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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Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

I started reading Shannon Messenger’s blog a few months before BEA this summer.  She is funny and incredibly entertaining, which is really all it takes to make me want to read your book.  So, Keeper of the Lost Cities was one of my most anticipated titles for BEA.  I was one of the first people […]


Last Reads of 2012 Mini-Challenge: Scariest Books of 2012

I’m so excited to host the Scariest Books Challenge.  Here are the books that scared me the most.  Feel free to share your scariest reads of 2012 in the comments or leave a link so I can come by and check out your list at your blog!  Covers link to GoodReads if you want more […]


Downton Abbey, Season Two, Episode Five

This post is short, because once again, I had a hard time taking too much time between episodes.  In episode five, we see characters coming together to fight a common enemy and class lines disappearing more and more.  As always, this review will have spoilers. O’Brien tries to stir up trouble for Bates by writing […]


Sundays In Bed With… and Stacking the Shelves

Sundays in bed with is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl.  This week I’m attempting to finish all of my final assignments for school in one weekend.  I did great yesterday and if I do half as well today I’ll be in great shape.  I might take a gym break though and if I […]


Housekeeping: Would you participate in a Write-a-thon?

I’m going to have a bunch of reviews to post soon, but wanted to take care of two things today. 1. My friend redesigned my blog background.  What do you think?  He took my obnoxious, old background and made it look like a Louis Vuitton pattern… which is perfect! 2. WRITE-A-THON…. So, a lot of […]