The Wine Book Tag

So I love wine, and love reading so what goes better together than doing the wine book tag!  I first saw this tag on Emma Kath @ lladyliterary. So grab some wine and lets do the Wine Book Tag!

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Box Wine: A book that people will judge you for liking but you like anyway | Iron King

6644117So kicking this off stealing lladyliterary’s first answer. This is what drew me into this post because I love this series and couldn’t agree more is a book people will judge. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is a series I love, and I feel like nobody else has read. I thought the books were so fabulous. I love Megan and Ash and was rooting for them the entire time. I love the setting and this take on the Fae. And I was even happy to have the spin off, even if it wasn’t as good of the original (of course).

 

Organic Wine: A book that doesn’t have any added crap and is written perfectly | Fangirl

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024Fangirl is perfect. There is nothing about Fangirl I did not like except the end, because it was over and I could have read 500 more pages about Cath. Never in my life have I connected so much with a book character so in my mind Fangirl is flawless.

 

 

Gluehwein: A really spicy, wintry read | Outlander

21532133If Outlander isn’t spicy I don’t know what is. The chemistry between Claire and Jamie is electric and there are some steamy scenes between the two of them. Plus something about the remote Scottish setting just makes me want to curl up with a blanket on a cold day and read this.

 

 

Sauvignon Blanc: A really sharp and aggressive read that you couldn’t put down | The 5th Wave

16101128I didn’t expect to like this book because I’d heard it was about aliens and that didn’t really interest me. But there was so much mystery to the entire story and it was written so well that I ended up reading it cover to cover in under 48 hours, staying up all hours of the night just to see what happens.

 

 

Pinot Noir: A book you didn’t expect much from but ended up getting blown away by | Six of Crows

23437156I did not know anything about this book when I picked it up except that it was a heist novel. I had never read the Grisha trilogy and actually didn’t know anything about it. But I just needed something to read and amazon suggested this. And Oh My Gosh was I BLOWN AWAY. I loved this book start to finish and it is now one of my favorite books.

 

Chardonnay: A good summer read that was super zesty | The Bet

17560674-2Ok so The Bet is good for when you just need that quality boy gets the girl in the end romance read, but a little bit more for adults. I enjoyed this story and then the 2 sequals a lot. This was one of the first romance novels I ever picked up and it will always be a favorite. It was a nice beach read.

 

 

Rose: A book that has a little bit of everything in it | The Mortal Instruments

256683Werewolves, demons, vampires, Fae, Warlocks, Angels, Shapeshifters, Demon hunters oh my! This series has all the paranormal creatures, YA romance, action, politics, family issues you name it and it’s somewhere in this vast universe created by Cassandra Clare.

 

 

Shiraz: A full bodied book that is dark and juicy | Diminished Responsibility 

9205674So I had to read a book with a “responsibility theme” summer before my senior year of high school. I found this by simply looking for books with responsibility in the title and ended up really enjoy it. It starts off with a girl and her sister getting kidnapped and her sister dies. But because of “diminished responsibility” the murdered gets off with a lesser sentence. We then get to see how he haunts her for the rest of her life and what happens as she tries to escape her past. It was an exciting read and a little dark but full o lots of twists and turns.

Merlot: A smooth easy read with a soft finish | Anna and the French Kiss

17453983When you just need that really cute love story, the it totally PG, then Anna and the French Kiss is perfect. It’s an adorable romance where everything works out, plus there are two more stories to go along with it where we do get sneak peeks of what Anna and her man are up to.

 

 

Champagne: Your favorite book | A Court of Mist and Fury

26073150How can I not mention this book. It came out in may and all this time later at the end of September it is still consuming my soul. Despite the fact that Empire of Storms has come and gone, A Court of Mist and Fury still holds the top spot in my heart as not only my favorite SJM book, but my favorite book in general. I still find myself searching the internet for new fan fiction, rereading chapters and falling in love with these characters all over again all the time and I don’t think that’s going to stop any time soon.

