Tuesday, December 3, 2019

My spotify 2019 most played songs playlist

This year I didn't have a paid account...and Steve used my spotify so the Ricky Van Shelton and *Nsync are his...and if I'm being honest - a lot of these songs were probably only played once - but I didn't use spotify very much so they make up the top songs. 

Linger - The Cranberries

What Was I Thinkin - Dierks Bentley

The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

The Freshmen - The Verve Pipe

Death of a Rockstar - The Echocentrics

Marianne - Tori Amos

Hallelujah - Theory of a Deadman

Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith

1979 - Smashing Pumpkings

Crucify - Tori Amos

Piano Concerto No 4 in G Major - Beethovan

Hall of Fame - The Script

Gotta Get Up - Harry Nilsson

In the Meantime - Spacehog

If - Kat Edmonson

Joey- Concrete Blonde

Lips of Angel - Hinder

Migas 2000 - The Liminanas

Don't Speak - No Doubt

Cop Killer - John Maus

You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette

Witch's Rune - S.J. Tucker

Tequila - Dan & Shay

Bye Bye Bye - *NSYNC

All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan

Flowers of the Storm - Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian

Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson

This - Darius Rucker

Losing My Religion - REM

All For You - Sister Hazel

Shallow Tears - Light Assylum

That I Would Be Cool - Alanis Morissette

Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin

The Way - Fastball

Father Lucifer - Tori Amos

What I Am - Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians

The Anthem - Good Charlotte

Rx (Medicate) - Theory of a Deadman

Flesh Without Blood - Grimes

Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Cloud Riders - Tori Amos

Sleepwalk - Graveyard Club

Pendulum - FKA twigs

Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow

Break In - Halestorm

Werewolf Teeth - Graveyard Club

Spark - Tori Amos

Dreams Come True Girl - Cass McCombs, Karen Black

Over You - Daughtry

Nightcrawler - Graveyard Club

Climb - Tori Amos

Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B Hawkins

Miss World - Hole

Standing Still - Jewel

Hecate - Wendy Rule

Dirty - Christina Aguilera, Redman

I'm to Blame - Kip Moore

Time Marches On - Tracy Lawrence

I - The Hour

Zombie - Bad Wolves

Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon

Dreamland - Graveyard Club

Beautiful Crazy - Luke Combs

Yeah - Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris

If I Die Young - The Band Perry

I Go To Sleep - Anika

The Power of Orange Knickers - Tori Amos

Loser - Beck

Woo - Rihanna

Mandara - Vas

Smells Like Teen Spirit - Tori Amos

Paper Bag - Fiona Apple

Beautiful Girl - INXS

Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor

Promise - Tori Amos

Wonder - Natalie Merchant

Skate - Dama Nilz

Marry Me - Thomas Rhett

A Sorta Fairytale - Tori Amos

I'll Leave This World Loving You- Ricky Van Shelton

Kind & Generous- Natalie Merchant

Cherry Blossom - ALANI, Moors

Timber - Pitbull, Kesha

Get Lucky - Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something

Fallin' - Alicia Keys 

Roll to Me - Del Amitri

Standing Outside a Broken Phonebooth - Primitive Radio Gods

Wild Horses - The Sundays

It's Gonna Be Me - *NSYNC

Adia - Sarah McLachalan

Montserrat - Narsilion

Don't Put Of Til Tomorrow - Pony Sherrell

The Big Big Beat - Azealia Banks

Ironic - Alanis Morissette

These Are the Days - 10,000 Maniacs

William - Graveyard Club

..And the rain - John Maus

Shining Light - Annie Lennox

Saturday, March 30, 2019

2019 Vision Board and Goals for the Year

This is a few months late, but above is my vision board for 2019.  It's a lot less cluttered than last year.  I'm really focusing on health and wellness this year - and being all that I can be.

