Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Reader Problems Book Tag


I saw this tag at https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/ and decided to take part. The original creator is unknown to me, sorry! If you want to take part, you're tagged!

1) You have 20000 books on your TBR, how do you decide what to read next?
I generally pick a theme or themes for the months ahead and plan out a list of what I want to try and read. I found that entire months of just the same genre can sometimes see me lose steam by the third week so now I'm trying to do three different themes, roughly ten days per genre/theme each month. It's working so far. My TBR is 1100 books I own and haven't read but if it ever got to 20000 I'd be lying buried under the buggers!

2) You're halfway through a book and not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?
I would never get to halfway through before the decision to DNF! That is way too much time wasted on something I'm not enjoying!As soon as I know I don't like it, I lose interest and quit to read something else. They don't get a second chance!

3) The end of the year is coming and you're behind on your reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and if so, how?
Generally, I'd find the shortest books I could find to try and get me to the target or if I'm way off because of a slump, I just reduce the target at some point. I've never failed on my Goodreads Challenge! This year my target is much lower and I've planned out all my reads so I won't have the changing to shorter read option, but I won't need it. I only have 25 books or so to go and it's still September! 

4) The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?
This is something I just can't cope with! I hate it when a series with gorgeous covers suddenly changes halfway through to something crap. Yes Kelley Armstrong, your WOTO series did this to me as did Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series to name a few!!! Look at what they did to my favourites!!! First two gorgeous (4 and 8), book 12 horrible!!!


5) Everyone and their mother love a book you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?
It's likely that my dad didn't like it too as we have the same book tastes but even if he did like it, I'd tell him what I thought of it. I'd also put my review up and say why I didn't like it.

6) You're reading a book in public and you're about to start crying. How do you deal?
I don't read in public. I read in my home and occasionally on holiday if I'm not tired out. The odd time I read in the car if I'm waiting for my dad but I don't read many books that would make me cry so the law of averages is there!

7) A sequel to a book you loved just came out but you've forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?
I just refer to my review notes for the last book and go ahead and read it. The only time I reread the previous book is when I read the first one, bought a pile in the series that I didn't read and I'm now going back to it years later for a full series readathon. Then I'll have to reread. I did this last year with The Morganville Vampires and this year with the Kitty Norville series.

8) You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?
I never had this problem as none of my real life friends were book fans. Only my dad borrows my books and I make it clear that if he damages the spine or creases the cover, he buys me a new one! I used to give my non fiction books to my uncle until he decided to smoke his face off reading them and they were returned to me stinking! I never give him books now unless it is one I don't want back!


9) You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?
I used to just pick up Harry Potter and settle in for a reread of that or a favourite horror book but recent slumps have made me not want to read at all. I just take time out to watch favourite TV or films and wait until I'm ready to join the booky world again. The last book that dragged me out of a reading slump was the first Extinction Trials book.

10) There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?
BUY ALL THE BOOKS! OK maybe not but I'm way too happy to just grab a pile from Amazon or a charity shop grab for older books! I generally check out reviews to narrow it down to the must buys or try a cheap copy on ebook first. Everything else interesting is shoved on wishlist and every few months I'll hunt some down or delete them from the list. Generally, I buy them based in order of total wantability!

11) After you purchase all of these books that you're dying to read, how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?
It took the best part of 7/8 years to finally read The Morganville Vampires and Kitty Norville! I have a few that I bought in 2010 that I haven't read yet but in my defence they are big slabs of cheese size! On average, maybe a couple of years?

Can't Wait Wednesday-Kill River



Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at http://www.wishfulendings.com/ to spotlight and discuss books we're excited about but haven't read, which may not even be released yet. 

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In the summer of 1983, thirteen-year-old Cyndi and her three new-found friends Stacy, Zack, and Brad decide to sneak away from their summer camp in the middle of the night by rafting down the nearby rivers. After spending a tense night lost in the woods, the four teenagers stumble into a mysterious water park that appears to be completely empty.

At first, they are thrilled to have the rides all to themselves, at least until one of them disappears. Soon they discover that they are trapped in the park, and a dark figure is stalking them from the shadows, picking them off one by one. Once night falls, Cyndi will have to fight to escape the park, a masked maniac, and a living nightmare.

