Saturday, October 3, 2015

Graphic Novel Review of Northlanders Vol. 3: Blood in the Snow by Brian Wood

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge
Synopsis: "This volume collects all of the NORTHLANDERS short stories (issues 9, 10, 17, 18, 19 and 20). Exploring everything from the art of Viking single combat, to the role of women in the Viking world, this volume also includes the return of the original Northlanders artist Davide Gianfelice to illustrate a coda to Volume 1."

My Review: This was an odd one to read because it didn't follow any particular character, story or time line. The individual stories were interesting on their own, I particularly enjoyed the Shield Maidens. I also liked returning to Sven the Returned. I don't know if I enjoyed the format so much of a bunch of short stories together but I will give the next volume a go anyway.
My Rating: I keep having hopes for this series but it falls short almost every time. It is interesting but it may have to be a series I let slide. I give this one a rating of Two Paws.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bedtime Story: Mr. Slow by Roger Hargreaves

Read for: Children's Book Challenge
Synopsis: "Will Mr. Slow ever find a job that's as slow-paced as he is?"

My Review: I was really hoping there would be something in this book to encourage pokey little munchkin to pick up the pace, but I was mistaken. Instead this book was about finding something to fit Mr. Slow's pace of life. Munchkin did enjoy when I mimicked Mr. Slow's talking but other than that he didn't really pay attention to this book.
My Rating: This book wasn't very entertaining and it certainly did not suit the purpose I had hoped it would.  We give it a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pen to Paper: Pen Pal Websites

Hello again everyone! Did you send out a letter of encouragement last week? I sent out a couple actually. One I sent out was to my Brother-in-law who just graduated from college, while normally everyone sends out congratulations cards, I wanted to send him a note of encouragement as he sets out on this new phase of his life. It can be intimidating to suddenly go from student all your life to now being responsible for a job and adult responsibilities.
Again I want to continue our discussion of the past couple of weeks about how to find people to write and become pen pals with. We have talked about writing to people you already know and have talked about finding pen pal want ads, and today I am going to tell you all about a wonderful thing I recently discovered, Pen Pal Websites.
If you have already exhausted that address book and haven't been able to find any pen pal wanted ads that suit you, these websites are sure to fulfill all your pen pal needs. Each site has their own downfalls and benefits so if you want to join one be sure to find the one (or more) that suit you best. The few sites I am going to give you are ones that I have either tried or am considering trying, there are many more out there that I am sure you can find as well.
Of course you have all heard me discussing Pocket Letters. This is a fun way to get creative with a new pen pal. This website allows you to sign up for free and participate in organized swaps or find a new pal on your own and have a private swap. There are a couple things to keep in mind, they don't verify anyone on there and some people bail on their swaps (this has happened to me twice in the past few months), also these pocket letters are like little gifts they take both time to create and a little money for the supplies and goodies you put into them (not to mention the slightly higher cost of shipping). I have however found a wonderful new pen pal through this site (even though we have not exchanged Pocket Letters, we have exchanged handwritten letters).
This is a site I have been looking at but have yet to join. The membership is only $5 and lasts forever. It looks like they have lots of information and ideas for continuing your pen pal letters and they also offer free downloadable stationary. You do however have to purchase the membership kit and wait for it to arrive in the mail before gaining access to all the wonderful benefits of the full site.
This is a great website if you don't want to have to start out connecting online with a friend and also finding friends internationally. You have to fill out a form with interests and where you would like your pen pal to be from, it also costs $35.00. It then takes quite some time to get a list of 14 names and addresses. The nice part is that they take the time to pair you up with other people in your age group and general interests. Your name and address will also go out to several other people.  I have gotten my list and sent a couple letters out so far but haven't received one back yet, but my name has popped up on another person's list and we have already exchanged letters several times. It is nice that generally if you are willing to fill out the form and pay the funds, the people are more likely to be serious about becoming a pen pal.
This is another site I have been looking at joining. This one is a little pricey, a one year membership is $36, but they do offer shorter membership (all the way down to one month) so you have the option to join, quickly find a new pen pal and then not renew your membership. The reason I have been eyeing this site is again if you are willing to pay that price, chances are you are taking this hobby seriously and are more likely to continue your pen pal commitments (because lets face it when you agree to become pen pals, you are making a commitment to that person to exchange letters and be that distant friend). I also like the site because it seems fun and would attract people similar to my own personality.
There are many, many more sites out there that you can become a member of to find a dedicated pen pal (I know one that gets mentioned a lot is Postcrossing - the reason I haven't included this in my list is because it is a post card exchange, more focused on getting postcards from different locations and not so much on the content written on those postcards). I hope that if you really want to find a pen pal and have yet to find the right one through the previous means I mentioned that you can find a site like one of these listed that works for you and can connect you with a special pen pal.
Your Mission for the Week: Write to someone you haven't written to before and have found through one of these methods (either someone you already know, have found through and ad or through one of the online pen pal sites). The hope is to either find a new connection with someone you already know or to find a connection with someone new. Hopefully you can both become bonded pen pals, because there is really a special bond between you , whether you ever meet in person or not.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 2015 Challenge Update

