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Have An Update!

Good morning, book blogging world!

I want to first start off by apologizing for my almost five month hiatus. I had a lot of life changes thrown at me all at once, and I haven’t been able to juggle it all alongside my blog as well as I had hoped for. Things are finally calming down, so I wanted to give you all an update as well as my future plans for my blog.

The largest change I faced these past months was my job. I left my very first job at a retirement community that I had somehow managed to hang onto for six years, and began a completely new journey into the cannabis industry. Leaving my old job was draining to say the least. It was as if I had no clue what sort of hurricane I was walking into every day during my last three weeks there. Tensions were high (it’s a long, drama-filled story in which I was really just on the sidelines for), my emotions were strung tight, and I couldn’t tell if I was dreading or stoked for my last day.

I’d started that job half way through my last year of high school when I was only 18. I’d never known my own grandparents, so working around 150+ elderly residents every day was a challenge at first. I had no clue how to handle old people.

But as the years passed and as the residents watched me grow into the young woman I’m still learning to be, they started to become more than just people I needed to look after so I could get a paycheck twice a month. Carolyn never forgot my birthday, Clint always stopped by the desk to ask about my day, Ann and Doris never failed to open their arms for a hug when they saw me walking down the hallways.

Then one day after about four years, I was asked why I still worked there. I racked my brain for a few moments, trying to rid myself of the obvious answer: I need a paycheck if I want to eat and keep a roof over my head. Although true, I could find a job somewhere else and pay my bills that way. So why did I stay?

I loved my grandparents, and they loved me.

So, when my time came to leave (and it was obvious that it was my time to go), it was very hard on me. I didn’t want to leave these people that I’d grown so attached to in a span of six years, who watched me graduate high school, who watched as I went from a dining room busser to an administrative assistant, who watched as I changed from the quiet little girl who teared up if you looked at her wrong to a woman who refuses to let people walk all over her.

I didn’t leave on bad terms by any means. Fortunately, the option to go back and visit is still available to me. I am very thankful for that.

My new job, however, has opened up an entirely different world to me. I believe things happen for a reason. The circumstances of leaving my old job tossed me to where I am now, and if you would’ve asked me a year ago if I’d be working in the cannabis industry, I would’ve laughed…and laughed…and laughed.

But here I am! And I’m LOVING it!

I’ve been a recreational marijuana user for about a year and a half, and I thought I knew my stuff. Wrong.

Working in the industry has shown me that I know about .1% of everything there is to know about cannabis. Four months have flown by, and I’m still learning a ton of new stuff every day.

At some point in the future, I’ll make a post more about that, but for now, I’ll just get on to my plans for this blog.

I still want to make this a book blog. I don’t read enough, and I feel as though keeping up with this blog will also help me keep up with improving my reading habits. It’s also a fantastic way to meet other book lovers and get new recommendations.

My twitter (@emmybereading) will still be active!

The main change I want to make to my blog is incorporating my writing. Whether it be a weekly post with just some random idea that popped into my head, or prompts you guys want to give me (or that I find on reddit), I definitely do want to start getting my writing back to what it once was. And that, my friends, requires some practice.

Okay, so here’s the kicker: I want to bring in cannabis to my blog. I know a lot of people are still very wary of the plant, but in my own personal experience, I’ve seen the healing properties of it. I’ve witnessed it in myself and in others, and I want to educate people to show them that it isn’t some sort of street drug. It really does help with pain, anxiety, and sometimes just getting a clear head.

So, a weekly educational cannabis post may be in the future for this blog as well!

What thoughts do you all have on this? Any sort of feedback would be much appreciated! I do have other ideas for this blog, but they aren’t really anything I’m super attached to at this moment.

To wrap up this post, I just want to say thank you for those who still kept up with my blog and for all of you out there who have messaged me to check up! It truly warmed my heart when I realized just how much my absence was noticed.

