Morgan
31 October 2020 @ 11:52 pm


"If you have come to these pages for laughter, may you find it.
If you are here to be offended, may your ire rise and your blood boil.
If you seek an adventure, may this song sing you away to blissful escape.
If you need to test or confirm your beliefs, may you reach comfortable conclusions.
All books reveal perfection, by what they are or what they are not.
May you find that which you seek, in these pages or outside them.
May you find perfection, and know it by name."— Christopher Moore

+ If we have never talked somewhere around the interwebs, I'm not currently friending. I do make exceptions for people I enjoy talking to at communities and who also make an effort to be friendly and neighborly.

+ I don't friend everyone who asks...I would rather have a list of people I keep up with and who keep up with me. QUALITY versus Quantity. I'm not looking for a large number of friends. I like to get to know my friends, and I like for them to get to know me. Livejournal and friendship are two way streets.

+ If you've been cut, don't be offended. Obviously we weren't clicking or hadn't connected in ages via comments... Or you stopped updating. Or we never talked. Etc. I don't make 'omg friends cut' posts, because I think they are lame. You're still a cool person. It's not you, it's me. Etc. Also there's always the opportunity to reconnect in the future or in various communities we share.

+ Check out my graphics journal @ petitemerci. Or if you make icons and like challenges check out whedon20in20 & fandom365days! :)
 
 
Morgan
READ ALL THE BOOKS. GET ALL THE POINTS. flawlessglitch has created a monster.

[FALL 2014 SRC POINT TOTALS]
Total Points: 815/815
Books Read: 66
Completed Tasks: 51/51
Pages Read: 25394
Goodreads Authors: 50
Big Books: [500+: 4] [750+: 1] [1000+: 1]




[POINTS]
This Post:
Total Points: 1045/1045
Books Read: 82
Completed Tasks: 59/59
Pages Read: 27723
Goodreads Authors: 54
Big Books: [500+: 7] [750+: 0] [1000+: 0]

REQUIRED:
Selection:
Status: Unread

COMPLETED ALL 5 POINT TASKS
COMPLETED ALL 10 POINT TASKS
COMPLETED ALL 15 POINT TASKS
COMPLETED ALL 20 POINT TASKS
COMPLETED ALL 25 POINT TASKS
COMPLETED ALL 30 POINT TASKS
COMPLETED THE 50 POINT TASK
 
 
Morgan
01 June 2013 @ 10:02 pm
As far as my migraines go... no real progress. Shitty reactions to first attempt at a daily medication. A month and a half off of medication and I find that I had the same amount of migraines on the medicine as I did off of it. (One month ON: 10 migraines/4 headaches/didn't bother to count the days with "pressure") (A month and a half OFF: 15 migraines/4 headaches/again not counting the days I marked with "pressure")

Bleh.

Just started a new medicine today, so I'm not feeling super positive and some of the side effects are a bit worrying.

Have had a headache almost ever since I took it. YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

::CURRENT MOVIE TOTAL:: 38 (goal of 60)
30. The Host [4/4]
31. Thor [4/8]
32. Knight & Day [4/9]
33. X-Men: First Class [4/13]
34. Horrible Bosses [4/20]
35. Captain America [4/21]
36. Water for Elephants [4/21]
37. Push [4/21]
38. Your Highness [5/27]

::CURRENT COUNT:: (goal of 100+)
IN PROGRESS :: 3
FICTION :: 47
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 6

FICTION ::
31. Paranormalcy -- Kiersten White [LIBRARY]
32. Pleasure Unbound -- Larissa Ione [LIBRARY] & [KINDLE]
33. Second Grave on the Left [Charley Davidson #2] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
34. Third Grave Dead Ahead [Charley Davidson #3] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
35. Poison Princess [Arcana Chronicles #1] -- Kresley Cole [KINDLE]
36. Immortal Ever After -- Lynsay Sands
37. Unearthly [Unearthly #1] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
38. Scarlet [Lunar Chronicles #2] -- Marissa Meyer [LIBRARY]
39. Hallowed [Unearthly #2] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
40. Radiant [Unearthly #2.5] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
41. Boundless [Unearthly #3] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
42. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet [Charley Davidson #4] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
43. Grave Witch -- Kalayna Price [LIBRARY]
44. Grave Dancer -- Kalayna Price [LIBRARY]
45. Grave Memory -- Kalayna Price [LIBRARY]
46. Twice Tempted [Night Prince #2] -- Jeaniene Frost [KINDLE]
47. Indigo Spell [Bloodlines #3] -- Richelle Mead [KINDLE]

NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS ::
1. The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex -- Kristen Schaal [KINDLE]
 
 
Current Mood: soresore
 
 
Morgan
10 March 2013 @ 12:20 am
I don't know how many of you all are in the preview of graze.com, but I would definitely recommend it to everyone else once it's open to everyone.

I figured it might be nice to put these somewhere other than just twitter (@morganryan)

Box #1
[See the box and learn more about each snack]
billionaire's shortbread -- LOVE
el picante -- LOVE
tropical sundae -- TRASH
seedsational -- LIKE

Box #2
[See the box and learn more about each snack]
toffee apple -- LOVE
my thai -- TRASH
salt and vinegar nut selection -- LOVE
pina colada -- TRASH

I am still working on Box #3 (I've only eaten half the snacks), and Box #4 is in the mail (I usually get them on Wednesdays). If you're getting boxes: what are some of your favorites? What are some of your least favorites?
 