 

Who do you tag |

Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook

Ann @ AnnsReadingCorner 

M @ ABlogOfOnesOwn

Poetry @ ABookWyrmsLair

Comment Below! What’s your favorite type of wine? Or do you hate wine and prefer something else?

Thanks for Reading

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All Dogs Matter: #BoycottMontreal

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Yesterday Montreal passed legislation that outlaws Pitbulls. Current owners will not be able to take their dogs out in public without muzzling them and they must be sterilized, while many healthy pitbulls in shelters face the reality of being put down simply because of their breed. No new pitbulls will be allowed into the city and worst of all the law is extremely vague, putting all “large headed dogs” at risk. Even my sweet baby boy McGuire, who is afraid of everything and the biggest sweetheart could be considered “large headed”. Would I have to muzzle him to walk, when he’s afraid of water, thunder, cats, paper bags and wouldn’t hurt a fly?

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That could be considered a “large head”

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Doesn’t McGuire look dangerous?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is extremely upsetting news. Dog breeding practices and laws is something very important to me and probably the only “social activism” I ever participate in is regarding dogs. Breed Specific Legislation is horrible. (If you don’t read any more of this please sign the petition linked at the bottom to change this)

Pitbulls are not “bad dogs” or even “dangerous dogs”. If we can throw around the expression “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” (which I don’t entirely agree with) then we can absolutely say that “Pitbulls aren’t fighting dogs, PEOPLE make Pitbulls fighting dogs”.  This is my cousins dog Tucker. He lives with a 3 year old and 8 month old baby and is the sweetest dog on this planet. He’s extremely timid, but is content to just let the kids hang all over him and wouldn’t hurt a fly. But apparently he’s not welcome in Montreal.

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Tucker ❤

In many studies in animal behavior it has been found that the most aggressive dog breeds are Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Jack Russel Terriers. I especially love the article by Tom Junod called The State of the American Dog because it emphasizes that although the Pitbull is the most ubiquitous dog breed in America, we fear them and discriminate against them for euthanasia. One of my favorite quotes from the article is:

 “When a cocker spaniel bites, it does so as a member of its species; it is never anything but a dog. When a pit bull bites, it does so as a member of its breed. A pit bull is never anything but a pit bull.” (Junod, 2014).

And it’s true. I have worked in a vets office for a few years now and we have to muzzle plenty of dogs because they get aggressive when we’re poking them with needles and doing their nails but it’s not just pitbulls. In fact, most of the time, the ones we worry about are small breeds, who have been proven to have a higher bite frequency. And the fact is even “gentle breeds” can bite. The worst bite I’ve ever seen at work was by a Golden Retriever, the “ultimate family dog”!

That is because it’s not the breed that makes dogs dangerous, it’s the people who raise them. Any dog can be brought up in an environment that makes it aggressive, and any dog can be brought up by good owners who treat their dogs well. And yes I know there are dogs who don’t like other dogs, but good owners know what kinds of environments their dog is comfortable in.

So with that I am extremely disappointed in Montreal for this horrible piece of legislation. It is racism in the dog world to discriminate against this breed, and any dog that resembles it. If you want less dog fighting or bites, then enact stricter legislation on the people who breed dogs for fighting, or abuse their animals because HUMANS are the problem and this isn’t going to solve anything.

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In an article posted on the IHeartDogs website, a company that feeds dogs with every purchase I was relieved to at least hear that people within the city are outraged. The Montreal SPCA has canceled its contract with the city and veterinarians are refusing to euthanize any of these innocent dogs because it would be morally and ethically wrong. (YAY Vets!).

Sign the Petition to get this ruling overturned!

Click HERE to sign!!!

#BoycottMontreal

Thanks for Reading my Rant

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Things I Love About Fall

Fall is finally in the air!!!

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Nope not that kind of fall!

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Yes that kind of fall! With the leaves and cool air and when the color orange suddenly becomes super popular.

