Sunday, January 20, 2019

What's Happening on The Farm (01-19-19)

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 this is going up a tad bit later than normal and I have no real reason other than I didn't feel like sitting down at the computer for very long.  We are right on the border of the massive snowstorm headed toward the East and I've kind of been holding my breath that it doesn't shift.  It's bad enough we'll be having single digit temps Sunday night.

And on,  my other excuse.  Despite having 4 books I HAVE to finish before January ends, I got sucked down the hole known as "The Punisher Season 2."  We're six episodes in which leave 7 more to go.  I do think Season 1 was better, but I'm enjoying this one too.  Oh and we watched the first episode of "The Passage."  All I can say is I think they crammed 200 pages of the book into 1 hour.  It wasn't bad but it might be best to think of them as 2 separate things - the book and the show. I have been reading some this weekend and have a holiday Monday so hopefully I can do some catching up on that aspect.  Here's the books I've got going right now.

So now onto what I like to refer to as THE HORRIFIC HAUL.  I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this one.  First, from Flame Tree Press I received "The Devil's Equinox," "Chop Shop," and "Stoker's Wilde."

Then Stormi sent me "Abominable" for my birthday. It looks and sounds awesome and she totally surprised me as I had never even heard of this one!

And finally, the freebie grab of the week I want to showcase is "The Strangeness that is Wales."  This book showcases legends and ghosts of Wales so when I saw it (as well as the cute dog on the cover) I couldn't resist.

So there you have it.  What did you add to your shelves and if you are snowed in, how are you passing the time?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Hate U Give Reading Update

So Maria from A Night's Dream of Books and I read the first 7 chapters of "The Hate U Give" last week and I have to say, so far so good.  It definitely has my attention and I can see this being a fairly quick read if I wasn't pacing myself.  Right now, it's pretty much my Sunday book and will be for the next few weeks. 

So Maria sent me a few questions for discussion which is the same format we used for out "Dread Nation" buddy read.  So check out the questions and my answers below and make sure you pop over to her blog when you're finished!

If you haven't read this, this will probably contain some spoilers so don't feel obligated to read on :)

1.) First of all, I’ve noticed that you’ve abbreviated the title of this novel to “THUG”. Do you think the author gave her novel the title, "The Hate U Give", intentionally, because it can be abbreviated this way? 

So I'm pretty sure I've read something along the way which indicated that the author was definitely acting intentionally with the name. I'll have to admit, it took me a while to catch on with this one but after starting it, I would have thought  it intentional anyway.  Mainly because she mentions Tupac's song "Thug Life" in the first few chapters so I think that might have influenced her.  

2.) I like the way Angie Thomas set the mood from the very beginning. There were some details that gave me a sense of foreboding. What about you? Did you get that sense, too, that something REALLY bad was going to happen? If so, what details gave you that feeling?

Yes, I just knew something was going to happen after the direction the party was heading.  And because her friend at the party wanted to start some trouble with another girl, and really wanted Starr to help her, I sort of initially assumed that was going to blow up in their face.  Also, when Starr and Khalil were in the car and the police pulled them over, Starr was so nervous and had so many "things to do" running through her head I just knew it would end badly.  

3.) Were you surprised that Starr was not immediately interrogated by the police regarding the shooting? Why or why not? 

Yes I am am in "real life" I don't know that it would play out this way.  I am glad that Starr had a family that stood up for her and was watching out for her so she had some time she obviously needed.  Also, I think with social media being so quick to pick up on things that happen now, it's not real feasible to allow things time like it might have been in the past.  Things need to be done quickly for fear of tainted interviews and evidence and situations spiraling out of control.

4.) How did you feel about the contrasts between Starr’s home world – Garden Heights – and Williamson, the prep school she attends? I thought it was ironic that Starr’s classmates argue about such things as how to properly eat Pop Tarts, while Starr and her family have to worry about such things as knowing how to talk to cops if you get stopped on the road. 

I think Thomas did a good job at contrasting two different worlds.  However, were the book on a different subject matter and we readers encountered teens arguing over how to eat Pop Tarts, we'd just be commenting on how stupid they act and be making some silly comments like "typical teens."  However in this context, it does just go to show how different people are and how people have different issues in their lives and bigger things to worry about.