You guys really are the best, and it’s great to be back.

xoxo

Emmy B.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd

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Jeanie has been a loving wife to George for over thirty years, a devoted mother to their daughter and, recently, an adoring grandmother – all this despite the fact that several years ago, George withdrew from their marital bed with no reason given. At first Jeanie was determined to confront him, but days rolled into weeks, then years, and still she has no idea why it happened. Did she do something wrong? Is he in love with someone else? George won’t talk about it.

Every Thursday, Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park, and there she meets Ray, who performs the same weekly duty for his grandson. Ray seems to be everything George isn’t – a listener, easy to talk to, open-minded – and sexy. Suddenly Jeanie feels attractive again and, against her will, finds herself falling in love with him. She knows all too well that her new passion threatens everything she holds dear. She must make a choice. Family ties, dramas, secrets and lies all weave their way though this beautiful and insightful first novel written by an author who has the perfect experience to write it.

“She no longer cared about labels, no longer cared whether her feelings were reciprocated or how Ray would react; nothing seemed to matter in that moment but telling the truth, letting Ray know the truth, her truth, whatever the outcome. And telling it was like a cleansing breath.”

I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up. The cover was eye-catching with its floral heart design, so I figured it would be another cute love story. Little did I know that I was in for a pleasant surprise.

Thursdays in the Park is more than a love story. It’s a story about family, secrets, and betrayal. It gives you plenty of characters who you can truly relate to and keeps you hooked the entire time. I really didn’t want this book to end!

The book itself is very well-written. Boyd has a way with making you feel every moment of cringe-worthy tension, as well as the love between so many of the characters. Ellie had to be one of my favorites — who doesn’t love an adorable two-year-old? The dialogue between her and Jeanie felt homey and natural, as if I was really watching a conversation between a child and her grandmother. Ellie had so much personality for such a “small” character!

The other characters in this book are very interesting in their own ways. You have Chanty and Alex, a young couple trying to raise their daughter while growing for themselves and each other (though one seems a little more reluctant than the other). Then you have Jeanie, Ray, and George, three sixty-somethings who are caught up an affair that nobody saw coming and that truly tests the strength of marriage. Last but not least, there’s Rita, Jeanie’s witty friend who sits on both sides of Jeanie’s shoulders when it comes to making tough decisions.

Each character in the book (aside from the children, of course) sent me through a bit of a struggle. There were times when I didn’t like any of them because of their actions or the way they spoke to someone, then there were also times when I felt pity for them. There’s a reason why they do or say certain things, and you aren’t left wondering why so-and-so acted like such a selfish asshole.

Jeanie is a perfect example of this. At sixty, she’s meeting a man for the first time since her husband of thirty plus years, and falls head over heels for him. While battling these confusing emotions, she has to deal with her stubborn husband who demands she sell her prized shop and move to the country, and handle the fact that she doesn’t feel as old as everyone seems to think she is. I’m usually not one for affairs in love stories, and most of the time, I can’t stand the culprit, but Jeanie was different for me. I felt awful for her, and often found myself rooting for her newfound love.

What I truly enjoyed about this book was that it was a different type of love story. It wasn’t between two young attractive people who have everything for them in the world. It’s between retired grandparents who have lived through life and experienced so much, and who are now looking for something to give them reason.

Being set in London, Thursdays in the Park is packed with a ton of British language. This was the only thing that (very slightly) put me off, only for the fact that a lot of the phrasing was lost on me. Still, I was able to get the gist of that they were saying, and it eventually began to add to the charm of the story.

This has got to be one of my favorite romance books out there, and I’ll definitely be reading it again in the future!

5star

Thanks for reading!

Emmy B.

TBRs

February TBR!

February already?! I feel as though New Years Day was just last week!

So, because life got in the way of my reading yet again (big shocker, right?), I’m currently two books behind, according to Goodreads. My original plan was to read and review four books a month, and as you can see, I’m not off to such a great start.

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But that’s okay! I’ll still continue to push for four books, but because I didn’t get to those two that were on my January TBR, you may see reviews for those pop up at random times during the month.

My February TBR:

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Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd

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Promise Me Today by Lori Copeland

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Promise Me Tomorrow by Lori Copeland

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Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

And there you have it! Because of the month, I had to pick romance! Have you read these books yet? If so, let me know what you think!

