Monday, February 28, 2022

Music Monday - The Dead of Night

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I've not really been listening to much music this week. I checked out the new Avril Lavigne album but was rather disappointed by it. I felt her song writing took a huge nose dive from her last album. Otherwise, I've been listening to a lot of ambiances. 


I hope you enjoy these! Sit back and let your mind relax. Tell me which was your favorite. Have a great week and stay safe!

Friday, February 25, 2022

Friday 5 - Boarding Schools


So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative! - The Book Date

When I saw this was a thing I just had to jump in! It's so much fun and easy to do! The theme I've chosen is boarding schools! 







Have you read any of these? Let me know below! Have a great weekend and stay safe!

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Devil in Disguise & Gentleman Seeks Bride - Reviews

These reviews are a long time coming! I've been falling behind on my reviews and for that, I'm sorry! It's been hard to juggle school and blogging and I'm failing. 

But for now, let's focus on these two stories. Shall we?



In this delightful flip of a classic romance trope, Megan Frampton creates a handsome, witty, hero in need of a wealthy bride who meets his match in Lady Jane Capel, from A Wicked Bargain with the Duke. Perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, and Eloisa James.It's a well-known fact that, when a man is in search of a bride, a good dowry is never a hindrance. 
Thomas Sharpe is handsome, well-bred, and desperately in need of a wealthy bride. His father has lost their income, his sister needs looking after, and so, to save them all from a life of poverty, he travels to London in search of an heiress.

Enter Lady Jane Capel. After her fiancé ended their engagement two years ago, Jane boldly left her parents' home and moved in with her half-brother, Percy. What does one more scandal matter to a family with such a curious reputation? Jane is independent but not as well versed in life—and love—as she wants.

The two of them strike a deal: Thomas will show her all there is to know about the world—and intimacy—and Jane will help him find a bride. But the more time they spend together and the closer they get, the two of them soon realize that things aren't so simple when it comes to men and women...

My Thoughts

This one started out great, I was hooked! Then around the middle everything sort of fizzled out. If you're looking for a low angst romance, then you'll love this! To me, it just felt a little boring. I wanted something to come along and shake things up. I loved Thomas and Jane and their banter was fun. I'm a sucker for good banter. It's well written and I did enjoy watching the couple come together. 

Overall, a middle of the road read that I did enjoy for the most part. 



An enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run—who may have connections to one of London's most noble families.

Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible.

From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed.

So far, neither of those is going well.

Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England’s most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

My Thoughts

I love this series. Ugh, it's one of favorites. I love Lisa Kleypas; she's one of my favorite authors. So this is a high rated title for me. There's honestly only one thing that bothered me and just in case you've not read this one, I don't want to give it away but it's the only thing that keeps this from being a five star read.

Now, to me, this was pretty insta-love and I'm not usually a fan of that but here, I actually didn't mind for once. I really enjoyed that Keir is a Scot. I felt it shook up things a little. Plus, I mean, I'm obsessed with Scotland and in the middle of tracing my great-grandfather's line to the clan Davidson... 

So all in all, another great installment in this series. 



Now, I do have to get the legal stuff out of the way. NetGalley gave me both these titles in exchange for an honest review but I did also buy Devil in Disguise because I loved it so much. 

So, have you read any of these? If not, what are you currently reading? Let me know! stay safe and have a great day! 

Monday, February 21, 2022

Music Monday - Pretty Woman

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I recently watched Pretty Woman for the second time and I fell even more in love with it. I can't believe the first time I'd ever seen this film was 2019. I know it's not perfect and some have even labeled it 'problematic'. I guess I'm that person that can look over 'flaws' and still enjoy something. After all, nothing is perfect. I mean, we, as humans, are imperfect, how can we created anything 100% perfect? 

So today, I'm sharing two of my favorite songs from the soundtrack. I hope you enjoy it!


Which is your favorite? Have you seen Pretty Woman? Do you like it? That's all for this Music Monday. I hope you have a great week. Stay safe and happy reading! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The ABC Challenge - The Letter F

Welcome to another Alphabet Reading Challenge post! 

I've decided to go all out with these posts. Not only sharing books but also movies, TV shows and even music. I do hope you'll join me as I take this deep dive. 

Please comment below if you like any of these things or have any recommendations! 





I've already had someone tell me that my graphic is ugly. I want to say, yes, I know my graphic isn't pretty, I'm trying to create a better one but it takes time and time is something I don't have a lot of these days. So please bare with me. Should I just remove the graphic till I create a new one? Let me know below! 


Before we start I just wanted to say that it was hard to find things I liked that started with the letter F and so for most of these I just went with famous titles. 


