Monday, May 17, 2021

Music Monday - Cool Covers of Epic Songs

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Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve prepared a Music Monday. I’ve been in a huge reading mood and when I’m in a reading mood, I don’t enjoy blogging. But I’m making myself do this post because I’ve got a lot of music to share with you over the coming weeks.





What did you think? Let me know below and have a great week!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Titanic - 'Iceberg Ahead': The Story of the Disaster by Some of Those Who Were There - Book Breakdown

To have sailed on 'the voyage of the century' aboard White Star Line's RMS Titanic - described at the time as 'a floating palace' - was like being one of the first passengers to fly on Concorde.

On 10 April 1912, people from all walks of life began embarking on Titanic, then the largest ship afloat, for what was to be the trip of a lifetime on the ship's maiden voyage across the north Atlantic. Many were looking forward to starting new lives in the United States.

However, just before midnight on Sunday, 14 April 1912, Titanic's crew began to send out distress signals stating, 'We have struck an iceberg'. The liner had been steaming at speed when it collided with an enormous iceberg which stripped off her bilge under the waterline for more than 100 yards, opened up five of the front compartments and flooded the coal bunker servicing one of the boilers.

The damage was fatal, and some three hours after the disaster began to unfold the last visible part of Titanic slipped beneath the waves. There were only sixteen lifeboats and four collapsible dinghies - which was completely insufficient for the number of passengers making the crossing. As a consequence, more than 1,500 passengers and crew died: two out of every three people onboard perished.

Much has been written about the Titanic disaster, and it has been the subject matter for several films. The author is well-known for his depth of research and his attention to detail, and in a new style of format, he has selected fifty people involved in the disaster, and by using their specific eyewitness accounts he has managed to make the confusing situation much clearer, making it possible for the reader to experience the dreadful events as they unfolded. The book also includes biographical tributes to the fifty people, who came from all walks of life and geographical regions, telling who they were, their experiences during the disaster, and what happened to those who were fortunate enough to survive.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May TBR


Well, another month has passed us. Can you believe that we're just about halfway through 2021!? Time is flying! Soon it's gonna be Christmas again!

But onto books and my reading plans for this month. I keep falling off the TBR wagon but I'm trying so hard to stay the course. 

First, I'll mention the books that I'm currently reading.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Music Monday - Forever Emerald

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I grew up on Pop Punk and Country music. When I found Goth it became my favorite genre. Pop Punk will always hold a special place in my heart. I thought as a genre it was dead but I've seen a few new bands pop up recently! Thought I'd spotlight them here. Hope you enjoy! 



In, other news.... If all goes well I’ll be getting my first vaccine this week! I’m excited and nervous about the side effects. Have you gotten your vaccine yet? Were the side effects awful? Anyway, that’s all for this week! Stay safe and happy reading! 

Friday, April 16, 2021

April Reading Update



So many things to talk about! I know I kinda fell off the map for a while but things have been busy and my mental health has been kicking me in the butt. When I'm not depressed, I'm anxious over stupid things. April has lots of birthdays in my family, including my own! Plus, family drama has been high but I have been reading a little more! 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Future of Reviews + Crank

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.










Book Breakdown 

I'm on the fence if to review this book - or any book - anymore. My goal has never been to offend anyone. Yet, I've come to realize that, for some reason, I'm drawn towards problematic books. I'm sure this says something awful about me as a person. Which makes me hate myself. I love this book and the message that drugs are terrible. They ruin not only your own life but others around you. I lived this book, my parents are/were drug addicts, and so are my older sister, brother, and even younger sister. I've watched drugs destroy their lives in ways they can't see because all that matters to them is getting more. 

BUT, a huge but, someone else may come along, read this book, and be hurt or triggered by it, instead of seeing the message I do. That's not something I want. There are enough horrible things in this world without me adding to it by accident.  

I do not want to add my voice but uplift someone else's who knows better than me. I want to remain teachable and open. I'm sorry to anyone my reviews/opinions have hurt in the past. I hope you'll forgive me. I've got a very long way to go. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

2 VERY Late NetGalley Reviews!

Last year was awful, really terrible for me. I know what you are thinking, that last year was unpleasant for everyone. You're not wrong. But because last year was grim, I've really fallen behind on NetGalley. I logged on for the first time in nearly a year the other day and saw the books I had. Most were released last summer. 

