Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Chuckles Chuntering

This is turning into another difficult week. I'm getting stuck into the rest of the house stuff. Yesterday was a very busy day. My dad was unpacking boxes of cds and starting to sort what has to go to the bedroom and what goes to the hall. I decided to get started on the kitchen as there wasn't much I could do to help him. I went through the whole food cupboard checking for anything out of date and getting rid of it-not much thankfully-but that meant crawling about on my poor wonky knees which are throbbing today! Then it was getting rid of cardboard boxes full of things like soda stream concentrate, date checking and getting it stored away. Next was cleaning the shoes and getting them on the shoe rack. Next was getting the floor and all surfaces scrubbed and taking out the rubbish. Ugh! Not fun!

Then in all my wisdom I decided to make home made soup and then cook the dinner and I just had no energy to do more than steep the dishes overnight. For some stupid reason at 9am last night I decided it would be a good idea to strip the bed, turn the mattress (which is a nightmare in that tiny space I have to work with in my bedroom!) and get the clean sheets on. I had to go for a long shower after that and woke up as stiff as a board this morning! My dad was equally tired going up and down stairs with bags and boxes of cds! Today has been no easier. Two loads of washing, battling to get the stupid sheets onto the clothes horse as it is pissing down outside, getting those dishes done from yesterday, hoovering, and cleaning the bathroom. My dad is still battling those boxes and bags! 

Needless to say, I have hardly had time to do anything on the computer the last few days. I've not been able to get many posts up but I hope to be back to normal service before the weekend. I'm a couple of days behind in blog visits but I will be there, better late than never! 

On the plus side, a guy did come to look at the garden yesterday for the fences. Turns out my dad knows him from years back so MAYBE our luck is changing. He's looking at materials today and will then give us a quote today or tomorrow. I'm just hoping this works out as the weather is really starting to turn here and it's cold every day. I just hope winter holds off long enough to get the fences done!

Top Ten Tuesday-Villains

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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Here are ten bookish bad guys that I enjoy reading about!

1) Voldemort (Harry Potter)
There's not much I can really say about this guy...

2) Cersei Lannister (ASOI&F)
Ambitious, ruthless and a good deal smarter than a lot of her male counterparts at playing the game. I hate the way she treats Tyrion but I loved the chapters from her viewpoint!

3) Aliyez (Arisen)
He's the guy who makes the biological virus that is mutated by terrorists and starts the zombie apocalypse but he then wants to make a cure. He's hapless, hopeless and funny!

4) Snake Cult (Gavyn Donatti)
These guys are hardcore nasty and want to kill our heroes. They are very dangerous djinn who take the snake form.

5) Adolf Hitler (Wolf by Wolf)
OK so he barely appears in the book but this guy must have killed millions more people in this alternative history plot if he has won the war.

6) Henry VIII
Lying, cheating, breaking his vows, murdering the innocent and chopping off the heads of his wives, friends and enemies alike!

7) Umbrella Corporation (Resident Evil)
This company cares only for profit and because of their stupidity, we get zombie apocalypses, as well as them doing horrific experiments on the survivors.

8) Pennywise (It)
He is scary enough as the clown but when he can shapeshift into any monster he wants and anything that can scare kids, he becomes terrifying!

9) Randall Flagg (The Stand)
The devil in human form ready to destroy all the good in the world, yet appearing as a normal kind of guy. He gives me the creeps!

10) Angelus (Buffy)
I loved the episodes of Buffy where Angel went bad and became his evil alter-ego so to speak!

