Exciting News! A New Blogger!

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So, since things have been so crazy for me lately, I am super excited to have found someone who loves to read as much as me that has agreed to help out with the blog!

Plus, she is from the UK! How cool is that? So, I present to you Laura!

Laura has a little more leaning towards romance than me, so I think we will complement nicely!

Please join me in welcoming her to the Bookmark Blog!

Me and Mark

Promposal: Review

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Promposal: ReviewPromposal by Rhonda Helms
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2015-02-10
Genres: Adolescence, Emotions & Feelings, General, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 240
Prom should be one of the most memorable nights of your life. But for Camilla and Joshua, some elaborate promposals are getting in the way. Will they be able to land their dream dates in time for the dance?Promposal (n.)—an often very public proposal, in which one person asks another person to the prom, eliciting joy or mortification. Camilla can’t help hoping her secret crush, Benjamin, might randomly surprise her out of the blue with a promposal. But when she’s asked to prom by an irritating casual acquaintance—who’s wearing a fancy tux and standing in front of a news crew—she’s forced to say yes. However, all hope is not lost, as a timely school project gives Camilla a chance to get closer to Benjamin...and it seems like the chemistry between them is crackling. Is she reading into something that isn’t there, or will she get her dream guy just in time for prom? Joshua has been secretly in love with his best friend Ethan since middle school. Just as he decides to bite the bullet and ask Ethan if he’d go to prom with him, even if just as friends, he gets a shocking surprise: Ethan asks Joshua for help crafting the perfect promposal—for another guy. Now Joshua has to suppress his love and try to fake enthusiasm as he watches his dreams fall apart...unless he can make Ethan see that love has been right in front of his eyes the whole time. The road to the perfect promposal isn’t easy to navigate. But one thing’s certain—prom season is going to be memorable.


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Oh, this one was so much fun!!!!

I gotta say, this is what made me fall in love with YA!

This is one of those, she is in love with him and he kinda likes her, but his cousin likes her so he can’t kinda books.  Ya’ follow me? Oh, and then I forgot about the gay best friend, yep, he has issues of his own too, as in he is in love with HIS best friend, so when they are depressed they just veg out and eat ice cream. Man I miss being a teenager when calories didn’t count!

I loved how this book poked fun at the emerging trend to make asking someone to the Prom, the promposal, into an epic event. Camilla gets asked by a friend from one of her classes in front of a television crew, and she is way to nice to say no, even if that is exactly what she wants to say, because the guy she really wants to ask her barely notices her.

The characters were so great in this one, I can totally picture them in school, very fun and believable.

It was also so readable, I read it in one afternoon and found myself chuckling throughout the story. A great story.

Review: Max & Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish ProblemsMax by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer Series #2.5
Also in this series: The Boys of Summer, An Endless Summer, That One Summer, Ringer, Stan
Also by this author: The Boys of Summer, An Endless Summer, That One Summer, Ringer, Stan
on 2/13/2015
Genres: New Adult
Format: eBook
Max Henry thought he’d left the dusty flats of Ballan behind, but when the past slams into his present, suddenly there is no escaping – even if he wanted to.

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

No friends, no parties, no life.

Since impeccably good behaviour is now all she’s about, her dad, renowned Ballan local ‘Bluey’ Sheehan, is about to finally cut Mel some slack. The catch? While he heads out of town on business, she has to stay at the Onslow Hotel, and he’s entrusting Max Henry, the eldest son of Bluey’s best mate, to look out for her.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust?



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So, with Max I got to punch my ticket to Onslow. It was sort of bittersweet, cause, well, see, there is only one more book left in the series, so I read this one a little slower than I normally would.  But oh, just like all the others, Max was magical.

See the Onslow boys have accepted another member into their group and his name is Max. And Max, he is one good looking young man, just ask Mel, who has been crushing on Max forever! See, Max is the brother of her best friend Miranda (we get to met her/met her in Ringer). But Mel is dumped with Max for the duration of her dad’s trip, because she got in a little bit of trouble and he wants someone to keep an eye on her.

Well, things don’t go all that smoothly between the two! One is making up stories and the other is realizing that his younger sisters friend is not as young as he remembers her.  This hot and sexy romp through Onslow sure did melt some snow inside here for me even if it did nothing to warm up the temperatures outside! Oh, and don’t let the term novella fool you! This is just a shorter version of C.J.’s other stories, and a completion of all her characters, and if you have read all the other stories in her series, you feel the urge to know what happens to all of them. Cause, trust me, you get kind of attached to each of them, and you loose your heart to one Onslow boy in particular. I love all the Onslow Boys, but Toby will always be my favorite! However, seeing them all grow up and fall in love to the sounds of 80’s/90’s soundtrack, wow does it make it fun!

