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Book Review: Imagines: Boy Band Babes

This book is all fanfic – celebrity encounters starring YOU – written in the second person so that you can pretend you are the main character.  I love the idea but I’m not sure why a book that is called ‘Boy Band Babes’ starts out with a story about Justin Bieber.  I tried and tried to pretend it was Justin Timberlake but “I” kept squealing Justin Bieber! at him so that didn’t really work out.

The book contains 6 stories and actually 3 of them are not about boyband members at all – Zac Efron, Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes.  The other 3 I only really know who 2 are – Zayn and Niall from One Direction (and I think the last is from 5 seconds of Summer but I never really got into them.)

The stories were cute (the Justin one was all about how he set up a scavenger hunt with clues for their 2nd wedding anniversary) but I think I would have enjoyed them more as just regular guys and regular girls without the celebrity aspect.  Justin Bieber’s was by far the longest one, the rest were pretty quick and kind of had a choose your own adventure vibe to them as well.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Fanfiction at its best, from your favorite Wattpad authors! In this collection drawn from the Imagines anthology headlined by Anna Todd (After, Nothing More) comes six stories putting “YOU” alongside your favorite pop stars, including Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik, Michael Clifford, Niall Horan, Zac Efron, and Shawn Mendes!

A unique and daring series of imagines in which you get to uncover the real boy behind the pop star hottie! Told in the second-person, “you” get to step into these swoonworthy and unpredictable adventures and do things like go on a romantic and exciting scavenger hunt through the city in search of your husband Justin Bieber, attend the prom of your dreams with Michael Clifford, and party with Shawn Mendes. Dive into the fantasy worlds of your favorite pop stars now!

Note: Although this book mentions many real celebrities, they have not participated in, authorized, or endorsed its creation.

Scrapbook Saturday: Fat Ones

A couple of pages from Joey Fatone’s hot dog shop in Orlando, appropriately named Fat Ones.

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Book Review: Antique New England Homes & Barns

I guess since I have lived in New England my whole life, I have developed a fondness for antique New England homes. I love driving through older neighborhoods and looking at all the old houses – there were plenty in the coastal town I grew up in and we even sometimes took walking tours through them as class field trips! So when I saw that there was a book devoted to not only the homes but barns I had to check it out.  It goes through the history and how a lot of people moved to New England from [old] England and brought with them the traditions of building. I looove looking at all the pictures – any house that looks like Snow White might haved lived in it is awesome to me.  It talks about how the style of the homes and how they were built was dictated by the climate.  The book also talks a bit about how to restore an antique home with a lot of great information for anyone who might be tackling this project. It lets you know what to look for to fix, what to salvage and “The Rs” that you need to know to fix up an older home.

In addition to getting to see some really cool photos of antique homes I learned a lot.  I am not sure I am going to run out and buy an old home to remodel and renovate (though I wish I could afford to) but should I win the lottery, I certainly would be on the right track with what to do after reading this book!  (And for a music connection, there’s even a chapter on Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates and how he transplanted and renovated 2 homes into one!)

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

There is something about antique homes and their hard-working barns that captures the imagination. Maybe it’s their pleasing proportions, maybe they remind us of a simpler time, or maybe we sense that these venerable old survivors that were built when our country was young have seen it all. But how many of us have bothered to listen to the stories they tell or tried to understand what makes them tick? This book reveals the essence of antique New England homes and barns—their history, the people who built them, why they were built that way, and how to restore them, piece by piece, without losing their character. Learn to identify architectural styles from different periods, how to strategize a restoration, and how to approach it systematically, from the timber frame to the floors, walls, and ceilings, windows and doors, wiring, finishes, and landscaping.

Throwback Thursday: Kara DioGuardi 11/20/09

Headliner: Kara DioGuardi
Opener(s): Mitch Allan
Venue: Lyman Center
Cost: $5


Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Travel

Ok maybe I lied last week. This is the last of the Disney pages – planes and stuff from the hotel 🙂

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Book Review: Masquerading With the Billionaire

This book is about Remington Steele Wolfe, a jewelry designer who believes that someone is posting malicious code in his accounting department and thinks that it might be an inside job.  A friend recommends that he hire Kat Smith, cyber-security specialist to help track down the code.  Since it is most likely an inside job, his employees can’t know what job Kat is there to do so as a cover up she pretends to be Remy’s girlfriend.

Kat is Russian but pretending to be an American because an ex-boyfriend got into some trouble and she is worried that they may eventually come after her if she is not careful with her identity.  When Remy invites her to Russia because he is up for a large jewelry contract with a Prince, she is hesitant at first but decides to go with him in hopes of finding her sister.

