It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Just finished


Y’all. This book. If you need a laugh, especially if you’re a parent, here’s your book.

Currently Reading


Immortal Milk just makes me want cheese. The Regional Office makes me which I was at home so I could read on it and The Wander Society makes me just want to move. Wish I could do all three at the same time.

Up next-


I think I’m on a nonfiction kick because it’s (almost) all I want to read! These are next up for me.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // Help!

Right this minute | I’m being forced to watch Pee Wee’s Big Holiday. SAVE ME.

Feeling | I don’t know if it’s the pain in my neck or allergies, but I have a wicked case of vertigo. The room spins.

Reading | Friday, I was sneaking a glance at Twitter while at work, when a friend posted about a new book from Keri Smith called The Wander Society. I am so in love with this book. I’m also reading Immortal Milk: Adventures in Cheese by Eric LeMay, which is super interesting. Only problem is everytime I read it, I want cheese and lots of it.

Listening | I have started an epic rereading of The Raven Boys Cycle in preparation for The Raven King, the last book, coming next month. Hold me.

Watching | See right this minute and seriously; SAVE ME.

Blogging | As I can y’all. As I can.

Promoting | READATHON!!! We have over 500 signed up! Have you?

Loving |The weather!!!

Hating | The resulting allergies.

Eating | Cheerios and a banana so far. Would kill for some Easter chocolate.

Anticipating | Right now, I just want to find a quiet, dark corner, and hide from Pee Wee.

Have a great Sunday!

It’s a Life – Notes – April 2, 2016


I have found the perfect recipe for Pumpkin Spice Creamer.

  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups half & half
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract.
  2. Slowly pour in the half and half, whisking the whole time. Cook for 2 minutes and then remove from heat.
  3. Let cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

You’re welcome.


Work has been crazy ever since I got an unofficial promotion. I seem to be the new graphic designer for my department. Apparently it will become official sometime in the “new year.” Our “year” ends in June. Even though I’m not completely sure what’s going on, I am loving my new responsibilities. I looooove it. Now, I just have to figure out how to fit blogging in somewhere. All day on computer usually means no computer at night.


I made this baked ziti the other night and it was fantastic. I loved the addition of heavy cream to the “soup” before baking. It was really excellent.


I’m making this Caprese Chicken tonight. Can’t waaaait.


We already have almost 500 readers signed up for the Readathon! SO EXCITED!

That’s it for now! Have a great weekend!


Monthly Wrap Up – March 2016


Dear March,

March, you and I had a great time, didn’t we? I read 11 books and I am hard pressed to say that any of them were terrible. The Fireman in particular was quite exceptional. I hate to see you go March! Here’s hoping your brother April brings equal quality.

32. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell, read by Sarah Vowell, et. al.
33. The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
34. Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser
35. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, read by John Pruden
36. The Reluctant Cannibals by Ian Flitcroft
37. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, read by Scarlett Johanssen
38. Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hason
39. Giant Days, Issue 12 by John Allison
40. The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire
41. The Fireman by Joe Hill
42. I Want My Epidural Back by Karen Alpert

Much love March! I miss you already.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Just finished


YOU GUYS. I read all 768 pages of this book this weekend. ALL OF IT. And oh, wow, was it good. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Currently Reading

epidural immortalmilk

I knew after finishing The Fireman that 1) I was book-hungover and 2) I needed to read something completely different. I don’t think I can get any further from it than these two.

Up next-


I’m like, 99% sure that’s my next book.

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // I Made a Thing

Right this minute | I’m ticked at my iPad. I had 4% left in THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill and the stupid battery died. It is 11:44 PM. I AM NOT HAPPY.

Feeling | Again, I AM NOT HAPPY.

Reading | THE FIREMAN which is so fantastically good that I really want to finish it right this minute. Stupid iPad.

Listening | The heat just came on for some reason.

Watching | I’m trying not to watch the battery life inch up in my iPad. Can you tell I’m a bit inconsolable?

Promoting | So, I got bored Thursday night and created a store for selling my art. It’s a teeny tiny infant at the moment, but it has one thing for sale. I’m looking to add more soon.

Paper Violets

Loving | THE FIREMAN. Gah.

Hating | Yeah, yeah, you know. The iPad. I’ll love it in approximately 15 minutes.

Eating | I had PF Changs for supper and it was delicious. Hurray for GF Chinese food!

Anticipating | The readathon! Go sign up!


Have a great week everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday – Look, You Really, Really Need to Read These


Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk (my review) – This was the very first book I thought of when I started thinking about this list. So down it went. God, I adored this book. I think I’ll read it again soon.

Bone: The Complete Series by Jeff Smith (my review) – I just can’t seem to get any of my book friends to read these. THEY ARE SOOOOO GOOD. What’s a girl gotta do? Buy them for you?

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen (my review) – One of my very favorite Holocaust/Fairy Tale reimaginings. Broke my heart.

