TGIF {10}

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at Greads and is a little spot where we can post a recap of the week and where she also gives us a question to ponder…be sure to go on over and check out all the other blogs that link up.  It is a great way to get to know others in the blogging community.

This Friday’s Question:

Show & Tell: Where do you grab a book and get lost in it? Show us your favorite spot you like to read at.
Happy Friday!! Where do I like to go when I get a chance to get lost in a book?  Well, several places.  I have a husband, three kids, and a dog who has claimed me, ME, as his human, so I am hardly ever alone.  My favorite place to read is in my chair by the window.
My second favorite place to read is my bedroom.  But, I hardly ever get time away in my bedroom.
I spent a lot of time reading on my back porch this summer in while the kiddos were finding relief from the sweltering heat in the pool.  I would snap a picture of the patio, but it is in a bit of shambles as we are doing some backyard maintenance.  :)
Given my job as a wife and mom, I often have to put my book down or read into the wee hours of the night.  I have been found on the front porch reading, in my daughters room reading, sometimes I will escape to my sons’ room and stowaway on the bottom bunk and sneak in a chapter or two (they usually don’t find me for a while when I am there).  I often find myself sitting at the kitchen table to fit a book in, not the most comfortable, but it works.
My entire house is under a bit of a remodel/redecorate phase, but when it is all done the loft area will be my nook.  The chair will be by the beautifully dressed window with full view of the backyard and my ‘library’.   I am really looking forward to getting this house done!
Great question for the week!  I look forward to seeing all the other great spots where fellow readers go!  I wish you all a happy weekend!
October 14th, 2011 TGIF, Weekly Happenings! 5 Comments

TGIF {8}

Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  The weeks have been just flying by and it is hard to believe that summer is winding down and school is getting ready to start!  TGIF has been a fun weekly meme to participate in and I encourage you all to jump in and link up!

This week’s question is:

Taking it Personal: Which books have

effected you on a personal level and lingered in your mind

long after you closed the pages?

I will have to say that many books from my younger years have always lingered in my mind.  To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher In The Rye, In Cold Blood, Huck Finn, Great Gatsby, all were personal favorites and books that I still reflect on.  I think they had such an effect because they all got me thinking beyond the Walworth County Line.  Living in a small town, growing up relatively poor, the thought of what was out there for me often seemed grim.  While those titles aren’t the YA glamour of today, they allowed me to really dream beyond a factory or hum drum country life.  Each introduced me to a little something different or a different way of thinking.  I have found that sometimes small towns encourage the ‘same way of thinking’.  These titles have stuck with me because I can definitely remember thinking larger after reading them all.  I’ll never forget the first time I stood on the bank of the Mississippi River after I left Wisconsin and joined the Navy.  I vividly remember in my mind saying, “Here’s to ya Huck”…silly, but you never know what a book will do.

Now, to explain In Cold Blood a little.  It was one of my first readings of something horrific like that.  Where I grew up we didn’t have cable and quite frankly nothing ever really happened.  I vividly remember hearing about Adam Walsh on the news and remember how terrifying it was.  It seemed like world’s away, because nothing ever happened in our town.  The story of Adam has stuck with me, it was real, I remember the news.  As a parent it does still come back and haunt me once in a while.  As for In Cold Blood, reading something so horrific allowed me to truly visualize the details.  I felt like I was right there, almost inside their heads.  That book is one of my favorites, probably because I feel like it opened a different level of visualization for me.

Hope you all have a fun weekend!  My baby girl turns 7 on Saturday so we will be all about her :)  Be sure to pop back for a giveaway on Saturday for a signed copy of Hereafter by Tara Hudson!



August 5th, 2011 TGIF 2 Comments

TGIF {7}

Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  The weeks have been just flying by and it is hard to believe that summer is winding down and school is getting ready to start!  TGIF has been a fun weekly meme to participate in and I am always disappointed when I miss posting!

Thanks again Ginger for hosting!

This Friday’s Question:

Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book,

who would you choose & why?


Well, I would have thought this would have been an easier question to answer than it ended up being!  Of course my first thought is Bella, I am such an Edward fan.  I would have chosen her for no other reason other than face time with Eddie, but eh…

I will have to say first choice is Allie from The Notebook.  I love that story.  It is just such a wonderful love story.  Allie chooses her one true love Noah, and against all odds, they have a forever love.  Right to the very end, Allie is so loved by Noah, it makes me cry as I sit here and think about it!

