Blogmas #2: Top 5 Christmas Playlist

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Well, Christmas time is upon us whether we are ready for it or not.  It seems to have snuck up on me a bit this year.  Are you ready for the Holiday season?

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Music has always been a part of my life, no matter the time of year, but especially during Christmas. As a kid I remember my Mom going to the piano, pulling out the sheet music from the piano bench and sitting down to play. At times I could be found next to her singing along. I specifically remember singing, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Just thinking about it gives me all the feels.  

Is there a song that brings you back to your childhood and Christmases years ago?

Below I have listed five of my favorite traditional and nontraditional Christmas songs.  The traditional song list could have been a mile long. There are just so many good choices. The non-traditional list was a little bit harder to put together. The Christmas season wouldn’t be the same for me, without these songs.

 

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TOP 5 TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS

Do You Hear What I Hear? Johnny Mathis

Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24), Trans-Siberian Orchestra

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Andy Williams

A Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee

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TOP 5 NON-TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS SONGS

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, Gayla Peeve

Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer, Elmo and Patsy

Blue Christmas with Porky Pig

My Grown-Up Christmas, Kelly Clarkson

Mary Did You Know?, Pentatonix

What is your favorite Christmas and/or holiday songs?

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Blogmas #1: December TBR List and Goals (October and November Recap)

 

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Todays the first day of Blogmas! 

I am so excited that December is finally here! If you’re wondering what #blogmas is all about, check out my earlier post (here).

Recap of October and November

My last update, I had a goal that stated:

 PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward.

Well, I hit some hiccups along the way… October and November were a crazy mess!  I am not one to beat around the bush or be subtle so I to just come out and keep it real. For one, I wasn’t feeling well.  For those that don’t know, I struggle with chronic pain and illnesses.  The winter here in Minnesota really does a number on me.  The cold weather adds insult to injury. On top of that my body decided it would be a good time to get a severe infection and need to have an emergency surgery the DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING!  So, on top of my regular struggles, I am now healing from that surgery. BUT, I’m the mend.  Needless to say, I am hoping and praying December will be a bit easier.

Life is like a roller coaster.  It has its ups and downs,

but it’s your choice to scream or enjoy the ride.

Reading Recap

Books Read in October

Her Last Move by John Marrs

The Spy Who Was Left Behind by Michael Pullara

The Perfect Liar by Thomas Christopher Greene

The Case of the Golden State Killer by Michael Morfor and Michael Ferguson

Painless by Marty Thornley

Books Read in November

Gazelle In The Shadows by Michelle Peach

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Pigeon – Blood Red by Ed Duncan(review coming soon)

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (review coming soon)

Decembers TBR List

I always have so many more books on my list for reading in a month than I know I can get through…but I guess that’s half the fun!  There are SO many good books!

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

The Strange Curse of Breda by Steven Arnett

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

*I really would like to get to The Outsider by Stephen King but it will have to wait January.

Goals for The Bibliovert in December

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  1. Blogmas: I have 24 planned posts for December and 2 book reviews that I need to prepare. So this will be a good challenge for me.  At the time of prepping this particular post, I actually only have 2 posts completed and scheduled.  I am feeling the crunch. Procrastination at it’s finest!  (Are you a procrastinator?  I try so hard not to be, but it always just seems to work out that way. Maybe that will be a goal for January… less procrastination)
  2. Spend more time on The Bibliovert Instagram account
  3. Relax, listen to music, enjoy the holiday season and be present.
  4. *Reminder* Persistence over Perfection

 

HERE’S TO EACH OF YOU CRUSHING IT IN DECEMBER!

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO SEND A BIG THANK YOU TO THE OTHER BLOGGERS AND READERS THAT HAVE STOPPED BY MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE INTERNET. THE MESSAGES, THE LIKES, AND SHARES HERE ON THE BLOG AND MY SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS HAVE MEANT THE WORLD TO ME.

Thank You! ❤

#Blogmas Is Coming To The Bibliovert

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#Blogmas is a countdown, of sorts, to Christmas.

On December first, #blogmas will begin.  I look forward to participating in this, for the first time, this year.   I feel it will allow me the ability to post some different types of posts than I normally would, as well as place a holiday spin on Decembers posts.  I did leave a few openings for reviews, or other topics that may come up. 

So, we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s the December outline of what you can expect on The Bibliovert.

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Will you be participating in

#Blogmas this year?

What are your blogging plans

for December? 

 

#DEARathon | Drop Everything and Read

I am excited to say that I am going to be participating in the #DEARathon that is starting today and running through Sunday!  I have my stack of books all ready to go 🙂

This is an impromptu readathon that is hosted by Caz @LittleBookOwl and Red @LittleRedReads  over at DEARathon on Twitter. If you have some time, stop over and check them out! ❤

I could socialize if you want me too. Just kidding, I'll be reading instead.

