Friday, October 31, 2014

In the Stack October 31st

Hey everyone!  Remember how I keep saying that I've got some blog only stuff in the works?  Well, this is one of the things that I am planning to do a couple of times a month, give or take.  I have loved reading ever since I was a child and since then, my problem has only gotten worse!  Haha!  And now that I work at a library I see shiny new books in the back all the time!  And on top of that co-workers and patrons and friends are constantly telling me that I "have to read this book!" So of course I check it out, which means my stack at home is ridiculous!

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to take a picture of some of the books at the top of my ever-growing stack.  So, about a week ago I took this photo of some of my current reads:

And, because e-books cannot be photographed in the stack--here's a book that I wanted to share with you that I read on my tablet.

Now, it's about a week since taking these photos, so I will tell you about the books in the stack and what I thought of them!  And I will be honest, sometimes I check a book out and then return it to the library if I start it and don't like it or if I didn't have time.  But since I already took the photo, you guys will get full honesty!  I'm including links to the books as well so you can find them easily.  I'm not being paid to do so and it's not an affiliate link.  I just wanted to make it easier to find.  Most of the books that I share or will share in the future are from the library, even if they are e-books.  So I'm certainly not telling you to go buy them, just sharing my quick opinions on them :)  So here we go:

1.  The Queen's Fool--You just can't go wrong with a Philippa Gregory novel.  But in this case, I didn't get around to reading it.  My two libraries close to me both had books sales and I picked up a bunch of historical novels, including a few others by Gregory, so I ended up taking this back to the library before reading it because I knew I would have lots of choices the next time I get bit by the historical novel bug.

2.  Rule of Thoughts--This is a young adult book (which I read a lot of) and it's the second in a new series by James Dashner (Maze Runner author).  Honestly, when I read the first one it was a little slow in the middle, but the end had a twist that shocked me.  I even did a book review on my YouTube channel.  So I had to read the second book when it came out, but honestly it was a bummer.  Way too slow.  I will not be picking up the third one in this series.

3.  Crown of Embers--This is also the second book in a young adults trilogy by Rae Carson.  And this was definitely a second book that was solidly written.  So many trilogies lag in the second book but not this one.  It kept going strong and had plenty of action and plot twists..  The first book Girl of Fire and Thorns was an awesome read too.  And the best part is that all three books in the trilogy are already out.  It's so frustrating following a series as it comes out and then you forget little parts when the books are published a year apart!  So that's definitely a bonus on top of an already great book.  I'm already reading the third in the series as I write this so that's how much I recommend it!

4. The Cricket in Times Square--This is a childhood classic that I felt the urge to pick up and re-read.  If you haven't read it then I highly recommend it!  It's such a sweet story and would be a great one to read out loud with your kids because it has chapters and isn't too long.

5. Heir of Fire--Another book in a series.  This time it's the third one!  So that's something different, haha!  I actually ran out of time with this book.  I kept meaning to look up a recap of the second book and I kept putting it off and by the time I got around to it the book was due back.  But the first two books in this series were amazing so I will be picking this one up to see how they wrap up some of the things that the second book left open.  If you want to start this series the first book is Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas.

6.  The Good Girl--So I'm technically in the middle of this (adult) book by Mary Kubica.  I think it is categorized as a suspense novel or something in that family.  The premise is that the 24 year old daughter of a judge is kidnapped but the kidnapper doesn't hand her over to the 'bad guys' that he's working for--instead he runs off with her to save her and takes her to a cabin hundreds of miles away in Minnesota.  This book has multiple points of view but it also goes back and forth between 'Before' and 'After' so you know from a very early point if the girl is dead or alive.  That takes out some of the suspense to me...but I can't seem to put this one aside.  So I'm sticking with it and will update you when I get done with it :)

7. Gray Mountain--Let me start off by saying that I used to be a huge John Grisham fan.  But his last couple of books have left me wondering what the point was.  And it was no different with this new one.  The main character, Samantha, is a young lawyer who was fired from a big law firm during the mortgage crisis and she goes on furlough to keep her health insurance and goes to work as an intern at a tiny legal aid clinic in the Appalachian Mountains.  I liked the characters and even the cases that she was working on, but nothing ever really came of anything.  You hear a lot (too much for a novel) about strip mining and coal mining and it was very eye-opening and depressing.  But as far as a novel goes, there was just no plot that I could see.  Just a lot of talk.  It was a quick read and had a twist in the middle but even that ended up going nowhere...This is one to skip in my opinion.

Whew, that was a long one!  I hope you liked my 'book report' about the books that are in my stack and I will see you with another update in a week or two!  Thanks for stopping by!

