2012: Rewind & Survive Monday, Dec 31 2012 

Hi Readers,

I think I am possibly the least consistent blogger on here. I think I will try to be better about that next year. It occurred to me earlier that I haven’t posted a book review since June of 2011. 😦

That being said, here is a rewind back to 2011 for any books I’ve read. Keep in mind, (Date, Title, Author, Rating):

6-13-11: The Laughing Corpse, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

6-16-11: Circus of the Damned, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

7-24-11: The Lunatic Cafe, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

7-24-11: Bloody Bones, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5

7-25-11: The Killing Dance, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

Then school began and I had a change of reading material:

Sept. 2011: The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan, 4/5

Oct. 2011: Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life, Alison Weir, 5/5

Oct. 2011: The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath, 3/5

Winter break came and I didn’t read at all. At all. So sad. But I wrote and wrote like a mad person due to my senior thesis. Anyway…

2-15-12: Morrigan’s Cross, Nora Roberts, 3/5

Apr. 2012: Burnt Offerings, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

And then I graduated. I’ve been reading like crazy to make up for lost time (except for the occasional gap where I was busy with one thing or another):

5-20-12: Dance of the Gods, Nora Roberts, 3/5

5-24-12: Valley of Silence, Nora Roberts, 3/5

5-28-12: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson, 5/5

Jul. 2012: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, 4/5

8-31-12: Blue Moon, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

9-8-12: Obsidian Butterfly, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

9-14-12: Narcissus in Chains, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5

9-18-12: Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution, Michelle Moran, 4/5

9-22-12: Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen, 3/5

9-24-12: Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris, 3/5

10-2-12: Cerulean Sins, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

10-15-12: Incubus Dreams, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5

10-17-12: Micah, Laurell K. Hamilton, 2/5

10-18-12: Danse Macabre, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5

11-17-12: The Harlequin, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5

11-22-12: Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, 3/5

11-24-12: Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James, 3/5

11-25-12: Fifty Shades Freed, E.L. James, 3/5

12-25-12: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson, 5/5

12-31-12: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson, 5/5
(the final five chapters were AMAZING.)

I know there aren’t explanations and the usual chit-chat, but I thought I would share anyways. Oh! And some of the dates are spelled out or just in number formation–that’s because I didn’t write down when I finished it. 😦

On a side note, I’ve been keeping track of what I read by going into Goodreads. It is really helpful and I’ve been able to document almost every book I’ve read since I was 9-years-old. In any case, perhaps you’re wondering if there’s a list for 2013–the answer is yes & no. I want to finish the lists from 2010 and 2011, but there aren’t any news lists–just perhaps some new books. Catch ya later–

Always,

Nolaleigh

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Long Time Gone Friday, Jul 13 2012 

Hey there,

After a rather long hiatus, I’ve returned to WordPress.

Part of the reason for staying away was school and all it entailed (I have since graduated!!). The other reason was the negativity I was receiving. I understand that by putting your words out on the web, you open yourself up to whatever people think, etc. However, I didn’t think I would need to post this particular entry because I believed it to be common courtesy or just being a decent individual that you don’t say certain things. I guessed wrong. After being criticized and attacked for a particular entry, I decided to stay away for a bit and collect my thoughts.

I don’t like being called names. Nobody does. Therefore, just because you do not agree with what has been written, does not give you the right to call me or anyone else something derogatory; making us think less of ourselves. Yes, we have a beautiful thing called freedom of speech, etc, but is it absolutely necessary for you to say things to someone when the outcome only hurts and doesn’t help them? I guess this is why I disagree with radical honesty (I know there are reasons behind why some participate, but there are those few who take it way too far).

Having an opinion is great. Everyone has one–juts means that your opinion is your’s and is ultimately no better than the next. I have no problem with people disagreeing with me–it makes for awesome conversations–but leave it at that.

If you’re going to blog surf all day, great, I hope you find something that catches your attention. If you’re going to do that and be a bully, leave my page. There’s more to life than misery loving company.

If you’re reading this and decide you want to read more of my blog or someone else’s… keep your potential comments constructive.

Always,
Nolaleigh

Something New Sunday, Jan 1 2012 

Hi Readers,

Everything else aside, 2011 was an incredibly busy, shocking, and memorable to say the very least. There were some really good times… and definitely some really bad times. More than any other year, I discovered things about myself and other people… I think it might almost be tragic to discover what I have. That being said, I’ve also received a renewed want to blog.

