Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Quirky Fall Holiday = Reading

Today is a quirky fall holiday for my boys so I am using the day off to read, visit some blogs and enjoy our day.

Currently reading:

This is a buddy read with Caz at Little Book Owl. I tried this one when it first came out but put it aside pretty quickly for some reason. Enjoying it so far. Jay Kristoff's writing is gorgeous. Looking forward to getting a big chunk of this one finished today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

This week's theme for Top Ten Tuesday is books on my fall 2018 TBR. I am such a mood reader that I don't do well with TBR lists but there are some books that I would like to read before the end of the year.

Have had this one on my list for a while. When the movie was announced, it made me want to read it. Since I heard the movie bombed, it was pushed down the list again. Still want to get it this year though.

I have had this one on my bedside table for a ridiculous amount of time. I am not sure what is keeping me from reading it. What makes it worse is I purchased the 3rd book too. So they are both side eyeing me.

She is the author of one of my all time favorite series. I have heard mixed things about this one recently from readers with my same tastes so I don't know how much I will end up enjoying this one.

Tried this one when it first came out and put it aside. Little Book Owl is doing a read-along for it though so I want to try it again.

Another Little Book Owl read-along. Another one that I tried when it first came out. This one was so beautifully written that I wanted to savor every word. Since I had quite a few books checked out from the library at the time, I set this one aside to get to later.

One of my real life friends recommended this series to me. Sounds like my kind of reading!

Spotted this one at the bookstore and thought it sounded good. Put it on reserve at the library and it has taken forever to get. Apparently every one else thinks it looks good too.

I am horrified that I haven't read this one yet! I loved the first and have enjoyed all of Victoria Schwab's books that I have read. Need to reread the first one to refresh my memory and then dive into this one.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Readers Imbibing Peril started earlier this month and runs through October 31st. The purpose is to read books that could be considered: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror or supernatural. There is also a section for movies! The goals are simple: have fun reading and share that fun with others.

This is my first time officially participating even though I have followed along for a couple of years.

I think that I will keep my options open and NOT pick a TBR for this. Instead, I will update as I read towards the challenge. I would like to read 4 books to complete this.


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book Club Pick - News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Title:  News of the World
Author: Paulette Jiles
Pages: 203
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book Club pick for September

Summary from Goodreads.

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. 
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. 
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. 
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. 
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

Book Club #1 picked News of the World for this month's pick. It started a bit slow but I ended up enjoying it by the end. I liked the story itself but wasn't a big fan of the writing style. I tend to find long sentences followed by super short sentences to make the reading choppy. This book is very short at just over 200 pages but it took me days to read. I was never able to find a rhythm to read it. 

Captain Kidd was an interesting character but you could do a drinking game with the number of times she said his hair was white. We get it...he was old.

Overall this was a solid read.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


This is the one I remember the most. America united.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The One Where Everything Falls Apart

Have been MIA from the blog because life. It seems like it comes in waves, doesn't it? Everything happens all at once.

My car died. Then my bestie's truck had issues while she was driving me around. Have been moving a relative out of a storage unit and am exhausted. Daylight savings time started and is kicking my tushie.

All this to say that I haven't had time to work on the blog...back soon!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Top Ten Books I Could Reread Forever

This week's theme is books I could reread forever. 

1. The Night Circus. I can't even with this. It's soooooooooo good!

2. Hunger Games trilogy. I love these even more when I reread them. Such a good story. A great reminder that your life can always be worse :-)

3. Grisha trilogy. Well written escape into another world.

4. Six of Crows duology. Think I love these even more than the Grisha trilogy and that's saying a lot.

5. Long Way Down. Words fail me with this one.

6. Heist Society trilogy. A bunch of fun. Cute books. 

7. Shades of Magic trilogy. Schwab is one of my all time favorite authors. Her books continue to impress me.

8. Illuminae trilogy. Even though I haven't read the 3rd one yet, I know I am going to love it. This series is everything!

9. The Newsflesh trilogy. Zombies on steroids. 

10. Harry Potter series. Because Harry.

This was one of the easiest prompts. It was interesting how many of my favorite books are part of a series. Maybe because you can really get to know the characters when you visit them more than once.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Right Now

Right now...

I am without a car. Mine died in the middle of a busy road.
I am so sore and tired. Spent the weekend moving out of a storage unit, then walking the boys to school this morning. Everything hurts. Especially my foot...dropped a huge sheet of pegboard on it.
I am reading The Ice Cream Makers for book club.
I am listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack on repeat. So good and my boys love it too.
I am watching The Walking Dead. Back from the midseason break and looking forward to seeing where they go from here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Monkey Mind by Daniel B. Smith {Thoughts On}

Title: Monkey Mind, a Memoir of Anxiety
Author: Daniel Smith
Pages: 212
Rating: 3 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety—America’s most common psychological complaint.

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words. 

I read this one during the Winter Biannual Bibliothon for the read a book about mental illness challenge. This one caught my eye because it was supposedly so funny. Not so much. There were a couple of amusing stories but for the most part I cringed throughout this book. I went from cringing at things that should have stayed private to being a bit bored with all the history about anxiety that he learned in his journey. I feel like this one would be better for someone NOT suffering with anxiety. I understood much of the symptoms he described and was hoping for more insight into how he "fixed" himself. The cover made it sound like it was hilarious but most of the book was quite boring - lots of name dropping of authors and the like that didn't move forward the book to me. I highly enjoyed the last chapter which is why I rated it a 3 instead of a 4 though.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller {Thoughts On}

Title: Otherworld (Otherworld #1)
Author: Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Pages: 355
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads:

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.

Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

I had never heard anything about this book until it was announced as the Winter Biannual Bibliothon group read. I read it so I could watch the live show (spoiler...I forgot about the live show). I have to admit that any book I read that is about gaming or gamers or game life is compared to Ready Player One and then I don't enjoy it. 

Apparently there is quite a bit of talk about this one being a rip off of another book. Bless it's heart. It's already being (unfavorably) compared to Ready Player One in my mind and then I hear that it's a rip off? We aren't off a good start.

Although I did enjoy it - it was a solid 3 - I wasn't blown away and I didn't really connect to the characters. The technology was interesting but just wasn't very original. I think that was the biggest problem with the whole thing - that it was just another young adult book set in a future world where you can escape your problems by immersing yourself in a virtual world instead.

I was interested enough to finish it but don't think that I'll bother with the sequel. There are too many other books that I want to get to.
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