Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Books On My Fall TBR List.

Fall means more reading time for me, which also means my TBR gets quite a few books knocked off of it. I don’t always stick to the lists I make, but here are the books I hope to get through during the fall.

  1. Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston. I cannot wait to read this book. Unfortunately I need to wait for it to come out, which happens in a few weeks.
  2. Owl & The Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish. This one came out a couple months ago, and I need to read it so I’m caught up on the story and then it’s a matter of waiting for book four to come out.
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I have this one on audiobook and looking forward to listening to it.
  4. Bloodline by Claudia Gray. This one has been on my shelf for a little while now and I’m dying to read it soon.
  5. Dark Disciple by Christie Golden. Another Star Wars book, but for this one I need to finish watching The Clone Wars series before reading it.
  6. Vol’jin: Shadow of the Horde by Michael A. Stackpole. Been meaning to read this one for a while, and it will put me one book closer to finishing the World of Warcraft series.
  7. Warcrimes by Cristie Golden. Same as the previous book.
  8. Illidan by William King. And yet another World of Warcraft book and the last one in the series (at least until a new one comes out).
  9. In Shade And Shadow by Barb & J.C. Hendee. This is the first book in the second Noble Dead series and I’m looking forward to seeing how this part of the story progresses.
  10. Hard Country by Michael McGarrity. I’ve been digging the western genre lately and this book has been on my shelf for some time, so I’d like to read it this fall.

Those are just a few of the books I’m looking forward to reading this fall. What books are on your Fall TBR?

Monday Progress Report

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Reviews Posted Last Week:
Out Rider by Lindsay McKenna

What I did Last Week

Read

I didn’t get a lot of reading done last week. Though I did manage to read about half of Wind River Wrangler, so that’s something.

Watched

My poor TV, it’s still being partially neglected. We did end up getting in our Family Movie Night on the weekend. It was the boys pick and he chose The Powerpuff Girls Movie, which we all enjoyed. On top of that I’ve been working through more Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, and since the boys don’t feel like watching it I can power through them. So I managed to finally finish up season two and started working through season three. We also watched the first episode of season three of Star Wars Rebels and it was awesome.

Life

Well, I ended up with a nasty cold last week, so pretty much all of my plans got sidelined. I did manage to harvest the carrots from the garden, and got about 20 pounds worth of them, so that was awesome.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I’ll be working on finishing up Wind River Wrangler this week. I’m just past the half way point, so it shouldn’t take me too long to get through it. Though things have slowed down since the epic start of this book, I’m still looking forward to finishing it and hoping it will pick up again to finish as strong as it started.

After this, I’m not sure what I will read. Need to see what jumps out at me.

Watching

I will be dedicating quite a bit of time to Star Wars: The Clone Wars this week. I really want to finish it already, plus I have a book that I want to read but can’t until this is done because it ties into the series. Not sure what is in store for Family Movie Night this week, but it’s my pick so I better start thinking about it.

Life

I will be getting the things done that I didn’t get around to last week. My first priority is canning up all those carrots I harvested, which will be today’s chore.

Book Review: Out Rider

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The publisher provided me with a copy of the book to review via NetGalley.

Out Rider is the eleventh and final book in the Jackson Hole series. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, I didn’t bother to read the synopsis since I have read nearly all the other books in this series. I figured, it would be good to go in blind knowing how much I enjoyed nearly all of the books.

Things started off alright, a little bit of a tense situation helps to introduce Dev and Sloan to each other and the reader. There was, of course, pretty instant attraction between the two, followed by hesitation and the wondering of does he/she feel the same way. So in that respect, the book felt a bit flat to me, as so many romance books follow this same trend – and yes I get it, that is clearly the popular way to do it, but I guess I was hoping for something different.

One thing I did like was the fact that, for once, the guy didn’t start calling the girl “babe” right away. That always irks me, when as soon as there is any attraction between two people, the guy starts in on the “babe” stuff. Also, for once the girl didn’t have grey eyes – it’s my pet peeve when every female love interest has grey eyes.

Things really picked up in the last quarter of the book when the action ramped up. Things had been building up to something happening, but finally there is was, I just wish it had have happened a bit sooner. This part I really liked, it was fast paced, kept me turning to pages to see how things would turn out (even though the end result was obvious) and I really enjoyed it.

I think I would have liked the book more had that action been sooner, or at least if more action was spread throughout the book. Also, I didn’t really care for the whole empathic thing. It just seemed like a convenient excuse for Dev to be oversensitive, and in fact the subject was kind of beat to death and then never mentioned again in the last half or so of the book.

Overall, this was a decent book. I didn’t like it as much as I had hoped I would, but it was still a fairly quick read. I am kind of sad that the series is done, since a few of the couples in it I would love to see more of, but I think things involving them were tied up well. I would recommend this series to people, though I would recommend reading them in order, just so you can fully understand all of the characters, their backgrounds and how they got to where they are now. I will be reading more books by this author in the future.

Monday Progress Report

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Reviews Posted Last Week:
None

What I did Last Week

Read

I read two books last week! First up I read Anything For Billy. This was a quick western read that really grabbed my attention and kept it right through to the end. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in the coming weeks.

 

 

Next up I read Out Rider. I’d been meaning to read this one for a while and finally got around to it. It was okay overall. I’ll be posting a full review of this book last this week.

 

 

Watched

I didn’t watch much last week. I checked out a new series on Netflix called Fearless, about Columbian bull riders competing in America. I quit enjoyed this, as I love all things rodeo, but was sad it was only 6 episodes long. Here’s hoping another season comes soon. For Family Movie night we watched Edward Scissorhands. We all enjoyed this movie, though the boy got bored with it at times. It was good to watch it again, as it’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen the movie.

Life

Things have calmed down quite a bit. I’m no longer super busy, but still have a number of things getting done. Last week I spent some time in the garden getting it ready for the end of season. I extended it by about 6inches on the sides so there is a dead zone between the growing area and the lawn, that way grass won’t grow up along the end and kill off the plants growing there. I also pulled up pretty much all the plants that were still there, the peas, zuchinni, cucumbers and beans, as they were no longer producing and starting to die off anyways. I got a few coats of paint down on the large window frame. On the weekend I got some baking done to see us through the week. I tried a new muffin recipe, for Pumpkin Spice Muffins, and they are fantastic – almost taste like eating pumpkin pie. I also played a bunch of Star Wars: The Old Republic, because I really enjoy that game.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I’m hoping to get a couple of books read this week. First up will be, Wind River Wrangler. I just started this book, so I’m not very far into, but man talk about a great opening page, it immediately pulled me in and I can’t wait to see where the story goes. After this I’m not sure what I will read.

 

 

Watching

No definitely plans on what I will watch this week. I feel like it will be a mood based TV/Movie week.

Life

I have a bit more work to do in the garden, pulling weeds, fixing the fence, harvesting carrots and horseradish and making sure everything else is ready for winter. The window frame needs another coat or two of paint then I’ll be done with that. No real solid plans beyond that, though I’m sure other things will keep me busy as I try to get everything done before the weather gets too cold.

Shelf Talk: Bookmarks

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Welcome to Shelf Talk, a bi-weekly discussion post that covers a variety of topics including, but not limited to, gardening, video games, cooking, crafting and of course books. If you have any suggestions for topics that you would like to see on future Shelf Talk posts, leave it in the comments or send me an email, and I’ll do my best to cover that topic in the future.

Let’s talk bookmarks.

I love bookmarks. These little pieces of paper/cardboard/wood that mark your place in a book without ruining the pages. Since I heavily prefer physical books over ebooks, I have an extra appreciation of bookmarks. Without them, I would be lost. Of course, speaking of being lost, I have lost so many bookmarks over the year it’s not even funny. Some I have found and others seem to be forever gone. There have been times when I have had to resort to using recipes, coupons and other things in place of a bookmark because they all disappeared on me.

Every time I go into a book store, I want to buy a bookmark. It doesn’t matter if I already own 5 or 500, I just want another one. But more so, I want to buy one that matches one of the books I’m buying. See, I love to have a bookmark match the book I am reading. It doesn’t always work out that way of course, but I try my best.

For me, buying a book and buying a bookmark is very similar. I like to take my time, looking over the selection that the store has. I will pick one up, inspect it front and back and then put it back. This process will be repeated for a number of them, generally the ones that peak my interest. If there are a few I really like, it can take me a long time to finally choose which one to buy. The same thing happens with books, especially when I have a limited budget to work with. I have to pick my favorite and remember the others for the next time. Plus bookmarks are not exactly cheap either, they can be a few dollars each, so I try to limit myself to one per trip – sometimes I get none, because of the price or the stock the store has.

I can’t just talk about bookmarks without showing off my small collection of them. It’s small at the moment, because I somehow keep loosing them, and I’ve noticed less and less bookmarks available in store, but it keeps me happy.

Aren’t they pretty? Some of them, about half, I got from ordering books through Book Depository. It’s actually kinda nice to get a bookmark with each book. And they have a pretty neat selection of them. It’s completely random which one you get, and because of that I have some repeats, but that’s okay. Some of these are from my childhood and are in rough shape, but I still use them regularly, I’m just a bit more careful with them than the newer ones.

Do you love bookmarks as much as I do? Have a special bookmark?

Fall 2016 Bloggiesta

It’s Bloggiesta time again!

If you want to know all about Bloggiesta and perhaps even sign up for the event, then go check out the official website.

While I am decently busy this week, I am going to try to devote enough time to get most if not all of my Bloggiesta to do list done.

To Do List

  • Write up 5 book reviews
  • Update Book Review List with missing books and links
  • Write up and schedule several posts for my new feature, Shelf Talk
  • Write and schedule the rest of September’s Top Ten Tuesday posts
  • Clean out my email

That’s it. A fairly short list, but I’m hopeful I will get it all done.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of Fantasy Genre.

I have read quite a bit of fantasy books, at one time reading exclusively reading the genre, so it was both easy and hard to make this list, because so many books could have gone on it. So here they are in no particular order.

  1. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. This is a book that I hated at first, thanks to the movie, and then fell in love with it when I gave it a second chance. Getting to meet the author during a special screening of the movie a couple years ago was great as well.
  2. Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper. I can’t talk about the best fantasy books without including this one. This book, and the trilogy as a whole, are amazing. I can’t say enough good things about it. Go read it now.
  3. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Do I need to explain this one? No, I didn’t think so.
  4. Green Rider by Kristen Britain. Magic and horses play a pretty big role in this book and series.
  5. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Do I need to explain this one? No, I didn’t think so.
  6. The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. This book is magic, pure magic. If you haven’t read it, go do so now.
  7. The Mountain’s Call by Caitlin Brennan. Another series where magic and horses play a major role in the story. In fact without those two things there wouldn’t be much of a book.
  8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Another book where horses play a big role. This book isn’t a typical fantasy genre read but I think it still fits in perfectly.
  9. Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee. Vampires, Elves and medieval-ish setting.
  10. Watership Down by Richard Adams. Bunnies! Who knew a book about bunnies would be so deep, violent and overall awesome.