Most of them were due around late summer, but when my father passed away... my world just kinda stopped. I stopped. I still don't think I've gotten back to how I was. It's been nearly 8 months. I'm starting to understand that I'll never be the same.

But I've been reading a little more and decided to catch up on these books! I've got a few to share with you today.

Let's get started! 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Music Monday - Zara Larsson

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One of my favorite genres of music is pop! For a while pop was kind of hard to find for me. But recently I've found this artist that is releasing some bops. I'm going to share two of my favorites from her new album Poster Girl. 




Which one did you like better? Let me know! I hope you have a great week and stay safe!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

All Grown Up - Book Breakdown

When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was...well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.

Let's back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site--one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they'd go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn't supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating--it wasn't supposed to.

Nevertheless, that's how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only--my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn't last, but I was curious about him.

Though, you know what they say...curiosity kills the cat.





Monday, March 29, 2021

Music Monday - Mashups

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How was your weekend? Get lots of reading done? It's Monday again, I know most people dislike Monday's but I love them! 

I also love sharing new music with you! Today I've got some weird mashups that shouldn't work but somehow they do. Tell me if you think they work. 




That's all for this week! I hope you have a great one and stay safe! 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Share A Poem Sundays - Nothing But Death by Pablo Neruda

None of us can stop death. As humans we will all die. We never know when death will come to claim us so we should live each moment to the fullest. Live each day as if it's the last, because it very well could be.


Nothing But Death by Pablo Neruda

There are cemeteries that are lonely,

graves full of bones that do not make a sound,

the heart moving through a tunnel,

in it darkness, darkness, darkness,

like a shipwreck we die going into ourselves,

as though we were drowning inside our hearts,

as though we lived falling out of the skin into the soul.


And there are corpses,

feet made of cold and sticky clay,

death is inside the bones,

like a barking where there are no dogs,

coming out from bells somewhere, from graves somewhere,

growing in the damp air like tears of rain.


Sometimes I see alone

coffins under sail,

embarking with the pale dead, with women that have dead hair,

with bakers who are as white as angels,

and pensive young girls married to notary publics,

caskets sailing up the vertical river of the dead,

the river of dark purple,

moving upstream with sails filled out by the sound of death,

filled by the sound of death which is silence.


Death arrives among all that sound

like a shoe with no foot in it, like a suit with no man in it,

comes and knocks, using a ring with no stone in it, with no

finger in it,

comes and shouts with no mouth, with no tongue, with no

throat.

Nevertheless its steps can be heard

and its clothing makes a hushed sound, like a tree.


I'm not sure, I understand only a little, I can hardly see,

but it seems to me that its singing has the color of damp violets,

of violets that are at home in the earth,

because the face of death is green,

and the look death gives is green,

with the penetrating dampness of a violet leaf

and the somber color of embittered winter.


But death also goes through the world dressed as a broom,

lapping the floor, looking for dead bodies,

death is inside the broom,

the broom is the tongue of death looking for corpses,

it is the needle of death looking for thread.


Death is inside the folding cots:

it spends its life sleeping on the slow mattresses,

in the black blankets, and suddenly breathes out:

it blows out a mournful sound that swells the sheets,

and the beds go sailing toward a port

where death is waiting, dressed like an admiral.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Becoming by Michelle Obama - Mini Book Breakdown

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.



Book Breakdown 

Wow. Just wow. I honestly have no words for my feelings. This book is probably one of the best things I've ever read. I loved reading about her early life and following her through all the crap she dealt with as first lady. 

Something I had always admired about her was how classy she was. How she always seemed so above the stupid rumors that seemed to follow her. It was hard to read about the school counselor that thought she couldn't make it into the college she wanted and it was freaking awesome to see her prove that lady wrong.

Michelle never gave up, she just kept going and that alone is inspiring. I can admit I've let others tell me who I was or how to be before but she never did. She was always herself. I hope I can be half the amazing woman that she is. 

I've never had a role model, most of the people I grew up around were trashy and I knew even as a kid that looking up to celebrities was really lame. After reading this... I think it's safe to say she's a wonderful role model. 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Music Monday - Recent Favorites

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It's been a long time since I've done a Music Monday! I'm sorry I've been so busy! It's been crazy around here. I spend a lot of my time searching for a vaccine appointment. It makes me happy that so many people are getting the shot, but it also makes it hard for me to find an opening haha. The struggle! 

Anyway, I've also not been listening to as much music as usual. With that said: I do have two songs to share that I've been enjoying! I hope you like them too! 