Project Life Week 31

I'm here today to share my Project Life for Week 31--and I am finally getting caught up, so there will be more videos soon.  Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Embellishment Series-Cork

I am starting a short series showing you how to make some fun embellishments for your scrapbook!  I love taking stamps and punches that I already own and turning them into cork stickers that I can easily add to my Project Life spreads, mini albums and layouts.  Thanks so much for watching and I will post another embellishment video next Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adore Layout

Hey everyone!  I'm working on some new blog stuff today and will have a book post up tomorrow.  But for now, here's a layout video!  Thanks so much for watching!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stephanie Makes Shop Review

Hey everyone!  Here's a quick review for you on a Sunday.  I love Stephanie Bryan's style and when I saw she had opened a shop I was super excited!  Her prices are reasonable and the shipping was quick!  Two things that can't be beat!  Anyway, here's a video sharing what I purchased.  Thanks for watching!  I am off on a road trip today to a haunted prison!  I am so excited and can't wait to share the details with you guys!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Project Life Week 30

My Project Life videos are kind of feast or famine this week, haha!  In case you missed it, my week 29 was posted yesterday.  But if I share all the videos that I have then that will force me to catch up, right?  Right???  I'm getting so desperate to catch up.  I know I talk about it all the time, but I am serious!  I have to catch up!!  Anyway, today's video and blog post are part of a blog hop hosted by Katina.  I am so glad to be a part of it!  The links to the rest of the hop are below the video and photos are below that!  Thanks so much for watching and I hope you have a great weekend!

Loving Life's Little Blessings - Katina Martinez 
Today Kelsey Is - Kelsey
Stampin' Cita - Carmelita Wasson
TxStampinSharon - Sharon Armstrong
StampinbyHannah - Hannah

Project Life Week 29

 It's been a long time since I've share a Project Life layout!  Oh my gosh!  So, here it is and I will have another one tomorrow as a part of a blog hop that I'm in.  So make sure to check back tomorrow.  And then hopefully it won't be so long between PL posts again.  Still catching up for sure, but I will be back on track at some point!

Thanks so much for watching!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Index Card 5

Today I have another index card, mixed media, playing around with new stuff video.  I am really enjoying these and am thinking of embarking on a larger size art journal.  Thanks so much for watching!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Sweet Life" Process Video

I made this layout for a Creative Jumpstart challenge that was hosted by Stephanie over at Stephanie Makes and by Marcy Penner from Hello Forever.  The challenge this time was to use one color photo and one black and white photo.  I can't wait to play along again!  Thank you very much for watching and I'll see you again soon

Friday, October 17, 2014

"The Book of Unknown Americans" Book Club

It's time for the Noble Paiges Book Club with Kelsey and Paige again!  I have been so behind this month, so instead of having a video, I'm going to be sharing my questions here on the blog.  The book for this time was "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henriquez.

Even though this book had a bit of a sad feeling overall, I did enjoy it and I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say about it!

1.  What are some signs that Maribel is getting better?
The scene where Maribel is laughing at her mother's joke is definitely a great sign that she was getting better.  I also liked the scenes with Maribel and Mayor.  Each one of them was a sign that she was growing and changing and maybe getting back to the old Maribel.

2.  Alma is dealing with her guilt about Maribel's accident-how does this affect her life and relationships?
The obvious answer is that she uprooted her whole life to move to America to send Maribel to a school that could help her.  But it also made her even more overprotective of her daughter and she held back in friendships.  Because she kept it a secret for the most part it made her guilt even worse.  Also, I felt so sad that she and Arturo's marriage was affected and then he passed away.

3.  After you learn about Garrett's home life did you change your opinion of him?
Not really, I felt like he could have overcome his situation.  Also, if he had been a better person and left Maribel alone then Arturo probably would have lived and then Alma and Maribel wouldn't have moved.  Everything would be different if Garrett had just left Maribel alone.

4. Was Alma's decision to return to Mexico the right one?
This is a tough question but I do feel like it was the best decision for them.  Even though they had to leave Maribel's school, it would have been difficult for them not only to legally stay, but also to support themselves.  And I think going back to Mexico was best because that's where their family was and they needed family after everything that had happened.

Be sure to check out Paige's blog for the other half of the conversation!

Thank you so much for participating.  I can't wait to chat with everyone and see what you guys  have to say!  Also, the book club will be chatting again on Saturday, December 6th.  And I am very excited for the next book.  We will be discussing "Leaving Time" by Jodi Picoult!  She has been a very popular author and a favorite of mine for many years.  I can't wait to see what her newest book has in store!

And stay tuned soon for more scrapbooking videos!