The Sunshine Blogger Award

So I’ve been nominated by Danni at _forbookssake for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you Danni!!

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Danni’s Questions:

1 – What are you currently reading, and are you enjoying it so far?

Right now I have a few books going. I have a book for a blog tour called None of Our Hands are Clean, which is my main focus right now. It’s all right, but I’d rather be reading something else.

2 – What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?

I’d have to say books that take well over 100 pages to get to the actual plot of the story. Serpent & Dove was guilty of this and it drove me nuts. I stuck it out and it ended up worth it in the end, but sometimes I just can’t stick it out.

3 – Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.

Hmm, probably that I’ve had a total of five surgeries on my feet – three on the left foot, two on the right. While my left foot doesn’t have any “hardware” in it, my right foot contains two staples in the heel and three screws in the fifth metatarsal bone.

4 – Which TV show could you watch over and over and not get bored?

I’m not sure. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I do like Criminal Minds a lot, and I’ve restarted the series quite a few times. But that’s the only I can think of and I do get bored of it at times.

5 – Which fictional character would you love to be friends with?

Wow. That’s actually a tough one. I’ve never really found myself enamored by a character so much I’d like to be friends with them, so I’ve never thought about it. If I had to choose I’d have to say Professor Snape because I kind of have a crush on him. I’m weird, I know.

6 – How are your bookshelves organized?

Well, right now, the single shelf I have is all hardcovers, except the Harry Potter stuff on the top of the bookshelf. But they’re organized by author, then series, because I can’t stand series books being out of order!

7 – Do you have any hobbies?

I knit, I crochet, I make bookmarks, I read (obviously), I sing, I listen to music, I watch movies. And right now I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole that is TikTok.

8 – What is your favorite famous work of art?

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. When I did my graphic design degree, I had an assignment to paint a pair of shoes in the style of a famous artist. I based mine on Starry Night. The shoes are still with the graphic design department because they’ve been displayed in the library.

9 – Do you collect any type of bookish merch?

Other than the Funko Pops I have of Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies ( I have Parson Collins) and Harry Potter, I don’t really collect bookish merch. Although I do have the charms to make Deathly Hallows bookmarks, earrings, etc.

10 – Which is your favorite season, and why?

Well, I have two. Winter because I was born in winter. Autumn because hoodies, hot chocolate, books, and Halloween!!!

11 – Which book or series brings you the most happiness?

Probably The Wizard of Oz series. Most people don’t realize that there’s an entire series of books set in the Land of Oz. Most people only know about The Wizard of Oz movie and I’ve even met people who didn’t know that was actually based on a novel. A few years ago my best friend bought me a box set of the Oz books.

My Questions:

1 – What book or series made you fall in love with reading?
2 – On that note, how long have you been reading?
3 – Not bookish but what is your favorite movie?
4 – On the movie note, what is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
5 – Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character and if so, who?
6 – A little this or that: Vampires or Witches?
7 – How many books do you think is too many for a series?
8 – Thoughts on sequels that come out years after the “last” book in a series?
9 – Do you watch shows like Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, or other TV series based on books?
10 – What about the book community on social media annoys you?
11 – Is there anything on your TBR that you just know you’ll never read, but you can’t bring yourself to remove it?

My Nominations:

Anniek from Anniek’s Library
Hâf from The Library Looter
Fay from Booksmagick
Fiona from Fiona’s Reading Corner
PuzzlePaws from PuzzlePaws
Ashleigh from A Bookish Chick
Trisha from Tea Time with Trisha
Blair from Feed the Crime
Nen & Jen from nen & jen
Kat from Rustic Pages
Ahana from Heart’s Content

So there you have it! My nominations and questions for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Blogtober: Thrillers

Today’s prompt from Anniek & The Library Looter have me wanting to find a particular gif and post it, but I won’t. Because that’s cheesy. But…

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Anyway….

Verity by Colleen Hoover

If you’re expecting Colleen Hoover’s usual contemporary romance here, you’re not going to get it. In fact, she actually published this book herself because it is so different from what she normally writes. The ending is chilling and definitely made this a 5 star read in my opinion.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

This one is kind of a slow-burn thriller. But the twist at the end… blew the whole thing out of the water. I loved the ending and never saw it coming! That’s unusual for me and a thriller – I can often predict what’s happening before it does. Not so with this one. My copy had some editing issues, so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, but it is definitely a must read.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

This one is pretty chilling as well. You’ll never guess the who the killer is. But then again, kind of like in Broken Things, the killer ends up being one of those characters you don’t really know much about, don’t see too much of in the book, and probably won’t remember who it is by the time they reveal it. But it’s still an awesome read and I highly recommend it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

So there are three suggestions for thrillers that I’ve read and reviewed. I hope you like them. Let me know what your favorite thrillers are!

Blogtober: Book Review – Slumber by Becky Bird

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Title: Slumber
Author: Becky Bird
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: August 1, 2019
Format: Kindle
Pages: 277
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Amazon / Book Depository

A YA retelling of classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty

Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect.

The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. But, unbeknown to the prince, the cardinal plans to kill him as soon as the prince embarks on his quest, and take the throne for himself.

Luckily, Prince Thomas’s path crosses with Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway, who saves his life and convinces the prince to continue the quest. When they eventually find Princess Aurora, they also find another contender – Prince Philip – vying for the princess’s heart.

Despite their mutual disdain for each other, Lucy agrees to assist the prince, and Thomas accepts her help to keep him alive long enough to beat out his competition and return to rule his kingdom alongside his perfect bride.

They just don’t count on falling for each other in the process.

If you’re looking for a fairy tale retelling that makes you ask, “what did I just read?”, then this book is for you. It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty… with elements of Snow White. Wait, what? Yes, you read that right. Elements of Snow White. Prince Thomas = Snow White. Cardinal Lionel = Evil Queen. Prince Thomas’s Guards = Huntsman. Yep.

So let’s start off with what I thought of the characters, shall we? First up we have Lucy. A tomboy in a century where that’s just not appropriate, of course. She’s sassy, mouthy, and opinionated. I love her. She’s hilarious. She’s also a feminist, getting angry when someone tries to make something easier for her because she’s a female.

Next up we have Jack. Lucy’s best friend. I’m not sure what to think of him. He’s got an eye for color coordinating and fashion, but can’t seem to get the hang of basic “manly” things. It’s like he and Lucy are the polar opposites of what the time period considers appropriate for their gender.

Prince Thomas is, well, a pompous ass at the beginning of the book. He’s shallow, rude, and just plain irritating. I don’t like him much for about 2/3 of the book. Then he finally becomes a likable character.

Cardinal Lionel is the bad guy. He’s a real piece of work. He masquerades as a man of God but has designs on taking the throne himself. He’s obnoxious and honestly, kind of stupid and boring as a bad guy.

Princess Aurora – finally, our Sleeping Beauty. She’s stupid, vapid, and so shallow and self-centered, I want to scream. I can’t believe how obnoxious she is. All she cares about are her looks.

Prince Phillip – he’s not much better than Aurora and honestly, they deserve each other. But at least he is loyal and a man of his word if nothing else.

The plot lines are ok I suppose. They aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible either. The book had the hate-to-love trope in it and honestly, in my opinion, it wasn’t done very well. I would rather the main characters either been in love from the beginning or hated each other through the whole book. It just bugged me. It was far too predictable.

I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars because it was quick and easy to read and it wasn’t a horrible book. Just not one I’d choose to re-read.

I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Blogtober: Demonic Characters

Wow… um…. so, Anniek & The Library Looter ask about demonic characters in today’s Blogtober prompt. So here we go, trying to come up with demonic characters. LOL

The first one that comes to mind is from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and that is The Darkling. While I realize that The Darkling’s power is simply stronger than that other Grisha and that no one really knows how or why the Grisha have their powers, some of the things he can do that other Grisha can’t are just… demonic if you ask me. Not to mention, Alina as a Sun Summoner seems to be his polar opposite and she’s pretty much considered the key to saving Ravka from The Fold. So yeah, I’d say The Darkling fits.

