Monday, May 21, 2018

TTT - Some of My Favorite Character Names

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing 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 it seems lately I have been putting some different twists on TTT so why should this week  be any different?  I'm sure I'll look at the lists and be like "Yea, why didn't I think of that one?" but for the current time, since I think I may struggle with this one, I'm dividing it into HUMAN NAMES and PET NAMES.  Is it really that surprising???


STOKER (The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries)

CASPER (in particular because in the book, he's a ghost hunter!)

ATL (the badass female vampire)

BONES (those that know him know I needn't have to say more)

PEPPER NEELY (because I think it's an awesome name for a young adventurous gal to have)


SOCRATES (such a cute name for an intelligent Basset Hound)


CUALLI ( An awesome tattooed Doberman.  
Can you tell I like this book?  Seriously guys, read it!)

SMOOSHIE (Cass' book-girlfriend)

ENZO ( I can still envision him attacking the evil zebra).

So there you have it.  Can you guess which list was easiest for me???

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Who's Owns That Bulldog???

TITLE: Pick and Chews (Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #4)
AUTHOR: Linda O. Johnston
PUBLISHER: Midnight Ink

Carrie Kennersly tries to help her veterinarian boyfriend when he's under suspicion of murder...Is he a keeper, or should she let him go off-leash for good?

As a technician for a local vet and the owner of the Barkery & Biscuits dog bakery, Carrie Kennersly is excited to host a rescue animal adoption event. She's also excited to be in a relationship with veterinarian Dr. Reed Storme, despite his pleas for her to butt out of the murder cases she keeps finding herself involved with. Yet when Reed is accused of killing his former veterinary colleague, he seems a lot more agreeable to having amateur detective Carrie butt back in. Can Carrie clear Reed, or does she care too much for a killer?

MY THOUGHTS: So after giving the previous installment if the Barkery & Biscuits mystery a 3/5, which was still good, I am glad to say that this most recent installment jumped back up to 4/5. Carrie is still working double time and running her dual dog/people bakery as well as working part time as a vet time. Yet when her boyfriend's ex comes to town and tries to open a new vet clinic and suddenly winds up dead, she also takes on the role of amateur sleuth in order to clear many of her loved ones. 

I will admit that I sort of had the perpetrator pegged about 3/4 of the way through but seeing as I had no idea why they might have done it, it was still an interesting read to the very end. But another great element in "Pick and Chews" is the town itself and its inhabitants. I love almost all of the characters Johnson creates and I could totally see myself living and working in this quaint mountain town. And of course, we can't forget the animals. There are plenty around since Carrie owns a dog bakery and also works at a vet office. There is even a animal rescue which gets quite a lot of mention and which must be dear to Johnson's heart as she is frequently mentioning rescue pets.

If you like cozy mysteries you should consider reading at least the first in this series to see if it's for you. And if you like dogs, it should be a no-brainer. I do hope the series continue and I would love to see more of "the Joes" as they are two of my favorite minor characters.

I received this book from Midnight Ink and Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviews.


BOOKER T's THOUGHTS:  So what's up with that adorable bulldog on the cover?  I can't figure out who he belongs to or his name or anything!  I think he's my long lost cousin!!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sci-Fi Summer Readathon

So this year I vowed to read some science this year and have been making progress.  So after doing the SeasonsReading Horror Readathon and seeing they were doing this 2 week one, I couldn't resist.  So here's the rules: 

  • Read-a-Thon dates: Friday, June 1 at 12:00am CDT until Thursday, June 14 at 11:59pm CDT (adjust your time zone accordingly...there's a time zone converter in the sidebar menu). We do a different day configuration (rather than starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday) to go along with the quirkiness of science fiction. 👽
  • Since science fiction is a very specific genre, this will be strictly reading science fiction during the event. However, since fantasy is so closely related to the genre (often grouped together), if you feel more comfortable reading fantasy, that is also fine.
  • to check in on social media, we'll use our new hashtag #SciFiJune
  • as usual, you do not have to have a blog to participate...feel free to link up and check in from Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc. These days, it seems most of our activity goes on in our Facebook group which I love. We have a great community over there...and it's not just during readathons. Everyone should feel free to post in there any time. 
  • As always, please refer to the Guidelines page if you have any questions, or you can contact me via the contact me tab (both are in the sidebar menu).
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Stacking the Shelves (162)/Sunday Post

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 it's been another fairly big book week.  I actually got a few used books in the mail from Thriftbooks but since I sent a gift to a friend, I can't show them yet because she might guess what I sent her and we can't have that!  So let's start off by showing you what I got for review.

