Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (180)

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: When a beloved family dog is stolen, one teen sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.

My name's Griz. I've never been to school, I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I first saw this over at Tammy's blog (Books Bones & Buffy) and when she mentioned it, she said she immediately thought of me.  If someone stole my pups, you best believe I would go after them so I'm curious to see how Griz handles the matter.  Plus I like Griz's philosophy so I think I'm gonna like this kid - A LOT!


Monday, October 15, 2018

TTT - Going Off Track

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 bookstores or libraries I'd like to visit.  I really don't travel a lot and honestly couldn't probably come up with anything so since it's the spooky season, so I'm going to share what I would consider "underrated" scary books.  Hope you find some new recommendations.

The Family Plot - Cherie Priest.  I'm surprised more people haven't read this haunted house tale.  Priest is a pretty well-known author and I definitely think more people should pick this one up.

The Awesome - Eva Darrows (aka Hillary Monahan) - I had a blast with this book.  This is kind of light-hearted horror about Maggie, a teenage monster hunter but it was so much fun!

The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins.  Seriously, I can't even begin to put this book in words.  Which seems to be a commonality amongst a lot of its readers.  But I would most definitely recommend it.

Rooms - Lauren Oliver.  When I see this author mentioned, it's rarely for this book but this is another underrated haunted house tale I thoroughly enjoyed.

The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman.  Okay so maybe it's not underrated because this one has gotten some buzz, but I can't figure out why EVERYONE hasn't read it.  It's that good people!

Snowed - Maria Alexander.  Seriously - Christmas horror.  I enjoyed this one and it's a Krampus retelling of sorts.  AND I just learned while making this post book 2 just came out. I know what I'm reading this holiday season!

Graveminder - Melissa Marr.  This one had a more Gothic feel than horror but it does center around spooky rituals.  I've always been surprised it never got more buzz, especially given the author.

The Countess - Rebecca Johns.  So I sort of have a weird fascination with famous creepy people - Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper and Elizabeth Bathory.  This one could be a great historical creepy read for the Halloween season.

So Cold the River - Michael Koryta.  I love this author's spooky tales and I never hear much about him.  I'd recommend this one as well as The Ridge.

The Birthing House - Christopher Ransom.  This is another book I don't think enough people have read.  It's another haunted house/possession tale so please, someone else read it and then you can tell me I was right in loving it or am completely off my rocker.

So there you have it.  Have you read any of these?  Have I convinced you to give any a try?

What's Up With All the Crazy???

TITLE: The Elizas
AUTHOR: Sara Shepard
PUBLISHER: Atria Books
PUBLISHING DATE: April 17, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness.

Desperate to find out who attacked her, Eliza takes it upon herself to investigate. But as the publication date for her novel draws closer, Eliza finds more questions than answers. Like why are her editor, agent, and family mixing up events from her novel with events from her life? Her novel is completely fictional, isn’t it?

The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins.

MY THOUGHTS:  I was super curious about "The Elizas" when it first came out but then quickly forgot about it.  However, my library recently got a copy so when I saw it on the "New Releases" shelf, I quickly snatched it up.  Eliza Fontaine has had a troubling past.  She has just recovered from a brain tumor and the book she wrote during her recovery is about to release and is touted as the next bestseller.  Yet, despite all this reason for joy and celebration, Eliza is fished out of the bottom of a pool by a Batmobile-driving man (seriously I can't make this stuff up) and all of her family and friends see this as just another failed suicide attempt - because Eliza can't swim.  In fact, she also seems to have a habit of jumping in pools. 

There is a serious mystery wrapped up in "The Elizas" which is complicated by, dare I say it, an unreliable narrator.  Add in the whole book-within-a-book trope and it's amazing that I liked this book at all - but I did.  Eliza thinks someone is out to kill her and as the book continues, the reader learns that apparently a lot of people are in on the conspiracy - and I mean A LOT.  

"The Elizas" was full of twists and turns and although I had one of the major plot twists figured out about midway through, it didn't deter my enjoyment of the story.  I couldn't wait to figure out what was going on and overall pleased with how Shepard was able to make such a crazy tale make sense in the end.

