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Book Review: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

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Author: Chris Hadfield

Pages: 304

Synopsis: Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield’s success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

In An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don’t visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.

You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.

Rating: 4/5

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Book Review: The Continuity Girl by Leah McLaren

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Title: The Continuity Girl
Author: Leah McLaren
Publication: April 9th 2007
Pages: 352
Synopsis: Meredith Moore is the perfect continuity girl. An on-set script supervisor, she is the error catcher, the one who makes sure every take matches seamlessly with the one that came before it. But when Meredith wakes up on her 35th birthday with a sudden acute yearning for a baby, her personal sense of continuity is thrown into flux. Determined not to marry, she impulsively flees humdrum Canada and heads to London to reunite with her notoriously eccentric mother, Irma, and accept a job on a famous producer’s film. Her covert plan: find a man with good genes, seduce him, and have a child–all without him knowing, of course. But in her quest to become pregnant on her own terms, she will accidentally discover a web of secrets that will change the way she envisions both her professional life and the nature of love.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

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Book Talk: The Psychology of Losing Yourself

We’ve all been there.

One of the main reasons you may enjoy reading is because you have a chance of losing yourself in the fictional world for a given period of time. Suddenly, you’re a child who discovers you’re actually a wizard who has been sent into the human world to be protected from evil. Or you’re a teenage girl in a faraway future where you fighting and dying is a sport and the winner gets to live with fortune for their district.

And after you flip the last page, close the book, and put it on the table next to you, you can’t help but feel like with one flick of your wrist, you can cast a spell. Perhaps, you even find yourself following the characteristics of your favourite character. You might be a little more sarcastic. You might want to dye your hair red, wear dresses, and high heels. You might even change your thoughts, finding one physical attribute to be more attractive than the rest.

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Book Review: Frozen by L.A. Casey

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Title: Frozen
Author: L.A. Casey
Publication: April 19th 2016
Pages: 274
Synopsis: There’s one must-have toy this Christmas, and Neala Clarke has told her niece Charli she’ll get it for her. Never mind that she’s got less than a week and it looks like everywhere is sold out. She’s promised Charli a Fire Princess doll—and Neala is a woman of her word.

Darcy Hart is a people-pleaser. So when his adorable six-year-old nephew, Dustin, asks for a particular doll at the last minute, he says yes. Luckily for Darcy, there’s one left in stock at the local toy store. Unluckily for Darcy, he’s not the only person who wants it—and his rival is the one woman who’s immune to his charms.

Neala and Darcy have loved to hate each other since they were kids, and they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to get that doll. This can’t possibly end well for both of them…can it?

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much @lesliesbookblog for the nomination! I’m so honored! If you haven’t followed her yet, definitely give her one, and check out her gorgeous instagram too. That’s how we first met.

Rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you.
– Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
– Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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1.) Do you like going into books completely blind or do you prefer having an idea or a sense of understanding of what you’re about to read?

I tend to like to know what I’m reading because then I would know if it fit my preference at the moment. I’m a strong believer that our perspectives and opinions of books are affected by how we feel at the time of reading. So, if I want to read a mystery because I’m feeling kind of dark and gritty, I’ll pick one off the shelf and read that instead of forcing myself to read a new release of some book.

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Book Review: Stubborn Hearts by Melanie Munton

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Title: Stubborn Hearts
Author: Melanie Munton
Publication: April 26th 2016
Pages: 128
Synopsis: What they say is true…never get involved with someone you work with.

David Edelman was an arrogant prick. At least that’s what Claire Stevens thought. She didn’t have many enemies but if she were forced to make a list, he would certainly be at the top of it. So, when she walked into her new job and saw him standing there, she’d been two seconds away from turning tail and running. But she needed the job and she never backed away from a challenge.

Claire Stevens was a stuck-up brat. He couldn’t believe that out of all the people in the city, she was the one hired to be his new assistant. The woman who drove him crazy. It was campaign season and this election was the one he and Clay had been working toward. He couldn’t allow his frustrating and maddeningly gorgeous assistant to distract him.

But then one night, that all changed.

It was just supposed to be a no-strings-attached, never-to-be-repeated-again kind of night. They weren’t supposed to actually feel anything. They weren’t supposed to remember how each other felt. And they sure as hell weren’t supposed to want to do it again.

But they did.

And they denied it, they fought it. But after a while, it wasn’t enough. They knew they were going to have to face up to their feelings. They were going to have to stop fighting and give in. Which wasn’t going to be easy. For Stubborn Hearts, it never was.

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Book Review: Mr and Mrs by Alexa Riley

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Title: Mr and Mrs
Author: Alexa Riley
Publication: April 10th 2016
Pages: 94
Synopsis: Phillip has been married to Molly for a year. He’s beyond obsessed with his new wife, to the point that he has to hold his true feelings back. If she knew how crazy he is for her, she might push him away.

Molly is feeling distance growing between them, and she’s worried she’s not enough. One night she walks in on Phillip, and it changes everything.

When Phillip discovers Molly was in an accident and now has amnesia, he’s going to do all he can to make her fall in love with him again. Holding nothing back this time.

Warning: It’s just as crazy as it sounds and just as over-the-top ridiculous. If you want to get silly with us and spend a little time away from reality, grab this one up!

