Friday, October 27, 2017

Hiatus

Due to illness and general busy-ness - taking a mini-hiatus.

Be back next week!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Would you rather time travel or teleport?
While it would be cool to go back in time and see things...
I have to go with teleporting because it's less messy. Plus getting places faster would be really nice. With all the kid schlepping I do, I'm pretty much over driving. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Oct 20th - 26th



What is your favorite scary movie? Billy @Coffee Addicted Writer

My best friend from junior and senior high school and I used to watch this one every Halloween because it came on TV. 
Truth be told, I don't like scary movies. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. Somehow managed to survive cramping at work this week. The past two months the pain has been so bad, I ended up missing work. It's back to normal levels so... yay?

2. Missed posting deadlines the past two weeks. :( Granted, it's my blog, so ... my rules, right? It still sucked. I DID get a review entry up this weekish. Last weekend and this past week, I just haven't been able to do much. The husband is doing better, but still not 100% yet. I've seen him sick before, but never like this.



3. I was thinking about how as you get older, it's random things that make you feel "old". Before anyone starts, I know. I'm not old. I'm 32. This weekend, someone's change was $25.25 and it reminded me of this cheesy garbage show with Gina Torres called Cleopatra 2525. I don't even know anyone my age who knows this show. I barely remember it. But yeah...
It's the little things.... 
like a stripper being cryogenically frozen after a potentially deadly boob job and being awakened 525 years later to help save humanity from living underground....

4. Called about jury duty on Friday. I was not selected, but got to call back Tuesday. Wasn't selected on Tuesday, but get to call back tonight. *bleh*

5. Finally saw The Emoji Movie with the kids. It was not as terrible as I feared, but it wasn't good. Even the kids were a little disappointed with it. I will say it's a shame the movie was bad because it did have some amazing CGI going on. The Spotify and Instagram portions were breathtaking. 

6. My son wants to be some pig named Jimmy Jones from some Netflix for Halloween. I finally located the show he was talking about, but neither of us can remember what the show is called. My daughter still wants to be Hermione. I was able to get some good fabric deals at a thrift store, so now I just have to make them.

7. Debating on taking my son to see the My Little Pony movie. He loves the show (and right now he is being very annoying about wanting the McDonald's toys right now).

8. My husband is doing better. He's not 100% yet, but doing a lot better. 

9. #metoo

.~*Shannon

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Favorite ... Book I Wish They Made a Movie Of



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.
This week's topic: book they made a movie of

This one is tough. Most of my favorites have already been filmed!

If you haven't read this one, this book is amazing.

It was a bit difficult to get into because the narrative is hard to follow. Once I got used to and found the rhythm, it was beautiful.


Honorable mention to a book that has been filmed, but should be redone and filmed properly...

I still haven't seen this one, but I was really disappointed that they didn't start it in black and white. That's a major plot point in the book and I always imagined it that way - even as a kid.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
If you could have a paranormal gift what would it be and why?


Invisibility. I don't really want to be seen.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

This post contains affiliate links.



Summary (from goodreads):
"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...
.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.~*.*~.


Edition Read: Overdrive ebook from local library
Where (else) to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*

Bit o Background:
Normally, I do not like movie tie-in covers, but I do like this one. The movie is coming out soon and I'm kind of excited for it.
(Also, having read the book ... the casting is pretty perfect!)

Thoughts:
This one is pretty interesting. I loved the end. I didn't see it coming at all. However, I found a lot of the pacing to be pretty slow. I mostly enjoyed the interviews and room inspection. Didn't much like the back and forth between Poirot, Bouc, and the doctor. The book isn't even 200 pages, so it's no hard slog. Definitely worth the read!

Verdict:

Tedious at parts, but worth it for the pay off at the end. (Easy to see why this one was an instant hit.)

*This is an affiliate link

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Oct 13th - 19th



Who is your favorite horror/suspense author and why? Kitty @Vicarious Bookworm

That's a tough one. I do read a fair amount of suspense and almost no (true) horror, but I don't really seek out authors too much.
However, I would have to say a tie between Gillian Flynn and Stephen King.
Gillian Flynn because Gone Girl was pretty amazing. I have read Dark Places and it wasn't near as good. I do have Sharp Objects, but I'm kind of saving it since she doesn't have any books coming out for the forseeable future. (I also read the short story she did for Rogues and that was pretty good.)
Stephen King is a pretty obvious choice. I am no where near close to having read even a quarter of what he's written. He is, admittedly, a bit hit or miss in style. When he hits, it's amazing. When he misses, well, yeah. My most recent favorite is 11/22/63. That one is non-stop. It's not particularly scary, but very, very suspenseful. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. It's been a pretty shitty week.

