Yodamom Finds her Force

The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.
Today and tomorrow are yet to be said.
The chances, the changes are all yours to make.
The mold of your life is in your hands to break.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Eclectic reader, nerdy, mother, animal rescuer, beach addict, kayaker, foodie and fan of books that slip me into another world. A life long reader, explorer, traveler and day dreamer who enjoys getting lost in worlds filled with mythical beasts, demons, shifters, vampires and other beasties.






“Tu n'es rien d'autre que ta vie.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre


"You're nothing but your life."
- Jean Paul Sartre


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Reading progress update: I've read 22%.

The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel - Jude Deveraux

So far this is a Jane Austin tie in, fun and snarky

The Rocking Slopes to Romance

My Kind of Wonderful - Jill Shalvis

Sweet romantic tale of two people who need love and a connection with the world. He is an over worked, over burdened, guilt ridden hero to all. She is a survivor of cancer and is learning how to live expecting the next day to come.
Very enjoyable audiobook, excellent narration.

Free on Amazon

My Familiar Stranger (Order of the Black Swan, #1) - Victoria Danann


Norse Mythology Set in Modern Times

Midnight Burning - Karissa Laurel
A Nordic myth loving-fest with action, mysteries and sexy Nordic men.
Solina is morning the death of her brother. She goes to the small town in where he lived and worked to find answers and settle his affairs. She suffers from dreams, terrible nightmares that involve her brothers death and a wolf like creature. she wants to find some answers. First she must deal with two very different men who knew him well.
Aleksander Thorin looks like a Viking, ice blond, imposing body with a side of menace. He comes off gruff and cold. This Nordic hunk was her brothers employer.

Val was his friend, and is excited to have her in town. He is the flirty fun guy that her brother brought home with him before.

Both imposing, both sexy, both hiding something, secrets hidden always come out eventually.
This town, these people, the mystery changes everything as Solina knows it. Her light will finally shine, as the truths unfold. As her knowledge increases so does the danger. She must place her life in the hands of these men, but she doesn't do it blindly. She keeps her head centered on the goal, and doesn't fumble into rescue me princess mode.
Fantastic urban fantasy, with just the right amount of action, danger, mystery, hunks, gods, tease of romance, and mythology to make my reading heart happy. Wonderful world building and character development, and this is a first book ! Absolutely, an author to watch and follow if her first book was this great.

" He was beautiful...in the same way a size hundred pound feral tiger is beautiful."- this is about Thorin, meow, get me some catnip

"Regrets are like scars-emotional wounds that never heal quite right."- truth

A Day Without Reading

Halloween Bingo: The Reveal


It's time to reveal our new bingo card!



Over the next 13 days, Obsidian and I will be posting some of our favorite books to fit under some of the categories.


Rules of the Game


  1. Have fun!
  2. The categories that are marked with an image are intended to be a bit of a free-for-all, so use your imagination in filling them! A cover image, the word within the title or text, or some sort of an allusion that only makes sense to you is fine - let us know how the book fits!
  3. There is a buddy read/read-along category. In a follow-up post, I'll be announcing a read-along that OB & I have planned for the month of October and participating in that will fill this category. In the alternative, Murder By Death has already announced an Ammie Come Home buddy read, which will start on September 1. And if you have a different idea, feel free to throw it out there!
  4. The center square is free, as always!


If you have questions or comments, post them below!


Reblogged from Moonlight Murder

Reading progress update: I've read 93%.

Midnight Burning - Karissa Laurel

I'm at the nail bitting edge of screaming point.....


Hogwarts Cats

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Midnight Burning - Karissa Laurel

Quick re-read

Free Time I Can Read ?

Best Book For Introverts

Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan  Cain

5 stars this is a re-read book
Audiobook version review
Excellent narration, good pacing.
This is a book every introvert, extrovert, teacher, parent, brother, sister, boss, friend, everyone should read. It explains the differences between the two basic types of personalities and how to fit each in to better our lives.
Have you heard or said "Come out of your shell" " You're too sensitive" " You need to overcome your shyness" "You'll never make it if you don't stand out" ? I did and it stung.
How can I not love a book that makes me feel better about myself ? I have spent much of my life fighting to overcome my "shyness" or my uninterested feeling towards parties. In high school I was labeled a loner, even though I was on swim team, surfed, sailed, and skated around town all the time. I was active, outgoing adventurous but not socially needy. In college I just wanted to study the courses alone in the library the classroom was stifling to me, and study groups, oh no never. As an adult and parent, I've learned to play the extrovert but the stress is headache worthy.
I am the mother of two adult introverts and one extrovert. I worried when they didn't want to go to group events. I know, bad mom. I have tried to get them to be more like society expected. I placed them in social situations that were difficult because I was told they needed it. I wish I had read this book years earlier, I understand it now. Luckily they stayed true to themselves and I gave up fighting.

While reading this I was amazed at the awesomeness of introverts. We are so underrated and unappreciated by society. Ms. Cain goes into detail of the positive attributes and contributions introverts and extroverts bring to the table of life. She offers steps of adaptability without losing who someone is. The steps are so easy, so comfortable.
I bought this on audio I'm purchasing the printed version so I can highlight

Wonderfully Ugly

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: A Novel - Bryn Greenwood

I loved it. It was ugly, gritty, sweet and unforgettable.
This is the hardest review I've ever had to write/post on a book. This book will be hard for many people who feel very strongly about the age issue. It was something so wrong and yet was right in a very off centered way. The characters in this story are so far outside any type of normality most of us live with. I can only write what I felt through my heart and history. I know it will be unacceptable to many, and I understand why, but there is so much more to the story than to obvious crossing of the age line. This is a hard book to talk about without spoiling the events.
There is nothing simple about this story, it's deep complex and layered on top of layers. A young girl, abused, basically abandoned, drug dealer parent, total crap-fest parenting is sheltered in a way by an adult. They form a bond a relationship out of the desperation of neglect they are both living with. In each other they find a way to survive against all odds. He goes to far, commits a crime against a child and.....yeh there is that. I'm not saying more, you judge it for yourself.
I do not see this being a sexual predator/deviant story. I do not see the main character as a pedophile but he crossed a line that shouldn't have been, yes. The circumstances changed all the rules for me and my history may see it differently than yours. I've known this girl, seen this desperation and understand. I can tell you that whatever your back ground this book will bring emotions to the surface that will disturb you and tear you up. One fantastic read is what this is.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies - Ross King

The amount of paintings he destroyed is staggering

Reading progress update: I've read 21%.

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies - Ross King

The first world war is happening on French soil, art is being destroyed,histories lost forever

Reading progress update: I've read 18%.

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies - Ross King

Monet is quirky, perhaps mad, who am I to judge. I admire his stance on staying true to himself, even under such harsh judgements. The German's have come Paris is being bombed and Monet is not leaving his home.

While Watching the Olympics I Realized I Was.....

Currently reading

The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel
Jude Deveraux
Progress: 22 %
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
Ross King
Progress: 30 %
The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
Ron Manville, Peter Reinhart
Progress: 5/320 pages