2016 Books in Review

Published January 9, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

Here are the best books and series I read in 2016! I only read 60 books this year, instead of my goal of 75.  So this year my goal is 50 books.  I am working full time now, so I will most likely read a lot less than I did when I didn’t work at all.

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PS: What are the best books you read in 2016?

2016 in Review

Published January 6, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

2016 is finally over! YAY! My year was actually pretty good.

I went to Cancun with my family.

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I got some new tattoos

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We went to New Orleans with our best friends

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I got a new job working as a insurance biller and office manager for Peak Performance Spine and Sports Medicine. I get to wear comfy scrubs that are like pajamas with pockets!

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I got a new car.  A 2017 Chevy Spark!

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Geek Girls x Bloggers Pop Swap!

Published January 5, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

I am part of a group of bad ass geeky girl bloggers on Facebook called Geek Girls x Bloggers (for GIRLS ONLY!)

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If you are a a geeky girl blogger you should totally join.  Everyone is super nice and all of their blogs are amazing.

For Christmas we did a Funko Pop exchange.  I got paired with Kayly from My Open Sketchbook.    She sent me the most awesome Dumbledore Pop!

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I NEEDED IT! It goes perfectly with my Harry Potter collection, and I love it soooo much!! THANK YOU KAYLY!! ❤

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The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) by David J. Castello

Published January 4, 2017 by Kaitlin Michelle

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The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959)

By David J. Castello

New Magical Realism Novel Asks:

WOULD YOU REALLY WANT TO LIVE FOREVER?

Immortality. What would you do if you had the recipe to live forever? Keep it for yourself, share it with loved ones or tear it up and burn it? The power – for good or evil – would be immeasurable.  The new magical realism novel, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) by David J. Castello, follows the life of Steven Ronson from 1945 to 1959. A U.S. Army medic, he stumbles across an immortality formula designed for Adolph Hitler during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Still numb with grief and haunted by the loss of nearly every soldier in his unit, Ronson sneaks the formula out of the camp and makes his way to Munich. After a night of passion with a German teenage girl, he consumes the immortality formula as his vendetta against death. Ronson soon discovers the immortality formula also gives him supernatural powers and fantastic musical abilities. He decides to travel to New York City to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a jazz saxophonist, where his performance catches the attention of a disgraced British missionary and his beautiful, adopted niece Jennifer.What follows is a fascinating trail of discovery from New York City to a remote Tibetan monastery where Ronson learns the immortality formula has been closely guarded for thousands of years. Time, however, is running out and Ronson learns German occultists who helped bring Hitler to power in the 1930s have selected another Aryan messiah, and this time he has the formula. Steven cannot allow the nightmare he experienced in Germany to happen again.
Intriguing, original, meticulously researched and based on physical evidence, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959):

 Asks if immortality is a blessing or a curse

 Shows evil is selfishness to the point of destruction

 Proposes Hitler’s rise to power was assisted by those with mystic/supernatural powers

 Challenges the origin of humanity and Christianity

 Is largely a work of non-fiction interspersed with fiction

 Exposes the real-life ancient medical school above the Chakpori Hill in Tibet was destroyed in 1959 because the Chinese feared its power and hold on local Tibetans

 Contains references from the journals of World War II soldiers

“There are many strange and bizarre parts that are historically accurate, but only known to a few and they buttress each other in a way that will make some wonder if the entire book is  non-fiction,” says Castello. “I have a feeling that more than few history professors will chuckle to themselves – until they dig deep enough.”

About the author:

David J. Castello is the Chief Operating Officer and Editor-in- Chief for the Castello Cities Internet Network (CCIN.com).  Born in the Bronx, he now resides in Nashville. Connect with Castello on Facebook The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in bookstores everywhere.

 

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December Movies

Published December 1, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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As you know, I love going to the movie theaters! It is one of the main things my husband and I do when we go out.  Here are the movies I want to see this month:

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Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori #1) by Heather W. Petty

Published November 13, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads:

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

My Thoughts:

My #otspsecretsister bought me this book as one of my gifts.  I read it right away, but it has taken me FOREVER to review.  I read it on the plane to and from my vacation to Cancun.  I love Sherlock Holmes, I watch all of the shows and movies of late, and recently read Warlock Holmes.

Lock and Mori is a really interesting book.  It is about Sherlock and Moriarty as modern day high school students. Moriarty is James Moriarty, a girl!!, who goes by Mori.  She meets Sherlock, who she dubs Lock.  He challenges her to solve a string of murders with him, the only rule is they have to share all of their information with each other.  Sherlock is exactly how you would imagine high school Sherlock to be, observant and odd. It’s so cute how he starts falling for Mori! Swoon! It’s not hard to solve the case and figure out who the killer is from an early point in the book. Despite this, the book is very interesting, and it’s cool to see how everything tied together.  I’m excited to read the next book in the series. I love how this book is told from Mori’s POV. It tells all about her home life, with a drunk and abusive police officer father (her mom died.) The entire book is dark with the growing relationship between Lock and Mori being the only bright spot in an otherwise very dark tale.  Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and normally I loathe Mycroft in all of the portrayals I have seen him in, but I found him to be delightful in this book! Watson was also in the book, but only briefly, so I expect to see them both in future installments. I am concerned for the couple because they are mortal enemies in the other Sherlock Holmes renditions I have seen. I don’t want to see Sherlock get crushed by Mori, but I do anticipate that to happen eventually.

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The Bridge to Never Land (Peter and the Starcatchers #5) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson

Published November 11, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they’re getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently brought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read – the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories….

Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it’s a game – unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle.

But soon the game turns strange – and scary. They discover that the “stories” are real, and that what they thought was a fictional battle between good and evil is still going on. And the scariest part is: They have become part of it.

Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help – a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that’s not supposed to exist at all. At each step they must solve new puzzles and escape new dangers, all the while knowing that is they fail, the evil they are fleeing will be let loose on an unsuspecting world.

My Thoughts:

This book is set in modern times, so about 100 years or so after the last book! Sarah and Aiden Cooper are siblings that have read the Peter and the Starcatchers books (kind of weird, like Inception of books.) One day they discover a hidden message in some old desk, and discover that it is taking about the Starcatchers.  At first they think it must be a hoax, because the books aren’t that old, and they are just stories, but they decide to investigate just in case.  They are going to London on a family vacation and decide to do some sleuthing to see if the note is real and if they can find the starstuff.  It wouldn’t be much of a book if they didn’t. After almost being devoured by Magill’s wolves they make it out with the starstuff. The problem is that Ombra is now after them having sensed the presence of starstuff. This was my least favorite of the series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.  None of the characters we love are in the beginning half of the book, which is disappointing. Although it was interesting to see how modern people would handle starstuff.  I did like how they utilized the Peter Pan ride at Disney World, which I love! What happened to Neverland and why no one can find it now, that tied in quite nicely.  I felt like Peter was less like the Peter from the first 3 books and more like the Peter from the fourth book or the original Barrie novel.  I didn’t like Sarah and Aiden, and didn’t connect with them.  Their constant need to argue was annoying.  It is worth checking out, only if you are a completist.

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