Passions In Bloom

My journey to finding inspiration and happiness



When you go to the bookstore, excited to buy a copy of the next greatest book, do you pick up a paperback, its pages opening easily to a random page? or a hardcover, giving you protection against bends and creases?

Do you take notes in your books? Do you fold pages when you find something interesting? Do you bend the spine so it stays open while you read? Or do you try to preserve your books in their original pristine condition? Do you take care to avoid doing the aforementioned things?


Review—Into Thin Air

A lover of history and science, my boyfriend lent me this book after he finished it. I’ll admit, I had doubts at first—reading about the deaths of climbers on Everest didn’t sound that intriguing. But he loved it, so I tried it.

The book begins with a short but chilling scene in which Jon Krakauer, a writer for Outside magazine, describes the effects of oxygen deprivation on the minds and bodies of everyone around him. Continue reading “Review—Into Thin Air”

Review-A Separate Peace

Another awesome book I got for Christmas was A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This book is set in the World War Two time period. The main character, Gene, is sixteen years old and attends boarding school. The book details their relationship during the summer and the following school year and shows the intense consequences of Gene’s actions.

WARNING: SPOILERS ALERT Continue reading “Review-A Separate Peace”

Review–The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

One of the many books I was given for my birthday this year was a cute little mystery novel with a beehive cover. I liked it immediately because I don’t own any other yellow books! This was a very thoughtful gift because I don’t think I would have picked this book for myself, but I loved it.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is a tale concerning the world of Sherlock Holmes, but the renowned detective is now in his retirement years, living a peaceful life in the countryside. Continue reading “Review–The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King”

Getting to Know Me–Books

I think you can learn a lot about a person by their book preferences, and I hate the question, “What’s your favorite book?” There is no favorite. There never will be. Here’s an interview (with myself) about my own penchant for books and reading.

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

I was obsessed with The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques. I now own almost every book in the series and have read them all at least once. These hefty adventure novels detailing the adventures of mice, badgers, hares, otters, and other woodland animals prepared me for my love of adventure books such as Lord of the Rings today. I loved many of Brian Jacques’ books, but the ones I re-read over and over again were Redwall, SalamandastronMossflower and Triss.

2. What makes you fall in love with a book?  Continue reading “Getting to Know Me–Books”

Blog at

Up ↑

Knitted Bliss

Knitting, crafting, and all-round awesomeness.

This Blog Is Not For You

A Dressmaking Blog

My Tangled Yarn Knitting Adventures

Ramblings from an obsessed knitter

Tin Can Knits

modern seamless knits for the whole family


Sabbles woz 'ere

The Curvy Spine

Life With Scoliosis

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.

The Book Review Directory

Over 150 Book Reviewer Bloggers Listed


On the quest to live an interesting life.

John Wreford Photographer

Words and Pictures from the Middle East & Balkans

madaschino cherry

i'm here because my mom wanted me to start a blog

Cathleen Townsend

Faerie Tales and Fantasy Worlds


The Future of Publishing


Book reviews, recommendations and more