If you haven’t fallen in love with an Onslow boy, now is a good time to start!



Top Ten


Top Ten Bookish Problems


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So MANY books, so little time…

Oh, there are so many great books out there! My bookshelf beside my bed, my nightstand, and often the floor beside my bed are over flowing until my husband has a fit for me to clean it.  Or just cleans it himself. And we won’t talk about all the books on my kindle and nook. I try to be good, but they call to me, and how can I not get them? I mean I will read them some day, right?

I have two children…


I have a 10 year old and an almost 7 year old.  The oldest is a competitive gymnast and all star cheerleader.  The youngest is on pre-team (meaning she will compete next year!) So, my time is spent either at the gym or running them to the gym.  I would love to say this gives me time to read, but in reality, it means I am helping with homework, or fixing meals or trying to figure out where my husband is to get the other child where they need to be. So no reading really in the hours between 3:30 and 9:00.

I have too many animals…


I was telling one of my daughters team mates about the animals we have (for the record we have 2 guinea pigs, 2 rabbits, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 turtles).  She looked at me with awe in her eyes and asked, ‘Do you live on a farm? Nope, we just have one of those crazy houses where kids and animals run EVERYWHERE.  Haha.  And it feels like the house is never clean cause someone is always making a mess. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am a procrastinator…


Yeah, so I am the type of person to put something off to the last minute.  I always get it done on time, I am not late, but I am never early either.  My kids are always right on time, but never early for practice. Same with reviewing books.  I will get it done and posted, but I am usually up that morning doing the post.  Whoops!


I have favorite authors…



I will branch out and read new stuff, but if something is coming out from one of my favorite authors, such as C.J. Duggan, or Miranda Kennealy, you are going to have to wait in line.  It can be the best book of the year, but I am going to put it after my author that I am loyal too… nothing personal…


I follow favorite bloggers… they influence me…



I have some bloggers that I love to read.  Though I am sad to say that book blogging has fallen by the way side.  There has been a definite decline in blogging… Anyway, the bloggers I love, like Jamie at the Perpetual Page Turner or Xpresso Reads, can really turn me on to a book, or influence me not to read a book. Good or bad…


I have don’t work…



I thought when I quit work it would be so awesome, I would have so much more time for blogging and writing… yeah, not so much… I find housework takes up so much more time, and I don’t get nearly as much reading done as I  did when I did work.  I don’t think I balance my work load as well, thinking I guess, I have plenty of time… plus….

I get distracted so easily…



See, this goes along with all the other stuff I said.  I can walk in my kids room to put clothes away and see a mess, stop to straighten it, walk to the bathroom to put something away, pick up something there, come downstairs to do something and realize I want to cut on the iTunes, and end up watching Youtube videos for the rest of the afternoon. And I’ve never put away the clothes that I intended to in the first place.  Much less read the book that I had marked off in my calendar for that day!

Sometimes I don’t know what to read next…



I am really bad when I don’t know what I want to read about just not reading at all! I get frustrated and just won’t pick up anything which is crazy cause (see above note about having hundreds of books between what is on my shelf and kindle/nook/itunes) I have so many books! I sometimes will just decide not to read and will do something totally different like veg in front of the tv, which means I don’t read anything that helps with posting reviews for the blog! Not helpful at all… or I will pick something at a whim and it is totally not what I wanted and I will be not in the mood to read, get frustrated and won’t finish.

I love books!

Not a problem per say, just that I tend to add books to the kindle, nook, or on ibooks all the time.  Plus there is a used book store near me that I love.  I recently turned in over $200 worth of books, SCORE! so I have been picking up books when I go in there.  That has been fun, but again, if I don’t read them in a timely manner….


What are your bookish problems?



Summer Series Release Day Blitz Giveaway!

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So, if you have followed the blog at all, you know what a HUGE fan I am of C.J. Duggan.  You can click on the titles and find reviews of The Boys of Summer, An Endless Summer, and That One Summer.  So I am super excited to participate in this release day blitz and giveaway!

Title: Summer Series Boxed Set

Series: Summer 1-3

Author: C.J. Dugg

Genre: New Adult (NA) 

Digital Release Date: November 7, 2014

Paperback Release: January 26, 2015 



Contains THREE full length Summer Series Novels. 


