BookBlogWriMo Day 9


I do not personally write in my books. I enjoy the adventure and love the personal feel of reading through the story, however I understand why some people do. I prefer to write out my thoughts in a review instead of in a book. I actually cringe at the thought of writing in one of my books. I have, however, used Post-It Notes randomly for things I want to remember, but that’s about it.

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Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 9

I am thankful for colorful, bleed-proof pens. My planner has hope of being more successfully used and filled with such colorful goodness at my fingertips.

BookBlogWriMo Day 8


I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to books, and there are a few things that really get on my nerves when I’m reading a story:

  • Bad Editing*: This is a big one. It doesn’t help that I’m an editor*, so my eyes automatically zero in on the issue areas of a story. It’s rare that I’m reading an indie book and finish without finding any kind of issue. It is so important to have an editor, preferably one who is not the author. It’s damn difficult to edit your own literature with an unbiased eye.
  • Cliches: Oh my goodness. Please, stop with the whole “I’m secretly a witch, but didn’t know it until I turned 18, and now I’m coming into my powers and need to save the world.” There are only so many time I can read about the geeky hot girl who manages to charm the pants off the six-pack toting, cocky jock. Or how about the actually super gorgeous teenager who thinks she’s just a mundane no one and needs convincing from the guy on the corner. Disclaimer: There are times when I love these types of stories. Heck! Some of my favorite ones carry these tropes within their pages, but trust me when I say there’s a good way to write these, and a predictable one.
  • Overt Sex: I don’t want to read books filled with sex in every other chapter. Sex is not a character, unless the character is addicted, and then that could be done in a much more creative way. I don’t want to purchase a book expecting plot, only to find the plot is mostly driven with sordid sex scenes. That being said, I don’t steer clear from reading books with these scenes, of course.

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*Funny enough, I didn’t edit this post. I decided these posts will just be for my own zero-pressured joy, so please pardon

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 8

I am thankful for hope in times of darkness.

BookBlogWriMo Day 7


Oh jeeze, I don’t really know what’s on my holiday book list. I’ve had an Amazon wishlist that’s been growing every year, stock-piled with books I hope to get at some point. My wishlist is a bit of a hodgepodge of things and is in no way all-encompassing of the books I want. BabyJ has his own list filled with books. 🙂 

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Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 7

I am thankful for fluffy pillows that allow me to sleep wonderfully without waking up with a stiff neck. I tend to flatten pillows pretty quickly since I’m a heavy sleeper.

The Charmed Life of Taryn by Lindy Zart

CLOTaryn Cover.jpgThe Charmed Life of Taryn
By: Lindy Zart
Publication Date: 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

I received an ARC from Lindy Zart in exchange for my honest review.


On the day Taryn Smith turns eighteen, her life changes-and not just because she can now legally vote. A black-eyed man with a chilly aura accosts her, and a stilted breath later, she’s abducted by a man who claims he’s a Manang; a half-man, half-angel being who lives in a world called Urian. Side note: he may or may not be sane.

Sent to a mansion in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by forest, and partnered with a black-haired, blue-eyed man with a surly nature who makes her heart spin, Taryn trains. For what, she doesn’t know. She’s told she’s someone special; a Charmed, and the key to winning in a battle of worlds about to collide. Only problem is, she can be a weapon of good, or a weapon of bad.


My Thoughts

Another one on here from Lindy Zart! I was very excited to read The Charmed Life of Taryn, and Lindy did not disappoint! Between Taryn’s feisty personality, Creed’s cockiness, Luke’s mysterious manner, and the hodgepodge of other characters, this whole story plays out like a great television show. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of this novel the most, as it’s been a while since I’ve read something in this realm by Lindy. There are well-thought out twists and turns in this story, some romance and flirting, strong females, and an intriguing storyline. 

The Final Countdown

Characterization – 4/5 Stars
Dialogue– 4/5 Stars
Plot – 4/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 4/5 Stars
Structure/Pacing/Editing – 4/5 Stars
Ending – 4/5 Stars

Total: 4 Stars

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BookBlogWriMo Day 6


Borrowing books was exciting when I was younger, and I do it now whenever I need to grab a textbook or something for an audition, but I definitely prefer to buy my books (or have them gifted to me.) My husband and I like to collect books for our library. I have quite a few books on my Kindle, as well. 

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Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 6

I am thankful for laughter, especially right now before a very stressful election.