So there you have it, make sure to check back next Friday to see how we're progressing.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Can't Wait Wednesday (193)

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: The Go-Go's made music on their own terms and gave voice to a generation caught between the bra-burning irreverence of the seventies and the me-first decadence of the eighties. Anthems like "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" are an indelible part of our collective soundtrack, but more than that, they speak to the power and possibility of youth. Inspired by punk but not yoked to it, the Go-Go's broke important musical ground by combining cheeky lyrics, clever hooks, and catchy melodies, perfectly capturing what it feels like to be young and female in the process.

But beyond the Go-Go's effervescent sound and cheerful pop stylings, a darkness underlies many of their lyrics and melodies, hinting at the heartache and frustration inherent in growing up. In other words, plenty to inspire murder and mayhem.

With a foreword by Go-Go's co-founder Jane Wiedlin and original stories by 25 kick-ass authors, editor Holly West has put together an all-star crime fiction anthology inspired by one of the most iconic bands of the eighties and beyond.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I LOVE 80s music and was a huge Go-Gos fan back then (still am).  Throw in the mystery aspect of this anthology makes it definitely one I want to check out.


Monday, January 14, 2019

TTT - New to Me Authors I Read in 2018

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. 

So this week I am sharing with you new authors I read last year.  I never really stopped to consider this before so it should be rather interesting.

So basically of the 105 books I read last year, 55 were new-to-me authors.  Quite surprising!

Let's start out with 2 which didn't work very well for me.  However, I will be giving both authors second chances.

I can't recommend "Wolves of Winter" enough and after reading "Neverworld Wake" I'm really curious about "Night Film."

Both of these were very pleasant surprises.

So "Dread Nation" was interesting and I am looking forward to the second book and I'm finally glad I read a Kepnes book - I loved this one!

Possibly two of my favorite reads of all year.  The more I think about "The Last Woman in the Forest," the more I like it.

So there you have it.  Just a few of my favorites of the year.  I have to admit, I am still rather shocked at how many of my reads fell into this category in 2018.

So Would You Enter This Door? - In An Absent Dream Review

TITLE: In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4)
AUTHOR: Seanan McGuire
PUBLISHING DATE: January 8, 2019

FROM GOODREADS: This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well. For anyone . . .
MY THOUGHTS: So people who know me and know my reading habits are already fully aware of how much I love this series.  Now I will admit that "Beneath the Sugar Sky" fell somewhat flat for me but I blame that on the fact that it reminded me too much of Alice in Wonderland and Alice and I are not friends.  However, I was very eager to get my hands on this newest installment and see if my love affair was still in tact and I am thrilled to say it is.

"In An Absent Dream" follows Lundy though her childhood.  As a young child, Lundy never fit conventional molds.  Instead of making friends and playing "normal" children games, Lundy much preferred reading and losing herself in books (so you can see the appeal right?).  One day, on the way home, she is reading a book when her feet take her the wrong way.  Lundy stumbles upon a twisted tree with a doorway which leads her to the Goblin Market and introduces her to all kinds of interesting characters.  However, as Lundy grows, she learns everything at the Goblin Market has a cost and not paying fairly has some serious consequences.

So Lundy was a fun character.  I loved her love of reading and felt for her because in the "real world" she never really felt like she belonged.  Throughout the book Lundy visits the Goblin Market several different time and for a novella length book, we actually get to visit quite a time span.  There are some wonderful creatures at the Market and Lundy quickly meets her first and only best friend, Moon.  Moon is quirky and careless and personally I'm surprised she survived in the Market as long as she has, but she is also endearing and fun.

Birds play a VERY important role at the Goblin Market and my bird-loving dog Cass definitely approves of the nature of McGuire's consequences.  If you want to know more, you'll just have to read the series and find out.  While "In An Absent Dream" ties into the other three installments somewhat, I would call it more of a companion book and do think you could read this one out of order but why would you?  All four books are novella length and have such a whimsical fairy tale nature that I would definitely recommend the series to everyone.


A Brief Announcement

So I have enable comment moderation on the blog at least for the next few weeks.  I hope it doesn't deter anyone from commenting and know that I'll still be reading them several times a day and answering when I can.  

Thanks for visiting The Farm!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Challenge Announcement - They Call It Puppy Love 2019!

So it's that time of year again.  February will be here before we know it and that means it's time for the "They Call It Puppy Love Challenge."  It will last all month long and the rules are simple.  

  • Make a sign up post and link it here to the blog.
  • Read at least one book which: has a dog (or cat) on the cover or features a dog (or cat) in it.
  • Do a wrap up post at the end of February with links to your review(s).
Seems easy enough huh?  At the end of the month, I will put all the participants in a bowl and Booker T will pick a lucky winner.  That person will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Amazon or Book Depository.