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Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia — March 29, 2018

Eliza and Her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

download (1)In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built, her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity begins to fall apart.

This book went very deep and it talked about depression and suicide so if you don’t like that then you shouldn’t read this book. It is really funny, really creative, and also really really sad. The plot is very interesting and I enjoyed how the family relationship went. I also enjoyed the character arcs which were really deep and I was so proud of these guys by the end of the book. If you want to know more of what I thought then you can read on.

The characters were amazing. Some of them were also depressed but that was the way that they were written. I loved how different they all were and how some of them interacted by texting and hanging out and some of them have never even met in real life. It was one of those things where I am amazed at how people do that. I love it and I hope that I can find a fandom like the one on Monstrous Sea and just chill. 

My favorite character was Wallace. That guy was amazing!!! Sure, he had issues but we all have flaws. He was also a writer which gave him several points in my book (and from what we know he wasn’t a bad writer). He tried to be there for Eliza and what happened to him was brutal. I was wondering why he had the family that he did but when it was all explained I was just crying because no one should have to go through that. Sorry if that was long and you didn’t want to read it. We’re going to talk about the plot now.

The plot was really interesting. I really enjoyed the drawing and the pressure from the fandom aspect of it. Of course, I also enjoyed the get-out-of-your-house-and-make-friends part of it. I enjoyed the fact that the depression wasn’t used as a plot device and Wallace didn’t love her any less for it (but then again, Wallace was probably depressed too). This was probably a mess but hey it could have been worse. 

The setting was impressive. I didn’t know that you could make a house so descriptive. It’s a good thing that my characters won’t be living in a house, they’ll be living in tents and out in the open air. The school was also in a lot of detail and from Eliza’s POV it didn’t seem like a nice place. I’m sure that it was because she hated it there and couldn’t wait for college. I can’t wait for college either. It seems so awesome and apparently you can choose which classes you can take. It sounds like bliss. As you can probably see I enjoyed this book quite a lot. 

I hope this review wasn’t a mess. If it is I am very very sorry. What I want to say is that this book is amazing and I think that you should read it. Trigger: depression and mentions of suicide. I couldn’t find a quote online!! Sorry!!! Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating:th (14)

An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson — March 26, 2018

An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson

download (1)Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron–Rook, the autumn prince–she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes–a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love–and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

WOW, that was long!!! But I think that you get the picture. This book was okay. There were some flaws in it but the story itself was very interesting. The characters were very complex and deep but they were also very predictable. The plot was pretty good and I didn’t see some of the plot twists coming but some of them I did. So this is coming to be a very complicated review.

The characters were very funny. I can give them that. They were also very sweet and not very innocent because of what they were taught as children and what happened to them. Isobel seemed to be the most genuine of the characters but that might have been because she wasn’t Fae and scheming. Everyone else was omitting things that were important and tricking people. Sometimes I liked that but sometimes I didn’t. 

My favorite character was without a doubt Rook. He was annoying and a prat for some of the time but then he became nice and caring and in general a good person, or Fae (sorry I meant Fair Folk but they are basically Fae). He was perfect for Isobel and I loved him. I hope that we will see more of him in the next book.

The plot was very intense. There was nonstop action and I loved how Rook and Isobel were saving each other. And the plot was very predictable and obvious. But this book was still very fun and I still got invested in it. The plot twists were interesting, even if I saw them from a mile off. The author was creative and crafty. I think that she can and will become a better writer and I think that I will read her next book.

The setting was also interesting. I wanted more background information on the world itself and I hope that will appear in the next book. Whimsy seems like a nasty place to live. The Fair Folk (aka Fae) are always making nasty bargains for craft. I would have left ages ago. Sorry. 

This book was very interesting!! I liked the story but the writing itself wasn’t very good. I hope that it will get better when the next book comes out. Please remember to fill out my survey!! Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Book Rating: th (14)

Ink Iron and Glass, by Gwendolyn Clare — March 23, 2018

Ink Iron and Glass, by Gwendolyn Clare

download (1)In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created – and only she can stop it.

