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Bookish Blerd

I'm a book buying junkie who buys books faster than I can read them. But what better way is there to live than surrounded by books?! I read as much as I can and I do my best to give coherent reviews...which doesn't always happen.  I enjoy many genres, which is likely the reason I struggle with deciding my next read.

Currently reading

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions
Mark Forsyth
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
Dean Koontz
Twice Bitten
Crystal Green, Erica Orloff
Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin, #1)
Patrick O'Brian

Review: A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo

A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo - Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo, Jim Parsons

Had to purchase he audiobook to tide me over until the physical books are back in stock.


As the bisexual mother of lesbian and pansexual daughters, and the sister-in-law of two lovely lesbians with three beautiful daughters, this was the best book I've read/listened to. As a human person who believes in tolerance, equality and that love is love, this is the best book I've read/listened to!

The narrators were perfect, as was the story. There was so much importance in how the animals all stood behind the bunnies who only wanted to love one another. And the best moment was when they all realized that they got to decide who their leader was, and voted the mean old stink bug out! Love and tolerance won in the end.

This book gives me hope that this will soon be the case in real life.

Moma Update 4.0: With Pictures!

Mommy and babies are doing well. Moma seems to have adopted the whole family as her own already. Their little chihuahua sat on the bed and watched the birth up close and Moma wasn't the least bit bothered.  The fact that she didn't go off and hide to give birth speaks volumes about the type of people they are!


My family plan to go visit her in person this weekend and I will take lots of pictures. But for now, here's what we have.



Aren't they all just beautiful?!

Moma Update 3.5


Review: Saga, Volume 3

Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

So this is only the third comic series I've gotten into...no, fourth, but that's just my way of saying I've only gotten into comics over the last few years.  Comic Con probably had something to do with that.  Went for the celebrity panels, kept going back for the comics, lol!


Anyway, I. Love. This. Series. 


It's really hard for me to review. The story is fun, the art is beautiful, the characters, even the antagonists, are so likeable.  Just A+ for the whole thing.  I just have one thing to say. If anything really bad happens to Lying Cat... I will be one pissed bee! And see, I kept it classy by using harsh letters instead of cursing.

Moma Update 3.0

Her new foster mom picked her up Saturday evening. Within 3 seconds of meeting her, I was in love and wanted to go live with her myself!  She was kind, super excited and ridiculously patient.  She understood that Moma was comfortable with us and that she would have to give her time to learn to trust her.  Moma let her pet her within minutes of meeting her, which was so comforting to me.  She promised that Moma would have her own safe space to get comfortable in (and have her babies) before she integrated her into the rest of the house.  And what made me feel the best about her, was that she assured me that if she didn't keep Moma herself, she would foster her until she found her the perfect home. No SPCA or shelters, or heaven forbid back on the street.  She plans to name the kittens after my family since we've been caring for her and arranged to get her fostered.


So, by Sunday afternoon, Moma was already lounging in bed with her.  I nearly cried.  This is all I've ever wanted for her.  She said we can come visit her any time.  You have no idea how happy I am! Well, you probably do.  And I promise to update as soon as those babies are born!  Thanks again for being on this journey with me and allowing me a space to vent my frustrations.

Moma Cat Update

So the people who took her were clearly not truly knowledgeable about cats.  First, (and I didn't know this until after the fact) they took her to a home that not only had a bunch of other cats, but several high-strung, barky dogs.  She was clearly distraught, stopped eating, wouldn't let anyone near her, and within a few days, they brought her back.


And what's worse, they insisted that since she was missing the tip of her ear that she had already been trapped, spayed and released and therefore was not pregnant.  First of all, no.  Just no.  Second, I've been taking care of her for two years on a daily basis.  If she had been trapped, I would have known it.  Not to mention the fact that no one else in my neighborhood would make the effort to get her TFR.  AND there's the evidence of her still expanding belly.  She's ready to pop!  And they seem to not realize that stray/feral cats can easily lose the tips of their ears due to the cold weather.  Both the female cats I care for in the front of my house lost an ear-tip long before we had them trapped/fixed/released.  I know they meant well, but I am just utterly frustrated with them!!!  I appreciate at the fact that they do this, but clearly they need more education.  I look forward to calling them and telling them when she has the kittens and that I was right all along.  I'm petty like that.


