I Shouldn’t Drink While I Read

Love in a Nutshell—Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Guys, I’m so far behind this from last summer. Yeesh.

Which means, that I also kind of don’t remember it because during the summer I have a tendency to read books that are lighthearted and silly, and what I lovingly refer to as “nonsense books”.

I love Janet Evanovichs work, she’s hilarious and after reading the description of this book, I DO kind of remember it.

It’s about a woman whose husband left her, she was fired from her job, so she goes back to her parents summerhouse “The Nutshell” to try to turn it into a B and B while working as a spy for a beer company to pay the bills.


I remember liking it, I gave it a solid 3 stars so I definitely thought it was funny and entertaining.

Good summer read. The end.

The Husband List—Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

Okay, I’ll level with you. Even after reading the description of this book to remind myself what it was about: I don’t remember it.

But I also gave it three stars so I enjoyed it last summer!!! I must have.

God I have to start writing little reviews on GoodReads to remind myself later.

Like Hansel and Gretels trail of breadcrumbs so I can find my way back.

I might have to reread this because reading the description it sounds funny and interesting.

Too bad it didn’t stick in my brain. I must’ve been drinking too many Caesars at the cottage when I read this.

Hot Stuff—Janet Evanovich and Leanne Banks

Maybe I just shouldn’t read during the summer….

Or while drinking.

Yet another summer read where I don’t remember diddly. But this also got a 3 star rating from me on GoodReads!

Basically this book is about a girl who rents a room in a condo belonging to a drag queen. She’s then made to look after his dog because his apartment keeps getting broken into. Cate starts falling for some cop. There’s socialites and tyre salesmen, all in all, it’s the same kind of humour as her Stephanie Plum series.

How to Be a Woman–Caitlin Moran

Morning all! This book is truly amazing. I borrowed it from my sister out of nowhere and I was pleasantly surprised. Borrowing is a little ridiculous since I have roughly 10000 books in my room so what the hell am I doing reading other peoples book lists?! But here we are. And I’m glad I did it.

Admittedly, I didn’t think this woman would teach me anything. I figured this would be a good laugh and some stories from her life. Overall, I thought I was walking into a dumb-dumb funny read for my piddlesworth puddle brain.


It was all that. I feel like she actually taught me some interesting things about feminism and sexism and all manners of which I can now use the word “Cunt”.

It was a funny, smart, and great book to read when you need a reminder of what it is to be a woman. She talks to you like your her friend, student, and daughter and we all need to hear what she has to say.

EVERY woman needs to read this because she goes through everything from adolescence to giving birth, to talking about feminism to talking about abortions, breastfeeding, growing older, and all that in between.

It’s just so damn good.

I’ve also learned recently that Emma Watson added this to her GoodReads book club “Our Shared Shelf”. So you know that it’s a smart, clever, and all around great book for women. (And men can learn a thing or two from it as well. Can’t wait to read ‘How to Build a Girl’ that I just found at the Elora book sale this weekend!)

(#17 A Book That Will Make You Smarter. Didn’t know until afterwards. Well worth it. #26BooksWithBringingUpBurns 2015)


Constant vigilance!

Blurt Alert

Dobby is freeeeeee!!!!

I’m back, I’m back, I’m back. *happy dance*

This week was so lovely and cleansing! Admittedly, I cheated and looked at Facebook and texting because I’m planning a trip home and trying to coordinate with people so it made it difficult to cut it all out completely. BUT I think I busted my addiction to the following things:

Perez Hilton, Goodreads, Pinterest

And to an extent, Facebook, texting, and the constant need to be hilarious via Facebook statuses. But I did miss this site! I had so much to share and I couldn’t/wouldn’t give up on the peace it gave me to take a break!

I had to find new ways to start my morning instead of “reading the morning paper” type stuff, which was reading Perez, looking at dumb stuff on Pinterest, and berating myself for not reading faster and keeping up with my Goodreads weekly quota. We do this thing called Morning Pages, and it’s just writing down whatever comes out of your head when you first wake up. Mine are usually based around what I just dreamed about, how much I suck, what I have to do that day, or any manner of trying to quiet the boohooer in my head so I can enjoy the day. (Personally, I love reading about my dreams instead of the constant berating.)

