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This week on the blog. . .

Series Review: Eversea and Forever, Jack by Natasha Boyd

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fine Art of Pretending

Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Feature and Follow Friday

Review: Falling by Design by Valia Lind

This week in real life. . .

So the 17th was my birthday! I am now only one year away from turning the big 30. So we’re going to a local park with my brother and sister in law and my dad to go do some canoeing and have a picnic. Should be fun, it’s a gorgeous day today!

Other than that, I’ve been working on the blanket I told you about last week. I’m making good progress and hopefully will be done this week sometime. Still working on the garden and trying to finish up the fence we’ve been working on as well so it’s been business as usual! The kids are in their last month of school, which they’re not too happy about. They’ve been so excited about school this year, which makes me really happy.

In book news, I just finished Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo which was sooo good! I don’t know why I haven’t read it before now.



 The ends will get tied in later

We had a ton of rain last week, so we had some really awesome sunsets after.


Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!















This week on the blog. . .

My review of Poison by Bridget Zinn – 4 stars!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Covers I’d Frame as Pieces of Art

Waiting on Wednesday: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Stacking the Shelves #1

Ugh, only one review this week. Hoping to do 2-3 reviews a week, so fingers crossed this week is better!

This week in real life. . .

First off, Happy Mothers Day everyone! I have three little kids, so Mothers Day is always fun seeing all the things they make me at school. I got woken up bright and early to see them and we had a fun morning. I got my Mothers Day/Birthday (my birthday is the 17th) present early: a new Kindle! My old one died a while back and when I read e-books, i’ve been reading them on my phone. So my husband got me a new Paperwhite, which I love. It’s so nice to be able to read on a bigger screen again. Now to find a pretty case. . .

I also wanted to offer condolences to whoever might be hurting on this Mothers Day. I lost my mom over 11 years ago, and every Mothers Day is bittersweet. It never gets any easier, but I’m lucky to have a lot of good memories of her.



I’m on the left, my brother is in the middle.                                 


One of my other hobbies is crocheting and knitting. Right now I’m working on a baby blanket that I kind of made up the pattern for. I’m super slow, so these take me a while, fitting in a little bit in the evenings usually. Hopefully it’s done in a month or so.



Granny squares FTW! 

A few years ago I bought a nice camera, so sometimes I like to fool around with that as well. Spring is one of my favorite times to photograph, since everything is new. My brother got me a really pretty poppy plant the last time he was here, and I love up close photography so I’ve been trying to get a good one. I like the one below I think. How was your week? Do you guys have any cool hobbies? If I had the time (and the money), I’d like to try out everything!








So I thought it would be a good idea to start a post, once a week on Sundays, just to go over the past week on the blog and fill you guys in on what’s going on with me outside the world of books. It’ll also be a place to put all the links for the week in one place and let you guys know if you missed something important!

This week on the blog. . .

My review of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – 4 stars!

Waiting on Wednesday: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

My post on joining the 2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program

My review of The List by Siobhan Vivian – 3 stars!


This week in real life. . .

I live on a small farm so we’re constantly either thinking about getting new animals, getting new animals or trying to find a place to put the new animals that I got. Just kidding. But it does feel like i’m always trying to rearrange the setup around here to accomodate animals. Anyway. We got a calf in December that we had to bottle feed, and even though we had a ridiculously cold winter, she made it! So right now, she’s living in the field with our two goats. The field was originally intended to hold just our goats though and now it’s woefully small for her. So while we’ve been figuring out fencing, which is super fun, I’ve been shuttling her and the goats back and forth between my back yard and her field every day so she gets some grass. Of course they have hay, but they love the grass so much and do so much better on it. So the place where I’m supposed to be able to let my dog out to pee is currently occupied with farm animals. Which also means that I have to pick up cow poop every day before I can let the dog out again. lol.


A goat on my back porch in my yard                                            


The cow in question – she comes like a dog when you call her

We also have 11 hens for eggs and every day for the last couple weeks we’ve had a fox coming through our yard. Last year we lost all of our chickens to raccoons and foxes so for these chickens we built a chicken tractor. Which is basically any kind of mobile chicken coop. I’ll probably do a post just about that, because we came up with a really cool design for it. Anyway, the fox has been foiled every day but I got some good pictures of him. And then yesterday I was outside and I saw the reason he’s been roaming around. Below our house, I saw the mommy fox with four kits. They were too cute! If I could have stolen one, I would have.


He was 15 feet from my front porch


I know, crappy picture, but you can see the baby in the center 



Mommy fox with babies – apparently foxes are really hard to photograph well

This week has also been full of gardening and gorgeous weather and also some torrential rain. Next week I’ll do a gardening post and show you guys some of what I’m growing. How was your week? Anything new or exciting happen for you? Let me know below! And I’ll leave you with some more pictures.


My favorite tree – Japanese maple in our front yard    


We get some really pretty sunsets