 
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Elementary
 
 
Morgan
01 January 2013 @ 05:39 pm
In 2012, I read 142 books total.
For 2013, I would like to keep to 100+ books for the year. (Even if it would be nice to improve on the number...there's only so much time I can read and I read for most of that time as it is.)

Re-reads are in italics.

::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 1
FICTION :: 103
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 8

FICTION ::
1. Spellbound [Hex Hall #3] -- Rachel Hawkins [LIBRARY]
2. The Iron King [The Iron Fey #1] -- Julie Kagawa [MINE]
3. Branded [Fall of Angels #1] -- Keary Taylor [KINDLE]
4. Revenge of the Spellmans [Spellmans #3] -- Lisa Lutz [LIBRARY]
5. The Spellmans Strike Again [Spellmans #4] -- Lisa Lutz [LIBRARY]
6. Anna Dressed in Blood [Anna #1] -- Kedare Blake [LIBRARY]
7. The Last Policeman: A Novel -- Ben H. Winters [KINDLE]
8. Here [On the Otherside #1] -- Denise Grover Swank [KINDLE]
9. 6 1/2 Body Parts [Body Movers short story] -- Stephanie Bond [KINDLE]
10. The Curiousities: A collection of stories -- Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff [LIBRARY]
11. Shadow's Claim -- Kresley Cole [KINDLE]
12. One Con Glory -- Sarah Kuhn [KINDLE]
13. The Accidental Genie [Accidentally Friends #7] -- Dakota Cassidy [KINDLE]
14. Girl of Nightmares [Anna #2] -- Kendare Blake [LIBRARY]
15. Mariana -- Susana Kearsley [KINDLE]
16. The Body Finder [#1]-- Kimberly Derting [KINDLE]
17. Heads You Lose -- Lisa Lutz [LIBRARY]
18. Alice in Zombieland -- Gena Showalter [KINDLE]
19. My Sister's Song -- Gail Carriger [KINDLE]
20. Jane Goes Batty [#2] -- Michael Thomas Ford [LIBRARY]
21. Poison Study [#1] -- Maria V. Snyder [KINDLE]
22. The Peach Keeper -- Sarah Addision Allen [LIBRARY]
23. Assassin Study [#1.5] -- Maria V. Snyder [KINDLE]
24. Magic Study [#2] -- Maria V. Snyder [KINDLE]
25. Candor -- Pam Bachorz [LIBRARY]
26. The Diviners -- Libba Bray [LIBRARY]
27. Redshirts -- John Scalzi [LIBRARY]
28. First Grave on the Right [Charley Davidson #1] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
29. Notorious Nineteen -- Janet Evanovich [LIBRARY]
30. Fire Study [#3] -- Maria V. Snyder [KINDLE]
31. Paranormalcy -- Kiersten White [LIBRARY]
32. Pleasure Unbound -- Larissa Ione [LIBRARY] & [KINDLE]
33. Second Grave on the Left [Charley Davidson #2] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
34. Third Grave Dead Ahead [Charley Davidson #3] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
35. Poison Princess [Arcana Chronicles #1] -- Kresley Cole [KINDLE]
36. Immortal Ever After -- Lynsay Sands
37. Unearthly [Unearthly #1] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
38. Scarlet [Lunar Chronicles #2] -- Marissa Meyer [LIBRARY]
39. Hallowed [Unearthly #2] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
40. Radiant [Unearthly #2.5] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
41. Boundless [Unearthly #3] -- Cynthia Hand [KINDLE]
42. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet [Charley Davidson #4] -- Darynda Jones [LIBRARY]
43. Grave Witch -- Kalayna Price [LIBRARY]
44. Grave Dancer -- Kalayna Price [LIBRARY]
45. Grave Memory -- Kalayna Price [LIBRARY]
46. Twice Tempted [Night Prince #2] -- Jeaniene Frost [KINDLE]
47. Indigo Spell [Bloodlines #3] -- Richelle Mead [KINDLE]
48. Etiquette & Espionage [Finishing School #1] -- Gail Carriger [KINDLE]
49. A Tale of Two Vampires -- Katie MacAlister
50. Stealing Harper -- Molly McAdams
51. Darkness Unmasked -- Keri Arthur
52. A Witch's Handbook of -- Molly Harper
53. My Bluegrass Baby -- Molly Harper
54. Cursed -- Jennifer L. Armentrout
55. Carnival of Souls -- Melissa Marr
56. The Forbidden Lady -- Kerrelyn Sparks
57. Frost Burned [Mercy Thompson #] -- Patricia Briggs
58. Time Thief -- Katie MacAlister
59. Incarnate -- Jodi Meadows
60. The Raven Boys -- Maggie Stiefvater
61. Two Lines -- Melissa Marr
62. Everneath -- Brodi Ashton
63. Delirium -- Lauren Oliver
64. Guns for the Dead -- Melissa Marr
65. To Wed a Wild Lord -- Sabrina Jefferies
66. MacRieve -- Kresley Cole
67. Beautiful Redemption -- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
68. The Hangman's Daughter -- Oliver Potzsch
69. Chosen at Nightfall -- C.C. Hunter
70. There [On The Otherside] -- Denise Grover Swank
71. In Deep Voodoo -- Stephanie Bond
72. Voodoo or Die -- Stephanie Bond
73. Under the Never Sky -- Veronica Rossi
74. Gameboard of the Gods [Age of X #1] -- Richelle Mead
75. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After -- Steve Hockensmith
76. Endless Knight [Arcana Chronicles #2] -- Kresley Cole
77. The Rising -- Kelley Armstrong
78. Through the Ever Night -- Veronica Rossi
79. Tempest Reborn -- Nicole Peeler
80. Through the Zombie Glass -- Gena Showalter
81. The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo -- Kerrelyn Sparks
82. The Woodcutter -- Kate Danley
83. Wicked Nights -- Gena Showalter
84. Beauty Awakened -- Gena Showalter
85. The Darkest Craving -- Gena Showalter
86. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown -- Holly Black
87. What a Ghoul Wants -- Victoria Laurie
88. Awakened -- Melissa Marr
89. With All My Soul -- Rachel Vincent
90. Magic Bites -- Ilona Andrews
91. Magic Burns -- Ilona Andrews
92. Magic Strikes -- Ilona Andrews
93. Magic Bleeds -- Ilona Andrews
94. Magic Slays -- Ilona Andrews
95. Desert Tales -- Melissa Marr
96. Magic Rises -- Ilona Andrews
97. The Dead and Empty World -- Carrie Ryan
98. Hare Moon -- Carrie Ryan
99. What Once We Feared -- Carry Ryan
100. Black and Blue -- Gena Showalter
101. Oath Bound -- Rachel Vincent
102. Die for Me -- Amy Plum
103. Until I Die -- Amy Plum

NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS ::
1. The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex -- Kristen Schaal [KINDLE]

IN PROGRESS ::
The Host -- Stephenie Meyer [KINDLE]

LEFT UNFINISHED ::
1. The Iron Thorn [#1] -- Caitlin Kittredge [LIBRARY] -- I got three chapters in and it felt like there was another book that I was missing? That I should have knowledge that I didn't? And the only parts that were explained were over-explained. It would have been better if there had been a bit of balance there.
2. The Reformed Vampire Support Group -- Catherine Jinks [LIBRARY] -- I was excited by the prospect of vampires not being some superhuman, paranormal badasses... More like addicts in a support group. What I was not excited by once I started it was how much they would whine and bore me. So much so that when the plot of the book rears its head (someone is killing them), I could not find a single fuck to give. I waved my white flag at just over five chapters, and surrendered so I could move on to something that I enjoyed.
3. A Curse as Dark as Gold -- Elizabeth C. Bunce [LIBRARY] -- I got a couple chapters in and I can't tell you what was happening other than their Dad died and there is a mill and wool... I was really excited to read this one, so it may be something I give another go sometime. Just not something I'll be finishing right now.
4. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty [Sleeping Beauty, #1] -- A.N. Roquelaure [LIBRARY] -- juushika's review says everything I could ever say in a much more eloquent way. It was like...someone who has only a vague grasp of sex and BDSM, etc. trying to write a story and already repeating herself more than was necessary after three chapters. It should have been a short story with possibly just that first chapter. Then...it would be much more easily read and dismissed.
5. Unspoken [The Lynburn Legacy #1] -- Sarah Rees Brennan [LIBRARY] -- The synopsis sounded really good and as usual the cover grabbed me when I saw it, but it seemed to me that the conversations were disjointed and sometimes out of order almost. I had no trouble keeping up with in their heads and out loud, but both the girls sounded exactly the same to me--their personalities and that was annoying. It's just like it would be like "Oh, I'm good." "Hi. How are you?" instead of the other way around. I don't think it has anything to do with the British-ness of it, because that has never been an issue for me before. Gave it 100 pages. Sending it back to the library unfinished.
6. My Life as a White Trash Zombie -- Diana Rowland [LIBRARY] -- Couple chapters in and it just wasn't grabbing me. I was skimming and going blahblahblahblah which was unexpected because it should be right up my alley. Might be something I revisit later.
7. Chosen (The Seeker Saga) -- Sarah Swan [KINDLE] -- I TRIED SO HARD. It had lots of things that I normally like, but put together in such a way that I could not find a single fuck to give about finishing it. Gave it well over 100 pages.
8. The Eternal Highlander -- Hannah Howell, Lynsay Sands [KINDLE] -- The written accent can be tricky and it was Hannah Howell's story (placed first) that made me give up. It was the Jar Jar Binks of written Scottish accents.
 
 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
 
 
Morgan
01 January 2013 @ 05:31 pm
In 2012, I watched 55 *new to me* movies.
For 2013, I want to beat that total. Let's see how it goes...

::CURRENT TOTAL:: 49

1. Jeff, Who Lives at Home -- orangerful had it on her list of favorites from 2012 and I'm a sucker for Jason Segel. [1/1]
2. The Green Hornet [1/1]
3. Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead [1/13]
4. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil [1/14]
5. American Reunion [1/15]
6. Beastly [1/16]
7. Grown Ups -- started this back home with Mom & Dad months and months ago, but had to leave like 20 minutes in. They really liked it though, so I'm giving it another go. [1/18]
8. I am Number Four [1/19]
9. The Hangover 2 [1/19]
10. The Other Guys [1/19]
11. Scents & Sensibility [1/19]
12. Hugo [1/20]
13. Beginners [1/21]
14. District 9 [1/22]
15. Zack and Miri Make a Porno [2/2]
16. Our Idiot Brother [2/3]
17. Warm Bodies [2/6]
18. Percy Jackson & The Olympians The Lightning Thief [2/9]
19. Roman Holiday [2/11-2/12]
20. What to Expect When You're Expecting [2/12]
21. Lars and the Real Girl [2/12]
22. Friends with Kids [2/21]
23. Hotel Transylvania [2/28]
24. Safety Not Guaranteed [3/1]
25. Funny Face [3/2]
26. The Help [3/3]
27. My Super Ex-Girlfriend [3/3]
28. Paperman [3/10]
29. Iron Man 2 [3/12]
30. The Host [4/4]
31. Thor [4/8]
32. Knight & Day [4/9]
33. X-Men: First Class [4/13]
34. Horrible Bosses [4/20]
35. Captain America [4/21]
36. Water for Elephants [4/21]
37. Push [4/21]
38. Your Highness [5/27]
39. Suckerpunch [6/1]
40. How to Fall in Love [6/2]
41. Waiting for Forever [6/13]
42. Neverland [6/14]
43. Paranorman [6/20]
44. Monsters University
45. My Fake Fiance [7/27]
46. We Bought a Zoo [8/31]
47. World War Z [10/25]
48. Pacific Rim [10/25]
49. Bad News Bears [11/15]
 
 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
Morgan
01 July 2012 @ 08:27 pm
Hockeyyyyy battle of the sexes.
 
 
Morgan
31 January 2012 @ 01:58 am
Did a little cap exchange with orangerful & lostacanthus. I kinda failed on several caps and didn't manage to get an icon I liked out of them. There was no deadline or anything, but we talked about doing something like this each month.

You can see orangerful's icons here, and lostacanthus's icons here.





 
 
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: misfits 1x03
 
 
Morgan
29 January 2012 @ 02:05 pm
Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF? One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.] Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).


It would have to be someone from Dragon Age. If I had to live in a video game world, it would be that one (yes, even with the Darkspawn and all the other stuff that goes down).

It would likely be a tie between Morrigan and DA:Awakenings Anders.

Morrigan is a snarky, ballsy, see what she wants, reach out and take it kinda chick. I like that. She'd make me be more ballsy, we could snark together, and I'd be that little voice of reason if she was going to go too far. So basically just like in the game with my Warden.

Anders before the events of DA2 is hilarious. He's just a woobie with Ser Pounce-A-Lot and his harmless flirting. In DA2, I spend a majority of the time wanting to shake him silly so that's why Morrigan wins out in the end.
 
 
Current Mood: calmcalm
 
 
Morgan
02 January 2012 @ 02:47 am
I failed on this from last year, but I could have beaten it if I hadn't worked so much in the last few weeks...or went to see my Grandma, so I am still counting it as a win.

I only watched 47 new to me movies in 2010 and 44 in 2011.

I want to break 50 for 2012.

::CURRENT TOTAL:: 55

1. Friends with Benefits
2. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
3. Sin City
4. Starship Troopers 3
5. You Again
6. Wake
7. Wristcutters: A Love Story
8. Sherlock -- "A Study in Pink"
9. Due Date
10. Love & Other Drugs
11. Arthur (w/Russell Brand)
12. Jane Eyre (w/Michael Fassbender)
13. Wanderlust
14. Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging
15. One for the Money
16. The Cabin in the Woods
17. 10 Inch Hero
18. Something Borrowed
19. Mirrormask
20. Miss Austen Regrets
21. Magic Mike
22. The Buccaneers
23. Plunkett & MacLeane
24. Visioneers
25. Wet Hot American Summer *
26. Angel
27. Under the Greenwood Tree
28. The Decoy Bride
29. My Future Boyfriend
30. Morning Glory
31. Pitch Perfect
32. The Secret of Kells
33. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
34. Jonah Hex
35. Keeping up with the Randalls
36. Knocked Up
37. Grandma's Boy
38. Young Adult
39. Country Strong
40. A Christmas Wish
41. A Nanny for Christmas
42. The March Sisters at Christmas
43. A Princess for Christmas
44. The Zookeeper
45. Hitched for the Holidays
46. Bad Teacher
47. How to Train Your Dragon
48. Undercover Christmas
49. Love at the Christmas Table
50. Finding Mrs. Claus
51. Help for the Holidays
52. Snow
53. All's Faire in Love
54. Cake
55. The Rules of Attraction

* counting it because I can't actually remember if I watched it or just saw a clip or two and learned quotes.
 
 
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
 
 
Morgan
02 January 2012 @ 02:42 am
This has been my resolution since 2009--reading more books than the past year. I slacked off in 2011 and only read 83 books total, but my goal is to break 100 again in 2012.

Re-reads are in italics.

::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 0
FICTION :: 141
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 10

::FICTION::
1. Underground [#3 Greywalker] -- Kat Richardson
2. Ain't Myth-Behaving -- Katie MacAlister
3. Blood Bound -- Rachel Vincent
4. Last Sacrifice -- Richelle Mead
5. Glass Houses [#1 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
6. Some Girls Bite [#1 Chicagoland Vampires] -- Chloe Neill
7. Friday Night Bites [#2 Chicagoland Vampires] -- Chloe Neill
8. Twice Bitten [#3 Chicagoland Vampires] -- Chloe Neill
9. Hard Bitten [#4 Chicagoland Vampires] -- Chloe Neill
10. Drink Deep [#5 Chicagoland Vampires] -- Chloe Neill
11. Bloodlines [#1 Bloodlines] -- Richelle Mead
12. Silence [#3 Hush, Hush] -- Becca Fitzpatrick
13. Lothaire [#12 Immortals After Dark] -- Kresley Cole
14. The Space Between -- Brenna Yovanoff
15. Graveminder -- Melissa Marr
16. The Corset Diaries -- Katie MacAlister
17. Gone [#1 Gone] -- Michael Grant
18. Hunger [#2 Gone] -- Michael Grant
19. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye [#1 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
20. The Dark Divine [#1 The Dark Divine] -- Bree Despain
21. The Lost Saint [#2 The Dark Divine] -- Bree Despain
22. Insatiable [#1 Insatiable] -- Meg Cabot
23. Overbite [#2 Insatiable] -- Meg Cabot
24. Blood Work -- Kim Harrison
25. Hard Day's Knight -- Katie MacAlister
26. Raised by Wolves -- Jennifer Lynn Barnes
27. Sweetly [#2 Fairytale Retellings] -- Jackson Pierce
28. The Deadliest Bite [#8 Jaz Parks] -- Jennifer Rardin
29. The Dead Girls' Dance [#2 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
30. Midnight Alley [#3 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
31. Better Read Than Dead [#2 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
32. A Vision of Murder [#3 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
33. Killer Insight [#4 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
34. Crime Seen [#5 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
35. Death Perception [#6 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
36. Doom with a View [#7 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
37. A Glimpse of Evil [#8 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
38. Vision Impossible [#9 A Psychic Eye Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
39. Shadow Heir [#4 Dark Swan] -- Richelle Mead
40. Shades of Midnight [#7 Midnight Breed] -- Lara Adrian
41. Taken by Midnight [#8 Midnight Breed] -- Lara Adrian
42. Deeper than Midnight [#9 Midnight Breed] -- Lara Adrian
43. A Taste of Midnight [#9.5 Midnight Breed Novella] -- Lara Adrian
44. Ghoul Interrupted [#6 Ghost Hunter Mystery] -- Victoria Laurie
45. Smokin' Seventeen [#17 Stephanie Plum] -- Janet Evanovich
46. Explosive Eighteen [#18 Stephanie Plum] -- Janet Evanovich
47. Body Movers [#1 Body Movers] -- Stephanie Bond
48. 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 [#2 Body Movers] -- Stephanie Bond
49. 3 Men and a Body [#3 Body Movers] -- Stephanie Bond
50. 4 Bodies and Funeral [#4 Body Movers] -- Stephanie Bond
51. 5 Bodies to Die for [#5 Body Movers] -- Stephanie Bond
52. 6 Killer Bodies [#6 Body Movers] -- Stephanie Bond
53. The Night Circus -- Erin Morgenstern
54. Succubus Revealed [#6 Georgina Kincaid] -- Richelle Mead
55. Accidentally Catty [#5 Accidentally Series] -- Dakota Cassidy
56. Darkest Powers novellas collection -- Kelley Armstrong
57. Chaotic [Women of the Otherworld novella] -- Kelley Armstrong
58. Warlord Wants Forever [#0.5 Immortals After Dark novella] -- Kresley Cole
59. Driving Mr. Dead [Jane Jameson 'verse novella] -- Molly Harper
60. Angel Burn [#1] -- L.A. Weatherly
61. Ready Player One -- Ernest Cline
62. Angel Fire [#2] -- L.A. Weatherly
63. Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors [#4 Jane Jameson]-- Molly Harper
64. Hark! A Vagrant -- Kate Beaton
65. Fables #1 Legends in Exile -- Bill Willingham
66. Fables #2 Animal Farm -- Bill Willingham
67. Fables #3 Storybook Love -- Bill Willingham
68. Beautiful Darkness [#2 Beautiful Creatures] -- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
69. Dream Dark [#2.5 Beautiful Creatures novella] -- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
70. The Scorpio Races -- Maggie Stiefvater
