Music Mondays: “Stop” by Spice Girls & “Pure Shores” by All Saints

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey there! Happy Monday, y’all!

It’s been awhile since the last time I did this Music Mondays. Work has been, for the last handful of months, been getting in the way and sapping all my energy out of me. Granted there were a couple of times when I felt like it’s all going to be over, but…I don’t know. Maybe I jinx them every time I say something about it, so I might as well not say anything at all and just do my best to get back on my blog and write.

It’s kind of working.

I’ve had a productive blogging last month, writing up four book reviews total. It might be a small number to some but to a grown woman working 12-hr sometimes 16-hr shifts a day, that’s a triumph. It sure does feel it for me, at least. I’m hoping to keep that rate up this month and maybe work on getting back on a regular posting schedule. It’ll be tough, I know but I’ve had tougher and I’m tough so I know I’ll eventually manage it. I just have to keep in mind that I’m doing this, book blogging, because I love books and I want to share that love with whoever stumbles on my blog. That’s kind of my north star right now, you could say, my goal and direction.

As is, I’ve been working on revamping my Pinterest page and working on a couple of book reviews and writing up ARC requests. It’s good, busy work that needs music in the background and, girl who did her growing half in the late 90s that I am, I queued up some girl power tunes.

Alright, I know All Saints’ Pure Shores came out in 2000, but it was between this and Never Ever, which is also a great track. I like this one better though. I went with Stop for it peppiness because I can’t quite pick my most fave Spice Girls song.

I grew up with these two girl groups and  still listen to their songs every time I get a bit nostalgic. I am totally in the band of fans who blamed Geri Halliwell for the Spice Girls’ break up. 11-year old me was devastated when I heard the band was calling it quit. Talk about me being dramatic, but that’s me as a pre-teen for you. She was a moody kid and I love her.

Anyway, enough for now. I just wonder though, did you ever listen to any of these girl groups? And how old were you when you first listened to their songs?

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Music Mondays: “Ash and Ember” by Augustana

Music Mondays

Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey there! Happy Monday!

It’s already the start of the last week of the first month of this new year. Was that confusing? Play of words aside, how has January been for you? Was it great? Just fine? Bad? Mine was just fine, I guess. It was neither good nor bad and I’m actually just okay with that. Of course, that’s not counting the fact that I’ve been sick for two weeks with the flu, which sucked, but, yeah, January was an okay month.

I recently finished Melanie Dickerson’s The Warrior Maiden and Jessie Mihalik’s Polaris Rising, which I already reviewed (here’s the link.) I enjoyed these two books a lot and can’t wait for it to come out so many more people gets to enjoy them. I also started reading Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark, a book that has been languishing on my TBR for more than a year now, and Tara Conklin’s newest The Last RomanticsI’m hoping to finish the latter sometime before the end of the month since the book is coming out next Tuesday, and I would love to have my review of it up before it releases. Keeping my fingers crossed for that!

This Monday has been relatively easy for me. I’m actually feeling kind of nostalgic, so I broke out an old favorite album by one of the band’s I loved when I was in college.

I just kind of missed this song! And Augustana! The band hasn’t released any new material for a couple of year now. I’m not even sure if they’re still together, but I still love their songs and play them from time to time. This one actually played right when I was getting out of the building where our offices are located. The wind was cool and my hair was all over the place because it escaped my hair tie again, and I just couldn’t stop myself from singing along while I walk to the shuttle. I got a few stares, but who cares. They could sing along too if they like.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. I’m going to finish some CME videos (got to keep up with the clinical trends and new knowledge) then I’ll go back to reading. Here’s me wishing you a lighthearted Monday, maybe even better than mine.

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Music Mondays: “All This Time” by Tiffany

 

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Hey look who’s back in the city!

Me!

I had a blast this weekend celebrating a friend’s birthday in the beach. It’s so much easier to find things to laugh about when you have your friends around you. Even the smallest of things (like keeping a tally of all the exit and entry points we missed 😅) could be funny, and it left me energized, ready to face another week of work.