Kill River is a wild water park ride filled with blood, gore, and '80s nostalgia. Slasher fans rejoice, old-school horror is back!


The book actually came out in 2015 but I'm just finding out about this now. Thank you to Karen @ For What It's Worth for bringing it to my attention! How great is that cover! And an 80's slasher vibe going on...oh yes I want this! 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Books By My Favourite Authors I Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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1) Hunter Shea-The Montauk Monster
This is my dad's favourite book by the author but up until October I hadn't read it so it's on my list for my Halloween horrorfest or Spooky Booky Month!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18371375-the-montauk-monster 

2) George RR Martin-A Dance With Dragons part 2
I don't want to be caught up until The Winds of Winter is out but I do intend to get this book finished by the end of the year!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21528341-a-dance-with-dragons 

3) Rachel Caine-Stillhouse Lake
I loved her Morganville Vampires YA series but haven't latched on to any of her other reads yet. I do want to try this series though.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33128934-stillhouse-lake 

4) Philippa Gregory-The Last Tudor
I love most of her Tudor and Cousins War books so now I'm grabbing them all, getting them into historical order and looking to read and review them all again!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35282698-the-last-tudor 

5) Alison Weir-Innocent Traitor
I've been picking up the author's fiction books gradually and this is one of many I haven't read! I hope to read them all in historical order!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/111218.Innocent_Traitor 

6) Matthew Reilly-Temple
I've loved his other stand-alone books Contest and Great Zoo Of China so I look forward to reading this even if it is a huge slab of a book!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144792.Temple 

7) Sonya Bateman-The Cursing Stones
I love her djinn and Fae series so I was always going to try this one as I think she is one of the best urban fantasy authors around.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34851683-the-cursing-stones 

8) Jack Kilborn-Haunted House
I'm so keen to read this! Characters from all his other books are brought together for this tale so I need to get reading another couple before I get to this one.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17563580-haunted-house 

9) Richard Laymon-Night in the Lonesome October
I've been reluctant to read the final two in my collection as there will never be any more to enjoy. However, in October I plan to read this and Amara.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/477873.Night_in_the_Lonesome_October 

10) Nicholas Sansbury Smith-Hell Divers
I LOVED the Extinction Cycle books and the concept of this series was really interesting so I look forward to trying it soon. I've been saying that all year!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33160362-hell-divers 

Monday, 24 September 2018

Prepping With Chuckles-Winter


Welcome to my Prepper Posts which aims to help you be ready for any kind of short or long term disaster that might come along, and showing you the importance of being ready and able to help yourself when the authorities cannot assist you. I don't claim to be an expert on these subjects but I'll tell you what I can and direct you to prepper sites for further information if you are interested. Prepping is for normal people, and I aim to give you common sense reasons for thinking about how ready you are.

I think it's time to look at preparations for winter. Depending on where you live, you might be starting to feel that change of colder air coming in that lets you know we are in autumn. Here in my part of the UK, it is back to having fires on inside the house and not wanting to slither out from under the duvet for a late night toilet in the freezing cold bathroom! I hate going to supermarkets in December and over the festive period so I try to get everything done early so I can happily hibernate for a few months in front of my nice warm fire and forget about shopping other than bread, milk and a few other basics! It is certainly colder at night and the seasonal storms are beginning. This year, it is being suggested that the UK might be in for an even colder winter than last year which barely seems possible. That has me deciding to start winter prep a couple of weeks earlier than normal just in case.

1) Food Prepping-Fridge and Freezer
Basically, I started today by taking a look at the available space in the freezer and working out what I'll have space for foodwise. We have four drawers in the freezer. The top one always has a form of ice cream in it, usually two tubs for variety. For the winter the rest of this drawer will be getting stocked with a few favourite deserts like rhubard crumble, cheesecakes and gateau. This is the treat drawer! The second drawer has frozen baked potatoes and meat. We get supplied with a huge bag of chicken breasts every couple of months from a local farmer and we freeze various red meats and meat pies ready for use. Drawer three has the 'bags'-supplies of potatoes, prawns, curly fries, chicken kievs, chicken burgers, beefburgers etc. The final drawer is easy food like fish fingers, crispy pancakes, sausage rolls, satay pieces, kebabs. I've been running the supplies down all summer ready for this winter restocking which I plan to do this week if time allows.

