Uncovered (123): Bellman & Black

Uncovered (123): Bellman & Black

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? While it’s not the only factor in picking up a book, a pretty cover doesn’t hurt. Uncovered is a weekly post where I show some cover love. Hope you enjoy!  This week I am featuring Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield. This cover caught my eye the other day while I was wandering around B&N. I was immediately drawn to to this cover.  The dress is filled out, but it has no head, which is sort of disturbing even though I know it’s a mannequin. I like the crow as well, which is a universal symbol for “This books is going to be creepy.” :) The yellow font really pops against the darker background.  There aren’t a lot of elements on this cover but it all adds up to something that I want to read. Has anyone read this one yet?… Read more »

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Fall Movie Picks

Fall Movie Picks

Hello! I can’t believe that fall is almost here. Where in the world did this year go? Fall is one of my favorite seasons though and I am looking forward to the cooler weather. Fall also means a shift from the big summer blockbuster movies into the more serious fall fare. Though I haven’t reviewed a movie in a long time, that doesn’t mean that I am not watching them. Going to the movies is one of my favorite activities and there are so many great movies coming out this fall that I thought I’d share some of my most anticipated films with you all. Let’s take a look! Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong is a creepy tale of a woman who has amnesia. She wakes up every day not knowing who she is and has to re-learn her identity every day,… Read more »

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Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go Bernadette is an epistolary novel told through emails, faxes, newsletters, FBI reports, handwritten notes and journals entries from various characters as they try to piece together the events leading up to the disappearance of Bernadette Fox. Bernadette Fox is an agoraphobic mother and former architectural genius who lives in a crumbling old school house with her precocious daughter Bee and her workaholic husband Elgin Branch. A few days before her family is set to go to Antarctica, Bernadette goes missing. The book is a collection of documents that Bernadette’s daughter Bee pit a together to try to unravel what happened leading up to her mother’s disappearance.

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Bout of Books 11 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books 11 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books 11 finished up this past weekend, as expected, I did not quite meet my goals. But that’s OK because I still got a decent amount of reading done and it was fun to see what all of the other participants were up to. This is what I read last week: I am not the fastest reader so this isn’t a bad week for me. Anyone else participate in Bout of Books 11? How did you do?

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Manicure Monday (75): She Is Not Invisible

Manicure Monday (75): She Is Not Invisible

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each well I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Hello! I am really excited this week because next Monday is Labor Day in America, which means a long weekend for me. I will not be posting a manicure post next week because of the holiday but I’ll be back the week after with a new nail look for you. This week’s book is She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. I had read some good reviews on this book and I read it last week for Bout of Books. Sad to say that I did not love this one.  I haven’t read any of Sedgwick’s books before so I don’t know what his writing is normally like, but I had some problems with this book. I should… Read more »

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Stacked (119)

Stacked (119)

Inspired by Pop Culture Junkie and The Story Siren, Stacked is a weekly post where I share with you the books that I’ve bought, borrowed or received for the week. Hi, everyone. I hope you’ve had a nice weekend so far. I’ve had a crazy weekend so far and haven’t had a chance to do as much reading as I’d hoped. I am finishing up Bout of Books today. I don’t think I will hit my goal but I am hoping to maybe finish one more book tonight. I still haven’t had a chance to see Sin City 2 or If I Stay just yet, but may be able to sneak out for a movie later today. Have you guys seen either movie yet? If I Stay seems to be getting good reviews.  Now onto the books. I don’t have a lot of books this week. I am trying really hard not… Read more »

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Uncovered (122): Fairest

Uncovered (122): Fairest

Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? While it may not be the only factor in what book I pick up, a pretty cover certainly doesn’t hurt. Uncovered is my weekly post where I share some cover love. Hi and happy Friday! This week’s cover love goes out to Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Fairest is set in the world of Marissa’ Myers’s Lunar Chronicles and is the story of Levana, the creepy and evil queen we all love to hate. I really love how dark and sinister this one is. It has a much creepier vibe than the other covers to the series but it has enough similar elements that it still fits in with the series. If you have read the Lunar Chronicles, you know that Levana always has a glamour on and no one really knows what she actually looks like. I really like how… Read more »

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Review: Show Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair

Review: Show Me, Baby by Cherise Sinclair

Jake is a Master at Shadowlands – a vet by day and Dom by night. Rainie is a sweet, smart sub who has purposely avoided contact with Jake. Unknown to Jake, Rainie knows him from a long time ago, when she was a shy and scared teenager. After being teased, Rainie’s runs from Jake’s home and into a situation that has her running away from home. Rainie vows to keep Jake in the dark about her past but, as he breaks down all her walls, she finds it harder and harder to protext her heart.

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop (US – Ends 8/27)

Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop (US – Ends 8/27)

Welcome to the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. The giveaway runs from August 20, 2014 – August 27, 2014. I have several lots of books that I am giving away. You can enter each one if you’d like but each lot will have its own Rafflecopter form below. Thanks and good luck! (P.S. – Sorry for these less than stellar pics but I was in a rush to get them taken.) Giveaway Rules: Open to US residents only. We are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. One set of entries per household please. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian’s permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. Winner will have 48… Read more »

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Trailer: Mad Max

Trailer: Mad Max

The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road debuted at Comic-Con a few weeks ago. I know that people love Mad Max (and my friend even renamed himself after the film when he was 7), but it’s never been a favorite of mine. I think I just saw it too late in life and there already so much hype behind it that I was kind of underwhelmed when I finally saw it. But I really like the look of this trailer. Visually it’s going to be fun to watch and, even with all that dirt and grit, Tom Hardy is easy on the eyes. I didn’t recognize Charlize Theron at all though. I definitely plan to see this when it hits theaters in 2015. Who’s with me?

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