The Bedtime Book Tag


Thank you to Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard for tagging me for The Bedtime Book Tag. It was a fun tag to participate in!


1. A Book That Kept You Up All Night Reading

Nine Minutes (Nine Minutes, #1)

The most recent book that kept me up all night reading was Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. I just had to know what was going to happen.

2. A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

Those Girls

Hmm…I don’t read horror or anything remotely scary, so this is a tough one. I would say that I did have trouble going to sleep after reading Those Girls by Chevy Stevens. It was just so intense!

3. A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light

I was in a book group with some lovely ladies for a while a few years back. One of the books selected was Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Bronx. While the information was interesting, it was written like a text book. It was so boring I couldn’t get past the first chapter. It was my first DNF ever. I was so disappointed in myself, but I just couldn’t do it. It really did put me to sleep every time I cracked the cover.

4. A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of Its Release

Out of Time (Nine Minutes, #2)

I just had to know what was going to happen after Nine Minutes ended. Out of Time did not disappoint! Now, I’m eagerly awaiting the next book!

5. A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

Ahhh. This is a hard one! I spend a lot of time trying to remember books I’ve read. I’m just going to pick one I’ve read recently.The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

Garret Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy.

6. A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

The Book Thief

I wouldn’t want to live in World War II Nazi Germany like in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The time was so devastating.


The Shack

I couldn’t cope with a world where my daughter was abducted and murdered, like in The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. Upsets me just to think about it. Heck, I haven’t even read the book, the idea upsets me so much.

7. A Book That Reminds You of Nighttime

There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)

There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras because, well, night is dark. Duh.

8. A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

 Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher had a crazy cliffhanger! Never Never, Part 2 was just as bad. I can’t wait to see what Part 3 has in store for readers!

9. Book That You Actually Dreamed About

I can’t remember a book I’ve actually dreamed about. If I was going to dream about being in a book, it would have to be a love story. 😉

10. A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I would like to avoid any of the monster, ghosts, etc. from Maggie Stiefvator‘s The Raven Boys. I love this series, but I don’t need to meet any of the evil characters in real life.

Thank you for reading this tag! I am going to be lazy this time (sorry!) and nominate any blogger that would like to participate. 🙂

Five Flavors of Dumb

Five Flavors of DumbFive Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Publication Date: November 11, 2010

Publisher: Speak


North Seattle High School senior Piper is known for being smart. What she isn’t known for being is popular. So when she’s presented with the challenge to get her high schools popular band a paying gig, she accepts. There’s only one problem: Piper’s deaf. Can she manage a band without actually being able to hear them? No one but Piper seems to think so. She’ll just have to prove them wrong.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’ve read a few books with deaf characters and Five Flavors of Dumb is definitely one of my favorites. I loved how the author portrayed Piper. She felt real to me. She was strong and witty, but definitely had her teenage issues.

Piper’s family dynamic was amazing. The problems she was having with her parents were so tough and I couldn’t help but empathize with both sides. I loved her relationship with her brother, Finn. He was one of my favorite characters in the book.

The band characters were a lot of fun. I liked how each of them had their own issues and that I got to really get to know them. I especially loved Ed.

Being from the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, the musical journey through Seattle’s famous musicians was extremely cool. I loved how The Showbox and a daily talk show (think New Day) were incorporated into the story.

Five Flavors of Dumb is a book I would highly recommend to readers looking for a great YA rock star novel with a lot of heart. There’s no sex, drugs or violence. There is school skipping, forgery and going against parents’ wishes.

Too Many Books, Too Little Time


I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed by my TBR list. Four book requests from my local library just came in and two Goodreads Giveaway wins just showed up at my door. Not to mention, there’s a couple of books I bought or downloaded from the library on my Kindle.

With summer being so beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been busy enjoying the sunshine and warm weather with my daughter. Reading time is at a premium. I love these long days, but I think I’m looking forward to school starting and my daughter going to bed earlier. I need more me time (which means reading time)!

Am I the only one that summer equals less time to read? It used to be the opposite  when I was in school, but it’s definitely changed.

Before the Blog #3: The Lace Reader

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 


The Lace ReaderThe Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

Publication Date: July 31, 2007

Publisher: Flap Jacket Press


Like all of the Whitney women, Towner Whitney can read the future in lace. Towner no longer read lace, though. The last time she did, it killed her sister. But now Towner’s Great Aunt Eva, the original Salem Lace Reader, is missing. Towner desperately wants to find her beloved aunt and she’s tempted to go looking at the future.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

The Lace Reader is the very first psychological thriller I read. I remember getting to the end of the book and being like, “WHAT?!?!” I actually went back and read it a second time. Later, I read it a third time. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. Each time I read it I find something new.

When did you read this book?

I’m not exactly sure of the exact date I read The Lace Reader. The first time was probably in 2010 or 2011. I read it for a book group I was in. My sister actually picked the book. I hadn’t even read the blurb on the back of the book before I started reading it. I kept thinking, why did my sister pick this book? It’s not that great…but it was.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that likes psychological thrillers, unreliable narrators or fiction in general. I highly recommend reading as little about this book as you can before reading it. The less you know, the better in this case.

