Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hey Grandma, You Need a Haircut!

 Next time, we'll just have her jump in the shower instead of spraying her head (some of her face) with the spray bottle. Ha. Her face says it all huh.
 Alexis' comments were making Grandma nervous about me doing the cutting. Pretty sure she demoted me... or forbid me... from further cutting her hair. I had to explain that Alexis was just overly freaking out. It all ended well!
What a good sport she is!


 Him: New suit jacket
Her: Gold jewelry and an Anthropology wallet that left my heart throbbing when I didn't buy it. Lucky for me, Max listened to my heartfelt story and got it :)

Fats. It was a lot of yummy food.

 Year old cake!

 So glad we had cream on the outside instead of fondant.

 It's still REALLY good. I just ate more of it today.

A whole year. Three hundred and sixty-five days. When it came, it felt like it went by so fast. (When I was in kinda felt like the longest year ever ;) ). We learned a lot, fought a lot, and loved a lot. We're still new to this marriage thing and making adjustments but we're in a place where we're both happy and can still have fun with each other. Opposite personalities coming together and figuring life out together has been quite a journey so far and we're excited for what the next year holds for us. We've got some big plans coming! :D

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Got it

My next book?

Book Review

The Glass Castle holds up to its reputation. Wow. When you think you have it bad, just read what Jeannette Walls went through and she'll look like a Saint. It's fortunate for us readers that she could remember so much of her childhood in such detail. Her parents drive me crazy and I seriously had jaw-dropping moments when reading about their "parenting techniques." This is a memoir to read! Thanks to Meghan Getz for recommending and letting me borrow it :)

It took me awhile to get through it with all the holiday celebrations going on lately. Lucky for me, I get the bulk of my reading done while nannying (when the baby is sleeping!). Oh and I did eventually get the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the library but was so busy didn't get in deep enough to read it all and had to return it to the library. My sister says that its hard to get through and it's only exciting towards the end of the book anyway. True?

Any other recommendations?

Monday, December 20, 2010

This post is purely for my enjoyment

so I can watch it over and over again without logging into my email and searching for it :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010


This week has been a long one.

With three jobs, karate classes, and prepping the house, it gets to be very tiresome:

  1. I teach art to kids, nanny, and take care of my grandma throughout the week. 
  2. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday I attend Black Belt prep until late into the evening. 
  3. Don't forget soccer Wednesday nights (this week the game was at 10 PM!).
  4. I didn't get much of a weekend seeing as I was painting all day today. 
  5. I furthered my ambitions and painted the baseboards and doors in my own room, cleaned up the walls a bit, along with rearranging the furniture and "re-decorating." 
Did I mention I did this on 3 Oreo Cookie truffles and 2 bites of a burrito? Once you get busy, food becomes an after thought...

Max is celebrating Taylor's bachelorism before the big day. I'm not quite sure what he will think, but the room definitely needed a change. It was driving me crazy and it was so messy.

Nothing feels better than a clean room, with a fresh look, and clean sheets on the bed to fall asleep in...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Surprise

I felt like a little kid tonight.
I ordered a Christmas CD from for Max.
Not just any Christmas CD. A Johnny Cash CD..

And it came today! So I was frantically texting Max, asking when he would be home if at all since he has class tonight at SacState. I cleaned up the room, made the bed, hung up clothes and put shoes away. I was going to wrap it up and leave a note strategically placed on the bed. But he got home.

Change of plans. I asked which car he was taking because I needed to "get things out of it before he left." I left the wrapped present on the seat with my note reading:
"For those 'Johnny Cash' moods you get around the holidays" 
(Since the other day he turned MY Christmas radio station to a Johnny Cash CD... not that I don't love J. Cash, but I ONLY want Holiday music on for the rest of the year! ha)

So there it is. The perfect gift. For him. And maybe for me too :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Holiday planning..

So, my mom had us all sit on the stairs (mom, dad, grandma, max and I) to take our Christmas picture. Here we are, sitting in a torn up house on dusty stairs, freezing our butts off... my dad manages to pull off one of those "I'm-so-uncomfortable-being-squished-onto-the-staircase-what-the-heck-are-we-doing" type smiles. I'm in sweats and in Max's hoodie. Max is the only one still dressed in his Sunday best (good thing we put him in the FRONT of us homely looking folks, you know being in our "lounge wear" attires). 

