Manga Series Review: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Manga Series Review: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Title: Naruto, Volumes 1-72 Author: Masashi Kishimoto Publisher: VIZ Media Source: Chicago Public Library – Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In another world, ninja are the ultimate power—and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat—a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His…

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2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge

2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge

The one thing I’m always complaining about is how long my TBR list is and how I just keep adding to it, so it’s really hard for me to take book recommendations, because I’m so backlogged. So, this challenge is perfect, because I want to focus on getting to those books I keep meaning to read and keep putting off for other books. This challenge is hosted by Austine from NovelKnight, and she has a fun twist to gamify the…

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Beauty Review: Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick – Honeymoon

Beauty Review: Sephora Rouge Shine Lipstick – Honeymoon

I got this on sale at Sephora and thought that I’d give it a shot. I love collecting different color lipsticks so I can have something for every occasion, and I tend to be drawn more towards corals, pinks, and reds, so I thought I’d do something different. Honeymoon is listed as a glossy, semi-sheer toasted taupe. Here are the comparisons:                   And for the closeups:           VERDICT…

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Library Love Challenge Sign-Up

Library Love Challenge Sign-Up

With moving into a pretty small apartment with another person who also desperately loves books, I’ve found myself in very serious lack of shelf space, so the library has been a huge help for me being able to read books while also not accumulating so much stuff (and helping us save money so we can buy a house that has more room for our books!). So, when I saw that Bea’s Book Nook and Angel’s Guilty Pleasures were teaming up…

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Podcast Review: Crimetown

Podcast Review: Crimetown

Before I get into this review, I should probably explain how podcasts have taken over my life over the last few years.  My first year teaching, I used to listen to sports talk radio on the way to work.  I would occasionally listen to music, but found that I got more out of people talking.  This wore on me very quickly.  I then started listening to NPR (which I now joke is my obligation as a teacher).  One thing quickly…

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Book Review: Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes

Book Review: Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes

Title: Dark Sons Author: Nikki Grimes Publisher: Blink Paperback: 208 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A guy whose father ripped his heart out too. You and me, Ishmael, we’re brothers, two dark sons. Destroyed, lost, and isolated, the perspectives of two teenage boys—modern-day Sam, and biblical Ishmael—unite over millennia to illustrate the power of forgiveness.     *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Overall Rating: 4 out of 5…

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New Year’s Resolutions – 2017

New Year’s Resolutions – 2017

Making resolutions at the start of each year used to be almost like a religious task for me. We were never very religious in my family, but I took resolutions seriously — working for weeks to make the perfect goals that would help me be a better, happier person. Unfortunately, that activity dropped off once I went into grad school. I was already working so hard on my education and my degree that I couldn’t imagine expending even more effort…

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We Made: Steak with Chimichurri

We Made: Steak with Chimichurri

It was my birthday a little while ago, so my husband went all out on the dinner front and got crazy fancy with his cooking. When he asked me what I wanted for my birthday meal, I really had no clue about what I wanted as the main part of the meal, but I opted for cream cheese mashed potatoes and brown sugar glazed carrots as sides (two of my absolute favorites). It was his job then to look up…

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Book Review: The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

Book Review: The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Title: The Princess of Trelian Author: Michelle Knudsen Series: Trelian, Book 2 Publisher: Candlewick Hardcover: 448 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The hundred-year war with Kragnir is over, and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents’ subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this dragon princess as their future queen? It doesn’t help that Meg is suffering horrible nightmares and sudden, uncontrollable rages—and…

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Audiobook Review: Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro

Audiobook Review: Donny’s Brain by Rona Munro

Title: Donny’s Brain Author: Rona Munro Narrator: Full Cast Publisher: LA Theatre Works Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes Source: Audiobook Sync Summary: (taken from Goodreads) The acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro has created a remarkable story about a man who wakes up from a car crash with brain damage. Now, he sees the world as the person he was three years ago, when his life and loves were in a very different place. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Jared Harris as Donny Sophie…

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