Summer Lovin’: Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee

Featuring: Favorite Fictional Females

This one was difficult for me because I don’t really have favorites. There are those that I tend to really like, but as far as favorites go, it’s always a tough choice. So I took the easy way out and just chose a book on my re-read list (because I love the book and must read it again). I chose Poison by Bridget Zinn, which is a really GOOD book. And for my creative output, I thought of just doing a short bio for her. I cannot really give an actress for her because I’m not that updated with film or television. I don’t know a lot of celebrities. The cover makes a good picture anyway. Although she reminds me of Liv Tyler – a younger version maybe. A lot of details were omitted to avoid spoilers~ Anyway, here goes…

1Name: Kyra, aka “Kitty”
Age: 16
Occupation: Master Potioner
Residence: Somewhere in the Kingdom of Mohr
Affiliation: Master Trio of Potioners
Goal: to save the kingdom, whatever it takes

Skills & Interests
– potions, combat, weaponry, efficiency, intelligence, etc.
– humor and food

Hair Length: Long
Hair Color: Black
Hair Type: Wavy
Eye Color: Olive
Skin: Pale

Best Friend: Princess Ariana
Sidekick: Rosie, the Katzenheim pig
Crush: Fred
Combat Trainer: Dartagn
Co-potioners: Hal and Ned


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Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon: Page 99 Test

This is the Page 99 Test

  • If you have never done this before, the object of the game is to pick a book you have not yet read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then you give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, would you want to read this book?
  • Please remember to give a synopsis ONLY, no spoilers and no plagarism.
  • So get to it! Read that page and let us know what you think? Did it contain any really good teasers? Want to finish the book to find out what was going on?

I chose Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me? as it is one of reading goals for this read-a-thon. This will be my last book for the week because I want to end in a good note, and I just love Sophie Kinsella. So anyway, on to page 99~

In this page, Lexi seems to have found out that she lives in a really, really nice home, and that she is married to someone named Eric Gardiner. She is ecstatic about the place that she twirled around in glee, which caused her to break some expensive-looking ornament. She gets worried over this, but her thoughts are interrupted by an alert message on a giant screen.

That’s where the page ends! So I don’t know what the message is either. I am very much intrigued. I can already see Sophie Kinsella’s entertaining writing in this page, and I am really excited to read the whole book!

About the book:

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Title: Remember Me?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
ISBN13: 9780440242406
Published: February 26, 2008
Publisher: Dell

Synopsis: When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?



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Book Review: Alisha Watts’s Star Crossed


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Title: Star Crossed
Author: Alisha Watts
Published: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Free Download on Amazon

Skylar has read all about Mr. Right being someone she finds in a mystic moment. Shared glances in a coffee shop or the gentleman that picks her up after she takes a spill at the roller rink.
Chris supports her efforts to keep trying to force her ‘right moment’ but he prays she’ll notice that he’s a great person, too, even if they’re not exactly star-crossed.
Real love, after all, sometimes hides in the most extraordinary of everyday places.

A short review for a short book~

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Random Ramblings: A Wonderful Day for Summer Lovin’


Random Ramblings: Talking about random thoughts on books, blogging, myself, the world, etc. Anything under the sun~


As part of the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon, we have the Bingo event, and one of the activities was “Do something outside if you can – read, walk, hike, play with kids, anything!” This one was pretty easy because I go outside a lot. The really good thing I did today was my walk to the train station. It was just wonderful outside. It was cloudy because it recently rained, and the weather was perfect. It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t too cold. I just loved it. While I was walking, I did a lot of thinking – about books, the blog, friends, etc. And at one point, I lost my thoughts and stopped at the number 18. I don’t really know what I was thinking about and how this number was important to me. It’s quite troubling. What if it was the answer to the universe?! But anyway, it was all really nice. We don’t get that kind of weather a lot in the city. I was able to wear long sleeves and my trusty 8-year-old boots comfortably.

Today has been a good day so far. I have made a lot of progress with my reading of Poison by Bridget Zinn, which I will be using for the today’s Participation Post: “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee” because I like Kyra and it’s one of my recent reads. I like a lot of female characters so I took the easy way out and choose the one on my re-read list. I also made progress on my reading of Unpredictable by Eileen Cook, which is part of my Summer Lovin’ Goals. I also read the page I will be using for today’s Challeng Post: “Page 99 Test” and it’s really good and it makes me excited. More on those later. Overall, it has been a really good day so far. I cannot wait to get out of work to continue the read-a-thon! 🙂

Feeling good~


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Book Review: Gregory Maguire’s Wicked

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recommendedTitle: Wicked
Author: Gregory Maguire
Published: September 29, 1995
Publisher: Harper
ISBN13: 9780061350962
Format: Paperback
Series: The Wicked Years
Acquisition: Gift from a friend

Purchase at: Amazon

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

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