After first shift disasters, rude wealthy tourists, and a taunting ex boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come from working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer, and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love, and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.


With the new threat of putting the Onslow up for sale, Amy reluctantly turns to a local tradesman for help: Sean Murphy, the very same Onslow boy who saved her life all those years ago. With his help and that of some old friends, the task is clear: spend the summer building the hotel back up to its former glory or lose it for good.

In an endless summer, Amy soon realises that sometimes in order to save your future, you have to face your past, even if it’s in the form of a smug, gorgeous Onslow boy.




Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.

Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.


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The ‘Summer Series’

Book 1: The Boys of Summer

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Book 2: An Endless Summer

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Book 2.5: Max (Novella)

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Book 3: That One Summer

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Book 3.5: Ringer (Novella)

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Book 4: Forever Summer

Forever Summer (December 2015)
The ‘Paradise Series’
Paradise City (April 28th, 2015)

Paradise Road (August 28th, 2015)




Author Bio

C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

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Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson
Series: Meet Your Match #2
Also by this author: Prejudice Meets Pride
on 12/15/14
Format: eARC

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined



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For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he’s finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor’s matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn’t have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls’ beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It’s about learning that people aren’t always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.



USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


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I fell in love with Noah in Prejudice Meets Pride.  He was this dad who had just really had a rough go of it. I loved that he really seemed to find a person who was his equal in this story and someone who loved his girls.

I also loved that he seemed to really be finding his place and landing on his feet. I loved the story line and how it developed in this one, but felt it dragged a little more than in Prejudice Meets Pride. I did love that we got the continuation of the the characters from the first story!



Top Ten


Top Ten Books I Read in 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Qualifier*** These didn’t necessarily come out in 2014, I READ them in 2014!



#16 things i though were true

I had this one for a while and kept putting off reading it. Finally I picked it up one day and read it.  WOW! What a great story! So many issues and things happening all at once in this story… I can’t believe I waited so long to read this one!


through to you

The bad boy and the really good girl? He hooks her by telling her he likes her sparkle, the piece of tinsel in her pony tail.  Um, yes, I’ll take one please.



The Promise of Amazing

You know how every year there is that totally sweet lovable romance that you just adore? This one was great for me.  Fun, cute, and an easy read!


Maybe One Day


Oh wow.  This book. I don’t even really know what to say other than that.  Oh wow.




breathe annie breathe

Oh Miranda! Back to Hundred Oaks.  I love this series and I love the sparks of humor and romance in Miranda’s books. Plus, I hate to run, so I totally sympathized with Annie! After breaking my foot this fall, I could feel the motivation to run though!



to all the boys i've loved before


I think one of the things I loved best about this book was connecting with the whole sister thing.  I have two girls and I love the dynamics between them.  Seeing the sister bonds in this book was amazing.  I also loved how amazing the family connection was in this book. Plus it was such a sweet love story, and there is a sequel coming out! I can’t wait to read that one!



take a bow


Do you ever finish a book and think, why in the world am I just reading this book NOW? Yep, this one! When I finished Better Off Friends this year, I started looking at what else Elizabeth Eulberg had written.  Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Prom & Prejudice, and The Lonely Hearts Club.  I realized I had Take a Bow in with my e-books.  So I pulled it out and read it immediately and fell in love with it.  I then requested Revenge, Prom, and The Lonely Hearts from my library. And loved all of them.  I could have put any of them here, but chose Take a Bow because I have a think about music books.



the fault in our stars

Yes, I am one of about five people who hadn’t read this book.  And I read it this year in anticipation of seeing the movie.

No. I have yet to see the movie. Yes, I have seen all the most recent Disney movies and have been put on notice we are going to see the newest Annie movie over Christmas Break.  I also have a preferred seat at the gymnastics gym I attend where most of my time (and money goes) so that tells you what my life is like!) but I digress. Okay, I will admit that this one blew me out of the water.  When your husband keeps looking at you and saying, what is a matter and you just hold up the book? You know you have a winner.  And then oh my, the ending???


one plus one


So, I had not read a Jojo Moyes book.  I know, what was wrong with me? But I have now read two! and I have one on my e-reader and another on my shelf ready to go.  People Me Before You was an amazing work and I just, wow.  But this one had me in stitches! I cracked up so hard! I was laughing out loud.  I don’t read a lot of ‘adult’ literature these days, but I have put Moyes on a spot on my shelf so that should tell you something.



