Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Reading List

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Blizzard of the Blue Moon by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
Child of the Dark Prophecy: The Great Tree of Avalon by T. A. Barron
Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast
Saddle Up by Marie Rose Dufour (After Dark)
Mega Machines by Deborah Lock (Early Reader)
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Bedtime Story)
 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Pumpkin Day = 1pt
Bravest Dog Ever = 1pt
Secret Agent Mater = 1pt
How to Grow a Beard = 3pts
Frankenstein's Daughters = 5pts
Bear is Not Tired = 1pt
Dragon of the Red Dawn = 5pts
Frankenstein GN = 3pts
Full Time Father = 3pts

Currently Reading:

 Books to be Read Soon:

Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt


Total Points Earned
    315 points + 23 Points earned = 338 points

Total Points Earned this Year: 2128
Total Points Spent this Year: 884

Pages Read/ Time Listened
256:02 (10 days 16 hrs 02 mins) Hours Listened (8:03 listened this week)
39,767 Pages Read (800 this week)

Books Added to Shelves

Interesting Tidbits on the Web:


I had high hopes for last week but I had so much catch up to do both at work and at home (when you think about it I was only out of the office one day and only gone less than 50 hours but it seems like so much more). I really didn't get much reading done at all, even with Dewey's Readathon on Saturday, which I only got to participate in for a few hours.  Oh well, I knew it always gets a little crazy coming to the end of the year. 
I hope you had a great week last week and will have a book filled one this week (I certainly hope I do).

Sunday, October 23, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by Kami over at Kami's Library Thoughts, thank you Kami!
Thank the person that tagged you and link to their blog
List the rules.
Share 7 interesting things about yourself
Nominate 10 blogs
List your nominees and link to their blog

7 Interesting Things About Me:
As many of you know, and share this with me, I am terrified of spiders, but did you know my other great fear is moose?! Yup, I am absolutely terrified, if I get enough notice I will climb in a vehicle or building, if I don't get away before I see them I totally freeze up.
When I first went to college I went in with plans to go into forensics or neurosurgery, so clearly that didn't pan out, chemistry is not my thing (and neither is calculus).
I have an extremely hard time letting books go, even the ones I don't like.  I got new shelves in May and boxed up a ton of books to donate, they made it into my car last month and they are still riding around in my trunk because I am worried that I might want to read one at some point again.
I don't eat chocolate. People are shocked about this all the time, I may have one or two tiny chocolate bars in a year but that is it. For some reason chocolate always gives me a headache, always has, so I stick to fruity candies like jelly beans or gummy bears.
I cannot handle spicy food. My husband makes fun of me all the time but anything over mild heat makes my mouth burn, my eyes water and my nose drip.
I could eat breakfast for every meal and be 100% happy. I love eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, etc. love it all!
I am a complete homebody and introvert (as so many of us book lovers are) but other than the people I work with and immediate family, I could go weeks without interacting with other people. I often don't even see or talk to friends more than once or twice a month (probably makes me not such a great friend but they all seem to still love me anyway).
My Nominations:

Most of the people I would nominate have already been nominated or don't do these kind of things (and I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable or feel they have to participate)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dewey's Fall 24 Hour Readathon - Kick Off

I am here ready to kick off my readathon today.  I am only going to have a little bit of time to participate today but at least it is something.  I will only be reading for about 4 or 5 hours today so I will only have this post and probably one other update after I am done reading.
It is 8:00am here in Rhode Island and Munchkin and I are ready to start reading.  Hubby has headed out to work and we are snuggled in my bed with a small pile of books, some apple cider and some cereal.
Here are the books we are going to start with today . . .
I think by that time Munchkin might need a little break to play so I will read
 We are supposed to have friends from out of town visiting all afternoon but if they happen to leave a little earlier in the evening than they have in the past I will pick up
I am looking forward to even a little reading time today and I think Munchkin will enjoy cuddling up in bed with some good books.  So what are you reading to start your Dewey Day?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bedtime Story: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Read for: Children's Book Challenge
Synopsis: "The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?"

