Five Quotes Friday – 2/21/19

He did all of this for me? Perhaps the man wasn’t so mad after all. Or maybe it’s a madness that I can learn to appreciate.

Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

I love crazy people that are a nice kind of crazy.

The Soul, having entered into the body, becomes confused and believes that it and the body are one and the same.”

Killing Adam by Earik Beann

The character was explaining that if you cut off your thumb, you don’t lose a piece of your soul. It doesn’t just sit in one magic part of your body… it’s everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

… after losing Mom – I learned that hate could quail the beast of misery. Hate initiates progress, movement; the catalyst to moving forward. Misery is no more than silent drowning in a pool of personal despair thicker than molasses.

Neither was good.

Dawn by B.A. Lenaway (To be reviewed)

That’s a really picturesque way of describing something awful. I wish the rest of the book was written that prettily.

She knows she’s won. When mum loses control, Elsa wins every time.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman (To be reviewed)

It takes a fiction book to get great parenting advice. My four year old has admitted on several occasions that he likes making me mad. I didn’t understand why until I heard this in the audiobook. He wants to have control and if making me lose control is the only way to “win” then he will choose that route. Grr. I’ll try to remember this next time!

After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we’ve just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration – and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Perhaps Amor Towles carries the idea a bit too far. After all it is human nature to judge things (especially people). Still, I love the metaphors, and agree with the general principal that we shouldn’t judge. It’s something to aspire to!

Well, I hope you enjoyed these quotes from the books that I am reading, or have recently read. I’m moving slowly through these books, but all progress is good progress!

The math problem

If I add 2 books to my TBR for every book I manage to read, how will I ever read them all?

I had a very strong start to the reading year so far, but I seem to have slowed down now. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it is taking me a long time to complete books. In fact, 3 of my library holds which came through at the same time may not be completed before they get ripped out of my hands. One of them, The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin is amazing and I can’t wait to share with you.

I have up to 28 days before the baby gets here and I really want to finish the following before then:

The Stone Sky

The Girl in the Tower

Dread Nation

Can I do it? Yes I can! (Bob the Builder).



Let’s Discuss: Books and Music

Do you listen to music while you read?

I do not listen to music while I read because I usually am trying to sneak my reading in while the husband or kids are distracted by some sort of television. (If only they could read like I do! But the kids are too young, and the husband is not interested.)

Still, I can’t help but think about music while I read. Whether it is inspired by the story or specific characters varies.

Here are the last 5 series or books I have read, and a song that seemed representative of the book. Have you read these books? What music do they remind you of?

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Bad News – Good News

The Bad News

My thumb hurts so badly that I can hardly dress myself, feed myself, type this, or hold my Kindle! It’s my left hand, but I’m surprised at how much I depend on it.

I only managed to sleep about 4 hours last night. Discomfort + insomnia is not a fun combination. Although, my cat was grateful for the snuggle time. (She does not accept “no”, or “ow!” as an answer.

The Good News

I signed up for a NetGalley account Sunday evening and have already been accepted for 4 books! I honestly thought it would take a few months given how small my blog is; now I’m worried I’ve requested too many books!

I’m still working my way through my mountain of library loans.

Is there such a thing as too many books to read?

Hello and a Smoothie Suggestion


I am still alive.

I am currently listening to Hamilton, and reading The Bone Clocks. Both of them are fairly long stories and we have been busy with the holiday (Independence Day). If you want to read about some of the family adventures we have gotten ourselves into, you can check out my family/homeschool blog. Homeschooledbykids.

My 3 year old is tall enough to reach the fruit bowl, and this morning he started eating an apple, a banana, a plum, and a peach. Unfortunately, he did not finish any of them.

I put them in a blender, added some peach yogurt, a splash of milk and blended it all together. It was the best smoothie I had ever made, and both kids (3 & 1) drank it up so fast I could not get any pictures.

I did not use measurements so here is my best guess at the recipe:


Ingredients and instructions: 1 peach, 1 plum, 1 strawberry, 1 banana, 3 apple slices, 1/2 cup peach yogurt, 1/4 cup milk. Blend in blender for as long as it takes you to rinse the 3 plastic boxes and bowls your child used. If the smoothie is too thick, add a bit more milk and blend again.

Well, I hope to finish one of these books soon so that I can get back to the non-human thing I love best. Reading and talking about the books.

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

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What is it about?

This book mostly takes place from the perspective of Louisa Clark. Louisa is a twenty-six year old woman who is close to her family and works in a cafe. When the cafe owner decides to close up shop, she is left desperate for a job to help support her family. She finds a job taking caring of Will Traynor. Will was hit by a motorcycle two years ago and suffered a spinal injury which left him a quadriplegic. He is miserable and tired of this life and Louisa tries to cheer him up.

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