I don’t know about you but I was dying with this “first week of fall heat wave” we were having on the east coast and I am so glad the air finally has that cool crisp feeling to it. I love fall because fall means it’s almost winter and I love winter. But I do love more about fall than just the proximity to winter so these are some of the reasons I’m excited for fall:

1. The leaves change colors – Now they don’t do it as much down here in Delaware but up in Massachusetts we get the “leaf peepers” who come through New England every fall just to see the beautiful array of colors we get with out trees. And nothing makes me happier than taking hikes into the woods with my dogs just to look at all the changing colors. In fact I was shocked to learn that the leaves don’t do that everywhere when family friends from Southern California came out to visit and their teenage daughters were dumbfounded by the change in color and picking up all the leaves because they had never seen it! (And yes that is me running across a panoramic photo like a weirdo below. I was having fun)

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2. Apple Picking – I know. I sound so basic. But apples are one of my favorite foods. Whenever my friend and I go apple picking they are always astounded by the number I consume while we’re picking them, but I just LOVE apples. They’re so delicious and I will eat the entire thing, core and all.

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3. PIE! – Now apples brings me right into my next favorite about fall which is pie. Much like Dean Winchester, I love pie. Blueberry is my favorite but Apple Pie is a close second. There is no dessert better than a hot piece of pie with a nice scoop of ice cream on it on a chilly fall night.

 

4. The Weather – I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million more times: I hate warm weather. Hate it. Yes I can enjoy a day on the beach but it’s actually very stressful for me because if I don’t reapply sunblock every hour on the hour and get everywhere I will burn. I also hate wearing shorts and hate sweating when I go outside. This is why I prefer the cold seasons. Fall and Winter are my favorite times of year. The colder it gets, the more time I spend outside. Bring on the pants, sweaters, boots and snow (Yes I know the snow is a bit of a ways off but I’m ready). Nothing makes me happier than being chilly at night so I can cuddle up under lots of blankets and warm up with a nice steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning (Please enjoy my basic photos frolicking through my beautiful campus, and no I’m not sure what I was going for with that middle photo…)

 

5. Scarves – So I already mentioned clothing in the weather but in particular I love scarves. I have a million of them, and they are the sole thing I can knit but I love them and will never stop buying more. Something about having a blanket around your neck during the day is just so comforting and you will not see a single photo of me out and about in the fall/winter without a scarf around my neck. (And since I don’t want to bore you with 100 photos of me in scarves here is my dog wearing one of my favorite scarves. She’s so stylish).

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Jonesy ❤

6. The Scents – No season has better scents than fall. Winter are good but fall’s are great. Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Spiced Anything, Vermont Honey Apple, Cider? I could go on but I’m sure if you’ve ever walked into a Bath and Body works between September 1st and October 31st you know what I’m talking about.

So tell me, what are you most excited for about Fall? Or are you holding out for another season? Comment below!

Thanks for Reading!

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October Book Club Announcement

So September is almost over which means our time reading This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith is also coming to an end. You can find links to all of our review here but otherwise it’s time to put that aside and pick a new book.

So for October, the Archeron Sisters Book Club will be reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn a set of triplets is born – three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Miracella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown”

Join us this month reading Three Dark Crowns. Look our for our reviews at the end of the month as well as a discussion of the book!

Thanks for Reading

-maggie, jess and emily

Book Review: This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

15790873-2Title: This is what Happy Looks Like

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Type: Stand Alone (with small follow up novella)

Pages: 404

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet – albeit virtually – when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two seventeen year olds strike up an e-mail relationship, even though they don’t even know each other’s first name. In a witty and unforgettable correspondence, Graham and Ellie share details about their lives, hopes and fear. But they don’t tell each other everything: Graham doesn’t know the secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree and Ellie is unaware of Graham’s life in the spotlight.

When Graham seizes an opportunity to spend time in Ellie’s tiny hometown of Henley,  Maine, he takes their relationship from online to in person. But can two people from such different worlds be together despite the odds stacked against them?

