Armchair BEA: Blogging Horizons & Novellas

ArmchairBEA LogoExampleToday is day 3 of Armchair BEA and we are talking about “Expanding Blogging Horizons” and “Novellas & Short Stories”

Since blogging is fairly new to me (4 months!) this has been an expanding of my “writing” horizons.  I started this blog on a whim as a way to write more.  However, since I started blogging, I’ve learned that it involves so much more than writing.   I would love to continue to expand my writing.  I’ve done a few freelance editing projects that I will be sharing with you soon and would love to continue to do freelance editing and writing.

I’ve actually not read many novellas and I’m not really sure why I don’t.  The few I have read have been really good reads.  I have noticed a trend in YA series to have short novellas in between the novels in the series.  I’ve never read any of these shorts and wonder if they really do add to the series.  So, what novellas should I be reading?



WWW Wednesday 5/28/14

www_wednesdays43WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of ShouldBeReading.  To play along, just answer three questions:

What did you you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you will read next?

You’ll notice that this week’s WWW looks a lot like last week’s WWW.  I’ve been reading just not quickly I guess.  I have been writing though.  I have had a number of little writing projects, I’ve been wanting to get to for work as well as blogging and working on my current novel!  So that’s something….

This week I finished reading:  

NOTHING! Yep, Nothing.

I am currently reading: 


I am about halfway through this one and am enjoying it as much as Cinder.  I have to say that I often make connections WAY before her characters do (I did in Cinder as well)  but I am finding it a really fun series!

And listening to:

the dream thieves

I’m only about a third of the way through on this one and I really need to get a jump on it since Overdrive is due to delete it in three days!  Today’s a laundry day so it maybe perfect laundry folding entertainment.  (I HATE folding laundry!)

Next up…    ?  

Armchair BEA – More than just words

ArmchairBEA LogoExampleI love listening to books read aloud. My children and I would read books aloud long past the age when they could read to themselves. There is something about listening to a book read aloud (and read well) that changes the experience of the story. The first audiobook I listened to was the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale.  We are not the “dvd player in the minivan” kind of family, so a long roadtrip had me scrambling for a way to entertain the kids when a girlfriend of mine lent me her audiobooks of Harry Potter.  The kids loved it; I loved it; even my husband enjoyed it.  Since then I have always had an audiobook to listen to.  I listen to them while I’m in the car, during my morning walks, while I’m cooking or doing housework….

Understandably so, audiobooks are a bit more expensive than print books.  They are certainly not in my book budget.  I have found two wonderful sources for audiobooks.  The first is my library.  I get most of my audiobooks from my library’s digital downloads.  I download them directly to my phone and I get three weeks with them before they are returned…on their own….no fines!  Love it.  Also, another source we just found are a couple of android apps:  audiobooks and librivox.  Both apps have tons of free audiobooks including many, many classics.   Happy listening!


Top Ten Series I Started but Haven’t Finished Yet.

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  This week is a freebie.  Looking at my bookshelves and TBR list I realize that I have a number of series on my shelves that I have started but haven’t finished for one reason or another.  Some I lost interest in and probably won’t finish.  Others I have every intention of finishing but there are just so many good books to read and I haven’t gotten to yet.  Then there are the few that I am actively reading now.


Series I probably won’t finish



The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast – I read a huge part of this series but it is huge!  The books just kept coming.  I really enjoyed the series in the beginning but have lost interest.  I may pick it up again at some point but right now I think it will remain unfinished.


Fallen by Lauren Kate.  This is another series I lost interest in.  I read Fallen a couple years ago but haven’t continued with the series.


Matched by Ally Condie.  I really enjoyed Matched but struggled to get into Crossed.  I only got about half way through.

Series I’ve started and want to finish.  

beautiful creatures

The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia – I’ve read the first two of this series and I really enjoy them.


The Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver – I’ve read the first two in this series as well and really enjoyed them.

city of bone

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.  This is another one that I started forever ago.  I read City of Bones so long ago.  I loved it and have no idea why I haven’t continued with it.  I need to finish this one and then move onto The Infernal Devices Series


The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth – I loved this book.  I started on the second book Insurgent a while back but my daughter stole it from me.  She has recently finished and given it back so I am going to have to add this back into my TBR list.

Series I am currently reading

the raven boys

The Raven Cycle  by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m actually listening to this one on audio.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I finished Cinder and have started on Scarlet .  I actually passed Cinder on to my daughter and she is enjoying it as well.

smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series byLaini Taylor.


Feature and Follow Friday – 5/23/14

FF_2013ButtonFeature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  The idea of this blog hop is for bloggers to have an opportunity to make new friends and gain new followers.  I follow you and you follow me.  Fun!


Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre?  What book(s) and who was it?  Did they like it?

redeeming loveProbably my most often recommended book is Redeeming Love by Francince Rivers.  This book is wonderful!  I have been recommending it for years!  Redeeming Love is a Christian novel that is a retelling of Hosea and Gomer from the Bible.  It is set in the Old West and it is a beautiful story!  I have recommended this book so many times I can’t even keep track of who but absolutely everyone has loved it as much as I did.


garden spllsMy next most often recommended book is Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen.  I absolutely love this novel.  It was my introduction to Magical Realism and is often the introduction to the genre to the people I recommend it too.  Again everyone has enjoyed it!


Want to play along?  Here are the rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

Be sure to let me know you are a new follower, so I can follow you too!  Also I would love to connect with you on twitter and facebook!



Top Ten Books about Friendship

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This weeks topic is Top Ten Books about Friendship.

Now you may notice that it is not Tuesday!  There is a reason for my lateness.  Monday was our last day of school.  I arrived in my classroom, attempted to start up my laptop to grade finals and record grades, and it wouldn’t start!  Nothing!  A blackscreen.  The fan would run, the disc would turn, but no computer.  Thankfully, one of my students’ father is a computer genius, and he was at the school.  So he dove into helping me solve my problem which required him to return my laptop back to its default settings.  AHHHHH!  Thankfully, I save everything to the cloud so I didn’t loose any of my work but ALL of Tuesday was spent installing all the lost updates and programs like Microsoft Office, etc.  I am so thankful that I had a willing and knowledgeable person to save my laptop, even with my lost day.  Talk about friendship!

So here are my Top Ten Books about Friendship in no particular order.

little womentraveling pants








Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

the helpthe book thief









The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the raven boysMarked









The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast

miss peregrinebefore I fall









Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Harry PotterLightening thief









The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan