Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Host of AMERICAN RIDE, Stan Ellsworth breaks the mold of the stereotypical High School history teacher. Former history teacher Stan Ellsworth tours the country on a Harley Davidson for the television show “American Ride.” Ellsworth’s approach to American history in AMERICAN RIDE removes the “bow tie and sweater vest” of history professors, puts on the “skull rag and denim vest” and breaks down stereotypes. His adventurous spirit and love for the United States is contagious and engaging. His … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we're excited for each week. This week I'm waiting on The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, and Faux Friends (Jessica Darling's It List #2) by Megan McCafferty. GoodReads Description:  Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade -- finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new … [Read More...]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga. GoodReads Description: Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in […]

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Giveaway Hop: Clear Your Shelf

I’m excited to take part in the Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop.  My giveaway is US ONLY (sorry, shipping costs are prohibitively expensive).  One winner will win all three of the following books: ARC of Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston Hardcover of  The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa De La […]

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Film Review: If I Stay

**I attended a free advanced screening of If I Stay through** Film: If I Stay Summary: Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with […]


Interview with Kristi Rose

THE GIRL HE KNOWS by Kristi Rose | Lyrical Press | August 18, 2014 Waking up naked next to a good looking man is not a bad way to start the day. Especially since Paisley missed all those opportunities in college, when she was too busy supporting her no good, thankfully now, ex-husband. The problem? […]


Release Day: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Out Now! August 14th, 2014 Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is […]


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Sundays In Bed With… ALL THE BOOKS

Sundays in bed with is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl. I have big plans for reading this week.  BIG PLANS.  Finishing ALL THE BOOKS.  Maybe.  I want to finish three books: The Diviners (which is AMAZING, I just didn’t have any reading time this week), Dear Teen Me (also awesome and something I […]


2012 Goals

My goals are going to be organized in two parts.  The first is going to quantify minimum daily and weekly goals that I want to hit in order to be more disciplined.  It comes complete with a weekly chart, gold stars, and an excel spreadsheet that tracks my yearly progress.  Part two is more about […]


Ender’s Game

I can’t believe it has taken me so long to reread Ender’s Game.  This book is amazing.  It reads very easily, moves quickly, and is highly entertaining, but is also one of the smartest books I’ve ever read. I’m going to do my best to explain this book, but it’s complicated, requires a lot of back story, and […]


The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Novel: The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik Summary (from GoodReads): Franny’s supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can’t blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .Franny Pearson never dreamed she’d be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she’s not, exactly. She’s working for her aunt, the […]


Sunday Showdown

Another week, another showdown.  I’ve read two novels this week, Airhead and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and a picture book: Not a Box. Airhead was unbelievably good and I have already requested the second novel in the series, Being Nikki, from my library.  It was a quick fun read that actually asks […]