Spoilers Ahead!

So this is the Archeron Sister’s Book Club, which features myself, Jess @ StarsWhoListen and Emily @ EmiesNook, book club book of the month! We picked this cute romance novel because we were all in need of a nice happy romance after finishing Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. And this really was a cute story. It’s a bit of a more contemporary take on the “boy meets girl” story because we have Ellie and Graham meeting over email. And of course now as a young adult, we know it’s so much easier to strike up conversation with people and tell them things online than in person. And so we see this adorable online romance bloom.

But of course what makes it the adorable romance it is (and slightly unrealistic, even though I’m sure we’d all love to be in Ellie’s shoes) is the fact that of course the boy Ellie is emailing across the country is this big, well to do movie star. But if of course even that’s not enough drama so Ellie has her own dramatic backstory of being the love child of a politician and a waitress who fled DC after the rumors started flying that this man had an affair and child.

So you have to go into this book wanting a fluffy, cute romance. This is not a contemporary novel filled with deep issues or that prompts a lot of self reflection. It is a really cute romance where you know it’s going to follow the “boy meets girl, boy and girl have some mid book issue, but boy gets girl in end” plot line. But that was just what I needed right now between big fantasy novels with heartbreaking, cliffhanger endings.

I liked this book. While it was not the most amazing contemporary book I’ve ever read it was good and it was what I needed right now. I thought the end was the best part. From Ellie and Graham’s trip to Kennebunkport and back was the best. I loved when Ellie and Quinn finally talked, and then Ellie and her mom had a nice conversation and even Graham and his parents got to have a nice conversation. Then the end was adorable with their date, the whoopee pies and of course him giving her the money for Harvard.

The ending was a little bit more open ended then I would have liked but it was cute. My favorite line was when Ellie is asking Graham if he’s ever been to Boston and he says “I’ve always wanted to steal a swam boat”. As a local that made me laugh.

Be sure to check out Jess and Emily’s reviews too:

17169-illustration-of-red-tulips-pv     Emily’s Review: This is What Happy Looks Like

8cxkzblei Jess’s Review: This is What Happy Looks Like

Be sure to read along with us next month! We’ll be reading Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake!

Thanks for Reading

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Crooked Kingdom is Here!

img_3104I am so excited that the second book the the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo, Cooked Kingdom is finally here! I read Six of Crows last year and was absolutely hooked! I followed it with the Grisha trilogy, which I didn’t like as much so I am extremely excited for Crooked Kingdom.

The first book ended in such a cliffhanger and was so exciting the entire way through that I cannot wait to see what happens in this book. Plus what really makes this book amazing is its strong cast of characters. They are all so different but go together so well and they are definitely squad goals. Not to mention we have a lot of strong OTPs forming in these books and I can’t wait to see their love blossom.

Plus can we just talk about how beautiful this book is? It’s got red pages! RED! Which look phenomenal next to Six of Crows black pages. I’m super excited to get started on this book and I just learned that it’s only a duology so I’m super sad that this is the end of the series because I could read about these characters forever. 

Thanks for Reading

-maggie

Stationary Book Tag

I want to thank Andie @ BooksCoffeeAndPassion for tagging me to do this book tag. I absolutely adore book tags so keep the tag coming! I’ve had so much fun doing the last few from everyone!

The Rules:

  • Thank the creator – Sam @ RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book | A Series of Unfortunate Events

a2ea4766f8470f0435e492db349ec2f3.jpgThis was the first series as a kid that I had my mom making daily runs to the bookstore for me. I was blowing through these books in 4th grade, and they started getting longer and longer but I could not put them down. I remember going to New York to visit my grandpa and we were supposed to walk around the city but all I wanted to do was stay in and read (which was the start of a slippery slope…did you get the series of unfortunate events pun there?)

