Monday, September 15, 2014

30 Things : #16 - 5 Greatest Accomplishments

In continuation of my 30 Things Journey...I've made it to number 16.
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
This is tough.  I don't think I've accomplished very much so far in this life.
But I'll try to pick 5 things that maybe aren't so great.
Running my first (and only) marathon UNDER 5 Hours.

Finishing a Sprint-Triathlon. And mind you - when I signed up for it I didn't own a bike nor did I know how to swim.

Winning President's club in 2013 therefore earning a trip to Cabo in 2014!
Meeting and Maintaining some wonderful friendships/relationships over the past 31 years.

What's one of your great accomplishments?

Click HERE to see my other Things (1-15).

Friday, September 12, 2014

Follow Friday

Happy Friday Friends!
How about a little FF to get the day going?
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Before blogging (dark times people!) how would you find out about new books or did you? - Suggested by A Great Read
I love this question!
I would go to the bookstore (Borders was my favorite - esp when I had my coupon!) and would spend so much time looking at all the books on the tables - the bestsellers, staff recommendations, features, etc - and I would pile them up and buy what I could afford.
I also had a little scrap paper that I carried around that I would write the titles of books down that I wanted to buy at a later day.
Oh. Memories.
I miss that bookstore smell!
How did you find out about new books?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)

GoodReads Synopis:
Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...
This is a spin-off from the Vampire Academy (VA) series focusing on Sydney Sage picking up right around where VA leaves off. I LOVED that we learn more about Sydney. We got glimpses of her in the other series but now we learn more and more about this character and she's growing and learning as she goes along this journey. I also LOVE that characters pop in from the VA series, so it's not like all those other folks just fell off when their series ended.
I also LOVE that we get more of Adrian from VA. He didn't end up so well in the last book of VA but now we learn more and I couldn't be more excited to follow his character along.
I say: READ THIS! Especially if you read Vampire Academy!
What do you think? Will you read? Have I sparked your interest?
Did you read? Do you feel the same?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday ::: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, 
hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.
"She's all he sees when he closes his eyes. Flashing dark eyes and a body full of fire and energy. No matter how much he tries to forget her, no matter how much he drinks ... she's always there. He can't escape her."
What do you think - would you keep reading?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

oh Friday! Finally you're back! and for a LONG weekend + a week long vacation = I can't complain.
When I was in Florida a couple weekends ago my Stepmom made this really yummy syrup for our waffles - it was so good I practically licked the plate. So I asked her what it was and she told me it was something she found on Pinterest (duh.) and I ended up making it myself this weekend and it was the bomb diggity. It's a buttermilk syrup (buttermilk, vanilla, sugar, butter and baking soda = heaven). If you have a mouth and stomach you HAVE to try it.

Troy and I are due to head on a vacation next week. I'm SUPER excited. I love our vacation time together. It's nice to be away from everyday life/stresses and just relax and not worry. If you saw my Monday post you know I NEEEED this vacation
I'm so happy to report that I finished my book challenge this year! The first time in two years and I'm actually AHEAD of schedule!
I said I would only read 13 books this year (I figured about one a month) but this year I'm a roll! I know 13 books probably sounds really low but I'm proud of myself!

My mom is making bracelets. She's given me two over the past two weeks. The blue one matches my work colors perfectly. Pure coincidence. And I love it!

This number 5 has to be the same as #1 because I'm SO excited to getaway next week. This will be my last vacation until 2015 so I will try to enjoy every minute of it!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend and week!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review ::: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6)

So I FINALLY picked up the last book of the Vampire Academy Series - And I'm very happy I did!
GoodReads Synopsis:
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
This is book 6 (the final book) of the Vampire Academy and I'm quite pleased with how everything turned out for the characters.
I really love that we get to see more of Rose and Dmitri working together (who doesn't?), I'm glad to see what happens to Lissa (I don't want to give it away - so I won't) and I'm glad how the author "ended" the series (which as you may know she left it pretty open so we can pick up and read more about some of the characters in her other series Bloodlines).
If this is your type of genre and you haven't read these books yet - I highly recommend them! If it's not your normal type of read but you like a strong female lead (but still vulnerable in certain ways) and you like action, and you like a story that grabs you and takes you all over - I still would highly recommend these books! They are a very quick read and you get pulled in rather quickly.
I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.