I also kind of wouldn’t mind being Kate from The Goddess Test.  I would have been a little ticked by “the tests” but the ultimate outcome would be pretty flippin’ awesome.  I have a feeling that she is going to end up with a little more ‘power’ than she can handle!

My last choice is really two characters from Personal Demons, Frannie and Luc.  I am just going to say Luc and let you know I apparently have an inner dark side that I have been obviously suppressing for a few decades (thank you Lisa Desroachers for bringing it to light).  My reason for Frannie is obviously Luc for one, and the power of sway!  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Now that it is Friday…go enjoy your weekend!!



July 28th, 2011 TGIF 5 Comments

TGIF {6}

Oh THANK GOODNESS IT’S FRIDAY!!!  I am so ready for the weekend!  How about you?  What a week (or two) it has been!  Kids are on summer break and with our early morning schedules I am really ready for Friday afternoon to signal the end of the craziness!  I look forward to my TGIF posts and get so disappointed when the week flies by and I don’t get this post up!  Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  If you want to link up, feel free!!

This Friday’s Question:

And I Quote: What are some of your favorite book quotes?


Oh man…so many!  I feel like I am going to forget some…but here goes….

You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
— The Notebook
“You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered. You are a song, a dream, a whisper, and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.” — The Notebook

“My daddy said, that the first time you fall in love, it changes you forever and no matter how hard you try, that feeling just never goes away.”—The Notebook

“The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over.” — Nights in Rodanthe
“His cold touch on my skin never failed to make my heart thud erratically.  Twice, when that happened, I caught a look on his face that made me sure he could somehow hear it.” — Bella, Twilight
“I was a vampire, and she had the sweetest blood I’d smelled in eighty years.”–Edward, Midnight Sun

“I bit a pillow, maybe two.”–Edward, Breaking Dawn

“I walk up right behind Frannie, where she’s sitting near the door, in time to hear her say, “You know what, Tay? Go to Hell,” and I smile, because I think it’s cute that she’s inviting her friends along.”—Luc, Personal Demons

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.“–If I Stay

“I’m not choosing, but I’m running out of fight.”–If I Stay

“You were so busy trying to be my savior that you left me all alone.”–Where She Went

“It’s my turn to see you through,’ she whispers, coming back to me and wrapping me in her blanket as I lose my shit all over again. She holds me until I recover my Y chromosome.”–Where She Went

I know there are lots more, I am sure this post will be updated or I will be adding some in the comments, but these are somewhat fresh for me…and they are from my favorite books…

Have a great weekend!!


June 16th, 2011 TGIF 2 Comments

TGIF {5}

Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  The weeks have been just flying by, but I am grateful that this week I actually was able to get some posts up and at least one book read (review to come soon)…

This week’s question is…….

Back to the Beginning: What was the first book you reviewed on your blog?


Well, for me that is pretty easy to go back to.  My blog is a newborn, therefore I didn’t have to go very far back.  The first book I had reviewed for my site was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.  I really enjoyed the book and I hope you enjoy the review.  While reading the book, my 6 year-old daughter kept asking for me to tell her about the story I was reading.  So, at bedtime I would alter the story a little bit and give her the nighty-night little child version of the book.  She really enjoyed the story too, as it was told as a bit of a real-life fairytale.  That started our new ritual of me telling her a little bit of my books that I am reading as a story she can understand and enjoy!

Now, here’s a little question for you…do you remember the first review that you read? :)

I hope you enjoy the review and I can’t wait to read some of the other posts!



May 12th, 2011 TGIF 0 Comment

TGIF {4}

Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  It seems here lately that I am punching through the week and going holy cow, TGIF!  So my posting has been lame and I am grateful that I am at least getting in on this weekly meme or I would be seriously lame!

This week’s question is…….

Standalone vs. Series: what’s your stance?


Well, I am on the fence on this one.  I guess it all depends on the book.  The first series I really got into was Twilight.  Thankfully I started late in the game because, quite frankly, I am impatient.  I don’t know that I could have waited for New Moon, and then  Eclipse, and eventually Breaking Dawn. I would have really been irritated that there was so much time in between them.  I read all four books in a week.  It was my most insane reading to date.   I also just finally read If I Stay by Gayle Forman and feel I got super lucky to have read it so long after I bought it because  Where She Went was released the week after I finished it.  Had I had to wait too long for Where She Went, I would have been batty wondering what happened with Adam and Mia.  Currently there are two books that I am waiting on reading that are second in a series… Forsaken Harbor by Laura Kreitzer and Original Sin by Lisa Desroachers.  I really enjoyed the characters and their stories and I am anticipating what will happen next and I am not being very patient about it and if I can get my hands on and ARC of both of them, I will be one happy girl!