I've been burned by thrillers in the past  (yes, I'm looking at you Final Girls and Chalk Man)  but thankfully "The Elizas" doesn't fall into that category. Oh, and I hope Eliza invests some of her book money into swimming lessons because with all the "crazy" going on, she may need them again in the future.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekly Reads/Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post (10/13/18)

So I've basically decided to combine posts when able and separate them when I want.  In other terms, I'm gonna go with the flow.  So it finally cooled down here toward the end of the week and while I'm in no hurry for winter, I can deal with not sweating to death.  But Weather Gods, if you are listening, I'm in no hurry to shiver all the time either!  I have to admit the boys seem to like the cooler temperatures more plus they are good snugglers.  Well, at least Cass is a good snuggler, T doesn't snuggle much unless there is food involved.

Movie and TV wise there isn't much to report.  We watched the new Netflix film, Benevolent and it was okay.  It was definitely one of those films where I was rooting for some characters to die.  We also watched an older horror film from 1974 called "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie."  I have to admit it was pretty entertaining. 

Also, The Walking Dead started back up and after watching the first episode, I have hopes that this year may be the resurgence it is desperately in need of. I hope to get some reading done this weekend and with the cooler temps, it perfect for books, booze and blankets. Gee, that sounds like a new winter feature. Do I see a renaming of my weekend post in the future??? Here's what I hope to read and at least finish one of them.

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 cans you cam 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 of course I added a few books this week.  What else is new?  I picked up "An Easy Death" as it was a new addition to my library and I had requested it.  I bought "In Dog We Trust" after seeing it on Laura's blog.  Thanks Laura!  And "The Fade" and "Slender Man" were received for review.

So what books did you add this week and do you have any fun plans for the upcoming days???

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Book Discussion #1 - The Library Hold Curse


So I know I've made several comments during the history of my blog about all of my library requests coming in at the same time.  In fact, I've probably said it too many times to count.  And a bunch of people have commented that it happens to them a lot so I put on my thinking cap and tried to figure out why this happens to me and I have a few ideas.

I'm an online stalker - So I am always watching for new releases and like most bloggers, know months in advance when my favorite authors have books coming out.  And when that happens, I fire up the internet and search my library database to see if they've ordered a copy.  When I do, I immediately put a hold on it, even if it's a few weeks or sometimes months in advance.  And I'm sure my library has a system for ordering and it only makes sense that my library places orders for many of the books I want at the same time.  Thus, they all arrive at the same time.  

I use too many libraries - I have access to two libraries which use the same system and one which recently broke up with them as well as Overdrive and Hoopla. So I'm ALL THE TIME requesting books so the law of averages says some of them will arrive at the same time.

There is someone in town with similar reading tastes - There has to be.  So I bet all the books I want to read they have out at the same time and are returning them at the same time.  Imagine, TWO of me.  Also, I know there is at least one librarian at two of the libraries who likes horror so I think when new books come in I have requested, they read them before notifying me they're in - does that sound like too much of a conspiracy theory?  

The library fairy - She simply delivers all the books I want to the library at the same time.  And you know, I just googled Book Fairy and found out that Emma Watson is a book fairy so it's all Emma Watson's fault apparently. 

So the next time I have too many requests come in at the same time, I'll just blame Emma Watson!

So what are YOUR Library Hold Curse theories???

New Post - New Feature (Actually a Revamped Old One)

So over the past month instead of doing actual TBR's I've been doing a "Musts & Mights" post.  That has sort of been working but you know what I've learned I've really enjoyed - just picking up books on a whim here and there.  Now as a reviewer, we all know we have commitments but when I feel pressured to read, I find myself not really reading (must be a holdover from being a teen and doing the opposite of what my parents wanted me to do).  

So I've revamped the feature (and actually it was an excuse to try to make a cool new graphic).  It will now be known as Monthly Contenders (get it, BOXERmommyread - contender).  I kill myself sometimes!  So each month (hopefully), I'll be sharing some books I might pick up.  And if you have any additional suggestions of new releases for the month you think I might want to add, please add them in the comments.  

So are you ready to rumble.............

Have you read any of these or are there others I definitely must read? 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (178)

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:  State Road 177 runs along the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you’ll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might find seven.

But you’d better hope not.

Titus and Davina Bell leave their hotel in Fargo for a second honeymoon canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. But shortly before they reach their destination, they draw up to a halt at the edge of a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car . . .

When, much later, a tow-truck arrives, the driver finds Titus lying in the middle of the road, but Davina is nowhere to be found.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Because it's Cherie Priest and it seems like I've been waiting forever for a new book from her.  Also I want to know where Davina went.