Monday, 22 October 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-The Elizas by Sara Shepard
Barb goes thriller...
http://bookertsfarm.blogspot.com/2018/10/whats-up-with-all-crazy.html 

2) Mini Reviews
AJ looks at Psycho and The Snowman.
http://ajsterkel.blogspot.com/2018/10/mini-reviews-psycho-snowman.html 

3) Book Review-The Overstory by Richard Powers
Carole looks at trees...
https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-overstory-by-richard-powers.html 

4) Book Recs
Verushka shares thoughts on a few books.
https://editingeverything.com/blog/2018/10/15/5books-book-recs-and-old-movies/ 

5) Book Review-The Mourning House by Ronald Malfi
Bark goes horror.
http://barksbooknonsense.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-mourning-house-review.html 

6) Book Review-Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
Karen looks at contemporary YA.
http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2018/10/review-dear-evan-hansen-by-val-emmich.html#.W8npY_bTXcs 

7) Book Review-Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Elle looks at YA fantasy.
http://elleinked.blogspot.com/2018/10/book-review-ash-princess-by-laura.html 

8) Book Review-The Nightmarchers by J Lincoln Fenn
Erica's review...
https://www.ericarobynreads.com/2018/10/book-review-nightmarchers.html 

9) Book Review-Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep
Mogsy looks at a new fantasy series.
https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/10/18/book-review-kill-the-queen-by-jennifer-estep/ 


Sunday, 21 October 2018

40 Questions Tag

This tag was created by Melanie at https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2018/10/19/forty-questions-randomly/. I saw it at Bookstooge's blog https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/ and decided to give it a go.

1. Do you like blue cheese? 
Nope! As much as I love cheese, I just don't like blue cheese. I find it too strong tasting and pretty pongy! I prefer red leicester, monterey jack and mozzarella!
 
2. Coke or Pepsi? 
I love a cold normal version Pepsi but I'm not drinking it now to reduce my sugar intake. I hate Diet Pepsi but I'm very partial to the Coke No Sugar Vanilla! I also like the Peach and Cherry versions. 
 
3. Do you own a gun? 
No. Unless you are a farmer or sportsperson, it is pretty much illegal to own a gun in the UK. If I lived in the US I would have guns in the house.
 
4. What flavor of Kool-aid?  
Never tried it. I don't even know if you can buy it in UK shops though you can get it on Amazon I think.
 
5. Hot dogs? 
I like a big hot dog smothered in ketchup and onions! I HATE soggy buns though!
 
6. Favorite TV show? 
Game of Thrones, without a doubt, followed by Coronation Street. I also loved Buffy and The West Wing. I've seen bits of or whole seasons of some series that seemed good but need to catch up with like Supernatural, Scandal, Hannibal, Elementary, Haven, Nikita, Grimm, 24, Lost, Primeval, The Crown, Victoria, House of Cards, TheFollowing, The Blacklist etc!
 
7. Do you believe in ghosts? 
Yes. There have been too many sightings for ghosts not to be real. What exactly they are is a whole other question though.
 
8. What do you drink in the morning? 
A glass of milk most days if I remember. Soup on a very cold morning!
 
9. Can you do a push-up? 
Har, not a chance! The nearest I get to a push up is watching SAS Who Dares Wins on TV!
 
10. Favorite Jewelry?
I don't really wear jewellery. I love my Game of Thrones and Canadian charm bracelets but I'm too scared to wear them outside in case I lose them!
 
11. Favorite Hobby? 
Other than reading, I like slothing around watching my favourite TV and films.
 
12. Do you have ADD? 
I assume this is ADHD? No.
 
13. Do you wear glasses?
No.
 
14. Favorite cartoon character? 
I don't watch cartoons other than Barnyard. As a kid I liked things like Snoopy, Wacky Races, The New Shmoo, The Trap Door, Captain Caveman, Hong Kong Phoey, Tiny Toons, Around the world with Willy Fog, Wile E Coyote, Count Duckula, Roobarb.
 
15. Three things you did today? 
Took painkillers for my aching back, received an Amazon package with books and waited to see a man about a fence!
 
16. Three drinks you drink regularly? 
Milk, Barr's Orange and Barr's Red Kola.
 
17. Current movies?
The films I most want to watch right now are Mamma Mia 2, Jurassic World 2, Rampage, Paddington 1 & 2, IT, Jeepers Creepers 3, Final Destination 5, a few SAW films I haven't seen, The Collector, The Purge series, King of Thieves, Hunger Games series, The Wizard of Lies.
 
18. Do you believe in magic?
Sure, why not! I believe most things are possible.
 
19. Favorite place to be? 
Blackpool, a seaside holiday town on the north west coast of England. I love it there! 
 
20. How did you ring in the New Year? 
I hate New Year and always go to bed before midnight.
 
21. Travel? Where would you go?  
I loved Cape Town and would love to go back. I would love to go to the Canadian Rockies, the canyons of the American West, Universal Studios Orlando, Machu Picchu, Scandanavian cruise, Iceland, the Italian volcanoes, Mt St Helens, Harry Potter Studio Tour, London, York, English War of the Roses battlefields, Hampton Court, and a ton of other stuff!
 
22. Name five people who will most likely read this?  
Five of my regular blog followers I guess.
 
23. Favorite movie?  
Jaws, Deep Blue Sea, Jurassic Park/World, Harry Potter, Aliens, The Godfather, Barnyard, Mamma Mia, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, The Mummy, The Fog, Fellowship of the Ring, Halloween, The Thing, The Running Man, Fright Night, Total Recall, Resident Evil, Doom.
 
24. Favorite color?  
Blue.
 
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  
No. My pal once had satin PJs but said the sweat stains made a real mess of them so I wouldn't risk the sheets for the same reason!
 
26. Can you whistle? 
Yeah but I never feel the urge to do it.
 
27. Where are you now?  
Sitting at the computer typing this.
 
29. Favorite food?  
I'm a cheese fiend! Also partial to a plain cheese pizza!
 
30. Least favorite chore?  
Changing the bed and cleaning the bathroom. Hate them both. Don't much like ironing or drying dishes or taking out the rubbish either!
 
31. Best job you can think of? 
I can't think of a perfect job but being a successful horror writer would be fun! I like the idea of giving other people nightmares!
 
32. What’s in your pockets?  
I don't have pockets in my PJs! In my normal jacket I carry paper tissues, shopping lists and money if I'm going to buy something.
 
33. Last thing that made you laugh?  
Reading a few news stories about special snowflakes in the workplace!
 
34. Favorite animal?  
I like pandas as they seem to have great personality, along with lemurs and meercats. At a zoo I once had a lemur on my shoulder and he was dead friendly though his tail kept tickling my nose! I'm fascinated by sharks and dinosaurs too.
 
35. What’s your most recent injury? 
Some kind of burning pain in my elbow after sorting kitchen cupboards yesterday!
 
36. How many TVs are in your house?  
Two.
 
37. Worst pain ever?  
Getting my ingrown toenails removed after the local anaesthetic failed to work. I've never felt pain like it and I can see why this was used as a torture method.
 
38. Do you like to dance? 
Not really. I resemble a hippo with a hula hoop...it's not a pretty sight!
 
39. Are your parents still alive? 
My dad is. My mum died of cancer in 2014.
 
40. Do you enjoy camping? 
Are you kidding? I read the most scary horror books you could imagine about serial killers and cannibals in the woods and at camp sites, plus I have a terror of spiders and other beasties with more legs than me. I'd never go camping! That's what hotels are for!

Chuckles Cover Love #97-Rio Youers


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! 

This cover is gorgeous and it makes me want to buy it right now! The story itself sounds interesting too...


Saturday, 20 October 2018

Chuckles Chat #89 Horror Month-Dinosaurs!

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! 

NB: I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow them to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account.   

I'm spending a few months looking at the books I enjoyed in various categories within genres and asking all of you to share all your favourites in each one too. Hopefully we'll find new books and authors to try. This about books we love so please, no lists of books you hated!

First up this time, I'm looking at one of my favourite horror monsters...

DINOSAURS & EXTINCT ANIMALS








NOT QUITE MY THING BUT MIGHT BE YOURS...
  

DINO ON THE TBR!