Virtual Walk: Pacific Crest Trail

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I know that I usually only post bookish related topics on here, but today I decided to mix it up. I wanted to stop by and talk with you about hiking. It is Fall and I love the beautiful weather. It gives me so much motivation to get out and take it all in.

However, when I am not hiking outside, I have been trying very hard to get my step count up. To that end, I have found a site that helps you track your path along a route. I have been virtually hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I have finally finished and I am so glad!

Do you track your steps? If you do, what type of device do you use? Would you recommend it?

Hope that you have a great Fall!


Book Review: Uday Mukerji

Friday, September 23, 2016

Author:  Uday Mukerji
Personal Review:
If you want a book to help you reflect on the bigger picture of life, this may be the book for you. I found this book to be an interesting read that looks at how the things in your life happen around you and how you make sense of it. The book is one for those who enjoy philosophical thinking.

In the book, we meet Rohan. As he goes through situations in his life, it helps him to capture his thoughts and reflect on what that means. I don't want to put any spoilers out there related to the book, but I do know that his road is not easy.

 I enjoyed the parts that had a romance twist in this book. The story was one that started to take shape for me after Rohan met Adeline. Learning to love again is hard, but sometimes it was worth it.

Thank you Uday for the chance to review your book. I found it an interesting read.

About the book: 
Set in Exotic India, Singapore, and in Central Europe, Love, Life, and Logic captures the individual struggle of a young man against the seemingly unnamed, unknown, anonymous power of the universe. In a shocking revelation of his innermost thoughts, the book depicts a painful account of his emotional turmoil arising out of his own confusions and dilemmas, and his personal developments through all that.

Rohan grows up in a middle class family in a small town in Goa, India. He asks himself many life questions like we all do every day. Is our life and death an end in itself, or do they have a much deeper implication in a gigantic universal process? Is each human life also someway connected to the chain of events unfolding every day in front of our eyes? We all have different thumbprints; but why? Are we all a part of big numbers game, or does each one of us really matter?

Chased by these and many such questions, Rohan leaves his lucrative job and his family in search of the truth. The journey gets complicated when he meets Adeline, a 23-year old vivacious girl in Vienna. Love, again? That brings him back to question his failed marriage. Is marriage an end of the road for love? Do all marriages come with an expiration date?
It’s the search and the road leading to his final realization that makes this book insightful and thought-provoking.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: A Sky With No Stars

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hi Everyone!
I am excited to be here today to share with you a review of a book from a local to me author, Juliet Dillon! She is local to the greater DC area and I am so glad to have had a chance to connect with her about reading her book: A Sky With No Stars.

Author: Juliet Dillon
Personal Review:
Do you enjoy time travel books? Then you are going to love this one! This book is about Kari and her experiences in the world when this happens to her. A challenging place to be when you cannot make sense of what is going on around you or to get any help to explain why.

I could tell that Kari's character was one that felt things deeply and always wanted to know more. She has to demonstrate her inner strength throughout the book and I appreciated that her character was written the way she was.

The plot of the book is one that gets you wondering what is going to happen from the beginning, all the way through to the end. I enjoyed the writing style and the pacing. Even though there were sometimes interesting scenes, it didn't overwhelm and I appreciated that.

If you enjoy books that give you a chance to explore your imagination or just a good read, I would recommend this book. Thanks again Juliet for the opportunity to read your book!

AND NOW...the best part! You too can read her book! Juliet has graciously given me an extra copy to share with one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below and follow me on Twitter. (@hesaidbooksorme) Winner will be selected on Tuesday September 27th. Good Luck!

Happy Reading!

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Roald Dahl- D is for Dahl

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Hi Everyone!

I am so excited to be here today to talk with you about Roald Dahl! The one, the only...the so talented! I was very fortunate to be chosen as part of the anniversary tour hosted by Hannah at the Irish Banana. 


My Review: 
Today I am excited to share with you a little bit about D is for Dahl. In this lovely book, we get to go behind the scenes to learn more about the author and the wonderful stories that he wrote. I have to say I learned so much and it was such a fun interesting read. It goes through each letter of the alphabet and gives facts about Roald. It definitely makes me want to go to his museum in England!

Here are just a few of my favorite facts:
-He adored dogs, birds, and even goats. But he hated cats! (You guys know I don't hate cats, but it is interesting to hear that was his mindset!)
-When translated into Italian, the Big Friendly Giant becomes Il Grande Gingante Gentile. So in Italy the book is called GGG (instead of BFG!)
-Roald Dahl spent happy times working in the U.S. Capital in the 1940's.

Just so many wonderful tidbits about his life. Also, I really appreciated the illustrations throughout out this book. I recommend this book for anyone who has loved his stories to get a better understanding of the author! Happy Reading and thank you for the opportunity!