We also have a fridge and that will be for the food we intend to consume in the run up to winter so I don't have to touch the winter supplies until November. This will be a mixture of preserves, microwave meals, fresh fruit, dairy products, fresh juice etc. I'll be restocking this weekly until November starts and for my final shopping trip before winter sets in, I'll ensure it is full to capacity with everything we need from the supermarkets so I have no need to battle the seasonal shoppers there through December and into January!

2) Food Prepping-The Cupboards
The food cupboard is something that several generations of women in my family set up and I've never known anything else. It was the attitude of stock up on everything you need while times are good and live off it when things are tight and that really helped when my parents and I all lost our jobs in the space of three years.The fully stocked cupboards and fridge and freezer meant all our money was spent on bills and heating, not on food. Our food cupboard has plenty pasta, rice, oats, lentils, tinned fruit and veg, pasta and meat sauces, sugar, soup, spices, cake mixes, tinned meat and fish, stock cubes and gravy, curry and so on. Enough to do the whole winter. It is reassuring to know that I'm loaded for bear! 

3) Heating 
My old electric fire for my bedroom broke during the summer so I've got a great new replacement for it ready to go, and a spare one as backup. We have gas fires in the hall and living room and a calor gas with cylinders in case there is an issue with either gas fire during winter. We got caught out with that ten years ago and shivered through winter and I don't want to ever repeat that! My dad is also looking at a possible oil heater as well this week. Now is the time to give whatever you have a service or get stuff replaced before you need it!

4) Essential supplies 
At the end of summer I always restock my supplies of other things I'll need through the winter to save me having to go out in snow to get it if I run out! Here is some of what is on my list.
-purchase extra batteries from Amazon for all devices ie clocks, MP3 players
-cleaning products from Aldi to fill cleaning cupboard
-refills for bedroom de-humidifiers
-screws and hooks for doing all the small niggly jobs over winter we had no time for in summer
-stocks of extra toilet paper!
-medicines ie extra cough bottles, ibuprofen, stomach tablets, supplements, etc (I get a lot of this at the Pound Shop cheap and it means as soon as a sneeze or cough starts, I can deal with it without trooping out to the pharmacy)
-salt supply for snow and ice 
-candles and other light sources in case of power cuts

5) Other tasks
Here are a few other things we get done in September/October.
-car serviced, oil and water levels checked
-flu jab at doctors
-checking pipe conditions in the house to avoid leaks
-replace any essential electrical items (we need a new hoover)

Are you ready for winter? 

Book Review: Extinction Trials Exile by SM Wilson


Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials.

After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.


My Review:
It is a month after the end of the Trial and Storm is not a popular person. Her relationship with Dell has yet to recover from the strain of her helping others and not helping him and they disagree about the killing of the dinosaurs with the virus that is still being constructed. She is finding living with a huge group of people, her 'claimed family', impossible after the solitude she had before, and isn't coping with the responsibility. She is well aware that Reban Don knows she is lying about her 'family' to get them the food and healthcare they need and she fears at any moment it will all be taken away from them. Now her lies about her skills have led to a change of job, working in with the very people she needs to avoid.

Lincoln decides to use the remains of the salve on his sister Arta in the hospital as she is deteriorating and thinks he may have an ally when a top scientist's daughter comes down with the same deadly illness. Could they get back to Piloria to get more of the medicine if it works? Can he trust that this man will help him save Arta and not just his own child? He is also brooding that he has lost his friends because of his actions at the Trial, but manages to make contact with Blaine's family to share news of his survival, knowing the risk that he is taking.

Then everything blows up around them with the announcement that the drug is ready to be tested and a new expedition back to Piloria will begin-sending back everyone who survived the first trip. Lincoln sees the opportunity to find Blaine and get the recipe to the salve which could halt the plague but he'll need to get his friends on side again to help him. Storm is still torn at the prospect of having to kill the dinosaurs but returning to Piloria feels better than the environment that she is leaving. Reban Don also finds that his circumstances are now about to change drastically as his enemies plot his downfall when they discover his secret.  

