Friday, October 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (133)/Sunday Post - The No Apologies No Excuses Edition

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

So the title of this post pretty much says it all so let's get into the books.  First up, I had a book on reserve at the library and of course picked up other things while I was there.  I was the first person to snag Rules of Magic (and by the way, isn't it weird that Goodreads has this listed as Practical Magic #0 - isn't zero nothing?  Moving on, I grabbed The Truants because it was on my to-buy list since Tammy @ BooksBones&Buffy raved about it and I can't believe my library actually had a copy.  Petty Magic was a complete impulse grab as was Hyde.  I just basically perused the stacks super quick looking for the horror genre stickers on the spine.  On a side note, does anyone else see Danny Devito as The Penguin when they look at the Hyde cover?

And then Netgalley happened.  So I'm blaming Stormi for my cozy mystery haul (even though I haven't told her yet).  She has been talking about cozies and organizing hers so I've been paying closer attention.  A Grave Issue seems to be the first in a new series as is The Plot is Murder.  I couldn't resist that cute dog on Ditched 4 Murder and hopefully this will motivate me to read the first one. Nope, there isn't a cute-dog-on-the-cover theme going on.

And then there are a few darker ones.  I was thrilled to get a copy of Into the Drowning Deep.  I love Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire).  Mister Tender's Girl sound like an interesting thriller and I saw a feature on The Chalk Man somewhere and had to go request it.  

All in all, a pretty awesome week.  What did you add to your shelves this week???
And seriously, how many books do you guys add when hopping around these memes on the weekend?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Weekly Reads (10/20/17)

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!!!  So this week has actually been fairly tame especially when you look at the chaos of the last few.  I'm grateful for how lucky and fortunate I've been lately and despite any issues, I've had the wonderful support of family and friends.  It was stressful for me for having to rely on people for help getting around and borrowing vehicles before Bowser came to live with us.  For anyone who doesn't know, I hate depending on anyone for anything.  I can be pretty stubborn and headstrong that way.

We managed to watch a few movies over the past week.  First up was "Cold Moon" which was a movie based on "Cold Moon Over Babylon" which I featured a few weeks ago on one of my TTT lists.  It was pretty good but it's too bad they didn't have a bigger budget because it could have been awesome.  It was certainly a creepy Southern Gothic though.  We also watched "Spiderman Homecoming" and the new kid playing Spidey didn't bother me like I thought he might.  I finally watched "Gerald's Game" on Netflix and thought it was done really well.  "Fear the Walking Dead" wrapped up with a cliffhanger where everyone might be dead except the one character I despise the most!  Can't wait for "Walking Dead" to start Sunday.  I miss my Daryl plus I think from the previews Baby Judith has finally grown some - about time!

Mr. Barb works this weekend so I'll be continuing on with the painting.  Next up is the dining room and yes, Booker T once again picked the paint color.  I will be squeezing some reading in here and there and am almost through with Rituals.  Here is what I hope to get to this week.  

I will leave you with some pics of this year's Halloween decorations.  I still need to carve pumpkins though!

In the first picture, there's a photo of my grandfather taken in Berlin when he was in WWII.  It's one of my faves and because it's sepia toned, I just made it part of the Halloween display rather then remove it from the mantle.

Also, that wolf head.  I just hung it 2 weeks ago after finishing painting even though we've had it for years. Booker T HATES it.  Every once in a while he will look up and start growling.  I've even had to take it down and sit it on the floor so he could check it out. Crazy watch dog!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Halloween Creatures Books Tag

This wonderful tag was created by Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward.  I saw it and since it is that season, I couldn't resist.  Also, make sure to visit Anthony's blog - it's a lot of fun.

WITCH - A book or character that is magical
The entire Harry Potter series and I'm sure I don't have to explain why I feel this way.

MUMMY - A book or character you can't wrap your mind around
Welcome to Night Vale: Joseph Fink
I still have more questions than answers.

VAMPIRE - A book, series or author you can't live without
Stephen King

WEREWOLF - A book best read at the middle of the night
Rosemary's Baby because this one is all about the atmosphere!

ZOMBIE -  A book you picked up for the 2nd time or continued after DNFing it.
The Shining.  I don't reread much and rarely DNF but I think I've read this 2, maybe 3 times.

GHOST - A character you saw right through or a book you easily predicted the twist.
Gone Girl - whether it was from all the hype, or if it was from all of the characters being so stupid, I found this one totally predictable and it can disappear - just like a ghost.

FRANKENSTEIN - A book that truly shocked you.
Ultimate Sacrifice by S.E. Green - THAT ENDING!!!!!