In today’s MM, I will be sharing one of the songs from our roadtrip playlist. Me and my friends were all born in the late 80’s and we grew up listening to 90s and early 2000s music, so understandably, our playlist is made up largely of songs from those two decades. But this one, though it was released in 1988, we just couldn’t keep ourselves from singing along (there’s a video of it but I don’t want to share it. LOL 😂🤣😂). Here’s Tiffany for you with All This Time.

I hope you’re all having a great Monday so far. Be kind to the people around you, but don’t forget to also be kind to yourself.

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First Line Fridays: “Broken Things” by Lauren Oliver

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Oh, hey, look it’s Friday!

You don’t know how happy I am to say that. This week wasn’t at all busy, but I was sick for half of it, sick and still going to work, and it was just so tiring. I put in for a couple of days off work even though I’m already on the mend. I’m actually going on a trip (just a weekender) with a couple of my friends, and I still need to pack, so this FLF will be a quick one.

This week I’ll be featuring a couple of lines from a book I just finished today. I definitely have things to say about this one (though if you follow or if we’re friend on Goodreads, you have an idea how I feel about this one) but writing the review would have to wait ’til I get back home this Sunday evening.

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Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane – before everyone from Connecticut to California knew us by that tagline, and blogs ran pictures of our faces, and searching out names led to sites that crashed from all the traffic – we were just girls, and there were only two of us.

 

I finished reading this one earlier today and I’m still gathering my thoughts about it, but I sure as hell have opinions about this one. I have Tana French’s The Witch Elm to read next. I’ll be bringing my Kindle to the beach though, so I’m not sure how much reading I could do there.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Music Mondays: “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog

Music Mondays

Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hey, there Monday, and hello October!

I came off from night shift, and as is, I’m only running on a few hours of sleep (two hours to be exact), and it’s this sleep deprived state that’s bringing you my Music Mondays pick. I know 90% of the time all I’m talking about is reading and books or thinking about reading and books. I try not to tweet much about politics, both local and international, but there’s just so much a person can take, and all the stuff I’m reading on Twitter, local and international news channels are just making me angry. And so, this…

I love this song from Temple of the Dog. I think it just fits the mood and situation we all are in right now. It’s hard not to be angry these days when the people at the top, the same ones elected to protect and uphold your rights seem not to care.

Anywho, cut me this. I’ll be back to talking about bookish stuff soon. I’m actually writing my wrap-up post for September. Hopefully, I get to post it today, or some time early this week. I also have a review scheduled to post tomorrow, so that’s something I’m looking forward to because I loved that book (the one I reviewed, I mean).

Alright, that’s it for me for now. Be kind to one another.

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First Line Fridays: “Give the Dark My Love” by Beth Revis

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Hey there! Happy Friday!

I’ve missed posting last Friday. I was at a work-related conference and even though I come home with still enough time to write, I didn’t have the energy to open up my laptop and actually write. I did, however, managed to finish reading three books  back-to-back-to-back, so I guess I didn’t lose much time. (In fact I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! What?!!!)

Anyhow, things have leveled back down, and I’m back to my regular blogging and reading routine, which brings us to this post. My pick for this week comes from one of those three books I just finished.
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The warship carried twenty good men and two cannons.

“Bit of an overkill, isn’t it?” Captain Pasker said. The sun was to his back, casting a long, imposing shadow over the deck.

Captain Pasker was from the mainland; his ship had accompanied the Emperor on the short voyage across the Azure Sea to the small province of Lunar Island. Pasker had been in three wars already, “skirmishes,” he called them, bloody little inconveniences that were necessary to remind the people of the might of the Emperor.

The sailor beside him was a local boy, a new conscript. He’d been raised with the old legends.

He wasn’t sure that one warship was enough.

If you know me, I love antiheroes – characters who are in that gray area, neither good or bad, or part good and part bad – and Beth Revis gives me a new girl to love and cheer for. I finished Give the Dark My Love yesterday, and I’m still all over the place. This boook just blew me away, I’m telling you, and Nedra, oh my baby girl Nedra, I understand why she went dark because given the same choices in that same difficult situation as she was given, I might just make the same decision.

