Reading Is Good For Silvers…

Yes. Indeed. Reading is good For my soul. I think I’ll breakdown the books I read and show the book covers. Maybe less of a review of each one as I go. Hopefully, you’ll still get the gist, right? lol. Okay. Here we go…



December 27th, 2016 -> January 6th: Rock Chick Reckoning: This is the story of Stella and Mace. My Goodreads review: “OMG!!! The Feels!!! ;)”



12th: The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans: I read this one pretty fast. My Goodreads review: “🙂 Okay. This was cute! 5 hours of Audible. Have to say… The Feels…. 🙂



6th -> 17th: Rock Chick Regret: This is the story of Hector and Sadie. I loved their characters as well. I love how she goes from an “Ice Princess” at the beginning to a softie at the end.



17th -> 18th: Full Package By Lauren Blakely: Needed a quick break from the Rock CHick series. It was a pretty quick read. Started mid-evening and finished just after midnight…



17th -> 25th: Rock Chick Revolution: This is the last of the Rock Chick series by Kristen Alley. This is the story of Ally and Ren. It was pretty good. The author used the character of Jane to embody her own personality. I have to admit to delaying the end of this book to make it last…

From Goodreads: “🙂 Best ending to the series! But I’m sad it’s over. I’ll keep hoping for more, but…. ”



25th -> 26th:  Trading Christmas by Debbie Macomber: This was a cute little story that includes a mother/daughter relationship, mis-understandings, and people falling in love, despite the odds. This is everything that I’ve come to love and know about Debbie Macomber books. Well done!!!

From Goodreads: “It was a cute little read. Wish I had gotten to it before Christmas, but what-evs. It was still pretty good.”



26th: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi: This was a cute little story. A bit odd, but I loved listening to Zachary Quinto reading it even better. He does voices, ya’ll!!! 🙂

From Goodreads: “Interesting story… Better reader, if you get it through Audible. I mean, come on… It’s freaking “new Spock” reading to you…. “


February: (4/8: Playing catch-up!  Sorry. I just realized that I haven’t updated in a bit… Sorry about that. -Silver-)

6th -> 8th: Surrender by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…

8th -> 12th: Submit by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…

15th ->16th: Seduced by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…

16th -> 22nd: Scorched by Melody Anne: It was cute and entertaining. Not something I would recommend to my family, though. Hence why I had a 1 star rating on Goodreads…

From Goodreads :”It was cute and entertaining while I was sick…

22nd -> 24th: Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul

From Goodreads: “:) Cute”

24th -> 27th: The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank. From Goodreads: “:) Cute”



1st: Beast Unchained by Daniella Wright. Shifter romance. Pretty good.

1st -> 2nd: First Beginning by Malcolm Bryant. Hot guys and animals? Perfect combo!

2nd -> 6th: The Succubus in a Red Dress by Daniel David Garcia. Cute. But I dunno how I feel about it, even a month later…

7th: Filthy Professor by Amy Brent. My Goodreads review says it all.

From Goodreads: “🙂 Look. I liked the main book itself. I just never try to give a 5 star on anything that I wouldn’t be proud to recommend to my mother. It’s not on the fault of the author, or anything like that. I enjoyed it. Just see my previous comment… ”

7th: Dirty Filthy Rich Boys by Laurelin Paige. My Goodreads review says it all.

From Goodreads: “🙂 Okay. NOT sold on this one… It was a cute little story. Rescuer getting her V-Chip, him being an a-hole about her grades to get it… I’m more confused by the main character than anything. Maybe there’s more to their story coming up… I’ll have to see…”

6th -> 7th: Teaching The Boss by Mallory Crowe.

7th->8th: Tapping The Billionaire by Max Monroe.

8th: A Seal’s Oath by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Boone and Riley’s story, the first to meet (as in, when they were younger) and fall in love.  I LOVED this book!

9th ->10th: A Seal’s Vow by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Clay and Nora’s story.  I LOVED this book! Although, I hated that Nora was in trouble with a stalker, but… Yeah. You’ll have to read this to figure out all the details.

9th -> 12th: A Seal’s Consent by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Harris (Hawk) and Samantha’s story.

12th -> 14th: A Seal’s Pledge by Cora Seton. I like the concept of this book. Bringing in an important Ecological issue of composting and not being wasteful. Basically, they are building a sustainable community, which is a topic I’m in LOVE with! The concept revolves around  a Reality TV show where Navy Seals pledge to save their Farming project by falling in love and marrying while on Camera. This one was Jericho and Savannah’s story.  I LOVED this book! This one wasn’t released until this year, so I suppose I’ll have to wait for the next one to come out, even though I’m anxious to read the next one! 🙂 Well done Ms. Seton!

15th -> 16th: Filthy Scrooge by Taryn Quinn. Interesting. A Kandy Kane melting the heart of a scrooge? Perfect!  🙂

17th -> 20th: The Soldier’s E-mail Order Bride by Cora Seton. Cute. Austin and Ella meet online via an e-mail ad. Interesting concept of the Ranch/Military dude getting a movie star.  It was a pretty cute story. Wasn’t sure about reading the rest of this mini-series, though…

20th -> 21st: Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham. My Goodreads review says it all…

From Goodreads: “🙂 ALLL Gilmore Girls Fans will enjoy this one. Lauren talks about the original series and the Reboot. Her thoughts on both, the final 4 words, and Ed. Well Done! I listened to the audio version, which made it SOOO much better! Wish there was 10 stars I could give it…

18th – > 21st: Sing Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell. Rockstar fiction? Sign me up!  It was a pretty cute book. Won’t be reading the rest in the series, even though I gave the book a 4 star review. I think I had enough of the bandmates with this first book. I don’t need to see them in later books. Sorry, but there it is…

21st: The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson. I read the audio version of this book, on a suggestion from the ladies on the “Knit The Books” podcast. They were right. This book was pretty good.  I honestly couldn’t stop listening to this wonderful story. My Goodreads review should tell you the rest…

From Goodreads: “”I love this book. It’s so cute, and it got me thinking about my own life. It also draws parallels between the main character’s love of movies and his own real life. I mean, how many of us see the beauty in movies that they may normally not see in real life. Well Done! Reader was pretty good too…

22nd: Wicked Wedding by Brooke Page. Cute story. But I’m not sure how I feel about it, even with the time that has passed since I read it… But it helped pass the evening. So, I guess that’s something…

25th -> 27th: Bedded Bliss by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott. Vegas shotgun wedding starts their relationship.  However, there is more to this  story that meets the eye. Which is perfect for me… My Goodreads review says it all…

From Goodreads: “Like… aww. The ending was pretty cute! 🙂

28th ->29th: Yes Boss by Juliana Conners. Boss and employee. I don’t know why I keep reading these, but I seem like I was in the mood for them when I originally downloaded them… So, I guess that’s something…  I only said “Cute” as a review on Goodreads, so I guess that’s telling, right?



1st ->2nd: Lemon Drops and Love by Angela Stevens. Okay, so I think I have more to say about this one than a few others. Mostly, because I made a note to do so… Controlling boyfriend gets dumped and ends up stalking the girl. Gil hooks up with her best friend. Best friend helps to fight him off. Rape and other bad things help make them stronger. But it helps show off the victim’s side of things, which made it a VERY powerful story. I’ll admit, I was crying much of the time while reading this book, and I think that’s a powerful emotion, and the right emotion you want your readers to have when dealing with such a dark subject.  So, well done, Ms. Stevens!

2nd -> 3rd: A Risk Worth Taking by Heather Hildenbrand. After the last one, I needed something a bit lighter. This one was perfect! Broken girl meets an ecological-minded dude, who helps her take her mind off her problems.

3rd: Coming Back to You by Darline Joyce. It was cute, but not really as good as some others in this same genre…

4th -> 6th: Close to Home by Suzanne Ferrell. My goodreads review says it all! 🙂

From Goodreads: “🙂 VERY good. A Must-read!”