Saving Toby

perf6.000x9.000.inddSaving Toby by Suzanne McKenna Link

Publication Date: August 26, 2013


Everyone in town knows the Faye boys are bad news, but Claudia can only remember Toby Faye as a nice kid. So when Claudia receives a job offer that will have her working with Toby and his mother, Julia, she accepts it.

Claudia never thought working near Toby would be such a measure in self-control. Toby’s made it obvious he wants her. Claudia can’t deny that she wants him, too. Just as they’re beginning to fall for each other, Toby is linked to a brutal hate crime. Claudia knows Toby couldn’t be involved, but her policeman father isn’t so sure.

As the police investigate, Claudia is be forced to choose sides and try to hold together a relationship that may have been doomed from the start.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Saving Toby. It was fun, romantic, intense and fast-paced. The chemistry between Toby and Claudia was amazing.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Toby’s cocky personality. The way he antagonized Claudia made me smile. It was just what her uptight personality needed. 

Despite her age, Claudia was very mature. I was surprised at how mature she was through the second half of the story. I don’t think many young adult women could handle things the way she did.

The hate crime part of the book was so intense! I could see what was going to happen and I was so worried for Toby! (I admit I may have had to take a little break from reading because it was stressing me out — but in a good way!)

Overall, Saving Toby was an amazing New Adult read. The writing was excellent and I was completely drawn into the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Keeping Claudia. I would highly recommend Saving Toby to fans of authors Colleen Hoover, Tammara Webber, and Jessica Park.

Thank you to Suzanne McKenna Link for the opportunity to read and honestly review Saving Toby.

ARC Review: Unshakable

Unshakable (Wayward Fighters, #4)Unshakableby J.C. Valentine 

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher:  Malachite Publishing LLC

*Unshakable is included in the Red Hot Candy Boxed Set and it’s out today!


Don Freyer lost both his wife and his fighting career to cancer. He was a bitter old man until Jami came into his life. Jami’s the son Don never had. Don knows Jami’s life was rough growing up and he wants to ensure Jami and his wife can provide stability for the baby they are about to have. Don’s about to make that happen for them when life throws another hurdle his way.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Unshakable is the epilogue to the Wayward Fighters series. It’s a short story told in Don and Jami’s POV’s. In order to understand the characters, it’s best to have read the previous novels.

I love that J.C. Valentine gave us one last glimpse into the lives of the Wayward Fighters family. It was short and sweet and really wrapped up the entire series in a great way. Fans of the series will love it.

Thank you to J.C. Valentine for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Unshakable. 

Other books in this series:

Knockout (Wayward Fighters, #1)  Tapout (Wayward Fighters, #2)  unDefeated (Wayward Fighters, #3)

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten is Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore, etc.).

1. Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

The main character, Cath, is a huge fan of Simon Snow series. She writes fan fiction stories about Simon and his world.


2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

Margaret Lea is a biographer who grew up in her father’s bookshop. She is asked to write the biography of a famous British novelist.

The Thirteenth Tale

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
by Stieg Larsson

Mikael Blomkvist is a journalist whose expose has caused him legal problems.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan is compiling a collection of stories about the help in her 1962 Mississippi town .

The Help

5. Mud Vein
 by Tarryn Fisher

Senna Richards is a reclusive novelist that awakens to find herself trapped in a secluded house.

Mud Vein

6. Slammed 
by Colleen Hoover

Laken falls for her new neighbor, Will Cooper, who writes slam poetry.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

7. The Time Travellers Wife 
by Audrey Niffeneger

Librarian and time traveller Henry DeTamble falls for artist Claire Abshire. Their love story flows across time.

The Time Traveler's Wife

8. Dream of You 
by Kate Perry

Novelist Lola Carlisle falls for sports radio host Sam “Touchdown” Taylor.

Dream of You (Laurel Heights, #5)

 Almost Perfect by Susan Mallery

Novelist Liz Sutton gets a second chance at love with Ethan Hendrix.

Almost Perfect (Fool's Gold, #2)

10. The House on Tradd Street 
by Karen White

Real estate agent Melanie Middleton can see ghosts. Her writer friend Jack Trenholm helps her discover the mysteries behind the ghosts.

The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)

What is your favorite book about a book nerd? Tell me in the comments!

Tales of a Book Bag: Rimrock Lake, WA


A couple of weeks ago, I started my new blog feature, Tales of a Book BagTales of a Book Bag is a quick look at places my book bag has been.


Last weekend, my book bag took another fun camping/boating trip. This time it was to Rimrock Lake. Rimrock Lake is in the Wenatchee National Forest, on U.S. Hwy 12 about 10 miles from White Pass. It’s a man-made lake that was formed when the Tieton Dam was built on the Tieton River to provide irrigation to the Yakima Valley.


Rimrock Lake is one of my favorite places to camp. It’s simply beautiful. We camp at The Rimrock Lake Resort. It’s quiet, clean, well kept and has free showers. There are both tent and RV sites and a dock you can rent slips in to tie up your boat. Our kids love the swim area.  It’s perfect for bringing your floaties and lounging in the water.


If you’re into camping, boating or fishing in Washington, I would highly suggest planning a trip to Rimrock Lake. It’s about two and half hours from Seattle. The drive is beautiful and goes quickly.