What I've Been Reading

I'm linking up with Steph & Jana for Show Us Your Books. It's been a long time, so I'm going to do my best in recounting these books!


The characters and story were right up my alley. I love a fairytale, especially one I have not heard before, and characters with a mythological feel. I could describe it as a little bit of Neil Gaiman and foreign fairytale.

Slade House by David Mitchell - 4 stars

Ghost story told in multiple, short parts over many years. If you enjoy haunted house stories, you would probably like it. No gore or terrifying bits, just some good, old-fashioned creepiness.

As Old As Time by Liz Braswell - 2.5 stars

I knew this would be stepping out of my normal zone a little, and it wasn't for me. I wasn't a big fan of the characters or the new story. To be fair, I also watched Beauty and the Beast (animated) again a couple years ago, and it was hard for me to enjoy it like I did as a kid. Belle used to be my favorite Disney princess, but I think looking through adult eyes, I can't set aside my adult brain and make it stop complaining.

The Silver Linings Playbook - 4 stars

I loved the movie and I am glad I read the book. I also love that this was set in Philadelphia, because it's somewhere we used to frequent. The book focuses on Pat as he is dealing with mental illness. If you're into modern stories about mental illness and family, I recommend it.

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll - 3.5 stars

A good-enough thriller - a woman on a train watches two girls being flirted with by two young men. The next day, one of the girls has disappeared. The woman feels guilty and also starts receiving threatening letters. Honestly, I read this book several months ago, and sometimes thrillers don't stick with me. This one was good while I was reading it, but didn't have me hanging on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) by Pierce Brown - 4 stars

This is a fantastic series. I always almost give these 5 stars, but it has its lulls and peaks. Also, super violent. I highly recommend if you are into space and Hunger Games style battles.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss - 5 stars

This is a reread for me - it had been several years since the first time I read it. I still loved it, although I was a little more annoyed by the male perspective and how he views Denna as incredibly perfect and spends way too much time describing her face. Despite that, I love the story, I love Kvothe, and Patrick Rothfuss is a wonderful writer.

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss - 4.5 stars

We learn more about Kvothe! This would probably also be 5 stars, but he spent FOREVER with Felurian. This story traveled outside of the school setting, where the first book was set, and it was nice to read about some new places, new trouble he runs into. I recommend if you love adventure and romance! I hope that one day he will finish the series.

The Silent Sister (Riley MacPherson #1) by Diane Chamberlain - 3.5 stars

Predictable plot, but I was hooked anyway. I like the aspect of uncovering family secrets from the past.

Currently Reading:

I'm in a thriller mood, lately, but I find all kinds of books I want to read on Show Us Your Books day. Can't wait to see what everyone has been reading!

Sleeping Blogger Wakes

Hi, it's been, what, seven months? No big deal. Ellie is pretty much a full grown adult at this point. The last pictures I posted of her, she is barely walking, and now she's a toddler - hello.

Here she is hanging out at the baby gym, taking care of some official business.

We bought a house, and apparently I was too lazy to take a picture of it without the Budget truck in front of it.

Hey, did you know owning a house is a lot of work? We had to buy a lawn mower and a weed eater. And a dining room table. And I'm pretty sure Ellie still has more furniture than we do. Anyway, we love it - it's great. I highly recommend NOT living with your mom and your husband and your child and a whole zoo of animals. At least not for too long.

Here's a picture of Ellie's room, because it's the cutest in the house. I changed that letter arrangement, because the extra Z at the end was driving me nuts.

I am not sure what I want my blog to be at this point. I don't have a ton of time for myself, so I'd like it to be an outlet and a way to keep in touch with the people I have met here. I'm still me, although a bit different - more feminist than pre-baby me (I will defend this girl and all girls to the end), a little less vegan (vegetarian now, see: I have little time, see also: I love food).

You know what's the worst (alright, it's not the WORST) - I have read only eight books since the last time I was here. Two of them were ridiculously long. I'll catch up on a book post at some point.

I'm committing some type of book crime right now, and reading a book at the same time I am watching the TV show. I started reading the first book of The Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes. I couldn't wait to start the show, so I'm actually in season 2 of the show and behind in the book. It's helping me imagine the characters and get a better handle on the plot, so I don't mind.

This weekend we are planning for some furniture shopping, because that just never ends. Also our bedroom is huge, which is great but what the hell do I put in a bedroom besides a bed and dressers? We are not in a huge rush, and if I wanted to, I could do some full-on acrobatics in that room right now.

Currently... August

Sometimes I step up to Blogger and wonder what in the world to write about, because all I take photos of are Ellie. I'd take more pictures of other things, but I actually enjoy not taking a photo of everything we do, and a lot of the time I don't even think about it.

I feel like I live a million miles from the city now, so mostly we hang out or go shopping closer to our house. Once it gets cooler, I'd like to go to the zoo and maybe go into the city more. It's a little too hot for Ellie right now. We actually probably live about 30 mins away, but it feels like much longer when you have a baby.

... Feeling
Sick - blah! Ellie came home from her first week of daycare with a stomach virus that just won't stop. It's been nearly a week now and she is still sad and having an upset stomach after ever meal. Today's actually the first day that her mood has been a little better and she has eaten a little more. The doctor said the bug lasts 7-10 days, so I'm hoping she feels better soon. I picked up a little cold from her but nothing as bad as what she's got.

She was totally cool at the doctor's office, waving at people (who were actually not facing her haha), until the nurse came over and interacted with us, and then it was screams the rest of the visit. She is not a fan of the doctor, or strangers touching her.



These pics are from two different days but apparently, I really like this outfit this week!

... Starting something new
Greg started work this week - yay! He's got two weeks of training and he'll start his job after that.

I've been at my job for two months now and it's been good so far. My boss was very understanding with Ellie being sick... I am not looking forward to taking her to daycare next week. Except for her being sick, I have enjoyed spending time with her this week.

... Expecting total chaos
I think we better hunker down this weekend, because I have heard the eclipse traffic near us is going to be crazy. We are apparently right in the path and there are people coming from all over and booking hotels to see it. My work is only a 5 minute drive, and I plan to do a half day on Monday.

... Watching
Moana on repeat. Ellie likes the songs and I love watching the animation - I hadn't seen it before recently and it's absolutely gorgeous. I love the songs, too.

Here she is enjoying a scene, and also a sneaky pic of me from forever ago, because this is my mom's house:

... Reading
Tale as Old as Time by Liz Braswell. It's a good read, so far - an interesting spin on Beauty and the Beast. I've got a couple books to pick up from the library but have felt more like spacing out on Facebook than reading since I've been sick. Mostly, I just want to sleep and not concentrate. I'm actually feeling better today than I have been - probably due to the downtime with Ellie and lots of Dayquil to help me breathe at night.

We have been inside a lot lately because it is baking hot here in SC. I am looking forward to fall and winter, even though it's going to be an adjustment for me coming from somewhere where we usually get at least several inches of snow at some point in the winter. I'm hoping I can still get into the fall & winter spirit here!