6th: Embracing my Submission by Jenna Jacob. Subject matter is adult, but it’s a nice little story that  teaches the reader that no matter what life throws at you, don’t be afraid to be yourself.. No matter what.. And while you’re off finding yourself, if you find a handsome man who accepts you for who you are, then keep hold of him VERY tight. 🙂


Update 9/11: I JUST realized how far behind I was mentioning the books I’ve been reading. Since I’m so far behind, I’ll just list off the book, show a picture, the date I finished the book, and if there’s a review on Goodreads, I’ll copy it here too. If I put a “:)” in the review, I counted it as a non-review for the sake of this post (as there are QUITE a few)  So, grab a drink, and away we go!!!


4/10: Wedding Bands by Ev Bishop. “It was cute. Almost tempted to read the other books…. Almost… ”


4/13: If Not For You by Debbie Macomber. “🙂 VERY cute. Well done. I wanted more of these two characters, but I didn’t all at the same time… Too much drama between them would have made this less than the 5 star it deserves! 🙂 ”


4/20: Nerd In Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson. “Sooo cute! Didn’t want to stop reading this one…”


4/20: Tequila and Tea Bags by Laura Barnard.


4/24: Rock Fuck Club by Michelle Mankin. “Wish there was the ability to give it a 10 star, I loved it that much!

You know it’s a good book when…
….You consider calling out of work to finish it.” I Actually wrote a full review and posted it on the blog.


4/26: The Men of BMUS by Vicki Lewis Thompson.



5/2: Kidnapped by Suzanne Ferrell.


5/3: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole. “🙂 Couldn’t stop listening to this one! Well Done!!! 🙂 ”


5/4: Hunted by Suzanne Ferrell.


5/5: Seized by Suzanne Ferrell.


5/5: One Hot Daddy by Kira Blakely. “Cute… main story isn’t even 25%… ”


5/8: Vanished by Suzanne Ferrell.


5/10: Exposed by Suzanne Ferrell.


5/15: The Nerd Who Loved Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson


5/15: Bossy Millionaire by Angela Blake. “Be Aware, I got this as an ARC. So, keep that in mind…
Honestly, the story is only 70 pages, if that. There are two scenes premiered that are okay. Honestly, the characters aren’t developed enough. But given the length, there is hardly time to do so… I honestly don’t believe that such a perfectionist/strong woman would give in that fast… But what do I know… Some grammar issues (ARC’s usually have some). Some, which I couldn’t ignore and distracted me from the story… ie?: Psycho is not the same as Psychic… In case you were wondering.
This was good for a quick distraction from my other stories, so there’s that. But I’d love to read more from this author, either way…


5/16: Nerd Gone Wild by Vicki Lewis Thompson.


5/16: Seductive Billionaire by Angela Blake. “Be Aware, I got this as an ARC. So, keep that in mind…
Some grammar issues (ARC’s usually have some). Some, which I couldn’t ignore and distracted me from the story… Another issue I had when reading this story, was the timeframe the character went from “No way in hell” to “whatever you say.” It was too quick. No character development, but with how quick the actual story is, it’s no wonder…
This was good for a quick distraction from my other stories, so there’s that. But I’d love to read more from this author, either way…


5/18: This Matter of Marriage by Debbie Macomber. “🙂 cute ”


5/19: The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Woo hoo!!! Took almost 6 months to listen to. Loved every second!

Simon Vance reading it, even better.”


5/19: Gone With The Nerd by Vicki Lewis Thompson.


5/22: 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber. “🙂 A cute book. Dunno why I haven’t read this one before… lol.           ”


5/22: Talk Nerdy To Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson.


5/24: 204 Rosewood Lane by Debbie Macomber.


5/25: Nerds Like It Hot by Vicki Lewis Thompson.


5/30: Lost and Found In Cedar Cove by Debbie Macomber.


5/30: 311 Pelican Court by Debbie Macomber.



  6/2: D.I.L.F. by Alexis Angel

6/4: Nerds Are From Mars by Vicki Lewis Thompson

 6/5: Three Brothers by Samantha Twinn

6/5: 44 Cranberry Point by Debbie Macomber

 6/7: Desired by Two Alphas by Maya Crey

6/7: Big Bad Neighbor by Tia Siren

 6/7: Her Dad’s Best Friend by Poppy Adams

6/9: Close To The Edge by Suzanne Ferrell. “🙂 Didn’t want to put it down!!!”

 6/10: 50 Harbor St by Debbie Macomber.

6/10: 5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie Macomber.

 6/12: Close To Christmas by Suzanne Ferrell.

6/12: Close To The Mistletoe by Suzanne Ferrell.

 6/12: Close To The Fire by Suzanne Ferrell.

6/13: Close To Santa’s Heart by Suzanne Ferrell.

 6/14: The Navy’s E-mail Order Bride by Cora Seton.

6/15: The Marine’s E-mail Order Bride by Cora Seton.

 6/16: The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Drive by Cora Seton.

6/19: A SEAL’s Chance by Cora Seton.

 6/19: The Airman’s E-mail Order Bride by Cora Seton.

6/21: Issued to The Bride: One Navy SEAL by Cora Seton.

 6/21: 6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber

6/22: Issued To The Bride: One Airman by Cora Seton.

 6/25: Issued To The Bride: One Sniper by Cora Seton.

6/26: 74 Seaside Avenue by Debbie Macomber

 6/28: Death and Relaxation by Devon Monk



 7/3: Devils and Details by Devon Monk.

7/7: Gods and Ends by Devon Monk.

 7/8: 8 Sandpiper Way by Debbie Macomber.

7/10: A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber.

 7/10: Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris.

7/11: Shy Girls Write It Better by May Sage.

 7/12: The Billionaire Wins The Game by Melody Anne.

7/14: The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell.

 7/14: Snowed In by Lila Monroe.

7/14: Beautifully Wounded by Susan Griscom. “Tough subject, but VERY glad I finished it. ”

 7/18: Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan. “3.5… cute, but not enough to make me want to read more of the Series… ”

7/19: My Mr. Sexy by CC Cartwright

 7/19: Man Candy by Elise Sax

7/19: Going Down by Elise Sax. “Luke and Lorelei in half the time. I couldn’t put it down…. lol

 7/19: In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez

7/20: Just Sacked by Elise Sax.

 7/20: Wicked Ride by Elise Sax.

7/20: Blown Away by Elise Sax.

 7/20: Hot Wired by Elise Sax.

7/20: Quick Bang by Elise Sax.

 7/20: Inn And Out by Elise Sax.

7/24: The Counterfeit Bride by Liberty Blake.

 7/26: How To Lose a Groom in 10 Days by Catherine Mann.

7/28: 92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber.

 7/29: How To Knit A Love Song by Rachel Herron.

7/31: Eliza’s Home  by Rachel Herron.

 7/31: Honeymooning  by Rachel Herron.



 8/2: How To Knit A Heart Back Home  by Rachel Herron.

8/4: Wishes and Stitches  by Rachel Herron.

 8/8: Cora’s Heart  by Rachel Herron.

8/10: Fiona’s Flame  by Rachel Herron.

 8/11: Dracula by Bram Stoker.  “Good book, made even better with the selected readers! Well done! 🙂
Second Time=AWESOME!!!! ”

8/12: The Darling Songbirds  by Rachel Herron.

 8/14: 1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber.

8/15: The Songbird’s Call  by Rachel Herron.

 8/16: The Songbird Sisters  by Rachel Herron.

8/16: Highland Moon #1 by Mac Flynn.

 8/17: Falling For A Wolf by Mac Flynn.

8/18: Beast Millionaire by Mac Flynn

 8/19: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews.  ” Wish there was an ability to make this one 10 stars! I may just have to dive into the second book RIGHT NOW… Well done! 🙂  ”

8/26: The Wedding Audition by Catherine Mann.

 8/27: Here Comes The Witch by Ani Gonzalez “:) Cute.”

8/28: Fortune Favors The Witch by Ani Gonzalez. “:) Cute.”

 8/29: Some Like It Witchy by Ani Gonzalez. “:) Cute.” Snide Comment:  “‘Not to mention safe, notwithstanding the flammable nature of the merchandise.’ they’re f’n candles dude! of course they’re flammable”

8/30: White Hot by Ilona Andrews. “:) LOVE this book!!! Can’t wait for the next!”

 8/31: Rock Hard by Lucia Jordan.