The clock is ticking! Three quarters of the way through the year already! Of my 9 challenges I have completed 6 so I guess I am on track (at least on paper) and only have 23 more books to read in order to complete all my challenges. Sounds easy doesn't it!
Personal Re-Read Challenge
My goal is to read 15 books. I made some progress with this challenge and read 2 more re-reads. I really should have stuck with my original goal of 10 books. I have plans to re-read one more book but don't know what the final 3 will be or if I will even fit them in.
1. North of Need
5. Nobody's Prize
7. Om Kas Toe
8. Secret Santa
9. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
10. Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband
11. Highland Guardian

Personal Children's Book Challenge
This Challenge is COMPLETE! I of course will be reading many more over the rest of the year. I am going to TRY to cut myself off at 120 books for this year.  I need to save some for the future challenges!
1. Peter Loves Penguin
13. Again!
 35. I Took the Moon for a Walk
36. We're Going on a Bear Hunt
37. The Little Red Caboose
38. Happy to Help!
39. Pony Brushes his Teeth
40. A Hole in the Road
41. The Lost Dinosaur Bone
42. Grandpa & the Truck 2
43. Emergency Vehicles
44. C is for Cornhusker
45. Curious George and the Dump Truck
46. Curious George Goes Fishing
47. Mr. Mischief
48. The Best Show & Share
49. Frogs!
50. The Mitten
51. Curiouse George Goes to a Bookstore
52. Oscar the Almost Butterfly
53. Elmo ABCs book with Sound
54. Happy Easter, Curious George
55. Littlest Bunny in Rhode Island
56. The Happy Man and His Dump Truck
57. The Thank You Prayer
58. Pout Pout Fish in the Big Big Dark
59. Scuffy the Tugboat
60. I'm a Bulldozer
61. The Pout Pout Fish
62. A Rainbow of My Own
63. Follow the Leader
64. The Bear Went Over the Mountain
65. Five Green and Speckled Frogs
66. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
67. Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree
68. Jesus Loves Me
69. Winnie the Pooh
70. Tadpole Trouble
71. Mr. Cheerful
72. A Cuddle for Little Duck
73. Time Together: Me and Mom
74. Wheedle and the Noodle
75. Just a Little Music
76. Mr. Noisy
77. Rain!
78. Storm Song
79. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear
80. The Best Teacher Ever
81. Tow Truck Trouble and Lights Out
82. Pete the Cat: Rock On Mom and Dad
83. Look, A Book!
84. Mr. Perfect
85. Outer Space Bedtime Race
86. Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction
87. Meet the Penguins
88. Mr. Strong
89. The Sandcastle
90. Otter in Space
91. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
92. Curious George Gets a Medal
93. Numbers! Take the Dog Out
94. Whose Nose and Toes
95. Mr. Funny
96. Llama Llama Mad at Momma
97. Llama Llama Home with Mama
98. No More Hitting
99. Letters from Felix
100. Elmo's First Babysitter
101. Astronauts
102. Bye Bye Mom and Dad
103. Little Critter Astronaut
104. The Night before Preschool
105. Mr. Slow
106. Octonauts and the Undersea Eruption
 107. The New Bear at School
108. Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth
109. Sweet Dreams Pout-Pout Fish
110. Daylight, Night Light
111. Octonauts and the Colossal Squid
112. The Jolly Postman
113. Giraffes Can't Dance
114. Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses
115. There's No Place like Space
116. Look and Find Elmo
117. Book of Planets
118. Big Book of Space
119. Trapped in Toyland

