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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 good reviews.

Currently reading

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

Review: Under A Prairie Moon

Under a Prairie Moon - Madeline Baker

3.5 Stars.

 

This was not at all what I expected.  I was in the mood for a historical Indian romance, but I never expected ghosts, curses and time travel!  I just opened up a book with a title that sounded interesting and this is what I got.  The story was surprisingly interesting.  A man is betrayed and killed for a crime he didn't commit so he put a curse on the people who killed him and their land.  And boy did the curse ever stick!  Fast-forward 125 years to a woman who was recently widowed by a descendant of the cursed family, and she has now come into ownership of the very cursed ranch.

 

Somehow, after having haunted the place since his death 125 years prior, he finally meets someone who can see him.  After accepting the fact that she has a ghosting haunting her ranch, the two become friends.  She, Kathy, convinces him, Dalton, to tell her about his life so that she can write it all down.  Between spending time doing that and rebuilding the ranch, they fall in love and inexplicably get sent back to his time to right the wrongs done him and to take care of unfinished business.

 

I enjoyed the story even with all the modern-day mixed into it.  I never thought I would enjoy a time travel historical romance, but this pleasantly surprised me.  It was a sweet tale with a happy ending.

I Think I Have A Problem...

..Who am I trying to kid, I know I have a problem!  I just added a book to my library that has been sitting in a pile of books I bought before the holidays, only... I DON'T REMEMBER BUYING IT!!!!

 

Clearly I did, because it's in my pile and no one else bought it for me.  But I honestly have no memory of even reading a description of this book yet here it is in my collection.

 

This is bad.  I know I'm not going to stick to my buying ban, but I'm going to have to come up with some rules to keep me from buying so many books that I don't even know what I'm buying.  

 

Does anyone else have his problem?

2018 Reading Challenges/Goals

I epically failed my 2017 reading challenge for so many reasons, but I'm not going to list excuses.  I failed, that's all there is to it.  My yearly goal is always 52 books--one per week-- and I plan to stick to that goal.  However, I'm only setting aside about half of that for the Beat The Back List Challenge, which I am going to make an attempt at again this year.  I'm also going to do a Banned Books Challenge (which I also failed at this year).  And as always I'm sure my lists will overlap.  I'm looking forward to participating (and doing better than 2017.)  Some of the books on this year's lists are hold-overs from the 2017 list, and as 2017 isn't officially over, hopefully I won't have to edit the lists too much... Or hopefully I will?  I don't know.  My lists are below:

 

Beat the Backlist 2018

01) Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
04) Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet
05) Brisinger by Christopher Paolini
07) The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
09) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
11) Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
12) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
13) Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
14) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
16) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
17) Slade House by David Mitchell
18) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
19) Watchers by Dean Koontz
20) World War Moo by Michael Logan

Banned/Challenged Books 2018

01) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
02) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
03) Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher
04) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
05) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
06) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
07) This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
08) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
09) What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

 

2018 TBR List

01) The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
02) The Empress by S. J. Kincaid
03) Hail To The Chin by Bruce Campbell
04) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
05) Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
       a) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
       b) The Broken Kingdoms
       c) The Kingdom of the Gods
08) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
09) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
10) The Right Hand of Evil by John Saul
11) Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
       a) Saga, Volume 2
       b) Saga, Volume 3
       c) Saga, Volume 4
       d) Saga, Volume 5
       e) Saga, Volume 6
16) Shades Of Magic Series by V. E. Schwab
       b) A Gathering of Shadows
       c) A Conjuring Of Light
19) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
20) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
21) Vorrh by B. Catling
 

Christmas Haul

As I'm updating my library, I realize I didn't post my Christmas books.  

 

A gift from my adorable little nieces:

 

Hubby really spoiled me this year!!

 

 

I'm so excited to get some reading in!!!

Question About Goodreads...

How many people, who ran away from goodreads because of the insanity, still utilize it?  I'm mostly curious because I did like they way I was able to organize my library there.  Does anyone still have an account just for that?  I just don't know if I can go back even for that.  Does anyone else use different sites/apps for library organization?  I'm also interested in learning what experiences others have had with that site.