 9/4: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. “BEST way to end the series. Love how Nevada kicks asses and takes names! :)”

9/5: One Night Stand by J.S. Cooper.

 9/6: Four Week Fiance by Helen Cooper. “Woof…I dunno… ”

9/8: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

 9/9: All I Want For Christmas by Jennifer Gracen.

9/11: Sweep In Peace by Ilona Andrews.


Update 10/17:

 9/13: Marrying His Best Friend by Jennifer Gracen

9/14: Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely

Goodreads: ” 🙂 ”

 9/16: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Goodreads: ” 🙂 ”

9/19: The Cowboy Rockstar by K.C. Klein

 9/19: Let Me Touch by Lucia Jordan

9/20: The Troll Whisperer by Sera Trever

 9/20: Gay Rebel by Jesse Fuchs

9/21: The Visitor by K.D. West

 9/24: Werecat: The Rearing by Andrew T. Peters

9/26: Resisting the Bad Boy by Violet Duke

Goodreads: “:) cute. On to the next.

 9/27: Falling for the Good Guy by Violet Duke

Goodreads: “🙂 On to the next! ”

9/28: Choosing the Right Man by Violet Duke

Goodreads: “:) Cute.”




 10/3: Finding the Right Girl by Violet Duke

Goodreads: “:) Cute”

10/4: Tied Up by Jesse Fuchs

Goodreads: “:) ”

 10/4: An Indecent Proposition by Stephanie Julian

Goodreads: ” 🙂 ”

10/7: The Brands Who Came For Christmas by Maggie Shayne

Goodreads: ” 🙂 ”

 10/10: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I have a bunch of notes/review stuff. But that will be another blog entry…

10/12: Banish My Heart by Jennifer Youngblood

Goodreads: “Nope. Nuh uh. Forget the rest if this series. This book annoyed me too much. Can’t pinpoint why, soo… ”

 10/16: The Shining by Stephen King. This one took me WAY too long to finish. I explained in my Goodreads review…

Goodreads: “Better ending than the movie. Movie ending was kinda creepy in Jack’s maze death and adoption into the hotel’s ghost pool and that a location that evil got to live another day. Glad that SO had originally intended it to die… If I had read the book first, I may have been less freaked to read the book late at night… lol. Well done!!! Now to read the sequel…”

I also had a note I wanted to mention: “‘But see that you get on. That’s your job in this hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what. Pull your act together and just go on.’ Yup. must remember this. SK is smart like that.”


Update 1/19/18: It’s been a bit. I have reviews on Goodreads on some of these books, but only 10 have  anything over a 4 star review. That means I’m just going to list off the rest of 2017’s books from here on out…

10/18: Beyond The Veil by Pippa DaCosta

10/20: Seven Up by Janet Evanovich

10/23: Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich

10/26: To The Nines by Janet Evanovich

10/28: Submit: Taken by The Biker by Kenzie Haven

10/28: His Five Night Stand by Emma Thorne

10/29: Legal Action by Kimball Lee

10/31: Maid for the Rock Star by Demeiza Carlton



11/6: Virgins by Diana Gabadon

11/8: Santa Baby, I Want A Bad Boy For Christmas by Justine Elving

11/8: Love & College by C.M. Owens

11/8: The Billionaire’s Virgin by Poppy Adams

11/12: Scandalous Beat by Michelle Mankin

11/13: Caught By The Dragon by Mac Flynn

11/14: 1105 Yakima St by Debbie Macomber

11/14: Material Witness by L.A. Mondello

11/16: Incubus Among Us #1 by Mac Flynn

11/18: Incubus Among Us #2 by Mac Flynn

11/18: Incubus Among Us #3 by Mac Flynn

11/19: Incubus Among Us #4 by Mac Flynn

11/20: Cupid Stupid by Sylvia McDaniel

11/20: Incubus Among Us #5 by Mac Flynn

11/22: Cupid Help Me by Sylvia McDaniel

11/22: Cupid’s Dance by Sylvia McDaniel

11/23: Cupid Cures by Sylvia McDaniel

11/25: Cupid’s Heart by Sylvia McDaniel

11/25: Birthday Blaze by Kacey Shea

11/26: It’s in His Kiss by Caitie Quinn

11/26: Scout Sniper by Victor Cox

11/27: Cupid Santa by Sylvia McDaniel

11/30: Blue Roses by Mimi Strong



12/2: The Perfect Match by Pat White

12/4: Love & Rumors by Jean Oram

12/6: Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

12/7: Sex, Lies, & Sweet Tea by Kris Calvert

12/17: Sex, Lies, & Lipstick by Kris Calvert

12/18: Sex, Lies, & Pearls by Kris Calvert

12/20: Sex, Lies, & Lace by Kris Calvert

12/24: Sex, Lies, & Bourbon by Kris Calvert

12/29: Sex, Lies, & Black Tie by Kris Calvert

12/30: Fate, Snow, & Mistletoe: A Sex & Lies Holiday Novella by Kris Calvert

I hope I enable you to read one of these books this year. If not, I won’t be mad. I know that everyone had their own type of books they like. Have a great year!!!



Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I know I’ve been missing a lot recently. Especially in the  latter part of 2017. I’m trying to change that, I promise. Since it is early days of 2018, I though I’d share my goals for this year and give you a breakdown for how I’m going to try to accomplish my goals.

So, this year, I want to try to find the Silver Lining in everything that comes up throughout the year. To find my Happiness, if you will…  This past year, I was noticing I was wasting valuable energy on the bad stuff that came up throughout the year. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I tend to suffer from Seasonal Depression. The negative thinking lead me to be very irritable  and even more anti-social throughout the latter half of the year, and not just the start of the Fall season as is per my usual. SO, I’m going to try to fix this this year. Wish me luck!!!!


The second goal, you might ask? Finishing. This means weaving in my ends and adding buttons as I finish things. However, it also means finishing more of my WIPs (Works in Progress). At last count, I’m up to 35 Knitting WIPs, 6 Cross Stitch WIPs, 2 latch-hook rugs In Progress, and at least 2 Scrapbooks mid-project. This also includes the GAZILLION other projects I’ve started over the years and haven’t finished.

To this end, I have started a KAL that I’m calling Knit To Zero (#SDLK2Z or #K2Zero).

This will include ANY crafty thing that you have lingering. Anything you finish will count, even if it’s not a Ravelry-specified project.

Wish me luck!!! 😉


For The Love Of Outlander

Hello everyone! I’ve decided that it was time to start the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Most of the books will be Audio and read by Davina Porter. So, it may take me a bit. I’m also going to watch the corresponding Season on Outlander as I go along. You won’t see those for perhaps the first few books, just in case there’s a bit of overlap…  #sorrynotsorry

As with every review post I’ve ever done, there will be links to each book. So, you can always jump to that book if you so choose.

So, grab your craft, your drink of choice, and away we go!


The Books:


Date Started: 11/6
Date Finished: 11/6

Goodreads Review:Okay. So I listened to this one. The story isn’t as good as the others in the series so far.

But that’s small potatoes. I HATED the reader at some points, disliked him at others.

That aside…
Not sure this can actually be considered part of the series, but it does expand more on Jaime’s issues with his father being at his whipping… So, there’s something… Then we see more of he and Ian’s bro-mance too. 🙂  ”



Date Started: 9/16 (3/13/16)
Date Finished: 10/16

Goodreads Review: I have the following quotes on Goodreads. They pretty much are the peanut gallery that is my brain, especially  as I was reading the book.

“I read a bit, then I decided I wanted to listen to another book. If I could, I’d take back “beginning” this book for another time. As I can’t, I’m putting this into hibernation…”

“Okay. I give. I’ll read it! 😉 I think it’s time… :)”

54.0% “So, is anyone else as upset by the Fucking Patriarchal comments made by the priest and those statements made by the crowd at the “witch trials” thrown at Claire at this point of the book? I had thrown down my Kindle in disgust… F’ing REDUNKulous… She wants to help heal you, you ass…

I need some time to chill before going back to it, I’m thinking… lol”

“So…. I have to wonder why I was delaying reading this series. I am absolutely charmed with Claire and Jaime. Can’t wait to read what happens next!!!
Charming book and Davina Porter did an awesome job reading it!!! ”



Dragonfly In Amber:

Date Started: 10/10
Date Finished: 12/6

Goodreads Review:

🙂 The last few hours made me ugly cry, but I LOVED this one!!! 🙂



Date Started: 12/6
Date Finished: ?