I was so excited to get back into this book world! I loved the first book and couldn't wait to get reading this one. It has a slower startthan the first book but I never found it dull in any way. I was interested to see the struggles that Storm and Lincoln were going through on their return home, and how they deal with the consequences of their lies told at the Trial. I liked seeing the change of attitude of the scientist when his daughter got sick which nicely set up a secondary mission for the group that were being sent back. The thing I liked most in these early chapters was was the move that was made against Reban Don by his enemies, led by Silas, and what that meant for Storm.

Most of all, I was excited to see everyone head back to Piloria. I can fully understand why Storm is happy to be back in a place with freedom, beauty, food and medicine rather than the grim life that they all have at home, in spite of the dinosaur danger. It was interesting to have the addition of Jesa, who has been seeking news of her father for years and now has the chance to join the expedition to go and see for herself, unaware of her father's fragile mental state. I liked the nervousness of the boat trip as every survivor knows exactly what they are going to face this time as they are instructed to deliver the virus to the nests of the dangerous predators and note whether it works or not. I loved the dinosaur interactions and the sheer danger of this mission.

The thing I loved most about this book was Reban Don. Having hated him for his attitude to Storm in the first book, it was great to now see all the other sides to him as he joins the expedition. I really did warm to him throughout the book as he proves himself in many different ways. I don't want to go into any more detail and spoil things but I really enjoyed this side of the plot. It was interesting to see the fractured group of friends at odds with the missions and struggling to trust each other as they are forced to work together again. I liked having Leif back with Lincoln and Storm as I liked him in the first book.

The other great thing about the book were the unexpected twists which of course I can't talk about! One in particular really shocked me and I do enjoy when an author can pull off an unexpected surprise without the reader seeing it coming. I did sort of expect the ending but it in no way detracted from the impact of it on the characters. There was also a loose thread left there that could go either way-I'm talking here about Leif's situation so I hope those who have read it understand what I mean. Is he or isn't he? I really hope not! What will the author do with it I wonder! 

I've seen some mixed reviews of the book so I want to give a few thoughts on this. Some think it was too slow to get into Piloria. OK maybe for some people but I felt that it was important to set the stage for Lincoln's quest by showing the situation in the hospital and with the scientists, and for the new plot of Storm being thrown together with Reban Don. If you want to be hyper critical perhaps the scenes with Octavius and her working for him could have been reduced but perhaps that could be important in book three. Others complained that the ending was too random and I don't agree with that.What Storm did has been brewing in her mind since she first went to Piloria and the hints were there through both books even before Reban Don comes into consideration. I expected this to happen and felt it was correct for her character.

SM Wilson is obviously a great storyteller as it isn't hard to get into these books and be swept along in the plot. I cared about her characters when I first met them and I've enjoyed seeing them evolve. I liked seeing the group dynamics in both books and the complicated friendships just as much as the dinosaur dangers they faced. I liked that there is no gooey romance clouding the story and that Storm and Lincoln's connection is emotional but complex. I have really enjoyed the first two books and can't wait for the third book in February!

Read June 2018.
4 stars.

Chuckles Chat #83-Series Length

Welcome to Chuckles Chat where great blogging minds unite to discuss the topics of the day mainly in the book and blogging world. I'll be sharing my thoughts on a topic and then inviting you all to share your thoughts. It's ok to disagree but PLEASE be respectful of each other's views! All of the comments on my blog are moderated and offensive posts ie racist, bigoted will not be published! 

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This week I'm looking at the length of the series we read.

A few of my blogging friends have indicated that they don't like reading series at all, preferring the stand-alone book or maybe a trilogy at the most and I can understand why. It is good to read a book like my creature features for example, where the story builds to a big finale and finishes with a satisfying end. No cliffhangers, no waiting ages for the next book and forgetting what happened by the time it is published. I love my stand-alone books because if I want a quick comfort reread, I'm done with it in a few hours. No need to worry about continued stories, it's straight on to a new adventure! With an author like Hunter Shea writing a lot of these, it is fun to start each new plot and see where it goes.

