Friday, August 18, 2017

When I'm Not Reading # 3

When I'm Not Reading # 3
A look into what I do when I'm not reading.



I wanted to share with you all what my family and I do on the weekends. As I've mentioned in my Back Again post. My brother races at a local dirt track, Selinsgrove Speedway. I wanted to share some pictures of his car and my family at the track. It is scary seeing him out there racing with the other cars. I know it is something he's always wanted to do. He is getting better with each race. He started late last year 2016. He's been in 3 wrecks. He was okay, the car needed some work done to it.





If you've ever gone to a race you know it is crazy. The excitement from seeing the cars on the track. Hoping the guy you are cheering on can win. It feels different when it is someone you know. A family member. Every time my brother is out there I say a little prayer for him to be safe. I also think back to when we were kids and he was obsessed with playing this Nascar computer game that can with a steering wheel. He'd play that game for hours.



This is from when he first started last year. Duck tape number and letter. The trailer you see behind it was borrowed from a friend of his.
















From May 20th 2017

The painting on the car was done by a family friend.








 This was last year. Waiting for him to go out onto the track. In the photo is my brother, sister in law, and Dad.


This was from last Saturday watching the late models.












Hope you enjoyed insight into what do besides reading.

Bout Of Books 20 TBR and Updates

I wasn't sure what books I wanted to read during the Bout of Books 20 readathon. I'm currently trying to finish The Violet Eden Chapters series by Jessica Shirvington.


Here is my TBR for the readathon:

Entice by Jessica Shirvington  465 pages
Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington 465 pages
Endless by Jessica Shirvington 480 pages
Empower by Jessica Shirvington 493 pages
The Bartender Piper Rayne  270 pages

Total number of pages: 2,173

My goal is to read all 5 of these books. If I managed to get through them all. I'll just pick something from my bookshelves or kindle.

Monday:
Number of pages I've read: 32 of Embrace  and 129 of Entice
Total number of pages I've read:161
Books: Finished Embrace and started Entice


Tuesday:
Number of pages I've read: 41 pages
Total number of pages I've read: 202
Books: still working on Entice. I'm  39% done

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Wish me luck. I never set TBR's because I never stick to them.
Happy Reading, Ashley

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20 will be here next week! I am so need of a readathon to help me get back into reading again. And just my luck Bout of Books is here to help with that. With that being said I will be participating in Bout of Books 20. If you want to as well go sign up at Bout of Books 20.
Cannot wait for the readathon to begin!! Happy Reading, Ashley


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team




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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Currently Reading

I've been having a not so great reading month so far in August. I've read 3 books. I've taken breaks in between reading. My addiction to Supernatural is to blame.

Anyways I thought I'd share a post on the book I'm currently reading. In this case it's rereading. Embrace by Jessica Shrivington I read this book back in 2012. I want to finish more series in 2017. And since it's already August I need to up my A game. So I picked this from the overdrive website of my library. I love overdrive. I know ebooks are a bit misunderstood by some. I personally love reading on my kindle. I sometimes prefer it over reading a physical book. I hope to finish Embrace in a few days and start book 2.

What are you currently reading? Plan to read for the rest of August? Finishing any series?

Happy Reading, Ashley

Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife by Leslie Kean

Surviving Death: Evidence of the Afterlife by Leslie Kean
Released: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Page Amount: 320, hardcover edition
Source:  Blogging For Books


"While exploring the evidence for an afterlife, I witnessed some unbelievable things that are not supposed to be possible in our material world. Yet they were unavoidably and undeniably real. Despite my initial doubt, I came to realize that there are still aspects of Nature which are neither understood or accepted, even though their reality has profound implications for understanding the true breadth of the human psyche and its possible continuity after death. 
So begins Leslie Kean s impeccably researched, page-turning investigation revealing stunning and wide-ranging evidence suggesting that consciousness survives death. Here she continues her examination of unexplained phenomena that began with her provocative and controversial New York TimesbestsellerUFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Keanexplores the most compelling case studies involving young children reporting verifiable details from past lives, contemporary mediums who seem to defy the boundaries of the brain and the material world, apparitions providing information about their lives on earth, and ordinary people who recount some of the most extraordinary near-death experiences ever recorded. Kean's first book, and her credibility as a seasoned and well-respected journalist, made people take notice of a topic that many considered implausible. This book will do the same this time enriched by Kean s reactions to her own perplexing experiences encountered while she probed the universal question concerning all of us: Is there life after death?""
Information from Goodreads.com 

My Thoughts:
I've always had an interest in past lives. And have found it fascinating that there are people that can recall a past life that they lived at one point. This book was a great insight into people giving information on a past life they lived. I did receive this book from Blogging For Books exchange for an honest review. I am glad to have been given a chance to read and review a book on a topic that hits close to home for myself. I have a family member that for years as a child would recall dying in a plane crash. No one believed the person. However years later and thanks to the internet the person found out about said plane crash that it was real. And even found out who they were on the plane.
If you are interested in past lives and learning more about them you should give this a book a read.

4/5 stars
Happy Reading, Ashley

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Library Haul July 2017

Since I needed a break from my books. I decided to hit up the library and found some good books to read. I also found two at the thrift store for .49 cent. You can't beat that deal.

Here is the pictures of the books I borrowed and bought. I don't get books alot. I do sometimes get free kindle books. I'm a free kindle book addict.

Library Haul

Thrift Store




This is my short book haul. Have you read any of the books I got? If so what did you think of them?

Happy Reading, Ashley 


Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Wrap Up 2017

July was another great reading month for me. I was busy with watching Supernatural and watching my brother race.


Here are the 2 physical books and 7 kindle books I read in July. I go through phases of loving reading on my kindle fire hd 7" and loving reading physical books. I love them both.