Notable Books That Start With The Letter F







Songs I Like That Start With The Letter F




Famous Movies that Start With The Letter F





Famous TV Shows That Start With The Letter F




Since F is also really hard. I'm asking for your help again. Tell me your favorite books that start with the letter F. I'll pick one and read it for this challenge! 

Until next time, stay safe! Happy reading!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Music Monday - Dorothy & Joel DELEŌN

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As I get this post ready, I'm watching the Rhythm Dance Ice Skating. That's right. I finally caved. It's my first time watching any of the Winter Olympics. I got Peacock just to watch this and the Super Bowl. 

It's so inspiring to watch these amazing athletes! Makes me want to to be that passionate about something and put hard work into it. 

But that's not really why we're here. We're here to listen to some music! So let's get to it!
 


Two very different vibes for today but hey, hopefully you find one that you like. I hope you have a great week. Happy Valentine's Day. Stay safe! Lastly, happy reading little Butterfly! 

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The ABC Challenge - The Letter E

Welcome to the fifth Alphabet Reading Challenge post! 

I've decided to go all out with these posts. Not only sharing books but also movies, TV shows and even music. I do hope you'll join me as I take this deep dive. 

Please comment below if you like any of these things or have any recommendations! 





I've had someone tell me before that my graphic is ugly. I want to say, yes, I know my graphic isn't pretty, I'm trying to create a better one but it takes time and time is something I don't have a lot of these days. So please bear with me. Should I just remove the graphic till I create a new one? Let me know below! 


Notable Books That Start With The Letter E







Songs I Like That Start With The Letter E



Movies I Like That Start With The Letter E




This one is short! Not a lot of stuff starts with an E that I can think of off the top of my head. So please, help me out. What book should I read that starts with an E? 

That's it for now. I hope you have a great day and stay safe! 

Monday, February 7, 2022

Music Monday - 2000's Rock Throwback

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I don't know why but I've always had a thing for 2000's rock. It's a product of it's time to be sure but there's nothing quite like it. The 2000's was the last time that rock had a real strong presence on the radio. After that, dance and EDM took over and then rap/hip-hop came onto the scene. 


What your favorite genre of music? Mine is goth but I love so many branches that sometimes it changes. It's fluid. 

Anyhoo, that's it for this week? Which song was your favorite? Let me know below! Stay safe little butterfly! 


Friday, February 4, 2022

7 Books Releasing in February I Can't Wait To Read

Hello there. Welcome to my tiny little corner of the internet. Today I want to share the February releases I'm excited to get my hands on! 



Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge

Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.



Reasons why I should not be drawn to Troy Serrano.
Number one: He’s obnoxious.
Number two: He and I were enemies over a decade ago in high school.
Number three: He’s my friend’s ex-boyfriend.
I could go on and on, really.
When my boss gives me an unwanted assignment and tells me it involves spending time with the grandson of one of our residents—the grandson turns out to be Troy. He’s now as successful as he is undeniably handsome.
Lucky me. Four hours a week of having to deal with his insufferable personality and unsolicited advice.
The only consolation is getting to stare at his annoyingly gorgeous face in between our many arguments.
Eventually, though, we slowly warm to each other and our outings become something I actually look forward to.
What’s happening to me?
Apparently, I misunderstood the assignment, because it certainly didn’t include thinking about Troy when I close my eyes at night, imagining what it would be like with him—just once. All the while hating myself for fantasizing about a guy who’s all wrong for me. A guy whose car I keyed back in the day. (Long story, but he deserved it.)
That’s all this is—a fantasy.
Well, until that one night at the bar.
The night Troy and I run into each other, and all of our pent-up frustration comes barreling out.
Still, I refuse to accept that it means anything.
There’s no way the guy I’m supposed to hate is also the one I can’t live without.



Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it.



Mackenzie "Mac" Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It's exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents' insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.

Mac's had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.

Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn't just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he's been keeping from her threatens the only place she's ever felt at home.



Tall, dark, and brooding—to say that American Maxwell Crenshaw stood out in the glittering ballrooms of London, is an understatement. He vowed never to set foot in England again, but when a summons from his father, along with an ultimatum to secure his legacy, has him crossing the Atlantic for the last time, reuniting him with the delectable Lady Helena March, he can’t deny the temptation she presents. Or the ideas she inspires...