Likewise the trilogy. It can be nice knowing in advance that there are only three books and then the story is complete, series like The Hunger Games being a good example of a trilogy done right. There is a changing plot in each book with the characters developing but each book keeps the essence of a deadly game with traps and death in it. We knew roughly when each book would come, the story didn't go on too look and there is a nice conclusion. There is the added bonus that a three book series doesn't take up a ton of space on the bookshelves!  

Now let's look at the series. I have an absolute ton of series waiting to be finished. The reason I love series is that when you love the characters in book one, you get to see them in a lot of different adventures and see the growth of them over a period of time. If a series is well written and keeps you hooked it can be great! ie Michael Stephen Fuchs Arisen zombie series. Urban fantasy, fantasy, apocalypse, SF, zombies and cozy mysteries can have a lot of series and a look of books in each series. Great, sign me up, I love series bad boys! I have some urban fantasy series that max out at 6 or 7 books which isn't too bad, giving a decent amount of stories with the characters we love, but not stringing it out long enough for the series to jump the shark or get boring and repetitive. Perfect, right?

Well maybe not. There are certainly down sides to reading a series. Firstly there is not knowing when it will end when you are deciding to make a committment to reading it. If some author says it is a 6 book series, then you can decide whether or not that is enough or too many for you. You have a choice. But let's face it, authors rarely do that unless they are writing a specific trilogy. If a series is selling well, the publisher wants more of them so the author is happy to keep writing while they still have ideas for plots they want to use. I get that, and if the fans still devour the books, I understand the temptation to keep going. Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series is up at book 17 and it looks like it is going to hit 20 before it is done. Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake is at book 26 and shows no sign of stopping. Is this too far?

Look at the issues here. To buy book series of that length is going to be expensive. 20 books here in the UK at £8 each is £160 or roughly $210. Anita Blake would be costing a minimum of £208 or $272 depending on whether the books are higher priced than £8 each or if you buy them in paperback or hardback. Then there is the shelf space to consider. One standard 3 shelf bookcase is only going to manage a few series of this length before it is full and not everyone has space for a mini library in their home especially if they have kids, flatmates or a small flat to live in. Ok there are options to cut cost and space if you use ebooks or borrow a version from the library but if like me you want your favourites in physical form, it gets difficult. 

Then there is the length of time you spend on each series. Waiting for the next book in a year to 18 months can be horrible if there is a mass cliffhanger. I still remember the agony of waiting for the last two Harry Potter books to come out! However that is nothing to the wait that fans of George RR Martin are having between each release of his ASOI&F books. Waiting 6 and 7 years between each book is a total nightmare that I only avoided by coming late to the Game of Thrones party, with all of them (so far) published when I started reading them in May 2017. I can't imagine what it was like waiting for each book if you started reading it when the first one was published in 1996! Following any series is time consuming but maybe you can deal with that if you love each book like GRRM. Do you still want to keep going if you get a few duff ones that make you wonder if you the reader is just being milked like a prize dairy cow?

If like me you read Indie authors, they sometimes rattle through a few releases in each series every year. Darrell Maloney last year published about 9 books over 6 different series that he had going. His entire 13 book Countdown to Armageddon series was written and published between Dec 2013 and Jun 2018. That is the good side to it. But the big risk in following Indie writers is that suddenly the books stop coming without warning if the publisher dumps them or the self published author runs out of money. Ada Adams did 2 great vampire books that ended on the worst ever cliffhanger and book 3 never appeared for general sale, leaving us all high and dry, wondering what was happening. I have the fear that this will happen to a lot of Indie series so I feel compelled to buy entire series if I like book one, in case I get burned again. I'm glad I did because now, a few of these series are impossible to get. Buy now, repent later!

When is a series too long then? I don't think there is a set answer to this one. Personally I'm ok with a long series if the standard remains high and I still love each release. I'm happy to keep reading but I do have concerns on the book storage side of things so I don't want every series to keep going. Part of me does feel a slight sense of relief when I hear one is finishing! I think it is a matter for each individual reader to decide when enough is enough on each series they read, and if it has gone on too long. I stopped enjoying Anita Blake by book 10 but ploughed on to 16-the last one I'd bought in advance of reading-before finally giving it the chop. I quit The Hollows in book 3 because I hated the repetitive nature of the biting plot. It's all subjective.

