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Remember. Survive. Run. | The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner By: James Dashner Genre: Dystopian Pages: 384 Release Date: October 6th, 2009 Publisher: Delacorte Press
Summary from Goodreads: There are alternate cover editions for this ASIN here and here.
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.
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Review: I put this book off for too long. This story was great and unique, a really delight to read. We are thrown into a strange dystopian world, where the maze is the only thing that matters. Along with the unusual story, we have some pretty fantastic char…


Happy Monday! We are a short three weeks away from the end of school. Let the chaos begin. We had a debacle with the school bus this week. My five year old was supposed to go to after school running club on Thursday, but he decided that he didn't want to, so he go himself on his normal bus without telling anyone and came home. Of course, no one was there to pick him up at the bus stop since we were all at work. He walked home, and thankfully the neighbor saw him and stayed with him. I don't know what would have happened if they hadn't. It would have been two hours before we would have noticed he was missing.

Since I read all of the Maze Runner books last week this week I am switching it up and going a little old school. I'm reading Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. A classic. So far, I am 20% of the way through and I'm a little bored, but I'm determined to get through it and see what the hype is all about. Have you read Catcher in the Rye? What were your tho…

She is in no way prepared | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Scorpio Races By: Maggie Stiefvater Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 409 Release Date: October 18th, 2011 Publisher: Scholastic Press
Summary from Goodreads: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
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Review: Booo! I'm so tired of this author and probably won't pick up another book written by her. The story was interesting, a good concept, but it was the delivery that was lacking. I gave the book three stars because of the …

Avengers Endgame | Movie Review

Title: Avengers: Endgame Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: April 26th, 2019 Rating: 8.8 out of 10 IMDB Cast: Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansMark Ruffalo
Summary from IMDB: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.
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Review: We've waited so long for this moment! Will it be a disaster or an epic ending to year of an epic movie line?
I do have to say that there were a few things that I didn't like, but for the most part, I was happily satisfied with this ending. Lets get into it, shall we.

The story line for the most part was good. We followed our surviving characters as they try and move on with their lives after the dusting. They lived, but their minds are broken with grief and life is hard. pretty quickly, we find out that there is a chance that they can fix things, bring everyone back. I…


Monday! We made it... Again... The end of the school year is coming quickly and summer is just around the corner. Things seem to bee speeding up, or maybe its just because there is so much to do before the end of the school year and there is not enough time to do it. The boys seem to be getting back to normal after all the health scares and odd things that we've been going through, that's a blessing. Hopefully, thing will keep going this way.

This weeks book is going to be The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I've seen the movie and loved it. The book has been on my list for so long, but I don't know why I never picked it up, but I'm excited to finally dive between the covers. Who's read this book and what are you thoughts? Did you love it? Check back shortly for my review.

This weeks menu is going to be delicious, so enjoy!

Monday - Chicken Caesar Salad
Tuesday - Balsamic Fig Chicken
Wednesday - Broccoli Parmesan Risotto
Thursday - Japanese Steak Bento Bowl
Friday - Pork C…

Both Man and Nature | The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Title: The Great Alone By: Kristin Hannah Genre: Historical Fiction Pages: 440 Release Date: February 6th, 2018 Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Summary from Goodreads: Alaska, 1974. Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown.

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state,…

Alliance, or Fall Alone | Triumphant by Jack Campbell

Title: Triumphant By: Jack Campbell Genre: Scifi Pages: 336 Release Date: May 21st, 2019 Publisher: Ace
Summary from Goodreads: A young fleet officer and a Marine must stand together to defend their neighbors and their colony in this return to the powerful and action-packed Genesis Fleet saga from New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell.
 The recently colonized world of Glenlyon has learned that they're stronger when they stand with other star systems than they are on their own. But after helping their neighbor Kosatka against an invasion, Glenlyon has become a target. The aggressive star systems plan to neutralize Glenlyon before striking again.

An attack is launched against Glenlyon's orbital facility with forces too powerful for fleet officer Rob Geary to counter using their sole remaining destroyer, Saber. Mele Darcy's Marines must repel repeated assaults while their hacker tries to get into the enemy systems to give Saber a fighting chance.

To survive, Glenlyon needs m…


I hope all you mothers out there had a wonderful mother's day. This part of May always has a bitter sweet feel to it. My Grandpa passed away a few years ago during mother's day weekend. I have many fond memories of him, and he was an amazing man. I miss him much, but even in his absence we go on. I have my wonderfully amazing boys that always make mother's day a crazy ride.

This weeks book is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefveter. I've read other books by this author and this book has been on my list for a while. What draws me to this book is the unique story line about horses coming from the sea... Also, because I was born under the Scorpio sign, but what does that have to do with anything... :)

Enjoy this weeks menu. It's a good one.

Monday - Guacamole Chicken Sandwiches
Tuesday - Shrimp Linguine
Wednesday - Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Thursday - Beef Bulgogi Bowls
Friday - Grilled Onion Cheese Burger
Saturday - Peppercorn Crusted Sirloin
Sunday - Leftovers Night

Completely Unforgettable | Memoirs of a Geisha

Title: Memoirs of a Geisha By: Arthur Golden Genre: Historical Fiction Pages: 512 Release Date: November 1999 Publisher: Vintage
Summary from Goodreads: A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.
Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. 

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where …

We Will Die To Keep It | Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Title: Storm Cursed By: Patricia Briggs Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 384 Release Date:  May 7th, 2019 Publisher: Ace
Summary from Goodreads: In this new instalment in the No. 1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves . . . 

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic. And a coyote shapeshifter . . . And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae. The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords…


Hello Monday! What a week. What a week. We had a lot of fun celebrating my husbands 41st birthday, with a kid free night out. The first in a long time. It was great.

I finished last weeks book pretty fast so now I'm on to bigger things. This weeks read is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. This was our book clubs pick this month and I have to admit that I've already started it. From what I've read, its awesome! I can't wait to finish it.

Well, meals this week look delicious. I hope you enjoy!

Monday - Guacamole Chicken Sandwiches
Tuesday - Chicken and Ranch Wrap
Wednesday - Flat Iron Steak
Thursday - Thai Fish Cake
Friday - Alfredo Chicken
Saturday - Shrimp Linguine
Sunday - Leftovers Night