So I kind of fell in love with Stephanie Perkins with Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola kind of cemented that love. Isla? Yeah, that just made a firm believer of me.  You can check out my gushing here if you so desire, but know that my review is a love fest.  We go back to Paris. We go to New York.  We get to dip our toes in the long, loooong awaited Stephanie Perkins novel.  And it was well worth the wait.


Prejudice Meets Pride Review

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Prejudice Meets Pride ReviewPrejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson
Also by this author: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined
on 4/28/14
After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.

Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn't afraid to show him that he doesn't. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.



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So this book really caught my attention! So much so that I jumped ALL OVER a tour starting tomorrow that is the sequel to this one!!!!

Emma is playing the amazing big sister and is taking on her brothers children. And in the process she meets this really amazing guy, but see, she isn’t really willing to just give into him and let him help with anything, or ever admit she needs help, even when she does.

This was such a sweet, romantic tale and I found myself falling into Emma and Kevin’s story and so excited for the upcoming stories in the series! And I love a good rolling romantic comedy. This one totally fit the bill! What a great story!


Review: Anna and the French Kiss And Top Ten TuesdayAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Also by this author: Isla and the Happily Ever After
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd on 2013-12-16
Genres: Europe, Love & Romance, People & Places, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?



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This ranks as one of my all time favorite books.

It is such a sweet romance. Anna has no desire to go to boarding school in Paris (and seriously WHAT is wrong with her???) but her parents make her go for her senior year after they come into some money.

But in Paris Anna finds time to visit movie theaters and watch old movies, tour the city, and just soak in the culture. Maybe it isn’t as bad as she thought it would be.

Plus, there is Etienne St. Clair. Anna is sort of dating a guy back home, which is okay cause Etienne is dating someone too. But that doesn’t help the way she feels about Etienne.

This book was a quick read for me and one that I have recently re-read in light of Isla and the Happily Ever After coming out.  I had forgotten how much I loved Anna and Etienne until I re-read the story. Anna is fun and typical American and Etienne is pretty typical French, yet they just seem to work… except for those pesky relationships that they are in, and the fact that they both feel friendship towards each other.

Stephanie Perkins takes you to Paris and makes you happy to be there. Really!




Top Ten


Top Thirteen Books I’m Looking 


Forward to in 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

So many good books to choose from!!!

I Was Here — Gayle Foreman



Another one I have seen some reviews floating around about. Makes me excited to read it!

Saint Anything



Sarah Dessen, do I really need to talk about all the amazing things that she has written? Seriously? She is pretty much the queen of YA! And this book just sounds AH-MAZ-ING! I can’t wait for this one!!!!!

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids




Sarah Ockler, author of Twenty Boy Summer, The Book of Broken Hearts, and #scandal! And any book about mermaids (even if they aren’t really mermaids) works for me!

The Start of Me and You



This one sounds so romantic! Connecting to the person that has your deceased boyfriends organs? Oh my!

Love, Lucy



Traveling through Europe and especially Italy is on my list of things to do, so I will say that this book calls to me!


Making Pretty



This one intrigues me!


We Can Work it Out



I am on such an author kick this year! I have read Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, and the book that this one is the follow up too, The Lonely Hearts Club. So, as you can tell, I am such a fan of Elizabeth Eulberg! I ADORED The Lonely Hearts Club so I can’t wait to see what has happened with the characters!


Emmy & Oliver



I love the story behind this one… a child is kidnapped and comes back.  Can you just pick up where you left off?

The Fill-In Boyfriend



Kassie West wrote On the Fence, Pivot Point, and The Distance Between Us. Yeah, all books that I have devoured and really enjoyed.  I love this kind of story!

Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)


This one was written by the same author as The Reece Malcom List and Ink is Thicker than Water both of which I really enjoyed! So I am excited to read this one!

Books with no cover yet:

Paradise City by C.J. Duggan

I am a HUGE C.J. Duggan fan from the beginning.  (Check out a link here for my reviews of all her works.  This is super exciting as C.J. has just been signed by a publisher and this is not a self publisher! I’m so excited for my friend! And her books are AMAZING!!!!

Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally

Oh how I love Miranda! I eagerly await the releases of her books and Jesse’s girl is no exception! I love to see the characters from the other books show up, and I love the stories that she creates.  And Miranda herself? She is such a sweetheart!