Are you currently participating in any readathons or reading challenges?

#20BooksOfSummer | 2018 Challenge

 

20 Books of Summer 2018Cathy over at 746Books has a yearly challenge to read 20 books over the summer months. This year’s challenge is started on June 1st, 2018 and ran until September 3, 2018. This year I was excited about joining her on this journey. The 20 books that I chose initially changed a bit over time, but there was leeway in the rules to allow for that, which I was grateful for!

What was planned:
  • 20 BOOKS, 95 DAYS, 6,597 PAGES, WHICH EQUALS TO 69 PAGES PER DAY.
  • Documenting my journey through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and also writing reviews for each of the books along the way.
What was completed:
  • 14 BOOKS, 95 DAYS, 5,319 PAGES, WHICH EQUALS TO 56 PAGES PER DAY
  • Eleven reviews were completed on the 14 books read.
  • I didn’t tag this challenge on social media as much as I should have, and in the next challenge, I’ll strive to do better at that.

The books that were completed between June 1st, 2018 and September 3, 2018:

  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  2. Oola – Find balance in an unbalanced world by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl
  3. The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  6. Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel
  7. The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
  8. You Can Buy Happiness by Tammy Strobel
  9. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
  10. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  11. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  12. Under The Dome by Stephen King
  13. Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva
  14. The Last Straw by Ed Duncan
Final Thoughts

I saw this challenge as a success as this is the most I have read, in any one summer, ever.  This challenge kept me motivated to keep reading and to utilize my spare time better, to fit my reading in.

Thank you to Cathy over at 746Books for hosting this challenge. I look forward to participating in this challenge, in the next go around.

 

 

 

August | Monthly Wrap Up

August was a rollercoaster ride. It started out with a family vacation that was 10 days of fabulousness! Upon getting home my focus went to making sure my oldest son was packed up and that he had everything he needed to be moving into his first apartment away at college the following weekend. Once the last things were packed (the night before we were moving him in…no procrastination at all.), we were ready to roll. The next morning we got up early and headed out to move him in. This was a 4-hour car ride, one way, to get to his university!

Unloaded the moving trailer (check)

Unpacked his boxes (check)3

Set up his apartment (check)

Twelve hours later, my family and I returned home exhausted!

Just like last year, I had the most difficult time with my son moving out.  I was so depressed that not much got done, reading included. Luckily, I’m pulling myself out of that hole, slowly but surely.

The rest of the month went off without any hiccups. Thankfully!

 

Reading

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Reading was a bit slower this month. I had really hoped to catch up on my reading challenge and get back on track.  However, I read 5 books.

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan

There were many unplanned and planned occurrences that took place this last month that prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked.  But…that’s life.  Things change, right?

Challenges

#20BooksofSummer

20 Books of Summer 2018

This challenge that was created by 746Books.com that started June 1st and is running through September 3rd, 2018. You can read about my initial book selections here.  This challenge, #20BooksofSummer has pushed me to read more books this summer than I ever have in the past. I have found more free time to dive into these books than I thought possible.  It has been relaxing and refreshing to have that much time dedicated to something that I love to do.

According to the rules of this challenge, I was able to switch out a few of the titles with others that seemed to grab my attention a bit more. This month I certainly took advantage of that rule.

Make sure to check back, the morning of September 4th, to see the complete list of books that were completed during this challenge.

The Blog

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The month of August has continued to be a month of learning, growing, and researching.  I haven’t gotten to write as much as I would like so there is plenty of room for growth next month and going forward. I had 5 posts (6 counting this post) this last month, which was on par with my goals for the month, of 1 post a week.

I still feel really green when it comes to blogging.  There is so much information out there that it feels like my brain is on information overload.  There is so much to still learn and questions to ask.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to plow forward and find my path with this blog. I need to find what works for me.

My Goals for September

  1. Increase my posts to the blog (2x week minimum)
  2. Continue to grow my social media accounts (increase by 6%)
  3. Create a blogging schedule, and stick to it
  4. *REMEMBER* PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION (There will be hiccups along the way, just keep moving forward)

Last, but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to the other bloggers and readers that have stopped by my little corner of the internet. The messages, the likes and shares here on the blog and my social media accounts have meant the world to me.

Thank You! ❤

July | Monthly Wrap Up

July came and went so fast. Where did it go?!? I just don’t understand how it can possibly be August already! I have a son that is heading back off to college this month and I need more time with him!! Anyway, I thought I would start doing a post, monthly, to recap what the prior month entailed.  So, here it is, my monthly wrap-up for July!

Reading

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Reading was a bit slower this month. I had hoped to catch up on my reading challenge and get back on track.  However, I only read X number of books. There were many unplanned and planned occurrences that took place this last month that prevented me from reading as much as I would have liked.  But…that’s life.  Things change, right?