So my neighbor put us in touch with the woman she got her rescue cat from.  This is what she does for a living, so she is actually knowledgeable about cats, rescuing, fostering, etc.  She has agreed to take her.  Not only that, she is super excited to get her and it looks like this may become her permanent home.  She has agreed to keep in touch and give me updates on Moma's progress.  


Right now we have brought her inside and placed her in our dog's old travel crate.  She has room to move, food, water and litter.  We were just afraid that she would have the kittens outside in some secluded spot and that we wouldn't know where she was or be able to get her and her babies.  We have plans to take her to her new mom later today as she is at work right now.  Moma can handle a few hours in the crate if it means she gets to go to a home where she is the only animal and she can have her babies in safety and warmth.


I will post again after we drop her off.  I'll take pictures too.  Fingers crossed that this time it works out.

Review: Saga, Volume 2

Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

This story keeps getting better!  No loving Marko's mom, but he father is a doll.  And of course Marko has a crazy ex who just doesn't understand, 'he's just not that into you".  And I really like Lying Cat, because, cat! 


I'm really enjoying the artwork and the way the story flashes back to the past, and the present goes between different groups.  Our protagonists are in some serious crap!  Clearly their baby is the first step to ending a years-long war, and there's always someone who doesn't want the war to end.  Can't wait to see what happens!

Talk Me Down...

...or give me suggestions.


Bookoutlet is having a 15% off sale.  I want to order books even though I'm supposed to be on a buying ban.  Someone remind me why I shouldn't be spending money on books.  or give me some good ideas on new books to buy.

Review: The Rook

The Rook  - Daniel O'Malley

So it only took me a year plus to read this thing.  It was a birthday gift from my hubby last year.  It was not something on my wishlist; he went off-script and picked this out himself (with help from staff at B&N).  It's not something I would have picked for myself; however that's not to say that I didn't not thoroughly enjoy it.


My problem with reading this was constant distraction.  For the last year I have picked it up, read a few pages, got distracted and put it down, and the start all over again.  It was a vicious cycle.  The annoying thing was that every few paragraphs/pages I read, I was intrigued, I'd just get distracted by some random thing, kids, animals, texts, calls, etc., and not go back to it for a long while.  Finally, when my birthday came back around and it had been an entire year of me telling hubby I was going to read it, I finally realized that I needed some help to focus.  So I got the audiobook, this way I could listen while I did other things, or read along with it.  I did both.  The audiobook made all the difference; I finished it in about a day, and I have to say it was a good one! 


The story follows Myfanwy Thomas, who wakes up surrounded by bodies and blood and absolutely no memory of who she is and unknown persons trying to kill her.  Lucky for her, her previous self knew this was coming and left instructions via a series of letters.  The new Myfanwy wants to run and start a new life of leisure, but ends up getting caught up in the intrigue mystery of who stole her memories, and why they were trying to kill her.


This is definitely a suspense-thriller, which is not exactly my favorite genre, but it kept me interested throughout.  And the touch of supernatural definitely added excitement to the story.  Myfanwy deals with secret societies that work within (and without) the British government, supernatural powers and happenings, further attempts on her life.  And all the while, she never really knows who she can trust within the organization, and who is/are the ones who betrayed her.


Everything is seen from Myfanwy's point of view, either present day, or her letters to herself.  The story is original, well paced and beautifully written.  Definitely looking forward to the sequel, which I now have to bug hubby to buy for me.  It's his own fault for getting me something that is part of a series. 

Review: Bitter Sweet Love

Bitter Sweet Love (Michael Faudet) - Michael Faudet

Once again Mr. Faudet captured me with his beautiful words and made me feel ALL the feels.  He has a wonderful way of weaving words that make you smile, or cry, or laugh, or just contemplate.  Poetry is still a fairly new genre for me, but this book just makes me love it more, want to read it more.  There was a bit more prose than in his last book, but I very much enjoyed it.  I could picture the stories vividly and was easily caught up in them.  It's hard to explain how this book made me feel, so you should just read it and feel the feels for yourself.  You won't regret it. 

Review: The Lightning Struck Heart

The Lightning-Struck Heart - Lesley Berk;Michael Berk;David Castle;Sue Lauder, T.J. Klune

I read along with the kindle edition while listening to the audiobook, and I don't often say this, but the buying audiobook is the best decision I ever made!  Nothing against audiobooks; I love them and listen to them often, but this was hands-down the best performance I've heard in a long time!


