Youtube Is Back!

So I did another thing, two years later! I’m hoping not to get discouraged this time around, huge shoutout to Faith Fulk for giving me the push I needed to start it up again! If any of my friends are book lovers and like watching videos from other book lovers, please give my channel a chance and subscribe! Thanks. 

Always,
Lauren

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The Other Life by Ellen Meister;

A book review finally after so long! I’m so happy to be back to doing these for you guys. Last night I finished reading The Other Life by Ellen Meister and let me tell you, THE TEARS.

If you had the ability to take a portal to another life, would you? That’s the choice pregnant and happily married Quinn Braverman was able to make in this story. Due to decisions her mother had made before she was born, Quinn had the ability to live two separate lives.

But ultimately she has to make a decision, did she want to live the life of a happily married mother of soon to be two children (the child she is currently carrying comes with devastating news) or would she choose to live the life of more freedom (the life where she can spend more time with her mother).

From beginning to end this book has you on an emotional roller coaster but I can promise you it is worth the tissues!

Now I’m off to start reading Hocus Pocus and The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha! Happy Thursday, friends.

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-other-life_ellen-meister/669447/#isbn=0399157131&idiq=3370328

Life Update and Current Read;

Hi everyone! I am so sorry for my absence these last few months, life has gotten chaotic. I finished my first term of classes for veterinary technician at the local community college in my area. At the end of that term, I found out that I was pregnant! The doctors believed at first that I was losing the pregnancy, they were not able to locate the fetus and so they assumed the pregnancy was a tubal. Turns out there was just TWO babies in my womb and they have been stubborn ever since. My body hasn’t coooperated the best for me during this second pregnancy, I have tried going into labor a few times. My cervix is softening all ready when it definitely should not be. The babies are identical boys by the way! I’m all boy mom now, Lol. My oldest is so excited, he calls them HIS babies.

Due to everything going on and recently moving into a place of my own with my fiance and my son, I haven’t had much time for reading. BUT do not fear, the doctors have told me to no longer do much at this point due to my body giving signs of preterm labor. Which means what?! Lots of reading time.

I’m so excited to get back to writing reviews for you guys, the book I’m currently reading is phenomenal and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Always,
Lauren

Drunk Driving;

 

It is one of those things you think will never happen to you, your family, or your friends. Nick Townsend never got to walk the line at graduation because a drunk driver caused a tragic wreck that would take his life. Drunk driving is a huge problem in this society. It destroys the lives of everyone involved, it is something that could easily be avoided, and it is something the world needs to stop viewing as an “accident.”

Drunk driving does not only affect the driver who chose to get behind the wheel impaired, it affects everyone they may or may not come in contact with. Nick was on his way home that night when a random woman he probably never met chose to drink and drive. Her choice changed Nick’s life and the lives of everyone he knew forever. The woman made a choice not only for herself when she got behind the wheel drunk, but she also made a choice about how Nick’s life would go. Nick had family who loved him more than anything, and he had friends who thought the world of him. Their lives were ultimately destroyed by one selfish decision a person chose to make.

Nick Townsend was and always will be a wonderful young man. He had big plans for his life. He wanted to go into the National Guard and when he finished with that journey in life, he wanted go come back to Portland and work for the police department. All he ever wanted to do was protect and save. Even at the end of his life, he was still able to do what he wanted by being an organ donor. This fact alone proves so much about the kind of human being he was. He was such an outgoing and selfless person. He was a wonderful friend to anyone he came in contact with. He always wanted to put smiles on our faces. He was hard working. He always fought toward his goals. He loved his family and God more than anything. He was never ashamed to admit he was a warrior of God. My heart truly believes Nick is up there in Heaven right now with his shield of faith and sword of light that he rightfully earned.

The definition of the term “accident” is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. Drunk driving is not an accident nor is it unintentional. When you make the decision to get behind the wheel impaired, you are doing so intentionally. Using the term accident minimizes the situation. It takes away responsibility from the person who decided driving while intoxicated was a good idea. Words have power; Nick did not die in an accident. He was coming home from an event he attended with his girlfriend and her family when a car crossed into their lane and hit them head on. An accident implies nothing could have been done to save his life. This simply is not true, had this woman chose not to drive while impaired, Nick would still be here with us today. People need to be held responsible for the choices that they make and society should not downplay drunk driving crashes by referring to them as accidents.

