July 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (17)



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Purchased
Most of these I've already read but wanted to buy a copy for my home library. I haven't read More Than Music but it's been getting great reviews from bloggers and readers I trust! 

Received as Gifts
I had another baby shower this week (last one!) and received some more great additions to baby bookworm's library! 

What did you add to your shelves this week?

July 15, 2014

My Top Ten Favorite TV Shows


We're cable cutters, but I love using Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus to discover older shows and keep up with current favorites. (I redeem my Bing Rewards points each month for 1-month of Hulu Plus, so it doesn't even cost me anything out of pocket!). Here are some of my favorites:

Grey's Anatomy
My college roomies and I used to watch this together, and I'm pretty sure I'm the only one still sticking with it. Sure there were some crazy storylines for a while, but I think the most recent season was much better.

Glee
I can't help but sing along with this show! The plots can get cheesy, but I love the music.

Modern Family
This is one of my favorite comedies. It always makes me laugh!

Nashville
This one can get sort of soap-opera-ish, but I'm addicted. The music is great, too!

Parenthood
This is one of the best shows on TV in my opinion. But I can't watch it without a box of tissues nearby!

Saturday Night Live
I love SNL although I tend to fall asleep before the end of the show since I'm old. ;)

So You Think You Can Dance
As someone who grew up taking dance lessons in many different styles and participating in multiple dance teams, I LOVE this show. It makes me miss dancing though. :(

The Middle
So funny, and I love that it's set in Indiana. 

The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling is hilarious, and I love her character. 

The Voice
Out of all the singing competitions, this is the only one I watch. I'm excited for Gwen Stefani to be a judge! I've been a fan of hers since the No Doubt days.

What are your favorites?

July 12, 2014

Scribd Reads (1)

A while ago, I tried out Oyster, an eBook subscription service, and really liked it. Recently I decided to try out Scribd, a similar service, and I actually like it even better. I prefer the look and feel of the iPhone/iPad app with Scribd and I like that I also have the option of reading in a browser. (If you use a Kindle Fire or Android device, there are apps available for those devices, too.) The syncing across apps seems to work better with Scribd, in my experience. You can also store up to 20 books on your device for offline reading with Scribd versus only 10 with Oyster. And Scribd is $1 cheaper per month--every little bit helps when you're on a tight budget!

I signed up for the free trial of Scribd which lasts 1 month. Then I earned a 2nd free month by sharing links on social media. Then I earned a 3rd free month by sharing my personal referral link with a friend (who in turn received an extra month on the free trial herself). So basically I'm all set for summer! I'm using this to supplement my library reads and purchased reads.

I've already added 275 books to my Scribd "library" (I know, I have a problem!). The selection is great, especially now that 2 of the big 5 publishers have added titles (Harper Collins and Simon and Schuster). I found tons of YA and nonfiction that have been on my TBR list for a long time.

If you want to try out Scribd, feel free to use my referral link and we'll both get an extra month free! You can also give subscriptions and receive gift subscriptions, so I might end up putting it on my birthday or Christmas list this year.

Here's what I read on Scribd in June:

In Honor by Jessi Kirby
I've heard great things about Jessi Kirby, and this novel did not disappoint! Grief, romance, and the ultimate road trip add up to one great book.

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
This is a great summer read. It's appropriate that it has a blurb from Sarah Dessen, since I would recommend it to fans of her books. It takes place at the beach and deals with family relationships, grief, and romance.

Send by Patty Blount
This was an interesting novel with subjects of bullying, suicide, and forgiveness.

Reading Now: 
Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels 
by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan

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