Mackinac Island, MI 2016

ISU Senior Year 2016 882Right after graduation my friend and I decided to go on a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan. I had seen really pretty pictures from around there on Pinterest and the best part about that island was that it didn’t allow motor vehicles anywhere on the island. There were three main modes of transportation: walking, biking, or horseback riding/horse drawn carriages. For someone who absolutely loves historical books, locations, and everything else about the 1800’s I fell in love with that location. The one thing that I didn’t really consider was that it would be really cold on the island while we where there. I had looked up the forecast before we went and knew that it was going to be between high 40’s to high 50’s but that temperature was not the same as what we were used to here in Iowa. High 50’s here means spring or fall whether were a light jacket or a sweater is the only thing that you need. Sometimes we even wear capris! But 50’s on the Island felt more like low 40’s to high 30’s. It was so cold! But the weather didn’t really put any damper on our vacation. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking! Everything was historical and from a picture book. It was as though we had stepped into a parallel universe somewhere else where all of the amenities were still the same but the environment was different. Continue reading

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Scorch Trials“Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. The Gladers have two weeks to cross the Scorch – the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has been sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction – and they’re determined to survive.”

This novel is the second book in the Maze Runner Series. Just like the first novel this one also seemed to follow a similar pattern. The new setting was laid out for us prior to the action scenes and by the end answers were given out but not before new ones were formed. The stakes were higher in this novel and the scenery was even more gruesome than imaginable! I am not a fan of scary things and the images that my brain conjured up gave me goosebumps. People who are missing noses is not exactly what I prefer to imagine before going to bed. Continue reading

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers – boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out – and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.”

This novel, The Maze Runner, is the first book in The Maze Runner series. Just like other Dystopian novels this one fits many of the stereotypes. It’s set in a scientific setting, full of unending mysteries, and captures attention pretty quickly once the story gets going. I had heard some good things about this novel from a younger male cousin who constantly raved about this series. But just like with any other Dystopian novels with unique covers, I hesitated in reading this book. It just sounded… different than the other novels. Continue reading

Personal Update: May 2016 (Official College Graduate!)

ISU Senior Year 2016 840Big news folks! Well, not so big if you read the heading to this post but, nevertheless, it is exciting news. I am now officially an Iowa State University Graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in English and a Bachelors of Science in Child Adult Family Services. Woo-hoo!! It feels amazing to be all done with school. If you notice the date of the post before this one you’ll see that I haven’t blogged about anything since January. January was about five months ago! I had thought that last semester was the most difficult semester of my life. But, if only I had known what lay in store for me this semester, I would have enjoyed last semester. So during the first three and a half years of my adventure at ISU I worked two part time jobs, and was a full time student with two majors. Continue reading

Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter“Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend, the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies. Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? 

Winter is the fourth and final novel in The Lunar Chronicles series. It basically does pick up were it left off in the previous book with the troop on their way to Luna to finally give Levana what she deserves. Continue reading

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief“By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.”

I’m not sure exactly where to start with this book. I will say that I didn’t choose to read it voluntarily. It was actually required for a class that I’m taking and since I found it in the young adult section of the local library here, I decided to go ahead and blog about it. I had mixed emotions about this novel. At first I absolutely disliked it, hated it even. I couldn’t bear to read it. If it wasn’t required I probably would have given up on it before I hit page fifty. Continue reading

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch“For seven years, Alison Arngrim played Nellie Oleson, a wretched, scheming, selfish, lying, manipulative brat on Little House on the Prairie, one of TV’s most beloved series. Now, Arngrim recalls with biting wit her most cherished moments, behind the scenes: Michael Landon’s “unsaintly” habit of not wearing underwear; accidentally getting drunk on 7-Eleven rum cakes with her best friend, Melissa Gilbert [who played her on-screen nemesis, Laura Ingalls]; getting attacked by an angry mob of elementary schoolgirls when she appeared in costume in public. She also bravely recounts her life’s greatest challenges – a history of traumatic abuse, depression, and paralyzing shyness; the devastating loss of her dear friend and costar Steve Tracy to AIDS – and how Nellie Oleson, the biggest little bitch on the prairie, taught her to be bold, daring, and determined.”

If you are a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie, like me, then you will absolutely love this book and should read it! I loved it! Continue reading