Needless to say, this is all leading up to Shutterfly's promotion going on! Thanks to Cassie E. for posting on her blog about it!). All you need to do is go to Shutterfly and register for the promotion. Write about it on your blog and let them know! You'll get 50 FREE cards of your choice for doing so!
It would be fun picking out a design for this holiday season. It has been a crazy year! Check it out on! 

This whole card is perfect. The setting, the outfit, the design. Love it.
Pop of red rings Christmas!
Fun and festive. Not over the top. Love it.
Check out other projects: 

Happy Holiday

The past couple days have been so great. Especially since it meant getting out of the torn up house for hours at a time. The Getz crew came into town. Turkey Trot 10k (which I wasn't registered for...sneaky sneaky). Football for the guys and kickball for everyone else. Had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner prepared by my mother-in-law. Played with my nieces and nephews. More eating and loving. And don't forget Black Friday madness.

BTW, I have never partaken of the grueling, sometimes satisfying if you're lucky, Black Friday frenzy that sweeps this nation the day after Thanksgiving. Nope. But it was so fun talking about it and looking through all the ads with my family. Needing, wanting, dreaming... Consumerism! Sheesh. BY FAR the best deals were at Michaels. Yeah, sure I'd love all those neat electronics and goodies at Target, Walmart, Best Buy... But the art supplies and crafts?! I went to Michaels twice! Couldn't resist it. Can't wait for Christmas morning to open it all and get creative! And yes, that second time I went, I got myself some goodies that I can use before christmas day, ha.

That day was so long and a little surreal. It was 5 pm yesterday and it hit me, "It's still Black Friday." Key word still. I'm cool with the long day and all since it meant "more time" with family, but 3:40 am is a little early for me! And my sister, E... she's prego and even got up at that time!

Needless to say, last night's sleep was like heaven.

Sadly, I have no pictures documenting the past few days.

Unfortunately, money doesn't grow on trees and I can't just buy that dream camera I want (you know... the kind every MOTHER has? fancy.)

... I tell Max I need one when we start having kids which could be as soon as this time next year... who knows ;) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Life is good.

Happy times. I love that guy!

  1. Forgotten Carols tonight with Mom, E, and G-ma
  2. Floors are finally getting installed this week! I'll post pictures of the work and progress of it all.
  3. Getz Clan on Wednesday.. PARRRRTYYYYY
  4. THANKSGIVING on Thursday :)) Who doesn't love food?
  5. Harry Potter SOMETIME this week. Max is dying to see it too ;) haha

Friday, November 19, 2010

Blog make-over

I know it's Christmas theme... and for some, that may seem pre-mature... but what the heck! It won't last forever, and before you know it, it will be 2011. :) Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010


You guessed it. I'm privatizing (is that even a word?) my blog. If interested... leave me your info.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

One stress= Eliminated.

I sold my marathon registration. And I made $5, which means I am now $100 richer. Woo-hoo!

And an update of my life:
1. SF with Max to visit family--Heidi, Ari, Zev, Jordan, Stella, and Brian. So fun to get out of town and enjoy some one on one time with Max shopping around the city. Funny story... we're in Anthropologie. Max comes up to me with a pair of earrings to see if I like them. And of course, I said yes. He walks away. Later, when we return to EDH, I text him while he is at work and ask, "Where are those earrings you got me?" He replies, "I didn't get you earrings." I said, "Yes you did weirdo, I saw them!" Well, it was a little too late before I realized he was trying to save them for Christmas. OOPS! He gave them to me early :)

2. Still sick. Sore throat coming back. Maybe I shouldn't eat SO much sugar. Which brings me to number...

3. Apple Hill trip with my family yesterday. LOVE Apple Hill. We even took Grandma up; she was definitely getting a work out with all that walking! Kettle corn, carmel apples, apple shakes! Ah, sugar overload.

4. Max and I saw a movie last night called Life As We Know It. Um, hello, cute movie! All the women in the audience were dying over the baby star in the movie. If you don't know, it's about two godparents (not married, not dating, they hardly can stand each other) who are faced with taking care of their friends' baby due to a fatal car accident. They juggle work and their social lives while raising a child and trying to get along with each other (Max would say there's a lot of sexual tension. Ha..ha..very funny Max). Though a love story does evolve (predictable!). I absolutely loved it because the baby was so cute and the neighbors were hilarious. And I'm a sucker for love stories as well. It's no surprise that after the movie I asked Max to give me a baby and he dodged the request, HA!

5. Taking grandma to get Michael McLean's autograph on our Forgotten Carols stuff tomorrow. Ok, I'm a complete nerd but I'm excited. I love the Forgotten Carols around Christmas time and us women (Mom, Grandma and sister, Erin) are going to the show the week of Thanksgiving. We have the book, CD, and I have the piano book! Plus it's a good reason to get out of the house for a little bit and browse around Deseret Bookstore.

Happy Sunday!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Because I'm married.

Ever get the, "Well you're married now and it would be weird" statement? Old friends hesitating to talk to me because I'm a married woman or not even hesitating at all and just stopping all together (boys AND girls). I'm married. No longer single. I guess that equals no common ground? It's like I dropped off the face of the planet. Why don't I just crawl into a hole and die... I get lonely sometimes and it would be nice to have someone to talk to. I'm like on the verge of tears when old friends contact me to catch up. You have no idea...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

That's so us!

Last night, Max and I were trying to figure out what to do.  After a phone call, Max says, "Let's call up Taylor and Amelia to go out to dinner and dancing" or "We could drive up to Tahoe and party!"

Extravagant plans, right?

Well, we decided driving an hour and a half to Tahoe wasn't too appealing since he had work in the AM. And Taylor and Amelia were already in Tahoe for a Cal Fire event. So, that's out.

The night was going and I was hungry for dinner. He was hungry for dinner. I suggested we go OUT for dinner. So its planned we'll go out and eat. First, Sky Sushi...30 minute wait, no thanks. Next, Chiles...40 minute wait, no thanks. Finally, Sir Vesas...5 minute wait, crappy menu, no thanks.

Can you guess what we ended up doing?

We ended up getting Taco Bell and a Redbox movie to watch at home. With my parents and grandma.

TYPICAL. Or as Max says (while laughing to himself), "This is so us!"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

He's learning!

I'll always make comments like, "Why don't you get me flowers every now and then?" and comments like, "I want to be romanced." Max FINALLY listened and got me, for the second time since dating, a bouquet of flowers. Sure does brighten the room when I walk in :)

Cheese-ball smile

Let's hope we'll have a repeat of this sooner rather than later. I crave romance!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Didn't sleep a wink last night

Sore throats are nasty little things. You can't talk, you can't eat, you can't hardly swallow!
The ever-annoying cough that comes with it is leaving me sleepless and I'm sure Max isn't sleeping much either..

So...I'm a bit cranky. I feel kinda crappy. I'm bummed that I can't run because I know I haven't been eating entirely healthy the past month, so my body isn't exactly happy. I've been pretty sedentary. Except for soccer nights. And karate nights (when I go).

I'm tired.

Really tired.

Being sick bites.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I love that it's November

Good-bye Halloween. HELLO Christmas!

(Not that my family has already been watching Christmas movies. 
Or that I have been playing Christmas piano music. 
Or that I have been putting my Christmas music on in the car.)

I love holidays.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Random thoughts compiled

#1 Halloween would be cooler if it weren't on a Sunday. I was actually in the mood to dress up as the Wicked Witch of the West. Yeah, pretty sure I haven't worn an "ugly" costume in YEARS. I mean, as a kid, I was always a princess and in college...well no one dresses up spooky or ugly because it's college and you want to catch a boy's eye! ha. (don't deny it!!!)

#2 I'm sick and it sucks. Gargling hydrogen peroxide isn't doing the wonders it's supposed to.

#3 About a month until the race. I'm trying to sell my registration to someone else (with my foot injury and now illness, it doesn't work out to even train!). I have resolved that if I can't get rid of it, I'll do the race anyway and just walk/jog it. Might as well do it since I spent almost $100 on it!

#4 My husband wants to go dancing tonight and I can't decide if I'm up for it. Being sick and all...

