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What I am Reading

Its not a huge secret that I love to read. While there are times throughout the year that I can read more than others I have been trying to prioritize it more and more throughout my year. As part of my 30 by 30 I am re-reading all the Harry Potter books and am almost finished with Goblet of Fire! Obviously with the release of Cursed Child (which I inhaled) Goblet took a bit of a back seat.


I cannot say enough good things about Lost Stars. This is a young adult Star Wars book that runs the timeline of the original trilogy and follows two new characters in their battle of serving the Empire, joining the Republic and falling in love. You don’t need a lot of back knowledge to enjoy this book and if you liked Force Awakens you will love this!

My Recent Book Recommendations
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Lost Stars
First Comes Love
Lady Midnight
Why Not Me?

Want to Read
Dancing with the Tiger
The Singles Game
The Regulars
American Gods РReading this before the show starts!!

You can always add me on Good Reads where I update all my books that I am reading!

What books do you recommend? Would love to hear if you have ready anything amazing recently!!


OUTLANDER // A Sassenach’s Guide to Highlander History

Hope you all enjoyed my first post in this series – learning gaelic phrases and pronunciation.

Now onto a much needed history brush up! Throughout OUTLANDER there are a few historical events and people that I needed a reminder on what exactly happened… Actually I doubt these were ever taught in Texas public school history…

Fist of all there is the Jacobite Risings
These were a series of uprisings, rebellions, and wars in Great Britain and Ireland occurring between 1688 and 1746. The goal of the uprisings were to return James VII of Scotland and his descendant of the House of Stuart to the throne of Great Britain – Jacobite is taken from the latin form of James. Thank you Wikipedia.

Why do we care? Dougal is collecting funds for the rising known as the “Fourty-Five” because it happened in dun dun dun… 1745. This was the main play for Charles Edward Stuart aka “The Bonnie Prince” aka “The Young Pretender” leading to the Battle of Culloden. The Battle of Culloden effectively ended the uprising. Clans such as the MacKenzies joined in battle with Stuart’s army against Britain which lead to a mass amount of Highlander blood shed. 

While most of the Jacobite Risings was about with returning Catholicism to Britain and Scotland – the Highlanders mainly supported this because of James VII sympathetic view to the Highlander clans and the resistance of the Cambells of Argyll. Highlanders saw James as a way of resisting hostile government intrussion.

Now don’t we all feel smarter… thank you OUTLANDER for your bodice-ripping history!

Friday Favorites: Books

Today’s Friday Favorites is a book edition.
Here are the latest things I have read!

The Fault In Our Stars
Everyone should read this book. Period. 

The third and final book in the Divergent series. Following our favorite divergents Trice and Four as they finish their epic story… an amazing series.
City of Fallen Angels
Book Four in the Mortal Instruments series, and the start of the second trilogy. Fast paced book that took me 2 days to read. Not my favorite, but I can tell it is setting up a great story.
I have a goal to read 20 books in 2014. You can always follow me and my literary adventures on Goodreads