Friday Reads, Dessen

Getting around to reading more Dessen. Today’s pick is Someone Like You.

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she was devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break–because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.


Have you read it? Are you a Dessen fan? What should I look for next?

Friday Reads, Dessen

Shout Out Saturday, August 2015

sosIt’s a new month and a new round of Shout Outs! The eight blogs listed below are followers of my blog and I wanted to give them a shout-out. Go check them out, they have good taste in blogs 😉

Be Like Water

diary of a single mom in the south

The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine

PeachPod Chronicles

Jump for Joy! Photo Project

Sunny Sleevez

W.H. Sim Photography


Thank you for following me for one reason or another. I hope this might shine some light on the great work you are doing over on your blog. Happy writing!


The Harry Potter Tag

I found it fitting today to complete this tag. Thanks to Summer for tagging me for this post. Happy 35th birthday, Harry, and happy 50th birthday to the queen, Jo.


1. Favorite book?
My favorite book has been Prisoner of Azkaban for the longest time. Three is a lucky number for me so I find it a coincidence that the third book in the series is my favorite. I enjoyed all the backstory in book 3 regarding Harry’s family. I also thought we experienced more of Hogwarts and castle activities thanks to Hermione and the Time-Turner.

2. Favorite movie?
The fourth movie was my favorite, Goblet of Fire. The other schools and the tri-wizard tournament filled up most of the action which was entertaining, also David Tennant *swoon*.

3. Least favorite book?
The last one because I never wanted it to end.

4. Parts of the books/movies that make you cry?
When I read the books certain character deaths had me shedding tears and the same happened during the movies. The scene at the end of book 6, Half-Blood Prince, was one in particular that sticks out.

5. Favorite character?
Hedwig followed closely by Hogwarts. Hedwig, pure and innocent, was with Harry from the beginning to end. She was more than a pet. Hogwarts I felt was truly a character in the book/movie. So much action happened there, and like Harry I looked forward to the return to Hogwarts each year.

6. What would your Patronus be?
I took a few quizzes online to figure this out. The first one said an otter because I’m brainy and adventurous. The next said a dolphin because I am fun and like to help others. I’m not too sure which is more me.

7. If you could have the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, or the Elder Wand, which one would you choose?
The Invisibility Cloak, obvi.

8. What House would you be in?
I would probably end up in Ravenclaw.

9. If you could meet any member of the cast, who would it be?
I would want to meet the trio. It’s too difficult to pick only one member.

10. If you were on the quidditch team, what position would you play?
If I had to be on the team I guess a Chaser, otherwise I’d want to be the announcer like Lee Jordan.

11. Were you happy with the ending?
It is what it is. It was bittersweet.

12. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
Harry Potter changed my world. I had never before been so immersed in a fictional world like what Rowling created. Simply put–it’s magical.

I tag any potterhead that wants to join.

The Harry Potter Tag

3 Tips for a Book Hangover

bookhangover1There are many more tips (here) out there to help with a book hangover. Time is usually a cure-all. It might take hours, days, or longer but you’ll move on. Depending on the severity of the book hangover I will use a combination of these tips.

  • Read something in a different genre.  I am a mood reader and often juggle more than one book at a time. This is especially true when I am dealing with a book hangover. One easy way I get out of one world and into another is by reading something on the opposite end of the genre spectrum. Sometimes this works and sometimes I have to use multiple tips to move on from a great read.
  • Indulge in reality. It helps to try (for a small amount of time) devoting some time to other hobbies or real world activities. When I’m stuck between books I usually will explore other interests as a way to take my mind off of things or let my thoughts settle. For myself, baking gets my mind back in check.
  • Birds of a feather flock together. Get online and discuss the book with others. Gush over it, dissect it, and get it out of your system. Sometimes it also helps to reread the book or your favorite parts. Or if there’s a movie/television show based on the book you could abandon yourself in that.

Buzzfeed made a pretty good checklist to see if you’re suffering from a book hangover. Go check it out here.

How do you cure a book hangover?
3 Tips for a Book Hangover

Just Do It.


July may be nearly over but that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to kick it into gear and get organized this month.

Things I am doing right:

  • updating daily here
  • participating in picture a day
  • writing monthly pen pal letter
  • getting small projects done
  • staying positive

Things I should improve:

  • diet and exercise
  • make the bed
  • get one large project done each month
  • the inbox needs purged
  • deep cleaning once a week

This is only a small portion of what I am trying to get out of my head to help motivate myself to accomplish the goals.

how do you stay on task during the month? are to do lists your friend or foe?
Just Do It.