Book Review

YAKFest 2017!

What in the world is YAKFest? It’s the Young Adult Keller Book Festival. This was my second year attending, and man how this event grew from a couple of years ago! It was so exciting to see a packed auditorium ready to take on a day of meeting authors and listening to them speak and finding new books to read! Below is a Twitter “Moment” I created of #YAK17. I attended with my wonderful mother-in-law! Continue reading “YAKFest 2017!”

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#RockMyTBR – November Recap

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The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

I’ve made a little progress this month. For the #RockMyTBR challenge I’ve read:

Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles [Review]

Relentless by Karen Lynch [Review]

I may not make it through all twelve on my list, but I’m 1/3 of the way through it now.

Have you been participating in the #RockMyTBR or other reading challenges? How are you doing so far?

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#RockMyTBR – August-October Recap

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The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

Whoops! Looks like I fell off the update train! Well, don’t worry, my train hasn’t gone much of anywhere. I kept my trend going with NO #RockMyTBR books read from August through October. I’ve really failed this challenge so far, haven’t I? But two more months is enough time to squeak in at least a couple, or so I’m hoping.

Have you been participating in the #RockMyTBR or other reading challenges? How are you doing so far?

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This Week’s Five!!!

This Week's Five!!!

Hey there! How are ya? It’s time to think back and recall five things that either made me happy or I found interesting in the past week or so.

I’m pretty sure we have a whole flock of birds living in the trees/shrubbery in the front of our house. One day, I thought I heard something at the window, so I opened the blinds. We had a bunch of birds hopping around outside the window! They’re little brown things that would probably sit in my hand comfortably. I know next to nothing about birds so that’s the best I can do for letting you know what they were. They were so funny! There’s a garden bed in severe need of attention on that side of the house, and at this time it’s dirt and the random petunias that popped up earlier this summer. The birds were hopping around looking for food, but they were also rolling around in the dirt! I’ve never seen them do that but it was certainly entertaining!

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Birds on our window
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Birds in the dirt (they were literally rolling in it)!

 

 

 

 

 

I can already feel the good returning to a normal schedule is doing for me.

Recently I was the winner of a very generous giveaway from Giselle. I received the package this week and was so excited to see all the goodies! So many signed things! Like a physical collection of my Twitter feed. It was also fun to see S. Usher Evans’ bookmark for her new series come from the package! I can not wait to read Lexie!

The other night my son wanted to look at the pictures on our walls, so before bed I carried him around and we talked about all the people in all the pictures. It’s nice to stop and appreciate them. So often I walk by the frames without truly looking at the moments we chose to hang on our walls.

Caramel turtle brownies.

What about you? What’s something that made you happy this week?

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#RockMyTBR – July Recap

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The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

July Recap

I just *knew* I would catch up on the #RockMyTBR challenge this month. This was the month. Or so I thought. Alas, I read NOTHING for this challenge this month. Maybe August will be more fruitful…

How did your challenge go this month?  Leave me a link and I’ll check out your recap!

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Okay! It’s that time again. Time to recount a few things that made me happy–or I found interesting–in the past two (oops) weeks!!!

  1. I had a lot of fun gathering up my thoughts and finally posting my huge #GardenWithJulia update.
  2. My writing this year has been rather sporadic, and part of that is due to feeling overwhelmed or frustrated or lost. This post, however, speaks to me, and I hope to pick the pen up again soon.
  3. In the same container I found the frog living in, I’ve also found a toad. I’m not sure if the frog has been evicted or if the two are roommates, but it’s fun to observe.
  4. I’ve eaten enough sugar that I should probably take cover if it begins to rain…
  5. Speaking of rain, we got a little bit of summer rain recently. It was really nice.

So what’s something that has made you happy lately?

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#RockMyTBR – June Recap

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The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

June Recap

I could pretty much just copy and paste my other #RockMyTBR posts here. That is to say, I didn’t read anything from my list in the month of June. Now that we’re halfway through the year, I could still read two books each month and still complete this challenge. OR, as I’m more likely to do, save them all for December 😉 ha!

How did your challenge go this month?  Leave me a link and I’ll check out your recap!

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Hello there! Welcome to This Week’s Five, a somewhat-weekly reminder of the good things from the past week or so.

It’s summer, do I really need to say anything more? Hah.

Here are five things that have brought a smile to my face this past week:

  1. We’ve been getting some summer rain these past couple of days, and it is so nice! My garden is enjoying it, too. The rain has brought slightly cooler temps to us, which is extra nice considering our air conditioner is acting up again.
  2. IMG_20160612_105606Flowers in my garden! Also, I’ve posted a #GardenWithJulia video on YouTube, keep an eye out for the companion post sometime soon!
  3. Bookmail! This week I’ve received books from a couple of giveaways. Check out tweets 1 and 2 for pics.
  4. Having evening coffee with hubby’s parents.
  5. I’m just so happy it’s summer, and our family gets to spend so much time together.

What about you? What’s something that’s made you happy this week?

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#RockMyTBR – May Recap

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The #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge is hosted by Sarah K, The YA Book Traveler. Click here for more info.

[My #RockMyTBR list]

May Recap

On par with most of the other months, I didn’t read any books from my #RockMyTBR list. I did read a few things, they just weren’t from THIS list.

How did your challenge go this month?  Leave me a link and I’ll check out your recap!

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This Week’s Five!!!

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Five things that made me happy this week:

  1. There was a really nice round of thunderstorms that made for some awesome sleeping weather this week.
  2. I’m listening to an audiobook and enjoying it immensely! (Review to come, of course.)
  3. Working in my garden always brings a smile to my face. Yesterday I also took several pinks from my mother-in-law’s yard and planted them in my own. Soon we’ll be the house overrun with pinks, but that’s ok with me, better than weeds.
  4. I haven’t really explored it yet, but during #k8chat a couple of weeks ago someone mentioned using this site for maps. It looks like it could be interesting.
  5. There are a lot of various changes going on right now. Despite the stress of those, I’m optimistic.

Bonus! Things I’m looking forward to:

  1. A visit from a friend
  2. Helping S. Usher Evans, J. Leigh Bralick, Christina McMullen, and S.K. Valenzuela at Dallas Fan Expo
  3. SUMMER BREAK!!!

How about you? What made you happy this week? What are you looking forward to?