Awake by Natasha Preston โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†

9781492618522_35ba1Scarlett Garner doesnโ€™t remember anything before the age of fourโ€”but a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from herโ€ฆand a secret that could get her killed.

Awake has a lot of problems. Let’s start here:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

missperegrine_334x518Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out in July of 2011. So I’ve literally waited 4 years to get this book. Let me tell you why: every time I went to the book store I really only had money for one book, a sad,ย sad, position to be in I assure you. I would invariably pick up Miss Peregrine’s and some other book I wanted and then flip a coin and then sigh as I put Miss Peregrine’s back on the shelf.

Then recently I went hunting for the book again. I went to my local Barnes and Nobles, only to find they didn’t have it in stock. I stopped at the Quirk Books booth at BookCon, only to find they only had one there for display only.

Finally, I decided to just get the kindle edition. Which brings me to another point: I specifically did not want to get the kindle edition of this book.

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The Year in Recap

It’s been a pretty big year for me. I’m in a loving, committed relationship, I graduated college, my dog died, we have two furry additions to the family, I was accepted to grad school…

I graduated with my BA this summer and I am seriously just amazed at myself. Growing up, I wasn’t what anyone would call an Honor Student.ย Yet, here I am, in a national honor society, with Magna Cum Laude on my degree. Man, if all those teachers could see me now. And you know what the weirdest part is? It wasn’t hard, it was just hard work. I just woke up one day and cared.

It hasn’t all been fun this year, though. Back in February we had to put my Belgian Shepherd, Precious, down. She was 14 years old, a month away from being 15, and couldn’t walk anymore. She suffered a stroke on a Saturday and we took her to the vet that Monday. It was so hard to put her into a box and wrap her up with a blanket that last time.