Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I hate to do this, but I have to go on an indefinite hiatus.
Over the past few months a lot of things have changed for me. I started two jobs, I moved/am moving, I'm getting ready to graduate, and I've read less. It's been hard for me to find a happy middle ground for my work/school/blog/personal life. At times I feel drained and don't want to read and it's not a good feeling when it's a big part of who I am. I love reading and the fact that I can't get into, nor do I want to read, upsets me.
I started working at a bar and really enjoyed the time I spent there, but because it wasn't as busy as most others in the area, I had to pick up a second job as a server at my local Olive Garden. The new job had a two week training period where I tasted every item on the menu (Yumm!... and yes I could recommend some absolutely delicious items), had to learn what was in every dish and how those dishes could be modified, how to take orders, serve a table and do it efficiently, and finally, how to open wine bottles. This training was quick and I had to learn quite a bit in a short period of time. I also ended up quitting my job at the bar last week due to issues with my schedule.
On top of learning how to be a server at a fantastic family friendly restaurant, I am in the process of moving out my apartment and into my moms one bedroom. To add insult to injury, I have to move out two weeks before finals. The living situation is a temporary, one month ordeal, but all of my things, books and review notes included, are in a storage unit. My new apartment will be open sometime towards the end of May, but then I have to move in and get situated.
I also have my college graduation coming up!!! On May 19 I will officially have my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology. It's a bittersweet thought that I'm finally done with most/all of my education. I'll miss my friends that are moving away from Morgantown, but I know at some point I'll be leaving too. I'm not planning on using my degree for a while, but I guess it's nice to say I have it and I accomplished something. I've contemplated a few different options as to what I want to do next, but right now I'm content to work as a server, saving money.
Another big change is my relationship status. I'm off the market and enjoying the time I have with my boyfriend, who I've known since I moved to WV in 2002. It only took us 7 months of debating a relationship to figure out that at some point one of us (this girl) would get fed up with the back and forth, yo-yo of lets date, no lets not date. So as of about 2 months ago, we have been enjoying ourselves, going out, watching movies, and making dinner whenever we get the chance.
I know I haven't been on the blog much in the past 2-3 months and this saddens me. For the past year, Doodle's Book Blog has been the epitome of who I am. I've slaved over this blog to make it what it is and the fact that I, at times, don't want to read or make posts frustrates me. I've signed up for tours that I now can't follow through with and I hate having to tell a tour host that I can't fulfill my commitments.
I guess what I'm saying is I need a break. I want to enjoy reading again, and until I do, I don't want to review books. I feel like my reputation as a review would be at stake because how can I post a helpful and informative review when I'm not enjoying what I'm doing. Granted not every book is enjoyable to me, but if I go into every book dreading the process of reading, my review may reflect those negative thoughts and that would be unfair to those books that are really, truly great reads.
So this is me signing off indefinitely. I may be back periodically for a review or two if I feel that my mood is acceptable and deems a review. For the authors that I love and adore (you know who you are!) don't hesitate to send emails! I love hearing from you and I'd love to help you all in any way I can. I've made commitments to a few of you and I do plan on following through with them. To those bloggers who I've become close to over the last year...you have each changed me in some way. I adore each of you and I'd love to keep in touch. Just because the blog isn't updated regularly doesn't mean I'm not here. To my readers...I want to thank each and every one of you for all the support, comments and emails I've received. I'll see you in the future! xoxo
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Faster We Burn
by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Fall and Rise (#2)
Available as of April 20, 2013
Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.
At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.
Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?
From Faster We Burn:
I couldn’t find a good radio station, so I picked up my phone and put it on speaker, setting it in a little clip on my dashboard. I should have one of those headsets, but I thought they made people look like assholes, so I’d never gotten one.
He picked up on the second ring.
“Hey, I’m driving back and I just thought I would check in with my friend. How are you, friend?”
He sounded like he was in a room full of people.
“I’m good, friend. How are you?” The voices faded, as if he was walking away from them.
“You’re not in class, are you?”
“No, I was just getting something to eat.”
“When’s your next class?”
“Not for a while. I’m all yours, friend.”
“Well that is good to hear, friend.”
He went on to tell me about all the things that I’d missed on campus, from someone getting thrown out for setting a couch on fire, to the frat that was on probation, to the professor who’d gotten caught smoking pot on campus with a few students.
It was all silly and mundane and distracting enough that I could get out of my own head for a few minutes. It was a blessed relief.
He also filled me in on the crew. Lottie was dying to have me back and had stocked up on ice cream in preparation for lots of Law and Order marathons.
Trish had almost gotten fired from her job for mouthing off to her boss, Will and Audrey had finally kissed in public and Simon was trying to convince everyone to participate in some sort of charity event that involved running around campus in your underwear.
“I’m not freezing my junk off, even if it is for charity,” he said as I pictured his junk. It was pretty nice junk, and I wouldn’t like it if anything happened to it, even if I wasn’t going to be using it anytime soon.
It was all well and good to call ourselves friends over the phone, but in person, I had no idea how it was going to go.
“How’s your mom?”
“I guess she’s as good as can be expected. She goes from sobbing to cleaning like the Queen is coming over, then back to sobbing. I’m going back this weekend so Kayla can have a break.”
“Do you feel guilty?” Stryker always had a way of asking the questions I didn’t want to answer.
“Yeah. How can I not?”
I waited for him to tell me that I shouldn’t, but he sighed.
“Wait, what was that?”
“I said that you’re right. A little guilt is okay. It’s the big, soul-crushing guilt I’m worried about.”
Thursday, April 11, 2013
by Jennifer Snyder
Available as of July 30, 2012
Sometimes the love our heart needs to heal can be found in the familiar eyes of a childhood friend...
Julie Porter learned the hard way that trust is something which must be earned and not something to be given out lightly, those who say they love you are those who hold the power to hurt you most, and best friends can help you survive anything—until they move away.
Nick Owen knows a thing or two about a hard life. At a young age Nick learned how to take a hit and to make lemonade out of the lemons life tossed his way. Returning home after nearly two years of being away, all Nick cares about now is protecting his mom from the abusive hands of his father and catching up with his best friend—the girl who lived across the street, the girl he can’t seem to stop thinking about.
Finally reunited after two years apart, Nick and Julie are about to learn that age does nothing to protect you from life’s trials and tribulations, heartache and loss, but maybe together they’ll find a way to survive.
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