Goodreads Review: ?


Drums of Autumn:

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The Outlandish Companion: Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn:

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Goodreads Review:


The Fiery Cross:

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Date Finished:

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes:

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An Echo in the Bone:

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The Space Between:

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood:

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The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood:

Date Started:
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A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows:

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Thank you for sticking with me as I go on this journey! It may take me a bit!
Until Next Time!

Drumming A Scandal

Hello everyone!!! I’ve been a busy bee recently. Sorry I haven’t been around. But luckily for you, I’ve been off reading books for review. This time around, I was given a chance to review “Scandalous Beat” by Michelle Mankin.



A Bit of A Teaser: (So, here’s the description from the back of the book/on Goodreads.

“From NYT Bestselling Author Michelle Mankin comes the last bad boy rocker in the Tempest rock star series.


Juaquin Acenado.

A drummer. A rapper. A rock king.

My brother’s best friend.

Arrogant. Forbidden. Do-not-go-there-trouble.

The sexy Latino was too old for me when we first met and I was in high school. But he was my first love. I’ve never gotten over him.


Miriam Jackson.

Stripper. Exotic dancer. Her stage name is Queen.

My bandmate’s little sister.

Spicy and sweet. The spark that fires my inspiration. The rhythm to my beat.

She’s the one I imagine when I settle for the others. My ultimate fantasy. Only I can never have her.

Until I arrive in Vegas to record my solo rap album, visit a strip club, and there she is. Miriam was supposed to be in college, but she’s not. She is so not.

Sin city, a place where anything can happen, and I’m the only one in the band who knows her secret.

So why resist anymore?

Who could possibly stop me?”


My Review:

So, before I get on with my review, there are several things I need to mention. The first, I must note that I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) to review. I’d like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. That said, there were defiantly highs and lows that I feel the need to share with you.


Let me start on a few Down Beats, if you don’t mind.

Down Beat #1: Because this was an ARC, there were a few grammar issues. Some that were cute and added character to Ms. Mankin’s Opus. There were a few that distracted me at points, which made things a bit sharp and out of key to me…

Down Beat #2: The character’s personalities irked me at some points. Some examples?

Juaquin “King” Acenado. There are moments of absolute frustration with him and how he refuses to see Miriam “Queen” Jackson for who she is at first. He’s an arrogant ass who lives up to his Rockstar personality. How it takes watching her dance to REALLY see her. I mean, what’s up with that? Then when he finally realizes his feelings for her, he becomes a controlling asswhole who refuses to give her credit for knowing her mind.

And, it’s not just Juaquin. It’s her too… There are moments where her utter lack of smarts about the world around her, considering how worldly she wants to be. How fast she lets Juaquin into her life and her bed after the large number of times he has rejected her over the years. Lastly, the number of times she lets her feelings for him put her in trouble. That was ABSOLUTELY crazy to me.


Alright. Let’s have a bit of a rest and a breath before we slip into a different Key and move on to the Allegro portion of this Movement. Sorry. I couldn’t resist the music puns. It’s the Band Geek in me…


All of what I just discussed aside, I really DID enjoy this story. As with each of Ms. Mankin’s Rock Star stories, you have two main characters who believe themselves too messed up by their past experiences for love. They believe that they are undeserving of the woman/man they have been lusting after/been in love with for years. This book was no different. I would not be so frustrated with the character’s flaws, had I not been as invested in their growth over the course of this book. This alone made me completely ignore the Down Beats.

Well done, Ms. Mankin! Can’t wait for the next one!


My Dear Readers, don’t let this awesome story pass you by! You’ll regret it, I promise you!

Till Next Time,



You can find this wonderful Book at the links below:






Stash Dash, The Third


Update 8/16: I think I’m calling Stash Dash 2017 good!  I’m at my goal, so YAY!!!!!!! I’m listing off all of my finished objects for this KAL!!

Total Yardage: 16,976

Total Meterage: 15,522

We have a Hashtag now! Use #stashdash2017 around the social Mediums, just like I will be! 🙂


Start Date: May 26th

End Date: August 20th


For Your Ease Getting Around the Large NUMBER of projects I’m planning to do, I will include shortcuts to the
different categories of items I will be doing:




Shawls: (a Total of 17, 801 yards Predicted before the beginning of S.D.)

It’s a Flaming Winged Axel! :)”: “Wingspan” by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs.

Yarn Used: Gynx Yarns: “Girl on Fire” and “Axel”

928 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

760.88 Yards








Started: 3/15/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can get:  Calling it good 5/24…

Completed: 7/12


All This Red Is Knitting Up Like Butta: “Color Affection” By Veera Valimaki.

Yarn Used: Dream in Color Smooshy, “Butter Peeps,” “Miami Red,” and “Lipstick Lava”

1200 Yards Predicted

1,269 Yards Total

Started: 3/28/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 1st Rotation of Last Section: 4/24

Completed: 6/9







Brainy Dance:  “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 3” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “Zombie Prom”

560 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

560 Yards

Started: 7/25/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I’m able to get: 5/24

Completed: 6/27





Zombie Moons: “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 4” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “Zombie Honeymoon

560 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

560 Yards

Started: 8/1/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As Far as I’m able to get: 5/24

Completed: 7/14







This Space Be Poppin: “Wizzpopper Shawl” by Laura “LaLa” Linneman

Yarn Used: Lucky Violet Yarn Company, Betty Base, “Lumpy Space”

840 Yards Predicted

505 Yards

Started: 8/9/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 4 rows, then the applied edging: 4/10

Completed: 7/11





Frozen Bowties Are Cooler: “Bowties Are Cool Shawl” by Jennie Santopietro

Yarn Used: Dream in Color Smooshy, “In Vino Veritas” & Supernatural Yarns Siren Sock, ” Frozen

Frozen Bowties Are Cooler

859 Yards Total

Started: 8/19/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 2 Rows, then B/O: 2/1

Completed: 5/28





Elementary, My Dear Doctor: “Brickless” by Martina Behm

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Felici, “Time Traveler,”  “221B Baker St,” and “Wizard”

436 yards predicted. Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

540.6 Yards Total

Started: 5/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As Far as I can: 5/24

Completed: 6/4


Bringing The BOOOM!: “Copper Boom” by Scrappy Daisy Knits

Yarn Used: Red Heart, “Peruvian Print”

250 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

244 Yards.





Started: 10/3/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can get: 5/24

Completed: 7/18




KetterDance: “Ketterdam” by Laura “LaLa” Linneman

Yarn Used: Unwind Yarn Company, “Let’s Do The Timewarp Again!”

800 Yards Predicted

620 Yards Total

Started: 10/25/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section at the End: 4/9

Completed: 5/29





Burning The Blue: “Ashburn” by Melanie Berg

Yarn Used: Yummy by Miss Babs, “Denim,” “Sipriz,” & “TARDish”

1200 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

1,100 Yards





Started: 11/7/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = The Third Section: 5/24

Completed: 8/3


Lorel Eyes Binge MKAL: “Lorel Eyes” by Christopher Salas

Yarn Used: Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock “Lorel-Eyes” and “Denim”

860 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

662.2 Yards Total

Started: 11/25/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = As far as I can possibly Get: 5/24

Completed: 6/4





Bella Coffee: “Coffee Date” by CC Almon (JavaPurl)

Yarn Used: The Plucky Knitter Bello, “Putty In My Hands,” The Plucky Knitter Plucky Single, “Give A Hoot,” & The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering, “Enchantment”

1308 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

1,195 Yards Total





Started: 12/31/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last Garter Section: 5/24

Completed: 6/19


Hundred Acre Razzle:  “Hundred Acre Wood” by Helen Stewart

Yarn Used: Leading Men Fiber Arts Soliloquy Gradient, “Razzle Dazzle #5”

650 Yards Predicted

661.5 Yards Total

Started: 1/11/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Last Two Rows & B/O: 2/6

Completed: 5/28





Dreamy Love: “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl 2” by Susan B. Anderson

Yarn Used: Yowza by Miss Babs, “You Gotta Love Me”

1120 Yards Predicted

3 lacy repeats.

