Monthly Archives:: September 2012

BlogFest Winner!

September 30, 2012 Uncategorized 2

Alright everyone – time to do our BlogFest wrap-up! First a huge thank you for everyone who has stopped by my blog and an extra thank you to my new followers. In fact, so many of you followed during BlogFest that I’ve reached 100 followers (yay!) and so will be doing a celebratory followers-only giveaway next week :) But first, what you’ve all been waiting for, the winner of the BlogFest giveaway… Congratulations to Eric T., proud new owner of a $10 Amazon Giftcard!


Beautiful Lies

September 29, 2012 Uncategorized 6

Title: Beautiful Lies
Author: Clare Clark
Source: from publisher for a TLC Book Tour
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: I loved this book: the mystery, the beautiful descriptions, the protagonist’s insightful thoughts about art, and  most of all the writing style which made me feel like this book could have been written in the early 1900’s.

In Victorian London, scandal can so easily ruin your life. And Mirabel and her husband have a very big secret to hide! Dealing with a creepy newpaper reporter’s sudden interest in Mirabel and her abandoned family’s sudden reappearance in her life, Mirabel is an awesome, independent, heroine who refuses to conform to societal norms. She’s also an artist, with an artist’s fascinating observations on life and the meaning of art. Read more »


Bloggiesta Begins!

September 29, 2012 Uncategorized 2

In addition to the fun events of BlogFest, this weekend is also Bloggiesta! Here’s the host post describing the event, which includes a bunch of mini-challenges to get bloggers to interact while improving their blogs. Here’s my to-do list for the challenge:


  • complete at least two mini-challenges in both the Organization and Time Management category, and in the Blogging Success and Improvement category
  • update review indexes
  • think about new header for blog and profile pic for twitter
  • update blog roll
  • think about future blog events for the holidays, book and movie releases, the election, etc.
  • update About page
  • work on pinterest, goodreads and twitter involvement
  • participate in sunday twitter party

I think that’s plenty to keep me busy! I don’t know that I’ll get everything done, but it’s nice to have somewhere to start :)


Photography Friday

September 28, 2012 Photography Friday 0

A squirrel, a flower, and a motorcycle? What do these three things have in common? They’re all pictures I took on the Cornell campus this week :) And while going to a new yoga class, I discovered we also have a waterfall right in the middle of campus. There’s definitely enough material on campus alone to keep me busy taking pictures every sunny day we have!


BlogFest Begins!

September 28, 2012 Uncategorized 55

Hello all and welcome to BlogFest! For those of you unfamiliar with BlogFest, this is an exciting blog hop with a list of blogs all linking to each other and giveaways at every stop. Today I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card so be sure to enter the rafflecopter drawing :)

Have you entered? Great! Now it’s time to move on to the next participants:

Pages Off Life
Full Moon Bites
Lena Sledge’s Blog
Lille Punkin’
1099 Mom

The complete list of participants is here. Have fun hopping!


College Cooking

September 26, 2012 Uncategorized 4

Title: College Cooking
Author: Megan & Jill Carle
Source: starting college gift
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: This cookbook has nice easy to follow directions, some tasty dinners, and my go-to, easy to make, dessert. Read more »


Monday Musings

September 24, 2012 Monday Musings 6

This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: Do you have any hobbies outside of reading? Or do you collect anything?

There are, of course, the hobbies you all know about – photography, blogging, and lately cooking. I also play computer games and sometimes D&D or board games, as well as exercising and going to some great yoga classes at school. It’s definitely enough to keep me busy :)

What are you favorite activities other than reading?


Bitty Bookends

September 23, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Sometimes, all that needs to be said about a book can be summed up by a brief comparison to earlier books in the series. These are that sort of review.

Title: Rebel Angels
Author: Libba Bray
Sequel To: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆

As in the first book, I loved the strong heroine. She’s reserved but strong-willed and the exciting but not over-the-top narration is perfect for her character. The beginning of the book dragged a little more than the first one, although I’m not sure if it was really slower or if I was just impatient to get to the awesome I knew was ahead.  I liked that more of the world (both supernatural and real) was revealed as the book progressed. However, the author’s habit of having people speak cryptically when clearer speech would have given them time to explain everything up became frustrating. This book also fell a little more into the typical YA plot device of characters causing their own problems through stupid decisions. That said, it was still a fun read with a supernatural realm nicely complementing the Victorian era setting. Read more »


Wings in the 629’s

September 20, 2012 Uncategorized 1

Title: Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age
Author: Tom Crouch
Source: library
Fun Fact: Early planes were catapulted into the air because they couldn’t achieve the speed necessary to leave the ground under their own power.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review Summary: Lots of fun facts and interesting material, but the presentation was rarely fun or interesting. Not really narrative non-fiction, although advertised as such.

If you ever had a question about the history of flight, this book has the answer. Spanning the entire twentieth century and then some, Wings also crosses the globe, covering major advancements made by all nations without being too US-centric. Black and white pictures and quotes by early observers capture the awe inspiring first years of flight. When I finished, I had an excessive list of fun facts I wanted to share with you. I picked the one I did because I simply can’t imagine being launched into the air in the flimsy, uncontrollable, open-cock pits of the first planes! Read more »


Monday Musings

September 17, 2012 Monday Musings 8

This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following: What is your least favorite book? Why?

Just recently I was looking at a list of classics and remembering how much I disliked The Great Gatsby. That started me running through a mental list of all the books I’ve been required to read for school and I still can’t come up with anything else I disliked quite as much. The Last of the Mohicans was depressing, as was 1984, but they were quite good except the endings. And while Beloved by Toni Morison was pretty strange, it was also very interesting to analyze. Gatsby just didn’t have much going for it. I didn’t like the writing style or the atmosphere. I couldn’t relate to any of the main characters. There are very few books I’ve read and disliked, but I’m pretty sure Gatsby is at the bottom of the list.

Do you have a least favorite book? Is it one you were required to read?