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The Heroine's February 2012 Reads

"It's Leap Day. Real life is for March." -Criss from 30 Rock

I'm at a total of 10 books so far this year, which is a surprise that I kept up with last month's numbers. It has been a whirlwind of a month celebrating my 30th birthday and finding out what we are able to move to San Diego (25 days!). I'm curious what March will bring! Now onto this month's reads!

The Veil by Cory Putman OakesHidden parallel worlds. Changed identities. High school crushes. There are two big reasons why I like this book:

1) The setting of San Fransisco. The author knows the setting well, and it shows. It also gives her an advantage in telling the story. You can really see the city and get a sense of what it is like to live there. I found it easy to see the parallel world behind the veil.

2) An ordinary main character. Lots of books try to pull this off, but this one does it the way the rest should. I like that she has regular friends and an ordinary life. And, when it comes to the …

What to Expect When Moving: Packing Edition

I would think that I would feel more nervous than I am, but for some reason, those times are quite fleeting. We have put up our home on the market this week, and hope to finalize our new home base in San Diego sometime this week. We have started going through our things, and I have realized some things while examining everything as I shove them into tubs and boxes.
Sometimes things aren’t as important as you once thought they were. I had this little plastic koala that I found while going through a box. I’ve had it since I was a kid and still smelled like some type of Avon perfume (the name of which was on its little foot). I have moved it every time over the past eleven years for some odd reason. I stared it probably longer than I should have, but I knew it was time for us to part. There was no reason to keep it except that it has been in my memory for as long as I can remember. It has no purpose, or use. It just existed. I took a deep breath, and it went into the garbage pile. In tha…

30th Birthday and Favorites

Joey and I went to see Brother #2 and his family. We went to pick up pizza at the local café, and as we waited, we played “The Favorites Game” with our eldest niece. My 30th birthday is today, and I was going to write “30 Random Things About Me”. I started the list and realized that 30 things is a lot to share! Instead, I figured I would play the Favorites Game with my 10 year old self. It was easy to do so since I had a diary that helped answer some of these questions.

Here we go!

10 Year Old Me Favorite Book Series: Babysitters Little Sister, Sweet Valley Twins, Boxcar Children Favorite Authors: Ann M. Martin, Beverly Cleary Favorite Movies: My Girl, Three Men and a Baby, Space Invaders, Home Alone Favorite TV Show: Full House, Dinosaurs, Ducktales, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Little Mermaid Favorite Disney Princess: Ariel Favorite Color: Blue        Favorite Place: Seattle Favorite Things to Do: Read, play with my best friend, ride bike Favorite Animal: Kittens and Cats Favo…

Life’s a Happy Song

“Everything is great everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect its falling into place
I can’t seem to wipe this smile off my face
Life's a happy song when there’s someone by my side to sing along”
–from The Muppets Movie (2011)
My husband and I always talked about moving. We travel a lot and have seen lots of fantastic places. However, it was hard to imagine leaving home and being able to survive somewhere bigger. We decided that since we couldn’t leave a few years ago when we had the moving discussion. Instead, we knew we had  to make the best out of Fargo as the city we wanted to live in. We joined CoreCon, I started a writing group, and he joined a swordsmanship (Iaido) dojo. We also went places we hadn’t visited before like museums, neat places to eat, and attended plays. We made the best of our situation, and even bought a wonderful condo.
Last April, on one of the few perfect weather days in Fargo, I convinced Joey to go on a walk …

The Heroine's January 2012 Reads

I decided to try something new this year. I wasn't able to keep up with my book review schedule. This year I decided to list the books I read each month by giving them a mention and little tidbits that I see appropriate. So, here's the first post!

Faeries of Dreamdark series by Laini Taylor

These books blew me away. As you know, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone was one of my top picks for 2011. These books are more appropriate for younger readers, but I recommend them to fantasy readers. Her writing shines and the story is as original as Daughter. You get to know her characters in such detail and it isn't hard to keep track as the cast grows. An extra bonus, Taylor's husband does drawings that are included in the books and the colorful cover art. Taylor has definitely climbed the list to become one of my new favorite authors.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
My husband is reading the Discworld series. Once in a while, he will tell me t…