Monday, July 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Are Reading?




It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme to share our reads. Just in case you are curious about what book is in our hands and waiting on our shelves.

So there hasn't been a ton of reading in my life right now. It's been crazy but hopefully this is changing and my life can get back to normal. 


Jenn's Current Reads:

The Assassin Game


Jenn's Current Audio



The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)


This week coming up Jenn has planned to Read 

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Ash's Current Read:

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I am still reading this. It's a really great book, really well written, but I'm kinda just in a slump. So what I'm going to do is just start a new book and go back to this one. 

What Ash hopes to finish this week:

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What have been your great reads the week?



     


     

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Delightful Discoveries




Delightful Discoveries are books that I have discovered recently... old, new, just released... from blogs, Goodreads, libraries, friends, or bookstores. 







Unnatural Deeds
Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog


Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.

And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her.




Fate of Flames (Effigies, #1)
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?






Traveler (Traveler #1)
Traveler by L.E. DeLano 




Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities.

But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.







The Replacement Crush
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts 


True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart. 

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.




Extraordinary October
Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman



October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won’t go away, and her life is turned upside down. Suddenly, she can hear dogs talk, make crows fly, and two new and very handsome boys at school are vying for her affections. After she starts “transplanting” herself through solid rock, October learns that she is not ordinary at all, but the daughter of a troll princess and a fairy prince, and a pawn in a deadly war between the trolls and the fairies. Now October will have to use all of her growing powers to save her family, and stop a mysterious evil that threatens to destroy the fairy world.
In the fantastical vein of authors such as Julie Kagawa and Holly Black, Extraordinary October takes us on a magical journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.

Answer Me This: Where In the World Have You Been??

Answer Me This. We are hoping this will help our friends get to know us a just a tad bit better. 
A question will be asked and answers will be given by both Ash and Jenn. We hope you enjoy getting to know us outside of the bookshelves.

So I am sure some of you have noticed... we have been quiet on the blog. We have disappeared for just a bit and I hope that all the chaos in our  life is settled for a bit. It has been so crazy around here.
We have gone through hospitalization of little Finn. Some minor and not so minor medical issues around the household, job searching, and of course the crazy summer activities in between all the other crazy.

I think it's settled for now. We hope and we hope to be back to our regularly scheduled nonsense on the blog and our happy comments to others. We want to get social again.



Only a little social though, don't forget you are going to Gencon in a week!



For now, I will give you a little bit of details on a few things that made our life so hectic.... just in case you need some time to fill.

Our little Finn... well he had Staph and was in the hospital. It wasn't bad... we caught it real quick but it was scary and it was miserable seeing him be poked and prodded in the hospital. Luckily we found it early and we went from a doctor's visit on a Saturday afternoon to ER on Sunday night and the children's hospital on Monday right at midnight. He is good. he had to stay about 3 days on some heavy antibiotics then 10 days of giving him pills... that was not fun. He is back to his normal self.

I wouldn't say "normal" but he is doing much better. Also, it wasn't pills we had to give him, it was a pill that we opened and put the powder in a tiny bit of water in a syringe. And it was the single nastiest thing I have tasted in my life, and it stayed in your mouth. It was awful. Now every time i see a little rash on Finn, I have a tiny freak out moment....

                                                              

After that happened I started to look for another job. I decided it was time for me to move on and find something new. I was stressed and busy every night sending off my resume and of course ,going to interviews and having phone interviews. I have hardly had time to read at all. I will post more of this updated at another time.

In the meantime, I have had some painful issues going on that had the doctors stumped a bit. Well after some sonograms and some doctor visits, we figured it out. It's not real serious but can cause pain and I will need to make a decision in the future to get surgery or live with some pain. Still, I have not decided.

Then this week Finn, Ash, and I got a pretty bad cold. It's short lived compared to some but it was a pretty nasty bout. I am on the very tail end of it. So yay. Maybe now my life can resume to the normal crazy. By the way, Summer colds are the worst.


It's still kicking my butt. I just felt so exhausted and weak all the time! Ugh.

