Friday, October 31, 2014

New On The Dorky Shelf for October 2014!

I got a few books this month :)

For Review!

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis by Carole P. Roman

The After House by Michael Phillip Cash

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman

 I Won! 

Crash by Nicole Williams


Chronicles of Steele Raven by Pauline Creeden

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cohill

Ange'el by Jamie Le Fay

A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Zelda Book Tag!

1. Legend of Zelda - Your favorite classic.   A: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
 ( I LOVE this book so much and I am planning on rereading it in the near future.)

2. The Adventure of Link - A sequel that was just as good if not better than the original.  
   A: Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey
(Gotta love a good vampire book)

3. Link's Awakening - Saddest book you ever read.
  A: Dewy by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
 ( This book made me shed a few tears even though I knew it was coming I still cried.)

4. Ocarina of time - A book where the main character matures.
   A: Wings series by Aprilynne Pike
 ( This series follows a teenage girl who wakes up one day find out that she is a fairy. This whole series is about the main character learning about her fairy family and she even visits the fairy realm.)

5. Majora's Mask - A book where time is important.
   A: What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? by The Buried Life
 (I enjoyed this book a lot and it was moving.)

6. Oracle of Ages/Seasons - A duology or two books that don't get the attention they deserve. 
   A: Six - Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
   (This book was written in verse and its a retelling of Snow White with cowboys and indians!)

 A: Walking in Circles before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe
  (This is a book about a woman who finds a new life for herself after a nasty break up....oh and              she can talk to dogs....and they talk back.)

7. Wind Waker - A book that revolves around the sea.
    A: The Watersong series by Amanda Hocking
   ( This is a series about Sirens and follows a teenager who is learning how to cope with her new                 life as a Siren.)

8. Four Swords - Book series with the best fandom.
    A: The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
 (It is always nice to find people who love tattoos and angels as much as me.)

9. Minish Cap -  A book that reminds you of being little. 
   A: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and Garth Williams

 ( I don't think that I am the only person who loves this story.)

10. Twilight Princess - A book with a dark theme.
     A: Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
( This is a book about werewolves for adults. There is a plot to the book but in following the plot            you get to read about sexual encounters and the story can be quite violent at times.)

11. Skyward Sword - A book that was difficult to get through. 
     A: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  ( I love the movie with Reese Witherspoon but this book was almost completely different from the       movie. This book was also very large and at times very boring and it took me about a year of               reading it off and on before I finally finished it.)

12. Hyrule Warriors - Most anticipated upcoming release/releases. 
    A: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Book 2 in the Serephina series.)

 A: The Beast by Lindsay Mead  ( A beauty and the beast retelling!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Step Mother Anita

My life wasn't very good at the time, my mother had a habit there for a while of picking trailers to live in that didn't have enough rooms for all of us. I was still getting used to the divorce and I didn't like my mother's new boyfriend...

I was 10 years old when my dad asked me to meet two people. The first person was a woman named Regina, she raced cars on the dragstrip and she had a room in her house that was really creepy because it was filled with Teddy Bears. The Teddy Bear room really creeped me out but I was nice on the date that I was invited to join them on (we ate at Cracker Barrel). Now I am not to clear on whether it was the next day or the next weekend that I spent with my dad but I got to finally meet the second person. The second person was Anita, she liked animals and had 2 kids of her own (not my age). What first caught my attention was the jeans and the tie dye shirt she wore on the date but this one was different. We went to the zoo for the date and I loved it. I remember I had to go to the bathroom while at the zoo and Anita wouldn't let me go alone because she thought I was to young. I thought that was funny because no one really cared about things like that with me before. After Anita went home my dad asked me which of the two people I like the most, I picked Anita because she seemed nicer to me and she liked animals like I did.

