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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.@goodreads 

Re-Read on Audio 2017 ~ Just going to tweek my old review as I still feel the same about the book and movie.

** 2015 ** Review

I just recently watched the movie "Wild." I have actually watched the movie several times now. When I saw that it was based on a true story I immediately logged onto Amazon and ordered the book. I am so glad I did as this is a wonderful book.

Of course there are different things in the book than in the movie, but that just made it better, it was liked I was learning more about Cheryl's life.

I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail when I would see the signs to it not far from where I live. But I got sick and that never happened. If you get a thought to try something, don't wait, DO IT, because you never know what is going to happen.

I never even knew anything about the PCT. I want to get books on it and read about it. I want to see in a book the actual places that Cheryl was in the book. I want to recognize some of the places.

I can't state enough how much I loved the book. It was so moving and hard. I can't imagine the things she went through, what anyone that hikes like that goes through. I love hiking but this is beyond hiking in my opinion.

Cheryl found out a lot of things about herself while on the trail. She met a lot of nice people along the way as well.

Sometimes a person's life is so sad and seems so horrible and then something wonderful comes along. Cheryl eventually found that in her life and I'm happy for her.

I recommend this book to anyone that loves hiking, to anyone that loves stories about finding yourself, to anyone that loves stories about the hardships of life. And Cheryl made it. ♥

Totally awesome!

Lady Mechanika Volulme 2

After a young friend shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep, Lady Mechanika immediately drops everything to come to her aid. They embark on a globe-spanning trek filled with ancient artifacts, secret societies, and scientific curiosities, but Lady Mechanika is eventually confronted with an impossible decision: the life of her friend, or the fate of all humankind.

Set in a fictionalized steampunk Victorian England, a time when magic and superstition clashed with new scientific discoveries and inventions, LADY MECHANIKA chronicles a young woman's obsessive search for her identity after a mad scientist's horrific experiments left her with mechanical limbs and no memory of her past.

This volume collects the entire second LADY MECHANIKA story, The Tablet of Destinies, along with a gorgeous cover art gallery. @goodreads 

The only reason it wasn't a 5 star for me is for something I didn't like in the beginning of the book.

Lady Mechanika ends up with a visit from little Winifred. She thinks something has happened to her grandfather. He's in Africa trying to find a treasure. Made me think of Indiana Jones for some reason. Then some evil people come on the scene and you know how that goes.

Mechanika and Winifred set out to find her grandfather and these evil people keep kidnapping Winifred and Mechanika keeps having to get her back. It was crazy. They have some help from friends.

On the way to Africa they get blown down by said evil people and end up stuck in the Sahara Desert. Then they meet some people and make new friends. Then Winifred gets kidnapped again and so forth and so on. Things finally work out and we all live happily ever after =D

I will leave you with some art from the book but they are in no order.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Sam is a geek movie-buff with a ragtag group of loser friends who have been taking abuse from the popular kids for years. But when the super-cool Camilla moves to town, she surprises everyone by choosing to spend time with Sam's group. Suddenly they go from geek to chic, and find that not everything boils down to us and them. With their social lives in flux, Sam and Camilla spend more and more time together. They become the best of friends, and Sam finds that he's happier and more comfortable in his own skin than ever before. But eventually Sam must admit to himself that he's fallen in love. If he confesses his true feelings to Camilla, will everything change again? @goodreads

I loved this book so freaking much!

I start Monday by falling flat on my arse. A normal guy might think his day could only improve from here. I seriously doubt this is going to be the case. I hear laughter and clapping. Someone cheers.

Above me, a giant sign hangs precariously from the corridor ceiling: a pink and purple, glitter-encrusted symbol of doom, handmade by the Spring Dance Committee.

Justin Zigoni takes a flying leap over me and slaps the sign with his hand. A shower of glitter descends from the ceiling and a piece lodges itself in my eyeball.

I loved it from the first few paragraphs.

Sam, Mike, Adrian and Allison are all best friends. They are the nerds of the school with Sam actually being the smartest book wise.

They have this great life together. Sam writes screenplays or at least he's trying to because that's what he wants to do with his life. He's always a horror movie buff. YES! And one of his favorites is the original Halloween, like me ♥ Plus, he's just a movie buff in general. I love all of the old school movies that are incorporated into the book.

Adrian is a dork. Allison is the quiet female friend and Mike is a black belt in karate.


Camilla transfers to their school. She becomes super popular because her dad is someone and knows people. But she finds her way into the little group and I just love her. She gets them to do things they never would have done and I love it. She doesn't try to bully them like the other kids and everyone likes her.

