Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - [New] Series I Want To Read

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is...
October 21: Top Ten New Series I Want to Start (New… as in the last year or so)
Idk about “New” per se but I’m just going to list series I want to start but haven’t as of yet.
1. The InfernalDevices by Cassandra Clare
2. Penryn &the End of Days by Susan Ee
3. The TunnelSeries by Roderick Gordon
4. NewsoulSeries by Jodi Meadows
 5. The AbandonTrilogy by Meg Cabot
6. Sign ofSeven by Nora Roberts
7. PartialsSequence by Dan Wells
8. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
9. AlienatedSeries by Melissa Landers
10. Red RisingTrilogy by Pierce Brown

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bucket List Bloghop & Survive & Thrive Bloghop

It's time for some more hops this month. There has been quite a few!

The Bucket List bloghop is co-hosted by Sherry Ellis at Mama Diaries and Susanne Drazic at Putting Words Down on Paper.


Travel to...
1. Australia/New Zealand
2. Hawaii
3. Yukon for camping trip
4. Yellowstone National Park
5. Yosemite National Park
6. Niagara Falls
7. Finish/Publish my WIP
8. Find our forever home
9. Have my wardrobe look like my Pinterest wardrobe
10. Go white water rafting one more time
Survive & Thrive Bloghop
Monday, October 20, 2014
I'm going to highlight a chronic disease my husband battles every day.
Crohns Disease - also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from
mouth to anus. Symptoms often include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and weight loss. Crohn's disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals. Crohn's disease affects about 3.2 per 1,000 people in Europe and North America. While the exact cause is unknown, Crohn's disease seems to be due to a combination of environmental factors and genetic predisposition. Crohn's has a genetic component. Because of this, siblings of known people with Crohn's are 30 times more likely to develop Crohn's than the general population. The diagnosis of Crohn's disease can sometimes be challenging, and a number of tests are often required to assist the physician in making the diagnosis.
Ok, so thats the short Wiki version... my husband was diagnosed in early 2006 but had symptoms starting in late 2005. He was sick for months, going from 198lbs to 125lbs in a matter of months. The biggest symptoms were his very high fevers and an enlarged segment of his stomach that was bulbous, red, and hot to the touch. And it could be easily noticed just by looking at it. I took him to the hospital because I thought it was his appendix. This is when his condition went from Acid Reflux/IBS to Crohns. After a week long stay in the hospital and almost having a section of his intestines removed, the doctors put him on some serious meds which helped! After a series of medications that wouldn't stabilize his condition, the doctors decided to put him on Remicade. Remicade is an intervenes drug that helps treat anything from arthritis to various cancers. (He sits at the hospital for 4 hours, once every 6-8 weeks.
Side effects from Remicade:
  • serious and sometimes fatal blood disorders
  • serious infections
  • lymphoma and solid tissue cancers
  • reports of serious liver injury
  • drug-induced lupus
  • demyelinating central nervous system disorders
  • psoriasis and psoriasiform skin lesions
and others.
Since taking Remicade, he is back up to his original weight and seems to be healthier. Although, taking this drug diminishes your immune system so he [we] have dealt with some serious skin infections and it happens on a regular basis. He now has to treat these occurrences with more drugs. It's a never ending cycle.
Side note: Another side effect... crabbiness (that's gentle way of putting it).
Thank you for stopping by and taking a peak at my Bucket List. And big thumbs up for taking the time to read about Crohns.
Stay Healthy my friends!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Book Places We Want To Visit

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is...

October 14: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)

1. Hogwarts – Harry Potter by JK. Rowling
2. Middle Earth – The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

3. Wonderland – Splintered by A.G Howard
4. New Beijing – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers

5. Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy – Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – same name by Ransom Riggs

7. Eretz – Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
8. House of Night Vampire School – House of Night series by P.C. & Kristen Cast

9. The Smoke – Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
10. St. Vladimir’s Academy – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Friday, October 10, 2014

Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Kit & Crew Blogfest

Today is the day! In honour of The Walking Dead premiere on Sunday, we...

... are celebrating by hosting:

Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Kit & Crew!

(Since this bloghop is all about having fun, if you have kiddos, we can assume they are safely tucked away in a safe haven somewhere while we’re out in the world fighting off zombies so do not worry.)


