Bookshelf Update: March 2016


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Top Ten Tuesdays: Five Most Recent 5-Star & 1-Star Reads

For the third installment of my new series, Top Ten Tuesdays, hosted by The Broke & The Bookish, I have a top 5 and a bottom 5 category for you! To view the original Top Ten Tuesday post and guidelines, click here.

Today’s categories are…

Five Most Recent 5-Star Reads

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | my review | synopsis | 44% off here

An Ember in the Ashes (#1) by Sabaa Tahir | my review | synopsis15% off here

Red Queen (#1) by Victoria Aveyard | my review | synopsis15% off here

Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | my review | synopsis | 25% off here

The Selection (#1) by Kiera Cass | my review | synopsis | 45% off here

… and …

Five Most Recent 1-Star Reads

Please, remember, this is just my opinion! I know a lot of people really liked the books I listed as my 1-Star picks … so, if you’re one of them, I am sorry, but I cannot help that I really did not like these stories, or the characters! This list below is in order from least disliked (Shatter Me), to most disliked (Beauty Queens).

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | my review | synopsis17% off here

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson | my review | synopsis19% off here

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hann | my review | synopsis24% off here

Joyride by Anna Banks | my review | synopsis27% off here

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray | my review | synopsis15% off here

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

Welcome to the second edition of Top Ten Tuesdays!

This series is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features a different Top Ten list each Tuesday! You can find their original post and each week’s category here. If you participate in Top Ten Tuesdays, please post your link in the comments below so I can read yours! Also, you can join the official linky on TB&TB’s weekly post.

This week’s category is…

Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like

I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

(inspired by freebie topic)

The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking 

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

The Giver by Lois Lowry

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian

Sneak peak @ next week, March 29: Ten Most Recent 5 Star Reads (aka Ten “Best” Most Recent Reads) (or 5 latest five-star reads & 5 latest one-star reads)

Manicure Monday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

1I need to gush about how much I love Jamberry wraps around the holidays. Yes sure they have amazing nail lacquers and gel polishes, but, as much as I try to do the cute designs such as hearts, anchors, christmas trees, santas, spider webs, skeletons, turkeys, four leaf clovers …. and sooometimes succeed, I can never ever do my own right hand, because, I’m right handed (obviously). I loooove decorating nails according to the season, and each time a holiday rolls around, I stock up on each holiday wrap that Jamberry releases for that holiday. Hey – I figure if there are four weeks in the month, and four wraps for that holiday – you get where I’m going with this! 🙂

Okay, so, I was a bit late to the game with St. Patrick’s day because we bought our first house! We closed on 2.26.16 and have been ridiculously busy moving, cleaning, repairing… BUT I’ll still show you the wraps I have that I’ll either use next week, maybe on my toes, or, save them for next year! My dear Momma’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day, so I cut all my St. Patty’s Day sheets in half and sent a half of each sheet to her! ❤ (a sheet does 2 manicures & 2 pedicures with 8 extra accent nail wraps)

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The week of St. Patty’s Day I wore the Bit O’ Luck wraps which have matte and metallic colors and feature three different designs. The metallic wraps, which are like foils (like a thin layer of foil and a thin layer of stickiness), are trickier for most people to apply without wrinkles, but, I’ve found that if you really tug (like you would saran/cling wrap) and use the warmth of your fingers to really press and massage the wrap on and smooth around the edges, the foils almost go on better than wraps that are clear, matte, etc. and (for me) last longer!

Do you do your nails (or get your nails done) for St. Patty’s Day? Post a pic in the comments below! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

WELCOME to a new weekly series (for me), hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features a Top Ten list each Tuesday! You can find their original post and each week’s category here. If you participate in Top Ten Tuesdays, please post your link in the comments below so I can read yours! Also, you can join the official linky on TB&TB’s weekly post.

This week’s category is…

Books on My Spring TBR List!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

in case you noticed there are only nine, i fear commitment 😉

MANI MONDAY: Essie’s Imported Bubbly


Essie’s Imported Bubbly is one of my “go to” polishes. You won’t be surprised to hear that I began this look with Sally Hansen’s Hard As Wraps and finished it with Seche Vite’s Top Coat. Imported Bubbly with everything and is a nice shiny nude, not too gold, not too pink, but just right in the middle. In the photos, you can see one was taken in direct sunlight and one was taken inside, in indirect sunlight. The only (minor) downside to this polish is that its really hard not to have streaks because its … metallic, or pearly, like? It’s hard to describe … but if you put the polish in your freezer about 10 minutes before you will be ready for it. If you’re doing a manicure before polishing put it in the freezer right before you begin your manicure, and that should be perfect. This simple trick can be used on any polish, for a smoother application.


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What are some of your favorite Essie polishes?

What are some of your “go to” polishes?

BarkBox Unboxing: March 2016

Our first Barkbox!! To get yours, click here!!

I apologize for the poor video quality, I was doing this on the fly without being able to prepare!!! My mom is behind the camera, if you’re wondering who I am talking to throughout the video. I have two Chihuahuas, Riley (3 mo), and Ivy (1.5 yrs). Ivy is picky about toys & treats but Riley is not.

Barkbox is a monthly subscription service that delivers a box of treats and toys (4-6 items) for your furry friends. The more months you sign up for, the cheaper it is, but you can go one month at a time for $29 per month including shipping. I signed up for 6 months for $20 per month including shipping. All edibles are all natural, preservative free, etc. You can pay a small fee of $9 for extra durable toys if you have strong jaws in your house. When you sign up, you choose the size dogs you have, so you don’t end up with huge toys/treats for your tiny pup, or vice versa.

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Barkworthies Lamb Ear $4

Sojos Simply Turkey Treats $11

Nootie Mini YumZies Pepperoni Treats $7

BarkMade Plush Taxi Toy $10

BarkMade Lady Liberty Ball $8


10 out of 10! We can’t wait for next month!!

To get yours, click here!!


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Ivy, my older Chihuahua, didn’t want it to end!! You have to wait another 30 days, my love ❤

Bookshelf Update: February 2016


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  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | 14% off!
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell | 29% off!


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  • February: Sci-Fi Love
    • The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry | 21% off!
    • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells | 66% off!