#5 The previous thought followed my rant on Max and me not taking advantage of our "freedom" (pointed out by others). We spend our time babysitting other people's kids rather than going out on dates. Which led me to propose we should just have a baby anyway since we OBVIOUSLY don't appreciate the "freedom" we have now. He immediately responded with "let's party more." Typical.

#6 I wish it were Christmas. I've already been playing piano xmas music and listening to xmas music on itunes. What a lovely time of the year! Not to forget, our one year anniversary. I hope he spoils me ;)

#7 Max and I will be the only ones here in EDH during Thanksgiving.... What will we do?

#8 I know! We'll go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. YES. Can't wait.

#9 I'm watching X-Men 3. It's kind of halloween-ish in the sense of weird looking mutants and ..stuff. It was that or Young Frankenstein, which I'll probably watch too.

#10 I miss Max.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm a Giants "fan"

While blow drying my hair, I started thinking about the Giants. How awesome is it that they made it to the World Series?! Since dating and marrying Max, it has been his mission to convert me to baseball. I remember last year when he would get so sad and SO MAD that the Giants weren't doing so well. I didn't understand why he let it affect him so much...I still don't!
This year was the year of my conversion and what a great year to start! Very exciting games; I recognize the players and can put a face to a name (for the most part); I have a crush on Buster Posey; I watched a couple games ALONE without Max there which is saying something for my taking a liking to the sport; I have even clapped for the Giants when they got a run, hit, double, whatever!

And then I started thinking about all the boo-hooers on Facebook. "Where were all these giants 'fans' years ago?" "Look at these Giants 'fans'... everyone loves a winner don't they." "I'm the only REAL Giants fan..." "Since when did people start liking baseball?" 

You get the drift, right?

**NOTE: I warn you, I will be ranting! So stop reading if you don't want to hear it, or keep reading if you want to know what I have to say...

First, what's so wrong with being excited for a sports team when they are doing so well? Especially when they represent N. Cal? Or when you have a husband who is a Giants fanatic and you're simply creating some common ground...

Second, everyone has to start SOMEWHERE when it comes to liking anything, particularly sports teams. And WHY NOT this year when the Giants are doing so great? Yeah, we do like winners. We do like success. It's exciting and gives us hope they can make it even further.

Third, who cares if you've loved them for years and years. I'm sure the Giants' success this year means more to you than us new "fans" but that doesn't mean you can get up on your high horse and look down on all the new kids. You should be HAPPY that your team has so much more support!!! How many times have the Giants expressed gratitude for their fans? (p.s. that means ALL fans, new and old)

Forth, the real test will be if all the new Giants fans will be just as dedicated and supportive NEXT season. A new year, a fresh start, and no one knows how well they will perform then.

Let's go Giants!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Arizona Trip

For a few days, I got to babysit these three kiddos. Love them a LOT. I can't wait to see them again. Kamryn will be walking the next time I see her, I'm sure of it! They grow up too fast!!!

 Kam was just hanging on the stairs. And then I think it turned into her getting stuck. Of course, being the girl that I am, I had to take a picture because she looked too precious.

Then she started crying. Sad face :( Don't worry, she was happy again when I saved her.

Waking up from her nap

Friday, October 15, 2010


Have you ever come across old missionary letters? Today, I did. I re-read most of them, and I think I'd die reading what I wrote to those boys. Seriously! One letter makes no sense at all because he is just answering all my questions or responding to what I said about how life is going.
And I didn't write many boys, and I didn't write for long :( Looking back, I wish I was better; I know how it can be an appreciative and a supportive gesture for missionaries serving two years. Whether or not I took a particular interest in any of those boys is for me to know only ;) My sister, Alexis is writing her missionary, Jared Johnson. I congratulate her for being so strong! He comes home in April and she cannot wait. It's fun when his letters arrive here in California and I'll text her saying something like, "I GOT A LETTER FROM JARRREEEDD!" She is very, very eager to have it forwarded to her in Idaho.