71. The Sexiest Vampire Alive [Love at Stake] -- Kerrelyn Sparks
72. Reaper [Soul Screamers novella] -- Rachel Vincent
73. Never to Sleep [Soul Screamers novella] -- Rachel Vincent
74. My Soul to Lose [Soul Screamers novella] -- Rachel Vincent
75. An Evening for Vayl and Jaz [a Jaz Parks novella] -- Jennifer Rardin
76. The Golem Hunt [a Jaz Parks novella] -- Jennifer Rardin
77. Scouting Jasmine [a Jaz Parks novella] -- Jennifer Rardin
78. Snow Glass Apples [a play for voices] -- Neil Gaiman
79. Feast of Fools [#4 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
80. Lord of Misrule [#5 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
81. Carpe Corpus [#6 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
82. Fade Out [#7 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
83. Kiss of Death[#8 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
84. Ghost Town [#9 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
85. Bite Club [#10 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
86. Suffragette in the City -- Katie MacAlister
87. Ghost Town [#11 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine
88. Noble Intentions [#1 Noble History] -- Katie MacAlister
89. Noble Destiny [#2 Noble History] -- Katie MacAlister
90. The Trouble with Harry [#3 Noble History] -- Katie MacAlister
91. Halfway to the Grave [#1 Night Huntress] -- Jeaniene Frost
92. Reckoning [Prequel Night Huntress novella] -- Jeaniene Frost
93. One Foot in the Grave [#2 Night Huntress] -- Jeaniene Frost
94. At Grave's End [#3 Night Huntress] -- Jeaniene Frost
95. Destined for an Early Grave [#4 Night Huntress] -- Jeaniene Frost
96. Darkness Unbound [#1 Dark Angels] -- Keri Arthur
97. Darkness Rising [#2 Dark Angels] -- Keri Arthur
98. Darkness Devours [#3 Dark Angels] -- Keri Arthur
99. Happily Never After [A Night Huntress World novella] -- Jeaniene Frost
100. Devil to Pay [A Night Huntress World novella] -- Jeaniene Frost
101. First Drop of Crimson [#1 Night Huntress World] -- Jeaniene Frost
102. Eternal Kiss of Darkness [#2 Night Huntress World] -- Jeaniene Frost
103. This Side of the Grave [#5 Night Huntress] -- Jeaniene Frost
104. One Grave at a Time [#6 Night Huntress] -- Jeaniene Frost
105. Once Burned [#1 Night Prince] -- Jeaniene Frost
106. The Twin's Daughter -- Lauren Baratz-Logsted
107. The Adoration of Jenna Fox [#1 Jenna Fox Chronicles] -- Mary E. Pearson
108. The Golden Lily [#2 Bloodlines] -- Richelle Mead
109. Under a Vampire Moon [#16 Argeneau] -- Lynsay Sands
110. The Penelopiad -- Margaret Atwood
111. Unicorns vs Zombies -- edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
112. Before I Wake [#6 Soul Screamers] -- Rachel Vincent
113. Into the Dreaming [Highlander novella] -- Karen Marie Moning
114. The Savage Grace [#3 The Dark Divine] -- Bree Despain
115. Kiss & Hell [#1 Hell] - Dakota Cassidy
116. My Way to Hell [#2 Hell] - Dakota Cassidy
117. Cinder [#1 Cinder] -- Marissa Meyer
118. Grave Mercy [#1 His Fair Assassin] -- R.L. LaFevers
119. Beautiful Chaos [#3 Beautiful Creatures] -- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
120. Cry Wolf [#1 Alpha & Omega] -- Patricia Briggs
121. Timeless [#5 Parasol Protectorate] -- Gail Carriger
122. Curses! -- J.A. Kazimer
123. The Calling [#2 Darkness ] -- Kelley Armstrong
124. Shadow Bound [#2 Unbound] -- Rachel Vincent
125. Something Wikkid This Way Comes [Jane True Novella] -- Nicole Peeler
126. The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires [Half Moon Hollow] -- Molly Harper
127. Accidentally Dead, Again [Accidentally Dead series] -- Dakota Cassidy
128. Born at Midnight [Shadow Falls #1] -- CC Hunter
129. Awake at Dawn [Shadow Falls #2] -- CC Hunter
130. Taken at Dusk [Shadow Falls #3] -- CC Hunter
131. Whispers at Moonrise [Shadow Falls #4] -- CC Hunter
132. Tempest's Fury [Jane True] -- Nicole Peeler
133. Ruined: A Novel -- Paula Morris
134. Turned at Dark [Shadow Falls novella] -- CC Hunter
135. Darkness Hunts -- Keri Arthur
136. Wild About You [Love at Stake] -- Kerrelyn Sparks
137. Last Kiss Goodnight [Otherworld Assassin] -- Gena Showalter
138. Night's Darkest Embrace -- Jeaniene Frost
139. Hex Hall [Hex Hall #1] -- Rachel Hawkins
140. Demonglass [Hex Hall #2] -- Rachel Hawkins
141. Sparks Fly [Light Dragons #3] -- Katie MacAlister

