Friday, March 23, 2018

April Spring Into Horror Reading Challenge!

So I've decided to take part in this mini readathon which runs the whole month of April.  Hey, any opportunity to read more horror is alright with me.  This challenge is hosted by Seasons of Reading and all the details can be found HERE.  Basically you only have to read one book which can be horror, mystery or Gothic which is I should be able to do with my eyes shut.  Here are a few I'm looking eyeing:

So head on over to the link if you are interested.  This sounds like a fun one.  And thanks to Christina @ Ruff Day Reviews for pointing it out to me!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weekly Reads (03/23/18) - The One Where I'm Tired

So as I mentioned before I had 2 days of training this week which involved about 3 hours on the road each day.  The training itself wasn't too bad and we even got out early on Thursday which was great, but we were under a winter weather advisory the first day and even though we didn't get anywhere near what they projected, it still made driving intense at times and I think it took it's toll on me. However, it's always a pleasure to come home to Mr. Barb and those two adorable puppy faces so in the end, all is good even though I am a tad tired.  

We ended up watching a few movies over the weekend.  First up was "Roman J. Isreal, Esq." with Denzel Washington and it was decent.  A little known fact about me is that I was actually accepted to two different law schools before choosing a different path so and I used to be obsessed with CourtTV and John Grisham books.  Scary huh?  Then we watched "Insidious 4: The Last Key."  I really enjoy this franchise and love Lin Shaye.  I think she's such a beautiful and spunky lady.  

So I kind of hit a read slump the past two weeks.  The only thing that saved me were some of the smaller things I read like graphic novels and starting a novella.  My review for said slumpy book will be up Thursday but let's just say I found 2018's "Little Heaven" and I'm sure this book will be making Top Ten Tuesday lists for several months to come!

So anyway I'm excited to read some new things this weekend and think it's just what I need.  Here's what's up next on the stack.

So how was your week and what do you have planned for the next one????

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (150)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

About the Book:
Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I got an email from Cemetery Dance a week or so ago advertising this book.  I'm usually not big on limited editions or mega-expensive books but when I saw King's name, and then looked at some of the authors, I had to preorder it.  Now I just have to wait - and the wait is real!!!


Monday, March 19, 2018

TTT - Books on my Spring TBR

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

I feel like I am all the time doing TBRs - either on the blog, in my head or in my planner.  So today, I'm just going to focus on 10 new releases this spring I know I wanna read.  

Unbury Carol - Josh Malerman (4/10/18)

Pick and Chews - Linda O. Johnston (05/08/18)

The Past is Never - Tiffany Quay Tyson (03/20/18)

Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman (03/27/18)

The Devil You Know - Mike Carey (03/27/18)

Zombie Abbey - Lauren Baratz-Logsted (04/03/28)

Bluff - Michael Kardos (04/03/18)

Taste of Wrath - Matt Wallace (04/10/18)

Evangeline of the Bayou - Jan Eldredge (05/01/18)

Sorority - Genevieve Sly Crane (05/01/18)

How It Happened - Michael Koryta (05/15/18)

Witchmark - C.L. Polk (06/19/18)

So there you have it - not 10 but 12 books I want to read this Spring.  I've given you some dogs, some horror, some thrillers, some "weird."  I think that's pretty much everything you've come to expect from me.

What books made it to your spring TBR????

Sneaking Out Blog Tour

Sneaking Out
Chuck Vance
Published by: Dunemere Books
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Could you sleep next to a murderer?
Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.
For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.

MY THOUGHTS:  I really like books set at boarding schools (or any other schools for that matter) and I also love mysteries, so "Sneaking Out" was a pretty good fit for me.  Luke Chase attends St. Benedict's school and one evening, while sneaking out to meet a girl, stumbles upon the body of one of the teachers, Mrs. Heckler.  Luke's friend Oscar is accused of the death so Luke takes it upon himself to prove Oscar's innocence. 

I really liked Luke's character and he is a very loyal friend to Oscar, wanting nothing more than to find out Mrs. Heckler's real killer.  The book itself is fast paced and I wasn't able to easily guess the perpetrator, which is always a good thing.  However, be aware, there is a cliffhanger at the end of the book which really has me wondering how long fans will have to wait for the next installment.

Author Bio:
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Go Herd!

So my Alma Mater has made it to the next round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Not only have they not been there is 31 years, they were the underdogs in the first round and ended up being a upset shocker.  The next hurdle is another WV team - the Mountaineers.  Now a lot of Mountaineer fans refuse to acknowledge that there is more than one university in the state and for that reason alone, please help me cheer on my Thundering Herd!  The games is on at 9:45pm tonight and even if I won't be able to watch it all, nothing would please me more than to wake up in the morning and learn we advanced.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (152)/Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

So I admit that I once again grabbed a few free books from Kindle.  But I definitely see a trend this week in that they all had really interesting tag lines or blurbs.  Just goes to prove sometimes it's all in the marketing.  First up is "KYMIERA:Purity" which states "The story of a teenage girl who's turning into an monster - literally." Who could resist that?  Then you have "Holes in the Ground" which teases "Some secrets have teeth."  Finally, "Grand Theft Octo" has TENTACLES so I had to grab it since it was free.  

I bought a physical book at Walmart.  I had pretty much decided to grab it for my Kindle but when I saw it in person, I had to snatch it up - it's so pretty.

And last but not least, a few review copies.  First up is "Read Herring Hunt" which is the second of the Mystery Bookshop Series.  "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" is one I've been seeing around although I admit I am confused because in some countries it's "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle."  And finally, "True Storm" is the last in a series I'm really enjoying.

Oh and I almost forgot, I had requested this from my library and it just came in Thursday -
"Pride and Prometheus."

So what did you add to your stacks this week????