This book was really good, but there were some flaws in it. Nothing big, which is good because for the most part I really liked this story and I don’t like having to bump it down stars. The characters were amazing. The magical system (I don’t really know what to call it sorry) was really unique and sort of realistic. The fact that it combined science and writing was my favorite part. Want to know more? Then read on.

The characters were unique. The way that they worked as a group reminded of the Inner Circle in ACOTAR, which means that they worked well together and knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses (mostly). Another thing that I loved about this book was that the parents were actually there for part of the time and the kids were smart and knew when to ask for help!!!! That doesn’t happen a lot in YA books (or if it does I haven’t read any lately). I loved it and I also loved how unique each and every character was. I enjoyed reading the humor and the verbal sparring a lot as well. 

My favorite character was Faraz. He was awesome, and not just because he was the only one before Elsa who cared about Elsa. He tried to be nice and welcoming and he tried to help the in the best way that he could. And the way that he knew to give Leo space when he needed to think things out showed what a good friend he was. He also created Skander. I wish Skander was my pet and Faraz was in my world and was my bestie. 

The plot was very interesting. I wanted a bit more background information but I think/hope that we’ll get that in the next book. This book was filled with twists and turns that I never saw coming. The last plot twist broke my heart!! I was very upset about what happened. I also loved the action scenes, they were intense and kept me hooked. Sometimes, I was wondering if this book was actually a debut. But it is and I loved it. The way that Gwendolyn always kept me on my toes was impressive. But I think that I’ve talked enough about the plot and will move onto the setting.

The setting was very descriptive. I liked the House of Madness the most. It was very interesting and different. As I said in the plot, I wish that there had been more backstory and information on the way the world was set up, like I wanted more information on the scribed worlds and how the madness worked. Maybe that will be explained in the next book. I hope that it will. 

As you can see, I really enjoyed reading this book. I highly recommend that you read it because it is highly underrated and it deserves better. I am also using it for the Written By A Debut Author for my 2018 Book Bingo reading challenge. Please remember to fill out my survey!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (14)

Orphan Monster Spy, by Matt Killeen — March 20, 2018

Orphan Monster Spy, by Matt Killeen

download (1)A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!

After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah–blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish–finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she’s ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined.

This book was very well written. It was also very dark and creepy but that is that to be expected from a World War II novel. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. They were both creepy and their backstories were really sad. I think that this was very good for a debut author. 

The characters were very intense. They were morally grey, some of them were depressed, and all of them had secrets. It was enthralling and you wanted to know everything about everybody but that didn’t happen right away and I think that some information will still come out in the next book. The girls in the school were basically the mean girls of that generation. It reminded me of today, in a way. I think that the characters were very well written because of the time period that this was set in and the fact that it takes courage to do what these girls did (even if it wasn’t the right thing to do). 

My favorite character was Elsa, that’s right, there was a character named Elsa (I think about the movie every time I read about her). She was so strong, even when she didn’t have to be. I think that she needs friends, and Sarah filled that role for a while. I hope that we read more about her in the next book. 

The plot was amazing!! In the beginning it started off slow but then everything started happening and it was Christmas break already in the book. I loved it and got so engrossed in the story that getting up and doing things was a great burden. There were lots of plot twists and I was kept constantly on my toes. It was like I was gone and had joined that world. I loved that. But I think that some things were added in there for shock value so that was annoying. It wasn’t big things, except for one time, but it annoyed me because it wasn’t needed. Otherwise, the plot was really good and kept me engrossed.

The setting was also done really well. I could envision the school, the apartment where it all started, and the Schfar’s mansion. I could see myself adventuring with the characters and saving the world. It would be awesome and depressing at the same time. Well, I think that I’ve rambled on long enough so let’s just move on.