Then we have Crowley from Good Omens who is literally a demon. Probably the universe’s most inept demon, but an actual demon nonetheless.

Another character I equate with demonic, or nearly there, is Voldemort and his merry band of Death-eaters. I mean, seriously, how much more evil can anyone or anything be? He’s pretty much the devil of the wizarding world with the Death-eaters being his demonic minions. Dude need a chill pill… and a nose… just saying.

Ok, so those are the characters I can think of off the top of my head who are demonic. Even know I’m pretty sure I’ve read other books or know of characters that are also demonic in nature, I can’t think of them off the top of my head.

What characters do you know of that are, or are darn near close to being, demonic?

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Taking on a World of Words. It works like this : Each Wednesday you post the answers to three questions starting with W:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

What are you currently reading?

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

I’m kind of stalled on this one. I need to get it read, because I owe both Edelweiss and NetGalley reviews for it, but I keep getting stuck on it.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

I’m listening to the audiobook of this one and I like it a lot so far. Now, if only Libby hadn’t put me back to the very beginning instead of leaving me 2.5 hours in like I was in the first place.

Donn’s Shadow (The Soul Searchers Mysteries #2) by Caryn Larrinaga

This is the sequel to Donn’s Hill, and I really want to get it read, but I got distracted. I do that a lot. LOL But I owe NetGalley a review for it, so I need to get it read pretty soon here.

People of the Lake by Nick Scorza

Another Edelweiss review that I need to get going on. I think the problem is the book hasn’t been the most exciting so far. I think I need to just open it up and push through it.

Dollhouse (Dark Carousel #1) by Anya Allyn

I picked this one up for free on my Nook app. It sounded like a perfect, creepy read for this time of year. I just got distracted as usual.

Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake

Another book I got distracted from. It’s the third installment in the Three Dark Crowns series and I really want to get this one read because I love, love, love this series and I can’t wait to see what happens!

Year One (The Chronicles of the One #1) by Nora Roberts

I haven’t read a Nora Roberts novel in years, but I always loved her writing. This one reminds me a bit of The Stand by Stephen King but with a twist. I can’t wait to get further into it. I’m 32% of the way done and I really need to hurry and finish it because I borrowed it from the library. LOL

What did you recently finish reading?

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I loved this book. It wasn’t particularly creepy or scary to me, but… the twist near the end gave me the chills. Trust me, if you haven’t, you really, really need to read this one!!

Donn’s Hill (The Soul Searchers Mysteries #1) by Caryn Larrinaga

This one was a great read and pretty quick too, if you don’t get distracted by something else. I really liked it and honestly, if you want a full understanding of Donn’s Shadow, you should probably read this first, although I don’t think it is entirely necessary.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Love, love, love this book. I hope Stephanie Perkins writes more of these horror/mystery/thriller books because this was just plain awesome.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I need to get this read because I bought it to read for the Barnes & Noble Book Club for November. But it’s been on my “I can’t wait for this book” list since I found out it was coming out. So yeah. Time to read this one.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

This one is the Barnes & Noble YA Book Club book for November, so I need to get started on this one as well. I’m not quite as excited about this one as I am Ninth House, but I’m trying to get better about actually reading the book club books and attending the book club.

So there you have it, my first WWW Wednesday. Let’s see if I can keep this up! LOL

Blogtober: A Day in My Life

So today Anniek & The Library Looter are asking about a day in my life. This should be fairly interesting – not. I’m a pretty boring person. But… I’ll do my best. Sorry, no photos, I just don’t like taking pics of everything I do. Now this isn’t going to be a “typical” day because I’m going to do today.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Wake up. I don’t sleep very well, so I often find myself awake until somewhere between 1 and 4AM even though I would rather be asleep. So I generally wake up rather late. Take my morning meds, get dressed. Head downstairs. Get my roommate Sarah, who is currently non-weight-bearing on her right foot, some breakfast, feed the pets, and then feed myself.

12:00 – 1:30PM – Errands. Run some books back to the library, check out 3 more books (Furyborn, Kingsbane, and Semiosis), then drop off my voting ballot. Put gas in the car and grab a soda, then head for home. Talk with roommates a bit when I get home, then head upstairs to my room.

