Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TTT - Books I Should Have Read by Now!

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish they  handed 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.

This week's topic is books on our summer TBRs.  Well, I do a monthly TBR post, plus last week was an anticipated release post so I really wanted to try and not post the same books over and over.  So instead, I'm sharing books I SHOULD have read by now!

NOS4A2 - Joe Hill.  I'm about 500 pages in but it keeps getting pushed aside for other books.  I am really enjoying it though.

Titanshade - Dan Stout.  I really have no excuse.

The Stand - Stephen King.  Can you believe I've never read this one?  Yep, me either.  I think I committed to Stormi to read this one in November or December.  Can't quite remember.

Noir - Christopher Moore.  I really love this author and think I've even checked this out from my library on two occasions.  

A Dog's Purpose - W. Bruce Cameron.  In my defense, I know why I haven't read this one yet. I don't want to start sobbing uncontrollably!

Downward Dog - Katherine Hayton.  Seriously, I smile every time I see this cover so I just need to pick it up already. It's a cozy mystery so it should go pretty fast!

Megalodon in Paradise - Hunter Shea.  I always enjoy Shea's book and this one is screaming - read me during the summer.  So why didn't I read it LAST summer???

HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt. I was so excited for this book that I had to order a copy from the UK before it even reached the US.  So why does it sit unread?

Inspection - Josh Malerman.  I have had this from the library for 6 weeks and still haven't picked it up.

 Borrowing of Bones - Paula Munier.  I bought this for my Kindle with a gift certificate I won last year so I don't know why I haven't read it yet.  And even though I know it's a dog, does anyone else see a cougar when they look at the cover?

So there you have it.  I guess I need to get reading!

Monday, June 24, 2019

I Hate Fairyland Cumulative Review

TITLE: I Hate Fairyland Vol 2: Fluff My Life
AUTHOR: Scottie Young
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLISHING DATE: December 13, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: All hail Gertrude, the new Queen of Fairyland. After thirty years of wreaking havoc across this magical world to find her way back home, she must now overcome her biggest challenge yet... ruling the place she hates most. Join Gert as she continues her never-ending quest to get the FLUFF out of Fairyland. The hilariously brutal Fairytale adventure continues by superstar cartoonist SKOTTIE YOUNG. Collects issues 6-10. 

MY THOUGHTS: I really enjoy this graphic novel series and Volume 2 was a lot of fun.  Gertrude is still stuck in Fairyland and is trying to get out.  The reader meets some interesting characters in this volume including a little boy in dragon pajamas named Duncan who at first seems adorable, and then comes back to haunt Gertrude later.  Gertrude's language is still a force to reckon with and it's a good thing the author uses substitute words or this would definitely be "Rated R."


TITLE: I Hate Fairyland Vol. 3 Good Girl
AUTHOR: Scottie Young
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLISHING DATE: October 24, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Gert finally realizes that being such a murderous maniac might be the reason she's not been able to find her way out of the candy-coated world of Fairyland that has been her nightmare for over forty years. She sets off on a new quest to redeem herself and tries to earn her way back home with good deeds and kindness and love and whatever other mushy, touchy-feely things she can manage. The epic and hilarious fantasy quest continues from fan favorite cartoonist SKOTTIE YOUNG Collecting issues 11 through 15. 

MY THOUGHTS: I'm amazed at all the shenanigans that Gert manages to find in a place called Fairyland.  In this one, Gert has convinced herself that being "bad" has gotten her nowhere so she has decided to be good.  Who knew being good could cause her so much trouble. It was fun to see Gert try a different approach to getting home and the adaptation of "nice Gert" is almost more troubling than "bad Gert."


COYER CHALLENGE UPDATE:  Read a graphic novel/Deserted Island Read-a-thon.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

What's Happening...(06-22-19)

So I'm doing things a tad bit differently this year and will be combining all of my regular weekend posts.  This will enable me to add more content on Fridays and it is just starting to make more sense.  I'll still be linking up with Stacking the Shelves at Tynga's Reviews and Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.  Both blogs are awesome so make sure you check them out.