Personal Beginning Reader Challenge:
This Challenge is COMPLETE! My goal for this challenge was 30 books and I have a few more I would like to read this year but the rest of the ones I own will be saved for next year's challenge.
1. Charlie's Snow Day
2. Monsters Munch Lunch
3. Brave Dragon
4. Kick Pass and Run
5. Charlie The Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon
6. Big Bear, Little Bear
7. Chase on the Case
8. Look for Lorax
9. Curious George, Dinosaur Tracks
10. Danny and the Dinosaur
11. Curious George Colors Eggs
12. Penguins!
13. Pete's Big Lunch
14. Dusty Flies High
15. Ponies Love Pets
16. Just Saving My Money
17. Go, Go, Go!
18. Play Ball
19. Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear
20. The Three Little Grouches
21. To the Rescue
22. Just Helping My Dad
23. Little Critter: This is My Town
24. Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp
25. Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
26. Going to the Sea Park
27. Life in Space
28. Best Chef in Second Grade
29. Dixie
30. Mittens at School
31. What's That Mittens
32. Dixie and the Class Treat
33. Moonwalk

Personal Read Across the States Challenge
Obviously there are 50 books in this challenge (though I might add a few for the country in general). I finally had a good push on this challenge and made a lot of progress with 4 more books read and one half way through! I only have 9 more books to read for this challenge but it is still going to be a tight one!

Alabama  -
Alaska - If you Lived Here
Arizona - Veil of Roses
Arkansas - A Suitable Wife
California -
Colorado - Calves in the Mud Room
Connecticut - A Whole Latte Life
Delaware - A Catered Affair
Florida - Because of Winn Dixie
Georgia - Deep Dish
Hawaii - Birth
Idaho - Whatchago Stew
Illinois - The Untouchables
Indiana - The Sun Tea Chronicles
Iowa - Little Heathens
Kansas -
Kentucky - Bluegrass State of Mind
Louisiana - Taste the Heat
Maine - Stone Bay
Maryland - Dinner at Homesick Restaurant
Massachusetts -
Michigan -
Minnesota - Pontoon
Mississippi -
Missouri - The Borrower
Montana - The Smoke Jumper
Nebraska - C is for Cornhusker
Nevada - The Missing Ink
New Hampshire -
New Jersey - The Fighting Ground
New Mexico -
New York -
North Carolina -  Peach Keeper
North Dakota - Codename Zero
Ohio - Dragons of Spratt Ohio
Oklahoma - True Grit
Oregon - Rose Suitors of Seattle
Pennsylvania - The Turncoat
Rhode Island - By the Sea Tess
South Carolina - Girls in Trucks
South Dakota - Buffalo Gal
Tennessee - When Love Finds you in Camelot Tennessee
Texas -
Utah - Wright on Time - Utah
Vermont - Lumberjack Love
Virginia - Crazy VA
Washington - Silver Linings
West Virginia - Locking Horns
Wisconsin - Blankets
Wyoming - Stone Fox

Audio Book Challenge
This challenge is COMPLETE! I am listening to a couple more books trying to finish up my Series & Across the State Challenges.

 1. The Fighting Ground
2. The Last Valentine
3. Deep Dish
4. The Tao of Pooh
5. Little Heathens
6. Veil of Roses
7. The Borrower
8. Winnie The Pooh Classic Tales
9. Rush
10. The Song of Achilles
11. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
12. The Smokejumper
13 The Turncoat
14. Fever
15. Classic Love Poems
16. Burn
17. Searching for Beautiful
18. Searching for Always
19. Pontoon

Graphic Novel Challenge
This Challenge is COMPLETE! I don't really have plans to read any more this year unless the mood strikes me, I need to keep some for next years challenges and readathons!

1. Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Vol. 3
2. Blankets
3. Shadows of Endor
4. From Fabletown with Love
5. The Books of Magic
6. Mouse Guard: Winter 1152
7. Korgi Vol.2: Cosmic Collector
8. Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1: The God Butcher
9. Fables are Forever
10. Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers
11. Saga Vol. 1
12. Saga Vol. 2
13. Hinterkind Vol.1: The Waking World
14. Ravine Vol. 1
15. Ares: Bringer of War
16. Donald Hamlet, Prince of Dunemark
17. Loki Vol. 1 Agent of Asgard: Trust Me
18. Persepolis: A Story of a Childhood
19. Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons
20. Swamp Thing Vol. 1
21. Hinterkind Vol. 2: Written in Blood
22. Northlanders Vol. 3: Blood in the Snow
23. An Age of License
24. Fables Vol. 6: Homelands
25. The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man
26. Camelot 3000

Series Challenge
With a goal to read at least 5 full series, if not 7, I made a lot of progress this month. I am waiting for the final book in the Searching For series to come out the end of November. I am also working my way through the current books out in the Throne of Glass series (even though I was a little disappointed in the first book). And I plan to finally finish the Daughters of the Glen series, especially since it has completely drawn me in again. I plan to complete at least the 5 series by the end of this month and hope to hit the full 7 by the end of the year!

1. The Hearts of Anemoi - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4 - COMPLETE
2. Pride Series - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6, Book .5, Book 7, Book 8, Book 9 - COMPLETE
3. Princesses of Myth Series - Book 1, Book 2
4. Warrior Series - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5, Book 6 - COMPLETE
5. Bluegrass Series - Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 3.5 - COMPLETE
6. Searching For Series -  Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 2.5
7. Throne of Glass Series - Book 1,
8. Daughters of the Glen Series - Book 1,  Book 2,

TBR Challenge
I set a goal of 50 books without thinking and have already COMPLETED this challenge! I will definitely be doubling this challenge this year, I guess I will have to keep this in mind for next year's challenge!
1. Girls in Trucks
2. Because of Winn Dixie
3. Athena the Brain
4. Nubiana
5. Persephone the Phony
6. The Fighting Ground
7. Aphrodite the Beauty
8. The Last Valentine
9. Artemis the Brave
10. By The Sea, Book One, Tess
11. Hickory Daiquiri Dock
12. Locking Horns
13. Stone Bay
14. Dragons of Spratt, Ohio
15. Deep Dish
16. Stone Fox
17. Dragon in the Sock Drawer
18. Birth
19. The Tao of Pooh
20. West of Want
21. South of Surrender
22. Taste the Heat
23. If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name
24. Fish Perfume
25. More Than Pancakes
26. Reading Between the Lines
27. I'll Never Forget
28. This Point Forward
29. Risking It All
30. East of Ecstasy
31. Sand Dollar
32. Glassblowers Apprentice
33. A Whole Latte of Life
34. Every Sunday
35. Missing Ink
36. Little Heathens
37. Toe to Toe
38. Warrior Beautiful
39. Buffalo Gal
40. To Serve a King
41. Veil of Roses
42. Francesca's Kitchen
43. Wright on Time - Utah
44. My Favorite Witch
45. Aure the Topaz
46. A Catered Affair
47. The Scot The Witch and the Wardrobe
48. Storm Glass
49. If You're Reading This
50. Sea Glass
51. The Borrower
52. Spy Glass
53. Whatchagot Stew
54. Into the Wild
55. Rush
56. Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale
57. Fire and Ice
58. The Mane Attraction
59. The Song of Achilles
60. Crazy, VA
61. A Suitable Wife
62. Forest of Secrets
63. The Mane Squeeze
64. Rose
65. Rising Storm
66. Beast Behaving Badly
67. The Last Continent
68. Big Bad Beast
69. A Dangerous Path
70. Howl For It
71. The Smoke Jumper
72. Darkest Hour
73. Bear Meets Girl
74. Bluegrass State of Mind
75. Dead Heat
76. Risky Shot
77. Wolf with Benefits
78. The Turncoat
79. Bite Me
80. Codename Zero
81. Fever
82. The Peach Keeper
83. Burn
84. Searching for Someday
85. Searching for Perfect
86. The Sun Tea Chronicles
87. Reckless
88. True Grit
89. Throne of Glass
90. Lumberjack in Love
91. Pontoon
92. Dinner at Homesick Restaurant

