Monthly Archives: June 2012


Hello readers!

Well, I am officially on vacation, sitting at the airport about to board the plane, so don’t be surprised if my blog is rather quiet for a week.  I am very excited about this vacation because I’m going to Illinois for my family reunion for the first time 🙂 I’ve got 2 books and 2 e-books packed for the plane ride and downtime. We are going to be camping for about 5 days so not sure how good my signal is going to be, so if I don’t post for a while please forgive me! I’ll post again soon as I can!


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30 Days of Books – Day 30

30 Days of Books

Day 30

What book are you reading now?

It’s the last day of the challenge!  I really enjoyed doing this challenge and may have to do another one sometime later.  I really do have fun with these kinds of things 🙂  Well, currently I am reading Andy Gavin’s book The Darkening Dream.  I have had it listed as currently reading for a while since I only read it during my break at work right now.  Not to mention the lack of read time do to moving, but I am flying today and next Friday, so I will be reading on the plane and in my downtime while on vacation.  The cover for this book is just beautiful!  It was done by Cliff Nielsen who also did The Chronicles of Narnia, the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices series, all of which are lovely.

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30 Days of Books – Day 29

30 Days of Books

Day 29

Saddest character death.

Morrie’s death was the most I have ever cried in a book.  It was so sad and heartbreaking.  The whole book was heartfelt and powerful, plus it is a true story, which makes it even stronger.  I have never cried so much from a book!  I made my mom read it and she boo-hooed, too.  I read this book for my developmental psych class, and I am very glad I did.  It was such a wonderful book.

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*Review* Psych Major Syndrome – Alicia Thompson

 Psych Major Syndrome

 Alicia Thompson

336 pages

ISBN: 9781423114574

Read 6-27-12

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library

 Using the skills you’ve learned so far in Introduction to Psychology, please write a brief self-assessment describing how things are going in your freshman year.

Presenting Concerns:

The Patient, Leigh Nolan (that would be me), has just started her first year at Stiles College. She has decided to major in psychology (even though her parents would rather she study Tarot cards, not Rorschach blots).

Patient has always been very good at helping her friends with their problems, but when it comes to solving her own…not so much.

Patient has a tendency to overanalyze things, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. Like why doesn’t Andrew, her boyfriend of over a year, ever invite her to spend the night? Or why can’t she commit to taking the next step in their relationship? And why does his roommate Nathan dislike her so much? More importantly, why did Nathan have a starring role in a much-more-than-friendly dream?

Aggravating factors include hyper-competitive fellow psych majors, a professor who’s badly in need of her own psychoanalysis, and mentoring a middle-school-aged girl who thinks Patient is, in a word, naive.


Psych Major Syndrome

I am a psychology graduate, so of course this book piqued my interest.  It was a fun, fast read and really cute.  The spots Leigh finds her in are places almost everybody has been in, well, except for many her wacky new age parents.  I found myself thinking “I’ve been there,” so the book was really realistic.

I enjoyed how the chapter headings were different psychology terms defined and the fact that they tied into each chapter somehow.  I liked Leigh ok, but she was a bit like a lost puppy following Andrew around as he pulled her along and she was a bit of a slacker.  Andrew really was a jerk and I’d like to punch him.  Made me think of the way my first serious boyfriend was when we split up.  I liked Ami, she seemed very cute and artistic, and she was a good friend to Leigh.  Nathan was a good guy and I would really hve liked to have known what the deal was with the cats.  There wasn’t a lot of character development though with Nathan, and I would have liked to have seen some kind of emotional build up for the relationship.

Like I said ,the story was cute and it dealt with very real issues, though nothing super serious like drug addiction, but still real issues.  I liked the way everything resolved in the end, though it was predictable.  If you like light, quick reads, then you’d like this book.

Fast, cute, predictable, realistic, neat chapter heading tie-ins with story.


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30 Days of Books – Day 28

30 Days of Books

Day 28

A book you couldn’t put down.

Another point for Anna and the French Kiss!  This book truly was amazing!  It was so real and you become so engrossed with it.  It sucks you in and you just don’t want to come back out.  Magnificent characters and St. Clair?  *Le sigh*  Love him 🙂 I have to read Lola and the Boy Next Door since I loved this book so much.  I can’t read with the TV on or with music playing, but this book has me so entranced I probably definitely could have and not been distracted a bit.  This is one of those books that is a must read and once you finish, you’ll be disappointed it’s over.

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30 Days of Books – Day 27

30 Days of Books

Day 27

If a book contains _____, I will always read it.

I am a sucker for a great love story.  True love, first love, forbidden love, love triangles, etc.  I just love love 🙂  I can’t help myself.  I am a hopeless romantic, so good love stories are must reads.  They make me feel all warm and fuzzy, or even break my heart if it is tragic love.  These are some books with great love stories:


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Wordy Wednesday (6)

 Wordy Wednesday is a new meme I will have here at On The Shelf.  I love to learn new words and being the avid reader I am, I am bound to come across words I don’t know, so this meme is to spread word knowledge! If you’d like to participate, just post the word and the definition and any other fun facts you may want to list as well.  I also like to include the sentence it came from in the book I was reading as long as it doesn’t include spoilers.

For this Wordy Wednesday I have:

Reticent: 1. reluctant; restrained; reserved.  2. to be silent and not speek freely. 3. not tell all that one knows.

From reticere “to keep silent,” originating around 1834.

 “He seemed very reticent in a reply e-mail to my question regarding Ami, evidenced by the fact that there was only one exclamation point in the whole thing.”

Psych Major Syndrome
Alicia Thompson


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Sever Cover Reveal

Another wonderful cover for the final installement in The Chemical Garden series!  Wither’s cover was what pulled me toward the book in the first place.  It is just so eye catching! There is a lot of stuff that goes into these covers and they are gorgeous!  There are always things on the covers related to the books as well.  Before you read it, look at the covers, then after you do, you just have to look again and see each piece as it fit with the story.  The story is painted on the inside and outside of the book.  Love it!  So here is the final cover!

Gorgeous yes?  Click here for the Goodreads page to add it or here for the link to the USA Today book article.


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30 Days of Books – Day 26

30 Days of Books

Day 26

A book you liked reading until the end.

The book was ok, interesting enough to keep me reading.  I wanted to know how things were going to get resolved, then the ending came, and all I could think was REALLY??!!  That’s how it’s going to end?!  I was kind of mad.  I read the book and the ending I got just didn’t satisfy me.  I felt like it never really ended.

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Teaser Tuesday (21)

 Tuesday is a weekly meme anyone can take part in, hosted my MizB at Should Be Reading.  To participate all you have to do is get the book you are currently reading, open to a random page, and post a two sentence teaser that doesn’t contain spoilers.  Make sure you don’t forget to let us know the title and author of the book so people can add it to their To Be Read list if they liked the teasing!

Here’s my teaser:

 I could feel my own shock rising, and I pushed it down, just letting the images come as they would.  The angel stood on the opposite bank, a beautiful winged being of light.

 Angel Burn
L.A. Weatherly


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