Which did you like better? I hope you have a great week and stay safe! 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Mid-Month Reading Update


It feels like it's been forever since I last wrote a post! I know my last post wasn't that long ago because I always plan and have posts for a few weeks in advance, only I ran out! Eek! 

I've not been reading a lot. I've been gaming and trying to work with my kiddo on her meds. That's a large trial! Her old meds aren't working anymore, and she's not doing well. So hopefully things will settle when we get to talk to her doctor at the end of the month. 

I've been gaming a lot. Playing things like, Until Dawn, Animal Crossing, and replaying some Horizon on the new PS5. I'm loving these games! 

I've also been writing! I got a new little short story that I'm going to post sometime soon. I've been editing another story that I hope to query. Fingers crossed something good will come from that project. 

But I did manage to read a little! I'm halfway through Becoming and I did finish one book! 


***Short Review***

Another entry in the series. Some might find this problematic, so if - for some reason - you want to read this series, be warned.

The problematic element comes in the form of the kickass Jimena. She's a POC that was in a gang and ended up doing time. So she's pretty stereotypical but I do love her sass so much! The rest of the girls would be nothing without her! Also... there was a white dude that called her ghetto but he has a crush on her so it's like it's no big deal...? I cringed hard during that part so I just want to warn those so they don't get hurt or triggered.

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So that's a wrap for this one! What have you read so far this month? Any great books to recommend? Let me know! And as always, have a great day! 

Friday, March 12, 2021

The Social Dilemma - TV Talk


I knew that social media was designed to be addictive and that we - ourselves- are the product being offered but I honestly had no idea just how bad it could truly be.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Kissing Coffins - Book Breakdown

Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . .

After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favorite movie, "Kissing Coffins," Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.

When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who--or what--she encounters on the way?










Book Breakdown 

I read this series when I was just a wee little tyke, and even though they were written for a very young audience, I still come back to them every so often. There are so few gothic characters in fiction. Of course, Raven calls herself goth and not gothic but, if you know enough about the subculture then you'll know that Raven is not actually goth but gothic. She doesn't really listen to goth music... only the mention of Bauhaus and then a few heavy rock bands that aren't goth at all. 

Not that any of that matters! There I go again, rambling. 

The point was, it's nice to read about a gothic character. I really wish we could get more. But I understand that to most goth and gothic is weird and creepy. Some people think we all worship the devil or kill people in our spare time.

So this is why I come back to this series. It's also an extremely easy read. The books are short, the plot is so simple it's not even funny, and everything moves fast. Way fast! 

Kissing Coffins follows Raven as she tries to find her vampire boyfriend who has vanished and comes into contact with Jagger, a vampire from her boyfriend's past. Jagger's trying to turn her into his vampire bride forever. They end up keeping Jagger away, but then at the end, Jagger's twin sister shows up. 

The whole plot of Kissing Coffins in one little paragraph; the writing helps the pace along, never using too many words to describe anything. The dialogue is pretty cheesy and Raven can be just as narrow-minded as her peers. Still, it's nice to see all the graveyard picnics.

So do I recommend this series? No. Unless you're about 8-12 then I'd say stay away. 



Friday, March 5, 2021

March TBR

 


March, spring comes this month, St Patrick Day; it starts tornado season here in Oklahoma, the days grow longer, and then it starts to warm up. I miss March back east; it was lovely, cold mornings but perfect afternoons. I used to love sitting outside with a book and watching the river. We lived like two blocks from the Ohio River, and I miss it. I can't wait to visit my family when Covid is over. Until then, I'll lose myself in books. What books you ask? Well, let's talk about them! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Sun Does Shine - Book Breakdown

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

February Wrap Up!


It's that time of the month once again where we see if I actually met my TBR goals. Place your bets now before we dive into this. Got them in? Okay then, let's go!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Share A Poem Sundays - Fire & Ice

Some say the world will end in fire, 

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

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As someone who was raised Christian, I was always told the world would end in fire. But after growing up and seeing more of the world, I think the hate and coldness of people could certainly end the world as well.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

LDK Volume 2 - Manga Breakdown

LOVE RIVALS Aoi appears to finally be coming to terms with her feelings for Shusei. But before she can come to a conclusion, she witnesses a shocking scene between Shusei and a beautiful woman. However, it turns out that Shusei is not the only one who's popular with the opposite sex, as a younger rival enters the fray and vies for Aoi's attention. One boy is enough headache, but what will Aoi do with two gorgeous boys as love interests?

