Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 22: “Nonfiction.” This is the craziest book of nonfiction ever, about a girl who wakes up from a coma with another girl’s memories! 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 22: “Nonfiction.” This is the craziest book of nonfiction ever, about a girl who wakes up from a coma with another girl’s memories! 


A Clash of Kings

Book Two of the Song of Ice and Fire Series
by George R. R. Martin

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Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5
Released: 16 November 1998
Pages: 1009
Buy it now! 

A Song of Ice and Fire is quickly becoming my favorite book series, and obviously I’m not alone. As someone who isn’t a huge fan of fantasy, I have to say that I wasn’t expecting to love these books as much as I do, but with a healthy dose of mystery, adventure, romance, and humor, we’re really talking about a storyline that is so much more than your traditional fantasy. The characters are surprisingly relatable, dealing with modern problems in medieval times, and while reading, it’s impossible not to get invested in their plights (which George R. R. Martin banks on, making his infamous character killings even more upsetting). 

I always feel awkward reviewing books in a series because it’s hard to describe the second book without spoiling anything in the first. I guess I can start off by saying that it took me a lot longer to get invested in this story than A Game of Thrones. For some reason, I didn’t feel as though the story picked up until I was already 1/3 of the way through. When I hit that point, however, things really took off. 

A Clash of Kings contained the typical romance, mystery, action, humor, and fantasy that has defined the book and movie series. I would definitely recommend it for a wide variety of readers. 


Top Ten Tuesday - July 22!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, inviting readers to list their top ten choices in a given category. This week’s theme is… 

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island!

  1. Jon Snow (from Game of Thrones). 
    Partly because I think he’d be resourceful, partly because I think he’s a sensitive hunk that I’m in love with. 
  2. Harry Potter
    He could accio us some provisions, I’m sure. 
  3. Eric Northman (from the Sookie Stackhouse series). 
    He’s got several lifetimes worth of experience in survival, and he’s a total hunk as well. 
  4. Magnus Bane (from the Mortal Instruments). 
    His magical powers could also come in handy. 
  5. Flavia de Luce (from The Buckshaw Chronicles). 
    I say this because I like her, but she also has the tendency to happen upon murders quite often, so I’m also a tad bit worried that people on our island might mysteriously start dying off if she’s around. 
  6. Bernadette Fox (from Where’d You Go, Bernadette?). 
    A very, very intelligent woman, I’m sure she could figure out a quick way to get us off the island. 
  7. Lily Casey Smith (from Half Broke Horses).
    So Lily Casey Smith is a real person, and her bio,Half Broke Horses, was written by her granddaughter. But in general, she was a tough, resourceful woman I would want to have around, and I’m counting her as a ‘character’ because there was a book written about her. 
  8. Jay Gastby (from The Great Gatsby). 
    He knows how to throw a party, that’s for sure. I really feel bad about how that book ended, to be honest, and I think he deserves another chance, so I’m bringing him to the island with me. 

Is it bad that this is all I can think of? I guess this is a Top 8 Tuesday instead of a Top 10 Tuesday. My B, guys! 


What I’m reading and where I’m reading it: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin overlooking the Mackinac Bridge.

What I’m reading and where I’m reading it: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin overlooking the Mackinac Bridge.


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 21: “Poetry.” This remains the only book of poetry I own, and I think I use it for every book photo challenge I do. Oops. 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 21: “Poetry.” This remains the only book of poetry I own, and I think I use it for every book photo challenge I do. Oops. 


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 20: “I Read YA.” So I haven’t actually been able to make my way through this book yet, but I’ve attempted it enough times that it should count for something! 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 20: “I Read YA.” So I haven’t actually been able to make my way through this book yet, but I’ve attempted it enough times that it should count for something! 


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 19: “Pretty Cover.”

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 19: “Pretty Cover.”


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 17: “Rainbow.” I tried doing a rainbow bookshelf thing last year, but I had too many books and not enough shelf space, and I gave up after a few colors. This is as far as I got! 


Top Ten Tuesday - July 15th!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, inviting readers to list their top ten choices in a given category. This week’s theme is… straying a bit from the traditional book category. But it is! 

Top Ten Favorite TV Shows! 

  1. Dollhouse
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Dead Like Me
  4. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  5. 30 Rock
  6. Downton Abbey
  7. How I Met Your Mother
  8. Arrested Development
  9. Battlestar Galactica
  10. Grimm

I don’t actually have cable, so I don’t watch a ton of TV. These are some of my all-time faves, though!


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 14: “A Book You Read in School.” LOVED this book I read during my senior year of high school. Pictured with my hot new glasses - ow owwww! 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 14: “A Book You Read in School.” LOVED this book I read during my senior year of high school. Pictured with my hot new glasses - ow owwww! 


Losing It

by Valerie Bertinelli

Genre: Memoir
Rating: 3.5
Released: 25 February 2008
Pages: 204
Buy it now! 

Valerie Bertinelli is a TV star who grew up in front of the cameras. From child star to teenage sitcom queen, Valerie has had a long history of fame, but all that time spent in front of the cameras has its drawbacks. Her public divorce and weight gain, splashed on the front page of the tabloids, left serious scars on her self-esteem that took her years to erase. In this, her first memoir, Valerie recounts how she became a child star, the struggles she faced in the public eye, and how she gradually regained control of her life after a series of personal and public set-backs. 

I had seen Valerie Bertinelli for the first time on Hot in Cleveland and instantly liked her. Knowing she had a long history in front of the cameras, I was interested in reading a book that discussed how she has made a lifetime career in entertainment. While I enjoyed hearing more insider stories about Hollywood celebrities and information about how a sitcom is made, I don’t think I was the intended demographic of this book, and I couldn’t relate to a lot of stories about her crumbling marriage and struggles to raise her son as a working mother. 

I enjoyed hearing from Valerie because I genuinely like her as a person, but I don’t think the book was as meaningful for me as it would be for someone in my mother’s generation. Actually, having recently told my mother some tid-bits from the book, she asked me if she could borrow it. 

So, all-in-all, as celebrity bios go, it wasn’t bad, but I definitely think someone in their 40’s or 50’s would probably appreciate it more. 



“Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same.”
—Cersei, A Clash of Kings

Apparently this exists. 😳

Apparently this exists. 😳


Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 10: “Book Order.” I ordered this book off of Amazon, does that count? 

Books & Cupcakes’ July Photo Challenge, Day 10: “Book Order.” I ordered this book off of Amazon, does that count? 



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