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Healthy Reading Snacks

If you are anything like me you love to snack. As I have mentioned on here before I have been working hard to change my eating habits. So here are some healthy snack ideas that you can try next time you are wanting a nice snack to munch on while reading a great book.

Frozen Grapes  The first one if the easiest. You take grapes, wash them, put them in a freezer friendly container, and then put them in the freezer. I like to leave them in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Over night is best. Quick tip: If you have a soar throat frozen grapes feel AMAZING on your throat. My mom use to make them for me when I had strep throat.  If you want something sweet but don't want the guilt, this tea is for you. It is rich and chocolaty with a little kick, and no ingredients that are bad for you.  This is a black tea so it has CAFFEINE. In case you cannot see the tea's name it is Numi Indulgent Tea Chocolate Spice 

Zucchini Pizza  What You need: One Medium Zucchini, Cheese of your choice, Small…

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass (book #4) 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.64
Pages: 648
Published:Published September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
My Overall Rating: TEN THOUSAND STARS!!! ALL THE STARS!!!!!! 

PERFECTION  This book was EVERYTHING!!!!! I flew through this book because there were no slow parts. I just cannot get over how everything came together. There were the famous twist and turns that SJM gives us that come out of left field, but there were so many answers to the mysteries that we all have been wondering. Oh and this woman is such a master mind in the romance department that I refuse to have anymore ships. SJM makes me flip flop on ships and that NEVER EVER EVER happens. Overall this book was freaking fantastic, mind blowing, and I am a hot mess trying to explain how amazing it is. I loved everything about this book. It had no flaws in my eyes. 
"The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. …

Review:The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Series: The Body Finder #1  Author: Kimberly Derting Overall Goodreads Rating: 3.98 Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery  Pages: 327 Published:March 16th 2010 by Harper My Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Spooky creepy read about a murderer and a girl who can find the bodies in a unconventional way. I enjoyed this book, and at times got scared at times while reading this home alone. It made me a little paranoid of people and more aware of my surroundings. While the paranormal side of this book fell a little flat, I loved the romance and the build up of this book. It did not end with a cliff hanger that made me feel like I truly needed the second book asap, it had an ending that could have easily made it a stand alone. Overall I enjoyed it and found it to be a interesting creepy read. 

"Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is m…

Review: The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series; The Return (Titian #1)
Author: (The amazing) Jennifer L. Armentrout
Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.35
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Pages: 335
Published:February 16th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press

I was NOT  a Seth fan at all! In fact, this is the only JLA book I ever put off readings simply because I did not know if I would like it. (I literally cringed writing that sentence.) However, I gave it a try.....SO GLAD I DID! This book was everything I enjoy about JLA's books. There was humor, action, and GREAT sexy moments. In this book JLA shows us how great of a writer she is, by showing us a side of Seth I would have never imagined. If you are on the fence about this book like I was, just jump that fence can thank me later. SO Seth fan or not I HIGHLY recommend this book. BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO READ THE COVENANT SERIES FIRST!!! 
"The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with …

Auto Buy Authors Good or Bad Habit?

We all have those auto buy authors. You know the authors that are so freaking talented that you are going to buy their books without even having to know what the book is about. For example my auto buys are Sarah J. Maas, Wendy Higgins, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Josephine Angelini, and those are just a few! I think having auto buy authors are great! I mean it is amazing to find authors that are so talented they never do wrong, but I have started to have a problem with that. My problem is I have been sticking just to those authors. I have not been branching out much. I went to Apollycon which was AMAZING, but I realized there were so many authors I didn't know. I read the same authors and while that is great, I just wait for their new books to come out and I never truly branch out.  While I will continue to love and keep my auto buy authors, I am going to start working on branching out. I also want to start branching out in genre. While my heart and most of my reading will stay YA re…

Review: Magnus Chase by: Rick Riordan

Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.28
Genre: YA Fantasy (Mythology)
Pages: 499
Published: October 6th 2015 by Disney - Hyperion Books


Fun and exciting read. Took a couple of chapters to really get into, but once I got into it I could not put it down! This book has all the comedy and charm that we all love and expect from Riordan's writing. The Norse Mythology was interesting and done in a way where I was never overwhelmed. I felt like I learned a lot, and it made me want to learn more about this particular mythology. The only downfall this book had was there were MANY similarities to Percy Jackson. I had a hard time getting over a few. There were so many that it took away from the originality of the book. If you want examples of the similarities keep on reading.
"Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the s…

Review: The Siren by Kiera Cass

Series: Stand alone  Author Kiera Cass Overall Goodreads Rating: 3.91 Genre: Young Adult Romance Fantasy  Pages: 336 Published:January 26th 2016 by HarperTeen My overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
IN A NUTSHELL This book was a pleasant surprise. The writing was beautiful and lyrical. I was reminded of The Little Mermaid in the best of ways. There was insta-love, but it was expected and tolerable. This book is all about love, but different types of love. Love between family, friends, and the sacrifices that are willing to be made for the ones you love. Basically you need to be on the beach with a nice drink in your hand while reading this book! 

"Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her hea…

Valentine's Day Book Recommendations & My Weekend Reads

Today I am going to share my recommendations for your Valentine's weekend to get you into the lovey dovey mood. I will also be sharing what I have been reading to get into V-day spirit!

Contemporary Losing It : A sexy NA read that will make you lol. I love this book, and it is still my favorite from Cora Carmack  The Distance Between Us : I just love Kasie West's writing, and it wouldn't be a Valentine's book recommendation list without her on it.  The Summer I Turned Pretty : Really ANY Jenny Han book would be perfect for this weekend! If you are dreaming about summer, than this is the book series for you. It will be your beach escape.  Fangirl: With all the exciting news of the new Harry Potter play being published in book form, I know it brings back a lot of Harry Potter memories. Waiting in line for the books, counting down the days to the next release, reading fan fiction like crazy. This book will help you remember that kind of love all over again.  Fantasy  Doon: If yo…

Valentines Day Date Ideas for Book Lovers

I am so excited to start my Valentines series today! I have so many ideas centering around books and Valentines day. The first post in this series of course if date ideas. This way it gives you time to plan and save up!

First I have to use my husbands idea!

Last year for Valentines day he surprised me with a Harry Potter themed "Prom" When I walked in there was a owl balloon with a note attached with it. The note was asking me to prom, and told me to change into a nice dress. When I got to the closet he had instructions telling me to go to the basement when I was ready, and the pictures tell the rest of the story.
He made the recipes from the Harry Potter cookbook. He also had brooms and wands. 
This had to be my favorite part. Nice and simple but so creative and added the perfect touch! 

Rewrite a story: If you both are into a certain book talk about different ways it could had ended. Grab a big pot of coffee or tea and just sit there discussin…

January Wrap-up

I am so excited to do my first every wrap-up! I read and listened to a grand total of 6 books, and they were BIG books for the most part. I got a lot of reading done because
1. at the start of the month I did a lot of traveling and cleaning so I had plenty of time to listen to audio books.
2. I got the stomach flu and that lead to some reading and a lot of listening to audio books.
3. WE GOT A LOT OF SNOW DAYS!!!!!!!! We had about a week of for snow and boy did I read!
These are the books I read for the month of January. Starting from the bottom  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (AUDIO BOOK)   5 Stars Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 5 StarsHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (AUDIO BOOK)  5 Stars 
I LOVED listening to the Harry Potter books on audio. I will be doing a review of the audio books this week. I highly recommend giving it a try. If you love rereading the series, but want to feel like you're reading it for the first time all over again, then try the audio …

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves created by Tyngas Reviews  is a weekly meme all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.
Physical Books ****MY CHRISTMAS BOOKS CAME IN!!!!!! 
Harry Potter Illustrated book My husband got me this book for Christmas and I DIED. The illustrations are so beautiful!! 
The Polar Express Again Chris is the best! He got me this and the audio books for my classroom =) 
Magnus Chase Chris got me this for my birthday. I am currently reading it, and i am really liking it. 
Night Study
Girl of Myth and Legend
Reflection the Stranger in the Mirror

What books did you get this week? Let me in the comments below, or leave me a link to your blog.  If you are a new follower please le…

2016 Reading Challenges/Goals & New Year Giveaway!

Challenges for 2016
1. I want to read at least 55 books. In 2015 I read 50 books, and I want to challenge myself to read more this year.  2. I want to read different genres. I normally read YA science fiction and paranormal. I would like to read more fantasy. I would also like to branch out to new adult and adult. I also plan on trying to read more nonfiction.  3. I need to write more reviews. I have really slacked on reviews in 2015. I challenge myself to write a review AS SOON as I finish a book. I am going to try to not start a new book until I write a review for the book I finished.  4. I want to do more original posts on here. I have some great ideas that I have written down, and I just need to push myself to actually write them.  5. I want to challenge myself to get into contact with authors for interviews. 

To help you with your reading goals and challenges I want to do a giveaway. The giveaway will be for a Barnes and Noble gift card for $20.00
Here are the rules:  This giveaway…

Top Books I Read in 2015

These are my favorites reads of 2015. These books are books that I read in 2015, not books that were published in 2015. I wanted to do something different, so I made my list in categories. 

The Darkest Part of the Forest I raved about the narrator of this book in my review. She truly made the characters come alive. This is one of those books that I wanted to reread it right after I fished it. This was my first Holly Black book, and now I know why so many people love her writing. 
An Ember in the Ashes This is the BEST audio book I have ever listened to! I have never heard a narrator who put so much emotion into her work. I honestly believed at times that she was hurt and in pain. Other times it sounded like she was truly crying. It was FANTASTIC!!!! The story in this book has something for everyone. Drama, action, love, suspense, everything. THIS IS THE BEST DEBUT BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR ME.  Crimson Bound Here is the thing about this book, I did not like the first book in t…