Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books from the year I started blogging (2013)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish blog.

This week is a freebie, and I am going to do my favorite books from the year I started blogging, which was 2013.  I read 105 books in 2013, and 16 of them were by Kristen Ashley!  Two of those books are on the list below.

These were my favorite books from 2013.

Heller by JD Nixon.  Tilly, a clumsy, hilarious girl, begins working for a security company run by the incredibly private Heller.  He has an oddball staff that works for him, and Tilly fits right in.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton.  Caroline’s new neighbor Simon is quite a “wallbanger” with the ladies.  She confronts the hot Brit and sparks fly.  Hilarious story.

Making Faces by Amy Harmon.  The story of Fern, a geeky girl who had a crush on the hot guy from school.  He goes off to war, and comes back to find Fern is the only friend he has.  One of the best books I’ve ever read.  Beautiful.

Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley.  Indy Savage runs a coffee shop in Denver, and has crushed on her best friends brother Lee for years.  A little mishap throws them together, and hilarity ensues.  Great group of characters.  Another one in my 10 all time favorite books.

Law Man by Kristen Ashley.  Mitch Lawson is a cop, and finds himself attracted to his neighbor Mia.  Mia is taking care of a family members two kids, and Mitch will do everything in his power to keep them safe.

 

Strangers by Barbara Elsborg.  A story of two very broken people who meet at the most inopportune time, and end up saving each other.  Beautiful story.

The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton.  Another funny book by Alice Clayton.  Grace is a woman acting in LA and meets Jack Hamilton, a very famous actor.  Jack is instantly smitten with Grace, and the paparazzi soon catch wind of Jack and the unidentified redhead.  Really funny book.

When you Dare by Lori Foster. First book in a series about a group of mercenaries who rescue women from dangerous situations.  I enjoyed this book and the series.

Exquisite by Ella Frank.  Mason owns the hottest restaurant in Chicago, and meets Lena, a doctor.  Sparks fly with an amazing supporting cast of characters.  I waited 3 years to read the other two books in the series. No clue why I did that.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.  I don’t really know how to describe this book other than amazing.  Not something you expect but just so good.  I would highly recommend this book.

Well, that’s my list. Happy Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite High School Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is a school freebie.  I don’t read YA books, so I’m doing my favorite movies set in high school.  Here is my top 10, in order of favorites:

10. Never Been Kissed. Drew Barrymore stars as Josie, a 25 year old woman who is tasked with going back to high school to see what kids are into.  Josie is smart (Northwestern grad) and falls for one of her teachers (Michael Vartan).  James Franco and Jessica Alba are in this as well.

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9. American Pie.  Poor dorky Jim is a horny teenager (he humps a pie) and can’t find a date for his high school prom, where he’s hoping to lose his virginity.  He ends up going with band geek Michelle, and realizes that people aren’t always what they seem.

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8. Bring it On.  Competitive cheerleading takes center stage in this movie, where Kirsten Dunst takes over as captain, only to learn that her cheers have been stolen from a school in Compton.  She must band with her team and come up with a new cheer to win nationals.  #spiritfingers

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7. Sixteen Candles.  It’s Samantha Baker’s 16th birthday and a few days before her sister is getting married.  Her family completely forgets her birthday.  Adding to her injury is the fact that her crush, Jake Ryan, doesn’t know she exists.  Well, he does, she just doesn’t know it.

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6.  She’s All That.  The ugly duckling turned cute story we’ve seen a thousand times, but this movie has such likable characters that you forget that.  Freddie Prinze, Jr. stars as the misunderstood jock and Paul Walker (RIP) is adorable in this movie.

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5. Just One of the Guys.  This is a movie that is so under the radar that many of you have probably never heard of it.  This story follows Teri as she follows her dream of becoming a journalist.  She dresses and acts like a guy at a new school to win a scholarship and internship for the summer.  Billy Zabka is the bad guy in this movie.  It’s funny as hell.  My family quotes it all the time.

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4.  My Bodyguard.  This movie is crazy old.  Matt Dillon plays the bad guy (really well, btw).  He tortures Cliff, who lives in the hotel his family works at, and Cliff hires a bodyguard, who becomes his friend.  Great movie, set in Chicago.

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3. The Breakfast Club.  The story of five teens from very different social groups who have to spend a Saturday in detention and discover they aren’t as different as they think.

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2. 10 Things I Hate About You.  I freaking love this movie.  All star cast, but this movie’s script is so well written and the movie itself is incredibly well acted.  If you haven’t seen this one, do yourself a favor and watch it.

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And my #1 favorite high school movie is:

Clueless.  This is in my top 5 all time favorite movie list with the Godfather Part II, Tootsie, Star Wars and My Man Godfrey, so you know it’s good.  I love everything about this movie.  It’s the best.

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What are your favorite high school movies?

Happy watching.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I always recommend

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish Blog.  They are now back from a well deserved hiatus.