I think that I have rambled on long enough and I should probably end here so let’s just do this. I really enjoyed this book except for a few issues. I highly recommend it to older teens and adults. This book fills the Has a Unique Title for my 2018 Book Bingo. Please remember to fill out my survey!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons 

Book Rating: th (15)

Restart, by Gordon Korman — March 17, 2018

Restart, by Gordon Korman

download (1)Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids–trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?

This book was really interesting. I know I say that a lot that is just the only way to describe this book. The bullying aspect was my favorite part of this yet I think that it was the least well done. Otherwise, the characters were well done and the plot was very interesting. Want to know more? Then read on.

I hoped that we would get a diverse group of middle school kids and they’d be awesome but that didn’t happen. Instead we got, I think because the author never went into any detail about this, a bunch of white kids being mean to each other. Wonderful. There were also some of the popular kids are always bullies trope that I hated. But I think that I’m focusing on the negative aspect of this. The video kids were awesome. They were super supportive of each other, including Chase(sort of). They were what I want the world to be like. Even if standing up to the bullies was really hard(and they didn’t really do it) they also didn’t stop. I’m pretty sure I would’ve.

My favorite character in this was Soshanna. She was really strong and the only one willing to stand up to the bullies. I loved how interesting she was. In the beginning she hated Chase for what he and his friends did to her brother, Joel, but then she realized that he wasn’t the same person after falling off that roof. It was really impressive to read about her character arc. I am very proud of her and was always like “You go girl!!!”. Just that last sentence sums up what I thought about her.

The plot was different from what I have been reading. Well, considering that I’ve read the classics anything would be different from that. Except maybe a contemporary novel. Set in the 1800s. But now I’m getting off topic and I need to talk about the plot and why I didn’t like the bullying aspect of this book. Let’s get on that. The plot was, for the most part, very unique and I was invested in it. But 15% of the time I would have to put down the book and think about some things like the bullying aspect. 

The bullying aspect was the part where the football team generally acts like they’re kings of the school and entitled to push everyone else around. Especially the “nerds” (aka kids just doing what they’re passionate about). What I didn’t get was why this was just the football team? Why is everyone on that team a bully? Aren’t there other bullies in that school who aren’t on the football team? It was confusing and it annoyed me. I’m glad that I got that out of my head. Now I’m going to do something calming and write about the setting.

The setting was basically a school, a nursing home, and a house. That’s not bad, that’s just where the main character spent most of his time. The school was a typical middle school. Lockers, classrooms, and kids running around. Yay!!! It was very descriptive and I really enjoyed it. I could compare it to my middle school experience. Now, I haven’t been in many nursing homes but I am fairly certain that this was descriptive. And a house. I know that this house was realistic because most of us live in houses. Sorry for that. I couldn’t help it. Maybe I should just continue onto the end of this post now.

As you can see this was a bundle of thoughts on Restart. I know that my Goodreads rating said 4 stars but that isn’t happening. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Book Rating: th (52)

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen — March 14, 2018

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

download (1)The narrative, which Austen initially titled “First Impressions,” describes the clash between Elizabeth Bennet, the daughter of a country gentleman, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a rich and aristocratic landowner. Although Austen shows them intrigued by each other, she reverses the convention of first impressions: “pride” of rank and fortune and “prejudice” against Elizabeth’s inferiority of family hold Darcy aloof, while Elizabeth is equally fired both by the pride of self-respect and by prejudice against Darcy’s snobbery.

How do I do this? This book was amazing!!!! And it is my classic for the 2018 Book Bingo. I am so proud of myself!! Maybe I’ll complete this thing after all. But back to the book, the characters were awesome and the plot was like nothing I’ve ever read before. If you want to hear more then read on.