July 2017:


1. Breath of Scandal by Sandra Brown
My sister in law got me into Sandra's books. 4/5 stars
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
3. Where There's Smoke by Sandra Brown
This book was messed up. 5/5 stars
4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Another freaking messed up book. 5/5 stars
5. The Dark Light byT.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
6. Dark Needs by T. M. Frazier 5/5 stars
7. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 3/5 stars
8. The Deadly Dozen America's 12 Worst Serial Killers by Robert Keller 3/5 stars
9. The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre 5/5 stars




I also sorta took part in the Booktubeathon.


Happy Reading,Ashley

January-June Wrap Ups 2017

This is my wrap ups for the months of January through June 2017. I did really good so far in 2017. I made my original Goodreads goal of 20 books. I surpassed that number. So I decided to change my goal to 100 books now. Currently at 61 books read so far.


But anyways here is my wrap ups for the past 6 months. July will be getting a separate post in a bit.


January 2017:
Like I mentioned in the beginning I set my Goodreads challenge at 20 books. I did this because half way through the year I get anxious with my reading goal. I also decided to focus less on YA fiction and read more adult fiction.


1. The Bookshop On The Corner by Jenny Colgan
I borrowed this from overdrive. I loved it. 5/5 stars
2. Where There's Smoke by Jodi Picoult
This was a free kindle book I got ages ago. Was great. 5/5 stars
3. The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
I adored the original triogly by Julie. And was happy to be back in this world once more. 5/5 stars
4. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
Goodbye is bitter sweet. This was a great ending to the series. 5/5 stars
5. Sacred by Elana K. Arnold 5/5 stars
6. Ray of Light by E.L. Todd
received this for review from the author. Was a new adult fiction. 4/5 stars
7. The Barking Ghost by R.L. Stine 3/5 stars
8. The Summer Wedding by Lucy Kevin and Bella Andre
I received this for review from the publisher. 5/5 stars
9. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard 4/5 stars


Feburary 2017:
1. I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
This was a great read. I learned a lot about how and why Black Sabbath started. I highly recommended if you are an Ozzy fan.8/8 stars
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 5/5 stars (reread)
3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 5/5 stars (reread)
4. The Unfurtunate Valentine's Scam by Alannah Rogers
A cute Valentine's Day story. 4/5 stars
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This book was freaking fantastic.LOVED it!! 5/5 stars
6. His To Seduce by Stacey Lynn 5/5 stars
7. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I read this because it was going around Booktube in 2016. It was an interesting read and my first actual poetry book. 3/5 stars


March 2017:
1. The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters by Logan Marshall 4/5 stars
2. Irresistible In Love by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully 5/5 stars
3. Pennsylvania Driver's Manual 4/5 stars
4. Into To the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
Sad this series is over. 5/5 stars
5. You Own Me by Katelyn Skye 4/5 stars
6.The Kiss of the Concubine: The Story of Anne Boleyn 5/5 stars
7. Dirty Doctor by Whitney G. 4/5 stars
8. Truce by R.L. Mattewson 5/5 stars
9. Sweeter Than Ever by Bella Andre 5/5 stars


April 2017:


1. Possessive Daddy/Second Chance/ Raging Hard: A Stepbrother Seal Romance by B.B. Hamel 5/5 stars
2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass 5/5 stars (reread)
3. From This Moment On by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
4. Can't Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 5/5 stars (reread)
6. When the Storm Breaks by Avery Hart 4/5 stars
7. Hung: A Bad Boy Romance by Simone Sowood 3/5 stars
8. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard 4/5 stars
9. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han 5/5 stars
10. The Locked Room by M.D. Spenser 4/5 stars


May 2017:


1. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han 5/5 stars
2. The Best Is Yet To Come by Bella Andre 5/5 stars
3. Walker Island Romance Boxset by Lucy Kevin and Bella Andre 5/5 stars
4. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 5/5 stars
5. Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown 4/5 stars
6. Love In Lingerie by Alessandra Torre 5/5 stars
7. King by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars


June 2017:


1. Tyrant by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
2. Lawless by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
3. Soulless by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
4. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
5. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
6. Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Three by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
7. All The Rage by T.M. Frazier 5/5 stars
8. The Things We Do For Love by Anita Louise 5/5 stars
9. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han 5/5 stars


That is my reading for the past 6 months.
Happy Reading, Ashley







Back Again

Hello My Lovely Booknerds, I know it has been a while since I've posted anything on here. But since my family and I got a "new" computer. I will be back to blogging once a week or so. I've been reading a lot and also I have a new obsession. I became addicted to the tv show Supernatural. Right now I'm almost finished with season 6. My goal is to be caught up in time for season 13 premiere in October. Besides reading, watching tv, been spending some weekends at a local dirt racing track Selinsgrove Speedway. My brother stared racing there last year. It has been an interesting experience. He is getting better with each race. He has had 3 wrecks. One was from himself. The other two were because of other drivers. I will post some pictures of his car soon. We have added some new kitties to our clan. We had nine. One passed away. But then a little angel know as Cupcake appeared on our porch. She has been ours for almost 3 months now. Besides her we still have Fiona and Sofia. As well as Bam, Binx, Ozzy, Romo, Sniffles, and Bella. Our dog Sadie passed away back in January. Life hasn't felt the same. 2017 has been a tough year.


I miss talking about books and life with you all. I hope you all are looking forward to my reviews and posts about life and what not.


Sorry for being MIA. I found it difficult to blog from my phone and kindle. But if you follow me on Goodreads. You will see everything I've been reading.


I will post my July wrap up tomorrow.


Happy Reading, Ashley