On a good note.... we have been hitting the pool and movies on the weekends we have all been healthy. We have seen Finding Dory, Secret Life of Pets, Jungle Book, and X-Men Apocalypse in the theaters. Enjoyed every single one. Maybe this weekend will be Alice Through the Looking Glass or Tarzan. Both I am very much looking forward too. I think Ash and I want to start reviewing movies too but not there yet.

Update: Y'all went to go see Tarzan today! Next weekend is Alice, I hope.

I have so many ideas and need to do's on here but such little time. I hope to fix that soon.

That is our crazy this last month... what about everyone else out there???

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wee Reads: Ducky and the Monsters by Lizlot Versteeg

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 





What Finn Read....  

Ducky and the Monsters
Ducky and the Monsters by Lizlot Versteeg 
  


This is Ducky. Ducky is on his way home. Cheerfully he walks to the forest. But hey, he has to go through the big monster forest! What will Ducky do? Do you think he is afraid of monsters?
Have a look!

On every page you can discover a color and recognize a part of the body. And with the monsters you learn how to count from one to ten! Can you spot the blue beetle on every page?

An instructive book about funny monsters and a brave little duck for hours of fun.




What Finn Thinks...

Finn just went crazy over this book. It was full of fun colors, counting, monsters, and so much fun. I had to read it to him about 3 times in a row and he didn't want to stop.  Finn interacted with my reading and really had fun with the story. 

What I found adorable and loveable about this book was the story and the graphics. The story is really cute about a duck who cares for the monsters instead of being scared of them. The illustrations are just too adorable and bright and vibrant. I also found the book really good for teaching multiple things.. counting, colors, body parts, how to care for others, and how to be friendly and brave. I think this is perfect for ages 2-5 and maybe some adults too!


What Finn Rates:





Other books like this or by this author:

What Does Kitten Hear?: A Big Book of Animal SoundsWhere Does Rabbit Live?: A Big Book of Animal Searches




   

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Geeky and Random Things We Need to Share!

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at
The Broke and the Bookish that features a great bookish top ten every week.



My Top Ten Geeky Attributes


Jenn's Answer

1.  I love to cosplay. I am not good at it. I can't sew, but I am pretty good at  putting costumes together. I hope to learn to sew one day to do my own costumes. I have major stagefright but for some reason putting on a costume makes me feel real good and I get a bit more bold. 

2.  I am a board game fanatic.... I  seriously could play them all day every day. I am sometimes competitive but not really. My favorite is tile games... my all time favorite is Carcassonne. I do like strategy games the best... but I will play them all. 

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3.  I am a fangirl of Star Wars. I love it and can't get enough of it. I used to watch the original trilogy over and over on summer vacation. I am so very excited that more are coming out. 



4. I love superheros. Superheroes of any kind. I read about them, watch them, google them. If it has to do with superheroes I am all over it. Marvel is my favorite but I do like DC too. 

5. I research everything. If it's in  my head for any reason, I need to know more about it. So I research until I understand or get bored. 

6. I live for The Walking Dead. It's a big thing in my family. We are all obsessed and right now it's on a break and I am dying so had. Every episode gets me worked up and gives me all the fells, has me on the edge of my seat and leaves me wanting more. I also read the graphic novel. Yup I am ruined. 


7.  I love make lists... all kinds of lists. I don't just make lists... I alphabetize, I excel spreadsheet, I document, and I make plans. It makes me really happy.

8.  I love the dark twisted fairytales and fairytale retellings. The darker the better. I can never have too many of these in my library. 

9. I love big plastic glasses on me or on anyone. They are fun and make me think geek, librarian, nerd, and make me see smart. They just make me happy. 

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10.   I am going to gen con this summer. In just under a month. I am so very excited and just can't wait. All the games all the day long. So super psyched! 






Ash's Answer- Ten random facts about me!

1. My middle name is Daune, pronounced "Dawn"

2. My favorite animal is a fox

3. I am obsessed with Alice in Wonderland

4. Also Walking dead... anything zombies really

5. I want to be a child psychologist

6. I was homeschooled my entire life

7. I work at a call center for a reverse mortgage company

8. I'm a crazy cat lady 

9. I'm addicted to caffeine 

10. Halloween is my favorite Holiday.







 
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