Requested Reviews My original limit of only 25 books this year is obviously not going to work. Netgalley has definitely made this too easy and the loyalty I have with some of the authors I review!
1. Dear Hank Williams
2. Jesper Jinx and the Sneezing Season
3. Calves in the Mud Room
4. Gooseberry Island
5. Dizzy Miss Lizzie
6. Just Not Ready Yet
7. Poole's Paradise
8. Darkness
9. Don't Forget Me Bro
10. Paint
11. Spawn of Medusa
12. The Queen's Dagger
13. One of the Guys
14. Me and Grandpa
15. The Unleashing
16. Jesper Jinx and the Turkish Pepper
17. The Novice
18. HA Rey Treasury of Stories
19. Irona700
20. Parsen Holt- Slinger
21. Rules of Riders
22. Persephone
23. Ratha's Creature
24. Paladin
25. Daughter of Earth and Sky
26. Sonnets
27. How to Live Life
28. Summer Haikus
29. Nostromo the Dwarf
30. How 2 Live Life
31. Summer Haikus
32. Jesper Jinx Goes Fishing
33. Broken
34. Simon
35. In From the Cold

Goodreads Challenge - COMPLETE My Goodreads challenge is complete already, I am past my original goal of 312 and am sitting at 328.  I am looking at a potential of 400+ books this year!

As far as my other goals and resolutions . . .
-I have written more letters this month than I think I have any other month!
-I stuck with a lot of solid colors this month, I had trouble deciding if I was going to switch to fall nail art or if it was still too early.
-We had a few fun family adventures, again mostly close to home, but with my parents visiting we did take Munchkin to a zoo we haven't been to yet.

Points Earned this Month: 68
Points Spent this Month:  305
Pages Read/Time Listened this Month: 3,997/ 19:33


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tasty Attempts: Slow Cooker Angel Chicken

Last year I had started posting What's For Dinner. While I really enjoyed those posts, it was hard to keep up with a weekly post, especially since Munchkin is getting a little more picky about his diet and we are having a lot of repeat meals (sometimes the same thing several times a week). I still wanted to keep posting tasty recipes but include a little more variety (like the appetizers and desserts that I make for various parties). So I am now posting Tasty Attempts every other Tuesday. The posts will include a variety of recipes, maybe some of them turn out tasty, maybe others are failed attempts.
One of my goals this fall and winter is to take advantage of the crockpot. Heck we have 3 of them and it is always so simple just to throw everything in and let it cook all day while I am at work and have dinner nearly ready when I get home.  So I saw this recipe on Pinterest for Slow Cooker Angel Chicken.  Now as you all know by now, we LOVE mushrooms so we jump on any recipe that includes them, but what you may not know is that Hubby and Munchkin are obsessed with egg noodles. I always have to make extra because they devour them as soon as drained and before I can finish a dish or plate them.
This recipe included so many flavors we love that it was perfect.  My only complaint was that it took a little more prep time in the beginning than I expected, I am always rushed in the morning so I had to really rush to make the sauce to put in the crock pot.  With that said, it was a tasty dish and all of us enjoyed it!

Review of Pontoon by Garrison Keillor

Read for: Mount TBR, Audio Books & Reading Across the States
Synopsis: "The first new Lake Wobegon novel in seven years is a cause for celebration. And Pontoon is nothing less than a spectacular return to form?replete with a bowling ball-urn, a hot-air balloon, giant duck decoys, a flying Elvis, and, most importantly, Wally?s pontoon boat. As the wedding of the decade approaches (accompanied by wheels of imported cheese and giant shrimp shish kebabs), the good-loving people of Lake Wobegon do what they do best: drive each other slightly crazy."

My Review: The whole reason I would listen to talk radio when I was younger was because of Keillor's Lake Wobegon tales, they were always so comical, and growing up a Lutheran from MN and living in a tiny town, they were very relatable. For some reason I have found his full length novels to be pessimistic and depressing. They are always looking at the negative side of things, and this book really was no different. There was a lot of talk about death and how miserable everyone's life had become. It was difficult to get through the book, I kept waiting for a good laugh or at least something I could relate to but it didn't come until the very end of the book. I got about 45 minutes of the Lake Wobegon that I recognize (and actually did remember as part of it was from one of the stories from the radio) and could laugh, this was of course after pushing myself to listen to nearly 8 hours of judgmental, negative characters.
My Rating: I was pretty disappointed but I had read one of his before and it was like this too so I was a little prepared for it to be such a downer. I can't give it more than a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag.

