Welcome to 2017

First of all, I want to apologize for all those that read my reviews and other materials. 2016 kicked my butt. To recap that:

  • Jan-Apr : Super sick and finally a diagnosis. Menses induced Iron Deficiency Anemia. Started new supplement regime to try to balance my levels out. Not easy.
  • May-August :  went by too quickly. I took some fun college courses for my degree: Behavioral Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics. Really enjoyed those.
  • Sept-Dec : Took two of my most advanced classes for my degree and it really stomped my ass. My capstone class alone required reading 6-8 advanced research articles each week! Couples that with Advanced Psych Research and I had literally zero time for leisure reading.
  • Side Note: December 18th, I ran my first 5k in below freezing temps/windchill. It was a fun run and this not timed. My fella did time us and said we finished together in about 30 minutes. I’m really proud of myself for doing that. Can’t wait for more!

The Shirts Say It All

2017 is the start of my last semester until graduation.  April 29th! I’m so excited to be done with classes and to start looking for a big girl job.

Now, what I would love most from you, my Kittens, are some reading suggestions. What would you like me to review for you?!

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Finished Reading: Deadline

by Mira Grant
Science Fiction/Horror

“Shaun Mason is a man without a mission. Not even running the news organization he built with his sister has the same urgency as it used to. Playing with dead things just doesn’t seem as fun when you’ve lost as much as he has.

But when a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun has a newfound interest in life. Because she brings news-he may have put down the monster who attacked them, but the conspiracy is far from dead.

Now, Shaun hits the road to find what truth can be found at the end of a shotgun. : — Goodreads


I read this book far too fast.  Don’t worry, I took notes for my review.  There were just a few things that bothered me (though as I’m reading the third and final book in the series, it kinda makes sense).  I totally called the surprise ending, though I expected that part to happen sooner in the book than later.  And I’m fairly certain I’m in love with Dr. Abbey.  Check back soon with my review…  

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Finished Reading: Sharp Objects

by Gillian Flynn
Psychological Thriller; Fiction

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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.” — Goodreads

4/24/2015: I actually started reading this on the 14th.  I bought it awhile ago and don’t remember why exactly… other than the whole, y’know, murder mystery intrigue.  I’ve heard good things about Gillian Flynn recently, probably due to the success of the new movie based on one of her other books.  I am currently about 30% through the book and I’m hooked. The author’s writing is paced well and incredibly intriguing, and her character development is already unfolding in such a way that I yearn to read more, learn more about Wind Gap and the mysteries it holds…

Finished reading: 5/16/15.  I found myself setting this book aside here and there once I got about 2/3s through.  I had an idea of the ending.  I was wrong… and feels it left me with…

Quick Update: 12/16/2014

I’ve finished reading Feed. Wow. Been working on a review for that. Hoping to have it up by Thursday. We will see. Some changes in my pain meds are throwing me off my game.

Also, picked up a couple new books from the library this week. Will add them to my Currently Reading category tomorrow. One of these, I requested back in August and am just now getting. Super duper excited to read it.

I even picked up little notebooks to carry with my books to take better notes for better reviews. I’m really excited to be writing again.