1:30 – 4:00 PM – Homework, blogging, and laundry. Doing some laundry for myself and Sarah. Homework for BYU-PathwayConnect. Review my résumé for tonight’s gathering. Do the math portion of professional skills, turn in the elements of my power statement, and finish the few things for the Book of Mormon class I had to do before tonight. Then work on emails and blogging for the blog.

4:00 – 6:30 PM – Hang out with the roommates and grab dinner. I already know we’re grabbing takeout from Taco Bell because Sarah is craving it and the rest of us agree. It’s awesome because I can make my favorites vegetarian the way I like it and it’s relatively cheap. LOL

6:30 – 7:00 PM – Get ready for tonight’s gathering for BYU-PathwayConnect. I do a virtual gathering, meaning we meet online using the Zoom meeting software.

7:00 – 9:00 PM – Gathering. We’ll cover a bunch of things and chat a lot because we’re all women and we’ve become a family of sorts.

9:00 – 10:00 PM – Watch the episode of The Masked Singer my roommates kindly recorded on the DVR for me. It’s on during my gathering, so I usually can’t watch.

10:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Take evening meds, get ready for bed, and then read. I usually do about 2 hours of reading, more if I can’t sleep. But lights go out between 11:30 – 12:00 AM, because I share a room with my best friend LaShawn. This is where eBooks come in so handy, because I can read until I’m tired enough. I will read on the Kindle, Libby, Books, or Nook apps on my iPad, or I’ll pull up Libby on my phone and listen to an audiobook. Then it’s off to sleep whenever my brain and body decide it’s OK to shut down for the night.

So that’s my day today – I’ll probably never be able to record a “typical” day because living in a house with 4 other roommates means that every day is something new. But there you have it! I can’t wait to read everyone else’s day in my life posts!

Oh and if you have any questions about BYU-PathwayConnect don’t hesitate to ask!

Book Review: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Title: The Silent Patient
Author: Alex Michaelides
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Celadon Books
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
Source: Personal Collection
Rating: ★★★★☆
Amazon / Book Depository

“That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzing—I quite literally couldn’t put it down. I told myself I’d just dip in; eleven hours later—it’s now 5:47 a.m.—I’ve finished it, absolutely dazzled.”
—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Promising to be the debut novel of the season The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive…

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

Holy Fricking Crap. That’s me putting this nicely. Why did I wait so long to read this book? Why did I not read it back when it first came out? Because seriously, I shouldn’t have. I really shouldn’t have. I’m going to start with a character assessment.

Theo Faber: I truly liked him. He’s one of those characters that you can’t help but like. He’s helpful, concerned, he loves his wife. He’s like the perfect guy. And he genuinely wants to help Alicia, doesn’t he?

Alicia Berenson: I didn’t really like her. Not because I thought she was guilty of murdering her husband, but because she just struck me as a little witch who just wanted her own way and had to get it. She didn’t care who she stomped on to get it. Just look at her relationship with Jean-Felix.

Jean-Felix Martin: I couldn’t really figure him out. Did he love Alicia? Did he just use her for her art? What’s the deal with this dude?

Max Berenson: Another character who just threw me for a loop. I’d never have guessed between Alicia’s diary and his attitude what would be revealed for certain toward the end.

Alex Michaelides has a writing style that is very easy to read. It only took me a couple of days to read The Silent Patient and honestly, if I’d had the time to just sit down and read, I could have probably read it in one day. It sucks you in and you just have to keep reading. You have to know if Theo will get Alicia to speak. You have to know if Theo will uncover what really happened the night Alicia’s husband Gabriel was murdered. And you’ll never, ever guess the ending.

The only true issues I had with this book have nothing to do with the story or writing style. It has to do with the sloppy editing job that was done. I found several spots where words were missing. Which tells me that the editors weren’t paying attention because it made it to print that way. I realize this means the author missed putting those words in, but that’s why they have editors. To catch errors like that.

Because of the editing errors I gave the book four stars, which is a shame because this should be a five star read.