Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The One That I Want*Book Review*

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Author: Allison Winn Scotch
ISBN: 0307464504
Page Count: 288 Pages
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Grade from Me: 3 out of 5


Thirty-two year old Tilly Everette-Farmer is completely complacent with her life-Married to her high school sweetheart in the small town of Westlake, Washington, working as a guidance counselor in the same high school she graduated from, trying for a baby; life is perfect in her eyes.

Until she runs across an old high school frienemy, Ashly Simmons, at the local town state fair who bestows upon her the gift she always thought "Silly Tilly Everette" needed ever since their Elementary school days-Clarity.

Now Tilly is seeing things, things that she doesn't want to see. Things that work to destroy the world she worked so hard to create her whole life. At first when she sees these visions, she completely shuns them-ignores them and tries to explains them away.

After her visions start coming true, things change. She starts to change. Her vision of the world around her starts to clear. She starts seeing things with clarity.

My Thoughts:

Honestly, this wasn't one of my top 10 favorite books, but it wasn't as horrible as I thought it was while reading it early on.

In all truth, I'm not big on books that portray woman this particular way (the feminist part of me was screaming from the insides out with each word read), but I forced myself to finish the book from beginning to end, and I'm really glad I did.

I really couldn't stand Tilly until about 2/3 into the book. That being said however, the transformation Tilly underwent was undeniably a remarkable one and I really enjoyed the metaphysical spin thrown in with her futuristic visions. By the end of the book, that screaming feminist inside was smugly grinning at the character's new-found freeing clarity and her take-charge attitude.

The read was a bit slow for my tastes and I did have a difficult time getting through it, but all in all, I'm glad I read it.

**Disclaimer:: I was not compensated in any way for writing this post regarding the one i want by Allison Winn Scotch. I wrote this strictly for the benefit and enjoyment of my readers.**

Read It Forward-Read it First. Pass it on.

I follow a site called Read It Forward-their motto:: "Read it first. Pass it on."

For those of my readers and passersby who are avid readers and who can't pass up a good book (much like myself), this is definitely a site for you my friends!

Not only do you get to see what type of upcoming books are scheduled to come out firsthand from your favorite, as well as, new authors, behind-the-scenes interviews from different authors, reader's guides, and monthly book clubs, you also get to ENTER to win ARC (advance readers copies) of the books as well!

I've already won several ARC books thanks to Read It Forward, and I'm a little sad that I haven't thought to blog about them sooner! I actually just finished one of their recent lovelies last week, which you can expect to see later on today *wink wink*

If you're like me and love to read, head on over to their site and take a look around-I know you won't be disappointed!

You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter for up to date news and special goings on.

**Disclaimer:: I was not compensated in any way for writing this post regarding Read It Forward and their associates. I wrote this strictly for the benefit and enjoyment of my readers.**

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Health Update Thursday(3/24)

All I can offer you, dear readers, are 5 little words that pretty much sum up my health at this point in time...






Yes, things have taken a turn for the worse{again}-That being said however, I've come up with a theory that seems to explain several things::

This all happens around the same time each month {one guess WHAT time that is}. Since I already have a weakened immune system due to the Lyme, when Tom rolls into town, it weakens even more, making me susceptible to a plethora of different things going around, hence, why I crash REALLY hard.

I've been in bed for the past 2 days too weak to walk or even sit up for more then a few minutes at a time. Horrible, HORRIBLE joint, muscle and nerve pain. Constant, draining fatigue {I'm averaging 12 hour night sleeps}. Headaches that come and go. Mental issues.

Just...Not good.

I guess all I can do is wait and see what happens-Hopefully after I get Tom, it'll be better and I'll bounce back.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Surprise a wee bit late.

It's March.

It's been the month of March for 21 whole days now.

I celebrated my sister's 20th birthday, my friends 21st, my boyfriend and my 7 month, St. Patty's Day...

So you'd think I'd remember a very important and significant event on the 10th of this month.


Apparently, The Eclectic Element hit 2 years old and I didn't even realize it! I was sitting on the couch the other day and this is the extent of my a conversation between my mother and I:

Me: (realizing it was March) "What day is it?"

Mom: "It's the 18th."

Me: (completely astonished) "Damn. I missed my blogoversary."

Mom: "What day was it?"

Me: "The 10th."

Mom: (thinks for a second) "Yup, you sure did."

I still can't believe it!

Happy 2 year to The Eclectic Element (a little late)!

Music Moves Me Monday(3/21)

Welcome to Music Moves Me Monday!

This meme is hosted by a group of seriously great people-Dolly of XmasDolly, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larrie of CakeBlast, and last but certainly not least, Callie of JAmericanSpice!

Here are the rules if you wanted to participate::

First step: Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock & load! Get your pick for the theme of the week.

Second Step: Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button::


Third step: SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step: Start lookin' for a partner and boogie on down to her blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment. If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her back and leave a comment.


Yes indeed everyone, I am back (hopefully) and this week's musical theme is Male Artists Only.

Hmmm...Okay, this shouldn't be too tough ;)


Michael Buble-Haven't Met You Yet

Have a musical week everyone!
And if Michael is reading this....Marry me!? Hehe ^.^

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Health Update Thursday(2/24)

It has been a very bad week.

I really don't even know where to begin. I was just coming back from my flu/pneumonia-I was catching up with the classes and school work I missed, settling into my new volunteering spot, attempting to hang out with friends...

Of course I had residual symptoms: the varying muscle, joint, and nerve pain, stomach issues, leg issues. But I was able to deal with them and continue with everything I needed to do.

Then Tom came into town Sunday and everything came crashing down.

Even though there WAS a great deal of pain with this month, it wasn't the worst pain I've ever had. That being said however, it WAS the worse month I've had in a long time.

Pain does not always constitute severity though o.O

I haven't been able to get out of bed since Sunday, and since my sister has commandeered the household's laptop for school work {totally understandable}, I've only been able to sit at my desktop for 5 minute intervals, and even that was pushing it. I haven't been able to eat anything because of my stomach aside from a few french fries for the past 3 days. Sitting up for more then 5 minutes is a chore...

Things just haven't been going very well.

Yesterday though, I noticed a few little changes in the positive direction, so I'm clinging to those damn things like they're a life-saving device!

Anyway, I've got to leave you people because the good college student just gave me a 5 minute warning. Lol I'll hopefully be back up and blogging next week :)