Friday, January 16, 2015

New Year

New year, new me right?

I promised you all at I would be bringing content back to this blog - and I will. I already have a new weekly schedule planned out, and plenty of reviews for the next couple of weeks. I am finding more time to read now that I am done with my Associate's (yay!) although I am in the process of getting ready I move which is why I still have not been posting. I'm shooting to have my regular schedule going the first or second week of February, but it's still up in the air because I'm moving January 31 so I will be pretty busy until then. 

Until then, I would like a little bit of input on my potential new schedule! Here's what I have so far:

Sunday/Monday: IMM/Mailbox Monday
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Review
Thursday: Review
Friday: Review
Saturday: Nothing yet...

The only thing I have potentially for Saturday is linking back to Lori's Saturday Situation post for the week, since I'll start posting my reviews there. Thoughts? Suggestions? Concerns? Give them to me!

In the mean time, I will be updating my reading list on Goodreads and probably drafting up reviews on here so if you see some activity, that's why. Hang in there! I'll be back soon. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Review Policy Update

For those who don't often check my review policy, this is an update that review requests are currently closed. I am very behind on reviews, and do not feel right accepting new requests until I am caught up! I will be requesting a few books on NetGalley that I know I will enjoy, and know I have the time for, but other than that I will not be receiving any new books for review.

I will be posting a combination IMM and update vlog this coming weekend, just letting all of my readers know what I have been up to, and what to expect for the remainder of this calendar year. It will be an informative vlog, so be watching for that!

Have a great week, everyone!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Readathon Wrap-up

I'm back, as promised! First off, thanks to everyone who came by and left comments encouraging me. Even if I didn't respond, I did read them and I appreciate them! And now for my wrap-up survey.

Which hour was most daunting for you?
Probably hour 19 and into hour 20. I was so exhausted at that point (it was 11pm my time) and I had already worked a shift that afternoon, so I was just wiped.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Anything Sarah Dessen, Also, the Matched series! one I finish Date or Soulmate? I will be reading Matched next, so watch for that review!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
While I understand the doorprize drawings were random, I saw a lot of repeat names. (Meaning they won multiple prizes.) That was a little frustrating for me, because that means so many people got nothing! I think if a blogger already won a prize, they should not be able to pick out a second one. However, since mini-challenges are different, that would be an exception. Also, I didn't feel like I got cheered for very much this year. I loved that last year, because it kept me motivated. This year I struggled with motivation, and I think more cheerleaders could have helped me.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Having the fun little videos on each hour's post! It broke up the looong mundane reading periods, and made much more fun.

How many books did you read?
What were the names of the books you read?
Praying for Your Future Husband, Scars, and partway through Date or Soulmate?

Which book did you enjoy most?
They were all great, but Scars impacted me deeply. I really enjoyed it.

Which did you enjoy least?
Probably Date or Soulmate? I always read at least 100 pages before marking a book as Did Not Finish (DNF) and I was concerned this book would be the case, as it started reallllly slowly. As I got further in, it became more enjoyable.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
I would definitely like to do the April one! I've only ever done the October one. I don't think I can handle being a cheerleader yet, because I want to focus on my reading goals more.

So there you have it readers! As for my huuuge goal of 1000 pages, I didn't come close. My realistic goal was 500 pages, and I almost made it! My grand total of pages read was 414 pages! Not bad, considering I worked 4 and a half hours, took a couple naps, and bowed out at hour 19! Next readathon I'm really gonna try and hit that 500 page mark.

How did you guys do on your goals? I'd love to hear them! Thanks for sticking around during the readathon!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halfway Through Hour 19...

I was hoping to make it until midnight my time, which would mark the start of hour 20. Unfortunately I am fighting to keep my eyes open and focuses on what I am reading, and my sugary snacks are not helping! I officially need to crash. I definitely won't post again for the remainder of the readathon, but I will be checking back in the morning and doing my wrap-up post as well, so check back! thanks guys, and happy reading!

I'm back! Hour 15 Update

I am BACK! And ready to read :) I did read a little during my break, but not enough for my taste! I missed the mid-event survey and a couple of challenges while I was gone, so this may be a long post :P

Mid-Event Survey:
1. What are you reading right now?
I'm finishing up Scars by Cheryl Rainfield. It's really impacting me!
2. How many books have you read so far?
Almost 2.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Anything on my Kindle. I don't read on there near enough!
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Just work. I managed to read on my break!
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
How easy it is for me to get distracted from reading. I'm bad at it when I spend too much time at it :P

Color Cover:

I chose green! I know they're not technically all green.... but these are the closest I could come up with :P

Mini Challenge Hour 9: On Food and Books

I am plowing through my second book! Unfortunately I was called into work, so I won't be posting most of the afternoon. Should be back by 7pm PST, so check back then!

I found this recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes awhile back, and it sounds sooo good! It's not my recipe, but I definitely plan on trying it someday! After all, who doesn't dream of Butterbeer?? Oh... that's just me? :P

Butterbeer CupcakesMakes 18
For the cupcakes:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup cream soda
For the ganache:.
1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips
1 cup heavy cream
For the buttercream frosting:.
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup butterscotch ganache
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 16-oz. package powdered sugar
Splash of milk or cream (as needed)
For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, cream your butter until light and fluffy. Add your sugars and beat until well-combined. Beat in your eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then beat in your vanilla and butter flavoring.
Alternate adding your buttermilk, cream soda, and dry ingredients in batches until all are well incorporated. Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full, then bake for 15 to 17 minutes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean and cake springs back to the touch. Cool completely on wire racks.
For butterscotch filling: In a double boiler (heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water on the stove), combine butterscotch chips and heavy cream and stir until completely combined and smooth. Cool to room temperature. Fill a squeeze bottle with ganache and insert into the center of each cupcake, squeezing until filling begins to overflow.
For buttercream frosting: Cream butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add in ganache, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt and mix until well combined. Beat in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until reaching desired consistency. Add milk or cream by the Tablespoon as needed. Frost cupcakes and top with a drizzle of butterscotch ganache.
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