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[Mini Book Reviews] Three Little Lies Series by Sara Ney

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Title: Things Liars Say
Author: Sara Ney
Publication: July 30th 2015
Pages: 185
Synopsis: Lies, lies, lies; everybody tells them….

Greyson Keller didn’t intend to lie; it just came out that way. So when the object of that lie shows up on her doorstep, she is confused, shocked, and embarrassed.

Calvin Thompson is an Ivy Leaguer, attending University over an hour away, playing rugby and basically not giving a crap. So imagine his surprise when some guy named Greyson begins rumors online that they’re dating — the only logical solution is to drive an hour and confront him…

Be there when Greyson and Cal finally meet face-to-face because.
Sparks. Will. Fly.

Yes, sparks fly. That’s why this book is intended for those 17+
Foul language, and sexual content.

Rating: 2/5
Thoughts:  

I wanted to like this book sooooooooooooooooooo badly.

At the beginning I thought it was pretty cute because Greyson was so shocked that Cal Thompson was real but then quickly, I got irritated by Cal for being so stubborn. He seemed so cold towards Greyson when she was clearly flirting with him that it made me think he was uncomfortable because he still thought she was a full on stalker.

What to expect from this book? A chunk of emails and text messages and a guy who can’t believe he’s sexy.

My final recommendation? Give it a read if you’re interested. I’m going to move onto the next story and hope for the best.

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Title: Things Liars Hide
Author: Sara Ney
Publication: November 17th 2015
Pages: 137
Synopsis: Secrets, secrets, everybody has them…
Tabitha Thompson is many things, but a liar isn’t one of them. Unless you count the sexy secret she’s spent a year hiding from everyone: her friends, her family. The secret she never counted on anyone discovering…

One chance encounter.

One clumsy mistake.

One sexy discovery.

Now, only Collin Keller stands in the way of her secret–and everyone else. And he just may be the one who ruins it all…

Tabitha Thompson, you secretive little sneak…

Rating: 3/5
Thoughts:  

Main female heroine was really annoying and the conversations sounded unnatural and too puffed. Sara Ney does not write conversations well nor does she add angst into the mix. Tabitha (our heroine) is irrational, jumping to conclusions. Skip this one.

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Author: Sara Ney
Publication: January 31st 2016
Pages: 139
Synopsis: What if…

Someone you barely knew asked you for a favor.

What if…

They needed you to be something you weren’t, in exchange for nothing. Unless you count a mouth full of lies and a half-broken heart. Faker. Pretender. Liar. There are worse things to be called.

So would you do it? Would you?

Daphne Winthrop did.

And you’re about to find out what happens in the end.

Rating: 4/5
Thoughts:  

While not the highest rating of 5/5, this book promises adorableness between two unlikely characters who find themselves drawn to each other. Our hero is a dork. He wears suspenders, plaid shirts, peacoats, glasses, and doesn’t scream the fashion forward model but I can’t help but imagine him being dorkishly cute despite what everyone says. Our heroine is gorgeous. She has amazing green eyes, nice body, and a sweet personality. And she’s also a dork. For all things Sci-fi. I really enjoyed this book out of the rest of the series because it had fluff, nice sex scenes, and a feeling of longing. I wanted for both of them to admit their feelings for each other so badly at times. I suggest to skip both the first novels and read this one instead.

The only major problem I had with it? Sara Ney describes a vagina as “lady bits.”

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Book Review: 1981: Jesse’s Girl by Lindy Zart

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Title:  Jesse’s Girl

Author: Lindy Zart

Publisher: WaWa Productions

Publication: February 26th 2016

Pages: 96

Synopsis: The road trip from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and back is meant to be the final adventure before four friends go their separate ways in the fall.

Except nothing goes as intended, beginning with the unexpected addition of Catherine Tate, Jessie Keller’s new girlfriend. Sam Kent denies his attraction to her while simultaneously deflecting unusual interest from his pal Hannah Lopez. Dickie Dean is the socially inept book lover who surprises them all.

Amidst a malfunctioning vehicle, being caught in the middle of a robbery, beer drinking, mosquito attacks, and other teenage drama, the five experience courage, broken hearts, fear, and laughter. Most importantly, they make memories.

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Book Review: Kidnapped by the Billionaire by Jackie Ashenden

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Title:  Kidnapped by the Billionaire 

Author: Jackie Ashenden

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication: March 1st 2016

Pages: 384

Synopsis:  He kissed her the way he’d run her down, conquering her, taking her…

A priceless plan. An illicit attraction.
Seven years ago, billionaire-turned-bodyguard Elijah Hunt lost everything he had-his family, his future-and now he wants revenge. But when he decides to kidnap the daughter of the man who ruined his life, Elijah gets a lot more than he bargained for. Violet Fitzgerald is nothing like her corrupt wealthy father. In fact, she’s so disarmingly independent-and irresistible-that she just might be dangerous…

And a love that’s too good to be true.
Violet never thought she’d feel a connection to her captor. But there’s something beneath Elijah’s steel-bodied exterior that makes her want to know him more deeply…and surrender to his every demand. But once Elijah’s erotic fantasies become a reality-and he and Violet develop a real romantic connection-he finds himself in a quandary: Is he still the one in control? Or has Violet imprisoned him-body and soul?

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