This is the tale of Sam of Wilds and his (many) not-so-excellent adventures.  Usually along for the shenanigans are his best friends, Gary the sassy, gay, hornless unicorn, and Tiggy the half-giant who will happily smash anyone who attempts to hurt Gary or Sam.  Sam is a kid from the slums who unexpectedly comes into his magic and is then tapped by the king's wizard, Morgan to be his apprentice.  Sam and his parents go to live in the palace, while never forgetting where they came from and go back to visit and help the people of the slums as often as they can.


Sam is utterly adorable and has a knack for drawing people to him.  He also has a knack for falling into danger.  It seems that everyone wants to capture, kill, and/or have sex with him.  Lucky for Sam he and his companions are very cunning and always manage to escape danger.  It's usually the escapes that cause future danger.


It's really hard to explain the story without giving the whole thing a way.  There is magic, romantic pining, oblivious boys in love, jealous princes, fairy drag mothers, fairies, dragons, dark wizards, kidnappings, quests, and so many inappropriate sex puns.  The story was fun and funny; it was the humor that carried it really.  It was campy and I LOOOVES me some camp.


The cons are that the entire story is in first person.  I HATE first person stories (although it kinda worked for this one,) and the audio didn't always match up with the written story.  There were words and sometimes entire sentences added or omitted in places.  And this story was really, really, dialog heavy.  Heavy even for me, because I love good dialog.  But all-in-all it was a fun read/listen and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.


I highly recommend this if you looking for something fun and a bit silly, with the odd sad/dramatic spot.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

The Lightning-Struck Heart - Lesley Berk;Michael Berk;David Castle;Sue Lauder, T.J. Klune

Oh my gods this is hilarious!  Don't just read this, get the audiobook!

More Good News!

It's bitter-sweet tears that I am able to say we have caught Moma and she is off to her new foster home to have her kittens in a safe, healthy environment.  Eventually she and her babies will all be adopted into loving homes.


I am crying in sadness because I will miss her sweet face, but in happiness because she DESERVES a home.  She was completely calm, as if she knew she was finally being rescued. And just in time because we are predicted to get a foot of snow tomorrow.


Thank you for all the positivity from everyone who has be going on this journey with me.  Maybe the luck is finally taking a turn for the better.  I will post updates on her as I receive them.

Finally A Little Luck...

The naughty kitty has returned.  We found him very late last night and he seems no worse for wear, if a little jumpier than usual.  Hopefully his bogus journey reminded him how good he has it inside and he'll think twice before he makes another escape attempt.


Thanks to everyone for being so kind.  I know I didn't respond, but I did read and appreciate your comments.

Because Why Not More?!

My daughter's cat is missing.  The one who found us after my cat passed.  She is inconsolable.  I am just DONE.  What's next?!  I ask not because I don't think it can get worse, but because I'd just like to be ready for it.  


Sorry to be such a downer, but I need to vent somewhere.

Review: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Fisher Stevens, Christopher Moore

This was a hoot.  I mean it's the best Gospel I've ever read/heard.  It's kind of like what you  imagine the Bible would have read like if the powers-that-be actually cared to tell the truth rather than whatever version they thought would give them power over people.  But I digress.


This was funny and at the same time beautifully sad.  It tells about the love and loyalty that Biff had for his dear friend Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus).  Biff gets brought back to life two thousands years into the future to write his own Gospel, because the "official" ones are seriously lacking in details about Jesus' full life (which, shady if you ask me). And those exploits are pure comedy gold!


Josh decided that he to seek out help in order to learn how to be a Messiah, and of course Biff went along to protect him from his kind and trusting nature.  He basically made sure Josh didn't get hurt because of his unwillingness to be even a slight bit deceitful.  Over the course of seventeen years they learned from Magi who sought immortality, Buddhist Monks, and Yogis, inadvertently released and then banished a human eating demon.  They befriend the very last of the Yeti, Biff had lots of sex--purely for research purposes, and saved children from being sacrificed to Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.  There was lot of healing of the sick and some serious trial and error raising the dead.  And along the way they invent things like cappuccino and sarcasm.


And in the end it is sad, whether you follow the bible/religion or not.  Josh knew he had to die for the good of all the world not just the Jews.  It was something known to him for a very long while, and while he knew and had accepted it, he still struggled with it.  The fact that Josh had accepted his impending death didn't stop Biff and Maggie from trying to prevent it--from begging him not to allow it to happen.  I mean, who would want their bestie to die even if it were for the greater good?!


All-in-all it was a good story.  It's definitely worth the read; maybe even a re-read.