The first couple of years that I knew her she would come down to my dad's house in Mississippi on the weekends I would be there. I was different then and my depression was bad, there for a while I wouldn't stay at my dad's house the whole weekend because I would panic. Eventually though I was able to make it through the whole weekend and Anita helped with that by keeping me busy. We always went places when I was over, large flea markets were my favorite because I like looking at all the strange things. Mule days (outdoor festival that had a horse and mule parade)  were always fun too and we actually came home with a puppy from Mule day once.

There were nights when we would go to the dirt track races and on this one night it had been raining the day before so there were large puddles in the parking area at the track. It was time to leave and the parking lot was a bit on the dark side. Anita didn't see the "puddle" which turned out to be a pothole and she stepped knee deep in the muddy water. That situation was so funny because I had never heard Anita cuss so loudly. I on the other hand couldn't stop laughing at the situation.

I will also never forget how mad my mother got when I got my hair dyed the for the first time with Anita.

Life at my mother's house got worse and worse and there were a few time when I came to Anita's house sick because my mother wouldn't take me to the doctor's. A good example of this was when I first started showing sign's of Psoriasis when I was 12. I had this dry patch of skin on my scalp that wouldn't go away. My mother took me to the doctors but the doctor she took me to was stupid and told her I had ringworm. That doctor put me on pills that made me so sick that I couldn't hold down food until hours after I took them. I wanted to stop the pills because they weren't working on the dry patch but she wouldn't let me and forced me to take the pills regardless of how sick they made me. That weekend I went to Anita's and she saw how sick I got and she took me to a different doctor and with the new medication I healed and learned to live with my new disorder. That was just one time among many that she took care of me when I was sick from my mother's house.

About a year before I left with my husband, Anita had surgery on her lower abdomen and was bed ridden for the weekend I was there. I spent the whole weekend laying in bed with her watching movies on TV and Lifetime. One movie we watched that weekend was 7 Wives For 7 Brothers, I remember her saying she always liked that movie and I enjoyed it myself so now I own a copy of it.


The first week of October 2014 Anita had a massive stroke. The stroke destroyed her brain stem to the point of unrepair. She was on life support for two days while my step sister and brother tried to find a way to make her better.

On the second day the 2nd doctor told them that she couldn't be fixed and the only life she would have would be spent in a bed at a nursing home on life support. The mother they knew and the mom that became mine wasn't here anymore and so even though we are all grown and the future without our mom scares us.....we knew that it wasn't right to hold her here in a life that she would have never wanted for herself....spent in a hospital bed.

The life support was turned off on October 3rd....

Anita finally let go on October 4th....

An out pour of sadness came from everyone that knew her, that showed us all that we weren't alone in our loss. Anita was a to everyone she met. To me, a mother I will always remember and even though her and my dad never got married I still adopted her and looked to her as my mother. I will never forget....the weekends.....Christmases......birthdays.....outings......good days.....bad days.....singing in the first look in a first hair first pair of were there and I miss you and I will always.

You can now be with all of us no matter the distance.

Here are the only pictures I have of Anita sadly I don't currently own any pictures of us together.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolf BOOK REVIEW!!!

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Title: The Watch That Ends The Night

Author: Allan Wolf

Published: Candlewick Press

This is an anthology telling the stories of 21 people an iceberg, a ship rat, and a Wireless man aboard Carpathia.... Now you may be asking yourself why would that be interesting? Well because the people and the ship rat are all passengers aboard the RMS Titanic, the iceberg is just waiting for a disaster. The last and finally person that most forget about is the Undertaker who's job it is to clean up the sea.

Olaus Abelseth (The Immigrant) Olaus is on his way to America in the hopes of starting a good life for his love back home so she may come over and live with him like they always planned.

Thomas Andrews (The Shipbuilder) Thomas has finally built the perfect ship for speed as well as elegance.

John Jacob Astor (The Millionaire) John is on his way to America with his pregnant wife who is young enough to be his daughter. The two have created quite a scandal.

Joseph Boxhall (The Navigator) Joseph is the man you want to help navigate the high seas.

