Only time for…..

a tiny post today friends.  I’m stuck in bed sick with a cold which I think for me is probably the worst thing that could have happened this weekend.  We are leaving for Disney World on Friday and when I get sick I tend to stay sick.  Who wants to be sick when they are partying with this guy??

I know I don’t and on top of all that I am trying to write a 10-page paper on the Generation Skipping Tax.  Please tell me why I let my boss pick my topic for my paper for my Trust, Gifts and Estates class.  Oh right, their helping pay for it and if they want me to research a certain topic then that’s what I have to do.  Well I of course procrastinated and am now having a terrible time trying to write the paper while catching my running nose what feels like every five minutes.

Anyway, I may be MIA the next two weeks as I finish up this paper and another one and then we will be in Disney.  Since I am not very good at this yet, I don’t have any posts scheduled, but I might try to get some memes scheduled for while we are gone before we leave.  With the holiday, I might not be able to get them set up as WordPress and I are currently not the best of friends, but, we are getting there.

Until next time,

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Review: Refining Felicity

Refining Felicity by M.C. BeatonRefining Felicity: A Novel of Regency England - Being the First Volume of The School for Manners: 1 (The School of Manners)

Published: March 31, 2011 by Rosetta Books

Series: The School for Manners # 1

Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

The Misses Tribble, Amy and Effie, spinsters of a certain age, have lived for years on expectations of a great inheritance. When this fails to materialize, they are truly destitute. Desperate, they advertise that they will refine wild and unruly daughters, present them, and see them safely wed. This first volume concerns Lady Felicity Vane and the Marquess of Ravenswood in a love-hate courtship. The Tribbles are charmers and much more fun than their charges.

My Review:

Refining Felicity, took me awhile to get through.  I’m not sure if it had something to do with my school schedule, work, and the amount of reading about taxes I’ve had to do, or if it had something to do with the fact that I could not get immersed in the story.

The story is about a young girl whose parents can’t keep her under control.  Her father is perfectly okay with her behavior, but her mother is appalled by it.  She wants the girl, Felicity, to become a young lady and to marry well.  They are after all one of the wealthiest families in the country.  It intertwines with the story of the Tribble sisters who are down on their luck and have sold all the worldly possessions in order to be able to survive.  The sisters are trying to figure out what they can do when they determine that they can school young girls in the decorum necessary to land a husband even though they are not married.

Thus begins the twists and turns of the turning a spoiled brat into a young lady.  I didn’t really like Felicity in the beginning.  I thought she was mean spirited and rude to the people trying to help her.  I enjoyed the ramblings of Amy Tribble very much but never grew to like her sister Effy.  The Marquess grew on me but he was still not my favorite character.  I only grew to like Felicity when she became somewhat vulnerable.

I thought the ending was rushed and I thought all the action took place in one or two chapters.  This is part of a series and I’m not sure if I will read the rest of it right away.  I might give it a chance when things have calmed down and I can sit and read the whole book in a day or two rather than over the course of a few weeks.  It might stick better that way.

Until next time,

Beginning to Branch Out – First Memes

So, in order to branch out and figure out what and how much I want to blog and how I can work the extraordinary memes and blog hops I’ve seen so many extraordinary blog writers doing, I’ve decided to do for my Friday and see how it goes and maybe I’ll branch out more from there.  Today I am going to participate in Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Rose City Reader and The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Book Beginnings:

                               D is for Deadbeat (Kinsey Millhone, #4)

Later I found out his name was John Daggett, but that’s not how he introduced himself the day he walked into my office.  Even at the time I sensed that something was off but I couldn’t figure out what it was.

This beginning makes me think that we are in for some trouble with dear Miss Kinsey.  Although she always finds trouble when she takes up a new case.  We find out from the very beginning that she is someone comes to meet with her and gives her a false identity.  I can’t wait to find out where this caper will lead her.

The Friday 56

I haven’t got this far in the book, but this jumped out at me:

“He said he was scared and needed help.  Somebody called him down in Los Angeles and told him he was dead meat on account of a scam he pulled up in prison just before he got out.”

I really can’t wait to see what has happened to make this happen.

Happy Reading,

Who Do I Have to Please?

please I know that I’ve only been doing this for a couple of days, but I feel like I’ve been trying to blog forever!  I’ve been reading book review for the last several years and I always knew it was something I wanted to do.  I guess I thought I would have more people read what I wrote and more people care about it but I keep forgetting that I am doing this for me.

So I have to remember the following and I hope someone out there will keep me in check if I don’t:

  1.  So what if my reviews don’t look like everyone else’s.  I need to find a style that works for me.
  2. So what if I don’t write everyday.  I’m in school and work full time.  I think it should be excused.  Plus, I’m going here soon, so I think I have more important planning to do.disney
  3. I don’t have to consider doing every meme under the sun.  If I find a couple that I want to participate in, that will be the way to get more people interested in my blog.  I have a twitter account, but I don’t feel the need to be spreading my posts all over it.  I feel the same way about Facebook.
  4. I will make this my blog and no one else’s.

I think if I can remember those things, I will have a wonderful experience with this.  I think the problem will be a lack of reading time.  However, Christmas break is right around the corner, so I may have time then.  After that though, starts school again and tax season.  The dreaded January to April time when I see no one and talk to no one.  For now, I should be working other things, so off I go.

Until next time,

Sara

Review: C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

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GOODREADS SUMMARY

How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his memory? It’s one of Kinsey’s toughest cases yet, but she never backs down from a challenge. Twenty-three-year-old Bobby Callahan is lucky to be alive after a car forced his Porsche over a bridge and into a canyon. The crash left Bobby with a clouded memory. But he can’t shake the feeling it was no random accident and that he’s still in danger…

The only clues Kinsey has to go on are a little red address book and the name “Blackman.” Bobby can’t remember who he gave the address book to for safekeeping. And any chances of Bobby regaining his memory are dashed when he’s killed in another automobile accident just three days after he hires Kinsey. 

As Kinsey digs deeper into her investigation, she discovers Bobby had a secret worth killing for–and unearthing that secret could send Kinsey to her own early death…

MY REVIEW

So, I’m still learning how WordPress works and I haven’t had much time to learn so I will probably make this review short and sweet.  I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries and have only recently started reading the Kinsey mysteries by Sue Grafton.  They were recommended to me by my father and so far there hasn’t been any disappointment.

I like how I never seem to know “who done it” and once the action picks up I can’t wait to find out who was behind the caper.  I do have to say of the three of the mysteries that I have read,the beginnings always seem to be a bit slow and repetitive.  I’m guessing that is so you could read them as standalone novels if you choose to do so.

Overall, I liked the novel and plan to continue the series.

3 out of 5 stars

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Learning the Ropes

I think blogging is going to take some getting used to.  I read some more reviews today and I realized that I am not up to date on all the new releases and I don’t really have all that much time to compose thoughts about the books that I do get to read for all the people that may or may not read what I write.

I’m writing now because I can’t sleep and I don’t know that I want to continue reading.  I’ve read several chapters of my current book tonight and can only procrastinate my school work for solong.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

xoxo,

Sara

First Post…

ComputerSo, the past few weeks, I’ve been reading over any blog about books that I could read.  I love to read, but my hours for reading have been dramatically cut short in the past year and its been driving me crazy.  However, I know that it will be for the best.  I guess I should tell you the whole story.

I’m a 32 year old, newly married tax accountant.  I’m in my 4th semester of graduate school for my second master’s degree, this time in taxation.  I decided to go back to school when my bosses decided it would be a good idea for me to and that they would be helpful with the costs.  I knew it would be a lot of work, especially since I am working full time, but I don’t guess I realized how much it would take away from my life.

I enjoy doing things other than my school work like watching movies, cooking, reading the tons of book that I have on my bookshelves and on my Kindle and recently I’ve developed a love of reading what other people have written about books they have read.  It made me want to start this blog so I could share what I thought about what others had written and what I thought about things in general.

I usually have a lot of things to say, but this being my first post and all and not knowing if I will be able to keep up with the blog, I thought I would just start off with doing memes that others have posted and making other posts when the moment feels right.

I’m writing a paper for my Multi-Jurisdictional Taxation course, so I’m off to finish that.  If anyone wants to know anything about me, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

xoxo,

sara