While she has been able to keep her identity a secret for a while, Remington figures out that she is Russian and she ends up confiding in him and their relationship becomes more and more real.

The Prince ends up offering Remington the job to make his jewelry but under one condition – he must break it off with Kat because her ex was security in Russia and fed him some lies about her.  Will he take this dream job and risk losing his dream girl?

This book was a pretty easy read, a lot of different locations were mentioned in it which was fun to be jet setting all over the place.  I’m not sure I found the Remy/Kat relationship all that believable and things worked out a little bit too perfectly at times (I honestly could have done without the last chapter and had it end before that) but I did enjoy the book and looked forward to reading a bit of it each night before bed.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

World-renowned jewelry designer Remington Wolfe is competing for the commission of a lifetime and someone is trying to destroy his company from the inside. He’s in for more than one surprise when his unexpected rescuer turns out to be a sexy computer specialist with a sharp tongue and even sharper mind.

Kat Smith is a cyber-security expert and master of disguise. So being assigned to masquerade as Wolfe’s girlfriend while she uncovers who slipped malicious code into his corporation’s computer systems is no problem. But when Kat’s past catches up to her and their fake relationship starts to feel a little too real, problems are all she seems to have.

Throwback Thursday: Honor Society 11/15/09

Headliner: Honor Society
Opener(s): Esmee Denters
Venue: Paradise Rock Club
Cost: $20


Book Review: So You Think You’re a New York Mets Fan?

Reading So You Think You’re a New York Mets fan was bittersweet. I always used to challenge my Dad to whatever Mets trivia I could find, and 9 times out of 10 he would get it right on the first guess. So reading this book now that he passed away, it made me wonder how many of these questions he would have known! (And how bad he would tease me for how little I knew!)

I liked this book because it was a trivia book at its core – but it also was educational.  Rather than just saying “Which Met did this?” and then “The answer is David Wright” it went into details about the history of things and each answer was a few pages of an explanation so if you didn’t know the answer now not only do you know the answer but you know enough back story to be able to impress your friends and hopefully remember the answer the next time it might come up.

I was also pleased that one of the questions about who had hit multiple home runs in a World Series game I knew the answer to – because I was at the game!  Definitely a must read if you are a Mets fan or a great book to get if you are friends with a Mets fan and want to try and stump them 🙂

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

So You Think You’re a New York Mets Fan? tests and expands your knowledge of Mets baseball. Rather than merely posing questions and providing answers, this book will give you the details behind each—stories that bring to life players and coaches, games and seasons.

This book is divided into multiple parts, with progressively more difficult questions in each new section. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the great Mets players and managers of the past and present, from Tom Seaver to Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Lee Mazzilli, Davey Johnson, Dave Kingman, Gil Hodges, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, John Stearns, Darryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo, Matt Harvey, David Wright, and so many more. The many questions that this book answers include:

• Who was drafted number one overall by the Mets in 1984?
• Who was on deck when Mookie Wilson hit his famous ground ball to Bill Buckner?
• There are two men enshrined in Cooperstown wearing Mets caps on their plaques, but there are 12 other Hall of Famers who played for the Mets at one point in their career. Name them.
• What do the Mets’ World Series MVPs from 1969 and 1986 have in common?
• The two pitchers who were on the mound in 1969 and 1986 when the final out of each World Series was made were actually traded for each other. Name them.

This book makes the perfect gift for any fan of the Amazin’s!

Virtual Race: Dementor’s Kiss

Race Title: Dementor’s Kiss
Distance:  5k
Company:  Hogwarts Running Club
Charity: 65 Roses

Book Review: Jack White: How He Built an Empire from the Blues

Jack White: How He Built an Empire from the Blues as a title pretty much explains what the book is about.  Jack White – one half of the white stripes (who were an ex-married couple and not siblings) got his start in Detroit.  Although he probably would have fit in more as a black man in the 1980s he has created an empire. The book is a timeline of his journey through music – and Jack is a bit mysterious so it was nice to see a little bit more from behind the curtain so to speak and learn more about him.  The book is based on interviews from band mates and friends and has a lot of interesting information in it.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Jack White, the “coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time” (The New York Times Magazine) is one of music’s most enigmatic and mysterious figures.

Together with Meg White, the The White Stripes’ guitar virtuosity and shrieking vocals ousted all competition and ignited the blues-rock revival of the early millennium. White went on to collaborate with Loretta Lynn, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan and more, founded The RaconteursThe Dead Weather and a critically acclaimed solo career whilst also rejuvenating Detroit’s arts scene through his innovative record label, Third Man Records.

Based on interviews from people close to White, including former band mates and Third Man artists, such as Neil Young and Seasick Steve, no other book goes as deep into the lore of Jack White and the mythical White Stripes.