Sunday, September 24, 2017

Celebrate Banned Books Week!!

Today is the first day of Banned Books Week 2017 ~ September 24th through September 30th. 

This week, I will be reading a banned book in order to celebrate the freedom to read any book I want. I don't believe in censorship! 

I will be reading Howl: A Graphic Novel by Allen Ginsberg this week. I chose to read Howl because I've never read anything by Allen Ginsberg that I can recall and also because poetry is something one rarely thinks of as being banned or challenged. Howl was written in 1954 and "contains many references to illicit drugs and sexual practices" (Wikipedia). This eventually led to a 1957 Obscenity Trial, where California Superior Court Judge Clayton Horn found that Howl had "redeeming social importance" (Wikipedia).

Need more reasons to celebrate Banned Books Week? Check out the following article I discovered online titled, 12 Easy Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Will you be reading a banned or challenged book this week during Banned Books Week? If so, which book will you be reading? Let me know in the comment section below.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, September 22, 2017

50/50 Friday - Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.


This week's topic is the Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet!

This week's topic is tough to answer as there are so many authors that I'd love to meet in person!


The Author I'd Most Love to Meet

If I only had to pick ONE author, then
it would have to be Diana Gabaldon.
Followed by Geraldine Brooks and Margaret Atwood.

The Author I'd Least Like to Meet

This is a tough question to answer as well,
because I am usually very excited to meet most authors.
I'm going to randomly choose author,
Andre Dubus III as the author I'd least like
to meet. I read his novel,
The House of Sand & Fog and disliked it a lot!

Which author would you most/least like to meet?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Books For Night Owls

I admit it! I'm a night owl. Although I'd rather not be a night owl quite frankly. I've had insomnia longer than I care to admit and some nights my lack of sleep is worse than others. 

Since I am an avid reader, I was curious to learn which books made the list in an article on BookRiot titled, 10 Best Books For Night Owls by Jesse Doogan. 

I've already read one of the books in the article (The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo), which actually has nothing to do with sleep, but was an excellent read none the less.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Little Tips & Tricks to Encourage Your Child to Read More!!

I've been an avid reader my entire life. My love for reading began as a youngster when my mom read to me as a toddler. 

I use to receive books as gifts when I was younger and that also helped me become a book lover. 

I am grateful that my love for reading books was encouraged as a youngster as I feel it has helped me become a much more rounded person.

Are you looking for ways to help encourage your child to become an avid reader? Try the following tips I discovered in an article I discovered on BuzzFeed titled, 19 Little Tricks Guaranteed To Get Your Kids To Read by Jarry Lee. Maybe they will help your child read more.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Fifteen Books On My Fall TBR List



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

I have so many books I want to read this fall, that it is REALLY, REALLY, Difficult for me to narrow down which ones I want to read most this fall.... But here goes nothing! 

I went kind of ambitious for my reading list this fall and chose 15 books to read... The most difficult part for me will be sticking to my reading list as I'm very prone to changing my mind on what I want to read! 

So here is are the Top Fifteen Books I'd like to read this fall in no order of importance:

2. The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger
3. The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
4. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
5. Black Run: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery by Antonio Manzini
6. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
7. Love In A Nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
8. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
9. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
10. Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp
11. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
12. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
13. Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffery Archer
14. The Devil, The Lovers and Me: My Life in Tarot by Kimberlee Auerbach
15. Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

So, which books are on your fall reading list?

Monday, September 18, 2017

7 Little Free Library Tips To Ensure A Successful Little Free Library

I would have a Little Free Library of my own in a heartbeat, but alas, I live in a condominium and cannot place one outside my unit!

However, for those of you who would like to set up your own Little Free Library, I discovered an article on Bustle's website titled, These 7 Little Free Library Tips Will Ensure You Have The Best Book-Swapping Station On The Block by E. Ce Miller that is a must read for those that want to run a successful Little Free Library.

Click on the above link to learn the seven ways you can make your Little Free Library the best one in your neighborhood!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!!



In all my years of reading and blogging, I never knew that September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!!

I do have a library card to my public library, but I do not use it as often as I should. I need to change that though.

If you do not have a library card to your local public library, I encourage you to sign up for one this month. Libraries offer amazing resources in their communities.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Rhys Bowen --- Author Presentation and Book Signing


I've come across Rhys Bowen's name over the past few years and am familiar with the fact that she writes three different popular mystery series. Rhys Bowen has also written a stand-alone historical novel titled, In Farleigh Field, which is set in England during World War II. 