Purchase D is for Dahl

Roald Dahl (1916–1990) was one of the world’s most imaginative, successful and beloved storytellers. He was born in Wales of Norwegian parents and spent much of his childhood in England. After establishing himself as a writer for adults with short story collections such as Kiss Kiss and Tales of the Unexpected, Roald Dahl began writing children's stories in 1960 while living with his family in both the U.S. and in England. His first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Roald Dahl’s first children’s story, The Gremlins, was a story about little creatures that were responsible for the various mechanical failures on airplanes. The Gremlins came to the attention of both First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who loved to read the story to her grandchildren, and Walt Disney, with whom Roald Dahl had discussions about the production of a movie.

Roald Dahl was inspired by American culture and by many of the most quintessential American landmarks to write some of his most memorable passages, such as the thrilling final scenes in James and the Giant Peach - when the peach lands on the Empire State Building! Upon the publication of James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl began work on the story that would later be published as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and, by a conservative estimate, have sold more than 200 million copies.
Roald Dahl also enjoyed great success for the screenplays he wrote for both the James Bond film You Only Live Twice in 1967 and for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, released one year later, which went on to become a beloved family film.  Roald Dahl’s popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans. 

Two charities have been founded in Roald Dahl’s memory: the first charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, created in 1991, focuses on making life better for seriously ill children through the funding of specialist nurses, innovative medical training, hospitals, and individual families across the UK.

The second charity, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre – a unique cultural, literary and education hub – opened in June 2005 in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived and wrote many of his best-loved works. 10% of income from Roald Dahl books and adaptations are donated to the two Roald Dahl charities.

On September 13, 2006, the first national Roald Dahl Day was celebrated, on what would have been the author’s 90th birthday. The event proved such a success that Roald Dahl Day is now marked annually all over the world. September 13, 2016 is Roald Dahl 100, marking 100 years since the birth of the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Podcasts

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping by with another Top Ten Tuesday!  This week's topic is Top Ten Tuesday is one in which you get to talk about your favorite Audio topics. This can be audiobooks, podcasts, bands, etc.  For this week's topic, I have decided to feature Top Ten Podcasts. I am always up for discovering others, so if you have any other suggestions that you think I should listen to, please let me know. 

Ones I have listened to and Enjoyed:
1) Serial
There have been two seasons so far and I am excited for the next! I love hearing details about a story and following it through week by week. 

2) Happier
This is by Gretchen Rubin and her sister. They discuss topics that make you think and give ideas for better living.

3) Magic Lessons
Liz Gilbert's (Eat, Pray, Love) podcast about creativity and all things wonderful.

4) This American Life
NPR's weekly podcast about a variety of topics. I don't always get a chance to listen, but when I do I really enjoy the conversation. 

5) The Project Management Podcast
In everyday life, I have a Project Management certification. In order to maintain that certification, I have to continuing education. This is a free and easy way to do that!

Ones I really want to listen to (but haven't yet)
6) Gilmore Guys
Two guys watch Gilmore Girls and discuss. 

7) Welcome to Night Vale
This was advertised at Book Con two years ago, but I still haven't had a chance to look into it.

8) Scholastic Reads
The topics always sound interesting, I just haven't had a chance to do listen yet!

9) Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast
I love to travel so this one sounds right up my alley!

10) Stuff You Should Know
Sounds like it would be good to know! I again just have not had a chance.

What am I missing? Do you enjoy any of these?

Happy Listening!

Bookmark Monday: Book Rug

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hi Everyone!

Just stopping today with a the new book meme that I learned about recently:  Bookmark Monday! This is hosted by: Guiltless Reading.

Here is what you do:
Do you have a bookmark you want to share? Just take a photo and link up in the linky!

Sounds pretty easy right?

I am excited to share with you this bookmark that I recently got:

It's a book rug! :) I thought it was really cute!

Have you ever heard of these?

Happy Reading!  

Book Review: Motorcross me and Supercross me

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Author: Cheyenne Young
Personal Review:
A few months ago, Cheyenne Young (the author) graciously offered me the chance to read a few of her novels. I am finally happy to have gotten around to reading Motocross Me and Supercross Me. Let me just start off by saying, I shouldn't have waited so long! I guess hindsight is 20/20. If you haven't read these books yet, please go read them.

I read both of these books in the course of two days. The characters were vivid and memorable. The writing was fun to read and I enjoyed the plot very much. I loved the love triangle (of sorts) in the first one and the heartbreak in the second. Both of these books were well written and I enjoyed them very much.

I have to say I think some of the reason that I didn't approach these books right away is because the topics of racing is one that is not in my traditional comfort zone. That said, I think that those people who are enthusiasts or those who are newbies (like me) can still both get something from reading these books. I have a better understanding of the sport, as well as introduced to a cute contemporary series.

If you enjoy romance with a little bit of an edge, I think you will enjoy these books. Thanks again Cheyenne for the opportunity to check these out!

Happy Reading!