Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches
by Deborah Harkness

579 pages
20 CDs

Published February 2011
Read April 2016

This was THE book!  The book that took away my reading slump!  Woo hoo!

Diana Bishop is a witch....a witch that tries to avoid her powers at every corner.  During her research in the Oxford Bodleian Library, she calls up a strange, otherworldly book.  When she does, every creature in the world feels it.  All the daemons, witches, and vampires make their way to town to figure out who was powerful enough to call up this lost alchemical text.  One curious creature, Matthew Clairmont, is a vampire geneticist.  A little leary at first, Diana eventually warms up to him.  He accompanies her on her journey as she discovers her powers and who she is meant to be. 

I can't even tell you how much I loved this book.  This was a fast-paced, interest-keeping read, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.  A Discovery of Witches is a forbidden love story wrapped up in a paranormal quest for answers with a little hint of powerful magic.  I think I've found the genre I'm in love with!  I'll be taking a road trip soon, and I'll be needing the next audio book to get me through it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Slump of All Slumps

Blah blah blah
This. Is. Ridiculous.

From January 1st to March 24th I read like crazy (crazy for me anyway!).  Since then....nothing.  I can't get into the books I'm currently reading.  I can't find time to get to the library for audiobooks.  I did manage to take my son to the local book sale here in town this past weekend.  Every year a team sets bins around town to collect used books. The proceeds benefit the area schools and volunteers set it up every April.  I always look forward to browsing multiple rooms of dusty used books to find hidden gems.
Lots of people use this as a way to get rid of all their old unusable books.  Many of those books are old dusty textbooks....I found one the other day from an elementary school during the 60s.  It's crazy what you'll find.  Children's books are always abundant, so Ethan always finds a pile for himself.  This year it took 5 minutes before he was bored!  He was a very good sport and sat in a chair while I looked around for an hour.
Twenty-six books and twenty-one well spent dollars later, I think I did alright!  Hopefully one of these will end my ultimate slump!

Ethan's finds
Capital Mysteries - The Secret at Jefferson's Mansion
Capital Mysteries - Who Cloned the President
Calendar Mysteries - January Joker
Magic Tree House - #10 Ghost Town at Sundown

My finds
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman - Stardust
Kate Parker - The Conspiring Woman
Jacqueline Kelly - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
John Boyne - This House is Haunted
Agatha Christie - Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories
Libba Bray - A Great and Terrible Beauty
Pamela Morsi - The Cotton Queen
AS Byatt - Little Black Book of Stories
Gary Paulsen - Hatchet
Amy Ephron - A Cup of Tea
MJ Rose - The Reincarnationist
Sue Grafton - V is for Vengeance

Debbie Macomber Series
    16 Lighthouse Road
    204 Rosewood Lane
    311 Pelican Court
    44 Cranberry Point
    50 Harbor Street

CS Lewis - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Allan Zullo - Haunted Kids: True Ghost Stories
Allan Zullo - Haunted Campers: True Ghost Stories
Allan Zullo - Haunted Schools

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 on Social Media

Today's topic is social media and bookish people to follow. Sometimes, I feel like I'm on way too many social media sites. Each one peaks my interest in different ways, but I am currently on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat (kpattwv), Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus.  I'm still pretty new to Snapchat and Twitter, so for the sake of time (and ultimately my sanity!), I will stick to Instagram and Youtube.  Here is a list of those bookish folks that I think everyone should follow.


Andi at Estella's Revenge - Love the insight to her life! She has books, makeup, fashion....everything.  She's active, fun, sassy, and you instantly want to be her best friend!  I follow on Snapchat (estellasnaps) too....there are dogs! 

Julianne from Outlandish Lit - She's extremely creative with her book pictures...the bugs!  I love seeing the stacks of what she's reading and the cats....I'm a sucker for animal pictures =)

Care - Two words....pies and puppies!  Ok, she has books too =)

Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity - Being the mom of a boy, I enjoy seeing pictures from the mom of 3 girls!!  They are so so cute!!  Like me, she enjoys crafting.  I love to see what she's creating or cooking up.


Little Book Owl - If you love YA books, you should follow Caz.  She's always showing her latest read, talking about bookish topics, or opening her monthly book boxes!

abookutopia - Sasha has everything...bookish topics (such as reading slumps and how to get rid of them!), reviews, TBR piles, monthly wrap ups, and skits.  Yes....skits!

Tashapolis - Love this girl!  She is so fun and creative with her videos.....most of them are like little movies.  She's an excellent speaker, which I think is so important in videos.  Natasha has lots of friends that show up in her videos, great favorite book lists, makeup, and there is even some TV thrown in the mix!

JessetheReader - Last but most definitely not least, probably my favorite to watch on youtube.  Our reading interests are pretty similar.  He has so much energy and he puts that into every video whether it's an Intimidating TBR Pile, a monthly wrap up, or bookish topics like Things You Should Never Say to Authors lol.  Fun stuff!

I know it's not 10, but that's all I've got for now.  Who are your favorites??  I'm excited to get over to The Broke and The Bookish to see other favorites.  I think I will be following a lot more people!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Starry Night

Starry Night
by Debbie Macomber

256 pages
5 CDs

Published October 2013
Read March 2016

Again with the Christmas spirit, I love it! I have to mention that Debbie Macomber was recommended by the librarian when I asked about great Christmas reads.  This was better than the last one!  I love a novel that makes me feel ALL the feels!  The love, the heartbreak, the tears, the exuberance!  I couldn't wait to see what happened at the end of the book, but I didn't want it to end.  Everyone is going to want a Finn Dalton in their life after reading this!  I truly enjoyed this one, I feel all warm and cozy now.  My librarian rocks!

Carrie is the society page editor for a Chicago newspaper.  She is fed up with her job and decides to quit.  Her boss, knowing she's a great writer, doesn't want to lose her.  He gives her the ultimate assignment; find Finn Dalton, the reclusive author that doesn't want to be found!  Get a story, write the article, and you can have your choice of jobs at the paper.  Carrie hunts him down and gets so much more than she bargained for.  Finn lives in a remote Alaskan wilderness and is as stubborn as they say.  After Carrie risks her life to be there, he is rude and refuses to speak to her knowing she is a reporter.  Being stuck together in a 2 day snow storm brings out the best in them.  Carrie leaves Alaska with many decisions to make, but her heart is wondering if she will ever see him again.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Angels at the Table

Angels at the Table
by Debbie Macomber

256 pages
5 CDs

Published October 2012
Read March 2016

Loving Christmas as I do, I am always missing it around this time of year.  The weather starts to get warmer and as much as everyone loves it, I do not.  I'm a winter lover by nature. So the next best thing is to find these little Christmas jewels to read.  I hear that Debbie Macomber has great Christmas novels.  This was my first and it was no disappointment.  I love the idea of Angels interacting with people, even if we cannot see them.  This is a heartwarming tale of holiday love and it was a fantastic read.  Every time I finish a holiday read like this, my Christmas spirit comes back....even if only for a few days!  I love that.

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know they aren't supposed to meddle with humans on Earth.  But they can't help to show the place off to their new angel in training, Will.  During the most recent trip on New Year's Eve, Will meddles without realizing it and causes a whole lot of trouble.  Lucie and Aren meet by literally bumping into each other.  The trouble is, they weren't supposed to meet yet.  By meddling even more, the angels think they can fix it, but only make matters worse.  Will they ever correct what went wrong?