1,024.8 Yards Total

Started: 3/18

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section: 5/20

Completed: 6/2






Later Gator!: “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl #2” by Susan B. Anderson.

Yarn Used: Miss Babs, Yowza “Gator Bait”

1,120 Yards

Started: 7/3

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Lacy Section: N/A

Completed: 8/9



Socks: (a Total of 3,040 Yards Predicted before S.D)

Benilla Llatte Socks: “Vanilla Latte Socks” by Virginia Rose-Jeanes.

Yarn Used: Gynx Yarns, “Belle”

464 Yards Predicted

306.24 Yards Total

Started: 3/2/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to toe: 4/19

Completed: 5/26





Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Socks Para Mi: “French Vanilla Cappuccino Socks” by CC Almon. (JavaPurl). Pattern WAS going to be a Toe-up Sock pattern, but I changed my mind…

Yarn Used: Into the Whirled Pakokku Sock, “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey”

450 Yards Predicted

262.20 Yards Total

Started: 5/20/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/18

Completed: 5/27






Watermelon <3: “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” by Wendy D. Johnson.

Yarn Used: Gale’s Art Single Knit Sock Blank, “Watermelon”

463 Yards Predicted

342.6 Yards Total

Started: 6/29/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/4

Completed: 5/27







Christmas Tree Socks: “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” by Wendy D. Johnson. This was my Christmas Eve cast-on. My family was a bit wierded out/impressed at the concept of a sock blank…LOL…

Yarn Used: Gales Art Single Sock Blank, “Christmas Tree”

463 Yards Predicted

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

300 Yards Total

Started: 12/24/16

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: 6/19







Where Are You Leading Me Mario? Where you lead, I Will Follow: “Where You Lead I Will Follow” by CC Almon (JavaPurl). It’s a Gilmore Thing…

Yarn Used: Inner Yarn Zen Superwash Fingering, “The Old Muddy River Bridge Knitathon”

Forced Stopping Point before S.D. 5/24

290 Yards

Started: 4/11

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: 6/28







Darunia Loves Hot Chocolate With Green Marshmallows: “Hot Chocolate With Pink Marshmallows” by CC Almon (JavaPurl). From the new book.

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal, “Mountain Pass”

462 Yards Predicted

251.48 Yards Total

Started: 4/14

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/20

Completed: 5/26







It’ll Give You WINGS!!!: C.C’s Vanilla Cappuccino Socks” By CC Almon (JavaPurl)

281.30 Yards Total

Started: 2/25

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Second sock to ribbing: 5/24

Completed: 5/27



Other:  (a Total of 6,560 Yards Predicted before S.D)

May Washcloths: “Grandma’s Favorite Dish Cloth” by Ruth Slate

Yarn Used: Miscellaneous. I’ll be using stashed cotton. I’ll update as I go. I’m planning on making 1 each week. (3)

132 Yards Total

Started: 1/1/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = NONE. See the description to see why…

Completed: 5/31


June Washcloths: “Grandma’s Favorite Dish Cloth” by Ruth Slate

Yarn Used: Miscellaneous. I’ll be using stashed cotton. I’ll update as I go. I’m planning on making 1 each week.

9. 400 Yards total.

Started: 1/1/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = NONE. See the description to see why…

Completed: 7/1 (9)


July Washcloths: “Grandma’s Favorite Dish Cloth” by Ruth Slate

Yarn Used: Miscellaneous. I’ll be using stashed cotton. I’ll update as I go. I’m planning on making 1 each week.

440 Yards

Started: 1/1/17

Stopping Point B4 S.D. = NONE. See the description to see why…

Completed: 8/2 (10)


Super Secret Project #1: “Doctor Who Logo Dishcloth” by holynarf (4 total)

Yarn Used: Cascade 220, “Turquoise”

220 Yards Total

Started: 6/7

Completed: 6/10


Super Secret Project #2: “Bowties Are Cool” by holynarf (4 total)

Yarn Used: Cascade 220, “Strawberry Cream”

220 Yards

Started: 6/11

Completed: 8/4


Good Ol’ Glory: “Grandma’s Favorite Dish Cloth” by Ruth Slate

Yarn Used: Red Heart, Team Spirit “Red, White, & Blue”

518 Yards

Started: 6/9

Completed: 7/3


2016’s Crackerjack: Crackerjack-themed scarf. I kinda made it up, based on two rows of each color to represent wins/losses for the Red Sox. Intended this to be a Holiday present that year. Now, I just kinda liked the striping, so I kept it for myself…

Yarn Used: Lion Brand Pound of Love, “White,” Red Heart Super Saver “Light Blue,” “Royal,” “Cherry Red,” and “Grey Heather”

900 Total Yards




Cynde Loves A Kit Kat: “KitKat Hat” by AndreSue

Yarn Used: Red Heart Super Saver “Coffee”

220 Yards

Started: 3/12

Completed:  7/17


Zombie KitKat: “KitKat Hat” by AndreSue

Yarn Used: Miss Babs, Yowza, “Zombie Honeymoon”

210 Yards

Started: 7/15

Completed: 7/17



Older Updates:

Hello Everyone! It’s about that time of year, where I start thinking about Stash Dash again.  I’m not going to lie, I was a bit mad when I didn’t make my 15K goal last year. I’ve decided that this will be my redemption year. I’ve been taking steps since the middle of December to ensure that I can keep my goal intact, and maybe surpass it. Honestly, I’ve been working on my WIPs to a certain point and stopping ever since then, to the detriment of the “Silver’s WIP-Down” I was having in my podcast group until the end of 2016. At that point, I no longer cared. I was already looking toward the next big KAL I wanted to participate in.  THAT’s how upset I was that I didn’t hit my goal. I think my exact words at the close of Stash Dash 2016 were “Didn’t make 15K, but next year 15K, you’re mine!” Or something to that extent. And I wrote it in my FO (Finished Objects) thread on the KAL Ravelry page. So, yeah. Wish me luck! Hopefully I don’t drive you as crazy as I’ve been driving Emptyeye over the past few months about this issue… LOL.  He’s a saint, that one…

I’m going to break down how I’ll keep track of everything as we go along. To get to 15K of yarn, I need roughly 16,404.199 yards.  I’ll even show you how far things are right now, etc. So, grab your knitting/craft of choice and here we go!


Quick Update 5/24: A few things to add. I’ve decided that it’s time I gave myself a break before the craziness starts. Taking my time working on things (if I knit at all over the next few days) will help me in the long run. So, in the meantime, here a few things you need to know before it all starts:

Stash Dash 2017 Rules can be found Here!!!!

The Ladies have also provided a video to explain this year’s rules! Check it out, if you want to participate! 🙂


Update 6/20: I’m sorry. I’ve forgotten to update the blog post!  So, here goes! I’ve updated most of the section… 16 new items Finished!!! 🙂 Up to 8,928 yards, which is 8,163.76 meters!  🙂

This update includes all of the projects I’ve been working on since the start of Stash Dash. I’ve also moved the bulk of the text from the original post to the end. I’ll continue to do so throughout the course of the KAL. This way you can see what has changed since you’ve been by recently.

Talk to you soon!



Update 7/18: So, since the last time we talked, I’ve finished a total of 10 new items! Up to 13,852 yards, which is at total of 12,666.3 meters! 🙂 I’ve finished a few shawls, a blanket, a couple of hats, and a few long-lingering WIPs, so I’m pretty happy with my Stash Dash progress so far.


Stash Dash 2017 Rules can be found Here!!!!

The Ladies have also provided a video to explain this year’s rules! Check it out, if you want to participate! 🙂




Thank you for joining indulging in my madness again this year!  I hope this will be easy to follow.  If not, please comment below, or you can always e-mail me directly at I’ll answer as soon as I can.

Happy Knitting!



Rock On Chica!!! Get On With Your Bad Self!!!

Hello everyone! As you probably can’t tell, I’ve been better about balancing my reading time with my knitting time recently. What you didn’t know, however, is that I’ve been in ABSOLUTE Love with finding great new authors to read.  I think I may have found another author to follow.  No…. I don’t just think I have… I KNOW I have. Let me be the first to introduce you to Michelle Mankin’s work.  It all started with the book “Rock F*ck Club.”