SKELETON - A book or character that chilled you to the bone or got your funny bone.
Elvis from The Southern Cousin's Mysteries.  That funny Basset makes me chuckle every time I read the sections from his POV.  Plus, you know I'd have a dog here somewhere!

GHOUL - A book that left you hungry or a recipe you want to try from a book.
Butterbeer from Harry Potter - it's either gonna be good or gonna be bad.

GOBLIN - A greedy character or a character that loves jewelry.
Princess Vanessa from Rise of the Sea Witch.  I think she probably fits both categories.

DEVIL - A dark, evil character
Cersei from the Game of Thrones books

GRIM REAPER - A character you loved or hated who died.  
Khol Drogo from Game of Thrones because I hated him in the beginning and then loved him by the time he died. 

SCARECROW - A book or character who scares you.
Lots of characters from The Demonists and Dark Exodus.

So there you have it.  I really don't like tagging people because some like them and some don't.  So I'll just say anyone who wants to do this do so and just make sure to give Anthony credit!

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming....

So today I want to tell you about a new readathon I'm participating in during November.  It runs November 8th - November 15th and is being hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer.  All the rules and signup information can be found HERE.

As always, my plans are subject to change but here's the three books I plan on reading.  I am also hoping one of them fits the challenges and if not, there will be some tweaking necessary.

As you can see, I've got mystery covered with "A Christmas Peril" and "Twelve Slays of Christmas" and have picked a feel-good one with "The Christmas Room."  I've also got a winter-scare planned with "The Afterlife of Holly Chase."   Now I know I won't get 4 books read in a week, but I like options people!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (128)

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: Gangs of New York meets Cassandra Clare in this debut YA fantasy set in 1882 Brooklyn

New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients”…and no one knows why.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I think it's a combination of the historical setting, people in crow masks, powers and an asylum.  It's either going to be very good, or very complicated - maybe both!


A Really Late Cloak & Dagger Link-Up

So guys, I'm really sorry this is going up late and I've been kind of slacking on the Cloak & Dagger communication front.  Thank heavens for Stormi.  Hope everyone is doing great with their challenges.  I believe I met mine last month but I'm still tracking because I want to know what to shoot for next year.  And BTW, I am assuming Stormi and I will be hosting again.  We haven't really talked about it but if she's in, so am I.  I've already had some people comment they wanted to give this challenge a go in 2018.

So leave your link-ups so we can all check out some books we might want to add to our TBRs.

Monday, October 16, 2017

TTT - A Related Switch Up

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. 

Today the topic is yummy foods mentioned in books. I don't really pay attention to that so I'm sharing with you towns in cozy books (and some others) I'd like vacation in.  I figured it's close enough because lots of cozy mysteries feature bakeries, pubs, restaurants, etc.

I'm thinking this "barkery" is located in some small mountain town in Colorado - but I could be wrong.  Either way, there's lots if hiking, outdoor activities (which I could watch) and a great small town vibe.  Plus, DOGS!

Moonrise, Missouri.  This small town has shifters and pups abound.  Lily's uncle owns a cafe where everyone meets to gossip and eat and it sounds like a fun place to grab a bite.

Tupelo, Mississippi.  Now know I wouldn't want to live here, but there is so much going on in this town that a vacation there sure wouldn't be boring.  

Bon Temps, Louisiana.  Come on now, who wouldn't want to play fetch with Sam, have Alcide make some housing repairs and hang out in Eric and Pam's bar?

Midnight, Texas.  This town is SMALL.  And it can be kind of dangerous. But they have a "killer" restaurant and such great characters.

Sylvan Creek.  This series mentions some great treats for people AND dogs and they have some wonderful festivals.  It would be a great place to spend Halloween!

Briar Creek.  This small town is by the Cape and it has a great little family owned restaurant and they are always talking about some awesome food.  Plus, the library sounds so fun and quaint.  

Little Leyton, Bukinghamshire.  I love this series, even though I've only read the first one!  The Dog & Duck bar sounds like an awesome place to hang out and have some interesting drinks!

Enchanted Village, Salem Massachusetts.  Such a fun little witchy town.  I love getting lost in the setting.

Stars Hollow.  So, it's not a book series, but my favorite small town has to be from Gilmore Girls.  I'd love to sit in Luke's reading and eating lunch, and using my cell phone - even if it's forbidden!

So, considering I grew up in a small town and hated it, I shocked I always seem to enjoy reading about them.  Of course, there are always fun festivals and murder and mystery and our town had very little going on.