Monday, April 25, 2011

More olives...

No book post today.  After almost four months of reading non-stop I don't think I read more than 10 pages last week.  Life gets a little crazy sometimes.  So instead I'm going to share a story. 

It may not come as a surprise to anyone that I love olives.  Give me a dirty martini with extra olives and you have a happy Lauren.  Well, John and I went to Napa for our honeymoon which was completely amazing.  I can't wait to go back.  Little did I know, not only were there many, many grapes in Napa there is also an abundance of olives.  Heck yes.  On the way to a winery, John and I stopped at Oakville Grocery, awesome place for snacks and the perfect picnic between wine tasting.  Much to my surprise we found this little gem.

Yeah, I doubt you can tell what it is. 
There happened to be an olive bush/tree whatever it is right in front of our parking spot. 
John proceeds to say "I dare you to eat one of those olives."
Of course I responded with "You clearly don't know your wife very well if you think you must dare me to eat an olive."
So John hops out of the car, procures two olives and as you can see I was pretty pumped. 
The following pictures pretty much speak for themselves...

That was the nastiest not-olive I have ever tasted.  No freaking lie.  I am pretty sure I accused John of trying to poison me on our honeymoon.... I think from now on I'll stick to the olives in my martinis and bloody marys.

Happy Monday!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? {4}

Happy Monday! Here is week 4 of It's Monday, What Are You Reading? I missed last week, so this might be a long one.  Inspiration from Sheila, you can find her blog here.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Just Finished Reading: I'm having to think back!  I finished Shadowfever and was pleased.  It was considerably longer than the other books in the series, but I did not mind at all!  I would rather a book that I really like to have more rather than less.  It was a great ending to the series.  If you are a Sookie Stackhouse fan, you should definitely check this series out!

I also read City of Fallen Angels.  I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.  It was ok, but that's about as much as I can say about it.  It was actually a little difficult for me to get through, which is totally opposite from the others that I couldn't put down.  I'm still excited for the next Infernal Devices book to come out, but my love for The Mortal Instruments took a big hit.  I guess we'll just have to wait over a year to see if the next in the series can redeem it.

I picked up Stolen: A letter to my captor by Lucy Christopher based on the recommendation of some ladies on the Nest Book Club.  Awesome book!  If you haven't read it and you are a YA reader, you should.  I'm still thinking about it over a week after I finished.

I read the next book, Numbers by Rachel Ward, because I won the sequal, Chaos, in a giveaway from this book review blog.  The jury is still out for this one.  The idea was interesting and the book was good, I just can't quite put my finger on how I feel about it.  Maybe once I have time to let it sink in a little more I can give better info.  I can say that I will definitely read Chaos and I'm pretty interested in the 3rd book in the series as well.
What I Am Reading Right Now: I'm finally getting around to The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  So far it's pretty good.  Not a quick read by any means, but I'm really enjoying it.  I just got Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.  I'm really enjoying it so far, I have heard that it's absolutely heart-wrenching though.  I haven't read one of those in a while, so  I'm due for a good book cry.

What's Up Next: I really want to read Water for Elephants before the movie comes out.  I've been putting it off and have no clue why.  I downloaded it on my Nook, so hopefully I can pick that one up next!

So, what are you reading???

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A confession...

You know what I have been thinking about lately?  Babies.  A whole freaking lot.  I don't know why.  I don't want a baby right now, like not even a little bit, but for some reason it has been constantly running through my brain for the past month or so.  It's weird.  It also creeps my husband out.  I asked him yesterday if we could name our son Jace....  He said no.  Again, I have no clue whatsoever as to why I would ask such a thing.  (I did just read City of Fallen Angels but I don't know what that has to do with this baby fever I seemed to have caught).

Unfortunately, that's all I've got for right now...  Happy Wednesday :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? {3}

Happy Monday!  Here is week 3 of It's Monday, What Are You Reading?  Inspiration from Sheila, you can find her blog here.  

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Just Finished Reading: This was a pretty crazy week for me!  I had to fly on over to Cali for this thing I call work, so I had some serious airplane reading time.  Of course I was super pumped about Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward #9 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series.  It did not disappoint!  Not only are these books smoking hot, Ward is an amazing storyteller and the characters are fabulous.  There is an endless amount of bangin' hot book boys, well except these aren't boys.... She also announced that book #10 in the series will be for Tohrment.  Can't wait!!

While I was in Cali it was a lot of work, a little bit of play, and too much exhaustion for much more reading.  Until I was on the plane coming home that is :)  I did finish up the next two in the Fever series by Moning.  They are quick reads, only a day or so to read.  I found myself skimming at times,  Dreamfever was my favorite so far.  If you are into the Sookie Stackhouse books, you should give these a shot.

What I Am Reading Right Now:  Sunday evening after my marathon closet cleaning, I started the final book in the Fever series Shadowfever. If any heroine in a novel needs a good shake to get her to see the guy that is perfect for her is right in front of her, it is Mac.  Really liking it so far, we'll have to see if this book is as good as the last.

What's Up Next:   I have my copy of City of Fallen Angels  pre-ordered and ready to be delivered to my Nook Tuesday!  I'm pretty excited about this, I need some Jace swooning/lusting in my life :)  I also picked up The Forest of Hands and Teeth  at Border's last week so that might be next.  It was a hardback for $3.99, I couldn't resist!!

So, what are you reading???