Jun 24
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

I really enjoyed Aaron Cooley’s Shaken Not Stirred and when he asked if I’d be interested in reviewing part one of Four Seats, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! If what I’ve read so far is any indication of what the rest of the book will be, then you’re in for a real treat! Four Seats will truly be one of your favorite summer reads and can’t be missed! We have a lot of characters who are vital to the narrative and Cooley doesn’t sacrifice character development. Our hero is Jason Lancaster and he’s also the government’s prime suspect. Lancaster’s resume is pretty impressive and I won’t go into detail, but it’s easy to understand why he’s on their radar. Known to be punctual, Lancaster is employed through the Supreme… Read more »

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Jun 11
Books Ahoy!: Aaron Cooley + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Aaron Cooley + Giveaway

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m really honored to welcome Aaron Cooley to Lit, etc! I loved Aaron’s first book, Shaken Not Stirred and it’s a book that to this day, if I meet anyone who is a fan of Ian Fleming, I recommend Shaken Not Stirred. When Aaron asked if I’d be interested in reviewing his latest, a political thriller involving the Supreme Court, I couldn’t say no!… Read more »

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Jun 09
Bright Lights: Bryan Adams

Bright Lights: Bryan Adams

On Monday, May 18th, teenager me was super excited to see Bryan Adams live in concert! Probably revealing my age here, but I remember when I was 13 years old and being the coolest girl in the grade because I was the only one in town (a small town outside El Paso, Texas) with Adams’ Waking up the Neighbors! I lived for that moment of awesomeness until I was quickly dethroned for some other fad that I don’t remember. I kept up with Adams and his career for a few years up until I was in university and then I just moved on to other things, but still I considered myself a fan of his (and still do). Monday night was a dream come true! Thirteen year old me squealed… Read more »

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Jun 08
Dear Secret Sister #3

Dear Secret Sister #3

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. . Dear Secret Sister: So you’ve been on vacation? I’m so happy for you! Seriously anytime anyone actually goes on a vacation, I get excited because it’s a great opportunity to explore a new city and make great memories. To answer your question, yes I like to travel. When I did my master’s abroad, I wish I had had more money (darn exchange rate!)… Read more »

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Jun 01
Blog Tour: Review-Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking + Giveaway

I’m always unsure about memoirs because they can be life inspiring and can challenge us, but others fall short. When the opportunity came to review Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking, I couldn’t say no especially when I saw it was a book for women and how to accept their bodies. I’ll admit, I had no idea who Gibbons was nor the internet ruckus she stirred up, but after reading Fat Girl Walking, I have a real appreciation for Gibbons and what she’s trying to accomplish. Fat Girl Walking begins by telling the reader about Gibbon’s childhood and from there we join her journey into adulthood. The writing is humorous and Gibbons isn’t afraid to go into painful details that most of us would rather forget about our childhood. I cringed,… Read more »

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Jun 01
Excerpt: Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking

Excerpt: Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking. Enjoy! Synopsis: Told through a series of larger-than-life snapshots, a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis, and loving your body, no matter what size you are from the acclaimed blogger and body image advocate. Brittany Gibbons has been a plus size her whole life. But instead of hiding herself in the shadows of thinner women, Brittany became a wildly popular blogger and national spokesmodel—known for stripping on stage at TedX and standing in Times Square in a bikini on national television, and making skinny people everywhere uncomfortable. Talking honestly about size and body image on her popular blog, brittanyherself.com, she has ignited a national conversation. Now in her first book,… Read more »

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May 29
Film Friday: The English Patient

Film Friday: The English Patient

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. For today’s Film Friday, I decided to feature one of my favorite films! I adore The English Patient, it’s so full of passion and heartbreak. I haven’t read Michael Ondaatje’s novel and I’m afraid to because I have a feeling it might ruin my love of the film by making me love the book more. Does that make sense? Synopsis:At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. (-IMDB). Almásy: There is no God, but I hope someone watches over you…. Read more »

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May 26
Books Ahoy!: Anna North + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Anna North + Giveaway

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m really excited to welcome Anna North to Lit, etc.! I’m about halfway finished with The Life and Death of Sophie Stark and am enjoying what I’ve read so far. Hopefully there will be review of it soon, but in the meantime, get to know a bit about Anna plus I’m giving you the chance to win your very own copy! Q. Your favorite… Read more »

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May 22
Film Friday: Doctor Zhivago

Film Friday: Doctor Zhivago

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I know there’s a 2002 version of Doctor Zhivago with Keira Knightley as Lara, but I just love the 1965 version with Omar Sharif. Synopsis: The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist’s wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (-IMDB). Komarovski: There are two kinds of men and only two. And that young man is one kind. He is high-minded. He is pure. He’s the kind of man the world pretends to look up to, and in fact despises. He is… Read more »

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May 15
Film Friday: The Godfather

Film Friday: The Godfather

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. For today’s Film Friday, I decided to showcase The Godfather! Based on Mario Puzo’s novel (of the same name), the film quickly became a box office hit. Marlon Brando would go on to win an Oscar for Best Actor and the film would become Best Picture. Synopsis: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son (-IMDB). Don Corleone: You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me? The Godfather (1972)

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May 11
Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

Cynthia Eden is a new author to me in terms of reading. I’ve seen her books, but never picked one up and when I received a review copy of Broken, I was intrigued! I read the synopsis and wanted to put everything aside because it had everything I wanted in a book: romance and the hunt for a ruthless killer. We have good character development. Our heroine, Eve Gray is suffering from amnesia and is scared because she finds out she fits the description of a ruthless killer’s victims. She wants answers and doesn’t know where to turn to. I liked Eve and felt her frustration at wanting to know the past, but I was worried for her! Then we have Gabe who is dedicated to his work and wants… Read more »

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May 03
Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Shortly after 2 am this morning, we got a phone call that the Husky’s blood pressure and sugar were falling and they were working to save her. About five minutes later, we got another call that she passed. And I am devastated. The Husky came into our life as a big fur ball. She was born on September 15, 2002 to my aunt P’s huskies and a month or so later she became a member of our family. Originally P was going to keep her and give us a cinnamon type pup but my parents fell for the Husky. I remember the first evening she was home: my parents and sister went to dinner and I stayed behind so she wouldn’t be alone. I heard some crying coming from their… Read more »

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