50 Day Challenge: Day 5

Do you have a snack while reading or do you close the book first??

I hate getting crumbs in books so typically I will close the book first. I also don’t like drinking things while I read. I spilled coffee on a book once and it broke my heart.

The exception is if I happen to get hungry because I’ve been reading for a long time and I start to get hungry but just got to the part where the book is getting really good so I can’t put it down. You know what I mean right? Yeah, you know.


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50 Day Bookish Challenge: Days 1-4

So, I haven’t been as active as I would have liked lately and then I stumbled upon this gem on Meredith’s blog All About Them Books and Stuff where I found out that this nifty little challenge was created by Erika @ Rickus Bookshelf.

Since I’m four days behind, I’m going to make up for some lost time.

  1. What book did you last read??

Winter by Marissa Meyer. It was okay. Not as good as I was expecting honestly. But the series itself was still okay.

  1. What book are you currently reading??

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in The Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes. It was a bit of slow start for me but it’s getting better. It’s nice to get to know the mastermind behind TGIT. A lot of people may not know this, but she has bad anxiety and hates being in the lime light.

  1. Do you read books just because you saw them on tumblr??

I don’t do Tumblr. However, almost all of the books that I read are actually recommendations. So whenever someone suggests a book, I add it to my never ending TBR and go from there.

  1. Is there a book that you think needs a bigger fandom??

Hmm…..Maybe The Wrath & the Dawn. I haven’t heard much chatter about it but it was a pretty good series.

Okay that’s all for now. I;ll be back with this tomorrow. I’ll have more elaborate answers then and possible an image.

~Rae

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Bookish Quotes #13

Welcome to Bookish Quotes where I share quotes from books, about books or by my favorite authors.


“They looked worn in a way that made it clear that these books were not just old but they were well used, and had been loved”

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


While I personally hate broken spines and any sort of visible damage. I know that sometimes it happens. Even when you don’t want it to. But that books can only handle so much and are not immune to destruction.


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Being Successful in School while Chronically Ill

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Queerly Texan

School and chronic illness are two things that do not mix well. From the constant absences, and annoyed teachers, to the  piles of make-up work the whole experience can be really difficult, and quite overwhelming. The majority of the time I’ve been chronically ill (roughly 5 1/2 years) I’ve also been in school. Here are some of the things I do to try and be successful in school:

  1. Organize Everything

Having a planner or agenda is important for anyone in school, but is essential for those who are chronically ill. Having to keep up with regular due dates, make-up due dates, and study hall times can be overwhelming. If you have brain fog like I do, it’s also easy to forget things, so writing everything down is important. It also helps you prioritize certain things in your work load.

2. Email Your Teachers

Inevitably some teachers aren’t going to like…

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Series Review | The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I love the covers on this series! However, I am a little upset that all of ine are paperback except for Winter so the series is separated on my bookshelf 😦

I was highly impressed with how the basic elements of the fairytale were kept even though this new story was so incredibly different and modernized. I also love the way that each novel is broken down and prefaced with an excerpt from the original story.

In terms of novellas, I think the only one that I felt was out of place was the Little Android. I mean, it’s sort of a cool take on The Little Mermaid  but it contributed nothing to the series as a whole and felt kind of pointless.

Here are the individual review for each novel and novella:

This brings the average to about 3.1 stars. (3.4 without the novellas!) So……I recommend it.


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Book Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.


~SPOILER ALERT~


I’ll start off by saying that I’m a little disappointed because I didn’t feel like the novel focused on Winter enough. She’s the title character, so I was hoping to spend a lot of time around just her and her back story. If anyone reads this series but doesn’t get to Fairest, then they know nothing about her childhood, her parents, etc. I just feel like she didn’t really get the recognition that the others characters got.

I’m also kind of upset that there was no real reunion between Cinder and Winter. It doesn’t really matter for the sake of the story, but that was something that I was hoping would happen.

Another thing that really irritated me was the fact that Scarlet kept referring to Winter as “crazy.” Not only because it’s rude, but because she of all people should know better because she hated when people called her grandmother crazy. I feel like I started to dislike Scarlet once she got taken to Luna. Yes, she had been through a lot but she seemed sweet to me in her book and then became sort of a bitch.

Lastly, (in terms of disappointments) I hate that Cress is so worked up over Throne flirting with Iko or anyone who is not her. Until they finally had their conversation, Cress had no right to get all upset and flustered the way that she did. She wasn’t willing to tell him how she felt and he had no obligation to her. She “fell in love” with a version of him that she created in her head and it turns out that person doesn’t actually exist. I guess, I’m glad that they also got their “Happily Ever After” but that whole storyline irritated my soul and was one of the worst parts of this entire series.

Anyway, other than those things. It was good, but not as great as I was expecting. I dd still love the Snow White story line, and the revolution, and the drama. I love that Aimery was killed by Winter, I feel like Selene got revenge on Levana. I felt like that was good closure. I am slightly surprised (but I feel like its realistic) that Adri and Pearl are still incredibly selfish and greedy assholes. The fact that Adri thought that Cinder chose not to save Peony is ridiculous given the fact that Peony was the only family member that actually cared about Cinder. I guess, I just didn’t want to believe that she was that stupid.

3 stars. A full series review will be posted shortly.


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Roasted Garlic Sausage & Veggies

Hey friends,

Another wonderful Pinterest recipe coming at ya. This is a great one pan meal that’s easy to modify, AND I took halfway decent pictures this time!

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Not bad right?!

So I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, cause do I ever?

I don’t like asparagus so I used green beans instead. I also used 1 pound of both the green beans and carrots. I completely disregarded the Parmesan cheese cause I didn’t really feel like it was needed, I’m not much of a cheese person.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby red potatoes
  • 8 ounces (1/2 of a 16-ounce bag) petite baby carrots
  • 1 teaspoon of EACH dried basil, dried thyme, dried oregano, and paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil separated
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) asparagus
  • 1/2 large yellow onion
  • 1 package (13 ounces) skinless smoked sausage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Optional: fresh parsley

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a very large sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easier clean-up (optional).

 

Halve the baby red potatoes (or cube if they are larger). In a small bowl, mix together all of the seasonings: the dried basil, thyme, oregano, paprika, onion powder, and salt + pepper (I use a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper). Mix together.

 

Place the halved red potatoes and baby carrots on the sheet pan. Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil and half of the seasoning mix on top. Toss to combine and place in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Potatoes and carrots on their way to the oven

 

Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus by trimming the ends and cutting into 2 inch pieces. Thinly slice the yellow onion. Coin the sausage.

 

Remove the potatoes and carrots from the oven and using a spatula push them to one side of the pan. On the other side add in the chopped asparagus, sliced onion, sausage, and minced garlic. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and remaining seasoning mix. Toss to combine and then toss those ingredients with the potatoes and carrots.

 

Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until veggies are roasted to your desired preference. Top the dish with freshly grated parmesan and fresh parsley as desired.

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Finished product

 

Enjoy immediately.

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Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

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