My Review: This book is by the same author who wrote The Gruffalo, so of course we had to get this one too. It is a cute book that is perfect for Halloween with out being too scary for those little ones who are sensitive, like Munchkin. It has fun rhymes that kids will want to join in reading, and underneath the story is a message about helping others and it eventually coming back to you. Munchkin enjoyed this book, not as much as Gruffalo, but then again nothing really does. It was a great book for the season (there is also a movie too but we haven't caught it on TV yet).
My Rating: I really love how this one is appropriate for Halloween but without the spookiness to it. It has that same little rhythm and rhyme that the Gruffalo did and it just flows off the tongue. We give it a rating of Four Paws!
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Beginning Reader Review: Mega Machines by Deborah Lock

Read for: Early Reader Challenge
Synopsis: "Mega Machines" takes readers to a busy, noisy construction site to watch the bulldozers, diggers and cement mixers in action, constructing a new school. In this Level 1 "DK Reader" children just beginning to read will be part of the action from preparing the site to adding the finishing touches and having a grand opening ceremony. "DK Readers" is a multi-level reading program guaranteed to capture children's interest while developing their reading skills and general knowledge. With nine new exciting titles to choose from this season, kid's ages 4-10 will find the perfect book at their appropriate reading level to help with school projects or independent reading."

My Review: This is a great level one book for Munchkin, it is a little advanced in the fact that the sentences were a little longer and some of the words might be difficult for those who aren't big equipment fans but it was perfect for us. I also liked that this was a non-fiction early reader, it has photographs of various equipment on a big job site and also great descriptions as to what they all do. If you have a big truck fan who might be a little reluctant to read, this might be a great way to draw their interest.
My Rating: Of course this one appeals to Munchkin, the lucky thing is that I grew up around heavy machinery and worked at a coal mine so when Munchkin asks questions beyond what is found in these books I can answer them.  But this book was great for him. We give it a rating of Four Paws.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

After Dark Review of Saddle Up by Marie Rose Dufour

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Read for: RI Authors/ She was at the Fall in Love with New England Conference!
Synopsis: "Tasha Lane never realized how boring her life had become until one phone call in the middle of the night totally changed it. Can this forty-two year old accountant put aside a nine-year age gap and perpetual “foot in mouth” disorder to find love and happiness with an ex-rodeo star turned rancher?

Three years ago, Devin Grant traded the rodeo circuit for a cattle ranch. If someone told him, he would fall in love with a woman he’d never physically met, he’d think they were kicked too many times in the head by a bull. When her brother is thrown from his horse, it was finally time to meet the sexy woman of his dreams and convince her, he was worth taking a chance on.

Can he convince her before she goes back to her boring life? Will she be able to overcome their age difference and her own insecurities?"

My Review: I picked this one up before heading to a conference that Marie would be attending. I am always a sucker for cowboy/western romances and this was fun because it took a girl from the east coast, putting her in the west (the complete opposite of what I did). I like how Marie overcame the challenge of developing a connection between the characters in such a short book. Obviously the development of the storyline is still very accelerated and at times maybe a bit too quick moving, I am looking at you Devin, but it was still a great read (and certainly full of steamy scenes). I really hope there are more books with these characters, I really loved the relationship between Tasha and Dave.
My Rating: I rather enjoyed this book even though the relationship progressed rather quickly. I think the best part was the relationship between Tasha and Dave (and after talking to Marie at the conference, she assured me that we will get to see Dave again at some point!).  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review of Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley
Synopsis: "#1 New York Times bestselling author, P.C. Cast, brings us a new epic fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed. A world filled with beauty and danger and cruelty…

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now, darkness is coming, and with it, a force, more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and obliterate the forces that threaten to destroy them all."

My Review: I have really enjoyed Cast's books in the past so when this start of a new series came out I was excited to try it out. I admit that I really struggled with this one, and had to really take some time between reading it and writing this review. I love fantasy and have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember but this book took world building to a whole new level, it is set in a time several centuries after a major natural disaster but the world is unrecognizable. We are introduced to 4 different cultures with very complex beliefs, lifestyles and rituals. The story follows a few individuals from each society throughout the book as their individual stories progress and weave into each other. Due to so much world and character building, the plot lines are fairly simplistic, though I do really appreciate the relation between current events and those of the book, with the clashing of societies of perceived lifestyles and abilities. As a person who is horribly terrified of spiders (wolf spiders in particular) I would have appreciated a little more warning about the frightening roll they play in the book. This is a very long book that is very slow paced, it didn't pick up steam until the last 150 pages (of over 600) so it certainly isn't for everyone. I don't know if I would continue the series because it may take so long for the next book to come out but at the same time I hate to toss all the time it took to figure out that complex world.
My Rating: Like I said above, I really struggled with how to review and rate this book, I do have an appreciation for vivid and beautiful world building but this was just too much at once. I give this one a rating of Two Paws.
I received Moon Chosen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can find out more about P.C. Cast and her work on her Goodreads Page or Website.
Moon Chosen was just released yesterday, you can obtain your own copy in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.