Even though Nick is no longer with us, he will always live on in our hearts and minds. He had such a huge impact on our small town in Portland, TN. I watched my brother’s life change significantly on that day in May 2015. I watched his heart shatter when he found out his best friend was gone. My brother would be the first to tell you what an amazing person Nick was. They had some great memories together. Anyone who ever came in contact with Nick was better for it. His family suffered a great loss, but his mother has fought from day one to keep his memory alive. She has been so strong and brave through all of this. She speaks out about his story often in hopes it will save lives and help people realize drinking and driving is never worth it.

 

Lauren

Dreams Don’t Last by Joyce & Jim Lavene;

My mother is a huge book lover, without a doubt who I inherited my love of reading from, she let me borrow this book and I could NOT put it down! I read it in a day and a half.

This story is based in a town called Diamond Springs, North Carolina, the main character is a sheriff named Sharyn Howard. She is going through a lot with trying to be reelected as the town sheriff when a series of crime sprees hit her small town. The senator is shot, an unidentified woman’s body is found in a local hotel room. Just when you think you have figured things out, the twists begin!

I definitely recommend reading this one if you enjoy crime/mystery novels, it is definitely one that will grab all of your attention and you won’t want to put it down until you know what happens!

I’ll share the link from thrift books and if anyone snags it, let me know what you think!

Always,
Lauren

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/dreams-dont-last-a-sharyn-howard-mystery-avalon-mystery_joyce-laven_jim-lavene/611848/#isbn=0373268483

Life Stuff;

I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I promise! My son has had some issues arise with his health. But he’s doing perfectly fine now! Thank God.

I am currently reading two books. One is the second book in the Ice and Fire series by George RR. Martin, Game of Thrones for those who don’t know! I am also reading Dreams Don’t Last by Joyce and Jim Lavene. I have a book for home and a book for work! Hopefully I’ll have some more review content up soon.

Happy 2018 everyone!

Tearing Me Apart;

I walked away from all of my social media today, minus this blog. Simply because I need somewhere to use as an outlet. I have so much going on lately but I don’t even want to burden someone talking about it.

You know how cars freak out when they get backed into a corner? That’s what I’m feeling currently. It’s the best way I can describe it. My life is going in so many directions, some good and some scary. My depression and anxiety are really getting to me.

“Why do you feel backed into a corner?”

I’m stuck in this corner, my life and mental illness are in front of me. Opposite sides, but both there. They keep pushing me back and pushing me back. But now I am in this corner.

My life wants and needs to battle these demons, but here I am, cowering in the corner hoping one day it’ll all just balance itself out or go away.

It gets better right? 

Always,

Lauren

Stuff Happens;

Hey guys! 

I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog. My current reads have actually been comics and I wasn’t sure if anyone would want reviews on things like that. I have picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and will hopefully finish it soon!

Don’t give up on me, I’ll have reviews back up again soon! 

Always,

Lauren

Looking for Alaska by John Green;

Hello guys! Another book review for you today and I think everyone will love this one as much as I did! Ever since reading The Fault in Our Stars a few years ago, I have become really fond of John Green. He is one of my favorites, next to JK Rowling and Nicholas Sparks. His books have so much emotion and lessons can be learned from them. Looking for Alaska is nothing short of amazing. It is actually his FIRST novel, published in 2005.

The main character in the book is Miles Halter, a sixteen year old boy living a boring life and wanting to find more. He is seeking for the “Great- Perhaps” as he likes to call it, so he goes away to a boarding school. This is where he meets Chip, the guy that becomes his best friend. Then he meets Alaska Young and instantly falls in love with her. Alaska is a girl that lives on impulse and you never can guess what kind of mood she will be in from one day to the next. But, I can promise you’ll love her as much as Miles does.

The book is destined for heart break and you won’t know what to think at some points. But, it all makes some sense in the end. I loved that the characters were genuinely good people – even the principal ended up being decent – and they were all there for each other, working through the hard times, and learning from each other. There were a lot of serious issues covered, but they were covered with such wit and humor and such an amazing choice of words, that by the time you finish you feel as if you are a changed person. You feel as if you learned something important about the world – which I believe is the test of a really good book. Needless to say, I loved it and highly recommend it.

“I don’t know where over there is, but I know it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/looking-for-alaska-by-john-green/248032/#isbn=0142402516

 

 

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