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Um…March already?!  Geez!  February went lightening fast!  Well, I would love to have you join me next month.  Sponsoring is oh so easy with Passionfruit ads!  I have all sizes available so if you are interested in a spot you can visit my sponsor page and get all set up. I am using Passionfruit Ads so you can purchase your spot at anytime and it will go up on my blog as soon as it is approved. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.

Can you believe the year is already over?!  It went by so quickly!  I have to admit, 2012 was not the greatest year for me, but that just means 2013 will be all the more amazing!  I can’t wait to start fresh, and even though I don’t really subscribe to resolutions, I like the idea of a new beginning.  Here is a little list of my favorites of 2012. 


Moonrise Kingdom

The Hunger Games

Jiro Dreams of Sushi


American Gods

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Burton on Burton

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Apple Cinnamon Glaze

Peach Pie

Homemade Coffee Liqueur 


Fairy Dust Necklace

Mushroom Ring

Map Letter

Glitter Nail Polish

I cannot wait for the next year, and I hope you all have the most wonderful and fulfilling new year!

Well, it’s that time again!  I’ve just about finished all the books from Reading List #2, so it’s time to pick out a few new reads!


1.  Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill

Everybody Was So Young

I’m very excited to read this biography about Gerald and Sara Murphy, a couple that was the basis of some wonderful characters in novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos.  Plus, I love the 1920s!


2.  Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

I’ve had my eye on this book for a very long time, and I finally treated myself as a birthday present.  It is full of such wonderful information, and I highly recommend it!


3.  Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields

I am completely obsessed with To Kill A Mockingbird and Harper Lee, and I can’t wait to read a little bit more about the recluse author and her friendship with Truman Capote!


Well, that’s all!  Hopefully I’ll be busy reading through the month, but if I finish early, I’ll add a few more books!


Reading Lists: 1, 2

Here is the second installment of my reading list.  I have just about finished all the books on List 1, so it’s time to pick a few new books to read!


1.  The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman

I have always been fascinated by Houdini, and I am on a big biography kick right now, so I’m pretty excited to read this.


2.  This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper

This is my first Tropper novel.  It was suggested to me by a friend, and is supposed to be hilarious.  I love funny books, so why not!?


3.  The Cloud Collector’s Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney



I have heard wonderful things about this book, and since I love clouds, I figured it would be a great, fun and informative read!


Of course, I am always looking for more suggestions, so feel free to send them my way!


A few weeks ago, I entered a contest hosted by Forgotten Bookmarks (an amazing little blog).  He was giving away a set of clothbound hardcover literature classics, a set of books by Kipling, and a set of books on foreign short stories.

I was lucky enough to win (I even woke up the boy to share in my excitement)!  When I came home Saturday night, a HUGE box was waiting by my door, and of course I knew what was in it!

Here are a few snap shots of the books!

And of course, Dexter oversaw the entire process…

I love to collect things.  This series of posts is going to show off some of my favorite collections.

Starting with…Plastic Tiny Dinosaurs!  I don’t know what it is about these little guys, but I absolutely love them and they make me so happy!

I got a bunch off of Ebay a while back, and they are super cute and colorful!  I’m not sure what I am going to do with them, but I still love them!


(how to stand out in a crowd…dinosaur edition)

(heck yeah! stegosaurus ftw!)

What do you collect? I’d love to know!


So, I read.  A lot.  I am usually reading about 2-3 books at a time.  I like to think I constantly channel my inner Rory Gilmore (for the record, I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan).

Here is my current reading list, and of course, I would always LOVE suggestions!

1.  The Contortionist’s Handbook by Craig Clevenger

This book got the thumbs up from Chuck Palahniuk, and that’s all I really needed to know.

2.  Motley Crue: The Dirt- Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rockband

This little gem rocks (haha) literally.  Some of the things I have read have made me want to take bleach to my brain, but then I realize that would probably be bad so I think about cupcakes and princesses and the world goes back to normal.

3. Bossypants by Tina Fey

In my opinion, Tina Fey can do no wrong , so even though I am only on page 10 50, this is the book I am most excited about reading.

Sidenote: I am slowly starting a collection of Penguin Classic Hardcover books (like the photo above), and I totally geek out at the thought of having them all! So far I have 11 and I’ll post pictures of my books soon (I have quite a few!)