My journal has new meaning to me now since it was my only form of outlet. I made lists of songs that I was singing to myself, wrote down more things that I was grateful for than just simply people or books, and just used it to dream about life again. (Haven’t done that since I was a kid. It’s normal form is just a worry-holder.)

I’ve lost five pounds this week. I read four books. I listened more. I opened up more to people. I spent so much time with Doomsday I’m sure she wants to kill me. I’ve been eating better and looking after my body more.

I stopped being a complete and utter drone/slave to the internet. AND IT WAS WONDERFUL.

But now I’m back. From outerspace. I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face.

Such a wonderful week!

And now for the headlines that couldn’t make it onto the interweb for you all to enjoy and commiserate about (In no particular order):

1) I dyed my hair brown and it’s a mess. I miss the blonde already and I’m changing it again tomorrow. Not that you care what I look like just as long as I’m funny. But I care dammit. I look like I have grey in my hair and it’s weird.

2)I’m getting more hours at the thrift store because I’m awesome and they are awesome and they love that I’m growing there and so do I!

3)David Duchovny pinched Doomsdays butt yesterday and she hated it.

4)Throat chakra has been the biggest eye opener for me (after sacral). I’m not a mouse. But tongue exercises are ridiculous and make me feel like a little kid.

5)Texting is a gateway drug.

6)I like laying on my bed in the morning and just thinking after I finish my pages.

7)Tuesdays with Morrie is a beautiful book and we should all read it.

8)I yelled across the street at a lady so that I could take a picture of her dog for my sister. I’ve never spoken to a stranger on the street unless I’ve bumped into them. Making big moves here, people.

9) Janet Evanovichs books are still super funny and I read two this week because I’m a dumby and started reading one and then discovered I hadn’t read the one before that.

10) I’ve missed music most of all. Nothing can replace it when you are sad, happy, scared, or just want to dance. Not even your own voice. (Although singing to myself helped a bit.)

11)My best friends dog died this week and she’ll be greatly missed. I’ve also been likening his pain to that of Frodo’s and I’m genuinely hoping that it’s been helping.

12)I’ve figured out what songs are in my heart and they are all awesome. (The songs that I have memorized are: Home-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dream a little dream–Mamas and the Papas, U should know better–Robyn feat. Snoop Dogg, My Chick Bad–Ludacris [?], It’s my Life–Bon Jovi, and several, several, Disney songs.)

13)My prom date got engaged this week and that’s fantastic!

14)Piano teacher is coming to perform a show in Vancouver tomorrow and I’m excited/terrified as it’s new and scary and awesome all at the same time.

15)I talked to a lady with dreadlocks yesterday that were all colourful and amazing. Says I could totally have dreadlocks because her hair was just as thin as mine except now it’s just ten years worth of her hair on her head. Contemplating it. (Not really. I’d have short dreads and it would be horrible.)

16)Met an Asian lady who happily bought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as her “souvenir” from Vancouver! She bowed to me when I told her it’s one of my favourite books and how much I love it. (Normally I don’t geek out with strangers.)

17)I’m so excited to go home and hug my dogs.

I’m happy it’s over and I’m happy about what I’ve gained from it and what I’ve let go from it. I won’t feel the need to constantly be on the internet or “checking” things just because I’m bored.

This has gotten crazy long, so I’ll leave it that for now! But I’ll update more this week! And you’ll get some quotes tomorrow. 🙂

Love and light and constant vigilance.

GoodReads Kittens

Hey little ducks!

Just a site update, you can now follow my reading list on GoodReads! Naturally, keep coming here for real reviews. But if you are looking for a more current way to stalk to me and my babies, than that’s how!

What are you all reading this weekend? I’m ankle deep in The Hobbit.