::CURRENTLY READING::

::WILL FINISH EVENTUALLY::
The Passage -- Justin Cronin PAUSED. HAD TO TURN IN TO THE LIBRARY. PAGE 283.
Black Dawn [#12 Morganville Vampires] -- Rachel Caine HAD TO TURN IN TO THE LIBRARY. TO BE RESTARTED ANOTHER TIME.
Fables #4 March of the Wooden Soldiers -- Bill Willingham HAD TO TURN IN TO THE LIBRARY. TO BE RESTARTED ANOTHER TIME.
Household Tales By Brothers Grimm -- Wilhelm & Jacob Grimm
Game of Thrones -- George RR Martin

::NON-FICTION::
1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (& Other Concerns) -- Mindy Kaling

::LEFT UNFINISHED::
1. Vanished [#4 Greywalker] -- Kat Richardson (wasn't really too into the first one. might be because I started on the 3rd novel.)
2. Paper Towns -- John Green (it wasn't bad, but it didn't really grab me either. I gave it my usual ~100 pages, but have too many other books from the library right now to waste time on something I'm not enjoying. Might come back to it later. rec'd indirectly by flawlessglitch.)
3. Trial By Fire [#2 Raised By Wolves] -- Jennifer Lynn Barnes (I had just finished the first one and while I liked/enjoyed that one...I also found myself not quite sucked in to the book. I was just standing on the fringes of the crowd listening to the cool kids talk instead of being in the circle. I'll likely come back to it at another time.)
4. Vampire Darcy's Desire -- Regina Jeffers (Oh my. I had hopes, weak ones, but they were there... I couldn't give it more than like...12 pages before giving up. The Author Note should have been a sign. If an author says they usually avoid this type of book like the plague...it doesn't bode well for them WRITING one of those books they despise. :P)
5. The Devil's Arithmetic -- Jane Yolen (Blargh. I was expecting more realism, but places like the girl goes back to didn't exist at that time due to the Nazis. The family she finds herself living with would have already been moved to a concentration camp or one of the ghettos.)
6. Mr Darcy Forever -- Victoria Connelly (I can't. The formatting of it timeline-wise is killing me. I gave it like 80 pages. I'm done.)
7. Unholy Night -- Seth Grahame-Smith (Here's the thing. I don't care about the inner monologue of an animal unless it is a whale free-falling towards earth and wondering if the ground or a flowerpot will be its friend. Okay? I gave it a couple pages after that, but I was frowning the entire time. In the interest of not getting a face full of wrinkles, I am skipping it completely.)
8. Palimpsest -- Catherynne M. Valente (It was...I was almost all the way to the end, and I just stopped caring. By the time I had passed it up for 5 other books? I knew it wasn't gonna happen.)
9. Madapple -- Christina Meldrum (I got about halfway before the swapping timelines just made me irritated, because I just wanted a story and not bits and pieces here and there. Each leap forward to the trial made me want to skip it to get back to the story that actually progressed.)
10. Deadly Little Secret -- Laurie Faria Stolarz (It began with a girl in a school parking lot almost getting hit with a car and a mysterious, attractive boy swooping in to save her at the last minute.... And then I was like, "Nope. I already read this when it was called Twilight.")
 
 
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Morgan
22 December 2011 @ 08:34 pm
here
 
 
Morgan
21 December 2011 @ 04:27 pm
Take a deep breath. Now rant about something.


I will simply quote my comment from lj_releases:

"This is the first time EVER that I have legitimately hated a change you all have made. Not only is the new style of comment visually unpleasant, it also takes a RIDICULOUS amount of time to load. It is laggy and I never had a problem with the old style in this way. Why take something that works and make it clunky and out-dated looking?

Because, yes, it does look OLD.

It looks like a 15 year-old built their first website. It performs like that too.

The logic of the userpic selection is beyond 99% of us. Having things in alphabetical order so that icons are grouped together by type or fandom made things so much easier. What is the point of keywords when I have to wait 5 minutes just to finish scrolling through every single icon I have ever uploaded? That, in itself, is beyond laggy.

I should not be dealing with lag with a computer that is less than a year old, has no issue running anything else, and is on one of the fastest connections possible.

I should also not have to pay for a product that is getting WORSE instead of improving on things that are actually broken--which was very little in my eyes.

I've stuck by LJ through everything and took downtimes like a champ without a single complaint, and my thanks is to make the site an actual pain to use anywhere that is not my journal or somewhere with comment pages that actually FUNCTION so that I can make COMMENTS.

The majority of LJ is the social aspect of it. If you take that away, you take a majority of the money out of your pockets. I, for one, will not be purchasing the 3 extra packages of userpics that I have, because sitting around waiting for 260+ icons to let me scroll through them for 5+ minutes when I know the one I want to use before I even finish typing a comment is a waste of TIME and MONEY.

What happened to alphabetical as an order? What is this nonsensical order that things are in now? Oldest to newest at the BOTTOM? Really? Are people less likely to use new things? NO. They are more likely to use NEWER icons over older ones.

Please roll this ridiculous change back to the rock it stumbled out from under, crush it dead, and next time ask your entire userbase what they think of changes before you make uninformed decisions."


Also, you can sign a petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/lj-stop-fixing-what-isnt-broken-change-the-commenting-format-back-to-the-original
 
 
Morgan
15 December 2011 @ 05:44 pm
Post your favorite holiday-themed animated gif. One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


I don't have any straight out holiday themed ones, but I have these:


What? It has Christmas lights!


Clearly decorated for the season. haha.
 
 
Morgan
15 December 2011 @ 12:11 am
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


White Christmas. Nightmare Before Christmas. Star Wars (ORIGINAL TRILOGY).

I also just used my voucher for a free DVD rental with Netflix for Sabrina. ♥ Not really a holiday movie, but I watched it for the first time with my Grandma (Mom's mom) around the holidays so it makes me think of her and Christmas.
 
 
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Morgan
14 December 2011 @ 12:40 am
What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


To be able to go home and see my dog and have Christmas be all normal.
 
 
Morgan
22 October 2011 @ 02:41 am
::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 1
FICTION :: 45
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 0

Darkfever (Fever, #1)Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I borrowed this on my Kindle from the library. I have a couple things to say about the series:

A) Mac is super annoying here in the beginning. (She does get better, but it takes waaaay longer than it should.)

I like nail polish as much as the next girl, but I could have done with less of the whole SHE REALLY LIKES PINK AND BEING GIRLIE AND SHE PAINTS HER NAILS CONSTANTLY BUT ALWAYS IN THE SAME COLOR JUST WITH DIFFERENT NAMES! YOU SHOULD LIKE HER, BECAUSE LOOK HOW NICE AND LIKEABLE SHE IS! No. I didn't like her until she stopped with all the nonsense and focused on what she should have focused on when she came to Ireland in the first place -- figuring out what happened to her sister and stopping all of the nonsense that came after.

