Anything But Books Tag

I was tagged by Nina @ The Cozy Pages.  Thanks for the Tag!  As far as I can tell this tag originates from YouTuber Katie @ Read or Rot.

Name a cartoon that you love.

Teen Titans Go!

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I don’t really watch any cartoons, but this is my Brother’s favorite and I get sucked in every time he is watching it.

What is your favorite song right now?

This one is hard … it changes hourly and with my mood and which genre I happen to be listening too.  Though I tend to like upbeat faster catchy songs.  Right now I am feeling Thunder by Imagine Dragons.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Sports! In the summer I play in softball tournaments almost every weekend and they usually last all day.


What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Can I answer sports again?  Here was my schedule last summer:

  • Monday – Volleyball League
  • Tuesday – Softball League
  • Wednesday – Kickball League
  • Thursday – Softball League
  • Friday – Softball League
  • Saturday – Usually a Softball Tournament
  • Sunday – Sometimes a Softball Tournament

What is your favorite, unnecessarily specific, thing to learn about?

Robin Hood! I don’t know why but I have always been fascinated by him, and love to read Historical Fiction stories involving him.

What is something unusual you know how to do?

Uhhhhh, I have no idea.  I can read and watch TV and pay attention to both. (As long as neither is too intricate) Does that count?

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Name something that you’ve made in the last year

These are cork-boards with nail art decorations that I made for my coworkers for Christmas.

What is your most recent personal project?

I own waaaay too many t-shirts, so I am working on getting a quilt made.  Notice I didn’t say I am making it!  I made a t-shirt quilt (with the help of my friend’s mom) with my High School quilts and it was a LOT of work.  I have gathered up all my college shirts and am in the process of finding someone to make it for me!

Here is my High School Quilt:


Tell us something that you think of often.

Food! I am always hungry

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Tell us something that’s your favorite, but make it oddly specific.

When I am really hungover my favorite food becomes fried rice.  The rest of the time its Mexican food.

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This was a really fun tag! Thanks again to Nina for tagging me!  Since I tagged so may people in my Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag, I am not going to tag anyone in this one, but feel free to participate if you want to! Let me know in the comments if you do it 🙂

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Dear Law Enforcement Officers,

Thank you so much for all that you do.  I know the world seems to hate you right now, but we need you.  I recognize the sacrifices you make to keep us safe and appreciate it more than you know.  My dad is a Police Officer and I see the toll it has taken on him.  The stress of the job increased tenfold due to people’s hate.  Thank you for putting up with all the prejudices.  I can’t imagine how hard it must be to keep fighting for people who no longer believe in you.  But I believe in you.  Please don’t stop believing in us.  Thank you for wearing that uniform and risking your life to make the world a better place.  You are a true hero.  Dilly Dilly!

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Please take the time to thank an officer today! Maybe pick up their tab if you see them at lunch.  Every little gesture helps!  Let them know that they are appreciated!


Don’t Forget Dexter!

Don’t Forget Dexter!

by Lindsay Ward

**** (4 out of 5)


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Disclaimer: All Amazon Links are affiliate links. If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

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This was a cute kid’s book, told by a toy dinosaur that was left behind.  He is so sad and determined to find his kid.  Its so cute!  Its written as though Dexter the T-Rex is talking to you, the reader, which I feel is super interactive and engaging.  The colors are great. and its easy to read and it flows nicely.

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The only issue I had with the book is at one point Dexter is full of confidence in how great of a toy he is.  He lists all his great traits like his tail and teeth and claws.  But then he asks the reader “What do you mean, maybe he likes something more? More than me? Like another toy?” and then he gets all anxious and lists cool things he doesn’t have, like wheels and lights.  The book implies that the reader told Dexter that he wasn’t good enough.  This really really bothers me.  I would never say this to a lost toy! Or a lost anything! Its so sad and awful! I would hope no one would ever do that! I know its kind of a silly thing to get worked up about but it really bothered me!

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Other than that one thing, I really liked the story! I would definitely recommend it!

Friday Face-Off: Under the Sea

This is a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy, but up-kept by Lynn’s Book Blog.

The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake.

This weeks theme: A cover featuring Under the Sea

My Choice: Island of the Blue Dolphins


Top to Bottom, left to right:

Cover 1: I like the dolphins but the girl looks kind of dead

Cover 2: I like the art but the dolphins are really tiny and hard to see.

Cover 3: I like the Dolphins, I don’t like the girl

Cover 4: I like the colors, I don’t like the art

Cover 5: Why is the girl part of the island?

Cover 6: No Dolphins and I don’t like the lines on the girls face

Cover 7: This is the cover I read as a kid.  I like it but the cliff is too prominent

Cover 8: Super old looking and no dolphins

Cover 9: I like the colors and picture but don’t like the word font

Cover 10: Super old and weird looking

Cover 11: I love the art and the font but no dolphins.

Cover 12: Great colors and I like the picture but you have to look really closely to figure out what is going on.

2nd Place:

Island 03

I love the picture and the font and it has dolphins, even though they are tiny.