There are some series that I would love to read, but they are just HUGE, like Harry Potter, The Vampire Diaries and The Clique.  They look so great, but I am afraid to start them because then that will all I will be reading. While I am sure they are all great books, I don’t know that I want to start them because I know I will want to finish them the week I start them!

I also am ok with a book as it is, standing all alone.  Some books are just great all by themselves and that is just fine by me.  Although if I really enjoy an author of a stand alone book, I generally try to follow-up with another by the same author.

Sooooo, to sum it up. I like series and stand alone books, I guess it all just depends on the book!

Have a great weekend!!

Cici ♥

April 27th, 2011 TGIF 0 Comment

TGIF {3}

Whew!  TGIF!  Who is ready for the weekend?  I know I am!  Happy Easter!  TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger over at GReads, so a big thanks to her for being a wonderful hostess!  TGIF is a little weekly spot where we can recap the week and answer a question from Ginger.


This week’s question is:

Explicit Material:
How do you feel about explicit language
and/or sexual content in YA books?
I know that this is often a topic of discussion especially in the YA genre.  I have some mixed feelings on it I guess.  I believe that getting too graphic is not appropriate for a book marketed to the YA audience, there is an erotica genre for that.  BUT, discussing or writing about sex, the feelings, the thoughts, the reactions, the desires, the chances, the consequences of it all is appropriate for YA.  I don’t think it should be as descriptive or blatant as in erotica novels, but, it shouldn’t be all candy canes and gum drops either.  It is real in the teen community and just because they read it in a book doesn’t mean they will be doing it come Friday night.  I know that Breaking Dawn and its sex scenes were often a point of controversy and quite frankly I was shocked.  I thought that Myer had done an incredible job to make all of the sexual encounters very tasteful.  She never really came out and said what they were doing, but there was no mistaking what they were doing.  AND they were still very hot, very sensual encounters.  I was impressed with how she portrayed their love life.
As far as language, I don’t want to read the F word constantly myself, but sometimes an F-bomb gets dropped and it has usually been at the right point for effect.  Sometimes the language is the character and I haven’t come across an author yet that has abused it.  I believe that sometimes the language is necessary to set the tone of a character or a book.  Do I want my kids running around dropping F-bombs, no, not at all, but I don’t think that reading an occasional dirty word is going to impact their behavior or speech either.
Quite frankly, if you are easily offended by sex or language sticking to middle grade books is probably your best bet.  As a parent, I believe that it is your responsibility to screen and monitor what your children are reading, get to know what books they are picking up, read them, use the books to open a dialogue with your child.  Odds are, the sex scene that is prompting a book burning is nothing more than an intimate, experimental moment between older teens, which is very much our teens reality.  Utilize it as a tool to teach and discuss the issue.  Finish the book, find the purpose for that scene(s) in the book and try hard to not be so easily offended.
Always remember, you can control what you read.  If a certain book, author or genre is offensive to you, don’t read it.  As an individual consumer you have that power.  If you are that passionate about it, start a blog, review the books, find and promote books that fit your criteria.  As for me, you will probably continue to see me post about the books with a bad boy, a wild side and a little steam!
Happy weekend!  Enjoy!
As always, your comments are always welcome!
April 22nd, 2011 TGIF 1 Comment


TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads.  It is a great way to wrap up the week and get ready for the weekend.  Each week Ginger will throw out a question and we all get to interact with our answers…what a fun way to share a little bit about ourselves and get to know each other!  Thanks Ginger for letting me link in and share!

This week’s question is….

Book Tears:  Are you emotional when you read?

Which books had you in tears?


I don’t like to consider myself very emotional at all, although I am really beginning to question that!  And my sanity somedays…especially this week!  This is no doubt a TGIF kind of week 😉

If you have poked around my blog at all, you will have seen my review of If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  I CRIED.  A LOT.  This book really grabbed me.  I felt so personally connected to If I Stay. It is so well written that I almost forgot that I was reading a book.  The book’s plot also was very familiar to me, as I went through a similar loss many years ago.  I knew all too well the emotions and setting that were portrayed in the book.  Gayle’s writing just drew me in and all my emotions out.  Even though I cried so much that at times I had to stop reading, I absolutely LOVED the book!

How about you?  Are you emotional when you read?  Is there a book (or two) that you have read that has had you in tears?

April 8th, 2011 TGIF 5 Comments
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