New name and new book review!

  So today I logged on and realized that I have been blogging on here for for than two years, and it doesn’t feel like it has been that long. But, when you have your nose deep within the pages of books to keep from wanting to live the life of a sociable human, I guess time does fly by.
  Among the many books I’ve finished as of late, my new favorite one is called A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock. I originally picked this up for Mariah, who btw, flew through it. After hearing her raving about it I have it a go.
  Set in the glamorous 1920’s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus—the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.

Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too—and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.

When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice—whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we have always led is not the life we want to have.
 

Double book review

As summer is now in full swing here in Indiana, my TBR is growing smaller and smaller. I teamed up with Victoria Drane, who owns her own P.A. company to bring you these two new book reviews!

The fist book is called I Hero by Jason Zandri, 244 pages of sci-fi and mystery! Now I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of sci-first but this book managed to wiggle it’s way to the top of my favorites collection and very quickly might I add!

I Hero tells the story of Nathan. Nathan is an ordinary person, living his life as best he can. But, like each of us, he must one day make a choice, to become the person he was meant to be (whether he likes it or not) or to ignore his conscience and forever change the direction of his life path, and that of everyone around him.

An everyday man, living less than ordinary life in New York City, simply makes his way about his work life and one at home. A kind heart and an empathetic soul, who tended to think of others before he thought of himself.

With his childhood totally left behind and gone with the final resting of his father, Nathan has come to terms with his past as he forges his life in the present, unaware of what lies ahead.

An unlikely friendship, a random act of violence, a budding romance, all part of a life changed.

You can pick this book up by following this link,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Y3LA41M/ref=sxl1?qid=1464199669&sr=1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65#productDescription_secondary_view_div_1464201395187

The second book I have for you is called A Mathematical State of Grace Omnibus: Book 1 by Cathy McGough. I. FELL. IN. LOVE. WITH. THE. HEROINE. IN. THIS. BOOK! Grace is an average girl with an average school girl created u should going through what no other average girl ever does.

Every mathematical equation has one perfect solution. Jocks lead the high school pack, and nerdy girls go unnoticed.

But what would happen if one day, everything changed?

In one fateful moment, sixteen-year old mathematical prodigy Grace Greenway and Vincente Marino, all-around high school athlete, are unexpectedly thrown together.

From that moment on, Grace and Vincente are forced to navigate a strange and wonderful new world together, quickly learning that they must depend on each other if they want to survive.

Now, imagine a world where the rules of the ordered Universe no longer apply, and the line between reality and fiction becomes blurred beyond all reason.

Imagine living in A Mathematical State of Grace.

A Mathematical State of Grace is a testament to the power of humanity, healing. self-sacrifice and ultimately love.

Unique. Unstoppable. Unforgettable.

Pick it up here

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01ATUL9VY/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1464199998&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=cathy+mcgough&dpPl=1&dpID=61F%2BuFs3KUL&ref=plSrch#productDescription_secondary_view_div_1464201726586

And to any fellow bloggers, hit up Victoria Drane on Facebook! She is an amazing Peron to work with!

Just send a love note

   So I had a little mix up with B4B this last order so what I thought I would be talking about this week is not actually what I’m talking about lol.
   Not that I’m complaining it’s just that What I got, well, it’s not a book. I opened my ups box to find another box FULL of post cards called Long May She Wave.
   I think the only reason I was disappointed was because aside from the occasional letter to my Aunt, I don’t really every write to anyone.
   On the plus side these postcards are GORGEOUS. With 100 postcards in total there are two sets of 50 unique cards with labels on the back to explain what or where the pictures came from. If you value stationary or writing letters I would suggest picking these up or if not you could find an easy D.I.Y. project for these!

“We’re all a little mad here”

   It feels like it has been forever since my last B4B review but I have finally found a book that I thought I would enjoy. 
   I was taking a break from coloring so I could work on some of my own art to potentially have some home decor for our room but I’m hung up on finding picture frames at a decent price that won’t fall apart. 
   I picked Wonderland by Amily When because I LOVE ALL THINGS ALICE. Growing up I read and re-read Alice in Wonderland so many times and I never seemed to get enough.
   This coloring book had its pros and it’s cons like all others. The pictures are beautiful and quite detailed. It follows it’s own story while incorporating new story fragments which was interesting. 
   The cons are pretty much what I had a problem with on a lot other the other coloring books, they are dual printed, front and back and the pages are NOT perforated. Also, as much as I love the detail, it is so hard to get into most of the spaces if you are like me and don’t have a ton of fine point pens to color with. 
   Other then that I would say I like it but I’m taking out the pictures I want and passing it on…

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~Synopsis~
   Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.

