Hush little baby…

One of the things I enjoy most about my daughter, you know, besides everything, is her love for music. This is true for most toddlers I’m sure but it was not something I really thought of before she was born.

She loves to get up and move, she is even starting to try to sing a long sometimes when a tune she really gets into comes on. When I rock her to sleep for her nap or on nights I’m off from work, she hums with me until she drifts off. I don’t tell you this to brag (although I sort of am), I just want to give you a clear picture.

Through out my pregnancy I actually sort of worried about how she would be with music. I have such an eclectic taste along a broad spectrum of genres and I hated the idea of having to give up listening to some of them because they weren’t deemed traditionally appropriate for young ears. (Don’t laugh, I had more and one person tell me to my face that Disturbed was probably upsetting my then unborn child during my pregnancy.)

She loves Disturbed by the way. She also loves Dean Martin, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Vienna Teng, Fuel, Goo Goo Dolls, Gackt, Perfume (oh my god does she love J-pop), Disney music, Nahko and Medicine for the People, the Mr. Clean jingle, the list is endless really.

If nothing else it make it pretty darn easy to find a lullaby in a pinch. (She was lulled to sleep by Poets of the Fall just before I sat down to write this post for example.)

So for those of you embarking out on your own parenting journey don’t let anyone else tell you that your days are about to be filled with kiddy cartoons* and monkeys jumping on beds. Look back at them and say, hell no, my child will be raised on real music like Led Zeppelin and Lady Gaga thank you very much.

What’s some of the music you’ve been or are excited to share with your little ones?

*Okay, they’re not lying about the kiddy cartoons. Paw Patrol and Curious George rule over my TV just about 24/7.

An Update

Well I knew I’d get lazy with this blog. I’d say busy but mostly it’s just laziness. Alas, it is likely to happen often. I’m terrible at getting into a routine, and my home life doesn’t make it at all easy. I apologize for it.

I finished reading Cinder the other day so a review will be posted for that soon. I started reading Spindle’s End at the start of the month but had to put it down for a little while. It isn’t a bad book, I actually rather enjoy the story when it decides that it actually wishes to move ahead with it. I feel especially bad about possibly not being able to finish it because my sister-in-law recommended it. Robin McKinley is her favorite author.

October is over half over and so there’s been a lot of thought going into what I want to write for NaNoWriMo. The last two Novembers I’ve done beyond poorly since I was pregnant in 2014 and my daughter was only 7 months last year. This year I’m going to get it done. The thing I miss most from before she was born is being able to write everyday.

I will have to see how it goes. First, I should try to get into a better routine for updating this blog.

Book Review || Divergent | by: Veronica Roth

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I picked this up on a whim this weekend. Okay, well not completely on a whim since it has been on my to-read list since it came out but I had no plans of reading it anytime soon. Then I was food shopping and walking by the book isle in Stop & Shop and there it was. I don’t know why, maybe I’m still not over the Hunger Games, but I suddenly wanted it.

I finished it about 24 hours later. I just couldn’t put it down. Roth’s writing style is simple and flows so easily that before I knew it I was half way done.

I have to say that I actually like Tris, which is unusual for female protagonists (especially in YA novels). I don’t know why, I’m just overly critical of them. I suppose Tris could have been called whinny at times, but given what she was going through and the fact that she was a 16 year old girl who until that point had been living a soft life, it’s not something that bothered me.

And then there’s Four. I liked Four. I liked how complex he could be.

The only thing I can say I disliked about this book  (though it did little to impact my enjoyment) was how predictable it turned out to be. Not the whole story, but most of the little twists I could see coming from a mile away.

Oh in regards to people claiming that it’s a rip off of the Hunger Games, not even close. While I can see some similarities between the two, that can mostly be attributed to that fact that they are both dystopian young adult novels. Divergent is 100% it’s own story, and it’s a damn good one.

Rating: ★★★★★

**This review was originally posted on my Tumblr on February 17,  2014

Introducing…

I figured since I’m really determined to keep up with this thing that I would introduce you guys to some of the most important people in my life…who also happen to be the ones I will most often blame for my lagging behind in writing.

First up: my amazing, wonderful, and, at times, infuriating husband.

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We’ve been married for five years. FIVE YEARS!! I still can’t believe it some days. He’s my player two for now and always. He’s also an amazing father. I’ve been trying to get better at actually telling him that lately. He’s not a big fan of pictures (he promptly ask that I delete this one after I took it so posting it on the internet seemed the logical thing to do). He loves playing video games and it’s always fun teasing each other about which are the best ones (Mass Effect and Dragon Age all the way!!)

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This little ray of sunshine is my little bookwyrm. She’s 18 months old, LOVES her books, talking to our betta fish, and trying to convince our two cats that she loves them. Give her a crayon and she’ll be happy for hours. She is the one who will most likely be featured on this blog regularly.

Becoming a mommy has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and also the hardest. I’m still struggling to adjust most days. I didn’t think it would take over a year to get used to having another human hanging off of me 24/7. I wouldn’t change anything for the world though.

The three of us live in an apartment together with my younger sister and her soon-to-be wife. Between me and the sister-in-law our home is filled with books. We even have a room that we’ve dubbed our library. Maybe someday it’ll even be presentable enough to share with you guys.

So that’s about it for now. Still trying to figure out what sort of other stuff I’m going to post about and so far getting into a sort of routine is proving difficult. I’m not interested in making this into a mommy blog but I’m sure that it will venture into the mommy blog territory once in a while. Reading with my daughter is one of my favorite things to do and I love finding new books to share with her and you can bet I’ll be on here sharing them with you guys as well.

So until then, happy reading.

October’s TBR

Ah October, the start of my favorite time of the year. It’s starting out cold and rainy but I’ll take this any day over hot and muggy. I don’t have any spooky or autumn themed reads planned for this month, poor planning on my part I suppose, but I do have some books that have been on my shelf for a bit. So here we go:

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Spindle’s End | by Robin McKinley

All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her.

 

 

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A Gentleman in Moscow | by Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

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Cinder | by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.