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

This summer I kept putting off reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.  Yeah, not really sure why, cause it was AWESOME!!!!! So, I am so excited to read the follow-up book to that one!

Stan: Review & Book Blitz & GiveawayStan by C.J. Duggan
Series: Summer Series #1.5
Also in this series: The Boys of Summer, An Endless Summer, That One Summer, Ringer
Also by this author: The Boys of Summer, An Endless Summer, That One Summer, Ringer
on 10/26/14
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Format: eARC
I had plans, big plans, but all that changed the night Bel Evans darkened my doorstep.

Stan Remington is the go-to man. What he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet.

And when it comes to Onslow, for Stan, being an only child means a guilt-riddled sense of duty to help out at his parents’ caravan park every summer of his life: same old town, same old story.

Until Belinda Evans.

The wild and insipid doctor’s daughter who spends summer holidays with her family at Remington’s Caravan Park, but she’s not Stan’s problem; that is, until she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but responsible for Bel as well.

Just the two of them.

Under the one roof.

For one long, long weekend.

In a world built by mundane routine and small-town boredom, this summer promises to be anything but boring.



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Onslow teaser 001


This advanced copy showed up in my inbox on a rainy day.  Add in that I had been so excited to return to Onslow and catch up with my boys, I mean the Onslow boys, and I was happy to spend the morning curled up on the couch with my puppies (yes, puppies plural, we have added to the brood, again!) and my cat. Anyway, on to Stan.

So, Stan has always kind of been in the background.  All the other Onslow boys have such huge personalities, can we say Sean? And are just so adorably handsome, um, my FAVORITE Onslow boy Toby? Then there is moody Chris and playboy Ringer. So, I mean Stan has just been there kind of hanging in the background.  But, see, it turns out he’s not really a background kind of guy, at least not to Belinda or Bel. When Bel and Stan end up stuck together for a weekend, things kind of spark, in a really, really good way!

I had to remind myself that Stan was near the beginning of the series.  Currently there are 3 main novels out and one in-between novel out.  Stan steps us back to right after Toby and Tess have gotten together.  But it is a nice tie into the rest of the series.  And it is a novella, it is a quick easy read.  And even though it is part of the series, it can be read as a stand alone, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  Why read this one book when you can park yourself in Onslow and hang out with the Onslow boys?



C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful New Adult Romance Series.

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Isla Review… Welcome Back! Update! Top 10 Books that stay with youIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss
Published by Penguin on 2014-08-14
Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” —Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.


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Oh I have been waiting for this book for a really really long time! I was so excited to get my hands on this book!

See, I fell in love with Anna and Étienne in Anna and the French Kiss (Book #1).  Then I fell even more in love with everything in Lola and the Boy Next Door (Book #2). So, the day that Isla (and by the way it is pronounced Eye-la) and the Happily Ever After showed up in my mailbox? I did a happy dance all the way up the driveway, tore open the box and read like a fiend.  Ehhh… who needs to clean the house when there is a new exciting book to read????

If you look at the covers of the three books, you might get that they are set in three different places, as the scenery implies. However, only parts of Isla are set in New York, large chunks are back in Paris, at SOAP (appropriately named as to the amount of drama that happens!

The characters of Isla and Josh are amazing and so realistic.  I wish I could turn the dial way back and head back to high school to join their gang because I truly think they would be a blast to hang out with.  They always seem to be having so much fun.  There is one scene where they are all hanging out in a cafe in Paris… I so wanted to be there! But I digress!

The writing and the story are so amazing. Stephanie Perkins weaves an incredible an page turning tale that draws you in and makes you cheer for the the people in her book! I didn’t want the story to end. Ahhh! I can’t wait for the next Stephanie Perkins book!



The welcome back is for, well, me! I’ve been gone for way too long! Summer started and I had great plans to get on here, but when you are home with the kids, things just kind of snowball, and before you know it, the summer is GONE!

We had a short summer, because of all the snow, the kids got out late in June and went back early (in Virginia we can’t go back until the day after Labor Day, but this year it was the earliest it can be!)

So, what did I do this summer?

Well, at the beginning of the summer we got to super cute bunnies! Harvey and Snowflake.  Harvey is the tan one and Snowflake is the gray one (we call her a dirty flake, yes, I know she looks nothing like a snowflake, but my 6 year old insisted that was her name, and she is STUBBORN, and really, it wasn’t worth arguing over!)

Pete watching bunnies harvey snowflake

We went bowling!

socks bowl wave bowl

We hung out with friends!