So I honestly think the world is going mad.  Earlier in the week there was a murder in our town.  A unregistered sex offender stabbed his neighbor to death in his front yard while his dogs watched.   The perp was on the run for over a day but finally turned himself in.  Allegedly he stabbed someone two years ago and got a slap on the wrist.  The victim was a hardworking man who lived alone with his two pets.  The town is kind of reeling.  Now the family is looking for a home for the two boxers - yep, you heard it right.  We are considering it and have been in touch.  They simply have to be kept together but I also don't know if we are ready yet.  And we've had three before and know what a big handful that can be - time and expense wise.  However, our hearts do go out to the victim and his family - especially his dogs who were present for everything.

In other news....so I watched "A Star is Born" over a 3 day period.  I saw it was on HBO so I downloaded to our Direct TV system so I could watch it at my leisure (aka - when Mr. Barb was busy because he had NO interest).  I've monitored the whole Gaga/Cooper thing and heard such good press about the movie.  I was ready for an epic love story (no I've never seen the others).  Man, was I disappointed!  SPOILER RANT TO FOLLOW:  This was one of the most depressing movies EVER.  Both characters were co-dependent and Cooper's was an out-and-out alcoholic.  Some of his scenes were so awful I turned it off for a while.  And the ending!  Let's make our cute pooch a huge steak, go out in the garage and hang our self while the dog patiently lies down outside the closed garage door.  Forget Gaga - Dog trauma people! On the plus side, I enjoyed watching Sam Elliot as the brother and Andrew Dice Clay did a bang up job as Gaga's dad.  Yep, never thought I'd EVER type that sentence!   I have never liked ADC.

I have been reading a lot and finished "Discovery of Witches."  I have two new books to start this weekend - well, I've already started "Gunmetal Magic."  I also hope to read "The Girl in Red" soon.

So on to the books!  I kind of obtained more review books than I planned.  But that happens when you hit the request button right?  Oh well, I'm excited for all of them and you all are such evil enablers so no apologies! 

The Art of Theft (Lady Sherlock #4)
The Absinthe Earl - Tammy I got it!

And lastly I had some library holds come in so of course I had to rush and pick them up because apparently I have nothing else to read.

So if you hung in through the entire post, thanks.  Have you read any of these and where should I start???

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday Face Off (2) - Summer

So I'm back with another round of Friday Face Off, hosted by Books by Proxy  This week is summer themed and I'm probably pushing the limits of interpretation but here it goes!

Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

1. English - Random House (2005)
2.  English - Ballantine Books (2013)
3.  English - Doubleday Books (1974)
4.  Portuguese - Darkside Books (2015)
5.  Spanish - Circulo de Lectores (1974)
6. Arabic (1973)

When I think of summer, I tend to think of beaches and sharks.  This remains one of my favorite movies and even though I've not read the book, I do own a copy.  I think my favorite is #2 which is the one I bought a few years back.  I'm not sure about #3.  It really doesn't look like a shark to me and #4 is just terrifying.

What's your favorite and what do you think of when it comes to summer?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

2 Bloggers 1 Series - Discovery of Witches (aka - Stormi Made Me Do It!)

I'm not entirely sure how this SECOND series buddy read came about. I think Stormi and I were talking about the TV series - how much she loved it and how I wanted to watch it but always wanted to read the books first.  I said I even owned the first and she said she read it some time ago but wanted to reread it now.  And thus, the buddy read of the All Souls Trilogy was born.  Don't fret, we haven't abandoned Kate Daniels, that's still going on as well.  So read on to see what I thought of the first book in the series and then then hop over to Stormi's at  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and read her opinion.

TITLE: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1)
AUTHOR: Deborah Harkness 
PUBLISHER: Viking Penguin
PUBLISHING DATE: February 2011

FROM GOODREADS: Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. 

MY THOUGHTS: I am really so glad that I picked this up.  I had considered it forever but it was really Stormi's excitement over the series that I found contagious which prompted me to move on.  "A Discovery of Witches" kind of read like a historical fiction to me when it really wasn't.  However, it is laced with academics and historical talks and events so I guess my feelings were understandable.  Diana Bishop comes from a long line of witches.  She has made a life for herself as a college professor in alchemy and eschewed all witchcraft except in dire circumstances, such as an overflowing washing machine, because she wanted to make it on her own accord.  Also, her parents, powerful witches in their own right, were brutally killed when she was very young.

One day, while preparing for a lecture in Oxford, she is able to access a bespelled ancient manuscript.  She doesn't realize it as first but soon she has captured the attention of numerous, witches, vampires and daemons.  Before long Diana runs into Matthew Clermont, an ancient vampire, who vows to help Diana but also falls for her in the process.  Together they try to piece together what is going on while staying alive.

"A Discovery of Witches" is full on complex characters, some are wonderful, some are downright awful, and a lot are morally grey.  However, it was so interesting to get to know them and learn about their histories and what "makes them tick."  I liked Matthew right away and was slow to warm to Diana, but I eventually did.  I also disliked Matthew's mother Ysabeau tremendously but even she turned that around and by the end, I had started liking her too.  Some of the best characters are the side characters - Marthe the housekeeper, Marcus, Matthew's son, and Em and Sarah, Diana's aunts.  To be honest, I would tell people to read the book so they can get a good taste of Em and Sarah's home - that alone is worth the price of reading this one.

So overall you could say I really enjoyed this book.  It did kind of lag in the beginning but that is probably to be expected with a book of over 570 pages. There is a lot to set up in this world.  There is quite a bit of romance but it's not over-the-top or thrown in your face.  And while I honestly thought I was through with romantic vampires, this book changed my mind.  Perhaps because Matthew is so complex and because even though he can be quite romantic, he doesn't hide that he is a vampire by nature which means he sometimes does mean and ruthless things.

My copy of the next book in this series arrived earlier this week so I'm all set to continue on with our buddy read next month.  With how "A Discovery of Witches" ended, I'm very anxious to start "Shadow of Night."


COYER CHALLENGE UPDATE:  Read an entire series (book 1 of 3)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday (215)

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: A dinosaur detective in the land of unwanted ideas battles trauma, anxiety, and the first serial killer of imaginary friends.

Most ideas fade away when we're done with them. Some we love enough to become Real. But what about the ones we love, and walk away from? 

Tippy the triceratops was once a little girl's imaginary friend, a dinosaur detective who could help her make sense of the world. But when her father died, Tippy fell into the Stillreal, the underbelly of the Imagination, where discarded ideas go when they're too Real to disappear. Now, he passes time doing detective work for other unwanted ideas - until Tippy runs into The Man in the Coat, a nightmare monster who can do the impossible: kill an idea permanently. Now Tippy must overcome his own trauma and solve the case, before there's nothing left but imaginary corpses. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  So you never know what book you'll find popping up each Wednesday right?  Sometimes you get mysteries, sometimes horror and sometimes dogs.  Well this time, you're getting something weird, which happens from time to time as well.  I just need to know more about this book and feel that the only way to do it is read it!  I may just fall in love with Tippy!


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

TTT - Most Anticipated Releases for 2019 (July - December)

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish they  handed 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.

This week's topic is anticipated releases for the 2nd half of the year.  Everyone likes to plan new reads so this should be fun.  It will also likely be dangerous to the TBR/Wishlist.

THE INSTITUTE - Stephen King (09-10-19)


FULL THROTTLE - Joe Hill (10-01-19)


THE BEAUTIFUL ONES - Prince (10-29-19)


MY NAME IS PRINCE - Randee St. Nicholas (10-15-19)


HEX LIFE  - Anthology (10-01-19)


THE REMAKING - Clay McLeod Chapman (10-08-19)


BLIND SEARCH (Mercy & Elvis #2) - Paula Munier (11-05-19)


THE TWISTED ONES - T. Kingfisher (10-01-19)


WORD TO THE WISE (Library Lovers #10) - Jenn McKinlay (09-03-19)


MISTLETOE - Alison Littlewood (11-14-19)

So I probably could have kept going but these are the ones that immediately jumped out at me.  King and Hill are auto-buys as are the Prince books.  

What made your list this week?