Monday, September 28, 2015

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

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber
Simon by Michael Mullin
Lumberjack in Love by Penny Watson (After Dark)
What's That, Mittens? by Lola M. Schaefer (Beginning Reader)
Octonauts and the Undersea Eruption (Bedtime Story)
Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue (Re-Read)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Simon = 3pts
Highland Guardian = 5pts
The Santa Shop = 3pts
In From the Cold = 3pts

Currently Reading:

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp - Kindle - on page 32 of 144

 Books to be Read Soon:

Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger - Mount TBR/ Reading Across the States
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas - Mount TBR/ Series Challenge


Total Points Earned
305 points + 14 points earned = 319 points - 305 points spent = 14 Points

Pages Read/ Time Listened
44,561 pages read (949 read this week)
162:16 listening time

Books Added to Shelves

Bunnicula by James Howe - Scholastic Book Order
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan - Scholastic Book Order
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree - Scholastic Book Order
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long - Scholastic Book Order
Hurry Up Houdini by Mary Pope Osborne - 20 Points Spent
High Time for Heroes by Mary Pope Osborne - 20 Points Spent
Gift of Magic by Lynn Kurland - 25 Points Spent
Blood of the Empire (Star Wars Old Republic Vol. 1) by Alexander Freed - 20 Pts
Threat of Peace (Star Wars Old Republic Vol. 2) by Rob Chestney - 20 Points Spent
The Lost Suns (Star Wars Old Republic Vol. 3) by Alexander Freed - 20 Points Spent
The New York Four by Brian Wood - 20 Points Spent
Owly Vol. 1 by Andy Runton - 20 Points Spent
Howl My Name by Celia Kyle - 20 Points Spent
Love at First Roar by Celia Kyle - 20 Points Spent
Roaring Up the Wrong Tree by Celia Kyle - 20 Points Spent
Club Midnight by Leigh Wilder - 20 Points Spent
Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder - 20 Points Spent
Hard as Steel by Laura Kaye - 20 Points Spent
Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye - 20 Points Spent

Interesting Tidbits on the Web:



Another crazy week, I had my parents visiting and I thought I would get so much more reading done since they were playing with Munchkin. Well as we all know things like that never happen and I got even less reading done than usual because instead of reading after Munchkin went to bed we would catch up. I have a lot coming too. I have the Blog-Ahead challenge starting on Thursday. Then I am out of town on a mommy break Saturday through the following Saturday, then that Monday is Columbus Day. The following Saturday is Dewey's Readathon, which I have decided to join and see how it goes with Munchkin (I will have my sign up posted this week or next with a list of short books and children's books to work with the distraction).

The fun thing was that I did go a little nuts with the shopping last week and had myself a book shopping spree!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Re-Read Review of Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue

Read for: Re-Read Challenge & Series Challenge
Synopsis: "SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on.
DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day -- she just discovered her fiance with another woman Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home.

But nothing's simple when Cate is trapped in the thirteenth century. The wedding's delayed, someone's trying to kill her, and in the middle of all this, she realizes she's falling in love with a man who can only be her husband for thirty nights."

My Review (May 25, 2012): I love this book, I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it so much I had to go buy the rest of the series. I just re-read it to get ready for the rest of the Daughters of the Glen books. The characters are great and you can help but fall in love with them. I am really interested in what Cate's family does, hope that is included in the rest of the series. So as you can tell even the sub-characters are great. The only thing that is stretching it a little is the fact that everyone seems to adjust to the time changes a little too easily, but its a minor thing when the rest of the story is moving along so well. I loved the ending as well, kind of surprises you a bit. 

My Re-Read Review: Once again I am re-reading this book in an attempt to read the whole series. This book was just as thrilling and engrossing as the first two times reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, Cate and Connor had a fun back and forth, all the sub-characters were interesting and added to the storyline. The book moves along fairly quickly with a few lulls, but the ending is worth any slow periods in the book. I absolutely love the twist of an ending. This is definitely a great book for fantasy romance or historical romance lovers. It is a fun book to read.
My Rating: I really enjoyed this book yet again, it is hard to find a book that you can read three times within less than 10 years and still enjoy every time.  I can't help but give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!