L & W BFF Adriane Karen Danni Joy

girls at beach zoe and turtle

We went to Busch Gardens and Water Country!

mag and wav bus hard

My daughters spent a lot of time at the gym!

(my youngest daughter is on the pre-team for gymnastics and my oldest daughter is on the

competitive gymnastics team and all star cheer team)

wavy and jade states 2014

And we went to the beach!

mars fam at beach

girls at beach tong

girls at the beach

And I read. A lot.  I just didn’t post a lot.  

But I plan to make up for that!


10 Books that Have Stuck with Me


So, I’m hoping to now flood you guys with all the goodness that I have read, because you see, the other night I had a little incident, see, I was walking down the stair… or attempting to anyway and sort of tripped.  Anyway when it was all said and done, I ended up with a broken foot and my foot in a boot for the next eight weeks. Lovely right?

So, anyway, one of my favorite teachers who taught me in 5th grade tagged me in a post on Facebook to list 10 books that have stuck with you.  I thought this would be a great get back into blogging post! So, here we go!

List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It’s not about the “right book” or great books of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Doesn’t have to be in order. Then tag 10 friends and me so I can see your list.

1.  Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

jacob have i loved

2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

my sister's keeper

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

6. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

The Host

7. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

if i lie

8. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman

If I Stay  Where She Went

9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Couldn’t do it in just 10! 

11. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia

12. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins


The Fault in Our Stars: Review & Top Ten Books On My Summer TBRThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published by Penguin on 2012-01-10
Genres: Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


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Okay, so the was one of those LONG, LONG, LONG over due to be read.  I mean it has been on my shelf for a while, but I kept putting it off because really, I knew what it was about and I just couldn’t bring myself to read it. I mean there is something about cancer and dying that just strike a cord.  But when I saw the movie was coming out, I decided to read it.

HOLY COW. This one just totally bowled me over. Have you ever seen the Friends episode where Joey puts the books in the freezer? (You can click on the clip below!) Anyway, my point is that there are points where I considered it with this one, cause oh my I just didn’t want this book to go on the way I knew that it was going to continue.

Friends Episode where Joey puts book in the Freezer

You know when your husband asks you what is wrong and then realizes you are just reading again and shakes his head and walks away that you get way emotional over a book.

So the good stuff about this one?

Oh my the characters.

Hazel and Augustus are incredible. Their relationship and the way they interact with each other and the people around them.  How could you not fall in love with them? Hazel has fought her disease for so long that it is just a part of her. She refers to her mom as her best friend, and really her only friend until her mom makes her go to the support group and she meets Augustus.

I also loved seeing how everyones life is changed by this one relationship. The web of friendship extends beyond these two people. They spiral out and make other friends, they are able to connect with other, to help other people, to meet others and to just live the way two teenage kids really shouldn’t have the opportunity or the need to live.

The writing was beautiful. I fell in love with the story. I fell in love with the characters. I was on the journey with them the whole way and felt everything that they did.

The bad stuff?

Really nothing.  Well, except the obvious. Cancer.  And what cancer means.

The one quote that really struck me from this book?

Mom sobbed something into Dad’s chest that I wish I hadn’t heard, and that I hope she never finds out that I did hear. She said, “I won’t be a mom anymore.” It gutted me pretty badly.

This book gutted me pretty badly all the way around. I am both excited and nervous to see the movie. I have heard so many people say great things about it, but, I just don’t know if I’m willing to put myself through the wringer again. And you can’t put the movie in the freezer.


Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Books on my Summer to Be Read List


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

So many to choose from! Here are my summer must reads!

On The Fence




Another one I have seen some reviews floating around about. Makes me excited to read it!

I’ll Give You the Sun



Whooo-hooo! This one looks SOOOO good!!!!!

Salt & Storm




I don’t read a lot of this genre, but this one really caught my attention…

Nantucket Red


nantucket red

The first one was so good! So excited to follow it up!

17 First Kisses



This one wasn’t on my TBR list, but recently I have seen a couple of amazing reviews on

this one, so I have been very excited to read this one!


The One & Only


The One and Only


I love Emily Giffin and can’t wait to read her latest!


Like No Other

like no other


A semi-modern West Side Story? This one sounds amazing!


Just Like the Movies




I loved Taste Test by Kelly Fiore! I can’t wait to dive into this one!

Falling Into Place




This one just sounds so great!

Isla and the Happily Ever After



So been waiting on this one!!!!!





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