George Brereton ( The Gambler) George looks at every place he goes as a chance to make money and Titanic is no different. With a secret identity in hand George hopes to make a fortune on this voyage.

Harold Bride (The Spark) New technology is always amazing and it still shocks Harold how quickly messages can pass from ship to ship with the use of Morse Code.

Margaret Brown (The Socialite) The unsinkable Molly Brown is now know around the world but at the time she was just an intimidating woman who was newer to the life of the rich.

Eugene Daly (The Bagpiper) Eugene has the pleasure of being the life of the 3rd class party by bring music.

Frederick Fleet (The Lookout) Most don't notice Frederick above them all but his is a most important job. He spends most of this nights looming above the passengers always on the lookout for dangers.

Frankie Goldsmith (The Dragon Hunter) Frankie is traveling to America with his family and it constantly on the search for dragons! Surely there have to be real dragons in the sea.....

Thomas Hart (The Stoker) Titanic is a well made powerful machine and it's the the Stokers or "black gang" below who keep it running smoothly. Thomas Hart is one of those said stokers.

Louis Hoffman (The Tailor) Louis is using his friends name to travel on board the Titanic with his two small sons. Louis's life has starting to take a turn for the worse and it only gets harder when out on the open sea.

John "Jock" Hume (The Second Violin) John plays lovely music for the first class passengers. Even though John makes his violin sing the most beautiful songs most people in first class never listen.

Bruce Ismay (The Businessman) Bruce is a businessman and he knows that making Titanic reach American soil on time is a must....But what if we got there faster now that would get Titanic the media attention she deserves.

Charles Joughin (The Baker) Being a baker aboard Titanic is an important job and everything must be done like clock work. Breads and pastries served on time and after the last meal breads must be cooked and ready for the next day, Charles is the brains of this operation.

Lolo (The Tailor's Son) Lolo is very young and doesn't really know the severity of the things that happen around him.

Harold Lowe (The Junior Officer) Follow the Captains orders, that is Harold Lowe's job and it becomes harder as constant reports of ice on the sea being to flood in.

Isaac Maynard (The Entree Cook) The many Many courses of food being prepared to 1st 2nd and 3rd class falls of the shoulders of Isaac Maynard...oh and what a circus it all is.

Jamila Nicola - Yarred (The Refugee) Jamila has the job of getting her and her brother to America in once piece. Jamila's father trusted her to do just that and even gave her all the money he had saved for their new life. With all that responsibility Jamila wasn't expecting to fall in love while making the journey.

E.J. Smith (The Captain) E.J. has been a captain for many years but accepted when we was asked to captain the Titanic on her first trip cross to America. E.J. planned on retiring but it shall be put on hold until after this one last job, see Titanic safely to New York.

Oscar Woody (The Post) What most don't know is that Titanic was also a mail ship. It carried hundreds of bags of mail across the sea and who was there to sort that mail but Oscar Woody.

John Snow (The Undertaker) The job of taking care of the dead never gets easier, you just get used to it. Even though John is an experienced undertaker having to take care of so much death at once is enough to unnerve anyone.


Thoughts: I got this book as a gift because I love the Titanic and I already own a few books around it. I didn't really like this book as much as I thought I would which is kind of sad. There were a lot of parts that I felt could have been left out like the ship rats point of view which consisted of mostly scurrying around and hiding. There was also constant talk of impending doom which yes everyone already knows that Titanic sank but the passengers at the time unless they could predict the future had no knowledge that the boat was doomed. If you like Titanic I would give this book a try I know that most like this book I just didn't think it was for me.

Quote From The Book: "Decorum dictates you must die; Commons sense requires you live. 
                                           And if you speak for God, you lie, so judge me not lest you forgive."

Real Pictures:  
 Molly Brown

 E.J. Smith

 Harold Lowe

 Bruce Ismay 

 John Hume

 John Jacob Astor

 Thomas Andrews