Give the Dark My Love is already out and available in your favorite bookstores. If you love dark fantasies, this book is for you!

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Shadow of the Fox” by Julie Kagawa, “Broken Things” by Lauren Oliver and “When We Caught Fire” by Anna Godbersen

Can't Wait WednesdayCan’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


There’s quite a number of books that I’m looking forward to next week and three of them are coming out on the same. I was actually talking with Marie of Kookbookery over on Twitter about this, and, well, her thought are the same as mine: “What’s with October ?!?”

So, what do I do, well feature all three books of course! Here are my picks for this week’s CWW. 

36672988Title: Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 2, 2018
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One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.

37859646Title: Broken Things
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 2, 2018
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It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

36501779Title: When We Caught Fire
Author: Anna Godbersen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 2, 2018
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It’s 1871 and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth, and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze, and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.

I have a really big TBR to tackle next month, and until now, I really don’t know what to read next after I finish Beth Revis’ Give the Dark My Love, so I’m asking for a bit of help choosing which one I’d read next.

I’d really appreciate your feedback because, really, all three books are just so equally tempting for me and it’s so hard to choose.

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Music Mondays: “Fat Lip” by Sum 41 (Plus a bit of a work-related rant)

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Hello, everyone!

I hope your Monday is treating you well so far. Mine was, well, let’s just say, challenging. I’m writing this entry a bit later than I usually do. It’s already half past eight in the evening where I’m at, and my body is already telling me to shut down for the day (which, I promise, I will heed right after I get this post up).

I don’t talk much about myself because, for starters, I don’t want to bore you with the boring details of my life, and, second, I’m just awkward as hell and was never really good at being in the spotlight, what more shining that light on myself. I’m a backstage kind of person, the one who has the clipboard and bosses everyone behind the curtains, not the actresses.

Anyway (see, I already went on a useless tangent in the paragraph above), today was just really stressful for me. I came back to work today after being gone for a week (I attended a post-graduate certificate course last week). And, what do I come back to? Problems, a handful of them, and not even ones related to my line of work. To think that they all started because of a petty story started by someone who then told another someone who  then told HR. To cut the story short, it’s one big mess and I have to protect my fellow nurses who held the fort while I was gone. Truly, I didn’t expect that I’ll be spending half of my first day back writing back responses to HR. I’m not going into detail because it still pisses me of, but I’ll leave this thought for everyone, something I already said on Twitter: Please, remember that the people who take care of you – doctors, nurses, medtechs, etc – are also human beings. We get also get tired. We also get hurt. We also get mad. We also get sick. Keep that in mind the next time you rail at them.

Okay, rant over, now have some Sum 41 to make today a bit happier.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “Strange Grace” by Tessa Graton

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Today’s CWW pick is a fantasy that features magic and witches and a pack with the devil.

32824058Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

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I will be starting on Strange Grace today, and I’m pretty excited for it. Who wouldn’t be? This book got me at witches! Secrets! Well, you get what I mean. (Right?)

Strange Grace releases on September 18. Meanwhile, you can already pre-order it:

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Music Mondays: “Whirring” by The Joy Formidable

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


Happy Monday!

I feel like I haven’t done this meme in a long time. The past couple of days have been busy. I’ve written back to back reviews and author Q&As for two blog tours, and I feel really good about it. Before I went back to blogging, I had a long writing rut. Well, not so much as a rut but a block actually. It really feel good to be back writing regularly again. Hopefully, it translates to my WIPs.

Anyway, I’ve been fueling writer self with cup after cup of coffee, dark chocolates and energetic indie rock music. I’ll be sharing one of the songs on my currently #working playlist in this Monday’s MM feature.

This is an old song. I don’t recall exactly when it was released (it’s included in The Joy Formidable‘s first album The Big Roar) but it’s been on my music vault for years now. It’s just one of those songs that never fades. I love the energy of this song. I especially love the drums. It just brings this frenetic energy into the song.

I hope you enjoy my pick today. Here’s me wishing you a productive and happy week ahead.

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