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand (my review) – This book is equal parts beautiful, weird, uncomfortable, and brilliant. I love it so hard.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier (my review) – Dinosaurs and lady pioneers of science. IT IS A TOTAL WIN.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (my review) – I know, I know. It’s a western. An EPIC western. With love, sex, death, revenge, Indians, cowboys, snakes, dust, dirt, horses, prostitutes, and more. So much more.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (my review) – It’s like a modern Handmaid’s Tale. I’m still hoping for a sequel.

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis (my review) – I will never stop trying to get you to read this book.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (my review) – My absolutely favorite huge epic fantasy novel (that doesn’t feel like fantasy) EVER. I just adore this series.

Shine by Lauren Myracle (my review) – Powerful. Just soooo powerful.

What books would be on your list?


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It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Just finished

I FINISHED FEATHERS. Finally. It was great, but woo-boy it was it long. I also listened to the new Audible Studios production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, read by Scarlett Johannsen. It was quite good. To round out the week, I read issue 12 of Giant Days by John Allison and The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire.

Currently Reading

This week, I have way too many books going on and something is going to give. I’m just not sure what yet. I’m reading:

Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed our World by Mark Pendergast. It is equal parts horrifying and fascinating. I will never look at coffee the same way again. Evil, delicious coffee.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, read by Ari Fliakos – I started listening to this one day last week. I listened to about 2 hours of it. I haven’t picked it up since. I liked what I listened to, so I’m thinking this is a timing issue. Or,
The Woodcutter by Kate Danley, read by Sarah Coomes – this is the problem. I started listening to this EXCELLENT BOOK (my review) the next day and was immediately sucked in (again.) This was one of my very favorite reads in 2014, so I’m not really surprised. I had to force myself to wait this long to reread it. And the narrator is perfect. Do you see how it edged out Mr. Penumbra? Poor Mr. Penumbra.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab – I started this book last weekend. I read over 60 pages in one day. I was gripped. Then I didn’t read any of it all week because TIME. I can’t decide if I want to put it down for a later day or try to soldier through a bit more. With Once Upon A Time X coming up, I’m leaning toward the former.
And, lastly, not officially on the record YET, I’m reading Dietland by Sarai Walker. Andi’s been breaking down my Messenger door to rave about it, and dude, how can I resist?

Up next-

With the gobbledybooks breaking down my door, I have to decide what stays and what goes in my currently reading list and if any of them will wind up down here. I’m pretty sure I’m dropping Mr. Penumbra, FOR NOW, as well as A Darker Shade of Magic. OUATX starts TODAY, so I have until June 21 to fit it in. I’m not sure about Mr. Penumbra. It may be that the audio wasn’t working for me. I have the paperback. Somewhere. I may try that way when I get to it again.

As for after all these are finished? I have The Fireman by Joe Hill silently staring at me every time I open my Kindle App, as well as The Regional Office is Under Attack: Tracking the Rise and Fall of an American Institution by Manuel Gonzales. And I’m not sure how much longer I can ignore Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett. It’s due back at the library soon.

So many books, eh?

What are your plans for the reading week? Reading anything good this week?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading


Currently // Happy Spring!!!!

Right this minute | Am home, after lunch at my family-in-law’s house. We had taco salad and it was most yummy. I’m blogging this, the girl is taking a bath because she feels “slimy,” boy is watching YouTube videos, and the hubby is reading on his iPad. Don’t get excited. It’s just news articles.

Feeling | Pretty darn content.

Reading | That…is a great question. I have the gobbledy books. I have too many books going and so am not reading any of them. Usually the only cure is scrapping them all and starting fresh, but I don’t want to drop any of them. Will try focusing on only one first.

Listening | I have two audiobooks going (which is not really good for me) Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan and The Woodcutter by Kate Danley. Despite The Woodcutter being a reread, it is holding my attention more. I may have to come back to Mr. Penumbra’s store later.

Watching | Nothing. I’m actually working on the Readathon Sign up Post RIGHT. NOW.

Blogging | Readathon sign up post! Live! This week!

Promoting | See above.

Loving | My family. My family. My family. My mantra because they are trying me batty.

Hating | No comment.

Eating | Just taco salad so far.

Anticipating | Supper. I’m getting hungry!

Have a great week!

Top Ten Tuesday – So Many Books


You know how hard this is for me, right? Okay, not really. The only hard part was narrowing a list down to 10. I want to read EVERYTHING.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante – I am determined to get this read!

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall – For My Dead Ladies Project

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman – I’m seriously in love with Backman’s books.

The Turner House by Angela Flournoy – This looks sooooo good.

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell – That title.

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke – Before I see the movie!

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward – I’ve heard so many good things.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Marie Norris – From one comma queen to another, bring it!

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler – I’m feeling the need for a foodie book.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johnson – I just really dig that cover!

How about you? What is on your Spring TBR?


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