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Five Friday Favorites

Published July 25, 2014 by Chick-Lit Cafe

988424_566188093488613_1058872697_n Five Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Book Badger that spotlights five favorite bookish things. Everyone is invited to join in on the fun!

I fudged the rules just a tad (sorry, Book Badger!), by featuring five favorite literary passages instead of the theme du jouer, which is secondary characters. These five books are full of poignant quotes, and I’m excited to share some of my dog-eared pages with you all! As you can see, I am a big-time fan of Ann Brashares and Beth Hoffman!

savingceeceehoneycutt“Life is full of change, honey. That’s how we learn and grow. When we’re born, the Good Lord gives each of us a Life Book.

Chapter by chapter, we live and learn.'”-“
— Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt)

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman“Never tie your happiness to the tail of someone else’s kite.”
― Beth Hoffman (Looking for Me)

9461872“She existed in her friends; there she was. All the parts of herself she’d forgotten. She knew herself best when she was with them.”
— Ann Brashares (Sisterhood Everlasting—Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #5)

452306“You know what the secret is? It’s so simple. We love one another. We’re nice to one another. Do you know how rare that is?”
— Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1)

32234“In a perverse way, I was glad for the stitches, glad it would show, that there would be scars. What was the point in just being hurt on the inside? It should bloody well show.”

—Janet Fitch (White Oleander)

FRIDAY FINDS: Summertime Fun Edition!

Published May 30, 2014 by Chick-Lit Cafe

friday_findsIt’s Friday, y’all! Time to switch into weekend mode and daydream about all those glossy books stacked up on your nightstand. Here are a few of my latest impulse buys!

Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Coping with (the crappy parts of) Life

13342320This book had me at Fat is the New 30! Southern women are crazy, neurotic, catty and downright hilarious! This is exactly what I need to navigate my way through life as a 30-something who will forever be battling the dreaded bulge.

Killer Honeymoon: Savannah Reid, Book 18

15812854I needed a fluffy book to listen to while running along the coast in San Diego last week. It’s the perfect combination of murder, mayhem and island adventure shenanigans!

The Virtue of Selfishness

51qfkdyaEBL__SL300_There’s a lot of fluff on my reading list this summer, so I might as well balance it out with a little brain food. I come from a long line of incredibly repugnant, selfish people. So if this crippling personality disorder can be somewhat virtuous, I’d love to know all about it.

Porch Lights

13338545I accidentally read all my books while vacationing in California and desperately needed something to read on the plane. This book has been on my to-be-read list for a long time, and it just so happened to be on clearance so how could I go wrong? Stay tuned for the review!

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading that spotlights books of various formats that have been added to the to-be-read list. What books are you dying to read this weekend? Post a comment and tell me all about it!

Waiting on Wednesday: Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O’Sullivan

Published May 14, 2014 by Chick-Lit Cafe

untitled18404182Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

This week, I’m waiting rather impatiently on Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O’Sullivan. My copy should be arriving in the mail any day now. Hooray for fun mail!

This is the second installment of her Colleen McCabe mystery series set in a picturesque beach community in North Carolina, where wild horses roam free along the ocean waves.  Go here to read my review of her debut mystery, Foal Play.

Check out the book sizzler!

Looks like the perfect beach read for my upcoming trip to San Diego! What book are you waiting for this week?

Musing Mondays: Vampire Academy

Published February 3, 2014 by Chick-Lit Cafe

musingmondays51 Musing Mondays, a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading, asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.

• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

 • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing: 

345627I’m currently reading Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I have to confess that I’m only reading this because the movie’s coming out. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good teeny bopper vampire flick!  It’s been a while since I’ve read another Twilightesque book, mainly because the whole vampire/boarding school sub-genre is getting tiresome.

Just 100 pages into the story, I’m already sensing that a love triangle and an epic vampire clan showdown are in the midst.  Yes, this series appears to be following the formula, yet the author is shaking it up a bit with some creative twists on the vampire lore. I’m interested to see how things pan out for the main character, Rose, who is getting a lot of one-on-one time with her personal defense-against-the-Strigoi trainer, Dimitri. They’re currently in the love-hate stage, which I’m sure will turn into a forbidden love affair. You see, Rose is at the bottom of the vampire totem pole and is forbidden to canoodle with members of the royal class. 

Oh how I love a scandal! Stay tuned for the book/movie review.

Teaser Tuesdays: The Orphan Train

Published January 7, 2014 by Chick-Lit Cafe

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15818107For this week’s Teaser Tuesday, I’d like to spotlight a rare moment of bliss for little orphan Niham in this heart-wrenching tale of survival and self-discovery. I’m so glad I took a chance on Orphan Train after reading The Fault in Our Stars.  That book was a tough act to follow, but I have been just as mesmerized by Niham’s brutal homeward-bound journey as I was by John Green’s epic teenage love story. Stay tuned for the review!

“He clasps Carmine’s legs and twirls, Carmine stretching out his arms and throwing his head back, gazing up at the skylights, shrieking with glee as they turn, and in that moment, for the first time since the fire, my worries are gone. I feel a joy so strong it’s almost painful – a knife’s edge of joy.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. What are you reading right now? Care to share a teaser with me?

 

 

Teaser Tuesday: The Secret of Cypriere Bayou by Jana Deleon

Published December 3, 2013 by Chick-Lit Cafe

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9380311It’s Tuesday Teaser time! On this chilly December morning, I bring you an intriguing little snippet from Jana DeLeon’s creeptastic romantic mystery The Secret of Cypriere Bayou.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Here’s how it works:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser:

She’d tromped through a swamp in the rain, been chased by a man with a gun, fallen two stories, twisted her ankle and been locked in a dark tunnel in a haunted house. It had definitely been a full day.

Yikes! Sounds like she’s in a bit of a pickle! Perhaps rattling around a haunted mansion all alone in the middle of Louisiana’s swamp country isn’t such a bright idea. Good thing the stud muffin caretaker decided to stick around!  

Swoon Worthy Saturday: Zak Bagans

Published November 30, 2013 by Chick-Lit Cafe

swoonworthy-saturdaySwoon Worthy Saturday is a meme hosted by Stay Bookish that shines a spotlight on a fictional boy who has swept us off our feet, given us butterflies, made our hearts do acrobatics and driven us absolutely crazy!

11284808Hooray for Thanksgiving weekend! Four blissful days of uninterrupted reading time! This book was meant to be my Halloween read, but October zipped right on by in a blur of moving, traveling and work, work, work. But no matter what time of year, this is a spooky, entertaining read. To be honest, I’ve got a smidge of a crush on Zak Bagans, Ghost Adventures frontman and “author” of Dark World. I use the word “author” very loosely because I’ve heard this guy speak on TV and a lot of words in the book don’t’ seem to be a part of his vernacular. Articulate he is not, but he does have some interesting stories from his ghostly escapades, particularly the demonic infestation at Bobby Mackey’s Music World. Let’s just say I will never look at dusty old honky tonks the same way.

It was fun getting an inside look at the Ghost Adventures “lock downs” and learning about the stuff that follows Zak and his crew home. Isn’t it terrible that the ghostly hitchhikers seem to have it in for all of his lady friends? So sad…really I’m not being sarcastic at all. ;)

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