Apr 15 2016
Fauxbonochi!
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

Hi there book bloggers and avid readers!  I just wanted to share this new (to me) style of journaling I’ve been doing called Fauxbonichi.  It is based on a planner/journal that is popular in Japan called Hobonichi.  They are planners/journals with dates and graph paper for their owners to express their creativity with drawings, paintings, stickers, quotes, etc.  Really however and whatever they want to put in their journals.

Being that it is a bit expensive to import these planners folks decided to buy the graph paper journal by MiquelRius which can be found at Barnes and Noble for $9.95 and just make up their own planner/journal pages how they wanted.  Hence the name Fauxbonichi.  I discovered this trend on youtube and eagerly searched and watched many videos on fauxbonochi journaling.  I immediately decided I wanted to try it deciding what I liked as far as set up etc.  For now I’m still trying things out and I may decide to change things here and there but I am having so much fun doing this.

One Fauxbonich youtuber I came across was Candice Dillhoff.  Her journal pages were absolutely GORGEOUS!!!  I fell in love all of her quote bubbles and especially her swirl designs.  So much so that I’ve been trying my hand at them.  I am nowhere as good at them as Candice but so far I’ve been plenty pleased with the results.  Below is a couple sample pages from my Fauxbonichi journal.  Hope you like!

Shout to Candice for her inspiration and talent!  Please be sure to go check out her channel and subscribe!


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Mar 24 2016
Review: Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill
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crimsonroses-glhPublisher: Living Books
Published: January 1, 1992
Copyright: 1992
Pages: 236
Form: Paperback
Series: Classic (1)
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Alone in the city, Marion struggles to survive. Desperate to find a small bit of happiness, she impulsively spends some of her hard earned and terribly meager money on a season ticket to the symphony.

On the night of the second concert, something wonderful happens. There, on Marion’s seat in the concert hall, lies a beautiful, dark crimson rose! And every week after that, she finds yet another beautiful, fresh rose waiting for her at the concert hall! Marion is torn between joy at receiving the beautiful flowers and worry at not knowing who could be sending them.

Then, suddenly, Marion’s mystery flowers lead her into the confusing world of a wealthy man–and make her the target of a society beauty’s dangerous envy. . . .

My Thoughts

I don’t know what it is about this author’s writing style, but I always manage to be drawn into her stories.  Though I don’t read much Christian fiction, I’m glad to have read this one.

After Marion’s father dies and her scheming sister-in-law, Jenny, hides his will in which he leaves the house to her, her brother decides to sell the house and move the family to a farm in the country.  Marion decides to strike out on her own and follow her dreams of furthering her education and living in the city.  When she purchases season tickets to the symphony, she is surprised each time she arrives with a crimson rose.  Socially she draws the malicious attention of Isabel Cresson when the man she wants to be her beau pays more attention to Marion.

There were times in this book when I wanted to throttle Marion.  Not because I didn’t like her, but because she was such a doormat.  She let everyone and their Mama walk all over her and take advantage of her kindness.  Her naivete was grossly hindering to her at times and led her into a few confrontation she didn’t handle well at all.

Despite this I was absorbed into this story.  I was completely invested in Marion’s welfare and what happened to her.  It was a  joy to watch her grow and become more assertive in her own apple pie way.  Her courtship with the charismatic Jefferson was perfectly decent and charming.

This one got a bit preachy at times and I was a bit irritated that Marion would take pleasure in something and then completely second guess and berate herself for it, wondering if God would approve.  Besides that aspect, I didn’t mind the preachiness so much because it is a Christian fiction novel, and I was well aware of what I was getting myself into.  Overall a simple lovely story about personal growth, overcoming adversity, and love.


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Mar 19 2016
Review: Supernatural – Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

nevermore-kdPublisher: HarperEntertainment
Published: July 31, 2007
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 312
Form: Paperback
Series: Supernatural Companion Novels (1)
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Twenty years ago they lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker’s haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an ’80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that’s bizarre even by New York City standards, it’s the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe’s horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don’t rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.

My Thoughts

As a super fan of the show Supernatural, I was eager to try the companion books and delve into the world of Sam and Dean yet again.  What a major disappointment this was.  Though the author claims to be a big fan of the show, I question the truth in that because he got the characterizations of both Sam and Dean completely and totally wrong.

