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The Past, Present, and Future!

Hi Everyone,

The past few weeks have been brutal, health wise. I was too weak to read at the beginning, and there have been a lot of naps during the day, which is not like me. I did finally manage to watch the four new episodes of the Gilmore Girls… and let’s just say that I am still processing my feelings.

The present: This weekend I was able to get back in the flow of reading. Plus, I have managed to complete all emails and I finally have empty inboxes. YAY!  Since, the new Gilmore Girls episodes only contained information about 1 single book… I have added it to the challenge page.

The Future!!!

Well now, here’s the fun and exciting news. Yes, several news items. So hold on tight:

  1. Over the course of the final weeks of this year, I will be posting 100 book reviews. Yes, my friends, you read that right! 100 Book Reviews over the next 20 days. We are going to end 2016, with a BANG! I hope you all enjoy. 🙂 Continue reading

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Four years and look out…

Hi Everyone,

A certain surprise memory occurred for me today… Four years ago today, I received my first book review request from an author!!! I can’t believe it has been four years… With everything that has happened, and through all the bumps along the way, I wanted to say, I am truly grateful for your continued support. THANK YOU! You all have kept me going and I appreciate each and everyone of you.

Now hold onto your beach hats, because several reviews are headed your way!


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Week #2 has Started!

Good Morning Everyone,

It is official, week #2 of the celebrations has begun:

1. The winner for A Year in Review #1 was announced here a couple of hours ago! Thanks again to all who participated.

2. A Year in Review #2 was posted earlier this morning, so be sure to stop by and leave a comment for your chance to win a an ecopy of one of Emily Guido’s books!

3. I have re-tweeted the first character Guess Who game this morning. You can find it here. The second one will be posted tomorrow morning. Make sure you are entering the character’s name in the Rafflecopter under the corresponding week!

4. The Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook page still has week #1’s poem pinned to the top. It will be replaced on Monday morning with week #2’s poem.

I hope you all have enjoyed the first week of celebrating! I really appreciate all of your support. Thank you! (Oh and as an added bonus item to celebrate, yesterday the blog had reached 20,000 all-time views!!!) Thank you all!

Have a wonderful weekend! I will be back later today with another review. But until then…


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BIG Announcement!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

It is time. It is here. Today is Saturday, May 11, 2013 and it is 6:00am EDT and this can only mean one thing… It is time for the BIG Announcement. You all are amazing you know this, right?! I want to thank you for your patience and I hope you enjoy this BIG Announcement!

So without further delay…

I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I started this amazing journey. My little dream of finding a way into to the world of literature has grown into something that I could never have hoped for. Thank you all for your support. I am so honored to have each of you following along in this journey. I love being able to read books, write reviews and then talk with all of you about the wonderful books and authors. So on May 25th, 2013, I hope that you all will join me as I begin a three month long celebration party.

Why three months? Well… on May 25th, my blog will turn 1, on June 20th, my first posted book review will turn 1 and on July 27th, my first Indie Author book review will turn 1. Three BIG birthdays/anniversaries!!! And with all that is going on in the world around us, why not celebrate to the fullest. (Besides, who doesn’t love to celebrate good times!)

What kind of Celebration?

Starting on May 25th through July 27th, each Saturday, I will take a look back at some of the books that I have had the honor to review. “A Year in Review” weekly special. On the majority of those weeks, you the followers will get a chance to win some pretty cool prizes, such as bookmarks or ebooks, thanks to the author(s) of the book(s) being Re-Reviewed. Yes, that’s right, there will be 10 weeks with 8 giveaways! But this is only half of the BIG Announcement…

The second half?

This part is extra-special. You see, through May 25-July 31st, there will be a separate giveaway going on. Yes, that’s right another chance to win! This giveaway will be active the ENTIRE time between May 25th-July 31st. For this giveaway, some very generous authors have donated Autographed books, both ebooks and Paperbacks, plus bookmarks. AND… my very favorite and very talented artist friend, Dana Zalesky , has donated an original piece of artwork. So as you can see this giveaway will be BIG!!!

How do you win?

The individual weekly contests will be held like the regular giveaways. (And there will still be those scheduled during this time, too.) All you have to do is leave a comment under that week’s blog post to be entered to win. With the help of Random.org, winners will be chosen and announced the following week. Each contest/feature, will run for a week (Saturday-Friday.)

The BIG giveaway will be a Rafflecopter giveaway, but not just a plain Rafflecopter giveaway. It will be a game… A mixture of Guess the Book from the Quote and a Scavenger Hunt. Bonus points (bonus entries) will be plenty and some will be offered daily!!! You will be able to find the Rafflecopter here, as it will have a page to itself and on Ariesgrl Book Reviews Facebook Page.

(And yes, it is a possibility to win more than one giveaway.)

My goal is to make the next several weeks fun for everyone! I want this to be a true celebration as my way to say thank you to each of you! I hope I have answered any questions you may have, but if not just post a comment below. (However no specifics on authors/books/prizes will be given, just yet.)

So this was my BIG Announcement! I hope you all enjoyed it and that it was worth the wait!!!

Have a wonderful day!


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Quotes and Life

Hi Everyone,


I have been asked two questions here lately. Where do I get my quotes? and Why do I pick certain ones to post? So I wanted to take a few minutes and talk about these quotes. Some of them come from sites like, Goodreads, while others have been given to me as suggestions. I always try to choose a quote that relates to reading and/or writing and/or books. Sometimes I may choose a quote that is from an author, but pertains to life itself. No matter where the quotes come from or what it is about, I must feel it in my soul. It must describe/summarize the feelings I have toward a subject. That is all. I hope you are enjoying them and if you have any suggestions for quotes, please feel free to share.


As you may have noticed, the quotes from this week have pertained to life rather than about reading or writing. As you may not know, I experienced a sort of anniversary this week. It has been officially one year since I became a full-time 24/7 caregiver. It has been a rather unique year with several ups and downs and bumps along the way; but each day is a new day and each day provides new lessons to be learned. Right now, I want to learn something from some of you, if that is okay. I want to know how do you all find time to write, paint, read, etc. at home. How do you work from home? Do you have set hours in each day that are your work hours? Do you have a room that is your work room, where you can’t be disturbed? You see. being a full-time caregiver means that I can’t go run and hide and read to my heart’s content. I have to be visible 24/7 and helping my family. Even as I type this post, I can think of about 15 chore-related items that I could be doing, instead of taking time to work on my blog.


But that is just it: I am, in my own way, working. I am reading and writing reviews and communicating with each of you. No it is not going out of the house from the hours of 9-5 and working in an established business, but it is work from the couch, while my grandfather and the boys are napping. While everyone is awake I work on house chores or family stuff, but then during those quiet moments I quickly take advantage of that time whether online or with a book. Yet no matter which aspect of my life I am focused on in the moment, my mind and heart feel that I may be neglecting the other aspects.

So how do you do everything? How do you balance family life with work? Do you ever wish there was more of you in order to make everything the top priority in your life? Or do you just try to designate days and/or hours and prioritize each thing in turn?

Oh and just so you know, I have a few more posts I will be typing up today. I have tried something new this week. As an idea/quote/blog topic pops into my head, I write it down on a list, so that during times like this I can just type away! Hope you all are having a wonderful and relaxing day!




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