                                         Manga Breakdown

Shuusei's sister visits and he and Aoi decide to act like a couple so she will stop bugging Shuusei about moving in with her while she's between guys. It goes kinda well until the sister demands they kiss... then it falls completely apart.

A new guy (Komine) enters the picture and he's got a thing for Aoi won't leave her alone, he wants her to like him back, even going so far as to play up that she's his master and he'll do whatever she wants. Weird guy. Shuusei's apartment is finally fixed and ready to go, he moves out and Komine moves in with Aoi, without her consent kinda. It doesn't go quite as Komine played and by the end of it, Shuusei's apartment is ruined again and he must move in with Aoi once more.

I'm really rooting for these two. I think they are so freaking cute together. The only thing I don't like how sometimes Aoi cries for no reason. Like you'd think she'd want Shuusei to kiss her but she starts crying instead. It really makes no sense to me. If I liked a guy and we had to pretend to date, I'd kiss him, a lot. Not cry when he tried. I just don't get it at all honestly.

Besides that, I'm still enjoying this story and I hope that our couple can finally move on without the weird Komine in the picture. The art is still stunning and I can't wait to read the next one.


Monday, February 22, 2021

The Cecil Hotel

 

If there ever was a place where dreams went to die, it's this place. Countless suicides, deaths, and just strange behavior that takes over the guests - this place has it all. Welcome to the Cecil Hotel, where you can check in but no promises that you'll check out...


Music Monday - Witch of the Vale

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I've said this before and even shared a few bands/songs but I've recently found some really good new goth music and just had to share! You can find such good stuff on Bandcamp! If you've never checked out the website you should! So many great artists! 

Today I'm going to share two epic tracks from Witch of the Vale, a really great new darkwave duo from Loch Lomond. I hope you enjoy!





That's it for this post. Which one did you like better? Let me know below. Have a great week and stay safe. 


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Share A Poem Sunday - The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Friday, February 19, 2021

How I Started Gaming - Video Game Nonsense

If you were to ask my partner, I'm not actually a 'gamer'. If you were to ask most gamers they would also say the same thing.  I don't play enough games to classify myself as a 'gamer'. But, I do like to play video games. 

This started when I was little and would watch my father and brother play things like Street Fighter, Tetris, Pac-Man, Super Mario World, and all those boring sports games. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Captive of Wolves - Book Breakdown

For years, the monsters who killed my family have held me in a cage. Brutalized and half-starved. Only kept alive so they can steal my blood.

Until one evening when four eerily gorgeous men break me out of my prison.

They give me a soft bed and delicious food. They say they'll protect me—but their generosity may come at a price.

My rescuers are monsters like my captors: fae who shift into wolves. A curse gripping the faerie realm turns them wild under the full moon. Only my blood can cure their rage.

These fearsome men need me, and not just to lift the curse. A tragedy left them outcasts, and offering me to their rulers could win them back the home and the power they lost.

No matter how kindly they treat me, no matter how their smoldering eyes and strong hands stir unfamiliar desires in both my body and my heart, their castle is just another prison. As long as I'm a prize more than a person, my life will never be my own.

I've survived this long without giving up. I won't roll over now. But how can one damaged human girl hold her own against the savage fae?

*Captive of Wolves is the first in a new paranormal romance saga featuring possessive wolf shifters, fraught fae politics, and a wounded heroine coming into her own. Grab it now and get swept away in the fantasy!*

Monday, February 15, 2021

Music & Manga Monday

A spine-chilling and steamy romance between a Japanese sweets maker and the man who framed her mother for murder -- Something's Wrong With Us is the dark, psychological, sexy shojo series readers have been waiting for!

Married to the Enemy

Nao has followed in her mother's footsteps to become a traditional Japanese sweets maker. Even at 21, her skills are unparalleled, landing her a spot at a world-class confectionary company. However, when she meets the young, handsome heir to the company, she recognizes Tsubaki: her first friend, and the same boy who framed her mother for murder over a decade ago. As the only witness to the crime, Nao seizes her chance to get close to him, but instead of finding answers, she falls deeper for Tsubaki's allure...







Mini Manga Breakdown

A romance with a mystery?! Sign me up, please!

The plot starting is pretty simple. Everything is perfect for little Nao until Tsubaki frames her mother for the death of his father. Her mother ends up dying on trial, leaving Nao alone. After Nao turns 21, she receives a letter from her mother, saying she didn't kill anyone.