Dean is a lovable, edgy kind of guy.  He has a fiercely protective spirit, especially when it comes to his brother Sam, and is so clever and witty that I am constantly tickled by his hilarious shenanigans.  In this book Dean was a mindless idiot who couldn’t navigate his way out of a paper bag.  He spoke, or thought, constantly of music no one cared about.  Seriously, the author had him listing names of songs and bands, several at a time, repeatedly throughout the book.  Yes, Dean loves good old school music, but he is not this obnoxious about it.

And poor Sam’s character was nowhere near as compassionate and intelligent as he is in the show.  The Sammy I have grown to love thinks on his feet, and in this book his logic and quick thinking were pretty much non-existent.

Also, the so called supernatural mysteries in this one was kind of a bust with no real resolution.  It was boring and predictable and overall sucked.  This book did not do the show or its fans justice at all.  The only reason I am willing to try another companion book eventually is because some were written by different authors.  I can only hope they have done a much better job in representing Sam and Dean Winchester.


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Mar 04 2016
Review: Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
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springfever-mkcPublisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: June 5, 2012
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 402
Form: Paperback
Series: Stand Alone
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Annajane Hudgens truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason Bayless.  They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a new, terrific guy, and she’s ready to leave the small town where she and Mason had so much history.  She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding to the beautiful, intelligent, delightful Celia–the woman everyone in town adores.  Everyone, that is, except for Annajane and her lifelong best friend, Pauline “Pokey” Bayless.

But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is literally walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe she’s been given a second chance.  Maybe everything happens for a reason.  And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back. 

But there are secrets afoot in this small town.  Passcoe, North Carolina, is the home of Quixie Cherry Soda, and the company has been in the Bayless family for generations.  Change is on the horizon, however, and even though anyone born in Passcoe is raised on cherry soda and it’s mascot, Dixie the Quixie Pixie, things are most definitely not going to be the same for long.  Soon, Annajane discovers that change can bring out the worst in people and uncover the family scandals.  And even though there are people determined to keep Annjane from getting what she wants, happiness could be hers for the taking, and the life she once had with Mason could be in her future.  That is, if she can find out what she’s really made of and what really matters most.

My Thoughts

I adored this book.  I love Mary K. Andrews because I know what I’m going to get.  Another story about a small country town where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and small town secrets and scandals abound.

Annajane Hudgens works for the local soda plant called Quixie, which happens to belong to her ex-husband, Mason, and his family.  Planning to make the final push to get over her ex, she plans to relocate to Atlanta and remarry.  But not before attending Mason’s wedding.  When the wedding is unceremoniously interrupted, mayhem and shenanigans ensue.

This is a sweet story about family, friendship, and unrequited love.  Annajane and Mason have had their ups and downs, but working through the plots and schemes of the woman trying to trick and ensnare Mason into marriage, and the schemes of said woman and Mason’s younger brother Davis to sell off the company, they both really grow up and begin to change.  Their perception and understanding of each other and themselves becomes clearer, though their insecurities still threaten to pull them under.

The characters are so colorful, fun, and likable.  And even the ‘villains’ were entertaining and necessary to the story.  I was especially fond of Mason’s daughter Sophie and his younger sister and Annajane’s best friend Pokey.  Both were quirky, hilariously honest, and loyal to a fault.

I love the small town setting and can really get into the coziness of the atmosphere the author created.  There was so much to love about this book.  Once again Ms. Andrews does not disappoint.

 

 


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Jan 23 2016
Quickie Review: Sanctuary Island by Lily Everett
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

sanctuaryisland-lePublisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Published: July 30, 2013
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 334
Form: Paperback
Series: Sanctuary Island (1)
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Welcome to a place where broken hearts come to heal–and where every lost soul will find a home.

When Ella’s sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride—it’s always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken family—if Ella can open her carefully guarded heart, there is also the chance for new beginnings.

SANCTUARY ISLAND

Grady Wilkes is a handyman who can fix anything…except the scars of his own past. When he accepts the task of showing Ella the simple beauties of the island that healed him, he discovers a deep sense of comfort he thought he’d lost. But now he must convince the woman who never intended to stay that on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible—forgiving past mistakes, rediscovering the simple joys of life, and maybe even falling in love.

My Thoughts

Everybody seemed to feel everything so very deeply at all times.  Ella has her back up as well as Grady which made it difficult to get to know any of the characters well enough to care about them.  Though it was a relatively sweet story, I just wasn’t invested in their future.  This book wasn’t by any means terrible, but it lacked any kind of pizzazz.

 

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