Friday, May 25, 2018

Weekly Reads (05/25/18) - 3 Day Weekend Version

Happy Memorial Day! (at least for some of us).  Hope everyone had a great week.  It was pretty busy at The Farm but for the life of me, I don't know why it has felt that way.  My Mom has kind of driven me crazy this week with her love life (I am your daughter, NOT your friend, I don't wanna hear your dating issues) and the state prison system has been closing facilities and moving people around so Mr. Barb has had to work late helping process people in.  On top of that, the facility is understaffed which is not good when you just got 152 additional inmates in 3 days.

The boys are doing well.  Last Sunday, we all went shopping at the local pet store in celebration of Booker T's birthday and they got to pick out their own snacks and a toy each.  Cass fell in love with a soft white lamb that he is now carrying everywhere - I think the dog has issues.  Booker T picked a pig wearing sunglasses with racing stripes down it's back that oinks.  I would respect nothing less from him.  Introducing Lammy and Piggy...aren't we so original???

We watched some movies this week.  A new horror called "The Nanny" which was more fantasy than horror and involved fairies and "Island Zero" which really wasn't too bad considering I've never heard  of it.  I also started season 2 of "13 Reasons Why."  I'm not a huge fan of the show but it has kind of sucked me in and hey, it good filler.  I hesitate to say I'm in a reading slump because I love both books I'm reading, but I've just done other stuff this week.  So basically I'm still reading "Meg" and "Undead Girl Gang" although I should be wrapping up "Meg" tonight.  When they are finished, these are the next 3 on the agenda.  I would love to finish them before the month is out to make up for this week's slacking.  

So I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and stayed tune for an EPIC library haul tomorrow.  I LOVE my library!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

At Least There Was Plenty of Snark and Attitude - Class Mom Review

TITLE: Class Mom
AUTHOR: Laurie Gelman
PUBLISHER: Henry Holt & Co.
PUBLISHING DATE: August 1, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom--or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it's her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max--this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the-wisest-candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents' response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of-special-brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen's methods win approval from the other moms. Throw in an old flame from Jen's past, a hyper-sensitive -allergy mom,-a surprisingly sexy kindergarten teacher, and an impossible-to-please Real Housewife-wannabe, causing problems at every turn, and the job really becomes much more than she signed up for.

MY THOUGHTS: So "Class Mom" isn't my usual read but after seeing one of my favorite bloggers review it, I grabbed it from my library. So a few weeks ago when I was severely under the weather, I picked it up anticipating and easy and light read and it was the PERFECT thing to keep me company while I "died" on the couch.

Jen Dixon is married and has two daughters in college and a 5 year old son. She gets roped into being class mom for his Kindergarten class and that's when the fun ensues. Jen is not really ready to dive back into school activities. She raised her daughter as a single mother following her young adult years filled with being a groupie for INXS and only settling down when children dictated she do so. In fact, she isn't entirely convinced that the lead singer isn't her daughter's father. But now Jen is a "respectable" housewife. Her husband owns a sporting goods store and she is trying to get in shape after being embarrassed by last year's mud run.

What makes this book so great is Jen's snarky and sarcastic attitude. Part of the book is told in emails sent to the class parents and to say Jen is a smart ass is an understatement. Gelman also does a wonderful job of portraying the various parents one might expect to encounter in today's school environment. Even the parent whose kid is allergic to EVERYTHING! 

"Class Mom" might seem an odd read for someone who doesn't have small children at home but truth be told, you don't really need that element to find this book hilarious. However, the humor in this book is not for everyone and I could see some people being offended at some of the things in it. However, if you are in the mood for sarcasm, friendship, unique characters, lots of drama and a small amount of intrigue, "Class Mom" just might be the book you're looking for.



Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (159)

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: Under the cover of “Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective,” Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don’t. When her dear friend Lord Ingram stands accused of the murder of his estranged wife, Charlotte goes under disguise to help prove his innocence to Scotland Yard.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I adore this series and look at that cover!  So wonderful.  In fact, I really hope I can score an ARC of this somehow!


Monday, May 21, 2018

TTT - Some of My Favorite Character Names

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. 

So it seems lately I have been putting some different twists on TTT so why should this week  be any different?  I'm sure I'll look at the lists and be like "Yea, why didn't I think of that one?" but for the current time, since I think I may struggle with this one, I'm dividing it into HUMAN NAMES and PET NAMES.  Is it really that surprising???


STOKER (The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries)

CASPER (in particular because in the book, he's a ghost hunter!)

ATL (the badass female vampire)

BONES (those that know him know I needn't have to say more)

PEPPER NEELY (because I think it's an awesome name for a young adventurous gal to have)


SOCRATES (such a cute name for an intelligent Basset Hound)


CUALLI ( An awesome tattooed Doberman.  
Can you tell I like this book?  Seriously guys, read it!)

SMOOSHIE (Cass' book-girlfriend)

ENZO ( I can still envision him attacking the evil zebra).

So there you have it.  Can you guess which list was easiest for me???

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Who's Owns That Bulldog???

TITLE: Pick and Chews (Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #4)
AUTHOR: Linda O. Johnston
PUBLISHER: Midnight Ink

Carrie Kennersly tries to help her veterinarian boyfriend when he's under suspicion of murder...Is he a keeper, or should she let him go off-leash for good?

As a technician for a local vet and the owner of the Barkery & Biscuits dog bakery, Carrie Kennersly is excited to host a rescue animal adoption event. She's also excited to be in a relationship with veterinarian Dr. Reed Storme, despite his pleas for her to butt out of the murder cases she keeps finding herself involved with. Yet when Reed is accused of killing his former veterinary colleague, he seems a lot more agreeable to having amateur detective Carrie butt back in. Can Carrie clear Reed, or does she care too much for a killer?

MY THOUGHTS: So after giving the previous installment if the Barkery & Biscuits mystery a 3/5, which was still good, I am glad to say that this most recent installment jumped back up to 4/5. Carrie is still working double time and running her dual dog/people bakery as well as working part time as a vet time. Yet when her boyfriend's ex comes to town and tries to open a new vet clinic and suddenly winds up dead, she also takes on the role of amateur sleuth in order to clear many of her loved ones. 

I will admit that I sort of had the perpetrator pegged about 3/4 of the way through but seeing as I had no idea why they might have done it, it was still an interesting read to the very end. But another great element in "Pick and Chews" is the town itself and its inhabitants. I love almost all of the characters Johnson creates and I could totally see myself living and working in this quaint mountain town. And of course, we can't forget the animals. There are plenty around since Carrie owns a dog bakery and also works at a vet office. There is even a animal rescue which gets quite a lot of mention and which must be dear to Johnson's heart as she is frequently mentioning rescue pets.

If you like cozy mysteries you should consider reading at least the first in this series to see if it's for you. And if you like dogs, it should be a no-brainer. I do hope the series continue and I would love to see more of "the Joes" as they are two of my favorite minor characters.

I received this book from Midnight Ink and Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviews.


BOOKER T's THOUGHTS:  So what's up with that adorable bulldog on the cover?  I can't figure out who he belongs to or his name or anything!  I think he's my long lost cousin!!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

So this year I vowed to read some science this year and have been making progress.  So after doing the SeasonsReading Horror Readathon and seeing they were doing this 2 week one, I couldn't resist.  So here's the rules: 

  • Read-a-Thon dates: Friday, June 1 at 12:00am CDT until Thursday, June 14 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly...there's a time zone converter in the sidebar menu). We do a different day configuration (rather than starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday) to go along with the quirkiness of science fiction. 👽
  • Since science fiction is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to the genre (often grouped together), if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine.
  • to check in on social media, we'll use our new hashtag #SciFiJune
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. These days, it seems most of our activity goes on in our Facebook group which I love. We have a great community over there...and it's not just during readathons. Everyone should feel free to post in there any time. 
  • As always, please refer to the Guidelines page if you have any questions, or you can contact me via the contact me tab (both are in the sidebar menu).
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Stacking the Shelves (162)/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 it's been another fairly big book week.  I actually got a few used books in the mail from Thriftbooks but since I sent a gift to a friend, I can't show them yet because she might guess what I sent her and we can't have that!  So let's start off by showing you what I got for review.

"When Animals Attack" sort of reminds me of last year's "Paperbacks from Hell" but for movies so I'm really excited to get started on it.  I've been wanting to read "Witchmark" since I first saw it and although sent me an copy, I  have huge problems with their download system so I requested it on Netgalley and am glad I was finally approved.  I think "Heroine's Journey" sounded good,  but alas, it's #3 in a series so I gotta get my hands on the first two.  Finally "The Moor" was too good to pass up being horror and everything.  

I also had to drop some books off at the library, which of course means new books. The sad thing is that as soon as I left, last night I got an email that some requests were in  #MurphysLibraryLaws.

I really couldn't resist either one and have heard some good things about "Reign of the Fallen."  

What did you add to your collection this week????