Surgery Update: Take 2

[I think I fixed it so the whole post will show up now]

 

Everything went really well. They only sedated me with a 'twilight' so I woke up twice during the procedure. The first time I was fine, then gave me more and I knocked back out. They second time, I could hear what was going on and I started to panic. My heart rate elevated and the nurse had to ask if I was all right to which I replied, "I think I'm starting to panic," so they gave me more meds. The next time I woke I was in recovery. If you've ever been under sedation, you know how weird it can make you feel. I was extra emotional. I was near to tears because I wanted to see my hubby who is driving home from Massachusetts. The snow is so bad that he won't make it home until tomorrow.  But I'd rather him take longer and get home safe. But I got to see my oldest daughter's lovely face (which is my face, lol) so that helped.

 

I'm home resting now. My kids are taking care of me. I'm still numb, so there's no pain yet, but I've got meds to keep it in check. I have crutches and can put a tiny bit of weight on my heel, they basically told me to stay home and relax all weekend (which I had already planned.) I go for a post-op appointment next week so I can give an update on my healing is progressing then. I just can't wait to have no pain when I walk! And I have some awesome new books (and chocolate) to keep me busy while I recover.

Happy-Sad-Mad

So, I've been having issues with the new job.  One manager in particular, whom everyone in the place hates, has been giving me trouble with my schedule.  Now I found out I have to resign.  I have to have surgery on my foot and because I haven't passed my probationary period, they cannot approve a leave of absence.  Because of the reason for my resignation, I will be able to reapply once I'm ready to go back to work.

 

So happy because I'll finally get my foot taken care of, I'll be home for Christmas, and I don't have to deal with this manager during the worst time of year for me. (Not a fan of Christmas and I suffer from seasonal depression.)  Sad, because other than a few things, I kinda liked the job (and I'll miss the paycheck for the 6-weeks I'll be out.)  Mad because I still have to deal with the scheduling issues for the weeks I have left.  And if I can't get them resolved, I won't be leaving on good terms, and I won't be able to reapply.

 

UGH!

 

Oh well, not gonna stress.  What happens, happens and I'll just keep it moving.

 

 

SPOILER ALERT!

Review: It

It: A Novel - Stephen King

So it only took me forever, but not because the book was bad (obviously).  I'm just a slacker.

 

I don't know what to say about it other than it is another gem from the master, Stephen King.  It was well written and had the right amount of creepiness, horror and humor.

 

There are some triggering scenes with animal abuse that were discomforting to me.

 

And am I the only one who felt bad for It in the end?  I think it was the mom in me feeling a little softhearted as It begged for it's life and for the life of it's progeny.  But, of course, I know It couldn't be left to survive, nor could it's young.  But for a brief moment, I felt It's pain; the need to save itself and it's children.

 

All in all, it was quite the roller-coaster ride.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1000 out of 1168 pages.

— feeling excited
It: A Novel - Stephen King

So close I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  This books is so creepy, but good.  I can't wait to finally finish it.

Still A Slacker...

Another box arrived. I'm hesitant to open it because I have things to get done around the house. *sigh*

 

 

Chevy is keeping an eye...er, chin, on it for me.

Readathon Update

Just under 16 hours in.  I managed to listen to It on audiobook before work, during my commute, and during my lunch break.  I went to an early b-day dinner with my my daughters and daughter-adjacent. and now I'm in my pjs in my bed with my Chevy enjoying more of that audiobook while I read along.  I think I will switch books at midnight.

 

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is this Saturday, and sadly, I have to work an 8-hour shift (that's what I get for rejoining the workforce), and afterwards, I'm taking my kid out for an early birthday dinner.  The October readathon falls on or around her birthday every year, and usually it's not an issue.  My kid always wants me to enjoy the readathon--I'm lucky, I know.

