What Makes Me Happy

I was tagged by Alex at coffeeloving bookaholic for this tag a couple of weeks ago. Going into a new school year, I definitely need to focus on the happy, so this is great timing!

5 Things That Make You Happy!

  1. My family
    I have the best family. My son is so filled with joy and fun, and every day he impresses me with his increasing wealth of knowledge. I’m having so much fun sharing my love of books with him! I have the best husband in the world, who takes such good care of me and our family. I don’t know what I would do without him. Family is the most important thing to me, and I’m lucky to have such a great one.
  2. Is books too obvious?

    Because, well, obviously. But they do! It’s so nice to have a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy, stressful day and join the world of my latest book. To leave behind my own struggles and cares for ones that I know will resolve in a couple of hundred pages! To learn more about myself and what it means to be human. To have adventure, and true love, and MAGIC.
  3. Music
    I actually studied music in college. Music has always been a huge part of my life. It’s rare to find me doing anything without music on in the background, and one of my favorite parts of the day is driving home with the music turned all the way up and singing along.
  4. Brooklyn 99

    We don’t watch a lot of TV at our house, with the exception of college football in the fall. (GO FROGS!) But we never miss an episode of Brooklyn 99. There has never been a show that has made me laugh out loud like this. Except Arrested Development, obviously. Andy Sandburg is such a lovable goofball, and the whole cast is genius together. Every character is my favorite. I like to think of myself as a mix of Amy and Rosa.
  5. Animals
    Any animal, really. They don’t even have to be cute. I’ve often said that I love animals better than people. I especially love my pets, Percy (cat) and Petey (dog). Percy will always be my first baby.

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Hogwarts Tag

I know this may come as a bit of a shock, but I love Harry Potter. *GASP!!!*


Like, seriously.

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Okay, so I played Pottermore consistently, every single day, for two years. I’m really into Harry Potter.

So when The Orangutan Librarian tagged me on this one I pretty much freaked out and left several all-caps comments in a row. My silent fangirling puts the gifs of the internet to shame. I mean, just LOOK at my grammar! It’s fallen all into disarray because I am so freaking exciting about the Hogwarts Tag.

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P.S. If anyone wants to pay my way to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I would love you for the rest of eternity. Continue reading

What Cats Do Book Tag

deb773bb59015df6035ce347608302cd--reading-books-kitty-catsThis tag is too cute! I love cats, even if (especially because?) they make my IQ seem to drop about 50 points any time they are visible. So when Kristin Kraves Books tagged anyone who loved cats, I figured I was a perfect candidate.



As cats do when they’re happy or relaxed. What is the book that makes you the happiest or relaxed?

giphy (13)Probably the whole Harry Potter series! At this point reading them is like going home. Continue reading

I Messed Up Book Tag

I’ve seen this tag a couple of times now, and I just think it’s so funny! Most recently I saw it on Diary of a Bookfiend, and she tagged anyone who wanted to do it. Well, I want to do it. So tag, I’m it!

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.

Okay, remember when the casting for the Hunger Games movie came out and everyone was all pissed off because Rue was black? Yeah… I was one of those people.


To clarify, I was NOT pissed off Rue was black! In fact, once I saw it I was like, “OH! DUH! Rue and Thrush are black!” But in the book they are simply described as having “very dark skin”, which I figured meant a Mediterranean deep olive coloring. I figured anyone who meant black would say black. It wasn’t until movie casting that I realized Katniss wouldn’t have a word in her vocabulary for that skin color and just described it the way she saw it. Oops. Continue reading

The TBR Tag

Hello everyone! I am writing this on vacation, but I’ve done such a good job of scheduling posts that by the time you see it I’ll have been back for a couple of days. Note to self, pre-scheduling is good but doesn’t leave much room for flexibility…

Thanks to Krista and Dawlyn at Little Blind Book Finds for tagging me! They are pretty much my favorite duo on the internet, and we basically like all of the same things, so if you’re reading this you should go check them out now!

Also, if you are reading this and saying to yourself “What the heck is ‘tbr’??” don’t you worry for a second! I totally feel you! TBR means to-be-read, and that acronym essentially doesn’t exist outside the book communities online, so there’s no reason you should know it. I’m sad to say it took me a good month into blogging to figure it out.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

12825954_503052579897122_1614991515_n(1)I am on goodreads, which is a great place to keep track of the books I want to read, especially since I can’t afford to just go buy them all. However, I do have a dresser in my bedroom with some rather  pretty bookends on top, and I keep any books I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet on there. Which lately has gotten to be pretty small. Continue reading

Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for this award thrice now, but thanks most recently to Darque Dreamer for the nomination! This one makes me feel so special. What better compliment is there than to be a ray of sunshine in someone’s day?



  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Let’s be realistic, I’m probably nominating 3 or 4)
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

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How I Choose My Books Tag

There is basically no rhyme or reason to the way I choose books. Sometimes I take recommendations, sometimes I just spot a book in a store that looks interesting, sometimes I seek out a particular kind of book. So this tag should be fairly interesting! Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me!

Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

8921The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I was actually working at Borders Books when they went out of business, and I got this book during the liquidation sale. 40% off! I wanted to read Sherlock, and this was the first I’d ever seen that was a stand-alone. Continue reading