The characters were a mix between funny to read about and me screaming about why some people weren’t together yet. So, not a very good combination. I’m pretty sure lots of people have said this but I’m going to as well, I knew that the marriage between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy was coming. Sorry, I needed to get that out there. I just realized something. I don’t know which Bennet sister I am!!!! Maybe Mary, because she reads books? That brings me to a question. Where was Mary during this book? We only saw her ten times tops. That annoyed me. We saw every other sister, why not Mary? Because I’m sure that you don’t want to hear me rant I will just move onto to my favorite character in the book, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is really really cool. I’m not sure if she would rule high school but it is a good possibility. Just like Lydia would be on the cheerleading team just to see if she could get a football player. (And I have lost the plot again.) Elizabeth was also very self-confident. (And Mr. Collins was an idiot.) She didn’t take the first offer of marriage she got, or the second (Mr. Darcy proposed to her, sort of, twice). So, all the power to her. I hope that she and Mr. Darcy are happy together.

The plot was really really intriguing and different. Social drama and running away with guys that you barely know(yes I’m talking to you Lydia). Even though that’s not the drama that we face right now it’s just as interesting. The marriage situations were my favorite. Mrs. Bennet was either yelling at the girl in question for not accepting the offer or strolling around declaring that the girl was her favorite child. It was really funny to read about how moronic Mrs. Bennet was. The conversations that the characters had were very funny. I think that this book deserves its title as a classic and I hope that everyone reads it.

The setting was also very interesting. I loved how the characters were always traveling. Pemberly was my favorite estate in the entire book. It wasn’t a very hard choice. That one has the biggest library. *my little sister screaming “And it has Mr. Darcy!!” Shut it little child. You know nothing of this world.* As, I was saying, it has the biggest library and that is why I would like to live at Pemberly. The grounds are also supposed to be really beautiful. Have I said enough? The answer is yes.

As you can see I loved this book quite a lot. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It is also the classic for my 2018 Book Bingo. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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The Book Blogger Insider Tag — March 11, 2018

The Book Blogger Insider Tag

As you can see I have been nominated for another tag. It is amazing!!! A big Thank-You to Angelica Destler @ Dreaming of Fiction if you haven’t followed your blog you totally should because she is amazing!!! Now, onto the tag!!!

Rules:

1. Answer the questions below

2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie

3. Tag at least 5 people

4. Have fun!

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

I always blog on my laptop which is awesome (thank you wonderful parents for getting it for me). Normally, at my desk, although sometimes I write my posts on my bed. I used to blog on my Kindle, which sucked because of screen typing.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

Honestly, I don’t know. It used to take me an hour but then I started taking breaks while writing my reviews and I found out about the schedule button, which has made my life a lot easier, so I can’t really tell you. But I do know that the writing part goes quicker when I like the book. And that it goes longer when the book was “ok” or I hated it.

3. When did you start your book blog?

I think I started at the end of March and then my first post was on April 1st.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

To me it is creating the graphics and making everything look nice. You see these beautiful blogs and are thinking? How do they do that? Where do they get that stuff and how do they insert it with out a Business plan? I had to learn to do what I liked and to realize that as long as my blog looked okay to me, then other people would probably like it too.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I have to agree with Angelica on this one. All of the great book recommendations!!! Duh. My TBR is like 350 books strong and still going. It’s impressive. I don’t know how I’ll ever finish them all.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I’m going to have to go with my first (and only) discussion post, Discussion: How to get (force) friends to read a book that you’ve recommended. It was so fun to write and I got such positive feedback on it. Thanks guys!!! While writing it I was worried that I would get it wrong and no one would like it. But then I realized that if it was good enough for me than it was good enough for anyone. 

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I’ve got to say, tags or awards. They are so fun and you get to share the love with other bloggers and maybe shove some of your readers to other amazing blogs!!! What’s not to love?

8. When do you typically write?

Whenever I feel like it. Mostly, whenever I finish a book and whenever I feel up to doing the tag or award. And then I schedule everything ahead of time so that I don’t have posts coming out every day like I used to. I like this arrangement better. 

9. Do you review every book you read?

I try to. I don’t review DNFs for some reason and sometimes I just don’t feel like reviewing a certain book so I don’t. Sorry guys. Like Angelica I don’t review the books I have to read for school. Sorry not sorry.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Didn’t we already ask this question? Well, I write my posts on my computer, normally while streaming some 1 hour long fantasy music on Youtube and I have frequent breaks to read another book.