 

I'm sad because this is the first time since I started participating that I won't be able to do participate from start to finish.  But I have a plan.  I will do some reading Friday night, I'll listen to an audiobook while I get ready for work and during the commute.  I'll also listen during my break.  I'll take a book to dinner (I did the same thing last year) and when we get home I'll read until the end of the readathon (hopefully).  I may need a power nap somewhere in there, but I will get a good bit of reading in!  

 

...Now to figure out my TBR list.  Anyone who's interested, should check out the site; it's not too late to sign-up. 

Such a slacker...

...the new job has kept me busy, beat, and slightly stressed, so this lovely box of books has been neglected.  But my Leeloo had decided to call attention to it by making it her new nap spot.

 

So cute; such a menace.  And now I've realized that I never posted my book hauls for August or September.  No excuses for those months.  Such. A. Slacker. LOL.  Pictures of piles of books to follow...at some point

Final Wordery Update

So my book finally came today.  It was much, much longer that 11 working days, but at least it came.  The box was actually really nice, but too big. 

 

Which means my book slid around inside during transit, which means some of the corners of my book for gnarled.

 

 

And the free bookmark was pretty mangled.

 

But the book is here and it wasn't completely destroyed so now I can delete my account and put these annoying shenanigans behind me.  I'm just happy I didn't have to start emailing again.  That would have made me tear my hair out.  

 

Thanks to everyone who went on this ride with me, but I'm glad it's over.

 

 

 

Happy Jason Voorhees Day!

Or Happy Friday the 13th as most people call it.  

 

As per my family tradition, we will spend the day watching Friday The 13th movies and treat ourselves to pizza, fries and soda.

 

It's also a celebration that I made it through three days of horrible training at my new job and have decided I will still go back to it on Monday.  And just for clarification, the training wasn't hard, it was the lack of training that made it horrible.   But that's a post for another day.

 

Hope everyone has an awesome day!

 

 

Second Favorite Month...

So October is my second favorite month for a couple of reasons.  One being Halloween, my favorite holiday.  Another being Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon (which is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year.)  My wedding anniversary is this month.  And most importantly, it's the month my first born decided to make her entrance into the world.

 

Today is Halloween 1st--I mean, October--no, no, Halloween 1st.  I'm in bed with the worst allergy attack ever.  I've got a killer sinus headache and--just how much mucus can a single head hold?!  I'm going to miss my first knitting circle because I feel so bad.  I'm freaking out because I'm about to re-enter the work force for the first time in nearly four years, And I've decided RETAIL was a good idea.  And my hubby is about to leave for a 3-week work trip, missing our daughter's birthday and possibly our anniversary as well.

 

But you know what?  It's all good.

 

I'm in bed drinking my delicious Bilbo Baggins Breakfast Blend Tea (Thank you Melissa, it is sooooo good!)  It's October and there is already an abundance of orange everywhere.  I've got a readathon coming, and as nervous as I am, I'm excited about going back to work--I can't expect hubby to support my book habit forever, lol.

 

I've had a really crappy 11 months.  I lost my dad, I lost my cat, I nearly lost my favorite and only living grandparent.  My brother almost caught fire in my nephew's car, my kid got her first official job and lost it within a month (the store closed), and I've just been so stinking depressed on and off and it's just overwhelmed me.

 

No more.  I can't be miserable anymore.  My mood sets the tone for the entire household, so I gotta pull it together.  I've decided I'm gonna kick butt at this job, I'm gonna get rid of my writer's block and continue working on my novel.  I'm gonna watching horror movies all month, and maybe finish reading It or at least put more of a dent into it.  I plan to enjoy the heck out of the readathon, and celebrate my kid turning 23.  Hubby and I have the biggest surprise planned for the kids on the 31st--which I won't say just in case they see this blog.  And while I miss him for the 3-weeks he's gone, I'll have a new job to keep me busy and we can video chat.  And we've got another anniversary to celebrate in February--my favorite month.

 

I'm not usually positive when it comes to me, but I think it's a change I need to make.  My kid is starting to pick up my bad habits, and I can't have that.  Plus, it's so much work being upset.  I've let my depression get the best of me this year and I just don't want to be miserable anymore.

 

So Happy Halloween--I mean October, I hope everyone has a great month!