I know. I’ve posted countless entries about how I need to do this, accept that. challenge them, drop a “friend” like a hot rock, etc. This is not that kind of post. This is… a promise to myself that if I so desire to post something, I will make time to do so. On that note, I’m not going to discuss everything I’ve been up to since June, and I certainly won’t ramble on about school.. too much.

School began and like a rocket, I was gone. You can imagine what happens when you take 18 credits and work. Study? Sleep? Social life? Typically, I’ve heard you are allowed to choose two. I got to pick one, and despite being on the verge of a meltdown by the middle of the semester, I pulled through and finished this semester’s classes: Biology and Biology Lab, PE, Government and Politics of Asia, Choir, History of the Cold War, Medieval European History, and English Senior Thesis. Technically, I’ve not yet finished Thesis. I will defend in the Spring before I graduate. This coming semester, I am taking: Intermediate Creative Writing, Early Modern European History, Modern Latin American History, Choir, Applied Voice Lessons, PE, Government and Politics of Europe. I am already reading much of the material for a couple of the courses. I think it is better to read them now because if I don’t do it now, I won’t do it when I’m actually supposed to.

Okay… I lied. I rambled. Happy New Year–I wish you happiness and love.

Always,
Nolaleigh

June’s Top 10 Countdown Monday, Jul 11 2011 

Hi Readers,

I am late with another post. This time, however, I have good reason. Well, a good reason for me. I’ve been helping pack/unpack my mum’s new apartment. In any case, I will have more posts shortly and for this post, you know the drill. 🙂 Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. The Greater Journey by David McCullough
2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy
2. One Summer by David Baldacci

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
2. Worst Case by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. The Original Argument by Glenn Beck with Joshua Charles
2. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

Happy Reading!

❤ Nolaleigh

The Laughing Corpse Monday, Jun 13 2011 

Hi Readers,

It has been a year, maybe a little more or less since I’ve read Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. It is unfortunate because she is a great writer and her novels really pull the audience in. I’m not sure why I stopped reading… other than my school work… BUT, I’m back now and so is Anita in The Laughing Corpse:

Messy, Dolph had called it. A master of understatement. Blood was everywhere, splattered over the white walls like someone had taken a can of paint and thrown it. There was an off-white couch with brown and gold patterened flowers on it. Most of the couch was hidden under a sheet. The sheet was crimson. A bright square of afternoon sunlight came through the clean, sparkling windows. The sunlight made the blood cherry-red, shiny. (Pg. 18)

Trust me, I was being gracious by posting that particular quote. Hamilton does have a way with words. 🙂 I really can’t wait to read her other works, and more specifically, the ever-growing Anita Blake series. I kind of wonder how much Anita resembles Ms. Hamilton; her picture on the back-cover fits the image I get when I’m reading about Anita.

I love Anita. I love Jean-Claude. I absolutely adore Hamilton’s other characters… but Anita and Jean-Claude… Their dialogue was awesome in The Laughing Corpse. I’m serious! Ask my mum… I scared the crap out of her one evening around 1 am because I was laughing so hard. I’ve been restraining myself from going and finding out what is in store for them in the future books… and I’m not a fan of being someone’s servant, but I am rooting for these two. Then again, if the relationship “works” between any vampire character and the mortal woman, I root for it… ANYWAY… These two characters are so well drawn out; in the first book, Guilty Pleasures, I really liked them bickering and overt “lusting” as Anita calls it, but here, I love it. I was all antsy waiting for Jean-Claude to show up–and he didn’t disappoint.

So, a little bit about the second novel in the Anita Blake series. This time, Anita has been asked to raise a corpse for a client with deviant preferences. Ms. Blake soon learns the more powerful a person is, the more their monster within surfaces. Whether she’s defying a vampire’s rights over her life, or a voodoo grandma with a bad rep, she does it amazingly well. Sarcasm in full swing, Anita Blake kicks ass and asks for names later. Which in all truth, makes this series…

Monstrously entertaining.
— Publisher’s Weekly

The plot was hella intriguing. I’d be getting ready to put the book down for the evening, and then BAM!, something would happen. I’d sit up in bed, “Say what?!” Aaand keep reading. On a side note, I don’t necessarily want to get involved, but researching voodoo would be pretty cool.

As soon as I can, I hope to pick up another book from the Anita Blake series. I mean, every time I finish one of these books, I become a bigger fan of Hamilton and this series. So, I am giving The Laughing Corpse a 4.5/5 out of 5. I was thoroughly entertained and can’t wait to pick up the next novel!

Until next time.

❤ Nolaleigh

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