Friday, March 7, 2014

This Blog Has Moved

Well, I finally did it. 

I moved to Wordpress.

I've been thinking about this for a while now and finally decided that it had to be done. 

So, I invite to you to hop over to www.bookishlife.com and follow me there! 

I hope to see you soon. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I'm a Sucker for a Good Baseball Movie

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I was flipping through the TV the other night and cam across an old favorite of mine, The Sandlot. I remember watching this movie over and over as a kid. I honestly have no idea how many times I watched it.



Once I saw this on the TV, I had to sit and watch the whole thing. It was like I was completely sucked into the movie and after what felt like only 10 minutes, it was over. And I enjoyed every minute of it just as much as I did when I was 12.




Even now, as an adult, when I watch this movie, I still know nearly the whole thing by heart. I still laugh at Squints faking drowning to kiss Wendy Peffercorn. I still laugh when the boys all decide to take a chew. I still laugh when the boys play the other team of boys. I absolutely LOVE this movie.


But one thing about me is that I grew up in a baseball family. I grew up watching baseball in the summer. I started playing T-Ball before I was even in school. I played softball all the way through high school and even a little beyond. I played ball for the school team, then when school would let out for the summer, I would play on a summer team. I love this sport, and as a result, I also love just about all baseball/softball movies. The Sandlot is just one of many baseball movies that I will never get tired of.

So, if you're in the mood for some good baseball flicks, here are a few of my faves:
  • The Bad News Bears 
  • Bull Durham
  • Field of Dreams
  • A League of Their Own (another one of my FAVES)
  • Major League
  • Moneyball
  • The Natural
  • The Rookie
  • Rookie of the Year
  • The Scout
These are just a few that, personally, really like.

Do you have any favorite baseball movies? Or, are there any other sports movies that you love?

Tell me all about it! 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Scentsy March Scent and Warmer of the Month

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If you remember, I am a Scentsy Consultant. I love this company and everything I get always smells amazing and I love the way my house smells. Each month Scentsy offers a brand new scent and warmer of the month. And this is the warmer of the month for March. 


This warmer is so pretty and sleek! It would go well in just about any room. Also, the design on the front is a magnetized plate, and it just so happens that Scentsy sells lots more of these. So, if you decide you want to display a different design on your warmer, you can easily purchase another whenever you want. And as always, this warmer of the month is available at 10% off during the month of March!

However, the best thing about this month's special is that when you purchase this warmer of the month, Scentsy will automatically send you a second, FREE warmer! This is Scentsy's way of saying "Thank You" to everyone that has been a part of this company in the first ten years. How awesome is that? Buy the Warmer of the Month and get a second FREE warmer, AND it's 10% off? It just doesn't get any better than that! 

The lovely scent that accompanies this warmer for March is "Thank You." Soothing chamomile, lavender, and jasmine in sweet vanilla envelop in a warm embrace" This fantastic scent is also available for 10% off during the month of February.

 Just like every Scent and Warmer of the Month, this scent and this warmer are both lovely products and the deal that Scentsy is offering this month is AMAZING! So, be sure to take advantage of this discounted price while you can during the month of February. You can click here  or on either of the images in this post to shop and order. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or comment below.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Knots and Crosses By Ian Rankin

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Title: Knots and Crosses
Author: Ian Rankin
Published:1987
ISBN: 9780312536923

Goodreads SynopsisDetective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle... 

Sara Says...

I originally heard about this book and series when the author appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (which I absolutely love). In this interview the author discussed the release of the newest book in this series, the Inspector Rebus Series. At this point, there are nearly twenty books in this series. 

In the interview, the book they were discussing got my attention and I was interested enough to go looking for it online. It didn't take me long to discover that this was a new book in a very lengthy series, and to get to the most recent book being discussed, I would have to start from the beginning. So, I found the first book in the series, and placed my order. 

Knots and Crosses is the first book in the Inspector Rebus Series. This is a series of crime/detective novels. In this book the reader is introduced to John Rebus and his life as an inspector in Edinburgh. The reader learns that he has a troubled past and several aspects of his life are relatively unstable. 

In the end, I enjoyed this one. I haven't read a detective/mystery novel in a long time. I used to read a lot of them, but over time, I kind of drifted away from them. So, it was nice to go back to a good one that I enjoyed read. 

Pros: There were several things about this book that I really liked. To begin with, I loved the setting of this novel and the role it plays in the development of the plot. I love Scotland and I love Edinburgh. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure to visit, and as a result, I am always naturally drawn to books and movies that are set there. To me, this adds a "realness" to the story. I also really like main characters that aren't your typical "good guys." Inspector Rebus is not a normal, run-of-the-mill good guy. He has demons from his past that still continue to haunt him as well as a few skeletons in his closet. But, for me, as a reader, these are the types of things that really draw me to a character. 


Cons: There were also a few aspects of this novel that were a little bit of a distraction as I was reading. Given, this book was written in the 80's, there are details that are no longer relevant. The references to technology and how it is used to conduct investigations are a bit dated. Also, there are moments of this book that feel very predictable. If you've read enough mysteries and detective stories, sometimes there are things that are to be expected and it can be pretty easy to see them coming. And, as a reader, I don't like to be able to tell what is going to happen next. 

Overall, this was an enjoyable quick read. I will probably continue to read my way through this series over time. I won't be marathoning through all of them to get caught up to the most recent books. This is the kind of easy series to jump into and enjoy. 

I would definitely recommend this book, and probably this series, to anyone who normally enjoys detective/crime mysteries. Also, I think this book could be enjoyed by other who enjoy the backdrop of the setting, even if this genre isn't their typical comfort zone. This could be an easy and comfortable way to ease into this type of reading.

Do you have any thoughts or comments about this series? Or even about any crime or detective series? Is there a particular series that your love or hate? I know this is a very popular genre and a lot of the time people have a lot to say whether they like these types of books or not. So, I would love to hear your ideas.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Throne of Glass Read-Along

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. But, if you are like me, you may have heard a lot about it, but have never gotten around to reading it. Until now...


Lainey from gingerreadslainey is an amazing BookTuber. She has tons of great booky videos and she is behind this great idea for a read-along. I highly suggest you stop by her site and give some of her videos a look.

I'm super excited to read this one. Everything I have heard about this series is wonderful. So, jump in, read along, and join in the read-along on Twitter with the hashtag #ReadTOG

I would love to know your thoughts about this book and if you're joining in on the fun...