Two things you need to remember before following down my rabbit hole. 1) I love romance books. Of all kinds. 2) Rock Stars, quite frankly ROCK!!!  Anyone who can tame them in my eyes is someone I want to read or learn about.

So, with those two things in mind and I haven’t scared you off, let’s continue with my review of “Rock F*ck Club!” So, grab your drink of choice, your knitting, and away we go!!!


SO, most of the time, the description of the book catches my eye. Sometimes, it’s the picture on the front. Sometimes it’s the title itself. This one has all three, so I thought I’d share this with you right quick.  I read this book within 36 hours of getting this (mostly due to a work weekend).


The description I grabbed for you is from Goodreads:

10 cities in two weeks 10 famous rockstars. On my knees. Against the wall. On my tits
I don’t care. As long as I get the evidence to prove it. Why? Because I caught my former prick of a boyfriend from Heavy Metal Enthusiasts doing a groupie doggie style backstage on the night we were supposed to be celebrating our 1 year anniversary.

 He told me I was too uptight. Too vanilla. Too boring. So I got drunk with my bestie, Marsha West, the aspiring videographer. I ranted. I raved. I came up with a crazy idea. What I didn’t know was that my best friend recorded me. Marsha put the video up on YouTube. It went viral with 10 million hits. Now I’ve got fans and sponsors offering me big bucks.

Rockstars are volunteering to be my f*ck buddy.
Hollywood is calling.
I get to choose which rockstars I want.
The stakes are high.
This sh*t just got real.
What could go wrong?”


Catchy, huh? I’m going to be honest. I was approached by Michelle’s PA directly, with the chance to read this as an Advance Reader Copy (ARC). This, however, won’t color what I have to say about the book, in either way. You know how I roll… lol

But honestly, I can’t say anything overly negative about this book. I have spent today (the date it goes on sale, if you were wondering) trying to think of something. I honestly cannot.


I have several stickynotes with things I was thinking about as I read the book, so I suppose I should share those pearls of wisdom. Well, now that I think about it, there was only one.  But it’s a doozy! 😉

  1.  You know it’s a good book when…
    1. …You consider calling out of work to finish it.


Okay, some notes about the book. The premise of this book is that a woman catches her man cheating with another. She and her friend decide to go on a 10 day tour of sleeping around with Rock Stars of their choosing and recording the whole journey. Along the way, Raven learns about herself, and others around her. Situations she thought were so straightforward are not what they first appeared to be. Within the first 20% of the book, I realized that Raven has had some issues in her past that make her not trust her instincts. This annoyed the F’ out of me. I even said to Emptyeye at one point that I liked the “Bad-Boy” rocker Lucky SOOOOO much better. Even with him acting all douche-y at the beginning. But that should teach me to judge… The beauty of this book, is that Ms. Mankin has this genius way of bringing you along on this personal journey of Raven’s, even if it was kicking and screaming at first. What you thought would be a “Bang-fest” turns into a way for Raven to grow and learn. All with Lucky’s help, BTW…


WELL DONE!!!  I’m buying a copy for myself, and you should too!!! I’m going to link to Amazon where you can find it, as well as where it is on Goodreads! You never know, you may find further reviews out of me when it comes to this author. She’s one to watch! 🙂 I’ve marked all of her books “To-Read” on Goodreads, in case you were wondering… lol.


You can find the book On:




Thanks for stopping by, and for giving this author a shot.


Non-Serial Reader (Almost)

I’ve been doing some reviews for series this year, but I wanted to let you know my thoughts on the Non-Serial books I’ve been reading over the course of this year.  Here they are by Month.  Hope you enjoy my thoughts as much as I enjoyed writing them down.

I’m including a “Jump-To” Hyperlink system here.  That way every month, you can just check back what has changed.  If you’ve been living under a rock, if you click the Months below, you will be brought to that month’s list of books I’ve read…

  1. January ’16
  2. February ’16
  3. March ’16
  4. April ’16
  5. May ’16
  6. June ’16
  7. July ’16
  8. August ’16
  9. September ’16
  10. October ’16
  11. November ’16
  12. December ’16




The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride – Abridged version that was eventually made into the movie.  I squeed when I realized HOW much was put in there.  Also, William Goldman did an awesome job of explaining EXACTLY what he took out of S. Morgenstern’s original version and why.  What you see in the movie is pretty much how the abridging story came about.  I’ll recommend that fans of the movie also read the book too.  But, movie first.  It makes the descriptions of the abridging parts easier to swallow.


The Librarian Principle

The Librarian Principle – Just some fluff reading I found on Audible.  I needed a break from the FBI series I’ve been listening to on Audible, so I found some fluff.  I honestly found myself blushing for how much fun the reader seemed to be having with the book at times….  That’s all I have to say about that….


As You Wish

As You Wish!

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride I have to say… very well done. I laughed, I cried, and I geeked out quite a bit at the recollection of their memories. Loved every moment and never wanted to put it down. A must-read for all fans of the book and movie!!!!!!! 🙂 And as I did, you’ll “have fun storming the castle!”


Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation – This book gave me a further look into the world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I’ve always loved the movies and book.  Didn’t know there was so much history behind the scenes, so to speak.  I recommend it to everyone who’s a fan of the book!


Switch A Wish

Switch A Wish – I found this book on Goodreads, as the author was one of their Best New Authors.  It was a welcome change from the more serious books I’ve been reading so far.  It reminds me of Freaky Friday, in that people switch bodies for awhile.   M.B. Earnheardt  does an awesome job of bring the concept to life.  She introduces an interesting way for a married couple to get couple’s therapy without having to go.  It was a pretty interesting read and made me think of all the stuff I had bottled up, that could have hurt my relationships if I had let it go on…  Wow!  Well done Ms. Earnheardt!


Update: 2/3:  Just had a fan girl moment!  The author just reached out to me herself and followed me!  Squee!  Thank you again M.B.  Let me know when you’ll be coming out with your next.  I’ll be there to read it first thing!



The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – Let’s just put it this way.  It’s a mix of two of my favorite things.  The Legend of Zelda series of videogames, and comic books.  Here we get a glimpse into the videogame’s creator as he looks back at what he intended for the series, and gives us a glimpse into the upcoming games.  It’s basically a history of The Legend of Zelda, so it made my heart squee when I saw it on sale on Amazon as a new book.  Glad I purchased it!


My Knitting Book

My Knitting Book By Ms. Lambert – I had the knitting pattern book bug for awhile in 2015.  This is the last one.  Glad I waited to read it.  Needed a change of pace, as it gave me a glimpse into the minds of knitters who came before me.  It gave me a few ideas for patterns to try down the road as well!  😉


Plan as You Go

The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan – I had the urge to study a bit on how to make my business grow.  I got a few ideas for how to make things more solid in my business-life.


Business Planning

Business Planning For Dummies – Not really a Dummy, but I will admit that there are some things I need help with.  This book helped learn some of my weak points.


EtymologiconThe Etymologicon – I love learning about the Etymology of words, don’t get me wrong, but this book was pretty boring.  The reader did his best to make it entertaining, but yeah..  I got through about a half hour->40 minutes of listening before I skipped to the end to see if I was to expect more of the same.  Yup…  The author took one word and defined it, and gave it’s roots.  Used the last word in that rant and did the same.  I think the concept was to bridge a gap between Etymology and Icon, which would have been an interesting concept, but the author’s way about going about it was just….  annoying.  I dunno.  You may like it, but I surely didn’t…


Strange CandyStrange Candy – Laurell K. Hamilton MUST be commended on her ability to adapt to different supernatural beings and make us want to read about them.  This collection of stories gave me more of an understanding of how her genius mind works.  Not only Anita Blake and vampires, but Fairies, Shifters, and many, many more.  I LOVED this short story collection!  Well Done!  🙂


The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of The Opera – Any fan of the Movies and Broadway Play MUST read the story in it’s entirety.  I also recommend listening to this audible version I found.  The reader (Ralph Cosham) does a great job of keeping your attention and bringing the story to life!  I’ll probably come back and listen again once I finish the list I have planned for this year, I loved it THAT much!  Well Done!  The Angel of Music was always my favorite part of this book. I’m so glad I finally got a chance to read this book in it’s original form! Reader was pretty good too! 🙂




Dracula – 2/15: My first impression of the novel, according to my review on goodreads.  “OMG! The readers on this audio version are doing a good job bringing the story to life. I read this once when I was younger, and don’t remember liking the book this much! Can’t wait to listen to more! :)”  That summed up my experience with the book, to a T!  I loved it!  🙂

Harry Potter Series – I’m calling this series as non-serial, only because they’re so few of them, based on the rest of the book series’ I’m planning on reading soon-ly.