She even gets them to go to the beach over in Brighton with the mean kids. And some of them turn out to be nice. Although, Sam almost freaks out just going. I love him =)

Adrian skips ahead, Camilla threads an arm through Allison's, and Allison smiles at her gratefully. The two of them follow Adrian.

Mike drapes his towel around his neck. "Dude, are you gonna pass out? Cos I'm not sure unconsciousness will be your best defense.

"Mike-assuming we're not killed on sight-are we actually expected to talk to these people?"

I love how everyone sort of falls all over themselves when Mike decides to take his shirt off and of course, Sam's commentary. Lol

My best friend might live in a uniform of thick hoodies, but he has also spent the majority of the last four years doing push-ups and sit-ups and whatever other stuff they get yelled at to do in karate classes. Maybe I look like a prepubescent girl with my shirt off. But Mike-well, Mike looks exactly like he has spent the last four years at the gym.

Sam and Mike are the closest in the group and there is something up with Mike during the whole book. He quits karate and won't tell anyone what is going on even though they keep bugging him about it. They think it might be over a guy but that's not it at all. I love how Sam rallies everyone together to find out what's wrong and how he helps Mike.

Sam and Camilla get close and they play Warcraft together, they learn about each others family, they learn a lot of things. I think they are so cute!

There is so much laughter in the book and I loved it so much. I need more laughter and I found myself laughing out loud many times. I want to have friends like this damn it!

They all seem to help each other out when the other has a problem. I love that so much. I mean there are things with parents not really being there for some of them. Parents splitting up and depression trying to set in but the friends don't let that happen. It's just wonderful.

Then some stupid stuff happens as it always does and they are not talking. Then there is an apology and Sam finds Camilla sick at her home all alone so he brings her to his house where his mom can take care of her while he's at school. It helps him come out of his depressed mood over some things that happened.

I change out of my feral depression clothes. I shower and brush my teeth, put on clean track pants and an old T-shirt, and then I stare at my face in the bathroom mirror until Mum taps on the door and asks if I've drowned.

Oh, this book was amazeballs. I love when I can find a book that makes ME happy. That's what it'a all about peeps.

Mel ♥ 



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Before I Die by Candy Chang

After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, "Before I die I want to _____." Within a day of the wall's completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than four hundred Before I Die walls have been created by people all over the world. This beautiful hardcover book is an inspiring celebration of these walls and the stories behind them. Filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak, Before I Die presents an intimate portrait of the dreams within our communities and a chance to ponder life's ultimate question. @goodreads 

I have had this book for awhile. I got it from Book Outlet and I'm so glad I did, it made me feel so good to read about what this lady started all over the world.

The front and back cover of this book is beautiful. It looks like the walls that are out there in the world.

While looking for photo's from the book, I freaking found that we have a wall here in Chattanooga! YES! It's down the interstate toward downtown though. =( Most of my good friends on here know I have agoraphobia (fear of leaving the house) and my panic disorder causes all kinds of problems being in a car. It takes all I can to ride to my doctor's appointments. Luckily they are all about 5 minutes away. But, this wall will not be something I can handle to go and write on. Maybe that should be one of my goals, to make it to that wall. Here is a woman in Chattanooga getting ready to write on the wall.

From the link I read, our wall was revealed in June of this year (2017) and it was set up by Hospice and some others.

I decided I'm making my own wall, but inside a notebook. I think it is a wonderful thing to have and I want to write down any and everything. I thought about talking to dad about making one and putting it right in our front yard!

Here are a few pictures of some other walls.

This book was put out in 2013 (at least my edition was) so there are probably millions of these places that haven't been documented yet. I think they might have a website too. I would think so.

In this book is says there are over 200 walls created on 6 continents & 40+ countries. I think that is amazing.

Well, I was looking for an inspirational book and I found it ♥

Here is a little thing I made of a few of the comments on the walls.

Also, at the end of the book it gives you instructions on how to make your own wall. Getting permission, materials, stencils etc. I think it's perfect, just perfect.

Mel ♥



Monday, August 14, 2017

The Life-Changing Manga Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo's life-changing tidying method to life with the fun, quirky story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo's advice and inspiration.