Challenges

#20BooksofSummer

20 Books of Summer 2018

This challenge that was created by 746Books.com that started June 1st and is running through September 3rd, 2018. You can read about my initial book selections here.  This challenge, #20BooksofSummer has pushed me to read more books this summer than I ever have in the past. I have found more free time to dive into these books than I thought possible.  It has been relaxing and refreshing to have that much time dedicated to something that I love to do.

According to the rules of this challenge, I was able to switch out a few of the titles with others that seemed to grab my attention a bit more. I am a very mood driven reader. So I will read Stephen King, then jump to a chick-lit book, and then throw in there some personal development.  Anything is possible, thus the changes.

Anyway, here are the books that I have completed since June 1st.
  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  2. Oola by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl
  3. Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  6. Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel
  7. The Killing Forest Sara Blaedel
  8. You Can Buy Happiness by Tammy Strobel
  9. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
  10. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

As of today, I am 34 days shy of the completion date of #20BooksofSummer.  That is just under 5 weeks to finish 10 books (2 books a week). Granted, I am just about finished with book number 11, I think it is fair to say that I may just come up short on this challenge.  However, I am still going to work hard and see what I can do.

#24in48

In July I participated in my first readathon, #24in48.  It was hosted over at 24in48.com. The goal was to read a total of 24 hours out of the 48 hour time period. There were hourly challenges and door prizes. Tons of interaction on social media. I had A BLAST! I look forward to joining this challenge again in January of 2019.

The Blog

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July has been a month of learning, growing, and researching.  I haven’t gotten to write as much as I would like so there is plenty of room for growth next month and going forward. I had 5 posts this last month, which was on par with my goals for the month, of 1 post a week. But, gosh that doesn’t seem like enough.

Blogging still feels so new to me.  There is so much to still learn and questions to ask.  I know this is a learning process that will continue even long after I feel comfortable posting. Thus far I have jumped in with both feet and have tried learning as much as possible along the way.

Last, but not least, I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to the other bloggers and readers that have stopped by my little corner of the internet. The messages, the likes and shares here on the blog and my social media accounts have meant the world to me.

Thank You! ❤

 

 

 

#24in48 Readathon

This last weekend I participated in my first #24in48 readathon.  You may have wondered what I was tweeting about all weekend.

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A little about it:

  • It was hosted over at 24in48.com
  • The goal was to read a total of 24 hours out of the 48 hour time period.
  • There were hourly challenges and door prizes
  • Tons of interaction on social media
  • IT WAS A BLAST!

At the end of 48 hours, I did come up a bit short of the 24-hour goal.  But, I had fun and I am proud of the hours I did log while doing something that I love…. READING! 

If you’re interested in participating in the future, feel free to check it out at 24in48.com.  

The next readathon will be January 26-27, 2019!

 

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Let’s get social:  Twitter | Instagram

 

Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter, by Karin Slaughter (book cover image)

Synopsis:

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint.
One runs for her life. One is left behind . . .

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author—a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again— and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized—Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever . . .

My Thoughts:

*WARNING* This book may be triggering.  The description of physical and sexual violence is extensive. Readers beware.

Could you imagine, as a child, witnessing first hand your mother’s violent death? This event impacts each and every day of Charlotte and Samantha’s life.  This book is told through 2 different perspectives, both Charlotte’s and Samantha’s.

Are things really as they seem?

Which one is the good daughter?

You will know in the end.

I wanted to give this book 5 hearts, however after reflection I can only give it 4 hearts.  For me, the graphic events that were described that led to the above warning, left me feeling physically ill. Had I known of the described sexual violence, especially against a child, there is no way I would have started reading this book. That is something I just can not stomach.

With that said, the rest of the book I found to be a great, but an emotional read.  It is a well-written book with many twists and turns. As for the characters, they  are well-developed. They seemed to jump off the page.  My favorite aspect of a book is always the idea that these books play out as a movie in my mind.

In the end, my last thought was that this book broke my heart.

I've got to figure out before I die whether I want to be happy or I want to be right. - Karin Slaughter, The Good Daughter

Rating:

4-stars

About the Author:

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop TownThe Good Daughterand Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.

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Product Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (April 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062430254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062430250

Link to Purchase The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 

20 Books of Summer 2018

Cathy over at 746Books has a yearly challenge to read 20 books over the summer months. This year’s challenge is starting on June 1st, 2018 and running until September 3, 2018. This year I’m looking forward to joining her on this journey. This is a great opportunity to work on making a little dent in my TBR list.

The 20 books that I’ve chosen are:

(Each are linked to the specific books goodreads review)

That’s 20 Books, 95 Days, 6,597 Pages, which equals to 69 pages per day.

 Do you think I can do it?  

There are many blogs participating in this challenge. If you would like to follow along, we will all be using the hashtag #20BooksofSummer.  Personally, I will be documenting my journey through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and also writing reviews for each of the books along the way.

Are you participating in any challenges this summer?