My New Favorite Song

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It’s no mystery that I have very strong feelings about grammar and its proper use. I’ve made it clear, on more than one occasion, that poorly used grammar and/or punctuation is my BIGGEST pet peeve as a reader. And as a human being in general. I really want this button:

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I mean, I know that I make mistakes from time to time, but I also go to great lengths to avoid those mistakes at all costs. And, yeah, I use text speak (and emoji) just as much as the next person, but I know that there is a time and place for it. That’s why this song makes me VERY happy. Take a listen.

When I heard this yesterday I about lost my mind! It was funny! It spoke the truth! It was obviously written just for me!

Knowing that there are others of you out there who share the same perspective as me regarding these “Word Crimes,” I just had to share this with y’all. So, what did you think? Instant classic? I agree. :)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Fiendish

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

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wow goodreads.pngClementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. 

Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.

When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

wow why1.pngBecause it’s Brenna Yovanoff, that’s why. Plus, there’s this: Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.” So, yeah.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Gates of Thread and Stone

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that encourages us to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re, well, waiting on.

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wow goodreads.pngIn the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe. 

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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I love anything having to do with time travel and/or manipulating time. Also, the mystery behind Kai’s “powers” intrigues me. And this just plain sounds good :)

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Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

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I know, I know. I disappeared. Again. I really am sorry.

And while the above e-card is very true (I’ve been binge-reading like nobody’s business), it’s not the reason that I haven’t been around lately. Honestly, I’ve just been kind of overwhelmed by life. Not necessarily in a bad way, but definitely in a Diana-is-in-desperate-need-of-a-vacation way. So I did what I always do in that situation: I fell off the face of the Earth. It’s a habit that I’m trying to break. Obviously I’m still working on it.

In my absence I’ve had some time to think and this is the conclusion that I’ve come to: I need a break. Clearly I’ve already kind of started it (what with my sketchy attendance the last couple of months and all), but I guess I just wanted to make it official, let you guys know what’s going on.

With as busy and preoccupied as I’ve been lately, I just haven’t had the time or the energy to put together a decent post. I know that sounds like a lame excuse, but it’s the truth. You guys know how time-consuming it is to keep a blog in working order and right now I just don’t have the time. Especially with my inability to write anything in under three hours. Seriously, it takes me forever to put together a post!

So here’s my plan: I’m going to lay low for the next couple of months and get my act together. My patient is out of school for the summer (YAY!!!), so I’ll have a little bit of downtime to play with. I’d like to use it to leisurely write and stockpile a bunch of posts without the added stress of having a publishing deadline (you know like, “I have to get this Friday Five post up by Friday!” or “I really need to review this book before I can write anything else!”).  That way, when I’m ready to start things back up again, full speed ahead, maybe I won’t feel so overwhelmed. Maybe. Possibly. Hopefully.

Anyways, there you have it. You probably won’t be seeing me around much for a little while, but don’t worry, I’m still here. And while I may not be posting regularly, I might still pop in from time to time, you never know. I’ll still be posting on Facebook and Twitter, so you can always catch up with me there, if you feel so inclined. I’ve been thinking about starting up Throw Back Thursday blog style, so keep an eye out for that. If you want. It’s totally up to you ;)

Soooooo, I guess that’s it. I’ll see you when I see you. Until then, keep calm and blog on (did I really just type that?). Oh, and Happy Reading!!!

It’s Science

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“There are a hundred trillion cells in the human body… And every single one of the cells of my body loves you. We shed cells, and grow new ones, and my new cells love you more than the old ones, which is why I love you more every day than I did the day before. It’s science. And when I die and they burn my body and I become ashes that mix with the air, and part of the ground and the trees and the stars, everyone who breathes that air or sees the flowers that grow out of the ground or looks up at the stars will remember you and love you, because I love you THAT MUCH.”

~ City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare