Saturday, 27 August 2016

Stacking the Shelves #146

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click on the link under the book to find its page on Goodreads or Smashwords. 

Please note that I always leave a message on your STS/SP if you visit me, but if you use DISQUS or a similar third party I will not be able to leave a comment on your page. I don't allow any company access to my social media accounts and I certainly don't allow them to edit and take over my accounts the way DISQUS does. So if you use DISQUS, I can't leave comments on your page so I can't really follow you back, sorry! I'm noticing that some blogs set with Google Plus are trying to force you to open a Google Plus or Facebook account before you can leave a comment. Well, I have no interest in rejoining Google Plus or joining Facebook so if your blog uses this set up, I won't be following it or commenting! And sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me so there might not be a message from me some weeks or you might get a double message sometimes! Blame them, not me!

I started this week wondering what to do with myself now that the Olympics are finished so, on hearing that the new season of Deadliest Catch comes out on dvd in October, I figured I should watch the last two seasons that I have to get fully caught up. The current plan is that each week I will attempt to catch up on one book series and one TV series that I am behind in. Lets see how we get on with that! I need to feel as if I am getting stuff watched AND book series read at the same time as I'm lagging behind on both.

I did get a bit of reading done since the Olympics finished but not as much as I'd have liked. I've been reading some non fiction sea disaster books since I'm in a Deadliest Catch mood, and I can pass these books onto my uncle to read. Tonight though, I'm moving back onto fiction as I need to start zipping through these books at greater speed! I haven't purchased anything this week but *luckily* I haven't uploaded all my book grabs from earlier this month so I still have lots to share with you! I just hope Blogger lets me get on with it this week without messing me about like last week! I'm also getting rid of unwanted dvds to Music Magpie and other stuff to charity shops to de-clutter the house so we can get it painted.

I also purchased a back support pillow/cushion to help me read in bed and it's very comfy! It has the name 'Batwing' and it does kind of look like a winged shape to it. The only problem is I hear the Batman TV series theme in my head all the time! It is kind of driving me a bit mental but I can't help it! Na na na na na na na na BATWINGS!  


Friday, 26 August 2016

Book Review: A Kiss before the Apocalypse by Thomas E Sniegoski

Boston P.I. Remy Chandler has many talents. He can will himself invisible, he can speak and understand any foreign language (including the language of animals), and if he listens carefully, he can hear thoughts. Unusual, to say the least, for an ordinary man.

But Remy is no ordinary man; he's an angel. Generations ago, he chose to renounce heaven and live on Earth. He's found a place among us ordinary humans; friendship, a job he's good at, and love.

Now he is being drawn into a case with strong ties to his angelic past. The Angel of Death has gone missing, and Remy's former colleagues have come to him for help. But what at first seems to be about tracing a missing person turns out to involve much more; a conspiracy that has as its goal the destruction of the human race.

Only Remy Chandler, formerly known as the angel Remiel, can stop it.

My Review: 
I admit that I bought this book before I noticed the less than enthusiastic reviews of it here on Goodreads. I'm a picky reader at the best of times and I don't like angel related stories so I was concerned that I wasn't going to like it. I surprised myself by liking it and buying the next books in the series.

Remy is an angel who renounced Heaven to live amongst humans and work as a PI, marrying a human woman called Madeline. He has two friends-his cop friend Mulvehill who knows what Remy is, and his beloved dog Marlowe, who he can communicate with. Remy is suffering as he watches Madeline slowly die in a nursing home where staff think he is a younger relative, so the last thing he needs is to hear that an apocalypse could be coming. Someone is seeking the four scrolls, which if opened, will summon the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Despite his personal trauma, Remy is dragged into the battle to stop the apocalypse and has to locate and secure the scrolls before they can be used. However, there are those who do want to see the apocalypse and they don't like the fact that Remy and his friends are interfering with their plans. They are determined to stop him at all costs and it leaves Remy wondering who to turn to for help.

Israfil, the Angel of Death has decided to try living in the real world for a while, abandoning his job of taking the souls of the dead, who end up trapped on Earth and in pain. Remy cannot bear the thought of Madeline suffering this fate along with so many people and agrees to get involved. Israfil's story turns out to be quite human and I liked viewing the Angel of Death in a more sympathetic manner. I liked the story which centered around the Bible verses about the Four Horsemen. I thought the concept was interesting and a bit different from the normal urban fantasy.

It was interesting to see characters who were a bit different. It was refreshing to start the series with the cop already knowing who and what Remy is and being happy to be friends with him, treating him like a normal guy and hanging out with him. It is better than having the conflicts and refusal to believe what Remy is for half the book. So I applaud the author for skipping by all of that and having Mulvehill already accepting it all. Remy himself is a nice guy and I had complete empathy for the personal pain he was going through, as I have recently been in that situation myself. I found it harder to read this book second time round for review purposes because the story is now more personal to me. I thought the author handled this storyline well, with real emotion and understanding.

As I said, I don't like angel stories but this was different from the other angel ones I've read. In fact I think it is the first book with an angel MC that I've ever liked! Remy was an angel and has a few angel powers but he lives as a human and behaves as a human, caring more about the human population than most of his kind do. He is basically getting involved in a war between battling angels who want a different future and are willing to sacrifice humans to do it, which Remy finds unacceptable. We even have a group of them that both Heaven and Lucifer want nothing to do with, which was an interesting addition, along with the group of angel outcasts. The book certainly explores angel mythology so to speak but I actually found that and the religious themes quite fascinating as they were woven nicely with the urban fantasy story.

It is quite an emotional story as Remy struggles to deal with the coming loss of his beloved wife, enduring painful visits to the nursing home. Marlowe doesn't quite understand why Madeline can't be at home with them and doesn't get the concept of how ill she is. The scenes with Remy and Marlowe talking about missing Madeline are quite heartbreaking. Marlowe is totally adorable and sweet and I love him to bits! I wish I had a dog that I could share conversations with like that! I think dog lovers will fall in love with Marlowe from page one. I'm certainly going to enjoy seeing what is in store for Marlowe through the series. I admit that man talking to his dog was one of the reasons that I was attracted to reading the book!

This is not an all action book. The plot centres around locating the scrolls and evading the bad guys. Yes there are a couple of action scenes but a lot of the plot centres around Remy and his conflicting emotions, and the choices he makes. I feel that this helped to develop him as a character and made him easier to connect with, as did his relationships with Madeline, Marlowe and Mulvehill. I am certainly interested in where the story is going in the next book.

A few reviewers have indicated that they were not impressed by the author's writing but I honestly didn't have a problem with it. I found the plot cohesive and entertaining and I can't ask for much more than that. Have I read better urban fantasy? Yes. But I still liked this one and hope to get through the rest of the series soon.
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Book Review: Stone Age by ML Banner

Our Earth is fighting a daily battle, shielding us and our life-giving technology from the electromagnetic ravages of the sun. Every 100 years or so, we are hit by an epic solar storm which could devastate our world’s electrical-based society were it to strike today.

It happened last in 1859, when we had little technology… over 150 years ago. We are past due!

A vacationing family is separated;
A friend readies them for a catastrophe;
A young love blossoms;
A prophet's fame rises;
A prepper waits for the violence to come;

All are unprepared for the apocalypse about to strike the Earth, one so great and unprecedented, it will bring humanity into a new Stone Age.

My Review:
I've given this book three stars but I'm still not really sure if I actually liked it or not. I really liked bits of it but other parts of the book I really disliked.

Lets start with what I liked. I liked Max the prepper, who has his home on a Mexican beach, but is fully prepared for the disasters he believes are coming. His neighbours are Lisa and Bill, who are in their Mexican holiday home with daughter Sally on vacation and Max is ready to look after them when trouble hits. The other kids Darla and Danny are stuck in Chicago after missing their flight to join the others in Mexico. Another prepper called Wilbur lives on a rural ranch and he is about to get an unexpected visit from Steve and his dad. I liked these people and Darla's grandparents so I was certainly interested in what is going to happen to them during the disaster.

But the problem with this book is that there are other story threads running through it that I just don't like or don't get. Steve and his dad are trying to solve an online computer puzzle which gives us a whole chapter full of hacking, algorithms, prime numbers, open source programs, cryptology and digital steganography and so on that I didn't understand a word of, cared little for, and was bored to tears by> I nearly quit the book at that point. They are on somwe kind of quests which will lead them to some kind of secret society or something and this plotline bored me. I also don't get what is going on with Gord. It is not clear who he is, what he is doing or when his story is set in relation to the others we are following. That part was just plain weird.

What I really want to do is just follow the groups of people I like through the solar flare disaster story but it just gets over-complicated by too many other things going on. We get a full back story on Max and his drug cartel contacts but I can't keep track of who is in what drug gang and who hates who or who Max does favours for. The whole 'what is Cicada' side story is also confusing and it isn't helped by the jumping POV and timeline, leaving you unsure at times what is going on.

There are some good elements and good writing in this book but it feels like the author wasn't sure exactly what genre it was to be and kept adding other random stuff he found interesting. It makes the plot too cluttered and confusing. As much as I'd like to know what happens to Max and the others, I don't really want to read about the other things, so I won't be continuing with the series.

2.5 stars 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by JK Rowling/John Tiffany/Jack Thorne

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

My Review: 
I feel as if I've waited so long for this book that I didn't want to read it when I got it in case I was disappointed! I know it sounds dumb and it took five days to pick it up and read it. Now as it is the script for a play, it is set out that way so there are no sweeping descriptions like in the Harry Potter books just a line or two about the changing scenes. It did take me a bit of time to get used to reading that style but once I got into the story I didn't really notice it that much.

I admit that in the first few 'chapters' I wasn't sure if I was going to like the story but once the quest began, I was totally swept up in it. It reminded me of the end of the film version of the Prisoner of Azkaban but more detailed and complex, yet I found it pretty easy to follow. A few people have said that they found the plot confusing but I had no problem with it at all. Once the story hits full pace it just steams along like a rollercoaster ride with non stop action and interest and I couldn't devour it quickly enough. I liked the idea of the quest and what happened in the aftermath.

OK this is the paragraph where I set out what the plot actually is-there are no big spoilers, just a general overview of what the story centres around. Harry Potter is struggling with his workload at the Ministry and his dissolving relationship with son Albus, who seems to resent having the famous Harry Potter for a dad. Albus himself feels useless as he doesn't measure up in any way and has only one real friend-Scorpius Malfoy. When Amos Diggory begs Harry to use the last remaining time turner to go back and save his son, Albus decides that he and his best friend will use it to save Cedric and right a wrong he blames his father for. When I realised that this was the plot I was so intrigued and the plot does centre around The Triwizard Tournament in book four. We get to see extended scenes from this time as the boys decide to stop Cedric winning to save him from Voldemort. There is a lot more happening than just that of course, as meddling with time has consequences the boys are unaware of.

Ok I think that is enough of the plot without telling you everything that happens! Lets switch back to the characters. There are high expectations on Albus to be like his father but he just can't seem to measure up. He and Scorpius are more like Neville Longbottom than their parents! Albus resents being a Potter and feels sorry for Amos, and is determined to make things better for him by saving Cedric. It is a lovely idea in theory but of course, the boys have no idea what they are actually doing so chaos is about to follow! I loved Scorpius Malfoy! He is such a sweet and kind boy, smart and funny, and totally dedicated to his best friend despite all that he is suffering personally. I see their friendship as a bromance and not as a gay relationship as other reviewers portray it. Boys should be able to hug their friends without being labelled in any way.

I've seen reviews that question why Harry is such a 'bad' parent to Albus and that it isn't true to his character from the books. Actually, I liked the portrayal. Harry never had a father to be there for him so it seems logical that when things get difficult, he struggles. His son James seems very like him and is easier to understand but Albus is totally different and Harry is unsure how to relate to him. I also liked that Harry was struggling to keep on top of his paperwork at work. When you remember back to his homework struggles, this seems to fit perfectly. Draco Malfoy is also struggling to throw off the stigma of death eater, and the slurs cast against his son, and I found him to be a very sympathetic character. Ron and Hermione are just the same as they always were! We see a few other favourite characters too which is great but you'll find out who they are as you go along.

There is one issue I had with the plot which I just did not take to and I was surprised that JK Rowling approved it. Gah I can't talk about it without spoilers though! Lets just say I did not believe it would ever have happened and if you've read the book you'll know what I'm referring to. Please do NOT talk about this openly in the comments section and ruin it for those who haven't read it! I just put aside my own opinion on this thing and enjoyed the rest of the story and I found it didn't greatly affect my overall opinion. For other readers, I suspect it may be a dealbreaker and I fully understand that.

My overall opinion of the book is that I enjoyed it so much! It was GREAT to see the characters again and I loved the idea of the boys quest and everything that occured on it. There were things to laugh at, exciting scenes, plot twists and a few bittersweet moments. This was always going to be compared to the JK Rowling books and it is hard to compare a screenplay fairly to that amazing series. My view is that the play writers did a pretty good job overall and delivered an exciting Harry Potterverse adventure. I will certainly reread it many times and enjoy it again. It has made me hope for more plays or stories in the future. Now my brain is thinking how great a film this could have been if circumstances were different or if it had been filmed last year. I know that sounds a bit cryptic but some of you might understand what I mean. And yes, I am going to buy the final screenplay copy when it is released to see what was changed. I just have to know!!!

I do recommend it for Harry Potter fans. Give it a try and make up your own mind about it. 
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Shafted by Clifford James: Beware the Online Purchases!

No it isn't a review for a porn book, it is a customer complaint issue! I purchased two support cushions from Clifford James from Amazon as my dad and I both have issues with our backs and I thought these would be good. I paid £37 for the pair.

Clifford James took the money, 'dispatched' them AND gave me a delivery date. And suddenly today I get a message cancelling the order and saying the items are permanantly unavailable. WT actual F???? I was told the bloody things were dispatched when they had never actually existed? What numbnut company advertises products they don't have and LIE to customers that the package has been dispatched when there is no physical way on this earth that it could have been dispatched? And they are sorry??? Well that's big of them!!! What a shoddy customer service!

Now I ask myself what else they are selling to customers online that doesn't exist! I'd say do yourself a favour and don't bother ordering from this crowd online as you'll probably get the run around and get no product to show for it.

Thankfully as I ordered through Amazon, my money is safe and has been refunded but that's not the point. Now I have to waste more time looking for an alternative product and I'm in a foul mood today. Hurrah! Bloody muppets. I am Angry and Sad Chuckles today and I'm now itching to buy some dvds or books to cheer myself up...


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Book Review: Voodoo Plague by Dirk Patton (Voodoo Plague #1)

John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a business trip when America experiences the worst attacks in history. Nuclear bombs destroy cities and the widespread release of nerve gas sends the majority of the surviving population into a murderous rage. Rescuing a woman who survived the attacks he must lead her to safety as Atlanta burns, raging infected roam unchecked and society disintegrates into savagery.

My Review: 
John Chase is ex-military and is in Atlanta on business when nuclear bombs start to fall in cities, and releasing nerve gas. He knows he needs to find a way back to his wife in Phoenix along with two rescued companions-Rachel, a student and part-time stripper, and Dog the abandoned German Shepherd. There are going to be big problems ahead of them-armed guys, psycho rednecks and of course to make things more difficult, the local population are turning into crazed zombies. Will they make it to Arizona alive and unbitten?

This book really did have everything I love about zombie books. It was fast paced and the action scenes never let up. There is lots of zombie mayhem with slow moving males and fast moving females. We have two great MCs in John and Rachel who work well as a team and you care what happens to both of them from the moment you meet them. There is a gorgeous dog who features heavily in the plot, though I worry about the poor furry guy on every single page! There are tense survival scenes, all out guns blazing attacks, rescues and running away and great writing to tie it all together. It is certainly one of the best opening books in a series that I've read.

John is very much of the attitude of never leaving anyone behind so when his companions are in trouble, he is willing to do whatever it takes to rescue or protect them. He is also determined to get home to his wife to see if she is safe. John is the guy you want as your hero in the zombie apocalypse. He is capable but not perfect and he makes mistakes that will have you yelling at the book. I liked him very much because he is a proper good guy. I also liked Rachel as she was tough in her own way and has to deal with some bad crap on the trip. She is feisty and determined and I was so pleased to see a book where the male and female MCs don't feel the need to jump into bed. They are friends and a team. I do hope it stays that way at least until we hear about John's wife at some point in the future.

I love Dog and wanted to adopt him and keep him safe. He is loyal and brave, and is a great addition to the book. Now I know that a lot of you are going to be thinking 'does Dog survive?' I know that because I've already been asked! (yes Barb, I'm talking about you! *grins*) I understand your fears as I panic over the dog more than the human in these survival stories. I know a lot of you can't bear not knowing the outcome for the furry companion and need to know more about it before getting engaged in the book. So to let you decide whether or not you want to read the book I will insert a hidden spoiler to tell you if Dog lives or dies. If you are reading the review on my blog you need to view the hidden spoiler on my Goodreads review!

My favourite scenes? There are so many. It is a road trip where they travel by different methods so the action is always evolving. I think my favourite sequence was from the car breaking down near the zombie herd and fleeing towards the lake along with the rescues to follow. There was angst, tension and fear...and that was just me! I was really on the edge of my seat reading this book and I barely put it down until it was finished. That says a lot about the storytelling ability and skill of the author. I was fully engaged in the plot and I loved the characters.

Am I planning to read on in the series? Oh yes! I have purchased the rest of the books so far and plan to reread this book and then binge on the rest of them. I am very much looking forward to whatever is going to happen next. I recommend this to fans of fast paced zombie and apocalypse fiction.

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Book Review: Thicker Than Blood by Claire C Riley/Madeline Sheehan

Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other, and a friendship that could withstand anything…Even an apocalypse.

Until one fateful night, the marginal safety they’d come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end. With the help of Alex & Jami, both unlikely allies, Leisel and Evelyn are able to escape their shattered sanctuary only to find themselves face-to-face with a much altered, much crueler life where they have to find the way—and the will—to stay alive in a world they no longer recognize.

Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country; the road-weary group are pitted against endless violence, improbable circumstances, and the ultimate loss. Everything comes at a price—especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they’ve tried so hard to cling to: their humanity. Yet along with all the trials they’re forced to endure, there’s also hope in the form of love. Having loved Leisel from afar, Alex attempts to put the pieces of her fractured heart back together. But in such a savage world, is there room for love?

In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death.

There are friends…

My Review: 
I have seen a lot of very highly rated reviews for this book and with the zombie factor I was really keen to read it. Sadly, I just didn't like it at all and could not finish the book.

It is set in a grim dystopian future where the zombie apocalypse has occured and survivors seek safety inside walled and protected sanctuaries. But for the women, safety comes at a price. Leisel is forced to marry the compound leader and is raped and beaten on a daily basis. One day she snaps and kills him, and knows if she cannot escape her cell and the compound, she will be put to death. Her best friend Evelyn was also forced to marry a high ranking man and she turns to her secret lover Jami to get help for Leisel. Also wanting to help is Alex, who has secretly loved Leisel and wants a new life for them outside. I liked the idea of this grim world where escaping to be amongst zombies is a better life than being protected by evil men.

I found the start of the book interesting as they try to escape from the compound and I liked the two men Alex and Jami the best. Anyone who has read the book will now know why I wasn't happy with some of the plot choices. I'm not putting spoilers in here but I might say more when I post it on my blog. Some of the situations they find themselves in were interesting and some I disliked but I would have finished the book and set aside minor plot gripes if I had liked the characters.

The friendship with Leisel and Evelyn is what the whole story is built around and I did find it a bit annoying that we are reminded of how great this friendship is on every second page. At times I felt as if I was being hit over the head with it. It did get a bit repetitive with that. To be honest I didn't see it as a great friendship. Leisel is weak, no doubt because of her ordeal, and lets Evelyn dictate to her and at times I just wished she would grow a spine. Evelyn gets angry and jealous when Alex gets close to Leisel and the spiteful bitch does everything she can to spoil this blooming relationship, to keep Leisel's friendship all to herself. The lengths she goes to are pretty shocking and I hated that whole part of the book. It is also where I abandoned it.

Evelyn is someone I hated and despised. It seems she is allowed to have relationships or casual sex with whoever she wants but Leisel is not allowed to grasp some happiness with Alex. Oh no that isn't allowed at all. Leisel must care only about Evelyn or be punished for it. How is Evelyn better than the men who held them captive? Her friendship with Leisel is obsessive and manipulative and is not healthy in any way. I was also expecting it to turn sexual at any moment. However it was the obsessive side of it that bothered me. Evelyn had no interest in Leisel being happy so I don't regard her as much of a friend.

The zombies are more of a background feature in this book so if you are expecting a fast paced zombie novel then you might be disappointed. This book focuses on personal relationships and the evil things that people do during the apocalypse. It is well enough written but too slow for my personal tastes along with the other issues I've mentioned.

Not my thing I'm afraid.
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Book Review: Z1N1 by Mitchell Layne Cook

So, what's really going to happen on the winter solstice of December 21, 2012? Zombies are going to destroy the world. That little nugget of wisdom should not surprise anyone. One can never fully discount the apocalyptic emergence of an undead pandemic. How did this happen?

Governments rush to vaccinate their citizens against an exceptionally virulent form of the H1N1 virus. However, certain celestial events cause the sun to release enormous amounts of solar flares and radiation starting on this fateful day. In the span of a few months after the winter solstice, thousands upon thousands of individuals treated with an inadequately tested vaccine become increasingly ill and eventually die. 

My Review: 
Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot resist grabbing zombie books, even if the book itself has had mixed reviews. I like to try things for myself and make up my own mind. After trying this one, I found myself agreeing with the negative reviews I'd previously read.

I found it slow, a bit silly in places and lacking in cohesion. We start with a group of survivors which include a military vet and his sniper sister, yet the group of them cannot deal with ten zombies or manage to shoot them either in the head or disable them to finish off later. A military vet and a sniper can't kill ten shambling zombies? Right.

We then jump back to the end of 2011 and follow the long and dull story of a group of lab workers who are working with new flu viruses. We follow their work through the whole of 2012, focusing on how the world did not end as predicted, and we follow them into another year. It seems there is an agreement that countries can sign up to in order to have vaccines sent out to them should an outbreak occur but corrupt employees are stockpiling some of the virus vaccine to sell to countries not covered by the agreement. This is all about corrupt officials stealing from stockpiles to make money for themselves and we don't even see another zombie until March 2013!!! So that was 30% of the book read before we see the slow start of a zombie outbreak! Even then it is focused on the bad guys trying to cover up the fact that their stupid vaccine is causing the zombie side effects and trying to make sure that nobody survives to tell about it!

Ugh. I like my zombie books to be focused on the zombies and the survivors. This was so far removed from a traditional zombie book that it frankly bored me senseless. I didn't like the characters, I wasn't interested in following the story of how corrupt officials covered their tracks and who they did business with. I just wanted the zombie outbreak and by the time we actually got to it I was no longer interested in reading it. It is all conspiracy and no zombie!

I didn't finish it and if you like fast paced zombie action, you should probably give it a miss.  
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Monday, 22 August 2016

Chuckles Goes Olympic Final Round Up

So here it is, my last medal update for the Olympics and the last few days have seen us secure more medals and second place in the medal table ahead of China! 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze, which beats our tally from London 2012. Brilliant performance from the Brits! There are a few rising stars to watch out for in the coming years. 

Gold for the amazing Mo Farah! Every time he came under pressure in the race, he dug in and found more to hold off the others. You could see how much Mo wanted that win! The guy is amazing to watch! Loved the cheeky moment on the podium when he produces the other gold from his pocket to wear!

Also retaining her Olympic title in boxing was Nicola Adams! Not only is she a superb athlete, that infectious grin of hers is very endearing!

Gold in the canoe sprint for the brilliant Liam Heath!

Another silver in the boxing for Joe Joyce!

Bronze for the womens sprint relay team!

Bronze for Vicky Holland in the triathlon! What a great performance!

And Bronze for Bianca Walkden in taekwondo! Great things are ahead for her I think!

There will be a few more Olympic posts in the next week or so looking at the highlights, low points and updating the drug issues surrounding the games. Look out for those! But for now, Chuckles has done her Olympics and needs a good sleep!!!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Reading With Chuckles

I have renamed my TBR Reading Challenge and changed it back to Reading with Chuckles as it sounds better, especially at times when I have no specific challenge running. So this is where I'll share what I read and abandoned each week, and I'll give the odd update on the state of my poor TBR! It does suffer at times...! The link under the book takes you to the Goodreads page for that book so you can decide whether to read it, and see my reviews when they are posted.

Wow, it's been a few weeks since I last did a reading post which shows you the kind of trough I've been going through with the insomnia and then the Olympics getting in the way of quality reading time. These are the books I've read since my last Reading With Chuckles at the end of July. I hope to get back on full schedule tonight and do my final Olympic post tomorrow!


JK Rowling etc-Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

CL Swinney-Robert Black 

Scott Campbell Jr-Giving the Finger 

Josh & Jake Harris-Captain Phil Harris 

Sig Hansen-Deadliest Waters 

I also read a few more Berenstain Bears books in between events but I'm not listing them all here. These can be seen on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Speaking of which I am 5 books away from hitting my 200 book target! Yea! I hope to fit in a lot more before the end of the year!

How are you guys doing on your reading challenges? Read anything good recently?