Nao wants to prove her mother didn't kill anyone and find the real killer. When a chance encounter has Tsubaki asking for her hand in marriage, she might get her wish. Though now married to the guy who claimed her mother was a murderer, finding the actual killer won't be easy.


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These two songs I'm sharing with you now are completely different. But they're both pretty good. I hope you like them!




Saturday, February 13, 2021

Cyberpunk 2077 Review - Video Game Nonsense

 

I'd been looking forward to this game for quite a while and was so excited when it was finally in my hands. Then I played a little... 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mid-Month Reading Update


It's that time of the month again! Where we get to talk about if I'm actually following my TBR or not. Before we start, I want you to guess if I'm on track or far behind. Got your guess in? Alright, let's go!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Finally A Vegan - Book Breakdown

Stephanie took part in Veganuary, the month-long global challenge to try veganism, for January 2019. In Finally a Vegan she describes how her changing attitudes to animal welfare and exploitation led her from staunch omnivore to vegetarianism in the preceding years. She recalls her excitement at taking part in the challenge itself and shares her daily food diary, failures as well as triumphs.

Drawing on her post-Veganuary experiences, Stephanie then responds to the common questions But what about my boots? But isn't it expensive? and But surely it isn't healthy? before honestly asking herself How vegan do I want to be?

Ideal for vegan-curious readers, Finally a Vegan is an insightful memoir inspired by one life-changing month.

10% of Finally A Vegan profits will be donated to vegan projects and charities.


Monday, February 8, 2021

Music Monday - Danheim

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It's been quite a while since I shared some epic Viking music from Danheim! So here we go! Grab an axe and get ready to go on a raid! 




Did you get anything good on the raid? Or at least enjoy these great songs? Either way, I hope you have a great week! 


Friday, February 5, 2021

February TBR

 


Welcome to a new month but the same old stuff. Because it seems that the world just can't get it together. Yes, we've made some progress in a way, but in other ways, I feel we are taking series of steps back. But, this is not the post for that. 

Today, we're going to talk about the books I want to read this month. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

A Deal with the Elf King - Book Breakdown

Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down!

The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.

Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella's village to be their Human Queen.

To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she's dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town's only healer.

That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives... for her.

Everything Luella had thought she'd known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.

The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another... but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.

A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

January Wrap Up

 

I read quite a few books this month! A lot more than I thought I had. Did I get through my TBR? Let's get into this, shall we? 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Music Monday - Scandroid

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I found this really cool new artist through the Cyberpunk 2077 game and I wanted to share how awesome it is! It's a really cool retro yet futuristic vibe. Something I've not really heard a lot of. Let's just get to it!





So what did you think? Pretty cool huh! Which was your favorite? As always, stay safe and have a great day dear butterfly. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Share A Poem Sunday - Because I could not stop for Death - Emily Dickinson

To me, this poem is about how we see death during our life. As children, we know about death but never worry about it. 'It can't happen to us, surely'. But as we get older we know that we won't live forever and so we start to fear the unknown, death. 


BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH


Because I could not stop for Death –

He kindly stopped for me –

The Carriage held but just Ourselves –

And Immortality.


We slowly drove – He knew no haste

And I had put away

My labor and my leisure too,

For His Civility –


We passed the School, where Children strove

At Recess – in the Ring –

We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –

We passed the Setting Sun –


Or rather – He passed Us –

The Dews drew quivering and Chill –

For only Gossamer, my Gown –

My Tippet – only Tulle –


We paused before a House that seemed

A Swelling of the Ground –

The Roof was scarcely visible –

The Cornice – in the Ground –


Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet

Feels shorter than the Day

I first surmised the Horses' Heads

Were toward Eternity –


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Book Breakdown

By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can't afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They've even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and "retire" them. But when cornered, androids fight back - with lethal force.

The Inspiration for the Film BLADE RUNNER.

Originally published in 1968, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? remains a masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future. Now comes a striking new edition of the classic for future fans to enjoy.





Monday, January 25, 2021

Music Monday - BrunuhVille

Music Monday is hosted by Always Me


Today I thought we'd listen to some epic fantasy music. It relaxing and takes you away into another realm.




Don't you feel like you've stepped into an epic fantasy after listening to these? Anyway, as always, have a wonderful week and stay safe!