I have yet to read any of her novels, but that will soon be remedied in the near future as I discovered in August 2017 that Rhys Bowen would be coming to a branch of our public library. 

Last night, I attended Rhys Bowen's author presentation at our local public library. I am so thrilled that I attended this event as Rhys Bowen is a delightful speaker with a lovely English accent. Rhys Bowen gave a lively talk about her novels, her writing, and various characters she has created throughout the years. Rhys Bowen was also humorous. I felt like she was one of the more entertaining and engaging author speakers I've heard speak before an audience. 

Quite a nice sized group of readers attended the Rhys Bowen author presentation and book signing. Many of them asked a lot of interesting questions during the Q & A segment. 

This was the first time I've attended an author event and signing at a public library, which made for a fun time. I came away with two signed books by Rhys Bowen - Murphy's Law: The First Molly Murphy Mystery and In Farleigh Field.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence

Advance Reader Copy in Paperback Format
I may never have discovered Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence if I did not an account on Goodreads!

I actually received an Advance Reader Copy in paperback of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence for FREE through Goodreads Giveaways. 

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence will be released on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence.

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence is written in two parts. Part 1 includes all of Annie Spence's charming notes/letters about various books. Part 2 includes various book related topics and book recommendations made to readers by the author.

I love the humor Annie Spence infuses in her book, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks as it makes for a fun, fast reading! I also love how short each letter and/or section is in this book as this makes it easy to carry this book along with you and read when you don't have a lot of time to devote to reading... i.e. doctor's waiting rooms, commutes on public transportation, and so on.

The following is a summary for Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence from Amazon:
A librarian's laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life.
If you love to read, and presumably you do since you’ve picked up this book (!), you know that some books affect you so profoundly they forever change the way you think about the world. Some books, on the other hand, disappoint you so much you want to throw them against the wall. Either way, it’s clear that a book can be your new soul mate or the bad relationship you need to end.
In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence’s take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature―sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths.
A celebration of reading, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is for anyone who loves nothing more than curling up with a good book…and another, and another, and another!
I am giving Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love And Heartbreak In the Stacks by Annie Spence a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday --- Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


Here are my top ten favorite books I loved reading during the first year I started blogging (2012). They are listed in no order of importance.

1. Grayson by Lynne Cox
2. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
3. Wicked Bugs by Amy Stewart
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
5. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot
6. The Giver by Lois Lowry
7. The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
8. Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas
9. The Forty Fathom Bank by Les Galloway
10. Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli


So, which books were your favorite reads during your 1st year of blogging?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Little Free Library in Castro Valley, California!

Me with my book selections!
This afternoon, I visited a Little Free Library in Castro Valley, California with my hubby.

This was a new to us Little Free Library and it is a really cute one at that!

I try to visit as many Little Free Libraries as I can (especially new to me Little Free Libraries) to leave and/or exchange books I've read.

I think the Little Free Library I visited today marks the 17th Little Free Library I've visited this year alone... And I am looking forward to visiting many more before the year is up.

I left the following two novels; Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish and Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski. And I took the two novels as follows; Invisible by James Patterson & David Ellis and Saving The World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson. 

Until my next post, happy reading!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon

Hardback Edition
I became a fan of Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series back in the 1990s. I was actually introduced to Diana Gabaldon's novels by my maternal grandmother of all people. My grandmother has always been an avid reader, like myself. I do not recall how my grandmother first heard about the 'Outlander' series. All I do remember is that my grandmother shared with me the details of Outlander (the first novel in the series) by Diana Gabaldon. She said Outlander was a wonderful, must read novel. 

So, I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, along with several other novels in the 'Outlander' series, and have enjoyed reading these novels very much. I am a bit behind in the 'Outlander' series at the moment though and will need to play catch up at some point.

I became aware of The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon in the past year or so... Yet this graphic novel was published back in 2010. How'd I miss that bit of information I'd like to know!?!? Generally, I do not read a lot of graphic novels or manga for that matter... But being a fan of the 'Outlander' series, I'm surprised I wasn't aware of this graphic novel sooner. 

Needless to say, I decided to read The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon. After reading, The Exile: An Outlander Graphic NovelI have mixed thoughts about it.

The artwork rendered by illustrator, Huang Nguyen, is beautifully done. However, both Claire and Jamie are not how I had envisioned they would look... Claire ends up looking too busty and Jamie looks kind of scrawny to me. However, the biggest issue I have with the illustration work done by Huang Nguyen, was that many of the male characters in this graphic novel looked too similar, making it difficult to keep each of the male characters identities straight throughout the novel.