B) Barrons. I would have...I don't even know...he alternatively makes me want to stab him in the face and jump his bones. lol. If you want someone to help you...be slightly more forthcoming. I realize Mac is pretty dense at the beginning, but half of this is his fault. :P

C) It has its problems and maybe should be a 3 or 3.5, but the way I blasted through all 5 books in 5 days or less? That knocks it up a notch.




I'm not sharing reviews for the three books in between since they were really short and these two pretty much sum up my thoughts on all 5.

::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 1
FICTION :: 49
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 0

Shadowfever (Fever, #5)Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Borrowed from the library.

Because of the ending of #4, I definitely opened randomly to see if I could keep reading. I probably wouldn't have if I didn't see the name I wanted to see.

I'll leave it at that.

That said, Mac was far less annoying in this one once, yet again, she was honest instead of making her hard life even harder than it already is at this point.

I enjoyed it, and will be excited to pick up the next few books in this world which will apparently be about Dani. (Who is a lot less annoying than Mac right off the bat. lol.)

::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 1
FICTION :: 52
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 0

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Borrowed from the library.

This series really surprised me. I'd say a 4.5.

Kaylee is a bean sidhe and she can sense when someone around her is going to die. She also can't really help the fact that she screams when it happens. She can't stop or speak until after the person is dead.

It's interesting to see her going from thinking she was losing her mind to learning who and what she really was.

It was a nice break from the faeries, vampires, werewolves, etc that are so prevalent in ya literature (and a good deal of adult lit). It is always nice to see something different in the paranormal genre.

I would definitely recommend it.

(I also gave 4 stars to #2 and #3. If you're curious about the other books I've picked up lately--even though I think I overlooked writing down several--there is the link in my profile to take you to the list for this year.)
 
 
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Morgan
Going back and adding some reviews that I skipped over.

::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 1
FICTION :: 39
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 0

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this trilogy as a whole. She puts her own spin on the werewolf mythos, and I really like it when authors create their own take on something that others might view as 'set in stone'.

This was a good 'end' for the trilogy, but it still left me curious about what's next. That said, it didn't leave threads hanging to make it an unsatisfying end. With everything that they've gone through we're still left with a sense of hope at the end.

I also have a love affair with the three books. The cover designs. The ink used to print each book matches the color of the covers. At first, I thought it would be a distracting novelty, but then it became an endearing quirk.




Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #5)Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy this series. I bought the Kindle version of the last two even though I have the first 3 books in paperback. It was just quicker/easier since they closed down all the bookstores within an hour's drive.

The main character is working on filming a television show called Ghoul Getters. They go to explore their newest location, and their producer goes missing. This was one of my favorites, because it kept the mystery aspects going for a lot longer. I kept thinking I had things figured out, but it threw me a few curve balls.

The whole series is an enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it. I was given a copy of the first book as a gift from my Uncle.

Plus, this is yet another book that I *did* judge by its cover and I wasn't disappointed.




Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I started reading this book, it was just because of the reviews of friends and the synopsis. I mean...how do you pass up a story about teen beauty queens who survive a plane crash and get stranded on an island?

I admit that I was a little concerned over what it would be like due to having read the Great & Terrible Beauty trilogy. I liked them, but I would have been okay if they had been a single book.

This book read a little like a Christopher Moore book which is a good thing. The timing and the comedy was spot on, and I loved the way things unfolded as you saw more and more of what was really going on.

Definitely recommended if you hear "dystopian society where a plane load of beauty queens is crashed on a deserted island a la Lord of the Flies" and want to know more of the story. ;)

**Kindle-Read**

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Morgan
26 August 2011 @ 07:35 pm
::CURRENT COUNT::
IN PROGRESS :: 1
FICTION :: 39
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 0

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While it did keep me guessing for a little bit what was really going on, the book seemed to drag a little for me. I found that odd since the whole fallen angel/nephilim thing interests me.

I'm putting a little of it down to the possibility that the fact that I am temporarily housebound due to a wrenched back had some bearing on my enjoyment of the book.

I borrowed this and the sequel from the library.

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Morgan
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FICTION :: 19
NON-FICTION/'NON-FICTION'/ESSAYS :: 1
LEFT UNFINISHED :: 0

The ReplacementThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am several reviews behind in relation to what I've read, but I felt I actually had things to say in regards to this book.

It held threads of several other genres, but not enough to make me place it on those 'shelves'.

The town of Gentry, even though it is "more affluent/better off" than all the towns surrounding it, still held a dystopian air. The whole book had that sort of feel to it, and that definitely appealed to me. I'm always a sucker for a good dystopian novel. haha.

It also held a slight edge of horror/thriller in some aspects. These were toned down to a YA extent, but the themes were still in place.

The idea, the pacing, and the overall book would almost make me give it a higher rating. The one thing that I would have liked a little *more* from were the characters. But Morgan, you say, characters are more than "one thing". I know, but I am grouping them all together since they all seemed to take a bit of a back seat. Even Mackie seemed to be a bit of a shadow of what he could have been.

To put it simply: It was black and white. I was looking for color.

That said? If you come across a copy of this book? It's a quick read and not a waste of time. My complaint is not a large one.

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