I hope this month, though it is short, is full of nothing but happiness and opportunities for all of us!

xoxo

Emmy B.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

“He claimed my lips as if he were laying claim to my body, to my soul, and every part of me.”

If I had to summarize this book into a single sentence, I’d have to go with, “This book is a freaking blast.” Jennifer L. Armentrout has quite the imagination, and she doesn’t hold back in her stories.

Full of hilarious characters and a kind of romance that you really can’t get enough of, Wicked is a ride from start to finish. It really pulls you in and doesn’t let go, even after the book is finished. I’m definitely going to keep up with this trilogy, and can’t wait to read the next books.

I loved the build-up between Ren and Ivy. That kept me going more than anything while reading this story. Although it did seem like a typical supernatural romance, their personalities really complimented the other. There were a ton of, “Awww” moments!

The fights in the story had to be my favorite part. Whether it was some silly little banter between Ivy and Tink, or the awesome final battle between so-and-so and so-and-so, I couldn’t get enough. They were written with just enough wit and action that I couldn’t find the willpower in me to put the book down. I must’ve been compelled or something…

That being said, I do have to mention that I did find a few things in Wicked that were a bit of a disappointment for me, starting with the style itself.

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with Armentrout’s writing. While I do think she has talent, I believe she delivers it all wrong, and that is obvious in this book. I noticed that the profanity was laid on a little strong, especially in the beginning when we’re just starting to meet the characters and learn about their personalities. I understand that we’re talking about a bunch of kids in their early 20’s (and a brownie) here, but I can’t think of a single person who cusses as much as Ivy, Val, or Tink do. It was a real turn off to the story for me, but the cringey language seemed to ease up as the book went on.

Speaking of cringey, I could not — for the life of me — get into those sex scenes. They felt rushed and honestly, they felt completely awkward. I had a hard time believing that Ivy was as inexperienced as she let on, and Ren became “unsexy” in my opinion during these scenes. I can’t decide if cutting back on the sex or just taking it all out completely would’ve made the story better for me.

Other than that, I had a hard time finding reasons to not like this book. It was fun, made me laugh, and made me look forward to sitting down and reading it. Give it a try if you haven’t — you won’t regret it!

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xoxo

Emmy B.

Personal Posts

It’s Been A While: An Update

Hey, all! Long time, no post! So sorry about that, but it’s good to be back! Here’s a few things that have been going on with me these past two weeks.

I got a new job!

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After six years of working at the same place, I finally did it. Leaving your first job is a little scary, but once it’s done, there’s an amazing feeling of relief, like the entire world was taken off your shoulders. I certainly learned a lot from this job, and I plan on writing a post about it here in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

I’ve fallen awfully behind with my reading!

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I’m still reading “Wicked” by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I do plan on finishing it, I promise! It’s just that life has been shifting all over the place for me, and I’m having a tough time keeping up with everything I need and want to do. There will be a review post for it within the next few days, so keep your eyes open for it!

I’ve planned out my Wednesday postings!

I recently posted a poll on my Twitter so I could see what you guys would be interested in reading every Wednesday. I’ve been trying to create a schedule with my blog, but have ended up with roadblocks when I try. I think I’ve finally figured it out! Every Wednesday, I’m going to give a quick update on what I’m reading, what I’m planning on reading next, and give you all a little peek into what’s going on in my personal life. That way, if I disappear for two weeks again, you’ll have an idea as to why.

So, that’s basically what’s been going on. Not too much, but at least it’s something. Thanks for sticking with me during my short absence!

xoxo

Emmy B.

Book Tags

Brotherhood of the World Award

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Hey guys! I was nominated by the wonderful Aditi, who has a beautiful blog and fantastic posts! Check her out!

Here are the rules –

• Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
• Answer the questions sent to you.
• Nominate around ten bloggers.
• Create your set of questions for your nominees.
• List the rules and display the Brotherhood Of The World logo in your post

Let’s get this thing started!


The Questions!

  1. Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smart phone or something).