As far as the storyline goes for The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel... It was decent enough to be entertaining and interesting as a spinoff of the 'Outlander' series, but it didn't W-O-W me like I thought/hoped it would. If I'd never read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon prior to reading The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, I'd have been completely turned off from ever reading Outlander or the rest of the 'Outlander' series.

Also, there were quite a bit of Gaelic words and phrases used in The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, which I didn't mind... But after the initial translations of what the Gaelic words/phrases meant, the definitions weren't mentioned again when the word or phrase was used later on. This was frustrating as I didn't want to have to search back through this graphic novel looking for the meaning of the Gaelic word or phrase.

Claire also seemed to have more of a potty mouth than I recalled from the 'Outlander' series. Sure, Claire's feisty and confident, but she's not one who'd have a potty mouth. So, this was a bit of a turn off for me.


The best parts of The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel for me, were the sections written by Diana Gabaldon about how The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel came to be and the actual making of the book itself. I learned that Diana Gabaldon at one time wrote comic book scripts for Disney! 

Below is a book trailer about The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon, which I found on YouTube:




I am giving The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Netflix to Release a New Documentary About Joan Didion in October 2017!

A few days ago I discovered that on October 27, 2017, a new documentary about American writer, Joan Didion will be available to watch through Netflix. 

The documentary about Joan Didion will be directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne.

Watch the following video about the upcoming Joan Didion documentary.



The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

Hardback Edition
I discovered The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers purely by chance!! I'd never heard of this novel or its author until I decided to join a local book club that selected The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers as its book club pick for September 2017.

I am truly ecstatic at how fabulously wonderful and well written The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers is!! I'm actually quite blown away at out how much I loved this novel as I wasn't sure what to expect from a new to me author that I'd never heard about before. 

The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers is beautifully written. It a historical novel set for the most part in the deep South during the US Civil War during the years 1863 to 1865. The novel does leap forward to the year 1892 towards the end... But not to worry, the jump in time is in keeping with the plot development and storyline.

The Second Mrs. Hockaday is written as a series of letters and journal entries, which makes for fascinating reading. I also think that writing a novel in a series of letters and journal entries lends itself well to the time period portrayed in the novel. 

I also enjoyed the plot development, the pace of the novel, and the characters of The Second Mrs. Hockaday very much... Even if one of the characters was particularly unsavory. 

Best of all is the mystery and suspense that surrounds the life of the leading female character, Placidia Hockaday, during the years of 1863 to 1865, while her husband is off fighting in the war. What happens to Placidia during this time frame is one of the hooks that grabs the reader's attention right from the novel's start. 

I look forward to discussing The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers at the book club meet-up later this month.

The following is a plot summary for The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers from Amazon:
When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husband’s three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away?
Inspired by a true incident, this saga conjures the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel as her views on race and family are transformed. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how that generation--and the next--began to see their world anew.
I am giving The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars!

As a side note, The Second Mrs. Hockaday is the first novel written by Susan Rivers. I look forward to seeing what she has to offer readers in the future.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through This Year




Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos

I almost didn't finish this novel.
It's cheesy ya read.
It also has a cliffhanger ending and
I don't like cliffhanger endings!!

Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski

This audible was plain difficult to listen to!
Bad narration, weird music, and I
disliked the storyline.

Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth

This short story was a complete time suck!!
It's a weird story with crazy characters.


Dominated By His Ghostly Touch by Alexx Andria

Not my style of erotica.

The Mercenary by Jone Brown

Bad erotica short story.
It just didn't seem plausible


The Belmont Hotel, Room Service by Pauline Allan

I like erotica, but this short story wasn't for me.
I am not into male on male erotica.
Plus, the book was all about sex with not much
substance beyond that in my opinion.


Heartbeats by Lucia Jordon

I hate short stories with cliffhanger endings!!

The actions and thoughts of the main characters seemed so fake and unbelievable throughout this entire short story.

Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell

Normally, I love cozy mystery novels and
short stories, but this one was painfully poor.

Snowed In With Death by Ruby Loren


It took me forever to finish reading this short cozy mystery!
The formatting for this ebook sucked and it disrupted the flow of the entire flow of the entire novella... Additionally, this novella needs some editing work as well. 
Most of the characters were so vain and narcissistic, that it was difficult to tolerate reading about them... And the plot was bad!!