To die, to sleep –  To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come. ~William Shakespeare

   When someone famous dies millions upon millions of post roll in on social media. Over the past couple of weeks I’m sure everyone has heard of the celebrity deaths ranging from singers, wrestlers or ufc fighters but have you heard about the you heard about the 15-16 year old girl who died in a Delaware school bathroom? All over a boy. How many people mourn for her parents, who now have to live without their beautiful daughter?
   Hear about Morgan Wojciechowski, who was only trying to replicate a YouTube science experiment? What about the little boy who hung himself on accident on the playground at his daycare? The point I’m trying to get to is why can’t people be “equal opportunity post-ers”.
   Do people post because they knew them on a personal level? Noooo! They post these because they watched their movies and listened to their music. At this point my rant is pretty much over… I just wish people could stop and think about all of those children and families who’s story never gets heard because everyone is obsessed over what celebrity just passed.

“What we all want, really, is to be loved. That craving drives our worst behavior.” ― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

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  I love Chrissy Teigen! She is always bubbly and happy at least on camera. She never hides the fact that she loves food and honestly, that is something people like me like to hide. I have always been a bigger person and its normal for me to want to hide the fact that i thoroughly enjoy food. In her cookbook it shows where she came from and where that love of food came from.

From reading this book i have come to a few conclusions. 1: Chrissy Teigens life revolves mainly around family. 2: She prides herself in cooking all of her meals herself, which, lets be honest, as a celebrity it would be so much easier to hire someone and let them cook for you. and 3: she likes to live a simple life.

Every recipe she has in this book seems fairly easy to replicate and a lot of them have minimal ingredients which is nice for our family because it makes cooking meals for five to eight people easy and still pretty cheap. In our household we have five people, sometimes sic in our household throughout the week and eight people total on the weekends, plus and toddler. Money for groceries add up and the list we make each week is thoroughly plotted out and meticulously planned with a set price in mind and we hardly ever go over our $75- $80 a week budget.

Some of these recipes are mainly for couples but if its just you and your significant other it would be perfect for you to add a little variety to your weekly menu! So if thats the case or you just like collecting cookbooks like me, pick it up! Ill leave the description below and link for anybody who would be interested in checking it out! Keep reading my lovelies!

~Synopsis~

   Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too.
For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics.
Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that’s the food, but that’s Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads). You’ll learn the importance of chili peppers, the secret to cheesy-cheeseless eggs, and life tips like how to use bacon as a home fragrance, the single best way to wake up in the morning, and how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts. Because for Chrissy Teigen, cooking, eating, life, and love are one and the same.

~Buying link~

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012KJXFNW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

 

Art is for the soul!

   Books are obviously one of my favorite things in the world but following closely behind books would have to be things like music, D.I.Y. projects and last but certainly not least, art.
   In school I was more interested in music but I drew a lot when I was at home, alone, in my bed and sometimes I would wake up to bright colored marks ALL over my face. I have come so far from those drawings. I took a break for the longest time and when Tim found out that I used to draw, well, he spoiled me.
   For the past couple of months all I do in my spare time is draw. So when I got the opportunity to test out a brand new art teaching site I was so excited. I love to draw but I don’t know everything and learning different techniques is always fun for me.
   The website is called Paint Basket and it is owned, I believe, by two brothers. Dennis and Nolan Clark. The site itself is pretty basic and easy to use. They have live classes which I have yet to use but still, it’s a nice option to have. From the main page you can choose a random tutorial to use or you can filter mediums, subjects, skill level or instructor.
   For mediums they acrylic painting, oil painting,pastel painting, pen and ink drawing, pencil drawing or water color paintings. I love the selection but it was missing my favorite medium which is charcoal but either way it was nice to see something with a good variety to choose from. For the subjects you can choose from abstract, animal,cityscapes, flowers, general, landscapes, portraits, seascapes, still life and transport. The skill level is only beginner, intermediate and advanced. And the only two tutors you can pick from are Nolan or Dennis.
   I can say they definitely know what they are doing. As I was looking through all of the tutorials I saw so many great tutorials for some truly amazing artwork. Most of which were mostly done in pen and ink and pencil but some outrageously good in oil paints.
   Every tutorial has a class description under it that explains the different techniques that you can learn or work on by watching that video. They also have class handouts which is usually Your prompt picture, then it has a place for you to review the videos. One thing I wish they added though was a list of the products they use and what brand even would be cool.
   Overall I love the site and feel that it has so much potential to become the “new” art class tool for all learners. The link is http://onlineartlessons.com and each membership I believe is on a month by month basis at $20. The creators are always accepting emails so if you have any questions, go on ahead and ask them!