Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekly Reads (11/24/17)


So, you can probably guess it was a super busy week.  Good think I was off on stay-cation and don't return until next Wednesday.  Now that all the holidays/events have been hit, perhaps we can relax a tad.  The 22nd was Cass' birthday.  He got toys, snacks and a small piece of ice cream cake.  I can't believe my baby turned 4!  Our Anniversary also happened to fall on Thanksgiving this year so on Monday, as a gift to each other, we had a new fridge and stove delivered.  Do you know when you buy a stove you don't get the cord with it and it has to be purchased separately?  CRAZY.  Then on Thursday Mr. Barb smoked the turkey and Mom came for dinner.  We are actually having a nice quiet dinner home tonight which Mr. Barb is working on right now to celebrate.

We've been busy watching The Punisher on Netflix and finally finished it last night.  I have disliked the actor ever since he played Shane on The Walking Dead but since watching this, I realized how good he is and now that I can associate him with a better character, I think I actually like him.  We've only watched 3 episodes of Longmire so we'll probably watch it in between football this weekend and then start on Frontier Season 2.

I have managed to finish 2 books and look for my review soon of the latest Sin du Jour book.  I've just started chapter 3 of Truants so I hope to finish it and then start the Mira Grant books this weekend.

Here is a picture of Cass in his favorite sleeping position - upside down.  Also, here are the lovely flowers Mr. Barb had delivered Wednesday afternoon.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a super weekend.  Stay safe if you are Black Friday shopping!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2018 Cloak & Dagger Sign Up Post

Where did 2017 go! Neither Stormi nor I can believe it's already time to do sign ups for 2018! We hope everyone who participated this year read a lot of great mystery, suspense, and thrillers. I sure had tons of fun!  I discovered some new authors and some of the best buddy reads Stormi and I had were mysteries! 

We still have our facebook group so if you haven't joined we would love for you too!  Here is the groups link: It’s a closed group so just ask to join and we shall let you in. 🙂
Challenge Rules:
  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges  are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends April 15th)
There will be a monthly link up so that others can check out your progress and look at your reviews. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.
If you tweet about your progress or reviews please use the hashtag #CloakDaggerChal so others can see it.
5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
16-25 books – Detective
26-35 books – Inspector
36 – 55 – Special agent
56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

This year we want to play a game some time during the year. It's sort of a mystery game but we haven't tweaked it just yet so it doesn't have a name but I wanted you to get ready in case you like to play games. It will all involve reading mysteries but just doing so in a fun way. :)

Hope to see you all join in on the fun and sign up for the Cloak and Dagger Challenge.  I think this year I'm going for Special Agent!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Two Bloggers One Book - Canal Days Calamity

I think for the most part, Stormi and I have been pretty successful with our buddy reads this year.  And we already have books picked for December and January so here's hoping the streak continues.  This month we chose the second installment The Dog Days Mystery series.  So as soon as you are done reading my thoughts, make sure you head over to Stormi's blog Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and see her review.

TITLE: Canal Days Calamity (Dog Days Mysteries #2)
AUTHOR: Jamie M. Blair
PUBLISHER: Midnight Ink
PUBLISHING DATE: November 8, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Cameron Cripps-Hayman is taken aback when she stumbles upon another murdered neighbor, this time behind her sister's shop, Dog Diggity. The timing couldn't be worse, as there's only a week left before the store's grand opening during Canal Days, the biggest festival of the year.

When the police arrest her handyman, Cameron knows they've got the wrong suspect, so the Metamora Action Agency sets their sights on cracking the case. With one solved murder under their belts, how hard could a second be?

With a flood warning and a murderer on the loose threatening the start of Canal Days, can Cameron and her crew save the town's annual dog and pony show from being canceled?

MY THOUGHTS: Cam's small town is gearing up for its annual Canal Days (which is something of a Halloween festival so I was glad to find that out) when she finds another dead body.  This time around,  one of Cam's friends is arrested and she is fearful her father-in-law may have had something to do with it.

It was fun to visit Cam and the other town residents again.  In addition, Cam's mother is visiting Cameron and her sister Monica, which brings about a whole new dynamic.   Also, some new relationships are forming and the reader gets to see things progress between Cam and her estranged husband, Ben.  I love that the author doesn't fall back on the commonly used love-triangle trope, and its refreshing to see things play out as they might in the "real world."  

I really wasn't able to figure out the mystery and I have to admit Stormi might have been more on top of it than I was.  I love how Cam is always helping stray animals and she even has a new duck follower this time around.  "Canal Days Calamity" is a strong followup to "Deadly Dog Days" and I'm curious to see what trouble Cam and her crew find next.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (133)

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: DARIO HEYWARD KNOWS ONE THING: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I love the cover and also love the idea of old creature features.  I know it's a long wait but I really want to read this one.


Monday, November 20, 2017

TTT - New Bloggers I Am Thankful For This November

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading.

This week's topic is supposed to be 10 books I'm thankful for but just like last year, I would like to share some new bloggers I've discovered who I am thankful for and who I visit several times a week.

Also, HERE and HERE are some links to the past features I've done on my other favorite bloggers.

L is a recent discovery and I love the fact that she features some great comic and graphic novel discoveries. 

Jamie lives fairly close to me and is another blogger I've recently found.  She reads lots of variety and I've enjoyed chatting with her.

Bleu @ Booked & Busy
If you're not checking out Bleu's new blog, you don't know what you're missing.  She reads lots of different genres and especially enjoys horror.  She also participates in a lot of challenges and reviews movies as well.

Kate and Kim @ Midnight Book Girl
Kate works at a bookstore so she always features lots of new releases. I've been visiting this blog for years and don't know why I've not featured it before.

Lynn has been blogging for a long time and I love her Friday Face Off features.  She also reviews a lot of science fiction - a genre I'm trying to read more.  I'm always curious to see what she recommends.  

The Qwillery is a site shared by several bloggers.  It always has lots of new releases in some of my favorite genres.  I visit it almost daily and am always excited about what I see.

I love Kim's blog and I had a blast participating in her HoHoHoRAT.  She is an awesome blogger and I just love seeing what's she reading.  She reads more romance and contemporary that I do, but it's nice to mix things up and I've found some great recommendations there.

Bonnie is my go-to blogger to see what is released each week.  She has one of the best new release features around.

Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
I visit Yvonne's blog when I want to see the latest and greatest cozy mysteries.

Katie @ Just Another Girl and Her Books
Katie is always acquiring new books and I'm really looking forward to her 12 Books of Christmas Challenge

So there you have it  - more blogs to follow.  Be sure to check out my other two posts for some additional faves!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Weekly Reads (11/17/17)/Stacking the Shelves (137)/ Sunday Post

So this in gonna be a combination post.  The last two days I was busy at work (and out of town) for the yearly conference we throw each year.  It was in a neighboring town and was a lot of work and driving.  But, it's over and I have 11 glorious days of Stay-cation planned. 

The pups are fine but the weather is crazy. It doesn't know if it wants to be warm, cold, sunny, cloudy or rainy - all in a three day span.  We watched a new Amityville movie the other night, "Amityville: The Awakening."  It wasn't horrible and I've always enjoyed Amityville movies.  We will probably be Netflix-ing it the next week or so because a new season of "Longmire" started, "The Punisher" has started, and "Frontier" Season 2 starts next Friday.

Since I just posted my November Musts & Mights, I won't show pics of my planned reads but I'm currently reading "Canal Day Calamity" and next up are "Rolling in the Deep" and "Truants."

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

I won this Kindle box set from the HoHoHo RAT Twitter Party.  Thanks Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.   They look like super cute cozies to get me in the Christmas season.

I also got "The Burial Society,"  "Gringo" and "The Broken Girls" for review.

Next week I should have a library haul as well as a few books I've purchased or found for free.  Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Killer Libraries! (Death in the Stacks review)

TITLE: Death in the Stacks (Library Lover's Mystery #8)
AUTHOR: Jenn McKinlay
PUBLISHING DATE: November 14, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream--it's the library's biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable. 

Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library's newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.

The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive--but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive's dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she's not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula's future . . .

MY THOUGHTS: Since this is the 8th book in the Library Lover's Mystery series, there are certain things I can't disclose because of spoilers. However, let me say I devoured this book and this series keeps going strong. In this installment, there is a new library Board member, Olive Boyle, and she's out to make Lindsey's life hell. One night, after a fundraiser, Olive is found dead in the stacks and one of Lindsey's favorite employees is the prime suspect. Even though Lindsey has sworn off investigating, she feels it's up to her to clear Paula's name and figure out who really killed Olive. 

McKinlay has once again set up a great cozy mystery and all the town favorites are back - Beth, Sully, his sister and brother-in-law, Robbie and even the Lemon - who I love more and more with each book (doesn't every library have an employee who can be referred to as "The Lemon"). Lindsey once again gets in some sticky situations, which are always fun and entertaining, and it was fun to catch up with everyone's lives.

The only problem I have with this series is that I look forward to the new books being released and then I devour them so quickly so I get discouraged that I have to wait so long for the next one. If you are a cozy mystery lover and adore the small town settings, please pick up the first book and give this series a try!