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book? 

I think I already answered this question somewhere but I review my books write after I finish them, or as close to that as I can get (I blame you school), so that the plot and characters are still in my head.

12. How often do you post?

I post every 3 days and I think that it is way easier this way. In the beginning I posted once a day and most of the things that I posted weren’t that good because of the stress to post things once a day. Now I schedule things ahead of time and there is way less stress. 

I Tag…

Anyone who wants to this because I don’t want to tag anyone that I’ve already tagged so that I can take the stress out of it.

That was really fun!!! And long. 800 words. This is my longest post on Buttons Book Reviews!!! Please remember to fill out my survey!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!! -Annalee and Buttons

Emma, by Jane Austen — March 8, 2018

Emma, by Jane Austen

download (1)Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

This book was amazing!!! The writing style was like nothing I have ever read before. I don’t know if Pride and Prejudice is like that but I think that it is. Emma was such a delightful person. She had her flaws but she acknowleged them and then tried to change her actions. It was delightful. The plot was also impressive!!! I don’t think that I could write about a town like Ms. Austen does. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try.

All of the characters, as you can probably tell, are amazing. I will now summarize each of the main characters (and some side characters) in one sentence.  Emma is witty, smart, and sometimes interferes with things that she should not. Mr. Woodhouse is eccentric and protective of those close to him (a quality that I greatly admire). Mr. Knightly is to the point and tells Emma how things are, not how she wants to here them. Harriet Smith might not have been very smart but she cared about people and that counts for something. Mrs. Elton was just annoying and I hated her. The same with Mr. Elton. Jane Fairfax seemed okay when she was actually there and not being talked about. Fred Churchill (any connection to the famous Winston Churchill?) was in the beginning of the book a very nice man but then he started scheming and my respect for him dropped a lot. Now you know how I feel about a lot of the characters. That went on longer than I thought that it would.

The plot was also very interesting (I feel like I say that a lot) because of the town setting which let us get to know the characters better and how they interacted with each other. It also let you attend many social events like balls and picinics. There was some drama and romance in this book as well. The romance part was very interesting to me. Emma was constantly being reprimanded by Mr. Knightly to not meddle in people’s affairs, mainly their love lives. It was pretty funny actually. The arguments were really impressive. 

The setting was very well done. I think that it would be very hard to write a small town contemporary setting (yes, this was actually a contemporary, it was written in her time period, when she was alive so therefore it was a contemporary for her). You would have to study the town that you were modeling your fictional town after for ages to see how it worked and how the people interacted. Another thing, Ms. Austen really gets people and how to get into their heads (that probably should have been in the character’s paragraph sorry not sorry). 

As you can see I loved Emma. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It also counts as my takes place in a different time period square for my 2018 Book Bingo challenge. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Book Rating: th (14)

3 Days 3 Quotes: Day 3 — March 5, 2018

3 Days 3 Quotes: Day 3

This is my last day doing this!!! I did it!!!! I liked it so much that I might include a quote from the book that I reviewed in my review. That is not certain though, so don’t hold me to it. I thanked Aenglica 2 days ago but if you want to visit her blog then you can right here.

Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

• Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Now for the quote…

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WOW!!! I mean, WOW!!! Look at that quote. It explains life itself in a way that you can understand. Good job Ms. Monroe. 

I tag…

Please remember to fill out my survey!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

3 Days 3 Quotes: Day 2 — March 4, 2018

3 Days 3 Quotes: Day 2

Look, I’m back!!! And with another quote for you guys!!! Since I’ve already thanked Angelica I’ll just leave a link to her blog here, and continued on with the rules and the quote. 

Rules

• Thank the person who nominated you.

• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).

• Nominate three new bloggers each day.

And the quote…

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This quote gets me cracking every time I look at it. Maybe this will be my motto.

I tag…

Please remember to fill out my survey. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons