Friday, December 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (140)/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

I got two amazing books for review.  One came from Netgalley and one came from the author 
himself - thanks Hunter!  Look for a joint review of Fury of the Orcas with Stormi later this month, while Lake Silence is a continuation of The Others, one of my favorite series!

I also grabbed a few freebies for my Kindle from Amazon - what else is new!  I couldn't resist the cover of The Thin Wall and The Printer From Hell sounds like a few days I've had at the office this past year.  I had to add a dog to the mix and grabbed Christmas Party and how can I resist a horror book with a title like Nogglz?

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

Winter COYER Reading Challenge

I'll have to admit I kind of debated skipping the COYER Winter Challenge this time around but a good friend made me realize how much I would miss not participating.  Also, I've met so many great people through this challenge that I would miss the interaction with them as well.  So I've decided to go ahead and participate but I am not putting a lot of pressure on myself.  In fact, for a 3 month challenge, I am only wanting to hit 12 reads (I will be reading more of course but not all will work for the challenge).  Anyway, here are the rules:

The Basics

Let’s start with the basic rules and then we’ll get to the complicated.
  • The challenge begins December 16th at 12am EST and ends March 9th at 11:59pm EST.
  • You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and January 20th on blog, goodreads, fb, google+, etc. Be sure to indicate if you’re doing regular COYER or The Switch. Link your sign-up to the linky below.
  • You can choose to do regular COYER – which is the same as The Strict – or COYER Switch.
  • Link your reviews to the linky that will be provided on the Kick-off Post.
  • There will be three grand prize winners – $10 gift card – one for the linky review list, and two for Switch participants.
Of course that’s not it… way too simple for us! Now to show your three options #COYER Switch!

COYER Switch

COYER Switch has 3 components: The Strict, The List, and The One with the Twist. If you participate in COYER Switch, you’ll do each component at different times. There will be three phases:
  • December 16 – January 12
  • January 13 – February 9
  • February 10 – March 9
You can choose to do the three components in any order you’d like, but you’ll do each component once.

The Strict

This is good old strict COYER. The rules:
  1. Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
  2. Every book must be either free or less than $5.
  3. No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.

The List

For The List, you guessed it… you’re making a list!
  1. Make a list of up to 30 books you want to read.
  2. Every book on the list must be in your possession BEFORE you put them on the list.
  3. You can add 5 new books for every 5 books you read.
  4. Books on the list can be any format, any price, obtained any LEGAL way… so that means library books, KU, borrowed, etc.

The One with the Twist

The One with the Twist is probably my favorite…
    1. You can read ANY book. ANY price. Obtained any LEGAL way.
    2. The Twist is, you have to stick with one format. If you choose audiobooks, then only the audiobooks you read during this phase will count. If you choose eBooks, then only eBooks you read during this phase will count. ETC…

So I will basically be doing "The List, The Strict and The One With the Twist."  My order is to do the list first. do the strict next and do the twist last (which will be physical books).

Here is the link to my list of books to choose from on Goodreads:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekly Reads (12/15/17) - 10 Days Until Christmas!

You know, I can't figure out why no matter what I do, December is always hectic.  Everything seems to be rushed and instead of crossing things off a list it seems like I'm adding them.  At least I seem to be feeling better this week.  We also got our first snow accumulation but luckily it wasn't much.  It looks like it might be shaping up to be a white Christmas.

So we tried watching Season 2 of Frontier and it didn't really interest us as Season 1.  I think because I'm finding it to basically be the same show as "Taboo" with a different location.  In reality, they probably aren't that much alike but they are in my head so I doubt I'll continue.  Sorry Jason Momoa - I'll just have to catch you as Aquaman.  We also streamed "Detroit" the other night and I hated it.  I get that it's a story about history and civil rights and you can't change history but it was such a sad incident and nothing, I mean NOTHING, good really came out of it.  I understand the subject matter was heavy but come on, give me SOMETHING positive that resulted from the situation.  I went to bed thinking "Well, that sucked.  We could have just watched the news and saved $5.00).  Plus the really stupid idiot cop is Eustace from the Narnia series and I always liked Eustace.  

This weekend we will be putting up the tree and I hope to get some baking done.  I would say I'm a 5/10 on the scale of Christmas cheer but I did find a new Christmas song which is quickly becoming my favorite.  vvb32 reads  mentioned last week a new song by Sia and I'm IN LOVE!  I will warn you though, it's such an earworm song.  Once you listen, you WILL NOT be able to get it out of your head!!!

On the reading front, I'm hoping to get some serious reading done on "The Prey of Gods" because I love it and start a few more.  That's if time allows and that TO DO list doesn't get the best of me.

So is anyone else feeling the Christmas rush or are you planning on relaxing and reading some good books this week????

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Murder on the Lake of Fire Blog Tour

Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.

MY THOUGHTS: One cold morning, while future Olympian figure skater Britt Algarotti is practicing on a nearby lake, a flame mysteriously bursts out on the lake, engulfing Britt and leaving her family reeling.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sends Agent Emory Rome to investigate, unaware that by doing so, they are sending him back to a hometown he left several years ago.  However, the family has hired their own PI which further complicates the matter.

I think the overall mystery in this novel is a good one.  The murders are unique enough for the reader to question what is really going on and there are enough twists and turns that just when you think you know who did it, you might be proven wrong.  I didn't really care for the romance aspect of the book just because I don't think it was needed.  However, I didn't have a feeling for it either way.  I do have to mention that Wilson came up with one of the most unique pets I have run into in a long time. The PI owns a bobcat named Bobby.  He even feeds him fish by releasing them into a bathtub and letting him catch them.  Bobby is basically a minute part of the book but you can tell it's left a lasting impression.  

This book doesn't really end on a cliffhanger but there is something at the end that really kind of ropes the reader into reading the sequel, so I will keep my eye open for it.  If you like unique murders with a scientific edge, you might enjoy this one!


Author Bio:
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.


Pupcakes - Not All Holiday Fluff

TITLE: Pupcakes
AUTHOR: Annie England Noblin
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks
PUBLISHING DATE: October 10, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: All she wants is a settled-down life.

What she gets is a dog—and a whole new normal . . . 

There he stood in the doorway: overweight, depressed and nearly homeless—a pug named Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy was Brydie Benson’s latest problem, arriving on top of her messy divorce and sudden move. Brydie needed a place to start over, so this rent-free home seemed a great idea. She just never counted on Teddy, or his owner, the Germantown Retirement Village’s toughest customer, Pauline Neumann.

And because rent-free doesn’t mean bills-free, Brydie gets a night-shift job at a big-box grocery. Whoever guessed there were so many people who wanted baked goods after midnight?

Then, she gets an idea—why not combine her baking skills with her new-found dog knowledge? And so her store Pupcakes is born. Along with a new start comes a possible new love, in the form of Nathan Reid, a local doctor with a sassy Irish Wolfhound named Sasha. And as fall turns to winter, and then to Christmas, Brydie begins to realize that life is a little bit like learning a new recipe for puff pastry—it takes a few tries to get it just right!

MY THOUGHTS: First let me say it took me forever to read this book. However, it's not a reflection on the book because once I actually sat down to read it, I read the majority of it over a 24 hour period. While the cover is marketed as a holiday read, it actually takes place during the months of October, November and December so if you aren't a big Christmas-themed reader, don't let the cover throw you.

Byrdie Benson has moved to the Memphis area to be closer to her best friend following the collapse of her marriage and the bakery she owned with her husband. She is having difficulty starting over and since her bestie is pregnant with her second child, she is no longer able to crash in her home. She ends up staying in the home of an elderly woman, Pauline, who has recently entered a nursing home. While she can stay rent-free, there is one small catch which just happens to come in the form of Teddy Roosevelt, Pauline best friend pug. She also has to take Teddy to the nursing home once a week to visit. Eventually Byrdie manages to start her life anew, making new friends and meeting a new love interest, and she learns slowly learns how much a 4-legged friend can help a person.

I really loved this book which is probably evident by the 5/5 rating. Brydie was instantly likable yet flawed. While it was nice to see Byrdie move on and finally let go of any feelings for her cheating ex, the best relationship in the book ends up being between Bydie and Pauline. "Pupcakes" is full of great characters and Noblin has a way of placing you right inside her novels. I must also add that many of her characters are also defined by their dogs and it's of no surprise to find out Noblin is an animal lover herself. 

Finally I have to say this book is packaged quite well. It's divided into three sections - October, November and December. At the beginning of each section there is a title page feature Teddy dressed according to the season. Each chapter then again has a tiny picture of Teddy next to the number. 

This is a great book to read during the holiday season so there's still time to grab a copy. However, like I mentioned, I think "Pupcakes" is a great read year-round. Also, rarely am I a sentimental reader. In fact, I had a co-worker once who told me we both needed to take yearly sensitivity classes. Yet the end of the book ALMOST brought tears to my eyes. And no - the dog does not die.


Boy it's been a while since Mom asked my opinion.  And just when I was starting to feel neglected.  Let me just tell you that Teddy Roosevelt is my kind of dog.  He may be a bit on the small side, but I do love his puggy face (did you guys know that one of my nicknames is Puggy? And when I was small, Dad would have me dance the Dougie?  That's a tale for another day and one Mom can share with you because I think it's a tad embarrassing).  
Teddy like to eat and sleep in a human bed - a dog after my own heart.  But more importantly, he knows the value of cheering up the people in his life and he always has room in his heart for more love.  
So basically - READ THIS BOOK GUYS!  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (136)

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: An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. She’s resourceful. She’s bright. She’s scrappy. She can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

Set in a world very much like our own, School for Psychics is the first book in a stay-up-all night series.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I love the sounds of the MC and she sounds like someone who will be really fun to know.  Plus it sounds like she is trying to figure out whether to use her powers for good or evil which sounds interesting. I'm not sure if I'm sold on the cover, but the synopsis sealed the deal.


Challenge Time - Blog All About It

So I saw this over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup and it sounds like a lot of fun.  Plus it doesn't necessarily have to be book related and is pretty flexible so I thought "What the heck?"  Below are the rules so if you're interested, pop on over and sign up.

It's basically a blogging prompt challenge.
Each month there's a different prompt that you can interpret as you'd like then create a blog post around it.


If the prompt is BLUE you could...
--make a blueberry cobbler
--review a book with a blue cover
--interview an author who's name has blue in it
--discuss how you break out of a 'blue' mood
--share blue photos you've taken

It's incredibly flexible but also a good way to spread your blogger wings.

I think it'll be fun to see how differently people decide to blog about the exact same prompt.

The Prompts

January-- Winter
February-- Red
March-- Favorite Scent
April-- Art
May-- Organize
June-- Growl
July-- Spirit
August-- Beginning
September-- Escape
October-- Trees
November-- Truth
December-- Shine/Sparkle

Monday, December 11, 2017

TTT - 10 Favorite Books of 2017!

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. 

So as the year comes to the close, everyone starts doing favorite videos or best of/worst of videos. This week's topic falls right in line with that and I am sharing my favorite books of 2017.  These are in no particular order because that would require too much thinking and be ore than likely impossible.  Anyway, on with the list!!!

"Certain Dark Things" was the first book I read in January 2017 and it remains one of my faves.  I just read "Rolling in the Deep" last month and don't even have my review up yet but I LOVED IT!

These are two of the best cozy mysteries I've read all year.  "Death in the Stacks" in book 8 in the series and it's still going strong while "Twelve Slays of Christmas" is by a debut author.

"Lost Boy" continued my love affair with Captain Hook and the Veronica Speedwell series never disappoints. 

One of my favorite authors - Jackie Bouchard, and one of my favorite artists - Prince (may he rest in purple).

I never dreamed I'd love "The Rules of Magic" so much but it really was a magical book.  And although I hate to see Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series come to an end this year, I was very pleased with how "Rituals" wrapped things up.

BONUS- I read more Hunter Shea this year than any other author and I'm always thrilled when I have one of his on my TBR.  I also LOVED Stuart R. West's "Dread and Breakfast" and it's a great winter read for anyone looking for a horror/thriller.

So there you have it.  My best of 2017.  Have you read any of these and did they make you best list too???

Now This is My Kind of Mermaid!

TITLE: Rolling in the Deep (Rolling in the Deep #0.5)
AUTHOR: Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)
PUBLISHER: Subterranean Press
PUBLISHING DATE: April 6, 2015

FROM GOODREADS: When the Imagine Network commissioned a documentary on mermaids, to be filmed from the cruise ship Atargatis, they expected what they had always received before: an assortment of eyewitness reports that proved nothing, some footage that proved even less, and the kind of ratings that only came from peddling imaginary creatures to the masses. 

They didn't expect actual mermaids.  They certainly didn't expect those mermaids to have teeth.

This is the story of the Atargatis, lost at sea with all hands.  Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.  Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the bathypelagic zone in the Mariana Trench…and the depths are very good at keeping secrets.

MY THOUGHTS: I couldn't have asked for a better read and it was just what I needed to wrap up my Thanksgiving vacation. So Imagine Network (who in my head I couldn't stop thinking of SyFy) is filming a "documentary" proving the existence of mermaids near the Mariana Trench. They commission a ship, the Atargatis, to make the trip and have even hired a troupe of mermaids to make sure they complete what they set out to do. The problem is, they never planned for what they actually find and while it will definitely make for some great footage, it may never actually get released.

I have pretty much loved everything I've ever read by Seanan McGuire and had high expectation for this one. I am thrilled to say I was not disappointed. Although this book is actually a novella, there is plenty of action and McGuire does a great job of developing characters in a short amount of time. I even became attached to a character or two - damn you McGuire.

I read this because I already have a copy of Into the Drowning Deep waiting for me on my Kindle and I wanted to make sure I knew all of the backstory before I started it. After reading "Rolling in the Deep" I'm that much more excited to start the next in the series and see what fun McGuire has in store for her readers. I've never been a huge fan of mermaids but EVIL mermaids are something I can definitely support!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (139)/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

I ended up grabbing some books from Amazon this week on sale.  I've heard some good things about "Jade City" so when I got an email Friday that it was on sale for $2.99 I went ahead and grabbed it.  "The Ripper's Shadow" is a book I've been meaning to read all year and even though my library has it, it was on sale for $0.99 so I figured  it was worth it.  Finally "Demon Dog" was a total impulse but for $0.99 as well.

I also received three books from Netgalley and the publishers.  I'm thrilled to have "Pick and Chews" especially since it's a series I'm current on and I featured it on a Can't Wait Wednesday post a few weeks ago.  "The Dogs of Camelot" looks right up my alley and pretty interesting to boot.  I used to love werewolf books but really haven't read any in ages so I'm hoping "Wolf Blood" rekindles my love of them.

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Weekly Reads (12/08/17) I Smell Snow

That pretty much says it all.  Late Thursday morning I spotted the first flakes falling from the sky.  They didn't amount to much and while for a whole second they put me in the Christmas mood, sanity took over and I was forced to face the fact that Winter is in fact coming and there's little I can do about it.  

It's been a pretty uneventful week here at The Farm.  For anyone who has followed the Stupid Cousin (SC) saga over the past year or so, he had the audacity to call me Sunday morning (and wake me up) to ask to borrow money.  Apparently he was stuck in a dream where he thought I would say yes since it was so early.  Maybe my "NO!" woke him up.  

The pups are fine and hopefully I can get some newer Christmas pics of them soon.  They both got new toboggans and Cass makes the cutest reindeer (with his new antlers and all).  To be honest, I haven't read much this past week.  I've been a tad under the weather and it's kind of interfered with reading.  However, I am about 100 pages into "Pupcakes" and enjoying it.  Here's the next books up on the stack.

Saturday is Mr. Barb's birthday and although he has to work until 4pm, the pups and I are planning dinner and cupcakes for him when he gets home.  We haven't really watched any good movies lately but I found out "It" will be available digitally 12/21 so I know what will be the yearly Christmas Eve movie this year.  I did finish watching "Longmire" and overall it was good but I felt like some things were really pushed.  

Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead and are you reading and watching anything good?

This Book Will Make You Hungry!

TITLE: Twelve Slays of Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #1)
AUTHOR: Jacqueline Frost
PUBLISHER: Crooked Lane Books
PUBLISHING DATE: October 10, 2017

FROM GOOREADS: When Holly White's fiance cancels their Christmas Eve wedding with less than two weeks to go, Holly heads home with a broken heart. Lucky for her, home in historic Mistletoe, Maine is magical during Christmastime--exactly what the doctor prescribed. Except her plan to drown her troubles in peppermints and snickerdoodles is upended when local grouch and president of the Mistletoe Historical Society Margaret Fenwick is bludgeoned and left in the sleigh display at Reindeer Games, Holly's family tree farm. 

When the murder weapon is revealed as one of the wooden stakes used to identify trees on the farm, Sheriff Evan Grey turns to Holly's father, Bud, and the Reindeer Games staff. And it doesn't help that Bud and the reindeer keeper were each seen arguing with Margaret just before her death. But Holly knows her father, and is determined to exonerate him.The jingle bells are ringing, the clock is ticking, and if Holly doesn't watch out, she'll end up on Santa's naughty list in Twelve Slays of Christmas, Jacqueline Frost's jolly series debut.

MY THOUGHTS: If you are looking for a cute cozy to get you in the Christmas mood, look no further because "The Twelve Slays of Christmas" does just that. Holly has just returned home to Mistletoe, Maine for the holidays after her fiance called off their wedding. In order to get over the loss, she immerses herself in work on her parents Christmas tree farm and it's there that the reader becomes introduced to the entire zany cast of characters. Soon after the book begins, a townswoman named Margaret is found dead on the property after making numerous people upset. The tree farm is now abuzz with investigations from the new detective in town and it is ruining the annual Reindeer Games.

This book is just so much fun. I'm not even a huge reader of Christmas-themed tales but I devoured it in a few days. The tree farm is so quaint and the activities associated with Reindeer Games sound like so much fun even a Scrooge would enjoy them. I really enjoyed meeting all the residents of Mistletoe, Maine and of course the mystery kept me on my toes as well. This book is Christmas through-and-through and I am wondering what the author has planned for the next installment because I can't imagine anything other than Christmas tales in this setting. I mean, even Holly's cat (where's the dog love cozy writers???) is named Cindy Lou. I will warn you there that there is tons of talk about food in the book though - from pies and cookies to cocoa and cupcakes. I was seriously hungry through half of it.

"Twelve Slays of Christmas" earns 5/5 because the mystery kept me on my toes, the characters were a blast and the setting definitely put me in the Christmas mood. If any of that interests you, then I suggest you start this series as well!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

November 2017 Wrap-Up

Well, it's that time again - time to look back at what I read during the past month and take stock of my challenge progress.  I participated in a Christmas reading challenge and also worked in a few library books as well.  All in all I'm pretty happy with how the month shaped up so here we go!

GOODREADS: 95/100 - almost there and at this point, I've already read one in December so I'm not real worried and believe I will meet my target.
2017 CLOAK & DAGGER CHALLENGE: 40/26 (Twelve Slays of Christmas, A Christmas Peril, Death in the Stacks, Canal Day Calamity)
2017 FLIGHTS OF FANTASY CHALLENGE: 41/18 (The Rules of Magic, Rolling in the Deep)
2017 HORROR READING CHALLENGE: 42/15 (Gluttony Bay, The Truants, October Faction Vol. 4, Rolling in the Deep)
2017 WHAT AN ANIMAL CHALLENGE: 24/20 (Canal Day Calamity)
2017 NEW RELEASE CHALLENGE: 71/61 (Twelve Slays of Christmas, Gluttony Bay, The Truants, A Christmas Peril, The Rules of Magic, Death in the Stacks, Canal Day Calamity)

So I pretty much completed all of my challenges except Goodreads and as I write this, only have 3 1/2 books yet to read to nail it as well.  I'm happy with how things are going and am still having tons of fun.  I had 3 5-paw reads which is great, 4 4-paw reads, 1 3-paw read and a lonely DNF which is rare for me but I don't regret it one bit (Thanks Stormi for the encouragement to call it quits on The Truants).

So how did your month shape up???

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (135)

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.

Hello guys,  it's Booker T and Cass.  We're sneaking in and using Mom's computer while she is at work.  We haven't had a chance to work (play) on it in a while and we have to make an appearance for our faithful followers every once in a while.  Mom's been busy with Christmas prep and Dad's birthday is this weekend so we're sure she won't mind.  We've each picked a book we think Mom and a lot of your will like!

FROM GOODREADS: The Tail Waggin' Winterfest is the highlight of the season in the famously pet-friendly Pocono Mountains town of Sylvan Creek. But despite attractions like an ice sculpture display, a dogsled race, and gourmet hot chocolate, Daphne Templeton finds herself annoyed by TV producer Lauren Savidge, who's filming the festivities. She's critical, controlling, and as chilly as the January air. Daphne would like to tell her to go jump in a lake--and as a matter of fact, that's exactly what they're both going to do . . .

It's the first-ever polar bear plunge in Lake Wallapawakee, and Daphne and Lauren are among the eighty or so people who charge into the frigid water to raise funds for animals in need. Daphne makes it back to shore--with the help of a mysterious St. Bernard--but Lauren is dragged out stone cold dead. Now, with her trusty basset hound Socrates at her side, Daphne intends to assist Detective Jonathan Black in his investigation--whether he wants her to or not . . 

WHY BOOKER T CAN'T WAIT:  Mom loves this series and I think that philosophical basset named Socrates is one cool pup!

FROM GOODREADS: The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. 

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world. 

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. 

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

WHY CASSIUS CAN'T WAIT:  A mysterious crow??? Mom, can I have a mysterious crow....PLEASE!


My First 2018 Challenge Announcement

I've done this challenge for the past few years and it's pretty much a given for me.  I am so glad Yvonne @ Socrates Books Reviews hosts it every year.  I have achieved my goals every year so far with this one and I'm aiming for Level 3 this year.  Here are the rules and guidelines:

1. Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.)
 It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal.

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

5. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

6. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime (assuming you made a list to begin with).

7. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

8. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. Or you can sign up by joining my group on Goodreads for this challenge by clicking here.

9. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)

10. To sign up, use the Mister Linky below. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later.

That's it! Enjoy and have fun!

Monday, December 4, 2017

TTT - 10 Books Settings I'd Like to Visit - NOT!

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 book settings I'd like to visit.  I kind of did that topic already in October when the topic was related to food and I switched it up.  You can find that post here.  So therefore, I'm switching this one to 10 Book Settings There is No Way in Hell I'd Visit.

Matt Wallace's Sin du Jour universe - Killer Santas, cupids and Easter Bunnies, demons everywhere, blood and gore - while it's all a blast to read about, I wouldn't fare well in this world.

One word about this setting - SNAKES.  I'm even amazed I was able to read it and sit through the movie.  That should clue you in on how much I actually liked the story.  No way would I be here!

I didn't even like reading about the New Mexico settlement called Little Heaven so I know it's a place I would never visit!  Too many weird and creepy things.  Plus, the book bored me so the setting might and just when I let my guard down, I'd end up dead.

You couldn't GIVE me an apartment in the Bramford.

Night Vale is too odd for even me, and that's saying something.

A creepy apartment next to a graveyard with only my family as the occupants - nope, no way.

Do I even have to explain?

So the apocalypse has arrived and I'm stuck with a bunch of high schoolers?  KILL ME NOW!

I think the setting alone might be fun but if I had to spend any time with Alice, I'd be tried for murder or at the very least assault.  So I better stay away from this one too.

I wouldn't do well in the Seven Kingdoms.  I'd probably die pretty quickly.  The only house I'd want to be a part of is the Stark's and have you seen how cold and crude it is there?

So there you have it - my list.  Hope you enjoyed!