I love the missionaries. Every time I see them riding their bicycles, or talking with me personally, I have great admiration for what they do. When they speak in Church, I'm extra attentive; I'm still young (only 21!) so I feel like I can still relate to them on some level. I think I could have served a mission and I have thought it many times before getting married and even after. Good news is I can still have that opportunity when I'm an old woman. :)

Back to these letters. What makes them so special (and a reason why I'll never throw them out) probably has to do with their testimonies. It would have been great (if I kept writing them) to see how much they grew from the early days in the MTC to the end of their mission. And a couple of them were very sweet in expressing to me  that I'm "a daughter of God and [I'm] very valuable" not only to Heavenly Father but to them as well (as friends people! At least, I'm pretty sure that's how it goes). Fun to see a different side to these friends of mine since Freshmen year. I'm grateful those" general" emails could get forwarded every week from their families!

President Hinckley answers the question why serving a mission really is the "best two years":
I think I can safely say that for many young men a mission represents the greatest challenge they will ever face. They have been given the assignment of going into a world that for the most part is indifferent to their message. They are out working in all kinds of weather. They have to adjust to new living conditions, they are a long distance from home, and they have been taken out of normal social life. All of these things are difficult. The whole situation calls for tremendous adjustment and self-discipline in addition to faith and humility. They feel the need to get on their knees and plead with the Lord for his help. Out of all this comes a quality that is invaluable not only to them during their missions, but throughout their lives. All of us need to cultivate self-discipline and integrity, and there is no place on earth quite like a mission to build these qualities.

And there you have it!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I am in love with this song

A friend posted this on Facebook. And I have listened to it like ten times. I love to be romantic and be romanced (if only Max could step up his game!). This is such a sweet song! I love the acoustics.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Project Runway Drama

For any of you who watch Project Runway, the recent episode was a bit of over kill. Poor Michael C. Nobody likes him, everybody hates  him. "He can't sew"; "He has no design... no style." He was accused of cheating. And yet, he keeps winning. I relished in Heidi's comment about his design. She was very pleased and said something like, "People kept saying you couldn't sew. And who was that again? Oh wait, she isn't here!" (BTW, she was talking about Ivy).

The recent episode was all about designing for Heidi Klum's collection. The designers created 3 looks, with additional help. That meant past contestants and even more drama., I can't stand Ivy... she stirs up the pot again by accusing Michael C. of cheating. She claims he is evil and that she believes in karma and he will get whats coming to him. And with spectacular editing, right after claiming her belief in karma, a clip is shown of her eye getting shot at by her sewing machine. Yes.

April is another designer that needs to shut her mouth. She has done much better as the season goes on, but she is always ragging on Michael C. April and Gretchen both have an attitude like, "OMG, I can't believe the judges love Michael C.'s work the best; I feel like what the **** am I doing here?!" Those two need to get off their high horse.

Now I'm not claiming Michael C. as my favorite designer. I just can't believe how dramatic and selfish the other designers are when it comes to his particular designs. 

Mondo has been one I have consistently favored and he has a little attitude himself. Here are a couple I really liked:

And here's the man himself.
I really love the show. My dad can't stand it. He gawks at the so-called "fashion." I exclaimed that they were talented individuals and he said "THAT's a talent?" (this coming from a man that doesn't care what he wears). YES IT'S A TALENT! Silly dad.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

President Boyd K. Packer Controversy

On Facebook I came across a group with the title of "WE LOVE YOU-President Boyd K. Packer." At first, I thought "did he pass away?" Upon further inspection, I came to find that it was a group about supporting President Packer's statement on homosexuality and same-sex marriage in his October 2010 General Conference talk. There were plenty of comments supporting President Packer and there were plenty of comments against President Packer claiming his "ignorance" and "stupidity." 

My mother explained that this controversy was even on the news. I had no idea. I had no idea that hate mail was sent to President Packer; that gay rights activists came protesting in front of the SLC temple because of this very talk. First of all, I was stunned by all the negative comments and criticisms against President Packer. I, in no way took offense to his address. In fact, I re-read his talk at and still stand by my previous feelings about the talk. 

I went online to read more on the event. The Human Rights Campaign for LGBT's accused Packer for making dangerous statements regarding the immorality of same-sex attraction: 
"Packer’s inaccurate and dangerous rhetoric comes on the heels of the suicides of at least four teenagers over the past month, all victims of anti-gay bullying or harassment. An additional seven teens committed suicide in the past year in one Minnesota school district alone; three of the teens’ suicides were connected to anti-gay bullying."  

Let me pause right here. In fact, no where in President Packer's talk does it directly say or even imply that harassment and bullying of LGBT is acceptable. No where. The notion that the Human Rights Campaign (as well as many nonmembers) tie his statements to the hate, bullying or harassment and eventual suicides of LGBT's is out of line. I read a comment by someone who claimed that President Packer should have waited for another Conference session to address this issue. How blind is the world when they cannot see. "The guilty take the truth to be hard." There will never be a "better time" to address what God has inspired his prophets and apostles to share, even a topic as sensitive as this one. It is unfortunate the number of suicides that have occurred but that cannot detract from what the Lord what's us to hear now. And certainly, the message of this talk was never meant to hate those who have same-sex attraction. The Church has always been compassionate and kind to those with same-gender attraction, both inside and outside of membership. The Church released this statement:

“However, those familiar with the Church’s doctrine on the importance of marriage and family know it is based on principles of respect and love for all of God’s children. We have continually emphasized that there is no room in this discussion for hatred or mistreatment of anyone.”

I love how Deseret News puts this next part into words, following the previous statement made from the Church:
"This is not new — it mirrors, for example, how the LDS Church helped to champion a Salt Lake City ordinance banning discrimination of gays and lesbians in housing and employment. And it is consistent with how the LDS Church has ministered to members with same-gender attraction."

"In a 2007 article in the LDS Church's Ensign magazine, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland relates a conversation with a self-described gay member of the LDS Church: 'You are first and foremost a son of God, and He loves you. What's more, I love you. My Brethren among the General Authorities love you.'"

Are you listening? "...He loves you.... I love you.... My Brethren among the General Authorities love you."

Activists have taken "a statement out of context, embellish[ed] it with selective interpretation, presume[d] hostile intent, and then use[d] the distortion to isolate an entire group, in this case a church." (Deseret News)

There is no need to state once again the LDS position on the sanctity of marriage, or homosexuality. But there is a blurred line between sin and sinner for many nonmembers, and even members, which has lead to this hostile scrutiny of President Packer. Remember, we do not hate the sinner, but we cannot condone the sin. Let me repeat, we do not hate the sinner, but we cannot condone the sin.

I love my Heavenly Father. I know He has sent living prophets to this earth, to teach us and guide us in these troubled times. I know that through prayer and study of not only the scriptures, but of modern day revelation from our living prophets as well, we can come to know the truth of these things. And I know my Father in Heaven loves each and every one of us perfectly. He is a true embodiment of what it means to truly love another, and He wants us all to return to live with Him again one day so long as we submit to His will and dedicate our lives to His cause.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Recent Reads

Well, I finished this book. It was ok. Nothing that left me thinking, "WOW, now that is a great book!" The ending was not what I expected; it was weak; it did have a sense of hope, but after all that had happened with the Earth, I couldn't imagine conditions ever getting better... I mean the moon isn't just going to move back to where it was. I just didn't believe the author. I want to be convinced and captivated by the author. I wasn't sold on it.

I did, however, think about what life would be like if those circumstances were upon us. How sad it would be; scary even. So, it did get me thinking outside of the novel...which I guess is pretty cool. I was irritated with the main character a lot which means the novel sparked emotion from me. I love when a novel can do that because it means I was at least IN the story.

Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare is a...weak story. Quickly thrown together, there's a lack of detail and character development. Darren Shan, the main character, goes to a freak show. There his facination with a special spider leads to theft, lies, near death of his friend, and don't forget he becomes a VAMPIRE. The only part that was detailed and could create a visual in my mind was what he did to leave his mortal life behind and join Mr. Crepsley. **NOTE: I only read this because I saw a quote from J.K. Rowling herself (Harry Potter) saying how great the book was.

The way this book was written is definitely for young people (Though I know HP and Twilight could probably be put in that category...actually no, EVERYONE LOVED those series...) and it showed. I wasn't intrigued; I only finished it because I hate putting a book away once I've started it. 

Recommended by Meghan Getz. I'm excited! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is still out at the library and I'm still on the waiting list... Until then, I'm happy I have a book to keep me busy! Keep those recommendations coming!