"When Animals Attack" sort of reminds me of last year's "Paperbacks from Hell" but for movies so I'm really excited to get started on it.  I've been wanting to read "Witchmark" since I first saw it and although sent me an copy, I  have huge problems with their download system so I requested it on Netgalley and am glad I was finally approved.  I think "Heroine's Journey" sounded good,  but alas, it's #3 in a series so I gotta get my hands on the first two.  Finally "The Moor" was too good to pass up being horror and everything.  

I also had to drop some books off at the library, which of course means new books. The sad thing is that as soon as I left, last night I got an email that some requests were in  #MurphysLibraryLaws.

I really couldn't resist either one and have heard some good things about "Reign of the Fallen."  

What did you add to your collection this week????

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Weekly Reads (05/18/18)

So it has been a hot week at The Farm and I definitely think we've skipped Spring.  Oh well, at least it's not snow!  We celebrated Booker T's birthday on Wednesday and fun was had by all.  As you I am sure you've figured out, both Booker T and Cass were pretty spoiled.

We ended up finishing "The Rain" on Netflix this week and we basically thought it was okay.  There were definitely some really annoying characters.  If it is renewed, I'm sure we'll continue.  I will add that Mr. Barb disliked it more than I did.  We also watched "Black Panther" and can finally see what all the hype is about.  I did love it and am sure I'll watch it again eventually.  

So I have been getting a lot of reading done on weekends.  I've become a multiple book reader (I think in part thanks to my Buddy Read with Maria) and now I can't focus on one book at a time.  For now it's working but I don't know if the pace will continue.  Here's what I'd like to knock out this weekend.  "MEG" is pretty long because it combines a prequel novella (?- maybe it's a whole Origins book-length?) in with it.  I can say I am enjoying both of these though.  All in all I'm pretty sure there's gonna be some deaths in my reading future!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and Booker T says thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I Would Have Liked More Zombies

TITLE: Dread Nation
AUTHOR: Justina Ireland
PUBLISHER: Balzer & Bray
PUBLISHING DATE: April 3, 2018

FROM GOODREADS:  Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

MY THOUGHTS: Part of the fun of reading "Dread Nation" for me was that I did it as a buddy read with a fellow blogger who is not a fan of horror. Now while for me, this was "horror-lite," I am proud of Maria for taking the plunge and I know that both of us are now anxious for the next installment which unfortunately doesn't come out until next year. 

So "Dread Nation" centers around Jane, an African American who has been sent to a type of "finishing school" except that it is for minorities and their primary goals are learning how to kill zombies and protect the wealthy Caucasians. Some things happen and in order to "get rid of Jane," she and some of her friends are sent out West to a new settlement. They soon discover how seedy a situation they are in and Jane gets in more trouble as the book progresses.

So first I have to say that "Dread Nation" is full of despicable characters. In fact, if you look at the weekly discussions Maria and I posted on our blog, you will see that we use that word quite a lot. However, I also think Ireland has created a gem of a character in Jane. She is strong, opinionated, and stubborn. She sets her sights on something and doesn't give up. She's also extremely smart. Although Jane doesn't always make decision I backed while reading, I felt her heart and soul were in the right places. I also loved her developing friendship with another girl at the finishing school - Katherine. Or as Jane loves to call her (because she hates it) - Kate. Early on the reader can see that despite not liking each other, these two are destined for friendship. 

I know there has been a lot of controversy regarding some aspects of this book. My rating doesn't reflect those because to be honest, I primarily read it for enjoyment. Also, I have to add that another friend of mine read and ARC of this and usually we are on the same page with books. However, she didn't like "Dread Nation" as much as I did and I think it's because initially, we were both expecting more horror and zombies. Since she warned me there wasn't a lot present, I do think it paved the way for me enjoying the book more. With all that said, I definitely want to see what is in store next for Jane and her friends. And secretly, I'm hoping for a few more zombies!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (158)

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: First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness
It may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it’s just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness—until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.

A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and rich, dramatic story, this debut will be a must-have for mystery fans. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Sounds like a great start to a new series and I like the idea of a cold-case murder.  Plus, dogs but did I really need to say that?



Our baby turns 8 today!  Mommy, Daddy and Cassius love you very much "Puggy."