This week is a book recommendation freebie, so I’m going with the books I always recommend.  These are in no particular order.

defending jacobA story about a family that’s broken when their son is accused of murder.  The father, who is a lawyer, sets out to prove his sons innocence.

rock chickWhere do I even start with this book?  Series about a bunch of alpha males and hilarious women set in Denver.  If you haven’t read the series yet, what are you waiting for?

sphereThis is my favorite book ever, and that’s probably why I’m afraid to read it again.  I’m worried I won’t like it as much the second time.  Amazing sci-fi thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

deception pointMy favorite Dan Brown book.  Edge of your seat thriller.  You have to suspend reality a little (as you do with all his books, tbh) but this book is SO good.

making facesProbably my second favorite book of all time, this beautiful story is about second chances, love and overcoming stereotypes.  You will be a different person after reading this beautiful story.

winter gardenAn amazing story about two sisters who are estranged from each other and their mother, but learn about their mothers past and come to learn that things aren’t always what they seem.  Such a great story.

sweet gum treeA lovely story about second chances at romances.  This book had so many great characters and a sweet town.  I loved this book so much!

abruptionThe story of a single dad trying to learn how to trust again, and the nanny who helps make that happen.  This book had a twist I never saw coming and it was so good.

heartsickIf you don’t like books with a lot of gore, then you should stay away from this one.  This is the story of a female serial killer and the detective she’s obsessed with.  Amazingly written.

playing for pizzaThe story of a disgraced football player who goes to a small town in Italy to play football, and finds his place.  A great story full of rich Italian characters and lots of food.  I’m really surprised by the low ratings on goodreads for this fun story.

What books do you always recommend?

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Game Of Thrones “Ships”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and The Bookish blog.  They are currently on a well deserved hiatus until next week.

Since we are halfway through one of Game of Thrones best seasons, I though I would do a TTT about some of my favorite “ships” from the show.  Since GOT is very character driven, I’m focusing on friendships instead of relationships (with one brand new exception).  These are in no particular order.

Brienne and Jaime

Jaime was taken as a POW by the Starks in season 2, and Brienne was charged with his care.  Jaime was an arrogant ass back then, and I think his friendship with Brienne really changed who Jaime is.  They have a deep respect of one another, something I don’t think Jaime had much of from his family. He’s a much better person now for all he endured during his time with the Starks and Brienne.

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Tyrion and Varys

Tyrion is one of the best characters on the show, and he’s great with Varys.  Varys is an odd character, but he gets Tyrion in a way few others do.  They have had many funny moments over the past few seasons, and I truly believe that Varys is the only person who has Tyrion’s back at all costs.

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Arya and The Hound

Arya was technically the Hound’s prisoner, but their relationship never felt like that was the case.  I think the Hound respected Arya’s want to learn and become a fighter, and Arya respected his history and learned a lot from him.  They were a really great team.

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Jon and Sam

Jon needed a true friend, and he found that in Sam.  I think Sam always saw Jon’s value, even when Jon didn’t.  Jon and Sam always have each others back, and I would love to see them reunite before the finale, though it’s not likely.

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Davos and Shireen

Poor Shireen.  Davos was the father she wanted but didn’t get in the ultra arrogant Stannis.  Davos was loving and patient with Shireen, and I truly believe he loved her more than her parents did.  His utter devastation when she died proved that.

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Jaime and Bronn

Yes, I chose Jaime and Bronn over Tyrion and Bronn.  These two have such an unspoken respect for one another, and Bronn is not afraid to give Jaime shit over his good looks and sick pining over his sister.  Together they are quite funny.

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Margaery and Loras

My only family members to make the list.  Loras was a homosexual (which is frowned upon), and not only did his sister know, she supported him.  She lied to cover it up, and it ended up costing them both their lives.  They had a lovely relationship until Loras was imprisoned and gave up on himself.

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Brienne and Pod

In a world where men rule, it must be hard to poor little Podrick Payne to be the squire to the toughest woman in Westeros, but that’s exactly what Pod is.  He gives excellent counsel to Brienne when she needs it, but lets her do her thing.  They have a great friendship.

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Grey Worm and Missandei

Grey Worm is an Unsullied soldier, and Missandei is a former slave who now serves as the Queen’s trusted advisor.  They have formed an unlikely yet beautiful friendship based upon brutal upbringings and mutual respect.  They have now taken things to a new level, and it’s even more beautiful.

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Jon and Tormund

Jon took a bunch of shit over his partnership with the Wildlings, but in the end, it was the right decision, despite costing Jon his life (temporarily). Tormund is the leader of the Wildlings, and is a hilarious hell raiser to Jon’s Captain Serious.  They offset each other nicely, and have formed a fun friendship.

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Have I missed anyone?

Happy watching.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best books of 2017 so far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is The Best Books I’ve read so far in 2017.  Here is my list, in no particular order.

Only With Me by Kelly Elliott

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Fire on the Farm by Betty Shreffler

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All About the D by Lex Martin

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Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Levi’s Blue by M. Leighton

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Delivery Girl by Lily Kate

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Trick by Laramie Briscoe 

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Challenge by Amy Daws

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Hooker by Brooke Blaine

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I Just Want You by Kaylee Ryan

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What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?

Happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series I LOVE

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish Blog.

This week’s topic is Series I haven’t read but want to.  This topic doesn’t apply to me because I LOVE series and don’t have any I haven’t started yet.  If I see a book that’s part of a series, I’m all over that like bees on honey.  So I’m going to highlight some of my favorite book series below.  Enjoy!

  1. Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley.  This is one of my all time favorite series.  Each book follows a different woman and a different member of the “hot bunch”.  Each guy works with or knows Lee Nightingale.  Set in Denver with an alpha male per book, this series tops my list.

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2. With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby.  This series revolves around the Montgomery family from Seattle and their friends, and is a great series.  8 books in length, there was one I didn’t love but the rest are the best.

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3. Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.  I was so incredibly sad when this series ended, because I loved Myron and his best friend Win.  Myron is a sports agent and each book follows a different story.  Mysteries.  Highly recommend.

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4. Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond.  Body Movers is the story of Carlotta Wren, a woman whose parents are on the run for legal issues and is left to raise her hellion teenage brother, who becomes a “body mover”.  In the meantime, her ex wants her back, she becomes involved with a cop named Jack (whom I love) and her brother’s boss Coop is in the mix.  Funny series, but also a mystery as well.

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5. Until series by Aurora Rose Reynolds.  Another series about strong, alpha males with a hint of mystery and suspense.  This series focuses on the Mayson brothers, who each find love.  There is a spin-off series with the Mayson brothers children as well, which is very good.

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6. Corps Security series by Harper Sloan.  Alpha males.  Are you sensing a theme?  Each book in the first series follows an employee at Corps Security as they find love.  There is a spin-off series with their children as well.  Love this series.

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7. Knitting in the City/Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid.  KITC and the WB series are intertwined in a way, but I read the first KITC book 3 years ago and read the second one this year, and I haven’t stopped.  They are funny and fresh.  The Winston Brothers series is set in Tennessee, but their sister Ashley is featured in KITC.  Both series are good.

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8. The Ride Series by Megan O’Brien.  5 books about brothers in a Motorcycle club and the women they meet and fall for.  I wish this series would continue, I love it that much!

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9. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris.  Read all but the last book because the second to last book was so bad, but in the beginning, I loved this series!  Turned into a show on HBO called True Blood, but the show was so different from the books that I couldn’t get into it.

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10. Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.  I will admit up front I didn’t finish this series, but I did read 13 of the books before I moved on to another genre.  I love small town, “Doc Hollywood” type books, and this series is the epitome of this.  Love the people in this small town and how nice and accepting they are.

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What series do you love?  I’m always looking for a new one!

Happy reading..

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best & Worst TV Dads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish blog.  This week is a dad freebie in honor of Father’s Day, so I’m doing the 5 best and 5 worst TV dads from shows I watch (or have watched).  Here we go:

Best TV Dads

Jack Pearson from This Is Us.  Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, comes close to Jack Pearson as the best dad.  This man is a dream.  I know he’s fictional, but he is seriously amazing the man all dads should aspire to be.

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Phil Dunphy from Modern Family.  Phil reminds me a lot of my own husband, in that he’s very emotional and sentimental when it comes to his kids.  He is giant sweetheart and an awesome dad.

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Danny Tanner from Full House.  How can Danny Tanner not be on this list.  Widowed at a young age, he raised his three daughters (with a little help) into amazing women.  Yes, he was a bit of a dork and had chessy one liners, but he was a really good dad!

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Jim Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210.  I always loved Jim Walsh.  He was tough, but he was also fair and very supportive of his children.  He always put his family first.  One of my all time favorites.

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Tom Bradford from Eight is Enough.  Another widower, but this one had 8 kids.  I was always impressed how put together he was, and even found time to meet a new love.  Mr. Bradford was an inspiration.

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Worst TV Dads

Frank Gallagher from Shameless.  I stopped watching this show because of Frank.  I have a hard time with parents like him, and I don’t find it entertaining.  Frank is a con-man with six kids, all of whom are raising themselves while he’s getting drunk, high, or scamming some dumb woman.

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Walter White from Breaking Bad.  In the beginning, Walter was a good dad to Walter Jr.  Then he started making meth and became a horrible dad.  His son ended up hating him.  Not a good sign.  And he was never there for the new baby.

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Stannis Baratheon from Game of Thrones.  I debated between him and the Lannisters, but in the end, a man who would burn his child alive wins.  Just a pitiful excuse for a man.

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Ray Barone from Everyone Loves Raymond.  I know he’s on many best TV dad lists, but I found him to be very uninvolved in his children’s lives.  Debra bore the brunt of most of the household, and I didn’t have a lot of respect for Ray.

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Mike Heck from the Middle.  Another guy who is not at all interested his kids, but this guy wasn’t really interested in his wife or life either.  Never showed compassion or anyone or anything.  He and Frankie (the wife) are the reason I stopped watching this show, which had so much potential.

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Did I miss anyone?  How are you best/worst TV dads?

Happy watching.

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