My bucketlist/goals for this year are, in no particular order:

1. Reiki III/Master Teacher Certifications
2. Finish Introductory Herbalism at The Herbal Academy - DONE
3. Trip to Florida to visit my family.
4. Finish Florida Broker's School and pass the exam.
5. Pay off my Visa card.
6. Use my Groupon for the Float tank experience.
7. Save for Yoga 200RYT for this fall or early 2020.
8. Lose 50+ Pounds - 16 pounds down as of 3/30/19
9. Read 150 books - with at least 100 of them I already own. - 67 books read as of 3/30/19
10. Continue to minimalize.
11. Intermediate Herbalism at The Herbal Academy
12. Participate in a 5K fun run
13. Get my NetGalley books and reviews caught up to a reasonable level.

Review: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

When I saw Little Monsters by Kara Thomas on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. The book description drew me in and I had to know what happened.  I am glad I was approved - this book took me on a thrilling ride from start to finish.  It was so engaging I finished it in less than two days.  I have this book to so many people, because after finishing it, I couldn't stop thinking about it and wanted to discuss it with someone!

The story is told from the main character, Kacey's point of view and alternates with entries from her friend, Bailey's journal.  She has somewhat of a troubled past and moves to a new town - a small town - with her father, step-mom, and their other children.  We meet Kacey as she is about to reluctantly sneak out with her friends Jade and Bailey.  Her younger half sister, Lauren, follows them, as they sneak to the towns local haunted spot.  While there, something so scary happens that Lauren, is very messed up over it.  I'm not going to tell you what - because that would spoil the surprise.  Then Bailey disappears.  Kacey gets involved in trying to find Bailey and we discover that no one is as they appear.  There are so many twists in this book - and so many of the characters are just awful people.  It reminded me somewhat of Gillian Flynn's books.  It's very sordid and twisted and shocking but it really draws you in.  Reading Bailey's journal entries was chilling.  

I have not read Kara Thomas's first standalone, Darkest Corner's - but I have since read her newest book The Cheerleaders, and it's equally twisted.  She has become one of my favorite authors.  Her writing is very creepy and her characters are very human and very flawed.  

Summary from Goodreads:
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

***I was offered this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Review : Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Little White Lies is the first book in Jennifer Lynn Barnes' new Debutantes series.  The story is told from the main character, Sawyer Taft's, point of view.  It opens with Sawyer and three other Debutantes in a jail cell, seeming to argue and stress out the rookie officer who is trying to figure out why they're in the jail cell and what's going on.  The story flips back and forth between the girls in the jail cell and the moments leading up to it, starting with 10 months prior.  

Sawyer has grown up on the wrong side of town, without a lot of money, and a mom who is all she has, but isn't very good at being a mother.  Sawyer has never known her father, or her mom's family as she is estranged from them.  One day while Sawyer's mother is off on a trip with her newest boyfriend, Sawyer's grandmother shows up, and makes Sawyer an offer she can't refuse.  The next thing you know, Sawyer is thrust in the life of a Southern Debutante, meeting her relatives, and trying to figure out who her father is.  And then there is the issue of the Senator's daughter - she is up to something and Sawyer and her new friends all end up involved in the intrigue.

Little White Lies is a young adult mystery novel, with a lot of humor thrown in.  I really like books about formidable southern women and their strength and manners.  Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the author of one of my other favorite series, The Fixer.  She does an excellent job of character development and building a story line.  There was definitely a twist that I didn't see coming.  I'm really glad that this is going to be a series, because I love these characters.  Boone, the Senator's nephew is one of my favorites.  He makes me laugh, a lot, and I hope to see more of him in the next book.

I liked this book a lot, and I give it 5 Stars for good writing, a great mystery with plot twists I couldn't predict, Southern setting and strong women.  I also love how different and somewhat goofy supporting character, Sadie Grace is.  Jennifer Lynn Barnes does not disappoint with her new series.

Summary of Book from Goodreads:
"I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."

Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.

Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

***I was given a free advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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