HP Stone

15th->17th: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone: From Goodreads:”There’s something so satisfying about listening to Tim Dale read through one of my favorite books. Some of the voices were so close to the actors in the films that I thought I would squee so loud people would think I was crazy when listening to this book in public. Well done! 🙂 ”

HP Secrets

17th->19th: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets: No review on Goodreads, but I really sucked this book up.  I love that the reader knows the book so well, and tries to give a good voice to each character!  🙂

HP Prisoner

19th->22nd: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban: From Goodreads:  “:) I’m in love with the books all over again! Well Done Tim Dale, for making them shiny and new! 🙂 ”

HP Goblet

22nd->24th: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire: From Goodreads:  “This was 21 hours of pure entertainment! As with the last 3, Jim Dale does an awesome job reading one of my favorite Series. I have to say, though… Sometimes he confuses male/female voices, which makes it all the more entertaining to me! 😉 ”



HP Phoenix

February 24th->March 2nd: Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix: From Goodreads: “See, when you haven’t read the series in awhile, you find new parts to love about it. The first couple of read-throughs years ago were great, but reading it again when you’re older just make it that much better. Still, in most cases, the book is better than the movie when it comes to expressing this wonderful story.  Having it read to you by someone with a pretty good sense of J.K. Rowling’s characters makes it all the better! Well done! 🙂 ”


HP Prince

2nd->6th: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince: From Goodreads: “Just :):):)  .”  To continue in this vein, there were a lot of tears, laughter, and “oh, I didn’t remember that part” going on as I listened to Tim Dale read this one!  I think I loved listening to it as much as I loved reading it the first few times I read it.  I have to say, the movies really DON’T do this book a service.  All the small nuances I loved never made an appearance in the movies, for some odd reason…


Wrapped In Comfort

Wrapped In Comfort – 3/7.  From Goodreads: “VERY pretty shawls. I love getting ideas out of books/magazines! :)”  I can’t wait to try some of these shawls!!!


HP Hallows

6th->10th: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Already about 9% in.  Had to take a break.  It’s about 21 hours long.  After a few hours, I needed to do something else…  But I’ll be back to it soon-ly I think.  I’m already pretty hooked!  🙂  From Goodreads: “You know me. I laughed, I cried. I even geeked out at the parts I haven’t read about in forever! 🙂 Too bad this was the last one. May have to read it again soon-ly…


Closely Knit

7th->27th:  Closely Knit: I loved reading this book about a wonderful bunch of knitters.  Heard about the book from TheKnitGirllls.  It got me thinking that I’ve been anti-social of late, and I need that to stop.  LOVED this book!  Almost wish there was more of it…   🙂



Update 4/25: I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE about not reading anything other than books that are part of a longer established series.  I’ll try to be better about that in May.  But for now, I’m calling this month good, on that front.

I maybe got 1% read in Outlander, so I think I may count this one this month…


From Goodreads on March 10th: “I read a bit, then I decided I wanted to listen to another book. If I could, I’d take back “beginning” this book for another time. As I can’t, I’m putting this into hibernation… ”  I think I still agree with these sentiments.  I’ll try again in May when other books aren’t calling my attention…



Update 5/17: Alright.  I’ve been a bit better over the past few weeks with my reading.  Pretty much a mission, if I’m going to be honest…  But here goes!  🙂


4/25->5/2: Mischief: This was an audiobook.  It featured a wonderfully creative female lead, who just happens to fall in love with a creative bad boy.  First impressions of one another lead to a story that becomes a comedy of errors, and one of growing love.  From Goodreads: “I started this one slowly, but then I got into the wonderful story.  A Wonderful story made even better by a wonderful reader.  🙂 ”


Rock Chick

5/2->5/6: Rock Chick: This is actually the first book of a short series.  I may actually read the rest of the series.  Heck, I already downloaded the next few books.  Just a matter of when, as I’m in the middle of another series that I’m listening to right now…  This first book, is the story of Indy and Lee, who have known each other since they were younger.  The children of two cops who are also friends.  Indy is obsessed with being her wonderfully different self.  Also, with Lee since she was younger.  As both grew up, Lee became more and more dangerous and started to dissuade Indy from her obsession of him.  After 10 years of her trying to ignore her feelings, she gets into a spot of trouble and needs Lee to get her out of it.  Comedy ensues, as well as a wonderful love story.  The reader was pretty good too.  I’m hoping the second book in the series  is just a s good, and can’t wait to find out.


The Gunslinger

5/7->5/8: The Gunslinger: This is the first of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  This is not the first, nor the second time I’ve read through this series.  I’m obsessed.  Saw this on Audible, and decided to give it a try.  Let someone read the story to me for once…  From Goodreads: “I’ve forgotten how AWESOME this book was. I read it a few years ago, and for some reason…. I just got it through my head again. This time, the wonderful story is being read TO me by a wonderful reader. It’s the PERFECT combo! Well Done!”


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5/9->5/10: Big Rock: This was just a bit of fluff between the first and second of the new series I’ve been reading through.  Sometimes, you need something light…  At first the main character is a pretty big asshole, who only cares to get his rocks off.  Then he needs to impress one of his Diamond Business Tycoon Father’s Investors, and begs help from a woman to pay his fiancé.  They end up falling in love, and he changes.  It’s an interesting story told in the male POV.  I couldn’t put it down.  🙂  I also like the fact that the title has several meanings…


The Drawing Of The Three

5/10->5/15: The Drawing of The Three: This is the second of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  Also not the first time I’ve read through this book.  When I made the decision to listen to The Gunslinger, I also downloaded this one.  As you do… 😉 My only comment on Goodreads is “:)” Which just about sums up my thoughts about this series…  🙂


The Waste Lands

5/15-> Current: The Wastelands: This is the third of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’  See my comment from above.  So far, so good.  I’m obsessed with this series so far.  Love the characters and I’m just getting to the part of Blaine the damn pain…

Update 6/5: Finished this one 5/17. It was an awesome story met with an awesome reader who really got you into the story every time you left the book for any length of time.  I didn’t, but if you did, you would be alright.  We learn that even Roland was wandering aimlessly until he finds the path of the beam that will take him to his beloved Tower.  We are joined by Jake (after he has “died/not-died” and a Billybumbler named Oy.  We hear this several times, but “Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth!” They must wake the pain to get out of Dodge, so to speak!  🙂



Wizard And Glass

May 17th-> June 5th: Wizard and Glass: I’m really not surprised this one took me as long as it did.  It’s got SOO much happening in it.  We start off with a journey aboard Blaine the pain.  I love how Eddie’s previously dumb jokes save their bacon during the Riddling contest.  It’s then, that Roland sees Eddie’s true worth, and they learn to respect each other better.  We also see a different side of Roland as he tells the story of his True Love Susan.  We see that the hard-as-nails Gunslinger can also be soft as well.  We learn that although he has been hard on his Ka-Tet over the past couple of books, he has also come to love and respect them. A trip through a land like Oz also shows us that he believes HE will be the reason the Ka-Tet breaks, after they learn about his past.  They prove him wrong, and in an awesome way!  You’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about.  My review from Goodreads: ” 🙂 OMG!  I’m still in love with this story, and it was even better by the reader!  Well Met!  And “Ka Like the Wind!” 🙂 ”


The Wind Through The Keyhole

June 5th->Current: The Wind Through The Keyhole: I just started this one.  It’s #4.5 in the series.  It’s new to me, as I never knew that there was a book between the “major” books in the series.  So it’s a first for me.  It’s made even better by the fact that Stephen King is reading the story to me himself!  🙂  LOL!


