Oct 15, 2018

Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is a book, or rather book series, I have known about for quiet awhile. It was a series I first found out about because of the release of the TV show years ago. I honestly wasn't sure if it was a book I ever had any intention of reading. That is until recently I got hooked on the show and knew I had to read the books to see how similar they were to each other.

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out.... Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

Having watched the show first I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I am pleasantly surprised by the similarities to the show and the differences. Sookie Stackhouse is a great character who I found to like more and more as each page went on. I found her to be strong, witty and an all around interesting character.

Bill the vampire, I hate to say it but I'm not a fan of him. I thought he was very selfish in the book compared to the TV show. I should say though in general on the show I'm not really a huge fan of him either. Less of a fan of him on the page. He has his moments but I can't quite pinpoint what it is about his character that just makes me think, meh go away Bill.

There isn't a whole lot of Eric in this book but enough for me to be excited to see how his character develops and appears in future books. I really am a sucker for Eric in the show and can't wait to read more about him.

Charlaine Harris's writing style is very to the point. She doesn't really put unnecessary fluff into the story everything moves quick over the course of twelve chapters. I liked that but sometimes would have liked a little bit more detail on certain things. Overall though her writing was easy to fall into and get caught up in Sookie's story.

Dead Until Dark is getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to someone looking for a quick vampire read with interesting characters. I'm definitely going to be reading the second book once I get my hands on a copy!

Oct 13, 2018

Saturday Songs

Saturday's seem like the perfect day to share new music I've discovered this week. October seems to be the month of great, great music. Here are a few songs I've been listening to like crazy this week.

Chemicals by Gregory Alan Isakov

I have liked Gregory Alan Isakov for a while now. There is something really soothing about his music. This song in particular is a favorite of mine off of his new album. I could listen to it all day.

Didya Think by Arlie

It's impossible not to sing along to this song. I'm really liking this bands sound and am curious to see what other music they come out with.

Without U by Beach Goons

I'm not a huge fan of the rest of this bands music but this one song in particular I really like. There's something about the singers voice that just sucks me in and makes me want to listen.

Oct 8, 2018

Sometimes It Happens

Sometimes It Happens is a book I've wanted to read for a while. I really loved Lauren Barnholdt's book Two Way Street so naturally I'm going to want to read all of her books. After finally getting my hands on a copy I started reading it right away because it just sounded like a good, quick read.

This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Sebastian, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends....and one night, to something more.

It's the first day of senior year and all hell is going to break loose because of what happened over the summer between Hannah and her best friends boyfriend, Noah. I really loved how this book went from the first day of senior year to the events that took place over the summer leading up to senior year. It was a really cool way to tell Hannah's story and it was really well written in that aspect.

Hannah was not what I was expecting. To be honest I'm not really sure what I was expecting but she was a character who I had a very hard time connecting with. I thought maybe toward the middle of the book, closer to the end that would change but it really didn't. She was a bit immature in my eyes, said like way to much and just overall didn't have much character growth. I must say though I feel like Hannah is the way she is because of Ava her best friend.

Ava was the worst best friend. She was selfish, manipulative and just down right annoying. Many times I wanted to just yell at Hannah for putting up with Ava's bullshit.

I must say that it wasn't until the hundred page mark when I really felt myself enjoying this book. And I think that has everything to do with Lacey and Noah. They in my opinion were the saving graces of this book.

Sometimes It Happens is getting 3 out of 5 birds from me. I enjoyed the way the story was told with dueling chapters and certain characters but overall it wasn't what I was expecting. I would recommend this book to those who don't mind when characters don't have much growth and if they want a book with a really fantastic boy and a great new friendship between characters.

Oct 6, 2018

Saturday Songs

If there is one thing I love as much as books it is music. There is nothing better than discovering new music, adding a new song you can't get enough of to your playlist. These past few days I've found a few songs that I can't stop listening to. Songs I want to share in hopes that the lyrics, the melody, something about it sticks with you the way it does with me. I'm thinking I may make this a regular Saturday thing of sharing current or past favorites.

Hey Mama by Great Caesar

This song I discovered while watching a show on Netflix called Quantico. It fit so perfectly in the scene and the moment that scene ended I wanted to rewind to listen to the song again. Shazam came to my rescue and once I knew the name of this I looked it up. Haven't stopped listening to this song since. So so good!

Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight) by The Wild Reeds

This song I came across looking up other songs by Great Caesar. What made me click on this particular video was the bands name, The Wild Reeds. It was an intriguing name to me. The moment this song started, I knew I liked it. The lyrics are something that hit me. Such a good sound from this band.

High Five by Sigrid

I came across this song from someone talking about it on Instagram. I of course had to look into it to see what the song sounded like. It's a song that is so catchy and fun. There is something unique about the singers voice that I really like.

What are some of your current favorite songs? Let me know in the comments would love to discover some new bands!

Sep 30, 2018

Used Books

There is nothing better than buying new books. Nothing really beats walking down a Barnes and Nobel aisle taking in the beauty of so many different books, every spine different from the other. Being a book lover who is very particular about the condition of her books I don't recall seeking out buying used books. I could always find some reason why I couldn't buy one because the pages were dog eared or there was writing on the inside. The reasons silly to some, important to me. There came a point when I couldn't afford to always be buying new books. I had to learn not to cringe so much if a book wasn't in perfect condition.

I don't remember exactly when my feelings changed for used books but I certainly know I didn't love having to buy them used as much as I do now. Now I walk into a used bookstore excited to hunt down books that are on my mental to buy list. Some days I can find so many my arms ache from the weight of so many books in my arms. Other days the stack is smaller. Some times I find no books at all. You never know and it's kind of fun that way. Typically you always know when you walk into Barnes and Nobel you will find the book you are seeking, not always, but most of the time.

My favorite Used Book store

Nine out of ten times I always find books I have read and loved. I always have to pause a moment, run my finger down the spine of the book and think about what a great book it is. I always end up wondering how someone could give up such a great book, a book I personally couldn't ever part ways with. Then I remember maybe that book was great to them and they are simply wanting to pass on that greatness. I selfishly couldn't part ways with such great books but at least there are others who can.

 The Reckoning a book I adore.

Prices in used bookstores are glorious.The amount I can spend on one book at Barnes and Nobel I could get nine or ten depending on which used store I am shopping at. Who wouldn't want more books for the price of one? Used books stores = over flowing bookshelves.

 Book Haul

This isn't me in anyway saying don't go buy books from Barnes and Noble, definitely buy books from them so we can support our favorite authors. It's important that we do so. But say you have a free day and aren't sure what to do find a used book store and see what you can find.

Let me know in the comments below if you love shopping at used book stores or if you haven't ever really shopped for used books before.