2. Last Thursday, Animas (a Johnson & Johnson company) announced that they were leaving the insulin pump business. My daughter  spent days and weeks going over her options and decided on an Animas pump. She (and the thousands of people who also use these pumps) are deeply upset that this option is getting taken off the market because they are being forced to get a new pump within three months. We were one of the "lucky" ones. Her warranty doesn't expire until 2021, so she is eligible for a free pump from the company they made arrangements with. My husband has a friend from work with a Type 1 child... they were not so lucky. They've only had the pump for two years (pumps are good for at least four years) so they have to pay out of pocket for a new one.

3. The city rejected my "excuse" for trying to get out of jury duty. (I am the primary caregiver to a non-school age child, don't have adequate babysitting, and only one vehicle.) So that's tomorrow.

4. Starting last Sunday my husband was very ill. After two solid days of fighting with him, I finally got him to go to the doctor. He had an infection and it was pretty bad. We ended up having to go to the emergency room (weekend) and had to pay some out of pocket. :(

.Shannon

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Favorite ...



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.
This week's topic: thing about fall

 Fall is actually my favorite season... even if the weather is not acting like it's fall yet.
(Can we get a rain check on this humidity please?)

But if I have to pick one thing....


For the record, my birthday is not until November.

AND once the weather finally stops being weird, then I'll have some nice weather too. ;) 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Would you rather be a werewolf or a vampire? Why?

Is it weird that I don't have a huge preference?

I'm going with werewolf.

It just seems less complicated. So once every full moon you turn into a wolf-person. It's not everyday or all the time. Just plan it out, make arrangements. 




Friday, October 6, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Oct 6th - 12th



Both Bram Stoker's Dracula and Marry Shelley's Frankenstein are considered classics. Have you ever read either of them? Billy @Coffee Addicted Writer

Ooo! An easy one!
I'm not against them or anything. (I mean, why would I be?!) I just haven't. I do own them both because they are in the public domain. Super easy to obtain legally. 
Maybe I should go do that sometime this month. 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

1. Majorly messed up my daughter's social activities. I got a couple dates confused so now she can't go to a sleepover I previously gave her permission to attend. :(  Unfortunately, the other activity is something that's been planned months in advance and she has other people counting on her to be there. Barring illness, it would not be right to skip it. :( It's completely and utterly my fault.

I've been trying to make it up to her, but nothing really works.

2. Got approved for another title on Netgalley! It was one of those "Hail, Mary" requests. O_o

-Shannon

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Favorite ... Book Mom



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.
This week's topic: book mom

Thinking this one over made me realize I don't read a lot of books with moms in them. Or they are there, but they are background or very, very eccentric in the bad way.

That said, I was able to think up a few.



Okay, this is a terrible gif, but I had trouble finding one that focused on Marilla. 

Marilla Cuthbert was no nonsense, a bit strict, and overly harsh at times, but seeing the relationship blossom between her and her adopted daughter was wonderful. I like how she started softening and letting her guard down. She fought for Anne to stay in school and not even think about dating or marriage until she graduated! (That's pretty progressive for the time period!)


It's been a few years since I've read just the first book, but while reading it... Catelyn is the character I most related to. She had to deal with a lot, but handled it with dignity and loved her children fiercely.


And of course.... Everybody's favorite.
I'm not the huge Potterhead that most people are, but I did enjoy the series.
But for real, even if someone didn't like the series, how can you not love Molly Weasley?

Bonus round!
Also a shout out to Caroline Ingalls. Granted, the TV!Caroline is a lot more bad ass and feminist than book!Caroline, I think she does have a special place in a lot of people's hearts.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday




Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Best Horror Books.

Okay, so... I don't really read horror books or even watch horror movies. It's not my thing.


I did some minor research on what would differentiate a Thriller (which I do read, quite frequently) from Horror. The answers didn't help and some kind of contradicted each other a little and there is a lot of overlapping between the two.

My criteria here is it genuinely scared me and/or has a sufficient number of people categorizing it as such on goodreads.



The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

If you've watched the show, but not read the book, you still know why this one is on here! A good read, though it is admittedly dry especially starting out.

It should be noted that Atwood took great pains to make this one as scary as possible by including things that have occurred in one variation or another.


The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

If you want to get very technical, I didn't find this one actually scary, but that's because I don't find this sub-genre particularly frightening... because it's not real nor will it ever be.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm a party pooper.

However, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it anyway. 



Behind Closed Door - B.A. Paris

I can't really say much about this one without giving spoilers. I'm going to say my piece underneath.

Highlight to view. For a book where almost nothing happens, it is terrifying. Please note: I am strictly speaking from the context of what happens during the book, not things that occur before the book started. (Referring to the dog and the abusive reveal.)

If you want to be scared, but don't want the gore, this is a good option.


You - Caroline Kepnes

I finished and reviewed this one not too long ago. It's told from the perspective of the antagonist. This book is many things... and that includes being scary. 




Night - Elie Wiesel

Okay, okay. This one is non-fiction, but it's completely and utterly horrifying. I have actually never officially reviewed this one, because how does one review something like this?

Real and true horror. A must read, but not one for enjoyment.

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