Update 7/26: This one took me until the 11th of June to read. Let’s be honest.  The most I remember from this book, is that Roland was telling a story that he had heard from his youth.  So “Yay!  Storytime!” 🙂


It Itches

June 21st: It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons by Franklin Habit. I absolutely LOVED this book.  I enjoyed every second of his essays and cartoons.  Here’s my review from Goodreads:  “Franklin is an amazing writer & cartoonist… I practically rolled on the floor with laughter from his cartoons. At times, these were only funny to a knitter. Or a Knitter’s Significant other. I honestly would recommend this book to anyone who wouldn’t mind some dry humor! 🙂 ”


Wolves Of The Calla

June 11th->22nd: Wolves of The Calla by Stephen King. I’ve read this book before, but there’s something about listening to someone else read this wonderful story to me. My Review from Goodreads: “OMG! I loved reading the book, but listening to it was even better! I can’t believe that this wonderful reader won’t be able to do the next one…. ”


Song of Susannah

June 22nd->July 4th: Song of Susannah by Stephen King.  Once again, I had read this one before,  but I enjoyed having someone else read Stephen King’s wonderful story. Don’t get me wrong, having Stephen write himself was an interesting twist, but it was a “pretty d-bag move.” I just thought it was an interesting twist, but having read that comment from someone else that reviewed the book, I’ve been thinking about that…  I dunno… It’s neither here, nor there.  It made for good reading, either way…



The Dark Tower

July 4th->13th: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I’ve always loved this story! Also, having this story read to me made it even better. The twist at the end makes it even better. Sometimes, readers get mad at writers for having weird twists in their stories, or not resolving it to their satisfaction.  However, as I can attest, sometimes our characters dictate the storyline for us… This seems to be the perfect example of how Roland has been egging King on since he first appeared on the scene.  I had my moments of being mad at King’s killing off of important characters, but I do understand in the end…


The Hunger Games

July 13th->17th: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the Games, and the love story that develops. I pretty much ATE up this book, and didn’t want to stop listening to it! 🙂


Catching Fire

July 17th->19th: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job! I never wanted to put it down! 🙂


Yarn Harlot

June 22nd->July 20th: Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of A Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This book was simply wonderful! Stephanie is very witty, and had me glad that my stash isn’t as large as I think it is…  I mean, her bit about the yarn in the piano made me roll on the floor laughing… 🙂  Any knitter needs to read this one, at least once!  It’s simply brilliant! If you’ve been knitting as long as I have, you’ve probably experienced many of the blunders that she mentions.  Well done!  🙂



July 19th->22nd: The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader.  Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the story! 🙂



July 26th: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story that we all know and love.  My review from Goodreads:

🙂 I couldn’t put it down! Pretty much read it straight through without stopping! I’ll have to download the next when my next audible credit comes through! 🙂


At Knit's End

July 26th->27th: At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.  I LOVE this lady.  She totally gets me.  My review from Goodreads:

I knit, I laughed. I even cheered some! This book reminded me that you should NEVER be afraid to be who you are. A knitter who doesn’t care what other people think of you, or what you knit with. Well Done! 🙂


Death By Cashmere

July 27th->August 1: Death By Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum. This was a cute little book.  It’s a part of a series, and I may get back to the series later.  I just needed a mystery between the romance books recently. This was EXACTLY what I needed!




Aug. 4th: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf. Loved this book.  As evidenced by my review on Goodreads: “Like, DUDE! It’s a mystery who the narrator of this book is, up until the last %10 of the book. He’s someone who’s witty and a bit different. He literally gets to watch two murderers try to take out his girlfriend and her friends in a “Murder Hotel” all from the ‘comfort’ of his control-room chair. He helps where he can, but he’s literally stuck in one position that makes the reader understand how it ends. I highly recommend this book! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. And if you’re like me and have an Audible credit to burn… I recommend getting the Zach Villa version of the book. He’s a pretty good reader, who gives more character to this wonderful mystery narrator. Well done, all around! :)”


Dead Until Dark

Aug 4th->8th: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. This is the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Ever since I started watching True Blood, I’ve been meaning to read the first one in the series. My review from Goodreads: “I absolutely LOVE the TV series, so I was surprised to learn that I hadn’t read this book yet. So, I got it on Audible, and sat down to listen while I knit. I absolutely LOVED this book. The reader made the book even better! 🙂 ”



Aug 15th: Cupcakes, Trinkets And Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge. I started this right before midnight, and couldn’t stop listening to it.  My review from Goodreads: “A cute book.. At times, I found myself screaming at the stupidity of the main character, but that’s ok. I still enjoyed it quite a bit.”


Burn For Me

Aug 16th->Current: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. Just started it, and I’m only 30 minutes into it.  I’ll let you know a bit more about it when I finish.

Update 10/26: Oops.  guess it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this log. I promise that I’ve been reading in the two months since I’ve been away.  Let’s start with this book.

I actually finished this one on  9/12. Here is what I wrote about this book on Goodreads. “Wish there was an ability to make this one 10 stars! I may just have to dive into the second book RIGHT NOW… Well done! :)” This book was a-freaking-mazing! I still remember how much I LOVED the characters and the storyline!  Remind me to grab the second book as soon as it comes out.  I’d LOVE to know what will happen with these wonderful characters!!!




Sept 20->26th: Roald Dahl Audio Box Set: 5 Favorite Stories: I found a version of five of my favorite Roald Dahl stories read by the author!  I absolutely LOVED listening to each story.  There was “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Enormous Crocodile,” and “The Magic Finger.” I’m still geeking out thinking about this awesome collection!!! On Goodreads, I was unable to find the cover for it, so here is the picture of the one I found and what I used for a placeholder as I read the book.




Oct. 8th -> Oct 10th: Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley. This one is the story of Jet and Eddie, and how they fall in love. I was listening to this book via Audible, and I found myself laughing pretty loud ALOT! Susannah Jones lends her voice again to this wonderful story and makes it even better in the process!  Well Done!!! 🙂 I didn’t leave much of a review on Goodreads, other than a smiley face!



Oct. 10th -> Current: Rock Chick Redemption by Kristen Ashley.  I’m in love with this story between Hank and Roxie so far.  Not what happens to her, but the story between them.  I’ll give you an update later, once I’ve finished listening to this one.


And then there are a list of short Romance stories that I’ve been reading.  I’m not really going to add them to Goodreads, as I’ve already hit my goal of 100 books for the year. That, and the fact that they were REALLY short.  Some I just gave up on, but most are so short that I don’t feel the need to enter them… So, I’m just going to list them all here.  Before I do, I’m going to note that this is the order I read them in. It should also be noted that I’ve read these between 10/19 and today (the last in the list being the one I’m currently reading – as of 4AM this morning..

  1. A Quickie With My Best Friend’s Dad – Haley Brooks
  2. Seduced By 2 – Kat Crimson
  3. Romance Quickies: Encounter 1 – Monique DuBois
  4. Pleasure Extraordinare – Liv Bennet
  5. Thrill – Lucia Jordan
  6. Jet-Setting Escort – Moniue DuBois
  7. Seduced By The Alpha Wolf – Kaycee Kine
  8. Taken Rough by The Vampires – Sarah L.
  9. Winter’s Heat – Olivia Blake
  10. Bilionare: The Sheikh Seduces – Kate Harper
  11. Masquerade – By Victoria Vale


Update 1/28/17: I finished this one on 10/30.  It was awesome to listen to this one!!!  You’ll see that I continued with the series almost right away after finishing this one…



October 30th -> December 8th: Rock Chick Renegade: This is the story of Jules and Vance.  I fell in love with each of these characters. I’ll admit, I got the feels when Jules got shot at the end…  I won’t tell you why, how, or where…  Spoilers, darling….  😉 (sorry, if you don’t know, it’s a Dr. Who reference…)



No books read in November. Move along… lol…  😉




December 8->27th: Rock Chick Revenge: This is the story of Ava and Luke. I love their characters and I couldn’t wait to get to know them better. I didn’t put a review on Goodreads, but this sentence pretty much sums everything up… “The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins but Luke’s got the advantage. He has handcuffs and he’s not afraid to use them.”

It was a great year, knitting wise. I think I’m going to do well in 2017. Stay tuned!!!