Marie Kondo presents the fictional story of Chiaki, a young woman in Tokyo who struggles with a cluttered apartment, messy love life, and lack of direction. After receiving a complaint from her attractive next-door neighbor about the sad state of her balcony, Chiaki gets Kondo to take her on as a client. Through a series of entertaining and insightful lessons, Kondo helps Chiaki get her home--and life--in order. This insightful, illustrated case study is perfect for people looking for a fun introduction to the KonMari Method of tidying up, as well as tried-and-true fans of Marie Kondo eager for a new way to think about what sparks joy. Featuring illustrations by award-winning manga artist Yuko Uramoto, this book also makes a great read for manga and graphic novel lovers of all ages. @goodreads 

This book was sooooooooooooo cute =)

And I did actually learn some tidbits of information about getting rid of stuff. I have been getting rid of stuff for some time now but it never seems to make a difference. And I have recently started getting rid of books I'm not going to read again so it's making more room!

Chiaki is the girl in this book and boy is she a hoarder! But I thought Chiaki and Marie had a good time tidying up and setting priorities. I actually have a few more things I want to add to my big giveaway pile after reading this little book. I love giving stuff away, it's so refreshing to get things out and know that someone will actually use it =) I don't think I would have paid much attention to the real book (I think there is a real book format) as much as I did with this little manga. It was just too cute and I loved the pictures.

There just happens to be a cute boy next door that she can invite over after she tidy's up! ♥

He got to see her house by accident before it was clean and he freaked. I mean, I would too. It was super impressive when it was clean though.

Either way, I loved this book being in manga form. I really enjoyed it.

*Thank you to BloggingForBooks for a print copy of this book.* 


Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire. Agerastian heretics, armed with black fire and fueled by bitter hatred, seek to sever the ancient portals that unite the empire - and in so doing destroy it.

Asho--a squire with a reviled past--sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin. Beset by tragedy and betrayal, demons and an approaching army, the fate of the Kyferins hangs by the slenderest of threads. Asho realizes that their sole hope of survival may lie hidden within the depths of his scarred soul--a secret that could reverse their fortunes and reveal the truth behind the war that wracks their empire.

Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Path of Flames is the first installment in a gripping new epic fantasy series. @goodreads 


OMG! I loved it!

I have already put the paperback on my Amazon wishlist for when the price goes down because I want this bad boy on my shelf!

I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I love this book!

There is magic, demons, people with powers, gates to who knows where, secrets, evilness, etc and so on.

I loved so many of the characters. I loved Asho and Kethe, Tiron and so many more. These characters all have different strengths in the book.

I don't want to give too much away but there were some important peeps killed in battle and then some jerks come to take over the throne from a woman (of course) Well, said woman has some pretty bad arsed people on her side. Her own daughter turns out to be a force to be reckoned with along with a few others with powers.

I loved the whole story line and it just touched my wittle heart and made it soar! I don't know what it is about the book, but it made my day/night. I think it's great when people can find those special kinds of books. Ones they are never expecting to hit the mark that much. It makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. Lol!

I loved how Asho came into his own. I wasn't sure about him at first but then all of the sudden he was all in it. He just went for it and then I found out some revelations about him that were sad and that have me wondering. The same with Kethe, she's the daughter of a Lord but things are not what they seem with her. She has her own cool revelations.

There are some beast creatures and just stuff people, STUFF. You can buy this book or read it on Kindle Unlimited if you are interested in it. I'm sure glad I gave it a chance. To be honest, the cover is what brought me to the book and I'm loving the covers on the next three books.

I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm hoping to read the rest of them before the year is out and see what all happens with these wonderful people. I just know someone I love is going to die. One almost did but they were brought back! Yes, magic people. I didn't really like how it was done but that's neither here nor there.

If you didn't like the book, good for you, I'm only interested in what I love =) 

to be continued . . . 



Thursday, August 10, 2017

♥ August Nocturnal Box Unopening ♥

This is my first time with Nocturnal box and I'm loving it! If you love horror/mystery and would love to get horror themed items, this is the place to go =) 

I love this postcard from Salem's Lot and the pin from Patient Zero by Jonathan Mayberry!

We got three books with this box. Two new releases and one older release =) I got one that was signed. 

I thought the Exorcist mug was hilarious =) I also got a bath bomb that I put in a bucket to fizzle out and I got a cute little spider inside that I put inside this  mug on my shelf =) 

The hat is a reference from The Stand. I haven't read that book yet so I'm not sure what it means but I'm sure many of you will =) 

I didn't not like the cockroach bookmarks. Lol, they freak me out. I love that artwork print. It's very thick card stock almost like cardboard so it's really sturdy.The print is by Ally Burke entitled "The Woman Who Never Killed Bugs"

I hope you guys enjoyed my Nocturnal Reader's Box! I'm so excited for next months box and will share it with you guys as well. 

Mel ♥