Inside Out Book Tag


I was kind of, not really, in a generic way, tagged by Adventures of a Bibliophile for the Inside Out Book Tag.

I actually just saw this movie last weekend with my family and I loved it. Sadness was my favorite because she reminded me of, well, me! No one will ever accuse me of being the most positive person in the room! Anyway, here are my answers to the questions.

Joy: A book that brings you joy!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon brings me a lot of joy! I love the entire series.  The characters are so well written and I really feel like I’m a part of them, their family. I can read these books over and over – even though I rarely do that will any book.

Fear: A book that scares you!

There was a book, long ago, that scared me so badly that, to this day, I still get all weirded out just thinking about it. That book is Darkfall by Dean Koontz. If you like horror books, I highly recommend you try this one out!  You will not regret it I promise!

Disgust: A book that disgusts you!

Disgust is a strong word. But if I have to put a book in this category it would have to be Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  This is the first book in the Unwind Dystology.  It was disturbing.  I was not a huge fan of the book although I did find the premise interesting.  I may or may not read the rest of the series.

Sadness: A book that makes you sad!

I cried several times throughout the reading of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This was probably my favorite book of 2015.  I really became invested in the characters of this book.  The relationship between the two sisters is heartbreaking at times.  This book truly made me think about what life was like in Europe during this time period.  Read it.

Anger: A book that makes you angry!

I can’t remember the last time I read a book and was so angry as it ended.  Allegiant by Veronica Roth pissed me off completely!  I am sure there are very few of us who have not read this book but I don’t want to spoil it for those that may stumble upon this post and have not read it.

Please go over to Adventures of a Bibliophile and check out her answers – they really great!



The Friday 56

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Here are the rules:

– Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
– Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
– Post it.
– Add the url of your post to the Linky on Freda’s most recent post.

“A shallow pit had been dug a few hundred yards into the woods behind the compound. The pit was for burning bodies.”

Page 56 of:


I hope you pick this book up if you have not read it.  It looks so good!!



I really like the idea of doing bookish memes.  I think, as a new blogger, it will help me to get used to posting almost daily.  Also, I think they give me the opportunity to get to know other bloggers.

My problem is this…I cannot find a lot of active memes!  Maybe I am not looking in the right place. Maybe Wednesdays and Thursday are not big meme days.  I have found some – but none that have jumped out at me and screamed do me! do me!  Or worse, I find one I really think would be cool and it is no longer active.

So I am asking you, bloggers of the world, what memes do you do that you really love?

The 2016 Color Coded Reading Challenge

Color Challenge 2016

I love challenges. I don’t know if it is because I never participated in sports as a child and never felt the thrill of a win but now, as an adult, I love doing things that I can “win” at. That’s kinda sad now that I read it! LOL Well, whatever the reason, I am really excited to participate in this one and get started on January 1, 2016!

This challenge is hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block.

The Color Coded Challenge seems to be as popular as ever, so we’re going to give it another go. Once again the categories will be more open–the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book. For “implies color” the image implying color should dominate the cover–for instance a large rainbow, a field of flowers, or the image of a painter.

Here are the rules:
*Read nine books in the following categories.

1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.
4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title/on the cover.
6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.
7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover.
8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2016 will count.

*Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

Come join us for this great challenge!  You can find the sign up over at My Reader’s Block.

I hope to see you there!


Top Ten Quotes I Loved from Books I Read in the Past Year or so

Top Ten Tuesday

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

I have been reading these lists for a while now so one of the first things I wanted to do when I started my blog was to join in.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

  1. “I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.” ~ Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  2. “Reverend was right about one thing: people always want a reason for the bad things in life. Sometimes there ain’t one.” ~ Revival by Stephen King
  3. “I had forgotten how gently time passes in Paris. As lively as the city is, there’s a stillness to it, a peace that lures you in. In Paris, with a glass of wine in your hand, you can just be.” ~ The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  4. “Getting to know someone in blind darkness changes your impression of them.” ~ Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  5. “Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.” ~ Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  6. “We always hurt the ones we love, darling.” ~ Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  7. “The more I want to be oblivious, the less I can be. Life and light will not let me be.” ~ The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  8. “We tell ourselves often enough that something happened, we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.” ~ Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  9. “Tante Isabelle says it’s better to be bold than meek. She says if you jump off a cliff at least you’ll fly before you fall.” ~ The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  10. “People talk about the pain of grief, but I don’t know what they mean. To me, grief is a devastating numbness, every sensation dulled.” ~ Allegiant by Veronica Roth


Welcome and Why I Love My Mailman!

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Hi there! As you can see I have started a blog (thanks Captain Obvious!). You can check out the ‘About Me’ page and it will give you the why. Also see the ‘Review Policy’ and ‘Rating System’ pages and you will be caught up on all the happenings thus far!

So let’s move ahead into why I love my mailman…

This past week has been amazing for my book addiction. The first score was the receipt of my first ARC! Penguin Books was kind enough to send me Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley for review. I had requested a copy only a week prior and it just appeared! As soon as I finish Illuminae, this is at the top of the TBR.20151112_100643-1That same day, to my surprise, I received a package for the Babbling Book Swap I had joined which was hosted by @babblingbooks on Instagram. Please check out her Instagram page! Her photos are beautiful and creative. She also has great book reviews on her blog. These are the awesome books that a fellow bookstagram-er sent me:

20151112_140354Two days after that, I received my Book of the Month subscription package. This book wasn’t a surprise as, with this subscription, you get to choose the book you want to receive. The book I chose for this month was The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff.20151114_123619-1 I was still excited because I had been interested in getting this book for a while now. I still have her book Cleopatra in my TBR…It’s a really big TBR pile I have.

Finally, last night I received my Uppercase Subscription Box. This was my first month and I am hooked!  This month’s book is Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. It sounds really interesting. Plus, as you can see in the picture, there are sticky notes through out the book for a interactive experience. I think I will really enjoy reading this one. But look at the cute bookish items too! This box came with a Wolf by Wolf pin, a key chain that reads “Certified Book Addict” (so appropriate), and a lovely picture I can’t wait to frame. All were included in a great little bag that I will find a way to repurpose every month!20151116_172926-1

And this is why I love my mailman…♡

PS: Keep an eye out for reviews of all of these books in the near future!