Lady Helena March is flirting with scandal. Instead of spending her time at teas and balls in search of another husband, as is expected of a young widow, Helena pours her energy into The London Home for Young Women. But Society gives no quarter to unmarried radicals who associate with illegitimate children and fallen women, and Helena’s funding is almost run out. So when the sinfully seductive Crenshaw heir suggests a fake engagement to save them both—him from an unwanted marriage and her from scorn and financial ruin—Helena finds herself too fascinated to refuse the sexy American.

As their arrangement of convenience melts oh so deliciously into nights of passion, their deception starts to become real. But if Max knew the true reason Helena can never remarry, he wouldn’t look at her with such heat in his eyes. Or might the Crenshaw heir be willing to do whatever it takes to win the one woman he’s never been able to forget...



Halo Phaninon, assassin of gods, is as cold and merciless as a machine. For victory, he crosses any line. When tasked to kill twelve of mythology’s fiercest monsters in twenty-four hours, Halo eagerly accepts. Except, each morning he awakens to the same day, forced to relive new horrors. Only one other person retains their memory—the beauty who threatens his iron control.

Ophelia the Flunk Out hates her disaster of a life. She’s the family disappointment, a harpy warrior without a kill and powerless—or is she? Nearly every night she’s doomed to repeat her own murder, but each morning she arises to spar with Halo, the ruthless warlord increasingly determined to save her…and lure her to his bed.

Halo’s insatiable desire for the stubborn Ophelia drives him wild…and he only craves more. If he remains in the time loop, they stay together. But if he escapes, they lose each other forever.



When Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria is sent to England to learn the ropes of royalty, she falls under the tutelage of none other than Queen Victoria herself. Justine’s also in the market for a proper husband—one fit to marry the future queen of Wesloria.

Because he knows simply everyone, William, Lord Douglas (the notoriously rakish heir to the Duke of Hamilton seat in Scotland, and decidedly not husband material), is on hand as an escort of sorts. William has been recruited to keep an eye on the royal matchmaker for the Weslorian prime minister, tasked to ensure the princess is matched with a man of quality…and one who will be sympathetic to the prime minister’s views. As William and Justine are forced to scrutinize an endless parade of England’s best bachelors, they become friends. But when the crowd of potential grooms is steadily culled, what if William is the last bachelor standing?



That's it for this list! So tell me below, are you excited for any of these? If not, what book are you most excited by this month? Stay safe out there and happy reading little butterflies! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Imbolc


The main theme of this Sabbat is new beginnings. 

Imbolc has a rich history that dates back to the 10th century. It falls right in the middle of the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It usually falls on the first of February, (in the Northern half of the world. Below the equator, it’s celebrated on another day).

The name Imbolc comes from Irish Gaelic, and it translates to Ewe’s milk. I’ve seen another translation  which is in the belly. Either translation generally means the same thing: Imbolc signals the coming end of winter when animals will soon breed and planting season's right around the corner. 

To the Celts, this was one of four fire festivals. It was a celebration that the coldest and darkest part of the year was over. Which makes sense since they depended on the crops that grew and we know that in winter crops do not grow. 

Imbolc signaled the Celtic society coming back to life in a way. During the winter, no warfare was allowed. Everyone had to ration food, bad weather kept everyone in doors. But no more, the sun grew stronger in the sky in each day, bashing the coldest of weather and the darkness.

Imbolc was celebrated all around Ireland, Scotland and parts of Britain. Even Wales had a similar celebration.  

The Celtic Goddess Brigid plays a huge part in this Sabbat. In fact, Imbolc is one of the few Sabbats that has a huge spotlight on a single Goddess or God. 

Brigid is a Goddess of the Tuatha de Danann. She’s the daughter of the chief of the Gods, The Dagda. She’s a Goddess of fire, healers, poets, smiths, childbirth, and the hearth. Her name means Exalted One, and she’s said to lean over every candle. She’s said to be a Triple Goddess.

She was loved so much that when Christianity came to Ireland that the Catholic adopted her and turned into a Saint. 

Some things I like to do on this Sabbat or around it. 

1) What we call spring cleanings is a good thing to do. 

2) I won’t be able to make it this year but I usually try to make a Brigid’s Cross. 

3) Light a candle to welcome warmth and spring and also Brigid. 

4) Talk a walk

5) I like to plan what I’m going to plant in the few little pots I have on the patio. 

6) I bake bread and sometimes a cake or pie. 

7) Some like to make candles and I’d love to try one day.

8) Bless any candles you may have. 

9) I listen to lots of Imbolc music. Since I love music so much this really helps me feel like the holiday is really here. 

10) I usually sit at my altar and just kind of chill there. Relaxing and enjoying what I have and make plans for the year. 

 
Brigid's Cross

Whatever you do. I just hope you have a great day! Stay safe my friend and blessed be.