So some of you may know that I challenged myself for the months of October though December that I wanted to read more then I had the other 9 months of this year. I wanted to read 2,000 pages in the month of October and adding another 500 pages to each following month… and then the Napa fires started… and then the Sonoma fires broke out.
I have been very lucky to not even have had to evacuate. Some of my friends weren’t so lucky. 20 families I know have lost their homes and most of them had to flee with only the clothes on their backs or else they wouldn’t have been able to make it out.
Being a Fireman’s granddaughter I’m very use to listening to scanners, cooking for large quantities of people, and opening up my home to those who need a safe place to spend the night. So that’s all I’ve been doing since last Sunday (10/8/17). Shockingly I have finished 3 books thanks to Audible! Driving to and from firehouses, grocery stores, evacuation centers, etc. I’ve racked up the miles on my car and got to listen to Audible the whole way. So I’ve completed
A Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair Holden
I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. It was so funny and light hearted and it was exactly what I needed in this time of stress. It was a wonderful escape into a mind that is a lot like my own. I scram “MEEEE” multiple times when the main character, Tessa, would say something nerdy or awkward. I’m giving this book 4 of of 5 stars just because as enjoyable as it was there just wants to much of a plot. And the end of the book created a problem and never offered a resolve. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction so I don’t know what’s considered normal contemporary.
Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come – or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love, Jay Stone, to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole, to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell, and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy. But the guy who’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity, and, most of all, he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy who infuriates her to the point of no return might just be her guardian angel.
Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter, and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on eBay.
The next book I’ve finished is…
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
This book is perfect for a much needed laugh. It was read by Amy Poehler herself and had many guest stars in her recording studio. Guests like her parents, Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart and more. Getting to know how one of my favorite actors and comedians got their start was absolutely amazing. 5 out of 5 stars. I laughed, I cried, and every thought I had that next week was in Amy’s soothing voice. It. Was. Awesome.
Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you’re invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents – Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.
Also included? A one-night-only live performance at Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Hear Amy read a chapter live in front of a young and attractive Los Angeles audience.
While listening to Yes Please, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don’t miss this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers. Offering Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz”, the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs” – Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.
Lastly (but surly not the least)…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I’m going to start off with the rating. 5 out of 5 stars! I mean it’s Harry Potter so… duh. This was an amazing conclusion to the HP saga. Cars passing me were probably afraid of me or afraid for me because of how I would go from screaming, to laughing, to hysterically crying within minutes. I’m now desperate for the story to not be over and will soon be reading all of the Marauders and after The 7th book and before the Epilogue fan fictions.
Readers beware. The brilliant, breathtaking conclusion to J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding series is not for the faint of heart–such revelations, battles, and betrayals await in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that no fan will make it to the end unscathed. Luckily, Rowling has prepped loyal readers for the end of her series by doling out increasingly dark and dangerous tales of magic and mystery, shot through with lessons about honor and contempt, love and loss, and right and wrong. Fear not, you will find no spoilers in our review–to tell the plot would ruin the journey, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is an odyssey the likes of which Rowling’s fans have not yet seen, and are not likely to forget. But we would be remiss if we did not offer one small suggestion before you embark on your final adventure with Harry–bring plenty of tissues.
The heart of Book 7 is a hero’s mission–not just in Harry’s quest for the Horcruxes, but in his journey from boy to man–and Harry faces more danger than that found in all six books combined, from the direct threat of the Death Eaters and you-know-who, to the subtle perils of losing faith in himself. Attentive readers would do well to remember Dumbledore’s warning about making the choice between “what is right and what is easy,” and know that Rowling applies the same difficult principle to the conclusion of her series. While fans will find the answers to hotly speculated questions about Dumbledore, Snape, and you-know-who, it is a testament to Rowling’s skill as a storyteller that even the most astute and careful reader will be taken by surprise.
A spectacular finish to a phenomenal series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a bittersweet read for fans. The journey is hard, filled with events both tragic and triumphant, the battlefield littered with the bodies of the dearest and despised, but the final chapter is as brilliant and blinding as a phoenix’s flame, and fans and skeptics alike will emerge from the confines of the story with full but heavy hearts, giddy and grateful for the experience. –Daphne Durham
That’s what I’ve read this month. I’m not sure what book I’ll pick up next but I’m leaning towards either Stalking Jack The Ripper or A Court of Thorns and Roses.
And for those who didn’t really get how terrible these Napa and Sonoma County fires were, here are some pictures. These pictures are absolutely heartbreaking as I can recognize some of the structures and knowing that 20 family friends have lost everything and barley got out with the shirts on they backs.
Thankfully most of the fires are nearly contained (contained does not mean put out. Many people confuse the meaning of the word contained in reference to fires). And high praise alert: rain is on the way to NorCal! I’m super excited for that element to get the fires snuffed out and to help make the air quality better. With having an at risk lung (I got a blood clot to my lung back in 2013) my lungs have been burning from the smoke. Breathing has been very difficult even with the special masks with the air filters. I’m so thankful for Young Living Essential Oils like Breathe Again and R.C. (Respiratory Comfort) to help me support my respiratory system.
Getting the change to go to fire houses and evacuation centers to help cook, serve food and do breathing techniques with oils was such an honor. Thank you so much First Responders for saving lives and fighting fires. And thank you fellow volunteers for opening up your homes, churches and businesses as safe havens for those who need it. Please continue to donate, pray, and send good thoughts to these counties.
Stay safe and Happy Adventures!