The first few paragraphs of this short story were promising,
but things quickly went south from there.
Cheesy, pointless, juvenile story.

Which books have been difficult for you to get through?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Roxane Gay -- Author Spotlight!

I was able to hear Roxane Gay speak at the 2017 Bay Area Book Festival in June... What an amazing speaker Roxane Gay is!!

I came across an online interview with Roxane Gay titled, Roxane Gay: By the Book from the New York Times, which I enjoyed reading very much. 

It's fun learning which books authors have enjoyed reading and other interesting facts... In the above mentioned article, Roxane Gay was asked 'Whom would you want to write your life story?'... The short answer was 'Zadie Smith'.

Which Stephen King Novel Are You? (Quiz)

I have only read two Stephen King novels
that I can recall.
So, I wouldn't call myself a die hard 
Stephen King fan by any means.

However, I thought it was kind of fun to take the

I got: Misery

Nothing makes you happier than to have a captive audience. You like being in control of things, and you really don't like it when others try to subvert your plans. You've been disappointed by people you admire, and you had no choice but to amputate them from your life.

Friday, September 1, 2017

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Book Read in August



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.


This week's topic is the Best/Worst Book Read in August 2017!

This will be difficult as I finished off 22 books or short stories last month!! And 18 of the 22 reads, were audio versions!!


My Least Favorite Read in August 2017

(click on above link to read my review)




My Favorite Read in August 2017

(click on above link to read my review)




Which books are your favorite/least reads in
August 2017?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski

I received an uncorrected paperback proof copy of Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski through Goodreads Giveaways.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski.

Mark Wisniewski is a new to me author. I enjoyed reading Watch Me Go. I thought Mark Wisniewski's writing was solid and good. I enjoyed the alternating chapters featuring Douglas “Deesh” Sharp's perspective in one chapter, followed by Jan Price's perspective in the next chapter. It made for a thrilling read. 

The following is a plot summary for Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski from Amazon:
Douglas “Deesh” Sharp has managed to stay out of trouble living in the Bronx, paying his rent by hauling junk for cash. But on the morning Deesh and two pals head upstate to dispose of a sealed oil drum whose contents smell and weigh enough to contain a human corpse, he becomes mixed up in a serious crime. When his plans for escape spiral terribly out of control, Deesh quickly finds himself a victim of betrayal—and the prime suspect in the murders of three white men.

When Jan, a young jockey from the gritty underworld of the Finger Lakes racetrack breaks her silence about gambling and organized crime, Deesh learns how the story of her past might, against all odds, free him from a life behind bars.

Interweaving Deesh’s and Jan’s gripping narratives, Watch Me Go is a wonderfully insightful work that examines how we love, leave, lose, redeem, and strive for justice. At once compulsively readable, thought-provoking, and complex, it is a suspenseful, compassionate meditation on the power of love and the injustices of hate.
I am giving Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski



I listened to Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski and narrated by the author.

Listening time for Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski is 1 hour, 11 minutes.

I was able to download Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski.

The only thing I liked about Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski was that it was FREE!!! The author was a poor narrator and I didn't like the dramatic music played throughout this short story... Nor did I care for the long pauses between sections that kept me wondering if Shadow of the Crimson Queen was finally finished.

I didn't care for the storyline, the characters, or the author's writing style. Let's just say, I won't be going out of my way to read anything else written by Eric A. Radulski.

The following is a plot summary for Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski from Audible:
Yaran Blackencloak, a bard with bad luck and a poor reputation, is ripped violently from his mundane existence when he is tempted into the service of a demon goddess. He gets more than he bargains for, though, for when Yaran tries to return to the life he knew, he finds it permanently, tragically changed.
I am giving Shadow of the Crimson Queen by Eric A. Radulski a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Bout of Books 20 Wrap Up Post

Bout of Books


Unfortunately, I've been too busy this past week to make daily update posts for Bout of Books 20 or participate in all of the challenges! Nor I did accomplish as much reading as I would have liked for this read-a-thon, but at least I had a good time reading during Bout of Books 20!

I was able to start and finishing reading Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page, which was a short story 59 pages in length.

I also started and finished listening to the unabridged audio version of Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold. This historical fiction novel, is very thought provoking. Listening time for Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold was 11 hours, 10 minutes.

I finished reading the last 33% of an audiobook titled Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss, that I had begun listening to prior to the start of Bout of Books 20.