    My couch is my perfect blogging spot, as well as my office at work! Mornings are usually when my brain decides to give me something to work with (it could also be the help of the copious amounts of coffee I drink), so weekends are when I get the most done. Take right now for example: it’s Saturday, I haven’t changed out of my PJs, my hair isn’t even brushed, I’m nearly finished with my first cup of coffee, and all I want to do is work on my blog.

  2. How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?

    I do both when I can. Life gets crazy for everyone at times, and it can be difficult to stick to a set schedule with these things. I check up on my blog at least once a day, scroll through my reader to check up on other blogs, and see if there’s really anything I feel like putting into words at the moment. Same goes for reading. Luckily I’ve been at a job that gives me two days with A TON of free time, so that’s when I get a lot of my reading done. That’ll be changing soon, so we’ll have to see how things work out from there.

  3. How did you come up with your blog name?

    Well, my real name is Emily, but Emmy is a nickname I’ve been called by my dad and brother for as long as I can remember. My middle name starts with a B, so I figured, “What a cute little play on words.” And so Emmy B. Reading came to life, after a few days of thinking and thinking and overthinking it.

  4. What keeps you blogging?

    The book blogging community, really. You all are so supportive and kind, that it truly blows my mind all the time. I’ve only had my blog for a little over a month, but I’ve made so many friends through this and discovered so many books that I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed by it all at times. The good kind of overwhelmed, I promise!

    My love for reading also keeps me going. I’ve always been head over heels in love with reading, and I’m sure it’ll be a love that I’ll carry until my last day.

  5. What would you do if I grant you a wish?

    I’d probably ask you to pay a bill!

    Just kidding.

    I know the unselfish answer would be to end world hunger, or introduce never-ending world peace, but quite honestly, I’m not sure if those will ever be possible. So, I’d have to go with another book shelf. I’m seriously running out of room. Thank goodness for Kindles!



    My Questions:

    1. Where do you see your blog this time next year?

    2. If you could sit down and chat with any author (alive or dead) for an hour, who would you choose?

    3. What’s the very first book you remember reading?

    4. What introduced you to blogging?

    5. What’s the one book you’ll read time and time again?


    I Nominate:

    Perpetual Fangirl

    The Past Due Review

    Will Read For Booze

    (It asks for ten blogs to nominate, but I’m just going to go with three!)


    Thanks again to Aditi for nominating me! This was super fun! I hope you all enjoyed reading, and have a fantastic weekend!

    xoxo

    Emmy B.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill.
Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard’s assignment–find them and then…”retire” them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn’t want to be found!


“You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity.”

I. Loved. This. Book.

Everything about it — the characters, the dilapidated city of San Francisco, and the moral struggle of hunting down androids. I loved it all.

At first, I wasn’t so sure about this book. Not a huge sci-fi reader, but I think Philip K. Dick has changed that for me. I’m definitely going to try to get my hands on his other books.

He writes a world that is a universe all its own, but at the same time, is still the Earth we know. New technology is introduced, and although it seems a little overwhelming at first, it all has a purpose. The mood organ has to be one of my favorites, and I wish we could have something like that in real life. How convenient would it be to simply dial yourself happy, or easily switch over to a sense of peace after an awful day at the office?

Reading this book for the first time is a fantastic journey. As characters are introduced, its impossible to tell if they’re human or android. Even if you think you know, there’s almost always a small hint of doubt. That mystery is a great addition to the overall gloominess of the story.

There’s a certain unpredictability within the characters that keeps you on the edge of your seat. How will so-and-so react when they find out they’re actually an android and all of their memories are false? Will people riot when the fact that their religion isn’t all it’s cracked up to be is released? How can it be so easy to just retire androids who bare a perfect resemblance to another android you just fell into bed with? There were a few points in the story in which someone said or did something that caught me by surprise, and only dragged me deeper into the universe.

I haven’t seen Blade Runner, but I do know that it completely overshadowed the book. Everyone should give this book a shot, whether or not you’ve watched the movie! I’m glad I did; it definitely found a spot in my top five favorite books.

5star

xoxo

Emmy B.