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I really really like the art and the font and it all goes so well together! I debated if this could be the best because there are no dolphins on the cover, but in the end it still won as my favorite.

Which cover do you like best? Let me know in the comments! What book would you choose for this meme?

Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” Tag

How many books have you read from Amazon’s list of 100 Books to read in a lifetime?

How to Play:

  1. Include the link to Amazon’s List
  2. Tag the creator of the meme (Perfectly Tolerable)
  3. Tag and thank the Person that tagged you
  4. Copy the list below and indicate which ones you have read
  5. Tally up your total
  6. Comment on the post you were tagged in and let them know how many you read
  7. Tag 5 new people! (And comment on one of their posts to let them know you tagged them)
Disclaimer: All Amazon Links are affiliate links. If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.
Title Author Read?
1984 George Orwell Yes
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
The Bad Beginning Lemony Snicket Yes
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle
Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Alice Munro
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
All the President’s Men Bob Woodward
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir Frank McCourt
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Beloved Toni Morrison
Born to Run Christopher McDougall
Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl Yes
Charlotte’s Web E. B White Yes
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Daring Greatly Brené Brown
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dune Frank Herbert
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow Yes
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling Yes
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
Life After Life Kate Atkinson
Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder Yes
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Love in the Time of Cholera Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love Medicine Louise Erdrich
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
Of Human Bondage W. Somerset Maugham
On the Road Jack Kerouac
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi
Portnoy’s Complaint Philip Roth
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Yes
Silent Spring Rachel Carson
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Yes
The Color of Water James McBride
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Yes
The Fault in Our Stars John Green Yes
The Giver Lois Lowry Yes
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Yes
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Yes
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
The House at Pooh Corner A. Milne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Yes
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Liars’ Club Mary Karr
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Yes
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Yes
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Oliver Sacks
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
The Power Broker Robert A. Caro
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Road Cormac McCarthy
The Secret History Donna Tartt
The Shining Stephen King
The Stranger Albert Camus
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle Yes
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami
The World According to Garp John Irving
The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yes
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Valley of the Dolls Jacqueline Susann
Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein Yes
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak Yes

I have only read 21 of the 100 suggested books.  21% is pretty bad 😦  I was hoping my number would be much higher.

Did you play along?  How many have you read?

I tag: Mousai BooksLuv to ReadWrite-EscapeThe Cozy PagesCafe Book BeanLost in a StoryBook JotterMy Peacock BooksEmotions of a Simple GirlPurple PantsKingdom Book BlogAlly Writes ThingsBaking Thad BooksHowlin BooksThe Reader DragonConfessions of a Serial ReaderBookschief ManagedSam’s Life in BooksWhat Jane Read NextShe Reads ReviewsMy one thousand lives blogBook Lovers for LifeConfessions of a YA ReaderModern Witch’s BookshelfLife of a Literary Nerd

If I tagged you and you don’t want to play, that is okay.  If I didn’t tag you and you want to play that is okay too!  This was a lot of fun and I am interested to see how many other people have read!

Down The TBR Hole #1

Happy New Year (Almost)! I am not going to bore you with physiological “New Year New Me” thoughts and I am NOT going to make any resolutions revolving around cleaning anything out.  That being said I really do need to clean out my goodreads TBR list and now is as good a time as any to start.  The timing is purely coincidental.  I found this meme on Confessions of a YA Reader, and it is hosted by Lost in a Story.  I think it is a great idea! Here are the “rules”


Disclaimer: All Amazon Links are affiliate links.  If you purchase any of these books through one of my links I will get a small commission! All the thoughts/opinions in this post are mine and in no way influenced by Amazon.

The Vow (An Uncertain Choice, #0.5)

Added 12/16/16


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I added this because I really liked the fist two books in the series but it has been too long since I read them I don’t remember what happened, so I no longer want to read this one.


For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice #3)

Added 12/18/16


Amazon | Goodreads

Same as above, its been too long since I read the rest of the series.


An English Bride In Scotland (Highlanders #1)

Added 12/18/16


Amazon | Goodreads

I’m a sucker for Scottish romances.


To Marry a Scottish Laird (Highlanders #2)

Added 12/18/16


Amazon | Goodreads

Again, sucker for Scottish Romances


My Name Is Rapunzel

Added 12/19/16


Amazon | Goodreads

Still sounds cool.


Dauntless (Valiant Hearts #1)

Added 1/16/17


Amazon | Goodreads

This sounds like a Robin Hood type book and I love Robin Hood


Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1)

Added 1/16/17


Amazon | Goodreads

Still sounds amazing.


The Shamer’s Daughter (The Shamer Chronicles #1)

Added 1/16/17


Amazon | Goodreads

This one sounds interesting.


And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Added 2/20/17


Amazon | Goodreads

This one has a beautiful cover but it sounds like there is a lot of angst and love triangles and it just doesn’t sound appealing anymore.


The Wanderer

Added 2/20/17


Amazon | Goodreads

I don’t remember adding this one and it doesn’t sound very good.


Started with: 118 Books

Ended with: 114 Books

Not bad for my round.  I got rid of 4 books out of the 10 I looked at.