Do you like reading series? When is 'too long' for you? Have you quit long series before the end of it and if so why? How do you feel about waiting for the next book? Have you had a series just stop being published before it was supposed to end? Do you buy series in bulk for fear they might become unavailable later? Do you have issues with expense and space? 

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Chuckles Cover Love #93-Anna Schumacher


If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all.

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This Week! 

Interesting designs...


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Netflix Book Tag


I saw this tag at Barb's blog http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/ so I thought I'd give it a go. It was created by https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVrydXU4okw at YouTube. If you want to take part, consider yourself tagged and you don't need to have Netflix to do the tag, as I don't use it either!

1) Recently Watched-The Last Book You Finished Reading
At the time of writing this, the last book I'd finished was Fathomless, a deep sea thriller will conspiracy, good and bad Russians and a giant megalodon! 

 
2) Top Picks-A book recommended to you based on a book you previously read.
Based on my recent review of Dream Woods, Karen at http://www.fwiwreviews.net/ told me about an 80's slasher plot set in an abandoned water park and I intend to grab this! 

 
3) Recently Added-The Last Book You Bought
As I construct this, the last book I bought was Screams You Hear.

 
4) Popular on Netflix-Books Everyone Knows About (1 you've read and 1 you won't read).
I read The Murderbot Diaries, which I loved, but won't be reading Dread Nation. I had wanted to read it until friends reviewing it commented on the lack of zombie action and it lacking horror. I'm not a fan of reading about racism or horrible characters so with zombies lacking, I changed my mind on reading this one.

 
5) Comedies-A Funny Book.
I love the cartoon adventures of Beau Peep! Daft British humour at its finest! 


6) Dramas-A Character Who Is A Drama Queen/King. 
I DNF a lot of books with this kind of character but Luisa drove me mad in this one with her attention seeking stupidity and then her selfish behaviour.

 
7) Animated-A Book With Cartoons On The Cover.
I needed to showcase these gorgeous zombie covers!


8) Watch It Again-A Book Or Series You Want To Reread. 
Pretty much my whole paperback collection? Here are three I really want to get back to!


9) Documentaries-A Non Fiction Book You'd Recommend To Everyone.
I've never recommended any one book to everyone but a wide range of people loved this.

 
10) Action And Adventure-An Action Packed Book.
I loved the non stop tension and drama in this one.

 
11) New Releases-A Book That Just Came Out Or Is Coming Out Soon That You Can't Wait To Read.
I love the cover for this book and I'm interested in the plot. Several advanced reviews say the book is much better than the blurb suggests so I'm sold!

 

 

September Specials Update 3


OK so not a very exciting title but I couldn't think of another book related word starting with S! August Authorfest went well so I'm doing a few special things for September to keep up the tempo! As the month has thirty days, I will have 3 themes which will each last for ten days. One will be Series Catch Up, the second will be Shark! which sort of explains itself, and the third is Solo where I read stand-alone books. I'll need to read as much as I can in each category during their span.

Here are the books I've chosen. I'm off to a better start than I thought! Red are the books I read in week one. I didn't read much in week two which is shown in pink. Week three is marked in blue. Week four is purple.

SERIES CATCHUP
I'm trying to finish the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn and I have 7 books left and 10 days to do it. The Kitty books are 300-400 pages each! I'll try my best though! I should fit in Martha Wells as well as that is pretty short and I hope to get to Black Swarm if I do really well!

1) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty's Big Trouble (read)
2) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Steals The Show (read)
3) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Rocks The House (read)
4) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty In The Underworld (read)
5) Carrie Vaughn-Low Midnight (read)
6) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty Saves The World 
7) Carrie Vaughn-Kitty's Greatest Hits (anthology) (read)
8) Martha Wells-Rogue Protocol (read)
9) Jamie Hutchison-Black Spawn 



SHARK! 
You know I love my sharks and a whole ten days of shark books and films sounds great! This is my short list! I'm pleased with progress by Day 21 but as I've cut down my Solo section (see below) I'm extending my shark reads by a few days to try and get everything done.

1) Rick Chesler-The Tank (read)
2) Greig Beck-Fathomless (read)
3) Chris Jameson-Devil Sharks (read)
4) Matt Serafini-Island Red (read)
5) Michael Bray-Feed (read)
6) Carolyn McCray-Bullies (read)
7) Carolyn McCray-Open Water (read)
8) Carolyn McCray-Shark Station Nyet
9) Carolyn McCray-Churn
10) Carolyn McCray-The Shayu Situation
11) Carolyn McCray-Blood In The Water

1) Planet Of The Sharks
2) Empire Of The Sharks
3) Shark Lake
4) Toxic Shark
5) Ozark Sharks
6) Atomic Shark
7) Mississippi River Sharks

SOLO
These are stand-alone books that I want to read. Had issues with this section as one of the short stories couldn't be found on ereader or computer so I scrapped it. Gameland is also going to be too long to fit in this month so it's on the back burner to next month. I do hope to fit in the other two before the month ends though. 

1) Ernest Cline-Armada
2) Saul Tanpepper-Gameland (DNS)
3) Hunter Shea-Rattus New Yorkus (read)
4) Patrick Sheane Duncan-Dracula vs Hitler

FILMS
1) Ready Player One
2) Paddington
3) Paddington 2
4) Vampire Academy
5) Divergent

Friday, 21 September 2018

Around The Blogs With Chuckles


We all enjoy snooping and lurking on other people's blogs right? Why not share those entertaining things you found with other readers and bloggers too! Welcome to Around the Blogs with Chuckles, where I take time out to show you some of my favourite blog posts from the previous seven days and link you up so you can check them out. 

This week! 

1) Book Review-Cabin At The End Of The World by Paul Tremblay
Barb looks at psychological suspense.
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/2018/09/well-now-that-was-interesting.html 
  
2) Book Recs
Verushka has a few offerings to share.
https://editingeverything.com/blog/2018/09/17/5books-book-recs-and-time-outs/ 

3) Monarchy In Fantasy
Greg shares his thoughts on the subject.
http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/2018/09/monarchy-in-fantasy.html 

4) Book Review-Rule by Ellen Goodlett
Lindsi looks at a new fantasy series.
https://www.doyoudog-ear.com/2018/09/rule-rule-1-by-ellen-goodlett.html 

5) How To Write Books
Olivia looks at self publishing.
https://www.booksinblankets.com/2018/09/resources-for-writers-how-to-write-books.html 

6) Book Review-Shivaree by JD Horn
Korean War aftermath with vampire activity in a small town.
https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2018/09/review-shivaree-by-jd-horn.html 

7) Book Review-The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Katherine looks at historical fiction.
http://iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-chilbury-ladies-choir-historical.html 

8) Book Review-We Are Where The Nightmares Go anthology
Barb looks at a horror anthology.
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/2018/09/an-awesome-little-collection-and-zombie.html 

9) Book Review-We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Destiny looks at a popular book on the blogs!
https://howlinglibraries.com/2018/09/16/we-sold-our-souls/ 

10) Book Review-Halcyon by Rio Youers
Frank looks at a book on my wishlist!
http://frankmichaelserrington.blogspot.com/2018/09/review-halcyon-by-rio-youers.html 

11) Book Review-City Of Lies by Sam Hawke
Mogsy looks at fantasy.
https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/09/20/book-review-city-of-lies-by-sam-hawke/ 

12) Book Review-Record Of A Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
Greg looks at a SF sequel.
http://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/2018/09/record-of-spaceborn-few.html 

13) All The Horror Reviewers You Will Ever Need
Bark's brilliant list of horror review bloggers!
http://barksbooknonsense.blogspot.com/2018/09/all-horror-reviewers-you-will-ever-need.html 

14) Book Review-We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
The Tattooed Book Geek reviews a popular release.
https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/we-sold-our-souls-by-grady-hendrix-book-review-bookblogger-bookbloggers-bookreview-bookreviews-review-horror-wesoldoursouls/ 

15) Book Review-The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
Carole looks at everyone's favourite AI with social anxieties!
https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2018/09/reviews-muderbot-diaries-books-1-3-by.html