about buttons. I even remember the cover. It was pretty memorable!

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I made these Ipad stands by the way…I’m pretty proud of them!

We also had these bigger story books that I always wanted to read when I was little. My mom said she’d give me $1 for those, so I had the goal to read them….buuttt I never read them. That was too daunting for me!

So from there, I became a reader. We are all a certain breed. We read big books at a young age and always have a book in our hand. People called me a readaholic because I was always reading. I took it as a compliment.

In Elementary and Middle school, we had to get AR points. Everytime we read a book, we had to take a quiz and passing the quiz would give us so many points. There was a requirement for how many we needed, but I always surpassed it…by a lot. I even have certificates that says I had the new record for the number of AR points that was ever given. I’m pretty proud of that, folks.

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Book in picture: Gone With the Wind…this is one of my Senior pictures from High School

Oh…the good ol’ days. When I could “go to bed” at 7 pm just to start a book and try to finish it in the same night (this did happen quite often). When I would get grounded from reading for not doing my chores. When I would have that constant excitement that a good book brought on. This excitement still exists, but it isn’t as real as it was when I was a kid. I miss that.

Reading has been one of my favorite hobbies for my entire life. Going to the school library was always my favorite part of the day, and I’d leave with 8-10 books each time. I had so much fun finding new worlds to dive into. I devoured the words and learned so many new ones each time I read a new book.

I was that kid who got a pocket dictionary at age 12 (somewhere around there) and was elated about receiving it. I remember skipping into the office when my mom said it came in the mail. My cousin came to visit and told me to look up “studious.” I still remember what it means to this day. It was the first word I looked up in that dictionary, after all! I carried it around with me and everytime I found a word I didn’t know, I’d look it up in my handy dandy pocket dictionary. I know, I’m a major nerd, but that makes me happy.

So, what’s your story??? Share it with the reading community, especially with me! I want to know those nerdy confessions! Share your posts with me and I’ll be sure to read them. And on another note, I want to say thank you to you all for liking, commenting, following, and simply making my day.

-Much Love, Jamie