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Share A Poem Sunday - The Haunted Palace by Edgar Allan Poe


THE HAUNTED PALACE


In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace—

Radiant palace—reared its head.

In the monarch Thought’s dominion,

It stood there!

Never seraph spread a pinion

Over fabric half so fair!


Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow

(This—all this—was in the olden

Time long ago)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,

Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,

A wingèd odor went away.


Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically

To a lute’s well-tunèd law,

Round about a throne where, sitting,

Porphyrogene!

In state his glory well befitting,

The ruler of the realm was seen.


And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing

And sparkling evermore,

A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty

Was but to sing,

In voices of surpassing beauty,

The wit and wisdom of their king.


But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch’s high estate;

(Ah, let us mourn!—for never morrow

Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed

Is but a dim-remembered story

Of the old time entombed.


And travellers, now, within that valley,

Through the red-litten windows see

Vast forms that move fantastically

To a discordant melody;

While, like a ghastly rapid river,

Through the pale door

A hideous throng rush out forever,

And laugh—but smile no more.

~~~~~~~~~

This is how 2020 was to me. I started with such promise before slowly sinking into darkness. My own personal life was like that. I went through the darkest time in my life. Some may say that reading dark poems only depress them more. To me, it shows I'm not alone and that we all go through dark times. Makes me feel less lonely. 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Onyx & Ivory - Book Breakdown

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Music Monday - Female Rock Groups

Music Monday is hosted by Always Me 

I thought we'd crank up the power and listen to some recent rock music by two of my favorite female lead rock groups. Get ready to head-bang to these awesome tunes. 





So let me know which one was your favorite? As always, have a great week and stay safe!


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Onision: In Real Life - TV Talk (Discovery+)



So I just learned about Discovery+ and signed up for it because they have a few shows that my partner and I love. He enjoys Naked and Afraid and true crime, while I love Ghost Adventures and a few cooking shows. So we thought this was great! 

While looking through the originals, I found Onision: In Real Life. About an abusive, sexual predator that is still making YouTube videos today. He uploads daily, so you could hop over to YouTube and check him out right now. 

This documentary covers his early life a little, but it kicks off when he started his channel. It shows him and his first wife and then his second partner, who was only 17 when they first hooked up. He actually had to check the laws in the state they were going to be in to make sure it was legal for them to sleep together. He was 25. 

It shows videos where he was opening abusive to her. One day, while they were having sex, he stopped in the middle of the act to shave her head, then they went back to the action. Who would do that to someone?

He even caused her to have a stress-related seizure!

I had to look into this more because - as of now - only the first episode is out. There's going to be three, I believe. But I had to know more now. It's insane how deep this rabbit hole goes. It's not for the faint of heart. There's grooming, more abuse, just really gross stuff, and even one of his kids getting hurt. 

All this left me wondering... why is he still allowed on YouTube? I wish I could answer that, but I can't. If you have the time, I fully recommend checking this out. You can learn everything off YouTube for free if you can't or don't want to pay for Discovery+. 

Just before, it's a scary deep rabbit hole that spans years. 

In the end, I was left with a single thought: it's honestly scary the stuff some people can get away with just because they're kind of famous.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Music Monday - Pop Hits

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Today I'm going to share two songs but two different artists that I've found recently and liked. I really hope you like them too! One is pretty upbeat and makes me feel like dancing, the other has a nice beat hiding a more sad song. I hope you enjoy them both!




I really hope you enjoyed these! Which was your favorite? Let me know below and as always, have a great week! 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Netflix's Bridgerton - TV Talk

 

I'm going to commit one of the deadliest book sins out there with this one... but it's gotta be done.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January TBR

I hope you all had a lovely holiday. Mine was kept low-key, but my partner and I did watch the last half of Vikings. God, I won't spoil anything for anyone who hasn't watched it. But I didn't care for the ending at all. It was disheartening to me. 

But moving on, it's that time again my friend, where I mention the books I want to read this month and then never read them. Of course, I'm still hoping to change that and so I've picked books that I really want to read. Hopefully, this helps. 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Music Monday - Plastic Hearts

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So in November Miley Cyrus came out with a new album and it's better than I thought. Much, MUCH better than the stuff she's put out the last few years - in my humble opinion. I still only like a few songs off this one but I really like this these songs and wanted to share! She really was inspired by rock stars from earlier times.


***WARNING LANGUAGE***







 

Well that's all for this week! What was your favorite song? Let me know below! Have a great week and happy reading!