 

Pens: A Basic Staple for any Reader | The Book Thief

19063-2I love The Book Thief. It is such a beautiful story and the fact that it’s narrated by death makes it so unique. It’s such an amazing book and if they didn’t make you read it for school then everyone should read it at some point. It is one of the only books that has ever made me cry and possibly the only book that made me cry that wasn’t sad because a dog was dying or hurt. I also just got the special anniversary edition because I love it that much and it’s beautiful.

 

Notebooks: What do you Own Multiple Copies Of | None yet but…

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I have every intention of investing in the special edition of Eleanor and
Park and Fangirl, both by Rainbow Rowell. I just really love the beautiful fan art on the inside cover, especially in Eleanor and Park and since they’re standalones it’s not like I have to invest in an entire second set of a series.

 

 

Markers: A Book With a Beautiful Cover | Clockwork Princess

6131164Ok so there are so many books with beautiful covers (like every SJM book ever) but I LOVE the Clockwork Princess cover. The first 2 books have good covers, but the last one is amazing! That dress is so gorgeous and Tessa looks just how I imagined her and it’s just stunning.

 

 

 

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (friends or couple)| Percabeth

f15f05e59c4e906cd447444fd72006afSo I just used Percy and Annabeth for another tag, as my ultimate OTP, and while I have a lot of ships in my armada, Percabeth will always be up there as a favorite. I picked them for this question because there are plenty of OTPs who don’t always work great together and Percy and Annabeth are the ultimate fighting machine and between Percy’s powers, Annabeth’s smarts and both of their overall skill and determination they have literally been able to walk through hell together so I’d say they work pretty well together.

 

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy | Allegiant

Allegiant_novel_cover.jpgStupid stupid stupid Allegiant. Taking a perfectly nice series and ruining it all. Not just the ending (you know what she did *glares at author*) but the entire last book was just such a let down. The entire plot line just fell flat compared to what had happened in the previous books and don’t even get me started on the ending because I’m still upset about it.

 

 

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own | All the Sarah J Maas books

throneofglasssetSo I do not yet have entire series but I have all her released books, including the coloring book! (just missing the last book in each series *sobs uncontrollably*) and then they’re both over which will be the most bittersweet year ever. But I used to buy all my books on kindle and then I bought 1 Sarah J Maas book last year, which led to all of them, and now I have over 3 shelves of books.

 

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Who Do You Tag | 
Jess @ StarsWhoListen

Emily @ EmiesNook 

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

Sam @ OneBookishGirl

Ann @ AnnsReadingCorner

 

Thanks for Reading!

-maggie

 

Pig Updates

So last week I put up the post “I Have a Pig” to discuss my swine production class a bit. And so far it’s been going great. While my pig has yet to farrow, two other pigs out the eight our class is caring for have given birth. One to 19 piglets and the other to 15! And let me just say if you have never seen a one day old baby pig they are so adorable and small.

It was so awesome getting to be there for the birth. It really is amazing to watch animals give birth and seeing all the little piglets at the end is amazing. We made it through both with no major complications, though there was 1 still birth and we did lose a few of the really tiny piglets because they were just too small to survive, but pigs with such large litters are bound to lose a few.

I am so excited for my own pig to farrow in the coming week. Her due date is the 28th but the other 2 were early so who knows when the babies will come!


Now if you’re wondering about the crate she’s in it’s called a farrowing crate and it’s designed in a way that saves baby pigs lives. It ensures the piglets have a space she can’t get to since mother pigs are notorious for sitting on their babies by accident. This help prevent that and they are only in this crate for about 4 weeks.

Thanks for Reading

-maggie

Weekly Playlist

So it’s Sunday which means another weekly playlist post. Except my playlist is EXACTLY the same as it was last week. I have been listening to the same 14 Seafret songs on repeat. They are the only songs I’ve listened to for over a week. I listen to them while I sleep, while I walk around campus, in the shower, when I’m reading, when I’m sitting in my room, cooking food, basically ALL THE TIME.

So with that said you can see the list of songs from last week here, but other than that go listen to Seafret and become obsessed like me!

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Thanks for Reading

-maggie