I've made headway in another novel I'm reading titled Watch Me Go by Mark Wisniewski. I read about 70 more pages of this novel during Bout of Books 20.

I also participated in the 1st challenge on day 1, which was to describe yourself in six words. Here's how I described myself:

Avid reader, blogger, knitter, wife, daughter!


If you participated in Bout of Books 20, how did you fare this week in terms of reading? Did you meet your reading goals? Did you participate in any of the challenges?

The Journey by Isobelle Carmody



I listened to a short story titled The Journey by Isobelle Carmody and narrated by the author earlier this month! 

Listening time for The Journey by Isobelle Carmody is 48 minutes.

I was able to download The Journey by Isobelle Carmody to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Journey by Isobelle Carmody.

I enjoyed listening to the The Journey by Isobelle Carmody. It's a dystopian, fantasy/scifi read. I also thought The Journey was well narrated by the author.

The following is a plot summary for The Journey by Isobelle Carmody from Audible:
A bonus never-before-released short story by best-selling author Isobelle Carmody.
Before the apocolyptic Great White - and the regressive theology that ruled the decimated population in its wake - the city of Uropa is a gleaming metropolis devoted wholly to materialistic consumption.

When Emma arrives to meet her childhood idol and continue her research into the emergence of psychic abilities, she must adapt quickly to conceal her personal interest in the subject and protect herself from the city's opportunistic residents.
I am giving The Journey by Isobelle Carmody a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson



I listened to the entire first season of The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson.

Listening time for The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson is 3 hours, 27 minutes.

I was able to download The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson to my Kindle for FREE from Audible!!

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson.

I enjoyed listening to The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson. It basically discusses (in seven episodes) what happened when the tech industry gave the world free porn. I thought The Butterfly Effect was a well done program and definitely worth a listen.

The following is the publisher's summary for The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson from Audible:
From best-selling writer Jon Ronson and the executive producer behind the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia, Audible Originals presents a new seven-episode series, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson.
[Contains explicit content] Free for a limited time, hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire. 
I am giving The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Listen to Love by Tom Ballard et. al.



I listened to the entire season of Listen to Love by Tom Ballard, which is a radio show that discusses marriage equality issues in Australia. I definitely believe in marriage equality/same sex marriages and was surprised to learn this fact through listening to Listen to Love by Tom Ballard.

Listening time for Listen to Love by Tom Ballard is 1 hour, 35 minutes.

I was able to download Listen to Love by Tom Ballard to my Kindle for FREE from Audible.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Listen to Love by Tom Ballard.

I think Listen to Love by Tom Ballard is a very relevant radio show to listen to and am glad that I did. The production quality of this series is really good and so is the message. Since I am pro-same sex marriage, I found that this program was good, but I didn't really learn a lot of new stuff.

The following is the publisher's summary for Listen to Love by Tom Ballard from Audible:
Pop on your headphones, and hit 'play' - Australia, let's talk about love.
Marriage equality is a subject that's captured the hearts and minds of Australians for years, and the topic of love is one for the ages. What is it to love and be loved? What does it mean to have our relationships recognised by the communities we are a part of? These questions and more are explored in Listen to Love, a six-part original audio series from Audible.com.au in partnership with The Equality Campaign.
Listen to Love features some of Australia's favourite voices, including comedian Tom Ballard as host, comedian Joel Creasey with an original stand-up routine, writer and philosopher Damon Young with a thought-provoking discussion on the ethics of love and marriage, TV and radio personality Osher G├╝nsberg reading classic love poetry, and Australian author Catherine Cole with a short story providing a timely reminder that how we experience love is how we experience the world. Bringing us up to speed on the issue of marriage equality in Australia is Dr Shirleene Robinson, a historian focusing on the evolving treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender Australians.
We also hear from everyday Australians whose lives are touched by the ongoing conversation about marriage equality. LGBTIQ couples sit down with broadcaster and performer Joel Carnegie to speak candidly about their relationships, and siblings Angie and Brent Greene explore the family dynamic of love as well as the issue of sexual discrimination in sport. These intimate real-life stories of love and commitment demonstrate the barriers faced by those Australians who are not presently able to marry the ones they love.
Listen to Love is free to download and listen to - don't miss your opportunity to hear these powerful Australian stories brought to you by Audible.com.au and The Equality Campaign.
About the Listen to Love series:
Episode 1: Second Class Citizen - Joel Carnegie with LBGTIQ couplesEpisode 2: What Is Love? - with Joel Creasey, featuring the poem 'Glisten' by Quinn Eades from the collection RallyingEpisode 3: So What's The Status Quo? - Tom Ballard with Dr Shirleene Robinson, featuring the poem 'To Be One with Each Other' by George ElliotEpisode 4: Standing Up for Us - Angie and Brent Greene, featuring the poem 'Sonnet 116' by William ShakespeareEpisode 5: The Ethics of Love - Damon Young, featuring 1 Corinthians 13:4-8Episode 6: Mother Love - by Catherine Cole, narrated by Louise Siverse, featuring the poem 'Love's Philosophy' by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Production of The Space Company for Audible Originals.
I am giving Listen to Love by Tom Ballard a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold

Historical Fiction ~ Audible Edition
I stumbled upon Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold purely by accident. I'd never heard of this historical novel before or it's author. 

After reading the plot summary about Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold on Amazon and seeing the 1,600+ reviews and 4 star rating of this novel by customers, I decided to listen to the unabridged audio version from Audible.

Listening time for Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold is 11 hours, 10 minutes and it is narrated by Nick Sandys.

I enjoy historical fiction... And Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold is definitely a good historical work of fiction. I really liked Jesper Bugge Kold's writing and story telling, even if many scenes in this novel were difficult to stomach. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the contents of Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold as it leaves you thinking about it long after you've finished reading it.

Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold primarily tells the story of two brothers, Karl and Gerhard,  during Nazi Germany. Neither of these men are fans of Adolf Hilter or the Nazi regime. Yet both brothers become complicit in wrongdoings during the war, which weighs heavily on each man by the end of the novel. 

Winter Men is a thought provoking read. Questions of morality and evil kept coming to mind while reading Winter Men. As I was reading about Karl and Gerhard's lives, I came across a few gray areas... Sometimes things just aren't always black and white. I am not condoning the wrongdoings performed by either brother by any means, but simply found myself filled with questions about their actions and many other situations presented in this novel. 

By the way, Nick Sandys is a terrific narrator!! He narrated Winter Men very well. I will forward to hearing other books he narrates.

I think Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold would make a great book club selection to discuss with other readers. 

The following is a plot summary for Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold from Audible:
As the dark specter of the Nazis settles over Germany, two wealthy and educated brothers are suddenly thrust into the rising tide of war. Karl, a former soldier and successful businessman, dutifully answers the call to defend his country, while contemplative academic Gerhard is coerced into informing for the Gestapo. Soon the brothers are serving in the SS, and as Hitler's hateful agenda brings about unspeakable atrocities, they find themselves with innocent blood on their hands.
Following Germany's eventual defeat, Karl and Gerhard are haunted by their insurmountable guilt, and each seeks a way to escape from wounds that will never heal. They survived the war and its revelation of systematic horrors, but can they survive the unshakable knowledge of their own culpability?
I am giving Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Bookish Quote of the Day!!


50/50 Friday ~~ Book You've Enjoyed With the Most/Least Pages



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.


This week's topic is the Book You've Enjoyed With the Most/Least Pages.

I have read a lot of books over the years, so it's difficult to try to remember all my my favorite books in terms of which one I liked with the least pages and most pages... But here goes nothing!


Book You've Enjoyed With the Most Pages

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I read this novel at least 2 decades ago
and loved it!



Book You've Enjoyed With the Least Pages

(click on link above to read my review)



Share with me your favorite book with the most/least amount of pages.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page

Cozy Mystery Short Story
I enjoy reading cozy mystery novels and I love Pomeranians, so deciding to read Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page was a no brainer for me.

I was able to download Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page.

There were quite a few editing issues in this short story that need some attention. Also there were a few confusing scenes or at the very least some scenes that needed some clarification. I felt like Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page had so much potential to be a fantastic read.

The following is a plot summary for Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page from Amazon:
Winning at ALL costs... can be costly.
Christy Roberts, owner of Alfie's Bed & Breakfast, has been getting a nice flow of customers due to the Winnona Peak’s Annual Dog Show. 
When one of the shows participants J.W. Augustine turns up dead in his room at Alfie's Bed &Breakfast, Christy is determined to find out if this was an accident or a stealthy-murder.

With a complicated trio of possible suspects in play, each with motive, Christy, along with her two trusty Pomeranians are set to find out who is the killer. But this one could get a little hairy.
I am giving Dog Days Murderous Nights (Winnona Peaks Mysteries #1) by Emily Page a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!