1 TWD character: Daryl Dixon (crossbow)
1 book character: John Snow; A Song of Ice & Fire/GoT (sword)
1 movie character: Alice; Resident Evil (massive firearms)
1 TV character (other than TWD): Ragnar Lothbrok; Vikings (sword/axe)
1 loved one: Justin; my husband (firearms)
1 friend: Jackie; soultwin, cousin (spiked baseball bat – cause she’s badass enough to pull it off)
1 freebie: 10k from Z Nation (sniper/slingshot)


1 comfort item: Picture of kids/family; to keep me going
1 weapon: Pickaxe; my other crew members have plenty of the other stuff
1 luxury item: My glasses
1 food item: Beef Jerky
1 medicine/first aid item: Inhaler
1 hygiene item: Deodorant
1 freebie: LifeStraw; water purifying straw

Outpost: My parents house. they have a stockpile of weapons and on a small lake. Also close to a distribution center. That is the meeting spot decided in our family. (Yes, we have a plan!)
Outbreak: Methuselah Virus(copyright)
Cause of the apocalypse: Scientists created a parasitic host to slow down the aging process when it went horribly wrong, creating mindless humanoids with only one thing on their minds – warm-blooded creatures. The virus spreads when host bites another victim, allowing parasite to inject eggs into the blood stream. Depending on the health of the new host, the eggs can take up to a couple of days to hatch and attack hosts system, slowly turning them.
Cure: N/A – temporary cures; destroy the heart and/or brain
1 item you NEED to find:  Pharmaceuticals/Pharmacy; yanno, for illnesses & an inhaler
1 item you WANT to find: Chocolate factory; What? Chocolate lasts forever, provides energy, and I LOVE it!
Method of travel: Sturdy vehicles and a surplus of gas/diesel from the air force base. If it’s been tapped out then we are screwed and on foot we will go until we can find vehicles to siphon.

It's never too late to join! Click here to find out how you can participate!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Character Driven Novels

Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is...

October 7: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels
1. Ender Game by Orson Scott Card
2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3. Help by Kathryn Stockett
4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
5. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6. Doll Bones by Holly Black
7. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
8. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
9. Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington
10. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
What Character Driven novels do you like?!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Express Yourself - Scary Crap

Express Yourself is a weekly meme hosted by myself and Jackie. It's goal is to help our fellow bloggers get to know one another better, to help motivate one another, laugh (or cry) together, in other words – stalk.

Oct. 6-10: What's the scariest movie/book you've watch/read?

We did this question back in June, but in case you've read or watched anything scary since then, and because it's the spooky season, we thought it'd be good to ask again.
If you haven't read/watched anything new, then tell us what you'd like to read/watch this Halloween season?

The Conjuring is the last scary movie I've watched but I'm hoping to get to the theaters to watch Annabelle. That movie looks so creepy good!

I have read A LOT of zombie books so I really can't say which one is the best.

My favorite genre is Horror so I've got a few scary-as-hell movies and books under my belt.

Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to sign up for the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Kit and Crew! This Friday is the big post.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Life Tag - Ten Books I'd Incorporate Into My Life

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday's are usually my Top Ten day but this weeks list is...

September 30: Reader suggested --> Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read (because difficult of book, subject matter, because it was cringeworthy-- however you want to interpret)

I just can't think of 10 novels I have had a hard time reading. Maybe two or three but nowhere close to ten. So instead I am opting to do a different "challenge" of sorts.

Book Life Tag. If I tag you, I will let you know (likely through Twitter). Don’t forget to link back to me so I can see your answers! Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to participate. via XpressoReads

Who would be your father?
Zach’s dad from Doll Bones by Holly Black. You don’t hear much from him until the end of the book. What he says is so important and says a lot about his character.

Who would be your mother?

Lynn’s mother in Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. She knows what it takes to survive and sacrifice.

Who would be your sister?
Sophronia from Gail Carrigers’ Finishing School series. Who wouldn’t want a super spy sister on their side!

Who would be your brother?

Cas Lowood from Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Having a brother who could destroy murderous dead souls and send them to the next world would be amazing!

Who would be your pet?
A Daemon from The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. Mine would be an owl I think.

Where would you live?
The world of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Where would you go to school?
Hogwarts in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

What would be your fictional job?
I would want Karou’s job in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series, resurrecting dead chimaera.

Who would be your best friend?
Aphrodite from the House of Night series by the Casts.

Who would be your significant other?
Morpheus, the moth man in A.G. Howards Splintered series

My Tags:

Bouquet of Books
Literary Engineer
Some Dark Romantic
Medeia Sharif