Dragon Bones Review

Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs

This is another book that wasn’t chosen to fit my challenge categories. I’m STILL waiting for my challenge books to become available. I guess I should have chosen less popular books. I was very frustrated last week when I realized that I had forgotten to put the next Harry Potter book onto my phone, and none of my others from Overdrive were ready yet. I was planning to dig into available titles from my Overdrive wishlist. The cover are seemed a bit dated, but I’ve been on a bit of a Fantasy kick lately, and this definitely kept with that theme. Continue reading

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Virginia Wine Month

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You may or may not know, but October is Virginia Wine Month. Virginia has quickly grown to rival even California produced wines in the US and is becoming well known on the international market as well. Wine production in Virginia started in 1619, and was fostered by Thomas Jefferson’s quest to produce wines rivaling those come from France. Continue reading

Saint Louis Trip

This past August, my mother invited my Husband and I to drive with her to St. Louis, Missouri with her for her high school reunion. I went to college at the University of Missouri, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to show James my old stomping grounds and have a much needed mini vacation. We took our Nissan Sentra, which is surprisingly roomy, and plotted our course along hwy 64 to 81 which takes you straight through West Virginia, kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Continue reading

That One Time I Took a Cycling Class

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As you all know, I’ve been on a mission to better myself. Back in August, I had a coworker who also taught classes at the local cycling gym called Purvelo, think Soul Cycle with a gentler price tag. She insisted that we all come around for a free class as a bonding thing, so I signed up. Now something you may not know about me,

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Fall is my favorite season. I can never get enough of the colors, layers, flavors, and feelings brought on by the falling leaves and cooling temperatures. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve been feeling a bit introspective, and I’ve been thinking a lot about family. We just celebrated the third annual Victorfest, a fundraising event that began as a celebration of life for my step-father three years ago, and I recently watched as two friends became engaged at our annual pumpkin picking trip. All of this introspection has prompted me to share with you one of my favorite, secret family recipes. Continue reading

Between the Lines Review

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

The next category to tackle for my reading challenge was a book written by two people. This was tricky for me because I could not think of a book that had been written by two people, side from anthologies, and I wanted to a book, not a collection of short stories. A google search send me to Goodreads, of course, which had a list of options. This story was written by Jodi Picoult, whose work I had not actually read before, and her daughter, Samantha. Samantha had come up with an interesting premise, a character and a reader who fall in love and try to figure out how to be together. Continue reading